First, let me thank Monika and Sarah for coming and getting
him at the Museum. I'm amazed that you were able to get to
both locations. I didn't think that it would be practical for
any party to be at both flaggings because only half of us who
tried to flag the VP last year at the Macon Centreplex managed
to get through all the traffic and road blocks. Way to go!
And thanks again for traveling all the way from the Georgia
coast. I'm sorry we missed y'all.
Jimmy and I got caught
in bumper-to-bumper traffic north of Perry on U.S. 41, so we
didn't arrive at Henderson Village until about 4:25 p.m. We
went straight to the church on 41 just south of Ga 26, where
we rendezvoused with Beau Palmer (LS and SCV member) in the
parking lot. As we were unfurling our three Veterans Memorial
Georgia flags and preparing to make our approach, a Chevrolet
with a Jeff Davis tag pulled into the parking lot. Two men in
suits with an earphone in one ear each stepped out and asked
us if we were there to flag the VP. We answered, "Yes,
wouldn't you like to join us?"
"No, we are Secret Service and would be fired for that, but
y'all enjoy yourselves. Just stay on the south side of Ga 26
and don't make any aggressive-looking movements. We're just
here for security reasons, and you have your first amendment
rights...." We assured them that we were there for the VP to
see us, that he would know exactly why we were flagging him,
and that we had no other intentions. Jimmy showed them two
signs he had made that had the real Georgia flag with "CHENEY
HATES DIXIE" printed in big red letters at the bottom.
So we made our way to the Ga 26/U.S. 41 intersection. On
the southeast corner was a formal-wear and bridal shop. Its
parking lot appeared to be the perfect staging area where we
would be in plain view of the VP's entourage as they would
approach from the east on 26. But not to our surprise, the
reconstructed lady running the shop came out and told us to
get off her property. I thought of pointing out to her that
we were actually within 10 feet of the road and that that was
road right-of-way, not her property. But we expected the VP's
arrival at any moment, so I didn't want to be distracted in an
argument with a female scalawag. We moved eastward to be in
front of a residence next door.
While we waited for the VP, we received the usual friendly
waves and horn honks from the vast majority of the passers-by,
nearly half of whom were black. The only disapproving looks
were from whites, all of those female with one exception.
When the VP entourage arrived, we couldn't see anyone in
the limo's, but those in the other vehicles looked surprised
and highly offended. I wish that I could offend such people
every day. It was a hoot!
One flagging closer to a free Georgia!
Subject: Re: [GAFlag] FW: Fwd: VP Cheney flagging
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 00:22:54 -0500
Monika and Sarah were there.
At the Air Force Base, Museum and at Henderson Village. At
Henderson Village we were threatened by the local Stasi, and
finally had to leave or "I will move you" as per officer
................ (I have the name, but will withhold it at
present). Actually, the Secret Service Agent was rather
nice compared to the local "law" officers. At 4 PM no one
hat showed up so we decided that we would leave and head
back home to South Georgia. Monika and Sarah