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After Rally Report from Raleigh NC
ME | 3/22/03 | mykdsmom

Posted on 03/22/2003 4:44:09 PM PST by mykdsmom

We had a GREAT turnout for our Rally for America in Raleigh today. Crowd estimates are between 500-750 people. The weather was great, the speakers and singers were awesome and awe inspiring.

I am SO PROUD to be an American and part of Free Republic. I can't begin to tell you the dozens of people that came up to us today to thank us for sponsoring this rally.

I'll let all that attended post their reports here and I'll have the pictures up soon.

Freepers in attendence were :
Spacewarp, Wise Counsel, Goosie, Skeet's Wife, Skeet, Howlin, mykdsmom & husband, Freedom'sWorthIt, Constitution Day & wife; Overtaxed, Congressman Billybob, dstarr, Kitsgrits, RightOnline, RightOnline'sWife, Koz, dei23 & wife, kayak & husband, Ann_Archy & husband, wimpycat, 45semi, rrod, Howlin, ncweaver, Bobsbribe.

I apologize if I forgot anyone, we had a really busy day so please forgive me and go ahead and post your name.

MKM


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: march22reports; nc; northcarolina; oldnorthstate; rallyforamerica; unhelpful
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1 posted on 03/22/2003 4:44:10 PM PST by mykdsmom
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To: mykdsmom
Oustanding Raleigh!
2 posted on 03/22/2003 4:46:34 PM PST by Bob J
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To: Overtaxed
Overtaxed,

Did you go to the Chapel Hill rally?
3 posted on 03/22/2003 4:51:01 PM PST by lizbet (Obey God and things will be better for the USA!)
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To: mykdsmom
Just saw the report on CNN. I am SO proud of you guys and NC!!! Good coverage.
4 posted on 03/22/2003 4:51:49 PM PST by ChadsDad
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To: lizbet
Sorry, Gals and Guys, I couldn't make it. :(((((( It is wonderful to know you all went and it went well!!!
5 posted on 03/22/2003 4:52:38 PM PST by lizbet (Obey God and things will be better for the USA!)
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To: lizbet
Nope....I went to the one in Raliegh or MKM and CD would never let me hear the end of it!
6 posted on 03/22/2003 4:52:57 PM PST by Overtaxed
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To: mykdsmom
Reuters took some great shots of your rally -- click here to see.
7 posted on 03/22/2003 4:54:30 PM PST by Interesting Times (Eagles Up! Join the Rally for America...)
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To: mykdsmom
It was a well-done rally. I was there with my brother and his family and it was very good to see the size of this turnout based on the amount of time you had to put it together.
8 posted on 03/22/2003 4:54:34 PM PST by Bismark (Do you understand "fish or cut bait?")
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To: mykdsmom; Constitution Day
It rocked..........and only due to the incredible efforts of you and Constitution Day. We salute you.......:)
9 posted on 03/22/2003 4:58:14 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: mykdsmom
The Rally was wonderful. It was truly inspiring to have a great turnout. I am so pleased that Maha Alattar, from Women for a Free Iraq, was with us. I wish the Anti-War/Anti-Bush crowd would listen to her story.

Alexandra Phillips the 11 year old who sung…wow
Congressman Billybob was fantastic
Jim Snyder as always a true Statesman
Conway Brooks Go 82nd Airborne
Pastor Ron Aldridge gave us an inspirational message
Senator Patrick Ballentine next Governor from North Carolina?
Jerry Agar the ever present voice of reason on WPTF
Susan Mills President of the NC Federation of Republican Women and a fine speaker
Mark and Nikola Pergerson we couldn’t have found better Patriotic Singers

I can't thank mykdsmom, Diane (I can't remember her freeper name) and ConstitutionDay enough for all their hard work.

I saw some news coverage...not as much as I would have thought and News 14 is carrying the Chapel Hill Rally but not ours...maybe they will pick it up yet. WTVD said that we had over a hundred people at the rally technically they are right we did have over a hundred but give me a break!!!

