Well, it wasn’t thousands of folks, as occurred in more congenial venues, but, with police estimates ranging from 350 to 500 protesters, on a weekday/workday in San Francisco, this was a pretty darned good crowd.
It was a calm crowd, but there was determination in the air.
Of course, there are always flies – or cockroaches – in the ointment. In this case it was a pathetic but typical band of four black-clad “radicals,” who were busily trying to convince the cop who had them “under detainment” that they had been assaulted by Tea Partiers because they had arrived with “the only black guy in the whole damned crowd.”
The cop wasn’t buying it.
Here is one of my favorite protesters:
By the way, odd as it may seem, your humble reporter’s name – or at least this weblog – was recognized with approval by some of those in the crowd. That’s always nice.
A final note: the local police I spoke with would do so only off the record, and didn’t let me snap them, but they seemed in general agreement with the tenor of the protesters’ message. Put it this way: I doubt if they were majority Obama voters, although I’m sure the politicians who run their department are.
So I don’t blame them for wanting to stay off the record.
UPDATE: More pics:
I like flags. Here are a couple, flying high, blowing free.
And another shot of one of the anti-Tea Party protesters.
“GI Resistance” is a program pushed by the likes of Iraq Veterans Against the War, (to which fraudster Jesse MacBeth belonged) and involves urging military people to refuse to obey orders and otherwise to “resist war.”
And here is some raw video footage of the SF Tea Party. Sorry, it’s pretty lousy, but it might give you a feel for the numbers.
If I’m going to do this, I suppose I’d better educate myself on how to shoot video and then edit movies. You think?
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