I`m a nice guy

( – promoted by buhdydharma )

I stopped at my local market after a hard week at work this late afternoon.

I usually post my distraction essay on Fridays, but had a heavy work schedule this week.

I`m self employed & have been for thirty plus years around the world.

When I got to the market, I was distracted by these offensive images.

I went & parked my truck & approached the people manning this little booth & confronted them about their disgusting display.

Being simply a DOFH(dirty old fucking hippy) they seemed to simply try & laugh me off.

I told them I would be back within 20 minutes to take photographs of them & their display, which was met with more derisive chuckles.

At that point, a man in a blue cap, (he is in the images) walked by & told me, he was proud that at least someone was in their respective faces.

He wondered how the market could allow this.

I told him it was a ‘Free Speech’ issue.

He was quite surprised at that.

I had him follow me into the market, (a quite large Pavilion , btw) to confront the manager, a person I`m familiar with, who is also likewise with me.

He stated, as I had told the “blue cap guy” that the market was powerless, because the property outside the market was public space, & free speech rules applied, but that the market did non endorse the ‘petitioners’ outside.

Within 15 mins. I was back with my camera, & announced my return.

I immediately noticed that these three men, moved out of the picture frame.

I told them to please move closer together so their “moms” could have a shot of them with Adolf Obama in the frame, since I was going to post the images of them online today.

I eventually shamed them into the frame.

I may seem mellow recounting this but I was stopping passersby & asking them if the Adolf Obama poster offended them.

Almost all were disgusted, but some may not have “glommed onto ” or “Grokked” the idea.

I kept shaming them into getting into the frame by arguing that if their “health care” argument was so persuasive, they shouldn`t have to revert to vile caricatures, nor depictions of Obama.

That started the Obamabot argument.

I asked them if they were here now, where had they been for the last eight years at “my” market.

The next part was that I didn`t have a sense of humor, so I told them that I was also a “stand-up comic”.

I told them their dismissiveness (of me) was really a true measure of their lack of commitment to their cause,(whatever it was besides being offensive)

Oh Oh! here comes a lowrider with four “Brothers” (I won`t call them “OG`s since I`m not a profiler, but I moved to their car, & asked them for an opinion.

They mentioned, “you mean those fools with the Nazi Obama, we`re cruising to do a “drive-by on them”.

I instinctively knew there would be no shooting, so I told them to not use that terminology,”Please”.

The carload of “gangsters” laughed at my comment, both knowing we both knew who we were, & familiar with our status, in the eyes of outsiders.

I kept stopping people going in & out of the market & asking them to comment.

I know most of the people in the area, & if I don`t know them, they know me, (or about me)

These three guys are now demanding that I do a stand-up routine, but as Jon Stewart said,”I`m nobodies` monkey.

This transpired throughout maybe 20 minutes.

(that means I`m real pissed off). IOW`s I usually don`t have time for “morans”

A lady comes out of the market & says, “Tony, are you doing a story on these idiots for the local paper?”

I told her, what a great addition to my purpose, but would you please tell the aforementioned idiots how you know me.

Her name is Justine, & she told these “guys” that 30 years ago at this same location where she had a kiosk, that I`d bought roses for everyone working in the area, that didn`t get time off to serve customers who needed their services,

She told them, (& I blush) that the last person they should ever hope to be dismissive of was me.

Justine knows some of my other secrets.

So in closing, I have not had time to prepare my “Distractions” that I so love to offer all of you here, but was so distracted by these offensive images, at my own market, (we are possessive aren`t we) that I spent my time elsewhere, (here)

In lieu of those usually posted distractions, see if you can find me in the background of these images.

Have a great weekend, & I`m always in the background,, Yelling Louder.


Shamed into stupid,(for his mom)


The large guy in black with “evil horns” finally opened up a bit but shame will do that.

If your argument is that good, make it merit, not on offensive imagery.



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  1. Knucklehead

    Sometimes I can be not so nice, but I do strive to be as nice to everybody as possible.

    Today I was not that successful.

    But I did have three a..holes pushing me.

    If it wasn`t for free speech, which I believe in to the utmost, I would have torn the booth down, with the three people involved in these images not even a consideration.

    oh! And I`m a pacifist as much as I can be. My warring days are in the far past.

    So please, don`t go out of your way to reactivate my primal beast.

    It`s only a button away, & I`ve worked quite hard to deactivate it.

  2. Alma

    Thank you for speaking up, and not letting these idiots go unchallenged.

