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William Joyce

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http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-08-15... He finally found a job he is good at.
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That a great article and most here won't even bother reading it. So....

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SEDALIA, Mo.— As some people at the Missouri State Fair see it, the rodeo incident last weekend in which a ringleader taunted a clown wearing a mask of President Obama and played with his lips as a bull charged after him was neither racist nor disrespectful.

It was a joke, they said, overblown by a news media that’s hypersensitive to any possible slight against the nation’s first black president. They said the hooting and hollering from the crowd that night was because of a fundamental dislike of the president.

“I’ve got no respect for him,” said Virgil Henke, 65, a livestock farmer who explained his distaste for Obama with several falsehoods about his background:“Why, he’s destroyed this country. How much freedom have we lost? I don’t care whether it’s a black man in office, but we have to have a true-blooded American. I think he is Muslim and trying to destroy the country, catering to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.”

The rodeo incident and the clown at the center of it have become the latest illustration of racial divisions that continue to surface nearly five years into Obama’s presidency.

A three-minute amateur video of the rodeo act was picked up by news outlets worldwide. Democratic and Republican elected officials in Missouri quickly condemned the incident, saying it was offensive and inappropriate at a taxpayer-funded event with children in attendance. Asked about it Wednesday, a White House spokesman said that it was not one of Missouri’s “finer moments.”

But there has also been a backlash on the right, with conservative radio talk show hosts and writers dismissing the act as a joke no different from jabs aimed at other presidents. Moreover, they said, the president’s supporters ought to learn how to take a joke rather than seeing everything as racially motivated. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.), who tweeted that liberals are “thin-skinned and totalitarian,” has invited the clown to perform at rodeos in Texas.

There is a long history of mocking politicians at rodeos, and clowns have donned masks of other presidents as part of their acts. But James Staab, a political science professor at the University of Central Missouri, said last week’s incident “goes beyond the pale — they’re talking about physical injury and racial stereotypes.”

Whether the scene at the state fair was meant merely as mockery or something more sinister, there was no room for nuance among a dozen fairgoers interviewed Wednesday. There was near universal agreement that the incident was all in good fun, and disapproval of the president crossed into a deep, personal hatred, often tinted in racial terms.
“I was raised to think the blacks were bad; I’m not gonna lie. We lived on one side of the tracks, and they lived on the other,” said Margaret Abercrombie, 68, who is white and grew up along the Mississippi River in Sikeston, Mo.

Abercrombie said she voted twice for Obama but didn’t find anything wrong with the rodeo act. As she rode her motorized wheelchair to the grandstands at the rodeo arena, which on this day hosted tractor pull races, Abercrombie said the anti-Obama sentiments she encounters are based on race.

“You hear the farmers here, they just don’t like him because he’s black,” Abercrombie said. Pointing across the fairgrounds to the cattle barns, she added,“I’m surprised they ain’t got a cow over there named Obama.”

The Wednesday crowd at the fair, which lasts 11 days in remote Sedalia, was overwhelmingly white. Some vendors played right-wing talk radio from boom boxes at their tents. One vendor sold “rebel pride” hats emblazoned with Confederate flags for $8 each. Another, who would only be identified as “Dennis the Sticker Dude” because he was afraid of government retaliation, hawked car decal stickers featuring a cartoon boy urinating on Obama.
The Pig

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Aug 30, 2013
 
William Joyce wrote:
http://articles.washingtonpost .com/2013-08-15/politics/41413 723_1_president-obama-rodeo-ar ena-clown He finally found a job he is good at.
Great article and everyone here should read it. The story tell what really happened and how racist some Americans are. The Henke guy from this story sound like a few of the nuts here on Topix
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SEDALIA, Mo.— As some people at the Missouri State Fair see it, the rodeo incident last weekend in which a ringleader taunted a clown wearing a mask of President Obama and played with his lips as a bull charged after him was neither racist nor disrespectful.

