Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday Snapshot: Blue Heron

Originally uploaded by George Bentley
These are the things I can see if I take the time to go just a little bit out of my way. I took the long way home from church today to get a few shots at the mouth of Steamboat Slew. This Blue Heron was nice enough to allow me to take a few shots.

As always more photos can be found on my flickr page.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Just so you know

I really love this girl’s… music

Holly Palmer

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Anti-Israel protest week, lost count: Cold & Wet

It was a cold and wet day there was even a chance of snow (never happened). So, first thing that happened was I forgot to charge my batteries, I realized this when I went to unplug my battery charger. Bummer. This week’s post will therefore be using “file” photographs for illustration. I will try to use photos that I haven’t used before, I’ve used a lot so it won’t be easy.


I wanted to arrive in time to spend an hour with the communist war resisters who bring the Week 5 024 Lt Watada banner on the 4th Saturday of every month, they arrive at 11.

Week 10 099 Who handed out flyers to everyone, Flyers printed by the anti-imperialist committee, I think. I know the people, but never really got to see the flyers (I didn’t want to be rude).

 Week 10 101 One commie brought his Chairman Mao bag. Again.


This part was largely uneventful, I stood in front of them

 426288029_4d51700e05_o with my American flag and my Support the troops sign telling everybody who took a flyer they had communist propaganda. and they stood holding their banner handing out communist propaganda telling everybody that it was to end the war.

So now it’s noon, I go back to my car to get my Israeli flag and stand across from them for a bit, waving my Israeli flag Anti-Israel Protest Week3 235 while they hold their flag and yellow signs of occupation and apartheid.

Did I mention this was a very small crowd, maybe 20 even with the communist. The youth for Palestine kids didn’t show, Week 10 045 only this guy.

Week 8 015 They didn’t even have enough people to hold both of their banners. By the way, want to know how to make one of these, check out this communist website for instructions.

Promptly at 1pm the war resisters leave. Funny how they do that, right on time, like a union job.

The street preaches spread the word to the masses with umbrellas and raingear. IMG_3964  Then at 2 we all go home.

And that’s it, except I saw 1 thing that made me regret not being able to use my camera, a Metro Bus with a “Save Gaza” ad on the side.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Seattle A.N.S.W.E.R. Protest 3/22/09

Three days after the 6th anniversary of the Iraq war A.N.S.W.E.R. held their rally to mark the occasion in Seattle’s Cal Anderson park

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Somewhere between 150 and 200 people showed up,  (because it was not over 200 I can still use the “10s”  description I used to deride the World Can’t Wait protest Saturday) I do not know why they waited until Sunday to have this rally, maybe the permit for the march was cheaper?  The meat of this event is in the videos so make sure to watch it. Now lets get started…

I arrived right at 12:00, the “start” time.

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But I didn’t need to feel bad for being late, there were many late comers.

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The start of the rally was also about 30 minutes late.

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here are a few of the pre-march sights.

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Yes it’s true, I was not the only one yawning.

Now lets wake up and get a marching…

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They took a twisted route a that passed by the Jimmy Hendrix Statue and even my car.

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The march seemed to have 4 separate groups within it, We have the Answer group…

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we had the socialist (the ones that will tell you they are communist)

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We had the Canadians

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And we had the anti-war vets and war resister, ok so I didn’t get a lot of pics these guys, they stayed in the back, it’s not my fault.

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All gathered in one little march

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The video will show just how these groups (and the anti-war movement in general) seem to be unable to get a single message out.

Now for some random shots then the movie.

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I titled the movie “The Little March of Discord” because I think it shows a level of disorganization and desperation in the anti-war movement I have not seen before, This group was not just the smallest march for the anniversary of the war, it was the most defeated I’ve seen them, We’ve won in Iraq, Afghanistan is getting the attention that it has needed to get for years and that will lead to victory there too and they know it. The fight is not over, the left has made some dangerous move in the last two months, but on this front at least we hold the high ground and they know it.

And don’t forget to watch their failure as they try to burn Former President Bush in effigy.