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iOTW Sneak Peek / Originally Published Sept 15, 2009

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Revisiting iOwnTheWorld history – 4 years ago – our #1 visited post (record still stands today)

UPDATE: Mr.Pinko has obtained an exclusive from the Photographer Michael A. Beck and FreedomWorks.org. Pinko sat on this image for days before just now getting the green light to publish.

This is a RARE photo of the 9/12 Rally taken in extreme High Resolution from the balcony of the Capitol Building. Mr. Beck was personally escorted to this rare vantage point by a congressman who will remain anonymous. This panoramic view offers the viewer documentation of the epic scale of this peaceful demonstration of democracy in action.

click 2x to enlarge    Visit: http://www.freedomworks.org/

» 199 Comments

  1. AbsoluteTeri

    September 15th, 2009

    that friggin amazing!!! good work pinko

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  2. Mr. Pinko

    September 15th, 2009

    Thanks to Chris Cassone!

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  3. JFKay

    September 15th, 2009

    70,000 my ass! More media BS!

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  4. Czar of Defenestration

    September 16th, 2009

    *Love* the poster, but…

    I went to FreedomWorks website and did not see it “for sale.” Is it? Where?

    Did you create this, O Great Pelted Head Accessory?

    p.s. I’m the guy with a yellow shirt and a placard…

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  5. [...] 16, 2009 · Leave a Comment Want to see a privileged view from atop the Capitol of the T.E.A. party on September 12, [...]

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  6. Lenin

    September 16th, 2009

    This would make a great panoramic post card to sell in souvenir shops.

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  7. cakes

    September 16th, 2009

    Friggin’ fantastic! If that is only 70,000, I’ll eat my hat.

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  8. IronyCurtain

    September 16th, 2009

    A beautiful sight.

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  9. maryd

    September 16th, 2009

    That’s awesome! Wish I could have been there.

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  10. [...] IOTW publishes this amazing photo click image for full panoramic view Mr.Pinko has obtained an exclusive from the Photographer Michael A. Beck and FreedomWorks.org. Pinko sat on this image for days before just now getting the green light to publish. [...]

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  11. [...] This is a RARE photo of the 9/12 Rally taken in extreme High Resolution from atop the Capitol Buildi… [...]

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  12. Mr. Pinko

    September 16th, 2009

    FreedomWorks is in the process of making these posters for purchase to further fund our cause.

    They also will have on their site Speakers and Performances posted.

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  13. [...] iOWNTHEWORLD’s Mr Pinko obtained this photo from Freedomworks photographer, Michael A. Beck, who was offered a rare opportunity to photograph the massive gathering of patriots on 9/12. This is a RARE photo of the 9/12 Rally taken in extreme High Resolution from atop the Capitol Building. Mr. Beck was personally escorted to this rare vantage point by a congressman who will remain anonymous. This panoramic view offers the viewer documentation of the epic scale of this peaceful demonstration of democracy in action. [...]

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  15. CR

    September 16th, 2009

    That is not 2 million but waaaay more than 70,000. Multiply that last # by 4 or 5 and you’re getting warm. I’ve been to several mall rallies and 150,000 gets you out past the oval to the “man on the horse” statue in the middle of this view.

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  16. ginaswo/MiM

    September 16th, 2009

    oh oh THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! The Obots on parade are SO DENSE and will not face reality, this is a beautiful thing!
    GOD BLESS AMERICA AND THE PATRIOTS!!

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  17. Sam

    September 16th, 2009

    Glen Beck – ‘Some University’ says 1.7 million. Yeah, right.

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  18. GJMerits

    September 16th, 2009

    Olympia Snowe is dropping out of negotiations. Dems are on their own and will need reconciliation. However, two amendments offered by Jim Demint prior to the healthcare debate (one passed unanimously and the other by a very large margin) would all but block reconciliation. Learn more about what is at stake and these two amendments: http://tinyurl.com/ndork4

    The clock is ticking. We are so close to killing ObamaCare I can taste it.

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  19. Elektra

    September 16th, 2009

    That is unbelievable. And just think of the numbers including the Express stops and there were over 200 Rallies across the Country joining the 9/12 Marchers!

    Ha! No, Obama. You can’t!

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  25. Dixie K. Blankley

    September 16th, 2009

    We saw the man on the top of the Capitol taking the pictures and we were wishing we would have access to them after the rally. Fantastic job. Rally was one of the great moments of my life.

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  26. Photo of 9/12 « Peelotics

    September 16th, 2009

    [...] Link [...]

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  27. [...] – Party On Patriots!! Okay Obots, here is a picture we have needed, courtesy of IOwntheWorld, who will have more to [...]

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  28. lonestr

    September 16th, 2009

    I’m a disabled vet and unable to travel. I thank all those, from the bottom of my heart, to have taken their time and their own resources to get there and speak for me. I cannot seem to stop the tears as I write this comment. I hope there is a way for me to obtain a copy of this poster so that I can hang it on my wall.

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  29. John

    September 16th, 2009

    ‘The clock is ticking. We are so close to killing ObamaCare I can taste it.’

    It will pass in some form or another. The Democrats are too invested to not pass something.

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  30. Joseph R Grimes

    September 16th, 2009

    Awesome!!!This is a start. Wene need more and more

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  31. Abdul Karrema Wheat

    September 16th, 2009

    The truth shall set you free…the “Lame Street Media” must be humiliated! Keith Oberfurher must be run out of the country naked and bleeding from his foaming mouth.

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  32. Keith_Indy

    September 16th, 2009

    Make that into a post card and it would be more useful.

    I’d buy a bunch and send them stating my displeasure with the current bunch of losers in DC.

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  33. DirtCrashr

    September 16th, 2009

    Nice lookin’ crowd of folks!

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  34. Urban Infidel

    September 16th, 2009

    Very impressive! A day to be proud.

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  35. Bill Mitchell

    September 16th, 2009

    What people don’t realize is that the mall is not filled simply because it was reserved for another party. Nevertheless, there are people packed in on both sides of the mall all the way to the monument.

    The woman who actually had a “people-counting” device there claims 1.5 million.

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  36. Track-A-'Crat

    September 16th, 2009

    Wonderful photo, really captures the enormity of the crowd (I was there).

    Compare and contrast with the pathetic turnout for the 9/13 counter-counter-government march:

    http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2009/09/16/whatever-happened-to-the-913-march/

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  37. OverRuled

    September 16th, 2009

    Amazingly Awesome!

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  38. John R

    September 16th, 2009

    Maybe it’s not 1.5M to 2M, but certainly worlds more than the Brady Bunch-sized “rallys” the MSM likes to cover.

    Meanwhile, Rasmussen reports 12 percent of voters feel The One’s health care critics are racist. Where were the polls asking of McCain’s and Palin’s critics were guilty of ageism or sexism.

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  39. Patrick Byers

    September 16th, 2009

    Amazing! How many bitter clingers do you see?

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  40. [...] – Party On Patriots!! Okay Obots, here is a picture we have needed, courtesy of IOwntheWorld, who will have more to [...]

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  41. Alana

    September 16th, 2009

    I like the postcard idea. I will keep an eye on this site to see if they come up with postcards I can buy.

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  42. samir

    September 16th, 2009

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    September 16th, 2009

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  47. McGirvan

    September 16th, 2009

    That crowd is way into the 6 digit figures maybe into 7. Impressive sight!

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  48. imcrazyriter

    September 16th, 2009

    Beautiful sight!! I am so proud to say I was one of the 1.7 Million to March on DC for the 9-12 Rally. And if Washington DC didn’t hear us then, we can go back bigger, stronger and LOUDER!!!

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    September 16th, 2009

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  50. DRH

    September 16th, 2009

    hommina hommina hommina hommina ….

