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NYC Supports the Troops, the U.S.A. and President Bush - 3/23/03

Posted on 03/23/2003 12:56:52 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick

We got to Times Square shortly before noon, and there were well over 1000 patriotic people there! We started out up front, but my dad was uncomfortable and we kept going back and back and back and back... Therefore the only speaker photos I have are of the lady from the Christian Coalition and a couple of FReepers.

By the time we left, there were at *least* close to 3000 flag-waving, "USA! USA! USA!"-chanting patriots squeezed into the area near the ticker tape in Times Square.

I didn't see any other threads on this, so I apologize if this is a duplicate.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Announcements; Free Republic; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut; US: New Jersey; US: New York
KEYWORDS: firebrand; libertyweekend; march23reports; mulshine; newyork; newyorkcity; ny; nyc; paulmulshine; rallyforamerica; starledger
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1 posted on 03/23/2003 12:56:52 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick
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To: firebrand; Dutchy; Cacique
Thanks for the FANTASTIC work in organizing this awesome display of patriotism in the heart of NYC! :D
2 posted on 03/23/2003 12:57:39 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick (Clinton Legacy = 16-acre hole in the ground in lower Manhattan)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Great pix. You got me with my nose hanging over my sign!
It was a great rally. Were there really 1000 people there?
3 posted on 03/23/2003 1:01:19 PM PST by stanz
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To: NYC GOP Chick
"By the time we left, there were at *least* close to 3000 flag-waving, "USA! USA! USA!"

Excellent! Great photos, thanks to all that attended.

4 posted on 03/23/2003 1:01:30 PM PST by deadhead (God Bless Our Troops and Veterans)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
SOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!! WELL DONE, NEW YORK!!!
5 posted on 03/23/2003 1:01:49 PM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Bttt
6 posted on 03/23/2003 1:02:58 PM PST by firewalk
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To: stanz
That was you? :D

I'd say there were more than 1000 by 10 mintues before the *official* start of the rally!

7 posted on 03/23/2003 1:03:11 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick (Clinton Legacy = 16-acre hole in the ground in lower Manhattan)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Great Job NYC....
8 posted on 03/23/2003 1:03:12 PM PST by ThreePuttinDude
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Thanks so much Chick!!! V's wife.
9 posted on 03/23/2003 1:03:37 PM PST by ventana (as usual, I am in the kitchen and the heat is about to get turned up)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
thank you for lovely pics... Awesome....
10 posted on 03/23/2003 1:04:03 PM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: BeforeISleep
Guess who overslept today and missed the rally ... BUMP
11 posted on 03/23/2003 1:05:17 PM PST by cyborg
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Great Stuff!!!  Way to go NYC!!!

12 posted on 03/23/2003 1:11:03 PM PST by NautiNurse (Usama bin Laden has produced more tapes than Steely Dan)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Yep.
Myself, my daughter Noelita and friend Ponz7 got sandwiched in against the rail. Noelita recited the Pledge of Allegiance and a great time was had by all.
We asked one of the cops how far down the rally entended and he said about a block on Broadway going south. It was hard to tell, but we heard other chanting going on and it sounded like it was in the distance.
13 posted on 03/23/2003 1:14:32 PM PST by stanz
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Beautiful, uplifting pictures! Good job, NYC!
14 posted on 03/23/2003 1:14:55 PM PST by Allegra (Pray for our troops...)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
I've never seen photos of New York look so attractive!! Beautiful folks you have there. Thanks for the post.
15 posted on 03/23/2003 1:16:48 PM PST by bluesagewoman
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To: carlo3b; nutmeg; jellybean
ping.
That's me peeking over my sign, second photo.
16 posted on 03/23/2003 1:16:54 PM PST by stanz
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Nicely done, New York! Nice to see you guys in the BIG City taking care of business!
17 posted on 03/23/2003 1:17:54 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: stanz
That's my favorite sign: "Home of the Free, Thanks to the Brave." Bravo New York!
18 posted on 03/23/2003 1:18:55 PM PST by Auntie Mame (If the French were really intelligent, they'd speak English. -- Wilfrid Sheed)
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To: Chi-townChief; JohnHuang2; MeeknMing; madfly; backhoe; wardaddy
BTTT.
19 posted on 03/23/2003 1:19:51 PM PST by Black Agnes
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To: Auntie Mame
The words were Firebrand's idea. We just winged the rest.
20 posted on 03/23/2003 1:20:16 PM PST by stanz
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To: NYC GOP Chick
INSPIRATIONAL!
21 posted on 03/23/2003 1:20:50 PM PST by Mister Baredog ((They wanted to kill 50,000 of us on 9/11, we will never forget!))
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Thank you for attending and for the pix! I was beginning to think NYC was entirely comprised of violent peaceniks. ;-//
22 posted on 03/23/2003 1:22:16 PM PST by spookycc (I raq, I rack 'em up, and I roll)
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To: spookycc

Some comments concerning French Pres. JackASS ChIRAQ.

