Archive for Monday, March 19, 2007

Lawrence protesters mark anniversary of war in Iraq

March 19, 2007


A group of about 100 anti-Iraq war protesters rallied in Lawrence today, the fourth anniversary of the war's beginning.

The group started in Veterans Park, 19th and Louisiana streets, before marching down to the military recruiting stations at 23rd and Louisiana streets.

"We want to remind the public, just to push that it hasn't gone away," said Belinda Penaloza, a protester who was appointed to speak with the media.

After listening to speakers in the park, the group travel down Louisiana Street, where they had their first encounter with the 25 to 30 Lawrence police officers who also were in attendance. The police told marchers that anyone who wandered into the street could be arrested.

As of this afternoon, no arrests were made and Police Chief Ron Olin said the protesters had been peaceful and well-behaved, which he appreciated.

When the marchers got to the shopping center, they were forbidden from coming on to the property and told to stay behind a pre-painted pink line. The line denoted the edge of the public right-of-way.



Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 11 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, everyone knows this war is the best thing that ever happened to the US. Where's their patriotism? So what if it's bankrupting our country? Why don't they just invest in Haliburton and make some money. Of course, they'll be out of the country completely by the next election when the next group will have to raise taxes to pay for Bush's stupidity. And isn't Bush buying property out of the country? He won't have to pay for his war either.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 1 month ago

Too bad they don't share your appreciation of dead soldiers and other unfortunate side effects of pointless wars, donkeypunch.

Chris Golledge 11 years, 1 month ago


Who? The protestors, the police, or the owner(s) of the shopping center? I'll go out on a limb and assume you mean the protestors. Seemed to me that the only one(s) who behaved questionably were the property owners, too afraid of negative publicity to let things run their course. Not that they don't have every right to protect their interests.

I'd thought the ability to publicly voice your disagreement with the government was a well respected right within this country. Thanks for correcting that illusion.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 1 month ago

I bet they were really impressed by your bumpersticker, though, huh, dambudzo?

BlackVelvet 11 years, 1 month ago

"I'd thought the ability to publicly voice your disagreement with the government was a well respected right within this country. Thanks for correcting that illusion."

No one tried to infringe with their right to publicly voice their disagreement. They were not, however, allowed to damage property as they've done in the past. You have a problem with the Police protecting others' property?

earthus 11 years, 1 month ago

I assure you, Mr. Ramirez, that I have a job and am a very productive citizen of our community. I chose to take 2 hours out of my day to participate in democracy, i.e working with others to vocalize opposition to the war.

Chris Golledge 11 years, 1 month ago


I don't think you entirely read or understood my post.

I was responding to a post which ridiculed the protestors and the fact that protesting seemed to earn them ridicule. The post I was responding to was subsequently removed.

What part of my "...Not that they don't have every right to protect their interests.", refering to the owners, and the police involvement, did you not understand?

james bush 11 years, 1 month ago

Lawrence, the bluest of blue, liberalist of liberal, women's studies for feminism, and the next center for radical islam and highest prayer tower for 5-times-a-day chants to be raised in the the name of the aclu and the flying imams: A nice place to visit but would not want to live there!

tim_hardaway 11 years, 1 month ago

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kmat 11 years, 1 month ago


I was there today. I have friends currently serving in Iraq. I have a friend who is now disabled because of his service.

So, I assume you "supposedly" support this stupid-@ss govt of ours that put my friends in harms way. According to the logic of the stupid conservatives that support this war, they are there fighting for freedom. So, why the hell would you have a problem with Americans protesting????? We were just expressing our freedom of speech.

So, do you want freedom? If so, THEN DON'T BITCH BECAUSE SOME OF US WANTED TO PROTEST THIS CORRUPT WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why don't you get off your butt and go fight? Sorry, you'd rather rant on this message board. I would love to let my friends sit you down and have a nice little talk when they return - if they get to return.

In the words of a good special ops friend, those of you that support this war need to take your little yellow ribbon covered SUV's and take your butts to Iraq. The yellow ribbons will make a nice target for Sunni's with rocket launchers.

People like you make me sick.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 11 years, 1 month ago

The Iraqi people need to fight for their freedom, not us. It means nothing if you don't do it yourself. Our soldiers aren't fighting for our freedom. If anything, our freedoms have been endangered since Bush shoved us into this quagmire.

EXks 11 years, 1 month ago

Maybe it will take a national draft, having their kids come home in body bags, and $5 per gallon gas and more than just lip service from couch potatoes who support this war to wake up and get their head out.....