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  51. whatyousee

    September 16th, 2009

    Why was this photo taken from this particular angle? You can’t even seen pass the trees. Why have we not seen an aerial picture yet?

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  52. VintageChick

    September 16th, 2009

    This picture is wonderful but doesn’t include everyone. There were thousands of people on the Capitol lawn and around the reflecting pool which you can’t see here. It was a great day!

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  53. [...] iOwnTheWorld reports: [...]

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  55. Steve

    September 16th, 2009

    Was there with the wife and have 5 nice photos posted on our blog COMMON CENTS:
    http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

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  56. [...] following photo posted at iOWNTHEWORLD.com was taken by DC rally organizers, FreedomWorks.org.  How many people actually attended the [...]

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  57. This many people « Ramparts 360

    September 16th, 2009

    [...] Click the image to enlarge. (Hat tip to iowntheworld.com) [...]

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  58. [...] [ABOVE: Courtesy, iowntheworld.com IOTW Sneak Peek] [...]

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  59. Eden

    September 16th, 2009

    That “some university” was University of Illinois, also the home of the REAL inventors of the internet.

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  60. Ketter

    September 16th, 2009

    Yea right.

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  61. lovingmyUSA

    September 16th, 2009

    OH MY GOD! Tears are in the way and I can’t type…MUST BUY POSTER!

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  62. Angry White Dude

    September 16th, 2009

    I’m proud to have been at the 2 largest gatherings of conservative patriots in our nation’s history. 9/12 in Washington and America’s Tea Party in Dallas, Texas on July 4th, 2009. Two great events I will never forget.

    Angry White Dude

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  63. BigFurHat

    September 16th, 2009

    When we posted this pic we didn’t attach a guess at the number of people. Frankly, it is meaningless to me.
    Certainly it’s more than the “thousands of people” the MSM so cavalierly reported between Tofu recipes and “Up Close and Personal with Al Franken.” That is what is important.
    I love hearing the MSM underreport. It’s like watching them whistle past the graveyard like they are in Bridge Over River Kwai.

    The picture is of a beautiful summer day, with hordes of citizens from around the nation peacefully participating in democracy.

    What’s not to like here?

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  65. Just Me

    September 16th, 2009

    And remember….for everyone who was able to attend there were hundreds who could not be feel exactly the same way.

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  66. minaka

    September 16th, 2009

    It is critical to get this shot onto posters, postcards, T-shirts, tea towels, whatever and spread across the nation so that liberals can a) see what they’re up against and b) the not totally brainwashed can recognize that Big Media lied to them on this issue leading them to wonder perhaps how else they’ve been misled?

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  67. Cindy

    September 16th, 2009

    It makes my heart sing with PRIDE to see that we as Americans have come together to let our president know we are not sittting down and letting our voices be heard. Thank you to each and everyone that was there. GOD BLESS AMERICA

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  68. HorizonScanner

    September 16th, 2009

    Excellent high resolution photo! I can see myself with red, white, blue umbrella raised high overhead near the main stage when the first ABC estimate went out of 1.5 million and I can still hear myself leading our group declaiming: “Millions? NO! ZILLIONS! ZILLIONS OF PATRIOTS! ZILLIONS! ZILLIONS!

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  69. Roland

    September 16th, 2009

    How can I forward this email? I must be able to forward-!

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  70. [...] Here’s what he said: “It was in the narrow interests of my congressional district…But, as your (senator), representing the entire state of Illinois, I would vote ‘no’ against the bill coming up, and that’s because we are manufacturing, agriculture and coal state.” [...]

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  72. kenny komodo

    September 16th, 2009

    More importantly, for every one of those patriots who attended the rally and march in Washington DC there were one hundred others who supported the cause but for one reason or another could not make the trip. In particular, in the West where I live it was very difficult to get time off from work to attend, and even though I’m speaking for myself I’ll bet there are many hundreds of thousands of others in AZ, NM, CO, UT, ID, WA, OR, CA and my own state of NV who were being represented by those who were there. So while the actual number may be up for grabs somewhere between 70,000 and 1.5 million you can bet that the final number could be multiplied by a factor of 100. Next time I’m going, and I’m betting that we’ll get not 70,000, or 1.5 mil but ten or fifteen mil. Thanks to all those who attended. Great picture.

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  73. inspectorudy

    September 16th, 2009

    I zoomed in on my computer to 200% and counted groups of ten people and easily came up with over a hundred thousand in the fore ground alone. Never ask the park service to cater your next big birthday party!

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  74. Mike Engels

    September 16th, 2009

    I am a DC firefighter who in attendance at the Tea Party. DCFD does not do crowd estimates, does not have the people educated in how to do it nor the proper equipment. There are however many Liberals in charge of the Public Information Office whom gave the number estimate. I spoke with 2 firefighters at work today who were working the event. They were at 3rd and Constitution NW, and were very discouraged by the “low”numbers they saw. They laughed when I said there were at least a million there, they said they only saw 10 thousand or a tad more. I had to explain to them that they only saw a small part of the march. They also said they fisrt saw the crowd at 1130 am, after the march was over and gathered at the capitol. They were stunned when I showed them the time lapse video of all the people they never saw. They were only privy to a fraction of the gathering and thought that was the crowd. In addition the DCFD or politically correctly named DC Fire and EMS command unit was there two and only privy to a fraction of the march. This could explain the disconnect. I would be happy to go on the record with these facts to any reporter at any given time. This blog has my permission to give my e-mail to any and all media.

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  75. Dolf Fenster

    September 16th, 2009

    Allow me first to preface my re-snarks with two observations: one, the picture does indeed show a very nice panorama; and two, your turnout was more than respectable, even with the wall-to-wall, week-after-week promotion.

    That said, the notion that the picture supports anything like a million-man turnout is laughable. Y’all really have no sense for what a million people look like on the ground, do you? It’s like Nate Silver said, asserting this turnout to be one million strong is like me claiming I have a 53-inch dick. Absurd.

    But by all means, y’all keep proudly flashing this photo around. It’s so sweet.

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  76. Mike Engels

    September 16th, 2009

    Sorry about the spelling on my previous post, in a tad of a hurry to type.

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  77. DHS suspect

    September 16th, 2009

    “That said, the notion that the picture supports anything like a million-man turnout is laughable. Y’all really have no sense for what a million people look like on the ground, do you? It’s like Nate Silver said, asserting this turnout to be one million strong is like me claiming I have a 53-inch dick.”

    Dolf baby, if we measure you vertically, we are there.

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  78. Jarhead68

    September 16th, 2009

    That photo was clearly Photoshopped. I saw the same guy in a “F*** Obumble” T-shirt at least 5,000 times. ;-)

    That’ll be posted on The Daily Puss website soon.

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  79. Jarhead68

    September 16th, 2009

    123 said, “Never seen so many racists together.”

    What? You’ve never been to a Netroots convention?

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  81. BigFurHat

    September 16th, 2009

    iOTW contacted Al Gore and showed him the picture. we told him it was a global warming rally.
    He estimated the crowd at about 6 and half million.
    We believe him, he is so good with numbers.

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  82. BigFurHat

    September 16th, 2009

    UPDATE: Gore finally realized that this was a pic of the 9/12 rally and he says there is no more debate, the consensus is clear -
    there were 64 people at the rally.

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  84. Bob

    September 16th, 2009

    I was there; just to the right of the Grant statue, and I can guarantee you the figure was close to a million; which you can readily see in this picture. Also, we dropped by the next day and saw the 175 people that were there to support Obamacare. Yes that is 175; not 175,000. I’m sure you saw the extensive coverage in the media about it, right? Almost as much as you saw the coverage of the 900,000 the day before…pathetic: the media is dead.

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  85. Mr. Pinko

    September 16th, 2009

    9/12 Washington DC Protest HELP!

