Skip to comments.Orlando FReep successful: Kerry and Orlando mayor cross police picket line!
Posted on 10/18/2004 6:37:12 PM PDT by subterfuge
Whew! What a FReep! John Kerry jetted in from Tampa to Orlando tonight and gave a rather short speech (for him). I didn't see any other FReepers there but there were several like minded people. Here is how it went.
This was an outdoor event at Barnett Park adjacent to the Orlando Fairgrounds in the Pine Hills area. Upon arrival I parked across the street from the fairgrounds where a woman acosted me immediately and said I wouldn't be able to park there. I notice she had a big "W" sign and quickly let her know I was a Bush supporter and she said "oh, why didn't you say so!"
The next person I saw was a black guy with a "Blacks For Bush" sign. He had his 3 kids and his wife with him too. I then crossed into the median where there was a guy wearing a Flipper costume. I asked him if he saw any FReepers and he said that the suit he had on probably came from a FReeper but he didn't elaborate.
Then a lot more people came into the median, in the middle of the 4 lane highway. This is where it started getting interesting. Because traffic was so heavy, cars were at a standstill and were basically parked right next to us. The majority of the people in the cars were there to hear Kerry and they engaged us the usual fashion. "Bush is a liar!" "Bush wants my overtime pay", blah, blah, blah.
But there were people just passing by and they would squint their eyes, read our signs and ask questions. Many truely seemed clueless that there was even going to be an election. Lots of Bush supporters were driving by also.
At this point one of the Kerry campaign guys (he was black too) came into the median to raz the "Blacks for Bush" guy. We tryed to talk to the guy but he kept calling the BfB guy (Tim) a Negro and so on. He kept telling me I was "clueless" and E repeatedly asked him to define that, talk about an issue. All he could say was Bush can't balance a budget.
The Kerry campaign worker contiued harrassing Tim and talking over anything we could say...until I decided to get loud. As he continued blurting out that I was clueless and such, I yelled "Bush is the first and only President to name a minority to his cabinet!" He kept on so I began to very loudly exclaim "CONDOLEEZA RICE! COLIN POWELL, BILL CLINTON NEVER HAD ONE BLACK SECRET SERVICE AGENT IN 8 YEARS!! He then dedided it was time to leave the area. More on him in a minute.
Probably the most significant item was that the Orlando Police were picketing the whole affair. They were upset with the Orlando Mayor (Dem) for unfair labor practices. These cops had been assured by Buddy Dyer the corrupt mayor who is still under investigation for election fraud that he would never cross a picket line which I guess he did with Kerry. Shows how much respect sKerry has for unions when it gets in the way of him getting elected.
The police had matching T-shirts that said he is "Not our Buddy" which I'm sure many thought meant Kerry and not the mayor. Either way, the cops had their radios and the moment the entourage blew through the picket line in the back entrance they all left. They may have said something about Kerry committing to not crossing a picket line too.
I met some young guys including a guy named Jason who had a great poster that mentioned a Global Test and another that showed a graphic pic of an Iraqian who had been gassed. I told him about FR.
When Kerry had apparently left our small group of about 15 moved to the exit road area and stood there. The lefties coming out of there did not disappoint. They had their NO MORE BUSHSH!T T-SHIRTS, and they hung them out the window for us so we could see how sophisticated they are.
It was great because there was only one way out, one lane and they all had to stop and say something. All the while holding up traffic that was trying to get to what I imagined was a baby killing meeting or something.
Just before we went to that corner the Kerry campaign guy found me again and wanted to shake hands. He told me about when he'd gotten his Masters degree and how he had been on the debate team. He said he was glad we could have these exchanges in our great country and I agreed and we laughed. Then, get this, he says he was sorry he had to take me apart so badly. I just laughed and said, "sorry dude, it was you that went down in flames not me."
This area is predominantly black neighborhoods (where I've lived since '59) and most of the attendees were black. AT the very end of the FReep my new friend Tim was taking a verbal assault that was insane. Innuendo and race baiting. And of course most of those on their side ended up resorting to cussing and swearing, even though there were kids all around.
Sorry for not having pics. Maybe a fellow Freeper was there and can post some.
Home town bump! Eagles up!
Congratulations! Keep up your good work. Nice to hear about your friend's courage too.
Thanks so much for walking the walk.
Great work, subterfuge!
sKerry is soon going to dread being confronted by Freepers as much as the old Klintoon was--LOL!
Great FReep. I wonder if your report will be the only one we see about Kerry crossing picket lines.
Sorry that there are no pictures, but your after-action report is great. Thanks for sharing.
I just wish I could have been near where JKerry entered the park. Its about a 150 acres and there are 3 entrances to it. I picked the wrong one and the others were just too far to walk to.
Thanks for your encouragement all. I really didn't feel like going and was really tired from lack of sleep, but I went anyway. Once you get there you just feed off of the energy. 20 seconds of FReeping and I was just fine!
Great going. Sounds like you exhibited class even going against the flow.
Good for you - and the folks you met up with.
I don't particularly care about the color of a person's skin but over the years I realized that the Democrats are the party of racism, not the Republicans.
BTW, the Kerry hippies had camped out in the park across the street from the elections office so they could be first in line - but they got up too late, and the first people in my county to cast a vote for president cast it for Bush!
For Orlandoans, the Orlando Police are now working without a contract but they say THEY will never break the law by refusing to work which is more than can be said for our mayor.
