September 11, 2009

Walter Reed FReep 230 - September 11, 2009 - The Big 2009 9-11 Freep


Last Friday, September 11 2009, somewhere around 500 patriots gathered outside of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. It was the largest number of people that we have had there since Free Republic started holding vigils there in early 2005. Certainly also a lot more than the dozen or so we usually get on a Friday night!

I am just going to go straight off to the photos you are interested in the most; the ones from when the crowd was at it's maximum:





The whole event had a festival atmosphere. We set up tents in the small parking lot where we usually set up, and had some food and drinks. A few of the FReeprs had secured event buttons and posters that we gave out for a donation of your choice.

One of earlier in the evening just so you can see the MOAB

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Who was there?

Everyone, it seemed. I ran into people from states as diverse as Florida, Tennessee, Ohio, Hawaii, Michigan, New York, all across this great land of ours. Some drove and some flew. Everyone had their unique story to tell. It was a very interesting crowd and quite inspiring to be among so many like-minded people. All of course were going to the 9-12 March on Washington

Talking about the issues of the day, everyone of course has their own take on events and a slightly different motivation for being there. All however share an intense dislike for where Obama is taking this country.

The weather also turned out to be perfect. We had some slight rain between 5 and maybe 6:30, but it ended and it was pleasantly cool without being cold.

9-11 Remberance

At exactly 8:46pm Mr Trooprally addressed the crowd using a bullhorn so everyone could hear. 8:46am is when the first plane hit the North Tower.

First he led us in the Lord's Prayer

Then he read Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance. Here is Red saying it if you haven't see it before

Afterwards everyone said the Pledge together. There was certainly no shortage of flags to face

We then sang God Bless America.

Finally, everyone turned to face the hospital and said three times "WE THANK TROOPS"

The Tennessee Gang

One group drove all the way from Tennessee with these fantastic signs on their pickup trucks. They had two trucks with the same sign/poster, and as you can see they invited people to sign them. Definitely a message to Obama: Don't destroy our country!

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I am pleased to report that I have not one but two co-writers on this post. The first one I give to you is by kburi, who sends this:

Walter Reed, Week 230, 9/11/09 Huge Crowds , High Energy and Enthusiastic Support

FRONT GATE NOTES

September 11, 2009 Walter Reed Support the Troops Rally

[Mr] and [Mrs] Trooprally, and several DC Chapter Freepers started setting up early on 9/11 in anticipation of large crowds joining the DC Chapter of Free Republic on this Friday night. They weren't disappointed as approximately 800 people from around the country, Freepers and troops supporters alike, joined us in droves. Hollering "we love our Troops, God Bless America, USA, singing God Bless America, waving flags, and thanking the Troops and families as they drove by. What a great night.

Memories of this will warm us regulars through the Friday nights ahead this winter.

In addition to Freepers , members of The Band of Mothers and its Founder, Beverly Perlson, Larry Bailey of Gathering of Eagles, Col Riley of Eagles Up,Patriot Guard, Gold Star Mothers and many others joined us. John and Carla Fleming of NJ were back with us for a second time. They are very active in Supporting the Troops and their families.

The Meaning of it All

Trust me, the troops in the hospital all know we're out there, and they appreciate it. See at bottom BufordP's BIG LIST of all Walter Reed FReeps for details in past After Action Reports.

Most every Friday they take a busload of wounded warriors and their families out to a dinner at a nice Washington Restaurant, arriving back at Walter Reed sometime between 9 and 10pm. We are there to greet them every time, and they wave back at us from the bus (we've also had the bus stop and had them speak with us - all a long story). Anyway, imagine tonight they were greeted by 500 people instead of a dozen!

Sorry, but none of us thought to get photos of the bus that night. I guess we were all too caught up in the moment.


WRAMC Anti War Protester News

We were too busy to pay much attention to the moonbats but they slightly increased their numbers in anticipation of our crowds. But if you really do want a few pictures of them here are two from "loser lane:"

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The moonbats are maybe 200 feet down Georgia Avenue from the main entrance.

HONOR ROLL
Honor roll of "regulars" for September 11, 2009 Mr and Mrs Trooprally, Tom the Redhunter; Cindy_True_Supporter; Lurker Bill, Rongkirby, Fraxinus, BufordP, Kburi, 3D Joy, Chief, 2nd Class Citizen, Sensei Ern, Tolerance Sucks Rocks, TrueBlackMan, GunsAreOK, VirginiaFlagWaver, Jimmy Valentine's Brother, PleaDeal, TankerBabe,FreeAngel, Mr FreeAngel, CDFinger,Brytani,RightAlien, and many other Freepers. Apologies to those Freepers I didn't name.

Thank you, Kburi! Your report is much appreciated.

Our other co-author is Mr Trooprally, who sends this:

MESSAGE FROM TROOPRALLY

On behalf of the DC Chapter, I would like to humbly say THANK YOU to all of the FReepers, Lurkers, Eagles and patriots that came to Walter Reed this Friday. The average of the estimates for the number of those who came is 800.

THANK YOU for the generous donations to the DC Chapter. Having this extra money allows us to better show our appreciation to the Silver Spring and 14th St, DC, Recruiter Stations during Recruiter Appreciation Week, to make more posters for our Support the Troop Rallies and for our counter-protests of the moonbats, to have cold drinks and pizza during the warmer Fridays and to have plenty of hot coffee at the winter Walter Reed FReeps, and for the Chapter web site fees.

