As mentioned on Miller's Time and Buckhorn Road (see blogroll at left for both), there are little street corner rallies periodically here in Sacramento. As a service to you, my readers, I went to the rally and took pictures.
I didn't go undercover, but neither did I wear attire that I would want to wear to such a rally--like my "Imagine No Liberals" t-shirt. I wore a cruise ship t-shirt, jeans, and flip-flops. OK, so the flip-flops put me a little undercover! I carried nothing with me but my camera. I parked about a block away and approached the rally.
I was there for about 40 minutes, by which time I had enough pictures--and had had just plain enough--and came home. Have you ever seen a news report about child pornography, where they blur stuff out but you still know what nastiness is in the picture, and you feel so dirty that you almost need to take a shower? Or has someone near you said something off-color but you didn't speak up, and later you just felt icky for letting them get away with it? Well, then you know how I felt mingling with those people, taking their pictures, and actually talking to them. I don't know if they're fools or demons. Perhaps some are one or the other, some are both--the two categories are not mutually exclusive. I'd make a horrible spy; I could only maintain my facade of neutrality for 40 minutes.
Click on the pictures to get a better view.
Here they are, getting set up on two corners.
There's so much wrong with this sign, starting with the fact that there's never been a Palestinian state to give back land to.
This next picture is not family-friendly at all. But it's out there on the street, in view of anyone who passes by.
The subtlety of a 2x4. And what stake do the Hispanics have in this fight, anyway?
Read the signs. These people are obviously committed to peace. (Actually, they should just be committed.)
It wouldn't be any fun if we didn't somehow equate the Jews or Israelis to Nazis, now, would it? BTW, how do those Israelis hide their cattle cars and concentration camps so well? I've not seen a single picture of either, not even from al-Jazeera or al-Reuters. Heck, I haven't even seen a doctored picture.
Apparently the UN can't please anyone these days.
There's our new hero, the democratically-elected head of Hezbollah! (The democratically-elected part is a joke. Keep looking at the pictures below and you'll get it.)
It wouldn't be a real protest without some 60's reject banging on the bongos (bongoes?) like a chimpanzee, no that ain't workin'. That's the way you do it.... (He wants 60's, I'll throw in some 80's.)
Is the Israeli flag also upside down on this sign, or just the American?
I wonder: Do these kids even know what they're protesting?
Peace in Lebanon. I'm all for it. Get rid of the terrorists who indiscriminantly kill Israelis, and there would be peace.
Can't you just hear the singing? "All we are saaaaaaaayiiiiiiing, is give peace a channnnnnnnnnnnnnce." Rest in Peace, John.
The man in this post carried this banner. He denied being a Muslim, but made sure to let me know that his vast research has proven to him that Hamas and Hezbollah have been mischaracterized as terrorist organizations. In fact, according to him, Hezbollah began as a purely defensive organization that has no interest in one inch of Israeli real estate.
Apparently, the Israeli-Hezbollah war is President Bush's fault, or something.
Do you recognize this flag? It's the flag of Syria. You know, Syria--the good guys.
Don't you just love consistency? Am I the only one that sees the irony of having this banner at this rally? Hezbollah and its leadership were elected by--whom, again?
Feinstein??? The left's best friend, short of Joe Lieberman? Eating their own, and I hope they enjoy the feast.
Guess this guy didn't get the "Respect Democracy" memo (two pictures up).
Ah, a Veteran For Peace. I wonder how this particular veteran would feel if McClellan had won the election of 1864 and sued for peace with the Confederacy, as was his campaign plank. See kids, sometimes peace isn't the best option.