Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Remains Of Sep 11 Victims Found In New York

Four years after the attack, remains are still being found in the corners of Ground Zero in New York City where the World Trade Center once stood.

Construction workers found ten small bone fragments this last week on the roof of the 41-story Deutsche Bank building while dismantling the skyscraper, which was struck by debris when the neighboring World Trade Center fell on September 11, 2001. The fragments were turned over to the city medical examiner for testing to determine if they were human. If so, they may be able to extract DNA from them to provide closure for some families who had no body to bury after the atrocity. On the other hand, it could open a new well of grief for families who have already buried part of their loved ones.

Only 292 intact bodies were recovered from the estimated 2,749 people butchered by Al Qaeda in the WTC. New York stopped trying to identify remains last February. They have stored 9,720 unidentified bone and tissue fragments in the hope that future technology will tell us who they were.

They will be finding pieces of people at Ground Zero for years to come.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Marching With The Moonbats In DC

The lefties held a giant protest-fest in Washington, DC this last Saturday, September 24th, ostensibly to protest the war in Iraq. I took my camera along to show you the dirty underbelly of the demonstration that the local news won't show you. Here are my pix. Enjoy.

Don't be fooled by the ANSWER T-shirt this vendor is hawking at the demonstration. Washington T-shirt sellers are the most opportunistic capitalist entrepreneurs you will ever see. If this demonstration demanded that innocent kittens be drowned, the T-shirt sellers would be on the streets with "Kill The Evil Kittens" T-shirts. I once asked a T-shirt seller at a peace rally whether if the march was against T-shirt sellers, would he sell T-shirts saying, "DEATH TO T-SHIRT SELLERS!" Yup, he said, "It's all about the almighty dollar." I love these guys.

The best part is that these T-shirts are made in the foreign sweatshops these lefties claim to oppose. Savor the hypocrisy.

The brain-damaged lefties don't understand that in real fascist states the fascists arrest you, beat you, and throw you in a dark dungeon for calling them fascist. Toting a sign around calling the government fascist is a guarantee that you don't live in a fascist state. So this sign rebuts itself.

This is what it looks like when rednecks go bad.

Not surprised to see him there. He may be the event planner.

I think maybe this was their imperial wizard.

This woman was sitting on the sidewalk with her top down. As a concession to modesty, she had what looked like blue electrical tape over her nipples. I'm not sure what this was about, but I'm for it. This is one area where conservative protestors can learn a lot from liberal protestors. That means you, Ann Coulter!

This guy is wearing Old Glory and the flag of Saddam's regime in Iraq. You can tell because Saddam added "God is Great" to the Iraqi flag in his own handwriting, which you can see between the stars. The new Iraqi flag keeps the same basic design but uses a more stylized font for "Allah Akbar." I saw as many of Saddam's flags at the anti-war rally as American flags. If you are flying the flag of Saddam, whose Baathist henchmen are killing and wounding our troops, you are not demonstrating for peace. You are rooting for the enemy. This march was festooned with Saddam's flag.

This commie babe was hawking copies of the "Socialist Worker" for a buck apiece. I told her that I rejected such crass capitalistic exchanges and would prefer to wait until the revolution was complete and all things would be free to all the workers. OK, so I was flirting with her a bit. I know, I know, she's a commie and commies are bad, well, worse than bad, pure evil. But she was cute. It kinda looks like she was buying my line of crap, too.

Sometimes I lose my focus.

This guy was protesting Coca-Cola, which he called "Killer-Cola, The Drink That Represses!" His flier says he's pretty sure that Coke is running paramilitary death squads in South America that kidnap, torture, and murder its enemies. It's a conspiracy, of course. Sprite, Fanta, Minute Maid, Nestea, Powerade, Swerve, and Dasani are all part of it. You can read all about it in his website at www.killercoke.org. Quite frankly, I've always had my doubts about Sprite.

This was a huge crowd in the Ellipse listening to the endless stream of speakers, each pitching a short harangue. My eye is used to seeing four thousand people in one spot after years of forming up with the Cadet Wing for lunch at the Air Force Academy. It looked like at least three Cadet Wings out there. I'd guess the crowd in the Ellipse at about 15,000. That was a fraction of the total rally.

