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McAlester Oklahoma honors its fallen hero (Wetsboro protesters call AAA after tires slashed)
American Thinker ^ | November 14, 2010 | Phil Boehmke

Posted on 11/14/2010 9:17:35 PM PST by optiguy

Sgt. Jason J. McCluskey was laid to rest on Saturday with hundreds of his friends, family members and comrades in attendance. And there were hundreds more standing outside the First Baptist Church in McAlester listening to his memorial service via tall standing loudspeakers. And still there were hundreds more lining the roads and intersections from the church to the cemetery waving American Flags and patriotic signs. And there were yet hundreds more at his graveside services at the Tannehill cemetery.

The 26 year old Army paratrooper was killed in action on November 4th in Afghanistan. During his tour of duty Sgt. McCluskey was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his heroism. Jason’s grandmother Anita McCluskey said that her grandson’s “mission in life was to be a protector and defender, and that is what he did.” The small town of McAlester in South-Eastern Oklahoma came together as a community to honor their fallen hero and to honor the nation for which he laid down his life. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church made the trip from Kansas to spread their message of hate at Sgt. McCluskey’s funeral. The group whose hatred of homosexuals has inexplicably been channeled into highly offensive protests at military funerals, discovered that they were in the wrong town on Saturday.

The Tulsa World reports that the half-dozen Westboro protesters were easily drowned out by the friends and neighbors of Sgt. McCluskey who shouted “USA, USA, USA” and countered the “God hates America” message of the protesters with a proud show of American patriotism. After enduring the stringing rebuke of McAlester patriots, the protesters returned to their minivan only to find that both passenger-side tires had been slashed. To make matters worse, as their minivan slowly hobbled away on two flat tires,

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: funeral; protest; westboro
Welcome to Oklahoma, scumbags!
1 posted on 11/14/2010 9:17:51 PM PST by optiguy
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To: optiguy

They forgot the sand for the gas tank.


2 posted on 11/14/2010 9:27:21 PM PST by o-n-money
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To: optiguy
Even if the cops could wanted to locate those who slashed the tires; good luck getting a conviction.
3 posted on 11/14/2010 9:30:59 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: o-n-money

Maybe they didn’t.


4 posted on 11/14/2010 9:32:47 PM PST by optiguy (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.----- Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeaHawkFan

The “hissing heard round the world!”


5 posted on 11/14/2010 9:34:24 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: SeaHawkFan

Most of the Phelps crew are lawyers. They sue anyone who does anything against them. I wouldn’t put it past them to sue the family of the fallen soldier for over the tire slashing.


6 posted on 11/14/2010 9:37:02 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: o-n-money

Makes my day!


7 posted on 11/14/2010 9:37:38 PM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: vette6387
Makes my day!

The US Supreme Court has proclaimed burning the American flag as the one-and-only form of "protected symbolic speech". Of what consequence are a couple of tires?

If the slime sues, the defendant's attorney has to remember that the prorated value of the tires be used. Otherwise, this could be a scan for Westboro to get free new tires, plus punitive damages.

8 posted on 11/14/2010 9:47:59 PM PST by 300winmag (Overkill never fails)
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To: MediaMole

Anybody can sue anybody, winning in court is another matter. With no legal way for the ‘Burros to force an investigation of who was responsible (McAlester chief of police: “Tire slashing? What tire slashing?”), the good ole Okie rednecks will force the Westie boys to royally get lost.


9 posted on 11/14/2010 9:48:26 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: optiguy

God, I am so torn!

Thought A:

* I can’t condone vandalism and I MUST support free speech — we show our TRUE support for the 1st Amendment by allowing speech we despise.

* Wasn’t shouting them down and blocking them enough?

Thought B:

* Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress is a valid legal concept - “Free Speech” is not absolute and speech designed SPECIFICALLY to hurt someone one purpose can and should be curtailed. This is doubly true for our fallen heroes.

* As the OP said — The Tea Party was an act of vandalism and if these people get enough guff that costs them personally, the may go away.

I don’t have an answer for myself...


10 posted on 11/14/2010 9:50:23 PM PST by freedumb2003 (IMHO)
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To: freedumb2003

Why......They had`AAA.


11 posted on 11/14/2010 9:52:25 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: eyedigress

>>Why......They had`AAA.<<

Always good to have a tie-breaker.

:)

(I am going with Thought B unless and until I am talked out of it)


12 posted on 11/14/2010 9:55:19 PM PST by freedumb2003 (IMHO)
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To: optiguy

The Westboro Baptist Church is not a church! It is the Phelps family. The head of that family must be a HOMOSEXUAL because he rants about homosexuality!!!!


13 posted on 11/14/2010 9:57:57 PM PST by Doctor Don
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To: optiguy

There is a nice little “bomb factory” in McAlester, OK. Great people, but they do not tolerate anti-Americanism.

Oklohoma is NOT Obozo country. Not a single county in the state voted for him. Not one.


