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Augusta Maine Counter Protest Report
N/A | 3/20/2004 | Armymarinemom

Posted on 03/20/2004 6:47:07 PM PST by armymarinemom

I arrived in Augusta about an hour before the protests was to begin. Traffic was light all the way from Bangor to Augusta and I didn't get lost. This gave me time to just sit and observe the traffic in front of the Armory which was one of the proposed staging areas for a counter protest. Potential participants in the protest were easy to spot. I still don't understand why extreme left wing people feel the need to cover the whole tail end of their car with wacko bumper stickers. A few other people began to show and we were told to move about a half a mile down the road to stage as one group. This had me worried that turn out for our side would be extremely small. I packed both my flags and my two posters into my car and headed out to other staging area. I think this is how I never did meet up with anyone else from Free Republic.

When I arrived at the second staging area I was relieved to see a sizable crowd. The AP stated that we numbered about one hundred compared to their one thousand. I think their numbers were off. I would guess it was about at a ratio of 500/150. By the time a found a spot that could hold me and all of my gear I was set to stand off and not try to find anyone that I knew. I wanted for the group from Military Families Speak Out to notice my sign that I had made specifically for them. It had photos of my three sons in uniform, a print out of a three star flag and in big letters stating "Proud Mom Supporting Her Sons" "You DO NOT speak for us". I had made a second poster which I gave away to somebody who only brought a small flag. It had a photo of a soldier and the statement "Thank a warrior for your right to protest". I had brought an Army flag and a Marine Corp flag. I asked a little girl with her dad if she wanted to wave the Marine Corp flag in honor of a Sgt. who is serving. She jumped at the chance. While we were staging we could see the protest marching one block over in the opposite direction. I noticed that they were pretty widely spaced in order to try to make their numbers look larger. It seemed our organizer noticed the same thing and had us all line up shoulder to shoulder single file to cover more ground. During the wait for the protestors to make it around the block I gave an interview with channel 7. Bet we never see it. LOL The police removed a lady that was on crutches that had infiltrated our side and was handing out George Bush Dollars. When she was asked to leave, she picked up her crutches in one hand and walked off not using them. What a idiot.

When the group of the great unwashed finally made it around the block I noticed that they were led by Military Families Speak Out. There were only two marching with the banner and promptly stopped to argue. Yippeeee. They noticed my sign. I was able to tell them that they speak only for a minority of the families. They moved along and the rest of the painted rag tag group marched by making as much noise as possible. I don't know why but I always feel like an observer to an out of control mental ward when I watch these things. This group seemed to enjoy trying to chant USA. When our side liked the idea and chanted USA right back they shut up. They finally just seemed happy to try to say that they supported our troops. Yeah, right. Most of the 150 on our side were made up of military families. That didn't seem to work for them so they just made noise. The protest was along a divided highway so traffic was actually able to move between us and the protestors. We got a lot of positive honks and a few peace signs. They got a lot of birds. I left happy. They left as always unhappy and still dirty.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; News/Current Events; US: Maine; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aar; answer; augusta; maine; oifanniversary; rally; supportourtroops
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1 posted on 03/20/2004 6:47:07 PM PST by armymarinemom
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To: armymarinemom
Great job - I'm sure you will be hearing from other freepers. By the way, did you know that the Military Families Speak Out is a sham operation funded by A.N.S.W.E.R.?
2 posted on 03/20/2004 6:50:08 PM PST by Rabid Dog (Join your FreeRepublic Chapter and make a difference!)
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To: Rabid Dog
Oh yeah. They have been contacting families after they read about KIA's. They are about the lowest scum on the face of the earth. Some of the families marching throughout the US are there blinded by grief and used by ANSEWR.
3 posted on 03/20/2004 6:53:41 PM PST by armymarinemom (Show your support for our troops-March 13th DC by Blue Star Mothers-All patriots welcomed)
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To: armymarinemom
BTTT
4 posted on 03/20/2004 6:54:14 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Space Available for Rent or Lease by the Day, Week, or Month. Reasonable Rates. Inquire within.)
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To: armymarinemom
Sick-O's!!!
5 posted on 03/20/2004 6:55:07 PM PST by Rabid Dog (Join your FreeRepublic Chapter and make a difference!)
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To: armymarinemom
Great report. Thank you for letting us know how things went.
6 posted on 03/20/2004 6:55:34 PM PST by syriacus (Kerry abandoned the children of Southeast Asia. HE made it seem our GIs died in vain.)
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To: armymarinemom
We are proud of your sons and their Mom!
Great report!
7 posted on 03/20/2004 6:56:45 PM PST by Flora McDonald (Stand the Storm!)
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To: armymarinemom
Congradulations for standing up against a communist front organization that attempts to use grieving families to further their pro-terror agenda and undermine our troops deployed against America's enemies.
8 posted on 03/20/2004 7:02:55 PM PST by AF68
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To: armymarinemom
Good for you!!

