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Dem HQ Vandal Is Transgen Anarchist

First, for those who have missed it, the original report from Denver’s CBS affiliate, Chanel 4, via YouTube:

And now we have this update on the story From Denver’s NBC affiliate KUSA 9NEWS:

Anarchists raise bail for Dem HQ vandalism suspect

By Kyle Clark

DENVER – Anarchist Web sites identify the person accused of smashing windows at the Colorado Democratic party headquarters as a transgender activist who uses the name “Ariel Attack.”

Maurice Schwenkler, 24, appeared in Denver City Court Wednesday on a charge of criminal mischief, one day after being arrested for what a party official called political vandalism.

On Tuesday, state Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak suggested opposition rhetoric over the health care debate led to the vandalism, which caused an estimated $11,000 in damage.

Waak, asked Wednesday to comment on Schwenkler’s political ties, denied singling out Republicans for criticism.

I never used the word Republican,” Waak said.

She said she “did not point at any other group” and only blamed “the other side.”

Several anarchist Web sites, including those of Denver Anarchist Black Cross, Anarchist News and Infoshop News, posted pleas for bail money for the suspect they identified as Ariel Attack.

Please do what you can to help get an amazing friend and comrade out of jail and back into her community,” the appeal read.

The online posts directed questions to anarchist organizer Benjamin Yager, who declined comment when contacted by 9NEWS.

Yager was associated with Unconventional Denver, a group that organized disruptive actions and protests during the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Schwenkler was arrested in St. Paul, Minn., on the last day of the 2008 Republican National Convention, on a charge of unlawful assembly for refusing a police order to leave an area.

The radical gay Web site Queers Against Obama said its contributor, Ariel Attack, had been arrested for the vandalism incident.

In a recent posting, Ariel Attack suggested the Obama administration’s true motive for repealing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy would be to “fill the U.S. military with more queer bodies.”

The Denver Post reported Wednesday that Schwenkler was paid $500 in November 2008 to walk door-to-door in support of Democrat Mollie Cullom, a candidate for the state House from Centennial.

Republican David Balmer, who beat Cullom, said he suspects the vandalism might have been intended to make the Republican Party look bad.

“This sounds like the type of Democratic tactic from the left fringe trying to make Republicans look mean-spirited,” Balmer said. “In this case, it blew up in their face.”

Funds for Schwenkler’s bail were being raised online using an e-mail address belonging to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

And still more on our hero/heroine from a site calling itself the Colorado Independent:

Transgender anarchist ‘Ariel Attack’ suspected in Dem vandalism

By Ernest Luning 8/26/09

DENVER — The suspect arrested Tuesday morning on charges of smashing 11 windows at the state Democratic Party headquarters is a transgendered “Denver-based anarchist” who goes by the name “Ariel Attack,” according to postings on numerous anarchist and radical gay-rights websites. A fundraising plea circulated by the self-described “radical queer group” Denver Bash Back! seeks donations to raise the $5,000 bail set for 24-year-old Maurice Schwenkler, who is “listed in the jail records and media under her birth name.”

The postings asked “people to NOT call the jail and potentially out Ariel, which would create a very dangerous situation,” noting that “Jail is a dangerous place for everyone, but especially trans people.”

A hearing was set for Wednesday morning for Attack, who faces charges of felony criminal mischief, according to the Denver Anarchist Black Cross.

By early Wednesday afternoon, Attack’s backers had raised the money for her bail, according to a spokesman for Denver Anarchist Black Cross, but the group will continue taking donations through a PayPal account “for what will probably be a protracted legal battle.”

Police said another unidentified suspect in the vandalism remains at large. At least two hammer-wielding, bicycle-riding vandals were discovered smashing windows at the office at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, police said. Police said they apprehended Schwenkler after a brief chase.

Colorado Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak estimated damage at $10,000 on Tuesday after discovering the broken windows. The Democrats are also appealing for donations to pay for repairs.