And THANK YOU to those who brought items for our troops. Several FReepers regularly get to go into Walter Reed, so be assured, they will be bringing your gifts for the troops into Walter Reed.

And a special THANK YOU to all those who helped make up the special buttons, took time out to buy the snacks & drinks, helped organize this Friday, who shuttled FReepers from Takoma metro station to / from Walter Reed, who worked the tent area and are writing this AAR. They are Lurker Bill, 2ndClasscitizen, 3DJoy, BufordP, CDFingers, Cindy-True-Supporter, Fraxinus, Kburi, Nina0113, Plea Deal, Rlmorel, TankerBabeLC, Tom the RedHunter, Veeram, [Mrs] Trooprally. And anyone I missed, sorry.

Again, thanks to everyone involved in this special 9/11 Walter Reed Support the Troops Rally.

[Mr] T

Come join us every Friday night between the hours of 6:30pm to approx 9:30pm.


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

* You can find all of Mrs Trooprally's photos for this Freep on her Photobucket site.

* You can find all of Plea Deal's photos for this Freep on her Photobucket site.

* You can find all of Tom the Redhunter's photos for this Freep on his Photobucket site.

* Thank you to BufordP for maintaining the BIG LIST of all Walter Reed FReeps.

* Thank you to all FReepers who transport and store our many signs and banners every week.

* Plea Deal blogs at Semper Gratis

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April 1, 2008

Walter Reed FReep 154 - March 28, 2008 - 3 Year Anniversary

Almost unbelievable that it's really been three years for this event. I've participated since August of 2005, and that itself seems long enough, so I my thanks goes out to those intrepid FReepers who started this FReep back in March of that year.

With this in mind, we had a special FReep planned for the Three Year Anniversary. When I got there just before 6:30, our usual starting time, FReepers were already on our corners holding their signs! I got out the MOAB and we set to work


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Soon we had it up and the FReep truly began!

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On the opposite corner more FReepers stood ready to show their support

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Honor Roll of Attendees

Tom the Redhunter, Mr & Mrs Trooprally, Olney-Keith, VAFlagWaver, Sensi Ern, Lurker Bill, Mr & Mrs Kburi, PrezUSA222, USA4Ever, Fraxinus, Satin Patriot, Kristinn, BufordP (who lives! more about which later...), Chief, Ron G Kirby and his daughter, Cindy-true-Supporter, DaNang68, Saigon69, Taco Mama, Jimmy Valentine's Brother, Lurker Bill, Wo4Man, Lauren, and trueblackman.

In addition to local FReepers and friends, there were a number of people who were in from out-of-town. Thank you to everyone who made the trip to be with us!

Faith and Thumper from New York City.

RockerMom2MyHero, Anomoly99 and their son Chris the Hero, all of whom made the trip down from Westminster MD! They FReep every Saturday afternoon in Westmister to show their support for the troops.

zoomie81 and her daughter who made the trip down from New Jersey! zoomie81 has her hands full with the liberals in her state, but she keeps them on their toes. She's engaged in multiple political activities on a number of fronts, all of which serve to promote all of the right causes.

It was great to see Mr & Mrs Checkmate who came up from Florida!

Veeram and RLMorel came from Massachusetts.

Thank you to everybody for who traveled!

We also had at least two bloggers join us: Tantor, who blogs at Conservative Propaganda, and John Lilyea, owner of This Ain't Hell. I'm sure both of them will have posts up soon about this FReep, so check out their blogs and make them a part of your regular web surfing.

"Big John" Miska, Commander of VFW Post 8208 in Ruckersville VA joined us as well. In addition to his VFW duties, he is involved with AdoptASoldier, a program dedicated to supporting "wounded, injured, and ill troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital." Please consider contributing to their worthy program.

My apologies if you were left out. I tried to get everyone but probably missed a few folks.

A Brief History

Various FReepers have written an "After Action Report", or AAR, after each Walter Reed Friday evening FReep, which are posted on Free Republic. A complete list of all AARs and a link to each has been maintained by BufordP here.

Sometime in the spring of 2005 the radical leftist group Code Pink decided to hold an anti-war protest Friday evenings in front of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in northwest Washington DC. Word quickly got out and eventually made it to Free Republic. DC Chapter President Kristinn Taylor gathered what FReepers he could and made it his mission that the Pinko protests would not to unanswered.

The main entrance to Walter Reed runs along George Avenue, a fairly major road that runs from the Capitol Mall north and south into Maryland. There is a street running perpendicular right across from the entrance, so there are "four corners" right outside the entrance (I hope this is clear!)

Every Friday evening, then, Code Pink would hold their protest at the two corners by the main entrance. They had permits for these corners, so as we at Free Republic certainly respect the law there was nothing we could do. They did not have permits, though, for the two corners across the street, so Kristinn got them, and this is where the FReepers took up station.

In 2004, Hal Koster and Marty O'Brien, owners of the DC restaurant Fran O'Briens, took wounded warriers from Walter Reed out to dinner at their establishment. They and Jim Mayer, veteran who works at the Department of Veterans Affairs, got an idea whereby every Friday evening they would pick up some soldiers at Walter Reed and take them to the restaurant in their cars. As time went on, more and more troops wanted to go, and their cars no longer sufficed. One thing led to another, they rented a luxury bus (I think some charities pitched in as well) specially equipped to on and off load wheelchair bound patients, and made it a regular Friday evening event. Even when they lost their restaurant they continued the program, taking the troops out to other restaurants, embassies, and the like.