Keep on FReepin'! :<D

9 posted on 03/20/2004 7:11:02 PM PST by GulfWar1Vet (Honor those who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom...Iraqi's do.)
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To: armymarinemom
OUTSTANDING! OUTSTANDING! And God Bless your sons!
10 posted on 03/20/2004 7:12:03 PM PST by God luvs America (Howard Dean is a deranged lunatic!!)
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To: armymarinemom
Great report.God bless your sons.I thank them for serving our country.
11 posted on 03/20/2004 7:13:01 PM PST by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: armymarinemom
Hang in there and keep at it. I was at the Atlanta rally.
12 posted on 03/20/2004 7:13:31 PM PST by U S Army EOD (The last person to die for a mistake in Vietnam, should have been Ho Chi Minh)
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To: armymarinemom
Good for you!

I still don't understand why extreme left wing people feel the need to cover the whole tail end of their car with wacko bumper stickers.

What is that about anyway? Is this like the not-so-secret leftist handshake? I haven't seen a car yet that only has one leftist bumper sticker on it. If it has one, it has at least five more. There was a car in front of me a couple of months ago which I mistook for a pizza delivery car at first. That is, until I got right behind it and saw all the leftist bumper stickers. The triangle sign on top of the vehicle was a lighted Kucinich sign. Not something normally seen here in rural Georgia. (thank goodness!)
13 posted on 03/20/2004 7:18:57 PM PST by kenth
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To: armymarinemom
I was stuck in that traffic unaware of today's march (as I live in a cave I guess) and noticed the flags carried were Rainbow-Gay Pride, Spain's flag and the usual peace signs etc....being carried by the antiwar group.
14 posted on 03/20/2004 7:19:59 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: armymarinemom
I was there!!
I am so sorry we did not meet up..I did look for you!
I think you must have been closer to the State House..
I was down the street aways by St.Mary's church!
I don't know where they are getting these nunbers..
the peaceniks little parade route didn't seem to take all that long.
1,000 peanceniks..not!!
Ms.B
15 posted on 03/20/2004 7:24:47 PM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Re-elect G.W.Bush)
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To: armymarinemom
Thank you for your report & for standing up to the peace nazis & hate America crowd.

And please express our gratitude to you sons who are serving to protect our nation.


16 posted on 03/20/2004 7:27:58 PM PST by JulieRNR21 (One good term deserves another! Take W-04....Across America!)
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To: armymarinemom
Awesome report and terrific job today, armymarinemom!

Thank you for standing for America's troops and for truth and honor today!

And thank you for raising three wonderful servicemen who are defending the freedom of me and my family! Thank you very much for that!

And please tell your sons that we appreciate their service on our behalf more than words can say.
17 posted on 03/20/2004 7:28:14 PM PST by exit82 (Toll free number for the Capitol switchboard:1-800-648-3516--let your reps in DC know what you think)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN
I was in Front of St. Mary's too. Almost at the corner. Rats!! I was really looking forward to meeting you. These rats took a lot of photos us of. Maybe we can point each other out.
18 posted on 03/20/2004 7:33:30 PM PST by armymarinemom (Show your support for our troops-March 13th DC by Blue Star Mothers-All patriots welcomed)
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To: armymarinemom
What!!
I was at the other end of the street!!!
We were so close!!!
Watch the News at 11pm tonight..maybe we can spot each other there..
Rats!!! I was sooo looking forward to meeting you!!
Ms.B
19 posted on 03/20/2004 7:37:47 PM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Re-elect G.W.Bush)
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To: armymarinemom
Hooah!
20 posted on 03/20/2004 7:41:47 PM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: armymarinemom
Excellent work!
21 posted on 03/20/2004 7:53:25 PM PST by CheezyD
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To: armymarinemom
God bless you and your sons!!!! You are all great AMERICANS!!! Thank you for ALL of you SACRIFICES!!

