Monday, July 04, 2005

Who's Afraid of Grannies?

Who's afraid of the big bad Grannies? The wolf is - the Swarzenwolf that is.

California is under threat of a new domestic terrorist. Even Guvunuh Swarzenfuhrer is afraid of them and an intelligence arm of the California National Guard is spying on them.

Who are these terrorists? They're the Raging Grannies, Code Pink, and other anti-war groups.

The ACLU (a notoriously grannie loving group) has called on California's groping fuhrer to stop spying on peaceful protestors.

The San Jose Mercury News reported:

Outside the small Guard post, the Peninsula chapter of the Raging Grannies put on skits, mocked the governor, sang songs, chanted ``Free speech now!'' and handed out tea and cookies, all to protest recent revelations that the Guard has been keeping tabs on the group.

After learning that their Mother's Day protest in Sacramento had been monitored by the Guard, Ruth Robertson, Raging Grannies co-chair, said the group first laughed, but then was struck by how invasive it seemed.

``We started pinching each other because we thought we were dreaming,'' she said.

The Raging Grannies, whose median age is 72, often clad themselves in old Easter hats and bright aprons and are known for their colorful demonstrations against the Iraq war and the Bush administration.

And while the protest Friday was sparsely attended, their indignation has not gone unnoticed by officials. The National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., is sending inspectors next week to look into what happened, while Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, said she planned to question Guard officials at a congressional hearing later this month. State Sen. Joe Dunn, D-Garden Grove, also plans to hold hearings in the next few weeks.