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 11 years, 1 month ago

Dambudzo still believes the terrorist who blew up the towers are from Iraq! Why don't you try and educate yourself, instead of repeating Big Brother's lines? Yes, we should have gone into Afghanistan, that's where the terrorists were based for the most part. If anything Bush has created more people who hate the US. Fighting terrorism is fighting crime. Bush turned the stupid terrrorists into heroic warriors who are fighting against the big bully, but all they are nothing but criminals. They should have been fought with infiltration and intelligence gathering, like you would fight any organized crime.

George_Braziller 11 years, 1 month ago

Mr. Ramirez - I hold an executive position, bathe every day and was there in support. Don't make blanket statements. There is a broad base of support for protests. Can you say Viet Nam? History is repeating (again) because there are those who never learn from the past.


"Posted by Mr_Ramirez (anonymous) on March 19, 2007 at 4:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Regardless of your view of the war, one thing is clear....

The protesters need to get jobs and take showers.

Thank you..."

pity2bu 11 years, 1 month ago


Please revise your blog that you left here today. There are several parts that have oxy-moron tendencies, such as the 2 and 3rd paragraphs.

I can't help the fact that your "special ops" friends signed up for the service to obtain money for college, and / or just for the hell of it, without thinking that they may never have to go fight a war.

You think we're bitching that your protesting, oh no! Like that of our REAL TRUE SOLDIERS who have been wounded or killed, have been represented by the red "BLOOD" stripes of the American Flag. I just want you to know that if it was up to us, we would place all your butts on the next CHINOOK and drop you out over there from 5000 feet without a parachute. This is where your whining and crying liberal/ conservative butts will be heard by all the good trusting people of Iraq.

So let me say this you, you war dodging, oxy-moron speaking stooge, when the crap goes down, we will still protect you and your cry-babies. As all of you bury your heads in a hole and cry like a babies for your Mommy's.

It's people like you that irritate us and 99 % of our soldiers, the other 1% are your so called whiney friends.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 1 month ago

"Terrorists are not beholding to any nation."

For once we agree. Dubya and the neocons are exhibit #1.

EXks 11 years, 1 month ago

I just want you to know that if it was up to us, we would place all your butts on the next CHINOOK and drop you out over there from 5000 feet without a parachute.

Does this go for draft doging arm chair wanna be soldiers Bush & Cheney???....who NEVER served!!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 1 month ago

"oxy-moron speaking stooge"

Do you know what any of those words mean?

George_Braziller 11 years, 1 month ago

Dambudzo - Just FYI I DO hold an executive position with a local not for profit. I'm responsible for a budget of $4.3 million, a $1.8 million facility, and supervise a staff of seven. Not everyone who posts here is an idiot.


Posted by Dambudzo (anonymous) on March 19, 2007 at 8:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"I hold an executive position,"


yellowhouse 11 years, 1 month ago

How is our country going to survive?

Now we continue to send our men over to a country that is blowing them up, and doesnt want us there!

Its a mess! So is the Justice system in this country!

bearded_gnome 11 years, 1 month ago

about a hundred protesters? wow, how the mighty have fallen. used to be an antiwar protest in this town had many more. looks like despite the sturm und drang, the steam is outa the little engine.

then, out of the "one hundred" how many are professional full-time paid liberals who work for a nonprofit? don't count them as this is part of their job descriptions. then, how many meet the barbara boxer standard for proper familial connections granting weight to the speaker on the war's impact? now, we're down to a dozen or two. pretty piddling.

what do these protestors think will happen if we just pull out? apparently, they favor a massive, region wide bloodbath involving millions. sounds pretty selfish. these protestors also are among the leftists who don't think democracy is appropriate for "those little brown people." these people are actually against self-determination for the Iraqis. our troops are helping to protect the shakey new democracy in Iraq. remember, the last time the french helped us, it was when we gained our independence; a major foreign power used its military strength to allow a new government to get going. of course they had self-interest in it. that's how all countries function. what impact do they think will be on the terrorists when we surrender, withdrawing by a fixed date? setting a date after which the fighters and terrorists in Iraq can have free reign, just wait it out?

as to not finding WMD's, they were there as expected until Fall '02 when Saddam shipped them and their docs to Syria. two books and the Israeli intelligence back this.

Linda Endicott 11 years, 1 month ago

So somebody signs up for the military in order to pay for college, or maybe to conform to somebody's idea of "patriotism"...pity2bu...

And they end up being sent to Iraq, and injured, perhaps permanently disabled, or killed...and to you this means they weren't REAL TRUE soldiers?

So someone has to be a conservative, rah rah rabid Bush supporter for their service in Iraq or injury or death in Iraq to actually mean anything?

They went to Iraq...they did as they were commanded to do...

Did you go to Iraq?

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