Stay with me now; the story is relevant because the bus returns to Walter Reed sometime between 9 and 10 pm. We FReepers have made it our mission to greet the bus with as many people, flags, signs and banners as we can muster. Having met both Hal and Jim, as well as many of the troops who have been on the bus, I can tell you that the troops are very glad to see friendly faces as they return home.

Also, there were a few instances where the Pinkos were still on their streetcorners when the bus arrived. We have witnessed the troops giving them the one-finger salute. After this incident, we noticed that the Pinkos started packing up and going home promptly at 9pm. Obviously their leaders took the decision that they did want their followers to see what the troops really thought of them, for it would be too demoralizing.

All of this took place "under the radar" and without any national attention, from the media or blogs. This is significant because without much publicity FReeper ranks were relatively thin, and it is a tribute to their perseverance that they kept up their vigil.

The very first AAR was posted by daughterofTGSL, and tells the story of how Code Pink organizer Gail Murphy sent her minions to try and infiltrate the FReepers. They were spotted immediately by tgslTakoma, who called her daughter who in turn called the police.

The story erupted onto the national scene on August 25 when Marc Morano of CNS News published a story on what had been going on.

The big conservative talk show hosts picked it up, and that week it was on shows such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham. Hannity and Colmes had at least one segment on it, and I'm sure others did as well.

It was this week that I first heard about it too, and made the decision; I'll trek over to Walter Reed and see it for myself. I live in Loudoun County, which is just northwest of the city not too far away in Virginia. I brought my little digital camera and you can see my post on it here if you like.

During this phase the rivalry was pretty intense between the Pinkos and Free Republic. Given the anti-American attitudes of the Pinkos (see below for details), there was no love lost on our part for them. We razzed them mercilessly every Friday evening with a variety of signs and shouts.

Over time we also noticed that Code Pink also changed their signs and banners. When the whole thing began they had all of the usual nutcase stuff. Pinko Kevin McCarron had his infamous "Maimed for a Lie" sign and there was a lot of other disgraceful stuff as well. Just for old times sake, here's Kevin:

Kevin McCarron - June 10, 2005

We so razzed them over this, and gave them such bad publicity on the Internet, that slowly but surely they put away the worst of their signs. Now all you see is bland stuff like "Support the Troops - Oppose the War" and "Money for VA Hospitals - Not War" which as you know hides their true nature.

Back to the narrative.

On January 21, 2006 everything changed.

Sometime earlier Code Pink forgot to renew their permits for their corners. FReeper and Protest Warrior ConcreteBob found out (it's all public information if you know where to look) and quickly filed applications for Free Republic so that we would have permits for all four corners outside the main entrance.

When Code Pink arrived that evening they found "their" corners occupied by FReepers, and when they tried to set up shop were told politely but firmly that they did not have permits for this area any more, we did, and to please leave immediately. They got the message and left, wandering half a block to another location where they licked their wounds. You can find my photos and report of that evening here if you wish.

This marked the end of serious confrontation between FReepers and Pinkos at Walter Reed. With the Pinkos no longer directly across the street, our mission somewhat changed as well. While they were still at the main entrance, we saw our role as much to counter them as to support the troops. With them gone, the urgency of the former was muted if not gone. Sure, we still had to be there otherwise the cockroaches Pinkos would come back, but without them directly across the street the tenor of the event changed.

The Pinkos are still a half-block away, but they're not at a street corner, so they're not in a location where traffic has to stop and people have to look at them. My observation is that they're pretty much ignored by most drivers. Other drivers, we've noticed, honk and wave at us, and then honk again when they get down to the Pinkos. This is no doubt because Code Pink changed their signage and now actually have a few American flags that they haven't burned. Yet.

With no more need for them, we put away our anti-Code Pink signs. We have the "Burma Shave" signs, but even they pale in comparison who what we used to put up. Today almost everything we have is pro-troop or anti-terrorist. The reason for this is quite simple; the people who see the signs are 1) the troops, their families, and workers who come in and out of Walter Reed, and 2) motorists driving on Georgia Avenue. Our objective is to bolster the spirits of the former, and let the latter know that there are Americans dedicated to the troops, and maybe lift their spirits as well. As long as the Pinkos keep their place there's no need to directly counter them.

As such, the tenor and purpose of the FReep changed. For the most part we really do not even think about the Pinkos down the block. Sure, whoever is taking the pictures or writing the AAR will go down to see how many there are, but that's about it. Sometimes troops will come out of the hospital and go down there to argue with or just hassle the Pinkos, but even that's more just amusement than anything else.

Over time, Code Pinks numbers have dwindled while ours have stayed pretty steady. To be sure, if something big is going on that weekend each side will see boosted numbers. But what's interesting about the Pinkos is that none of their national leaders show up regularly. In fact, they almost never show up at all.

Also, most of their people who do show up don't do so until after 8:00. Given that they pack up promptly at 9, this has always seemed odd. One time they did, back in July 2006, Pinko leaders Media Benjamin and Gael Murphy staged a confrontation with us but got more than they bargained for.

