Do you guys ever worry that this election season is getting TOO cool? Oh man, I KNOW! It’s like, everyone needs to settle down because we’re almost being so awesome about stuff that Brooklyn’s going to fall into the ocean. Even the Fonz is like, “you guys!” That being said, it’s definitely going to get cooler before it gets less cool. Case in point, a protester from MoveOn.org was holding some ridiculous sign at a Rand Paul rally last night (like, she wanted to give him an “Employee of the Month” award from a fake organization, the sign and organization both being intended as sarcastic, pointed commentaries about Paul’s policies? As I mentioned: EVERYONE is being cool this year, and it’s all very cool) when she was grabbed by Rand Paul supporters, dropped to the ground, and HER HEAD WAS STEPPED ON. Now, she’s OK. In the news clip posted after the jump, the news team interviews her after this assault occurs. While the Rand Paul supporters were almost insanely inappropriate in their behavior, they didn’t actually demand that the woman bite the curb before stepping on her head, which is always the crucial factor in a curb stomp. But also, being “fine” aside, GOOD GRIEF WHAT THE HELL IS EVEN GOING ON OUT THERE ANYMORE?

Surprisingly, the worst part about this segment isn’t actually the curb stomp! It’s when the reporter adds at the end that the police want to talk to the protester. Really? I mean, fair enough. Talk to her. Throw her in jail for all I care, the world is a mess. But perhaps the police would also have some questions for the DUDE THAT GOES AROUND STEPPING ON PEOPLE’S HEADS? And/or the thick-chested guy who feels no problem grabbing a woman by the collar and throwing her to the ground and holding her down while another dude STEPS ON HER HEAD. Do you want to talk to them at all, police? Hey, here’s a thought: YOU SHOULD TALK TO THEM. Ugh. (Via GotchaMedia.)

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  1. Not as much fun as the election for this guy:

  2. At first I was like, “Whoa, kids these days!” but then I saw the dude who held her down and the other dude who stomped her head and I was like, “WHOA, ADULTS THESE DAYS!”

    Also, the police probably wanted to talk to the girl about the guys who stepped on her head, no? I mean, I can’t imagine that they would be interested in arresting her, but they may be interested in what exactly happened pre-head-stomping.

  3. “i’m rand paul and i approve this UGH.” -rand paul, 1963-2012

  4. Atlas Mugged

  5. Can we finally talk about this guy’s name? It’s like a poor man’s Ayn Rand. Except less “Fountainhead” and more “FountainIwouldn’thavevotedfortheCivilRightsAct.”

  6. I’ve been an active member of The Headstomping Party for years. Our platform is completely misunderstood. You see this footage taken out of context and you think, “All they’re about is beating up women and stomping on there head’s if they disagree with them.” But, I say to you, You’re missing the much bigger picture!!!! They don’t have to disagree with us to get a headstomping!! We are a party for the people!! Every woman is subject to their fair share of the curb, every woman. And that’s why I’m voting for Rand Paul, 2010.

  7. To be fair, she never should have tried to go into that “No Whites Allowed” restaurant.

  8. Does this prove that all Rand Paul supporters are Neo-Nazi’s?

    Why yes, yes it does.

  9. Actually, the guy was just trying to help. She had a spider on her shoulder and, not knowing if it was poisonous, stomped on it before it could bite her.

    Here’s where it gets complicated, the spider was voting against Rand Paul and for Jack Conway.

  10. Ugh. My town. I promise most of us in Lexington are awesome, laid-back people who are accepting etc etc. But I have no idea who let these guys in :(

    • My secondary school in Glasgow were exchange partners with one in Lexington.

      I didn’t take part since I was too poor and worried about being homesick/wanting to stay there permanently to avoid my awful schoolmates, but the Lexington students I met were pretty nice.

    • I was just in Lexington, and everyone I met was lovely. Granted, they were all college students, and I really just went to Al’s Bar and Doodles, but it was still a nice trip. I can sympathize, as whenever Birmingham makes the national news it’s never because of how progressive and accepting we are.

    • Lexington is a pretty great town. The Wrocklage, Fayette Mall, the Warmer Milks, Tayshaun Prince, WRFL. I could go on and on.

      That said: KENTUCKY, NO MORE SENATORS FOR YOU UNTIL YOU LEARN HOW TO BEHAVE!

    • OMG Lexington is my town too! So weird. Hey fellow monster!!!

    • I’m from New Jersey and I love Lexington! It’s a really nice town. People are friendly and cool and the country is beautiful. Also, there’s a barbecue place called Butt Rubbin’ BBQ, so there’s that.