    You always bring us beauty Knucklehead, but today instead of the beauty being in your pictures, it is you yourself and your actions.

  3. Lady Libertine

    You are a “nice guy”!

    And a stand up guy too, for standing up to that ignorance and obnoxiousness. (Do they have to be so obnoxious, too?) Thank you for the Yelling Louder in action!

    I love it that you went for your camera. I hope that makes them think twice, about what they are committed to. Probably not, but it sends a great message to them.

    Confronting them, in the rational and sensible ways that you did, impressed bystanders, it sounds like, and lets the sane people know … we don’t have to tolerate their intolerance.

    P.S. I see your reflection in the second photo, over to the left, in the door.

  4. mint julep

    is public space? Really? You tell me the store doesn’t own the sidewalk/parking lot. The manager should have at least put up a sign “We do not endorse this display of pure moronity”

    Larouche, geez Louisze! He’s still alive?

    Thanks for giving them a hard time.

  5. randgrithr

    A (Lavey) Satanist I knew once complained to me that people didn’t treat him well if they noticed the 2-inches-in-diameter upside down pentagram he was wearing around his neck. He started in with this rant about “freedom of religion” and “equality” and stuff.

    This particular Satanist prided himself on his intellect. His world was all about “I’m ok, and you’re not ok unless I say so.”

    I responded by asking him if he would think it was stupid if he walked through Penn Station naked wearing nothing but $100 bills scotch taped to his ass. Would he think the people in Penn Station were mean if they started laughing, or ripping off the $100 bills? Then I asked him what he expected by wearing the Christian version of nothing but $100 bills scotch taped to his ass?

    He shut up. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. carpunder

    Thanks for confronting them.

    Living in rural “he eats babies and is gonna take your guns!” Missouri, I see a lot of this crap. Mostly it’s self applied lettering on the back of pickups trying to convince me that liberal is a bad word, and not so much in front of the stores like this.

    I just laugh loudly at most of these “Fox fools” these days.

    If asked what’s so funny, then I’ll point out their paranoia and maybe suggest medical treatment.

    The guy flying his confederate flag in his front yard up the road since November does still get my freely speaking middle finger occasionally though. Hmmmm, I wonder what his message is?

    As for nice guy, I’ll never argue otherwise! The cacti have been potted.

  7. davidseth

    It’s for events like this one that I have a very special program in my law practice.  Put simply, if I really like what you did to get arrested and charged, I do the defense work for free.  It’s my way of saying, “Nicely, done, Knucklehead!”  

  8. tahoebasha3

    I, for one, am not surprised that YOU reacted as you did — nope, not at all.  I kinda’ have always imagined that’s the way you are!  You don’t let the “grass grow” so to speak — I am totally in agreement with that.  I, myself, have been quite reactionary in certain circumstances and do not REGRET it for one minute to this day.  WE need to feel good about ourselves and there are just some incidences we can’t walk away from — we have to try, we have to try to call it out for what it is.  Doing differently would only serve to haunt our consciences!  I only have, maybe, two episodes in my life where I reflected and wished, no matter the circumstances, I had done differently.  (BTW, both were connected to getting to work on time.  But, even still, I regret that I did not obey my heart!)

    Kudos to you, Knucklehead — had I been in the circumstances, I may well have joined you!  

  9. serendipity

    Wish more people (including myself) had the gumption to stand up to the “morans” whenever they’re showing their offensive dirty derrieres.  

    You’re anything but a “Knucklehead” ๐Ÿ˜‰  

  10. robodd

    I avoid them more than the guy who is talking to himself and has shat his pants.

  11. MinistryOfTruth

    You mean the philosophy that economically is neo-conservative psuedo fascism!

    Good job, Knucklehead! If you were gonna throw a book at em make sure it is a DICTIONARY!

  12. Shaharazade

    You did good. You camera is a lens on the world and you used it to show a side that while not beautiful exists and has power to turn the world ugly. Thank you for showing us this. Thank you for standing up to this. If there were more people who did not pass it by, who focused their lens on what is considered ‘free speech’, and said what you have both through your art here and you voice perhaps we would not as a society foster hatred and ignorance and call it freedom. Take a shower and some pictures of nature and know you faced what needed to be faced.  

  13. Nada Lemming

    we have a group of rabid xtians called “you can run but you cannot hide” that offer to pump your gas for a donation here in my small town.  

    They have cool looking cars with flames all over them – and the flames are all about hell.  Their organization is  supposed to be a youth ministry.  But they’re a third wave group – very wacked out stuff – god warriors – and it’s a scam.  

