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Washington demonstrations for, against war [UPI plugs Free Republic, DC Chapter Patriot Rally!]
The Washington Times ^ | October 26, 2003 | Dar Haddix and Andrew Moisan [UPI]

Posted on 10/26/2003 9:43:02 AM PST by RonDog

Edited on 07/12/2004 4:09:43 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The largest anti-war rally in the nation's capital since President Bush announced the end of major combat operations in Iraq was greeted by an equally boisterous, if not as large numerically, group of the president's policy supporters.


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Way to go, DC Chapter!!!

1 posted on 10/26/2003 9:43:03 AM PST by RonDog
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To: jonalvy44; doug from upland; ALOHA RONNIE; DLfromthedesert; PatiPie; flamefront; onyx; ...
See also, from:

My DC Patriot Rally Pics--Enjoy!!
PABAAH: Patriotic Americans Boycotting Anti-American Hollywood ^ | Jon Alvarez
Posted on 10/26/2003 6:20 AM PST by jonalvy44

Just click the link and enjoy...They are in order, from the dinner the night before to the confrontation with the miniscule # of ANSWER useful idiots...approx. 10k people. My thoughts on the day will be coming shortly.

-- snip --

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GodBlessOurTroops
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KristinnOnStageDCRally
CLICK HERE for the rest of that thread

2 posted on 10/26/2003 9:48:05 AM PST by RonDog
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To: RonDog
"It's very important to this government to look good," Pacis told United Press International. "And Steve is getting punished for not knowing that." She expects her son to get out of jail in February.


Well GLORIA, the actuality is that he DID know that "missing a movement" is a serious offence
since it was drummed into him from his first days in the service. Six months in the brig is light. and by the way
it doesn't count as time in service, so don't look for him to get out any time soon.

Semper Fi "Honey"!
3 posted on 10/26/2003 9:50:29 AM PST by tet68 (multiculturalism is an ideological academic fantasy maintained in obvious bad faith. M. Thompson)
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To: Angelwood; kristinn; Doctor Raoul; sauropod; Exit148; W04Man; jonalvy44; tgslTakoma; ...
Kathryn Wood, co-leader of the DC Chapter of the Free Republic, which supports the war, said the group had a counter-rally because "the ANSWER people came to town -- we can't let them be the only voice."
Way to go, Angelwood!
4 posted on 10/26/2003 9:54:43 AM PST by RonDog
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To: RonDog
30,000 at the ANSWER rally?? LOL, I guess they must have counted all those who were in "buses that are on their way."
5 posted on 10/26/2003 9:55:10 AM PST by Guillermo ( Proud Infidel)
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To: RonDog
"Lance Cpl. Stephen Funk, a 21-year-old Marine reservist who earlier this year claimed he was a conscientious objector and did not report for duty when his San Jose, Calif., unit was called up for deployment to Iraq. Funk was found guilty by a military jury in September of unauthorized absence and was sentenced to six months in prison."

SHEEEEESH...this dude deserves what he got...MUD

6 posted on 10/26/2003 10:11:55 AM PST by Mudboy Slim (RE-IMPEACH Osama bil Clinton!!)
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To: Guillermo
LOL!
I think that "30,000" is part of the "Million Mom March" math that seems to mesmerize ALL reporters who attend fucntions in Washington,D.C. :o)
See also this LIVE thread:
Watching the American haters, er peace protestors on C-Span...
      Posted by God luvs America
On 10/25/2003 8:49 AM PDT with 887 comments


7 posted on 10/26/2003 10:11:56 AM PST by RonDog
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To: RonDog
30,000?? most reports say 10000 to 20000
8 posted on 10/26/2003 10:15:58 AM PST by Pikamax
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See also, from a :
Rallying to Bring US Troops Home
Newsday - 9 hours ago
... War freed the slaves. War saved the Jews. Anti-war racists go home,"
yelled one woman with Free Republic, a group that supports Bush. ...

       `Give our troops a ride home!' - Toronto Star
       Busloads Converge in Washington for Anti-War Protest - Washington Post
       Busloads converge on Washington for Iraq protest - Stuff.co.nz
       MSNBC - and more »

Thousands protest Bush, Iraq policy
Dallas Morning News (subscription), TX - 14 hours ago
... The DC chapter of Free Republic, an independent grass-roots conservative group,
gathered dozens of people at the US Capitol to show support for Bush and the ...

       Tens of thousands protest against Bush's Iraq policies in ...  - Canada.com
       Thousands at US anti-war march - BBC News
       In DC, a Diverse Mix Renews War Protest - Washington Post
       Indymedia Italia - and more »

Demonstrators march against Iraq occupation
Washington Times, DC - 12 hours ago
... The DC chapter of Free Republic, an independent conservative group,
gathered to show support for Mr. Bush and the troops in Iraq. ...

