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A THANK YOU TO FREE REPUBLIC - "You Don't Speak for Me, Cindy" Tour
Move America Forward ^ | 08/28/2005 | Melanie Morgan - Howard Kaloogian

Posted on 08/28/2005 2:30:59 PM PDT by Impeach98

Last night Melanie Morgan, Howard Kaloogian and a couple others (including myself) all had dinner in Dallas, Texas following the "You Don't Speak for Me, Cindy" Tour and rally in Crawford, Texas organized by Move America Forward and Free Republic.

Howard and Melanie wanted to figure out the best ways to thank Free Republic. They're thinking about sending out a letter, calling individual FReepers and a couple other steps since Free Republic once again played such a crucial role in fighting for the side of freedom, liberty, and support for our country's national security, values and heritage.

I suggested Howard and Mel do a post here at FR. Daunted by trying to figure out how to log in and make a post (with or without html) they instead asked if I could post something for them. So I told them to draft something up and email it to me and I'd get it up.

I'm sitting here at a Starbucks en route back to Sacramento aboard the motorhome we drove Deborah Johns in (along the caravan route). And in checking my email I found the following....

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Message to Free Republic Members,

Once again you have proven yourselves to be the most reliable foot soldiers in the conservative movement.

No matter where or when, no matter how daunting the challenge, we know we can count on Free Republic members to be at the ready to do what it takes to fight for the cause of freedom and liberty.

Your commitment to activism begins at the top of your network and extends to all members. We were so delighted to have Free Republic's founder, Jim Robinson and his wife, make the trek from Fresno down to Crawford with us.

Your members spread the word of the "You Don't Speak for Me, Cindy" Tour to friends, family members and co-workers. You called the news media on our behalf to insist that they cover our activities. You came out to greet us and cheer us on - even when we were running hours late, and despite the fact that often we gave you little advance notice of our arrival into town.

And so many Free Republic Members came out to join the caravan and the giant pro-troop rally in Crawford, Texas on Saturday.

There is a special thanks to the crew that was in Crawford in advance of the event -- doing the hard work of getting our site ready, helping with the program, providing food and beverage, and all the other great amenities that are too numerous to mention here.

It is no exaggeration to say that we could never have achieved the success we had on this trip without your direct participation, assistance and leadership. Our troops serving in the U.S. military and their families have once again been well served by your commitment to the principles that unite your membership.

Please accept this email as just one of many ways we wish to express our deepest appreciation for your help and admiration for your solid adherence to your beliefs. May you continue to speak out, take action and help move America forward without hesitation into the future.

Sincerely yours,

Melanie Morgan & Howard Kaloogian
Co-Chairs, Move America Forward
www.MoveAmericaForward.org


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Breaking News; Free Republic; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: caravan; cindysheehan; freerepublic; goodjobjoe; howardkaloogian; melaniemorgan; moveamericaforward; thankyou
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1 posted on 08/28/2005 2:31:01 PM PDT by Impeach98
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To: Impeach98
You and Howard are great voices for our side, Melanie.
2 posted on 08/28/2005 2:49:34 PM PDT by doug from upland (The Hillary documentary is coming -- INDICTING HILLARY)
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To: Impeach98

As a vietnam vet with 2 sons who are now Iraqii Freedom vets I would like to thank all the people who took the time to organize the event. We were there yesterday (saturday) and were overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and numbers of people to came, despite the Texas HEAT
!!. Hope it gets the coverage it deserves in the next few days.


3 posted on 08/28/2005 2:53:00 PM PDT by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 May 1846)
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To: Impeach98; Jim Robinson

thanks to them for getting the ball rolling, and Eagles Up to those Freepers who helped by showing up, or by publicizing the event.

Free Republic is the #1 conservative web community in America, but our real strength comes when we actually engage ourselves in the real world.

A job well done to all.

RobFromGa

PS: Thanks to Jim and his wife for making the trip!


4 posted on 08/28/2005 3:01:55 PM PDT by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: doug from upland; Jim Robinson
I second that!

And congratulations to JR himself for making the tour himself. We're all with you in spirit!

