Giving Obamacare the Finger? Elderly Man Loses Appendage to Angry Protester

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Obama Supporters Take “Hands Off” Slogan Literally

Obama supporters bit off the finger of a guy from my home town of Thousand Oaks last night.  A finger! Are you kidding me?? When I heard my friend Michelle talking about it this morning I was completely stunned, but no.  It’s true!

My friends Scott and Michelle were there counter demonstrating with the elderly man who had his finger bitten off.

This is a summary of Scott’s account from the radio this morning:

The Obamacare supporter, who was on the side of the street with other supporters, came across the street toward the anti-Obamacare crowd and singled out an elderly man and proceeded to “get in his face” about his views. The Obamacare supporter then pulled the old man out into the street, unprovoked I might add, and then bit the old guys finger off while the old guy was just trying to get away. The old man then shuffled off toward a hospital.

I then went out into the street and found the old man’s finger.  We called 911 and the dispatcher gave them the location to the nearest hospital which she said would be their best bet for finding the man. They rushed over and were able to find the old man and provide him with his finger. I went back to the scene to wait for police and gave the police the entire account and they tried to find the attacker amongst the Obamacare supports, but he had fled by then.

This is from Michelle’s account on facebook:

“The bite was clean, below the first knuckle. The finger fell into grass.  Scott searched for it, found it, and then gave them the finger.”

Literally.  What kind of mania has these people?  This is just wild.  With these rabid supporters promoting Obama and his Marxist policies, be sure you’re up on your vaccinations before you go express your constitutionally protected free speech.

–Beetle Blogger

Healthcare activist bites off finger of counter-demonstrator, authorities say

Ventura County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank O’Hanlon said a crowd of about 100 supporters of Obamacare were on one side of the street, with only a few who oppose it on the opposite side. The pro-reform crowd were members of, and according to witness reports, they became rowdy and shouted threats at the peaceful crowd across the street.

According to Capt. O’Hanlon, one member of the unruly mob ran across the street and punched a 65-year-old man in the face, a fight ensued, during which time he bit off the man’s pinky finger.

The man reportedly picked up his finger and walked to Los Robles Hospital, where doctors were able to reattach his it. The man was released and sent home.

A few weeks ago, Kenneth Gladney was giving out “Don’t Tread On Me” flags was attacked by a pro-Obamacare union member. The incident which occurred outside a St. Louis town hall meeting, was caught on tape as the purple shirt clad SEIU member beat Gladney to the ground in an unprovoked attack.

Reporter’s note: Perhaps, this is what Obama meant when he told his supporters on national television to “get in their face” and explain his plans to his detractors.



  1. Pearl said,

    September 3, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Unreal. Simply unbelievable! Honestly, I really would like to know what that guy was thinking, because the last thing I’m thinking when I’m mad at someone is, “Oh, I am just SO MAD at you that I can’t help but bite your finger off!” Seriously?! GROSS!!!!

  2. beetlebabee said,

    September 3, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    No kidding. Just bizarre. Wacky. There are no words. Did you see Cavuto’s report on it? He taped a segment interviewing the guy after his finger was bit off. Unbelievable.

    He can’t have it sewn back on because of all the germs and bacteria involved in a human bite wound. That’s it. He’s maimed for life. What a jerk thing to do to someone.

  3. Lydia said,

    September 3, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    The only way Obama care succeeds financially is to both stop medical research and ration health care in a way that is as unimaginable as going to a rally and having a finger bit off.

  4. Paul said,

    September 3, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    My pinkie, my pinkie, my kingdom for a pinkie but I guess he has that terrible Medicare a “Single-payer health care insurance” what a hypocrite. Did the little pinkie cry “Wee-wee-wee!” all the way home? It real should have been his right pinky finger that would have been a better story. They are haters not debaters.

  5. beetlebabee said,

    September 3, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    “they are haters not debaters”? What kind of intellectual argument is that wish wash supposed to conjure?

  6. Ross said,

    September 4, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Beetle: “This is just wild. With these rabid supporters promoting Obama and his Marxist policies, be sure you’re up on your vaccinations before you go express your constitutionally protected free speech.”

    The man threw the first punch, then got his finger bitten off. Not saying he DESERVED to be dismembered by any means, but don’t spin the story to say that the man was the total 100 percent victim. Multiple news stories confirm that the man threw the first punch, he was not just exercising his “free speech”

  7. beetlebabee said,

    September 4, 2009 at 8:29 am

    It’s true that he said in the interview with Neil Cavuto (which I posted earlier) that he threw the first punch, but watch the whole interview and read all the accounts. It’s clear that it was the other guy who was being aggressive. He said he threw a punch whenever the guy came within range. Self defense? Who knows. We don’t know his side of the story because after he spit the bloody finger out, he took off and hasn’t been caught. I’m surprised you’re defending his actions. What is this, the Middle East?

  8. marie said,

    September 4, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Here’s a summary of the video….it doesn’t sound like Bill Rice was the aggressor, just look at the picture they have of the guy. You can see Bill in standing there with his two friends, his body language is leaning away from the guy who is circled as being the perp.