      Butt Rubbin’ BBQ FTW/

  11. Now listen, we all like Paul Rand, but these guys just need to curb their enthusiasm, you know?

  12. America is #1!

  13. my initial reaction was to make a comment about stepping on some people’s heads in retaliation, but, let’s get real. i’m a tiny lady and can’t wrestle anyone to the ground. nor do i have it in me to ever actually be violent- violent situations, even yelling matches, freak me the eff out. plus there’s the whole sinking to their level problem. i’m just totally freaked out by the lack of coherent political debate in this country. not that moveon really represents coherent debate either, but, rand paul (and several other republican candidates) are running bonkers campaigns and being supported by bonkers people and advocating for bonkers policies. maybe i should curb stomp on my own head to get with the times and go with the flow and stop worrying about it- brain damage can’t be that bad and would certainly probably save me time and energy in the long run.

    • Isn’t it horrible? I mean, the unwillingness to address actual issues that affect people’s actual lives or at least to talk about them in a way that isn’t insulting and/or completely stupid? We need to sit the whole congress down in a 7th grade English class and teach them how to properly form an argument, different logical fallacies, etc.

      • yes. also. a complete disregard to basic history or even basic understanding of how policies and institutions work in this country is shockingly evident. how do you seriously run for senate not knowing that the first amendment calls for the separation of church and state? how do you not understand what title II of the civil rights act was meant to protect against (although reagan was super against it too, and made statements about how fair housing was discriminatory against the owner when he ran for governor of california, for chrissake)? what’s super weird for me is that i’m taking all of these public policy classes in grad school right now, and so i’m spending hours and hours sitting around talking about social justice and social welfare and racism in public policy and then i come home and read court cases on education policy and fair housing law and then i turn on the internet and this. this is what the rest of america is talking about, at least on the level of the national media. and the talking points are magnificently stupid. and the candidates are magnificently stupid. and i just want to curl up and die, because this is what i’m supposed to be working on for the rest of my life- public policy in poverty. wtf. wtf. i think i am actually developing schizophrenia.

        • Ugh. I’d like to say “It gets better” but I’m not really sure that it does. People in poverty routinely vote for people who really hate people in poverty (or just completely ignore them), and there’s actually no really good option for poor people to elect officials who seriously care about their welfare and actually know how to get things done to help them.

          Though at this point I almost don’t care what gets done as long as it’s something that’s not a war, a favor for corporations, or a socially regressive and irrelevant law that benefits nobody but really harms a lot of people.

        • There is a “legit” legal argument against the portions of the Civil Rights Act–that it’s too big of a stretch of Congress’ power to regulate interstate commerce–but there was a series of Supreme Court cases in its wake that basically decided the issue.

          Nowadays people don’t really care about states’ rights or the proper balance of federalism. Even the SCOTUS’ “liberal” and “conservative” blocs are divided more along pro- and anti-regulation lines, with the question of the balance of federalism not really important to either side except in terms of how it can help their arguments over other things. When people do say they champion states’ rights, they’re really saying they just want less government at any and all levels. Except Clarence Thomas, he really means it.

          Federalism as the Founders envisioned it hasn’t really existed since the 30s, and really, thank God for that, it would be a disaster in today’s world.

    • Yeah, I’ve been thinking a lot about how the 21st century has really opened up the idea of anonymous, consequence-free argument to a national scale on the internet. Discourse has turned into a series of zings and ad homonym attacks applying to huge people groups, so I think it’s caused people to stake their politics to their personhood. You can’t confuse hatred for passion. It’s all really sad and I’m genuinely afraid.

      • i was going to make a comment that it’s funny that you wrote “ad homonym,” since the phrase is “ad hominem,” and haha, isn’t “homonym” hominem’s homonym? but, no. they’re actually homophones. and between that semantic snafu, and this horrifying news that was unfortunately the first thing i read this morning, i think i am done thinking for the day!

    • I’m with pretty much everything here.

      respectfully, I am uncomfortable with the idea (which no one exactly said, so no need to feel like anyone has to double-down defend anything) that moveon should be weighed as one side of the loud incoherent mess that is dumbing down the discussion and keeping people from asking the real questions; about poverty, war, anything…

      their options are limited, so sure, if they’ve got 30 seconds, they’ll simplify an issue…

      but moveon actually DEEPENS the conversation and reveals exactly the kind of stuff that gets skipped out on by the national media.

      in equally nasty ‘hiding the truth’ news, Julian Assange went on news shows this weekend to talk about documents that PROVE the unlawful deaths of 109,000 people in iraq; the CNN people, and the NYTimes article about the issue, made the deaths of 109,000 people less known than some other accusations against Assange which, true or false, weren’t the issue. media in other countries is covering the deaths and torture. moveon is doing what they can to get the word out about it.