5 posted on 08/28/2005 3:08:26 PM PDT by Gumlegs
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To: Impeach98; Mama_Bear; gracie1; Enterprise; Saundra Duffy; lager; stuart weil; jkphoto; ...

Thank you "Move America Forward" for planning and getting this Caravan moving.

Thank everyone who participated in the Crawford event.

Pinging a few Fresno Freepers who were unable to make the trip but were there with you in spirit.

Impeach98 ..... let FreeRepublic know when you plan another event that we can support.


6 posted on 08/28/2005 3:23:30 PM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless our Troops and their Families.)
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To: Impeach98
I'm sure other freepers will join me in saying that this road runs both ways. Thanks to all of you at Move America Forward for all the contributions you made to this joint effort.

Personally, I think the rally was a huge success, and I feel very confident that our fighting forces will get word of, and be comforted by what happened in Crawford, TX yesterday.

7 posted on 08/28/2005 3:28:31 PM PDT by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: Impeach98
Melanie Morgan & Howard Kaloogian......Now there is a class act. Please let them each know I would be glad to help them with HTML if they ever decide to post here.
8 posted on 08/28/2005 3:34:11 PM PDT by Diva Betsy Ross (Code pink stinks!)
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To: Impeach98

Enjoyed the rally at the Flyin J in Amarillo for all but the lost patrol.....ya'll need a GPS in the lead truck next time vs a wrong turn in Albuquerque........

Or a veteran with some pathfinder aka land nav & map reading skills........:o)


9 posted on 08/28/2005 3:36:53 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Impeach98; kristinn; Doctor Raoul; Jim Robinson

Thank you all for all you do!!!


10 posted on 08/28/2005 3:41:00 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem !)
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To: Impeach98

That was a very nice message from them.


11 posted on 08/28/2005 3:43:36 PM PDT by summer
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To: Dog Gone; wesdale; HoustonCurmudgeon; Eaker; Flyer; weegee; TexasCajun; Ditter; Diddle E. Squat; ...


12 posted on 08/28/2005 3:46:52 PM PDT by Neets (I)
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To: Impeach98; All
God bless you all for your work to show the troops that we DO support their efforts on our behalf.

You folks stood for every one of us.

Thank You.
13 posted on 08/28/2005 3:47:12 PM PDT by fanfan (" The liberal party is not corrupt " Prime Minister Paul Martin)
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To: Impeach98; Neets
Melanie and Howard, you were the seeds. We just tended the garden. Thanks for letting us be a part of this great event!
14 posted on 08/28/2005 3:52:45 PM PDT by Flyer (Home from Crawford (Houston))
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To: Impeach98

BTTT


15 posted on 08/28/2005 3:54:56 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Impeach98

Melanie and Howard-

Thank YOU BOTH for all you did. It can't be said enough the feeling is mutual. Everyone involved with that rally and caravan...Thank you. It was a blessing to our troops and to all our spirits, I think, to see the Truth. That the real soul of the American people is NOT where the MSM would try to deceive us as being; against this country, against Our troops success in the mission they believe in, or against our President. Quite the opposite as we all saw and heard with our own eyes and ears.

May this only be the START of a long overdue backlash against those that would seek our defeat and endanger the lives of our troops for partisan gain.


16 posted on 08/28/2005 3:55:58 PM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: Right_in_Virginia

Many thanks but thanks weren't necessary except to the photographers, which brings me to a very revealing photograph. The Cindy crowd with the collusion of the MSM has tried to give the impression that Cindy had a lot of supporters. In fact there were only about 1500 at any given time in the whole of Crawford and maybe only 200 with Cindy proper. As for her spontaneous 'grieving'...take a look at this photograph courtesy of LGF and Minnesocold:

http://198.65.14.85/Art/NewsArt/cindy05/03mediacrosses.jpg

Nothing spontaneous about it, is there?


17 posted on 08/28/2005 3:59:12 PM PDT by foreign devil
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To: All

Melanie Morgan & Howard Kaloogian...words cannot express the gratitude for all who participated in the Rally...
-from a group of Freepers in the Northwest Chgo. Suburbs


18 posted on 08/28/2005 4:02:04 PM PDT by vista500 (...I'll be waiting with my VISTA500!!)
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To: JustAmy

bumpity bump


19 posted on 08/28/2005 4:07:33 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Islam is not a religion, but rather a means of world conquest" - ALAN BURKHART.COM)
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To: All
Anyone who thinks Hanoi Kerry and Hanoi Jane
aren't behind the anti war crowd
needs to get a clue.