Here's a photo of them from the three year anniversary evening. I took it early, while there were still only a few of them. All told I think they had about a dozen people show up, their usual number.

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I've got a few more of them on my photobucket site (link below) but my camera doesn't do so well once it gets dark so that's all I'll post here.

The highlight of the evening is when the bus or buses with the troops and their families come back from their evening dinner. The driver turns on the inside lights and honks at us, and we wave our flags and signs like crazy.

The last thing I'll say before moving on is that if anyone thinks that our activities are just meaningless sign waving they are sadly mistaken. I do not say this to toot our own horn, but there's no other way to say it; the truth is that after having spoken to so many of the troops and their families (not to mention Hal Koster and Jim Mayer) that indeed they are quite buoyed by our activities.

Ok, so history didn't turn out to be so brief....but I thought you might like it. Now on to Code Pink and who they really are.

Who is Code Pink?

If you're not familiar with Code Pink, the best place for information is David Horowitz' excellent Discover The Networks website. He and his crew maintain a database on the leftist groups and leftist individuals. It is the best single place I know of for information on these people. From Discover The Networks, here's how Code Pink was started:

Launched on November 17, 2002, Code Pink for Peace describes itself as a "grassroots peace and social justice movement" whose self-defined mission is "to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities." Rejecting "the Bush administration's fear-based politics that justify violence," the organization calls instead "for policies based on compassion, kindness and a commitment to international law." Code Pink was founded by four radicals: Jodie Evans, Medea Benjamin, Diane Wilson, and a radical Wiccan activist calling herself Starhawk. Ms. Evans is the nominal leader of the organization, which works closely with Medea Benjamin's group Global Exchange and Leslie Cagan's antiwar coalition United For Peace and Justice.

As a parody of the Bush administration's color-coded security alerts (regarding terrorist threats), the "Code Pink Alert" warns that this administration poses "extreme danger to all the values of nurturing, caring, and compassion that women and loving men have held."

Note that Code Pink was formed several months before the invasion of Iraq. Note also that their name is a play on the entire War on Terror, not just something having to do with Iraq. Most libs say that they support the war in Afghanistan, just not the one in Iraq. This group apparently doesn't even want us fighting al Qaeda anywhere.

Pass the puke bucket and fast

I. Code Pink Aids the Insurgents in Iraq

Hold on to that bucket, because it gets better. Here's Code Pink in action:

During the last week of December 2004, Medea Benjamin announced that Code Pink, Global Exchange, and Families for Peace would be donating a combined $600,000 in medical supplies and cash to the families of the terrorist insurgents who were fighting American troops in Fallujah, Iraq. In an article dated January 1, 2005, the online publication Peace and Resistance reported that Rep. Henry Waxman had written a letter addressed to the American ambassador in Amman, Jordan to help facilitate the transport of this aid through Customs.

In other words, they gave $600,000 in supplies and cash to the terrorist insurgents trying to kill American troops. What a swell bunch.

II. Ok by them to Kill American Troops

If the above made you throw up, this will set your teeth on edge:

On June 24, 25, and 26 of 2005, a group called Democracy Now! sponsored a "World Tribunal on Iraq" whereby the United States and President Bush were placed on trial for crimes against humanity. They were - surprise - found guilty. Code Pink is listed as one of the endorsers of the event.

The Tribunal issued a "Declaration of Jury of Conscience" where in section I paragraph 11 you find this

11. There is widespread opposition to the occupation. Political, social, and civil resistance through peaceful means is subjected to repression by the occupying forces. It is the occupation and its brutality that has provoked a strong armed resistance and certain acts of desperation. By the principles embodied in the UN Charter and in international law, the popular national resistance to the occupation is legitimate and justified. It deserves the support of people everywhere who care for justice and freedom. (emphasis added)

In other words, it is ok by them to to kill American troops in Iraq. There's no other way to read that paragraph.

III. The "Beirut Communique"

Pinko Gael Murphy represented Code Pink at, and was a signatory to, what became known as the "Beirut Communique", a document which was drafted at during a strategy meeting anti-war and anti-globalization types in Beirut, Lebanon September 17-19 of 2004.

Here is a partial list of demands that the participants of the Communique drew up:

* We support the right of the people of Iraq and Palestine to resist the occupations.

* We call for the unconditional withdrawal and "coalition" forces from Iraq.

* We demand the end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine

* We demand the Right of Return be fulfilled....

* We ask for the release of all Palestinian and Iraqi political prisoners.

In another section, the express their "support for efforts by Iraqis to build a united national front against the occupation."

Although they claim that they "oppose war in all forms", there is not a single word in the communique condemning, or even mentioning, Palestinian, Iraqi, or al-Qaeda terrorism.

The bottom line is that although the media tend to treat Code Pink and similar groups as harmless anti-war protesters who just happen to get a bit carried away, the truth is that his is a hate-America group that has done everything it can to give aid and comfort to our enemies.

Back to the FReep

Let's get back to a more positive subject; the Three Year Anniversary FReep

During the winter it's not worth it to set up our "Burma Shave" signs, since it gets dark so early and drivers can't really see them. But now what with daylight savings time and a lengthening day, we decided to set them up. Even if you enlarge the photo you might not be able to read them, so here's what they say

Don't be Fooled

By Their Flags

Up Ahead

Pinko Hags!

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Back a year or so ago when we first set them up the Pinkos would try and steal them or knock them down, but we got wise to their games and they don't try that anymore.

