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Soldier Hanged in Effigy Prompts "Support the Troop" Candlelight Vigil - THE PICTURES
Move America Forward ^ | 02/18/2005 | Melanie Morgan - Move America Forward

Posted on 02/18/2005 9:51:12 AM PST by Impeach98

"Support Our Troops"
Candlelight Vigil

This week Move America Forward conducted a "Support the Troops" candlelight vigil across from the home of Steve & Virginia Pearcy.

The Pearcy's you will recall hanged a U.S. soldier in effigy - from a noose with an American flag balled up in the soldier's helmet - above the Iraqi flag of Saddam Hussein as part of their anti-war protest. In the adjacent window they hanged the Palestinian flag.

Despite pouring rain for most of the three hour vigil, several hundred people from northern California turned out to show that Free Speech works both ways - the Pearcy's do not own a monopoly on it, and free speech includes the right to oppose offensive displays that undermine the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Mark Williams of KFBK 1530 - Sacramento and Deborah Johns of Northern California Marine Moms for helping Move America Forward make this event a success.

I hope you enjoy the pictures from the "Support The Troops Candlelight Vigil" - Tuesday, February 15, 2005 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM Pacific.

CLICK HERE to SEE THE PICTURES


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aar; afghanistan; candlelightvigil; effigy; hanged; howardkaloogian; iraq; melaniemorgan; moveamericaforward; onthehomefront; pearcys; sacramento; soldier; supportourtroops; war
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1 posted on 02/18/2005 9:51:19 AM PST by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98
Here is Move America Forward's Co-Chair, Melanie Morgan, at the vigil. Picture is from the Sacramento Union


2 posted on 02/18/2005 9:54:44 AM PST by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98; patton; RaceBannon; kellynla; IGOTMINE; Squantos; xzins; boxerblues; mystery-ak

Absolutely awesome! I hope this took place between midnight and 0300.


3 posted on 02/18/2005 9:56:14 AM PST by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Impeach98

Semper Fidelis! And a hearty woo hoo! :)


4 posted on 02/18/2005 9:56:21 AM PST by MarineBrat ("God is dead"- Nietzsche,1886. "Nietzsche is dead"- God,1901)
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To: Syncro; SandRat; MEG33; rudy45; armymarinemom; Diva Betsy Ross; Gumption; viaveritasvita; ...

*ping*


5 posted on 02/18/2005 9:56:57 AM PST by Impeach98
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To: Coop

You & I both. Funny how the first amendment cuts both ways, isn't it?


6 posted on 02/18/2005 9:59:19 AM PST by I_like_good_things_too
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To: bentfeather; laurenmarlowe; StarCMC; Cold Heat; fatima; Smartass; auzerais; TexKat; Trueblackman; ..

*ping 2*


7 posted on 02/18/2005 10:00:38 AM PST by Impeach98
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To: I_like_good_things_too

BTW, that was just wishful thinking on my part. I did see that it was an evening event, I'm sure out of respect for the decent neighbors.


8 posted on 02/18/2005 10:00:59 AM PST by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Impeach98

The news of the American soldier hanged in effigy in front of an Iraqi flag made it to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. How do you think that made them feel while they are defending our freedoms?

Thankfully, hundreds of people braved the rain and storm to get out there and show their support for our troops and the war on terrorism. They stood up to the stupid people that put up the display.

I am sure that word will travel just as fast through the men and women in Iraq. They will know that the vast majority of Americans are behind them.


9 posted on 02/18/2005 10:01:23 AM PST by RWGuy
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To: Coop

Having a few hundred people protest outside my house would tend to freak me out.


