Anti-War Protest - Hollywood, CA on March 21, 2009
On Saturday, March 21st, I headed over to Hollywood and once again joined the moonbats, Leftists, anarchists, Communists and hippies young and old, for the 6th Anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq….and Afghanistan, and Palestine, and the Philippines, and Hawaii, and just about everywhere….even North America.
There were plenty of pre-made signs available for those who forgot to make their own.
And of course, if you forgot to bring a sign, you could always make one at the last moment….In fact, making a last minute sign can provide a good learning opportunity for the little moonbats.
There were plenty of cops on hand, mostly on bikes.
Everyone gathered at the intersection of Hollywood and Vine St. with their creative and colorful signs.
"Bill Clinton, Fuck Off Out of Ireland"
…. I asked her what her sign was about and in a thick Irish accent she told me to "fuck off too!"
There was certainly no shortage of Israel haters milling about.
And, of course, Palestinian supporters were everywhere.
There were some counter protestors; three of ‘em to be exact. The same three wingnuts that were there last year, standing on the same corner, shouting the same Bible passages about the fires of Hell and the "end times".
And conveniently, there was no shortage of Godless Communists for them to yell at.
And speaking of "revolution", our broken economy was a common theme among many of the signs and banners.
Only, most of the protestors seemed to see America’s economic woes as the natural result of Capitalism; socialism as being the obvious solution.
And with the oppressive system collapsing all around us, no one had any money to buy any of cool anti-Capitalist merchandise for sale.
Although the free Qurans were still quite popular.
The thing that was immediately noticeable to anyone who has been attending these events over the past eight years was the sudden lack of the once ubiquitous George Bush is Hitler signs, and the ever popular Dick Cheney is a blood-sucking vampire signs. I wondered what type of sign would replace them. I couldn’t imagine that they would go after President Obama with the same extreme craziness…at least not so soon.
And for the most part I was right.
Although, there were a few folks in the crowd who weren’t feelin’ the "Hope".
And then there were the keffiyehs. It seems that they’re more popular than ever. And, why not? What better way to show your solidarity with America’s enemies than to dress up like them?
The keffiyeh must be the only fashion accessory that is worn by both grey haired grandmothers…
…and blue haired punk rock chicks.
Heck, it seemed like practically everyone was wearing one.
And for those who weren’t sporting a keffiyeh, a dirty bandana wrapped around the face would suffice.
And then there was this guy.
International Answer had their flatbed truck parked in the middle of the street and various Leftwing speakers gave impassioned speeches, many of them screaming at the top of their lungs. Others led the crowd in mindless chants. Here’s a sample of one of the speakers who caught my attention after I heard him say that the real heroes in Iraq are not the imperialist American occupiers, but those who resist occupation. I didn’t catch his name (please email me if you know who he is) but I did videotape some of his speech, starting immediately after he praised as heroes those who kill our soldiers.
Soon the march got underway and the moonbats started marching down Hollywood Blvd.
Then down Cahuenga to Sunset Blvd, down a couple of blocks and then back up to Hollywood blvd again.
All the regular groups were on hand…
The United Teachers of Los Angeles
The World Can’t Wait in their usual orange jumpsuits and black hoods.
9/11 Troofers were everywhere.
I only saw one lonely Ron Paulian, although many of the Troofers are Paulians too.
Code Pink was there, of course.
The only new group I saw was a bunch of disgruntled Screen Actors Guild members who were angry that so many movies are being made outside of California these days, and that more and more producers are using non-union actors….Well, this is Hollywood after all.
The rhythmically challenged Korean drummers were there as usual.
And so were the highly rhythmic, and endlessly energetic, Los Angeles Bus Riders Union. I have to admit that this group is starting to grow on me.
The Aztec dancers were there too, demanding their continent back.
And here we have the "Coalition for World Peace", an affiliate of "United for Peace and Justice".
As we started down Hollywood blvd again, I noticed this angry shop owner standing on the sidewalk ahead. He was angry that the moonbat parade, with their bullhorns and body odor, had scared away all the tourists. And he was right, the usually busy sidewalks were all but deserted.
Within moments he was spotted by a number of bandana-clad anarchist types.
Who immediately surrounded him and began heckling him with obscenities, calling him a "capitalist pig" - yes they actually used those words.
Then they started chanting "fascist, fascist" and demanding to know which store was his. Suddenly the girl with the pink backpack turned and swatted him with her sign.
I quickly walked over to inform the police, but as I looked back I saw that the shop owner was following close behind me toward the police as well, so I just kept on walking.
A moment later, I heard an electric guitar playing Purple Haze and turned around to see Jimi Hendrix standing on the sidewalk wailing away.
As we headed for our final destination, International ANSWER sent their recruits out into the street with buckets for donations. And, as is always the case, they didn’t get much more than some pocket change…
...even if they were hoping for more.
Flag-draped coffins were carried along the parade route. This time, they were not only covered with American flags as they have been in the past, there were also coffins covered with the Iraq flag, the Afghan flag and even the Palestinian flag.
We stopped in front of the Kodak Theater and performed a quick "die-in" for the hundreds of tourists in short pants and sandals.
Then, led by the Vietnam War activist Ron Kovic, the International ANSWER flatbed truck drove another half block up the street, turned and parked directly in front of the American Armed Forces Career Center.
This really got the crowd excited. A keffiyeh-clad girl on the back of the flatbed led the demonstrators in chants of the "hey, hey, ho, ho" variety. About 8 or 9 ‘Iraq Veterans Against the War’ members stood stone faced across the street, as the "coffins" were placed at the front door of the career center.
Some of the fake coffins had signs on them which said "Suicide" as a way of saying that even though combat deaths in Iraq are at their lowest levels since the war began, soldiers are still dying here at home, by their own hand.
And then, after about 20 minutes, the police instructed the truck to pack up and pull out. The demonstration was over.
But for some lucky moonbats, the day had only just begun….
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