War protesters converge on DC
Boston Globe, MA - Oct 25, 2003
... The Washington chapter of Free Republic, an independent grassroots conservative
group, also planned a rally for today at the Capitol, where organizers expect ...

       US marchers gather for anti-war rally - BBC News
       Anti-war protesters gathering in Washington, San Francisco - Boston Globe
       Major anti-war rallies in Washington, San Francisco - San Francisco Chronicle
       Canada.com - and more »

Citizens protest US presence in Iraq
News 14 Carolina, NC - Oct 25, 2003
... Department. The Washington chapter of Free Republic expects about a thousand
people to attend a counter-demonstration at the US Capitol. ...


9 posted on 10/26/2003 10:16:48 AM PST by RonDog
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To: kristinn
From www.newsday.com:
Rallying to Bring U.S. Troops Home
Thousands in D.C. protest Iraq policy

By Robert Gutsche Jr
WASHINGTON BUREAU October 26, 2003

Washington - An Air Force sergeant who said the United States has misused the U.S. troops in an "unjustified war" in Iraq was one of thousands of people who rallied on the National Mall yesterday to demand an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq.

"I think there is a lot of sentiment inside the military that what we are doing isn't right," said the sergeant, who said he was 30 but asked not to be further identified. "Technically and legally we did sign up for this, and it's our responsibility to fill what our responsibilities are, but the people making the decisions also need to use us as a last resort."

By noon, more than 30,000 people had gathered near the Washington Monument, according to an estimate by Newsday. Organizers said about 100,000 people squeezed through city streets during the three-hour march. Police didn't report any arrests by early yesterday evening.

At the same time, 20,000 people gathered in San Francisco for similar demonstrations, according to organizers there.

In Washington, the sergeant, who could face deployment to Iraq, said he lives "two contradicting lives" by working in the military and participating in the demonstration. Despite his reservations about war, he said he needs his job in the military to pay the bills. "I probably wouldn't disagree with a person who calls me a hypocrite, but this war was wrong," he said.

Democratic presidential candidate the Rev. Al Sharpton told the crowds at the rally, "President Bush and Tony Blair don't make a world conference. Two men in a phone booth don't speak for the world. ... Bring our troops home now."

Later, the crowds cheered "Impeach Bush" while marching toward the White House and around the Justice Department.

The thousands of protesters clashed peacefully with about 50 people who had gathered along the march route to support President George W. Bush and military action in Iraq.

"War freed the slaves. War saved the Jews. Anti-war racists go home," yelled one woman with Free Republic, a group that supports Bush. The two groups chanted at each other for about two hours, separated by fences and police officers in helmets.

"We are pretty happy with the way things have been going" in Iraq, said Kristinn Taylor, who led the group from a small rally near the Capitol before the main march near the White House. He said his organization wants to show "that this is not going to be like Vietnam where we won the war on the battleground, but lost the propaganda war at home..."

10 posted on 10/26/2003 10:23:02 AM PST by RonDog
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To: RonDog
Pacis, 50, an artist who came to the protest from New York, said she believes the military is punishing her son to protect its image.

The military is protecting its image, its reputation, and its esprit de corps among the troops - which in turn is protecting its effectiveness in combat environments - which is, coincidentally, protecting Ms. Pacis' a$$.

11 posted on 10/26/2003 10:26:04 AM PST by Prince Caspian (Don't ask if it's risky... Ask if the reward is worth the risk)
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To: RonDog; RaceBannon
See also:

PHOTO THREAD:DC RALLY TO SUPPORT THE TROOPS
DC Chapter | 10/26/03 | DC CHAPTER

Posted on 10/26/2003 7:31 AM PST by RaceBannon

Let's keep a single thread on the pics


CLICK HERE for the rest of that thread

12 posted on 10/26/2003 10:34:59 AM PST by RonDog
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To: RonDog
I was at yesterday's FreeRepublic rally and accompanied the Protest Warrior people to their infiltration. I witnessed the A.N.S.W.E.R. security personnel assaulting the PWs, pushing them, grabbing their signs,ripping and destroying them, and attempting to physically eject the counter-protesters. I myself had my camera and audio-recorder smacked out of my hands (and hitting my face as I was holding th4e camera to take a pic) during the altercation.
For the complete story go to www.johnnypnews.com.
Otherwise the FR rally was small, but effective. I got a great interview of Kristinn (Sp?) of FR, the founders of PW,and also of Niger Innis of the Congress of Racial Equality, and will posting them soon, or seeing about having them published elsewhere.
13 posted on 10/26/2003 10:38:59 AM PST by johnnyp16 (Editor - Johnny P News (www.johnnypnews.com))
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To: johnnyp16
Otherwise the FR rally was small, but effective.
Personally, I **like** "small, but effective." :o)
Having gone "head to head" with the RATs from cANSWER out here in Los Angeles, let me say they they are NOT very "peaceful."
And, since they seem to be able to get many more BODIES into the streets, we need to get more MINDS.
That is, we need to be SMARTER than they are.
Fortunately, this is not difficult. :o)
14 posted on 10/26/2003 11:18:47 AM PST by RonDog
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To: RonDog
Way to go DC Chapter. Love you guys!

