Fort Lauderdale Man: Tea Partiers Assaulted Me

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Anybody who's passed the corner of Federal Highway and Oakland Park Boulevard on a Saturday has seen the local tea partiers and their weekly demonstration. They started sometime right before the 2008 election and just never stopped.

One Fort Lauderdale man named Robb (he asked that his last name not be published for fear of retaliation) wanted to do a little experiment. A self-described skeptic, atheist, and scientist, Robb, 36, wanted to see what would happen if he went out there with some signs of his own.

"They say they're all about freedom and liberty, so I wanted to do a little science experiment," Robb says. "Let's see how they react to some honest, peaceful people displaying some signs of their own. We weren't looking for a confrontation or a fight, just to express a different opinion."

Robb, his fiancée, and a good friend decided to make some signs of their own.
One read: "Honk if you like vague signs."

Another read: "Don't believe what signs say, educate yourself."

The one Robb carried read: "These people don't understand the nature of the legislation they support."

He showed up at the street corner about 1:05 p.m. He says, "In a maximum of two minutes, shit hit the fan."

Immediately the handful of tea partiers out there setting up for the weekly demonstration approached the group. They shouted. Robb and his friends shouted back. "They came and started poking us with flags," he says, still slightly amused by the situation. "One guy was wearing a Revolutionary War hat."

He says they nudged him closer and closer to the road. "I'll admit, I'm a plump guy," Robb says, "and pretty soon some woman said, 'Careful not to get too close to the road. You might get your fat ass hit.'"

He says he has a bruise on his stomach from where people pushed against him. They tried to cover his sign theirs. "A woman kept hitting my arm with her sign," he says. "I finally moved her arm, and some guy threw his sign down and started acting like he was going to fight me."

This is not freedom of speech, Robb says. "They run off anyone with a different sign. They try to bully you to make sure you never want to go there again. That's their game."

He says he was able to refrain from laughing at the things the tea partiers said to him, "until they started blaming Obama for the oil spill."

Eventually police showed up. They asked Robb to stay on the other side of the street. "That's a public sidewalk. I'm not sure why they think they have a monopoly on that space."

As Robb got in his car, one of the tea partiers came over to write down his license plate number. "I just got out my concealed weapon permit and said, 'It'll be easier if you get the info off this.'"

Robb says he plans to go back next week. He'll bring more friends. He'll have a video camera and a microphone. "We plan on going back every week until the resistance grows," he says. "I'm going to mic myself up next time so that I can get audio of the kind of freedom-loving demonstrators they really are."

The point, he says, isn't to antagonize. "I have no problem with them trying to spread their wacky little message, but you can't insult, assault, or bully people. That's against the law."

UPDATE: Robb says he commented on a discussion thread on Craigslist, asking for volunteers for his counter demonstration. He received this disgruntled, somewhat threatening email from a local tea partier (with spelling and grammatical errors in tact), who wants Robb to stay clear of his group:
 
IT'S YOUR RIGHT TO OPPOSE US, THAT IS FINE, BUT DO NOT LET YOUR PEOPLE COME INTO OUR GROUP!!. YOU WILL BE ASKING FOR TROUBLE!!...WE DO NOT HATE YOU! WE HATE WHAT YOU STAND FOR! SOCIALISM,COMMUNISM,HOMOSEXUALITY,ANTI-CHRISTIAN,ANTI-AMERICAN VALUES,YOUR GREAT GOD AND LORD ~~OBAMA....MY GIRLFRIEND IS BLACK! I APPRECIATE THE KINDNESS AND HIGH INTELLIGENCE OF MOST HOMOSEXUALS! I DO NOT HATE OBAMA BECAUSE HE IS BLACK! I HATE ALL WHAT YOU PEOPLE STAND FOR! I WILL RECTO YOUR RIGHT TO DISAGREE WITH US!~~ BUT,I DO WARN YOU! DO NOT NOT NOT COME AND MIX WITH US! YOU WILL BE VIDEO-TAPED! ANY PHYSICAL VIOLENCE WILL BE REPORTED TO THE POLICE. I WILL MAKE SURE THAT I GET GOOD FILM OF YOU PEOPLE COMING OVER TO US! RESPECT OUR BOUNDARIES! WE WILL RESPECT YOURS! TEA-PARTY MEMBER!

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Ruben Borunda
Ruben Borunda

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Christian
Christian

I am a very dark Latino male and a tea partier - and I attended two of those events at that VERY corner. I read a lot of comments in here and I noticed how deplorably you undermine true racism. The truth is the most vile hateful behavior comes from intolerant liberals who's only answer to people who oppose close-minded liberal views is to hijack other people's race. Stereotyping and lying is a liberal pass time. You still repeat these lies about racism because your intolerant beliefs are indefensible so its easy to spread lies and create rumors. Its vile, distasteful and downright intolerant. OFTEN (if not always) WITH NOT ONE ONCE OF PROOF!

