Outside the funeral for Sgt. Rick Herrema of Hudsonville, MI

I took an early lunch and stopped by the hoopla outside the funeral for Sgt. Rick Herrema of Hudsonville, MI. The folks from Westboro Baptist Church were there across the street, and supporters of the family, the military, and the United States in general were there to show their support. (click each for a bigger version)

This is what we need:

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While this was all going on, a semi truck coincidentally happened to drive past:

The Westboro folks cut out (though they screamed stuff out the windows of their cars as they drove past on their way out of town) and the flag-bearers lined both sides of the street:

It’s hard to imagine anyone in America more misguided than the Westboro bunch. Thankfully, plain old citizens like the folks in Hudsonville and groups like the Patriot Guard Riders are willing to show up and make sure that deranged outliers like the Westboro representatives don’t call the shots.

UPDATE: Sgt Meengs looks at the Westboro pack and writes:

The sign to people ratio seems off. Is recruiting down?