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Gallagher 'humbled' by huge turnout (State College)
Centre Daily Times ^ | 9-23-4 | Nichole Dobo

Posted on 10/23/2004 8:26:44 AM PDT by FlJoePa

Gallagher 'humbled' by huge turnout

By Nichole Dobo

ndobo@centredaily.com

UNIVERSITY PARK - Deafening applause and shouts of "four more years" greeted Mike Gallagher as he walked into the Thomas Building at Penn State on Friday evening.

He briefly left the auditorium as flags, prayers and patriotic music filled the hall and photos showing images of Sept. 11, 2001, were shown. Then, the talk-show host re-entered the room, shortly after 9 p.m.

"I'm gonna start weeping," Gallagher said to more than 750 people in the audience. "I can't believe the feeling in this room tonight."

Gallagher said he was "humbled" by the huge crowd and its energy. He vowed to "yap about this night" for many weeks to come on his nationally syndicated radio show, heard locally on WRSC 1390 AM.

Although Gallagher opposed spending student money to pay for an appearance by filmmaker Michael Moore at the Bryce Jordan Center, free speech at the university is important, he said.

"We know he's wrong," Gallagher said, "and we want our side to be heard, too."

Gallagher, since announcing he would come to Penn State, has been asking for contributions to send care packages to troops overseas. He said he'd raised $62,200, about 95 percent of which came from the State College area.

He had invited three soldiers to speak beside him.

Staff Sgt. Larry Gill, a career military officer and the recipient of two Purple Hearts -- one for wounds received while serving in Iraq -- said the packages will mean a lot to the soldiers in Iraq.

"It's great getting a package from home," he said. "Little things, like a bag of M&Ms that you might take for granted, really brighten our day."

Gill urged the crowd to vote for President Bush on Nov. 2.

Dave and Mary Lu Sittler, of Spring Mills, sat in the lobby for lack of any available seats in the auditorium. They donated money to Gallagher's cause, they said, to support the troops and show their displeasure for the Moore event.

"We are both Penn State alumni, and we were not pleased that student money went to fund that event," Dave Sittler said.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: gallagher; moore; pa; penna; pennstate; psu
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1 posted on 10/23/2004 8:26:46 AM PDT by FlJoePa
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To: FlJoePa
What I thought of when I read the headline....


2 posted on 10/23/2004 8:29:08 AM PDT by mwyounce
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To: FlJoePa
"And now, the smash-o-matic!"

3 posted on 10/23/2004 8:29:57 AM PDT by atomicpossum (If there are two Americas, John Edwards isn't qualified to lead either of them.)
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To: FlJoePa
They can't keep us down. They keep trying, they try to make the playing field as uneven as possible, but they are losing this battle.

The good thing is, the more the left tries to intimidate people, the more they reveal themselves for what they really are.

4 posted on 10/23/2004 8:30:18 AM PDT by McGavin999 (We have planted the seeds of democracy and watered them with our blood, now let freedom reign)
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To: FlJoePa
I was there last night (protesting Moore, not watching Gallagher), representing the Young Conservatives of Pennsylvania. I'm waiting for the pictures to come in, but when I do they'll be on my blog. Also, we have a ton of video from last night's event. There was a Charlie Manson look-alike calling Bush the devil, telling a girl who's brother was serving in Iraq that he hoped her brother was shot in the head, and saying that all Americans deserve to die. We have video of all of his comments, and I'm hoping to be able to put at least clips of it on my blog as well. It was a great time...
5 posted on 10/23/2004 8:36:47 AM PDT by jhigh
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To: jhigh

Great job jhigh! I look forward to visiting your blog and seeing some pictures.


6 posted on 10/23/2004 8:56:37 AM PDT by FlJoePa (Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.)
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To: jhigh

This is such an outstanding blog. Read and bookmarked. Thank you.


7 posted on 10/23/2004 9:13:59 AM PDT by toomuchcoffee
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To: jhigh

Very well done website, but, uh, there seems to be a site missing from your links ;)


8 posted on 10/23/2004 9:20:10 AM PDT by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: FlJoePa

9 posted on 10/23/2004 9:31:59 AM PDT by KidGlock (I already voted for Bush/Cheney 2004. Did you?)
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To: FlJoePa
I saw Gallagher on Fox and Friends Weekend this morning, something I seldom watch because it's usually filled with leftist drivel.

Anyway, Gallagher said there had been a $1,500 reward offerd by some leftist group to anyone who could assult Gallagher with a pie to the face while he was on stage .

It's fun seeing the left spinning out of control, but they're starting to put our guys in real danger.

10 posted on 10/23/2004 10:11:33 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberalism has metastasized into a dangerous neurosis which threatens the nation's security)
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To: CaptRon

Good point. Taken care of. Thanks.


11 posted on 10/23/2004 1:23:44 PM PDT by jhigh
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To: mwyounce

lol, I also thought it was about the comic.


12 posted on 10/23/2004 1:26:24 PM PDT by dougherty (I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. - Michelangelo)
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To: FlJoePa
Okay all, the pictures are up on my site. Enjoy!
13 posted on 10/23/2004 2:31:00 PM PDT by jhigh
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To: jhigh
Great job. I'm still depressed from what I think was a football game I watched today, but your pictures brought my mood up. Thanks for the great effort!
14 posted on 10/23/2004 5:00:19 PM PDT by FlJoePa (Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.)
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To: FlJoePa
I'm still depressed from what I think was a football game I watched today

I think we're one middle reliever away from turning this season around...

15 posted on 10/24/2004 5:45:18 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: NittanyLion

lol...If we could have given Iowa a few more possessions, maybe we could have come up with another safety to tie it and send it into overtime.

Of course once into the overtime, the task of driving their offense backwards 60 yards for yet another safety (our only apparent method of scoring points) would have been very daunting.


16 posted on 10/24/2004 6:12:42 PM PDT by FlJoePa (Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.)
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To: NittanyLion
"I think we're one middle reliever away from turning this season around..."

I think the problem was they stranded too many guys left on base.

"Confused" was NOT the word to describe seeing that 6-4 score...

17 posted on 10/24/2004 6:29:23 PM PDT by F16Fighter
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To: F16Fighter; FlJoePa
I was really surprised by the level of booing going on; it's obvious folks are at their wits' end with this team. Philly fans (I am one) probably would've torn out their seats and littered the field with them, but loud boos at a PSU game are unprecedented.

It's a shame to see Paterno's reputation tarnished like this.

18 posted on 10/24/2004 6:34:48 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: FlJoePa
Of course once into the overtime, the task of driving their offense backwards 60 yards for yet another safety (our only apparent method of scoring points) would have been very daunting.

That's exactly what I said during the game...LOL.

19 posted on 10/24/2004 6:35:50 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: NittanyLion
"Loud boos at a PSU game are unprecedented."

Can't blame 'em. How the mighty have fallen...

Joe's gotta hang it up. Why put himself through the last few years?

20 posted on 10/24/2004 6:39:20 PM PDT by F16Fighter
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To: F16Fighter
I was hoping for a decent season and a retirement. Looks as though that isn't going to happen.

Oh well. When the time finally comes for his to hang it up, I can't wait to welcome Bob Stoops to Happy Valley.

21 posted on 10/24/2004 6:43:53 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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