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Kenneth Gladney, 38, a conservative activist from St. Louis, claims he was attacked by "union thugs" outside a town hall meeting.  I don't believe him for one minute, for reasons I will list below, but a lot of people will, and that's just what the teabaggers counted on.  We've been suckered.

From the Ingraham interview video description:

"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."

Right.  Watch these two videos and see if something seems a little odd to you:

Here's what I immediately found so odd about this:

He claims that three different people punched him in the face and one person kicked him in the head the night before this interview.  

Where's the swelling?

I've seen fights and their aftermath and if you've been punched in the face repeatedly there is swelling, with bruising soon after.  Simple fact.  So you should be able to see obvious swelling on his face from the trauma of the alleged repeated punches.  Where is it?

And the only person I saw down on the ground in the video was someone in a blue shirt, not this character.

This is "backwards B" territory, folks.  But it's not going to be nearly as easy to disprove and counteract.

This is a golden opportunity for the teabaggers to demonize unions as "thugs," which they do in these interviews.  And a lot of people are going to believe it.  I had a feeling that as soon as the SEIU folks started showing up wearing clear identification (the shirts) that something like this was bound to happen.  

I think it was a bad idea for the SEIU folks to show up at these townhalls, especially wearing the shirts.  It was an open invitation for this kind of scenario.  And it was exactly what the teabaggers wanted.  We have to stop playing into their hands or the violence they clearly want WILL break out and they will be blaming US for it.

I'm not very good with tags yet, so maybe some of you could help me out there.  

Originally posted to cindiloohoo on Sat Aug 08, 2009 at 08:20 AM PDT.

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