Here's a nice photo of the MOAB (Mother of all Banners) and flags behind it. There was a fairly stiff breeze, which can make the MOAB harder to hold, but flags look a lot prettier.

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Dinner is Served!

Normally the most we do is bring a few snacks, coffee and hot chocolate, and maybe order pizza, but tonight was different. We had a grill going with hot dogs and many FReepers made some very nice dishes. We had all the utensils and drinks you needed so everyone had their fill of a very good dinner.

And the AAR wouldn't be complete without saying that VAFlagWaver's rum cake was the hit of the evening!

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Truth be told I'm getting a bit hungry now just looking at those photos!

An Outdoor Movie Theater

Lurker Bill had prepared a DVD with photos of past Walter Reed Freeps, and brought his projector and screen to show everyone! He powered up his portable generator and off he went!

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It was amazing and exciting to see all of those photos. Thank you, Bill!

Here are a few more of the FReep

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What It's All About

Sometime around 9:30 or so the bus carrying the troops came down Georgia Avenue and turned into Walter Reed. It's always nice to have a good crowd to greet them!

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With that another successful FReep was completed.





If you can't get to D.C. to join us but would like to do something for the wounded, you can find a wealth of ideas by FReepmailing
Tom the Redhunter,
Cindy-True-Supporter,
VAFlagwaver,
or PleaDeal.

Please also FReepmail them or any of us if you would like to join us at Walter Reed and would like additional information about parking, directions, what to bring, etc.

Come join us every Friday night between the hours of 6:30pm to approx 9:30pm.


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

* You can find all of Tom the Redhunter's photos for this Freep on my Photobucket site.

* You can find all of Mrs. Trooprally's photos for this Freep on her Photobucket site.

* Thank you to BufordP for maintaining the BIG LIST of all Walter Reed FReeps.

* Thank you to all FReepers who transport and store our many signs and banners every week.

* Tom the Redhunter blogs at The Redhunter

* Plea Deal blogs at Sempter Gratis

This post can also be seen at Free Republic

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September 28, 2007

Walter Reed FReep 127 - September 21, 2007 - "Darth Cheney"

Tonight we had a special appearance by Darth Cheney, who was ready to slay liberals anywhere!

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THE RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY IS BACK AND IT'S BETTER THAN EVER!

Honor Roll of Attendees:

Tom the Redhunter, A Conservative Realist, Albion Wilde, Kristinn, tgslTakoma, Jimmy Valentine's Brother, Mr & Mrs Trooprally, Fraxinus, Sensi Ern, VictoryNY, Lurker Bill, 2nd Class Citizen, BillF, Plea Deal, Cindy-True-Supporter, VAFlagWaver, PrezUSA222, Brad & April with friend DellBabe68, all from Texas, Ingrid, Eric and daughter Carolyn, all from Hagerstown MD, and of course "Darth Cheney", aka 3DJoy

As is our usual custom, we gathering in the parking lot across from the main entrance to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in northwest Washington DC. We set about assembling our many flags and banners, and before long Old Glory (or should I say Glories?) was waving above the MOAB

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Things really got rollong when our greatest cheerleader for the troops arrived, VictoryNY! Here she is, letting out one of her war cries

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VictoryNY! lends a lot of enthusiasm to our gathering. Her voice booms throughout the intersection, and I'm sure the Pinkos down the street hate her. So much the better.

The Out-of-Towners

Here is April and her friend DellBabe68
, both from Texas. We see April every month or so when she's in town, but this is DellBabe68's first time.

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And here's Brad

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In the foreground is Carolyn, and behind her dad Eric and mother Ingrid.

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Something for the Libs to Think About

During all their blather about "peace", have they ever considered the truisms in this sign? No.

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They forget that the Civil War was quite controversial at the time, the Democrats having bailed by 1864. Yet who today could imagine not wanting to free the slaves? While today we remember World War II at least partially as a war to end the concentration camps, few thought of it that way at the time.

National POW-MIA RecognitionDay

I didn't know it at the time, but as it turns out, Friday was National POW-MIA Recognition Day

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You can download the official poster here

What It's All About

Here are the busses with the troops and their families. No matter what the weather, and whether we are many or few, we make sure we give them the most enthusiastic welcome possible.

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If you can't get to D.C. to join us but would like to do something for the wounded, you can find a wealth of ideas by FReepmailing Albion Wilde, Cindy-True-Supporter, VAFlagwaver, or PleaDeal.

Come join us every Friday night between the hours of 6:30pm to approx 9:30pm.

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

* You can find all of Mrs Trooprally's photos for this Freep on her Photobucket site.

This post can also be viewed at Free Republic

* Thank you to BufordP for maintaining the BIG LIST of all Walter Reed FReeps.

* Thank you always to Kristinn and tgslTakoma for all the work they do. Kristinn is president of the DC chapter and our chief organizer, and tgslTakoma hauls the MOAB, flags, most of the signs, and our "picnic table" back and forth every week. Thank you to Mr & Mrs Trooprally because they also transport and store many of our signs and banners.

