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Conflict draws protesters to Fresno intersection (There were more supporters than "protesters")
The Fresno Bee ^ | 7-22-06 | By Erik Lacayo

Posted on 07/22/2006 10:35:25 AM PDT by Enterprise

Demonstrators waved signs and flags to express their views on the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah on Friday afternoon at Shaw and Blackstone avenues in Fresno.

About 50 people gathered at 5:30 p.m. at one corner of the intersection to support Israel. About 15 people were at the other side of the street to protest Israel's military campaign in Lebanon.

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TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Culture/Society; Free Republic; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: 2006israelwar; aar; fresno; fresnobee; fresnofreep; proisrael; rally; supportisraelrally; wot
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1 posted on 07/22/2006 10:35:28 AM PDT by Enterprise
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To: Enterprise

I did a head count at 1730 hours and I counted about 13 on their corner, and about 70 on our corner.


2 posted on 07/22/2006 10:36:33 AM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Enterprise
FRESNO RALLY FOR ISRAEL TONIGHT, 7/21
3 posted on 07/22/2006 10:38:11 AM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Enterprise

Good work Ent.


4 posted on 07/22/2006 10:43:14 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

Thanks Mr. Ant.


5 posted on 07/22/2006 10:47:34 AM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Enterprise
Just as you might expect, the Fresno Bee undercounted the pro-Israel demonstrators and overcounted the "peaceniks." They quoted three pro-Islamists and only two from the pro-Israel group, despite the fact that the pro-Islamists were outnumbered by more than five to one, according to your count. Apparently this kind of reporting is in keeping with the MSM's concept of "fair and balanced." Just as you might expect.
6 posted on 07/22/2006 10:56:17 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Enterprise
About 50 people gathered at 5:30 p.m. at one corner of the intersection to support Israel. About 15 people were at the other side of the street to protest Israel's military campaign in Lebanon support Hezbollah.
7 posted on 07/22/2006 11:02:15 AM PDT by Sloth (We cannot defeat foreign enemies of the Constitution if we yield to the domestic ones.)
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To: Sloth

Exactly!


8 posted on 07/22/2006 11:03:37 AM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: justiceseeker93

My vision was partially obscured at times by traffic and people kept moving. 13 was a high estimate, and there could have been only 11. On our side, I started on one end and counted to the other end.


9 posted on 07/22/2006 11:05:36 AM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Enterprise; All

This was my first event. I dragged my wife and 6 year old son on a hot 2 hour drive across the valley to be there. It was 110 degrees outside and we choked on exhaust fumes.

It was a wonderful, glorious day, spent with good people, and making a small but worthwhile difference. I'd highly recommend you try it sometime!

dung.


10 posted on 07/22/2006 11:09:52 AM PDT by Moose Dung (I'll stick this umbrella up your arse and open it.)
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To: Enterprise
Ron Sawl, who was waving Israeli and American flags, said he was driving home from work when he saw the demonstration and decided to join it.

"Israel is our partner against terrorism," he said. "Israel is under siege and they need to know that they have our support."

This gentleman is a Patriot. We would all do well to join in supporting Israel and its fight and ultimate victory over Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorist groups.

11 posted on 07/22/2006 11:12:44 AM PDT by afnamvet (It is what it is.)
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To: Enterprise; Moose Dung; Jim Robinson; JustAmy; All

Thanks to all of you for your support of Israel and your endurance of the Fresno heat. I know what that heat is like having spent over 20 years there.


12 posted on 07/22/2006 11:18:51 AM PDT by afnamvet (It is what it is.)
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To: Enterprise

Looked like a big crowd as I drove by and honked my horn. Man it was hot. It was 110 and it will be 111 today.


13 posted on 07/22/2006 11:34:26 AM PDT by pterional
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To: Enterprise

What afnamvet said. Thank you.


14 posted on 07/22/2006 11:38:01 AM PDT by voiceinthewind
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To: Enterprise; jan in Colorado; Txsleuth; Apple Blossom
Thank you for being there to support Israel!

The usual formula used in reporting the turnout is to take the antis and multiply by three, while dividing by three the number of supporters. The Bee did pretty well, all things considered. ;*)

15 posted on 07/22/2006 11:49:41 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked

Pingaroo!


16 posted on 07/22/2006 12:05:36 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Moose Dung

Thank you again for being there!


