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March 03, 2006

Support Denmark Rally

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Welcome Michelle Malkin readers!

I went to the rally at the Danish embassy in NYC during my lunch hour. I took plenty of photos, but am not able to post them until I get home tonight. Until then, a few impressions:

Only a few folks were there when I arrived, and I was worried that not many people would show. As it turned out, we probably had about 100 people. (I'm not good at estimating crowds, though, so the number may actually be higher or lower.) There were some great signs, great hats and face makeup, and a bunch of great people out for a great cause.

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Media? Fuhgeddaboutit. There were some freelance reporters, but no bigshots that I know of. No cameras from CNN, ABC, CBS or NBC. Not even FOX was there. Around 12:45 (with 15 minutes to go) some students from the Columbia School of Journalism came with a camera and interviewed Michael Weiss of Snarksmith, the organizer of the rally. They also interviewed a few other people. The widow of a journalist kidnapped and killed in Basra was there as well (her name escapes me; I'll figure it out...should have brought a notepad!), and she was grateful to see all the people there. (Lisa Vincent, widow of Stephen Vincent, shown below addressing the crowd...thanks to Katie for providing me with her name.)

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The Man from GOP and the City was there for a short time (he's originally from the South and got cold, poor guy, and left shortly after he arrived). About 15 minutes into the rally, we were told by a cop to move from the front of the embassy to the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza park across the street. We weren't sure why, but the crowd moved peacefully.

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Pamela of Atlas Shrugs speaks to the crowd

There were a lot of diverse people there with diverse opinions about religion and politics. A lot of people spoke out about why they were there. We all agreed on one thing: that a free society cannot have one special interest group dictate what can and cannot be said and/or published. One interesting quote came from a black woman. I don't have exactly what she said, but basically it was that thousands of people died so that she could be where she is today, and she was not about to miss a rally of such importance. That got a big round of applause!

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The MSM didn't come out of this looking too rosy. There was plenty of criticism of them not printing the cartoons because they were being "sensitive," when really they are afraid. Why can't they be honest about it? If the NY Times and other big outlets would simply admit they were afraid of the violent outbursts, then we might not be so hard on them. But for them to act sanctimoniously when they are really just a bunch of wimps is very misleading.

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Michael Weiss, organizer of the rally

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Weiss being interviewed by CSJ students

It was cold but fun. I'm glad I was able to be a part of it. Check back tonight (after 8 pm Eastern) and I will have my photos up.

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More coverage: Atlas Shrugs, The Resplendent Mango

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Posted by Pam Meister at 01:56 PM | Comments (12) | TrackBack (9) | Dhimi Watch

I'm sorry I missed it, Pam. Sounds like it was a good event. Looking forward to the pics.

Posted by: Alex Nunez at March 3, 2006 03:53 PM

I was at the rally in NYC because I care about free expression and the evil revival of fascism in Europe. Sorry about the cold (where's global warming when you need it). And sorry to the mainstream media. Fascists do not always come with blond hair and blue eyes and make it easy for you to attack them. Sometimes you have too go out on a limb for your principles and risk your safety and even worse, your six figure salaries. Standing up for what is right is what a small group of people (of different races and political backgrounds) decided to do for themselves on a cold Friday in New York City.

Posted by: ROB at March 3, 2006 03:58 PM

The name you're looking for is Lisa Vincent, widow of Stephen Vincent.

Posted by: Katie at March 3, 2006 04:04 PM

Thanks Katie!

Posted by: Pam at March 3, 2006 04:14 PM

ROB: "Fascists do not always come with blond hair and blue eyes..."

Exactly. And anyone who can't grasp that fact is basically, well, a racist!

Posted by: Caroline at March 3, 2006 04:50 PM

Looking forward to seeing your pics.

Posted by: Chris at March 3, 2006 05:02 PM

Great blog! I will add it to my links, in my blog. Keep up the good work - freedom comes first...

My very best

Fröken Sverige (Miss Sweden)

Posted by: Fröken Sverige at March 3, 2006 05:49 PM

Thank you everybody who participated. Thank you.
I is most needed.
/sg, Denmark

Posted by: Søren G at March 3, 2006 08:19 PM

Since the "old media" failed to cover this gathering, it was nice that you were able to represent the up and coming "New Media". Good job, Pam!

Posted by: THIRDWAVEDAVE at March 3, 2006 09:53 PM

It is inspiring to see some friends from Denmark commenting on the pro-Denmark rally in NYC.
We know that Denmark did not have to support the United States in Afganistan and especially Iraq. Denmark could have joined France and Germany and the rest of the anti-American crowd in Europe but stuck with us because you to believed in what we are trying to accomplish in this struggle for freedom over fascism.


I have been to Copenhagen for the jazz festival and I encourage all Americans to visit that beautiful city and its very beautiful people.

Posted by: Rob at March 4, 2006 11:35 AM

I wore a Danish flag on my hat to work at Kroeger Herb Products in Boulder, Colorado. Days later a piece of toilet paper with a caricature of Bush was taped to the bathroom wall. Then I was laid off after 14 years without any explanation. coincidence? who knows?
Considering the degree of anti-bush, anti- American banter and anti-Semitic rumour I've heard there over the years, I'm left to wonder.
A round of Carlsbergs to Y'all.

Posted by: Del Hoeft at March 4, 2006 01:31 PM

Great photos, I was also at the event and got some great coverage as well.



Posted by: Akira Ohiso at March 5, 2006 01:44 PM
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