Have you been to the Bush/Cheney Blog? Paid for and administered by Bush/Cheney in '04'.

http://www.georgewbush.com/blog/
15 posted on 10/26/2003 11:29:46 AM PST by Dustbunny
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To: RonDog
In my previous post, that garbled link SHOULD HAVE been:
From a Google NEWS search for "Free Republic"

16 posted on 10/26/2003 11:35:55 AM PST by RonDog
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To: RonDog; Liz; Howlin; ALOHA RONNIE; Mudboy Slim
"Impeach Bush," was among the most popular calls, appearing on bumper stickers and signs.

And that ain't all. I watched as much as I could on C-Span's playback last night. I also heard, "We are the future!", "This is a grass-roots demonstration!" and, "Please throw money in the orange buckets!"

There was plenty of screaming and chants. Every one of the peace-nicks that stepped up to lectern was really pissed about something. Twernt too much looooove in their voices.

Their last gasp may have been back in the 60's...

17 posted on 10/26/2003 11:42:00 AM PST by Libloather (No amount of Botox can cover up Hillary's baggage...)
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To: RonDog
Thanks for the photos and links, Ron.

Bumpity bump!

18 posted on 10/26/2003 1:41:18 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul (I love the smell of winning, the taste of victory, and the joy of each glorious triumph)
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Free Republic was mentioned in two paragraphs at the end of the War Protest demonstration article in my local paper, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Richard Mellon Scaife's paper).
19 posted on 10/26/2003 1:48:20 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: Ciexyz
Hehe, we're getting famous.
20 posted on 10/26/2003 1:54:08 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul (I love the smell of winning, the taste of victory, and the joy of each glorious triumph)
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To: RonDog
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This past weekend, United Press International's Mark Benjamin...broke the story that hundreds of injured Iraq War veterans were stranded in dismal barracks at Ft. Stewart, Ga., while they were awaiting medical care.

"They're being treated like dogs," is how one officer who didn't want his name used put it, ... "There is not a smile on this sector of the post. I have never seen as many sad people in one place in all my life."

The situation described by this officer and by UPI was one where injured National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers were languishing while waiting for military doctors to fully diagnose their injuries and do the paperwork for future medical benefits. The veterans—some with injuries that will become lifelong disabilities—were living in large barracks with double bunk beds and no indoor plumbing. Soldiers who paid $10 day could get a smaller, shared room with air conditioning and a bathroom.

"I've been in [the military] for 30 ½ years and never thought the Army would turn on its own like this," said First Sgt. Gerry Mosley, .... "I am not in a case by myself. They are telling you it's going to be four to six months if you're going through a medical evaluation."

The account given by Mosley and other soldiers at Ft. Stewart is at odds with the support-the-troops rhetoric from top Pentagon and White House officials.
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there is "support our troops"...........
......then there is the supporting of our troops
21 posted on 10/26/2003 1:58:01 PM PST by onemoreday
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To: tet68; All
"It's very important to this government to look good," Pacis told United Press International. "And Steve is getting punished for not knowing that." She expects her son to get out of jail in February.

Hello?! Didn't this knucklehead join the military? Why would a conscientious objector join the military? Sorry, kiddo - nobody doesn't know what the job of the military is.

22 posted on 10/26/2003 1:59:08 PM PST by tgslTakoma (Why call it ANSWER? It's WORKERS WORLD PARTY!)
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To: RonDog
I'm from NY. If I had not read this thread, I wouldn't even have known there was a protest.
I don't think many are paying attention to the Marxist/communist protestors. They're a dime a dozen. The left wing kooks always have something to bitch about. If it wasn't the war, it would be something else. They've cried "wolf" so many times, no one really cares.
BUT, I'm glad to hear the FReepers did so well. In Washington, you made an impact. Finally, a sane group showed up. I'll bet the people living in the area found you more than refreshing !!!
23 posted on 10/26/2003 2:01:45 PM PST by concerned about politics ( Maybe, could be, I think., what if, is it true?, I heard..............................)
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To: Libloather
Their last gasp may have been back in the 60's...

