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Eye Witness to St. Louis Scuffle: 'SEIU Representative Punched Him In the Face.'
The Weekly Standard ^ | August 7, 2009 | Mary Katherine Ham

Posted on 08/08/2009 2:29:36 AM PDT by Scanian

Last night, as reports began to emerge of unrest at two big health care town halls in Tampa and St. Louis, a man on Twitter claiming to work with SEIU, claimed a handful of arrests in St. Louis had been Obamacare critics, and they'd been arrested for assaulting SEIU members. His report was dutifully repeated by liberals looking to paint the violence as caused by critics of the administration.

When I went looking for corroboration of his story, I found something quite different in this report from the Post-Dispatch:

Kenneth Gladney, 38, a 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 at St. John's Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was awaiting treatment for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face. Gladney, who is black, said one of his attackers, also a black man, used a racial slur against him before the attack.

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

Six people were arrested: "Two of the people were arrested on suspicion of assault, one of resisting arrest and three on suspicion of committing peace disturbances, police say."

Today, video emerged, which looked like it might have captured the alleged assault on Kenneth Gladney. It was taken by someone from a blog named Missourah, who was shooting the scenes of the Carnahan event all night

(Excerpt) Read more at weeklystandard.com ...


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: demgoons; kennethgladney; townhalls; unions
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1 posted on 08/08/2009 2:29:36 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

With the racial slurs, why is this not a hate crime? Penalty would be much stiffer.


2 posted on 08/08/2009 2:39:20 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Scanian
Do these Obamabot union thugs....and the cowardly Dims they are supposedly "protecting"....really want to incite the populace to match their "muscle" at these meetings? They have NO clue what they are stirring up....and it could get really, really ugly for them.
3 posted on 08/08/2009 2:46:40 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Scanian
. . . civil action against the SEIU members

There needs to be civil action againt the SEIU people who assaulted him.

And against SEIU, as the organization represented by the members.

AND against the administration, who publicly said that if there was action against 0's healthcare scam, they would, ". . . punch back twice as hard."

Just as noisy demonstrations and disrupted meetings have been a tactic used by the left, it's time to start using lawsuits as well.

4 posted on 08/08/2009 2:47:16 AM PDT by Quiller (When you're fighting to survive, there is no "try" -- there is only do, or do not.)
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To: Scanian

SEIU is an EVIL, corrupt union. They’ve really gone off the deep leftist end.

I had the extreme pleasure of donating my time and experience dealing with unions to de-certify an SEIU local, which I did with great pleasure.

These people are thugs, however. They will try anything to force themselves on workplaces, and once there steal members money, never to be seen nor accounted for, while providing nothing in the way of services whatsoever. We had the usual death threats these big mouthed commies like to threaten, but unfortunately were too cowardly to show up.

That “union” should be outlawed


5 posted on 08/08/2009 2:55:56 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Scanian

Will Obuma stay shut up about this???/s


6 posted on 08/08/2009 3:01:44 AM PDT by Dallas59 (Hows My Posting? Please Contact flag@whitehouse.gov)
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To: Scanian

Obama Acorn and the SEIU.vs. America. Now who do you think will kick who’s ass. We have made the mistake of electing the first anti-American President. He won with the help and collaboration of the Anti-American media. Each day his true colors become a little more exposed in ways his media alilies can not gloss over or hide. Do they really think they can take us over with paperwork, red tape and a few thugs? I got news for em.


7 posted on 08/08/2009 3:16:26 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (!!)
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To: Scanian

The DemoCrooks are running and hiding from the People.

They know what they are doing is wrong, is corrupt, is evil, and these “representatives” know the People know, that they are being lied to their faces.

Sure they want “call in “Town Hall Meetings”..Tjhat way they can have their Union Mobster Thug Technicians, screen not only who gets to ask any questions, but also what questions get “asked”.

They are traitors to their oaths, and are attempting to rule without representing of the Peoples will.

And now they are sending legions of Basiji like goons to attack the People.

By the direction of Mr Obama, violent criminal thugs have been paid and sent out to stomp protesters. He’s criminally guilty. The Unions and the others, are criminally guilty, the violent Union goons are guilty, they are all guilty of a criminal conspiracy to do bodily harm, and have done so based in part on race, which makes them all guilty of the Hate Crimes committed.

Barak Obama had/ordered a Black American man, STOMPED!

How many more will be stomped by his fascist goons?


8 posted on 08/08/2009 3:27:45 AM PDT by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: screaminsunshine

The AFL-CIO are now sending their legions of goons, “community organizers”, and “union activists”, to join in the Leftist Basiji attacks on the American People.


9 posted on 08/08/2009 3:31:06 AM PDT by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: DGHoodini
Where is RICO??? Where is the F’in Bureau of INCOMPETENTS!!!!

Herr Adolf OBAMA himself said there must be a “civilian force” with all the capability of the military”. This is pure ORGANIZED CRIME ! ! ! ! !

