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Apr 26, 2007

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PotatoStew

Yeah, buddy, and that sign you're holding is a good representation of American values, eh?

Ron

This is one of the most revolting photos I have seen. Where does all of this hate and ingnorance come from? These protestors must be very disturbed.

Connie Mack Jr

This is one of the most revolting photos I have seen. Where does all of this hate and ingnorance come from? These protestors must be very disturbed.* Ron

Hey! These are Joe Killian people?

After all it was his laser light reporting that almost cause a riot in his conservative mind set.

mick

I agree on the sign. Awful. But just as the fanatic right has there nut jobs. So does the far left and with just as much hate and ignorance. I will admit to the left having a little more peace and love. Oh, plus the whole Communism thing.

Joe Killian

I posted some of my protest photos at Flickr -- and I think some of this guy are in there. Also interviewed and photographed a guy in a wheelchair with a sign that had a picture of Casey Sheehan, Cindy's dead son. The sign said he would be ashamed of her.

But give the other side their due. There I photographed an effigy of Bush tied to an improvised waterboard, with mock blood around his head. The sign above it reads: "Waterboard Bush! It's legal now!"

This sort of protest is not, for either side, much about subtlety or tact.

Tom

If a picture is worth a thousand words, among others reason and compassion are clearly missing. I can't imagine that any parent of any of the students killed at VT would find this sort of association appropriate in any context.

mick

Thanks Joe. Most times, the far ends of our political spectrum are more in line with what is wrong with said system rather than what is right.

To me it seems the hard core have too much influence in our country right now. At least too much press.

ZhaK

This is why I took my children on a tour of NC sustainable family farms instead of the rally.

Connie Mack Jr

But give the other side their due. There I photographed an effigy of Bush tied to an improvised waterboard, with mock blood around his head. The sign above it reads: "Waterboard Bush! It's legal now!"

This sort of protest is not, for either side, much about subtlety or tact.* Joe Killian


Joe are you saying the Bush neo-con agenda never water board anybody in the name of torture?


Would you be offended if our government refuse the public the right to view the 3500 American coffins that have arrive in secret from Iraq in the middle of the night?

Joe Killian

Connie:

How you could read what I actually said and wonder if what you're saying is instead what I really meant is simply beyond me.

I'm simply saying that neither saying the murderer of 32 people should have turned his gun on your political opposition and torturing an effigy of the President of the United States has the feeling of high minded debate and neither is likely to make people embrace your cause.

However I feel about the guy holding the office, I respect the office. I don't have to agree with any of the president's policies to suggest torturing his effigy is not effective rhetoric.

Connie Mack Jr

How you could read what I actually said and wonder if what you're saying is instead what I really meant is simply beyond me.* Joe

Joe! It is beyond me why you would promote the oppostion more than the anti-war simple message about getting out. It had the stink of a National Iquirer story. Deal with it!

I'm simply saying that neither saying the murderer of 32 people should have turned his gun on your political opposition and torturing an effigy of the President of the United States has the feeling of high minded debate and neither is likely to make people embrace your cause.*Joe

What does the VPI murders have to with the killing of Americans and innocent Iraqi's on a daily basic?

The cause has already been won with the American people and most know we torture the alledged enemy which is not the American dream or way that we play fair in our past history. I see no reason why 70% of the American people would be concern with your so-called phony PR claim about image. In sports, if one team rack up 70 points against the other team 30 points. It's time to clear the bench and let the 2 nd unit get some game time in. Maybe you should write about Sports to understand that concept!

However I feel about the guy holding the office, I respect the office. I don't have to agree with any of the president's policies to suggest torturing his effigy is not effective rhetoric.* Joe

If you respected the office of the President, you should have been raising holy hell how he has destroy it and rule it like a Ceasar with endless lies and corruption to the American people and the Bill of Rights.

Rob

It think Joe's point is that there are extremists on the left and right side of the spectrum. Distastful signs and distastful rhetoric will always be used by those who cannot articulate themselves in manner to be understood, accepted and most importantly respected. People usually make up for this lack of standing or intelligence with shock value or quantity, both of which generally just muddle the issues at hand.

The best comparison I can make for a left wing sign that would disrespect innocent victims, would be the sign I saw that had the "I love NY" logo on it. Underneath the logo, "Even better without the World Trade Centers." That sign was NOT at the rally this weekend. Thankfully these crazies are few in number and we can write them off for the worthless individuals they are.

At least the sign holder is from Kernersville. Kind of fitting if you ask me.

mick

Joe.... Joe.... Joe...

Joe Killian

...yes?

mick

stop poking

Joe Killian

I think you mean "Don't poke back."

But okay.

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