Archive for Monday, August 17, 2009

Group holding ‘honk and wave’ event to raise awareness about health care reform

August 17, 2009


Lawrence Council is having a Honk and Wave event to raise awareness about health care reform.

The group is encouraging people who want health care reform to drive by U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore’s office, 901 Ky., beginning at noon Tuesday.

Melody Henning, media coordinator, said the goal is to let those who support reform be seen and heard. There will be a signup sheet for anyone interested in joining the council.

“For those who can’t stop, they can just honk and wave,” Henning said. “People are welcome to share their stories and make as much noise as possible.”

She said MoveOn councils are holding events all around the country, promoting “real change” during the August recess.


BigPrune 8 years, 5 months ago

It is illegal to honk your horn unless it's an emergency.

beatrice 8 years, 5 months ago

Prune might actually be correct. Besides, the likelyhood that he will be sitting in his office grumbling about all the traffic noise is slim. this kind of theatrics is tiresome and does so little. A far more potent method of letting him know what you are thinking with regard to health care reform would be to contact Dennis Moore's office in a rational manner and tell him. You can send Moore a letter or call his Lawrence office -- numbers provided below.

Lawrence, KS 901 Kentucky St., #205 Lawrence, KS 66044 Phone: (785) 842-9313

You can e-mail him through the following link:

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 5 months ago

I believe in the public option, the public demands different options then Obama and Co. are offering.

tomatogrower 8 years, 5 months ago

Below is what I sent to Mr. Moore through email.

Health care reform is essential. Coops sound like a good idea, but many people really don't have money left over after they pay their rent on other expenses. How can they even afford the small charge of coops? It just sounds like the politicians are letting the insurance companies win, and they don't care about our health. They only care about their profits. Our system is broken. Don't let loud mouths and threats keep you from fixing it.

PS I am covered by insurance on a single account through my work. My husband added me to his insurance, because we can continue it when we retire soon. I am over insured, while many people go under insured or not insured at all. How fair is this system?

compmd 8 years, 5 months ago

From KSA 8-1535: "Every driver of a vehicle shall...give warning by sounding the horn...upon observing any child or any obviously confused or incapacitated person.

People are obviously confused about health care and some even throw child-like fits at meetings about it. I say it fits the statute.

letsgetwise 8 years, 5 months ago

Funny, I had just read through the article about the Civil War reenactment not being allowed because it would be too loud. Interesting that we can Honk and Wave and "make as much noise as possible". Guess it just depends.....

Dan Eyler 8 years, 5 months ago

Congressman Denise Moore, is my representative for the 3rd district of Kansas. The fact that is rallying at his Lawrence office demonstrates that the congressman is clearly influenced by one of the most extreme left wing socialist organizations is the USA. For Congressman Dennis Moore to be so close with would be like Senator Roberts taking campaign contributions from the head of the KKK. Congressman Moore is afraid to come out in public and campaign for his support of government controlled healthcare. He is using a few prank phone calls to excuse himself from several candid town hall meetings. Congressman Moore instead hides behind doing the campaigning for him. Congressman Moore is aligning himself with his financial backers at MoveOn. org and once and for all he has shown his true political views.

rtwngr 8 years, 5 months ago

Here's a letter I sent to Congressman Moore:


Thank you for listening, Dennis.

Terry Jacobsen 8 years, 5 months ago

Tomatogrower wrote: PS I am covered by insurance on a single account through my work. My husband added me to his insurance, because we can continue it when we retire soon. I am over insured,

Hmmmm sounds like the system works pretty well for you. Hard to see what's broken about it.

Alia Ahmed 8 years, 5 months ago

So the conservatives on here call this activity divisive and juvenile, whereas they totally support the pseudo-grassroot protests at town hall meetings that attempt to shut down any dialogue, call the president a nazi, say he's not a citizen, compare him to Hitler and threaten to kill him and his family. Those actions are civil, mature and reasonable, right? The hypocrisy of the rabid right-wingers is pathetic.

BigPrune 8 years, 5 months ago

People are encouraged to Honk for Health Insurance then drive two blocks east and Honk for Hemp.

Of course they'll be driving oil spewing clunkers with their Greepeace/Save the Whale/Mother Earth/Pro-Choice=Pro-Child bumper stickers.

