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When angry Democrats attack - MN Republican Party website documents multiple incidents
Republican Party of Minnesota ^ | October 8, 2004 (updated?)

Posted on 10/10/2004 8:03:29 AM PDT by tgslTakoma



OCTOBER 8 2004

Democrats have sunk to a new low. A group of Minnesota Kerry supporters plan on airing a TV ad showing Bin Laden and his henchmen with Bush/Cheney sign. The ad can be seen at:
http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/08_zdechlikm_527startups/

OCTOBER 6 2004

Another Bush/Cheney sign was attacked last night. The defacers spray-painted swastikas on these signs just off of 494 and Bass Lake Road on the Plymouth/Maple Grove border.

OCTOBER 6 2004

These signs were defaced less than 24 hours after placement. What you don't see is that the vandals also took two new American flags that were place behind the sign on each side.

When accusing a candidate of "ignorance", be sure to misspell "hypocrisy".

OCTOBER 5 2004
Anger Inc.: Angry Kerry Activists lay Siege to Bush Office in St. Paul, Intimidate Voters

OCTOBER 1 2004

These signs are located at Highway 55 and 70th Street in Inver Grove Heights.

SEPTEMBER 29 2004
In one of the most troubling acts by Bush haters to date, arsonists set fire to a Bush political lawn sign and deck of a Bush supporter in Richfield. Thankfully no one was hurt.

SEPTEMBER 26 2004

Anti-Bush vandals struck in Plymouth again last night. This sign was found at the corner of Highway 9 and NW Blvd.


SEPTEMBER 23 2004

A Republican Party of Minnesota staff member's car was vandalized on September 23 due to the fact that she has a Bush bumper sticker

PLYMOUTH, MINNESOTA -- WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 18-19 2004

Another Bush/Cheney sign defaced by the “party of tolerance” and supporters of the 1st Amendment. This one is located on Northwest Blvd and 59th Ave in Plymouth, MN.

DULUTH, MINNESOTA -- WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 11-12 2004

Sidewalk and signs defaced -- note swastikas spray painted by vandals

Signs defaced -- "Nazi" and "Liar" scrawled across signs on private property

GOP CONVENTION AUGUST 30 - SEPTEMBER 2

The King of Angry Democrats, Michael Moore, makes an appearance at the Republican National Convention

During the convention, liberal talk show host Al Franken had to be held back after getting in a argument with a radio show producer



This t-shirt, which was for sale at the Democrats’ protests, depicts the President peeing oil on the earth.

Democrat protesters blamed the President for “knocking down” the World Trade Center.
Star Tribune Condemns Kerry Supporters' Attacks on Republicans at the State Fair
"The Minnesota standard of spirited but nonviolent political disagreement was violated during John Kerry's visit to the State Fair Thursday, when three or four men, at least one wearing a "Laborers for Kerry" shirt, roughed up two College Republicans from the University of St. Thomas. The students were wearing costumes that resembled giant foam "flip-flop" sandals. One man was caught on camera elbowing a student in the head. An observer said he saw pushing, hip-checking and bumping that went on for 10 or 15 minutes.

"State Republican chairman Ron Eibensteiner asked state AFL-CIO president Ray Waldron for an apology. That should come from the perpetrators themselves -- and Waldron and other leading DFLers should publicly condemn this dangerous conduct. The scuffle at the fair could easily have become a melee causing serious injury, and turning peaceable people off to politics.

"Kerry supporters have plenty of ammunition for a war of words with Bush backers. Those at the fair, and outside the convention hall this week in New York, should recognize that if they resort to fists instead, they'll lose."


During President Bush’s visit to St. Paul on August 18, Minnesotans once again witnessed the hatred that has come to define the Democrat Party. At the protest, DFL activists angrily waved signs exclaiming, “Impeach the fascist war criminals” and “a vote for Bush is a vote for terrorism.”

Outside the President’s visit in Mankato earlier this month, Minnesotans were greeted by John Kerry supporters who extending their middle fingers and held up signs saying “F---k Bush, Vote for Kerry Honk” and “F--k Republicans.” (They actually spelled the F word out.)

With no positive agenda to offer voters, Democrats have resorted to an endless chorus of shrill attacks on the President.

