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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:50 AM
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I'm at a coffee with the congressman and these teabaggers are nuts
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 09:20 AM by proud2BlibKansan
Congressman Cleaver (MO 5th) has a once monthly coffee where he meets one on one with constituents. The place is packed with racist teabaggers. They are chanting 'Read the Bill' and 'Just Say No'. They are also angry that Cleaver isn't speaking to the crowd. But he is doing what he does once a month. It's kinda funny. The guy behind me is going on and on about the evils of socialized medicine. And he claims he was on welfare as a child. I just told him he looks healthy enough so my tax dollars obviously kept you healthy as you were growing up.

They keep chanting and we out chant them every time. I am standing here with a bunch of "union thugs" and we are surrounding Cleaver as he talks to each constituent. Please forgive any spelling errors as I am being shoved from behind.

One lunatic just told us he pays $6000 a month for insurance and has already refused Medicare.

But my favorite is the lady who is at least 75, maybe 80, and her sign says 'Keep Government Out Of My Health Care'. I stood next to her for as long as I could stand it and heard at least 6 people ask her if she had refused Medicare. LOL She never responded.

Took lots of pictures. Will post later.
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ellie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:52 AM
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1. Good for you!
Yes, please post pictures!
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ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:53 AM
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2. should we ask these folks if medicare should be stopped???
wonder what would happen if anyone suggested that medicare be shut down and these folks be put in private health care with the premiums to match.
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Hassin Bin Sober Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:56 AM
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6. Maybe we should make up a "Medicare Cancellation" form for them to sign at these protests.
A twist on the enlistment forms that chicken-hawks can't stand.
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mascarax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:01 AM
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8. Good idea!
Medicare and their Social Security...

Thanks for posting & defending your Congressman's monthly meeting! I look forward to the pictures. Do they like to get their photos taken as they're yelling and looking ugly? Usually with misspelled signs.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:02 AM
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11. I have suggested that at least a dozen times already this morning
I either get a yes or a blank stare.
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Wapsie B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:53 AM
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3. Yeah you'd think that if the lady had any principles at all she's refuse Medicare
and her SSI check. I'd love to see pics.
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TokenQueer Donating Member (762 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:53 AM
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4. Get 'em!
:applause:
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:54 AM
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5. Please don't refer to union members as thugs.

I know you were just joking but we don't want to give the r's any ammunition.

:hi:
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:04 AM
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12. I am proud to be a union thug
I am thuggish about health care reform.
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:18 AM
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22. If you still have time, you could put it in quotes because we know you are playing off the idiocy of
the Right.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:32 AM
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28. Done
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:35 AM
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30. Cool.
:)
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cyclezealot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:57 AM
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7. Look forward to your photos. Thanks.
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PA Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:02 AM
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9. I think it would be funny to hand these people a form which they can fill out
to turn down Medicare if they are against socialized medicine.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:56 AM
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33. I will compose one and bring it to the next gathering!
Fabulous idea.
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:02 AM
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10. It is shocking and insane. These people are proud to go out an advertise their
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 09:05 AM by Pirate Smile
absolute ignorance and hate.

I love (sarcasm) the demonization of the "union thugs" for protecting the Congress people. Are there any cops there?

More details please. :)
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:07 AM
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17. OMG I just walked by a lady who said
"Pretty soon the government is going to tell me how much toilet paper I can use to wipe my ass"

:rofl:

A guy next to me now is telling another guy about chemtrails. A plane just flew overhead and I said "Better take cover!!"

He just glared at me. :rofl:
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panader0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:04 AM
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13. Good job! K&R
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:04 AM
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14. Not only nuts....but, boy, are they STUPID!
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 09:05 AM by Hepburn
Good work, thanks, and looking forward to the pictures!

Remember that Rachel is outing some of these assholes as being Republican operatives ~~ so let's all of us take a long hard look at the crowds and see if anything is worth sending on to Rachel, Keith or Big Ed.

Thanks again for a job well done! :hi:

Edit for spelling error
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maryellen99 Donating Member (342 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:26 AM
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24. I think the reason why the repukes are sending Seniors to these town halls
when the teabaggers/i got mine screw you crowd starts being disruptive and people confront them, the media will say, look they are being mean to the Seniors.
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:28 AM
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25. OK.....
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 09:38 AM by Hepburn
....than maybe some of us "old fart" DUers ~~ like me ~~ should get on our ortho tennis shoes and go and counter-protest?

:hi:

Hey, I am in my 60s and I would do that in a heartbeat!

