Saturday, March 17, 2007

A Gathering of Eagles


03/18/07 12:41
CJ's first post is up. Please check it out. I have more to say later tonight. Unfortunately, weekend duty calls. I'm sure others have put more up, so be sure to check the links below.
I'll also respond to comments, later.

*End UPDATE 4*


03/17/07 19:10
I have been out and about all day, and am only now digesting the after action reports. Mike's America has a series of posts from our blog-buddies who were out there, live-blogging. Curt did a quick round-up, even as he is away to take care of a family emergency.

"They have not wanted peace at all; they have wanted to be spared war- as though the absence of war was the same as peace."
-Dorothy Thompson

Meanwhile, Moonbat Michael Moore links to photos of antiwar protestors; a good many from protestors on the westcoast, Hollywood. Damn...too bad I had to work.

I've noticed that the Reuters photos of pro-war supporters are accompanied by captions that characterizes them as "heckling" and "shouting"; I'm sure that's true, but it totally slants the coverage, as the language of the captions that accompany the "peace" protestors is more neutral in tone, if not empathetic.

There are a number of photos of "Iraq Vets Against the War", but I've yet to come across pro-war vets in the photo-coverage by Reuters.

Through all of this, my question to all those people who are aching for peace in photos such as this and this, is: Why are you demonstrating against the U.S., which is trying to bring peace and stability to Iraq? Why isn't your message addressed to the insurgents and terrorists? I ask you to study the Dorothy Thompson quote which accompanies this update.

The Washington Post seems to have a pretty even-handed coverage. But I could be wrong.

Here are some great photos:

A U.S. Marine, who said he served in Iraq but would not give his name, yells at an anti-war protester. His button shows support for U.S. troops and President Bush. Marvin Joseph- The Washington Post

There was a stand-off between police and a small group of protesters tried to make their way from the Pentagon parking lots into the building. Brendan Smialowski- Getty Images

A counter-demonstration drew people from around the country who said they came to voice support for the troops in Iraq and to make sure that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was not desecrated. Others said they were outraged that the march route passed Arlington National Cemetary. Gerald Martineau- The Washington Post

pro-victory conservatives or pro-surrender liberals?

Ryan Foshee, left, Keith Clark and Michael Rigby play melodies on Washington Boulevard near the Pentagon Marvin Joseph- The Washington Post

Hmm....I wonder why I haven't seen a photo of this (from Grizzly Mama) in any respectable mainstream news rag, yet?

Check these blogs for photos and reports, and for follow up posts:
Always on Watch Two
America and Proud
AmeriCan-Do Attitude
Anna's Clue Tank
A Soldier's Perspective (Looking foward to his post when it goes up; says he'll have audio)
cajun tiger's rants and raves
Gazing at the Flag
Grizzly Mama
Marie's Two Cents
Michelle Malkin
Midnight Blue
Now for Something Different
Old War Dogs
Steve's Hodge Podge
The City Troll
Yankee Mom

Also blogging:
Freedom Eden
Mary Katharine Ham
The Chatterbox Chronicles


03/15/07 20:56
CJ wrote a great account of a run-in he had yesterday with a lone pro-victory supporter amidst a camp of anti-war protestors settling in at the Capitol. He had a civil conversation with one of the protestors who brought up some of the nutter conspiratiorial talking points, including Halliburton and contrails. Please take the time to read it. CJ exemplifies the best qualities of an American soldier. He's a good, good man.

