The Charge of the Light Brigade
Half a league, half a league,  Half a league onward,
All in the Valley of Death  Rode the six hundred.
"Forward, the Light Brigade!  Charge for the guns!" he said:
Into the Valley of Death   Rode the six hundred.

Forward, the Light Brigade! 
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the soldier knew  Someone had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,  Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the Valley of Death   Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,  Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them,  Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,  Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death, Into the mouth of Hell 
Rode the six hundred.
 

Flash'd all their sabres bare,  Flash'd as they turn'd in air,
Sabring the gunners there,  Charging an army, while all the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke; Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian Reel'd from the sabre stroke, Shatter'd and sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not, not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,  Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them   Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,  While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well,
Came thro' the jaws of Death, Back from the mouth of Hell, 
All that was left of them,   Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?  O the wild charge they made!
All the world wondered.
Honor the charge they made, Honor the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred.

Copied from Poems of Alfred Tennyson, J. E. Tilton and Company, Boston, 1870


 America Awakening
March of the 600
 

Nearly 1 Million Crowd the Streets in Washington, DC  on  SEPT 12, 2009 -- Where were the TV Networks???  CNN was airing an Obama Health Care speech in Minnesota, then briefly alluded to 'a few protesters on the other side of the issue' who were in Washington, DC.  

If you want to know what is really going on be assured cnn, msnbc, ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN are not going to tell you!   They are endless free commercials for obama.

The first two photos below show a tiny fraction of the two million ABC estimates attended.   At the time this photo was taken, around 1:00 p.m., Pennsylvania Avenue was still jammed completely, and the mall was packed from the Capitol Building past the Washington Monument.
[See aerial photos here -- The link I had here was a photo of a previous march -- just the thing that has given the left fodder to denigrate the marchers and purpose of the 9/12/09 march -- In this case I am personally embarrassed because I passed it along as fact.]   Check below the pictures for the latest data I can find on estimating the crowd.

I saw signs and heard lots of comments comparing this event to Woodstock.   There were notable differences though, in the behavior of these attendees.   Although the legend of Woodstock is that there was a friendly atmosphere of camaraderie, the truth is that most people were there for the drugs, sex and rock and roll.  Today in D.C. there was a true kinship amongst these people based on shared values and intellectual understanding of what America is and how its future is imperiled by big radical government.    No one was having sex in the Reflecting Pool let alone the mud, and I saw no one vomiting on the steps of the Capitol.    Not just a different era, but a different level of civilized behavior and thought.   Oh, and by the way, these people didn’t leave tons of garbage behind when they left.   Actually they left no trash behind at all.

 
Here is how Britain's Daily Mail saw it -- Up to two million people marched to the U.S. Capitol today, carrying signs with slogans such as "Obamacare makes me sick" as they protested the president's health care plan and what they say is out-of-control spending.   The line of protesters spread across Pennsylvania Avenue for blocks, all the way to the capitol, according to the Washington Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.   By contrast, the Times reported: The demonstrators numbered well into the tens of thousands, though the police declined to estimate the size of the crowd.

1. I think this gathering should be appreciated as the extremely important historical event that it is. This is the first great conservative anti-statist manifestation in American history. The conservative movement, which developed in the post-WWII, Cold War environment has now fully matured into the most significant political movement of the 21st century. I believe that this day could be referred to in the not too distant future as the day that changed America. This was the day the great silent conservative majority finally found its voice.
 
2. Many of the attendees were quite meek and timid and were unsure of exactly what to expect, this being the first time in their lives they’d been involved in a protest movement. Their fears evaporated early in the day and I saw people reveling in the camaraderie , the joy and sheer civility that was exhibited at the entire event. Chants of "Freedom, freedom, freedom", "No more czars! No more czars!" carried through the air without the slightest hint of rancor or incivility which is the norm at the leftist rallies I have photographed over the years.
 

3. Protesters came from every state in the union. This man came from San Antonio, TX. He said that he was really sorry he hadn’t brought his family. He stated that being a black conservative he was afraid to expose his children to what he expected would be a lot of liberal abuse. He was thrilled with the tenor of the event and the fact that no liberals were present to harass him. He spoke about how incredibly intolerant the left is to black individuals who don’t bow to the party line.
 

4. Ohioans took a day off their rodeo bullriding schedule. They said they’ll be back at it tomorrow.
Mike Pence (R-Indiana) was one of the speakers who addressed the crowd: "After years of fighting runaway government on this hill, you people look like the cavalry to me...I believe we are on the verge of a great American awakening.
 

5. San Diego radio host Mason Weaver said from the podium: "I came here because I thought you might want to hear a black man speak without a teleprompter... This government is trying to make a nation of dependent people. Americans have always been independent people... This is not a Republican thing, it’s not a Democrat thing. It’s not a black thing or a white thing. It’s an American thing... We the people are telling them No more! We’ve had enough.
 