You and your family are a large part of the bedrock upon which our great nation is built. I am humbled by your actions.

LLS
22 posted on 03/20/2004 8:18:36 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (We point out Kerry's record and the facts, and they just THINK it's attack politics.)
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To: armymarinemom
"I still don't understand why extreme left wing people feel the need to cover the whole tail end of their car with wacko bumper stickers."


Do't forget the ever-present "El Che"
23 posted on 03/20/2004 10:51:09 PM PST by Gringo1 (All contents of this post may be contrived,made-up,or just plain not true at all.)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN
THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Today was a frustratuing day for the leftists. Your efforts did not go unnoticed.

There were so many FReeps today that it it going to take me days to read all the posts. God Bless America!
24 posted on 03/20/2004 10:58:41 PM PST by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: armymarinemom
Great job and great report!

Thanks!

25 posted on 03/21/2004 3:03:43 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: armymarinemom

Thanks, amm, for being out there. And thanks to Stuart, Brad, and Graham.


26 posted on 03/21/2004 5:12:24 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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To: Madame Dufarge
Any pictures for the album?
27 posted on 03/21/2004 6:43:55 AM PST by Uncle Jaque ("Scots; WaeHae Where Wallace Bled; Scots Wham Bruce Hae Aften Led;... ")
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To: armymarinemom
"I still don't understand why extreme left wing people feel the need to cover the whole tail end of their car with wacko bumper stickers."

Hey hey HEY! The back of the 'Podmobile is covered w/ stickers too. As in: "So you're a feminist... Isn't that cute?" "Stop Global Whining" "Save the Males" "If you don't like logging, try using plastic toilet paper." ;-)

Good job btw.

28 posted on 03/21/2004 7:09:51 AM PST by sauropod (I intend to have Red Kerry choke on his past.)
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To: armymarinemom
4 freepers stood up to A.N.S.W.E.R. IN Austin, TX


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1102094/posts

29 posted on 03/21/2004 8:19:41 AM PST by The Bat Lady (Lighting the fires of Liberty, one heart at a time!)
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To: The Bat Lady
I forgot my bat
30 posted on 03/21/2004 8:20:14 AM PST by The Bat Lady (Lighting the fires of Liberty, one heart at a time!)
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To: Uncle Jaque
Alas, I wasn't there......
31 posted on 03/21/2004 12:18:13 PM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: armymarinemom
Hey, way to go! I keep a boat not too far from you in Sorrento Harbor and would love to meet you when I'm in Sorrento this August. As left wing as Maine is, it is nice to know there are other Republicans about!

Prayers for your three sons - and thanks for raising them with a love for their country. -- E
32 posted on 03/21/2004 12:22:16 PM PST by Endeavor (Don't count your Hatch before it chickens)
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To: armymarinemom
Thank you for being there, and thank your sons for their service. They sure must be proud of their mom! I know, I am. Great report, terific job!!!
33 posted on 03/21/2004 12:37:55 PM PST by bluesagewoman
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To: armymarinemom
Great work getting this report out to us, and thank your Marine for me. (For all of us)
34 posted on 03/21/2004 1:02:00 PM PST by Walnut
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To: Madame Dufarge; 8mmMauser; Acela; afterhoursguru; AlextheWise1; AniGrrl; arepublicifyoucankeepit; ..
Here's some photos, courtesy of American Legionaire Paul True (Who is perhaps best know for his "Don't Tread On Me" Navy "Jack" flag.