As a service to Minnesota voters, the Republican Party of Minnesota will be posting pictures on its website from the Democrats angry protests, including pictures from the August 18 protest. The GOP will also be posting pictures of angry Democrats who will protest at the Republican National Convention later this month.


PRESIDENT BUSH VISIT TO ST PAUL 08/18/2004

A Vote for Bush = a Vote for Terrorism!


Fascism in St. Paul!


End War on Terrorism! (read; Surrender!)


Protesting "War is Hell" is Hell!


LAURA BUSH VISIT 06/18/2004

Protesting Laura Bush with, of course, a car festooned with "Bush/Cheney 2004" stickers.

VICE-PRESIDENT CHENEY VISIT

$$ for schools not for AWC war

PRESIDENT BUSH VISIT TO MANKATO 08/04/2004

Outside the President's visit in Mankato earlier this month, Minnesotans were greeted by John Kerry supporters who extending their middle fingers and held up signs saying "F---k Bush, Vote for Kerry Honk" and "F--k Republicans."

 

Prepared and paid for by Republican Party of Minnesota Copyright © 2004
525 Park St Suite 250   St Paul MN 55103-2106  Phone:651-222-0022   Fax:651-224-4122


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: aclumia; antifreespeech; brownshirtsforkerry; bushhaters; caughtintheact; civilwar2; civilwarii; democrats; dncnazism; electionviolence; fdemocrats; goons; goonsquad; howtostealanelection; intimidation; unions; unionthugs; usefulidiots; videotape; voterintimidation
I wonder if any other state Republican Parties are documenting the ever-increasing incidents of violence and vandalism perpetrated by Kerry supporters?

If they don't, they should; and the national Republican Party should have a page devoted to links to all of them.

One last thought... I hope that all of who are able are taking election day off work to work with our local parties to help get our voters to the polls, and to see to it that our polling places are safe from the folks who will continue these acts of violence and voter intimidation against Bush/Cheney supporters.

1 posted on 10/10/2004 8:03:29 AM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: tgslTakoma

Interesting post. AFA the first ad w/ Osama and the Bush/Cheney sign, folks on this forum have posted here Osama w/Kerry sign and made it look like a FNC screencap.

Both sides do stuff like that.


2 posted on 10/10/2004 8:12:39 AM PDT by sauropod (Hitlary: "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.")
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To: tgslTakoma

This stuff doesn't make me angry anymore. It just makes me laugh. Look at that pic of Bin Laden's group holding a Bush/Cheney sign--how assine is that? Yeah, re-elect the men who are hunting us down and killing us. That makes a lotta sense.


3 posted on 10/10/2004 8:17:27 AM PDT by silent_jonny ("Kicking Ass & Taking Hyphenated Names!")
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To: tgslTakoma

OCTOBER SURPRISE AD:

Political Operative Veterans Against George W. Bush (POVAGWB) Meeting: Mr. Kerry Reports (Serious Parody):

“When I attended a POVAGWB meeting recently, I heard testimony from Campaign Operative Veterans that they had:

• Cut off the locks and bashed in doors of regional Republic Campaign Headquarters
• Raped and defiled various Republican office machines
• Randomly shot weapons into Republican Campaign Headquarters
• Defiled US Mail delivered to the Republican Regional Campaign Headquarters
• Razed Republican campaign offices across the country in the manner reminiscent of Genghis Kahn
• Destroyed foodstuffs found in campaign office refrigerators
• Kicked their dogs
• Used large union thugs to destroy GWB campaign signs held by three-year-old girls
• Told story after story of falsely accusing Republicans the gruesome act of denying minorities the right to vote
• Committed other violent campaign atrocities under the tacit control and support of the DNC commanders”

Mr. Kerry denies being at a DNC meeting where these tactics were discussed and planned, but witness say he was there. Others are accusing him of meeting with Carl Rove in an attempt to end the campaign early and declare GWB the winner.

Paid for by a Swift-Thinking Freeper in America


4 posted on 10/10/2004 8:18:19 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: tgslTakoma
I wish I had a video yesterday going door to door in a Republican ,Catholic neighborhood.