Also, in his post, I'd like to highlight the following:
before I left I wanted to impart one more piece of wisdom. I motioned towards his encampment and asked him which of the tents before us were collecting letters, cards or care packages for troops. I asked which tent was asking for donation of shoes, clothing, toys, school supplies or other good that Soldiers can hand out to the Iraqi people to make their lives better. I told him I don't have a problem with the peace movement and anti-war movement. But, I DO have a problem with a peace movement and anti-war movement that purports to do it in the name of supporting the troops and yet nothing there makes me feel supported. I told him the reason why his cause will never gain acceptance from Soldiers is because they go about it all wrong. I may feel more inclined to listen to their speeches and read their literature if I actually something there that REALLY supported the troops. I asked him when the last time they went to Walter Reed and brought cookies, movies, music, flowers, letter, cards, drawings, anything to make those Soldiers they supposedly support feel better. NEVER. And that, my tin foil hat wearing friend, is why I don't support you and made an effort to thank that ONE lady standing alone on the side of the road instead of any of the many people mulling about without deodorant. I also thanked him for the civil conversation (up to the point of "chemtrails") and that it's a rare day that I have a conversation with people like him and don't get called names or have to deal with screaming and yelling. We shook hands and departed.

*End UPDATE 2*

*Update 1*
03/13/07 22:08
Mike's America will be live-blogging skye, Grizzly Mama, and City_Troll's observations. Add Cajun Tiger, Steve Harkonnen and Always on Watch Two to that list. Mike also mentions that the Gathering of Eagles website was assaulted by hackers...because we all know how much liberal activists respect freedom of speech.

*End Update 1*

The Gathering of Eagles is to stand silent guard over the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington D.C. on March 17th. They will counterprotest Jihad Jane and her ilk and protect the Memorial Wall from any peace fascist who tries to deface property and dishonor the memory of our fallen heroes. Bill Faith writes in an e-mail:

The plans for the antiwar protest on March 17th appear to be firmed up. Here's the intel I got from someone in MD. "The area where the "proposed" protesters' permit has them assemble is on the hill overlooking the Wall (about 50 yards East). Unfortunately the route to the Pentagon from their probable gathering area is between the Wall and the reflecting basin; past the Wall, past the Women in Vietnam Statue and past the Three Soldiers Statue."

This means as they walk by they can do whatever they can imagine, probably not spray paint, but maybe try to hang signs off the statues, paste mottos on The Wall, plant signs above or below it, etc. And make it part of their political activism.

Call for Help
We are now looking at TENS OF THOUSANDS of Americans who will not only be guarding The Wall, but showing Jane Fonda and Cindy Sheehan that they will not control Washington, D.C. on March 17th.
This post remains at the top until March 18th.

Previous post:
When California runs red...
"These Colors Don't Run"
From Hanoi Jane to Jihad Jane
Cindy Sheehan video

Blogging (to be continually updated):

Always on Watch Two Post #2
A Rose by Any Other Name Post #2
A Soldier's Perspective
Bill's Bites

Brutally Honest
Cajun Tiger
Confederate Yankee
Democracy Project
Flopping Aces (previous)
Freedom Eden
Gazing at the Flag (also, check out this example of the peacefulness of a peace fascist)
Grizzly Mama Post #2
Marie's Two Cents
Midnight Blue
Mike's America
Mudville Gazette
My Republican Blog
Now for Something Different
Old War Dogs

Rocket's Brain Trust
Screw Politically Correct B.S.
Steve's Hodgepodge
Yankee Mom

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Blogger Gayle said...

YES! That's wonderful, Wordsmith! Oh, how I wish I could be there. :(
But finally it seems that we are beginning to fight back at last. YAY!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 8:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gayle likes dragons Me to.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 6:18:00 PM  
Blogger Skye said...

I really, really wish you could be there in DC with me, Word!

I've made plans to spend the weekend in DC this coming March 16 - 18th and will be participating in this Gathering.

You have noticed that I've set up mobile blogging on MidnightBlue to quickly post any activities I may come across. Also, I'm considering pulling a Zombie on these hapless protestors.

Of course, I will blog my experience in DC as the weekend progresses.

P.S. Been having fun lately laying the hammer down on libs over at GOE... :)

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 7:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Ernesto Ribeiro said...


