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What happens when Americans are pushed too far?

August 7, 2009


Violence Erupts At Rep. Castor’s Town Hall In Tampa


2. Protests, passions roiling town hall meeting on health care

“You work for us,” “Tyranny, tyranny,” and “Read the bill.” She ultimately left the meeting early, further angering some attendees.

The problems began when a crowd of around 500, many of them recruited to attend by interest groups both for and against the proposal, sought to enter the meeting room. The room, in the offices of the Hillsborough County Children’s Board on East Palm Avenue, has a capacity of only about 250.

Several hundred people, mostly opponents, wound up outside or packing a hallway leading into the meeting room. Some scuffled with members of the sponsoring groups who manned the doorway.

One man who said he was injured and intended to file a police complaint
, Randy Arthur of Oldsmar, was outside the meeting room with his wife, Kathy Arthur, when organizers tried to close the doors.

She said he was slammed against a wall. He later talked to police officers, his knit shirt ripped and a few scratches visible on his chest.

Among the crowd outside, opponents and a smaller number of proponents got into occasional shouting matches.

After trying to speak, Castor left at about 6:40 p.m., taking jeers as she left.

They’re hiding from their constituents. She works for us and needs to listen,” said Karen Jaroch, a Tampa homemaker and organizer for the 9-12 Project, set up by TV commentator Glenn Beck, which had recruited its members to attend.

3. Mayhem, amid protesters at Kathy Castor, Betty Reed town hall meet:

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4. Six people, including P-D reporter, arrested at Carnahan meeting
Article: STL TODAY

St. Louis County police say six people were arrested. Two of those were arrested on suspicion of assault, one of resisting arrest and three on suspicion of committing peace disturbances. Carnahan was gone when the ruckus started.

Kenneth Gladney, a 38-year-old conservative activist from St. Louis, said he was attacked by some of those arrested as he handed out yellow flags with “Don’t tread on me” printed on them. He spoke to the Post-Dispatch from the emergency room of the St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was waiting to be treated for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face that he suffered in the attack. Gladney, who is black, said one of his attackers, also a black man, used a racial slur against him before the attack started.

It just seems there’s no freedom of speech without being attacked,” he said.

5. St. Louis Town Hall Turmoil: Were Protesters Barred as Union Members Entered?
Video: Breitbart

The Carnahan staff was sneaking in SEIU members in the side door marked “handicapped.”

BHussein Obama makes a declaration of WAR against them. In true Chicago thug politic style. (Or more like Hitler, Castro, and Chavez style)

White House to Democrats: ‘Punch back twice as hard’
<a href="; target="Blani" Article: Politico

Senior White House adviser David Axelrod and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina told senators to focus on the insured and how they would benefit from “consumer protections” in the overhaul, such as ending the practice of denying insurance based on preexisting conditions and ensuring the continuity of coverage between jobs.

They showed video clips of the confrontational town halls that have dominated the media coverage, and told senators to do more prep work than usual for their public meetings by making sure their own supporters turn out, senators and aides said.

And they screened TV ads and reviewed the various campaigns by critics of the Democratic plan.

If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard,” Messina said, according to an official who attended the meeting…

And, my friends, with that, I leave you:

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