14 posted on 11/14/2010 10:01:16 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: optiguy

These Dumb Shiites messed with Little Dixie?

LOL

Lucky their tires were all that got slashed.


15 posted on 11/14/2010 10:01:39 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Doctor Don

Or maybe his mother was frightened by a gay while she was pregnant with him. Politics-wise, these are ‘rats.


16 posted on 11/14/2010 10:02:23 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: optiguy

Cross your fingers.


17 posted on 11/14/2010 10:03:57 PM PST by o-n-money
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To: Texas Fossil

There sure is and they are all over Oklahoma.

They should try this in Pryor and see how that goes.


18 posted on 11/14/2010 10:04:42 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Vendome

Same in Amarillo, but upscale a bit on yield.

Locals there think much like those in OK. I lived in Piedmont for 7 years and traveled that state and several others for many more. We loved OK, and the people.


19 posted on 11/14/2010 10:12:55 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: optiguy
Rest in peace with honor Sargent McCluskey!

Hartshorne, Pittsburg County Bump!

20 posted on 11/14/2010 10:13:44 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: optiguy

Absolutely no good can come from these Westboro miscreants.

This will very likely end badly for them and they will have sacrificed themselves for a totally meaningless and misguided cause.

Fools!


21 posted on 11/14/2010 10:19:01 PM PST by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: Titus-Maximus

Until his would be mockees have learned to answer by flouting him wherever he goes, he will not consider his day in the sun to be over.


22 posted on 11/14/2010 10:20:47 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: optiguy
“To make matters worse, as their minivan slowly hobbled away on two flat tires, with a McAlister police car following behind, the protesters were unable to find anyone in town who would repair their vehicle, according to police.
The minivan finally pulled over several blocks away in a shopping center parking lot, where AAA was called. A flatbed service truck eventually arrived and loaded up the minivan.”

Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
I drive through McAlister every time I visit my sister in Fort Smith. Great town!

23 posted on 11/14/2010 10:23:30 PM PST by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: Texas Fossil

Hey now.

The only reason the Great State of Texas doesn’t fall into the ocean is because Oklahoma sucks.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Better Sooner than later or an Arkie. LOL


24 posted on 11/14/2010 10:26:03 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: freedumb2003

“Wasn’t shouting them down and blocking them enough?”

They were lucky to escape town with only their tires slashed.


25 posted on 11/14/2010 10:26:16 PM PST by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: optiguy

Damn, only 2 tires slashed, there was more work needed to be done on their van..........if you follow my drift.


26 posted on 11/14/2010 10:32:08 PM PST by The Cajun
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To: The Cajun; optiguy

They could’a stole their 8 track player....


27 posted on 11/14/2010 10:39:35 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: o-n-money
"They forgot the sand for the gas tank."

Ssssshhh! I hear tell it's supposed to be sugar... '-)

28 posted on 11/14/2010 11:01:30 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Vendome

A consequence of my 7 years in Piedmont is that my daughter is an OU grad. She and her husband live in Hutton, TX now.

I am totally illiterate when it comes to sports and am totally disinterested in sports also.

As far as Texas and OK are concerned, we have a long history of more cooperation than either states residents admit to.

I found it interesting that Sam Houston went to Oklahoma during the Civil War, because he took the unpopular position that Texas should not succeed from the U.S. He was for a time pretty unpopular for that position. He lived with the Indians in OK till the war was over. (he even married one, he had several wives)


29 posted on 11/14/2010 11:02:48 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: o-n-money

Sugar, sugar! It is far more of a problem than sand.


30 posted on 11/15/2010 3:01:51 AM PST by mazda77 (Mike Hogan - JAX Mayor)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Precisely. Who is to say the tires were just flat and they caused the cuts from driving on a flattened tire?


31 posted on 11/15/2010 3:03:54 AM PST by mazda77 (Mike Hogan - JAX Mayor)
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To: o-n-money
They forgot the sand for the gas tank.

I used to be a Ride captain in the PGR. Whenever the Phelps clan showed up here, their van was always a rental.

Prior to one funeral, I had to appeal to the local folks not to vandalize their RENTED van by throwing paint balloons at it.

I always tried to keep things as peaceful as possible, so that my families could grieve in quiet dignity.

I've got to admit, however, that slashing those tires was pretty darn quiet!

32 posted on 11/15/2010 3:35:44 AM PST by PalmettoMason (It's easy being a menace to society when half the population is happy being sheep.)
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To: SeaHawkFan

Were I on a grand jury I would refuse to indict, were I on a jury I’d vote NOT GUILTY.


33 posted on 11/15/2010 3:48:33 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Get out of our house and take your big ass wookie bride with ya)
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To: optiguy

It’s about time. Yes, they have a right to protest, but so does the other side.


34 posted on 11/15/2010 4:07:32 AM PST by McGavin999 ("I was there when we had the numbers, but didn't have the principles"-Jim DeMint)
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