I walked up as the venomous Ramsey Clark was thundering abuse at the Bush administration: "BUSH LIED!" Speaker after speaker, three or four dozen of them, took the podium in an endless stream to each pitch a five minute diatribe. Ben Dupuy, one of Haitian ex-president Aristide's henchmen, gave a scathing denunciation of Bush ("BUSH LIED!") and asked, "Is this the kind of democracy we want!?" As I recall, Aristide's democracy involved mounting gasoline-soaked tires on its enemies necks and lighting them. Necklacing, they called it.

A Palestinian activist took the podium and cried, "Bush LIED about the WMDs!" A black activist told the crowd that Katrina was racist genocide and Bush lied. Reverend John Thomas from the United Church of Christ, the only guy wearing a suit, said Bush lied about this war and complained that the US is not popular in the world anymore. A crew of people from Cindy Sheehan's "Bring Them Home Now" tour said Bush lied, this is a racist war: "It's SO time to bring our troops home!"

The representative of Black Voices for Peace shouted, "This is the most dangerous government to come to power in the history of the US!" Well, I certainly hope so and I hope Al Qaeda and the Baathists and Iran and North Korea think so too. The last administration was a touchy-feely kumbaya government and look where it got us.

The Green Party spoke. Bush lied. A poet spoke. Bush lied. Another Palestinian guy. Bush lied.

I could never be a lefty because the speeches would wear me out. You'd think after the first half dozen speakers told you Bush lied that everyone would get it and want to move on. But no, apparently the ANSWER organizers want to pummel the crowd's minds into submission with One Big Lie, told over and over again. As Lenin said, and I'm sure the comrades at ANSWER could confirm, "A lie told often enough becomes the truth."

Some of the lefties in the crowd couldn't take it either and began to get restless. A poet from Def Poetry Jam said rich people caused poor people to suffer in Katrina. Bush lied. Another Palestine activist was introduced. "LET'S MARCH!" people in the crowd started yelling. The Palestinian guy blathered on about racism, the Israeli and American kind, not the Palestinian kind. Hundreds of people started leaving.

Another Palestinian activist was introduced. "NO! NO! NO!" cried the crowd. "LET'S MARCH!" As he started to talk about Palestine, a lefty next to me said to himself, "Who cares," turned around and left.

An Israeli refusenik began railing on Israel. The war in Iraq, he claimed, would devastate the US military and our society would collapse.

"MARCH NOW! MARCH NOW!" the crowd chanted. There was a brief intermission while some administrative announcements were made. A girl was told to meet her mother in the Socialist Liberation tent. I stifled a laugh. Another speaker was announced. "NO! NO! NO!" complained the crowd.

Some guy from South Africa spoke who sounded like Garrett Morris from Saturday Night Live doing Chico Escuela. I purt near expected him to say, "Revolution been berry berry good to me!" Instead he just kept saying over and over, "DOWN with George Bush, DOWN! DOWN with war in Iraq, DOWN!" Then he led the crowd in the chant, "ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE!"

The crowd must have believed another world was possible because when they introduced the next speaker, George Friday of United for Peace and Justice, they all went looking for it. Only a thousand people stayed to hear the next poet. Bush lied. Then a speaker wailing about the Cuban Five. Bush lied. Then they trotted out a string of American Muslim speakers: "...we live in a virtual concentration camp of fear...." It was hip deep, my friends, hip deep.

By this time so many lefties had left for the march that I could walk up next to the podium. The moderators made desperate pleas to the crowd to stay to hear the rest of the speakers, telling them that the streets were so crowded the march could not move. However, you could look over to the street a block away and see the march pulling out to the White House with thousands of people.

Ralph Nader began spouting off about how Bush was a warmonger and must be impeached. Bush lied. I was just opening the door to the Portajohn when Jessica Lange, the actress, began speaking. I couldn't hear her words, just the tone, just like the tone your mother took with you when you were a little kid and tracked mud into the house. It sounded like this: "Yappity yappity yip yip yip. BUSH LIED."