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Fort Lauderdale Tea Party Guy
Fort Lauderdale Tea Party Guy

Hey! Sounds like a set up and over dramatization. I was there and and Mr. Rob was in old people's faces. He was not some inocent victim that was assulted by the mean main stream americans. He went to disrupt a protest and he did not like the responses to many of his support for Obama since he could not respond.

Mr. Robb decided to shout back cuss words since his argument could not hold water. We get all types all the times and we engage in respectful debate but your friend (hero) was bumping into people (old people) and trying to start a fight. I dont understand why he didnt mess with me but I would have laid him out.

As to his hero war wound in his belly....LMFAO.........(wait, I cant stop laughing).....he didnt get it there and I DOUBT he even received an email but rather manufactured it....wait....I have to laugh a little bit....

Bottom line.....pick on people your own age instead of 65+ individuals! wimmp

fedupsofl
fedupsofl

I would love to TEABAG the teabaggers!!!! How come these KKK's didn't rally when our country was being attacked my terrorists on 9/11 when our wonderful bush administration failed us???? Give me a break with this nonsense already

Office of the Hegemon
Office of the Hegemon

Scott,

I don't believe anyone stated that insults were illegal.

Please, recheck your facts before replying.

Thank you kindly,Locke-Office of the Hegemon

CSMcDonald
CSMcDonald

Hey Robb, exactly what law is it that says people can't insult you?

Assault, yes, that's illegal.Bullying - depends on what's done - if it's outright threats, yes, illegal. If it's calling you names, no, sorry, not illegal.

It sounds like what you're trying to do is to get attacked for news coverage and publicity.

Fight stupidity with stupidity, rock on Robb.

Office of the Hegemon
Office of the Hegemon

Friends,

I have spoken to the folks who "infiltrated" the teabagging last week. Unfortunately, 2 of them are still in Chicago on business and cannot attend.

This does not mean we should not stay home. Nay! Show up and spread the message. Peacefully. Arrive early. Stake your claim. Show them they cannot own the public. It starts at 1.

Things to Remember:1. When you are in public, you have no "expectation of privacy" and can be photographed, filmed, and have audio recorded. DO NOT let anyone tell you differently.2. Document EVERYTHING. Reply to this message with any pictures, videos, or audio and we will get it in the media. They are hungry to expose this group of teabaggers.3. Once they threaten you, that's assault. Have a witness and call the police immediately.4. Once they touch you without your permission, that's battery. Have a witness and CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY.5. Please be safe. This group of people will try and insult you ,abuse you, push you into the street, hit you with their signs, etc. We leave it up to individuals to defend as they wish. Your safety, and the safety of all the teabaggers is important. They are allowed to have their point of view, peacefully. Our message is that they cannot bully, insult, abuse, threaten, and assault those who wish to stand up and be counted amongst them as the opposition.

Freedom of will. Freedom of thought.

We are forming.We are organizing.We are going to hold you accountable.We will make sure that you do not harm anyone.You will no longer threaten peace loving citizens of this country.

We are everywhere. We are everyone.

... We are watching.

Anonymous
Anonymous

@Larry: Agreed. it seems kind of self serving to them to threaten me when my position is that they cannot antagonize and threaten those who choose to voice their counter opinion.

@Joel Goodman: You're cute, in a "Holy shit, i am scared for my children" kind of way.

@Call BS on U: Its hard to believe me when I said I was met with violence and anger, when in this blog post comment thread I have been met with violence and anger?? I counter you and say that unless you have zero evidence that I was NOT out there and DID not get this kind of treatment.

I find it sadly interesting that every teabagger/conservative who has responded to this post has been aggressive, angry, threatening, and insulting... It's not helping your cause kids, you may want to grow up a bit and realize that you sound like a schoolyard bully when you sit there and try to insult someone and threaten them with physical violence.

Call BS on U
Call BS on U

You made a big point to "expose them" but you have zero evidence to back up your story. I think you are probably just a loser that sits at home and makes stuff up. Enjoy your fifteen seconds.

Larry
Larry

Robb;When you go out of your way to antagoize people, even if it's to prove a point, you shouldn't be surprised or upset when you find what you're looking for. I dare say if I were to wear camoflage and M-16 at a Code Pink rally or carry a cross to a People for the American Way meeting I'd find out real quick I wasn't wanted. The right to free speech and assemble peacefully doesn't give you the right to be a dickhead.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

@Joel

Do us all a favor. Goggle "Internet tough guy". Find the wikipedia page for such. Add your photo.