Dallas/Fort Worth Star-Telegram 8-28-05 Jack Douglas Jr.
CRAWFORD TX-
President Bush's supporters poured into Crawford by the thousands Saturday,
for the first time outnumbering war protesters led by Cindy Sheehan,
who began a vigil here three weeks ago,
demanding a personal meeting with the vacationing president
to talk about her son's death in Iraq.

Lame Stream Media : News Flash!

President Bush already met with Cindy Sheehan in June 2004 for 10 minutes.

From The Reporter, Vacaville, CA archive: Bush, Sheehans share moments.


Quit lying!!!!










20 posted on 08/28/2005 4:09:24 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Never Forget)
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To: JustAmy; Impeach98
"Impeach98 ..... let FreeRepublic know when you plan another event that we can support."

Ditto!

21 posted on 08/28/2005 4:14:49 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Islam is not a religion, but rather a means of world conquest" - ALAN BURKHART.COM)
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To: foreign devil

"As for her spontaneous 'grieving'...take a look at this photograph courtesy of LGF and Minnesocold: "

LOL! Not an unusual experience for those who have a chance to peek behind the Leftist Media show. I once saw a group of about 20 people markching in a tight circle in a tight shot in front of a TV camera, holding signs and chanting. I'm sure it looked like a big rally on TV , but in real life it was ridiculous. Wish I had a camcorder at that moment, but I'll bet the view is common.

I hope the video from this event is optimized---run through a good PC editing program, transferred to DVD, and reproduced at low cost for mass distribution. The DVD could icnlude instructions for lobbying local news channels to show some footage.


22 posted on 08/28/2005 4:15:51 PM PDT by strategofr (What did happen to those 293 boxes of secret FBI files (esp on Senators) Hillary stole?)
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To: Impeach98

Super, Impeach 98. Thank YOU for your dedication and hard work.


23 posted on 08/28/2005 4:37:45 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remembering our Heroes today and every day. . . "Operation Gratitude")
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To: foreign devil
...but thanks weren't necessary....

Oh, yes, they are, Friend. You did what I wished I could. And, you spoke with a clear voice for me.

I thank you.

24 posted on 08/28/2005 4:39:14 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Impeach98

We thank God for you and all those wonderful parents and families of our service men and women. This is honor, morals, values, fidelity, loyalty... and in the secular humanism of today they can't understand, it sounds too much like religion...but they will. I will pray that you continue the work you have begun. I truly believe by this stand you have saved a lot of our soldiers lives. I am here at your disposal should you need me...I am also sure everyone else feels the same.

We followed all of you there with our hearts, we prayed mightily, made every stop with you, drank every thankful sip of cold water provided and stood in the Chow Line waiting for that BBQ.

We stayed up really late, as if we were all grown-up and the parents got to go out for a change.

Still we waited... To the MSM, it would seem we didn't exist, but we knew this would happen.

One by one, by streaming talk radio from there, Philly and elsewhere... we heard. We celebrated as a family when the transcribed phone messages and first photos started to roll in. We exhaled after waiting so long.

We picked ourselves up, kicked the dust from our feet and went full metal to the press by phone and email.

A lot of young republicans and converts saw the pictures (the horsemen, flags in hand, ten commandments, the MOAFlags, families, picnics and loving messages)....and for the first time said "I just realized what America means".

Vets who thought about how they were treated when they got back decided at the last minute to stand up and make the trek, exclaiming "Never again"... a lot of them with medical problems.

We thank you for giving our lives even more meaning and letting the troops know we love them and that their country has not abandoned them. We know we must do more...and we will, thanks to you.


25 posted on 08/28/2005 4:46:58 PM PDT by AliVeritas (Ignorance is a condition. Stupidity is a strategy.)
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Great teamwork all!


26 posted on 08/28/2005 4:47:11 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: Impeach98

Everybody involved in this needs to be thanked for their great dedication and hard work. It's always nice to see "our side" get involved in things like this, since the left has owned this far too long. We do such a much better job of it. We can't let them do to our Iraq Vets what they did to our Vietnam Vets.