6. In the very center of the photo, above the Silence is Consent - Can You Hear Us Now sign, you can see Pennsylvania Ave., which at this time is totally blocked with protesters who cannot move forward to the Capitol area. Sorry, full up.
 

I don't belong to the part of NO -- I'm with the party of HELL NO!
 

Obama Lied, Capitalism Died.
 

8. We are the mob!
 

9. Politicians are like diapers, they both need changing regularly and for the same reason.
 

10. Support Class Envy! Don't you wish your neighbors piggy bank looked like this
Redistribute Wealth.
 

12. The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Obama Himself - - - Compassion is Voluntary, Not Compulsory!
 

13. WALNUT - Workers Against Lazy Non-Producers United Together - the conservative answer to ACORN. Didn’t have to ask them if they were receiving any taxpayer money like radical left-wing ACORN. Different DNA!
 

14. Proud members of the "Angry Mob" and they’re armed with their votes.
 

Liar, Liar Country on Fire
 

Madam Speaker: Kiss Our Astroturf!
 

16. Your wallet…the only place Democrats are willing to drill! - Don’t share my wealth - share my work ethic!
 

Right-wing extremist armed with the constitution.
 

Who are the commie czars?
 

Impeach Comrad Obama
 

Marxism - the opiate of the asses - Posters from the Peoples Cube are proliferating amongst protesters.
 

Stop Making Profit! - Report all Capitalist Activities to flag@whitehouse. gov
 


World’s #1 Crypto-Marxist. Endorsed by Fidel Castro: The most powerful progressive candidate to the U.S. presidency - GRANMA, Havana, May 26, 2008
 


Nancy Pelosi has accused patriotic tea-partyers of "carrying swastikas" implying that they are Nazi sympathizers. This event was wall to wall hammers and sickles and words like "socialist" "communist" and "Marxist" etc. It continues to fascinate me how long the Democrats will tolerate this without ever commenting on it. Either they like it, or there’s something to it.
 

Ever present at Tea Parties are Sons of Liberty reenactors. The couple on the left is from Tennessee and the young lady on the right is not but she joined in the photo. The clothing for the couple was hand stitched by the lady on the left. And boy do they love America.


Friend Warren Sapp at the march 9/12/2009
Picture From Britain's Daily Mail Picture From Britain's Daily Mail Picture From Britain's Daily Mail Picture From Britain's Daily Mail

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 Tea Party March on DC Draws Somewhere between 2 million and 60,000 People. Go figure.

| September 13, 2009    Reason Magazine

A number of Reasoners were in the crowd at yesterday's Taxpayer March on Washington to cover the event (look for a Reason.tv bit in the coming hours). Like myself, Matt Welch was surprised by the turnout, which was gigantic. Welch is ready to eat his hat if the crowd wasn't "at least a healthy six figures."

Press accounts are pegging the crowd at somewhere between (get this) 60,000 (ABC News) and "in excess of 75,000" (local officials) 1.2 million (local police agency estimates) and 2 million people (ABC News again, Fox News, The Daily Mail, and various other outlets).

I confess to having no way of checking or even evaluating these stats, but from my view of the proceedings (and having attended various events over the years), my sense is that 60,000 is way low and 2 million a stretch by a huge factor. Crowd counts are notoriously difficult and always pumped up or down for various reasons.

That said, the three takeaways I had from the event comport with Welch's from yesterday's post: First, the crowd was truly huge. Second, the crowd was from all over the place (both geographically and ideologically). And third, the crowd, well-behaved and stunningly normal in the main, was genuinely pissed off at out of control spending and government policies. "Stop spending," was the basic answer to any questions about what Congress and the president should do come tomorrow. Throw the bums of either party out come next fall was the second most-common answer.

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How Many People Attended The 9/12 March? (Take Two)

Update (9/18/2009): Berman Post: Aerial Shot of the 9/12 March on DC End of Update:

In 'take one' (Berman Post: How Many People Attended The 9/12 March?) I guess there were around a half-million (500,000) people who marched at the 9/12 rally in DC alone. My new approximation is about one million (1,000,000). A 'take three' to follow if any legitimate or better aerial/satellite photos come to light.

Here, Reason takes a crack at deciphering some numbers.

http://reason.com/blog/show/136042.html

"Like myself, Matt Welch was surprised by the turnout, which was gigantic. Welch is ready to eat his hat if the crowd wasn't "at least a healthy six figures."

Press accounts are pegging the crowd at somewhere between (get this) 60,000 ( ABC News) and "in excess of 75,000" ( local officials) 1.2 million (local police agency estimates) and 2 million people (ABC News again, Fox News,  The Daily Mail, and various other outlets).

I confess to having no way of checking or even evaluating these stats, but from my view of the proceedings (and having attended various events over the years), my sense is that 60,000 is way low and 2 million a stretch by a huge factor. Crowd counts are notoriously difficult and always pumped up or down for various reasons.