I'll be there on Saturday. Come say hello. I'm not easily missed and I guarantee you will think thrice before threatening me.

UK Fan
UK Fan

This liberal and about 60 million others spent some time in the sun at the polls in November 2008 and voted for Obama and other progressives. Elections have consequences, baggers, which is why you people are sinking like boulders in the polls. OK, your 15 minutes are up. Go back into your holes.

JOEL GOODMAN
JOEL GOODMAN

ROBB of no last name may get his face rearranged when he shows up at the next party, I believe. He is all mouth and fat butt, but will his fatness gain him the defense he will need to protect his lard ???Maybe someone will be waiting to fry his bacon and slice his sausage. There may be some folks there that take offense at his atheistic ignorance and may want to educate him forceably. Never can tell what awaits, can you??????????????????????

Truth Speaketh
Truth Speaketh

Sorry Robb! It sounds like a fun time you sitting there lying to cars that drive by but you wont get anyone to care enough to show up. Simple fact about the liberal movement: they're all too busy doing drugs or taking the government's money (thats MY MONEY) or being hypocrits to actually spend a saturday in the sun for your beliefs. I guarnetee you wont get 10 people. Democracy speaks, throw the tyrant out!

Robb
Robb

Dear anonymous. Honestly doesn't matter whammy sign said. I don't need some inbred jed poking at me. I expect the same freedom and liberty that tea baggers demand.

to all those interested in joining up.email me at the email mentioned. Bring friends.

Anonymous
Anonymous

If this guy doesn't want to get poked and insulted he can stop coming over and starting stuff. And I wanna see that boy pull a gun and see what happens to his ass then.

Allen Dulles
Allen Dulles

The sad thing is we truly do need a grass roots third party political movement in this country. Unfortunately, the one we have now is dominated by undereducated inbeciles who regurgitate what they hear on Glen Beck.

Here fools. This is the guy who you think understands history. What are his academic credentials? I seriously doubt this agent provacateur even writes his own books.

He's a useful idiot for the elite, and likely has handlers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

James L.
James L.

LOL @teabaggers and orgasmo whom i'm guesing is a Commie.Seriously, you claim you "killed several goons with badges?" So your a murdering Russian traitor? it was lord W. with his patriot act that the constitution was used by the Bush adm. as toilet paper/illegal wiretaps, illegal detentions, torture not Obama so just shut up! you commie twit. It was also the republican agenda that deregulated the banks and the offshore drilling.Which has lead to great tragedy. Educate yourselves Am i the only one that remembers the Dick Cheney Offshore drilling task-force? i'm not a big fan of govt. myself but sheesh quit making up lies. and shame on those who believe it.

UK Fan
UK Fan

Starting an argument with people like these is about like deliberately stepping in dog crap. What's the point? These people represent the fringe of the fringe. They make Ron Paul voters seem astute. Be an adult. Ignore them.

Big Irv
Big Irv

Now that was hilarious!

