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Crawford Texas CounterFReep Report

Posted on 08/24/2002 6:25:54 PM PDT by DrewsDad

The false peaceniks descended on Crawford Texas to protest President Bush's warnings to Saddam and Iraq. There were roughly 150 protesters gathered in the parking lot of the Crawford Community Center(football stadium) when we showed up. We arrived a bit late thanks to taking the scenic route through Waco and were directed by law enforcement officers arround a series of roadblocks. After indicating that we were peaceful protestors instead of "hecklers", we were directed to a parking area.

We decided to scout out the area first and promptly found the Iraqi sympathizers. Someone in the group noticed a lone woman carrying an America Flag on the other side of a tree line behind some barricades. We approached this brave soul and found Txrangerette holding down the place set aside for the "hecklers".(Apparently, she didn't know the peaceful protestor password)

While we were debating rather or not to drive around to the "heckler" area, Blastus returned to the car, grabbed his sign and started toward the protestor crowd. I think Gracey was being interviewed by the Waco Tribune and others started heading back to their cars to join Txrangerette. Since I rode with Blastus who wasn't moving his car, I grabbed my sign and wandered back to the protestors. Needless to say, a few of them noticed our signs and started swarming around us asking questions. We informed them that we were peaceful protestors exercising our first amendment rights and enganged them in further conversation. For the most part they were courteous but extrememly mislead.

After a bit of discussion, we noticed that the rest of our FRiends had gathered on the other side of the fence in the "heckler zone". On the way back to the car, we saw that Gracey was defying the zoning restrictions a bit and had come a bit closer to the fence. We drove back out to the roadblock and around through a camping area and joined the others in the "heckler zone".

We scouted the area a little bit and were about to join the others behind the barricades when a local Sheriff car pulls up and threatens to "haul us in" if we don't stay in the right area. So we made it to the right place where PetroniDE and Jobshopper were making their presence known. PetroniDE had brought his megaphone and since we were confined to the "heckler zone", we decided to start heckling. Waco-k and her husband joined us and we had a great time in the "heckler zone".

Here is a picture of all our signs and another one of my New Democratic Party Planks sign.

After numerous shouts of "You're helping out the oil companies by driving your cars", "Where's your electric cars", and other chants, we took a group photo and headed back to town.

By that time TheSarce had arrived and we joined her in the coffee shop. President Bush(ok, just a cardboard cutout) was there and joined in the fun.

Overall, a good time was had by all(or at least me) and we gave numerous interviews and let the peaceniks know they won't go unchallenged.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Free Republic; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: bush; crawford; freep; iraq; protest
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1 posted on 08/24/2002 6:25:54 PM PDT by DrewsDad
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To: Gracey; Blastus; waco-k; PetroniDE; jobshopper; TXBubba; TheSarce; txrangerette; basil; ...
It was great seeing all of ya'll there. I gotta run and eat dinner before DrewsMom gets mad.
2 posted on 08/24/2002 6:28:09 PM PDT by DrewsDad
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To: DrewsDad
ah man, I missed it! Are you going up there again anytime soon?
3 posted on 08/24/2002 6:30:45 PM PDT by TxBec
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To: DrewsDad
Thank you for attending the event -- I could not venture out into the heat today, and I'm sorry I missed it.
4 posted on 08/24/2002 6:31:39 PM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: DrewsDad
Home again! Thanks FReepers! Good job!
5 posted on 08/24/2002 6:33:31 PM PDT by txrangerette
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To: DrewsDad
Great job! Great post! And great pictures! With all the flags and banners and the location, looked like y'all were lining up for the Great Battle of Crawford, Texas! Wish I had been there. Hurrah for Texas!
6 posted on 08/24/2002 6:35:56 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: DrewsDad
Thanks for confronting America's enemies. Eagles Up!
7 posted on 08/24/2002 6:38:57 PM PDT by Faraday
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To: Jim Robinson
This is really catching on!
8 posted on 08/24/2002 6:39:59 PM PDT by bluesagewoman
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To: DrewsDad
Your links were GREAT! Thank you for standing up for America. Bless you and all who helped!
9 posted on 08/24/2002 6:40:47 PM PDT by bluesagewoman
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To: Miss Marple; Howlin; rintense
A day in the sun at Crawford Texas.....
10 posted on 08/24/2002 6:44:22 PM PDT by deport
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To: DrewsDad
Way to go DUDE! Great job!

Howz my little buddy?

