Marching With The Moonbats In DC
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 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.