17 posted on 07/22/2006 12:06:24 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: pterional
Ron Sawl, who was waving Israeli and American flags, said he was driving home from work when he saw the demonstration and decided to join it.

You are not Ron Sawl I guess.

18 posted on 07/22/2006 12:10:18 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: pterional

You should have stopped and jumped out for a few minutes, waved a flag, and then fled. LOL - thanks though.


19 posted on 07/22/2006 12:10:52 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Moose Dung

Congrats to you and your family on your first FReep! May it be the first of many many more. Thank you for being there!


20 posted on 07/22/2006 12:11:26 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: afnamvet

Thanks. You escaped from Fresno. (Lucky dog.)


21 posted on 07/22/2006 12:12:36 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Enterprise

Will there be photos???


22 posted on 07/22/2006 12:13:01 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Just A Nobody

I know that a lot of photos were taken, but I'm not sure if they will get posted. (Crossing my fingers)


23 posted on 07/22/2006 12:16:17 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Enterprise

Yeah but we come back (Clovis) every month or so. I don't know about the lucky dog part. With the heat, I'm just a dog.


24 posted on 07/22/2006 12:24:41 PM PDT by afnamvet (It is what it is.)
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To: Moose Dung; Enterprise; notpoliticallycorewrecked; Jim Robinson; JustAmy; Syncro
...It was 110 degrees outside and we choked on exhaust fumes...

It was great to meet you, Moose. Hope you're planning on coming to the FResno picnic in September.

It was hot, the perspiration was rolling off like sweat, but I can't help but think of our nephew over in the Tikrit area. 110 degrees is about the coolest part of the day for him and his soldiers. We were cooking, but we got to go home when we were done. He'll be coming home in November. The two hour drive was well worth it imho.

May God Bless and Protect our troops! May He continue to watch over Israel.

25 posted on 07/22/2006 12:27:06 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Diver Dave

Thanks Dave, and my prayers for your nephew.


26 posted on 07/22/2006 12:28:07 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Enterprise
(Crossing my fingers)

I'll do the same! Please ping me if they get posted.

Prayers for Israel.Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

27 posted on 07/22/2006 12:30:17 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Diver Dave
I forgot. When you come S/B 99, just past the Belmont exit is the off ramp to E/B 180. Take E/B 180 a couple of miles to N/B 41. Take 41 to Shaw, and go West to Blackstone. It's a little longer in terms of mileage because it takes you south of Shaw, but it will take a lot of the aggravation away,

On the return trip, take S/B 41 and take the Kerman/Mendota exit to W/B 180. Stay in the #3 lane, and it will take you to N/B 99. You will need to move over before you get to the on ramp because it splits before you get to the on ramp, with the left lane going to S/B 99 and the right lane leading to N/B 99.

28 posted on 07/22/2006 12:33:38 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Just A Nobody

Will do, I promise. Syncro and notpoliticallycorewrecked were the chief photographers from FreeRepublic and I hope they are able to put up photos.


29 posted on 07/22/2006 12:35:02 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Enterprise

Thanks for those directions. I'll use 'em next time I come down.


30 posted on 07/22/2006 12:38:30 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Enterprise; afnamvet; Arthalion; ATcohiba; bagster; bannie; bgone; Clovis_Skeptic; Conlan; DB; ...

Thanks for posting the thread, Enterprise.

It was great out-numbering the Peace Fresno kooks for a change.

Though the heat was awful, we had a good showing from Freepers. Lots of cold water was available.

FReepers in attendance were .....
Jim Robinson and Sheila
Enterprise
Syncro
Diver Dave
notpoliticallycorewrecked
Moose Dung, his wife and child
Stuart Weil
Sabra 4 Bush and her husband
JustAmy
FriendAnn
PrissyMissy

If I missed anyone, Speak Up!

About 55 people from the Jewish community were in attendance with signs supporting Israel's right to defend herself.

Plenty of American and Israeli flags were flying and we were well received by the passing motorists. Of course, the obligitory nut showed his support for the terrorists by giving us the one fingered salute while showing us he had mastered the English language.

Fresno City Councilman, Jerry Duncan stopped by to thank us for being there and to let us know that our military knows we are there and that they appreciate us.

Enterprise brought an Easy Up and it was a big help in providing an escape from the sun.

I did not take any pictures last night, but Moose Dung and Syncro snapped a few. Anyone who has pictures, please add them to the thread.