    They appear at public high schools to talk about drugs and gangs and for a rap concert.  But one of the band members turns into a demon with smoke and sound, where he’s smited by the lead singer.  the concert ends, then the kids are broken up into groups by gender to talk about the evils of sex and how the devil is right here in this school.    

    What I have done is asked the owner of the gas station if they knew what this group is about, and they say “Yes, they’re here to try to help kids”.  I asked them not to have the group back.  Then they were back.  When the kids ask me if they can pump my gas, I politely tell them to bugger off.  This doesn’t seem like enough.

    So this fall when they come back, I’d like to be like you.  But would pictures and a diary do it?  Anybody have any ideas on this?

  14. Knucklehead

    First I love the name, identical to my grandmas.

    Secondly, that is so much of a beautiful compliment, I`m tearing up.

    I`ve been in worse & much more confrontational battles than today`s, but this really set me off because after many years of working on my “warring” attitude, (& always for the underdog, & only in a defensive position) these people are right here in my neighborhood where my friends, their kids, my daughter & granddaughters live & play, set me off.

    I`m almost embarrassed, but I think I would/should be more ashamed had I not spoken  out.

    I thought it was an affront to decency, in a place where everyone is so really nice to each other.

    I just could not let it stand.

    I will not ever forget what you said, thank you.


  15. Knucklehead

    As I mentioned I did go in & talked to the manager.

    He mentioned he wouldn`t mind if I called in some “friends” to solve the problem.

    I told him that for the likes of those guys, I didn`t need “no stinking friends”.

    He suggested I not start a riot, worried for the three guys safety, knowing well that I do have a bit of a reputation around these parts.

    This is a little tune someone wrote without my knowledge, about a little “incident”.

    It`s tinny, but you should be able to follow it.

    Thank you for stopping in & I love the mint julep username.


  16. Joy B.

    …felt sorry for him in prison, given that he’s old, sick, and certifiably insane. Obviously, so are his acolytes.

  17. Knucklehead

    So how much money did you get, or does the moran have a pewter pentagram embedded in his hollow cranium.

    I will have to go check on the “Lavey” part of satanist, & just one more thing, who the hell casually notices that your wearing your pentagram, upside down.

    As you so well state, someone needs a reality check.

    Nice seeing you my friend

  18. Knucklehead

    You know how you always wish you done it differently, right.

    Now that I think of it, I should have put my camera on video, thereby capturing the audio of these idiots.

    I really did have to shame them into being in the frame.

    I think the “mom” talk did it.

    About the “stand-up comic” thing, I did riff off some zingers that they were laughing at but insisted they`d heard them before. (I guess making them not that funny)

    I had told my wife Teri, to pick me up at the market in twenty minutes or from the police station in a few hours, since I was ready for whatever comes my way.

    That`s how I roll.

    I don`t imagine these guys will be back, because I will be back to run them out of town, but only nonviolently.

    For the word that`s been put out already in the community, I can only pray for their safety, & would be there to stop any physical action, if I thought any harm would come to them, as I don`t advocate violence in any way.

    That`s also how I roll.


    And thank you for coming by.

    I know you have diaries up & I like to check everyone`s diaries out but I have been extremely busy so forgive my non-participation, please.

  19. Youffraita

    founded the Church of Satan in (iirc) the late 1960s.  He wrote The Satanic Bible which (again, iirc) was published around 1972 or so.  According to Wikipedia, he’s a former carnie, much like Joseph Smith (founder of Mormonism).

    L. Ron Hubbard was merely a science fiction writer who founded a cult; LaVey and Smith were actively involved in jobs that required them to hoodwink the public in order to earn a living.  And they took a road too far, imho.

    Anyway, here’s the Wiki link; do with it as you will.


  20. randgrithr

    I didn’t get any money, I just kept my hand on my own wallet while he was around. ;-7 He was a 17 year old smartass rebel without a clue, most Satanists are – at least with this one, his adolescence was still mostly physical.

    Like him, these Larouche cultists were looking for any attention they could get, including negative attention. When you’re done looking up Lavey, look up Lyndon Larouche. Another real winner with more money than any such lowlife should have a right to. Personality cultist, con man, professional asshole, runs both with and against the CIA according to the phase of the moon.

    Yes, the Obama administration needs a kick in the ass . Warrantless wiretapping has not gone away and the Bush administration needs to be held accountable for their war crimes. But putting out stupid pictures of him with bones through his nose and Hitler moustaches is not the way to get it done.