Now I don't want to give the impression that the protest was all bad. For many, it was a family event, a chance to spend some quality time bonding with the children. For the kids, it was the chance to make golden memories they will cherish all their lives: the first time they waved a revolutionary banner, the first time they called for the overthrow of America, their coming of age in the collective. I'm sure they will carry these precious moments forward to future anti-American rallies and thank Mom for it all. It makes you kinda misty, doesn't it?

Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) is the organizer of this antiwar demonstration and every antiwar demonstration in Washington. ANSWER is a front organization for the Workers World Party (WWP), who are Stalinists. The original cadre of the WWP were refugees from the old Communist Party of the USA (CPUSA), who left when the Soviet Union folded and stopped covertly slipping the CPUSA a million bucks a year. ANSWER won't answer where it gets its funding, but the giveaway is that the WWP leaders keep treking to North Korea to extoll the worker's paradise there. Kim Jong Il is probably their sugar daddy.

The wild mob of Bush-haters display their dark fantasy. As I understand it, the bloody head on a stick is the international symbol for pacifism, a fitting symbol for this "peace" march and a neat icon for what this march was all about.

The mob reaches the White House and camps out.

It was all about hating Bush; a primitive, feral hate something akin to the Wahhabi hate for infidels. It was expressed in the language the proud vulgarians of the Left know best.

The Socialist Alternative, one of many socialist groups marching ostensibly for peace. However, the socialist alternative usually involves killing people in big bloody batches to achieve their utopia.

They were chanting, "Dump the elephant, Dump the ass, Build the party of the working class!"

This may be the scariest thing I saw all day. It is just so wrong on so many levels. It's a nightmare vision I'm going to have a hard time scrubbing out of my head.

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Young radicals wave ANSWER banners emblazoned with Che Guevara's image and the slogan "RESIST IMPERIALISM!" However, if you really want to resist imperialism, you would be on America's side, opposing imperialists in Iraq. The Baathist imperialists built a Sunni empire in Iraq which mistreated the Kurds and Shiites as subjects which they killed en masse at will. Zarqawi's branch of Al Qaeda's religious imperialists are embarked on a murderous campaign to conquer the whole world for Islam and make everyone bow to Mecca. America, on the other hand, is establishing a democracy in Iraq that will allow Iraqis to vote on their own fate.

The girl in the center is wearing a T-shirt that proclaims, "THE ONLY BUSH I TRUST IS MY OWN!" It sounds like a dubious proposition but it ranked among the most thoughtful of the arguments offered by the protest mob, who tended to confuse foreign policy with their sex lives.

ANSWER is the Stalinist group that organized this antiwar demonstration. They call the tune and let the large liberal groups provide the chorus.

There were a fair number of lefty conspiracy theorists toting banners about that revealed that America attacked itself on Sep 11, not the Muslim religious imperialists of Al Qaeda like everyone thinks. That's all a cover story put out by the White House. Bush lied about that, too, you see.

I took a flier from one of the groups, 911Truth.org, which told me a lot of things that I just didn't know. For example: 1) The Bush administration dreamed up the Sep 11 attacks in order to pump up the Pentagon budget with a "New Pearl Harbor;" 2) Six of the skyjackers are still alive; 3) The World Trade Center was not brought down by those jetliners that hit it but by controlled demolitions; 4) The destruction of the neighoring 7 World Trade Center was done to destroy files investigating Enron, Worldcom, and others.

That's why the Left is so much smarter than the Right. The Left just knows a lot of stuff like this the rest of us just don't know at all.

Thanks for sharing.

The haters turn their fury on the White House and let their middle fingers fly.

Actually, bombing Germany and Japan in WWII did bring about peace quite neatly. And bombing Afghanistan stopped follow-on attacks by Al Qaeda on America from there after September 11. Give bombing a chance, I say. Visualize smart bombs. On Saudi Arabia.

Some of the protest mob began berating the police manning the thin blue line protecting the White House. These two womyn demanded to know why so many of the police in the line were black. They were convinced it was some kind of racist conspiracy by the Rovian White House. I guess it never occurred to white liberal women like them that most of the people in DC are black so it follows that most of the police in DC are black. Duh.

Protestors from the Socialist Worker, the newspaper of the International Socialist Organization. You can never have too many commies at a peace march. Commies love to march for peace, when they're not invading countries or rounding up people to be shot.