10 posted on 08/08/2009 4:04:46 AM PDT by Huebolt (Kill the boomers quickly and cheaply = O BUMMER CARE "take the pain medication")
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To: Huebolt
LA has opened a full investigation into ACORN, CCI and SEIU. This may be the logical place to start as New Orleans is the hone of all three sister organizations. The fishing should be very good as 300+ linked organizations are all in the same house.
11 posted on 08/08/2009 4:17:39 AM PDT by WellyP
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To: WellyP
....300+ linked organizations are all in the same house.

By this I take you mean the 'White House', don't you?

12 posted on 08/08/2009 4:24:59 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Scanian

It is essential that people attending these meetings have video equipment.
The PEOPLE have to get these attacks on citizens recorded.
They need to get the arrogance of the CONgressial officials recorded.
They need to get the lies and misinformation recorded. Then distributed to every source you can find. We have no press or very little in American anymore. The MSM is nothing more then a propoganda outlet for the Obama regime. They can not be counted on to report the facts.


13 posted on 08/08/2009 4:28:06 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Proud to have made Communist Leader Obama's hit list at flag@whitehouse.gov)
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To: Nathan Zachary

These people are thugs, however. They will try anything to force themselves on workplaces, and

Yes this is true.I have seen these type thugs in action before..
But this is going to be very different.
They are no longer trying to intimidate a worker already a little frightened by their situaion.
The are confronting “PISSED OPF” not going to take this crap anymore American Citizens desiring to exercise their Constituional Rights.
As with all bullies these union thugs are basically cowards. They always try to outnumber those they go up against or to pick what they perceive to be the weaker target. The odds should no longer be in their favor....


14 posted on 08/08/2009 4:34:27 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Proud to have made Communist Leader Obama's hit list at flag@whitehouse.gov)
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To: screaminsunshine

Don’t forget AARP has partnered with SEIU to spend the month of August promoting Obamacare.


15 posted on 08/08/2009 4:37:21 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: DGHoodini

unlike iran the good people in this country have guns


16 posted on 08/08/2009 4:44:29 AM PDT by Charlespg (The Mainstream media is the enemy of democracy destroy the mainstream media)
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To: Scanian

This whole scenario of the Statist Thugs accusing
peaceful, though Loud, protesters of Violence is a
Propaganda technique called “Turnspeak”.

Thought to be originated by Joseph Goebbels.

Germany claimed that those Evil Czechs were War Mongers
and refused to surrender their land to the Peace Loving Germans.

In modern times “Turnspeak” has been perfected by the Arabs.
Calling Israelis “Nazis”.

This is difficult to defend against, Causes confusion and obfuscates the Arabs actual involvement with the Real Nazis during WWII.

So, If you are doing Evil the most effective way to deflect criticism is to accuse your enemy of the very Evil that you are guilty of.


17 posted on 08/08/2009 4:44:42 AM PDT by SwedeBoy2
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To: Scanian
Looks like the Community Organizers Handbook for Union Thugs will have to be rewritten to start considering the large proliferation of camcorders.
18 posted on 08/08/2009 4:46:05 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Global Warming Theory is extremely robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it)
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To: Carley

And Castor here in Tampa cancelled her town hall and went to one for Betty Reed sponsored by ACORN abnd SEIU. Communist Fronts.


19 posted on 08/08/2009 5:00:56 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (!!)
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To: Nathan Zachary

“I had the extreme pleasure of donating my time and experience dealing with unions to de-certify an SEIU local,”

Can you share that experience? Knowing how to decertify a union is valuable information.


20 posted on 08/08/2009 5:01:06 AM PDT by sergeantdave (obuma is the anti-Lincoln, trying to re-establish slavery)
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To: RightOnline

Obama KNOWS what he is stirring up. Obama wants martial law.


21 posted on 08/08/2009 5:09:09 AM PDT by abclily
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To: Scanian

The SEIU members don’t even know what’s in the bill. They’re just Obama Rent-a-Thugs.


22 posted on 08/08/2009 5:17:11 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: Dallas59
Will Obuma stay shut up about this???/s

Do bears $hit in the woods? Since Zer0 does not $hit, the is yes!

23 posted on 08/08/2009 5:22:08 AM PDT by jws3sticks (Sarah Palin forever!)
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To: Quiller

There is going to be a little get together outside the SEIU office today at noon.... ;-)

http://stlouisteaparty.com/


24 posted on 08/08/2009 5:25:15 AM PDT by birddog (http://www.nohr669.com/)
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To: popdonnelly

Exactly! If the support for the dems and (The Mutual of Obama insurance plan) was there, why would Obama even have to call out his troops? The real patriots of this nation are the ones showing up and they are against it! A baseball coach does not have to call up players to make up his team because they loose interest and stay home.


25 posted on 08/08/2009 5:33:03 AM PDT by Radio Free American? (When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.)
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To: hoosiermama
With the racial slurs, why is this not a hate crime?
The attacker, an SEIU Union Thug (dummy was wearing his union Tee Shirt), was also Black. So he can call another Black a 'Ni@@er' and it's not a 'Hate Crime'.
26 posted on 08/08/2009 5:49:11 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Condor51
So he can call another Black a 'Ni@@er' and it's not a 'Hate Crime'.

