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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Absolutley. While I didn't see what happened prior ot the wrist grabbing due to the editing (so I can't really say if the wrist grab was entirely out of line, although it looks like it probably was out of line), Etheridge clearly wasn't being threatened in any way when he let go of the wrist and grabbed the kid's neck.
    And thank you for being the only one to mention there was a big edit. -- We don't know what happened?

    Etheridge may have over reacted, but I still love the terrified sound in the little punk's voice... "sir..."

    The way those two O'Keef asshats wet their pants was classic.

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    Holy crap, I go away for an hour and I come back and this whole thread has been turned into Partisan hackery, god zimmer even found a way to throw Obama into it... fantastic, but I would expect nothing less.

    Look. What this congressman did was moronic. HE SHOULD KNOW BETTER! That's the end of it, as Robin Williams put it so elequantly "It's no longer big brother, it's little snitch" Even if these kids didn't have a Camera, most cell phones now come with video camera's, it is absolutely pants on head retarded for him to do what he did. Having said that, the kids intentions I feel were less then innocent, they sound like a couple of brats, but that's not the point, doesn't make what the congressmen did right.

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Holy crap, I go away for an hour and I come back and this whole thread has been turned into Partisan hackery, god zimmer even found a way to throw Obama into it... fantastic, but I would expect nothing less.

    Look. What this congressman did was moronic. HE SHOULD KNOW BETTER! That's the end of it, as Robin Williams put it so elequantly "It's no longer big brother, it's little snitch" Even if these kids didn't have a Camera, most cell phones now come with video camera's, it is absolutely pants on head retarded for him to do what he did. Having said that, the kids intentions I feel were less then innocent, they sound like a couple of brats, but that's not the point, doesn't make what the congressmen did right.
    Jet,
    I was mocking a lonney toones argument that came from a source known for such statements.
    The individual said the Congressman was assaulted. With what? A question about Obama???
    And then the fun started...


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    All politicians are human and should be judged as individuals and not along party lines. I wonder if any posters would change their minds/posts if this had been a Republican.
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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    And thank you for being the only one to mention there was a big edit. -- We don't know what happened?

    Etheridge may have over reacted, but I still love the terrified sound in the little punk's voice... "sir..."

    The way those two O'Keef asshats wet their pants was classic.
    We know Congressman Asshat apologized.
    If there was anything incriminating, he would have asked for the release of the tape.

    End of story.

    I heard the WWF offered him a contract.

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    All politicians are human and should be judged as individuals and not along party lines. I wonder if any posters would change their minds/posts if this had been a Republican.
    I guarantee you I would have been just as shocked and probably more pissed off, AND probably would have suggested he retire his seat or at a minimum not seek re-election.

    No guff.

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    I heard the WWF offered him a contract..

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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    All politicians are human and should be judged as individuals and not along party lines. I wonder if any posters would change their minds/posts if this had been a Republican.
    There is no way that this guy was a democrat. Us liberals are wimpy pacifists. We would have probably peed our pants instead.
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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    Since when do right and wrong have anything to do with a legal defense?? Sadly.

    It's called posturing.
    I'm not sure what you're saying. Asking someone a question on the street, regardless of whether the question is dumb or if there is a camera, is not even close to assault.

    These kids did the same type of idiot in-your-face journalism that many cheered on when it was done by Michael Moore, moveon, or other liberal groups. If the roles were reversed here, there's no chance you'd be belittling the kids and defending someone like John Cornyn.

    If you're a politician, people will be following you around with cameras and asking you questions that you don't want to answer. Grabbing the person with the camera is not the mature way to respond to that. I don't think the guy should be arrested for anything, but he's certainly an idiot.
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    Re: Etheridge caught in on-camera confrontation

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    Ahh paparazzi journalism.
    Really? Asking an elected representative a question on a public sidewalk is "paparazzi journalism"? And why don't you have anything to say about the obvious assault that was committed by a sitting Congressman? Isn't that the real issue here, and not some imagined "paparazzi" tactic?

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut1058804501
    Um... Yeah. Duh? Who the hell are the tools bothering the congressman? Do they live in his district?
    What difference does it make who they are or where they're from? This is a free country, isn't it?

    And what kind of stupid ****ing question is that? "Supporting the Obama agenda." Friggin' idiots. Go back to school and learning something.
    I think you're missing something here. A sitting Congressman assaulted someone because they asked him a question. Never mind the fact that you think it's a stupid question - that is totally irrelevant - he had no right to put his hands on that young man, period. Your anger (which seems to be a recurrent theme in your posts) is totally misplaced and absurd.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Etheridge reacted poorly. I think there is no real question there. I do to an extent feel for him. Just because you are a public official does not mean people should be able to try and get an on camera interview any time they want. The kid was being a dick. That does not excuse Etheridge's behavior, but he was not the only one whose behavior was inappropriate.
    You feel for him??? He assaulted someone!

    He's a public official, and he was walking down a public sidewalk.

    How is asking an elected representative a question about the President's agenda in a public place "being a dick"?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    The kid was being a prick...
    How is asking a public official a question about the President's political agenda "being a prick"? I guess you think every reporter on the planet is a prick, too?

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