* Tom the Redhunter blogs at The Redhunter

* Plea Deal blogs at Sempter Gratis

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September 19, 2007

Hot Air comes to Walter Reed

Last Friday we were privileged to have Michelle Malkin and Bryan Preston join us in our weekly pro-troops rally outside the main entrance to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. Since I can't say it better myself, I'll refer you Bryan's post and video over at Hot Air

Every Friday night, dozens of people gather outside the main gate at Walter Reed Army Medical Facility in Washington to show their support for the wounded troops who are being cared for inside. On Friday, September 15, we joined them. Anti-war protesters from Code Pink were also demonstrating down the street, just as they do every Friday night.

By the way, the night’s head count was patriots 109, Code Pink 12.

Thank you, Michelle and Bryan!

For details on this weekly rally outside of Walter Reed, go here, here, and here.

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September 3, 2007

Walter Reed FReep 124 - Aug 31, 2007 - "My Life for Freedom"

There's no better way to start an AAR than with a good photo of of our MOAB, with flags flying gloriously in the background.

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Honor Roll for FReep 124

Tom the Redhunter, PrezUSA222, 3DJoy, tgslTakoma, Kristinn, Mr & Mrs Trooprally, Olney-Keith, Cindy-True-Supporter, Albion Wilde, VAFlagWaver, Jimmy Valentine's Brother, Lurker Bill, Yak and Yak's Girl, Bruce and Kristy, Chief, T.J., Plea Deal, Taco Mama, DaNang68, and Sensi Ern.

Gathering of Eagles

Proudly holding her flag is Air Force veteran T.J. She served 20+ years in Strategic Air Command and is now with Gathering of Eagles (besides her day job). As I suppose most people reading this know, this September 10 and 15 will be GOE II on the mall in Washington DC. This to counter the communists of International ANSWER and other groups such as Code Pink, who will be holding an anti-war protest.

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A Man In Touch With His Inner Self

Everyone thought Jimmy Valentine's Brother looked good tonight

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Meanwhile, standing proud with his American Flag on the opposite corner was Yak. Beside him is Yak's Girl, and in the background Albion Wilde is putting up one of our banners

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During the FReep we noticed a car pull up and stop right by the main entrance. A soldier, "Rocky", jumped out and went to all 4 corners, shaking everybody's hand and saying "Thank you!" as he made his rounds. We learned that he had served two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, and that some time ago he had been wounded in Afghanistan. He said that he has seen us out here each and every Friday, and just wanted to stop by and say thanks.

He showed Mrs Trooprally his tatoo.

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In what other country would a soldier even think to have this sort of tatoo? We are so fortunate to live in a country such as this, and to have men like him in our Army.

While this was going on, another soldier jumped out of his car while the light was red and quickly shook hands with a few FReepers by the main entrance. Timing it perfectly, he made it back to his car just as the light turned green.

Often soldiers will stop by and tell us thank you for what we are doing. Like most of the other FReepers, I think, I always feel a bit weird when this happens; they're the ones risking life and limb, and all I'm doing is standing on a streetcorner in Washington DC.

A bunch of FReepeers gathered of the corners opposite the main entrance. Here are Bruce, PrezUSA222, VAFlagWaver, Kristy, 2 friends, and Lurker Bill.

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Here is PrezUSA222 in for foreground, with tgslTakoma on the far side of the MOAB. PrezUSA222's sign is right, too; the "surge" is most certainly working. Check out this article by Frederick Kagan that appeared on NRO today.

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The Return of "Large Marge"

Meanwhile, down the street, the Pinkos gathered as usual. Periodically throughout each FReep we go down to take a few photos and see what they're up to. This time we were presented with the most frightening sight of the evening: The return of the Pinko we call "Large Marge". Actually, she seems to have gone on a diet during her absence. Here she is if you can stand to look. Marge is the one on the left

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Here's a wide angle shot which captures their entire protest area. By the end of the evening it looked like they had about a dozen people

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"They can Kiss My Ass"

Not too long after we took these photos, Mr Trooprally and I were on one of the corners near the main entrance when a soldier came down the street carrying a McDonald's bag. He passed us by and went down to where the Pinkos were standing. We could see him speaking with them but decided to hold our ground and not go down to see what was happening. After 10 or 15 minutes he came back, and Mr Trooprally asked what was said

Soldier: "Don't bother talking to them because they're ignorant!"

Mr Trooprally: "Is that your official comment?"

Soldier: "My official comment is 'They can kiss my ass!'"

And that about sums my attitude too.



If you can't get to D.C. to join us but would like to do something for the wounded, you can find a wealth of ideas by FReepmailing Albion Wilde, Cindy-True-Supporter, VAFlagwaver, or PleaDeal.

Come join us every Friday night between the hours of 6:30pm to approx 9:30pm.

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

* You can find all of Tom the Redhunter's photos for this FReep and more on myPhotobucket site

* You can find all of Mrs Trooprally's photos for this Freep on her Photobucket site.

* Thank you to BufordP for maintaining the BIG LIST of all Walter Reed FReeps.

* Thank you always to Kristinn and tgslTakoma for all the work they do. Kristinn is president of the DC chapter and our chief organizer, and tgslTakoma hauls the MOAB, flags, most of the signs, and our "picnic table" back and forth every week. Thank you to Mr & Mrs Trooprally because they also transport and store many of our signs and banners.

* Tom the Redhunter blogs at The Redhunter

* Plea Deal blogs at Sempter Gratis

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August 8, 2007

FReep 120 - Aug 3, 2007 - Enthusiasm for the Troops

Maybe the traffic was lighter than usual, maybe the FReeprs wanted to scoot out of work early, or maybe we all were just anxious to get to Walter Reed early so as to show our support for the troops.

