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duhneece Donating Member (967 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 09:29 AM
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Nearly 350 attend rally
Source: Alamogordo Daily News

Nearly 350 attend rally
Opposing sides voice their opinions
Alamogordo Daily News
By Michael Johnson, Managing Editor
Posted: 01/03/2010 12:00:00 AM MST


"Holding a rifle in his hand, Jim Kizer participates in an Obama... (J.R. Oppenheim/Daily News)

Saturday's tea party protest that many people feared would morph into a Wild West shootout turned out to be a problem-free event. About 350 people, mostly Republican supporters and less than 10 self-proclaimed Democrats, crowded the intersection of 10th Street and White Sands Boulevard - the busiest intersection in the city - for a protest against the Obama administration and his policies.

There were plenty of handguns and rifles on display, but no violence.

The event was staged by the Otero Tea Party Patriots and the newly formed Second Amendment Task Force. While the tea party group's main focus was to protest the Obama administration, the Alamogordo 2ATF conducted a simultaneous open-carry event..."

Read more: http://www.alamogordonews.com/ci_14113406



In earlier articles, people were invited to protest Obama and healthcare reform while wearing guns. I think protests are not an appropriate time & place to wear firearms. I was verbally threatened, while a man patted his gun, so I think that illustrated my point. My comments got published in the story: Denise L, who called herself a Democrat, was positioned in front of Founders Park, located diagonally from the Alamogordo Airborne Memorial. She said the gun display was not necessary.

"I see it as being juvenile and adolescent," she said. "I'm very much a pro-gun rights person. I come from a military family. My late husband was a gunsmith, but I think gun use is OK in an appropriate time and place. Wearing guns to a protest, to me, is extremely juvenile."

Lang said she also wanted to support the health care reform bill that passed the U.S. Senate on Christmas Eve.

"When I worked at the cancer treatment center in Alamogordo, I saw private health care turn down treatment for people who had pre-existing conditions," she said. "I think the health care industry is providing us with bad health care."

The Confederate flag and the hateful language on some of the signs was very sad to see.
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Don Caballero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 09:38 AM
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1. These people must be ignored
They will go away. If we give them attention they will multiply. Rallies should be planned in support of the President to coincide with these teabaggers.
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izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 10:08 AM
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5. Wrong
In 1928, Hitler was ignored and he got less than 2% of the vote. In 1932, after more threats, beatings, and waving of guns, he was the top vote getter.
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zeemike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 10:19 AM
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8. Yep
Those that fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it.
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kenichol Donating Member (198 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 10:14 AM
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6. Critical Mass
Ignoring them is not the answer. They are generating their own destruction and it is just a matter of time until they either shoot someone or implode in their own vile hatred. Duhneece of DU was threatened by one of the angry gun toters because she was not wrapped in the US Flag and carrying a pro-Obama sign. He was screaming, "If you don't have your heart in America, get your asses out!" His last gesture was to slap his holstered pistol in a threatening way. Some of these people are bug effen nuts and convinced of the righteousness of their holy cause. This has become a religious movement.
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Don Caballero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 10:18 AM
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7. True. Like all movements based on religious fervor it will burn out
With our President winning fight after fight, the teabaggers will have less ground to stand on.
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Confusious Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 09:42 AM
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2. 350 and they cover it

hundreds of thousands turned out to protest the war in washington, and they got less then 5 minutes on the news.

Can you guess whose side is the media on?
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 09:47 AM
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3. If the Iraq war protesters..
... turned out with guns, well that would be different.
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 11:16 AM
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18. I Will Never Forget That.... the Bias is Striking
and there is no denying it exists.
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 10:04 AM
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4. I found some coverage of the Iraq War protest in Washington DC in the ABC Australia cite
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/01/28/1834861.h...

Iraq war protesters march in Washington

Posted Sun Jan 28, 2007 9:19am AEDT
Updated Sun Jan 28, 2007 10:32am AEDT

Chanting "bring our troops home," tens of thousands of anti-war protesters have rallied in front of the US Capitol to pressure the United States Government to get out of Iraq.

Veterans and military families joined some lawmakers, peace groups and actors, including Vietnam War protester Jane Fonda, to urge Congress and President George W Bush to stop funding the war and pull troops from Iraq.

"When I served in the war, I thought I was serving honourably. Instead, I was sent to war...for causes that have proved fraudulent," Iraq war veteran Garett Reppenhagen said.

"We need to put pressure on our elected government and force them to...bring the troops home," the former sniper said, to cheers from the crowd at a rally held on the National Mall.

For more than two hours, speakers criticised Mr Bush and the US presence in Iraq before protesters marched around the Capitol.