I still haven't come down from the emotional high of the Rally for America.
10 posted on 03/22/2003 4:58:38 PM PST by dei23
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To: mykdsmom
Raleigh Proud Bump!
11 posted on 03/22/2003 5:00:21 PM PST by hnorris
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To: RightOnline; Constitution Day; Skeet; mykids'mom; Howlin
WOW!!!!!

Looks fantastic. Great work form everybody and the pictures IT linked to are awesome!
12 posted on 03/22/2003 5:03:48 PM PST by diotima (FR/FRN SUPPORTS OUR TROOPS!!!!!!!!)
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To: mykdsmom
The friend that was with my mom and me must have written what will be her freep name kind of funny. It should read "bob's babe". No harm done. I still need to check out my pictures. It was great to be up there among so many like-minded people. You and CD did a wonderful job.
13 posted on 03/22/2003 5:04:29 PM PST by dstarr
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To: dei23
I have seen our rally on News 14 and have heard that 11 had something on theirs also. I didn't see 11 there. They must have been incognito.
14 posted on 03/22/2003 5:07:39 PM PST by dstarr
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To: dei23; mykdsmom; Constitution Day
As I told you, this was the most professional production. All of the speakers and singers were tops. Of course my favorite was the more or less Honorable CongressmanBillyBob. We had a great turnout and the number of Freepers was unbelievable. I hope I met everyone but I know I missed Kayak. I hate that.
15 posted on 03/22/2003 5:09:46 PM PST by goosie
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To: mykdsmom
We had it all: perfect weather, great music, inspiring speakers... God is good! Thanks for the hard work in bringing this together. It was AWESOME!!!!

16 posted on 03/22/2003 5:10:19 PM PST by wise counsel
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To: dstarr
News 14 has some info on their site but I can't post the link for some reason...they still can't spell my name correctly.
17 posted on 03/22/2003 5:12:38 PM PST by dei23
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To: mykdsmom
You and Constitution Day put on a TERRIFIC Rally!! It was fun meeting fellow Freepers!!!

Didn't anyone tell all those policemen that we are CONSERVATIVES??? Geesh...we left the place better than we found it!!

18 posted on 03/22/2003 5:12:38 PM PST by Claire Voyant ((visualize whirled peas))
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To: mykdsmom
Sorry for the double post but wanted to report that Jerry Agar's radio station (WPTF) carried ONLY news about the anit-war rally in Chapel Hill. Also, Channel 17 did a 30 second cut on RFA and Channel 11 did 60 seconds. Both seemed a little anemic, but at least they were there. Perhaps our e-mails to them worked!
19 posted on 03/22/2003 5:14:14 PM PST by wise counsel
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To: Claire Voyant
dei23 deserves as much or more credit than we do, he did a lot of the work and has a lot of contact in political circles so he was able to arrange the speakers and a radio interview.

Thanks for the thanks. I'm still trying to upload pictures, please be patient.

MKM

20 posted on 03/22/2003 5:16:46 PM PST by mykdsmom ( Rally for America, Raleigh NC, State Capital Grounds March 22, 2003 12pm-2pm)
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To: dei23
www.news14.com

War supporters gather in Raleigh Updated: 3/22/2003 5:42:16 PM
By: Stephen Conschafter & News 14 Carolina Staff

A supporter of the U.S.-led war holds a sign up high in Raleigh.

Supporters of the war in Iraq staged a rally for U.S. troops Saturday at the state capitol in Raleigh.

People carried American flags and held signs that read "freedom isn't free" and "support our troops."

Some were members of the Free Republic Network and Young Americans for Freedom. The groups called for nationwide rallies praising troops fighting in Iraq.

David Ianucci, a member of the Free Republic, wished the troops a quick and safe return. But while they’re in Iraq, he said he’d be rooting for them.

