Tiny fringe group seen at D.C.

Re: Tiny fringe group seen at D.C.

PostBy: Black_And_Blue On: Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:24 pm

Obama has made more speeches than the total number of days in office yet the more he talks the less people want to hear.
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Re: Tiny fringe group seen at D.C.

PostBy: samhill On: Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:17 am

At least around here it was billed as a non-political rally, how something against tax without representation could be non-political I don`t know but thats how it was. I wanted to stop by but my wife didn`t, to me if my wifes happy I`m happy but they did have free coffee & cookies. When we drove by there were may-be 30 to 50 people there, maybe a lot went to D.C. & the weather was nice so a lot of hay cutting might have kept people away. Wasn`t anyway near the turnout for when the fish comm. wanted to outlaw throwing bread to the fish & ducks but I guess all in all not a bad turnout for a small town.
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Re: Tiny fringe group seen at D.C.

PostBy: Duengeon master On: Mon Sep 14, 2009 5:58 pm

I went down to Washington D.C. on Saturday on a bus. We arrived at Union station at 11:00 am.Then we had to walk about a quarter of a mile to the capitol. I was expecting a small crowd of people, however there were people every where. We found a spot on the grass and were trying to watch what was going on. The crowd was made up of mostly middle aged people of all races and ages. It was hard to hear everything said because the crowd was so big that when everyone cheered it drowned out the speaker. After about an hour, Patrick got hungry, so we walked through a sea pf people back to the train station and had lunch. There we met a couple from Colorado who came all the way there just for the tea party. The lady gave me a Palin 2010 Keep the change bumper sticker that is now proudly on the back window of my pickup. :D We all walked back to the rally, there were even more people than before. Patrick and I decided to go for a walk through the crowd to see what we could see. Everywhere we went, there was a sea of people. I took several pictures from many different places to prove how many people were there. The biggest event I have ever been to was when the Grateful Dead played J.F.K stadium. That was about 75,000 people. every section we went to, was that big or bigger! Everyone there was very well behaved I personally only saw one man who was carrying a Govt. option now banner. He was surrounded by about 20 police officers (for his protection) The police there all looked bored. they were all talking on cell phones, bullshitting with each other, standing around like there was nothing to do. The mood at the rally was more like evening of the 4th of July when everyone peacefully would assemble to watch fire works. There were several signs carried saying just about anything and more flags than I have ever seen in one place before. Flags from every state on the union. I was expecting to see a riot break out, but I am glad to say the whole thing was very relaxing. If there is another Tea Party I will gladly go. and will be proud to invite all of my friends on the coal forum to join me with their families as this is a very family oriented event. :D :) I will send pictures as soon as I learn how to do it!!! :) :) :) :) :)
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Re: Tiny fringe group seen at D.C.

PostBy: Black_And_Blue On: Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:04 pm

A few commentators have noted how clean everyone left the grounds as compared to after the inauguration.
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Re: Tiny fringe group seen at D.C.

PostBy: Duengeon master On: Tue Sep 15, 2009 7:43 am

Black_And_Blue wrote:A few commentators have noted how clean everyone left the grounds as compared to after the inauguration.
I will swear the truth to the cleanliness afterward. the garbage cans were all overflowing but at least there was an attempt to use them.
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Re: Tiny fringe group seen at D.C.

PostBy: tvb On: Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:46 pm

50- 60,000 teabaggers don't make much of a mess. And those so-called ABC estimates - someone was just making *censored* up.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/tea-part ... id=8557120

The pictures circulated with "just making *censored* up" posts were from the Promise Keepers march that took place over 10 years ago.
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Re: Tiny fringe group seen at D.C.

PostBy: Black_And_Blue On: Tue Sep 15, 2009 6:00 pm

This is for the naysayers :
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Re: Tiny fringe group seen at D.C.

PostBy: jpete On: Tue Sep 15, 2009 6:24 pm

tvb wrote:50- 60,000 teabaggers don't make much of a mess. And those so-called ABC estimates - someone was just making *censored* up.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/tea-part ... id=8557120

The pictures circulated with "just making *censored* up" posts were from the Promise Keepers march that took place over 10 years ago.


And all the pictures from people that were there? All photoshopped?
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Re: Tiny fringe group seen at D.C.

PostBy: mikeandgerry On: Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:15 pm

My neighbor went. Here is her account:

Hi All!

