Skip to comments.San Diego After Action Report - "You Don't Speak For Me, Cindy" Tour
Posted on 08/24/2005 11:27:50 AM PDT by Bob J
Just returned from the "YDSFMC" Tour in San Diego. I arrived shortly after 8am when the scheduled press conference with Howard Kaloogian was to begin. The YDSFMCT RV was parked right at the curb, adorned with MAF and YDSFMCT banners. I spoke briefly with Howard and he mentioned they were a little late getting started as some people had trouble finding the KOGO buiding. (Personally, I checked the map on the MAF website and was able to drive right to it.)
KOGO had set up an outside "easy up" type tent where Roger Hedgecock was already doing his morning radio program. There was also a small riser with a podium and mic next to it where Howard and Deborah Johns of Marine Moms would speak.
There were about 50 "YDSFMCT" supporters, about 25 counter protestors and 20 media people (It looked like most of the SD media was there). The counter protestors had hand made signs with the usual anti-Bush and "Really, we really do support the troops, really!" type signs but the YDSFMCT basically had mass produced reversible "MAF" and "Support Our Troops" Sign. If I could make a suggestion, at future stops we need better and bigger hand made signs.
The event basically lasted one hour spanning the Hedgecock show. I assume he moved indoors after that as he is on for more than one hour. Roger interviewed Howard, Deborah Johns and other supporters. Their message was clear and I think it went well!
During this hour, the two sides continually chanted and shouted slogans. The "Surrender NOW" group would chant "Shame on Bush" and the YDSFMCT group would chime back "SHAME ON YOU!"...heheh. There was some shouting and taunting between the two but basically it went well.
One thing that was apparent, I don't think any of the actual tour members, other than the main MAF RV had arrived nor were they going to arrive. Jim nor Syncro were there. I phoned Jim and got a machine. Howard mentioned they were at separate hotels and there were some problems getting directions straight, etc. Too bad. I hadn't seen Jim nor Syncro in a while and was hoping to catch them. I also wanted to check out Jim's new van lift that we raised funds for and purchased primarily so Jim could take part in events such as this. Next time I guess.
I was able to finally meet John and Robert from MAF, who have been the central organizers of the tour. Very nice gentleman. After the event I spoke at length with Howard about his upcoming run for the Congressional seat being vacated by the disgraced Randy Cunningham. It looks good for him!
Sorry, I left my camera on the kitchen table so hopefully MAF will post pic at their website later.
BTW - For those of you who don't know Howard, he is the retired CA Assemblyman who initiated and ran the campaign to oust Grey Davis. He is very popular among pubbies and conservatives in CA.
Thanks for the report and many thanks for what you are doing for America.
Thanks for the update. What's MAF?
What do you mean "You Don't Speak For Me, Cindy" , I represent all mothers who dishonor their sons. How dare you?.
Glad you were able to make it to the Caravan rally, Bob.
Thanks for the report.
Since Jim did not know early where everyone would be staying, he made hotel reservations at the scheduled stops last week.
He and Syncro will be at the 4th Annual FreeRepublic picnic on the 10th. How about planning to spend a couple of days in Fresno?
We promise good food and great company. :)
Just look at Satan (with the "S" for Satan cap on) lurking in the background of that pathetic photograph.
My sentiments, Exactly!
Viet Nam vets....this is wonderful.
God bless everyone who's making this effort to NEVER EVER let that happen again!!
Good going and thanks for the report!
Is this the only thread? Seems like more folks would have checked in by now with some pics.
I have Roger Hedgecock on...he was interviewing someone in the caravan who said they're running a couple of hours late.
Thanks for the report.
Would you STOP stalking me?
No can do...lol.
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