NOTICE: I used the word "reportage" in the title because I'm an Intellectual Elitist who has no patience with "common, everyday Americans" who can't be bothered to expand their limited fucking vocabularies by going to the trouble of Googling new words.
So I had to leave the house today anyway to go into work to finish up some system testing.
As long as I was wearing grown up clothes and out amongst humanity, I figured I may as well go to the Kansas City Satellite Rally To Restore Sanity on The Plaza.
The second thing I noticed when I got there (after the anticipated low turn out...it was more of a nanosatellite rally) was the Po Po!
Apparently, before I arrived there had been a bit of a dust-up, if not an actual kerfuffle teetering dangerously close to an all out brouhaha!
It seems that while the Restore Sanity folks had gone through all of the proper Kansas City Parks and Recreation channels to get the required permit for their event (where they were told they COULD NOT use loudspeakers or any other voice amplification devices...a requirement they complied with), some rogue Tea Baggers showed up WITHOUT a permit and WITH a sound system to mount a counter-rally!
That woman creeped me out a bit. Looked like a Mormon sister-wife.
The Tea Bagger turn out was WAY smaller then the Sane people. It looked like the Tea Bagger speakers and their audience all rode together in the same van.
So I kind of eavesdropped on a conversation between the Po Po and some of the folks from both sides. The police were saying something about no actual law being broken while the Tea Bagging lady was saying
"But we DO have a permit! From God! It's called the Constitution!"which she then brandished a copy of to the cop who seemed unimpressed.
Later, the police got bored and managed to find the only African-American on The Plaza to interrogate, much to their obvious delight.
The only News Crew on sight was from KSHB. I'll leave it up to you to figure out how I noticed their presence.
Yeah, I'd tap that.
I was only there for a few minutes when I saw my good friend and fellow blogger Average Jane who was giving out Free Hugs!
This was her sign...
That was typical of most of the signs I saw. Level headed, intelligent, rational, non-confrontational and inclusive.
Some of the signs were a bit more confrontational, but barely...
That last one may seem to be the most aggressive, but he's a gutless moderate next to my "Eat The Rich" campaign.
There were some Stephen Colbert supporters who infiltrated the rally in an attempt to Keep Fear Alive...
But these were my favorites...
After the rally I had a nice lunch with Average Jane and her friend Lisa at The Cheesecake Factory.