10 posted on 02/18/2005 10:01:52 AM PST by patton (Matthew 6:6)
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To: Impeach98
Hope you played Toby Keith's "American Solder" full blast.
11 posted on 02/18/2005 10:02:16 AM PST by Mulch (tm)
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To: 3rdcanyon; W04Man; AmericanMade1776; clamper1797; JLO; LUV W; Godzilla; RWGuy; evilsmoker

*ping 3*


12 posted on 02/18/2005 10:02:32 AM PST by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98

Wonderful!..I am so glad this was a great success..Thank you for doing this and pinging me to the pictures.


13 posted on 02/18/2005 10:03:43 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: patton
Having a few hundred people protest outside my house would tend to freak me out.

With you being a Falls Churcher, I'm surprised that didn't happen when you put the Bush/Cheney sign on the roof!

14 posted on 02/18/2005 10:04:53 AM PST by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: patton
That's how the neighbors felt when this couple decided to create a media firestorm by using a house they don't even reside in (they live in Berkeley... this is a weekend home in Sacramento) to make a political protest like this.

The neighbors have been disgusted by the Pearcy's - not just for their offensive views but their rude neighborly conduct.

Neighbors from up and down the block were at the vigil and we had several offer to let us use their house to stage the event. So we based ourselves in front of a house directly across the street after asking the residents if it was OK.

The family had the American flag displayed on their house and not only were they accomodating they joined us throughout the evening as did most of the other neighbors in the immediate area.

We are still cleaning up the candlewax from their sidewalk, however! *feels ashamed*

15 posted on 02/18/2005 10:05:38 AM PST by Impeach98
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To: RWGuy; All
You may not have heard about the latest!

DU Dummies are organizing phone operatives to call Dish Net and any other network that carry the new DOD military channel specifically designed to give military families news and info on their guys and gals.

DU nutwads are calling and lodging complaints that it is government propaganda.

16 posted on 02/18/2005 10:09:26 AM PST by Cold Heat (What are fears but voices awry?Whispering harm where harm is not and deluding the unwary. Wordsworth)
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To: Impeach98

Thank you for the ping! That is very cool. Good work to all those who participated. God bless them all!


17 posted on 02/18/2005 10:09:38 AM PST by Diva Betsy Ross (Just say no to the ACLU!)
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To: Drango; SierraWasp; Humidston; Rabid Dog; oneamericanvoice; NormsRevenge; Diver Dave; ...

*let the pings continue*


18 posted on 02/18/2005 10:10:49 AM PST by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98
The Pearcys are a weird and sick couple. KTXL-40 in Sacramento ran a story the other night about how a group of college girls renting a home owned by the Pearcys were harassed for their political views by their landlords. During the election, the renters had put a Bush-Cheney yard sign in one of the windows facing the street. Steve Pearcy responded by putting up Saddam's Iraqi flag on the house, and took some other childish actions in response to the Bush sign. The girls renting the house eventually requested to get out of the lease because they felt intimidated and persecuted for their political beliefs. In an emailed statement to KTXL, Pearcy simply said the renters had left the house because they petitioned to be let out of their lease.

I saw footage of an opposing demonstration outside the Pearcy's home over the effigy, and the Pearcy's eventually emerged to speak with the press. Both have that vacant, faux "inner peace" look in their eyes...the kind of look you see when looking at someone who is sold over to some crackpot cult. The Pearcy's are not just leftists, not just weirdos -- they're scary.

19 posted on 02/18/2005 10:11:23 AM PST by My2Cents (Fringe poster since 1998.)
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To: Impeach98

Good work


20 posted on 02/18/2005 10:12:05 AM PST by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: My2Cents

Those three girls were at the vigil too! We got them on the Mark William's show as one of the "reports from the vigil." They were very sweet, very pretty and very disgusted with the Pearcy's!


21 posted on 02/18/2005 10:12:30 AM PST by Impeach98
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To: Cold Heat; All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1345719/posts


22 posted on 02/18/2005 10:12:40 AM PST by Cold Heat (What are fears but voices awry?Whispering harm where harm is not and deluding the unwary. Wordsworth)
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To: Impeach98

Their disgust is shared by many. I wonder if there's something in the water in Sacramento...First there was Michael Newdow, and now this Pearcy couple. The whole lot of them are detestible.