    Does anyone have any VIDEO or AUDIO of Chris Cassone performing “Take Our Country Back” at 12:30pm on the main stage of the Washington DC protest?

    Does anyone know how the guy is that had the heart attack during Chris Cassone’s performance? They stopped mid-performance to announce a medical emergency.

    The photo you see doesn’t represent everyone who attended – people were still stuck on Pennsylvania Avenue and traffic was grid-locked also.
    This was Woodstock multiplied!
    I contacted Dick Armey and FreedomWorks staff and suggested the photo should be made into a POST CARD so the American people can send them to their local CongressPeople and Senators.
    Imagine 100′s of thousands of post cards sent to their representatives? Obama and crew – “CAN YOU HEAR US NOW?”

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  86. Nay sayer

    September 16th, 2009

    That is not 2 million people. Sorry, it just isn’t. Sit down and really fathom how much space 2 million people would have taken up. I think it’s incredible that so many people came together like that, but that’s not 2 million people.

    (sarcasm mode on) Yup and Obama and gang aren’t spending TRILLIONS of DOLLARS! Wrap that fact around your head! – Mr. Pinko

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  87. Barnacle

    September 16th, 2009

    Someone needs to inform Mr ‘fair-and-balanced’, O’Reilly of FOX, that his repeated reference to 75,000 is a joke. An accurate count of the crowd size, is important. It does matter. The massive turnout in DC lends credibility to a cause, particularly on a national scale.

    Stop being a ‘PINHEAD’, O’Reilly . .

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  88. Brian

    September 16th, 2009

    By my ultra-sleek media MarcAmbulator, that’s got to be at least 6 or 7 people huddled around a burning trash can.

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  89. grendl

    September 16th, 2009

    …I can actually say I am proud of my country… well, I always have been actually, but this brings tears to my eyes :’-)

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  90. Tim

    September 16th, 2009

    When I worked at the House of Reprehisible some years ago, I saw the newsies filming about 20 people walking in a circle carrying signs on the steps of the Rayburn Building. When seen on the nightly news, it looked like hundreds! This is a still – can’t fool that easily (you can spot repeats) so this administration needs to stay in the dark, but Congress needs to wake up. We can’t do anything about BO until 12, but every member of the House is up in 10. Let’s rid ourselves of the sorry bastards.

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  91. harold

    September 16th, 2009

    What are the couts for a typical 4th of July night to watch the fireworks??? 200k to 250K plus???

    Tjis crowd is easily 2 to 3 times as large as that!!!!

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  92. Dolf Fenster

    September 16th, 2009

    “The photo you see doesn’t represent everyone who attended – people were still stuck on Pennsylvania Avenue and traffic was grid-locked also.”

    Pinko, please, push on the picture twice. Pennsylvania and Maryland Aves are both relatively clear past Third Street, as is the Mall itself.

    And see that needle way down on the other end? That’s fronted by 15th Street. Obama’s inauguration crowd, which was in the million-plus range, filled that whole vast expanse.

    This is the definitive teabagger-turnout photo, y’all. The crowd has already marched, and is fully assembled. This is its maximum extent, and there’s no way that that’s Ohio Stadium on an autumn Saturday afternoon times ten. Probably not even times two.

    Still, it’s a handsome picture, and a healthy crowd. Too bad y’all want to ruin it with pathetic exxagerations.

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  93. ModernViking

    September 16th, 2009

    I’ve seen bigger crowds for the Cherry Blossom festival.

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  94. bigfurhat

    September 16th, 2009

    I’ll say it again for the 100th time.
    The area of the mall that is clear is because that area was designated for counter protest!!! If the people in the side streets (and BEHIND!!! the Capitol) were allowed on those pieces of real estate it would look every bit as much as packed as any other event in the history of Washington DC. BUT THAT IS NOT THE POINT!
    As Irony Curtain has said, there was more MSM in Crawford Texas when Cindy Sheehan had 5 people in a ditch protesting. THAT’S THE POINT!
    When Charles Gibson says he LEFT TOWN for the event, there is something extremely WRONG WITH THE MSM.
    And all this attitude is going to do is INFLAME US MORE!
    So keep it going. Keep waving the hand of dismissal.
    It’s what created this event. And it will be bigger and bigger.
    The left are not so bright, are they?

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  95. marc bowlin'

    September 16th, 2009

    @Viking
    I’ve seen bigger crowds outside yr mom’s trailer.

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  96. Mr. Pinko

    September 16th, 2009

    @ Dolf Fenster

    That clear area was off limits to the 9/12 protesters as there was no permit for that area. The crowds went WAY RIGHT and to my OTHER RIGHT out of range of the captured photo. The march started EARLY as the police said the crowds had reached “CRITICAL MASS” and ordered the promoters to start the march BEFORE the scheduled time.

    I met many Congressmen and women and I asked each of them the same question “Will this make a difference?” and they ALL answered “Oh yes!” very emphatically.

    If this was a Liberal event, MSM would’ve covered this as if it was the St. Patty’s Day Parade and re-ran it to DEATH! The poor coverage has just pissed these people off even more when they went home. Thank God for Al Gore’s Internet! He must be kicking himself in the ass right now.

    This event can not and will not be ignored. You CAN NOT erase it from American History. Your dismissal is FUTILE.

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  97. BigFurHat

    September 16th, 2009

    No one said 2 million. We haven’t even attached a specific number to the event because it is meaningless. It’s obvious that some sort of anti-big government base is growing. Keep saying that independents are racists. PLEASE! Keep saying that moderate democrats are RACISTS! PLEASE!!!!!
    Keep being myopic and asinine!!! Wait, why am I asking and saying please? That racist train is never late. Carry on.

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  98. Pshaw

    September 16th, 2009

    I live in DC and have been to 5K runs that have more ppl than this show up. Might be a lot for those of you in flyover states but this is a typical summer weekend day for us locals.

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  99. BigFurHat

    September 16th, 2009

    Oh, btw… how is hating any black person for being a republican or a conservative NOT RACIST ?
    If Bush was black would the left had said nothing about his policies? You know, because being vocal about bad policy when the guy is black is RACIST! Right?

    Seriously, libs are the racists. EVERYTHING IS RACE. EVERYTHING!!!
    How can a country get beyond race when THAT’S ALL YOU EVER TALK ABOUT?
    Imagine no color, it’s easy if you try.

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  100. BigFurHat

    September 16th, 2009

    Pshaw – bigot boy.
    I live in NY. So do 3 other principals of this site.
    The owner of this site is in Cali.
    BTW, what does flyover country mean to you? Stupid?
    Explain your bigotry.

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  101. BigFurHat

    September 16th, 2009

    Pshaw -
    I’ll refer you to this post:
    I am a DC firefighter who in attendance at the Tea Party. DCFD does not do crowd estimates, does not have the people educated in how to do it nor the proper equipment. There are however many Liberals in charge of the Public Information Office whom gave the number estimate. I spoke with 2 firefighters at work today who were working the event. They were at 3rd and Constitution NW, and were very discouraged by the “low”numbers they saw. They laughed when I said there were at least a million there, they said they only saw 10 thousand or a tad more. I had to explain to them that they only saw a small part of the march. They also said they fisrt saw the crowd at 1130 am, after the march was over and gathered at the capitol. They were stunned when I showed them the time lapse video of all the people they never saw. They were only privy to a fraction of the gathering and thought that was the crowd. In addition the DCFD or politically correctly named DC Fire and EMS command unit was there two and only privy to a fraction of the march. This could explain the disconnect. I would be happy to go on the record with these facts to any reporter at any given time. This blog has my permission to give my e-mail to any and all media.

    I’m sure what he is describing happens all the time in DC. I’m not going to make a crowd estimate – nor do I care. But your dismissal, saying this was routine in DC, is as ridiculous as the over-estimated claims.
    What is the basis and need to diminish?

