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Wounded Iraq Vet Threatened, Spat on by 'Antiwar' Protesters (D.C. Chapter Report on 1/27/07)
Sunday, January 28, 2007 | Kristinn

Posted on 01/28/2007 5:37:22 PM PST by kristinn

I'm angry. I'm angry at the 'antiwar' protesters who heaped abuse on our troops. And I'm angry at the people who couldn't be bothered to stand up for our troops yesterday.

Tens of thousands of anti-American leftists and their dupes marched on our nation's capital calling for America's defeat in the war on terror in Iraq.

Only about forty people could be bothered to turn out in support of America's victory in Iraq. Among those forty was a civilian POW held by the North Vietnamese communists and several Iraq war veterans--including wounded warriors who left the hospital to stand up for their brothers in arms on the home front.

Why did former POW Mike Benge and Iraq vet Joshua Sparling only find a few dozen people willing to stand with them? Why, as the anti-American left is heading toward repeating their victory in Vietnam, are so many people sitting on their asses and doing nothing to stop them?

Why, when Joshua Sparling was spat on, cursed at and threatened by 'peace marchers', were there so few people there to defend his honor?

Why was Jane Fonda allowed to desecrate the Navy Memorial and only face token opposition?

Why did Mike Benge see thousands more people showing up to cheer Jane Fonda than there were to denounce her?

Those who were there to support these patriots will be posting their observations and photos on this thread. I've said my piece.


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1 posted on 01/28/2007 5:37:24 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn
I'll be the first to say my bad, Kristinn.

I had other things to do that day.

And I should have been down there with you.

2 posted on 01/28/2007 5:41:08 PM PST by dirtboy (Duncan Hunter 08 - rationalization not required, he IS a conservative already)
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To: kristinn
Amen to your words.

For all you too far away, with the Dems in control of both Houses, the excuse of being too far away won't cut it any more. The libs and communists/socialist groups are emboldened.

The U.S.A. needs you now more than ever.

The D.C. Chapter needs you more than ever. We can't do it alone.

I challenge all supporters of the troops and fellow conservatives to come counter an already planned March 17 antiwar rally by the moonbats. They plan to start at the Vietnam Memorial and march to the Pentagon. Organize bus transportation and pick up others on your way in.

Jeez, since not enough people voted to keep Republicans in control of at least one House, the troops and us all are paying for it now.

[Mr] T
3 posted on 01/28/2007 5:41:53 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: kristinn

Ah, more actions from the 1960's edition of the peacenik playbook. Another reason why hippies make me angry.


4 posted on 01/28/2007 5:42:00 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: kristinn

These "anti-war protestors" are among life's losers, and they know it. They know it, and they hate it. That's why they have to denigrate others. It makes them feel important for two seconds.


5 posted on 01/28/2007 5:44:06 PM PST by popdonnelly (Our first obligation is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: kristinn

They had best not spit on a serviceman in my presence.


6 posted on 01/28/2007 5:45:52 PM PST by popdonnelly (Our first obligation is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: kristinn
  1. It's called the First Amendment.
  2. We don't give a damn about their little hissy fits.
  3. Stage a rally specifically for the troops or the flag and you'll see a better turnout.

7 posted on 01/28/2007 5:46:11 PM PST by Enosh
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To: kristinn

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.


8 posted on 01/28/2007 5:46:44 PM PST by at bay ("We actually did an evil....." Eric Schmidt, CEO Google)
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To: Enosh

The First Amendment is not an excuse for spitting on a wounded Iraq vet.


9 posted on 01/28/2007 5:49:25 PM PST by stratman1969 (CLINTON LIED - 3,000+ DIED)
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To: kristinn
Tens of thousands of anti-American leftists and their dupes marched on our nation's capital ...

Tens of thousands? Obviously you're buying into the Washington Post, NY Times numbers ... actual count from more reliable sources put the number closer ... 6 to 8 thousand.

10 posted on 01/28/2007 5:49:35 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: kristinn
And now my AAR.

After spending some time at the regular Saturday AM Olney FReep, I arrived at FR's permitted area to wait for the World Can't Wait afternoon march. Except for GunsareOK, the FReepers who attended the FReep at the Navy Memorial were at lunch so we just tossed barbs at the passing moonbats walking towards the Mall.

My favorite barb, aimed at their "Stop the Expansion" sign, was to thank them for asking Iran and Syria to stop their expansion into Iraq. During the march several moonbats passed by and said something after they passed us. My favorite come back at them was, "Hey ball-less, come back and repeat that". No takers. Maybe it was the Marine Corps flag under the American flag that I was holding that kept them walking, or maybe it was my Clint Eastwood cigars that I was smoking.

The other FReepers, Lurkers and just plain old patriotic Americans started to arrive with the signs and props. While the Hanoi Jane effigy was being hung on a tree, VAFlagwaver and a College Republican got a lesson in erecting the MOAB. It was then secured to a chain link fence that was around a small construction site.