But it wasn't long after I got there at 6:30 that all four corners were filled with FReepers showing their support for our troops.

And indeed what a magnificent job brave men and women in uniform are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan. Anyone who is not a Democrat or leftard (oh wait those are one and the same) knows that the "surge" (more properly Operation Phantom Thunder) has been making great progress. Ably led by Gen Petraeus and Lt Gen Odierno in Iraq, our troops have been cleaning al Qaeda out of their ratholes like the vermin they are.

While this post is not entirely about the war, I do want to take a moment and make you aware of The Pentagon Channel if you haven't been watching it already. On it the US military broadcasts a variety of shows, some specifically about Iraq and Afghanistan, others a general "Around the Services". Some of the most interesting are the press conferences. Be sure and check out the one held Aug 3 by Pentagon Briefing 03 August 2007"Col John Charlton and July 19 by Iraq Briefing 19 July 2007"Lt Gen Ray Odierno. Transcripts of each press conference can be found here.

Now back to the FReep

The first thing everybody noticed was that VictoryNY wore a - gulp - pink blouse! There was a lot of good-natured ribbing as we gave her a hard time about it. As with other women in the past who have joined us, it just slipped her mind that morning. Here she is inbetween VAFlagWaver and Jimmy Valentine's Brother

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The FReepers who came out tonight were Mr & Mrs Red, White and Blue, Chris Hill, Tom the Redhunter, VAFlagWaver, Fraxinus, tgslTakoma, Kristinn, Mr & Mrs Trooprally, BufordP, Jimmy Valentine's Brother, Lurker Bill, Maica, Plea Deal, BillF, Albion Wilde, 3DJoy, Cindy-True-Supporter, VictoryNY, George and Ethel, Pasquale, Craig, and LoRo

My apologies if I missed anyone.

As you probably remember from previous AARs (and definately know if you've ever been out with us), VictoryNY is one of the most spirited FReepers there is. Her energy and enthusiasm for supporting the troops is an inspiration to us all. Recently I've noticed that Jimmy Valentine's Brother has taken to "echoing" her cheers for the troops:

VNY: We Love Our Soldiers! JVB: Yes We Do!

VNY: Thank Our Brave Soldiers!
JVB: Thaaaaank You!

VNY: God Bless America!
JVB: Gooooood Bless!

Rumor is they get together during the week and practice.

No AAR would be complete, though, without a picture of the MOAB

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Here's a closeup of Craig, LoRo, and VictoryNY in her pink top!

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I am definately noticing an increase in honks and waves from people in their cars and trucks. Even the drivers in the city buses and Greyhound buses wave at us. Maybe it's just that we've been doing this for so long that they know to expect us and "know the drill" when they pass by, but I don't think it's my imagination. Maybe some of it is also just because people think our troops need more support now. Whatever the reasons I notice more support from passers-by.

It's even gotten to the point where I recognize certain cars, some even by the sound of their horns. There are a few people who have installed horns with unique sounds, a few for example that sound like that of a train.

Two newcomers to our groups were Mr & Mrs Red, White, and Blue. Hope to see the both of you again!

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We were also honored by the presence of Chris Hill, National Director of Operations for the Gathering of Eagles. As readers probably know, Gathering of Eagles is partnered with Melanie Morgan's Move America Forward, Protest Warriors, Free Republic, and other groups in holding a Rally on the Mall this coming September 15,. The occasion, of course, is General David Petraeus' September 15th report to Congress.

It is very important that we have a large turnout for this event. The communists of International ANSWER course, will be staging their own anti-war protest that day also.

Chris Hill is on the left, with Jimmy Valentine's Brother on the right.

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Here 3DJoy, VAFlagWaver, and Mr Trooprally share a corner

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Here is the obligatory photo of the communist sympathizers of Code Pink down the street. Pathetic bunch that they are, they could only muster 7 people all evening!

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We had a visitor that evening, a lady soldier who was working at Walter Reed for a month as part of her training in nursing. She's the the left in this photo, speaking with Mrs Trooprally and BillF.

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What It's All About

Here's the bus carrying our wounded warriors and their families turning into Walter Reed after an evening out. A huge THANK YOU to the troops for all of the work they do to make this a safer country!

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If you can't get to D.C. to join us but would like to do something for the wounded, you can find a wealth of ideas by FReepmailing Albion Wilde, Cindy-True-Supporter, VAFlagwaver, or PleaDeal.

Come join us every Friday night between the hours of 6:30pm to approx 9:30pm.

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

* You can find all of Tom the Redhunter's photos for this FReep and more on myPhotobucket site

You can find all of Mrs Trooprally's photos for this Freep on her Photobucket site.

PleaDeal was also kind enough to take photos for this FReep, and you can view all of hers on her Photobucket site.

* Thank you to BufordP for maintaining the BIG LIST of all Walter Reed FReeps.

* Thank you always to Kristinn and tgslTakoma for all the work they do. Kristinn is president of the DC chapter and our chief organizer, and tgslTakoma hauls the MOAB, flags, most of the signs, and our "picnic table" back and forth every week. Thank you to Mr & Mrs Trooprally because they also transport and store many of our signs and banners.

