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THE ONLY DRAFT IN THIS WAR—A HOSPITAL GOWN: WALTER REED PATIENT TELLS OFF LEFTIES, Wk 143, 1/11/08
DC Chapter | January 18, 2008 | Albion Wilde, with photos by PleaDeal and [Mrs] Trooprally

Posted on 01/18/2008 1:55:56 PM PST by Albion Wilde

Washington, January 11, 2008— Whatta FReep! While Metro Police "observed" our regular Friday night rally in support of the wounded, a soldier strolled out of the Walter Reed gates in a hospital gown and skimpy robe — in January. Battle fatigued? Not at all. This guy is all muscle and grit, had just had major surgery that morning, and his missions were twofold: first, to shake hands with the DC Chapter FReepers outside the gates, and second, to "go tell the lefties that I want to go back to Iraq!"

He had heard about the anti-war protesters down the street, and about our weekly "support the troops, support the mission"rally that had thrown the lefties away from the gates—and keeps them away. Walter Reed remains the site of some of the most front-edge technology in restorative medicine: a small, sutured incision was the only evidence of his total disc replacement surgery that morning—that, and his hospital-issue back-opening nightgown, covered with a thin cotton robe.


In slippers and a hospital gown, Walter Reed patient Joel tells the anti-war demonstrators down the street, whom he termed "the unbathed, jobless left-wingers," that he is eager to return to Iraq. His opinion of them may be only partly true: we know that some of them have union jobs, and some of them shave — even some of the women. Photo by PleaDeal.

Joel, an 82nd Airborne Iraq veteran who hails from New Jersey, made the rounds of our four corners to shake hands with the DC Chapter FReepers, then headed down to confront the Bush Derangement Sufferers, led by Bruce Wolf of the AFL-CIO affiliate, OPEIU Local 2. FReeper PrezUSA222 preceded Joel with a huge flag on a pole. "I'm on high-security detail," Prez joked. On the way back, Joel recounted with surprise the lefties' tame responses, in contrast with the bird-flipping at wounded troops we have documented during other soldiers' visits to the leftist camp when CodePink was in charge. "They didn't call me a babykiller or anything," he remarked. Thanks to our influence, Bruce put away his "Maimed for a Lie" sign early on — we haven't seen him holding it since 2005.


Walter Reed patient Joel with FReepers VictoryNY and PrezUSA222 in front of the MOAB (Mother of All Banners). At left in background, Fraxinus and Lurker Mom of PrezUSA222. While VictoryNY shouted plenty of her usual "We love our brave SOLDIERS!" slogans from the northeast corner, tonight she and Satin_Patriot also sang an inspired rendering of "God Bless America," with harmony by nearby FReepers. Photo by PleaDeal.


Several students from one of the nation's top hotbeds of campus radicalism, Oberlin College, strolled by our FReep. They were on a winter-break lobbying trip to the Nation's Capital. Although their lobbying mission centered on the use of coal as fuel, one of their stricken-faced members recited verbatim the MorOn.org talking points about our soldiers not having enough supplies and equipment. When we countered with facts, such as the length of time it takes to fully supply a fighting force and the cuts in funding throughout the Clinton administration leading up to the War on Terror, or various politically-motivated awards to substandard defense contractors, she scuttled away quickly to rejoin the lefties.

Two other Oberliners, students in enviro studies and history, remained courteous and stayed to chat awhile longer. We explained that we support the free-speech rights of the protesters down the street, but their thinking is stuck in the 60s, as is that of the major media executives who spread opinion of the WOT. Bottom line, the Pinkos' choice of Walter Reed as the site for their protests is as as inappropriate as a thong bikini at an Amish wedding.


Oberlin College lefties-in-the-making refresh their free-floating sense of outrage by hangin' with the lefties. Photo by [Mrs] Trooprally.


DC Metro Police's Finest Lurkers

DC Metro Police vehicles were parked in several locations around this night's FReep. Not only a squad car, but also a motorcycle with a sidecar from the elite unit that escorts Presidential motorcades, stayed throughout the evening in the church parking lot behind our main banner. Meanwhile, some "beat" cops in the six-lane Georgia Avenue artery that runs alongside Walter Reed seemed to be there just to nab speeders.

The two officers in the parking lot were from the Special Operations unit that is responsible for monitoring demonstrations in the District of Columbia. Ours, they said, is on a regular rotation of demos to be observed from time to time, and they got an eyeful of soldiers visiting us and FReepers warming up in our cars or stopping by our coffee stand in the parking lot, plus a joyful earful from passing cars beeping and shouting support and FReepers singing, woo-hooing and waving. The officers were approachable and friendly and we welcomed them to have some refreshments, which they declined; but one of them took Satin_Patriot on a sidecar ride all around the residential streets to the east of Walter Reed before the FReep began.


The sidecar motorcycle and officer. Welcome back any time, Metro Police officers! Photo by PleaDeal


When Satin_Patriot and Gathering of Eagles' Chief ogled the sidecar motorcycle, the officer explained that the sidecar gives stability in wet weather, then took Satin_Patriot for a sidecar ride, a community-relations gesture they do for lucky citizens "as conditions permit."Photo by [Mrs] Trooprally.