The moonbats started their march right on Mary Jane time, 40 minutes late for regular time. The police escorted the front of the march with a lot of pomp-ass. That's when things started to get dicey.

Our group was separated from the march by orange fencing at the curb and at the sidewalk, with a 15 foot grass area between the two rows of fencing. But the moonbats soon started to go around the fencing and up the sidewalk and on the Park grass behind our line. The sidewalk was so crowded with moonbats that one could not walk in a straight line.

But we kept up our chanting, flag waving and sign holding in the middle of them. Note that at this time there were no police in sight. We were on our own. Behind us, GunsareOK was standing guard over our jackets, extra signs and drinks as moonbats walked by. I kept one eye on him while our group chanted on Doctor Raoul's queue.

A guy on a bicycle stopped at GunsareOK's position and I decided it was time to give him some back up. The guy was just looking to banter with GunsareOK, but Guns appreciated the back up. I stayed with him till the march was over. A little bit after I joined GunsareOK, JoyJoyFrom NJ also came over to help stand guard. By this time there was a constant stream of moonbats in the park walking past our rear guard.

While with GunsareOK, a couple came up to us and thanked us for being there. I told them that we had plenty of extra signs and to grab one. He declined, saying his girl friend didn't want him getting involved in what looked like a scene from Animal House.

After several incidents on the sidewalk between FReepers and the moonbats, the police finally showed up. They were very helpful in keeping moonbats away from our area.

After the police started giving us some cover, the guy with the girl friend, he came over, grabbed a sign and went to our front line till everything was over.

Luckily GunsareOK had his danger radar on high alert. He pointed out four guys in the Park with big sticks about 150 feet from us. BELOW LEFT: three of the guys. BELOW RIGHT: The fourth guy taking a breather.



Guns said the guys were pointing towards us and looked like they were planning something. I'm not sure how these guys caught the police officer's eyes, but the police also thought they looked like trouble. BELOW: The police talking to three of them. Eventually the police had them drop the sticks and leave the Park's premises.



Soon after Jesse Jacka$$ and the others holding a banner passed, an officer from another police force came over to cut down Jane "The Traitor" Fonda from the tree. I explained to him that our permit was for effigies. But he didn't like the idea of it being hung on government property. I asked him if I could take it down to save a good length of rope from being cut and he had no problem with that. So down Jane The Traitor came only to be put up on one end on the MOAB. Not quite so visible and poetic, but she never hit terra firma.

And after the march, the police said there was a suspicious package across the street and we needed to quickly move out of the area. I think that was a good way to get everyone quickly out of there without just telling to leave. After all, we were taking our time and talking while we packed up. And as FR rules state, obey the police.

BufordP - That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

[Mr] T

11 posted on 01/28/2007 5:50:24 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: kristinn

Thank you Kristinn for being there for my son and hubby....you know, we would have been there with you if we ween't so far away....God Bless you for standing against this evil.


12 posted on 01/28/2007 5:52:07 PM PST by mystery-ak (My Son, My Soldier, My Hero........God Speed Jonathan......)
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To: Enosh

We had a Support the Troops Rally this past September and only had a hundred supporters show up. Where were you?

[Mr] T


13 posted on 01/28/2007 5:52:30 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: kristinn
"Tens of thousands of anti-American leftists and their dupes marched on our nation's capital calling for America's defeat in the war on terror in Iraq."

The majority of which were just gullible college kids that were crowded in on old school buses at $50.00 a head. They couldn't care less what they were doing there other than having a chance to see DC on the cheap.

14 posted on 01/28/2007 5:54:05 PM PST by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: stratman1969

Spitting is an assault.


15 posted on 01/28/2007 5:56:41 PM PST by popdonnelly (Our first obligation is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: Earthdweller

They couldn't care less but the MSM do and the terrorist sure got a lot of good propaganda footage.

[Mr] T


16 posted on 01/28/2007 5:56:59 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: popdonnelly
"They had best not spit on a serviceman in my presence"

I'm with you . I'd love to attend these protest but unfortunately, unlike these pig, I work for a living,

Besides I'd end up in jail. I don't think I could resist punching a few of them out just for GP
17 posted on 01/28/2007 5:57:33 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron
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To: Enosh
It's called the First Amendment.


Don't be an idiot. Spitting on someone is not called the First Amendment.
18 posted on 01/28/2007 5:57:34 PM PST by macamadamia
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To: kristinn

I wish that I could have somehow made it all the way to D.C. and back, but that wasn't possible.

That said, most "conservatives" are concerned with illegal immigration (money) and other issues (money, television, beer,...). I've seen firsthand, as most local Republicans/liberaltarians avoided a "Support Our Troops" rally to attend an anti-illegal-immigration rally (money).

