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Operation American Spring v. Lymanfest

Blogger predicts small-town festival will out-draw national protest

imageI’ve lived in Lyman, South Carolina, for 6 years now but so far I’ve not actually made it to Lymanfest, the annual town celebration. I tried to go one year, but I couldn’t find it (they never mention on the web site exactly where it is), and I’ll miss it again this year because I’ll be attending the Obot meetup in Philadelphia that weekend.

I feel pretty confident that Lymanfest will significantly out-draw the Obot meetup, but Operation American Spring I’m not sure about. I give Lymanfest the edge. All three events are scheduled at the same time.

Neither Operation American Spring nor Lymanfest is getting much media coverage beyond niche Internet sites and social networking. On Facebook, Lymanfest is trailing OAS by a considerable margin. The official OAS Facebook page has 5,611 “likes” as of this writing compared to 65 for Lymanfest. There are OAS splinter group pages (here and here) that are doing better.

imageI am trying to get estimates on Lymanfest attendance. The original claims from OAS organizer Col. Harry Riley (US Army ret.) said that there “1.8 million definite militia members” coming (reported Mother Jones back on January); however, that number has been called into question since it exceeds by several orders of magnitude the total number of militia members in the United States. The Vocativ web site published an informative article on OAS yesterday titled, “A Former Colonel Plans to Overthrow the U.S. Government on May 16,” subtitled, “The founder Of Operation American Spring is planning a million-man march on D.C. But will anyone show up?”

Unlike Lymanfest, which is a single-day event, Operation American Spring envisions persons camping out in the Capitol until President Obama, Eric Holder, and the Congressional leadership resigns. President Obama will leave office January 20, 2017.

My personal prediction is that Lymanfest will be the attendance winner. I don’t think that many Americans want to turn the United States into Egypt.

Obama opponents up the ante

http://www.touregypt.net/images/touregypt/tutpics6.jpgI don’t know who Arnold Carl Tapp is, but I have somehow gotten onto his mailing list of right-wing meanness against Barack Obama. According to his latest, Obama opponents are ramping up the pres­sure against Obama ten-fold—instead of the million-man “Walk Like an Egyptian” march on Washington, DC, September 9, 2013 (where hardly anyone showed up), they are planning a 10-million man “Walk Like an Egyptian” march on Washington, DC! That’s an unprecedented size for a no-show event! Here’s Tapp’s text (color scheme from the original):

>>" WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN" <<<

THE BRAVE PEOPLE OF EGYPT GATHERED 33, 000,000 TO KICK OUT A PRESIDENT INSTALLED BY THE TREACHEROUS MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IN FAVOR OF A MORE LIBERAL & DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT, IN A MOVE KNOWN AS " ARAB  SPRING ".

AMERICA MUST JOIN THE SAME KIND OF PROTEST KNOWN AS
" OPERATION  AMERICAN  SPRING ", ALREADY ORGANIZED BY MANY HIGH RANKING , PATRIOTIC AMERICAN MILITARY OFFICERS . GENERAL PAUL VALLELY , COL . HARRY RILEY, AND  MANY OTHERS , JOINED BY ALL TEA PARTY GROUPS AND CITIZENS . " WE THE PEOPLE " MUST STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF OUR NATION , RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW , OUR CONSTITUTION AND OUR REPUBLIC .

JOIN THE TEN MILLION ( 10,000,000 ) MILITARY MAN MARCH ON WASHINGTON D.C. ( DISTRICT OF CORRUPTION ) . GOOGLE IT OR SEARCH FOR IT ONLINE . BE THERE IF YOU CAN .

The date for this non event is set for May 16, 2014. Hmmm, a more liberal president. I could go for that.