11 posted on 08/24/2002 6:44:25 PM PDT by Bigun
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To: DrewsDad
Hi Gracey! You're looking grate!
12 posted on 08/24/2002 6:45:36 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: DrewsDad
Howdy, I'm hoping my hubby Blastus will post some of his conversations with the peaceniks later. They were pretty interesting!
13 posted on 08/24/2002 6:47:24 PM PDT by TXBubba
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To: DrewsDad
Great job! We have a bunch of folks needing direction from adults today.

Gracey is aptly-named....waving the flag with that big, beautiful grin...."Bravely" and "Disarming," too. (^:

14 posted on 08/24/2002 6:50:58 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: DrewsDad
Bump for America.


15 posted on 08/24/2002 6:52:13 PM PDT by Dubya
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To: Dubya
Thanks folks. I wish I had been there with you. Keep up the good work.

Let's Roll.
16 posted on 08/24/2002 6:56:12 PM PDT by Stars&StripesNE
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To: DrewsDad; McLynnan
DANG! I missed it. I was supposed to be out of town this weekend, but plans changed and I forgot about this. I should have been there. McLynnan, did you make it?
17 posted on 08/24/2002 7:01:19 PM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: TADSLOS
McLynnan had company. They weren't the
FReeper type, she said...
18 posted on 08/24/2002 7:07:59 PM PDT by txrangerette
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To: txrangerette
They weren't the FReeper type...

LOL! Yeah, I can relate to that.

19 posted on 08/24/2002 7:14:58 PM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: DrewsDad; txrangerette; ValerieUSA; TADSLOS
Terrific pictures and I wish I could have been there. Proud of all of you for defending the cause and enduring the stifling heat. We had old friends in town who were setting their daughter up at Baylor or I would have come out for a while.

Isn't the Coffee Station with the cardboard cutouts and pictures a hoot? Did you eat there? The food is darned good for cafe food!

Valerie, don't feel bad. I'm the biggest heat wimp in the world and don't know if I'd have been able to handle it today for more than a little while even if I'd been free. If there's another summer Crawford FReep maybe you and I can do something on a consultant basis from the air conditioned Coffee Station.

20 posted on 08/24/2002 7:23:30 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: TADSLOS; txrangerette
They weren't the FReeper type...
LOL! Yeah, I can relate to that.

LOL, they REALLY aren't the FReeper type. Totally apolitical people. I love them dearly but will never understand how anybody can be totally indifferent about politics.

21 posted on 08/24/2002 7:26:18 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: DrewsDad
RIGHT ON
22 posted on 08/24/2002 7:35:00 PM PDT by 1234
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To: DrewsDad
I knew this was going to be a great report when I clicked on the thread. Thanks so much for posting this.

I love the fact that we're not allowing the "protesters" to be out there without an answer.

23 posted on 08/24/2002 7:59:33 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: DrewsDad

Good job YA'LL ~


24 posted on 08/24/2002 8:09:31 PM PDT by bobbyd
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To: DrewsDad
Gee, I wanted to be at this freep so bad I could taste is! I had all the plans in place to be there, but suffered a little set back, healthwise, and have been confined to my house, for the most part until Monday, when I go in for more tests.

Having said all of that, it looks like ya'll did a SUPER JOB without me--as I knew you would. All of you make me proud to be a Texan. I can't wait until our next H.O.T. chapter meeting so I can hear all the nitty-gritty details!

25 posted on 08/24/2002 8:21:44 PM PDT by basil
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To: Jim Robinson
These positive Freeps are really a wonderful way to represent Free Republic and so much fun to do!!