Orgasmo_the_sex_magickian
Orgasmo_the_sex_magickian

Pornographic? Nature? I'm in!That was the corner of Federal Highway and Oakland Park Boulevard, right?If that's a GENUINE photo of REAL "Tea Party" participants. I'll be bringing the tea and the Russian tea cookies next week-end. They look very sweet and hot to me.I'll bet they even like sailors, too!!Just what is it that you communist rat bastards have against FREEDOM, LIBERTY, and the God given right to self determination? Always wanting MORE government. Since when has ANY government done ANYTHING, BETTER than the private sector in the interests of advancing freedom or liberty? U.S. public education is a sad joke. Sadly, Americans are looked upon as lobotomized morons by the rest of the civilized world.The majority of kids graduating high school this month can barely read at a fourth grade level, let alone write ANYTHING legible by hand. They have NO CONCEPT OF HISTORY, either recent, U.S., world or ancient.Unless, it's been "sanitized", i.e. re-written by the "politically correct" slime that tries to pass themselves off as intellectuals and "educators". For example, I recently was reading a (12th grade/high school senior level) U.S. history book that tried to portray the U.S. as the aggressors in WW2, completely omitting the surprise Dec 7th, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy. If that wasn't bad enough, it also completely omitted the atrocities committed by the communists against their own people. Like: "Let's just forget about the 40,000,000 people that Josef Stalin either let starve or had executed. Or the 64,000,000 Chinese peasants that Mao Zhedong had executed during the "cultural revolution"." It was like the whole "Cold War" never happened.Complete rubbish! I'm sorry. It DID HAPPEN. I WAS IN IT!! I, was lucky enough to escape to The West. To THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! To the greatest country ON EARTH! To FREEDOM!!To economic opportunity that has afforded me the ability to provide a good living for myself and my family. I had to kill several "goons with guns and badges" to get here. And I will gladly do it again if the "goons with guns and badges" try to take from me, that which I have fought MY WHOLE LIFE so hard to have.Freedom from government intrusion, idiotic, bureaucratic regulation, oppression on every level. Yet, you that were born here seem to want what we were barely able to endure. Year after year... Crushing poverty and alcoholism. Scarce grocery store shelves with few already spoiled, over-priced items. Dark, depressing, interminable winters.You needn't ask why it was called "The Cold War"... Now, I live in Titusville. I have palm trees in my yard. Truly, MY DREAM COME TRUE. God answered my prayers. So many years, I look at postcard with picture of palm trees in Florida and dream of coming here. To see Miami Beach and Cape Canaveral. Then I looked out window. It was perpetually dark, and frozen over with ice and snow. My only talents were mathematics and lingual skills. (I speak fluent English and Cunnilingus.) So I join Navy. The rest of my "how I got here" story you can make up for yourself. All I will say, is that it was wet and messy. I am U.S. CITIZEN now more than 20 years. I will never leave America. NO other place has what we have here. Mr. Robb with no last name can be atheist, skeptic, and scientist. I do not believe he is a smart man though. How can anyone support the liar and fraud that is Obama?He is leading us down the path of despotism and tyranny.He speaks of freedom and liberty, yet he tramples The Constitution at every opportunity. He spoke of a transparent administration. More like lined with lead.I feel he is a communist wolf, and we are wearing the sheepskins...I speak from experience.Death to tyrants!!God Bless America!!

Bookkeeper
Bookkeeper

Now this is entertainment with a purpose. Count me in.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Anonymous says:The pornographic nature of the photo of women shoving tea down another woman's throat ...

Much better than Tom Francis' creepy dog kissing man picture. Still having nightmares over that one.

Robb
Robb

Thank you everyone for the support. if anyone would like to organize with me, please email me. You may reach me at atomicrobb@gmail.com. By organizing and meeting up en force, we can send a message and Stay safe.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

I think we have breaking news... The Craiglister is dating Obama.

Those folks should put down the bible and pick up a book about ESOL.

RastaRick
RastaRick

Not only are they cowards, but they are not well educated. Lets call it flat out ignorance. They make decisions based on fear and it manifests as vitriol and anger. The tea baggin' crowd is like this big ant pile of horse shit that republicans kick and rile up when they need them.

I will be there as well, just for shits and giggles!

Joe M.
Joe M.

Anonymous' fear of giving his/her real name and standing behind his/her comments prove what a puling, childish little coward he/she is.

QuestionTheAnswers
QuestionTheAnswers

I am in and I'm gonna bring another 6 people with me.

I walked around downtown Ft Laud when these douche bags were out there on April 15th and I've gotta tell you, its like a Klan rally without the white hoods. The average IQ of your typical tea party folk is probably equivalent to that of a 4th grader.

Nothing but dumb, white trash!

Anonymous
Anonymous

The pornographic nature of the photo of women shoving tea down another woman's throat used for this article shows the true loyaltys of the "reporter". So much for fair and balanced.

Hansel
Hansel

They know their time has come. Their movement will be over soon. This guy should take over this corner and run the Palin lovers up to Alaska. Keep it up, Robb.

I wonder
I wonder

"The point, he says, isn't to antagonize. "I have no problem with them trying to spread their wacky little message, but you can't insult, assault, or bully people. That's against the law.'"

Robb please read what you are saying, you are a hypocrite.

"Wacky little message" --is an insult.

"We plan on going back every week until the resistance grows," --means you are going to bully the Teapartiers off the block because you don't like them.

I am a republican and I personally think the Teapartiers are walking jokes. Do what I do, simply ignore them.

Chris
Chris

Robb, if I lived in Fort Lauderdale, I would join you. You have my full support, it's time the American people woke up and started seeing the Tea Party for what it truly is, a bunch of whiny racists.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Robb, I am in...

I have the perfect sign I'll bring along... Reads "I'm with STOOPID" with arrows pointing to the left and right. And the American Socialist flag on the reverse.

I am bet a real crowd pleaser with that crowd.

Come on folks. Time to join in on the bandwagon... Maybe a two-fer with the puppy palace peoplez.

native Floridian Broward lover
native Floridian Broward lover

Go, Robb! You are awesome. I hope you get more people with signs to support you. If I didn't live so far south, I'd join you too!

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