South America’s resurgent left is a threat to liberty

Olavo de Carvalho

BrookesNews.Com, march 5, 2007

Since my arrival in this hospitable country in May 2005, I have been trying to explain to Americans that Lula would never be able — much less willing — to help them to stop Hugo Chavez. I have spread this obvious truth in lectures delivered to audiences of politicians, journalists, strategical analysts and intelligence experts. Though some of them agree with me, the prevalent opinion remains unaltered: Lula is America’s best hope in Latin America. Even now that attorney-general Alberto Gonzales had to swallow an explicit refusal from the Brazilian government to serve as a muzzle for the Venezuelan mad dog, nobody from Washington has admitted that the Brazilian fruitcake hidden somewhere in the Virginian brushwood was right after all.

I have been explaining, in a more general way, that Lula would never help the Americans to do anything against the Latin-American radical Left, and especially not against the FARC, the Colombian narcoguerrillas who inject huge annual amounts of cocaine into both the Brazilian and American markets. As to the many Muslim terrorists sheltered in the Brazilian southern border, there is no need to say that the Brazilian government will not support any action against them: it does not even recognize that they exist.

Lula is the founder and one of the masterminds of the “Sao Paulo Forum” (I will call it the SPF), the strategic headquarters of the Latin-American revolutionary Left. The SPF, which gathers both legal parties (Communist Parties of Cuba, Venezuela, etc) and criminal organizations (FARC, MIR, ELN, Sendero Luminoso), is stronger than any singular Latin-American government, if we take into account that it has at its service dozens of terrorist gangs and the armies of the countries governed by its member-parties. The Brazilian army, reduced to tatters since the Latin-American demilitarization campaign inaugurated thirty years ago under the personal guidance of president Jimmy Carter, is unable to face a single branch of the SPF, such as the FARC, and much less the SPF as a whole.

The Brazilian military is now so deeply conscious of its own weakness that its old anti-communist pride is giving way to opportunistic accommodations with the radical Left, using “nationalism” (bitter anti-Americanism) as common ground for their unholy alliance (you cannot imagine the amount of military hate I have been attracting against myself for writing about this). Lula, Lula’s party, and Lula’s government are nothing without the support of the SPF, both domestically and in Latin America.

In 1990, Lula created that organization while facing near ruin in his political career. And later on he became a successful politician with the help of the FSP. If he betrays it, he will not stay alive for five seconds. In order to evaluate the depth of Lula’s party commitment to the SPF and to its self-proclaimed goal of “reconquering in Latin America all that was lost in Eastern Europe,” you should only read these lines of the message sent by the FARC to the SPF’s 13th general assembly, which took place in San Salvador last January 7th:

“In 1990 the socialist field was falling apart; all its structures were as weak as a castle of cards, and the enemies of socialism were celebrating nonstop. Theories like “the End of History” were being proposed, and many revolutionaries around the world were astonished, not knowing what had gone wrong and enabled such a catastrophe. Utopia was being dissipated and hopelessness took over innumerable movement leaders.

Cuba stood alone, enduring the worst crisis ever experienced by any other country. Imperialism wrongly believed that the moment had come to put an end to socialism in the Americas… It was in that moment that the PT (Lula’s Workers’ Party) launched the formidable proposal to create the Sao Paulo Forum… This initiative, which quickly caught on, was a lifesaver and a hope that not everything was lost. How right we were! Sixteen years have passed and the political scene today is totally different.”

In short: the communist movement was drowning, the Workers'’Party — Lula’s party — saved it, and did it under Lula’s personal inspiration. Every single one of the SPF member parties agrees with that statement. No matter how much the World Economic Forum may praise him for his alleged “conversion to capitalism,” Lula is a hero of Latin-American communism and will not exchange this title for that of a dead traitor.

There is no substantial contradiction between running a capitalist economy while draining its energies to feed a growing communist movement and to support the arrangements for a continental “war of the whole people” against the USA, as planned by Hugo Chavez. Lula’s government can be defined, alas, by that two-headed strategy wisely grounded on the mutual independence between economy and conspiracy.

