And the goose stepping grannies
WARNING! Harsh language alert!
Anyhoo... check out some of this article from WND; (Emphasis mine)
Rooftop snipers eye patriots singing 'God Bless America'
When hundreds of tea-party protesters – including many elderly women – gathered outside a civic center where President Obama was giving a public speech Wednesday, they were surprised to be greeted by police dispatched in full riot gear.
Obama spoke in Quincy, Ill., at the Oakley Lindsay Civic Center. The event was open to the public, and about 2,000 tickets were distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
About 200 protesters peacefully rallied outside the civic center, carrying signs that read "Give Us Liberty Not Debt" and yellow "Don't Tread On Me" flags, the Quincy Herald-Whig reported. Protesters waved U.S. flags and shouted "Remember in November" and "You work for us."
After Obama's motorcade arrived, a Secret Service agent instructed protesters to move across the street. The crowd began singing "God Bless, America" and the National Anthem. Quincy Deputy Police Chief Ron Dreyer ordered police in full riot gear to march up the street and stand between the tea partiers and the civic center.
Snipers were also spotted on the rooftop of the building.
The tea partiers complied when they were told to move across the street, behind a sidewalk and into a parking lot. The riot police did not come into contact with the crowd, and the tea partiers sang patriotic songs while obeying the orders.
"Thanks for protecting our president," one tea partier can be heard saying on a video of the event. "He's the anointed One, the Messiah."
Another man said, "Illegals are rioting, and we're as peaceful as you can believe."
NBC affiliate WGEM described the crowd as "rowdy," though they could be heard singing "God Bless America" in the background during the report.
Inside, Obama told the crowd, "[W]hen I travel now, it kind of causes a ruckus."
The photos and videos sparked a wave of blogger reactions, including the following comments:
Those poor police have to be embarrassed.
These guys and gals look like my mom or the people in my church. Wake up America!
Why can't these racist, violent tea parties be civil like the peaceful pro-illegal immigration rallies we saw in Phoenix!?
The cops really have to worry since protesters are shown on tape throwing bottles at them. Oh wait …
SWAT was there because it looked like the ladies were going to break out in a bingo game. Those daubers have ink, ya know.
Oh my G-d. How beyond ridiculous. This country's "leaders" have gone stark raving insane.
Yeah, they look like real hoodlums. Next they'll be going after the elementary school kids singing those crazy patriotic songs!
When will the AARP condemn this threatening behavior by team Obama?
Anyone who reads this blog with regularity knows that I'm a VERY pro-cop individual. But what these cops did was bullshit. If there was a question of a pay-raise, and union negotiations were breaking down, you could bet your ass that a wave of "Blue Flu" would sweep through the PD.
But gearing-up to do street battle with a bunch of pensioners? I reiterate -- bullshit.
Those cops should be absolutely and totally ashamed of themselves.