28 posted on 08/28/2005 5:04:48 PM PDT by beandog (Bean the Real Dog - 10/3/90-6/13/05 - Doggie Heaven is Lucky to have you.)
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To: Impeach98

no thanks needed...just doing our duty.


29 posted on 08/28/2005 5:07:43 PM PDT by Jewels1091
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To: Impeach98

Thank you so much. The event was fabulous. So thrilled you were about to get such a wonderful turnout and I know the Freepers always play an important part. I couldn't make this trip but did my share during the recount in 2000 and what a neat group. Bless all of you who represented us all so well.


30 posted on 08/28/2005 5:15:04 PM PDT by TatieBug
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To: Made in USA
"You don't bring me fatwas.... any mooooooooooooooooooooore."


32 posted on 08/28/2005 5:23:47 PM PDT by Minnesocold (Truth itself is the one enemy against which liberalism cannot prevail. -Christopher Adamo)
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To: Impeach98; Jim Robinson; kristinn; Doctor Raoul
Thanks to Howard, Melanie, and everyone who organized and participated in this landmark event. These actions will insure, with God's help, that we will not allow another generation of heroes to be forsaken.

As a FReeper, special thanks to Jim Rob and Sheila for making the trip. I know that when I saw their picture in the tent (front and center) it gave me chills and I knew this was destined for great things!

God Bless America and God Bless Free Republic!

33 posted on 08/28/2005 5:38:07 PM PDT by NewLand (Posting against liberalism since the 20th century!)
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To: Impeach98; Jim Robinson; kristinn; Doctor Raoul; basil; Jimmy Valentine's brother; BillF; ...
Job well done to everyone who worked so hard to set up this tremendous rally, as well as to all those who attended in Crawford or along the caravan route.

Also, a round of applause to the 70 or so patriots who showed up for a "Support the troops!" rally Friday night outside of Walter Reed - anchored of course by the core heroes of the D.C. chapter of FR.

[standing ovation]

34 posted on 08/28/2005 6:14:22 PM PDT by Coop (www.heroesandtraitors.org)
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To: Soul Seeker
May this only be the START of a long overdue backlash against those that would seek our defeat and endanger the lives of our troops for partisan gain.

Amen to that!

35 posted on 08/28/2005 6:19:04 PM PDT by Coop (www.heroesandtraitors.org)
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To: Squantos

Now that was an interesting post.

Who got lost?

:)


36 posted on 08/28/2005 6:19:42 PM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: 2111USMC

The "caravan" went south on I25 in Albuquerque vs east on I40 and an hour and a half later they figured it out thus losing 3 hours on their schedule.....They arrived in Amarillo at the rally late but everyone held out and stayed cept for a few folks that lived a hundred or so miles away that had came over to Amarillo.......it was funny to kid the folks about it when they arrived......A good time regardless.

Stay safe !


37 posted on 08/28/2005 6:26:12 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Jeff Head; basel; Doctor Raoul; kristinn; 2nd amendment mama; TaxRelief; Leapfrog; TexCon; ...

I presume that you have already seen this, but just in case...


38 posted on 08/28/2005 6:26:29 PM PDT by Huber (Continuing to benefit from its reputation, Fox News has shifted. It is no longer fair and balanced!)
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To: Impeach98

What y'all did for America is thanks enough for me!


39 posted on 08/28/2005 6:47:56 PM PDT by TaxRelief (You have two choices: Convert to Islam or suppress Islam. There is no other option, Mrs. Sheehan.)
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To: strategofr

I know diddly squat about video cameras but would love to see a humorous take done on the absolute phoniness of the anti-war crowd's machinations in collusion with the MSM at this event that tried to give us one impression when (don't look behind the curtain) all the time...voila! "Cindy, Cindy, can we just take that over again...just move your hand here...can you cry a little?" MORONS! They got caught.

