A Gathering of Chickenhawks

In addition to having their hands full fighting the US Navy's attempts to occupy their county, some people in Washington, NC, are also confronting a recurring infestation of Bushbot Chickenhawks who masquerade under the name "Gathering of Eagles."

A woman from Washington named Pat Siebert has requested a permit to protest the war on the waterfront there. Today she was expecting a turnout of four or five brave souls. To which the Gathering of Chickenhawks has responded with a full-court assault on the patriotism of those who dare to protest.

A man named Capt. Bailey, of Chocowinity, has apparently taken the protest as an opportunity to launch his personal vendetta by requesting his military buddies to come to Washington from all over the east coast and stand on the opposite side of the street. While they are standing there, they call the protesters names, give them finger, and basically do everything they can to antagonize the grannies. The grannies say nothing.

According to one of the anti-war protesters:

It is ironic that these brave men have taken it upon themselves to enhance their masculinity by picking on the grannies. The bikers travel from the western part of the state ... skipping the protests in Chapel Hill, etc. just to beat up on the weak. What these men say and do would sicken anyone with decency.

I wish I had known about this sooner. I would have driven to Washington in my old combat fatigues and stood alongside the grannies in solidarity.

And for any Chickenhawks who may be passing by BlueNC, I ask the same question I always ask: If you think Bush's war is so wonderful, why aren't you in Iraq picking sand out of your teeth? I don't care if you're a seasoned veteran who has already served in combat or not. Your presnit needs you again. Get off your patriotic ass and re-enlist. Or shut the hell up.

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James....

I have cut and pasted your great graphic above to my blog. It was the perfect picture for the story in the LA Times about the Joint Chiefs advising a troop reduction! Click on "Progressive Discussions" below to read the story! (Hope you don't mind.)

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Where you been, Momo?

Gosh I've missed you - and I'm very happy for you to commandeer anything I've commandeered from the Tubes!

:)

Got a new job!

I've been in and out of the blue, seems like I pick the times when no one is here.

Notice I used James and not 'A'....

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Well I'm glad to know you've been sneaking around

The switch to James got me more feedback than almost anything I've written. People said it was too anonymous - and that Anglico is better known and more interesting . . . so I switched back . . . but I'm still going by James whenever possible, even though my screen name is different.

Thanks!

James

One Time Only! Blues Brothers Bikers here tonight?

I met this angry gay biker gang (that's what they look like anyway), about a month ago at a protest with Cindy Sheehan in Charlotte.* L

Don't worry! The Eagles -Turkey biker club will be protesting at the Gaston Gay Red State Biker Club next month, since I have put out a rumor that Cindy Sheehan will be performing a Pole dance with Senator Dole. Those old fools will believe anything ,since they just found out their name has been change to " Gathering of idiots for pervert Republicans"

I ran into them

I met this angry gay biker gang (that's what they look like anyway), about a month ago at a protest with Cindy Sheehan in Charlotte.
My post about that day also has some pictures of them.

Left on 49

Gathering

It got started earlier in the year with a totally bogus story claiming that peace activists would deface the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Update from a reader:

Larry Bailey is Ted Sampley's best buddy and partner scam artist. That alone should tell you volumes about Larry Bailey.

For those of you who don't know Sampley, you can hold your nose and go here to find out more.

More on Larry Bailey

Gross.

Apparently, Bailey was supposed to cover Sampley's butt on all the trouble around the CSS Neuse Foundation, but instead of doing what he promised, Bailey's been spending his time Gathering Chickenhawks to harass the NO OLF grannies protesting Bush's stupid war.

Figures.

peace vigil

There is still time to attend the vigil. It is held weekly 6-8PM on the Washington waterfront, Stewart Parkway on Fridays. Signs are to be 2'X2' or less. We welcome any who want to attend. We are not weak old grannies but a diverse group including teens on occasion. We choose to be quite since there is no profit in discussion with people of that mindset. Reason is not something they are accustomed to.

There will be a change to another weeknight soon but have not decided on the time yet. You may phone 975-0241 for an update.

Larry Bailey speaker at Down East Republican Club, 7-26-2007

http://www.wdnweb.com/articles/2007/07/27/news/news02.txt

Gathering of Eagles to land downtown
Group will protest Iraq war protesters

Friday, July 27, 2007

By DAN PARSONS

The weekly peace vigils on Stewart Parkway protesting the Iraq war have stirred opposition. Tonight, Gathering of Eagles plans to match wits with the gathered group, it was announced Thursday night at a meeting of the Down East Republican Club.

In response to those vigils, Gathering of Eagles Chairman Larry Bailey said Thursday that he plans to represent “the negative side,” something he said he finds to be effective in politics.

“I have found that I am most effective when I go against something,” Bailey said. “There is a place in politics for the negative side.”