      I’m only chiming in because I think thinking about this false equivalency stuff is important, especially this week: as much as I’m into Jon Stewart, I’m not totally with this ‘glenn beck is one crazy side, alan grayson is the other crazy side’ rally.

      • I agree, specifically in the capacity that it’s hard to quantify crazy in relation to another specific personality. And moveon is not comparable to the tea party in tone or coherency. I think the Tea Party needs to be diffused, but when you’re dealing with a group of people that’s obviously caught up in a state of rage, condescension will only worsen their state of paranoia and self-marginization. I’m not saying let’s tolerate this kind of behavior or vitriol at all, but this incident involved a sarcastic gesture that I do wonder what kind of goal was being sought after. Obviously, this girl didn’t deserve any violence of any kind, but I think the left would serve its purposes of dialogue better by not stooping to the level of “aren’t I clever, you hayseed” behavior. There’s a necessity for humor in politics, but the message to a people group that is probably unaware of how insecure they themselves are over a lack of education about extremely complex issues needs to be tailored to that kind of person. Otherwise it comes off as self-gratifying.

        • again, I agree with most of what you are saying also.

          I might be making the same point as you, in fact, in that you said that the tea party and move on are not comparable in terms of coherency.

          I do think it is possible, however, to quantify credibility that certain famous people or organizations deserve. literally, count the times they’ve said incorrect things. someone recently, maybe the daily show, put together a reel of times that glenn beck has compared parts of the left wing ideology that he disagrees with to nazism. it was long.

          the original ad for the rally to restore sanity showed glenn beck saying that kind of thing, but it also showed alan grayson comparing a right wing florida politician to the taliban, because he said that women that are raped should not be allowed to have abortions.

          there are plenty of people that are with that republican guy, and for that policy. we’re not talking about anything factual at this point though. all values. I’m never going to be able to come to an agreement with those people, really about ANYTHING.

          there are plenty of people who disagree with the idea that holding the opinion that women that are raped should not be allowed to have abortions can be compared to the taliban. so that’s getting into a little more nuanced ground. there are some facts to compare, about this florida guy and the taliban – maybe we can discuss this and get SOMEWHERE.

          and then there’s pretty much EVERY SINGLE PERSON, who can count, and so therefore really have to agree with the FACT that glenn beck says that kind of thing a LOT more than alan grayson. There is nothing to argue about. Whether you want to use the word crazy, dishonest, or whatever: glenn beck’s side is so much worse about that. quantifiably.

          That’s my problem with this rally.

          • Hm. I don’t think repetition of a particular idea makes something more wrong or more right. It isn’t likely that Glenn Beck goes home and re-examines his ideas and attempts to come to a new conclusion each time. He comes to his wrong conclusions, and stays with it, so he’s wrong once, just keeps repeating it. I don’t see how a number of addresses of the same idea makes a different statement that’s been said less time any more or less valid. I also don’t think “crazy” and “wrong” are interoperable. But, this is all getting way too serious.

          • well, it’s just that repeating one wrong thing over and over is not what beck does.

            what he does is every day use similar falacious logic and rhetorical devices on any issue he wants to. it takes a while in this video to get to the part where you see beck comparing people who want to educate children and who want to mitigate global warming to nazis; but if you want, it’s in here:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1s4fj-5zlk

            It’s just my opinion, but I think of alan grayson as a pretty spot-on dude most of the time, who actually has the guts to publicly call people on their lies/inconsistencies.

            he made an attack ad, jon stewart didn’t like it. if you’re interested here’s jon stewart’s takedown:

            http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-september-29-2010/indecision-2010—taliban-dan—boo-gate

            this rally is about how media/politicians/movements spends more time hyperbolically comparing things they disagree with to nazis and fighting than they spend actually thinking about the problems on this planet. sort of like the conversation that southernbitch and superglue were having.

            I’m with southernbitch and superglue about all they said is wrong. and in theory, I’m with the whole principle jon stewart is promoting. this is an example of a democrat pulling the ‘nazi/taliban’ card.

            But I think stretch of the logic in the 2 cases, and the credibility of the 2 people involved makes this unfair. I know Stewart knows more about alan grayson than this ad. I know Stewart would agree more with the idea that the american/afghanistani religious zealots do things that are comparable, than he would al gore and hitler are comparable.