23 posted on 02/18/2005 10:14:56 AM PST by My2Cents (Fringe poster since 1998.)
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To: Impeach98

Thanks for the pic's.


24 posted on 02/18/2005 10:15:44 AM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: Coop

Hope they get a freeping every night of the week :)


25 posted on 02/18/2005 10:16:09 AM PST by boxerblues
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To: Impeach98; farmfriend; clamper1797

BTTT


26 posted on 02/18/2005 10:18:33 AM PST by knews_hound (Out of the NIC ,into the Router, out to the Cloud....Nothing but 'Net)
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To: boxerblues
The Pearcy's came up for the night to "crash" the vigil and had announced plan to erect their THIRD soldier effigy. But, faced with the public shaming from hundreds of protestors and dozens of media outlets covering such event they had a change of heart.

Saddam's flag and the Palestinian flag still hang in the front windows, but there is no U.S. soldier hanged in effigy from their house any more!

27 posted on 02/18/2005 10:19:25 AM PST by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98

I heard most of Melanie's live updates to Brian Sussman on his show, and in the background you could hear the rants of the opposition demonstrators trying to drown out Mel's peaceful group.


28 posted on 02/18/2005 10:19:51 AM PST by tertiary01 (Learned in the school of hard knocks.)
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To: Impeach98
But, faced with the public shaming from hundreds of protestors and dozens of media outlets covering such event they had a change of heart.

Liberals have no shame,nor do they have a heart. They just dont understand period.
29 posted on 02/18/2005 10:25:02 AM PST by boxerblues
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To: Impeach98; Lijahsbubbe; MEG33; No Blue States; Ernest_at_the_Beach; boxerblues; mystery-ak; ...
Way to go ping.

Thanks Impeach98 for the pictures and the ping.

You rock!!!

30 posted on 02/18/2005 10:25:49 AM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: Impeach98

You can only see the back of my head in this picture


31 posted on 02/18/2005 10:26:22 AM PST by clamper1797 (This Vietnam Vet ain't Fonda Kerry)
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To: Impeach98

Was it just coincidence that the 'Pearcys' didn't show themselves to the major media until the day of the Capitol Vigil? first I had seen of them was on the local late evening news.

Bless you folks for being there and Thanks from all of us!


Also want to wish a Great Time in Hawaii to Melanie Morgan Hill from KSFO,, a Lead Instigator and Long-Time RabbleRouser for the Right. Just Tan, Baby, Tan.


32 posted on 02/18/2005 10:26:24 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: tertiary01
There were a lot of emotions that evening!

At first around 5:30 or so a few of us arrived. The media was already there, and there were already a few anti-war protestors in the neighborhood. There were quite a few police cars there as well.

We spoke to the family across from the Pearcy's about using their sidewalk and adjacent area - they let us use more (we had spoken to them the day prior and they were very supportive).

We stood in the pouring rain with our "Support the Troops" banner and soon the crowd grew - including Freeper Clamper and his American flag.

I know at 6:00 PM we had 2 dozen or so people because we were the big news story on the local stations and one of the crews was covering us and we were singing "God Bless America" :)

The reporter made a point that 2 dozen people in the pouring rain an hour before the vigil even began.

More people came - and more anti war people. From there you heard Melanie's reports. After she left things continued on - taunts from the anti-war folks with occassional replies of "You Should Be Ashamed" and "USA USA USA" the singing of the national anthem, the Marine Corps Hymn etc...

By the final hour it was much more tame. Neighbors down the street had complained about the noise and the police asked everyone to be more quiet. We complied, the lefties still were trying to provoke an incident. One of their guys was arrested for public drunkeness!!!

33 posted on 02/18/2005 10:31:33 AM PST by Impeach98
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To: clamper1797

Let me know if another event is going to happen.

