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You'll remember back in July we were telling you about John-Paul Gravelines, the third-year political science student from Algoma University College who got himself accepted as one of a dozen interns at the very-conservative Leadership Institute in W
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You'll remember back in July we were telling you about John-Paul Gravelines, the third-year political science student from Algoma University College who got himself accepted as one of a dozen interns at the very-conservative Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C.

We just wanted you to know that John-Paul's keeping really busy down there, doing important right-wing stuff like parading around Washington dressed in a chicken suit.

In the closing days of the U.S. election, he's out doing whatever it takes to make sure that Good George Dubya gets re-elected and Evil Liberal John Kerry is sent packing.

Jean-Paul (shown) was doing the chicken-suit thing on Sunday.

To see Wiener-man, Hamburglar-guy and other prominent U.S. Conservatives who protested alongside Jean-Paul, please click here and here.

Meanwhile, Jean-Paul sent us the following account of his outing on Sunday:

******************** Wieners for choice

When a movement can no longer recognize its own stereotype, it's best it stop perpetuating itself through a megaphone.

Sunday's pro-Left protest in Washington D.C. really drove this point home.

A concoction of interest groups descended upon the National Mall to take part in what was billed as the "Million Worker March."

Bush haters, sexually ambiguous individuals, Communists (yes, they still exist), and generally not too happy Americans came together to protest the usual line-up of socialist causes.

Of course this wonderful display of the First Amendment could not go unanswered.

Armed with costumes, 3x4-foot quarter-inch plywood signs and the First Amendment, the Leadership Institute interns prepared to invade the hippy-held territory.

One intern wore a hot-dog costume with a sign reading, "Wieners for Choice."

Another dressed as the McDonald’s Hamburgler holding a sign reading, "Pay the Union boss or we’ll crack your skull."

Armed with a megaphone, a third intern held a sign saying, "Stop the Zionist Conspiracy."

I wore a chicken outfit with a sign reading "Chickens Against the War."

The four interns, plus their two photographers penetrated the perimeter.

They picked up the scent of the far left and got ready to demonstrate the hypocrisy of these extremists.

Not surprisingly, the first fifty or so Bush haters thought the counter-demonstrators were on their side.

They took pictures, cheered them on and complimented their nice costumers.

It was simple proof of how radical these folks are.

The interns almost felt bad for them.

Once they were on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in front of some speaker complaining about the "white media," the pack of Teamsters and AIDS rights groups surrounded them.

The union bosses had figured it out.

As they charged at the fast food characters, it was obvious the point had been made and they scooted for cover.

They had no intention of engaging Teamsters without adequate protection.

Much to their surprise, another group of counter-demonstrators from Staten Island, New York made the trek to D.C.

They were being hassled by some ageing hippies, so the Leadership Institute interns joined their ranks to provide strength in numbers.

After some heated debates, ideological rants and some good old-fashioned name calling, the interns made a quick departure.

The Million Worker March expected well under a million workers.

They anticipated 100,000, but fell incredibly short of that goal also.

And to top it all off, a bunch of them yelled expletives at the Hamburgler.

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David Helwig

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David Helwig's journalism career spans seven decades beginning in the 1960s. His work has been recognized with national and international awards.
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