It’s getting ugly out there.
Confederate Yankee, with the blog title of they day:
Yes We Cannibal
Chris Good at The Atlantic:
KTLA news reports that a 65-year-old man got his finger bitten off during a health care protest in Thousand Oaks, California, outside Los Angeles. The man, part of an anti-reform protest that formed across the street from a pro-reform MoveOn.org rally, reportedly attacked a reform backer during an altercation, and subsequently had is pinky bitten off:
“About 100 protesters sponsored by MoveOn.org were having a rally supporting health care reform. A group of anti-health care reform protesters formed across the street.
A witness from the scene says a man was walking through the anti-reform group to get to the pro-reform side when he got into an altercation with the 65-year-old, who opposes health care reform.
The 65-year-old was apparently aggressive and hit the other man, who then retaliated by biting off his attacker’s pinky, according to Karoli from DrumsnWhistles.
The man took his finger and walked to Los Robles hospital for treatment.”
At the blog DrumsNWhistles, blogger Karoli gives a first-person account of what happened. She was there, with the pro-reform people. She writes, sounding a bit shaken up:
“The man in the orange shirt hit the pro-reform guy (I’m going to call him PR Guy just to keep the players straight). Hard. (tweeted in real time) He punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground and into that thruway. As you can see from the photo, cars drive straight through that without stopping. The pro-reform guy could have been run over. He got up, tried to get back up on the curb, but Orange Shirt guy was in his face. Finger in his face, PR Guy standing, steps up to the curb, and there’s a scuffle. Orange shirt seemed to have PR Guy in a hold, but again, I was across the street, so won’t state that as absolute fact. Next thing I see is PR Guy’s hat being tossed into the street, both yelling at one another, then Orange shirt walks away, PR Guy picks up hat and crosses to our side.
When he gets to our side, he tells a story in one sentence: “He punched me hard, straight in the face, so I bit his finger off.”
Honestly, I thought he was exaggerating. I guess he wasn’t.”No word on the age of the biter.
If the victim in this case initiated the violence, he could be guilty of battery, a misdemeanor. However, biting off a finger is almost certainly assault with the intent to commit mayhem, a term used for deliberate disfigurement or amputation in California, and a felony. One of the most infamous rape cases in recent years involved a man who raped a young woman and chopped off her arms, but the victim managed to survive. “Mayhem” was the only charge at the time the state could apply besides the rape, and he only got 13 years for the crime.
Whether or not the perp belonged to MoveOn is really immaterial. As conservatives, we believe in individual responsibility, not group guilt. Nevertheless, this does demonstrate — again — that most of the violence in these protests have come not from Tea Party activists or gun-carrying protesters, but from the counterprotesters from unions and left-wing groups.
Why might that be? Other than desperation at losing the argument, I just can’t put my finger on it.
Opponents of socialized medicine must also adjust their chants:
Hands off my health care…and teeth off my hands!
Michael Goldfarb at TWS:
A member of MoveOn.org bites off the finger off a conservative protester and MoveOn responds by calling the incident “regrettable.” The group’s spokesman also says that “MoveOn condemns violence in all forms.” Which is no doubt true, but also a deeply revealing statement from a group that was — from the first moments after 9/11 — opposed even military strikes against al Qaeda and the Taliban. These people would bite the fingers off conservatives who oppose the president’s health care plans, but they would condemn the U.S. military for killing terrorists if it wasn’t political suicide to do so.
People are now EATING EACH OTHERS’ DIGITS over health care reform and other pieces of legislation and whatever that none of them probably understand.
This is in Thousand Oaks, California, which we thought was on fire or something…?? Here’s a weird way to introduce things:
About 100 protesters sponsored by MoveOn.org were having a rally supporting health care reform. A group of anti-health care reform protesters formed across the street.
Is it accurate to label people who go to town halls “supporting health care reform” as “protesters?” They are just happy-happies! No, not that either. They are wacky monsters from the Internet, just like you and me.
Police in Thousand Oaks, California are investigating whether a MoveOn thug bit off the pinky of a man who dared voice opposition to Obamacare at a MoveOn event, KTLA reported.
That is one way of showing people that they need Obamacare.
But I thought Obamacare was supposed to reduce emergency room visits.
Well, Barack Obama told his supporters “to get in the face” of anyone who dares oppose him. Gateway Pundit also recalled Obama saying: “If they bring a knife… we bring a gun.”
The Lefty Reaction to this attempted cannibalism? He was provoked.
Yes, a 65-year-old man is such a threat.
Jesse Taylor responding to Suber:
Apparently, Don is not familiar with Jack Lalanne. But yes, truly, when someone punches you in the face and then, per an eyewitness report, puts you in some sort of lock, they are simply acting to protect themselves from the undeniable Ozomba urge to consume human flesh.
There’s one ironclad rule of right-wing extremism: it’s not extremism until the person did something undeniably wrong, at which point it’s not right-wing. I predict the whole thing is called “staged” within 24 hours. People don’t even have pinkies anymore – have you seen the Simpsons? Ever?