Democrats are particularly nasty this year.
5 posted on 10/10/2004 8:22:52 AM PDT by Delphinium
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To: SERKIT
but witness say he was there

He said he was in a fighting mood.
6 posted on 10/10/2004 8:28:44 AM PDT by Delphinium
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To: tgslTakoma
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=104x2472341

From Pennsylvania:

friesianrider (191 posts) Sat Oct-09-04 09:58 PM Original message

Bwahahaha!!! Check out what happened to the B/C sign out here!!

Sorry for the super-large pic, but I had to share!

Some twirp spent 45 minutes setting this up across from my road the other day, and when I drove by it less than 12 hours later, someone had displayed exactly what they think of Bush/Cheney!! Perhaps a bit of revenge for those of you who had your Kerry/Edwards signs stolen


7 posted on 10/10/2004 8:33:26 AM PDT by lowbridge (I wouldn't want to be a liberals caps lock key on election day)
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To: tgslTakoma
New thread, same subject:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1240804/posts

Men videotaped vandalizing Bush sign.

8 posted on 10/10/2004 8:35:01 AM PDT by Delphinium
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To: tgslTakoma

Have you noticed that "fascist" is the Left's favorite word? Anybody that disagrees with them is immedately called a fascist. This is funny since I doubt that any of these unwashed, unemployable idiots knows what a fascist is.

9 posted on 10/10/2004 8:35:48 AM PDT by silent_jonny ("Kicking Ass & Taking Hyphenated Names!")
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To: tgslTakoma

It shows you the mentality of these idiots


10 posted on 10/10/2004 8:35:48 AM PDT by Kaslin (Stick a fork in Kerry, he is done)
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To: tgslTakoma
Bush Sign: 1, Dem Car: 0
11 posted on 10/10/2004 8:40:23 AM PDT by lowbridge (I wouldn't want to be a liberals caps lock key on election day)
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To: silent_jonny

"This stuff doesn't make me angry anymore. It just makes me laugh. Look at that pic of Bin Laden's group holding a Bush/Cheney sign--how assine is that? Yeah, re-elect the men who are hunting us down and killing us. That makes a lotta sense."

It does seem bin Laden would be more likely to hold a Kerry for President sign. After all, Kerry has promised to obtain United Nations permission before he scolds them. The odds are Kerry would then invite the terrorists over for 'milk and cookies'.


12 posted on 10/10/2004 9:06:25 AM PDT by punster
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To: silent_jonny

"Have you noticed that "fascist" is the Left's favorite word? Anybody that disagrees with them is immedately called a fascist. This is funny since I doubt that any of these unwashed, unemployable idiots knows what a fascist is."

If they do know what the word fascist means, they are engaging in projection. The democrats are a bunch of fascists, so therefore they have to claim everyone else is.


13 posted on 10/10/2004 9:09:43 AM PDT by punster
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To: punster

The last election I put a sign outside which said "STOP CRIME! AL GORE IS STEALING OUR VOTES! I put American flags around my Bush/Cheney sign. My Democrat neighbors knocked the American Flags down. Why? THEY HATE AMERICA.


14 posted on 10/10/2004 9:19:32 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
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To: tgslTakoma

#1 A Vote for Bush = a Vote for Terrorism!

#2 Democrats have sunk to a new low. A group of Minnesota Kerry supporters plan on airing a TV ad showing Bin Laden and his henchmen with Bush/Cheney sign


I've made and held signs that are equally provacative coming from the other view point. Specifically, my "liars club" sign and "Kerry is a poodle" sign could be considered over the line. I will continue to use these signs because the liars club sign is based on truth and the poodle sign is not too much different than what goes on Saturday Night Live.

I do think violence and destruction of property is out of line.

During a solo freep of Bill Clinton/Kathleen Townsend, someone erected a 8 by 15 Ehrlich sign which fell over when the wind blew and it flattened a bunch of Townsend yard signs in the process.

Not only did I put the Ehrlich sign back up, but also the Townsend signs too.


15 posted on 10/10/2004 9:30:01 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: tgslTakoma
Advice in a conference call to county chairs last month was to call the media, the campaign and the police for each incident and to use it to gain earned media. Also to press charges, even though in most incidents it is a misdemeanor.

I think you can count on us publicizing these attacks.

I also think it will make the hatriots who are still decent folks at heart stay home. Nothing will make them vote for Bush, but it might bother them to vote for fascists.
16 posted on 10/10/2004 9:39:20 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: tgslTakoma

bump


17 posted on 10/10/2004 10:00:56 AM PDT by lowbridge (I wouldn't want to be a liberals caps lock key on election day)
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To: punster

I actually wish these accounts were more publicized as helps the Bush campaign.

