Sorba's 'sordid' past

Yesterday here on Instant Tea, I posted this blog about apparent rifts in the ranks of those calling themselves conservative activists.

It included a video of Ryan Sorba of California Young Americans for Freedom who was supposed to be talking to a gathering at last weekend’s Conservative Poliotical Action Conference about his part in James O’Keefe’s undercover ACORN “sting” in San Bernadino. Instead, Mr. Sorba took to the podium and immediately began denouncing CPAC for allowing the gay Republican group GOPride to participate in the conference. Sorba got heartily booed.

Today, I found this article at TPMMuckraker about Ryan Sorba’s previous brushes with the law. Apparently when he was 19, he had to move out of his family home in San Bernadino County after a woman named Mary Paulson got a three-year restraining order against him in connection with a domestic violence case. The order forbid him from having any contact with Paulson or with his own brother, Michael Sorba, for three years.

Ryan Sorba said the whole thing was over “the stupidest thing you could imagine,” and that he had gotten into a fight with a boy in the neighborhood whose mother filed the restraining order to keep them from fighting any more. He said his brother was involved because he and his brother used to get into fights. Everything’s fine now, he said, claiming “I’m friends with those people now, and I was friends with them then.”

In 2008, Sorba was cited for a noise violation at a polling place. He said he was handing out pro-Proposition 8 flyers when “some homosexual guy came up and I guess he called the police and they gave me a ticket.”

How did Sorba know the man was gay? Because “he looked gay, he sounded gay — it was evident.”

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Did the end of the world happen, and no one told me?

I was going through e-mail and checking LGBT news today, and I found two things that really kind of made me step back and take a look out the window, just to make sure I hadn’t missed some sort of apocalypse.

First, let’s go with e-mail. I got a message today from Mark Dice, one of the “9/11 Truthers,” promoting his idea for people to package up their garbage and mail it to Fox News’ conservative commentator Glenn Beck.

Mr. Dice describes himself as a national conservative political activist, and explains that the “9/11 Truthers” are “people who believe the government is covering up evidence surrounding the September 11th attacks or allowed the attacks to happen on purpose as a pretext for war.” And Glenn Beck has, apparently, had some not so nice things to say about the 9/11 Truthers.

Dice said: “Glenn Beck has repeatedly slandered 9/11 Truthers by saying that the holocaust museum shooter was a hero to us when we despise violence. He has said that we’re the kind of group a Timothy McVeigh would come from, and Beck also said he hates 9/11 victims families and wanted them to shut up when they wanted an investigation.” And the last straw was when Beck did “an ambush interview” with Texas gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina where he “tried putting words in her mouth and called her a 9/11 conspiracy theorist.”

So Mr. Dice thinks Glenn Beck is “a piece of garbage and a slanderous liar.” And Mr. Dice wants people to send Mr. Beck their garbage to make that point. And he made this YouTube video to promote his idea:

Dice hopes everyone will go along with the plan, and that it will prompt Fox News to fire Beck.

So why is that so shocking to me? Because I didn’t really expect to ever hear someone who thinks of themselves as a conservative “dumping” on such a high-profile conservative commentator. In other words, I didn’t expect to agree with a conservative activist.

And then, I found this headline: “Republicans boo anti-gay group speaker.” Good thing I wasn’t taking a drink of my soda when I saw that one, or it would have come right out my nose.

Basically, Ryan Sorba of California Young Americans for Freedom was invited to the podium to speak during a session of the recent Conservative Political Action Conference about how Glenn Beck incorrectly identified him during some protest or something. Instead, Sorba walks to the microphone and immediately begins condemning CPAC for allowing the gay Republican group GOPride to participate in conference.

And guess what. The people in the audience booed him! Seriously! Here’s the video to prove it:

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