Thursday, September 16, 2004


Notice: The guy on the left is laughing while holding the remnants of her sign - the lady behind her, to the right, is still screaming at the little girl

So, Senator JOHN KERRY'S GOONS have hit a NEW LOW. It's not enough to play politics with national security, it's not enough to vote for $87 billion aid for American troops before voting against it, it's not enough to forge documents and lie about President Bush. The ANGRY, DESTRUCTIVE, LEFT-WING has to terorize, intimidate and mock a 3 year old girl who is helping her father express his right to free speech.


Three-year-old Sophia Parlock cries while seated on the shoulders of her father, Phil Parlock, after having their Bush-Cheney sign torn up by Kerry-Edwards supporters on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at the Tri-State Airport in Huntington, W.Va. Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards (news - web sites) made a brief stop at the airport as he concluded his two-day bus tour to locations in West Virginia and Ohio. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder)

Update: Click here to see another picture, above, of what happened to Sophia Parlock.

Update: Union's Apology

Statement from the General President Regarding the Events in Huntington, WV

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades believes in the fundamental right for civil discourse, freedom of speech and activism to support our candidates and issues.

What happened in Huntington, West Virginia yesterday is an affront to everything we, as a union, pride ourselves to represent. We extend our apologies to the Parlock family, especially Sophia, for the distress one of our overzealous members caused them.

I have personally taken steps to address this issue internally, and will take immediate disciplinary action to the fullest extent allowed under U.S. Department of Labor regulations and the constitution of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.

It is my hope that this incident reminds all of our members that every last citizen in this country has the right to express his or herself freely. Not one single one of us has the right to tell them otherwise.

General President James A. Williams
The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades


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