Perhaps if a freeper, who has been following these stories closely and has the time to compile them all will make it easier for the "Fox news watch" to develop a nice news piece for air. Just place a grabbing title in the Subject line to get the notice of those manning the Fox news watch incoming emails.

newswatch@foxnews.com


18 posted on 10/10/2004 10:11:14 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

I just sent Fox an e-mail about domestic terrorism. That is exactly what the democrats and their brownshirts are doing.


19 posted on 10/10/2004 10:46:26 AM PDT by punster
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To: punster

I wonder if the Angry Left would recognize the phrase CHILLING EFFECT.


20 posted on 10/10/2004 10:51:46 AM PDT by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again)
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To: tgslTakoma; All
When Goons Attack-Bullies Storm Republican Office ( vandalism, shooting, more-)

21 posted on 10/10/2004 11:17:57 AM PDT by backhoe (Just a Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the Trackball into the Dawn of Information...)
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To: tgslTakoma
Hmmmm....setting fire to people's decks, intimidating voters and attacking little girls...you know those "Religion of Peace®" alerts we have whenever there's another terrorist attack or beheading? We need "Party of Peace" alerts attached to these incidents.
22 posted on 10/10/2004 11:49:59 AM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions=Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: cake_crumb

23 posted on 10/10/2004 11:51:56 AM PDT by petercooper (Everything I ever needed to know about Islam, I learned on 9-11-01.)
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To: silent_jonny
"Yeah, re-elect the men who are hunting us down and killing us. That makes a lotta sense."

It's just the brain dead left stealing our ideas and proving they're a few million brain cells short of a cortex.

24 posted on 10/10/2004 11:53:46 AM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions=Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: tgslTakoma
"I wonder if any other state Republican Parties are documenting the ever-increasing incidents of violence and vandalism perpetrated by Kerry supporters?"

Surely the democRATs wouldn't do such things. They are the party of peace, love and tolerance, you know. It was really Bush's people doing these things trying to make democRATs look bad. < /sarcasm >

25 posted on 10/10/2004 11:57:38 AM PDT by sweetliberty (Proud member of the Pajama Posse!)
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To: silent_jonny
"Have you noticed that "fascist" is the Left's favorite word? Anybody that disagrees with them is immedately called a fascist."

And faces the very real possibility of physical or verbal assault or vandalization of their property. Pot. Kettle. Black.

26 posted on 10/10/2004 11:58:29 AM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions=Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: petercooper

One thing missing: there's GOTTA be a photo of Kerry and/or Edwards in a good WAAAAHHH pose by now.


27 posted on 10/10/2004 12:01:51 PM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions=Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: All

Press video screen to view movie or press here: http://www.krd1.com/quicktime/bush_sign.mov

 

Men videotaped vandalizing sign.

Summit elections official catches culprits tearing down Bush-Cheney poster

Two men who tore down a Bush-Cheney sign and urinated on it were caught on videotape by Summit County Republican officials early Friday morning.

The videotape shows the men sneaking into the yard of a West Market Street home and bending the sign to the ground. The men struggled to rip the sign out of the ground by shaking it and pulling it but couldn't get it off the posts, so they knocked it down. Sounds heard on the tape suggest the men urinated on the sign. They were white males, about 30 to 35 years old, well-dressed and well-groomed. They parked across the street in what police think was a foreign car, a Toyota or Honda.

The homeowner, Steve Kotsatos, who is also assistant to the director of the Summit County Board of Elections, called Akron police dispatchers at 10:38 a.m. Friday and told them about how his campaign sign was vandalized.

He said he caught the vandals on a night-vision camera he had installed the day before.

``A couple of days ago my neighbor's sign was set on fire with a blowtorch so I figured I might be next,'' Kotsatos said. ``This is not only criminal damaging but a safety hazard.''

The large 4-by-8-foot, red, white and blue sign was tipped over in Kotsatos' yard about 1 a.m. Friday.

John Kerry's name was scrawled across Bush's name in black marker on one side of the sign -- the work of previous vandals, Kotsatos said.