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  102. BigFurHat

    September 16th, 2009

    DC 5k runs:
    http://www.downtowndc.org/_files/images/hope-race.jpg
    http://blog.mlive.com/flintjournal/runners/2009/08/RUN06_06.JPG
    http://www.runwashington.com/uploads/images/news/2009/July/Autism%20Speaks/Autism09SamiaAkbarDW.jpg
    Autism 5k run had 1450 participants

    “The Shamrock Triple Play was the Third Largest Event” for a DC run. It had 15,000 people. The 2 biggest races Credit Union Cherry Blossom and Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K, combined for 40,000 finishers.

    The largest 10k race in the country was in Atlanta (is that sorta flyover country?) it had 55,000
    people. But 50K+ is “routine” in DC, right?
    And these people look forward to and plan ALL YEAR for the event.

    Listen, if you’re gonna speak out your ass, ERASE THE INTERNET!

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  103. Mr. Pinko

    September 16th, 2009

    all the dismissal rhetoric just proves the photo of this HISTORIC EVENT is a Liberal’s nightmare!

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  104. [...] there is now a high-resolution photo from FreedomWorks, which you can see in the poster here. Page 1 of 2  Next [...]

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  105. Anonymous

    September 17th, 2009

    You can Google Earth the mall and using the ruler option get a pretty good idea how large the area is, that is filled, in square feet. Conservatively figure two square feet to two and a half square feet per person.

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  106. [...] Second, there is now a high-resolution photo from FreedomWorks, which you can see in the poster here. [...]

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  107. ken mato

    September 17th, 2009

    Come on, that picture only shows a couple thousand people, you wingnuts need to learn how to count.

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  108. ModernViking

    September 17th, 2009

    @Anonymous – 2.5 sq.ft. per person is jam capacity, i.e. you literally cannot move. More than 100 people packed in such fashion would be considered a very dangerous situation for the participants.

    A more reasonable estimate for a tight crowd where one might actually be able to move their arms around to applaud, raise signs, and such is closer to 10 sq.ft. per person.

    Wanna see what 1.7 million people on the mall looks like?

    http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2009/44.president/inauguration/mall.satellite/

    I was there, and I had room to move.

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  109. Tim

    September 17th, 2009

    2 million people, standing cheek to jowl, at 2 1/2 square feet per person, would cover 115 acres. DC is 69 square miles, or 44,160 acres. So 2 million people, standing cheek to jowl, would cover 0.0026 of DC’s area.

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  110. Ameritianity

    September 17th, 2009

    VISIT: http://www.ameritianity.com

    Any type or level of Federal Government Regulation of the HealthCare Industry is a win for Obama, Socialists/Marxists, and follows the plan of incrementalism/gradualism. With or without the “Government Option”, we should not accept Government control or mandates. Keep the Free Market System that has served us so well and simply allow Medicaid and rules set up in the various states relative to indigent care for the very few who find themselves in need of medical attention while uninsured.

    Notes on Saul Alinsky and Neo-Marxism:

    Alinsky’s tactics were based, not on Stalin’s revolutionary violence, but on the Neo-Marxist strategies of Antonio Gramsci, an Italian Communist. Relying on gradualism, infiltration and the dialectic process rather than a bloody revolution, Gramsci’s transformational Marxism was so subtle that few even noticed the deliberate changes.

    Like Alinsky, Mikhail Gorbachev followed Gramsci, not Lenin. In fact, Gramsci aroused Stalins’s wrath by suggesting that Lenin’s revolutionary plan wouldn’t work in the West. Instead the primary assault would be on Biblical absolutes and Christian values, which must be crushed as a social force before the new face of Communism could rise and flourish. Malachi Martin gave us a progress report:

    VISIT: http://www.ameritianity.com

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  111. Tim

    September 17th, 2009

    So, 2 million at 10 square feet per person is 460 acres, or 0.01042 of DC’s area, or 1.042%, if that makes it any easier. The point is that the socialists have to pay people to show up for a pro-BO rally, and these people, however many there were, did it on their own dimes.

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  112. Lao

    September 17th, 2009

    Here’s a stadium with over 100,000 people in it. Look and compare.

    http://pennstategameday.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/PennState-BeaverStadium.jpg

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  113. RJ

    September 17th, 2009

    Top of the Capitol – NOT. I have a few recent (2007) photos taken with the same vantage-point / same perspective view (a lot less people). They were taken from the top of STAIRS at the west entrance to the Capitol Building. That is a LONG way from the top of the Capitol building itself.
    When trying to sell a point, don’t lie. It puts all else into question.

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  114. Tim

    September 17th, 2009

    It’s not a lie. What do we mean by “top” of the Capitol? Top of the dome, or top of the building? I took a pic from the top of the building at the base of the dome, not exactly the “top”, of the Washington Monument at night, which shows the roof line, which looks about the same perspective. I’ll e-mail it to IOTW, and if they want to make it available, so be it. But this is tantamount to arguing over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

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  115. 9-17-2009 | Drive Time Happy Hour

    September 17th, 2009

    [...] How many folks went to the TEA PARTY in DC: The latest sourced information on the 9/12 crowd points to a lower bound of at least half a million…there is now a high-resolution photo from FreedomWorks, which you can see in the poster here. [...]

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  116. Maureen M

    September 17th, 2009

    I was there and It was the most amazing site I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!! This picture rocks!! 60,000 my ass!!!!!! We know!!!

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  117. MIchael A. Beck

    September 17th, 2009

    The thing to remember is that there is about another 15 to 20% of the crowd on either side that I couldn’t get into the shot. it’s much bigger than even this image shows. If’ I went blind tomorrow and couldn’t take another shot, I would be fine with having been blessed with teh opportunity to have taken this one.

    Thanks for the kind words.

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  118. MIchael A. Beck

    September 17th, 2009

    “whatyousee” asked why we haven’t seen an areal shot of the crowd. The answer is that there is no areal shot available. The air space above the Capitol and the White House is completely restricted to military aircraft only and this would not have been a legitimate military mission. This was the best angle we could get and it took a congressional escort to get that. Believe me, I would love to have had that shot. But I’m content with this.

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  119. bigfurhat

    September 17th, 2009

    Michael Beck in the house, everyone!!!!!

    Applause!

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  120. admin

    September 17th, 2009

    Yay! Michael A. Beck is the man!!! Fantastic shot! check out his website too http://www.mbeckphoto.com

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  121. MIchael A. Beck

    September 17th, 2009

    Could Mr Pinko please contact me?

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  122. admin

    September 17th, 2009

    @michael a beck–i just told him.

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  123. MIchael A. Beck

    September 17th, 2009

    Again, thanks for the kind words. But I have to make one thing clear. The shot you are all either loving or hating was not taken from the top of the Capitol dome. It was taken from the balcony where the 45th president will give his inaugural speech in January of 2013.

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  124. Reiuxcat

    September 17th, 2009

    Nice Shot Michael!

    And here’s to the new President in 2013! CLINK!

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  125. Mr. Pinko

    September 17th, 2009

    President Obama Witnessed Taxpayer March on Washington
    Contact: abrandon
    abrandon@freedomworks.org
    Washington, D.C. -
    On the morning of Saturday, September 12, President Obama boarded Marine One at the White House en route to Andrews Air Force Base just southeast of the Washington D.C. beltway in Maryland. From there he flew to Minnesota to address a 15,000 attendee rally on health care. By 10:30 AM freedom-loving Americans concerned with the future of their country had begun marching down Pennsylvania Avenue. The throng of people who flooded the streets, metro stops, and Freedom Plaza would have been visible from the window of the President’s aircraft as he traveled to Andrews Air Force Base. In fact, Marine One was recognized by many of the protestors.