    As we enter the New Corporate Feudalism Century, be aware that these politically active cults run by con men like Larouche and Moon’s Unification Church are going to have more to do with shaping our world than Congress ever will. Congress has willingly abdicated it’s responsibility and it’s soul by allowing these jokers to rent them at will. They thrive in the shadow of the shadow government. On the surface they are merely goofy, at worst their money and power makes them dangerous, but no matter in what light they are viewed, one thing remains consistent – they are 100% all about deceit. All lies, all the time.

  21. Knucklehead

    You`re essentially saying I could run my own scam religion as the hustler I am.

    Do you want to be saved?

    Can I get an amen.

    I there a spot where they give out cards or something?

  22. Joy B.

    …and it pays really well. I shoulda gone into religion! If people are really so desperate to give up all they have to have someone else tell them how to think, eat, behave, etc., it might as well be someone who gets a kick out of doing that!

    Of course, I’ve never been fond of the idea of having hundreds of spaced-out hippies camped on the lawn, so it’s probably just as well that I didn’t invent a religion… ยง;o)

  23. tahoebasha3
  24. Knucklehead

    Thank you very much.

    Things sometimes get out of hand, & I always remain aware of that, though I am not known to back down.

    Although most people don`t have a clue of my past history, I sure could have used your help a few dozen times since the mid-sixties, but I`m certainly not complaining.

    Incidents are the shapers of character.

    I have defended myself many times in a court of law & had the courtroom audience & the judge spellbound at my way of arguing my cases.

    At each time, I was commended by the respective judges for so eloquently fighting my battle, & won every time.

    I will most certainly not forget your generous offer though.

    I am not a lawyer, but one hell of a good liar(if that`s what it`s called), when my butt is on the line.

  25. Knucklehead

    I have to commend you on “acolytes”, but I do think these idiots were simply “mind-bended”.

    The two different looking white guys seemed a little ashamed but did have some personality, & I was able to talk to them about what my argument was, which was that there was no need to use offensive images(to me) if they had a succinct & clear argument.

    The third guy was very arrogant, but I did get him to make a fool of himself for his “mom” by continually taunting him to prove himself to her.

    Look at that stupid ass, but think Lyndie England). I made my first statement to them, that I would post these images online for their respective “moms” to see.

    I didn`t hide off to the side. I was in their face shooting pix, & kept telling them to get in the frame, if they believed in their cause, but to at least do it ‘front & center’ with the poster they decided to offend my community with.

    Feeling sorry for someone should have influenced them to put up an image that would draw sympathy, not disgust.

    Thanks for stopping in.  

  26. Knucklehead

    My take is that invented religions are so patently transparent that it would take someone needing to be told when to bow down in fear, to join.

    On the other hand, some people do follow the philosophies of some who are true to themselves & for others.

    The Sermon on the Mount is an example of that, & there was one big crowd of “hippies” sitting on the lawn, right.

    They may not have been spaced out, but probably were after the fish & bread loaf count started going ” Diebold”

  27. Knucklehead

    I was joking about your comment, picturing the barely pubescent punk covered with “pole dance” dollars, with a pentagram swung around on it`s chain into his skull.

    The money you might have collected for the live performance art show could have served more than one purpose.

    You get your rent paid, & the punk goes in for a lobotomy.

    When health care debates start in congress, he could be paraded around as an example that they are all expendable, & all seem to have at least something stuck in their respective skulls, though not necessarily a pentagram. (but that would work for me)

  28. Knucklehead

    “As for nice guy, I’ll never argue otherwise!”

    Thank you for your nice compliment.

    For the code: “The cacti have been potted.”

    The cypher response is: The fat man`s ring sparkles.

    Kidding aside, I`m glad they are & I hope you kept the numbers, or my work is done.

  29. Knucklehead

    Yes, isn`t it.

    We need more people like Mr. Davidseth.

    It reminds me of the justice program that work hard & with law students to free innocents in jail that have sometimes been in there for years & years.

  30. Knucklehead


    And I know very well you have joined me, as me with you.

    Tout va bien, mon amie?

  31. Knucklehead

    Thank you very much, friend.

    I did take many more images of these guys, but I`m used to posting images I think are of simple things of beauty, & they took away some of my time with “ugly”.

    It`s a habit of mine to keep the community I`m in, at any given time, clean.