He discovered the bent sign at 6:45 a.m.

Police took a report of the incident and retrieved a copy of the videotape to review. No arrests have been made.

Akron police Lt. Sylvia Trundle said depending on the amount of damage -- officials estimate the sign's value at $200 to $400 -- the culprits could be charged with vandalism, but if the value is $500 or more they could face criminal damaging or criminal mischief charges. They are all misdemeanors and would carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Local Republicans and Democrats say the stealing and damaging of campaign signs has been worse this presidential race than in past races. In some cases, the signs have been shredded and burned.

According to the Summit County Republican Party, about 3,000 of the 4,000 signs the GOP has handed out supporting Bush and Cheney have been taken from yards or damaged.

More than 1,000 signs backing Sen. Kerry, D-Mass., and running mate Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., have been taken from yards, according to the Summit County Democratic Party.

Both parties deny taking part in any sign stealing.

Even political leaders like Summit GOP Party Chairman Alex Arshinkoff and Summit Democratic Party Finance Chairman Wayne Jones have seen their signs targeted.

Officials in Medina, Wayne and Portage counties also have reported thefts of campaign signs.

Area police departments say they investigate sign theft complaints when they get them. They say it's best when a description of the vandals or their vehicle can be given.

Kotsatos said he had a Bush sign in his yard four years ago and nobody bothered it. The Republican Party is looking into a possible $1,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the men.

28 posted on 10/10/2004 12:02:17 PM PDT by crushelits
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To: tgslTakoma

29 posted on 10/10/2004 12:06:03 PM PDT by crushelits
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To: tgslTakoma
I have a Veterans For BUSH sticker on my van and I live in ultra liberal Miami, FL and I've not seen any of that stuff. Of course I have about five other little NRA stickers next to it: My life member sticker; my INSTRUCTOR sticker; my IDPA sticker; my "I'm the NRA and I VOTE" sticker are also there. Wonder if that has anything to do with it? An armed society is a polite society. LOL
30 posted on 10/10/2004 12:21:06 PM PDT by ExSoldier (When the going gets tough, the tough go cyclic.)
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To: tgslTakoma
This t-shirt, which was for sale at the Democrats’ protests, depicts the President peeing oil on the earth.

Eh. I don't get it.

Meanwhile, here is videotaped EVIDENCE of 2 Kerry supporters in Ohio tearing down and urinating on someone's Bush-Cheney signs.

Men videotaped vandalizing Bush sign.

Civil War II is here. I expect the left to riot in the streets when President Bush wins re-election. Note to Law Enforcement, don't be afraid to shoot the domestic terrorists on sight when you catch them in the act of revolution.

For 200+ years, one of the greatest traditions in this nation's history was the peaceful exchange of power. Bill Clinton and Terry McAuliffe saw fit to end that.

F. Democrats.

31 posted on 10/10/2004 12:29:33 PM PDT by weegee (Billionaire George Soros wants the best government his money can buy.)
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To: silent_jonny
This from the liberals that created political correctness. It is called 'projection'.

They also seek to intimidate those who would stand in opposition to their evil order.

32 posted on 10/10/2004 12:31:57 PM PDT by weegee (Billionaire George Soros wants the best government his money can buy.)
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To: MplsSteve

A Minnesota GOP FYI Ping


33 posted on 10/10/2004 4:19:21 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Real gun control is - all shots inside the ten ring)
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To: tgslTakoma

Went to class the other night for poll manager, we were told that we would be having several groups of observers this year. The law student club from University of South Carolina and also foreign observers (hinted that they were being sent by the UN) and also maybe some people from Iraq or Iran.

I can't remember the name of the club the law students belong to, but it sounded similar to one of the groups supported by Teresa Kerry.

Isn't that illegal for her to be offering support to these groups?


34 posted on 10/10/2004 6:34:48 PM PDT by dixie sass (Texas - South Carolina on Steroids)
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To: tgslTakoma

Where are the police in all this?? If these RAT vandals were attacking donut shops, there's be some action.


35 posted on 10/10/2004 7:04:54 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: RKBA Democrat

relating to your earlier question:
the democrats who go in for this kinda crap are beyond fixing.

the people who are orchestrating all this are playing with fire.