    Robert Gibbs said on Friday, September 11, concerning the March on Washington, “I don’t know who the group is.” It wasn’t until Sunday when Gibbs was shown a picture from the front page of the Washington Post that he acknowledged that it even took place. However, Mr. Obama witnessed the March on Washington first hand from the air as he left the city to speak to a much smaller crowd.

    FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe commented, “No matter what the left wing media says about how many people were at the march, the President knows how big it was: he flew right over it. If he really wanted to address citizens concerned about health care legislation and the future of their country he should have landed the helicopter on the Capitol lawn.”

    FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey commented, “I honestly believe the President wanted to address Americans concerned with health care, but after seeing the size of the crowd he realized there was no place to land and flew to Minnesota instead.”

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  126. MIchael A. Beck

    September 17th, 2009

    With your kind indulgence:

    A Moment for the Ages!

    Because of some physical issues I’m dealing with I was in a pretty good amount of pain after the two days I’d already spent shooting in Washington. So it was mercifully decided that I would not march with the group from Freedom Plaza (about a block from the White House). Instead I would go directly to the rally point at the base of the Capitol Building. However, the march got off to an earlier start than expected. So while I was watching the morning news the “angry mob” was fast descending upon the Capitol. The weight of what I saw when I got there was withering. It was a sea of humanity spreading in all directions. I was a bit daunted by the fact that I had to get through this crowd to the stage!

    I had a press pass and about thirty pounds of camera gear hanging off my vest so it wasn’t too tough to get people to understand that I wasn’t just trying to cut to the front in order to be closer to the action. I really did need to get there. When I got through the crowd I saw my recently made buddy FreedomWorks Campaign Coordinator Nan Swift who had been crying for joy for most of the morning. “Who could have imagined this?” she said. Several people spoke of the bad dream they’d all had the night before of no one showing up. But as it turned out, it was just a bad dream.

    There was no time to groove on that now though. I was late and there was work to be done. Lord only knew how much I’d already missed. So I started shooting straight away. There were several TV cameras set up on the media riser and I really couldn’t get the shot I wanted from there. So I said “hang the riser” and snuck around on the grass in front of the cameras minding to stay out of their shot.

    For each speaker I would try to get a shot from the grass and then another one from behind the stage with the crowd as a back drop. This made for a lot of running back and forth. At some point in the day I was backstage (as it were) and FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbee came up to me with another gentleman whose name I can’t remember just now. “This is the man.” he told the guy pointing at me, “He is the one to take the shot when you’re ready.”

    Huh? What shot? Oh well, I assumed I’d figure it out when the time came. Sure enough the time came. The man Matt had pointed me out to grabbed me and told me to keep an eye on Georgia 6th District Representative Tom Price. When Price was done speaking he was going to walk three other people and me up to the balcony of the Capitol Building. The idea was to get a shot of the whole crowd. Where we were going is a highly restricted place and the only way we could get up there was with a congressional escort.

    The congressmen finished his remarks, the introduction was made and off we went. It turns out that Representative Price is from my home district and we struck up a conversation. As we went through the heavily guarded gate and began to ascend the steps I was deeply stricken by where we were and the fact that we were the only ones who would get this opportunity. The burden to not waste this occasion was heavy upon me. I kept telling myself, “Don’t screw this shot up.” About half way up to the terrace where inaugural speeches are given a women named Nicole Darland stepped to the microphone on the stage now far below us and began to sing the National Anthem. As she sang the boisterous mass of people began to join in as loud as they could. We stopped talking and stood silently in the shadow of the dome of the Capitol with a giant American flag waving over our heads.

    Congressman Price who was one step above me leaned over and said, “What a perfect time to be in this very place.” Perfect indeed! The emotion of the moment was breathtaking. I kept thinking of all the people I wished could have been with me at this very moment starting with my wife Carolyn who was somewhere down in the crowd. The photographer in me wanted to sneak a shot up at the dome and the flag. Tt really would have been a great picture. But I knew the image couldn’t have accurately conveyed the entirety of experience. So instead I listened to the romantic in me that said, “Respect the occasion. Drink this experience right down to the bottom of the glass because you will never be here again.”

    Sometimes it’s best to just silently watch and let the moment do the talking.

    I am a blessed man.

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  127. admin

    September 17th, 2009

    Wow! Michael we are blessed, grateful and thankful you are here and wrote that most moving comment about taking ‘the’ pic! Thank you thank you.

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  128. reeko

    September 17th, 2009

    Mr. Beck,
    we who could not be there are indebted to you. first for taking the shots, and then for telling us the back-story. God bless and thank u.
    [hand salute]!

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  129. rachel

    September 17th, 2009

    Amazing gathering of kindred American spirits….the Washington DC crooks have awakened the sleeping giant. The silent majority is silent no more.

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  130. Pat

    September 17th, 2009

    God Bless you Michael Beck! Hope you are there the next time to take an even bigger shot!

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  131. Maynard

    September 17th, 2009

    Great God Almighty! I know the Demos will now see that WE THE PEOPLE were there!!!

    I need to know if and when this photo will be for sale. I want all that I know to see it. I was there somewhere in that wave of true Americans!

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  132. Tim

    September 17th, 2009

    Mr. Maynard, they know WE were there, but they choose to dismiss it. They are pretty sure that WE cannot maintain the momentum. If WE are allowed to vote in 2010, WE need to show them that WE’re still there. Throw the bastards out.

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  133. Lynda

    September 17th, 2009

    They need to make postcards with this photo and mail millions of them to every legislator, judge, etc. Those of us who couldn’t be there could participate in this way.

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  134. Michael B.

    September 18th, 2009

    Just to give a little more perspective: the straight-line distance from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol is approximately 2 MILES. So, for those who aren’t familiar with this area, this isn’t just a couple of city block, this is a couple of city MILES.

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  135. harpazo

    September 18th, 2009

    now they are saying that this photo was not taken 9/12/09 but was taken prior to 2004, because several buildings since constructed are not evident. And that it was likely taken during PromiseKeepers march. What say Mr Beck, photographer? IS this actually from the 9/12 rally? I am sick of liberal lies, please clear this up if it is a lie.

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  136. Lindel

    September 18th, 2009

    Tell me… what did you accomplish? Please, someone tell me how your walk on the hill will change anything? I’m leaning more toward ACTION, rather than paper signs; that is something I could truly get behind. Yes I voted, and yes, I’m with you, but as I said first…I just don’t what you’ve accomplished.

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  137. JimD

    September 18th, 2009

    If I was hangin with Beck I’d hide it Too!

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  138. harpazo

    September 18th, 2009

    I am so sorry to report this Mr Beck, the Christian Science Monitor wrote an article (caption to your photo and the headline below, link here)
    http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2009/09/14/that-photo-of-the-912-march-on-washington-its-fake/#comment-208705

    that says the photo is faked and the AP is pulling it and many blogs are too. I am extremely distressed that people would go to such lengths to deny an important happening in American history, but more important, this defames you and it marginalizes every American citizen who attended. I wrote to the Christian Science Monitor and chastised them for running an article that didn’t even mention a comment from you and also obviously is factually wrong. I encourage everyone here to do the same!

    article caption:

    Demonstrators hold signs during a ’9/12′ march on Washington. The Washington Monument is in the background. Some conservative blogs have been circulating photos allegedly taken during the rally. But at least one fact-checking site says the photos are fakes.
    (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

    Headline to CS Monitor article
    “That photo of the 9/12 march on Washington? It’s fake. By Matthew Shaer | 09.14.09″

    Since Politifact weighed in on the issue, many blogs – including Power Line – have pulled the photo.

