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Friday, February 16, 2007

Speak Of The Devil




We were just talking of them, and I recalled that I had taken this photo once near Ft. Lauderdale, on I-95, last year.

Let's hope she was just coming from a Code Pink wedding, or that her Prius was in the shop.

UPDATE: I've three photos to show you, regarding Code Pink membership.

These are not representative members of this organisation. They can't be, can they? But nevertheless, they are members or sympathisers, and an indication of the type of person who is drawn to this organisation.

Are they workplace safe? Yes.

They won't make you lose your job, but they just might make you lose your lunch.

First: Code Pink in a rally

Second: Code Pink member

Third: Code Pink member #2

NOTE: Renato, who has a keener eye than I do, for this sort of thing, says the very last photo was Photoshopped. The signs were duplicated from the first photo, and upon closer inspection, I think you'll agree that's correct.

I'm not sure then, if this is a Code Pink supporter, or not, but their organisation is hardly one to complain. They've doctored an image before. And badly.

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13 Comments:

  • I'm trying to compose a longish, detailed post but already my power has gone out once (it's raining, at the moment).

    Just in case you don't see one again tonight, you'll forgive me. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Feb 16, 01:39:00 am GMT-5  

  • Forgive you? Dahlink, we love you! Yes, yes we do!

    That pink peace sign did not make that car less boring!

    By Blogger Ron, at Fri Feb 16, 01:54:00 am GMT-5  

  • Forgive you? Dahlink, we love you! Yes, yes we do!

    Thanks, Ron! :)

    Believe me, my head doesn't get swollen hearing this.

    It just makes me want to try harder to do better for you all.

    (Oh my God, even I don't believe my own Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm spiel...)

    That pink peace sign did not make that car less boring!

    LOL!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Feb 16, 04:18:00 am GMT-5  

  • (Oh my God, even I don't believe my own Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm spiel...)

    S'allright, luv, you was blinded by the Mary Kayness of it all! Strewth!

    By Blogger Ron, at Fri Feb 16, 07:12:00 am GMT-5  

  • If you were to only see Code Pinkers on the news you might think that they were just a group of ladies who, at best, are sincerely concerned with peace, or at worst, a group of cranks. It would be helpful if their hardcore socialist/communist core and associations were to come to light in the MSM. The "anti-American" charge gets casually thrown around a lot these days, but these ladies truly are.

    By Blogger Ploorian, at Fri Feb 16, 01:48:00 pm GMT-5  

  • If you were to only see Code Pinkers on the news you might think that they were just a group of ladies who, at best, are sincerely concerned with peace, or at worst, a group of cranks. It would be helpful if their hardcore socialist/communist core and associations were to come to light in the MSM. The "anti-American" charge gets casually thrown around a lot these days, but these ladies truly are.

    It was Babalublog that highlighted their antics to me, since a year or more ago, they had planned a field trip to Havana for New Year's, with the express reason of flouting the State Department's travel restrictions to Cuba.

    I called their office to lodge a complaint, saying that unless they had a legitimate reason to visit, say a dying relative like my ex-boyfriend, that their visit would be sustaining a murderous dictator by giving him moneys to soldier on.

    By the time I got to "sustaining", they had hung up on me.

    BTW, they were forced to cancel their trip.

    Natalie Maines is not anti-American. She's just a loudmouth with an opinion who got caught saying it in a foreign country.

    As you say, THESE are the anti-Americans. Sick.

    P.S.: Hehe, Ron, I have a pic of a Mary Kay caddy somewhere.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Feb 16, 03:02:00 pm GMT-5  

  • By the time I got to "sustaining", they had hung up on me.

    God forbid they should consider any criticism as valid. But, as they say these days, that's how they roll.

    Natalie Maines is not anti-American. She's just a loudmouth with an opinion who got caught saying it in a foreign country.

    Entertainers who spout political opinions should be ignored. They're entertainers, WTF do they know about geopolitics?

    As you say, THESE are the anti-Americans. Sick.

    Criticizing America is fine--it's an honored tradition. But when you're talking the Code Pink/ANSWER crowd, you're talkingabout people really do want to foment insurrection. In the case of ANSWER, violent insurrection. And those who support them are dupes.

    All of those illegal immigration protests and marches sponsored by ANSWER weren't about a sincere concern for the fate of illegals, they were about recruiting soldiers for their bid to reshape America into a "worker's paradise". People scoff at charges of communism, but there really is a not-insignificant element in this country trying to overthrow capitalism. And they're getting lots of money from George Soros.