Proudly carrying the ANSWER banner into mainstream America.

The Communist Party of the USA. Yeah, they're still around. A big demonstration like this brings all the critters out from under their rocks. Now, sit back and ask yourself, why didn't I see any of these commie banners on TV nor hear tell of them in the newspaper? Why? Is it because the mainstream media is perfectly fair and unbiased and somehow missed seeing all of them? Or could it be that the liberals in the media avoid mention of them and refuse to televise them because they would taint the anti-war cause they support? You be the judge.

The lefty moonbats display their plumage.

The march winds up with a parade of flag-draped coffins.
Unfortunately, there is no IQ test to exercise free speech in America. You might keep this photo handy for the next time you hear a liberal say they are smarter than conservatives. Say what you will about conservatives, the one thing you will never see a Republican doing is waltzing around the White House with his johnson flying in the breeze like this lefty genius.

This protestor believes that the CIA kidnapped his daughter after sending her subliminal messages over the Internet. I don't make this stuff up, folks. I just report what I see. But it makes as much sense as anything else I saw at the protest march.

The big peace sign at the end.

You can see the whole set of pix I took here.

The demonstration was huge. It could well have been a hundred thousand people there. It wasn't really an anti-war protest so much as dozens of protests against everything under the sun all hung on the central theme of hating Bush. That brought out a rather representative slice of the left side of the country. And when they come out in the light, what you see is a freak show.

You have now seen the images I saw, but let me pause for a moment to contemplate what I did not see here. I saw no sign mentioning Saddam, Zarqawi, the Baathists, let alone condemning them. You would think that pacifists in a peace march might object to Muslim warmongers beheading people for their religion. Not a whiff of such sentiment was to be seen. In fact, it appeared that beheading Bush is something they might like to do. It's quite apparent that they are not against war, just against America.

I did not see one mainstream Democrat politician, which is pretty amazing considering they could walk from their offices at the Capitol to this demonstration. Apparently, they don't want to be embarassed by association with this wacked out extremist crowd. Somebody might have taken their photo next to Bush's head on a stick or the Sep 11 conspiracy theorists or next to the parade of flag-draped coffins and used it to discredit them. Somebody like me.

What I didn't see is the people of the greater Washington metro area turn out to march against the war. Rather than join the march against the war, they participated in a five million man march to the refrigerator for a cold one, then back to the couch.

In the end, it was just a giant temper tantrum, a tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

*** UPDATE ***

Some lefties are proclaiming that 300,000 protestors showed up for this rally. After some thought, I'm going to estimate that it was about 40,000 [corrected]. Here are my reasons.

A lane of traffic is 11 feet across, so the four lanes of road on 15th St NW and Pennsylvania Avenue are 44 feet across. Multiply that by 5280 feet and you have 232,320 sq ft of street in a mile.

The crowd was fairly dense. You could reach out your hand and touch people to your side and in front and back. So let's say that each person occupied a three foot by three foot bubble of space. That means that 25,813 people can fit in a mile of four lane street (232,320 sq ft divided by 9 sq ft).

The crowd was so tightly packed that it got in its own way. We moved at a shuffle and stopped a lot. From the times recorded on my photos, I see it took me 48 minutes to walk the 3200 feet from the beginning of the march to the White House. That's 0.76 miles per hour.

It looked to me that it took a couple hours for the march to pass the White House. In two hours you can walk about 1.52 miles [corrected] at 0.76 mile per hour. That means there were about 1.52 miles of people in this march or 39,236 (1.52 miles times 25,813 people per mile). Of course, the main body of the march was more tightly packed than the tail of it, which petered off, so this is a high estimate.

If there were 300,000 protestors, as the lefty fabricators claim, it would have taken nearly nine hours for the entire march to pass the White House. The parade would have been 11.6 miles long, which means that it would have stretched out of Washington into the suburbs, very nearly to the end of the Metro lines. That means that the parade would have continued into the night. However, the crowd had substantially dispersed in front of the White House by 4:30 PM. To get twelve miles of marchers past the White House in two hours, they would have needed to do so at a jog, like a 10K run. That wasn't so. They creeped by. The 300,000 protestor claim is self-evidently false upon simple examination. So is the even bigger lies of 500,000 marchers.