That said, the three takeaways I had from the event comport with Welch's from yesterday's post First, the crowd was truly huge. Second, the crowd was from all over the place (both geographically and ideologically). And third, the crowd, well-behaved and stunningly normal in the main, was genuinely pissed off at out of control spending and government policies."

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9/12 Protest March numbers and impact can’t be dumb-downed

Houston business daily   -   By Stella Lohmann   -   September 14, 2009–Washington, D.C.

For every person that converged in Washington for the 9/12 Protest March on DC Saturday, there were many more who attended local events around the nation. Those numbers ARE in the millions of those who answered the call (originally by Fox News host Glenn Beck just months ago).  Not everyone came because they are a fan of Beck; most said they just had to be there! 

No media network or paper can dumb-down projections of how many actually came much less the march’s impact on the American psyche. I was there. I rode a bus ten hours both ways from Atlanta with fellow concerned citizens—I wanted to experience it for myself as reporter and as a citizen. Bless those on the west coast and even Alaska and Hawaii who sacrificed so much to be apart of an enormous march that evolved in a just matter of months! Kudos to Fox News and Glenn Beck for setting up a website for grassroots coordinators to communicate and organize the thousands wanting to take their concerns to Washington!

Beck didn’t make an appearance to say, “In your face, nay Sayers!” Rather he reported back in his New York City studio while those who organized the event executed their own plans with their own speakers according to their own schedules. Traveling home to Georgia, one lady read from her blackberry an article “9/12 March had no leaders”, as if exposing weaknesses in the movement and the protest itself. Thank you whomever you are for giving a few enthusiastic ladies on the bus something more to talk about while some of us wanted to sleep during the night!  

Imagine how silly minimizing the attendance sounded to those who experienced the enormity of the crowd for themselves–those of us who heard motorists across states honk horns or talk with us at rest and truck stops along the way. Imagine how out of touch negative headlines were when we stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Americans from all 50 states down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol. Imagine how ludicrous their analysis when buses were being turned away because there was no more room! Imagine when the crowd dispersed leaving no trash unlike the Inauguration covered like a landfill!

Those who came want self accountability, pride in our history as a defender of democracy and treasure what we have because of it—a free America, a free republic, one nation under God framed by the Constitution yet today. Being good stewards is what the 9/12 Protest March was all about. Amy Kremer, one of the national organizers says it’s about teamwork, no one person being more important than the others–all of us doing what needs to be done to stop the ‘madness’ in Washington.

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9/12 protest in Thousand Oaks coincides with today's march on D.C.

By Eric Ingemunson  -   09/12/09

A tea party took place this afternoon in Thousand Oaks in coordination with the tens of thousands marching in Washington, D.C. to protest high taxes, socialism, and government-run healthcare.   The event, which took place at the same intersection of last week’s finger-biting incident, drew about 200 people who waved flags and signs as they listened to a trio of doctors speak about the perils of universal healthcare.

“As healthcare becomes more confusing or as we head toward a government option,” a gynecologist told the crowd, “or even if we don’t get some of the reforms needed for the insurance companies, doctors my age—if they have enough money in the bank—are going to quit. We are going to quit. And worse than that is if I knew then what I know now, would I have ever gone to medical school? And the answer is no.”   What will universal healthcare give us as more people demand services from fewer doctors? Long lines. Patients needing emergency treatment will need to be prioritized by the government, leading to rationing, a charge that is still denied by the Obama administration.

Similar events took place in cities all over the nation this twelfth day of September, fueled by the 9-12 Project, a movement started by Fox News’ Glenn Beck to promote the post-partisan spirit that was present in America following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Beck, who is not actively involved in coordinating the movement, anchored FNC’s coverage of the protests across the nation.

Mainstream news organizations continue to fail to understand the tea parties, the 9-12 Project, and the Campaign For Liberty, three organizations that are largely responsible for the recent spate of town hall protests. The elite media and Democrats initially assumed that protests on such a massive scale could not be legitimate grassroots; they must have been organized by the Republican Party or insurance companies. They’ve derided the movement as “astro-turf’—a manufactured revolt masquerading as a spontaneous popular uprising—and have consistently downplayed its impact, despite the role it played in derailing President Obama’s healthcare reform proposals.

CNN reported today:

The tea party movement gained momentum this year; several parties were held across the country this summer to protest President Obama and the Democrats' economic stimulus plans, among other things.

Several parties were held across the country? I’ve covered five events just in Ventura County alone. CNN missed that several thousand parties involving hundreds of thousands of Americans took place this summer. CNN didn’t even mention the 9-12 Project in the article, and referred to the Campaign For Liberty as “Campaign Liberty”.

The Thousand Oaks event was emceed by Red County Ventura’s very own Trevor Woolley.
 

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