( – 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.
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.