So there's another lefty lie undone by simple arithmetic, the bane of liberals everywhere.

*** UPDATE ***

Looks like misrepresentation is a theme of this protest.

Here is Jeb Eddy, who waved a banner at the protests claiming to be ashamed to be Republican. "Wizbang" googles him to discover, rather easily, that he's an imposter, a long-time hard core liberal lying to make his point. Why would he lie? Because the truth doesn't work for the Left.

"Stop the Bleating" discovers with a simple Google search that a self-described novice protestor in a Washington Post article is a veteran protestor who has worked with ANSWER in the past.

The lefties have not caught on to the fact that there are a zillion conservative bloggers who are happy to fact check their asses, unlike their sympathizers in the liberal main stream media who are happy to be their credulous messengers. What the bloggers are finding is that the lefties have been blatantly lying all along without fear of being found out. We can only hope they remain too ignorant to feel fear.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Code Pink Continues Protest Of Walter Reed

Radical lefties from all over the nation are gathering in a big steaming pile here in Washington, DC for a giant Protest-A-Rama against the war and against Bush, Cheney, Halliburton, and dozens of other things. It seemed a sure bet that some of them would find their way to the Friday night "peace vigil" Code Pink has been holding at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for five or six months now. So I took my camera out to see what was happenning in the ongoing protest drama there.

To recap the Walter Reed story, Code Pink, a far left group, has targeted Walter Reed Army Medical Center for their anti-war protest in a gesture of monumental insensitivity. They've made a lot of wild charges about military conspiracies regarding the wounded soldiers from Iraq who are treated there. They claim this is a vigil, not a protest. Nobody is fooled.

Conservatives consider Walter Reed an outrageous venue for a protest. A number of ad hoc conservative groups, the "Freepers" of Free Republic foremost, have been counter-protesting Code Pink at Walter Reed for at least five months. Their morale was still as high as when I visited a month ago and they doubled their numbers in anticipation of this weekend's surge of protestors.

Melanie Morgan, co-chair of "Move America Forward", stopped by to visit on her coast-to-coast "You Don't Speak For Me, Cindy" bus tour. She hosts a conservative talk show on KSFO 560 radio in San Francisco out there on the Left Coast, of all places. I had no idea conservatives were allowed in the Bay Area. Isn't she a little cutie-pie?

I had hardly been there ten minutes before a middle-aged man from the Code Pink side darted across the Georgia Avenue to confront the Freepers in a shout, "DON'T CALL ME UNAMERICAN!" Everyone kinda looked at each other, wondering who called him un-American. Turns out nobody did, but nevertheless that's what the Code Pink guy was feeling. He was a Navy veteran, he claimed, and had the moral authority to oppose the war.

Of course, you need to take the claims of demonstrators claiming military service with a grain of salt. B.G. Burkett in his book Stolen Valor tells us that his investigation of weepy vets at antiwar demonstrations revealed that two thirds of them were phonies, either grossly misrepresenting their military service to gain attention or having no service at all. Generally, the more bits of uniform a protestor is wearing, the more likely he is a fake whose only time in the military was spent shopping in the army surplus store. The probability of them being a phony rises dramatically if they claim to have been in an elite unit like the SEALs or Green Berets. Generally, combat veterans clam up rather than spout off. Those who spout off the loudest about their horrific combat experiences often turn out to have been supply clerks.

However, taking the Navy Code Pinker's claim at face value, he did finger the central contested issue of this series of demonstrations: moral authority. The Code Pinkers desperately want it and are frustrated that their protest is not gaining it for them. They are becoming more edgy, more strident, more confrontational, louder, angrier. They are resorting to dirty tricks to defeat the Freeper counter-protest. They are losing and they don't like it.

Most of all they are confused as to why their protest isn't working. They thought that if they just repackaged themselves from the classic lefty troop-haters to pose as supporters, they could fool the public. They thought if they just changed their signs from "MAIMED FOR LIES" to "WE SUPPORT THE TROOPS, BRING THEM HOME NOW", public opinion would support them, even the troops would support them. After all, the lesson of the Vietnam war protests is that spitting on the troops loses the sympathy of the general public.

