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September 09, 2006

These Colors Don't Run

MSNBC.com does a feature every week called This Week In Pictures, in which people can vote for which is to become "best picture". and I received an email from blogger friend Old Soldier today directing me to have a look at those photos entered for the week of 17 - 24 August.

Old Soldier pointed out two of these entries, one, among the top two for first place, being a mother and child saying good-bye to the child's father as he is leaving for Iraq, titled, An Officer and My Daddy, another, that was apparently down at the bottom, vote-wise, was titled These Colors Don't Run and depicted a Palestinian demonstrator holding up his national flag in the course of an anti-Israeli event.

Suddenly, the latter received a mega-barrage of votes that slammed it up to a total of 71,000, the abrupt increase looking suspiciously like the work of an organized group of activists.

This Week In Pictures can be found here.

We need to try and adjust this obviously organized attempt to use an expression that has become associated with the American flag to glorify a Palestinian rioter -- if you look at the photo, you see that water hoses are being used to repel the Palestinian and his co-demonstrators -- that is a riot response tactic -- while burying a photo of an American soldier saying good-bye to his family, perhaps for the last time, as he heads off to fight for the freedom of others -- by voting and getting others to vote for An Officer and My Daddy.

For further information, please visit Old Soldier.

Posted by Seth at September 9, 2006 07:47 PM


Seth, thank you for taking the time to respond to my request. It's not a big thing, rather a matter of respect and support, and to a certain degree 'patriotism'. Thanks again.

Posted by: Old Soldier at September 10, 2006 04:55 AM

I cast my vote.

Posted by: Always On Watch at September 10, 2006 05:28 AM

Old Soldier --

This is a more than worthy cause...

AOW --

I'm glad, thanks! I only hope that our modest numbers combine with those of other voters to make a difference!

Posted by: Seth at September 10, 2006 06:20 AM

Well, I did vote on that worthless poll. Quite honestly, "an officer and my daddy" simply is the best picture, in how it makes me feel emotionally.

Posted by: wordsmith at September 10, 2006 03:13 PM

Wordsmith --

I feel the same way. Somehow whenever I think of the 71,000 votes that went to the rioter and his flag, I also think of spambots.

Posted by: Seth at September 10, 2006 03:55 PM