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Tensions run high as visit ignites clashes (Matt Margolis of Blogs4Bush in brawl)
Boston Herald ^ | 3.26.04 | Steve Marantz

Posted on 03/26/2004 9:01:28 AM PST by mhking

A brawl erupted between opponents and supporters of President Bush [related, bio] last night behind police barricades a block from his fund-raiser at the Park Plaza Hotel.

     Two Bush supporters, twin brothers Matt and Aaron Margolis, traded blows at the corner of Arlington and Boylston streets with several men who they said were union members.
     The fight started after a man wearing an Ironworkers Local 7 sweatshirt, perched atop a subway entrance, repeatedly taunted the brothers.
     ``They told us to get out of here or we'd get beaten up,'' said Matt Margolis, 24, of Beverly.
     ``I said, `I support your freedom of speech - please support mine. Come on down and we can have a conversation.'
     ``He jumped down and swung on my brother. Then they all jumped in and tore our signs apart.''
     One union worker, declining to give his name, said the brothers instigated the brawl.


     ``They called the guy down, and he obliged them,'' the union member said.
     A crowd estimated at 750 to 1,000 was largely anti-Bush, including hundreds of union workers.
     ``Bush wants to get rid of unemployment (insurance) and overtime - we need to get rid of him,'' said Charlie Walsh, a Local 223 laborer.
     The Bush opponents held signs that read, ``Get the terrorists out of the White House.''
     Supporters of the president held competing signs that read, ``A vote for Bush is a vote for freedom.''
     The clashes followed the detention of two protesters who refused to move to a designated protest area before Bush's speech earlier in Nashua, N.H.
     Police said the unnamed protesters were not arrested.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: boston; gwb2004; unionthugs; unionthugsforkerry
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1 posted on 03/26/2004 9:01:29 AM PST by mhking
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

2 posted on 03/26/2004 9:02:10 AM PST by mhking (Sporting News' pre-season pick? Cubs over Red Sox in 7... World ends next morning.)
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To: mhking
Typical union thuggery.
3 posted on 03/26/2004 9:02:57 AM PST by CheezyD
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To: mhking
When I think 'union' I think 'thug'. Those words are synonyms to me.
4 posted on 03/26/2004 9:03:50 AM PST by keithtoo (W '04 - I'll pass on the ketchup-boy.)
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To: mhking
I love unions...NOT!
5 posted on 03/26/2004 9:05:35 AM PST by cyborg (troll on a stick)
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To: mhking
It's looking like things may get very ugly between now and November.
6 posted on 03/26/2004 9:05:58 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: mhking
One union worker, declining to give his name, said the brothers instigated the brawl.

Wussy.

7 posted on 03/26/2004 9:07:03 AM PST by fml ( You can twist perception, reality won't budge. -RUSH)
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To: Bahbah
Matt & Aaron bump !
8 posted on 03/26/2004 9:07:35 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: keithtoo
I wish I was in a union. It must be nice to skip out on work to bitch about the President.
9 posted on 03/26/2004 9:09:12 AM PST by therealmikeg
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To: mhking
The unions would vote Democrat if George Washington could come back and run as a Republican.
10 posted on 03/26/2004 9:09:26 AM PST by xJones
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To: fml
Notice how it's always the guy in the wheel chair, the 67 yr old man, the two guys getting beat up by 20 Goonion thugs,

who are always the one to "instigate" the fight with said Goonion thugs?
11 posted on 03/26/2004 9:09:44 AM PST by MrB
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Do we know Matt and Aaron? If not, I would certainly like to.
12 posted on 03/26/2004 9:11:14 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: mhking
The Union thugs were much more polite in Nashua, NH earlier in the day - they knew that about one in 20 people in New Hampshire holds a concealed carry permit, and that jumping down and attacking someone would be hazardous to their health.

Quite an illustration of the "armed society, polite society" principle.
13 posted on 03/26/2004 9:13:59 AM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: mhking
...wishing I was there to set these Union thugs right.

There needs to be a special unit that takes care of these thugs at counter-protest rallies. I'll volunteer.

14 posted on 03/26/2004 9:14:11 AM PST by lormand (Dead people vote DemocRAT)
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To: lormand
Stalin would love how these Union thugs operate. Especially, since commie agents infiltrated many US unions a many, many years ago.
15 posted on 03/26/2004 9:16:51 AM PST by ohioman
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To: Physicist
Two Bush supporters, twin brothers Matt and Aaron Margolis, traded blows at the corner of Arlington and Boylston streets with several men who they said were union members.

