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Old 08-15-2013, 10:19 AM   #1
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Rep. Steve Stockman Invites ‘Obama’ Rodeo Clown to Texas

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He's been back in Congress for less than a year, but already Rep. Steve Stockman has generated a collection of headlines that many veteran lawmakers would take an entire career to produce - and now he's extended an invitation to a controversial rodeo performer who came under fire for his act in an Obama mask.

First, shortly after the Texan Republican was sworn back into office, he used his single guest pass to bring conservative rocker Ted Nugent, a gun rights defender, to the State of the Union address in February, countering a Democratic offensive for stronger gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting.

An unabashed proponent of the Second Amendment, Stockman has threatened to impeach President Obama if he enacts gun control measures by executive order. For Independence Day, he even held a raffle to give away a free Bushmaster AR-15 rifle.

Since taking office, he has ruffled some feathers in Washington by perpetuating conspiracy theories about President Obama's citizenship, stoking so-called "birthers" who are not convinced that the president's U.S. birth certificate is authentic.

In his latest publicity stunt, Stockman has invited to perform at a rodeo in Texas' 36th District a rodeo clown who created a stir for donning a mask of President Obama while sporting an upside down broomstick attached to his backside at an event in Missouri last Saturday.

Obama Rodeo Act Called 'Shameful,' 'Out of Line'

"Liberals want to bronco bust dissent. But Texans value speech, even if its speech they don't agree with," Stockman, who also served in the House of Representatives for one term in the mid-1990s after the Gingrich revolution, wrote in a statement announcing his latest act. "Disagreeing with speech is one thing. Banning it and ordering citizens into reeducation classes for mocking a liberal leader is another. Liberals have targeted this man for personal destruction to create a climate of fear."

The rodeo clown has not been publicly identified, although the Associated Press identified him as Tuffy Gessling.

The Missouri State Fair on Monday imposed a lifetime ban to prevent him from ever performing there in the future.

On Monday, the president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association resigned in protest that the association had not banned the rodeo clown from its membership.

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I don't remember this uproar when people wore Dubya masks in such a disrespectful manor....
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I don't remember this uproar when people wore Dubya masks in such a disrespectful manor....
Thank you for pointing this out.
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I don't remember this uproar when people wore Dubya masks in such a disrespectful manor....
I don't think the Obama mask is in good taste, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.
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I don't remember this uproar when people wore Dubya masks in such a disrespectful manor....
Do you remember the uproar when the Dixie chicks said they were ashamed that Bush was from texas?
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Do you remember the uproar when the Dixie chicks said they were ashamed that Bush was from texas?
Technically Bush is a Northeastern Ivy League Elitist.
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Kind of like the texans in the article that claim they value free speech even if they don't agree with it, but banned the Dixie Chicks from playing on their radio stations after they said something they didn't like?

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Everyone who thought the GW things were funny, snarky, deserved or witty and yet finds this offense. The level of mockery that GW endured paled everyone I have ever seen in my lifetime by a large, large margin.

Not to mention the seemingly OK open discussion of murdering him and hanging him in effigy.
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Kind of like the texans in the article that claim they value free speech even if they don't agree with it, but banned the Dixie Chicks from playing on their radio stations after they said something they didn't like?

door swings both ways.
that would be hypocritical as well
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From one clown to another I guess (Stockman inviting Obama clown).

That said, I don't agree with all the uproar over the Obama clown thing. Stupid, silly and crass? Sure. In good taste? Certainly not. Appropriate for a state fair? Probably not. I don't think it was necessarily out of bounds though (I don't see this as racist or anything like that) and certainly not deserving of going viral like it has.

As mentioned, Bush II (and pretty much every president) endured a lot of ribbing too and I think any politician, certainly at the WH level, will have too.

If Obama were smart, he'd invite the guy to the White House for a beer and have his picture taken with him, Obama clown face and all, just to show he can take some ribbing and share a good laugh. I would kind of take the wind out of the whole thing.
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If Obama were smart, he'd invite the guy to the White House for a beer and have his picture taken with him, Obama clown face and all, just to show he can take some ribbing and share a good laugh. I would kind of take the wind out of the whole thing.
Quite so. It was one of the things Nixon did early in the first term. (Laugh-in appearance for example) But, when things got really testy during the late part of the first term and into his second term. It just crushed him under his own objections.
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Good for the dude in the mask. Freedom of speech. If the Missouri State Fair is actually run privately, which some state fairs are, and those folks want to ban him for life, good for them too. However, if the Missouri State Fair is in fact run by the state, they should not be able to ban him for this action, unless it violated a term of his contract. Also, if it is state run, they can put policies in place that prohibit any such exhibition of political themes in such employment contracts.

The dude has every right to free speech. But, the state does not have to pay him and give him his platform. But, they must enforce that equally across the political spectrum.
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The level of mockery that GW endured paled everyone I have ever seen in my lifetime by a large, large margin.
You have got to be a post Nixon/Watergate/Vietnam baby. Relatively speaking, W got off easy compared to Nixon.
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If Obama were smart, he'd invite the guy to the White House for a beer and have his picture taken with him, Obama clown face and all, just to show he can take some ribbing and share a good laugh. I would kind of take the wind out of the whole thing.
That would be great.
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I don't remember this uproar when people wore Dubya masks in such a disrespectful manor....
I also don't remember the tea party (the former members of the confederacy) existing when Dubya was in office either.


I guess no one noticed the broom handle stuck up the Clowns a$$ either. What's that about?
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