The group Bailey plans to oppose has gathered this summer along Stewart Parkway to protest both the human and monetary cost of the Iraq war for North Carolina. The group has acquired all necessary permits from the Washington Police department to hold its “peace vigils,” complete with an “Impeach Bush” petition and signs reading “No Blood 4 Oil.”

Gathering of Eagles is a “strictly nonviolent but confrontational” organization that supports “the troops, the troops, nothing but the troops,” according to Bailey.

“The local groups (of war protesters) ... and I don’t even know who they are. ... If all they do is hold up signs, then that’s all we’re going to do,” Bailey said. “If they start pushing and hooting and hollering then we’ll do the same. We’ll just hold up our signs and support the troops when we confront those peace-at-any-price folks.”

Bailey said that he did not know how many supporters he could expect, but his group has enlisted people from as far as away Raleigh and Shallote to attend. He also displayed a number of the signs the group will hold, some which read “support our troops,” some with the organization’s name.

Bailey, a former Navy SEAL and Vietnam War veteran, has experience in opposing anti-war sentiment. He was president of Vietnam Veterans for the Truth, a group that contested John Kerry’s Vietnam War combat record during Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.

“It sort of happened by accident,” Bailey said about his involvement with the group. “I called up some of my friends and said ‘What’re we going to do? We can’t let this guy get the presidency.’ I always look for the best in people. When I fail to see it, I really hone in on the negative and it’s effective.”

As chairman of Gathering of Eagles, Bailey said he was instrumental in fielding 30,000 veterans against an anti-war protest led by Cindy Sheehan on St. Patrick’s day in March. Sheehan gained national attention while camping outside President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, in summer 2005 demanding the president meet with her about her son’s death in Iraq.

“Forty years of frustration, and dare I say it, hatred spilled over confronting Sheehan’s stooges,” he said. “She epitomizes that which (Gathering of Eagles) despises.”

Bailey was preceded at the meeting by N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Doug McCullough, a Republican running for re-election in 2008.

Gathering of Eagles? ..... Eagles don't gather...

Eagles soar.....What a disgrace to such a magnificent creature for mindless vultures to be Masquarading as eagles....as they molest elderly women.

Scoundrals wrap themselves in the flag as a last refuge and these people are the prime example.....THey are angry, selfish, consumed by hate and void of hope and justice.

Patriotism to them is something they say and has very little to do with anything they do.

They have no tomorrows, only yesterdays and I might dispise them if I did not pity them so.

Grasping for any straw and gasping for their last breath. Let them. They will lose.

Leave Iraq NOW!....Impeach President Bush and DIck Cheney NOW!.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Scumbags!!

That is the only way to describe Bailey and Sampley. They have both profitted for years as a result of the Viet Nam War and now they are using the Iraq war to continue to bring in the big bucks with their "non-profit status". They are a disgrace to every honorable man and woman that has served in our military.
Almost four thousand men and women killed and thousands of others injured as a result of this useless war and Bailey and Sampley profit from their shed blood!! It makes me physically sick and very angry!! Follow their chain of websites and count how many times they ask for donations.
Thank you Anglico for bring this to our attention. I think I read somewhere that the "Gathering of Chickenhawks" is being investigated for using a 501C3 for political purposes. Would you have any information regarding that investigation?

It should be noted...

all the power this small group of anti-war protestors actually possess to bring out such a strong magnitude of hate.

No weakness there....

GOE tax status

Soundofff:

Their website states that they are a 501c4 if that makes any difference about their being able to carry on political activity.

ekkeel

But, you notice how they DID show up.

What does it say about those who support ending the farce in Iraq and focusing on Osama bin Laden and protecting our borders that we didn't?

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Never underestimate your enemy.

Their fanatical, which is dangerous. They are willing to drive across the state to protest, for press coverage or for whatever reason - they did it. We don't see the level of dedication in the anti-Iraq war movement. Perhaps we don't need to. I've heard it said that it wasn't the hippies and the peach marches that ended Vietnam. It was Bubba watching the TV news and saying "We gotta get outta that place."
So, maybe the quiet revolution is what we need more than rah-rah stuff.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

To Robert P. on peace action

In her last newspaper column before she died, Molly Ivins wrote:
"We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. Every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war. Raise hell... Hit the streets to protest Bush's proposed surge... We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, "STOP IT, NOW!"

I think we need to be a visible growing majority of people in the streets talking to our neighbors and bringing this disaster into everyone's consciousness repeatedly in order to make people uncomfortable with the status quo. We do not have news reports that Bubba can watch that make him uncomfortable with what is taking place like the nightly battle scenes from Vietnam. I have stopped watching the TV news but last our saw was repeated select footage night after night on CNN. No "a quiet revolution" is definitely not what we need and not what our military deserves. I recommend that you get in the streets. It feels really good for my soul to be doing something however small. I am one of the vigil participants in Washington preyed upon by the Eagles.