Gee. What are the chances.

16 posted on 03/26/2004 9:17:36 AM PST by martin_fierro (Sili Con Carne)
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To: Bahbah
I agree, and its still a long way to Nov.

It might be a good idea to keep the 2 groups separated at protests.

Im surprised the headline wasnt "2 Bush terrorists maul crowd of 20 innocent union patriots.

These 2 brothers have my respect, Unions have less than they did if possible. It must take alot of courage for 20 to pick a fight with 2.

17 posted on 03/26/2004 9:20:29 AM PST by No Blue States
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To: mhking
``They called the guy down, and he obliged them,'' the union member said.

What he probably actually said was:

"Yeah, day called da effin guy down, and he effin obliged 'em"

18 posted on 03/26/2004 9:20:45 AM PST by subterfuge
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To: mhking
"They told us to get out of here or we'd get beaten up..."

LOL! Typical rat thugs.

19 posted on 03/26/2004 9:21:02 AM PST by spunkets
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To: No Blue States; bluesagewoman
"Im surprised the headline wasnt "2 Bush terrorists maul crowd of 20 innocent union patriots."

LOL, that would be it if it was in the Missourian.

20 posted on 03/26/2004 9:24:51 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: mhking
I have no use whatsoever for unions. And, unfortunately. a large number of union members are nothing less than thugs. I have seen this kind of behavior before, especially with teamsters. I am on officer in our local American Legion Post, and we have some union members among our membership. A couple of them openly boast of beating up "scabs" or others who don't tow the union line. When I point out to them that veterans did not fight, and some of them die, for such behavior, which is more reminsecent of the thuggish Mazi brownshirts than anything, they smirk and make comments like: "Well, they shouldn;t try and take our jobs away, then." Trying to reason with a thug, of whatever political persuasion, is pointless.
21 posted on 03/26/2004 9:27:51 AM PST by ought-six
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To: lormand
You see this garbage in NYC all the time, and there is nothin "unorganized" about it.
22 posted on 03/26/2004 9:28:17 AM PST by CasearianDaoist
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To: Bahbah; djjava
Aaron ping
23 posted on 03/26/2004 9:35:20 AM PST by Little Bill (John F'n Kerry is Swine)
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To: MrB
``They called the guy down, and he obliged them,'' the union member said.

Absolutely typical obnoxious Boston workingman B.S.

24 posted on 03/26/2004 9:36:23 AM PST by MoralSense
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To: mhking
union thug bastards
25 posted on 03/26/2004 9:38:59 AM PST by petercooper (I actually did vote for the $87 Billion, before I voted against it.)
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To: petercooper; dennisw
union thug bastards

Just to stir the Franken, isn't dennisw a union guy?

26 posted on 03/26/2004 9:42:05 AM PST by MrB
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To: Bahbah
" The fight started after a man wearing an Ironworkers Local 7 sweatshirt, perched atop a subway entrance, repeatedly taunted the brothers.

`They told us to get out of here or we'd get beaten up,'' said Matt Margolis, 24, of Beverly.

A vote for the left is a vote for communism and anarchy.

The twin brothers stayed.

They voted for Freedom at risk of injury.

They are heros and patriots.

27 posted on 03/26/2004 9:48:12 AM PST by No Blue States
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To: mhking
It never fails. The liberals can't protest without getting vile and nasty. If they are not throwing the finger at you they are cursing or spitting in your face or trying to start a physical fight. They just don't know how to do it with being disgusting. New York City is going to be a living hell when they come. I wish they would stay home but they do have their rights to protest. The only problem is that all those anti-Bush people bring along all these other creeps with different agendas who are just looking for an excuse to fight and have no idea what the heck they are talking about. No wonder they get arrested all the time. You never hear about Freepers getting arrested.
28 posted on 03/26/2004 9:49:29 AM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: mhking
Local 7,I know them well.

Their sparkling personalities made it a pleasure to lay them off.
29 posted on 03/26/2004 9:49:31 AM PST by Redcoat LI ("help to drive the left one into the insanity.")
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To: areafiftyone
with=without
30 posted on 03/26/2004 9:52:22 AM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: MrB
They are union thugs. I have no use for unions for government workers but in private industry, yes.
31 posted on 03/26/2004 9:53:45 AM PST by dennisw (“We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American way.” - Toby Keith)
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To: dennisw; Bahbah; Eric in the Ozarks; All
We made it out alive... thankfully...