“We want them to know that we're behind this, behind them,” Ianucci said. “We want them to know that we're thinking about them and that we support what they're doing."

Despite the gathering in Raleigh to support the war effort, thousands marched worldwide to protest the war in Iraq.

In response to the anti-war movement a speaker at today’s event around the capitol building assured folks there that “cheering crowds” will greet American forces as they “liberate” Iraqi cities.

21 posted on 03/22/2003 5:23:53 PM PST by mykdsmom ( Rally for America, Raleigh NC, State Capital Grounds March 22, 2003 12pm-2pm)
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To: mykdsmom
Congrats gang!

Nothing could be finah than to freep in Carolinah!

Leni

22 posted on 03/22/2003 5:27:08 PM PST by MinuteGal (THIS JUST IN ! Astonishing fare reduction for FReeps Ahoy Cruise! Check it out, pronto!)
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To: mykdsmom
Way to go NC FReepers. Eagles up!
23 posted on 03/22/2003 5:36:08 PM PST by anymouse
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To: Bob J
Once you have all the information on all the rallies that took place across the country, I know you'll post that up to FR. Might I suggest that you throw into that thread copies of the press releases sent out for many of those?

Then, well wired Freepers can try to plug the likes of O'Reilly and such? The title is "The Rally that Never Happened," with the irony that DID happen, but as far as one can tell in the lamestream media, it never happened.

Just a thought.

John / Billybob

24 posted on 03/22/2003 5:40:24 PM PST by Congressman Billybob ("Saddam has left the building. Heck, the building left the building.")
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To: Congressman Billybob
Thank you SO MUCH for the inspiring and funny as he!! speech you gave today. You had everyone wrapped around your finger : )

We appreciate you so much and are fortunate you live in our great state and that you are a NC FReeper.

MKM

25 posted on 03/22/2003 5:50:05 PM PST by mykdsmom ( Rally for America, Raleigh NC, State Capital was a huge success with 500 + attending)
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To: *Old_North_State; **North_Carolina; Constitution Day; 100%FEDUP; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; ...
Post Rally Report!
26 posted on 03/22/2003 5:51:07 PM PST by mykdsmom ( Rally for America, Raleigh NC, State Capital was a huge success with 500 + attending)
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To: dei23
I called WTVD to protest their coverage. Stating there were "just over 100" was just plain inaccurate. They said it was from the police official crowd estimates. So, I did a little digging. I called Raleigh PD. They said it was a State Capitol PD thing and so they did no official estimates. I would have to call SCPD. So, I did. And they said they don't do those numbers, RPD does. And if they didn't do them, then the count didn't get done. So, WTVD is officially taking the stance that they got the count from an organization that didn't do one. But, when the Anti-Bush protesters put theirs together, the crowd estimate was not from official sources, but the organizers. Also, the reporterette who did the story, according to WTVD was the one responsible for getting the numbers correct, didn't even attend the rally.

Something stinks like the garbage on Blount Street next to Tir Na Og.
27 posted on 03/22/2003 5:58:28 PM PST by spacewarp
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To: mykdsmom; dei23; Howlin; dstarr
Uploading pictures BUMP
28 posted on 03/22/2003 6:19:25 PM PST by Constitution Day (**RALLY FOR AMERICA: Raleigh, NC - 3/22/03** - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/861481/posts)
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To: mykdsmom
Great rally. My wife took some pictures. Here:
http://theunsucks.com/RaleighforTroops.html
29 posted on 03/22/2003 6:20:59 PM PST by kcar
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To: spacewarp
Take a look at this quote from one of the "Human Shields"