Thanks Texans, we Freepers from Jeb's State thank you!!
26 posted on 08/24/2002 8:27:16 PM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: DrewsDad
Good report! The area is lovely! Doesn't it make you feel good to support the President and the war on terror against such anarchists? Love the coffee shop photos!
27 posted on 08/24/2002 8:35:15 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: DrewsDad
One of the peaceniks I engaged was from the socialist workers organization. I told him that 'socialist worker' sounded like an oxymoron. I related that most of the socialists I work with are quite wealthy, yet feel they are one with the common man because they drive a lower end BMW. We agreed his socialist pals did not run in the same circles as my co-workers. He told me that his organization was trying to free the worker from the social and economic limitations of capitalism and he wanted workers to be free to control the means of production and their own destiny. I suggested that our existing form of government already allowed that process to thrive - it is called entrepreneurship. We also discussed the unfair income tax policy and I suggested that he was free to send in more money to the government. I doubt he has ever paid income tax. As with all of the encounters we had, the peaceniks were friendly and not threatening like many of the knee jerk liberals in Austin. Blastus
28 posted on 08/24/2002 8:54:24 PM PDT by TXBubba
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To: DrewsDad
A Rasta with a red white & blue face offered a 'peace chant' CD. We discussed how all of us would be shot if we were in Iraq because 'we' were participating in a protest about the government policy. I pointed out that Christians are being repressed all across the Muslim world, yet it was never discussed in public. I said I was sure they covered that already in their speeches, but I missed it because I was late arriving. He actually brought up Christian persecution in the Sudan and that they still practiced slavery of blacks and whites! He wanted a $10 donation for the CD. I wonder if he has a sales tax ID….Blastus
29 posted on 08/24/2002 9:09:45 PM PDT by TXBubba
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To: DrewsDad
The peaceniks were mostly Nader/LaDuke leftovers, not many demonrats, (probably all out filling out absentee ballots for Ron Kirk). Most drove alone, they did not carpool or take light rail in from Houston or Dallas. They were lousy singers - surprising for a bunch of liberal arts dropouts. The weakest cover of 'we shall overcome' I have heard. Avoiding red meat has taken its toll on these folks! Most of the vehicles were late model cars, the non AC equipped VW bugs were left home in the collective garage. They were drinking Ozarka water from plastic bottles, not Barton Springs water from free range goatskins. Blastus
30 posted on 08/24/2002 9:11:22 PM PDT by TXBubba
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To: basil
Sorry to hear that basil. I had the delight of making your acquaintance way back when Ol' Al was trying to steal Florida. As a matter of fact, I was just telling California about that.......http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/738709/posts?page=181#181

Hope you are back to 100% real soon!
31 posted on 08/24/2002 9:16:53 PM PDT by SteelTrap
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To: McLynnan
That sounds like a plan. Support the Pres and have a burger, too. *L* The rough life.
32 posted on 08/24/2002 9:19:44 PM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: DrewsDad
Good Job Keep up the Good work
33 posted on 08/24/2002 9:25:46 PM PDT by RMrattlesnake
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To: DrewsDad
Well Done From the Great Northwest!

Okay Seattle!
34 posted on 08/24/2002 9:26:38 PM PDT by cmsgop
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To: DrewsDad; basil; Gracey
HOT CHAPTER:

Great report and pictures! It was so good to meet the members of the HOT Chapter when I visited in June. You guys do good work and look great, too! I hope to be back in your neck of the woods in October. FReep On! FReepers -- We're Everywhere!

Ms. basil -- so sorry to hear you weren't feeling well. Hope you got my message about the package to arrive on Monday. It'll make you smile. Take care now.

35 posted on 08/24/2002 9:44:34 PM PDT by Angelwood
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To: cmsgop
What? It's our turn? ;0)
36 posted on 08/24/2002 9:48:53 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: DrewsDad; hellinahandcart; newwahoo; Dutchy; RaceBannon
great Freep bump!
37 posted on 08/24/2002 10:02:41 PM PDT by Yehuda
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To: DrewsDad
Loved the photos.....loved the report.... I love FReepers!
38 posted on 08/25/2002 12:59:52 AM PDT by WaterDragon
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To: PetroniDE; DrewsDad; Gracey; txrangerette; TheSarce; waco-k; All
Great job! I really, really wanted to make this one. I hope the folks in Crawford appreciated having a few "friendlies" in town.

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Flyer

39 posted on 08/25/2002 2:19:43 AM PDT by Flyer
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To: TXBubba
They were lousy singers - surprising for a bunch of liberal arts dropouts.

As a singer myself, this line really made me laugh. :-]

You TX FReepers rock!

40 posted on 08/25/2002 2:24:30 AM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: TXBubba
Amazingly, there was a lot of press people there, AND they were all familiar with FREEREPUBLIC.COM.
God bless America, Eric
41 posted on 08/25/2002 2:58:20 AM PDT by jobshopper
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To: DrewsDad; Gracey; Blastus; waco-k; PetroniDE; jobshopper; TXBubba; TheSarce; txrangerette; basil; ..
please, please, please ping me the next time you plan to head up there again :)
42 posted on 08/25/2002 6:58:08 AM PDT by TxBec
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To: DrewsDad
Thanks for what you do - and the pics worked fine here. bttt
43 posted on 08/25/2002 7:02:22 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: DrewsDad
Looks like you guys had a great day.....

Note to all Freepers..... Check out the photo "All"

This photo depicts what others see. There are some signs with big bold letters. These signs convey a message. There are other, smaller signs with small, unbold letters. These signs can't be read. They convey no message.

The purpose of this critical note is..... BE BIG and BE BOLd with your signs.

Wish I could have been with you.