I once saw a photograph of the famous war photograph James Nachtwey (sp?) doing exactly the same thing with a little old Palestinian lady and her baby. The picture of her in her black weeds holding a child was heartwrenching, until you stepped back and saw the same media circus surrounding her and she was probably on the fifth 'take'. I've really come to despise the Press and TV people and their phoniness that asks you to repeat an emotion for the camera. If the emotion is authentic, you CAN'T really repeat it and to try degrades you. I found a version of it here...it's not the little old lady, but you get the idea.

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0704/tobin_2004_07_26.php3


40 posted on 08/28/2005 6:50:46 PM PDT by foreign devil
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To: foreign devil
Indy Pendance liked your picture so much that there is an entire thread just for it. Caption Sheehan
41 posted on 08/28/2005 6:51:14 PM PDT by TaxRelief (You have two choices: Convert to Islam or suppress Islam. There is no other option, Mrs. Sheehan.)
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To: foreign devil

"I know diddly squat about video cameras but would love to see a humorous take done on the absolute phoniness of the anti-war crowd's machinations in collusion with the MSM at this event that tried to give us one impression when (don't look behind the curtain) all the time...voila! "Cindy, Cindy, can we just take that over again...just move your hand here...can you cry a little?" MORONS! They got caught."

Sounds like we could so some damage at these events with a camcorder with a telephoto lens (or whatever). Used discretely.


42 posted on 08/28/2005 7:41:32 PM PDT by strategofr (What did happen to those 293 boxes of secret FBI files (esp on Senators) Hillary stole?)
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To: Impeach98

Lovely message.


43 posted on 08/28/2005 7:56:22 PM PDT by MoochPooch (A righteous person worries about his or her behavior, an extremist about everyone else's.)
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To: doug from upland
Thank you Move America Forward!! Like thousands of us here who weren't able to make it, since we live much to far and couldn't get the time, I appreciate all Move America Forward does for the conservative movement, which is why I am a donor/member.

Thanks to all of you who did attend, as well! You all came through in a huge way! Very Impressive! And thank you JimRob, for making the trip, for FR and for ALL you do!!
44 posted on 08/28/2005 8:07:50 PM PDT by gidget7 (Get GLSEN out of our schools!!!!!!)
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To: basil
Thank you basil, for doing such a great job of keeping us informed throughout the event!!
45 posted on 08/28/2005 8:09:15 PM PDT by gidget7 (Get GLSEN out of our schools!!!!!!)
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To: Impeach98

Thanks for confronting the Media. Know that the Bush Administration is taking the fight to the enemy in the War on Terror by forging a New set of dynamics here in Israel (Working for US Govt here). Cindiy and her Ilk are blight on an otherwise decent society of good people.


46 posted on 08/28/2005 8:15:38 PM PDT by Jumper
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To: Impeach98
..Move America Forward..

..the real heroes, of course, Are the Armed Forces Members fighting for US (and our hopes/values :) thought-out the world...Our "Homebound Organizations" can only hope to "Help out"...Many thanks to All those involved. :)

47 posted on 08/28/2005 8:22:39 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: foreign devil
Nothing spontaneous about it, is there?

HEHEHE...of course, it was staged. You can trust the LMSM/Lberals to "pump-up" her numbers, while grossly uncounting the Pro-GWB rally. :)

48 posted on 08/28/2005 8:29:03 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: foreign devil

Makes me sick.


49 posted on 08/28/2005 8:39:58 PM PDT by bethtopaz (Rush Limbaugh In The Morning: Life Is Short - Enjoy Dessert First!)
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To: strategofr
That doesn't surprise me! Last Monday I joined the Caravan in Vacaville and followed it to Sacramento where it stopped at a local TV Channel. There were about 20+ anti-American protesters on the opposite side of the streets and the cameras swooped in to the center of the small group and couldn't get enough footage. There were many more of those supporting the troops and their mission, but even in our crowd, the cameras were focused on the anti-Americans that came over onto our side spewing forth their garbage.
One camera woman was filming a worn-out old hippie carrying some ridiculous sign and I said loudly, within her earshot, "Boy, the cameras really love the anti-war protesters." She turned around and gave me the dirtiest look. I said to her, "Well, it's true," and walked away.
50 posted on 08/28/2005 8:45:39 PM PDT by bethtopaz (Rush Limbaugh In The Morning: Life Is Short - Enjoy Dessert First!)
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