35 posted on 03/21/2004 7:53:10 PM PST by Uncle Jaque ("Scots; WaeHae Where Wallace Bled; Scots Wham Bruce Hae Aften Led;... ")
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To: Madame Dufarge
Here's another one:


36 posted on 03/21/2004 8:02:23 PM PST by Uncle Jaque ("Scots; WaeHae Where Wallace Bled; Scots Wham Bruce Hae Aften Led;... ")
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To: armymarinemom; StarCMC; LindaSOG; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Check out the photos!
Ms.B

Armymarinemom, is that you on the end with the sign that says 'Proud of my family of soldiers?"
37 posted on 03/21/2004 8:02:56 PM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Re-elect G.W.Bush)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN
Cool. I'm in the red hat with the poster that has photos on it. Firs Px.
38 posted on 03/21/2004 8:21:02 PM PST by armymarinemom (Show your support for our troops-March 13th DC by Blue Star Mothers-All patriots welcomed)
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To: armymarinemom
I'm in pic # 3..
Just in front of the pine tree...
next to a guy dressed in black..
I have on a white sweater, red turtle neck and jeans..
Ms.B
39 posted on 03/21/2004 8:34:32 PM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Re-elect G.W.Bush)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN
Well Ms. B. Nice to meet you. I do wish that we had found each other there. I had a heck of a time just holding on to the poster and two flags in the wind for a while.
40 posted on 03/21/2004 8:44:01 PM PST by armymarinemom (Show your support for our troops-March 13th DC by Blue Star Mothers-All patriots welcomed)
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To: armymarinemom
Nice to meet you, too!
I had a sign and a flag, too..
Sure was blustery that day!
Take care!
Ms.B
41 posted on 03/21/2004 8:48:02 PM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Re-elect G.W.Bush)
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To: SheLion
PING!
Ms.B
42 posted on 03/21/2004 8:49:22 PM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Re-elect G.W.Bush)
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To: armymarinemom
I heard their "thousand" were BUSSED IN! This state SCARES me!

Thanks for going, armymarinemom! You do us Freepers proud!!!! If I didn't live way up here in Aroostook, I, too, would have been there with you!

This picture was taken around Bangor at one of the rally's.

43 posted on 03/21/2004 8:51:13 PM PST by SheLion (Curiosity killed the cat BUT satisfaction brought her back!!!)
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To: SheLion
I love that picture. I wouldn't doubt that they shipped people in for Augusta. During the summer a lot of our local protesters come from the coast. Last year there were bright orange posters all over downtown Bangor offering summer work of political activism.
44 posted on 03/21/2004 9:01:25 PM PST by armymarinemom (Show your support for our troops-March 13th DC by Blue Star Mothers-All patriots welcomed)
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To: armymarinemom
I am going to email all five pictures to a friend in Mosul serving with the Maine national guard, he'll get a hoot out of it!
45 posted on 03/22/2004 6:18:14 AM PST by Preech1 (He IS your President, now GET OVER IT!)
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To: U S Army EOD
" I was at the Atlanta rally."

I wish I had known there was an Atlanta rally, I'd have been there! I kept looking, and saw nothing on FR. How did I miss it?
46 posted on 03/22/2004 6:33:29 AM PST by bk1000 (error 404- failed to get tag line)
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To: bk1000
We put it on the Georgia page several times.
47 posted on 03/22/2004 11:10:56 AM PST by U S Army EOD (The last person to die for a mistake in Vietnam, should have been Ho Chi Minh)
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To: U S Army EOD
We put it on the Georgia page several times.

You may want to post to Alabama also. I would have made the time to be there. Thanks for being there!

48 posted on 03/22/2004 11:16:32 AM PST by TankerKC (Clogged Arteries and Still Smilin'!)
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To: TankerKC
I will pass that on to my group and we will do that in the future. We probably need to develop some ping list for those type of operations.
49 posted on 03/22/2004 11:28:24 AM PST by U S Army EOD (The last person to die for a mistake in Vietnam, should have been Ho Chi Minh)
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To: U S Army EOD
"We put it on the Georgia page several times."

That would explain it. I didn't know there was a Georgia page.
Perhaps greater diligence on my part is necessary.
50 posted on 03/23/2004 6:03:52 AM PST by bk1000 (error 404- failed to get tag line)
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