Waak originally blamed conservative opponents to Democratic health care reform for the vandalism, pointing out that windows were smashed in front of health care posters, but walked it back when Schwenkler’s name appeared on a campaign finance document showing he’d been paid last November by a Democratic get-out-the-vote organization.

Attack, listed as an “occasional contributor” to the Queers Against Obama blog, recently wrote a post blasting President Barack Obama, saying “the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ has nothing to do with gay rights, but rather is a plan to fill the US military with more queer bodies.”

What a beautiful story. It’s really got it all.

Queers against Obama. The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. and a a Democratic get-out-the-vote organization. (Which we suspect is ACORN, or one of its affiliates. Or perhaps the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.)

Though, we have to ask, where is Ward Churchill?

Say, does anybody know the whereabouts for Mr/Ms Schwenkler a few days ago when the ‘Blue Dog’ Democrat Mr. Scott’s sign had a Swastika spray painted on it?

Still, this is another one of those stories that for some reason will never make it out of the backwaters of the local media.

Why is that?

(Thank to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 27th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

23 Responses to “Dem HQ Vandal Is Transgen Anarchist”

  1. BillK says:

    The story just keeps getting better.

    From Denver’s KUSA Television:

    Anarchists raise bail for Dem HQ vandalism suspect

    By Kyle Clark

    DENVER – Anarchist Web sites identify the person accused of smashing windows at the Colorado Democratic Party headquarters as a transgender activist who uses the name “Ariel Attack.”…


    Remember, the state Democratic Party Chairwoman never said “Republican,” just “the other side.”

    Silly us for being upset.

    So, in summary:

    Democratic Party Headquarters windows smashed.

    Democratic Party Chair blames “the other side,” claims she never said “Republicans.”

    Suspect turns out to be a transgender anarchist.

    Democratic Party Chair sees no issues in her previous comments.

    Sounds about right.

  2. Confucius says:

    My brother tells me “the other side” is synonymous with “the dark side” which in turn is code for “homosexual.”

    Perhap Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak is a homophobe. You know they’re good at code. (And buttering both sides of the bread.)

    • Helena says:

      Ah, the subtleties of our new-speak are too labyrinthine for me. “Buttering both sides of the bread” Is that now code, too? My grandmother used to say something like that. Perhaps she was a pre-paleo-codist.

      Patwaak. Sounds like a tribal language.

    • katmeredith says:

      Wait. Seriously thought the whole ‘dark side’ thing was a Star Wars reference… does that mean all the Flair on Facebook about ‘Come to the Dark Side, we have (cookies, chocolate, Snape, etc) is about homosexuality? I need to get a newspeak dictionary.

    • Confucius says:

      In the South, “buttering the other side of the bread” means gay and “buttering both sides of the bread” means married but secretly gay.

      The “dark side” reference came from my brother. I don’t know much else. I was under the impression it meant evil–as it was used in the Star Wars movies.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    Aside from the $5000 bail, I have to wonder as to how much Mr/Ms Schwenkler was paid for this ‘act’ to get free ‘right-wing extremist’ bashing & smearing?

  4. Melly says:

    Oh, this viloent trangender self proclaimed anarchist is nearly not as threatening as hardworking middle class people and retirees attending healthcare town hall meetings voicing their anger towards their elected officials.

    “Anarchist”………HA!….our brown shirt Nazis attending town hall meetings can take you on anyday. LOL

  5. beautyofreason says:

    LOL…”Ariel Attack.” I’m picturing an image of a bratty immature teenager and the photo isn’t far off.

    When have leftist radicals not caused trouble? We can see straight through these people. The administration and Democrats wrongly characterize conservatives as terrorists, irrational or bigoted – even when acts of vandalism are done by leftists. Amazing how “dissent is patriotic” suddenly took a reversal this year. Now dissent is called tea bagging.

    ““Jail is a dangerous place for everyone, but especially trans people.”