Now that George W. Bush visits his so-called “good friend” in Brasilia, March 8th, the good friend’s party and his many allies in the radical Left prepare to receive the American president with the largest and harshest anti-American manifestation ever seen in Brazil. In the privacy of his cabinet at the presidential residence in Brasilia, Lula will play America’s friend while his own subordinates and followers will be right outside the palace shouting “death to Yankee imperialism.” George W. Bush will do his best to pretend that the protests come from Lula's foes. I hope he does not seriously believe it.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007 3:24:00 PM  
Blogger Skye said...

Dude, your bloviating is causing global warming.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007 6:50:00 PM  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Troll and I are going. I am thrilled that we will be able to participate.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007 8:29:00 PM  
Blogger mariestwocents said...

I am getting more excited by the day about going to this.

Kind of Nervous too. I am taking my daughter who is becomming quite the pistol.

She made a comment to me that this may be the most important thing we ever do in our lifetime. And I think she is right.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007 11:02:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

skye, monica, and marie,

I hope you all are able to connect in DC. How exciting. I think you will all be taking part of an important event in history. One you can be proud of telling your grandkids about.

There is a moveamericaforward event this Friday, that I think might be related. I may try to attend that. I have to look into it more.

Thursday, March 08, 2007 1:36:00 AM  
Blogger Skye said...

Libs won't know what hit 'em


I hope you all are able to connect in DC. How exciting. I think you will all be taking part of an important event in history. One you can be proud of telling your grandkids about.

Thursday, March 08, 2007 7:15:00 PM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

hey Word..long time no see..pop over to my place eh?..:)..Wish I could go me I will be there in spirit!!

Thursday, March 08, 2007 9:18:00 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

I'm going to try and not be at the front causing all the trouble as is usually my way. I'm going to go there and behave and hopefully I'll be able to find Marie and Skye. I should be fairly easy to spot. I'm taller than most and like my friend the Marine Gunny likes to say I have my head in the clouds. I have to keep telling myself I'll behave. I would have liked to meet you there Word so I could shake your hand and give ya a big hug for being a real standup man.

Friday, March 09, 2007 6:04:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...


Atta girl!


I was by briefly last night; I'll make my rounds this weekend. Been just another busy week. I know I'm missing great posts everywhere.


You overwhelm me. It's really I who would be honored to shake your hand and thank you for your service. You're one of the bright voices in the blogosphere.

I hope many of you bloggers are able to get together in D.C. I will be posting photos (and maybe video) tonight from the KRLA-MoveAmericaForward troop rally in Los Angeles, today.

Friday, March 09, 2007 2:37:00 PM  
Blogger MonicaR said...

J G - why behave??!!


We hope to be able to meet up with y'all.

Friday, March 09, 2007 6:12:00 PM  
Blogger Marty said...

This "peace fascist" (as you call people like me) agrees that this is a great thing to do. It would be upseting to me for anyone to deface the Vietnam Memorial. My first love's name is on that wall and I would not want it covered up by a sign of any kind.

If I were there marching along side the anti-war protestors and saw someone try to deface the wall, I would step out and join you to protect it.

Friday, March 09, 2007 6:24:00 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

I'll be there at the Wall on March 17.

Friday, March 09, 2007 6:30:00 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

I should have added "protecting the Wall"!

Friday, March 09, 2007 6:30:00 PM  
Blogger Bushwack said...

I'll be there too, Can't wait.

Friday, March 09, 2007 6:34:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

Definitely color me there, along with some co-workers in tow from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.

We are teaming up forces with some notable blogger friends of mine. This will be a day in infamy!

Friday, March 09, 2007 10:36:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

This "peace fascist" (as you call people like me) agrees that this is a great thing to do.