    By Blogger Ploorian, at Fri Feb 16, 05:59:00 pm GMT-5  

  • God forbid they should consider any criticism as valid. But, as they say these days, that's how they roll.

    They can't be well.

    There are PLENTY of anti-war protesters who don't do the nutty antics they do, that can be taken seriously.

    But not these women. Which is fascinating, because if they weren't loopy, they'd probably be taken a heck of a lot more seriously -- and be a force on the national stage.

    I mean, don't they know this?

    And what's the deal with the wearing of the bras and nighties outside, anyroad?


    Entertainers who spout political opinions should be ignored. They're entertainers, WTF do they know about geopolitics?


    Don't you think that could be applied to us, to ME, as well though?

    WTF do I know about anything, that allows me the right to spout my opinions on a blog?

    Devil's advocacy, because I have a rebuttal, of course.


    Criticizing America is fine--it's an honored tradition.


    Of course. Heck, Eugene V. Debs went to gaol for speaking out and abstaining from WWI.

    That's conviction, brother.

    But when you're talking the Code Pink/ANSWER crowd, you're talkingabout people really do want to foment insurrection. In the case of ANSWER, violent insurrection. And those who support them are dupes.

    I hate to pigeonhole people into generational groups, but these women look like 60's refuseniks, of the worst variety.

    All of those illegal immigration protests and marches sponsored by ANSWER weren't about a sincere concern for the fate of illegals, they were about recruiting soldiers for their bid to reshape America into a "worker's paradise". People scoff at charges of communism, but there really is a not-insignificant element in this country trying to overthrow capitalism. And they're getting lots of money from George Soros.

    Shiver...fortunately, America isn't Cuba, or Venezuela.

    Americans fight back.

    I'll fight back, for one.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Feb 17, 02:13:00 am GMT-5  

  • But not these women. Which is fascinating, because if they weren't loopy, they'd probably be taken a heck of a lot more seriously -- and be a force on the national stage.

    I mean, don't they know this?


    I don't think so. I think they are serious. Like that Marcotte chick, it's not enough to make an argument, you have to make an argument in a way which demonstrates your utter disgust with The System. the anti-social element of the protest is an integral part of the message.

    And what's the deal with the wearing of the bras and nighties outside, anyroad?

    Shock value--the more shocking, the more likely someone is going to point a camera at you. It's the notion that even bad publicity is better than no publicity.


    Don't you think that could be applied to us, to ME, as well though?

    WTF do I know about anything, that allows me the right to spout my opinions on a blog?

    Devil's advocacy, because I have a rebuttal, of course.


    I'm not sure if I can express it fully and coherently right now, but I'd fall back on the old phrase, "opinions are like a**holes--everybody's got one". The opinions that entertainers express will carry greater weight not because they are more well-informed, but because the fetishistic relationship between entertainers and fans means that there will be a significant portion of people who see their views through not-sufficiently-skeptical eyes.

    Additionally, you have to ask the question: what does a musician spend most of his or her time doing? Perusing all of the data regarding a geopolitical or social issue or practicing his or her craft?

    Of course. Heck, Eugene V. Debs went to gaol for speaking out and abstaining from WWI.

    That's conviction, brother.


    It is. Then again, pacifism is open to charges of being a bankrupt philosophy.

    I hate to pigeonhole people into generational groups, but these women look like 60's refuseniks, of the worst variety.

    I think we've got enough data on them to make a judgment. When a group of people is unwilling to debate in good faith, they become fair game.

    Shiver...fortunately, America isn't Cuba, or Venezuela.

    Americans fight back.

    I'll fight back, for one.


    It's unlikely that they'll gain the upper hand but that doesn't mean that their threats are entirely empty.

    By Blogger Ploorian, at Sat Feb 17, 04:10:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I don't think so. I think they are serious. Like that Marcotte chick, it's not enough to make an argument, you have to make an argument in a way which demonstrates your utter disgust with The System. the anti-social element of the protest is an integral part of the message.

    Well, then they are fools as well as being extremists, because they cannot look outside of their own beliefs, in order to cynically gain power and influence..

    This is the kind of mistake Chavez makes, of playing the fool in public, but Castro rarely made.

    And that's why Castro was ideologically much more dangerous than Chavez.


    Shock value--the more shocking, the more likely someone is going to point a camera at you. It's the notion that even bad publicity is better than no publicity.


    These women are small time.


    I'm not sure if I can express it fully and coherently right now, but I'd fall back on the old phrase, "opinions are like a**holes--everybody's got one". The opinions that entertainers express will carry greater weight not because they are more well-informed, but because the fetishistic relationship between entertainers and fans means that there will be a significant portion of people who see their views through not-sufficiently-skeptical eyes.