Frankly, I'm surprised that breaking the law (by honking the horn) is encouraged for liberal causes. If a conservative legally voices opposition at a town hall they are labeled anti-American terrorists.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 5 months ago

logan, where were you from 2000 through 2008? Most of the tactics you describe were in the playbook of moveon and other wacko groups. The far-left has sown the wind and now they are reaping the whirlwind.

Jim Williamson 8 years, 5 months ago

BigPrune's got all the talking points and catch phrases memorized and is using them. Often. Nice work, Prune!

a_flock_of_jayhawks 8 years, 5 months ago

If you don't think the health care system, namely insurance, is broken in the US, follow the money. Once you have done that, ask the simple question you would ask of any buy decision in your control, is the benefit worth the cost?

For those that champion the small business causes, consider the burden health care insurance is placing on them, either through not being able to offer it to their employees or having much higher premiums than larger companies, placing them at a distinct disadvantage.

There are so many win-win scenarios that can be achieved through reform that it doesn't make sense that people (mainly tools) oppose it. The only people that stand to lose are the insurance providers. If you don't believe that, check out the stock market yesterday for the status of their stocks in response to the news of a watered-down co-op replacing the public option making the weekend news cycle. Follow the money. If you can't or won't do that and make an informed decision based on it, then you deserve to have someone else making decisions for you.

tym4fun 8 years, 5 months ago

Is it true that if you honk near Dennis Moore and he doesn't hear it you really didn't honk at all. Because he sure isn't listening to those of us against government health care debacle. Oh an ya, go on Sahnnin and Parks it's a safe place to talk with no threats.

Alia Ahmed 8 years, 5 months ago

snap says.......

logan, where were you from 2000 through 2008? Most of the tactics you describe were in the playbook of moveon and other wacko groups. The far-left has sown the wind and now they are reaping the whirlwind.

Snap, can you provide some links that show the same level of hateful rhetoric, threats against the president and his family's lives, guns being shown at town hall meetings during Bush's reign? Political opponents were banned from Bush's appearance and sometimes arrested for wearing t-shirts protesting Bush's action or Bush himself. People were arrested and banned for the printed words on their t-shirts when Bush was in office, can you even imagine someone showing up with a gun at a Bush appearance?

Here's a link about the free speech zone Bush's administration had the local police set up to bar protesters from his events. Where were your concerns about a loss of freedom of speech and other rights then? Three states banned t-shirts that were critical of Bush, were you concerned about that?

georgeofwesternkansas 8 years, 5 months ago

Maybe tomorrow they could do a "Honk if I Am Paying Your Mortgage" rally... that could help raise awareness about stupid broke people...

Alia Ahmed 8 years, 5 months ago


I didn't forget about it happening under Bush's regime because I wasn't aware of it happening. I attended several peace vigils at the JC Nichols fountain in KCMO and there were never any signs that suggested Bush was a nazi or Hitler. Nor did I ever read of any of those events or see television coverage about it happening when Bush was in office. Nonetheless, it wasn't right then or now. To equate someone we disagree with politically to someone who was instrumental in the slaughter of six million people is wrong no matter what.

Show me a link about guns being brought or allowed at Bush appearances by anyone other than law enforcement or the secret service. Show me a link where protesters are currently banned or arrested because their t-shirts or signs offend the Obama administration as happened under the Bush administration. The Bush administration violated the citizen's 1st and 2nd amendment rights,not this administration despite the fearmongering and rumors that Obama wants to take your guns or ammo away.

a_flock_of_jayhawks 8 years, 5 months ago

There can only be a few reasons that people would show up packing to these events. Throwing out the crazy ones, your left with a) with the violence that has been occurring, they may feel the need to protect themselves (that's being particularly gracious, but it could be legit), or b) to intimidate.

I think most of them fall into reason b. By doing so, they most definitely raise the stakes. If one person is harmed, these protests will take on a whole new face.

So, inevitably, the question would be, who is a better shot? Nevermind majority rules. I'm a pretty good shot, so does that mean that government should be run my way? What happened to civil discourse?

I hope all reasonable people know the correct answers to the question. Those that don't may end up like Mr. Roeder soon.

vegas3 8 years, 5 months ago

To be consistant, the motorists must say, not shout, HONK! Horns, loud voices as well,as blanks scare dogs too. Citizens don't be noisy.

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