31 posted on 07/22/2006 12:39:51 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: Enterprise

That is the kind of ratio we love! thanks for the report Enterprise & thanks to all the FResno FReepers for supporting Israel!

Looking forward to pix...


32 posted on 07/22/2006 12:51:42 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Just A Nobody

Love that graphic!

Snatched!


33 posted on 07/22/2006 12:52:50 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: JustAmy
I was UA, but it sounds like a great turnout and typical Bee reporting.

Way to go!
34 posted on 07/22/2006 12:56:58 PM PDT by tongue-tied (Go Cubs!)
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To: Moose Dung

Thank you, and please extend my thanks to your wife and son for standing tall for our freedom.


35 posted on 07/22/2006 12:57:07 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: Enterprise; Syncro
Syncro and notpoliticallycorewrecked were the chief photographers from FreeRepublic

Thank you!

SYNCRO would NEVER FORGET to ping ME!!! ;*)

36 posted on 07/22/2006 1:09:22 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: DollyCali

I'm glad you liked it! Feel free to use it...I have no idea where I snagged it from! ;*)


37 posted on 07/22/2006 1:11:16 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: tongue-tied

Mark your calendar for Sept 8th and 9th.

Our annual picnic will be the 9th and we always have a Troop Rally the evening prior.

We are hoping for a large showing on the 8th. If it works out, it will be a wonderful experience. Try to join us.

Mark your calendar for both days.


38 posted on 07/22/2006 1:12:49 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: Jim Robinson; Enterprise; Syncro; Diver Dave; notpoliticallycorewrecked; Moose Dung; stuart weil; ..

Thanks to each and every one of you for coming out in oppressive heat to support Israel in the cause against Islamofascism!


39 posted on 07/22/2006 1:36:52 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Enterprise

Good job all.


40 posted on 07/22/2006 2:04:56 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (New York Times? Get a rope!)
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To: Jim Robinson; Enterprise; Syncro; Diver Dave; notpoliticallycorewrecked; Moose Dung; stuart weil; ..

I am so pleased to see such a good turnout for this. Sure wish JK and I could have been there. Especially sorry I missed you, DD and Syncro, because of the driving distance it isn't often that you can come to our rallies.


41 posted on 07/22/2006 2:49:06 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: Enterprise

Hardly any of you patriots even mentioned the usual valley heat. I was stationed at Castle AFB three times, all for rather short periods, but one of those in the early eighties, a record was set for the number of days over 100 degrees. IIRC it was up in the 50's or 60's the number of consecutive days over 100. Great report, thanks.


42 posted on 07/22/2006 3:46:21 PM PDT by wita (truthspeaks@freerepublic.com)
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To: Enterprise

43 posted on 07/22/2006 4:00:31 PM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: wita


Hey .... its a dry heat. :)


44 posted on 07/22/2006 4:01:28 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: JustAmy

We marked our calendar for Sept 8th & 9th. We come toFesno/Clovis at least monthly. Myself anf wifeofafnamvet will be there Lord willing. Please ping or FReepmail me the details. Thanks Amy.


45 posted on 07/22/2006 4:05:53 PM PDT by afnamvet (It is what it is.)
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To: JustAmy

Fesno/Clovis=Fresno/Clovis.......111 degress on our deck here in Rocklin.


46 posted on 07/22/2006 4:09:20 PM PDT by afnamvet (It is what it is.)
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To: afnamvet
degress=degrees..Sorry, it's the HEAT.
47 posted on 07/22/2006 4:11:13 PM PDT by afnamvet (It is what it is.)
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To: JustAmy

Yes I hear you. Wish I had heard you while I was sitting in the unairconditioned greenhouse (cockpit) at the end of the runway at Castle. After takeoff, the airconditioning worked just fine, but not on the ground. I remember opening any door from an airconditioned space, and that dry heat would slap you right in the face.


48 posted on 07/22/2006 4:15:13 PM PDT by wita (truthspeaks@freerepublic.com)
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To: afnamvet

I've added you to my picnic ping list and also to my Fresno ping list.

We don't have any details worked out yet but I will send you freepmail of what we have.

It will be great to meet you and wifeofafnamvet.


49 posted on 07/22/2006 4:17:08 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: JustAmy

Thankyou Amy for all you do.


50 posted on 07/22/2006 4:22:34 PM PDT by afnamvet (It is what it is.)
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