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LIVE Report From Crawford (3,000 folks now and STILL COMING!)
Basil in Crawford | 8-27-05 | TxBubba

Posted on 08/27/2005 10:02:40 AM PDT by TXBubba

Just talked to Basil on site in Crawford, Texas. Currently there are about 100 folks there helping to set up. They have not received word about the caravan arrival in Waco yet. JimRob is riding with the caravan. She thinks it might get to Crawford around 1:00 p.m.

Basil says the stage is set up, the sound system is excellent and they have hung the most beautiful banners overnighted by W04Man on the stage. A big thanks for the banners, they are much appreciated!

Someone arrived early and hung yellow ribbons everywhere.

They have an American flag that is about 50 feet by 40 feet. Children of military personnel serving in the Middle East have written notes to their parents on the stripes of this flag. A very touching thing to behold.

The HOT Chapter booth is being unloaded right now. The will sell buttons made by Angelwood to help off set costs.

Someone rented the Community Center for our use so there is access to AC. However, they also have 10 tents set up. And there is a Moonwalk for the kiddos.

To top everything else there is BBQ on the grill! Basil is the official taster and says it is great!

That is all the news I have at the moment. It is hard to get a cell phone connection to Crawford but when I hear more I will try to update everyone.

TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Breaking News; US: Texas; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aar; bush; caravan; cindysheehan; crawford; hatchapter; hotchapter; militaryfamilies; moveamericaforward; saltoftheearth; supportourtroops; texas; thankyoufr; troops
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To: TXBubba
Here are a couple of the pictures I took:

Two Bush supporters

You wouldn't know it from TV, but this is what you see approaching the two camps.

More pictures My Flickr Page

3,321 posted on 08/29/2005 7:32:21 PM PDT by JimNtexas
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To: lmavk
Doesn't this woman need to go home and pay the bills and do the laundry and all the stuff the rest of use have to deal with in our day to day lives? Who can wander around aimlessly for weeks on end with no job, hanging out in a field with hippies and no identifiable source of income. The whole thing just annoys me.

Have no doubt that she is paying the bills. Or rather MoveOn and/or CodePink are paying them for her, and more most likely.

3,322 posted on 08/29/2005 7:35:10 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: SoCalPol
Howard Kooligan is a San Diego guy and his Move America Forward based in Calif. Free Republic based in Calif. Ronald Reagan 2 term Gov. of Calif.

Not to mention that our own Jim Robinson, FReeper #1, lives there. FR's servers are also there. (Hopefully well inland from the fault zones?)

3,323 posted on 08/29/2005 8:04:42 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: sam_paine
But put a "W 1" sticker or pro-conservative bumper sticker on your car, and be prepared to get keyed!

I find my Texas State Rifle Association "Raging Bull" window sticker cuts down on that sort of thing. :)

And the sticker of the shied of the Army organization I support as a contractor doesn't hurt either, at least for anyone who knows what it is. (Can't post that one though)

3,324 posted on 08/29/2005 8:10:15 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: TaxRelief; The Bat Lady; TheSarce
remember giving him his application to register to vote on his 18th birthday?

Yes I DO! he is a very together young man. gives me hope that this nation will continue on, with men (and his friend who came from Tenn) leading the country. With the idiots on the other side, I KNOW who will turn out to be leaders.

I was out of town and couldn't go, I'm trying to read this thread of 3,324 and can only look at the pictures but your comment jumped out at me. Good job FREEPERS!

3,325 posted on 08/29/2005 8:47:07 PM PDT by The Bat Lady (Proud member of the pajamaheddin [PMPJ])
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3,326 posted on 08/29/2005 10:18:16 PM PDT by mac_truck (Aide toi et dieu l’aidera)
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To: God luvs America
I'm more concerned no Freepers/pro-Bush supporters beat up any Protest Warriors....were they like "oh, crap...sorry man" after they realized what they did destroying the sign??

Yes, an apology was issued from the podium. Of course, like the announcement that the PWs were there and what their signs were like, it could not be heard by all the crowd. I could barely hear it at the front of the tent area.

3,327 posted on 08/29/2005 10:36:00 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: SuzyQue
Yes, but as you can see in my photos taken after the announcement that the crosses had been removed, they definately had not. Somebody wasn't being honest.