    Ariel Attack may want to consider not committing crimes if he / she wishes to stay out of prison.

  6. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    This seems to be a pretty common tactic for anarchists. A similar thing happened after the 2004 elections here in Raleigh.

    Some Call Vandalism At GOP Headquarters Civil Disobedience
    Posted: Nov 11, 2004

    RALEIGH, N.C. — When vandals trashed and attempted to set fire to the state Republican Party Headquarters, Raleigh police called it a crime, but some argue it was a case of civil disobedience.

    …Police arrested and charged Melissa Brown, David Hensley, and Vanessa Zuloaga with felony vandalism. Now, various online anarchist supporters consider them misunderstood. They are now referred to as the “Raleigh 3,” and there are calls to help post bond for them.


    The difference here was you didn’t have the local RNC head coming out blaming evil democrats, sorry, opposition for the vandalism. Just goes to show you how uncouth the democrats can be when it comes to “not letting a crisis go to waste.” And like all democrats, the words, I’m sorry, I was wrong will never be uttered by Mrs. Waak. Merely, you misunderstood me or my words were taken out of context by the opposition. Next she will be claiming she was ducking sniper fire while trying to clean up the mess.

  7. proreason says:

    and how doesn’t this resemble Nazi tactics?

    Except of course that we know for an absolute fact that our Fuhrer has nothing whatsoever to so with such activities.

    He left his organizing days behind him months ago.

  8. Liberals Demise says:

    Will Obama Care fast track this pervert to the front of the line so it can have the first federally funded sex change operation? Complete with fully functional organs so the taxpayer can fund this turds abortions and mammograms, pap smears ect., ect!!

  9. Colonel1961 says:

    How can anarchists have leaders (organizers)? Isn’t that self-contradictory? lol

    • dulcimergrl says:

      Obviously they don’t understand the meaning of the word “anarchy”.

    • Right of the People says:

      Maybe they thought it was Ariel Attack’s Aunt Archy.

      Krystalnacht anyone?

    • RHJ says:

      @Raleigh: Nice use of caps lock. Really intense; no, really X-TREME. See what I did there? I’ll break it down with numbers, just for you man:
      1) I replaced ‘ex’ with ‘X‘: sure it takes just as many key-strokes, but it shows that I’m radical; so radical that I won’t be held by any social conventions, not even spelling or punctuation, or bathing.
      2) I put everything in uppercase letters: this is almost as good as screaming directly in a strangers face, or panting wetly right in someone’s ear. In any case, it’s best way possible to force yourself on other people when online.
      3) I now have a totally awesome word which will look even more totally awesome when I make a cardboard stencil of it: now when I go spray-paint public property with my fellow junior high schoolers I’ll really show up their George Bush devil caricatures and anarchist A’s.

      Keep fighting the man, man.

  10. VMAN says:

    I thought about being an anarchist one time but there were too many rules.

  11. P. Aaron says:

    Once Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is abolished and gay recruits & volunteers stack up amongst the casualties from the battlefields of America’s foreign conflicts, we will undoubtedly hear a chorus of GENOCIDE from the left & the media that was purposefully perpetrated against alternative lifestyle choice Americans who were “pushed to the front lines” of combat similar to our ostensible discrimination for doing the same thing to American-Africans in Vietnam.

  12. katmeredith says:

    I’m a little confused. He’s a member of Queers AGAINST Obama? I thought in order to be an official homosexual these days, you had to be FOR Obama. Also, since when are we allowed to say ‘queer’ again?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      To Hell with being PC …………… look where it got us!!

  13. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    Is there anything that screams LOSER quicker than “transgender activist”?

  14. sweetheart in cincy says:

    I’m having more fun than the transgenders trying out both sides at the same time reading my fellow commentators. Just when I thought I knew codespeak, you all are telling me that “Get on the bus, forget about US” was actually code for the United States and we 60 year old ladies are going to be bussed to the Town Hall Meetings? Can I order the code book on Amazon????

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