* Tom the Redhunter blogs at The Redhunter

* Plea Deal blogs at Sempter Gratis

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July 11, 2007

Walter Reed FReep #116 - July 6, 2007 - The Drink that Nearly Hit

Things got off to a lively start this time when just as we were setting up three guys in a car started yelling "F___ the Military!" to Kristinn as he was standing on the corner holding a "Support the Troops" sign.

Kristinn, not putting up with any nonsense, yelled "go back to Cuba!"

Usually this is as far as these episodes go. Once or twice a night some idiot will holler something at us. Sometimes we'll yell back, mostly we just let it go, as people who will insult someone holding a "Support the Troops" sign are not worthy of attention.

This time, though, the men in the car didn't let it go. They were stopped at the light on Georgia avenue when the initial exchange took place, but then turned down a side street and came back up to Georgia Avenue beside where Kristinn was standing. One of them threw a drink at him, but fortunately missed.

Wishing to record the evidence for the police in case the men came back, I went over and did my duty as one of the evening's photographers:

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All this may seem rather silly or unimportant. It is not. Having been at many rallies and protests over the past few years, I have seen tempers flare. I haven't seen any outright violence, but towards the end of the United for Peace and Justice protest last January, several men holding stakes like clubs attempted to approach our group from behind before they were stopped by police.

I'm not sure if Kristinn called the police this time, but we have done so in the past. Not that these FReeps are dangerous, the vast majority of citizens that we encounter are supportive. But occasionally you will run into someone who can't control themselves. Generally the best thing to do is defuse the situation yourself so it doesn't escallate. But I digress.

As we were setting up, a soldier who was coming out of Walter Reed stopped his car and rolled down his window to speak with us. He said he'd been wounded in Iraq two years ago, and had been in WR for most of the time since then. He just wanted to make a point of saying Thank You for the support. Kristinn, BillF, and me assured him that the feeling was quite mutual, that we were so very grateful for his service to our country. Mr Trooprally, who held down his corner alone for awhile, said that he had a soldier stop by and say essentially the same thing to him. Speaking of Mr Trooprally, here he is

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Here's the Honor Roll of Attendees for this week:

Tom the Redhunter, Kristinn, Plea Deal, Mr & Mrs Trooprally, VAFlagWaver, billF, Lurker Bill, Keith_Olney, Sensei Ern, Fraxinus, Cindy_True_Supporter, 3DJoy, Albion Wilde, PrezUSA222, Megan, Andrea, and Loro.

Energy levels went up a few notches when PrezUSA222 showed up and got out her "Straight Girls Love Men in Uniform" sign. Beside her are VAFlagWaver and Keith_Olney. PrezUSA222 is very strong in her enthusiasm and no doubt motorists are more motivated to wave and honk when they hear her "Thank our Brave Soldiers!" ringing out across the street.

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She soon had some competition, however, when Megan, Andrea, and Loro showed up and added their voices. Here are Loro and Andrea, with Lurker Bill in the background.

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A few minutes later a few of the troops came by to speak with us.

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Meanwhile, on our main corner quite a few Freepers had gathered

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Readers may not know it but Sensei Ern is our "motorcycle man" Here he is arriving

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He quickly took up position just outside the main entrance

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Love that New Sign

To spice things up one of our number made a new sign, which she hung from two trees just beside where Mr Trooprally was holding station. Beside the banner are Plea Deal, Mrs Trooprally, and Cindy_True_Supporter.

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While all this was going on a soldier who had served in Iraq came by and spoke with Keith_Olney, Fraxinus, and myself. He'd been a tanker who had been hit with an IED that he said punched a 10" hold in the bottom of his tank. The doctors had made valiant efforts to save his foot, and so far so good, "although I might still lose it", he said. He wanted to go back to Iraq, but said that given his injury that might not be possible. His second choice, he said, was to train new soldiers "and pass on what knowledge I have."

What an amazing bunch these soldiers are. Over the past two years we've met so many, and they never cease to impress me.

Ok, Ok, Here They Are

So what about the Pinkos down the street, you ask? Are they still there?

Barely

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Any fewer and they'll disappear. Which would be a good thing!

There was no bus for us to greet tonight, but that's no matter. We're going to do this for as long as necessary. We wait until the Pinkos leave (which is at 9pm sharp), and then break camp.

I'll leave you with this last photo of FReepers showing their patriotism. Here are Albion Wilde, 3DJoy, and Kristinn. Be sure and visit the Photobucket links below to see all photos from the FReep.

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If you can't get to D.C. to join us but would like to do something for the wounded, you can find a wealth of ideas by FReepmailing Albion Wilde, Cindy-True-Supporter, VAFlagwaver, or PleaDeal.

Come join us every Friday night between the hours of 6:30pm to approx 9:30pm.

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

* You can find all of Tom the Redhunter's photos for this FReep and more on myPhotobucket site

You can find all of Mrs Trooprally's photos for this Freep on her Photobucket site.

* Thank you to BufordP for maintaining the BIG LIST of all Walter Reed FReeps.

* Thank you always to Kristinn and tgslTakoma for all the work they do. Kristinn is president of the DC chapter and our chief organizer, and tgslTakoma hauls the MOAB, flags, most of the signs, and our "picnic table" back and forth every week. Thank you to Mr & Mrs Trooprally because they also transport and store many of our signs.

* Tom the Redhunter blogs at The Redhunter

* Plea Deal blogs at Sempter Gratis

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