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September 23, 2005

Anti-War Truth In Advertising? Yeah, Right

Last night at around 8:00 PM, sitting at home in the D.C. suburbs, I get a phone call. It's a nice young lady, slight, indistinguishable foreign accent, inviting me down to the Mall in downtown D.C. for a series of events to support our troops.

"Really," I asked? "Supporting our troops? What kind of events?"

"Oh, you know, a big rally, lots of people, marches, bands, food" she said.

"What's the political theme?", I asked.

"Supporting the troops."

"You sure this isn't some anti-Bush thing, or some anti-war demonstration?" I asked, aware that the Stalinists and Trotskyites of International ANSWER were planning a weekend of patchouli, not bathing, and demonstrating. International ANSWER, of course, is a wholly owned subsidiary of of the Workers World Party, which split from the American Communist Party in the 1950s, deeming it insufficiently supportive of Stalin's massacre of the Hungarians.

"No, it's to support our troops, that's all."

She wouldn't give me any details other than to say this weekend's activities are to support our troops.

So I checked the times & locations against some web sites like this one and some news accounts.

Here's the big rally "to support the troops."

The headline on that Washington Post article reads "Anti-War Rally Will be First for Many."

Yeah, I don't doubt it will be the first anti-war rally for many in attendance, considering these scum are getting people to attend by promising them it's a "support the troops" rally.

Just remember that when you see the breathless media coverage of the rally and the stellar crowds.

I don't know how they got my contact information and came up with that particular appeal; my charitable giving runs mostly through the Catholic Church, my political giving through conservative or libertarian causes. Odd that, that a really radical anti-war group would try to sell itself to conservatives as "supporting the troops." In a way it is fitting: the anti-war cause is just another (dishonest) way to advance their radical left wing openly anti-American agenda, so I shouldn't be shocked that they are dishonest in the methods they are using to get people to attend their lame demonstration.

Of course she may have been telling the absolute truth when she said the protests are meant to "support our troops," in the sense that the hard left has adopted Al Qaida and any insurgents / terrorists in Iraq as their "troops."


Posted by Blackavar at September 23, 2005 09:35 AM | TrackBack
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Perhaps they got your info from the Catholic Church. It is not exactly on record as a "pro-war" institution is it?

Posted by: Jonathan Edwards at September 23, 2005 11:07 AM

I haven't yet seen your impassioned post to criticize the Bush administration for suggesting cuts to health care for our troops' families to pay for Katrina.

Gotta get writing.

Posted by: Scorpio at September 23, 2005 12:53 PM

Scorpio, I haven't addressed the general theory of relativity, the relationship between pearl yields and typhoons, or why Nutella tastes like crap, while the stuff in the bottom of Weissbier (the same stuff as Nutella) tastes pretty good. Furthermore, I haven't addressed why I hate the Red Sox but love the Yankees, why I prefer Islay over Highland Malt, or why I make one on point argument at a time, as opposed to simply stating an ipse dixit and chalking it up as a rhetorical victory.

Gotta get writing on that stuff too, I suppose.

Posted by: Blackavar at September 23, 2005 09:23 PM

Nice dodge homer.

Posted by: Big Dumb Cousin at September 24, 2005 07:53 AM

OK, Big Dumb, how's this for size?

Bush is a ass because he isn't prosecuting the WOT with skill in communications strategy, or with all the military and economic force that the U.S. might muster.

The prescription drug benefit is a travesty, a sham, and a mockery... a traveshamockery that will bankrupt us all. Entitlement spending is currently at 60% of the budget. Military spending, as a percentage of the whole, drops every year. Now we're going to throw several hundred billion dollars at a city that shouldn't exist, on a river that doesn't want to go the way we keep trying to make it go, to pay for people who apparently either can't, or don't want to be productive, to live there, in order to repent for some non-existent racial hatred that allegedly caused the destruction of the city in the first place. The government is sticking its hairy mitts into local education policy, not to mention the impending national ID card.

And, Scorpio, kiss my a**. If you are talking about the Walter Reed closure has more to do with spending efficiency than some imaginary vendetta aimed at dependents or paying off the bakshish the the race baiters of the DNC. It makes more budgetary sense to fund big military regional hospital centers in Texas, on the huge campus 4 miles away at Bethesda, and other bases, than to beef up the cramped and decrepit facilities at Walter Reed. And if you are talking about some mythical cut to dependent health care, it hasn't happened yet, and it's not going to happen.

And you know what? As awful as Bush and the Republicans are, they still don't hold a candle to Nancy Pelosi, dirty Harry Reid and the Democrats. My favorite recent stunt of theirs is issuing, in the same week, demands that (1) all the Gitmo detainees be released and repatriated immediately; and (2) that no detainees captured in the WOT be sent to countries where they are likely to be tortured. Yeah, Bush may be bad and verbally incoherent, but at least his policy positions don't suffer from logical incoherence.

And Jonathan... fat chance. The Catholic Church are pros at fundraising. I highly doubt Catholic Charities would be selling their donor lists to an openly communist anti-Bush radical group. Not on Cardinal Archbishop McCarrick's watch, anyhow. Giving the list to an order of impoverished nuns from India, yes, International ANSWER, no freakin' way. Don't take my word for it... take Martin Luther's, Calvin's, or Zwinglis. The one thing they don't do is piss off donors. I'm reasonably certain I got cold called to attend ANSWER's little left wing hate fest (that even the Kossacks have by and large denounced) because my district goes pretty hard red each time around, and they gambled that a cold call "to support the troops" would be a good appeal in my neighborhood.

Posted by: Blackavar at September 24, 2005 09:45 PM

Give 'm hell Black... You might want to look into who's funding The "Workers World Party" & "International Answer."

Their mission statements are also somewhat frightening.

Chris Hitchens may be a good source.

Posted by: Sully at September 26, 2005 06:58 PM
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