Skip to comments.Code Pink Leader Has Tantrum at Walter Reed - 01/27/06
Posted on 01/27/2006 9:46:07 PM PST by tgslTakoma
There I was, across the street, a six lane street. Just me. And my little camera.
I stood quietly on the empty sidewalk taking pictures of the Code Pink protest at Walter Reed. The one that used to be at the main entrance to the hospital, until they forgot to renew their permit for that location.
Now, they've taken to infesting a location down the street, in front of a small sidewalk park, but still in front of the hospital.
I had gone down alone, with my camera and tripod to document their little public protest.
I had less than a minute's peace to take photos before Allison Yorra and Ann Wilcox of Code Pink came across and told me that I would have to leave the empty sidewalk, across the street from their protest, because they had a permit for where I was standing.
I told them I wasn't disrupting their protest across the street, and that I was holding no signs but simply taking photos. They told me that I was not allowed to be there, and that the police would remove me. I encouraged them to call the police, because I wasn't demonstrating in their protest area, just taking photos, in their protest area where they weren't protesting. They initially declined to call the police, preferring to "handle it themselves."
By now, "Princess", Weasel and some guy with a black beret had joined Allison and Ann around me. They began to block my camera, which was focused on their public protest across the street. No matter which way I turned, there was Allison and her bully-boys.
So I stepped off the sidewalk and into the curb lane of the street, where MPDC does not issue permits unless the road is closed. Allison and the bullies quickly followed. I'd move. They'd move in front of me. I'd move again. They'd again block my view.
Here are a few photos I took:
Allison Yorra - Code Pink
Allison and "Princess" who both love to call our president a fascist, as they freely protest at a military hospital and try to bully a lone photographer.
Weasel scurries across the street to join in the leftist fun and games.
Allison's good side
I got lots of photos like this. Y'know, for a woman whose organization loves to sneak into places like the Dem and Republican conventions, the John Bolton hearings, various Rumsfeld hearings and events to unfurl banners and disrupt the events for the fawning MSM cameras - she sure does seem to dislike this camera operator.
Allison has help from Black Beret Guy to stop me from taking photos of their public protest.
Black Beret Guy and Ann Wilcox of Code Pink.
Allison and "Princess" - Her profile is definitely NOT her good side.
Allison got really bent out of shape when the other camera folk came down to film their gang assault on me. In a fit of anger, Allison Yorra yelled at us, calling us a bunch of nobodies and that nobody reads our blogs.
How are you doing out there, Rabid Ralph?
Hi, Albion! I am doing great and loving life! It's beautiful up here and 30 cars on the street is rush-hour. LOL! How are you doing?
You are Very brave!
Be careful to keep them at arms length!
I saw a few signs yesterday in Claremont, Ca. They read
"WE LOVE OUR TROOPS, BRING THEM HOME"
I wanted to stop and ask, "From where? Korea? Germany? Japan?" Etc.
It will be great to see you.
Ms.TsglTakoma-You are my hero. You done good. Thanks for for the update.
you are good!
In all seriousness, I went down there alone just to take photos, like I had last week when I went down to the same spot. I didn't take a sign with me and I didn't yell at them last week or this week. When they started yelling across the street at me last night, I didn't respond. It was just me and my camera.
I purposely didn't bring anyone else with me, so I could quietly take photos and not "disturb" the Moonbats in their habitat.
If they hadn't made such a scene last night, I would have been able to take my photos in two or three minutes and been gone.
But they were still smarting from losing their prime real estate the week before, and they were itching to cause trouble. So much so, that when I stepped off of the sidewalk onto the street, they continued to harass me. Their permit covers the sidewalk but not the street, so I was no longer in their disputed territory.
bump to the top!
Er, what blogs? Oh! this blog! Well it's already reached 3501 unique views and it's only 8 hours old.
Good. Now all was neesd is a doberman with a spiked collar and he can stand wherever the hell he wants! Guarenteed no one will bother him!
Sure, supporting the troops is important, but don't conservatives believe in taking the high road anymore?
I think conservatives should expend their energies engaging in reasoned discourse in the marketplace of ideas, not engaging in a bazaar of 60's-style street theatre of the absurd and militant tactics . . . against big, fat, old, irrelevant losers. Conservatives should stand for ideas, values and principles, (like the annual March for Life,) not against this or that puny, insignificant group of radicals. Why? Because, over time, developing an addiction to such fringe behavior, and being negatively motivated (embarrass the other; make them look bad; shout them down; intimidate them; stay on the street corner 10 minutes longer than they do, Friday night after Friday night, etc.) warps the individual.
You're only affirming them by reacting to them, and feeding their need to be noticed. In the process, you may become like them.
Around my house the step stool is my friend. I've hit that point in my life where I've begun to shrink. My grandmother was around 4'-6" tall when she died at 102 years old.
JJ: I am
US: I am
Yeah, right, Ann. One person with a camera, 60 feet away from your protest, was such a confrontational and threatening move.
bump to the top!
My kids bring books with them when we go anywhere, because they know Mom stops all the time and takes photos of the darnedest things.
Now, if I was lobbing water balloons across the street and yelling, "Neener, neener, neener!" ... I'd allow you to say I was acting like a four year old.
You are entitled to your own opinion.
I have one ping list that covers all topics.
I'll remove you from my overall ping list.
Great, more drama from them. Did they learn this from the Paris Hiilton School of Attention Whores?
