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Tue May 12, 2020, 06:08 PM

Armed militia helped a Michigan barbershop open, a coronavirus defiance that puts Republican lawmake

Source: Washington Post



An Owosso, Mich., police officer speaks with Karl Manke about his defiance of state orders to keep his barber shop closed. (Nick King/AP)
By
Moriah Balingit
May 12, 2020 at 5:46 p.m. CDT

OWOSSO, Mich. — Armed members of the Michigan Home Guard stood outside Karl Manke's barber shop, ready to blockade the door if police arrived. They were determined to help Manke, 77, reopen his shop Monday, in defiance of state orders, and dozens joined them, wearing Trump sweatshirts and Trump cowboy hats and waving Trump flags.

They gathered not because they desperately needed haircuts but to rail against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D)’s approach to fighting the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan, one of the nation’s worst hotspots. They were channeling President Trump’s support of such protests, but some also were taking aim at the state’s Republicans, who they say have not done enough to “liberate” the state from safety measures that have ground life to a halt.

Michelle Gregoire, a 29-year-old school bus driver from Battle Creek who is running as a Republican for a seat in the state House, waved a yellow “Don’t tread on me” flag at passing traffic. She derided Whitmer as “a tyrant.” But she also urged Republicans “to get in line and get it together.”

The protest and others like it — including two at the state house last month that included demonstrators with swastikas, Confederate flags and some with long guns inside the capitol — have alarmed lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. But after Trump appeared to urge the militia members on, tweeting that they are “very good people” who “want their lives back again,” they have forced Michigan’s Republican lawmakers to strike a delicate balance, managing a deadly virus while also being careful not to contradict Trump or alienate their conservative supporters.



Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/coronavirus-michigan-republicans-whitmer/2020/05/12/54975e1a-9466-11ea-82b4-c8db161ff6e5_story.html



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Reply Armed militia helped a Michigan barbershop open, a coronavirus defiance that puts Republican lawmake (Original post)
Judi Lynn May 2020 OP
Srkdqltr May 2020 #1
vanamonde May 2020 #3
Srkdqltr May 2020 #5
ProfessorGAC May 2020 #7
eppur_se_muova May 2020 #18
ProfessorGAC May 2020 #19
Alacritous Crier May 2020 #11
LastLiberal in PalmSprings May 2020 #2
pecosbob May 2020 #4
gristy May 2020 #6
turbinetree May 2020 #8
MichMan May 2020 #9
LanternWaste May 2020 #16
Haggis for Breakfast May 2020 #10
dubyadiprecession May 2020 #12
Midnight Writer May 2020 #13
keithbvadu2 May 2020 #14
keithbvadu2 May 2020 #15
Squinch May 2020 #17
Vinca May 2020 #20

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:17 PM

1. What is that second picture?

If one goes to that barber shop and gets the virus can the barber be sued? Seems if he goes against the order it would open him up to liability.

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Response to Srkdqltr (Reply #1)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:18 PM

3. Monty Python skit

"my brain hurts!"

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Response to vanamonde (Reply #3)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:22 PM

5. Ok I never watched that.

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Response to Srkdqltr (Reply #5)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:39 PM

7. The Characters Are Called Gumbys

Google "python gumby".
There's a 24 second clip that will show you the absurdist humor behind it.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #7)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:04 PM

18. Our problem is with gunbys. nt

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #18)

Wed May 13, 2020, 05:42 AM

19. Well Played! (nt)

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Response to vanamonde (Reply #3)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:20 PM

11. Oliver has run himself over!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:17 PM

2. These people are dying to vote for Trump.

Unfortunately for them -- and their families -- if they keep it up many of them won't be alive when November rolls around, and they will have just ... died.

I'm assuming the bottom photo is of Monty Python.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:21 PM

4. Trump is accelerating the blueing of Michigan

Even state Rs are on record denouncing these stunts.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:31 PM

6. There was a similar set of nitwits who occupied a public space in 2016

Granted, there are several differences in the details, but that event did not end well for the nitwits

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupation_of_the_Malheur_National_Wildlife_Refuge

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:47 PM

8. LOCK HIM UP..............end of story...........

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Response to turbinetree (Reply #8)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:08 PM

9. Now that they released a lot of prisoners to avoid the virus

They should have plenty of space to lock up an 77 yr old man for cutting hair.

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Response to MichMan (Reply #9)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:38 PM

16. More accurately, violating state orders and health concerns.

Much more than just "cutting hair"

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:13 PM

10. How long before these militia morons take this to the

predictable end ?

What in the Hell happened to Michigan ?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:21 PM

12. Fox News and right wing radio is making them batshit crazy!

They are the ones, getting all these tin foil hat wearing, nut jobs worked up!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:24 PM

13. Ah, look, they brought their children. Squee alert!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:29 PM

14. Are meat plant workers welcome to come in and get haircuts?

Are meat plant workers welcome to come in and get haircuts?

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #14)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:30 PM

15. Or help protest outside sans mask?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed May 13, 2020, 06:34 AM

20. I'll say it again. If it's so bloody safe, why do some of the protesters wear masks?

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