A group of American anti-war demonstrators who came to Iraq with Japanese human shield volunteers made it across the border today with 14 hours of uncensored video, all shot without Iraqi government minders present. Kenneth Joseph, a young American pastor with the Assyrian Church of the East, told UPI the trip "had shocked me back to reality." Some of the Iraqis he interviewed on camera "told me they would commit suicide if American bombing didn't start. They were willing to see their homes demolished to gain their freedom from Saddam's bloody tyranny. They convinced me that Saddam was a monster the likes of which the world had not seen since Stalin and Hitler. He and his sons are sick sadists. Their tales of slow torture and killing made me ill, such as people put in a huge shredder for plastic products, feet first so they could hear their screams as bodies got chewed up from foot to head."

http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20030321-023627-5923r

From UPI
30 posted on 03/22/2003 6:21:15 PM PST by dei23
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To: KOZ.
Ping! For Great Justice.
31 posted on 03/22/2003 6:21:33 PM PST by Constitution Day (**RALLY FOR AMERICA: Raleigh, NC - 3/22/03** - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/861481/posts)
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bump
32 posted on 03/22/2003 6:30:58 PM PST by Constitution Day (Great job everyone!!)
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To: 45semi; mykdsmom
Thanks for the pics 45semi!!

It WAS a GREAT Rally! Constitution Day, Mykdsmom and dei23 did a WONDERFUL job organizing this. I know they were discouraged earlier in the week, but they didn't give up and it PAID OFF BIG TIME!

A special thanks to dei23 for taking responsibility for conducting the rally and keeping everything going.
Congressman BillyBob was fantastic and Jim Snyder very impressive.
We also had some great surprises-
-The 11 yr. old girl was great who sang the song she had written after 9-11 and sang Grand Ole Flag. Would love for the media to give her some air time.
-Then State Senator Patrick Ballentine!! He mentioned he had been at the White House and spoken to President Bush recently which tells me they must be supporting him running
for governor.

EVERYONE WHO COULDN'T COME THIS TIME SHOULD NOT MISS THE NEXT ONE!!!!!




33 posted on 03/22/2003 6:51:21 PM PST by ncweaver
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To: mykdsmom
O.K. I've reported my findings with RPD and SCPD and WTVD. Now, on to the report for the day.

Raleigh Rally Report.

Arriving, I saw dozens of signs up on Hillsborough Street about not parking. So, I pulled into the church where I attend and walked. Since it's only a block, and it was BEAUTIFUL weather for a rally, I decided to walk. I was treated to the sight of barricades and about 150 people in the crowd. I was about 10 minutes early. By the time it started, the crowd had moved up to about 500, and the music was getting people stirred up. Then it started. Moving speeches, lots of fun, great time meeting other Freepers and people who hadn't heard of it before, who have now. Beautiful weather. Great singing. Congressman BillyBob and the "I know what it means to be an American" speech. The very nice lady from the Republican Women with a wonderful speech. The prayer that stirred us all on. Senator Ballentine (who should be our next Governor). Jim Snyder (who I HOPE takes on Edwards and would be our next Senator). The wonderful lady from Iraq who told what it meant to live under the thumb of Saddam. All the signs and banners. The flags. The British flag that two ladies brought. The vet who got up there and I'm sure was wishing he was back in his unit which is right now freeing Basra. I'm sure I'm forgetting some (like Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Agar). The lovely young lady who sang with heart and soul with a very stirring song she wrote herself. The wonderful couple who sang several songs, including Lee Greenwood's God Bless the USA. Wow. I was thrilled to be a part of that. All in all, by the middle, around 1:00 or so, I tried to estimate the crowd. It was enormous. Nearly 1000, if not more. No less than 850. There were people stretched back to most of the barricades in two of the directions.

I've been to some of these types of events before, but not a Freeper event. Once the applause dies down, it's a race to get to the cars. Not this one. Most stayed to mingle, get acquainted, clean up. This was not a trash fest like the corrupt Anti-Bush, Anti-America crowd. When I walked back after the resturaunt, I saw one plastic band from probably the barricades. There was maybe one or two pieces of paper, no more than notepad size. Apparently, the previous group left graffiti on the statues, trash all over and broken glass in the streets and grass.

