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  •  About the conspiracy theory pushback . . . (0+ / 0-)

    I was, regretably, not at the town hall last night and as I'm at work have not had time to see the video.  But I am from around here and, as a secretary in a law firm that does a lot of legal work, I get a lot of contact with both the police and the people they deal with.  The cops are usually nice when I see them, but I don't see them when they're trying to deal with crowds.

    I don't much by a conspiracy theory either, although the idea that one man might plan something like this is not exactly far fetched.  And the police in no way had to be in on it.  All he had to do was count on the cops being what they are around here -- overimpressed with their own importance and oblivious to the rights of the people they are supposed to protect.  That combination often leads directly to what happened last night.

    Incidentally, this was not supposed to be a town hall on healthcare reform at all (A Republican holding a meeting about healthcare reform? Isn't there another diary about that subject right now?)  It was supposed to be about aging in America.  But the crowd showed up anyway, and turned it into that.

    Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

    by nilajean on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 11:42:45 AM PDT

    •  It was Carnahan's (D-MO) forum on aging. nt (0+ / 0-)
    •  All it takes is for one or two of the cops to see (0+ / 0-)

      and recognize another dude who is a cop or part of the police force.

      Cops have to make snap judgments in the chaos there on the ground and if a couple of them recognize a fellow officer, it may lead to a cognition that takes a wrong bend in the road.

      So, while that Gladney guy and his attorney sidekick could not know exactly the outcome from their screamer friends interrupting this townhall, they were confident in their abilities to sway things and "create a reality"  that they wanted on the ground.

      <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

      by bronte17 on Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 01:55:29 PM PDT

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