    ROTFLMAO – I’m reading this post 2010 election – I guess they’ll say the 2010 Election was fake too! – Mr. Pinko

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  139. Tim

    September 18th, 2009

    Mr. Lindel, the problem with action is the timing. If the “action” takes place too soon, it precipitates a great deal of ugliness – repression, gun control, summary executions, extra-legal imprisonment, beatings, etc. just look of what Iran is going through. It can also alienate large segments of the population. Most law-abiding citizens perceive “action” as lawless violence. What this march on Washington did, was show the dead beat politicians that we are willing to get out from in front of our TVs and voice our views. Some traveling thousands of miles to do so. That’s a powerful message to a politician who is too lazy to get it’s own gin and tonic.

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  140. MIchael A. Beck

    September 18th, 2009

    I don’t feel the need to defend myself to anyone who would stoop so low as to make such claims as to say that this image wasn’t taken at the time I say it did. I feel certain that these same people are the ones who are saying that the moon landing didn’t happen. Proverbs says when you argue with a fool, two fools argue. Suffice to say I was there, I took the photos, I have witnesses (not that my detractors would believe anyone who would disagree with them). Can’t we find anything else to discuss.

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  141. MIchael A. Beck

    September 18th, 2009

    If this many people are willing to get up and travel hundreds and even thousands of miles for this, think how many people will get out and travel a mile or two to vote in 2010 and 2012.

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  142. harpazo

    September 18th, 2009

    Mr Beck, THANK YOU for your reply and for sharing undoubtedly the truth. I appreciate that you attended and that you took such an amazing photo. I am proud of my neighbors who, as you say, took the time to make their voice heard on the Peoples’ grounds and did so peacefully. Thank you for your photograph that documents the peoples’ efforts, and bless you.

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  143. Oceandove

    September 18th, 2009

    I was there. The photo the Mr. Beck took is what it looked like. The fake one is the one where people have filled in the mall. We were NOT allowed on certain parts of the mall, as it was reserved. So in the REAL photos of Sept 12, you should see some green on the mall. Now, I did leave early, so if anyone stayed for the whole rally, maybe they could correct me, if I am wrong and the mall filled in later in the day.

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  144. MIchael A. Beck

    September 18th, 2009

    If the Christian Science Monitor, AP and everyone else who is pulling the image really wanted to know the truth they would have contacted the one who they say is a fraud. But they didn’t. My good wife just tried lifting me up by telling me that the truth will come out. But I reminded her that is not the way it works in this world of cowards. I know the truth and that is all I need. I’ll say no more on the subject.

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  145. harpazo

    September 18th, 2009

    Mr Beck, I just wrote a letter to the editor of the CS Monitor decrying their failure in journalism by failing to contact you and getting the facts. Your wife is right, the truth DOES come out. It will in your case. It will with God. I applaud your work and I thank you for that photo. It lifted me up and it has done the same for every person I shared it with. The impact has been monumental, (which is why they try to discredit it.) But the impact is there and real, so THANK YOU.

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  146. Oceandove

    September 18th, 2009

    I also think Mr. Beck’s photo is wonderful. Imagine if all those people on the sides COULD have filled the reserved mall space? I wish….I wish…I wish….we could have seen THAT!

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  147. MIchael A. Beck

    September 18th, 2009

    Okay, I just checked the link to the Christian Science Article, and the picture they refer to is NOT an image I took. My picture was taken from the steps of the Capitol Building looking down. I have no idea who took the picture they have posted as a ‘fake’, but I never left my location at the Capitol to take pictures from that perspective. In any event, I welcome the opportunity to speak with anyone, any news agency, about the image I shot on 9/12/09 from the steps of the Capitol. Carry on.

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  148. wa

    September 18th, 2009

    Are these people a little daim bramaged?

    The photo that Politico and the CSM is pulling IS NOT MICHAEL BECK’S PHOTO.
    It’s 2 different photos.
    It’s like saying, “Dole Pineapple corporation, do you have anything to say now that Starkist Tuna is being pulled from the shelves?”

    This is all calculated by the scared-out-of-their-mind LIEBERALS!.

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  149. Tim

    September 18th, 2009

    Mr. Beck, thank you for the photo, thank you for being there. “A lie will travel half way around the world before the truth gets his boots on.” But the truth will set you free, the truth will always come out. ‘Course you may be 70 years dead when the truth is told, but, heh… I looked at the picture, I’ve been above the Capitol dome, I watched the hostages in their busses from the balcony of the Rayburn Building, I watched Jerry Ford enter the Cannon Building from the 1st Floor entrance on New Jersey Ave., I worked at the House of Reprehesible for 35 years, it looks right to me.

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  150. Joel

    September 18th, 2009

    Mr. Beck, thank you so much for the photo. Will it possible to purchase prints of this photograph? I would very much like to have that photo hanging in my office. Thanks!

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  151. MIchael A. Beck

    September 18th, 2009

    HI Hoel,

    Thanks for your interest in that photograph and your kind words about my work. I won’t be selling the image as I shot it while volunteering for FreedomWorks, which means it is the intellectual property of FreedomWorks. However, they will be selling it for what they promise will be a reasonable fee. There is some last minute touchup work being done on the text and other layout aspects of the poster before it goes to print. Once that is done they will begin printing. You can either keep scanning their website (www.freedomworks.org), or you can stay in touch with me and one way or another you will know when it will be available as soon as it happens.

    Thanks again,
    m

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  152. wa

    September 18th, 2009

    We, of course, will also link to wherever this poster is made available.

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  153. Lyric

    September 18th, 2009

    Awesome photo, Mr. Beck. Thank you !
    If a picture is worth a thousand words, perhaps The One can HEAR us now…

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  154. Mr. Pinko

    September 18th, 2009

    ROTFLMAO – the left is desperate. I was there. I saw the hard work Michael Beck did ALL DAY to capture the magic! I have personal photos and video. Hundreds of thousands of people documented that day with photos and video. And the proof of that day will come on a November day in 2010 and 2012. The country voted in 2008 and now expressing a collective “ooops!” Obama is a huge mistake and it’s about time we get rid of career Congress that are out of touch with the American people as witnessed in August 2009.

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  155. ozzyfied

    September 19th, 2009

    Unbelieveable pic!!! Now this is what I call “United We Stand!”

    Watch out Comrade Obama…WE THE PEOPLE are here and we mean business.

    WE want OUR country back and that’s that!

    IMPEACH the Comrade, IMPEACH ALL of Congress, IMPEACH his ENTIRE Administration and let’s start all over!!!
    Out with the Czars!!! Kick them all out and let’s get this country back to being For The People!!!

    Also, Glenn Beck, you rock!

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  156. ozzyfied

    September 19th, 2009

    BTW…
    O.B.A.M.A stands for “One-Big-Ass-Mistake-America.”