Left to right: Lurker Bill from MD, KBuri, Coby of VetsforFreedom.org, Tom the Redhunter. Photo by PleaDeal


A PDA for the Troops

We always stay until the bus arrives bringing recovering soldiers and their families back to the WR base after a dinner on the town, courtesy of volunteer donations through the Aleethia Foundation and Fran O'Brien's restaurateur Hal Koster. We could go into the base and greet them out of sight; but as we explained to the Metro Police monitors, we want the public to see us greeting them and cheering them. Soldiers and their families have told us many times how much they appreciate this PDA — Public Display of Affection — from citizens.


Lurker Bill from MD and RonGKirby are shown on the southeast corner as the bus approaches the gates of Walter Reed. They are just two of the two dozen FReepers and lurkers who were waving and shouting their greetings from all four corners. Photo by PleaDeal



Hoo-ah! Chief and Satin_Patriot on the northeast corner hail the bus as it enters the gates. Photo by PleaDeal


This Week's Honor Roll:

FReepers: Albion Wilde, BufordP, Cindy-True-Supporter, Fraxinus, Jimmy Valentine's brother, KBuri, PleaDeal, PrezUSA222, RonGKirby, Satin_Patriot, Tom the Redhunter, TroopRally [Mr & Mrs], VAflagwaver, VictoryNY.
Lurkers: Alicia, Bill from MD, Chief, Coby
of Vets for Freedom, Mom of PrezUSA222 and Steve, plus two soldiers from WRAMC = 23 for our rally, vs. an uncharacteristically large number, 14, for the anti-war "vigil."


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Links:

To view all of PleaDeal's photos of this FReep, Click here.

To view all of [Mrs] Trooprally's photos of this FReep, Click here.

To view BufordP's archive of all past Walter Reed FReeps, Click here.

Want some ideas of what you can do for the wounded at Walter Reed? FReepmail Albion Wilde, Cindy-True-Supporter, PleaDeal or VAFlagWaver.

Directions to our Walter Reed freep location from the Takoma metro station



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TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: aar; dcchapter; draft; hospitalgown; rally; walterreed
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To: Albion Wilde

Heck - I’m from Paramus, NJ. Sadly, I’ve only met a single NJ soldier since I arrived in Iraq. Today, we have Bob Menendez in the Palace’s Green Bean. Suffice it to say, I will be busy watching FoxNews in my office.


51 posted on 01/19/2008 4:28:11 AM PST by BroncosFan ("Now we grieve, 'cause now it's gone / But things were good when we were young.")
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To: Albion Wilde

Heck - I’m from Paramus, NJ. Sadly, I’ve only met a single NJ soldier since I arrived in Iraq. Today, we have Bob Menendez in the Palace’s Green Bean. Suffice it to say, I will be busy watching FoxNews in my office.


52 posted on 01/19/2008 4:28:13 AM PST by BroncosFan ("Now we grieve, 'cause now it's gone / But things were good when we were young.")
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To: Albion Wilde

Thanks for everything you do.


53 posted on 01/19/2008 6:11:00 AM PST by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Chill bumps down my back.

Lump in my throat.

Screen kinda blurry.

Absolutely awesome, guys. Thanks for this post!


54 posted on 01/19/2008 8:36:11 AM PST by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Thanks for the report!


55 posted on 01/19/2008 8:42:19 AM PST by ChessExpert (“This enemy is more dangerous than any threat we faced in the 20th century,” LTG Sanchez)
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To: Albion Wilde

I love these posts and appreciate all Freepers and supporters for doing this. Thank you all.


56 posted on 01/19/2008 12:06:27 PM PST by AGreatPer ("The Democrats don't give a rats ass about this country"....Rush Limbaugh, 11/15/07)
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To: BroncosFan

We will be *DELIGHTED* to have you join us when you come home!!! Thanks so much for reading this AAR and even more for working so far from home for such a great cause.


57 posted on 01/19/2008 12:14:59 PM PST by PleaDeal (Fred Thompson & concretebob in '08!)
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To: Albion Wilde

This one brought tears to my eyes, thanks, folks for standing up to the cowardly lefties!


58 posted on 01/19/2008 1:42:25 PM PST by Howie
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To: Albion Wilde

I look forward to the day (night) I can be there to stand with you.

My only gripe with the “Peace Through Victory” sign is that it leaves room for morons to imagine that there is any other way to achieve peace.


59 posted on 01/19/2008 6:27:54 PM PST by dsc
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To: Albion Wilde

I would appear those anti-war idiots just don’t seem to get it yet.


60 posted on 01/19/2008 6:57:23 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter for POTUS)
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To: Albion Wilde

God bless our awesome troops!!! Prayers for full recovery for our injured warriors, and also prayers for those young ignoramus “lefties-in-the-making” that they can grow up/wake up to reality soon and appreciate our military and how good we have it here in the U.S.

Thank you to the DC Chapter for braving the cold just to let our hero’s know they are loved and appreciated, and for the after-action reports for those of us who can’t be there.