Edit to add: WELCOME TO THE DU!
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:28 AM
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26. Good point...
Of course none of these seniors would dream of giving up their medicare or social security so they end up looking like hypocrits.

Welcome to DU!

:hi:
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Maeve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:05 AM
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15. $72,000 a year for INSURANCE??????
That's what...almost twice what the average family lives on?
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:11 AM
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20. I told him that's more than I earn in a year
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Mariana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:30 AM
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27. Really. Why bother? Put that money in the bank
and use it to pay your medical bills out of pocket and you'll almost certainly come out ahead!

Not that I believe it. I think he's lying.
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Hassin Bin Sober Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:40 AM
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31. These people are such liars!
One guy stood up to say he can't afford insurance due to the government's ban on across state line insurance sales .... BUT.... he is making a lot of money trading insurance stocks. :crazy:

Oh, and they have a read the bill. :rofl:
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PA Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:46 AM
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32. I would have LOVED to ask that guy just how that would drive down costs
when every doctor, every hospital, every pharmacy would have to add staff to deal with the hundreds of additional insurance companies each with their own set of claims processes and insane rules.

The thought of him bragging about making money on insurance stocks who make money by excluding people like him with the exorbitant premiums just about made my head explode. :crazy: :hurts:
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:59 AM
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34. I lost track of how many people asked me if I read the bill
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kevinbgoode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 11:17 AM
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40. You should ask them..."Which one?"
Since there are still three working, they surely can tell you specifically which bill they've "read."

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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 12:35 PM
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43. I did ask one of them that
She had no idea LOL
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The Stranger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:06 AM
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16. Please tell me you were vocal and stood up for the Congressman and what is right.
I'm so fucking sick of seeing DUers remain silent and then run here to tell us all about it, I don't know what to do with myself.

Please? Please tell me you spoke out and fought back at these idiots.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:10 AM
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19. Yes we got here early and are standing around Cleaver
Every time the idiots chant we are louder.

I hear ya. I don't want to provoke the nuts but over my dead body are they going to shout us down. :patriot:
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:08 AM
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18. Shout 'em down, Proud!
:applause:
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:14 AM
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21. You know I am!!
LOL
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:20 AM
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23. Thanks for the report.
Buy, hey, I'm friends with many a "union thug". :D
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:32 AM
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29. Make them think !
Good job so far - thanks for reporting :hi:.
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newspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:05 AM
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35. so, I'm thinking let's open up medicare for everyone
and let people choose between corporate insurance and medicare. All of those teabagging senior citizens can refuse medicare and have corporate insurance, and the rest of us who want medicare and can join government insurance. See, they want choice, so give it to them or stick it to them (if they choose private insurance). They actually take our choice away from us. I do trust parts of the government more than I trust a heartless, greedy, for profit only corporate insurance company. I worked for Social Security and I'll go with the bureaucrats on this one.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:57 AM
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36. Good Job! They're not against socialized medicine. They're against socialized medicine for others. n
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kiranon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 12:26 PM
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41. Absolutely right. n/t
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cui bono Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:27 PM
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44. I don't think they know what they're against. Not really.
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 06:32 PM by cui bono
They are so uninformed/misinformed it's pathetic.

I just looked at my representative's website a couple days ago to see if he had a coffee coming up. I'm curious to see if any of those loons come to it. I live in a district of Los Angeles that encompasses a large area that includes a mixture of immigrants, artists, musicians, gays and gangs and is most likely pretty liberal as a whole.


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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:32 PM
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45. They're against a black president
It's actually quite simple.
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cui bono Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:39 PM
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46. That's what I believe. But they are not representing that
and I think they really believe the lies being told to them. They're allowing their hatred to make them against something thta is good for them. So they don't really know what they are against.

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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:43 PM
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47. Their selfish need to preserve what they think is theirs is being activated
It's actually quite genius marketing.

They know they don't like Obama and they have circulated enough of those racist emails and pictures that yes, they are indeed racists. But they may not even realize it.

I spent the morning with these lunatics. Saw them in action. The event I went to was attended by lots of African Americans and the lunatics went out of their way to talk to the African Americans and play the 'I really do like black people' game. It was completely repulsive.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:58 AM
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37. Renouncing medicare...
someone in GD: P mentions it too:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

I mentioned the idea of creating a form for this as posted upthread here.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:59 AM
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38. I am making a form for the next event
Thanks!
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 11:12 AM
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39. Please post it...
or announce it so we can PM you about it for emailing, etc. It's calling their bluff and I love it!
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 12:34 PM
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42. Pictures and more details:
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Wednesdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 11:03 PM
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48. K&R
:kick:
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