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For an arrest to be made, the little pisher with the video camera would actually have to come forward and make a complaint. Considering that he’s gone to the trouble of blurring out his face on the video, I doubt he’s interested in making his identity public. Plus, the he’d have to face the justifiable ridicule of swearing out a complaint against a man 50 years his senior for holding his wrist for a half minute.
And you’re no partisan hack! You’d of course be making these same eloquent points if the guy with the video camera had been Max Blumenthal, and the abusive member of Congress had been, say, John Boehner.
Au contraire, my friend. I am the biggest partisan hack on this site. Why would I bother denying it. If a Republican congressman had acted this way, I’d be calling for him to be taken to the black prison at Bagram and held for questioning.
To brush up your analogy, let use somewhat more equivalent personnel, shall we? How about a similarly aged GOP back bencher, how about Cliff Stearns of Florida instead of the somewhat younger and more powerful Boehner. And instead of the irrepressible Max Blumenthal, let’s posit two anonymous, progressive funsters who are reputedly associated with George Soros.
How does that look to you now?
I mean, sure I’d try to play this up if I thought I could inflict a little damage on the other side. Why not? All’s fair, etc. I’d be very leery of the source, though, as well as the real possibility that this thing could turn around and bite me in the ass.
A mean, why are these guys anonymous? Why go to the trouble of blurring out the face? What are they trying to hide? Why don’t they release the full video files from both cameras? Was there any editing/sound funny business?
At the end of the day, this is two young turks shoving a camera right in an old (likely drunk) man’s face and old man doing a little grabbing/shoving during the encounter. Is that really something the police should be involved in? Is that your opinion as a libertarian?
You know what the big difference here is? If this had been a GOP member and a couple of over eager, left-wing douchebags getting shoved around a little, the GOP member would have already sent out an e-mail blast trying to fund raise off of this little incident. Book it.
Fuck you….not that Radley can’t handle his own shit but you are an asshole.
You are using subterfuge to divert attention form the real issue and that is; the congressthing should have answered the question or said no comment but the minute he put his scummy hands on the kid with the mic he was way over the top….drunk or not!
Don’t make excuses for this asshole who is overly impressed with his self worth. Don’t go off on some stupid nonsense about left or right side of the aisle. That is not what this is about. What it is about is proper control and respect of others even if you don’t like their tactics or the question.
What this elite pile of shit did was demonstrate how he thinks he is better than those he alleges to “serve”. HE IS NOT.
Hey, give this congressman a break! Geez! The guy was drunk, and he sees this sexy young college kid come up to him with a camera, what’s he supposed to do? Naturally, since’s he’s into domming as a homosexual BDSM enthusiast, he tries to assert control over the young kid, hoping he’ll act really submissive. Then, he realizes he’s in a public place, not the gay leather bar he just left, so it’s probably a political ambush, so the next thought through his mind is “Crap! This is going to be all over youtube tomorrow!” so then, his mammalian brain reasserts control over the reptilian brain, …and… no harm done, right? Friends again? ;)
…So what if he revealed that he believes there’s no such thing as an individual first amendment right to a free press? So what if he revealed that he believes that the freedom of the press should only apply to people who have a “press pass” issued by someone who has the blessing of the divine oligarchs of the federal reserve? So what if his private, personal (now public) view is that the common man is simply chattel for his tax-financed retirement?
After all, noone in the USA has the balls to hold him accountable for his views, and everyone else in congress feels exactly the same way!
The USA is full of “libertarians” too meek ever to pull the trigger on these assholes. Joe Stack proved that (even he couldn’t live with the risk of capture and a trial that comes with “part II”). There was no violent rebellion after Wilson sold our kids to the federal reserve, and there will be no rebellion ever. After all, when the whites saw slavery on the horizon, they lied to themselves and said “Maybe the universal laws of economics won’t apply to my kids. Besides, they’re white, I’m sure they’ll find a way to stay in charge!”
…So much for that. And now the old cowards who shrank from any kind of intellectual responsibility are dying. They accepted the physical burden of wars they didn’t ask for, thinking that physical bravery would exempt them from the burden of intellectual honesty. Ooops!
…You don’t get another chance, you weak-willed, useless American filth. Go to the grave with a smile on your face, as failures who chose comfort over freedom, with slavery for your own kids as part of the deal. Condemn the young as rebels and delinquents, and never question your own role in selling America into communist rule. Smile when you remember “the gipper”, and push from your mind the S&L bailouts under his doddering rule.
America the dutiful, god shed his waste on thee, and crown they herd with brotherhood, for proletariat’s grain! Collectivists with shit for brains, all scoundrels with bent knees, America in servitude, …from sea to shining sea!
I’d better get to bed soon. Since the SEC made a law in 2001 that says that I can’t trade stocks based on pattern recognition, I now have to trade stocks based on the advice of a stockbroker/government-protected-scoundrel. That means longer hours for me, since I’m just an American slave, not one of the protected class. You see, if I had $25,000, then the rules for stock-trading slaves wouldn’t apply to me, because I’d have a higher status as a milk-cow that produces lots of good cheese for my government overseers (Oh, wait, the rules are really to protect me from my own stupidity, right? LOL!!!!). Hopefully, I’ll make enough money by waking up early and working hard to move up one rung in the echelon of slaves, perhaps finally to “house negro”. Then, maybe I’ll finally be able to trade a few of these depreciating pieces of paper for 1/1,000,000,000,000,000 of the gold in existence, so I can be 1/1,000,000,000,000,000 as powerful as my federal reserve masters. That way, I can harbor some lovely delusions about being free when I die, because it sure aint happening in this lifetime.
If this congress critter tried to hug me like that, he would have had to parry a stiff blow to the trachea.