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RENO, NV RALLY 4 AMERICA - Crashing the Peaceniks Party
myself | 3/22/03 | BossLady

Posted on 03/22/2003 10:36:51 PM PST by BossLady

RALLY FOR AMERICA IN RENO MADE TO LOOK LIKE MAJOR CONFRONTATION WITH PEACENIKS - AS POLICE STAND ACROSS THE STREET CALMLY WATCHING


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Free Republic; News/Current Events; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: march22reports; nevada; rally; reno
Kelli Baines and I had worked on this rally for over a week. We had such wonderful reaction and pre-rally press from KOH Radio and the Rusty Humphries Show. Imagine our surprise to have over 250 show up for the rally starting out at West Street Plaza then, somehow, ending up several blocks away at the Federal Building where around 50 peaceniks were gathered.(Although press reported 150 peaceniks, apparently they all went to the Republic of Saddam Hussein School of Mathematics.)

We purposely held the rally at the plaza to keep a positive voice and forum for all involved. A few US supporters decided to march over to the Federal Building, then about 100 people followed them. I let leaders of the defectors know we are not permitted to rally there. That did not bother them!

Several minutes later, I went over to the Federal Building to check up on what was going on as I had gotten word that it was turning into a serious confrontation. When I got there, it was a couple guys yelling at each other. Most of our rally supporters just ignored the peaceniks and just started shouting U.S.A. and waving signs and flags.

There was several new outlets at the rally inlcuding KOH with talk show host Monica, Associated Press reporter Scott Sommer (remember that name), Reno Gazette-Journal Reporter and Channel 2 newsbabe. I was interviewed as was Kelli by all news outlets. We promoted FreeRepublic.com and kept things positive as we were there supporting our troops, America and our president, not there to bash others.

I met so many wonderful people at the rally. A gentleman who has had 3 generations of family in every war since WWII. Eight of his brothers fought in 3 wars and now his grandsons are in Middle East. We had several WWII vets wearing their jackets and hats waving flags. I was so proud to have them there.

A local Veteran Biker Club showed up to show their support, a couple of them were interviewed on site by Monica from KOH.

We had women with children in strollers; their toddlers holding signs saying, 'My Daddy is a Proud Marine'. There were African Americans, Latinos, Phillipinos all standing with us chanting and urging cars passing by to 'honk' for our troops.

A lovely woman named Tara Lee Bertucci came down to thank us and participate in the rally. She started a letter writing campaign for our troops several months ago. Tara said anyone could email her to find out more: tara@usadvantage.com.

I met the peace protest organizer, Dan. I walked up to him and made sure he knew I did not plan on coming over to the Federal Building. I told him that things seemed to be under control so far and that part of living in America is tolerance and all of us living together under the banner of freedom. He was not a part of the commie organization ANSWER but a local anti-war group. He started preaching at me about getting educated (my boyfriend was standing nearby ready for me to jump on the guy at that point, but I kept my cool). I told Dan I was educated enough to know that freedom is what makes it all happen. Without that, none of us would be here.

Late in the rally, peaceniks started to show themselves. Several women were crying, a young priest was praying with others while facing some of the Pro-US supporters. Unwashed girls in their 20s carrying flowers and 'War is Murder' posters stood huddled together as if we were going to 'break their line' of 4 people. Some of the under 21, unkempt black leather studded 'anarchy' crowd did get harsh words from some vets. One vet asked a kid if he even knew where Iraq was. Another vet wanted to know where he was during the Gulf War and Bosnia. Shouts came out 'he wasn't born yet'!

I felt the Rally for America was a great success and a positive thing for the Reno community. Many were frustrated and annoyed by the peaceniks getting all the press while the 'silent majority' go to work, do everyday things and serve our country.

Once again, news reporters and tv press have painted us as war-mongers, baby-killers and confrontationalists. Articles coming out from the Rally have been negative for us. I am as frustrated as everyone else about this and am forming letters to several news outlets.