*I did it* - I'm back all in one piece and exploding with positive energy and feelings. At the age of 71 I did something I never dreamed of doing( conservative as I am) .... I marched in a demonstration parade down Pennsylvania Ave to the the Capital!!!!!!
Jean and I (a long time liberal who was marching for her grandchildren as was I) decided to give up the silent majority bit and let our voices be heard. We left on the 10th , stayed a the Courtyard Marriott, perfectly located from the starting of the march on the the 12th (only 2blocks from Pennsylvania Ave.We meet sooooo many incredible people from all over and as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. They all had stories to tell and they knew their history and the Constitution and all the issues.before us now. I could go on and on about that part of it ,but I won't . They drove as we did, they took buses, they came by plane....they just decided it was time to be counted
What I can say with absolute certainty is that while there was an agenda of events to attend( Walter Reed Hospital , happy hour at Bull feathers Pub (where we met a young married couple from Russia who were from Cambridge Mass./ immigrated here at different times/ married and were very concerned with what they saw happening) as was a Cuban lady we met, places and time for sign making (I can honestly say that the signs were individual, hand made, incredibly clever(Americans sense of humor has always been one of our strengths) I did see 2-3 unacceptable signs about Obama but they had been professional printed and interestingly were the only ones that ended up on the CNN news desk). There was no one directing anything...there were just events you could attend or not attend.
Because we were so close to the parade route we meet what became the head of the group on 7th and Penn. Things weren't supposed to start until 11:30 but because the group was so large and overflowing the Freedom Plaza it started *on it's own *at about 10am ( no organization there). We were close to the front and once again had a ball talking to people--you know the silent majority exists but when you met and talk to them-it's uplifting.

It didn't seem long at all to get to the Capital where, thank god they had Porta Potties.We started out on the left side which became packed but moved to the right when Jean started to have a Diabetes's moment., I kept checking Pa. Ave to see when the everyone would be there. At One 'clock they were still arriving a the the gates of the Capital So a fair estimate was the march lasted at least 21/2 hours. What I couldn't see from where I was is that the marchers were being redirected to the mall and that stretched back to the Washington monument----which we could see when we finally left the grounds at about 3:30
They had great bands. great speakers and an incredible group of people There were no incidents that I heard about. I was told by a second party that the Washington police did not expect such a large crowd & when t hey say it coming up the street they were stunned. I also heard that the police had told "some" that they had never had such a large crowd and not have problems..At last check there had been no incidents. Also the The crowd estimate that they announced based on those that are supposed to know was 1.5 million. Apparently that is being refuted - now but being there and seeing the length of the parade, the time it took and the amount of people I saw-I do question the 70, 000 estimate as being very low. Well this was going to be short and to the point but as you cans see I'M PUMPED !! I'll get back to normal soon enough

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Re: Tiny fringe group seen at D.C.

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:44 pm

OK tvb ... YOUR TURN! :rofl: :rofl: :funny: :nono:
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Re: Tiny fringe group seen at D.C.

PostBy: coalkirk On: Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:53 am

There are 70,000 folks at a typical NFL game. This crowd was easily 10 times that large. TVB couldn't count his ears with both hands.
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Re: Tiny fringe group seen at D.C.

PostBy: ErikLaurence On: Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:06 am

Red State folks seem to think "most realistically is was in the 200,000 range"

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2009/09/1 ... ashington/

Still an impressive gathering.
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Re: Tiny fringe group seen at D.C.

PostBy: tvb On: Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:46 am

jpete wrote:
tvb wrote:50- 60,000 teabaggers don't make much of a mess. And those so-called ABC estimates - someone was just making *censored* up.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/tea-part ... id=8557120

The pictures circulated with "just making *censored* up" posts were from the Promise Keepers march that took place over 10 years ago.


And all the pictures from people that were there? All photoshopped?


I said nothing about photoshopping. The "large crowd" photos, specifically the ones posted in the first post are recycled from a promise keepers march 10 years ago. NO photoshopping necessary when recycling will do.
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Re: Tiny fringe group seen at D.C.

PostBy: tvb On: Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:00 pm

SMITTY wrote:OK tvb ... YOUR TURN! :rofl: :rofl: :funny: :nono:


Read the various sources for yourself: http://www.cjr.org/behind_the_news/tea_for_twomillion.php?page=all

Having been to more than one protest/march in DC, including the inauguration, I do know that standing in the middle of the crowd it is impossible to estimate crowd size. You need to be above the crowd to get a sense on how many folks are there. I tried to find a link where even O"Reilly says 60-70000 or so. Do you think he was lying? If I can find it again, I'll post it.
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Re: Tiny fringe group seen at D.C.

PostBy: spc On: Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:10 pm

9/12 Rally taken from the Capitol Building:

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This link shows it better (click on the picture to zoom & make sure to scroll horizontally to get the whole picture).
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