Tuesday, September 23, 2008

p is for protest

p is for protest. the images above were taken at a recent rally in alaska they clearly show that ms. pain is far from being supported in her home state. below some of the text which accompanied the pictures:
The rally was organized by a small group of women, talking over coffee. It made me wonder what other things have started with small groups of women talking over coffee. It's probably an impressive list.

I felt a bit apprehensive. I'd been disappointed before by the turnout at other rallies. Basically, in Anchorage, if you can get 25 people to show up at an event, it's a success. So, I thought to myself, if we can actually get 100 people there that aren't sent by Eddie Burke, we'll be doing good. A real statement will have been made. I confess, I still had a mental image of 15 demonstrators surrounded by hundreds of menacing "socialist baby-killing maggot" haters.

Never, have I seen anything like it in my 17 and a half years living in Anchorage.

The organizers had someone walk the rally with a counter, and they clicked off well over 1,400 people (not including the 90 counter-demonstrators). This was the biggest political rally ever, in the history of the state. I was absolutely stunned.

The second most amazing thing is how many people honked and gave the thumbs up as they drove by. And even those that didn't honk looked wide-eyed and awe-struck at the huge crowd that was growing by the minute.This just doesn't happen here.

So, if you've been doing the math… Yes. The Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was significantly bigger than Palin's rally that got all the national media coverage! Sarah Palin most definitely does not speak for all Alaskans.The citizens of Alaska, who know her best, have things to say.
one of the signs (sarah palin is g.w. bush with lipstick) was inspired by ms. pain's remark at the rnc likening herself as a hockey mom's to a pit bull with lipstick - pit bulls have a bad enough (and greatly undeserved) rap without ms. pain maligning them any further. although I chuckled at the sign, I think a far more accurate sign would have been:
sarah palin is dan qualye with lipstick

p is also for princess and pansies

ms. t in her princess dress - heaven help us when she puts on the princess dress, as it's hell to convince her to change! in case you are wondering that's olivia's ear in the right hand corner of the photo.


R.L. Bourges said...

hurray for the protesters in Alaska (and can someone explain to me how you can be Pro-Life before the birth and Pro-War once the kids are grown? just askin)

Hurray for the Princess and the pansie!

No time to read all the link to pitbulls and profiling but from the more troublesome encounters Cybèle and I have had over here, the problems weren't the dogs, but their owners who use the dogs to give themselves the appearance of courage. Of course, some dogs are unstable because of bad breeding practices but most are just badly loved, badly disciplined and encouraged to act out their owner's aggressive fantasies.

gotta run. Thanks for a great post, comme d'h&b.

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tut-tut said...

I LOVE the bottom picture.

I am truly at a loss to understand the outpouring for Ms. Pain, as you so aptly call her. I'm frustrated. But someone I know who I thought was a Rep. showed up the other day with not one, not two, but THREE Obama buttons. She could not even say Ms P's name! So there's that.

Anonymous said...

I'm meeting lifelong republicans who are suspicious of McCain and Palin and are switching to Ron Paul, so there's that. Maybe Paul can share votes enough to help Obama,

Steve said...

Fascinating! It's interesting that I hadn't heard about this rally at all. The voters of Alaska are so often represented as a pro-Palin unified front.

Reya Mellicker said...

Very cool how you put the pix together.

They said this was a huge rally for Anchorage where they "just don't do this."

Not covered in mainstream press ... sigh ...

But covered here in the blog world! Thank you!

Coffee Messiah said...

All the signs are well done.

Doesn't surprise me. Seems the media has been used to letting "things" slip by and neglecting certain facts about oh so many things these past 7 yrs.

That mccain and her are attempting to hide and say very little has amazed me, but not more than some media types actually questioning everything they are doing.....4 a change.

Cute little princess! ; )

d. chedwick said...

I drove past an anti war protest a few weeks prior to palin coming on the scene. I was a little surprised to see a group of 4 dozen or so individuals out there, on the edge of a major highway. I wished they'd been in a spot where I could have turned around and wished them well. But I was happy to see them. I'm just glad to see people organizing and letting their voices be heard. When we protested in 2004 it turned pretty ugly with the police, who seemed to be under orders to crush the protest and knock some heads together.

Megan said...

The biggest protest I ever witnessed in person was against Prop 187 here in CA. Wow, that was a long time ago. I've got to get out more.

Thanks for posting this!

Megan said...

Oh heck I just saw the theme right after posting about taking the train!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

rlb - you raise one of the great mysteries - I have always been so perplexed by the people I meet who spout off all about being "pro-life" but then without missing a beat will go on about the need for the death penalty or justify war. I guess for these folks life ends at birth! bises.

tut - I keep hearing about conservative men who are all ga-ga about ms. pain because they think she's so sexy and will be voting for the republican ticket because of this....doesn't this restore your belief in an informed electorate! oh gag!!

but then there's the story of the person you thought was a republican showing up with 3 obama buttons - lets just hope she doesn't forget to vote and can convince another republican to see the light!

anymouse - maybe ron paul will be do to the republicans what nadar did to the dems in 2000 - pulled enough votes away to do serious damage - but, will ron paul actually be on ballots?

steve - wow, the mouse informing a newsman! who'd of thunk that!!

reya - that mosaic maker thing was fun - first time I played with it to do this.

coffee - on npr morning edition today (wed) there was an interesting piece talking of mccain's anti-press behavior & attitude.... seems as if the press reports on anything that appears critical he whines and calls the press names - and accuses the press as being liberal obama lovers. it is amazing what a whiner mcsame is....just like w! f calls the g.o.p. the 'pity me' party....

ched - freedom of speech and freedom of assembly...yep!

megan - there's something incredible about being in the midst of a huge protest...I've been to a few mega events in d.c. and nyc - over the decades....what is frustrating even though many, many years pass, many of the issues we were fighting for in the late 1960s and early 1970s (and 1980s) are the same as today...baby steps, baby steps....

trains tomorrow for those who want to play theme thursday!!

lettuce said...

great pictures of the demo - did it get much media coverage?

i guess not, reading your other comments...

sweet ms. t.
LG went through a long phase of princess dressing up, fully festooned with bits of old lace, plastic tiaras... - her goth phase was kind of a relief after that!

bitchlet said...

Ms. T looks so pretty.

I can't even talk about Palin anymore.