            I think he’s playing dumb here. he wants to show democrats being wrong and hyperbolic about something also. but I think, this time at least, this kind of ‘fairness’ is forced and is actually less fair.

            and I think that happens a lot. moveon might be uncompromisingly left, but they are not constantly lying, constantly hiding things, and constantly dumbing down the conversation. I think they do the opposite.

    • Well said everyone here. I just got back from a weekend of visiting family, who are all more conservative than me — and that’s fine, but I don’t understand some of the stuff they say. I am just puzzled by statements like “the stimulus was a total failure and Obama acted dishonestly” and “Obama has no brain — when there’s no teleprompter he’s an idiot!” I mean, these are decent, intelligent people, so why do they stick with wildly inaccurate and/or over-simple ideas? Why does it seem like they would much, much rather attack “liberals” than try to sort out the facts and then decide who’s right? Is there some glitch in human brains (especially conservative ones!) that prefers conflict over problem-solving?

      Also, here’s my bias: it’s really hard to imagine a crowd of Democrats headstomping a Republican who shows up with a sarcastic sign. Thoughts?

      • I think that’s what holy smokes was saying below. I agreed with everyone down there that nobody is responsible for explaining the headstomper except the headstomper, even if they are on the same political side.

        But I’m with both of you – yes, it is harder to imagine democrats doing that.

        • Well said, and I hadn’t seen the down-below stuff yet. Thanks for directing me.

        • I couldn’t find the reply button to your other reply. But. Are we arguing? I never meant to suggest that Alan Grayson was on the same level as Glenn Beck or anything like that. My point is, I don’t like comparisons of most kinds between people like this because of the vast amount of nuanced differences (aside from obvious ones) cause discussions about the comparisons to spiral down a well of semantics and incongruent factors. You can count Glenn Beck’s nightmare statements and compare that to other things, but I’m not sure you’d get anywhere in a discussion because I still wouldn’t really know what that proves? I dunno, I need a gin and tonic.

          • just saw this. no, I hope we’re not. I was just talking, clarifying my points. some of it for myself. and you’d never said anything about grayson, and no, I never thought you were specifically comparing those dudes. I guess it just looked like you asked something or other or were not quite clear about what i thought glenn beck was up to. so i wrote it out. also, it was getting late in the afternoon and I was procrastinating…

            that was mostly just unsolicited comment from me about the whole ‘both sides are bad’ narrative. and from me thinking about how it has allowed people to move the goalposts for years.

            i wasn’t taking issue with things you said.

  14. Ugh, just shut down the whole damn democratic process.

    SHUT IT DOWN.

    • ironically, elections/policies being run by the least informed, angry, “disenfranchised” lower class whites was what the founding fathers were so terrified of when they tried to figure out how to restrict voting rights in the first place. it’s the circle of liiiiiiife!

  15. Isn’t that woman who insulted Bill Clinton still in solitary?

  16. There is no .gif sad enough to express my level of :( . Humanity, we had a good run, but clearly we failed. Lets just call it 2012 and pack it in.

    • I also want to make a pithy comment relating this to Blood Meridian, but it’s just too depressing. Instead, I will be hugging my stuffed hedgehog for the foreseeable future.

  17. This just adds to the good news that my company decided to block youtube and hulu so we can all hate our lives just a litte more and the videogum moblie app is the worst and will not let me navigate to the full site.

    #caseofthetuesdays

  18. I’m sure there has to be at least one Republican monster, and I’m sure I’d get along get with them, but WTFSERIOUSLYBRO

    • I suspect I am one of the closest things we have to a Republican monster, although I am not particularly close. I mean, I wouldn’t sit around in a deer stand built on an oil rig any more than I would get baked and play a didgeridoo, but my views tend to be SLIGHTLY more conservative than most of the commenters, I guess? Mostly, though, I think the Republican monsters are too busy curb-stomping people and not masturbating to have time to comment here.

    • I’m a Republican. I’m not really enthusiastic about it anymore or… Well I don’t know if I ever have been enthusiastic about it. I don’t really know what I am anymore. I need a hug. But really, get that poor girl a hug and an ice pack.

      • Internet hugs for all!!

        Real hugs and ice packs for that girl!!!

      • Though I am not a Republican, I do have pictures of them in my wallet (aka: my whole family) and I live and work in an area that is majority Republican.

