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Operation Infinite Freep - After Action Report - Houston, TX (15 Feb 2003)
15 February 2003 | PetroniDE

Posted on 02/15/2003 7:08:25 PM PST by PetroniDE

Iraq will not disarm unless forced and the United Nations will not enforce its own resolutions. Since Iraq will not disarm voluntarily, it is now up to the United States and the "coalition of the willing" to disarm Iraq. Despite overwhelming evidence that Saddam Hussein will not voluntarily disarm, large groups of "anti-Americans" demonstrated throughout the world against the United States. One of these protests occurred in Houston, TX.

Despite threatening weather early, the skies cleared by noon and the "anti-war" protest occurred under sunny skies with temperature around 70 degrees. The "anti-American" gathering was huge (about 3000-4000). About 40 groups, covering a wide range of democrat, socialists, communist, environmentalist, and “anti-GOP/Bush” groups sponsored the gathering. Despite the high turnout, there was a group of twelve people from FreeRepublic.com who were not intimidated by the large "anti-American" gathering. With the Freepers positioning themselves at the park entrance, the "anti-Americans" were required to march past our group to attend their rally. Traffic was light in the area, but our signs were greeted by the usual honks of encouragement.

Freeper Sign Samples
1) Large 8 foot x 3 foot sign "WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS".
2) Large United States flag with President Bush (as Uncle Sam) rolling up his sleeves.
3) Terrorist Hunting Permit.
4) Remember 11 September, Lets Roll

It is hard not to laugh at the "anti-American" crowd, so we proudly present:

Humorous Freeper Responses
1) No War sign: Our response was "Go War", "Pro War", and "War On".
2) "What Do We Want" chant: Our response was "FOOD STAMPS" or "HYGIENE".
3) A couple of people were asked if they were French and if they responded "yes" were further asked if they spoke German. Their response was "no", and our response was "your welcome, and remember that".
4) There were a few signs regarding Election 2000, and our response "Don't blame us you guys can't punch a hole in a piece of cardboard".

Freeper Responses Representing More Serious Themes
1) War solved Hitler.
2) "We tried peace, we got 9-11".
3) Seal our borders, not our windows.
4) In response to "What would Jesus do" sign, our answer was "Jesus came not to bring peace, but a sword".

Media Information
1) Channel 39 (WB) conducted interviews and took pictures.
2) Reporter from Northwestern State Univ. (Louisiana) conducted interviews.
3) At least two interviews conducted by the Indymedia crowd.

Other Bits of Information
1) The "anti-American" crowd was obscene today. We had one child in our group and there were many instances of "the finger" and profanity shouted at our group.
2) One "anti-American" had a sign "Bombing is to Piece is like F****** is to Virginity".
3) After the Freep, it was off to Floyd's Cajun Kitchen. The crawfish made a surprise attack and somewhere in the upcoming pictures, there is evidence of us imitating the French army, surrendering to the vicious and well-trained crawfish.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Breaking News; Free Republic; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: freep; hat; houston; iraq; report; supportrally; war
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A few closing notes:

1) The "long distance" award goes to Ron H. He had two of the best signs (President Bush and the Terrorist Hunting Permit), was the first Freeper to show, and had by a wide margin the longest drive.
2) The large "We Support Our Troops" sign was organized by Flyer. Several Freepers made financial contributions in that effort.
3) Humblegunner allowed for the use of his home as a staging area.
4) In walking to the Freep, I noticed six automobiles owned by the “anti-American” crowd that had safety/environmental and/or registration stickers that were expired. He noted the make and models and pointed the locations to the police in attendance. One of them stated that they would right citations. I don't like the stickers (or paying for them) as much as anyone else, but if I must pay, then they also must pay).
5) In granting interviews regarding why we were here, I was very polite and mentioned specifics of Powell's presentation, failure of the UN regarding enforcement of their resolutions, explanation why war is the only option left, and comparing the WMD disarmament of Iraq versus other countries (RSA, Kazhakstan, and Ukraine).