36 posted on 10/10/2004 7:32:54 PM PDT by King Prout (yo! sKerry: "Live by the flip, die by the flop." - Frank_Discussion)
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To: tgslTakoma

Dont forget Don and Terry Adams, and myself during the recount fiasco of 2000


37 posted on 10/10/2004 7:50:10 PM PDT by RaceBannon (KERRY FLED . . . WHILE GOOD MEN BLED!!)
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To: crushelits

Al lay off the Chili peppers and that won't happen. You Liberal Easterners just don't have the stomach for Real Southwestern food.


38 posted on 10/10/2004 8:25:01 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: King Prout
the democrats who go in for this kinda crap are beyond fixing.

Did you say fixing? Now that's an interesting idea. A little chlorine in the gene pool, eh?

39 posted on 10/10/2004 8:28:00 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

that'd be one way to "start the healing process"... they do so love the concept of "healing"


40 posted on 10/10/2004 8:32:40 PM PDT by King Prout (yo! sKerry: "Live by the flip, die by the flop." - Frank_Discussion)
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To: King Prout
and healing requires a well placed bag of ICE frequently changed over one to two weeks and no repeat no sneezing, coughing, or laughing, lest you find out what pain really is.
41 posted on 10/10/2004 8:37:18 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

*grins*

big evil *grins*


42 posted on 10/10/2004 8:40:35 PM PDT by King Prout (yo! sKerry: "Live by the flip, die by the flop." - Frank_Discussion)
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To: King Prout

43 posted on 10/10/2004 8:42:57 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: sauropod
"Both sides do stuff like that."


Oh really? Well since this post documents property and physical assaults against Bush supporters, where are the documented examples of assaults on Kerry supporters?
44 posted on 10/10/2004 10:45:44 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Vote Bush 2004-We cannot survive a 9-10 President in a 9-11 World)
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To: tgslTakoma

the "Mullahs for Kerry" Halloween costume is sounding
better and better


45 posted on 10/11/2004 4:36:39 PM PDT by Rakkasan1 (Justice of the Piece:If Marx is your hero, Kerry is your candidate.)
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To: petercooper

nice pic


46 posted on 10/11/2004 4:37:23 PM PDT by Rakkasan1 (Justice of the Piece:If Marx is your hero, Kerry is your candidate.)
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To: King Prout

Agreed.

Question: any reports of incidents where the shoe has been on the other foot? Although I sorta doubt I'd read about it on FR....

Unfortunately, this kind of stupidity will probably continue until something really tragic happens.


47 posted on 10/11/2004 6:36:34 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Rumors of the demise of the conservative Democrat have been greatly exaggerated....)
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To: RKBA Democrat

From todays (10/11/04) Mpls RED Star Tribune

Political sign-stealing: Mischief or conspiracy?
Mark Brunswick, Star Tribune
October 11, 2004




Conspiracy theorists and amateur criminologists take note: If you're sleuthing to get to the bottom of the Great Political Yard Sign Heists of 2004, pay attention to the crimes' proximity to high school homecomings and Halloween.

Police say the culprits in political yard sign thefts and vandalism are most likely not scheming political operatives but teenagers out for a joy ride -- dirty tricksters more like Eddie Haskell than G. Gordon Liddy.

In Eden Prairie, a woman frustrated by the theft of her John Kerry yard signs put a video camera next to the window and caught teenagers in the act as they slowed to a stop and pulled the sign out of the yard.

Eden Prairie police report discovering two groups of teenagers stealing and defacing yard signs, prompting Police Chief Dan Carlson to warn parents on his Weblog to watch the trunks of their cars for caches of yard signs and "indications of an abnormal interest in the campaigns."

Damaged signsRichard SennottStar TribuneThe culprit videotaped in the Eden Prairie case was eventually identified by a police school liaison.

While cautioning that authorities take such crimes seriously, Carlson said there is little purpose in devoting scarce police resources to the problem. Criminal prosecutions are unlikely. Since parents notified of the latest escapades gave those involved a stern talking-to, most of the thefts have stopped, Carlson said.

"A yard sign isn't worth that much, a couple of bucks, maybe. We have to investigate, but we're not going to set up a task force or anything," he said.

Change of tone

The residents of one house on East River Road in Minneapolis have taken their Kerry sign and put it inside their door. On the lawn two signs have replaced it, saying: "They stole the last election, and now they stole my Kerry-Edwards sign! Vote Nov. 2."