    My personal quest to keep my anger level at a minimum worked for me this time, compared to past confrontations, & kept me from behind bars, so my program seems to be working, leaving me with a sense of personal improvement.

    Luckily they did not show up yesterday.

    BTW, the store manager & many of the market workers thanked me when I did go back to check on the presence of these offensive people.

    The sometimes ‘notorious” reputation I`ve had for many many years here, changes bit by bit, even though those who know me, know very well I`m a “nice guy”, but my appearances tend to frighten those who don`t, including law enforcement, for the past many years.

  32. Knucklehead

    The guy who talks to himself with a pant load, is usually a victim of Raygun Ronnie`s policy.

    They need care & nurture.

    These people pictured, need to be constantly pursued, shamed, photographed, publicized until they understand they can`t hide behind offensive posters, & you know they can`t hide from their mothers.

    The African American (??or the darker one of the three) was the most arrogant little shit but I kept shaming him into showing his real colors.

    If you look at the picture of him, you might see, (what finally clicked with me), as an unintentional similarity to the image of Lyndie(?) England, except he does not have a cigarette, only a lot stupid.

    Thank you for stopping in, though I have never posted ugly before.

    Please stop back next weekend, or visit my past posts, to see what I mean.

  33. tahoebasha3

    Knucklehead lives by his “personal” principles and sticks to them.  He can only be secure within in his own being, as a result!

    Yes, yes, “If there were more people who did not pass it by . . . . “

  34. Knucklehead

    I had written a great response(in my own mind) but somehow lost it when getting a return call from a friend, a young girl who just returned from Lithuania.

    She went there with her mother who returned a few weeks ago but her daughter (my young friend of 16 years of age) remained till just two days ago.

    They had traveled there with boxes of clothing for an orphanage of very young babies, boxes of supplies they`d collected with the help of a group of people who help out around the world.

    My friend Kendra, had been here earlier in the day with her dad, a doctor who also travels to third world countries helping the poor in clinics, when he`s not traveling to animal shelters with the two boys, volunteering their time.

    Kendra, somehow lost many of her images, & I was tasked to try & retrieve them.

    I think we found a way to do so.

    When she called, I had just about finished my previously mentioned response, but clicked to ‘elsewhere’ & lost my comment.

    I tell you this to remind you to please come back & visit an essay I will be doing on Lithuania, with images by Kendra. There are some amazing images involved, not One ugly, like these.

    I`ve had Kendra as a guest-blogger at my blog before & have been helping her out with her camera work.

    So now I`ve hopefully redeemed myself with a response fitting your very nice comment.

    I don`t like losing comments, since they are not replicable, in thought & feeling.

    Thank you.

  35. Alma

    with my family at dinner tonight.  They were all very thankful to you too.

    The world would be a much better place if someone like you was around everytime they bring out their crap.

  36. Knucklehead

    You know I hadn`t thought of that.

    They could then look up such words as:





    etc, etc, etc, though I hate to be the one to waste a book my children`s children could have use of.

    I have cinder blocks though. (But those days are in my past)

    I`ve moved to “the pen is mightier than the sword”, something I might have benefitted from years ago.

  37. Nada Lemming

    ‘larouchepac’…would that be Lyndon Larouche?  

  38. Knucklehead

    Even though I know nothing about them, you are correct.

    “I am not a lemming either”, is a way to tell you you`ve got a great username.

  39. Knucklehead

    You may thank them for me, please, with the caveat that I hope dessert was better than the main course shared over discussion of these people`s disgusting fare.

  40. Knucklehead

    My god!!, where do you live.

    This is like the dark ages.

    Are the youngsters` parents not even aware of the indoctrination going on in their own “small” town. Are these gas pumpers from the town?

    Are they possibly just a little bit older than the “kids” they`re helping?

    That sounds like a disaster in the making.

    Something is horribly wrong with the children of the corn.

  41. Nada Lemming

    if that tells you anything.   And yes, it’s worse than I described.  Michele Bachmann has spoken at one of their fundraisers.  

    The group operates out of the former fire station in Annandale MN.  They tour the entire country, but specialize in MN high schools.  

    Some schools have been very upset with the bait and switch tactics they use.  

    There have been articles about them,

    Here are some urls you can look at:



    WCCO TV report


    Michele Bachmann’s speech to the fundraiser:


  42. Nada Lemming

    Some people think I’m a woman because they misread it as ‘nadia’.  That’s OK too.  If I ever get a pet lemming, I’ll name it ‘nadia’.  

    Larouchies are da craaaazzzaaaayyy.  

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