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American IED's
Freeport Ink (Illinois) | 1 September 05 | Me

Posted on 11/07/2005 7:21:58 PM PST by Mr. Silverback

As you probably know, IED stands for “Improvised Explosive Device,” and it means any homemade bomb. A lot of the tactical creativity on both sides in Iraq revolves around the IEDs. The soldiers work on ways to detect or survive them, and the jihadis work out new ways to hide them. They’ve stuck bombs in dead dogs, hid them in curbs or buried them under streets, a whole bag of tricks. In each, concealment is key.

So, until recently, no one had ever deployed a hot pink IED, but now we have them in Washington, DC.

Each Friday night, members of “Code Pink” hold an anti-war protest at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, featuring signs with slogans like “Maimed for a lie” and “Enlist here and die for Halliburton,” and occasionally some flag-draped coffins. Choosing to do the no-blood-for-oil barking moonbat boogie mere yards from the beds of our wounded is despicable enough, but it gets worse. Walter Reed has a program that allows some of the soldiers to spend Friday night out at a steakhouse, and the protests are timed so that the troops will see them from the transport bus. The Code Pinkos aren’t protesting about wounded soldiers, they’re protesting at wounded soldiers. Kevin Pannell, who lost two legs in a grenade attack in Iraq, points out that many of the wounded suffer from survivor’s guilt, and the coffins are a painful reminder. Torturing wounded veterans? Just another Friday night for Code Pink.

John Gibson of Fox News described his conversation with one soldier this way: “I was doing Tony Snow's radio show Thursday and one soldier about to go back to Iraq said these protestors are America’s IEDs, roadside bombs set to go off and injure a soldier here just as certainly as IEDs in Baghdad are set to go off and blow off a soldier’s leg over there.”

And this activity is hardly an aberration. Code Pink recommends that protesters visit recruiting centers with signs calling troops “killers.” Their leadership is on record supporting the Iraqi “resistance”--you know, the guys who call themselves “Al-Qaeda in Iraq.” Perhaps most incredibly, they sent a “gift” of $600,000 dollars to “the other side” (their words, not mine) in Fallujah before the Marines went in. Supposedly it was meant to purchase medical supplies. Yes, I’m sure the terrorists followed all the rules!

Code Pink is also helping out the media’s latest darling, Cindy Sheehan. This came to light when Mark Matthews, a reporter for KGO TV in San Francisco looked into the funding sources for the growing Sheehan circus. As Matthews said in his report, “There is real reluctance to talk about who's paying, and the P.R. machine that's promoting Cindy Sheehan…” Matthews found that Sheehan’s background support consisted of four main radical organizations: Code Pink, True Majority, and Democracy for America, the “progressive” group born out of Howard Dean’s presidential campaign and run by his brother James. It’s nice to know that the current DNC chair shares a common vision with people who mock men who shed blood for our country.

I know there are people who really do mean it when they say they support the troops but oppose the war. But folks, it’s time for a gut check. The anti-war movement is headed by people who don’t share those values. When they see a wounded soldier or a grieving mother, they either see a target, or a potential mouthpiece. They don’t just want the war to stop; they want us to lose it. When they see this country, they don’t see the land of the free and think “the Iraq thing is a bad idea,” they see the Fourth Reich, and they are glad to support the “resistance” killing our troops…and Iraqi troops…and Iraqi cops…and Iraqi kids getting a candy handout or riding the bus to school. They might even, as Sheehan has, call them “freedom fighters.”

Being an honestly patriotic member of the anti-war movement today is like going to Selma to march with Dr. King and finding out that the Klan will be at the front of the march, organizing the march, and giving most of the speeches.

No wonder there’s a backlash building. Code Pink was outnumbered four to one by counterprotesters last Friday night, and the soldiers on the bus never fail to salute the protesters with one finger. A pro-troop rally in Crawford on Saturday brought in at least 3,000 enthusiastic people, some of whom drove all the way from San Francisco. When the neo-hippies say “no more Vietnams,” they should listen to themselves more closely, because we aren’t having a rehash of their mistreatment of the Vietnam vets. They can keep their spit—and their roadside bombs—to themselves.

TOPICS: Editorial; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: codepink; codepinkdc; moveon; nion; notinourname; sds; walterreed; weathermen
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It suddenly dawned on me that I haven't posted any of my columns for the last three months or so. I'll post one a day for the next three days.

This one's for the folks who've been spanking the Sheehadis, whether at Walter Reed, Crawford or on the bus tours. You guys rock!

1 posted on 11/07/2005 7:21:59 PM PST by Mr. Silverback
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2 posted on 11/07/2005 7:24:00 PM PST by bitt ("..the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country." Gen. Douglas MacArthur)
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To: 185JHP; afraidfortherepublic; BlessedByLiberty; BraveMan; bruin66; Chu Gary; Core_Conservative; ...