It was a joke, they said, overblown by a news media that’s hypersensitive to any possible slight against the nation’s first black president. They said the hooting and hollering from the crowd that night was because of a fundamental dislike of the president.

“I’ve got no respect for him,” said Virgil Henke, 65, a livestock farmer who explained his distaste for Obama with several falsehoods about his background:“Why, he’s destroyed this country. How much freedom have we lost? I don’t care whether it’s a black man in office, but we have to have a true-blooded American. I think he is Muslim and trying to destroy the country, catering to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.”

The rodeo incident and the clown at the center of it have become the latest illustration of racial divisions that continue to surface nearly five years into Obama’s presidency.

A three-minute amateur video of the rodeo act was picked up by news outlets worldwide. Democratic and Republican elected officials in Missouri quickly condemned the incident, saying it was offensive and inappropriate at a taxpayer-funded event with children in attendance. Asked about it Wednesday, a White House spokesman said that it was not one of Missouri’s “finer moments.”

But there has also been a backlash on the right, with conservative radio talk show hosts and writers dismissing the act as a joke no different from jabs aimed at other presidents. Moreover, they said, the president’s supporters ought to learn how to take a joke rather than seeing everything as racially motivated. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.), who tweeted that liberals are “thin-skinned and totalitarian,” has invited the clown to perform at rodeos in Texas.

There is a long history of mocking politicians at rodeos, and clowns have donned masks of other presidents as part of their acts. But James Staab, a political science professor at the University of Central Missouri, said last week’s incident “goes beyond the pale — they’re talking about physical injury and racial stereotypes.”

Whether the scene at the state fair was meant merely as mockery or something more sinister, there was no room for nuance among a dozen fairgoers interviewed Wednesday. There was near universal agreement that the incident was all in good fun, and disapproval of the president crossed into a deep, personal hatred, often tinted in racial terms.
The Pig

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The rest of the article and more comments by Henke.
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“I was raised to think the blacks were bad; I’m not gonna lie. We lived on one side of the tracks, and they lived on the other,” said Margaret Abercrombie, 68, who is white and grew up along the Mississippi River in Sikeston, Mo.

Abercrombie said she voted twice for Obama but didn’t find anything wrong with the rodeo act. As she rode her motorized wheelchair to the grandstands at the rodeo arena, which on this day hosted tractor pull races, Abercrombie said the anti-Obama sentiments she encounters are based on race.

“You hear the farmers here, they just don’t like him because he’s black,” Abercrombie said. Pointing across the fairgrounds to the cattle barns, she added,“I’m surprised they ain’t got a cow over there named Obama.”

The Wednesday crowd at the fair, which lasts 11 days in remote Sedalia, was overwhelmingly white. Some vendors played right-wing talk radio from boom boxes at their tents. One vendor sold “rebel pride” hats emblazoned with Confederate flags for $8 each. Another, who would only be identified as “Dennis the Sticker Dude” because he was afraid of government retaliation, hawked car decal stickers featuring a cartoon boy urinating on Obama.

Henke hesitated at first to provide his name, fearing that if he publicly criticized Obama the Internal Revenue Service would “be up my [backside] and at my door.”

Henke said he sometimes surfs the Internet for Web sites making fun of Obama and his family. For instance, he said, one site he looks at compares “Obama’s wife to a monkey — they have the same expression. The media makes it all hate. I don’t hate a black person. It’s just funny.”

At the rodeo here last Saturday night, a clown wearing an Obama mask stood on the arena’s dirt floor, propped up like a straw man with the appearance that a broom stick was going up his backside. A second clown called him “ya big goober.” Before letting the bull loose to charge at the clown with the Obama mask, the second clown provided live narration over the loudspeakers:

“Obama, they’re coming for you this time.”

“He’s going to getcha, getcha, getcha.”

“Yahoo! We’re gonna smoke Obama.”