1 posted on 02/15/2003 7:08:25 PM PST by PetroniDE
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To: 1riot1ranger; Action-America; Alkhin; Allegra; American72; antivenom; Antoninus II; anymouse; ...
HOUSTON AREA PING.
2 posted on 02/15/2003 7:09:28 PM PST by PetroniDE (WAR ON !!!)
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To: Jim Robinson; Admin Moderator
FR UPPER MANAGEMENT PING....
3 posted on 02/15/2003 7:10:06 PM PST by PetroniDE (WAR ON !!!)
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To: PetroniDE
Good Going PetroniDE.....New York City was wild...we were lib infiltrated....God Bless, and keep Freepin!

FreeGards From The Lib Capitol of The World...Noo Yawk,

KLT AKA Karen

4 posted on 02/15/2003 7:20:16 PM PST by KLT (NY NEEDS TO BE CLINTONFREE!)
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To: KLT
Thanks.. I need to read all the after action reports. Pictures up later tonight or early tomorrow.
5 posted on 02/15/2003 7:23:37 PM PST by PetroniDE (WAR ON !!!)
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To: PetroniDE
Wonderful FReeping! Thanks for standing up for America. It has been an incredible day of reports.
6 posted on 02/15/2003 7:25:57 PM PST by bluesagewoman
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To: PetroniDE
WOOOO HOOOO! Houston!, Way to go!
7 posted on 02/15/2003 7:28:17 PM PST by Trteamer (Leftists don't own the corner any more!!)
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To: PetroniDE
Nice work H.A.T.!!!
8 posted on 02/15/2003 7:29:40 PM PST by DrewsDad
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To: PetroniDE
Great job Houston!!
9 posted on 02/15/2003 7:31:15 PM PST by artsie
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To: PetroniDE
Good job. Come over, contribute to, and enjoy Funniest Pictures of Anti-War Protests(let's make an archive thread)
10 posted on 02/15/2003 7:32:48 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: PetroniDE
Good work Houston!
11 posted on 02/15/2003 7:35:03 PM PST by Bob J (Join the Free Republic Network! www.freerepublic.net)
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To: PetroniDE; Humidston; Ms. AntiFeminazi; Rejoyce
Lock n' Load! 'Pod
12 posted on 02/15/2003 7:38:11 PM PST by sauropod (It's OK to drive an SUV if it helps you get babes.....)
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To: Diddle E. Squat; humblegunner; Flyer
Humblegunner and Flyer: See Post #10. Send him the funniest picture we have.
13 posted on 02/15/2003 7:43:35 PM PST by PetroniDE (WAR ON !!!)
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To: PetroniDE
Here we go now! We had a blast and although there were thousands
of them, I still think we won!!! Eagles Up!

The good guys rule, and took the high ground!

The veritable sea of fools...

Burkha Babes!

FReepers arriving at the site...


14 posted on 02/15/2003 7:46:58 PM PST by humblegunner (Primates capitulards et toujours en quête de fromages.)
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To: PetroniDE
I can't wait to see the Terrorist Hunting Permit. Thanks for the detailed after-action report and more sign ideas for future freeps. Ping me, please, when the pictures are up.

Congratulations to the HAT Chapter. Well done! FReep On!
15 posted on 02/15/2003 7:48:24 PM PST by Angelwood (FReepers are Everywhere!)
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To: PetroniDE
Excellent job! Thank you all!
16 posted on 02/15/2003 7:48:32 PM PST by bvw
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To: PetroniDE
Thanks from all of us not able to attend these freeps. You all are fantastic!
17 posted on 02/15/2003 7:48:33 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: humblegunner
High on a hill with flags unfurled -- you HOT FReepers look pretty good to me. Awesome WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS sign!
18 posted on 02/15/2003 7:50:56 PM PST by Angelwood (FReepers are Everywhere!)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
This one was pretty hilarious...


19 posted on 02/15/2003 7:51:58 PM PST by humblegunner (Primates capitulards et toujours en quête de fromages.)
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To: Angelwood
HOT should be HAT -- All of you look pretty good to me today.
20 posted on 02/15/2003 7:52:14 PM PST by Angelwood (FReepers are Everywhere!)
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To: humblegunner
Nice job, Houston FReepers!

Keep Old Glory flying high!
21 posted on 02/15/2003 7:54:42 PM PST by Palladin (Proud to be a FReeper!)
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To: Angelwood
Thank you! We had a blast, and ruined the commie/pacifist/America hater's whole day!


22 posted on 02/15/2003 8:00:20 PM PST by humblegunner (Primates capitulards et toujours en quête de fromages.)
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To: PetroniDE
Great freep and great report and photos. Thanks for taking the time to stand up for America.
23 posted on 02/15/2003 8:02:56 PM PST by basil
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To: basil
HoooYahh!!!