I seem to remember a stat from the 60's protest era

that said for every 1 person in the street with a sign there were 10 people who agreed with them but just didn't join in the protest that day for a variety of reasons. Today of that 9 out of 10 "silent majority", probably 7 of the 9 are too busy watching some farcical "reality" show or playing a video game to even give Iraq more than a casual thought.
This past spring activists at UCLA organized a weekend of events - round table, rally etc. - in protest of the Iraq war. They advertised, had good speakers, did everything right, but only a few people attended and almost no students. On a campus with 25,000 (guess) students, nobody cared. Their peers are bleeding in the desert and streets of Bagdad, and nobody cared. If the war drags on and the draft in brought back they might be going over there themselves, and nobody cared!!!
Cindy Sheehan bailed on the anti-war movement about the same time as the UCLA non-protest.

Oh, and I meant to add ... Anglico, you've been posting some really good stuff lately. Thank you.
Democratic leaders in DC can hardly be blamed for being careful in their opposition when the general population demonstrates such little concern over ending the war.

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

The lack of attention of Americans

is to blame for all of the mess that we're in. From the 2000 election forward, people have sat passively watching...American Idol....sports,,,,,video games...the internet (not us though) ...etc. And that's just the way the fascists like it. Ignorant, lazy, attention diverted we are much easier to manipulate.

We have got to start teaching and practising civics again. Our Progressive Dems Guilford Co. group has started talking about doing a presentation for schools as a public service. I know it's not enough but at least children could hear from us that there is more to nourishing a Democracy than just going to cast your ballot.

Have you called to support H. Res 333 Impeach Cheney Today? call 202-224-3121 & ask for your Congress member by name

Good idea about getting back into schools

You might try to find a left leaning, energetic socal studies teacher who will get a teen democrat club going. A few more clubs have swung into action this year so depending on where you are you might already have one in place. Use them. (Though it is a bit like herding cats)
Some of our soc stud. teachers really push voter reg as well. As soon as a student turns 18, or will be 18 before an election, the kid gets a form to fill out.
You are correct - energy must be expended if apathy is to be reduced.

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

I'll admit that I don't know the ins and outs

of schools today but ten years ago, I was the designated tour guide of the billboard company that I served as Art Director for. It was a great tour where I guided them through the beautiful offices where I worked and showed them the 1/4"=1' scale artwork that would be transformed to a 14'x48' display that was at that time hand painted in the shop adjacent to the office and the paper posters that were collated to be sent out with the bill posters. It was tremendously popular with high school, junior high and technical school teachers and I suspect that any sort of self contained dog and pony show would be an equally welcome respite for the educators.

Have you called to support H. Res 333 Impeach Cheney Today? call 202-224-3121 & ask for your Congress member by name

That's a good idea Persondem

(Can I call you P or PD?) Do you think that an adult Dem Club would work? Maybe having online discussions like here, but about very local politics? It's interesting to think about. Possibly a way to get more people active in their town/county and party and willing to step forward to serve.

Our county has a strong R party and not so strong D party. There has got to be a way to rally our d's better. "Organize" is the optimum idea, getting there .... well, I think we're lost.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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PD's fine. I'm not fussy. .....as for Dem org. ....

A Dem club can be based around just about any demographic. Officially sanctioned orgs are Women, Men (?), Seniors, African-Americans, Teens and Young Dems.
You might get in touch with your county chair (here) and perhaps attend an executive committee meeting. You could start by organizing your precinct if it isn't already. If you know a lot of dems in one of the aforementioned demographic groups, you might try to organize that particular club. If you want to get really energetic you might get a list of dems in your precinct or demographic pulled from the VAN. Your county chair will know who has access.
Sometimes it doesn't take much to get tha snowball rolling. My county still has a ways to go, but I've gradually increased my contacts over the last 5 years to where we have a solid cadre of involved people. After meeting me many of them commented that they didn't think there were any other dems in the county. Well, we are 60% dem, but many of them are DINO's at the national level (senate and prez)
Let me know if you would like any other ideas.

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

I have been sort-of active within my county party

I'm the co-chair for my district. The party has been trying to get all the chairs active by providing meetings, no one shows up for. I am stumped. My district apparently isn't very active, we had to make a call to ensure a quarum. The County Chair wants us to start calling people in our district and see if we can get more people active within the party. The problem is that hardly any D's are fielded as candidates and most R's run uncontested. It's a very red county.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Chickenhawks strike again, Kennebunkport, Maine

from the Portland Press Herald....

Members of the veterans motorcycle club Rolling Thunder revved their engines to drown out the protesters....

Byron Grant, who organized the counterprotests by a group
called Gathering of Eagles, said his group doesn't advocate war.

part of the 35% of the world that can't think for themselves...

"We want this war over, too; but we want this war finished, not
evacuated," said Grant, adding that the Eagles got a chance to
talk to several protesters.

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Grant is an idiot

who has been breathing too much carbon monoxide.