Erik Larson, an assistant professor of sociology at Macalester College in St. Paul, said North American political campaigns seem to be uniquely individualized, with people wearing buttons or putting out lawn signs rather than attending large rallies.

Larson, who teaches courses in political sociology and criminal behavior, said research shows that most of the thefts are committed by groups of adolescents or by individuals just beyond adolescence. For many who might feel marginalized, it is a way of making a political statement.

"This isn't Karl Rove [President Bush's key political strategist] coming up with a plan to do this. But these are individuals who don't have a means of mass participation in campaigns. This is something they can do," Larson said. "These signs have important symbolic meaning."

In Lancaster, Pa., this year, several teenagers were caught stealing Bush-Cheney yard signs. When asked why they did it, they said they were Democrats.

In Duluth, large lawn signs supporting President Bush were defaced at the home of Bob James. Words such as "Nazi" and "liar" were sprayed on the signs and a swastika was spray-painted on James' sidewalk. Other vandalism also was done to James' property. Three high school boys turned themselves in to the Duluth newspaper after the paper wrote about the incident.

In Cobb County, Georgia, last month a Republican state Senate candidate admitted that he approved a plan to steal his opponent's signs after dozens of his signs were stolen. He went on to win the election with no Democratic opposition.

In Minnesota, officials for the Kerry-Edwards campaign say they have recorded 600 incidents of signs being stolen or defaced.

Randy Wanke, communications director for the Minnesota Republican Party, said there may be no empirical evidence of an increase in thefts but the "tone" of the incidents appears to have become more hateful. Wanke blamed incidents such as DFL Rep. Phyllis Kahn's stealing of campaign literature as setting the wrong example. Kahn, a 32-year legislative veteran, pled guilty last month to taking campaign brochures for Republican House member Lynne Osterman from some New Hope doorsteps in July and replacing them with DFL literature. "No matter what their ideology, people have to know that they can express themselves. That's what this country is about," Wanke said.

The state's Republican Party has included a link on its Web site to something it calls "When Angry Democrats Attack!" posting pictures of vandalism and defaced Bush-Cheney signs, though there is no clear evidence that Democrats were the culprits. In one case, a Richfield woman's Bush sign was burned and portions of her deck were set on fire. The Republican Party is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.

Panache

In other cases, there is a certain nonpartisan anarchic panache to the thefts. In one of the Eden Prairie cases, yard signs from both Bush and Kerry were stolen.

"If you went to bed with a Bush sign in your yard, you would wake up with a Kerry sign in your yard, and vice versa," said Pat Brink, communications manager for the city of Eden Prairie.

If there is a perception that thefts are on the rise, it may be because there are more signs out there. A new state law overrides all city ordinances that previously restricted the number of political signs, and many political activists are loading up their lawns.

Rep. Peter Adolphson, R-Minnetonka, the author of the bill, said he has heard of no problems with the new law but admits it may be providing added fodder for vandals and thieves. His own reelection signs have been vandalized in an area near Hwy 7.

"Finally we just left it up, defaced. That's left more people energized than if we replaced it with a clean fresh sign that would just be spray-painted again," he said.

Not all candidates end up angry over the theft of their signs. Duluth City Council Member Donny Ness recalls a run for office in 1999 when a number of his yard signs were taken. He didn't suspect his opponents but could never figure out who was behind the thefts.

Recently, though, a musician friend scanning the Internet came upon a surprising discovery. On the Web site of Minneapolis-based band Semisonic, buried in a series of photos of rehearsals in 2000, a red and white "Ness for City Council" sign hangs on the wall behind drummer Jacob Slichter.

"You have a nationally known band that at the time was all over MTV and VH1 and there it is, a lawn sign from a Duluth City Council campaign. That's pretty neat," said Ness, a DFL at-large council member, who has jokingly suggested that the group must have taken all his signs.

A flattered Ness said he plans no new security for his signs.


48 posted on 10/11/2004 9:13:49 PM PDT by Valin (I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.)
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To: tgslTakoma

These photos appear to be offline now. Use a service like Imageshack.us which has free hosting services if space/cost is a problem.

These images should remain online for the world to see.

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49 posted on 05/30/2007 8:06:20 PM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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