Wednesday, September 17, 2008
This story somehow didn’t get the national coverage it might have, so individual activists, bloggers and my elder daughter’s mother in law among them, are circulating the story and the pictures. One big newspaper, the Washington Post, published this account of the Alaska Women’s Anti-Sarah Palin Rally [additional info from other sources in brackets]:
In Anchorage, an Anti-Palin Protest
By Karl Vick
ANCHORAGE -- A couple of hours after Gov. Sarah Palin returned to the Outside, as Alaskans call the Lower 48, her local critics swarmed an Anchorage intersection to correct the widespread impression that the whole of the Last Frontier endorses her candidacy.
The midday protest outside a city library drew a crowd in the high hundreds -- perhaps surging past a thousand [reliably estimated to be between 1300 and 1400 and called unquestionably Alaska’s biggest political rally ever]-- from the city's relatively liberal environs, who seemed very happy to see one another and be reminded that they are not alone.
"The whole thing grew out of frustration," said Charla Sterne, one of the organizers, who like several people at the rally declined to say where they worked (several said they were state employees and feared retribution). "Last week this was just ten women sitting around talking about this perception that all of Alaska supports Sarah Palin. We apparently hit a nerve and started a movement," Sterne said.
A sense of festival obtained. There was a woman in a polar bear suit representing "Polar Bear Moms Say: No Palin." Drivers on 36th Avenue saw a little girl waving a sign "Don't Ban My Books."
There were also a few score Palin supporters in the mix, most of them alerted to the event by a conservative talk show host [on his show he called the protesters “baby-killing maggots.” Don’t you love the intelligent tone of discourse favored by Republicans?]. Eddie Burke of KBYR-AM showed up in person, but while there was no evident friction between the two camps, cheerful chants of "O-bam-ah" effectively drowned out whatever he was saying to the cameras in the center of a mini-media scrum.
The din did not prevent reading the protest signs:
Bush In A Skirt
Palin: She Be Failin'
Jesus Was a Community Organizer
Palin: Thanks But No Thanks
Smearing Alaska's Good Name One Scandal @ a Time
Candidate To Nowhere
Rape Kits Should Be Free
Voted For Her Once: Never Again!
Community Organizers are the Real Patriots
I Shall Not Be Pandered To
Give Palin Your Vote AND Your Draft Age Child
Sarah Palin: So Far Right She's Wrong
Coat Hangers for McCain
Sarah Palin, Undoing 150 Years of American Feminism
Hockey Mama for Obama (on a hockey stick)
Here are some images from the protest:
My friend Atari of Ready, Reset, Go posted this video and asked for it to be spread around, which it is my pleasure to do.
McCain and Palin are in full lie & dodge mode on the issues. This AM on Good Morning America, Cindy McCain dodged a simple yes or no question on Roe v. Wade (declaring it of no interest to the American people!) while McCain himself spouted tired boilerplate in response to the current economic/financial meltdown, the economy being an issue he has already said he doesn’t know much about.
As Jonathan and Alex on Wellsung wrote a couple of months ago, “in what kind of universe does [Obama] not totally slaughter McCain in November?” Sadly, it could very well be the American universe if people don’t wake up to the reality of what’s going on, abandon stupid non-issues, and focus on the core problems in this country and-- most importantly--on WHO CAUSED THEM.
The Wit and Wisdom of George W. Bush AND Dan Quayle
<- If you choose to do so, when Iraq is liberated, you will be treated, tried and persecuted as a war criminal.
-> When I have been asked during these last weeks who caused the riots and the killing in L.A., my answer has been direct and simple: Who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame.