Patterico's Pontifications

8/7/2009

Six Arrested In St. Louis Townhall Event

Filed under: Government,Obama,Politics — DRJ @ 9:36 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

In a related story to this post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 6 people were arrested in connection with last night’s events outside the Carnahan townhall meeting:

“– Two men were arrested for misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching, pushing and holding a man who was handing out American flags and fliers outside the school.

One woman was arrested for misdemeanor assault and destruction of property for allegedly pushing another woman who was recording the events on her cell phone, then grabbing the phone and breaking it.

One woman was arrested for interference and resisting arrest. One officer used pepper spray on the woman, police said, when she did not comply with officers’ demands. That woman “just would not leave,” when asked by officers to back away from the scuffles, said spokesman Rick Eckhard said. She also passively resisted when an officer tried to handcuff her, he said.

One man was arrested for peace disturbance when he entered a circle of people who had gathered near the pepper-sprayed woman and refused to comply with officers’ demands to leave.

Post-Dispatch reporter Jake Wagman also was arrested for allegedly interfering..”

No charges have been filed and all suspects have been released.

– DRJ

More on the St. Louis Townhall Violence (Updated x4)

Filed under: Obama,Politics — DRJ @ 6:22 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Patterico posted on this earlier but now there’s video of the violence outside the St. Louis townhall meeting where Kenneth Gladney was attacked:

Kenneth Gladney appeared on Neil Cavuto’s show today:

Gladney’s attorney said they are taking legal action against 3 perpetrators and the SEIU.

At a press conference, Russ Carnahan doesn’t seem to know much but he was willing to say things were “out-of-control on both sides” and “both sides are wrong”:

Blaming the victim, Senator Congressman? That’s not very PC.

H/T Thomas B.

UPDATE 1: Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey says we better get used to this kind of union behavior as long as Obama is in office.

UPDATE 2: Mary Katherine Ham has details about the arrests following the attack on Kenneth Gladney.

UPDATE 3: Hot Air has another townhall meltdown, this time in Georgia, where the person melting down is Democratic Congressman David Scott.

UPDATE 4: Democratic Congressman Jared Polis hosts an unexpected turnout in Denver Boulder.

– DRJ

Obama Owns Gives Back the Economy

Filed under: Economics,Obama — DRJ @ 2:47 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Remember a couple of weeks ago when Barack Obama said he owns the economy now?

“I love these folks who helped get us in this mess and then suddenly say, ‘Well, this is Obama’s economy,’” the president said, pointedly deviating from his prepared text. “That’s fine. Give it to me!”

That was then. Yesterday in Virginia, Obama not only returned to his campaign mode of blaming everything on Bush and the Republicans, he upped the ante by asserting that his detractors should shut up and get out of the way:

“I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them just to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them but don’t do a lot of talking.”

It doesn’t take 1,000 words to explain who’s making the biggest mess. It only takes one picture:

– DRJ

How Little Things Have Changed

Filed under: General,Government — Jack Dunphy @ 1:14 pm

[Guest post by Jack Dunphy]

A quote for today:

“If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.” –Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791

Amen, Mr. Paine.

–Jack Dunphy


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