Marty, I'm not sure that you are what I'd call a "peace fascist". As far as I know, you aren't a pacifist, but are just against the Iraq War, and the post-war operations. I consider people like Cindy Sheehan (based upon her statements and who she was even before her son was killed), Michael Berg (the father of Nicholas Berg), and a Dan Trabue as a peace fascist. People who will not take up arms, under any circumstance; who don't see any war as ever justified; who bring about the exact opposite, of the good intentions of peace. To me, pacifists enable more violence and more suffering; not less. It's the military that makes peace possible.

It would be upseting to me for anyone to deface the Vietnam Memorial. My first love's name is on that wall and I would not want it covered up by a sign of any kind.

If I were there marching along side the anti-war protestors and saw someone try to deface the wall, I would step out and join you to protect it.

As a blue star mom and someone who appreciates the American soldier, I know you would.

I think the anti-war folk who are not far-left whackos unfortunately find themselves aligned with every nutjob and leftist organization under the sun.

AoW, bushwack, and steve,

I think that is outstanding that so many blogbuddies are going. You guys will be taking part in a historic event.

Friday, March 09, 2007 10:56:00 PM  
Blogger Marty said...

Ah Wordsmith. Once again you are wrong about me. I am a pacifist.

My son, btw, was honorably discharged Thursday.

Saturday, March 10, 2007 8:34:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...


You are a peace fascist...that's ok though. We can't all be perfect (^_^)

I'm sure you are relieved to have your son honorably discharged from the service. I'm glad he came back, safe.

Saturday, March 10, 2007 9:00:00 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Note to blogging eagles: Think about attaching some identifying ribbon or something to your clothing, or flagpole (check National Park service regulations regarding poles).

You'll have a much easier time with the crowds if you find some unique way of identifying each other.

P.S. I see that Sheehan clone is still at it.

Sunday, March 11, 2007 7:41:00 AM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

I'm very excited about this. I'm so glad Skye and Always are going.

Sunday, March 11, 2007 9:32:00 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

Today, I got the foam board for signs to carry. I think that my husband's will read "Proud Veteran." I'm not yet sure what I'll put on my sign.

I also got the armbands which Gathering Of Eagles was selling.

Have you seen a copy of the permit? I believe that it's now posted at the GOE site. Antithetical groups might just get into it, though that's not the intention of GOE.

BTW, I haven't heard a word in the media about the anti-war groups and GOE going to D.C. on March 17.

Monday, March 12, 2007 10:35:00 AM  
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Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anna said...

Good luck to ALL of you attending! Stand tall and stand proud at the Wall and the other Memorials! I wish that I could be there as well. Just know that we are with you in spirit.

Always on Watch Two...there have been segments on Hannity and on Neil Cavuto on Fox and I know that Glenn Beck has mentioned it on his CNN show. I'll think we'll be seeing more now that it's just days away.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8:22:00 AM  
Blogger J_G said...

If the anti war protestors out number us even just a little the news media will jump all over it and they will make it sound like one flag waving grandmom showed up against an overwhelming majority and the forces of evil wil have won. We must have significant numbers in order to be recognized. I'm not going to carry a sign, will carry my flag with the look in my eye" come try and burn this flag" maggot.

I thought too soon that blogger had fixed word verifcation, it just made jump through three hoops to post

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8:23:00 AM  
Blogger Jenn of the Jungle said...

They came here to San Diego after Griffin Park, and we gave tem some flags. Smallish turnout, maybe 40 people. I wish I could go to DC.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger purple jesus said...

Don't worry you will be WAY outnumbered! You are the sad minority! Most of the US and the world for that matter are sick and tired of seeing You Bush ass-kissing neocon war mongers destroy whats left of the world and our constitution. We look forward to your humiliation this weekend. And it's my birthday what could be better? morons...

Thursday, March 15, 2007 9:26:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

purple jesus is the reason why I'm not a staunch pro-lifer. Happy birthday, numbskull!


That is cool. I would have thought San Diego would have a bigger turnout than Los Angeles, though.


