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What Evan Coyne Maloney won't tell you: the tea parties are far worse than the anti-Iraq war protests - 03/31/10
Back on December 15, 2002, I was the first journalist of any kind to go to an anti-Iraq War protest and come back with photos. A couple months later, Evan Coyne Maloney did the same, in his case with video. Both of us subsequently went to several other peace movement protests and shot pictures (me) and video (him) of the loopy signs and protesters.
Tonight's 60 Minutes on CBS News had a segment from David Martin (cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=3897986n) discussing a "ray gun" - some sort of directed energy beam - that the Pentagon is testing for possible use as a non-lethal weapon. I had previously seen a clip on Youtube (link), which only features the part where Martin is being subjected to its effects.
The full segment mostly concentrated - and in effect sold - its use as a weapon against protesters in foreign environments, mainly Iraq.
If you're like me, a production house that lists among it supporters Jackson Browne, Stan Goff, "Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains" (?), "Palisadians for Peace" (?), United for Peace and Justice, Michael Moore, and the like might cause you to sprint for the exit. However, you might want to try to ignore those folks as best you can and watch one or more segments of the Panama Deception from the Empowerment Project.
Here's a video from the DC Iraq protest: link. It appears to have featured even more of a (if I may use the phrase) wacko contingent than the protest that I attended, and those were in Los Angeles. Includes a dirty hippie on a pogo stick, another one with an accordion, an older dirty hippie making unintelligible sounds, a group called HIPS (link) leading a chant, and... folk songs!
Another one is here.
On Saturday, thousands of "peace" protesters clogged the Capitol to protest the Iraq war. Everyone who's everyone was there: Jane Fonda, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Code Pink, and so forth.
Those wacky, loony lefties are at it again, with 1000 fellow travelers spelling out "IMPEACH!" in the San Francisco ("Frisco") sand:
Thankfully - unlike past incidents in the same area - they appear clothed.
A blogger went undercover at an ANSWER meeting and has a report. The meeting mostly concerned ANSWER's upcoming Monday April 10 rally for illegal aliens in Washington DC and their NYC rally on the 29th.
Actor Charlie Sheen has joined a growing army of other highly credible public figures in questioning the official story of 9/11 and calling for a new independent investigation of the attack and the circumstances surrounding it... Speaking to The Alex Jones Show on the GCN Radio Network, the star of current hit comedy show Two and a Half Men and dozens of movies including Platoon and Young Guns, Sheen elaborated on why he had problems believing the government's
There's obsessive coverage of her arrest at the SOTU here, including a picture of the shirt.
And, from this:
...Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider told the Associated Press that Sheehan kept the anti-war slogan covered until she took her seat.
CARACAS, Jan 29 (IPS) - An informal International Women's Tribunal, meeting at the sixth World Social Forum in the Venezuelan capital, found "imperialism" and U.S. President George W.
"World Can't Wait" - a Revolutionary Communist Party-linked group - will be conducting nationwide protests on Jan. 31 to coincide with Bush's State of the Union address. The protests will be in one of the only forms that the far-left understands:
At 9:00 PM EST, just as Bush starts to speak, everywhere we will BRING THE NOISE.
The "International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration of the United States" has indicted U.S. president George W. Bush for his crimes.
Although the indictments have no legal effect, they will make those on the very far-left feel better.
Unfortunately, the "if true" part is key, since they have no actual proof that those discussed in the article were actually police or working with them.
The S.F. Chronicle story "Tears, anger, silence at protesters' candlelight vigil" ("Speakers read from Williams' anti-gang children's books") unwittingly exposes just how far gone the left has gone. It would be one thing if those they describe were just anti-death penalty.
Dear MoveOn member,
Top Republicans in the House of Representatives are now vowing to vote on their reverse Robin Hood budget proposal within 48 hours.
Ah, "liberal" hypocrisy.
A new book reports on the extensive stock holdings of "liberal" favorite Michael Moore. Here are just some of the companies a trust he controls has owned stock in:
Pfizer, Merck, Genzyme, Elan PLC, Eli Lilly, Becton Dickinson, Boston Scientific, Sunoco, Noble Energy, Schlumberger, Williams Companies, Transocean Sedco Forex, Anadarko, Ford, General Electric, AOL Time Warner, Honeywell, Boeing Loral
He also owned stock in McDonald's.
CodePink is organizing a
sex tour peace and freedom tour of Cuba, and you're invited:
This New Year's CODEPINK will be organizing a large group of fun-loving and freedom-loving Americans to break George Bush's ban on travel to Cuba.