    I think I know to what you refer.

    Oftentimes even I have felt dismissed as a person when I have said the SAME things that someone who wasn't famous but who was on television, said...and simply because of the imprimatur of (fleeting) fame gives a person a kind of respect, the views were better received.

    We are better able to "take" these people on television, in print, because of the subconscious feeling that if you're famous, and therefore your life has been highlighted for some reason, out of the BILLIONS of lives on earth, that you somehow have been conferred a specialness.

    Additionally, you have to ask the question: what does a musician spend most of his or her time doing? Perusing all of the data regarding a geopolitical or social issue or practicing his or her craft?

    No, of course not.

    And not that I am arguing in favour of this, but I have also never believed in the strict compartmentalisation of professionalism in modern life.

    The person who helped to translate Linear B, Michael Ventris, was an architect and classical Scholar by profession.

    Today, he wouldn't have gotten a look-see at the Rosetta Stone, since he didn't have the requisite archaeology Ph.D.

    I am thinking of all the people whose professions point elsewhere, but who have a foundation of amazing personal knowledge, completely dismissed by our professionalised standards today.


    It is. Then again, pacifism is open to charges of being a bankrupt philosophy.


    Hah, Ploorian. You need not tell ME that. ;)


    I think we've got enough data on them to make a judgment. When a group of people is unwilling to debate in good faith, they become fair game.


    Yes.


    It's unlikely that they'll gain the upper hand but that doesn't mean that their threats are entirely empty.


    Absolutely not.

    And the lack of press interest in the matter is shameful.

    If it's Enron, or Halliburton, they're all over a story.

    But when it's Soros, they stay mum.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 18, 02:02:00 am GMT-5  

  • I am thinking of all the people whose professions point elsewhere, but who have a foundation of amazing personal knowledge, completely dismissed by our professionalised standards today.

    Agreed. For me, the tendency to moralize and chastise is the turn-off. Al Gore's telling me about climate change? WTH?

    Bono was doing pretty well with poverty in Africa--walking the tightrope between trying to make a difference and not looking like yet another well-meaning yet know-nothing celebrity. When they put him on the board of the World Bank or WMF (whichever it was), that's when I thought he'd gone out of bounds.

    Hah, Ploorian. You need not tell ME that. ;)

    Heh...

    And the lack of press interest in the matter is shameful.

    If it's Enron, or Halliburton, they're all over a story.

    But when it's Soros, they stay mum.


    That guy's so dirty it's not even funny.

    By Blogger Ploorian, at Sun Feb 18, 02:43:00 am GMT-5  

  • Agreed. For me, the tendency to moralize and chastise is the turn-off. Al Gore's telling me about climate change? WTH?

    It's because they feel they have a moral imperative to say these things, as I'm sure you'll know.

    Bono was doing pretty well with poverty in Africa--walking the tightrope between trying to make a difference and not looking like yet another well-meaning yet know-nothing celebrity. When they put him on the board of the World Bank or WMF (whichever it was), that's when I thought he'd gone out of bounds.

    Good Lord, really! I just mentioned a relative of mine who works at the World Bank to a friend last night...wonder if got to meet Bono.


    That guy's so dirty it's not even funny.


    Dirty, yes, but I can take dirty since very few billionaire's hands are clean.

    However, and I'm not sure if you were including this in your dirty reference, but it's beyond dirty what he did to his own co-religionists, during WWII.

    He reminds me a little of that Landos congressman from California, who likewise is a Hungarian Jewish chap, who trots out the Holocaust bona fides as if he really suffered during it.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Feb 18, 12:23:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Good Lord, really! I just mentioned a relative of mine who works at the World Bank to a friend last night...wonder if got to meet Bono.

    It's true. They made the appointment after that Live8 business.


    However, and I'm not sure if you were including this in your dirty reference, but it's beyond dirty what he did to his own co-religionists, during WWII.

    Yeah, I was thinking more of that stuff, though many of his business dealing makes his support of groups like ANSWER massively hypocritical.

    He reminds me a little of that Landos congressman from California, who likewise is a Hungarian Jewish chap, who trots out the Holocaust bona fides as if he really suffered during it.

    Yeah, I'm at the point now where I believe that unless you were in the camps, constantly playing the Holocaust guard doesn't really fly anymore.

    By Blogger Ploorian, at Sun Feb 18, 12:58:00 pm GMT-5  

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