The good news is.....the police department let us rally alongside the peaceniks. They stood across the street watching us....some I could see were laughing at the whole scene, some talking on their cell phones, some shaking their heads smiling. But, none of them said a word to us about coming over from the other site without a permit. Maybe that is what it's all about....the Silent Majority speaking without saying a word............

1 posted on 03/22/2003 10:36:51 PM PST by BossLady
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To: BossLady
Trying to post pics...bear....bare....bier....beer with me...LOL
2 posted on 03/22/2003 10:37:35 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: pop-aye; RonDog; Bob J; akbaines; vikingchick
ZING!!!!!!
3 posted on 03/22/2003 10:41:41 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BossLady

4 posted on 03/22/2003 10:43:39 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BossLady

5 posted on 03/22/2003 10:45:33 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BossLady

Organizer and buddies Kelli and Adrian Baines!!!! Aren't they cute???

6 posted on 03/22/2003 10:47:53 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BossLady

US Supporters decide to march to Federal Building.

7 posted on 03/22/2003 10:49:54 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BossLady
Great pictures, and even greater patience with Dan, the useful idiot...LOL
8 posted on 03/22/2003 10:50:21 PM PST by scubadave (Bay Area freeper sez...RENO NV FreepERs ROCK!!!)
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To: BossLady
Great Job!

Thanks
9 posted on 03/22/2003 10:50:34 PM PST by CyberCowboy777 (In those days... Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.)
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To: BossLady

About 100 Pro-Troops Supporters march to the Federal Building.....

10 posted on 03/22/2003 10:52:01 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BossLady

Pro-US ralliers arrive at Federal Building. We're Here!!!!!!!!! We're There!!!!!!! We're Everywhere!!!

11 posted on 03/22/2003 10:54:05 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BossLady

US Flag Jeep Cherokee!!!!

12 posted on 03/22/2003 10:55:30 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BossLady
I took my 3 year old son and was gratified to see so many fellow conservatives had brought their children as well. The young need to experience this. My 3 yr old kept me running in a circle around the plaza and down by the river and after one such lap, I wondered why it seemed the crowd had lost half it's numbers. When I loaded up my boy to leave, I decided to drive by the commie demonstration. At first I was startled at the numbers I saw in front of the Federal Bldg. Fortunately as I got closer I could see that the crowd was Pro-America supporters and I quickly figured out what had happened to our numbers from the Plaza. I did see one rather "earthy" looking mother pulling her daughter away from the Fed. Bldg in tears. I'm sure she thought that the "Crypto-fascists" would be beating down her door shortly. All in all a beautiful day here in Reno.

Crapgame
13 posted on 03/22/2003 10:56:38 PM PST by Crapgame
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To: BossLady

This man brought his family from Sparks early to help us put up yellow ribbons on the trees. He and his wife and daughter were wonderful!

14 posted on 03/22/2003 10:58:23 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BossLady

In the middle of the crowd....

15 posted on 03/22/2003 11:00:51 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BossLady

Peace Protesters and Pro-USA supporters co-mingling. Notice the WWII vet in the red jacket, yelling and ignoring peaceniks. He was a joy to talk to!!!!

16 posted on 03/22/2003 11:04:38 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BossLady

Peaceniks facing Pro-USA supporters singing and praying. Notice the 'Dead Kennedys'sticker on the one guys backpack.

17 posted on 03/22/2003 11:07:00 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BossLady

Awesome signage!!!! Guess which was is in law enforcement???

18 posted on 03/22/2003 11:08:37 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BossLady

Former US Marine; Gulf War Vet gives Peacenik the 'What For'!

19 posted on 03/22/2003 11:12:00 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BossLady

Notice police across street hanging out....:)

20 posted on 03/22/2003 11:17:42 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BossLady

Toward the end of the rally we are still standing strong!!!!!