So they have changed their marketing pitch to "Love the troops, Hate the war." The flaw in this marketing campaign is that lefties still hate the military, which comes through in spite of themselves. What the Code Pink people don't get is that the medium is the message. The implicit message of a protest at Walter Reed where the war-wounded recover is one of contempt for the troops.

There's Melanie Morgan, again, standing with a counter-protestor with a pretty funny sign: "How about rooting for OUR side for a change, you liberal moron?" I'd like to see that message plastered on billboards across Blue State America. Plant the first one outside the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port.

Code Pink voices their frustration at being counter-protested by what they call "loud, raucous Rove brown shirts" (two of the sinister Rovian agents are pictured above) on their website in the rather desperately titled "Save The Walter Reed Vigil" page:

"NOW TODAY, there are some who are so unsure of their own position that they feel they cannot tolerate even our small, short, weekly vigil. These people wave the American flag but they have lost the essence of what it means. They say God Bless The Troops but they don't understand what it is that you and your comrades fought for, are fighting for. Their goal is to silence us, and what will they do then? HOW DID it come to this? That a small, humble vigil of ten people or so, should turn into such a storm? What are we saying that gets them so angry?Support Our Troops. Full Benefits for Our Vets. Bring the Troops Home".
Code Pink is quite transparently lying here. They started out carrying mock flag-covered coffins and signs saying "ENLIST HERE AND DIE FOR HALLIBURTON", before bad publicity made them sanitize their signs to convey more decent sentiments. Friday night, the Code Pink people were strumming a guitar and all singing along to a song that urged the troops to stop killing children:
"No more blood for oil;
We shall not be moved.
No more killing children;
We shall not be moved."

And so on and so on. The lyrics go on like that forever like a dentist drill in your skull. Calling the troops child-killers is not supporting the troops, but rather is the kind of slander which makes ordinary people angry, which creates the storm of counter-protest. Simply put, what Code Pink advertises in their website does not match what any casual observer can see with his own eyes at Walter Reed.

The counter-protestors are composed mostly of military veterans, military wives, military family members, and girlfriends of soldiers. It seems to me that they speak with moral authority when they say "God Bless The Troops," as opposed to Code Pink people who have very little connection to the military and find it an alien entity. This clumsy appeal to "you and your comrades" in the military is a creepy, condescending, and manipulative approach which assumes a bogus camaraderie with military people. Nobody is buying it.

The troops despise Code Pink, according to the word of a person who works with them in the hospital who came out to thank the counter-protestors after Code Pink departed. The person added that the troops were very appreciative of the counter-protestors.

I'm happy to second their appreciation. A blind man could see that these are just the kind of patriotic women who make America stand tall. We salute them! Keep up the good work! You are an inspiration to red-blooded American men everywhere.

A wounded soldier wheeled himself out to the Freepers one night when the counter-protests began. He had lost both legs above the knee. He had burn spots all over his forearms. He told the Freepers the spots were worse on his chest. He was maybe 22.

According to him, wounded soldiers returning to the hospital routinely flipped the bird to Code Pink. On Friday nights, a bus takes many wounded troops out to dinner and shows, which patriotic DC businessmen donate to them. They return about 9:30 PM. Sometimes the troops would ask the bus driver to stop halfway in the gate and turn on the inside lights so that Code Pink could get a good view of their middle fingers. That was pretty discouraging to the Pinksters.

The Freepers think that's why Code Pink changed its original protest hours of 8 to 10 PM, moving it forward an hour to 7 to 9 PM, so they would avoid encountering the troops on the bus. Evidently, it was beating down the morale of the Code Pinkamaniacs and whittling down their numbers. The bulk of the regular, local Code Pinkers tend to be naive folks who think that a crass appeal to the self-interest of the troops, ie pulling them out of harm's way in Iraq, is supporting the troops. They don't think the troops can see through that because they assume that anyone who joins the military is fairly stupid. The Code Pinkers don't understand the military people's sense of mission. They think they can trick the hicks from the sticks with a couple syrupy slogans. That arrogance and ignorance has undermined their protest, thank goodness.