I've been told that its a term of endearment for one black to cal another black the n word
27 posted on 08/08/2009 5:52:43 AM PDT by boxerblues
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To: Condor51

On FOX yesterday they said: The second man who also used the N word repeatedly was white.

Hate crime!


28 posted on 08/08/2009 5:56:23 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: WellyP

Don’t forget the ties to Chicago.

They’re somewhere in this:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2151323/posts?page=1


29 posted on 08/08/2009 5:59:35 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: boxerblues
I've been told that its a term of endearment for one black to cal another black the n word
Yep it is. Or, 'can be' depending on its usage.
Greeting: 'Hey ni@@er, what's up!'
Threat: 'Ni@@er, you gonna die!'
But as we know only blacks can use it.
30 posted on 08/08/2009 5:59:53 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: SwedeBoy2

“Accuse others of what you are doing yourself” is a communist saying attributed to both Lenin and Marx.


31 posted on 08/08/2009 6:01:07 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Condor51

lol Im not even sure if I can call them black or African American


32 posted on 08/08/2009 6:02:21 AM PDT by boxerblues
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To: hoosiermama
On FOX yesterday they said: The second man who also used the N word repeatedly was white. ... Hate crime!
I don't know about Fox. I watched the actual Video, it was all over FR yesterday afternoon. The attacker who was arrested for 'jumpin on' the black conservative was a Big Black guy.

That Big Black union thug is lucky it wasn't me who he 'jumped on'. His left kidney would have gotten 4" of cold steel for his effort.

33 posted on 08/08/2009 6:07:59 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Scanian

Form a brute squad then!

34 posted on 08/08/2009 6:10:09 AM PDT by isaiah55version11_0 (For His Glory)
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To: boxerblues
lol Im not even sure if I can call them black or African American

I refuse to call them 'African American' as Jesse Jackson coined that term. They are 'Black' and that's that ;-)

35 posted on 08/08/2009 6:10:54 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Scanian

In another news report...the black SEIU thug claims his shoulder was dislocated. You can seem him holding it in the video.


36 posted on 08/08/2009 6:11:06 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: RightOnline; abclily
They have NO clue what they are stirring up....and it could get really, really ugly for them.
Like 21 said, Obama knows EXACTLY what he's fomenting - he WANTS Martial Law. He and toady Eric Holder are drolling at the chance to unleash the full power of the DoJ on citizens.
37 posted on 08/08/2009 6:17:01 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Huebolt
"Herr Adolf OBAMA himself said there must be a “civilian force” with all the capability of the military”."

That is AmeriCorp. Glenn Beck said that AmeriCorp is the one to watch, not SEIU and ACORN.

38 posted on 08/08/2009 6:17:58 AM PDT by blam
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To: Condor51

“This was a truly senseless hate crime carried out by racist union thugs.” Kenneth Gladney’s attorney David B. Brown.

More here: Union Thugs Deliver Unprovoked Beating on Black Conservative at Carnahan Town Hall http://stlouisteaparty.com/


39 posted on 08/08/2009 6:22:39 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Condor51
Forgot: conviction 10 mandatory minimum sentence.
40 posted on 08/08/2009 6:23:58 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Drango

Is he the one folks were holding back? Want to see his medical record.


41 posted on 08/08/2009 6:26:27 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Drango
In another news report...the black SEIU thug claims his shoulder was dislocated. You can seem him holding it in the video.

Sounds suspicious. An autopsy would show if there was any actual damage to the shoulder.

42 posted on 08/08/2009 6:26:31 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: tacticalogic; hoosiermama

But Elston McCowan, an SEIU staffer, said Gladney was actually an instigator. McCowan accused Gladney of attacking him as he walked to his car. McCowan said he suffered a dislocated shoulder.

“Out of nowhere, the guy just assaults me,” said McCowan, 47, of St. Louis.

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/missouristatenews/story/0D082BFFE012C7CD8625760C000BCCBD?OpenDocument


43 posted on 08/08/2009 6:35:04 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: hoosiermama

Obama needs to invite everyone involved in this to the White House for a beer.


44 posted on 08/08/2009 6:36:46 AM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: Drango

Did they file a police report to that effect?


45 posted on 08/08/2009 6:38:21 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Drango

Spin...What do the videos show? Gladney being beaten. As I said I want to see the other guy’s medical records. A dislocated shoulder would need attention.

If he gave that statement to LEO he could also be charged for making a false statement.....When in a hole stop digging.

Check the police report...If it’s not there it didn’t happen.


46 posted on 08/08/2009 6:43:05 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: tacticalogic

LOL Since the only way to prove a person is an alcoholic, I suggested one be performed on my X.


47 posted on 08/08/2009 6:44:59 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: boxerblues
I've been told that its a term of endearment for one black to cal another black the n word

Sure it is, especially when they are kicking the crap out of another black guy on the ground, lots of love there!

48 posted on 08/08/2009 7:02:01 AM PDT by calex59
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To: Drango

Reminds me of the time my ex sprained her knee trying to kick me.


49 posted on 08/08/2009 7:17:19 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: popdonnelly

Of course they are...but I’m sure the media regards “astroturfing” as a leftist privilege.


50 posted on 08/08/2009 7:26:05 AM PDT by Scanian
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