Silverback's column ping!

If anyone wants on or off my monthly column ping list, please notify me here or by freepmail. These may become weekly columns in the future.

3 posted on 11/07/2005 7:24:49 PM PST by Mr. Silverback ("Fortunately, my voluminous 'fro saved me from a concussion.")
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To: kristinn; Exit148; hobblemaster; YourAdHere; Doctor Raoul; Angelwood; tgslTakoma; staytrue; ...

Ping to a column about Walter Reed!

4 posted on 11/07/2005 7:26:42 PM PST by Mr. Silverback ("Fortunately, my voluminous 'fro saved me from a concussion.")
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To: bitt
This is what WE do with IEDs


5 posted on 11/07/2005 7:28:19 PM PST by Calpernia (
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To: Calpernia

too bad we didn't bell the cat....

6 posted on 11/07/2005 7:30:14 PM PST by bitt ("..the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country." Gen. Douglas MacArthur)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Good work.

7 posted on 11/07/2005 7:31:15 PM PST by solzhenitsyn ("Live Not By Lies")
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To: Mr. Silverback
Thank you for the ping, especially since it's to a great column.


8 posted on 11/07/2005 7:31:30 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: Mr. Silverback


9 posted on 11/07/2005 7:32:17 PM PST by oolatec
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To: Mr. Silverback

Please put me on your list. ;-)

10 posted on 11/07/2005 7:35:55 PM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Great column, right on the money!

And thanks for the kind words about our efforts to counter the Pinkos.

11 posted on 11/07/2005 7:36:30 PM PST by BillF (Fight terrorists in Iraq & elsewhere, instead of waiting for them to come to America!)
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To: oolatec

I write for a weekly that has no website at this time. They're well-established but have never felt the need for online content.

12 posted on 11/07/2005 7:38:01 PM PST by Mr. Silverback ("Fortunately, my voluminous 'fro saved me from a concussion.")
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To: Mr. Silverback

Commode Stink? Just a bunch of old, stinky hippies.

13 posted on 11/07/2005 7:38:43 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (When I was a kid, the national news media was the GOOD GUYS.)
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If we had a real government instead of this PC crap they call the government, They would ride up to Walter Reed one Friday night and arrest this whole stinking slimy pack of human dung and charge them with treason collaboration with and enemy aiding and abetting and anything else they coudl think of. It wont happen though, the dems would scream bloody murder and the republuicans havent got the balls.

14 posted on 11/07/2005 7:41:30 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: Mr. Silverback

The barking moonbats are among those who protest landmines but I have not heard them speaking out against these explosive devices. Ever. Even when they are remotedly detonated as school children pass by.

15 posted on 11/07/2005 7:45:04 PM PST by weegee (To understand the left is to rationalize how abortion can be a birthright.)
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More tidbits to add.

Code Pink is also in BUSHCOMMISSION.ORG'S database for tracking events.

They also work WITH Islam, not friendly to US interests, groups.


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Not in Our Name project.

Not in Our Name are SDS.

They are SDS/Weatherman.

From FBI Files:

Weatherman or Weather Underground Organization, is a "revolutionary organization of communist men and women" formed by members of the Students for a Democratic Society or SDS. They were originally called the Revolutionary Youth Movement. They advocated the overthrow of our government and capitalism. They carried out a campaign of bombings, jailbreaks, and riots in 1969-1976.

The group derived their name from Bob Dylan's song lyrics from "Subterranean Homesick Blues", which were, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows", I use to see that quote at the bottom of their periodical, New Left Notes, when I use to work at a periodical distribution company.

Their first event, in 1969, was the "Days of Rage" in Chicago. They blew up a statue dedicated to police casualties in the 1886 Haymarket Riot. They announced at a convention that they supported Charles Manson. The rally failed to draw as many participants (300) as they had hoped. They did lead a riot through Chicago's business district, smashing windows and cars. 6 were shot and 70 arrested. The conflict went on for a few days.

1970, after the shooting by police of Black Panther Fred Hampton, the group issued a Declaration of War against the United States government, changing its name to the "weather underground organization", adopting fake IDs, and pursuing covert activities only. These initially included plans for a bombing of a US military noncommissioned officers' dance at Fort Dix. But when three Underground members died in an accidental explosion while preparing the bomb in a Greenwich Village, New York City safe house, other cells re-evaluated their plans and decided to pursue only non-lethal projects.