Yep. They're left overs. ""We are the future!", "This is a grass-roots demonstration!" and, "Please throw money in the orange buckets!"

LOL. They're even begging for money to pay for their hate tours! You can tell they're left wing!! They can't even pay for THAT on their own!!

24 posted on 10/26/2003 2:08:52 PM PST by concerned about politics ( Maybe, could be, I think., what if, is it true?, I heard..............................)
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To: RonDog; tgslTakoma
That "one woman" would be tgslTakoma.
25 posted on 10/26/2003 2:17:18 PM PST by sauropod (Fry Mumia!)
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To: Pikamax; RonDog
>>30,000?? most reports say 10000 to 20000

Did you watch the nonsense on CSPAN? 3000, 5000 max, if were being charitable and assuming there were a lot off camera and still "on the buses".
26 posted on 10/26/2003 3:28:44 PM PST by FreedomPoster (this space intentionally blank)
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To: sauropod; tgslTakoma
That "one woman" would be tgslTakoma.
LOL!
I should have known. :)
The reporter probably could not spell her screenname. :o)
27 posted on 10/26/2003 3:45:40 PM PST by RonDog
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To: RonDog
God bless you all, including UPI and other truth-tellers! Wonder if I can still say that in the politically correct world we find ourselves in.
28 posted on 10/26/2003 5:07:06 PM PST by Howie
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To: RonDog; kristinn; Mo1; VOA; risk; sport; Angelwood; Jimmy Valentine's brother
...Last week a young Marine who helped save Pvt. LYNCH in Iraq...

...was shot to death while on leave in Long Beach, California by Gangsters.

...A.N.S.W.E.R = Anti-U.S. Gangsters
29 posted on 10/26/2003 7:42:13 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.)
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To: RonDog
I'm pleased to say I saw no news coverage of the event -- and I watched a lot of news this weekend. It must have been a puny turnout.
30 posted on 10/27/2003 8:43:22 AM PST by JoeGar
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To: RonDog
Great job as usual by the DC Chapter!

Sickening however, is the way the radical socialists are typified as average Americans by the media.
31 posted on 10/27/2003 8:55:12 AM PST by ladyinred (Talk about a revolution, look at California!!! We dumped Davis!!!)
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To: tet68
Yeah, her son could take the payments for doing guard duty every other weekened, but then real war came and her little crybaby son then claimed to be a conscientious objector. Looked a little suspicious to me and obviously to the Government. He deserves to be in jail for longer than 6 months. Of course, she should be embarrassed but she uses anti-war rhetoric as an excuse for his not being willing to serve. He's a coward and she's a useful idiot.
32 posted on 10/27/2003 6:18:30 PM PST by BushisTheMan
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To: RonDog
Pacis, 50, an artist who came to the protest from New York

Artist MYASS!!!

33 posted on 10/28/2003 12:06:33 AM PST by ppaul
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To: RonDog
I'm not antiwar. I am antiTERRORISM. But then, I have a brain. Liberals may not...
34 posted on 10/28/2003 6:15:14 AM PST by buffyt (Can you say President Hillary, Hairy Hildabeast, Mistress of ALL Darkness? Me Neither!)
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To: RonDog
Antiwar protesters lobbed eggs and plastic bottles across the sidewalk at war supporters in the park.

Gee, who was being violent? Bet they didn't pay for their own transpo, either.

35 posted on 10/28/2003 6:18:29 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: mewzilla
They didn't mentioned how the Lefties came before the first speech and trashed the Jiffy Johns that FR rented. One young fellow urinated and spat all over the inside. A woman came in and spread fecal matter around. It was promptly cleaned up. They made statements about who they really are.

At the end of the last speech one guy tried to interrupt Curtis Sliwa giving the NAZI salute and shouting some incoherent babble.

Given that NAZI stands for National Socialist Workers Party and given that THEY are the ones who cannot tolerate an opposing view - THEY ARE THE NAZIs.
36 posted on 10/28/2003 2:34:23 PM PST by walford (Dogmatism swings both ways)
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To: Guillermo
i've counted cattle milling & not been off 5%.

my estimate is about 4,000 creeps/cretins/lunatics/commies & DAMNfools. TOO MANY!

free dixie,sw

37 posted on 10/29/2003 9:29:42 AM PST by stand watie (Resistence to tyrants is obedience to God. -Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ladyinred
!!!!!!!
38 posted on 10/29/2003 9:32:24 AM PST by stand watie (Resistence to tyrants is obedience to God. -Thomas Jefferson)
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To: walford
YEP!
39 posted on 10/29/2003 9:33:11 AM PST by stand watie (Resistence to tyrants is obedience to God. -Thomas Jefferson)
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