In the stands, Perry Beam was so sickened by the scene he began recording it.
The Pig

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Aug 30, 2013
 
I'm sure this Henke guy is here on Topix. OneProphet maybe?
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Henke said he sometimes surfs the Internet for Web sites making fun of Obama and his family. For instance, he said, one site he looks at compares “Obama’s wife to a monkey — they have the same expression. The media makes it all hate. I don’t hate a black person. It’s just funny.”
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William Joyce wrote:
http://articles.washingtonpost .com/2013-08-15/politics/41413 723_1_president-obama-rodeo-ar ena-clown He finally found a job he is good at.
What's really funny about this thread is that you actually think this is amusing, when in actuality it makes people like you look more ignorant than you already did.

I don't even think you took the time to read the entire article or your reading comprehension skills are nil. Either way, thanks for a news story that exposes you and your kind for the ignorant white trash you are and giving the real story about why people were offended by an act of racism and hate.

Have fun at your next KKK get together.
Hatfart Macnuggets

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Aug 30, 2013
 
As we say in Concordia Mo. Who really gives a Fu....ckk. And Dan Collins thinks I,m a Liberal. Wattup piggy.
The Pig

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Hatfart Macnuggets wrote:
As we say in Concordia Mo. Who really gives a Fu....ckk. And Dan Collins thinks I,m a Liberal. Wattup piggy.
Did you move to the Oxy state or are you just visiting?

Be careful what you say about Dan. He has "assets" in the Pentagon. Oink Oink

I saw Tailspin and Hatfield disagreeing the other day. Too funny. Two accounts that were started the same day and are the same person. Just saying.
Hatfield Macfartin

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Did you move to the Oxy state or are you just visiting?
Be careful what you say about Dan. He has "assets" in the Pentagon. Oink Oink
I saw Tailspin and Hatfield disagreeing the other day. Too funny. Two accounts that were started the same day and are the same person. Just saying.
The mighty Logan got me thrown off. I'm using my phone. I bought a farm, I have been busy its 105 today. Too hot to go to the rodeo, guess I have to do some trolling. Have a good one.
mike

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Hatfield Macfartin wrote:
<quoted text>The mighty Logan got me thrown off. I'm using my phone. I bought a farm, I have been busy its 105 today. Too hot to go to the rodeo, guess I have to do some trolling. Have a good one.
Tell me would you find it so amusing if wet around and made fun of your mother say the same things that you say about the first lady would you think it was amusing tell me what you think without being funny
mikes fat mom

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mike wrote:
<quoted text>Tell me would you find it so amusing if wet around and made fun of your mother say the same things that you say about the first lady would you think it was amusing tell me what you think without being funny
Can you provide a link where I made a derogatory statement about the first lady. No you cant, I am waiting for your response. As Danny would sat have your meds adjusted or is this really the solidtard,heehee
Hatfield Macfartin

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Mike we my have our deferances but I really would like to see a pic of you and if your the hot ex military man I think you are maybe one day we could meet . I have been craving a man lately
Hatfield Macfartin

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It's hard using this phone
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obama should listen to the white half inside of him' he is our leader right' so lead listen to us the ppl in this country' who were born here no war you idiot
mike

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Hatfield Macfartin wrote:
Mike we my have our deferances but I really would like to see a pic of you and if your the hot ex military man I think you are maybe one day we could meet . I have been craving a man lately
YOU THINK THAT IMPRESSES ME-forget it man your a stupid slob who thinks making fun of others is sport and it clear you cant say this stuff in public you've been dead a long time ago..
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mikes fat mom wrote:
<quoted text>Can you provide a link where I made a derogatory statement about the first lady. No you cant, I am waiting for your response. As Danny would sat have your meds adjusted or is this really the solidtard,heehee
Your MOM must be ashamed of you..
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obama pu''yed out lol had to have a white man think for him lol'
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<quoted text>Your MOM must be ashamed of you..
I fart in your mouth you homosexual.
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<quoted text>I fart in your mouth you homosexual.
A STUPID STATEMENT from a STUPID induvial
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<quoted text>A STUPID STATEMENT from a STUPID induvial
Mike just remember when people post here I feel that they are doing the best they can

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