Once again, our account is posted in my tagline link....
32 posted on 03/26/2004 9:57:09 AM PST by djjava (http://www.pardonmyenglish.com (conservative blog for you Freepers out there))
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To: xJones
The unions would vote Democrat if George Washington could come back and run as a Republican.

The unions would vote Democrat if Adolf Hitler could come back and run as a Democrat.

33 posted on 03/26/2004 9:57:49 AM PST by bassmaner (Let's take the word "liberal" back from the commies!!)
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To: CheezyD
This type of crap happens every election. Think Brownshirts, small IQ's, pointy heads, eyes close together.
34 posted on 03/26/2004 10:00:18 AM PST by dljordan
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To: keithtoo
When I think union, I think "communist."
35 posted on 03/26/2004 10:01:22 AM PST by B Knotts (Salve!)
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To: mhking
$100 says the union thugs picked the fight.
36 posted on 03/26/2004 10:12:42 AM PST by Dan from Michigan (""I don't need no doctor"")
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To: lormand
There needs to be a special unit that takes care of these thugs at counter-protest rallies. I'll volunteer.

I'm in. I can't stand union thugs(Not to be confused with union members).

Oh, they wouldn't mess with me last time outside of running their mouths. I wasn't in a wheelchair, 80 years old, or a 13 year old kid.

Shows how 'tough' those punks really are.

37 posted on 03/26/2004 10:17:09 AM PST by Dan from Michigan (""I don't need no doctor"")
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To: djjava
"His biggest problem with Bush was that he spoke like a Texan. Yeah…go figure: the former Governor of Texas speaks like a Texan."

This is so insane it has to be true. BTW, how come the folks on our side are always so attractive?
39 posted on 03/26/2004 10:21:06 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: MrB
My dad's a union guy as well. There's union members, most of which are good people, and there is union thugs, which are those punks like you see described in this article.
40 posted on 03/26/2004 10:21:31 AM PST by Dan from Michigan (""I don't need no doctor"")
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To: ohioman
"Stalin would love how these Union thugs operate."

Where do you think they learned their technique? I have a conservative friend who was a leader for the Longshoreman's Union and a personal friend of the late Harry Bridges. The Longshoreman & probably most union's leadership were and probably still are devotee's of Stalin.

Bridges asked my friend once if he liked the 40 hour work week, collective bargaining, etc.? My buddy said yes, and Bridges told him "Then you are a Marxist, too."

41 posted on 03/26/2004 10:21:31 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: mhking
Unions = Legal Mafia
42 posted on 03/26/2004 10:23:57 AM PST by LA Conservative (evil triumphs when good men do nothing)
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To: bigfootbob
Saying that we would be without the benefits of the 40 hour work week and overtime pay, safe work places, etc - without unions,

is like saying that without candles, we'd all be in the dark.

Anachronistic and unneeded anymore,

and just like candles, cause more problems than they provide good, useful, practical benefit.
43 posted on 03/26/2004 10:24:57 AM PST by MrB
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To: MrB
True
44 posted on 03/26/2004 10:26:32 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: bigfootbob
Collective Bargaining = not able to "bargain" based on your own skills and abilities

Collective Bargaining = skilled workers being paid less than or equal pay to unmotivated slugs with "seniority"
45 posted on 03/26/2004 10:29:42 AM PST by MrB
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Wonder if he was there...

46 posted on 03/26/2004 10:31:41 AM PST by Dan from Michigan ("I got you in a stranglehold baby, and then I crushed your face"")
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To: mhking
Concealed video cams and wearing a wire will be required for all Pro-Bush supporters at events like this

Prairie
47 posted on 03/26/2004 10:44:49 AM PST by prairiebreeze (The 9-11 commission demonstrated it can give Ringling Bros/Barnum & Bailey a run at the box office)
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To: bigfootbob
Good story and one of the reasons why most of the South detests Unions.
48 posted on 03/26/2004 10:49:32 AM PST by ohioman
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To: Dan from Michigan
I'll go another $100 that they we PAID to pick a fight.
49 posted on 03/26/2004 10:54:57 AM PST by Hat-Trick (Do you trust a government that does not trust you with guns?)
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To: cyborg
BUMP
50 posted on 03/26/2004 10:55:01 AM PST by international american (Support our troops!! Send Kerry back to Boston!!!!)
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