As a former resident of San Francisco I know the city attracts a lot of kooks and misfits. And the kookiest of kooks these days are the truthers. Zombietime has some nice photographs of their recent march and demonstration in S.F. If any city would be friendly to these nuts, it is S.F. However, as you can tell by the photos, besides a few smelly hippies, a couple of superheroes and a gaggle of Paulistas, the gathering was pretty slim.
The truthers marched down Haight Street to the Power to the Peaceful demonstration, which was quite large and well attended. Then again, any gathering in Golden Gate Park is bound to attract the remnants of the summer of love and the leftover left. As far as these folks being peaceful, I don’t buy it and neither should you. In fact, many of the groups that sponsored the rally—a smattering of Maoists, Leninists, and Stalinists—support the overthrow of the government of the United States.
Similar groups of miscreants marched in Washington, D.C. last weekend at The World Can’t Wait demonstration. Too bad Zombie doesn’t have contacts on the East Coast. I’d like to see some photos that give a clear indication of who these people are. Zombie’s photos do an excellent job of that. One look at his pics and the lunacy of these individuals is made patently clear.
Meanwhile the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that a man pretending to be an army veteran, who took credit for “crimes” in Iraq that never actually occurred, has been sentenced to five months in prison:
Jesse MacBeth never was an Army Ranger, much less a corporal, never received a Purple Heart for wounds inflicted by a foreign foe, and neither saw nor participated in war crimes with fellow U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, claims for which he became a poster boy for the anti-war movement…
MacBeth’s is the latest case to be sentenced under “Operation Stolen Valor,” which uses the new Stolen Valor Act to go after people posing as veterans, who often festoon themselves with awards and invent tales of long-term injuries, often to fraudulently acquire veterans benefits…
A thin man who sat quietly looking down through most of the hearing, MacBeth apologized for snookering anti-war groups with his claims of killing unarmed, helpless civilians in Iraq — which were translated into Arabic and posted on the Internet — and also to U.S. soldiers whom he defamed.
MacBeth said he felt bad for what he did.
“I’m sorry not only for lying about everything and discrediting anti-war groups, but also for defaming the real heroes, the soldiers out there sacrificing for their country,” MacBeth said. “I was trying to pull a fast one, to make money to get off the streets.”
MacBeth fooled peace groups and alternative media to become something of an anti-war star over the past four years.
He claimed he witnessed and participated in war crimes in Iraq with other Rangers, slaughtering hundreds of unarmed men, women and children.
In a widely distributed Internet video translated into Arabic, Macbeth said. “We would burn their bodies … hang their bodies from the rafters in the mosque.”