<snip>

Mr Bush's approval rating has dropped to some of the weakest of his presidency and polls show a majority of Americans disapprove of President Bush's plan to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq.

Bush stands firm

But Mr Bush has no intention of backing off his plan.

Asked about the protests, White House national security adviser spokesman Gordon Johndroe said Mr Bush "understands that Americans want to see a conclusion to the war in Iraq and the new strategy is designed to do just that".

...more...
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 10:24 AM
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9. "Republican supporters" versus "less than ten self-proclaimed Democrats."
Edited on Sun Jan-03-10 10:27 AM by No Elephants
:wtf:

Isn't everyone's party affiliation "self-proclaimed?" Is there more reason to doubt people when they say they are Democrats than when they say they are Republicans?

And how do you conclude that fewer than ten Democrats were present, without also determining the exact number?


And why conduct "open carry events" to protest the policies of President Obama? As far as I can recall, he has not said a word about gun control.


Seems as though seven out ten times that I read something disturbing, the setting is Texas or Florida. I once seriously considered moving to San Antonio, too. Even went there and looked at homes with a real estate agent. Sigh.


BTW, I could not get the link to work for me.
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 10:32 AM
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10. Wait for it though because it will happen.
Two of these morans will eventually gun each other down at one of these things. Someone will accidentally say something logical (has to happen eventually, Monkeys/Shakespeare) and be accused of being a librul infiltrator, and executed as a traitor or something.
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Matt St John Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-28-10 03:53 PM
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27. ?
So is that the conclusion that you came to logically? That someone would be "executed as a traitor or something"... That along with similar paths of logic shared by others here are not very well thought out or researched.
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duhneece Donating Member (967 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 10:35 AM
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11. TV coverage link
Tea party protest draws larger-than-expected crowd

http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S1341045.shtml?cat=5...
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southernyankeebelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 10:43 AM
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12. Who the hell wants to take their damn guns. This administration has moved
at all to take away anyone rights to carry harms. I wish they would ban guns at polical rallies. These teabaggers do it only to intimate others who don't agree. I don't care what anyone says. That is why they do it. If it had been Bush they would have been thrown in jail.
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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 10:48 AM
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13. A Confederate Flag at a Teabagger rallY???
Who knew?
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JosephineSouthern Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-04-10 05:20 AM
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21. Confederate Flag
WHY NOT!

We are the descendants of the original Revolution from Britain! Our Ancestors won their freedom and started this nation on the path of States Rights and Limited Government.

I am a Confederate Southern American, I am part of America from its very beginning.

:patriot:
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comanchero Donating Member (74 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 10:09 AM
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25. The Confederate Flag Has Become a Symbol of Racism
Too bad that people let this flag become a symbol for racism. That is what it is seen as outside of the SE part of the country. You can pretty well bet that behind the person carrying or displaying it stands a person who is racist. Maybe not all, but most. If you do not believe this talk to them.
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nyy1998 Donating Member (984 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 10:51 AM
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14. Luckily, we haven't seen any of that down here in El Paso
Our Congressmen got roasted a little by the local Newspaper, but mostly because he was trying to set up a town hall meeting to avoid as many tea-baggers. This usually involved not having an actual town hall. He eventually had one, and there was some disturbance, but nothing too bad compared to the rest of the country:
http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_13184726?IADID=Search-www...
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 10:58 AM
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15. Jesus.
This country sinks farther and farther into the muck.
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janx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 11:03 AM
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16. Alamorgordo, eh?
What'd they do--bus them in from Texas? ;-)
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duhneece Donating Member (967 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 11:09 AM
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17. The last time we made national news was book burning
We made CNN news when a pastor had a book-burning, primarily of Harry Potter books. More recently, our County Commissioners demanded that White Sands National Monument NOT be listed as a UN Heritage Site, because 'we would lose our sovereignty.' Sometimes the history books lists Alamogordo as THE site of the atomic bomb test. It was actually miles from here, but it is beginning to make me wonder why we have so many rightwing nuts.
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comanchero Donating Member (74 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-07-10 05:36 PM
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26. More than your fair share
That is for sure.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 11:42 AM
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19. They cover 350 loonies yet they ignore 1000s of anti-Iraq War protesters.
Fuck the MSM!
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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-03-10 12:03 PM
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20. What would have happened if
someone lit a pack of firecrackers?
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SemiCharmedQuark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-04-10 06:56 AM
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23. lol.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-04-10 09:55 AM
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24. Is that you mr. birch?
are the commies coming out of the light sockets?

So how do you like your pizza?
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