I wish I was going to be out there with you. I know numbers will be important, and it's important to have the bodies out there, physically visible for the world to see.

Thursday, March 15, 2007 11:57:00 AM  
Blogger J_G said...

I just wish purple thingy could show up. I got something to adjust his attitude. Louisville #36, that putz is too chicken s--t to show up and face me though.

Friday, March 16, 2007 8:26:00 AM  
Blogger Cajun Tiger said...

Thanks for your post on my site under the Eagles post. Just gave a great history lesson on Iran that I thought you might be interested in commenting on under my post History Insults Iranians.

Friday, March 16, 2007 8:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Flag Gazer said...

To all of you who are going - God Speed - we'll be watching! And, thank you!

Friday, March 16, 2007 12:02:00 PM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Good luck to all those attending!..

Friday, March 16, 2007 2:04:00 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Skye's first report is in: The Eagles Have Landed!

Friday, March 16, 2007 7:47:00 PM  
Blogger Skye said...

What a day, Word.

I have quite a few impressions of the day to share with you.

This was an uncontested victory of those who support the mission in Iraq and our President.

I believe this to be a watershed moment for the 'silent majority.'

Saturday, March 17, 2007 2:41:00 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

We need to keep turning up the heat on C-Span.

There's just no excuse for them to rerun some boring congressional hearing on the FCC in the morning and spend all afternoon covering the moonbats LIVE.

I urge everyone to email or call C-Span and write your local papers to point out that our side was at least half, if not more of the crowd on hand.

And point out the differences of people waving American flags and people with mass produced black, yellow and orange (Halloween>?) posters.

Saturday, March 17, 2007 9:16:00 PM  
Blogger Gail A. said...

I did not go :( I have multiple health problems and they all decided to gang up on me this week....I am very bummed about it but just couldn't risk going. Gail

Saturday, March 17, 2007 11:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Flag Gazer said...

I got a call from the big newspaper here on Friday - wanted to cover a 'war supporter' - they ran it on Saturday. It's on my blog.

Sunday, March 18, 2007 2:08:00 AM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Love that photo of the junior hippies smoking a joint and banging their drum while holding the flag in the distress position.

Don't those freaks know what a joke they are? No one take them or their ideas seriously.

The whole kookville parade was one big freak show.

Sunday, March 18, 2007 9:03:00 AM  
Blogger J_G said...

My pictures are posted Word. I can't say I had a good time but I did what I felt I needed to do and that doesn't always entail comfort but I feel OK now that I've warmed up. Marie should be home by Monday morning. She has some pictures of her own to post.

Sunday, March 18, 2007 3:36:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

jennifer, pj could probably use a good ass-whoopin'. And you're just the woman who could do it.

Thanks for keeping me up-to-date on you and Marie. I applaud you for the efforts in making the trip. I know it for some, it was probably as much work as it was pleasure to stick it to the protesters.

I believe this to be a watershed moment for the 'silent majority.'

skye, I believe you are correct. As my subsequent post hits upon. Liberal activists are great at making a lot of noise. It's about time we did as well.


I love that photo too. There's just something about the looney left dressing up, and making a spectacle of themselves that makes me chuckle.

C-SPAN was definitely a disappointment. How is the unprecendented size of the gathering of eagles not coverage worthy? It's something relatively fresh and new.


I'm sorry you were unable to go. Definitely take care of your health. I would definitely have liked to have checked out the whackos in Hollywood protesting. From the LA Times:

The protest had a Hollywood feel. Marchers snapped photos of a Glendale couple wearing grim reaper costumes—"I'm Bush, she's Cheney," said husband Norm Wheeler. Actress Athena Demos rose above the crowdon orange stilts, with 8-foot cloth wings. "I'm dressed like the dove of peace," she said.


Sunday, March 18, 2007 8:43:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

flag gazer,

I haven't made my rounds yet; but will be sure to check out your post.

Sunday, March 18, 2007 8:44:00 PM  

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