44 posted on 08/25/2002 7:11:57 AM PDT by bert
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To: DrewsDad
AH DrewsDad, we had planned to attend, but things at the ranch got a little out of hand and we had to straighten it out. We did. But I was so irritated by the whole thing, I could have stuck the "problem" in a stock tank. I'm so sorry we missed it, even Roomey was looking forward to the Crawford trip and meeting more Freepers. We're glad to hear the freep was a success.
45 posted on 08/25/2002 7:21:51 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: Dubya
Should we also help him get amnesty for illegals? Should we applaud him for doing nothing to protect our borders? Tens of thousands of American troops scattered around the world and none protecting us? Sorry, but the man is not interested in protecting this country.
46 posted on 08/25/2002 7:57:53 AM PDT by gaffin
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To: DrewsDad; Gracey; Blastus; waco-k; PetroniDE; jobshopper; TXBubba; TheSarce; txrangerette; basil; ..
Wanted to let all of you know that today's Waco Tribune Herald featured the protest on the front of the Local section, but unfortunately it wasn't posted in their online edition that I can find.

There is a picture of a woman I believe is TxRangerette, and a man who (based on the name) I assume is PetroniDE carrying American flags. Another larger picture shows the opposition with a young man wearing a nose ring prominently in the forefront.

The article is rather lengthy and I'll try to hit some of the high points for you:

Police estimate about 300 people attended, and there were no arrests or major incidents.

The protesters said the event "was a chance to raise perspective on U.S. policy in the Middle East that rarely makes it into mainstream media coverage". A protestor named Robert Jensen, identifed as a UT journalism professor said the war on terrorism is "being used as a pretext to project U.S. power into the Middle East and parts of Asia that are oil-rich regions."

A couple from Dallas say "Bush is alienating all of our allies. He's just a bully."

Now for the good part!

"A handful of counterprotesters (that's all of you!) gathered.....in Tonkawa Falls park....As speakers were bashing Bush.....the counter-protesters, who identified their group as FREE REPUBLIC used a megaphone to yell taunts across police tape and barbed wire.

"A woman from Abilene, who asked not to be named (TxRangerette is this you????) recited the lyrics to Lee Greenwood's 'Proud to be an American' several times through a bull born. Houston resident (I'm redacting the name -- believe it is PetroniDE) said he came to Crawford to show his support for the president and the country in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

"We heard they were going to have an anti-war protest, which is just a code word for anti-Bush and anti-America, he said. Don't these people realize we are still hurting from Sept. 11? A lot of people have apparently forgotten what happened that day and before on the (USS) Cole and when our embassies were bombed. This has been going on a long time, and we don't need to send any message that makes it appear our resolve is wavering."

The article goes on the discuss caravans of bikes, cars and buses who attempted to travel to the president's ranch and were turned away at several roadblocks. Then the protestors presented McLennan County Sheriff Larry Lynch with a petition denouncing a possible war with Iraq. Hadi Jawad, one of the event's organizers said he considered the event a success. "We mobilized people from all over the state to participate......we really made some connections, and I think the beginning of a strong network to oppose a war in which the U.S. would stand alone."

If any of you are interested in obtaining the full text of the article, the reporter/writer's email address and phone number are listed with the article. FReepmail me and I will pass it on to you. Apologies for any typos and incorrect quotation marks. Please ping anybody I missed as I lifted names off this thread with no clue how many others might have attended.

47 posted on 08/25/2002 11:56:06 AM PDT by McLynnan
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To: McLynnan
"We mobilized people from all over the state to participate......we really made some connections, and I think the beginning of a strong network to oppose a war in which the U.S. would stand alone."

Yup, the battle has just begun. The hippies and marxists are reuniting. They're not going to get away with it this time.

48 posted on 08/25/2002 12:02:00 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: TXBubba
They were drinking Ozarka water from plastic bottles, not Barton Springs water from free range goatskins. Blastus

Now that pi$$es me off. Don't they know how many trucks have to haul that water to its destination? And Austin water is great. Let them come up to Midland, where our water is pumped in rusty pipes from 200 miles away, and then they can drink bottled.

49 posted on 08/25/2002 12:11:05 PM PDT by stands2reason
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To: Jim Robinson
Yes, you should see the picture of these lunatics. The man in the forefront with the nose ring is named "Cri" and looks like a true nutcase. His eyes are closed as if in prayer against the evil Bush; his right hand is raised in a gesture of peace; his left arm appears heavily tattooed, and his flowing locks are pulled back by a headband. Just noticed he also has a lip ring and a dog collar. The FReepers, however, look nice, neat, sane and normal and are surrounded by the red, white and blue. Wish the paper had these pictures online for all to see. If anybody REALLY wants to see them I'll see if I can get some technical teenage help to scan and post them tonight.
50 posted on 08/25/2002 12:12:53 PM PDT by McLynnan
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