The enemy in the War on Terror is patient and even follows a religion of patient, guerrilla warfare (nothing new--no counter-pro-intel-turbo-scalable-enterprise BS). Given the lack of our nation's will to avoid underestimating the enemy fight, we're in for some painful lessons in the near future. ...unless our President can pull even more unprecedented success out of his pool of strategic skills.


19 posted on 01/28/2007 5:57:50 PM PST by familyop (Essayons)
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To: stratman1969
The First Amendment is not an excuse for spitting on a wounded Iraq vet.

Hell no! I was talking about the author's overall statements.

20 posted on 01/28/2007 5:57:59 PM PST by Enosh
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To: trooprally
World Can't Wait :

WCW [Brainchild of former SDS leader [and Maoist] Clark Kissinger and RCP organizer; Kissinger created NION - NION is working closely with the WCW campaign]

WCW for all practical purposes the Revoluntionary Communist Party

To: Rona58 Yesterday's thread about Kissinger's hit list targeting conservatives: thread here 22 posted on 11/02/2005 8:49:34 PM PST by TaxRelief | To 1

21 posted on 01/28/2007 5:58:22 PM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: trooprally

Don't tell me....most of their posters were "preprinted" and pretty much all the same.


22 posted on 01/28/2007 5:59:27 PM PST by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: Las Vegas Ron
Besides I'd end up in jail. I don't think I could resist punching a few of them out just for GP

I managed to make it through the day without getting locked up. :-)

I found the best way to deal with the people leaning over the fence screaming profanity was just to shake my head and laugh. Which made them shriek harder. I'm pretty sure one or two of them popped a blood vessel.

23 posted on 01/28/2007 5:59:44 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Temporarily Posting from Washington DC)
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To: kristinn

It was reported that hundred of buses brought most of these people there. Who is paying for all that and how do all those people get time off to go?


24 posted on 01/28/2007 6:00:53 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: BluH2o; stand watie

To quote stand watie from another thread:

"i've gotten another estimate from my buddy. he says MAYBE as many as 20K in the afternoon "march on the capitol".

his guess of 1500 was for "the AM activity". (mea culpa!)

at EITHER/BOTH "activities", that's an awful lot of IDIOTS, CREEPS, TRAITORS, FOOLS & WIERDOS in one place!!!!

fyi, those "sorts of semi-humans" make me GAG!

free dixie,sw"

[Mr] T


25 posted on 01/28/2007 6:01:19 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: Earthdweller
Don't tell me....most of their posters were "preprinted" and pretty much all the same.

Yep. Stacks and stacks of them, just being handed out to whoever walked by.

26 posted on 01/28/2007 6:01:53 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Temporarily Posting from Washington DC)
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To: kristinn
Now is a dark day in the history of the Republic, good men did not stand up for the cause. It seems that we have forgotten our roots.(FR roots)

I hope you gave them hell!

27 posted on 01/28/2007 6:02:19 PM PST by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire.)
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To: kristinn
"Tens of thousands",so you are saying there was "Tens of thousands"?

I wasn't there,is that true?

28 posted on 01/28/2007 6:03:20 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Bused and horded college kids on sightseeing tours organized by the leftist propaganda machine. I'm sure they gave out preprinted anti-war posters like lollipops.
29 posted on 01/28/2007 6:03:44 PM PST by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: kristinn

I didn't know about it. Sorry. What do people think of organizing a demonstration to support our President and our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan and Somalia? Maybe for this spring?


30 posted on 01/28/2007 6:05:43 PM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: Enosh; kristinn
It's called the First Amendment.
__________________________________________________________

Neither spitting on nor threatening a Wounded Vet can be called free speech.

In my world it would get your @ss kicked sideways!

I'm sorry I wasn't there. I am in Montana so it's a bit far. If there is ever one of these in Helena or Great Falls I will be bringing Mrs Bear for the "Party."
31 posted on 01/28/2007 6:06:12 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: kristinn

http://hotair.com/archives/2007/01/28/lieberman-2008/


32 posted on 01/28/2007 6:06:52 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (We are going to win!))
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To: Earthdweller
And to the best of my knowledge, the moonbats sell the posters. In Olney in September, 2005, they were selling homemade, hand scratched posters for $5.

Maybe we should do that at our Support the Troop Rallys. We wouldn't make much since too many of our people find excuses for not coming to Rallys

I apologize for ranting to you.
33 posted on 01/28/2007 6:07:13 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: kristinn; RaceBannon; johnny7; ThirstyMan

ping


34 posted on 01/28/2007 6:07:48 PM PST by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire.)
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To: kristinn; Just A Nobody
Why...

Well, there was a car show in DC.

Macy's had a sale.

Oh, and the National Review was having some kind of shindig at the JW Marriott, where for an investment of only a few hundred dollars, people were able to rub elbows with conservative celebs.