Where the ones that would have been removed by the mothers still there, or could you tell from the pictures.

3,328 posted on 08/29/2005 10:38:32 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: Jeff Head

As you can see, at the first sign of a "disturbance" the vultures were on it like ducks on a June bug. Most of the folks in that picture are Media "Vultures", only a few are not.

3,329 posted on 08/29/2005 10:42:07 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: cyncooper
Sorry, but it is not hard to tell, and the freepers who attacked PW attendees and are making lame excuses about it are hotheaded idiots who did a grave disservice to the purported cause.

Ahem. A sleeper troll?

The vets, that let their emotions over-rule their brains and confronted the Protest Warrior guys, where not FReepers. FReepers are well familiar with Protest Warrior signs - who doesn't remember "Belly Girl?" ;)

Why don't you take your slimy self back over to "War Cheerleaders" and stop violating FReepers' copyrights on your silly blog.

3,330 posted on 08/29/2005 10:47:20 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: El Gato
I am sorry for the protest warriors...that is one good group.

Question..tonight, as I was coming home around 9 P.M.or so, I think, I was listening to a liberal talk show host-randi rhodes (sp)- and she was discussing the Crawford rally with a caller.

She and the caller were agreeing that the pro-war folks (as they called us) were very rude and in trouble a lot. That they spun gravel with their big trucks onto the the cindistan folks and other things...that they were very rude, and that it was obvious the people in Crawford did NOT support the President because in only three pro-Bush signs were spotted in all of the neighborhoods they drove around...and that there were lots of signs saying 'We do not support you'....

I was thinking those signs meant the code pinkos and cindistani's, lol, when I heard this discussion on the radio.

Is this true?

3,331 posted on 08/29/2005 10:53:21 PM PDT by Republic (Michael Schiavo comes to mind...ulitimate control is never relinquished with ease)
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To: MEG33
I love that picture..

Credit goes to jddrive who took it. (I did send him to get it though. :) ).

3,332 posted on 08/29/2005 11:27:26 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: hoosiermama
One thing that kept the "silent majority" silent during nam was the fear of violence.....FOr some reason, it doesn't exist today.

Could it have something to do with the wave of states passing "Shall issue" CHL laws? Couldn't have hurt.

3,333 posted on 08/29/2005 11:35:13 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: pamlet
Next time I'm bringing Gatorade.

The water is probably better. Some Gatorade or better yet one of the newer "sports" drinks with less sugar, along with lots of water would probably be better yet.

3,334 posted on 08/29/2005 11:38:30 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: ValerieUSA
The community center building was air conditioned,

I know, I was inside for a few minutes after the rally ended when I took back a bunch of chairs. (8 to be exact) Should have taken more, but I was just to tuckered out. My buddy, who took 8 also, but all at once, said he started to get dizzy carrying his load over. (I did mine in two trips).

3,335 posted on 08/29/2005 11:41:35 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: texianyankee
I did see a bunch of camera people surrounding the guy in front of the tent.

Yeh, the vultures really swarmed what they thought was something they could (and did!) use against us.

3,336 posted on 08/29/2005 11:45:20 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: TheMom
I was one of the lucky ones directing them into the parking lot. My estimate would be closer to 125 vehicles.

As I suspected. Way too many people poured in when the "Convoy" arrived. And continued to pour in for some time after wards.

3,337 posted on 08/30/2005 12:05:25 AM PDT by El Gato
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To: W04Man

If it was digital, most of it went into the old bit bucket. If it was analog, File 13, aka "the Round File". IOW, it got spiked at the editor's desks.

3,338 posted on 08/30/2005 12:11:30 AM PDT by El Gato
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To: TheMom
Very cool picture "Madre de los ninos de Eaker".
3,339 posted on 08/30/2005 12:16:42 AM PDT by El Gato
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To: TheMom
You are right, there are even pic's posted on this thread of people writing on a flag. You would think they would have known better.

Technically, under the strict rules of flag etiquette, it was improper. But how can making something to send the message to the troops (which is where that flag that was written on was headed) somehow be "desecrating" the flag? I'd say it was being honored.

3,340 posted on 08/30/2005 12:20:29 AM PDT by El Gato
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