    “Health care reform protester Bill Rice tells Neil Cavuto how he got his finger bitten off by a “deranged individual” from

    Rice admits punching the suspect after he allegedly calls Rice “an idiot.” Then Rice threw another punch that “ended up in his mouth,” at which point the suspect bit off the finger, which Rice says cannot be reattached due to “bacteria” involved in the incident.

    Rice says he does not plan to sue, but jokes that he may need to take up “different piano lessons” after the confrontation. He also joked about having his bitten pinky finger “bronzed” so he could wear it around his neck.

    Cavuto also asks Rice what he would do if he ever saw the suspect again. “The smart thing for me to do is turn around and run,” he said.

    He goes on to say that these health care reform town halls are about something “much more devious… I think it’s nothing more than a diversion.”

  9. Daryl said,

    September 4, 2009 at 9:16 am

    He was treated at the hospital courtesy of Medicare, a government run socialized medical plan. He benefited from that which he opposes. What a hypocrite!

  10. Ross said,

    September 4, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I’m not defending the finger biter, but Im also not spinning the story. Truth is both people were obvious idiots…to have things escalate into a messy bar-brawl just means both parties involved are idiotic cavemen

  11. beetlebabee said,

    September 4, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Maybe he’s speaking from experience. Would you trade your medical coverage for that bastion of government efficiency and competence called Medicare?

  12. beetlebabee said,

    September 4, 2009 at 9:44 am

    interesting to hear your spin on it Ross. Thank you.

  13. Paul said,

    September 5, 2009 at 8:15 am

    He takes two punches and (as usual) tries to shove something down someone’s throat and gets his pinkie bitten off, now he plays victim. They are haters not debaters.

  14. beetlebabee said,

    September 5, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Why do you say “haters”? Everyone who disagrees with Obama is a racist? Please.

  15. Paul said,

    September 5, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Some seniors revert to children, its part of the aging process (I guess he forgot to “Keep your hands to yourself”). In the Neil Cavuto, interview he is a protestor but now they are trying to change the fact and say that he just innocent bystander. Now the wingnuts have a new idol to worship, a new hero. Please, snore, snore.

  16. beetlebabee said,

    September 5, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Interesting who you think the nuts are when it’s the Obama guy who bit the finger off. Sounds like he’s got as many screws loose as they come, but we all pick who we side with. If the rabid guy had been on our side of the isle, you can bet he’d be thrown under the bus. If you want to keep defending him, have at it…just stay away from people’s fingers k?

  17. Montana said,

    September 6, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    All we have here is one side to the story, like many other immature men he just used physical violence because he was not able to articulate his position or use his brain to avoid one, never had the misfortune to be in a brawl myself, I only pity this man who felt the need to bunch his hand into someone’s mouth, so now all of you can claim he is something of a innocent victim. Walking away takes maturity some men have it others do not. What a pity.

  18. beetlebabee said,

    September 6, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    The lengths some of you Obamacare supporters go to to defend this body maimer is eye opening. You’re the humane ones who are going to stand up and say healthcare ought to be rationed? Good grief.

  19. Paul said,

    September 8, 2009 at 9:13 am

    He is trying to expand healthcare to everyone, so we do not have to pay the crazy prices for emergency room care, which all of us pay anyway. I agree with Montana, especially her pointing out that the old guy could have defused and controlled the situation by simply moving away but he seem very happy content with the attention and outcome. Could it be he wanted to be the new idol to be worship, a new hero whose poster will be going up in wingnuts closets around the country? Or it could be he just wanted others to claim he was a victim and be on TV (he was quick to run to “Fake News”).

  20. beetlebabee said,

    September 8, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Keep it comin’ obamacare defenders. This is hilarious.

  21. Paul said,

    September 8, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    We are all adults here, and as adults we know there are consequences for are actions, so if you do not agree with his views on healthcare, you can a) do nothing, b) vote for him, c) not vote for him, d) protest and picket, its your choice, live the dream!

    It all comes down to what you believe, either you are your brother’s keeper or are not. The healthcare system is broken, even when you play by the rules, because even when you are working and come down with something serious the insurance company can deny your claim and you are stuck using you own funds and filing for bankruptcy when these same insurance companies are paying out bonuses to those employees that deny claims and on top of that the same companies show record profits. We are already paying for emergency room care anyway for those without healthcare, it makes sense to me to cover everyone and not pay 10-20 times more for emergency room care.

  22. beetlebabee said,

    September 9, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Instead of poll-driven “solutions,” let’s talk about real health-care reform: market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven. As the Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon and others have argued, such policies include giving all individuals the same tax benefits received by those who get coverage through their employers; providing Medicare recipients with vouchers that allow them to purchase their own coverage; reforming tort laws to potentially save billions each year in wasteful spending; and changing costly state regulations to allow people to buy insurance across state lines. Rather than another top-down government plan, let’s give Americans control over their own health care. –Sarah Palin

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