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Posted: 10/13/2004 12:48:02 AM EDT
Why don't we EVER hear about republicans/conservatives pulling shit like this?


Instead of parade, Caro man ends up in jail

Tuesday, October 12, 2004


CARO -- Prosecutors say a 70-year-old man fought police tooth and nail to get his gory political float into a weekend pumpkin parade here.

The float featured a 5-foot effigy of President George W. Bush impaled by a "bloody trident spear" and a magnetic sign insulting "Little Dick Cheney," the vice president, Caro village police said.

"We try to keep this a family event," Sgt. Dale Stevenson said of the 170-float parade, adding of the man: "He's a (hard-core) Democratic supporter."

Tuscola County Magistrate Steven Sattler arraigned Charles R. Van Allen, 70, of Caro on three counts of resisting and obstructing a police officer. Van Allen remained jailed Monday on a $2,500 cash or surety bond.

Stevenson said Van Allen drove his black sport utility vehicle into the line for the Tuscola County Pumpkin Festival Parade without permission Sunday near Sheridan and Quinn.

When festival officials asked him to leave, the man said "he was going to be in the parade anyway and they couldn't stop him," police said in a statement.

A "full-bodied caricature" of Bush stood in the truck's bed, an arrow stuck in its head, police said. A Kerry-Edwards sign hung off the truck's rear.

"It was a Halloween prop," Stevenson said of the Bush effigy. "The blood kind of moves inside the spear."

He said the float had "a vulgar nature" and added, "There were kids from a local church in the next float."

A Caro police officer responded about 2:30 p.m. to parade officials' concerns and told Van Allen to leave the parade line.

Van Allen, whom police described as six feet tall and 350 pounds, started cursing and then reached out his window and "backhanded" the officer, Stevenson said.

When Van Allen got out of the truck, it took three police officers to subdue the combative senior, Stevenson said.

"He basically attempted to bite and thrash or punch everyone," he said.

None of the injuries required medical treatment, he said.
Link Posted: 10/13/2004 12:51:47 AM EDT
Looks like one less vote for kerry maybe.
Link Posted: 10/13/2004 12:54:29 AM EDT
MoreDems would follow suit and become fellons, everybody would be better off.
Link Posted: 10/13/2004 1:00:59 AM EDT
Some ACLU attorney is going to be there in the morning saying his 1st Amendment rights to assemble, speak, and have a redress of grieviences was violated...
Link Posted: 10/13/2004 1:02:34 AM EDT
A 70 year old man.

It's hard to see the old timers falling prey to the crap the media spits out.

Neither party was what it was when he joined up.

Hope he figures it out one day.
Link Posted: 10/13/2004 1:29:54 AM EDT
Ugly, some of those old party affiliations die hard. My father was a die-hard democrat, as were many southerners up until the last decade because the Republicans were the party of Lincoln. Some people who absolutely do not agree with the socialist ideology of the current Democratic party still side with them because that's who they've always sided with.

It's sad really.

Remember the Alamo, and God Bless Texas...
Link Posted: 10/13/2004 1:33:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By sonofbp:
MoreDems would follow suit and become fellons, everybody would be better off.

Hell dont the Dems want to let Felons vote?

All the Felons I know are for Kerry
Link Posted: 10/13/2004 1:55:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Airwolf:
Why don't we EVER hear about republicans/conservatives pulling shit like this?

Not disagreeing that Democraps are often rabid and nuts, but we do in fact here of right wingers pulling similar stunts.


Putting images of aborted fetuses on the public roads is pretty low, IMHO. Same tactic.
Link Posted: 10/13/2004 2:00:53 AM EDT
Swingset, gotta agree with you on that one.

That kind of crap is just ammo for the loony-left AND those in the middle as well. I know I don't respond well to that kind of nonsense. Give me a well reasoned dialog with the facts to back it up and I'll be more than willing to listen. Try and play the emotional card with no facts/logic to back it up and you've lost a lot of points with me out of the gate.
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