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Laguna Niguel Post Office and Its Patrons Fight Back Against 'Hitler-Like' Posters

Have people really lost their minds?

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 around 12:42 p.m., I had an interesting encounter at the

I was approached by picketers who were depicting President Obama with an Adolf Hitler-like-mustache and trying to recruit people to side with them. Three people were standing around with clipboards and munching on lunch motioning, and attempting to flag people down.  

I walked into the post office and not more than 5 minutes later, another patron walked in speaking loudly and annoyed at the picketers. She was unhappy with their message but more so that they were on U.S. Post Office property harassing her. I couldn't help but agree.  

She talked to the manager of the post office, then called and complained to the local police.  I was equally peeved and called the police after her to confirm her story and make sure they came down to the post office.

Well, you think it should have just ended there but it didn't! I walked down to the picketers to take pictures of their posters and as I started to walk away, one of the women yelled out, 'Whore!'

I'm not sure what anybody else would have done but I started to shake I was so upset and turned to her, and made my own derogatory comments such as 'I can tell you guys really have an agenda? You seem more like a cult,' and looked at the guy and said, 'you guys are brainwashed!'

By this time the police showed and I had a chance to speak my peace. I wasn't alone, there were other customers yelling their annoyance as they walked in and out of the post office. 

The post office manager confirmed to the police that customers were complaining. Together they were able to remove the man standing along the pathway, and onto the sidewalk. And I even got them to move his car out of the customer parking lot.  

Look, I'm all for people having a voice (uh, hem) but I can't agree with depicting the President of this great nation and a tyrant killer in history. But if you're going to do it then don't do it on government property!  

I'm an Iranian-American and I take my freedom seriously.  

If you want to have a voice and be heard then perhaps the opening line shouldn't be: 'whore' while you stuff your face with lunch. Calling names isn't going to recruit members into your cause much less have you heard. Red or blue, you're still an American and that to me comes first.

United we stand, divided we fall.

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Ed November 16, 2011 at 04:23 PM
They're troublemakers. Even worse, they're troublemakers willing to take action. I bet their leader just loves the power that comes with being able to control and brainwash his (these types are almost always male) minions. Maybe Orange County isn't the best place for them to recruit. They need to try a less educated area.
Mosha Katani November 16, 2011 at 05:12 PM
I agree, and I took it as far as I could... They pray on the weak and the old:(
Valerie Burchfield Rhodes November 16, 2011 at 06:27 PM
Mosha, thank you for speaking up and taking action. I used to see these people at Trader Joe's at Ocean Ranch. They are typically Lyndon LaRouche supporters.
Mosha Katani November 16, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Valerie you are absolutely right, that is who they support.
Mosha Katani November 16, 2011 at 07:31 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyndon_LaRouche
becky grant November 17, 2011 at 03:19 AM
Thank you Mosha ....a friend of mine saw them there before and was very upset. Im glad youbtook action.
Debbie Tharp November 17, 2011 at 03:29 AM
I'm sorry he called you a whore. That doesn't fall into the free speech realm in my book, and it gives healthy protest a bad name. I hate to see our nation become so divisive at a time like this and fall into hostility. It's a sign of the times that this is coming even to Laguna Niguel. I have one point though, not a disagreement with your blog post which was great, but just one comment. The truth is, government property is EXACTLY the place to express free speech rights. It's a way of taking the matter to their doorstep, and a fundamental right which is constitutionally protected. I would personally rather see that right protected and put up with a few offensive signs than see that right eroded just because I found the free speech being practiced there distasteful. Really cool post though. Thanks for letting us know what is going on in our city!
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) November 17, 2011 at 04:19 AM
No doubt.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) November 17, 2011 at 04:20 AM
Had it been me, I probably would have done a lot worse than call the cops!
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) November 17, 2011 at 04:21 AM
Debbie: You are right, something like this is happening all over -- even in the bedroom community of Laguna Niguel.
Ed November 17, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Good point about the government property venue. I was under the impression that this was more of a cult recruit than a legitimate protest. Also, there are several government properties. This property doesn't deal with any of the policy-making at all.
Mosha Katani November 17, 2011 at 07:57 PM
Thanks for all the feedback and comments, its how I personally learn and grow. From what I read about Lyndon LaRouche, he's been called many things and a cult is one of them. Check out his Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyndon_LaRouche its pretty colorful.

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