The Pinks are fond of grandiose claims. For example, in their Walter Reed Vigil Report No. 5: "Before tonight's vigil two of the vigilers went door to door in the neighborhood. What they found was universal support for our presence and for what we are doing."

Well, I stopped and chatted with some of the neighborhood people. It was a warm night, which brings the folks on this side of town out on their porches like back in the old days. These working folks don't have the money to run air conditioning all the time.

One Hispanic girl sitting on her front steps with her sisters and grandma told me that the Pink people came knocking on their door and asked them to join their protest but they didn't really understand what it was about. Something about bringing soldiers home but from where? Their home was only about a half block from the demonstration but they couldn't really hear anything. She said it didn't bother them. None of them were really very curious about it. That kind of political activism is for middle class people with lots of leisure time. For the people who live on Georgia Avenue, pretty much all their time is invested in surviving. Protesting is a luxury sport.

So once again, when you make even a casual investigation of reality and compare it to Code Pink's version of events, they don't match. There is no "universal support" for Code Pink in the Walter Reed neighborhood. There isn't much awareness of what the protest is about or interest in joining it. It's a rich white woman thing, like bridge.

And really, what a clumsy lie to claim you enjoy "universal support." Only Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro make claims like that. Here in the real world, it's hard to get five people to agree on where to go for lunch, let alone get an entire neighborhood to agree on politics.

The best news of the night was that our chicks were way hotter than their chicks, which, in my view, demonstrates the nobility of our cause and the soundness of our method. Nuff said.

Hmmmm. Maybe I should have brought my old flight suit. I'm not sure I could still fit in it though. And it might smell like mothballs.

Here is a Protest Warrior who claims to have worked with Smash, recently moving from San Diego to Washington. He's the only guy on our side who worried me. Anyone who trades San Diego for DC shows questionable judgement. I can only hope the first blizzard will cure him.

Meow! She does have a point, which I think might be that Code Pink is posing as supportive of the troops rather then expressing an authentic love for the them. Code Pink only makes token expressions of affection for the wounded guys suffering in Walter Reed.

I crossed Georgia Avenue to check out the Code Pinkers, who by my count outnumbered their counter-protestors, 148 to 112. They owned the Walter Reed side of the road, while the Freepers owned the other side.

These folks, above, were the ones singing about baby-killing. They played another song to the tune of "When The Saints Go Marching In," which went on forever, like all these protest songs, beginning new stanzas with the following leads:

"When they say, no blood for oil, ...."

"When they say, no blood for Halliburton, ...."

"When they send, Dick Cheney to Iraq, ...."

"When they send, the twins to Iraq, ...."

"When they build, up the levees, ...."

"When the Iraqi, people are free, ...."

Of course, if Code Pink had its way and our troops were all brought home, the Iraqi people would never see freedom. The Baathists and jihadis would be free to do their worst, fighting over Iraq like wild dogs over a bloody bone. That is why this peace protest is so wrongheaded. Pulling the troops out of Iraq would lead to more war, more bloodshed, not peace. But then Code Pink is not really against war. They are just against America.

Many of the Code Pink protestors looked like normal people. They each had a vigil candle in a little glass vase. I had the sense that they were church people who fell in with the Code Pink Marxists out of naivete.

I really don't know what they are talking about here, but then they probably don't either.

Generally, the local regulars to these Code Pink protests tend to be older, more mature people which accounts for their discipline in culling the most radical elements from their protest. However, the out-of-town crowd passing through for the big DC protest tended to be younger and dumber, less mature and more rude. It looked like some of the older folks were standing apart from the main Code Pink mob.

Lefties have learned over the last couple years to include an American flag in their protests. Up until then, you could usually count more commie flags than American flags, although there are always plenty of adulterated Old Glories covered with swastikas or peace signs or some such nonsense. Code Pink has been careful to avoid that.

In my brief chats with the Code Pinkies, they seemed more adversarial this time around than they did a month ago. Back then, I could discuss with them in a civil way the issues at hand, even joke that they should try some Conservative Propaganda, that they may acquire a taste for it if they tried it. There was no joking around this time.