I will be proud to stand with you.

Cheers,

knews hound


34 posted on 02/18/2005 10:31:39 AM PST by knews_hound (Out of the NIC ,into the Router, out to the Cloud....Nothing but 'Net)
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To: clamper1797
Yes, but we have the video of you walking with flag - thanks to Syncro!

Click Here to See Clamper1797 With Old Glory

35 posted on 02/18/2005 10:36:31 AM PST by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98
What's good about that video is everyone can also see the soldier being hanged in effigy from the noose - and get a sense as to why people were so upset.

See the Fox News Video - Soldier Hanged in Effigy

36 posted on 02/18/2005 10:38:14 AM PST by Impeach98
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To: I_like_good_things_too
You & I both. Funny how the first amendment cuts both ways, isn't it?

The Pearcy's absolutely have the right to be jack-brained neosocialist traitors aligned with Muslim terrorists.

And we have the right to let the world know that about them.

37 posted on 02/18/2005 10:39:00 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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To: Lazamataz

you forgot "pillow biters" :o)


38 posted on 02/18/2005 10:40:13 AM PST by TPartyType
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To: Impeach98
The Pearcy's came up for the night to "crash" the vigil and had announced plan to erect their THIRD soldier effigy.

I'm of the opinion that these creeps have lost the right to be protected by our military.

They should be put on an unprotected island.

And whatever happens to them, happens.

39 posted on 02/18/2005 10:41:44 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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To: TPartyType
you forgot "pillow biters" :o)

Pillow-biting tumblebunnies. :o)

40 posted on 02/18/2005 10:42:24 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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To: Impeach98

It was funny ... the drunk kept yelling something unintelligable ... we kept yelling at him ... have another drink ... have another drink ...


41 posted on 02/18/2005 10:42:37 AM PST by clamper1797 (This Vietnam Vet ain't Fonda Kerry)
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To: knews_hound

You bet brother


42 posted on 02/18/2005 10:43:29 AM PST by clamper1797 (This Vietnam Vet ain't Fonda Kerry)
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To: Lazamataz

Gosh! I feel like a bodaggit. IDIOT!


43 posted on 02/18/2005 10:43:59 AM PST by TPartyType
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To: Impeach98
What a wonderful gesture.

That picture of the soldier hanging hurt to see.

44 posted on 02/18/2005 10:44:46 AM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: clamper1797
Is their anything on the books about encouraging public drunkeness? :)

I did hear the "have another drink" chants but wasn't sure what it was in reference to until later when I was told they had arrested one of the lovely lefties.

45 posted on 02/18/2005 10:45:19 AM PST by Impeach98
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To: tertiary01

I hope someone can forward these awesome pictures to the troops.


46 posted on 02/18/2005 10:46:36 AM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: OldFriend
We're doing that!

There were a couple other FReepers there too - I know clamper spoke to them. Just goes to show some more of the great work FReepers do on a daily basis.

47 posted on 02/18/2005 10:47:33 AM PST by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98

Apparently I had three separate interviews broadcast on channel 2,3 and 10. The video of me walking with the flag was on Hannity and colmes ... I was wearing movie star sunglasses around the house ... until my wife made me take them off ;<) All in all ... I guess I used up my 15 minutes of fame


48 posted on 02/18/2005 10:48:32 AM PST by clamper1797 (This Vietnam Vet ain't Fonda Kerry)
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To: Impeach98; Syncro; 3rdcanyon

FORMER newbie 3rdcanyon was their with syncro ... 3rdcanyon got a field promotion that night ... that's why he's a 'former" newbie


49 posted on 02/18/2005 10:51:28 AM PST by clamper1797 (This Vietnam Vet ain't Fonda Kerry)
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To: Coop

Wow !......Awesome !

Thank goodness nobody left cookies on the porch !......:o)


50 posted on 02/18/2005 10:53:06 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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