One question for you: Do you ever wonder how many IEDs can be bought and built (in Iraq) with $650,000 (US)?
Probably not a puny or insignificant amount. I have met guys at WRAMC who were recipients of Code Pink's "insignificant" contribution to the Iraqi insurgency.
Last night several carloads of WRAMC folk stopped to talk with us and they were absolutely thrilled to see and hear up-close the response from cars passing by. It's got to do their hears good to know that so many people agree with our pro-troops signs.
See you next week!
Can't say that I heard about Code Pink donating $650,000 to the Iraqi insurgency. Got a link to a story I can read?
No need to feel bad. I went down there to take a few photos and I figured I'd be less of a burr under their saddles if I went alone. It's not like there was a lot to take photos of. I think they only had 10 people there last night. I would have been done and gone in two minutes, had Allison just pretended I was a nobody Washington Post photog. and let me do my thing.
You will let us know when you're back in the area for any visits, right?
Thanks for the kind words, but I didn't go down there and take photos from across the street thinking that it was going to be dangerous or confrontational; and it shouldn't be. There were six lanes of traffic between us. I guess I need to get that new Halliburton satellite cam that can count nose hairs...
From New Orleans.
Heard anything about any festivities in Fayetteville this March???
Please remove me too from the overall pings You are in charge of. I can now find my way around well enough to read and comment on things of my choosing. And the automatic pings bring in a few items I don't wish to be part of my list of reads. Code Pink mostly is one I don't want to keep track of. Thank you.
Next time take reinforcements with you! I don't have to carry a sign, and you shouldn't have that much fun all alone! Please share.
And Jodie Evans (also of Code Pink) blogged from the leftist World Tribunal on Iraq last summer, where the gathered leftists voted to endorse the resistance in Iraq. You can read more on that here, with a link to the mentioned blog page.
They crossed the line when they gave aid to the enemy. IMO
If all they have done is move down the street, maybe we need to FReep that area.
I honestly don't think that they let that permit lapse on purpose. I think that it was a large oversight on their part. Then to add insult to the injury of having lost it to a Freeper is just the kiss of death. I think that they are pissed beyond words because they lost their permit and their rank and file numbers are falling.
Just like Rush says a Lib out of control is really funny to watch. This is givng many of us on FR incredible pleasure to have a ringside seat on the Code pinkos meltdown.
We had a taste of this when we had one of our rallies against Peace Fresno. A church decided to joined us from another little town. I don't mean a few memembers, I am talking the whole church, moms, dads, kids, grandma, grandpa, teens. We outnumbered Peace Fresno Peace by about 20 to 1. That evening was magical. The church brought their risers and their chorus sang God Bless America, and many other songs. They also set up a huge video screen with tapes of Bush speaking about the war on terror.
It took 2 days for my ear to stop hearing honking. Peace Frenso was shaking in their boots, they were literally terrified. After they left we took over all four corners. I don't think that we left until 8:30 that night.
That picture would make a great sign for the next FReep.
They didn't lose it for stealing our sign off the fence on "their" corner, or for lying to the police when he was asking where the sign was. Lying during the investigation of a crime is also a crime. Of course if you talk to any Code Pinkos, since we got the sign back, no crime really took place!
Try to imagine a world where Code pink and other anti war groups were not faced with counter protests supporting the troops.
A world where only their voices reached the ears of our wounded, where those opinions were the only ones they heard.
Imagine the depression that would set in when they questioned their honor and country, and imagine the depths of despair Code Pink could drive them to...
It isn't hard to do, because it has happened before, and a whole generation of vets suffered because of it.
Your story is compelling, and I appreciate it. I just feel a need to challenge fellow conservatives to think twice about devoting themselves to activity that, according to the conservatism of Richard Weaver, Edmund Burke, Russell Kirk, Ronald Reagan, and the like, may be detrimental to the cause and may even, in the long run, warp the person who engages in such behavior.
You say you're making a difference to the soldiers and I believe that. I would never doubt that for a moment. You say aggravating the Pinkos is just an added bonus . . . great! If that were your primary aim, and you were there week after week, trying to outlast a handful of wackos with no life, I'd be worried about you. That's all I'm saying.
I don't really enjoy coming on your thread and playing the gadfly. I just think someone has to keep our movement honest and true to its principles, and, as far as I'm concerned, conservatives ought to avoid 60s-leftist agitator street tactics just as much as they should avoid bullying tactics or distorting the truth to make a point, or lying in the cause of Truth, etc.
If that's not what you guys are about, great. If you find yourself getting addicted to FReeping and start wetting yourself every time you get a 10-second sound bite on C-SPAN or a "shout out" on a blog . . . reexamine your motivation.
(FWIW, I was reacting more to the "FREEPERS WIN!!" thread than to this one.)
WE look forward to it!
We'll try to bring some warm, Floriduh weather with us, but the forecast is mid-20s.
We'll bring some warm FRiendship and a hug or two (and our long johns!). Will that suffice?
The only people whose opinions I care about are our men & women at WR. The rest of your post reads like a load of bubblegum pop psych.
Maybe you could arrange for several people with cameras to arrive at specific intervals, maybe just in time to get pictures of them harassing the previously-arriving photographer.
I can assure you that I actively support the troops,
in person, the last 224 weeks straight.
And will do it again this week, week # 225
You see I'm one of those vets who had no one supporting them.
And anyone that is willing to let that happen really doesn't have any conservative values to begin with.
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