Kenneth Gladney has a bandaged knee, a wheelchair and a lawyer who asks for donations because he has no healthcare

And why not make sick horses your local source for breaking ‘Sorry Asshole’ news? Everybody deserves to jump on the internet at least once a day and say to themselves, ‘WOW. What a tool‘.

ST. LOUIS — Kenneth Gladney sat in a wheelchair on Pershing Avenue Saturday, his knee bandaged, holding a flag that read: “Don’t Tread on Me.”

Gladney, 38, was handing out the same flags after a town hall forum in Mehlville Thursday night, when, he says, he was attacked by members of the Service Employees International Union.

Less than 48 hours later, protesters gathered Saturday in front of the union’s offices, many of them holding signs with a slightly different version of the message: “Don’t Tread on Kenny.”

Poor Kenny, with his bruised knee. I broke my shin once and that hurt like screaming hell, and I spent about 5 seconds in a wheelchair, from the ambulance to the ER.

The incident has elevated tempers, with people on both sides of the health care debate arguing over who threw the first punches. Members and supporters of the St. Louis “Tea Party” coalition say Gladney was attacked, unprovoked. Union members and their supporters say Gladney initiated the fight.

I call bull. People who are so mild-mannered that you could accidentally bruise their knees and render them permanently disabled are only sober, unemotional people. You know, Tea Party types. *cough*

Gladney did not address Saturday’s crowd of about 200 people. His attorney, David Brown, however, read a prepared statement Gladney wrote. “A few nights ago there was an assault on my liberty, and on yours, too.” Brown read. “This should never happen in this country.”

Gladney the Rolling Liberty Bell is now the cause celebre for honest-to-god Freedom. If only he were strong enough to stand up, or speak for himself.

Supporters cheered. Brown finished by telling the crowd that Gladney is accepting donations toward his medical expenses. Gladney told reporters he was recently laid off and has no health insurance.

Several people who said they’d seen Thursday’s events approached Brown Saturday with information about what happened. Brown said he was taking names and numbers and was helping mount a legal strategy for Gladney. He would not elaborate…

“We saw the video (of Thursday’s events), and we don’t agree with their interpretation of it,” said Michael Browning, a Washington University student and supporter of the president’s plan.

“In the beginning we were being shouted down,” Browning added. “But in the end we had a civil conversation. We even shook hands.”

ADD: TBogg and Eric Boehlert are also unimpressed by ‘Drama Queen’ Ken.