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  157. Gladys I Jones

    September 19th, 2009

    I voted the President in. Tell me why he calls himself BLACK. when he has a white Mother? ! ? Is he disowning his Mother. HE is a MULATTO..[ the offspring of one white parent and one black parent.]I and a sister have Mulatto’s great grandchildren. We know and they know their race. President needs back in college or grade school. In many, many states there are houses that are flooded due to the fact the water came higher then the street level. The States and the USA Govt. can easily fix many of these. Make it a law that all new construction in these areas, be built on a 3 or 4 foot higher pad then street level. Save money, heart aches etc. About the homeless person and homeless families there can c be help by our President and Senate and Congress. Place money where it is really need to help our citizens. Many vacant U S Veteran Hospitals,and other hospitals, hotels, commercial buildings etc, are empty. Start with the empty veteran hospitals; hire people to work and repair and fix them enough for people to live inside rather then live in cars, trucks, sidewalks, fields etc. Put a roof over their heads. The answer is simple . .set aside money to purchase appliances, cars etc. Instead fix these places up. Put people to work, and children under a roof. Most rooms have a bath. Some one should inform the President to forget trips and start helping our very, very unfortunate citizens. Try sleeping under paper, freezing weather, rain,or snow. Unable to get medical help, as of now. My one sister took a trip with others to Spain. Her very first day there they went up stone steps for a sight seeing view. My sister stumbled on the steps. Broke her leg in two places. Bones were protruding her skin. They sent for an ambulance. Vi was taken to hospital. Three different doctors operated on her. Then in recovery; leg in cast. She was measured for a pair of crutches, she received. Went back to the hotel in an ambulance. Now this is in Spain.. her charges for all of this was nineteen dollars. Not even a citizen. We could set up something better then what they are doing now. I will admit help needs to be given when needed. I am a WW2 Veteran. Navy medical field. Worked in surgery also over sea.. Do you realize we veterans receive less social security. We fought the war,long time away from home and love ones. I know over ten years I have received mail that this was to be taken care of. Famous word “BOLONEY” they are waiting for us , all to die; then they will pass the raise to match level of others.. I feel the President certainly means well, but should stop a lot of visits, invite them here, save money,place some of it to help our poor homeless . Many because they lost their jobs are homeless. . It is no wonder the crowd was in D C on 9/11 We have many things to be concern about. I understand, foreign countries own more of our water plants then we do. Who will be in control of United States in near future? I am embarrassed to leave such drastic debts to my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren that are born, and others yet to appear. Too too deeply in debt. This March was needed but was it heeded?

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  158. BigFurHat

    September 19th, 2009

    Nice final sentence:
    The March Was Needed, But Was It Heeded?

    We’ll see. We’ll see what congress decides and how the majority feels about it on election day.

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  159. Maynard

    September 19th, 2009

    I only have one thought………I would not put it past some liberals to fake a photo, put it on the internet as real, then cry “foul” to M. Beck that the photo was not real. For what purpose? I have no ideal.

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  160. BigFurHat

    September 19th, 2009

    Ya, well we tracked down Michael Beck and had him tell his story, which is available as a podcast here: http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=6582

    As you will hear, Beck is a force that won’t easily be toyed with (as well as being a genuinely nice man, a one-two punch that is difficult to slander.) I say, let them keep marginalizing. With each invective their tent shrinks exponentially.
    Fellow Americans can’t even peacefully voice their opinions without these petty back-biters finding conspiracy theories in a friggin photo of the event. They wring their wormy hands about the Patriot Act, yet, reveal themselves as honest to goodness enemies of the constitution.
    Wait til they get serious about the Fairness Doctrine again. (That train will be pulling in right around the time that they don’t get GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE – and don’t let these imbeciles try and convince you that what they want is anything short of that.)
    They will be done as a party if they try to quash free speech.

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  161. Maynard

    September 19th, 2009

    I just listened to BigFurHat’s tape and had another thought….Mr. Beck said he could not get pictures on one level of the Capitol because there were too many TV cameras there. What happened to all those shots? I’m sure the cameramen came prepared for some wide-angle shots…….or did they? Michael Beck is a hero to this crowd.

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  162. Oceandove

    September 19th, 2009

    I also, just listened to the audio of M. Beck. All I can say is that I HOPE that there is another Sept Tea Party next year. I can not WAIT to march down PA Ave to the Capitol again. What a great bunch of people! I also look forward to purchasing M. Beck’s photo of the event and wonder why the media will not release their own photos. Was Fox there?

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  163. BigFurHat

    September 19th, 2009

    Sadly, Fox didn’t even cover this event properly.
    They had that Griff Jenkins running around like Matt Lesko (Griff should have been wearing the green question mark suit) asking silly questions, jumping over fences, and generally creating an atmosphere like this was a carnival.
    That damn nerd set the tone 180* from where it should have been.
    Damn idiot.
    And you’re right. By Beck’s accounting there were plenty of reporters – with no film in their cameras, apparently.

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  164. Marilyn Ralston

    September 20th, 2009

    I am so proud of each and every individual that took the time and effort to STAND UP FOR OUR COUNTRY. I would have liked to share in this. My heart was there with everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  165. Sheila

    September 20th, 2009

    I wanted to attend this rally so bad but due economic circumstances could not afford the change that was dealt me by a president who bows to 3rd world countries.
    I’m glad they people showed up, did what they did and I support them 100%. It’s time we show our dear president that we aren’t gonna take anymore.
    Change…yeah right into the poor house.

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  166. Greg Goss

    September 21st, 2009

    Great shot but what that picture does not show is the North and South lawns of the capitol building where the stage was set up. The capitol police had clearly thought that they would only have to handle a crowd that would fill up the two lawns. They did not allow crowds on the Mall “until” the two lawns were filled. The Police lines had to be pushed further back a few times as the crowd just kept getting bigger. How do I know this? I was there. http://gwgjlm.blogspot.com/2009/09/dc-rally-from-ground.html

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  167. MIchael A. Beck

    September 21st, 2009

    Good point Greg. You’re right. The image prints out to 8 x 33 and had those outer views been made a part of it the picture would have been another ten inches on either side. I did get the shots, but the view of the crowd on my right was badly obscured by trees and as I said earlier in this blog string, it would have put the overall image out of balance. In truth, this poster doesn’t show the entire crowd. it only shows what I was able to capture.

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  168. Kathy Jo Rudnicki

    September 22nd, 2009

    I watched the Tea Party almost all day and wish I could of been there. I’m disabled with the worse Ins. I can have but I would rather have no Ins.at all then let this so called obama care go thu. I Love America and Thank all the Americans that were at all the Tea Party’s ALL around Our United States Of America. my definition of obama is ONE BIG ASS MISTAKE AMERICA! I hope I can get more involved and I Love Glenn Beck and all of Fox News. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL THE AMERICAN’S THAT MARCHED FOR OUR COUNTRY.I LOVE MY COUNTRY AND I WANT REAL AMERICAN’S RUNNING OUR GOVERMENT.SO LETS GET RID OF obama, biden, pelosi,clinton & the rest of the omama admistration. I did not capitalize the first letters of ther names because they do not deserve it. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!ps. my e-mail does start with damspoiled, not because I am rich, just because I’m the baby of my family. Thank You

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  169. deathbymedia

    September 22nd, 2009

    I have done my own study base on devised methodology and calculation which you can find here:

    http://deathbymedia.wordpress.com/2009/09/22/912-washington-dc-tea-party-rally-crowd-estimation/

    It’s backed by evidence (pictures and clips) and determining the boundaries of the protesters and calculation of final tally derived from the density of the crowd at each given block. My calculus puts the figures around 130k up to 160k.

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  170. BigFurHat

    September 23rd, 2009

     
  171. cfm990

    September 23rd, 2009

    This debate can go on forever. The only numbers that are going to count will come in Nov 2010. You idiots on the left keep downplaying these events. You wont dissuade many on the right,but the over confidence on the left will be priceless.

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  172. klimklim

    September 24th, 2009

    This debate can go on forever. The only numbers that are going to count will come in Nov 2010. You idiots on the left keep downplaying these events. You wont dissuade many on the right,but the over confidence on the left will be priceless.

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  173. [...] there is now a high-resolution photo from FreedomWorks, which you can see in the poster here [...]

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  174. [...] Second, there is now a high-resolution photo from FreedomWorks, which you can see in the poster here. [...]

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  175. Joel

    September 26th, 2009

    FreedomWorks has set up a page at their website to allow you to pre-order the 38-inch wide poster of this photograph. It is available for a $19.99 donation to FreedomWorks (which includes shipping).

    Pre-order page link:

    http://www.freedomworks.org/node/20204

    Thank you once again Mr. Beck for this beautiful photo!

