Via Atrios, but let's point you to the source: Rising Hegemon.
The Bogus Assault -- Father Freeper of the YearParlock denying the guy in the pic is his son/relative/friend (which he has) is completely irrelevant here. There's a much bigger and more dangerous problem at play, in my opinion.
Serial Republican Victim complains for the THIRD straight presidential election of being assaulted and has his family assist.
Here is today's newspaper story:A Republican family attended the rally to show support for the Bush-Cheney ticket. Phil Parlock, a Barboursville resident and strong Republican, said his family was accosted by some Kerry supporters.Problem is, as pointed out by some (Rezmutt) at D.U. is he has done this before.
"We do it peacefully and quietly to show respect. And, we don’t want to get kicked out of anything," Parlock said.
After standing on the tarmac with the Kerry supporters, Parklock and three of his children moved down to the airport road near a parking lot exit.
With Parlock were sons Phil II, 21, and Alex, 11, and daughter Sophia, 3.
Parlock said a Kerry supporter yanked a Bush-Cheney sign out of Sophia’s hands, making her cry. As they stood along the road later, someone threw the ripped-up remains of the sign at them as they passed.Charleston (WV) Daily Mail, August 27, 1996, Page 3C
Phil Parlock's experience was less calm.
The Huntington man said he was knocked to the ground by a Clinton supporter when he tried to display a sign that read "Remember Vince Foster," the deputy White House counsel who committed suicide in a Washington, D.C., park. His death has become the subject of much debate among Clinton opponents.
"It must have been a strict Democrat who did this," Parlock said, feeling the red abrasions on his face. "Everyone with the exception of him was real peaceful about our protest."
Parlock said some of the crowd tried to make other anti-Clinton demonstrators feel unwelcome. He estimated that about 150 Dole supporters attended the rally, but their signs couldn't be seen for most of the rally.Charleston (WV) Daily Mail, October 28, 2000, pg. 1A:Now here is the picture of Parlock with his three-year old daughter, who he enlisted as his assistant (father of the year no doubt).
Phil Parlock didn't expect to need all 12 of the Bush-Cheney signs he and his son Louis smuggled in their socks and pockets into the rally for Vice President Al Gore.
But each time they raised a sign, someone would grab it out of their hands, the two Huntington residents said. And sometimes it got physical.
"I expected some people to take our signs," said Louis, 12. "But I did not expect people to practically attack us."
The two said they didn't go to the Friday morning rally to start trouble.
"I came to support Bush and try to change some people's minds," Louis said.
Notice closely the young man wearing the union shirt and holding a piece of the sign?
Now here is a picture of the very productive Parlock family:
What are the odds, this allegedly angry sign-ripper in the union shirt, holding the fragments of a ripped Bush sign is either the guy in the grey sweater or the blue shirt?
So was Parlock having one of his sons portray a union stooge?
This guy is a serial disrupter with pretty much the same story every time.
Remember this when the Cornerites and Little Green Snot Bubbles spout off and try to make this a big story...especially in the wake of the known abuse protestors get at the regular "Triumph of the Will" functions that comprise a Bush Campaign appearance.
Taking a Bush sign to a Kerry rally - and vice versa - is a risky proposition at best for an adult alone. Bush has polarized this country so badly that you can't even drive down the street with a Kerry sticker without some nutbag in a Buick trying to run you off the road.
So plopping your toddler on your shoulders and using her to unwittingly push YOUR political ideology is deplorable. The kid does NOT know why she's there - I can guaran-damn-tee that daddy told her they were going to go out for a little father-daughter bonding to cheer the president.
Phil Parlock - you disgust me. Leave the kid at home and do your own dirty work - especially if you have a history of being a lightning rod for abuse.
"Abuse" - learn that word, Phil. What you're doing to that girl is grossly irresponsible. Don't you DARE put her in a position where you're using her as a shield ever again.