        I can say, without reservation, that most everyone is the same: we all want the best for our families and we all want to have jobs and food and we all just want to live our lives and be happy. We also all have our prejudices, liberal or conservative. The only difference is who you are prejudging. When I see a guy in cowboy boots and pressed jeans, I assume he is small-minded, which is, of course, small minded of me. I am usually surprised by the generosity and and accepting nature of most people. So, Republican or Democrat, we all have our pluses and minuses.

        But there are also ignorant maniacs. There are those who are so bent in their thinking and so warped by their anger and fear that horrible things like this happen. There have always been these people and there always will be these people. I think our only hope is to continue to get to know people as individuals and see their worth and accept them for who they are. It is naive and idealistic, but at least we can help each other when we are faced with the ignorant, angry and violent.

        • I was raised by a conservative artist mom and a liberal computer nerd dad. Over the years, I’ve watched them become more moderate overall, while still retaining the parts of their world views that they truly believe. But they accept each other’s thoughts and learn from each other constantly, while keeping their idealogical identity. So, I don’t think you’re being naive or idealistic, it does happen and it does work. I don’t know what kind of broken mind that curb-stomper is stuck in, but it’s gross and I’m really ashamed of it somehow.

        • Quick tip Mans, because I seem to have recalled you were or had moved to Boston, guy in cowboy boots and pressed jeans is no longer a small-minded Republican, but a small-minded hipster.

          I think you had some lesson in there about not judging people or whatever, but fuck hipsters, am I right? No? Oh. Well. Yeah, no, I know what you mean, sure “hipster” is this bizarre term that covers a wild range of tastes and habits and it’s really impossible to judge whether someone is doing something in order to be perceived as hip or whether that possible judgment is a side affect of vests and fedoras looking awesome and Criterion Collection just putting out damned good DVDs…but we can still mock the dude in cowboy boots and and pressed jeans, right?

        • But a person doesn’t have to be generally ignorant, angry or violent to commit violent acts against other human beings. The banality of evil is universally applicable. That’s not to say that any of this is leading to genocide! The similarity is there, though; perfectly ordinary, very nice, friendly people can in the right environment become horrible violent maniacs.

          I can’t stand these people’s politics, or their leaders, or their secret funders, but the people themselves are basically no different than any of us. The capacity for behaving the same way is in every one of us.

          • You make good points, but I would say this: I do not have it in me to stomp on a woman’s head. I really don’t think I do. The banality comes in here: we all have it in us to watch someone else do it and say nothing.

          • I believe you! And I like to think I wouldn’t do such a thing, either. But no one really knows until they’re in the situation. So many ordinary people have fully participated in genocidal violence before and in every study and survey there is almost nothing that distinguishes a participant from a non-participant. Just, no constant at all.

            Sorry to be a creep, I have been doing a lot of reading lately.

    • I think Godsauce is a republican.

      Never Forget.

    • I’m related to a lot of Republicans and while we do not agree politically, they are all good and kind. One of my cousins is way more awesome than me and holds politically conservative views. Not that I’m super-great, but he is, and his politics always surprise me. Look who’s prejudiced now!

  19. With the political curb stomps and the campaign of Christine “Teen Witch” O’Donnell, I feel like my 4 (really 5) years to get a political science degree was really worth it. I have so much to ponder as I wait for unemployment to kick in.

  20. “Where is the constitution is the separation of prostesters and curb stomping?” -Christine O’Donnell

  21. this guy knows what you’re talking about.

  22. this is really the thing that make you want to run for office.. wouldn´t a comment from the Rand campaign be pretty appropriate at this time?

    in other news, just signed up (finally), yeeay.

  23. i don’t think they even read her sign, they just thought she was Rachel Maddow.

  24. If there only were a place for people to go who enjoy stomping on the heads of people who disagree with them. Oh right, it’s called prison, and that guy belongs there.

  25. Is anyone going to be in DC this weekend?

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  27. If there’s gonna be a second Civil War, I call dibs on the North.

    • i would like to just say, in defense of the south (ohmygodthisishowitstarts), that martin luther king, jr said that the reaction to his chicago campaign against ghettos was more hateful and terrifying than his campaigns in the south. to further define: yes, we’ve got a lot of assholes running around down here, but the north isn’t a magical fucking utopia land when it comes to race relations or poverty or tolerance of minorities or gays or immigrants. so there’s no point in constantly dogging on the south just because it’s an easy punching bag- wherever you are, there are bound to be assholes.

  28. As long as Outsourced is still on the air, nothing that goes on in this country, including this, surprises me.

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