This group released a number of manifestos and declarations, while conducting a series of bombings. These attacked the U.S. Capitol, The Pentagon, police and prison buildings, and the rebuilt Haymarket statue again, among other targets. The group took measures to avoid any loss of life as a result of these bombings, issuing warnings to evacuate the building ahead of time via phone. They also took a $25,000 payment from a drugs group called The Brotherhood of Eternal Love to break LSD advocate Timothy Leary out of prison, transporting him to Algeria. They remained largely successful at avoiding the police and the FBI.

In the mid-to-late 1970s, the group began dissolving, as many members turned themselves in to the police, and others moved onto other armed revolutionary groups. Very few served prison sentences, since the evidence gathered against them, by the FBI's COINTELPRO program, was inadmissable in court, due to the illegal methods used to obtain it.

Famous members of the Weather Underground include Kathy Boudin, Mark Rudd, Terry Robbins, David Gilbert, and the still-married couple Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers.

Many former Weathermen have re-integrated into society, without necessarily repudiating their original intent. Bill Ayers, now a Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois, said in a September 11, 2001 New York Times profile "I don't regret setting bombs. I believe we didn't do enough."

SDS and Vietnam:

In the spring of 1992, he wrote a story about Clinton's conscience - wrestling about the draft while at Oxford. Theses stories by Talbott were big lies. Clinton rewarded Talbott by making him the number two person at the State Department. Sidney Blumenthal - The top White House spin master is a long time friend of the Clintons. Blumenthal is a former member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

Look here, from From “Mutiny Does Not Happen Lightly: The Literature of the American Resistance to the Vietnam War”

The game of the rich has caught up to Pig America. The Vietnamese have kicked ass out of U.S. occupational troops. More and more G.I.’s will no longer listen to Pig Nixon’s orders and are turning their guns around on the real enemy. The Provisional Revolutionary Government in Vietnam (Viet Cong) has led the Vietnamese people to complete victory.

–Roxboro School SDS- Cleveland Heights – June 4, 1972

Recently many articles have appeared in the movement press expounding the virtues of deserting and going AWOL. “Come to Canada and be a man.” “Soldiers are pigs,” “To remain in the imperialist U.S. Army rather than leaving is comparable to being a Nazi.” Last year there were, by Pentagon counts,, 250,000 AWOL’s and over 53,000 deserters. This has not made much of a dent in the fighting strength of the U.S.Army. That dent has clearly come from the heroic struggle of the Vietnamese people under the leadership of the NLF and the Provisional Revolutionary Government.

–New York Regional SDS distributed at Boston University - Feb. 22, 1969

Students for a Democratic Society = SDS

Not In Our Name:

From the “Mutiny Does Not Happen Lightly: The Literature of the American Resistance to the Vietnam War”

Look at the major leaders of the anti-war movement:

· Al Hubbard - Vietnam Veterans Against the War - signed the People’s Peace Treaty of 1971

· Jane Fonda - actress - signed the People’s Peace Treaty of 1971

· Noam Chomsky, MIT

· Rev. William Sloan Coffin, Jr. Yale

· Rennie Davis, May Day Collective

· Rev. Daniel Berrigan,S.J.

· Dave Dellinger, People’s Coalition for Peace and Justice

· Daniel Ellsberg - MIT

· Richard Falk - Princeton

· Tom Hayden - Berkeley

· Abbie Hoffman - WPAX, NewYork

· Sidney Peck - People’s Coalition for Peace and justice

· Bobby Seale- Black Panther Party

· Benjamin Spock, doctor

· Gloria Steinem - author

· George Wald, biologist, Havard

· Cora Weiss - Women Strike for Peace

Many of the people who signed the various documents in “Mutiny Does Not Happen Lightly: The Literature of the American Resistance to the Vietnam War” appeared again as signers of the “Not In Our Name” ad that appeared in papers all over the country, denouncing Bush and the wars on terrorism and Iraq.


16 posted on 11/07/2005 7:45:30 PM PST by Calpernia (
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To: Mr. Silverback
I had this awful feeling when I saw the thread title.

Coming soon... to a highway near you.

17 posted on 11/07/2005 7:56:52 PM PST by badpacifist ( Numbers 22 :27-31 If your ass won't move there may be an angel in the way)
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To: Mr. Silverback
Good work neighbor.

I'm about 25 miles east of Freeport in Rockford and next time I'm visiting in the bustling metropolis of Riddot (where my daughter lives) I shall stop in Freeport and pick up a copy of the Ink.

18 posted on 11/07/2005 7:59:47 PM PST by open mind-closed fist
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19 posted on 11/07/2005 8:01:15 PM PST by Mr. Silverback ("Fortunately, my voluminous 'fro saved me from a concussion.")
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To: snippy_about_it

You're added!

20 posted on 11/07/2005 8:03:41 PM PST by Mr. Silverback ("Fortunately, my voluminous 'fro saved me from a concussion.")
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