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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-05 06:33 AM
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6. This might be a REAL guy who was later imitated at a FAKE rally...
Edited on Thu Sep-08-05 06:38 AM by IanDB1

Significant edits and additions were made after originally posting.

Short answer:
1) The hoax Moran was allegedly done on a cold, blizzard-like day.
2) The Moran in this picture was on a bright, sunny day.
3) There is some doubt that the original event even took place, let alone that there was a snowy day on April 4th.
4) None of the signs described as appearing in the hoax rally start with the phrase contain the letters "Fri.. Ri.."
5) My conclusion: More research is necessary, but I give this a 75% chance of being an actual right-winger.

According to the article, the fake Moran guy (who imitated the real one) was engaged in a hoax demonstration, "...on April 4th in near blizzard."

This is also corroborated by this statement:

UPDATE: As indicated in the first comment, this picture wasn't taken in a blizzard, even if his sign matches one of the ones described above. I also can't find mention of an April 4 peace protest here. The dates are also wrong; the Moran picture is from sometime before March 26. Of the two Moran signs, we know that one was fake, and I'd bet that the other one is as well. If it helps any, I think the "We support our troops when they shoot their officers" sign might have been a fake as well.

However, there is a statement that muddies the waters even more:

UPDATE 2: A reliable source informs me that a) there was no blizzard anywhere near April 4th, and b) that if something like this fake protest had happened, he would have known about it.



Plus, the real Moran is wearing a St. Louis Cardinals shirt, which isn't the most likely thing for someone from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to wear.

I've tried to unravel the riddle of Moran guy myself, and spent a couple hours doing it.

I posted my findings and questions here on DU somewhere, but didn't get much response.

Check the other photos of Moran Guy that aren't cropped as closely. You'll see details in the background like a tire shop, TV news van, etc. Look at the t-shirts the other people are wearing.

My image software doesn't enlarge it clearly enough for me to make out enough detail.

Now, notice the girl standing next to him. Her sign says, "Fre(?) Ri(?)"

If it says, "Free Ripublic," I'd declare this to be a hoax.

But it can say lots of things. The first word isn't even necessarily "Free."

Let's all write to and ask them to evaluate this.

I hope we aren't disappointed by the answer, but remember this: Real or not, he is still an icon that represents a very real Freeper Archetype.

