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• Occupy L.A. One Year Anniversary Rally - 10/01/2012
• Occupy May Day / General Strike - Los Angeles, CA 5/1/2012
• …Continuation - Occupy May Day / General Strike - Los Angeles, CA 5/1/2012
• Women March Against the Phony "War on Women" - Los Angeles, CA 4/28/2012
• The Occupation of Los Angeles - Part 8 - 11/11/2011
• The Occupation of Los Angeles - Part 7 - 10/28/2011
• The Occupation of Los Angeles - Part 6 - 10/15/2011 (The Global Day of Action)
• The Occupation of Los Angeles - Part 5 - 10/13/2011
• The Occupation of Los Angeles - Part 4 - October 3, 2011 through October 13, 2011
• The Occupation of Los Angeles - Part 3 - 10/01/2011
• The Occupation of Los Angeles - Part 2 - 10/01/2011
• The Occupation of Los Angeles - Part 1 - 09/17/2011
• L.A. Teachers Unions "State of Emergency" Rally - Los Angeles, CA 5/13/2011
• Unions and Communists March Side By Side at May Day Rally - Los Angeles, Ca 5/1/2011
• Anti-War Demonstration, Hollywood, CA - March 19th, 2011
• "Solidarity With the Egyptian People" demonstration - Los Angeles 2/5/2011
• Anti-Israel Protest in Front of the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles, CA on June 4th, 2010
• The Good, The Bad And The Ugly... May Day Immigration March - Los Angeles, Ca - May 1st, 2010
• Tax Day Tea Party, Thousand Oaks, Ca - April 15th, 2010
• The Annual March of the Moonbats - March 20, 2010
• The Tea Party Express Visits Los Angeles, CA on Oct. 25, 2009
• Where Have All the Anti-War Protesters Gone?… The 8th Anniversary Protest Against the War in Afghanistan on Oct 7th 2009
• Henry Waxman's Secret Town Hall Meeting That Wasn't Really A Town Hall Meeting - 8/21/2009
• A Short Walk Down Memory Hole Lane
• Tax Day "Tea Party" - Van Nuys, CA on April 15, 2009
• Street Corner "Tea Party" - Studio City, CA on April 11, 2009
• Anti-War Protest - Hollywood, CA on March 21, 2009
• Anti-Israel Demonstration - West LA on Jan. 10, 2009
• Anti-Prop 8 Demonstration - Los Angeles, CA on Nov. 15, 2008
• Sarah Palin Visits Southern California on October 4, 2008
• May Day Demonstration - Los Angeles, CA on May 1, 2008
• Anti-War Protest in Hollywood, CA - March 15, 2008
• Anti-War Protest in Los Angeles, CA - October 27, 2007
• Anti-War Protest in Hollywood, CA - March 17, 2007
• Anti-War Protest in Los Angeles, CA - August 12, 2006
• Anti-War Protest in Hollywood, CA - March 18, 2006
• Anti-War Protest in Los Angeles, CA - September 24, 2005
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A Short Walk Down Memory Hole Lane
In recent months, newspapers, cable news channels and political commentators have taken a sudden interest in the offensive signs that some ill-mannered participants have brought to "tea party" demonstrations and townhall meetings. Left-leaning pundits, bloggers, and even Democrat politicians, seem to be shocked at how conservative protestors are "lowering the level of political discourse". Nancy Pelosi recently claimed that protestors were "carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on healthcare", as if she were astonished to hear of such behavior. The truth of the matter is that this crass, adolescent style of protest has been standard fare at virtually all anti-war and leftwing political demonstrations since at least 2003. In fact, the number of offensive signs that have shown up at recent "tea parties" and townhalls is not even comparable to the sheer quantity of signs featuring swastikas, Hitler comparisons and other outrageous imagery at anti-war protests. The only thing that's new is that all of a sudden the media has begun to notice them.

Over the past six years, I've attended numerous anti-war / anti-Bush demonstrations and have photographed thousands of crazy signs and banners; not only signs comparing President Bush (and Republicans in general) to Nazis, but also signs comparing the State of Israel to Nazi Germany, as well as countless signs and banners promoting the idea that President Bush and /or Israel were the "real" culprits behind the attacks of 9/11. These kinds of messages are so prevalent at leftwing protests that it would be impossible for any journalist to claim not to have seen them; they are literally everywhere one looks. And so I've always been amazed that the newspaper and television coverage of these protests never (and I really do mean never) showed, or mentioned, any of these outrageous images. I could only conclude, because the overtly offensive or blatantly anti-American signs that dominate these events cannot possibly be missed by any person with eyes, that the journalists sent to cover these demonstrations purposefully obfuscated the reality of what they saw. No doubt they did this because they sympathized with the anti-war or anti-Bush sentiment, yet were also savvy enough to understand that most Americans would find the behavior of the protestors appalling.

Now that a Democrat is President - and the protestors are presumably conservatives - we find the very same photojournalists who couldn't be bothered to notice an inverted and defaced American Flag or a "Bush = Hitler" placard, suddenly scouring "tea parties" and townhall protests in search of the most objectionable signs they can possibly find. …And, I'm sorry to say, they've found some.

So while The White House, liberal pundits, and Leftwing bloggers express their faux-outrage, let us take a little walk down Memory Hole Lane. The pictures I share here not only include the use of swastikas and Nazi imagery, they also feature other hateful or violent messages, support for extreme ideologies and the desecration of the American flag. All of these photos and hundreds of others like them can be seen by browsing through my website.

I do not offer these images as a defense of any similar tactics now being employed by some anti-Obama protestors, in fact, I plead with those opposed to President Obama's agenda to avoid the adolescent behavior displayed by anti-Bush activists over the previous eight years. Remember, just as the media went out of their way to shield the public from the vulgar and anti-American behavior of many anti-war demonstrators, so too will they go out of their way to shine a light on any offensive behavior by even one protestor opposed to President Obama. I offer these photographs only to show the hypocrisy of those on the Left who pretend to be shocked, as if such tactics are new or unique to our current President and his policies.

For similar photographs from San Francisco, please see zombie's Bush as Hitler, Swastika-Mania: A Retrospective

(All of the pictures posted here were taken by me at political protests and anti-war demonstrations in Los Angeles, CA between 2004 and 2009)
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