23 posted on 03/23/2003 1:27:41 PM PST by undergroundwarrior
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To: NYC GOP Chick
New York sure looks better today than it did yesterday :)

24 posted on 03/23/2003 1:29:07 PM PST by TheSpottedOwl (America...love it or leave it. Canada is due north-Mexico is directly south...start walking.)
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To: TheSpottedOwl
Wow - that's fersure! I bet no one was arrested today, either. ;-))
25 posted on 03/23/2003 1:30:58 PM PST by spookycc (I raq, I rack 'em up, and I roll)
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To: spookycc
Nope. The NYPD and the NYFD both got 3 cheers many times over.
26 posted on 03/23/2003 1:32:06 PM PST by stanz
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To: undergroundwarrior
Sorry about the screw up with my pix. Can't seem to upload them??

Did enjoy the rally. Saw a lot of great Americans.

27 posted on 03/23/2003 1:32:48 PM PST by undergroundwarrior
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Great pics -- a Big Apple bump.
28 posted on 03/23/2003 1:33:25 PM PST by Interesting Times (Eagles Up! Join the Rally for America...)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
CBS radio in NYC just covered it with live quotes from people at the rally!
29 posted on 03/23/2003 1:35:27 PM PST by leadpencil1
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To: stanz
Alright! That sounds more like the NYC I fell in love with after 9/11. We had slide shows on a giant screen at the Glenn Beck Rally for America in Auburn on 3/22/03. They had a "Thank You" slide for FDNY, and then other first responders, after photos of the WTC before and "during" 9/11.
30 posted on 03/23/2003 1:35:51 PM PST by spookycc (I raq, I rack 'em up, and I roll)
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To: cyborg
Guess who overslept today and missed the rally

you did?!!??!
31 posted on 03/23/2003 1:36:18 PM PST by firewalk
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To: NYC GOP Chick
I came about 30 mins late - and my heart was lifted when I could hear the roars and chants of the crowd from two blocks away when I came out of the subway.

The rally unquestionably broke 1000 people, probably about 1000 were within the rails with a couple hundred around the sides of them, many people who had been walking by but stopped to cheer for a little bit. The turnover of the side people was more frequent, so I think an estimate of 2000 for the day is not overshooting.

I was about halfway back, near someone's car (whose car was that)? I couldn't hear much since all the speaker had was a bullhorn, but every time a cheer or song started up we did our best. As a musician I can sing well and so I did!

Only one problem - couldn't see any FreeRepublic.com signs so I didn't try to meet anyone from the board. At the end I noticed a sign with the URL way, way in the front, but I had to run to work.

Hats off to firebrand, cacique etc. for organizing a rally that turned them out. I hope you all are somewhere right now celebrating the event.
32 posted on 03/23/2003 1:39:20 PM PST by PianoMan (Liberate the Axis of Evil)
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To: cyborg
(-; forgot this....hehehe
33 posted on 03/23/2003 1:39:28 PM PST by firewalk
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To: PianoMan
Addendum - while I was writing the posts some posters estimated more people than I said - keep in mind I left at 1:40 for my job which left much time for the rally to grow. Cheers!
34 posted on 03/23/2003 1:41:21 PM PST by PianoMan (Liberate the Axis of Evil)
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To: BeforeISleep
Yep I woke up at twelve. I didn't have enough train money anyway to make it. It just occured to me that I could have asked any Long Island Freepers for a ride. Duh! Next time I will plan accordingly. It looked like a good rally too!
35 posted on 03/23/2003 1:44:50 PM PST by cyborg
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To: stanz
The words were Firebrand's idea

Don't want to embarrass Firebrand, but it's sheer genius!

36 posted on 03/23/2003 1:51:53 PM PST by Auntie Mame (If the French were really intelligent, they'd speak English. -- Wilfrid Sheed)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
What a day! We sure are glad you took these photos. Thanks so much and keep up the good work.

Bob & Mary Westerfield
Tarrytown, NY
37 posted on 03/23/2003 1:53:08 PM PST by BigLittle
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Keep it going. Let me know when and where the next is. Hope there is a next.
38 posted on 03/23/2003 1:59:18 PM PST by Diogenez
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Good photos! I don't know whether this is the "official" thread list or what, but it's gotta start somewhere.

I did get pics of most of the speakers(though, I'm waiting on the pics to be burned to cd as the memory stick was not mine). Fantastic support for Bush, our troops, Blair and Operation Enduring Freedom. I was able to bring a coalition of the willing to support Freedom.

