Something strange today

Something off topic

There is a picture (reproduced below) that shows a little girl crying because her Bush/Cheney sign was ripped up at a Kerry/Edwards rally type event.

parlockatrally (20k image)
{{popup parlockatrally.jpg parlockatrally 410×256}}parlockatrally

The problem is (as was pointed out at Eschaton today), this guy’s pulled stunts like this before:


There’s this guy. He’s a Republican. Amazingly, for the past three presidential elections he’s managed to convince reporters that he’s gotten attacked and gotten his signs stolen and destroyed. What are the odds?

I’m just gonna nick the whole post from Rising Hegemon to make sure everyone sees it:

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.

“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.

Problem is, as pointed out by some (Rezmutt) at D.U. is he has done this before.

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:

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.

So, you read these stories, and you begin to wonder what’s going on. Well, check out the guy in the picture to the left of the man, the one wearing the union shirt.? Here’s the entire Parlock clan:
parlockfamily (19k image)
{{popup parlockfamily.jpg parlockfamily 293×201}}parlockfamily

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.

Don’t cry for me Dallas, Texas…