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It’s like you can’t even shove somebody anymore without getting handcuffed

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Here’s the big Joe Miller news you’re supposed to care about at this hour. Anchorage Daily News:

The editor of the Alaska Dispatch website was arrested by U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller’s private security guards Sunday as the editor attempted to interview Miller at the end of a public event in an Anchorage school.

Tony Hopfinger was handcuffed by the guards and detained in a hallway at Central Middle School until Anchorage police came and told the guards to release Hopfinger…

Hopfinger, who was holding a small video camera, said he was attempting to draw out a statement from Miller on why he was disciplined by the Fairbanks North Star Borough when Miller worked there as a part-time attorney. After Miller walked away, Hopfinger said, he was surrounded by Miller supporters and security guards and felt threatened, so he pushed one of them away…

Hopfinger said that after he shoved the man away, the guards grabbed him, cuffed his hands behind his back with steel handcuffs and sat him in a chair in the school hallway.

Are these teabaggers so sensitive that they can’t even take a friendly little shove? They had to violently grab this heroic truth-seeker and put steel handcuffs on him? I thought this was America! Come see the repression inherent in the system! (Yes, that was my second Monty Python and the Holy Grail reference today.)

Let’s hope Iowahawk is jotting down Hopfinger’s name for the next edition of “Bylines of Brutality.”

P.S. Joe Miller says arrested blogger followed him into restroom.

P.P.S. To put it in terms my liberal friends might be able to understand: Tony Hopfinger didn’t use his words, so he had to go into timeout.