21 posted on 03/22/2003 11:20:00 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Crapgame
Im so glad you came down! We were overwhelmed by the response for the rally. I understand PRO-US supporters are going to be there again next Saturday.
22 posted on 03/22/2003 11:23:26 PM PST by BossLady (RENO, NEVADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BossLady
The turnout really surpassed my expatations! Most excellent work everybody. I wish I could have stayed there longer. My wife & 3 year old daughter had a great time and met some great people!

We had to leave early because we had an appointment to get some 3D ultrasound pics of our soon-to-be-born baby. It is amazing to see her portrait at only 31 weeks along! Highly recommended for moms-to-be!
23 posted on 03/22/2003 11:47:32 PM PST by adaven
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To: BossLady
Superb effort! Great going patriots. Love the pic of the marine in the hippie's face.

Go ahead make my day punk.

24 posted on 03/23/2003 12:03:08 AM PST by Justice
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To: BossLady
go Freepers...go Freepers...woot woot! :)
25 posted on 03/23/2003 12:08:14 AM PST by Capitalism2003
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To: BossLady
Great turnout and pictures! My family had three generations at the Reno rally. I'll attend any future rallies in Reno.
26 posted on 03/23/2003 12:16:45 AM PST by Sabots 2 Sutures ((Save a flag...burn a protester))
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To: thchronic
Congrats on the baby!!!! Thanks also for coming and showing support for the troops!
27 posted on 03/23/2003 12:32:57 AM PST by BossLady
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To: BossLady
Impressive report and photos! Good job!!
28 posted on 03/23/2003 10:49:43 AM PST by vikingchick
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To: BossLady
Great rally.

Nice work keeping things under control, too.

29 posted on 03/23/2003 10:57:04 AM PST by Interesting Times (Eagles Up! Join the Rally for America...)
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To: BossLady
And note the peacenik's pizza-box "sign" on the left. I suppose she intended to make a colorful Peace Sign, but she left out the bottom stem, and has instead replicated the Mercedes logo.
30 posted on 03/23/2003 11:34:33 AM PST by MikalM
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To: vikingchick
Thanks VC!!!! That means a lot to me!!! :)
31 posted on 03/23/2003 1:13:50 PM PST by BossLady (Iraq has the 'Ba'ath' Party & the Peaceniks have the 'Take a Bath' Party...)
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To: BossLady
(Iraq has the 'Ba'ath' Party & the Peaceniks have the 'Take a Bath' Party...) -- ROFL!
32 posted on 03/23/2003 1:20:27 PM PST by vikingchick
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To: MikalM
Peaceniks had signs made on things from dumpsters for sure i.e. pizza boxes, refrigerator boxes, captain crunch boxes, and it looked like they brought their lunch to eat on the lawn of the Federal Building, blankets and all!! I thought it was a picnic instead of a protest! All that was missing was the frisbee....

Peaceniks kept doing the V with their fingers as if it were a 'peace' sign and a couple vets instructed them that during WWII it meant 'victory'. LOL It sent one young girl into tears....either that or it was because her flower wilted.

33 posted on 03/23/2003 1:20:39 PM PST by BossLady (Iraq has the 'Ba'ath' Party & the Peaceniks have the 'Take a Bath' Party...)
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Peaceniks kept doing the V with their fingers as if it were a 'peace' sign and a couple vets instructed them that during WWII it meant 'victory'. LOL It sent one young girl into tears....either that or it was because her flower wilted.

Of course, if you do the Victory/Peace Sign knuckles-out, it has the same meaning in the UK and Europe as "The Finger" does here!

I really think that most of these people aren't that serious anyway. They want their Groovy Sixties Experience, i.e., a big party that looks like a demonstration. And you Freepers went and rained on their parade! Shame! :-)

34 posted on 03/23/2003 4:09:31 PM PST by MikalM
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To: BossLady
Once again, news reporters and tv press have painted us as war-mongers, baby-killers and confrontationalists. Articles coming out from the Rally have been negative for us. I am as frustrated as everyone else about this and am forming letters to several news outlets.

This is one area where the anti-US idiots have a great advantage. Since they've been pushing any issue that will get them press for years, they've learned very well how to get the job done.