When Dei23 and I were walking down to his car to take something there, we ran across a Raleigh PD. I asked him about the demonstrators a few weeks before. He just sighed heavily and rolled his eyes. He couldn't comment. But his attitude shift when asked about them was enough to let us know what he meant. RPD found out we weren't like the "other" group. They were prepared if we were. There were snipers on the roofs of a few buildings. It was significant to know that the bad guys rattled them so much that when the good guys came to meet, they needed that precaution. Anyway, it was great meeting some of you in person finally. And when I finish putting it together, I'll post the speech I had been working on presenting. (Since I didn't get to finish writing it, only one person's heard it.)

Paul (Spacewarp)
34 posted on 03/22/2003 6:55:21 PM PST by spacewarp
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To: ncweaver
WB just gave our Rally FANTASTIC coverage. They spoke about the rally for a good two minuites and interviewed Maha on camera...of course they forgot to mention FreeRepublic.com and spoke about the NC Federation of Republican Women but FreeRepublic did appear on a number of the signs they showed.

WB provided the most and best coverage by far!
35 posted on 03/22/2003 7:08:32 PM PST by dei23
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To: Constitution Day; mykdsmom; Congressman Billybob; Howlin; ncweaver
CD and MKM, y'all did a great job putting this together. The weather was perfect, the turnout good, the speakers great, but the media coverage (at least on TV) was minimal.

I saw a great shot of mykdsmom on WPTF's coverage, though. :-)

Congressman Billybob, I don't know if you saw the 3 Marines from Camp Lejeune standing near the back with the Marine and US flags, but they were loving your speech, this Marine, especially. He was marvelling (that's the only way I can say it) at everything you said. They were your Amen Corner. We should have Marines at every rally, because these guys were hollering and "ooo-rah"ing louder and more often than anybody there. They would have led the crowd in some cool cadences if they had had the chance.

The little girl singing was very good. I also liked Jim Snyder's speech.

Howlin, it was great to see you again. ncweaver, I waved at you but you didn't see me. Overtaxed, I must have missed you. I was introduced to a few more FReepers, but I apologize, I can't remember who they were. I had a splitting headache and wasn't up to snuff this afternoon.

36 posted on 03/22/2003 7:08:56 PM PST by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: mykdsmom
ARGH!

I cannot get into the image server... going to bed.

37 posted on 03/22/2003 7:18:49 PM PST by Constitution Day (Great job everyone!!)
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To: wimpycat
Overtaxed, I must have missed you.

I was standing next to ncweaver most of the time. :)

I saw you there at one time but you were gone before I had a chance to come over and talk to ya. Hope you're feeling better now!

38 posted on 03/22/2003 7:20:23 PM PST by Overtaxed
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One more -bump-
39 posted on 03/22/2003 7:20:33 PM PST by Constitution Day (Great job everyone!!)
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To: wimpycat
Sorry I didn't see you wave. I saw you and pointed you out to Overtaxed, but it was during the speeches so just thought I'd get to talk to you later. In fact, I looked for you when we did the group picture but didn't see ya-Sorry you weren't feeling well!
40 posted on 03/22/2003 7:21:21 PM PST by ncweaver
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To: Constitution Day
Me either, having trouble posting pics. I have a splitting headache and am going to bed. I will figure this out tomorrow, ah....I can sleep again.

MKM

41 posted on 03/22/2003 7:22:53 PM PST by mykdsmom ( Rally for America, Raleigh NC, State Capital was a huge success with 500 + attending)
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To: dei23
Great to hear WB is giving us some good coverage! Would love to drown out some of the anti-war crowd!
42 posted on 03/22/2003 7:27:33 PM PST by ncweaver
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To: mykdsmom
I'm so sorry I misssed today's event. I had planned to go and had tried to get as many people there as possible, but at the last minute, it as just impossible to get there. It's good to see the good turnout and looks like you had a great time.
43 posted on 03/22/2003 8:02:28 PM PST by GOP-Pat
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To: wimpycat
Thank you for your report on the reaction of the Marines in the back of the crowd to what I said at the Rally. That means very, VERY much to me. I try to prepare what I say, every time, to reach out to the audience. Those Marines are special folks to reach out to.