And the Metro would have been crowded.

And traffic would be a mess.

And it was cold.

And if we ignore them, they will go away.

We'd be screwed if our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines had the same attitude. "Oh geez! It's too cold outside! Well, I'm stayin' in, then."

1,764 registered Freepers flying a DC, MD or VA flag. 40 showed up, and of that number, 1 drove down from NJ, one from Philadelphia, two from NC.

What angers me most is that nearly a dozen of our 40-odd group were members of the military - and most of them were wounded soldiers from Walter Reed. Not only did they volunteer to defend us from enemies overseas, but now, after suffering life-changing injuries, they had to come and defend themselves against the idiot leftists, because everybody else was too wrapped up in their own lives to even give a second thought to defending our troops.

That's very sad.

35 posted on 01/28/2007 6:07:55 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: kristinn

I usually try to stay away from trouble, but DC is too far for me. If it were closer to home I may have attended and kept a low profile.

Kudos to those who attended.


36 posted on 01/28/2007 6:09:58 PM PST by baubau
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To: BluH2o; kristinn

Kristinn was there


37 posted on 01/28/2007 6:10:21 PM PST by digger48
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To: kristinn

Isn't Joshua Sparling the soldier who received that damnable card while he was at Walter Reed?


38 posted on 01/28/2007 6:10:24 PM PST by windchime (I consider the left one of the fronts on the WOT.)
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To: trooprally

I don't understand why the college Republicans are not more organized...low cost bus trips and all. It's a nice incentive and all you have to do is hold a lousy sign.


39 posted on 01/28/2007 6:10:54 PM PST by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: WashingtonSource; All

Please keep an eye on Activism/Chapters in the side bar. There were several threads on this event, and a Support the Troop Rally on the Mall this past September. Only about 100 people showed up in September.

[Mr] T


40 posted on 01/28/2007 6:11:15 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: Little Bill; ElectricStrawberry

PING


41 posted on 01/28/2007 6:12:19 PM PST by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire.)
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To: kristinn

Thank you for everyone who did show up. I can only make to DC a few times a year. I will also admit that I don't go out of town a lot when I have a son deployed.


42 posted on 01/28/2007 6:13:37 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: popdonnelly
Well, I guess it's good you didn't come, then. They did spit on them. And they called them murderers. And a couple of them threatened to shoot them.

Expect to see more of that in coming months. If you don't recall how it went during Vietnam, stick around - it's going to happen this time, too. Because not enough of "the silent majority" give a damn.

Video will be up in a couple of days.

43 posted on 01/28/2007 6:13:43 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: kristinn

Well, my excuse is that I'm out of the country. But honestly, kristinn, I see this endeavor as hopeless. It always takes a crisis or a deep shock to the system -- whether it was Pearl Harbor, Sputnik or 9/11 -- to jolt the American people out of complacency. We wont reform our financially disastrous entitlement programs, we wont cut our oil dependence and we wont get serious about fighting terrorism until we're forced to by a crisis. In the case of the war of Iraq and our Mideast policies in general, I don't believe anything short of another 9/11 -- potentially nuclear next time -- will succeed in combatting the insidious treason of the left and the passivity of the general public. I'm simply waiting for the next terrorist attack. Everything between now and then is noisy distraction and leftists digging their own grave, as far as I'm concerned.


44 posted on 01/28/2007 6:13:59 PM PST by quesney
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To: Earthdweller

I'm not sure why there weren't any more College Pubs there. 20 of them showed up at Walter Reed's FReep several weeks ago, and it was 20 degrees colder.

[Mr] T


45 posted on 01/28/2007 6:14:46 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: SandyInSeattle

You are right. But sometimes......arrrrrgggg!


46 posted on 01/28/2007 6:14:55 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron
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To: Enosh; kristinn
Stage a rally specifically for the troops or the flag and you'll see a better turnout.

Like the one Glenn Beck did at the beginning of this war

kristinn .. Thank you and the DC Chapter for being there

47 posted on 01/28/2007 6:15:33 PM PST by Mo1 ( http://www.gohunter08.com)
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To: Enosh
3. Stage a rally specifically for the troops or the flag and you'll see a better turnout.

HAHAHAHA!!!

Been there, done that. Didn't happen. But, thanks for the laugh.

48 posted on 01/28/2007 6:15:46 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: Las Vegas Ron

I know what you mean. They definitely tried the patience. Mean, nasty, angry little beasties they were.

For some reason our very presence seemed to enrage them. Go figure.


49 posted on 01/28/2007 6:16:46 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Temporarily Posting from Washington DC)
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To: Enosh
Stage a rally specifically for the troops or the flag and you'll see a better turnout.

I see you are new here! BTW, rallying FOR the flag won't make a damn bit of difference if we do not have a country!

50 posted on 01/28/2007 6:16:46 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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