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  •  The American Legion goes back to its roots... (none)
    During World War I, the American Legion would forcibly break up anti-war rallies with two-by-fours and billy clubs. This isn't new.

    Spread the memes: Californians, vote NO Nov. 8th. Borrow-and-Binge Republicans.

    by MamasGun on Wed Aug 24, 2005 at 02:06:47 PM PDT

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    •  Except that they are (none)
      much older now. Maybe they can run us over in their golf carts but I'm not all that worried about them hitting me with a billy club.
      •  Run us over? (none)
        Be sure not to plan any rallies in farmers' markets!

        It's far better to uphold the Constitution and burn the flag than it is to hold up the flag and burn the Constitution.

        by beemer on Wed Aug 24, 2005 at 02:43:53 PM PDT

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        •  Easy now. (none)
          I've been to the F/M many times, but never since.

          There was another incident on the south side of town a few years back where an old man ran down a guy and dragged him for about a block because he took his parking space, IIRC.

    •  I believe that the AL... (none)
      ...was formed after World War I.

      I've got blisters on my fingers!

      by Elwood Dowd on Wed Aug 24, 2005 at 02:14:08 PM PDT

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    •  Wesley Everest (none)
      The American Legion was used by the right-wing Centralia Protective Association to destroy the Industrial Workers of the World hall in Centralia, Washington on November 11, 1919.

      World War I hero and IWW organizer Wesley Everest, who was inside the hall, shouted: "I fought for democracy in France and I'm going to fight for it here. The first man that comes in this hall, why, he's going to get it." Shots were fired by both sides and during the fighting four men were killed.

      Warren O. Grimm (yes his real name) leader of the American Legionaires was shot dead by Wesley Everest. Wesley Everest was castrated and hung from the Chehalis River bridge by a mob.  

      See link.

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