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  176. Maynard

    September 27th, 2009

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    A little long but well worth the read from someone that should know the law.
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    *Subject:* From Someone Who Actually READ it..!!

    from Michael Connelly – Retired attorney,
    Constitutional Law Instructor, Carrollton, Texas

    Well, I have done it! I have read the entire text of proposed House
    Bill 3200: The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009. I studied
    it with particular emphasis from my area of expertise, constitutional
    law. I was frankly concerned that parts of the proposed law that were
    being discussed might be unconstitutional. What I found was far worse
    than what I had heard or expected.

    To begin with, much of what has been said about the law and its
    implications is in fact true, despite what the Democrats and the
    media are saying. The law does provide for rationing of health care,
    particularly where senior citizens and other classes of citizens are
    involved, free health care for illegal immigrants, free abortion
    services, and probably forced participation in abortions by members
    of the medical profession.

    The Bill will also eventually force private insurance companies out
    of business and put everyone into a government run system.
    All decisions about personal health care will ultimately be made by federal

    bureaucrats and most of them will not be health care professionals.
    Hospital admissions, payments to physicians, and allocations of
    necessary medical devices will be strictly controlled.

    However, as scary as all of that it, it just scratches the surface.
    In fact, I have concluded that this legislation really has no intention
    of providing affordable health care choices. Instead it is a
    convenient cover for the most massive transfer of power to the
    Executive Branch of government that has ever occurred, or
    even been contemplated. If this law or a similar one is adopted,
    major portions of the Constitution of the United States will effectively
    have been destroyed.

    The first thing to go will be the masterfully crafted balance of
    power between the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the
    U.S. Government. The Congress will be transferring to the Obama
    Administration authority in a number of different areas over the lives
    of the American people and the businesses they own. The irony is
    that the Congress doesn’t have any authority to legislate in most of those
    areas to begin with. I defy anyone to read the text of the U.S.
    Constitution and find any authority granted to the members of
    Congress to regulate health care.

    This legislation also provides for access by the appointees of the
    Obama administration of all of your personal healthcare information,
    your personal financial information, and the information of your
    employer, physician, and hospital. All of this is a direct violation
    of the specific provisions of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution
    protecting
    against unreasonable searches and seizures. You can also forget about your
    right to privacy. That will have been legislated into oblivion regardless
    of
    what the 3rd and 4th Amendments may provide.

    If you decide not to have healthcare insurance or if you have private
    insurance that is not deemed “acceptable” to the “Health Choices
    Administrator” appointed by Obama there will be a tax imposed on you.
    It is called a “tax” instead of a fine because of the intent to avoid
    application of the due process clause of the 5th Amendment.
    However, that doesn’t work because since there is nothing in the law
    that allows you to contest or appeal the imposition of the tax, it is
    definitely depriving someone of property without the “due process” of
    law.

    So, there are three of those pesky amendments that the far left hate
    so much out the original ten in the Bill of Rights that are effectively
    nullified by this law. It doesn’t stop there though. The 9th Amendment
    that provides: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights,
    shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people;
    “The 10th Amendment states: “The powers not delegated to the United
    States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are
    preserved
    to the States respectively, or to the people.” Under the provisions of
    this piece of Congressional handiwork neither the people nor the
    states are going to have any rights or powers at all in many areas
    that once were theirs to control.

    I could write many more pages about this legislation, but I think you
    get the idea. This is not about health care; it is about seizing
    power and limiting rights. Article 6 of the Constitution requires the
    members of both houses of Congress to “be bound by oath or
    affirmation” to support the Constitution. If I was a member of
    Congress I would not be able to vote for this legislation or
    anything like it without feeling I was violating that sacred oath or
    affirmation. If I voted for it anyway I would hope the American
    people would hold me accountable.

    For those who might doubt the nature of this threat I suggest they
    consult the source.

    Here is a link to the Constitution:

    http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html_

    And another to the Bill of Rights:

    http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html

    There you can see exactly what we are about to have taken from us.

    Michael Connelly

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  177. htoler

    September 28th, 2009

    I was there and enjoyed every minute. However, Obawma does not care how many were there. He will still do whatever he desires to do. How do we stop this mad man?

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  178. Tim

    September 28th, 2009

    Germany, 1933, all over again. “History always repeats itself; the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” V.I. Ulyanov

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  179. john d

    October 15th, 2009

    FANTASTIC

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  180. sonic fast food

    October 20th, 2009

    Thanks!!! Nice post!

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  181. Jackpine Savage

    November 21st, 2009

    OK James Hines, you go ahead and believe that if it makes you feel better.
    Whatever gets you through the night as you watch Obama’s dream of a marxist utopia crumble around you.

    You’re gonna need a lot of comfort food come next november.

    “Marxism is an Ism that’s soon to be a Wasm”
    Thomas Sowell

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  182. Horrorman18

    September 18th, 2010

    They say a picture says 1000 words…this one says a million…NICE JOB PINKO!!!

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  183. Mr.Pinko

    October 20th, 2010

    remember – it’s November

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  184. Hong Yanko

    September 19th, 2011

    Excellent post. Keep up.

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  185. industrial roofing

    September 22nd, 2011

    tom

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  186. Mr.Pinko

    September 13th, 2013

    Looking back this was the event that got the IRS scared!

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  187. Unruly Refugee

    September 13th, 2013

    That’s pretty damn awesome, America !!!

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  188. Arlie

    September 13th, 2013

    i remember that day. watched it on gbtv. it was amazing and inspiring. After watching i floated across the street and asked the neighbor if she could see if i had any feet or legs. I was so spiritually touched it felt like my body was floating, Amazingly wonderful experience. Thanks for bringing back the memory Mr. Pinko. The biker rally on 911 had much the same feel of something great and inspiring.

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  189. Unruly Refugee

    September 13th, 2013

    Just read all 187 comments.

    God Bless Michael Beck and his family and friends. What a great man.

    Thanks Mr. Pinko and BFH.

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  190. OpenTheDoor

    September 13th, 2013

    Wow, this really drew the trolls out from under the bridges.

    Somebody is really afraid of getting tossed into the river by the big billy goat.

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  191. Czar of Defenestration

    September 13th, 2013

    This photo encapsulates the word GROUNDSWELL.

    I’m a Washington, D.C. native, and have been going to “propests” since I was a kid (somethin’ to do to get out of the house).

    But THIS.

    The Czarina and I went down (*still* have the yellow shirt) by subway, expecting a modicum of attendees at Freedom Plaza (a manmade park from the ’70′s which blocks part of Pennsylvania Avenue, across from D.C.’s City Hall).

    Just something to do. Riiiiiiiight.

    There was no indication from the number of people on the morning rush hour Metro that this would have been anything big. So, we get above ground at one of the Merto Center exits, turn the corner and…

    BOOM.

    Two hours before the official start of the event, you could barely cross the street to fit onto the plaza. THIS is what Americans can do. What a day.

    And zee rest, she is history.

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  192. Czar of Defenestration

    September 13th, 2013

    “propests” PROTESTS
    (sheesh. need more COFFEE….)

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  193. Czar of Defenestration

    September 13th, 2013

    p.s. the link to Beck’s photo site does not work.

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  194. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    September 13th, 2013

    Thank you. Mr. Beck, Mr. Pinko and Mr. Hat. And thanks to the nameless congressman who helped engineer the magnificent photo.

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  195. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    September 13th, 2013

    Czar’s correct.

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  196. sTevo

    September 13th, 2013

    The title should read ‘Peaceful protest against George Bush and School Lunch Programs, but mostly George Bush’.

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  197. Mr. Pinko

    September 13th, 2013

    @Boobie the Rocket Dog

    The Congressman was Tom Price (Georgia Rep)

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  198. Jethro

    September 13th, 2013

    I was there. You can see me marching at the 2:08 mark.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UULBKgxRGk
    .

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  199. Jethro

    September 13th, 2013

    The above video has a pan shot of the same scene.

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