DHS sensors have detected the presence of airborne Tularemia in Washington on September 24 and 25, the dates of the big peace protest.
Tularemia is a disease normally spread by people handling dead rabbits and other rodents or by ticks bites, and about 200 people catch it each year.
It concentrates on the Washington Post piece by Petula Dvorak, the front-pager "Antiwar Fervor Fills the Streets."
...Dvorak's story didn't get to the unifying message of the rally -- pure Bush hatred -- until paragraph 23, and she only managed to relate that "Bush and Cheney were depicted on poste
The politicization of American pop dates from the 1960s, but it grew out of a patient leftist political strategy that began in the mid-1930s with the Communist Party's "Popular Front" effort to use popular culture to advance its cause.
One figure stands out in this enterprise: the now-86-year-old singer, songwriter, "folk music legend," and onetime party stalwart, Pete Seeger.
Knight-Ridder informs us that "Top Democrats won't attend anti-war rally in Washington". (For the backstory, see "ANSWER, UPJ, Cindy Sheehan, Code Pink, MoveOn to protest at White House September 24".)
However, two lesser lights will be attending: Reps.
The groups gathering in Washington this weekend to protest President Bush and the war in Iraq have ties to radical left-wing groups and communist organizations and have enjoyed the support of the left's biggest financial supporter, George Soros.
United for Peace and Justice (UPJ) and
I asked Mark Matthews of KGO about the alleged assault, "I'm not happy about it. We're happy to abide by the rules when we know what the rules are. But there was no message communicated to us to stay out of the crosses. And last night, photographers, supporters of Cindy Sheehan, people praying, clapping and singing were here amongst the crosses.
...In recent weeks, the vigil has attracted some people who have tried to change the tone and message of the vigil, including yelling and holding up inappropriate signs.
Earlier today I made the mistake of attending the impeach Bush Downing Street Memo day in Hollywood.
[UPDATE: I wasted an hour at this event. See "Los Angeles Impeach Bush protest falls flat" for my report.]
On Saturday, July 23 protests will be held in cities across the U.S. to try to bring attention to the Downing Street memo.
This is called "DSM Day" and it's been organized by Rep. John Conyers and several other people and organizations.
FPM has a nice profile of one of our favorite "liberals", Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City: "The Man Behind the Attack on Guantanamo".
Harold Meyerson discusses the "peace" movement in the WaPo's "No One to Demonize". I'm only going to discuss this bit:
...Confronted with a choice between U.S. occupation and chaos, millions of Americans -- chiefly liberals and Democrats -- who'd been against the war decided to give occupation a chance...
Actually, they thought we were going to be spectacularly successful, and they decided to back away slowly.
Yes, indeed. Apparently I missed the announcement, but yesterday around 1000 anti-Japan demonstrators marched from City Hall to the Japanese consulate nearby:
The demonstrators held signs demanding that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi stop visiting Yasukuni Shrine, where Class-A war criminals are enshrined along with Japan's war dead, and calling on Japan to mention its war crimes in school textbooks.
This report describes an incident on April 19 in L.A.'s Echo Park:
A small but militant group of anti-war protesters confronted retired Iraqi war general Tommy Franks this morning as he left a student assembly at Logan Street Elementery School in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. General Franks, attempting to leave the school in an SUV with tinted windows, was totally blocked by protesters who climbed onto the hood and body of the car and blocked his departure with banners, signs and their own bodies. "War criminal!
There was an A.N.S.W.E.R.-organized "peace" protest in Hollywood on Saturday. I didn't cover it because a) I had more pressing matters, and b) I usually park several blocks away from such events and then bike in but my bike is in need of adjustments before I can ride it. Riding in works pretty well: no parking problems, and it's easy to get around to various parts of the event.
Snap out of it!
Don't you know Empower Peace is a Pentagon front? From this:
The US anti-war movement is looking for ways to revive itself, following President George W.
America's favorite peace protester, Susan "Medea" Benjamin, is safely behind bars. Again:
MEMBERS OF CODEPINK: WOMEN FOR PEACE UNFURL BANNERS AND SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE IRAQ WAR DURING GEORGE BUSH'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS
Washington, DC — As George W. Bush gave his inaugural address in front of the U.S.
There was no discernible anti-U.S. or anti-Bush component?
In what might one of the most shocking protests in recent memory, liberals will soon be protesting against the genocide in Darfur. And, they'll be protesting against the government of Sudan and the United Nations, not the U.S.:
Diverse groups will join in a candlelight vigil on Monday, Dec.