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  -Get a Brain, Morans! A Pictoral Essay (Image-heavy) IanDB1  Sep-07-05 09:45 PM   #0 
  - I wonder if this guy has any idea how much people pick on him.  nytemare   Sep-07-05 09:48 PM   #1 
  - his pedigree is in doubt...  gmoney   Sep-07-05 09:51 PM   #2 
  - This might be a REAL guy who was later imitated at a FAKE rally...  IanDB1   Sep-08-05 06:33 AM   #6 
  - Also...  Tafiti   Sep-08-05 05:28 PM   #43 
     - I could say I watched them fake a moon landing... let's all contact Snopes  IanDB1   Sep-09-05 09:50 AM   #51 
  - Funny, I thought he was DUer Indiana Green's co-worker  Generic Other   Sep-10-05 01:13 AM   #60 
  - LOL...I love the moon picture...  edbermac   Sep-08-05 10:35 AM   #16 
  - Shit, those are brilliant!  Rabrrrrrr   Sep-07-05 10:28 PM   #3 
  - Yes, I did all of those. I needed to cheer myself up...  IanDB1   Sep-08-05 05:19 AM   #4 
     - Well, you have enough for a gallery show!  Rabrrrrrr   Sep-08-05 08:20 AM   #12 
  - Thank you, IanDB1!  Heidi   Sep-08-05 05:24 AM   #5 
  - I just made a bunch of significant edits and additions to my prior message  IanDB1   Sep-08-05 06:37 AM   #7 
  - Hiroshima, with Tourist Guy, was the one that finally had me  DS1   Sep-08-05 06:38 AM   #8 
  - Thanks! The moderators made me delete the one with him at a lynching...  IanDB1   Sep-08-05 06:46 AM   #9 
  - Here he is at a Freeper rally!!!  LynneSin   Sep-08-05 06:49 AM   #10 
  - And here he is at an Article 8 Alliance rally...  IanDB1   Sep-08-05 07:02 AM   #11 
  - He is the Zelig of this Year.....  BrklynLiberal   Sep-08-05 04:41 PM   #38 
  - Now looking at this picture  hippywife   Sep-08-05 06:02 PM   #46 
     - I better return my blue bandanna and Cardinals t-shirt...  IanDB1   Sep-10-05 07:26 PM   #69 
  - Nice!  Misunderestimator   Sep-08-05 08:24 AM   #13 
  - Wow, that guy gets around more than Forrest Gump!  Love Bug   Sep-08-05 09:45 AM   #14 
  - Clever and nicely done!  tilsammans   Sep-08-05 10:26 AM   #15 
  - Great! but I have a question  underpants   Sep-08-05 10:38 AM   #17 
  - The naked chick is "Doctor" Laura Schlessinger  IanDB1   Sep-08-05 11:05 AM   #18 
     - Ah yes I remember that  underpants   Sep-08-05 11:32 AM   #23 
  - nominated  dmsRoar   Sep-08-05 11:09 AM   #19 
  - Self-delete (Duplicate)  IanDB1   Sep-08-05 11:16 AM   #20 
  - Thanks! I just finished some more...  IanDB1   Sep-08-05 11:31 AM   #22 
  - Dude, this idea rocks!  EstimatedProphet   Sep-08-05 11:23 AM   #21 
  - Here are the images you need to do this for yourself...  IanDB1   Sep-08-05 11:34 AM   #24 
  - Moran with Balloons for Parent's Rights  IanDB1   Sep-08-05 12:39 PM   #25 
     - Okay, I think this one is my favorite so far...  IanDB1   Sep-08-05 01:12 PM   #26 
        - ROFL  MN ChimpH8R   Sep-08-05 01:36 PM   #27 
        - On so many levels that is just wrong  LynneSin   Sep-08-05 01:38 PM   #28 
        - It took me awhile to stop laughing at that so I could post  Downtown Hound   Sep-08-05 01:38 PM   #29 
        - OMG  phusion   Sep-08-05 05:11 PM   #41 
  - Damn, that's some funny shit!  Blue-Jay   Sep-08-05 01:41 PM   #30 
  - Ah, dessert! My favorite...  IanDB1   Sep-08-05 03:10 PM   #31 
  - I see she got the small portion.  DarkTirade   Sep-08-05 04:43 PM   #39 
  - LOL!!!!!!!!!!!  Sugar Smack   Sep-09-05 09:34 AM   #49 
  - Pele shoots... he scores!  IanDB1   Sep-08-05 03:14 PM   #32 
  - Moranferatu  IanDB1   Sep-08-05 03:29 PM   #33 
  - Those are awesome. Here I'll add another one.  WeRQ4U   Sep-08-05 03:30 PM   #34 
  - Oh, that's awesome! LOL!  IanDB1   Sep-08-05 04:27 PM   #36 
  - Where's the pic of him at the Last Supper?  edbermac   Sep-08-05 04:12 PM   #35 
  - Okay, I like the Last Supper and King Kong ideas! Coming right up!  IanDB1   Sep-08-05 04:29 PM   #37 
  - I'm just a sweet Freepvestite... from Transexual... Freepervania! Uh-huh!  IanDB1   Sep-08-05 05:07 PM   #40 
  - I have no idea why I find this so funny  Enraged_Ape   Sep-08-05 05:14 PM   #42 
  - I'm not sure - hang on...yes, I have pee'd in my pants from laughing!!!  ourbluenation   Sep-08-05 05:43 PM   #44 
  - The Morans guy standing in front of Fred Phelps is CLASSIC!  EOO   Sep-08-05 05:47 PM   #45 
  - New and (vastly) improved Sweet Freepvestite!!  IanDB1   Sep-09-05 09:24 AM   #47 
  - 'Twas Liberalism that killed the beast...  IanDB1   Sep-09-05 09:46 AM   #50 
     - Nice!  EOO   Sep-09-05 01:05 PM   #54 
        - Hey, could you please do me a favor?  IanDB1   Sep-09-05 01:07 PM   #55 
           - I would but I dont have Photoshop unfortunately.  EOO   Sep-10-05 02:47 AM   #62 
  - YOU are BRILLIANT.  Sugar Smack   Sep-09-05 09:29 AM   #48 
  - Freepers are full of hot air...  IanDB1   Sep-09-05 10:11 AM   #52 
  - Okay, I think you guys are gonna LOVE this one...  IanDB1   Sep-09-05 06:41 PM   #56 
  - The right-wing is full of hot air  IanDB1   Sep-09-05 12:44 PM   #53 
  - Tiananmoran  Gregorian   Sep-09-05 08:37 PM   #57 
  - I've got a few more now...  IanDB1   Sep-09-05 09:33 PM   #58 
  - Get a brain, Morans strikes again! And again!  IanDB1   Sep-09-05 10:44 PM   #59 
     - oh god oh god oh god  no name no slogan   Sep-12-05 03:58 PM   #77 
  - The moran is in the GRassy KNoll club!!  Generic Other   Sep-10-05 01:15 AM   #61 
  - It's a SLED, Morans! Rosebud is a SLED!  IanDB1   Sep-10-05 08:36 AM   #63 
  - This is why you should always eat your fiber  IanDB1   Sep-10-05 08:59 AM   #64 
  - Okay, which one is best...  IanDB1   Sep-10-05 09:25 AM   #66 
  - Obvious Q&D  baldguy   Sep-10-05 09:14 AM   #65 
  - 2001: A Moran Odyssey  IanDB1   Sep-10-05 02:13 PM   #67 
  - Great Work LOL !!!!  IChing   Sep-10-05 02:24 PM   #68 
  - Lunar Hoax Exposed  IanDB1   Sep-10-05 08:55 PM   #70 
  - Greetings, Earthling Morans!  IanDB1   Sep-10-05 09:49 PM   #71 
  - Specal Ops Moran  IanDB1   Sep-10-05 10:19 PM   #73 
  - Very nice, fun thread !  Catchawave   Sep-10-05 10:09 PM   #72 
  - Moon over Moran  IanDB1   Sep-10-05 10:29 PM   #74 
  - The best thread in friggin years.  graywarrior   Sep-10-05 11:25 PM   #75 
  - More Morans  IanDB1   Sep-12-05 01:08 PM   #76 
  - ..  u4ic   Sep-12-05 04:10 PM   #78 

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