The Pinks felt aggrieved. "Do you hear what they are saying over there," they complained, pointing across the street at the counter-protestors (Rove's brownshirts in the language of the Code Pink bulletins). They were stung to have their patriotism questioned, to be accused of supporting the terrorists, to be accused of not supporting the troops when, look here, they had signs that said WE SUPPORT THE TROOPS. They wanted them to stop saying all that. The Code Pink people cared very much what the Freepers thought of them. By contrast, the Freepers do not give a hoot in hell what Code Pink thought of them. In their hearts, the Code Pink protestors have granted moral authority to the counter-protestors.

The distress of the Code Pink protestors arises from the perverse definition of patriotism adopted by the extreme Left. Back in the '60s, the leftists considered protesting against Vietnam as the highest form of patriotism. By degrees over the decades, the lefties came to define patriotism as protest. Now, they live in a parallel intellectual universe where you can only be a patriot if you are castigating America. By their peculiar inversion of values, they see people who support America as traitors, Rovian agents, brownshirts. They live in a topsy turvy moral universe where black is white, up is down, treason is patriotism.

Consequently, it exasperates the Code Pink protestors when their demonstrations are not well received. They are used to being granted moral authority the moment their protest hits the street, whatever their cause, and enjoying popular support. Being counter-protested has thrown them off. It doesn't seem fair to have their tactics turned against them, to be hoisted with their own petard. They have no strategy for dealing with dissent from their position. The old protest game isn't working for them anymore. They're bogged down in a protest quagmire.

"I'm not threatening you," said Mr. Radical Ponytail right before he threatened to have the cops remove me if I took more photos of the Code Pink demonstration. He claimed to be the demonstration monitor, whatever that is. This is a permitted demonstration. We have a permit and you can not harass us. And so on. He was quite full of shit. I called his bluff and walked him over to the nearest police officer to referee the dispute, who had a "Why me" look on his face.

I asked the officer if there was any problem with me taking photos of the demonstration. Nope.

But he's from the Other Side, said Mr. Radical Ponytail. We can't have people coming from the Other Side disrupting our demonstration. We have a permit. These people will cause trouble. You have to head this off now before there is trouble. We have a permit that protects us from this.

I'm not a demonstrator, I told the cop. I'm covering the demonstration for my blog. I'm not disrupting anything, just taking photos.

He's intimidating people, said Mr. Radical Ponytail. He's sticking his camera in people's faces and that's intimidating. He can take pictures from the other side of the street instead of intimidating people by sticking a camera right in their faces.

I'm not intimidating anyone, I told the cop. If people don't want their picture taken, I don't take them out of common courtesy.

At that, Mr. Radical Ponytail brightened up and ran off to tell his people to tell me not to take their picture. When I walked back over to the Code Pink demonstration, I faced a stony wall of disapproval where nobody wanted their photo taken. Being a gentleman, I honored my word.

But I won't let myself get trapped like that again. Lesson Learned: No dickering with Marxists. They don't negotiate in good faith. The approved solution is to brush them off. Let them pester the police with their nonsense instead of me.

The greater lesson learned here is that Code Pink is uncomfortable with free speech. They like it for themselves but they hate it for others and seek to suppress it by whatever means available. Apparently, they realize that even simple bloggers can do their demonstration harm by publicizing it. And, of course, that's perfectly true. That's exactly what I'm shooting for.

With Code Pink, it's like shooting fish in a barrel. Even the Democrats are turned off by anti-war protests in front of military hospitals. It's an embarassment. Code Pink has lost its moral authority by taking its protest to the wounded. Every Friday night in front of Walter Reed, they dig their moral hole a little deeper.

The Communists won the Vietnam War on the American home front and made a point of thanking the American Left for helping them to victory. The Baathists and jihadis are not going to win Iraq on the American home front, not at the front gate of Walter Reed, not with the help of Code Pink, not as long as the Freepers contest their message.

I certainly don't want to see Saddam thanking Code Pink for helping to reestablish Baathism and its killing fields in Iraq nor Zarqawi thanking Code Pink in its bloody snuff videos for helping establish a Wahhabi theocracy in Baghdad. The Baathists, Al Qaeda, and Code Pink must be defeated. The struggle to defeat them goes on not only on the battlefields of Iraq but on the intellectual battlefields at home as well because the bitter lesson of Vietnam is that evil wins when good people do nothing to resist it.