How many of you noticed infiltrators? I've got one on photo with a camera(non-digital type) who was quietly launching poisonous darts to anyone who would listen.

The police were happy to see us. They were friendly, helpful, peaceful(not feeling unease in our presence) and were given sound chants at the end of the rally!
39 posted on 03/23/2003 2:10:13 PM PST by Freemeorkillme
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Great!! Also I think Cindy Adams might be on our side. Check out this thread:


God bless the home of the free by Cindy Adams
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/873297/posts


40 posted on 03/23/2003 2:29:50 PM PST by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Great work - thanks to all NY area FReepers!
41 posted on 03/23/2003 2:33:56 PM PST by P.O.E. (God Bless and keep safe our troops.)
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To: P.O.E.
And let's not leave out the NJ Freepers in attendance!

Good work, people!
42 posted on 03/23/2003 2:36:15 PM PST by Freemeorkillme
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To: Auntie Mame
Stole it from another freeper, who may have stolen it as well.
43 posted on 03/23/2003 3:14:48 PM PST by firebrand
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To: NYC GOP Chick
More Photos...Way to go NY FReepers, great turnout today.


44 posted on 03/23/2003 3:50:13 PM PST by baggadonuts (God Bless our Troops)
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To: NYC GOP Chick; katnip
I was there too....sorry I didn't see you NYC GOP Chick, but I had a good conversation with Firebrand, Lazerlock and a few other Freepers. I rode in to the rally with Katnip...it was our first time meeting and she is just a great lady!

The rally was WONDERFUL. It was just So good to see so many out in support of our president and this war effort. So good to be in the midst of people with common sense period! It's lonely standing for truth and intergrity in NYC and it was just great seeing everyone come out as they did and with one voice. Speaking of voice, I lost mine from all the shouting and chanting....but I don't mind.

I was also encouraged to see my city councilman Weprin show up. He is a democrat and with most of the city council having voted for a resolution against the war I was quite surprised to see him there. He spoke for just a few moments saying that although he is a democrat, that in this instance he does not believe in democrats and republican, only in Americans. He went on to say that he supports GWB and this war. I have never thought well of Weprin before this...but now I have to give him credit. I will write his office and thank him for coming and taking the stand he did.

It was great meeting all the freepers I did. Wish I had remembered my camera!

The CNN report stunk. The reporter ended the report by saying she couldn't see any real difference between the anti-war rally yesterday and this one. DUH! How about the fact that we DIDN'T send 11 police officers to the hospital after macing them in the face? How about the fact that there were 200 arrests in yesterday's demomnstration as reported by ABC News just tonight, and NO arrests at our rally? I call that a big difference, and ABC news said it was a big difference also.

Thanks to everyone who came. You made my day!
45 posted on 03/23/2003 3:50:56 PM PST by WomanofStandard (Life is Hard, but God is Good)
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To: katnip
Oh, Katnip.....I forgot to mention that ABC news here in NYC had a real good, long shot of you on their broadcast at 6PM tonight. If you didn't see it, be sure and watch it at 11PM tonight!
46 posted on 03/23/2003 3:52:19 PM PST by WomanofStandard (Life is Hard, but God is Good)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Great pictures, GOP!

I made a little honor roll list at the restaurant but now I see I will be leaving so many freepers out that I'm not even going to post it!

Reuters has brass ones to say we were "several hundred." When I got taken on a little walk to meet the chief, I first realized that the crowds stretched down and down and down Broadway. I couldn't believe my eyes. I'm only sorry that those who were down the street couldn't really hear the program.

47 posted on 03/23/2003 3:52:23 PM PST by firebrand
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Sixth picture down is Roberta Combs, national president of the Christian Coalition. She got up on that wonderful platform that Cacique threw together yesterday at the last minute, and she gave a rousing rally speech.

Cacique is on his way home now and will soon be posting his pictures, including one of Brett Schundler. Brett got back up on the platform and led us in the national anthem later.

48 posted on 03/23/2003 3:57:25 PM PST by firebrand
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To: NYC GOP Chick
I didn't see your thread. There's a newer thread in breaking news. Here's some of my pictures, sorry I didn't get to meet you.

I posted more pics at this thread

here

49 posted on 03/23/2003 4:02:37 PM PST by katnip
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To: Freemeorkillme
The rally certainly was uplifting!

I think I saw the same "infilTRA(I)TOR" as you. The guy I saw appeared to be more "anti-personal hygiene" than "anti-war". Same guy???

I only found out about the rally because it was briefly mentioned on one of the local NY area TV stations. I think if we can get the word out, we'll have more people in the events to come.
50 posted on 03/23/2003 4:03:27 PM PST by PTBAmerican
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