Local group protests anti-Obama messages on Marietta bar’s sign
by Geoff Folsom
September 23, 2012 12:53 AM | 9728 views | 49 49 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A group that staged a protest at Mulligan’s Food and Spirits on Saturday were met by bikers and others supporting the bar’s right to free speech.
A group that staged a protest at Mulligan’s Food and Spirits on Saturday were met by bikers and others supporting the bar’s right to free speech.
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MARIETTA — The anti-Obama message that sparked outrage had been taken down from outside Mulligan’s Food and Spirits, but that didn’t stop a group of 20 protesters from visiting the establishment Saturday. They were greeted by dozens of motorcyclists and other supporters of the bar’s free speech rights.

The sign, which read “I Heard The White House Smelled Like Collard Greens And Fried Chicken,” was the latest controversial statement the bar, which was owned by Mike Norman until he died at 66 last year, has made. Past phrases have mocked the death of former Sen. Ted Kennedy and taken potshots at figures like former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney: “Cynthia – Call Your Proctologist. He’s Found Your Head.”

In 2008, the bar received national attention when it sold T-shirts reading “Obama ’08” depicting the cartoon chimp Curious George peeling a banana.

Some protestors, who briefly entered the bar and bought Cokes, said they had a positive effect because it brought out a larger than normal crowd to Mulligan’s, allowing their message to reach more people.

“There’s a lot of positive things that can be put up on that marquee,” said Dr. Robert Moore, pastor of Triumphant Community Church in Austell. “It looks like they were prepared for us today, but it looks like our statement was heard.”

Allan Jones of Cumming said he came to Marietta to show support for the bar. He said Norman’s daughters who have taken over running Mulligan’s, were simply carrying on his principles.

“We don’t care who comes in as long as they are legal and a true American,” Jones said. “We call for freedom of speech. We don’t want confrontation.”

Efforts to get comment from Mulligan’s owners were not successful, but on Saturday, the sign outside Mulligan’s read, “Many Americans Lost Their Lives Fighting For Your Freedom Of Speech.”

Atlanta attorney Jill Elliott said they weren’t there to protest free speech rights.

“I do believe in free speech, there is no reason for this provocation,” she said. “I’d like to ask the soldiers in Afghanistan if they appreciate this provocation.”

Some of the protesters, who were organized by the Marietta-based New Order National Human Rights Organization Inc., said they came out because they wanted to prevent another politically incorrect sign from going up.

“I believe I have the right to drive down the open road without seeing derogatory signs about African Americans, Jews or whatever,” said Willie Green of Kennesaw. “For whatever reason, you have people out here who don’t like me simply because I’m black.”

But frequent customer Wayne Markman of Marietta spent time speaking to protestors to try to help them understand where the owners are coming from. He called the signs “tongue in cheek.”

“I think people are taking this a little too personally and are very thin-skinned,” he said. “I’d like people to sit down, have a drink and talk about it instead of protesting.”

Markman, who is Jewish, said he believes people of any ethnicity are welcome at Mulligan’s.

“They make jokes and things about me being a Jew,” he said. “I laugh with them. If I took it personally, I wouldn’t come here.”
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VFP42
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September 25, 2012
If you would just keep your eyes on the road you would not be aware of this stupid sign.

Take any offensive message as a sign you need to pay more attention to your driving!!
Lib in Cobb
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September 25, 2012
DA: No, I wish to meet only with you. I am certain that your stand-ins would be adequate, but if I am going to spend my time in a saloon, which smells like the bottom of an ashtray, I will wait until our schedules are compatible.
Lib in Cobb
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September 25, 2012
DA: As a published author you should know that the word "there" at the end of your second sentence is not needed. No charge for the badly needed editing.
Devlin Adams
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September 25, 2012
Lib, as a self appointed, and obviously unqualified, editor, you should know the word "that" in your asinine comment is not needed.
Lib in Cobb
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September 25, 2012
@DA: If you could change that get together date to the following Saturday, I would be happy to join you. I am going to be out of town this coming weekend.
Devlin Adams
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September 25, 2012
Come on, Lib. I will be out of town the following week, but come on anyway. I will have a surrogate there. Maybe Steve Rhinehart, or Pete Borden

Agreed? Satruday, the 6th of October, between 2 and 3 PM?

Devlin Adams
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September 25, 2012
I hava deal for the people who accuse the owners and supporters of Mulligans of being ignorant and bigotted.

I wil be there Saturday afternoon from 2PM to about 3PM., along with a few of the regulars there.

We would be pleased to have you come on by and explain to us, face to face, how ignorant we are.

Lib in Cobb, this invitation is especially for you since you are so adept at calling people names from your imagined anonymity. Of course that is laughable because everybody knows that you are really Kevin Foley. I don;t expect you to accept the invitation, being as you lack a backbone.
FROM TEXAS
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September 25, 2012
All of you need to see 2016 Obama’s own brother answers many of those questions, speaking of white men he made a comment we shouldn’t have ran them out of Kenyan and pointed to South Africa and how much better South Africa is because of this!! Whatever you say is racist on the liberal side, someone needs to take David Lettermen’s monologue about Sarah Palin’s daughter and put in the names of Obama’s daughter than see what happens just put it on You Tube we will see were free speech goes from there.
Max Cle
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September 24, 2012
It never fails that when I think Georgia has moved forward, I am reminded of the true feelings and backwardness of these bigoted hicks. Why do these morons misunderstand what free speech is about. Freedom of speech means that the government cannot stop free expression, not that a private person cannot tell another private moron he is a bigoted fool.
Lib in Cobb
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September 25, 2012
Max: Well said, thank you.