The cops passed out some pamphlets when asked why they were picketing. They claim Dyer said all employees will be getting 2% raises while "high ranking city officals and LABOR GROUPS received as much as 47%." They also said the mayor's henchman David Dix (not making this up) attempted to intimidate the police by threatening layoffs.
Many of these cops suffered serious damage to their homes during the hurricanes and could really use some help.
Mayor's phone: 407-246-2001
Mayor's email: Buddy.Dyer@cityoforlando.net
Couldn't agree more about the skin color.
The whole gang, strangers all, were going out to dine together afterwards but I couldn't make it, sadly.
Tim said he would definately see me at the next protest (FReep for you and me)
Great FReep. I hope you told your fellow troopers about FR. Make up slips of paper with the logo and the URL to give out like business cards. It works better than verbal which can be forgotten to easily.
Kudos for you, Tim and all W supporters brave enough to show up!
Sounds like you may have recruited some new FReepers.
I told the whole group about Free Republic and I gave the young guy Jason a handwritten note telling him to go to the site and click Latest posts and search for "Orlando Freep."
Also gave him my nic and he said he goes to lots of chatrooms for conservatives. He wasn't with any group and interestingly, just got ticked off about the whole Kerry thing, made his really great posters and went on down to let the world know how he felt.
Great idea about the cards for FR.
Keep up the good work...and next time take some pictures(:
Gotta run. Night all. See you in the morning.
I know what you mean about not be able to join the "group" you are with for a celebratory meal or cocktail after the event. It has happened to me more than once.
I really don't understand what the hangup about race is with the dems and have never gotten an answer to my question about it.
I volunteer at the Bush HQ here in Memphis, and as I was giving out yard signs to those who were real hot I gave out my FR cards. Got about 30 of them out that way so far.
Anyone know of any upcoming Michigan freeps?????
Glad to hear that it was in a black neighborhood with a predominantly black crowd. They're voting for Kerry anyhow.
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this is jason, i think subterfuge was the dude i met. he was out there keeping it real. it was insane, the passion was running thick. he was helping to step it up a notch and thats what we need. we all gotta step it up, and believe me, believe me, it matters. it matters alot. Passion is contagious, and i believe its contagious enough to matter. we gotta create an evironment of being alive, we gotta wake the people from their sleep. This is an awakening. things are big, these things are big. every one of you will be recorded on the right side of history.
The side of history standing for the truth and for saving people from the evil darkness that looms. You must know, that you matter, that Florida IS a swing state. Remember there's people doing this on the other side, and their not gonna defeat us because we have HEART, this is all very real to us. Stand up. Stand Tall. Be counted. Step it up a notch. It matters. You matter. President Bush has called out to us in some of his latest speeches. He needs you. The world needs you. Many in this world are crying out and some of them are crying... Yes the president of the United States needs you. With your help, he's gonna finish what he started. This is BIG very BIG you are part of something BIG, I pray that our great grandchildren will smile back on what we are doing now...
Get going. God Speed. Lets Roll.
Dang, that sounds like fun! Way to go! Wish I could do that in Indiana! Thanks for making that happen!
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RIGHT ON, RIGHT ON :)
I hope you all know that just by being there and facing the onslaught of cursing and negative comments from the party hacks - you may sway a few voters who have consciences to look hard at where their vote should go; and you all in Florida know better than many, just how important every single vote is.
We may not have the deep pockets of George Soros, Babs Streisand and Michael Moore - but with good folks like you all, willing to stand your ground for the truth, we will prevail on November 2nd. We have to. America cannot afford not to keep GW Bush in the White House. John Kerry abandoned his band of brothers and the Vietnamese people 30+ years ago, and he would do the same thing to the Iraqi people and our soldiers today.
Thank you all for what you do!
EAGLES UP !!
WATCH THE VIDEOS HERE, KERRY CALLS SADDAM A TERRORIST
Isn't Tampa only about 1 1/2 hrs from Orlando? Why did kerry have to fly a short distance like that? How wasteful of our natural resources.
It never ceases to amaze me how low class, how crude, how violent, how disgusting libs / Democrats are. Truly despicable lowlifes.
Why on EARTH doesn't the rest of America see this?????
We all are proud of you!!
Hey, Jason - we need to clone you! I love your energy, and boy, do you have HEART! Never give up and never give in - and WELCOME TO FR!
I LIKE THE EXCLAMATION POINTS, THAT USUALLY MEANS ENERGY
KEEP IT MOVIN
Kiddo, after reading your first post on this thread I was so energized that I did two loads of laundry, baked a cake, painted the living room, retiled the bathroom, mowed the lawn and reshingled the roof.
We all need to know what brand of coffee you drink.
Great Freep! So glad you went! It was too late notice for me to be able to go. I would have loved to have been there. Our first one was so much fun. I'm sure this won't be the last we see of Kerry!
This is wonderful stuff. Thank you. Chip, chip, chip.
Kudos to all of you! I am glad the Orlando Police were out there calling attention to crime and corruption!
GREAT FREEP!!! Man, I wish I could have gotten home in time! I'm glad you found other Bush supporters there. Thanks so much for taking the time to give us a report on it. You did us proud!
News Channel 13 in Orlando is covering the Bush rally in Lake County at The Villages which starts at 3:10pm tomorrow. President Bush will be there at one of the town squares.
Thanks for doing God's work!
Sorry I missed it, sounds like it was a great time! I seriously considered skipping class to meet up with you, but decided I couldn't. Good job, hope to meet up with you next time!
Evil is walking the earth.
When people think we ought to go to the UN to solve the world's problems I see it as an extension of that evil.