The thing to remember is, journalists are lazy. You have to feed them everything. You must write their articles for them, in the form of "press releases" that are thinly veiled news articles, and then invite them to reprint it verbatim. Give them the facts they need to know. How many people were there. How many people in the country support the cause. Etc. All kinds of factoids they can then re-write for "their" article.

Have a regular "press kit" ready to hand out, complete with pictures, references, everything. And a little smoozing with the reporter will go a long way. Sugar goes a lot farther than vinegar.

Good luck.

35 posted on 03/23/2003 4:18:39 PM PST by narby (Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without an accordian)
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>>And a little smoozing with the reporter will go a long way. Sugar goes a lot farther than vinegar.

That approach DEFINITELY works. We used that at the famous "Clinton visits the Lyin' King" rally some years back and the coverage was quite balanced. We chatted up as many press folks as possible and they were pleasantly surprised that unlike the folks next to us, we didn't smell like boiled cabbage.
36 posted on 03/24/2003 11:08:25 AM PST by PeteRFNY
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To: BossLady
Hi all!

I just wanted to thank everyone who put the Rally together last Saturday. I first heard about the Rally from listening to The Mountain (94.5FM) where DJ Valerie Ferrari announced the time and location. -I am planning on calling her sometime this week to thank her for informing the public.

It was a beautiful turnout. Not only because of those involved in the Rally, but the support from the people driving past was tremendous as well. I know it was said earlier, but RPD was wonderful. They respected our right to assemble and I feel the current opposition towards them from the Anti-War Coalition is totally unfounded.

We met some extraordinary people and the Rally gave us a chance to thank those who serve in the US armed forces and those who fought for our freedom in previous battles. What a great feeling to march to the Federal Building with people who have so much respect and love for our country and it's troops!

During the rally, there were talks of possibly returning this coming Saturday. Can anyone confirm this?

The pictures posted are GREAT! Thanks again for providing us with a way to *SHOW* we support our troops!

~~~Nici and Friends
37 posted on 03/24/2003 5:37:57 PM PST by Verovati (Thank you!)
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You are welcome Nici!!! Kelli and I wanted to create a forum for Pro-Troops and Pro-USA supporters and it turned out wonderfully....despite reports in the paper to the contrary.

I believe a couple people are thinking about doing another rally. I can't confirm anything though.

38 posted on 03/24/2003 5:41:31 PM PST by BossLady (Saddam Hussein stars in THE OTHERS 2)
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To: BossLady
Sounds good! I will keep checking back to see if anything is put together.

We wouldn't want to miss it!

~~~Nici
39 posted on 03/24/2003 5:44:29 PM PST by Verovati (Thank you!)
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To: BossLady
THIS is a sweet pic! Again great job!
40 posted on 03/24/2003 10:44:01 PM PST by GOP_Raider (OAKLAND RAIDERS AFC CHAMPIONS!!!!)
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To: GOP_Raider
Thanks....BTW....which pic??? :)
41 posted on 03/24/2003 10:46:41 PM PST by BossLady (C-hristiane N-ews N-etwork......ALL SADDAM....ALL THE TIME!!!!!)
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To: BossLady
This one.... The convergence of the American flags toward the communists at the Fed. Building.
42 posted on 03/24/2003 10:51:19 PM PST by GOP_Raider (OAKLAND RAIDERS AFC CHAMPIONS!!!!)
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Ohhhhhh it is!!! I have more pics but didnt want to chew up bandwidth.
43 posted on 03/24/2003 10:54:14 PM PST by BossLady (C-hristiane N-ews N-etwork......ALL SADDAM....ALL THE TIME!!!!!)
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I was really annoyed to see some libertarians I knew there. They had been trying to convert me to thier party for a while with their claims of being for "small government." I told them I was sorry, but "I'd rather have a large patriotic government than a weak government that was going to let terrorists trample all over us.
44 posted on 04/13/2003 7:09:29 PM PDT by Freedom Patriot Power
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