61 posted on 01/19/2008 7:23:59 PM PST by MonicaG ((Duncan Hunter))
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To: Albion Wilde

Great post. Thanks.


62 posted on 01/19/2008 8:19:15 PM PST by GOPJ (Rather than attacking Huckabee...look at why he's garnering such broad support.-Parker)
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To: WVNan

“Thank you for a great AAR Albion. You kmow, simply to say “thank you” to our brave troops seems so inadequate to describe the feeling of gratitude that swells the heart and brings tears to the eyes. How do you say “thank you” for freedom?”

That’s exactly how I feel about it. Funny how we’re there to thank them and love them and support them, but they come out to see us and tell US “thank you for being here”... There’s never enough we can do. There’s always another solder to thank, love, hug, pray for, support, talk to, etc., and there are never enough hours in the day to do a proper job of it.


63 posted on 01/21/2008 8:53:21 AM PST by satin_patriot (Capitalist to the core.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Hoorah for Joel!!!! There the Lefties were all bundled up and Joel walks out in only his hospital gown/robe! True grit! I sure would have loved being in on that conversation!

Keep up the great work! You’re the best!


64 posted on 01/21/2008 10:47:32 AM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: BroncosFan

I’ve sent you a freepmail about NJ soldiers:-) I’m a bit further south than you, near Philadelphia but my college roommate was from Closter (Cloister?). Hope you showed up in the Fox news bit!


65 posted on 01/21/2008 8:48:23 PM PST by JoyjoyfromNJ (Psalm 121)
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To: Albion Wilde; BufordP; cindy-true-supporter; Fraxinus; Jimmy Valentine's brother; kburi; ...

TO: Albion Wilde, BufordP, Cindy-True-Supporter, Fraxinus, Jimmy Valentine’s brother, KBuri, PleaDeal, PrezUSA222, RonGKirby, Satin_Patriot, Tom the Redhunter, TroopRally [Mr & Mrs], VAflagwaver, VictoryNY:

Thank all y’all for your steadfastness and dedication to the troops! Thank you for encouraging all those soldiers at WRAMC—however they’re dressed!! (I have to admit; I’m not quite sure if I should be impressed that Joel is from NJ or just put his escapade down to the mixture of DC and NJ water. . . .)


66 posted on 01/21/2008 8:52:30 PM PST by JoyjoyfromNJ (Psalm 121)
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To: BroncosFan

Stay safe and keep your head down. We’ll be looking forward to meeting you if you can get down to D.C.

[Mr] T


67 posted on 01/22/2008 3:30:46 AM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: do the dhue

ping


68 posted on 01/22/2008 12:30:44 PM PST by molette67
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To: molette67

awesome stuff. Thanks for the ping


69 posted on 01/22/2008 2:25:55 PM PST by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: Albion Wilde
I am so proud of you guys and gals! Keep FReeping!
70 posted on 01/22/2008 2:40:52 PM PST by oneolcop (Take off the gloves!)
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To: Albion Wilde

My body was with the troops at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, but my thoughts were with you in D.C. Any time I’m in Northern Virginia I’ll do my best to spend a Friday night with you.


71 posted on 01/22/2008 4:25:03 PM PST by Portcall24
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To: Albion Wilde

Joel, if you get to read this: Our nation is truly honored to have men like you. Tell your buddies at Walter Reed how proud we are.


72 posted on 01/22/2008 7:36:17 PM PST by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: Albion Wilde

Just saw this, OUTSTANDING! Tell Joel thanks for the attitude check.


73 posted on 01/23/2008 7:11:13 AM PST by AliVeritas (I'm the Christian Satan warned you about... trust me.)
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To: PleaDeal
Looks like you’ll have to change half of your Tagline.

[Mr] T

74 posted on 01/23/2008 2:33:22 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: Albion Wilde

Great read.
Joel for President!


75 posted on 01/24/2008 9:32:00 AM PST by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("left unchecked, Saddam Hussein...will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." Sen. Hillary Clinton)
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To: do the dhue

ping gotta love it


76 posted on 01/27/2008 7:31:19 AM PST by molette67
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To: molette67

Sure do and God bless Joel!


77 posted on 01/27/2008 7:33:19 AM PST by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: Albion Wilde
Counts. Score ONE. Counts as Freeping in the shorts.
78 posted on 01/27/2008 8:31:45 PM PST by raygun (24.14% of the Voting Age Population elected Slick (The Cigar) Willey to a second term.)
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To: trooprally
Concretebob pulled out of the race?

:>)

79 posted on 01/28/2008 10:16:44 AM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro
ROTFLOL!!!

Good thing I wasn’t sipping a rum ‘n coke when I read your post.

[Mr] T

80 posted on 01/28/2008 2:59:18 PM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: Beckwith

One year later I finally got to read this article.It was funny to see my name changed to Joel.I understand why you folks protect your identities.I don’t care if those bums know my real name.I appreciate you all and all the kind words.God Bless you all.

Spc Joseph Mendez
HHC 1st BSTB 82nd AirBorne Division


81 posted on 01/06/2009 8:36:46 AM PST by JoeyfromJersey (one year later)
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