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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:02 PM
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Today-800 boots in front of the US Capital


Combat boots bearing the nametags of 800 U.S. soldiers who have died in the war in Iraq (news - web sites) are displayed during a exhibit by the American Friends Service Committee near the U. S. Capitol in Washington Tuesday, May 25, 2004. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/040525/...
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elf Donating Member (805 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:03 PM
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1. Finally
protests are starting here also!!!!!!!!!!!!
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:04 PM
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2. Good message. Now let's boot the Republicans out of Congress!
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elf Donating Member (805 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:07 PM
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3. Protests in London on Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!
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NJCher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:13 PM
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4. great pics
If you're high bandwidth, that is.

I loved the "Bliar, Bliar!" signs.

Also, the graphic on that first pic was very powerful.


Cher
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Bok_Tukalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:21 PM
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10. Pic8 would be more powerful
with the burning towers in the background.
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elf Donating Member (805 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:26 PM
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12. I understand your message
but does it really justify thousands more innocent victims?
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Bok_Tukalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:35 PM
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14. Not seeking justification
Just thought it would be more powerful. Like most things, everyone takes away from it what they will. Personally, I just see how awful we are to each other.
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elf Donating Member (805 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:40 PM
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16. yes!!
because there is NO justification for things like that!!!!!!!!!!

The war against international terrorism is only possible, when the world puts its power TOGETHER and fights it everywhere!

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elf Donating Member (805 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:16 PM
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5. see how fast this thread goes down
without replies????

Americans are not really interested in OPEN protests. Are they too scared, that they will get a problem or what else is the reason????
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Jacobin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:21 PM
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9. A lot of us, including me, were protesting
before the war started.

Strategically, it might (I stress might) be better to let this simmer in the minds of "middle america" which, it seems,is getting pretty pissed off as it is without protests in the street. Protests at this point might be counterproductive to dumping Smirk in November, as many in the middle might not want to be "associated with" protesters but would gladly not vote for Bush.

I have mixed feelings about it. Paradoxically, if Kerry is elected, and escalates the war, I suspect you will sense real betrayal and the protests will go ballistic. If Kerry starts drafting troops, the public will go peripatetic.
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Career Prole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:50 PM
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19. Elf, that's a bit unfair.
The American corporate media are disinterested in open protests.
As for me personally, I do what I can. I have my Kerry bumpersticker and DU bumpersticker (one of which got my car keyed), I donate what I can when I can, I write letters to the editor, I talk politics and foreign policy at work. There aren't any protests to attend where I live. I was transferred to the middle of Texas by my employer, who three years later closed the factory. The next best-paying job in town pays 50% of what I used to make. We had to give up the house and buy a mobile home. I can't afford time off work, because I use my vacation as two weeks I can get out of paying for childcare during school vacations. I can't afford to travel to a protest somewhere else. I can't even afford to get out of Texas. If I held a protest where I live right now I guarantee it'd be a one-man show. We do what we can.
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IrateCitizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:17 PM
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6. A powerful statement to any feeling person
Then again, many of the members of Congress are not exactly "feeling" persons -- so the point will be lost on them.
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elf Donating Member (805 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:21 PM
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8. but it's not only
protest for or against politicians. It's to get more and more people together and show the strength of "WE THE PEOPLE"!

Get the message out to all who are still ignorant or don't understand!!

Get the message out, wake them all up!!!
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Media_Lies_Daily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 09:01 AM
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28. You seem to be preaching to a choir that's been here for quite...
...a bit longer than your rather limited amount of posts.

Maybe you should ease up a bit and do a little more observing before posting any more of your "comments".
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:20 PM
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7. It looks as though they lined them up to resemble...
the crosses in Arlington Cemetery. Poignant as hell. Bring em on indeed.
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elf Donating Member (805 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:23 PM
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11. I saw the same on a Beach in California
for every dead soldier a little white cross!!!!
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:26 PM
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13. Like a military formation
Edited on Tue May-25-04 02:27 PM by underpants
That is how Arlingon Cemetery and these boots are arranged.
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Coventina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:37 PM
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15. Go Quakers!!!!
What a powerful message, done in a tasteful, moving way.
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beyurslf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:43 PM
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18. Did the Quakers do this?
What a great reminder...
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Coventina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:04 PM
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22. Yes, the American Friends Service Committee
is a Quaker organization.

Look them up. They do great work. They give Christians a GOOD name, unlike Robertson, et. al.....
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oneighty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 09:25 AM
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30. Yes!
AFSC.. I am glad I donate to them, five bucks here five bucks there. It all helps, and they put your money to GOOD use!

180
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:42 PM
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17. Very well done
Edited on Tue May-25-04 02:46 PM by Spazito
very moving, very sad.

Edited to add: Be sure to rate this a 5, it should be seen.
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:52 PM
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20. Pure genius. I gave it a "5" but the freepers must be on it because it is
only a 3.16. You would think that even supporters of the war would see this as a fitting tribute to the troops. But then I wonder how many war supporters are really concerned about the troops. If they were so concerned they wouldn't be so eager to put them in harm's way.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:54 PM
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21. The #1 argument against the war
and unfortuneately (incredibly) they have all come true. Sad very very sad.
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dArKeR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 12:08 AM
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23. Another pic of the boots here:
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 12:14 AM
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24. This is the first time I have seen this.
The media has to start reporting the news!

I haven't had much time today to read any newspapers except some excerpts here on DU. I used to rely on hearing clips of current news on the radio or on TV when I was too busy to read a newspaper to sort of direct me to what I needed to read. This should have been on every news brief in every market. Why wasn't it?
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 08:53 AM
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27. What and take away for the American Idol coverage?
Priorities people PRIORITIES!
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Kimber Scott Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 12:38 AM
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25. Good idea, but too much space between boots lessens impact.
Maybe, it's just because I'm a veteran... and an artist, but I think they should have lined up the pairs of boots in formation. The boots are too spread apart and thus, the impact is watered down. It's a very moving idea, though.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 08:52 AM
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26. A wider shot (not available) would have shown the ground it covered
I am assuming that it was pretty wide considering.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-26-04 09:14 AM
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29. Found a slightly wider shot
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