24 posted on 02/15/2003 8:09:56 PM PST by humblegunner (Primates capitulards et toujours en quête de fromages.)
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To: PetroniDE
WAY TO GO, Texas FReepers!

See also:

Texas, oui?
U.S. News- Washington Whispers ^ | 02/24/03 | Paul Bedard
Posted on 02/15/2003 4:15 PM PST by Pokey78

Bush aides are chuckling over a new bumper sticker that pokes fun at France's refusal to join the president's pressure campaign on Iraq.

"Texas," it says, "is bigger than France."

-- snip --

www.biggerthanfrance.com


25 posted on 02/15/2003 8:12:07 PM PST by RonDog
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To: PetroniDE
The thought for the day - QUALITY OVER QUANTITY EVERY TIME.

THANK YOU FOR STANDING UP FOR AMERICA.
Zip - Columbia (MO) Infinite FReeper and veteran

26 posted on 02/15/2003 8:14:33 PM PST by zip
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To: PetroniDE
If I knew how to ping the Oklahoma Chapter on this, I would.

I must brag on my activist husband...Today he was driving through the city (Tulsa, OK) with our children, and he passed a group of protesters. One was holding a sign that said "God Hates War" and another held one saying "Peace!" My oldest son asked him about the "God Hates War" statement, alerting my husband to the fact that our children were being bombarded with lies and liberal agenda...so he turned around and went back to the protest.

The first exchange with the man holding the "Peace" sign went as follows:

Husband: "You know what's great about this?"
Peace man: (excitedly) "What?!"
Husband: "That because men fought and died in war, you have the right to stand here on the corner and protest like this! It was war that gave you this freedom, not peace."
...to which the protester responded intelligently, "Whatever!"

My husband then moved on to the "God Hates War" protester and it went like this:

"Did you know that in the Bible, God actually SENT people into war?" The woman obviously knew she had no valid arguement, so she went straight for emotional manipulation: "Well, um, you have sons, and they are going to reinstate the DRAFT!" My husband shook his head at her and left her to sulk in misery over her lack of valid arguments.

I'm so proud! He did it in front of my children, so they are learning to be activists as well. Just had to brag.

27 posted on 02/15/2003 8:17:33 PM PST by I'm ALL Right!
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To: humblegunner
GOD BLESS you wonderful folks !!! ... I'll say a prayer for you in Church in the morning ... so, get ready for a few more blessings!!!! ... it is also great to see the beautiful blue, warm skies in the pictures ... we're frozen in West Virginia at the present! ... (I'm also praying byrdie flies away, the man is an embarassment)
28 posted on 02/15/2003 8:18:43 PM PST by DUH
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To: PetroniDE
Good work, yall.
29 posted on 02/15/2003 8:27:32 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: PetroniDE
Thank You Patriots
30 posted on 02/15/2003 8:29:37 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: RonDog

31 posted on 02/15/2003 8:30:16 PM PST by humblegunner (Primates capitulards et toujours en quête de fromages.)
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To: humblegunner
Just wanted to get my first Freep post up ASAP. Thanks to all the Patriots who answered the "Hate America First" crowd.
32 posted on 02/15/2003 8:36:38 PM PST by DrSakemoto ("I'll say this about liberals: They're no good." Ann Coulter)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Thank you, sweetie!
33 posted on 02/15/2003 8:52:24 PM PST by Allegra
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To: DrSakemoto; ofMagog; Pippin; Scuttlebutt; TexasCowboy; Fred Mertz; humblegunner; Eaker; Flyer; ...
The most fun I've had in a while!!!

It was great the way they ALL had to march past US!!!!!!!!!!

What a bunch of losers!!!!!