Mulligan's has the right, that right does not make it correct. Each time I drive by Mulligan's I am reminded of why GA and other parts of the south have a richly deserved reputation.
JKjr
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September 27, 2012
max and lib, do you think the same way when you drive past clubs like Milo's in Marietta? Oh, let me guess....you would never go past that club...at least not at night when 'those people' are out partying, right?

Very sad how narrow the liberal mind is.
Devlin Adams
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September 24, 2012
Lib, you are just another overly educated fool, who does not have the intelligence to address an issue without resorting to personal attacks.

It is so sad to see so much education wasted on a person without the wherewithall to put it to good use.

A gutter talk mind with too much time on your hands is the sum of your existnece.
Lib in Cobb
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September 25, 2012
@DA: "Overly educated". Let's compare that to ignorance.

I have addressed the issue. The signs are ignorant, because Mulligan's has the right to post ignorant signs does not make them right. If you wish to support the signs then you are illuminating your ignorance and there should be no wonder by anyone why we would call you just plain stupid. DA, you are no stranger to ignorant thinking and your support of Mulligan's is proof of that ignorant thinking. It is remarkable that anyone who boasts of being published would at the same time amplify their narrow minded, shallow thinking. Your hate is very obvious and I don't understand why The MDJ continues to publish your drool.
cigarkingtexas
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September 24, 2012
I am from Atlanta and i have to say keep your sign, exercise you freedom of speech if you want. There are always and will be consequences for what you do. As long as you accept that go for it. Blacks do not go there and do not need to."stupid is as stupid does"
Beav
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September 24, 2012
I was at Mulligans on Saturday and it was a calm peaceful fun day - as it always is at Mulligans. I believe in freedom of speech and think these messages are usually dead on about being responsible tax paying citizens. I think what it really boils down to is the people there are against re-electing Obama...not necessarily a white/black thing. The message just may have gone about it the wrong way. Remember to VOTE people!
Lib in Cobb
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September 24, 2012
DA: As I mentioned earlier you are amplifying your ignorance by claiming President Obama is a Kenyan Muslim. There is a percentage of people who believe as you believe none of you have the sense of a bag of hammers. You claimed a few days ago that you are a published author, another drool drenched hate filled blog no doubt.

I am not Kevin and Kevin is not me, believe what you wish. Bags of hammers generally do.
shawa
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September 24, 2012
I love Mulligan's, the messages posted on the sign are classic Mulligan's humor and hilarious. The protestors really shouldn't take themselves so serious....because we sure don't.
Lib in Cobb
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September 24, 2012
Shawa: Hate filled humor isn't funny, it hurts, it's ignorant, it's shallow, it's mindless, it's narrow minded, it proves nothing other than illuminating the ignorance of the sign owner and those who agree with the message.

Congratulations, you too have joined the ranks of the mindless.
Lib in Cobb
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September 24, 2012
DA: I have attacked the message, read my post again, attacking the messenger is just a no charge add on.
Devlin Adams
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September 24, 2012
Good old Lib. You can't argue with the message, so try to attack the messenger. Typical liberal BS tactic. Did you and the liberal Kenyan Muslim go to the same school of lying and deceiving?

Why not post under your real name, Kevin Foley? The world knows you are one and the same.
Connie Mack Jr
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September 24, 2012
lol........no doubt this is the greatest marketing program done in Marietta for small business while the econony goes south like Sherman's March did to Marietta a 150 years ago....

All free speech is equal except when some free speech is more equal than others free speech
Lib in Cobb
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September 24, 2012
@Devlin Adams: You and Mulligan's have the right to make any stupid comment or post any ignorant sign you wish. Your only accomplishment is highlighting your ignorance in print and you are happy to sign your name to it. There should be no wonder why I believe there are a number of links missing in your evolutionary chain.
Lib in Cobb
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September 24, 2012
Mulligan's has the absolute right to post these signs. What they are accomplishing is advertising their ignorance. Much like the ignorance of Devlin Adams when he refers to President Obama as a Kenyan Muslim. If there was a law regarding ignorant signs Mulligan's would be very guilty on multiple counts.

The ignorant walk among us, on all fours, Mulligans and Devlin Adams are leading the parade.
@offended Jew
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September 24, 2012
Dear Jewish commentor: You should not be offended at the non-posting of Jewish slurs (again, it's a lie) on Mulligan's sign. You really SHOULD be offended that Obama won't meet with Ben. Netanyahu or entertain the possibility that the Muslims with whom he sympathizes want to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth.

You should be HIGHLY offended that Obama continues to dismiss Israel's concerns for their country while Obama blames them for Iran's continued nuclear threats. How can a jewish voter possibly support Obama? It's the mystery of the decade. Any thoughts?
Libyan security guy
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September 24, 2012
How about this sign:

Obama hearts the Arab Spring, even if Americans are targets of rage. Hope and change in action.
Samuel Adams
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September 24, 2012
I'd like to see Mulligans post this comment:

Protest here today. RPGs welcome. Security provided by the Obama team.
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