Congressman Billybob

44 posted on 03/22/2003 8:07:54 PM PST by Congressman Billybob ("Saddam has left the building. Heck, the building left the building.")
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To: Congressman Billybob
Thanks so much for participating in today's Rally. If I hadn't already known what it means to be an American, I certainly would now after your wonderful speech. It was just great!

God bless you!!!

45 posted on 03/22/2003 8:15:25 PM PST by kayak (Pray for our President, our military, and our troops!)
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To: mykdsmom; Constitution Day; dei23; All
The Rally for America today was outstanding. The program was inspirational from beginning to end ..... the music, the speakers, the singing (that 11 y/o girl was amazing ..... not just her voice and her patriotism but her stage presence and poise!), the emcee-ing. It was all completely top-notch ...... very professionally done!

A big thank you to those of you who organized it .... and to all those who attended. That sort of event certainly makes me proud to be a FReeper .... and a patriotic American!

God bless America!


46 posted on 03/22/2003 8:21:34 PM PST by kayak (Pray for our President, our military, and our troops!)
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To: Interesting Times; mykdsmom
Bump for a great Support our Troops rally and link to Reuters fantastic pictures.....Thank you all.....
47 posted on 03/22/2003 8:24:18 PM PST by daisyscarlett
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To: Congressman Billybob
You did a great job today. It was good seeing you again.
48 posted on 03/22/2003 8:26:27 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: kayak; Howlin; ncweaver; Overtaxed; Constitution Day; All
(Sorry - it's late - so not listing everyone name - again)....But just wanted to say what an honor to be with everyone today. Late WRAL news mentioned the Chapel Hill rally and showed extensive footage and interviews. They did mention our rally, showed about 10 seconds of us with our young wonderful singer heard in the background, mentioned "several hundred" in attendance, and then switched to a violent antiwar protect in NYC for longer coverage!!!! GRRRRRR

Those who attended and those who will receive the photos and info about this rally (our troops) will never forget this outstanding rally put together by a couple of FR heroes! Thanks to Jerry Agar's help and the NC Republicans who put out the word, also, the turnout was as big as it was. And, of course, the publicity here on FR helped mucho.

It was nice to be among those who love our country, who love freedom, who love our troops, and who love our President.

I want to thank the Freeper who had the idea for the "We're With W" sign - took that one. Also, the FR who had the picture of President Bush with the bullhorn and Saddam with the cell phone - and the words - "do you hear me now" - took that one also - thank you!!!! (whoever you are).

I heard more good sense in this one afternoon than I have heard in YEARS from the likes of the biased presstitutes.

God bless our troops, God keep them and their families, and our President and leaders. And thank GOD for our President and for Jim Robinson and this place, this amazing place, Free Republic! (enjoyed meeting all the FReepers I had not met from NC.)

49 posted on 03/22/2003 8:40:00 PM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt
I can only add "Amen" to all that you have said, FWI!

On our way home this evening, we stopped near Burlington for supper. The restaurant had tv sets mounted on the walls. Most were tuned to the NCAA tournament but one that was across the room but directly in front of me was tuned to CNN. I kept noticing all the coverage they had of the anti-war rallies ..... blecchhh! Then all of a sudden I saw video of our Rally! YAY! I have no idea what they said about it but they did have some footage. That really surprised me.

It was so great to finally meet you in person, FWI! That was one of the things that made the day really special!

50 posted on 03/22/2003 8:49:53 PM PST by kayak (Pray for our President, our military, and our troops!)
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