Stay safe; stay armed.
Eaker Freeper Status

34 posted on 02/15/2003 9:13:16 PM PST by Eaker (64,999,987 firearm owners killed no one yesterday. Somehow, it didn't make the news.)
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To: PetroniDE
Great job! Thanks for the report and pix.
35 posted on 02/15/2003 9:13:31 PM PST by Jen
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To: PetroniDE
Greetings PetroniDE, Houston FReepers, et al:
Great after action report, FReep on!
36 posted on 02/15/2003 9:43:32 PM PST by OneLoyalAmerican (Will pacifists still believe Iraq is WMD free after viewing a radioactive mushroom cloud?)
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To: PetroniDE
Thank you Freeping Heroes for a job well done!! Its an honor to be associated with the red, white and blue.
37 posted on 02/15/2003 9:52:54 PM PST by Cate (Let Freedom Ring !!!!)
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To: humblegunner
                 no Problem, Chief!
39 posted on 02/15/2003 11:31:08 PM PST by humblegunner (Primates capitulards et toujours en quête de fromages.)
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To: humblegunner
Is that my gut? I need more PT bump! ;)
40 posted on 02/16/2003 12:17:21 AM PST by Liberal Classic (Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est.)
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To: humblegunner
Good pics. I noticed there were no burkas in attendance this afternoon. Can't imagine why.

I did get to shout "show your face" to a couple of bandana-wearing individuals. One such guy came up to razz us, and I resisted the very real urge to yank his down. At the protests downtown last fall during Bush's visit, I saw a number of younger folks wearing bandanas. I asked one why she was masked, to which she repled the CIA was there watching. Oh boy.
41 posted on 02/16/2003 12:27:51 AM PST by Liberal Classic (Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est.)
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To: Liberal Classic
No worries, mate.. didn't you see the commie trash on parade?
I've seen better specimens in the homeless shelter!
Thanks for coming out!


42 posted on 02/16/2003 12:31:45 AM PST by humblegunner (Primates capitulards et toujours en quête de fromages.)
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To: PetroniDE
Outstanding FReep! Beautiful pics!
43 posted on 02/16/2003 1:27:06 AM PST by Jim Robinson (FReepers are the GReatest!)
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To: humblegunner
Glad to be there.

Just for reference here is a picture uploaded to the Houston Indymedia.org site:

...as well as some audio files recounting some of their reactions.

Interviewer:
There are some guys, that we walked by just now, who are actually pro-war, I guess. And they are advocating war, and they have signs that say something like, you know, "Remember September 11th," and things like that. And, uh, I hear you had some words with them.

Peace Activist:
I did, yes, uh, because of my son they started shouting to me I'm pro-rape and pro-murder. And, I thought it was very ironic because they were, they want war, they're for Bush. And I told them that, that war is rape and murder, and that they were being hypocrites. And, I just thought it was amazing -- that they could say that to anti-war people, that we're pro-rape and pro-murder.

Interviewer:
They also had signs that say, like, we're for real peace, and things like that. Did you have words with them about that as well, or?

Peace Activist:
No, I couldn't, I couldn't make out their signs for listening to their ridiculous words!

Interviewer:
I see. Did the police have to step in? Did they get violent?

Peace Activist:
No, no it... No it wasn't like that. But, uh, my blood pressure was going up I could tell.

The police did have to step in, but not because we got violent. Rather a bunch of these yahoos kept coming up to us and getting in our faces. Sheesh.

44 posted on 02/16/2003 1:29:58 AM PST by Liberal Classic (Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est.)
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To: PetroniDE
Thank you Texas freepers!
45 posted on 02/16/2003 4:06:04 AM PST by snippy_about_it ( Pray for our troops!)
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To: humblegunner
That looks like a piece of moldy brie that cheese eating surrender monkey has in his hand.

Well done Houston, you handled your problem well.
46 posted on 02/16/2003 5:27:22 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Let the US and British weapon inspections start now!)
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To: PetroniDE; humblegunner; Eaker; All
You guys absolutely ROCK!!!

Thank-you so much for what you have done to further the righteous and *moral* causes of conservatism.

It males me sick to watch the news coverage that the America-haters got.

Love and {{{{{{{smoochies}}}}}}}}} to you for all that you do!
47 posted on 02/16/2003 7:06:49 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: dansangel
males=makes
48 posted on 02/16/2003 7:33:10 AM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
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To: I'm ALL Right!
Sounds like several of the new generation of FReepers got some good, first-hand lessons from conscientious and patriotic parents yesterday. Thanks for sharing your story.
49 posted on 02/16/2003 7:45:19 AM PST by sweetliberty (Go Al, go!)
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To: humblegunner

ROTFL! One of the French?

50 posted on 02/16/2003 7:48:28 AM PST by sweetliberty (Go Al, go!)
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