A large elevated LCD screen to the right of the stage alternated images of the speakers with close-ups of the audience, their home-made signs bobbing like white sails above the sea of umbrellas. In spite of the cold rain, over five hundred people showed up. On a better day the turnout surely would have been in the thousands.
The last two weeks I spent preparing signs for this rally. With the help of fellow Cubists I came up with a solid set of images and slogans addressing the issue from every angle that matters. The preparation left me with only one day to make the actual signs. That's where the problems began.
As I was printing my designs at the local Staples store, the laminating and mounting machine broke. It was too late to go looking for another shop. The signs would now be vulnerable to the rain. The inkjet color printer took about 20 minutes to yield one 36'x24' sign, which meant an overnight printing, morning pick-up, and no time to mount the paper on the boards. On top of it, all the colors were off - dark-blue became brown and gray became cyan. Damn Hewlett Packard! I abandoned the idea of colorful signs altogether. Instead, I used their black-and-white laser printer, which was much faster and also cheaper - only $2.99 per sheet. It didn't convert colors to the right shades of gray, though. I had to leave out some of the color images, such as Maksim's great "circus" poster.
The Staples employee serving me was sympathetic, especially after she realized what the prints were about. She had nothing but disdain for Obama's policies, especially his games with our security. Glad to be part our cause and frustrated with the defunct HP machinery, this young girl volunteered to stay an extra hour after the store closed, only to make sure the signs would make it to Foley Square in the morning. She even refused to take a tip for it, although I insisted.
I spent part of the night mounting paper on 20'x30' foam boards. I had to do it outside, on my barely lit porch, because the mounting glue contains toxic acetone. The result was a dozen double-sided signs with different images on each side, some of them redundant. Then I touched up the black-and-white printouts with color markers. I went to sleep at 4am, thinking that the next time I make protest signs it'll be plain black-and-white line art.
The cheaper black-and-white option paid off the following day, when the rain turned our few inkjet color printouts into mush, while the laser-printed black-and-white ones held pretty well. I dropped them off with a friend at Foley Square at 11:30 am. By the time I parked the car at a nearby garage and came back, the signs had already become part of the growing rally. All I had to do was walk around and take pictures.
The rain and the umbrellas prevented the signs from being shown as prominently as I had hoped. However, the umbrellas added a unique coloring to the rally. No other event I've been to looked quite like it. The organizers were giving away smaller versions of our posters as letter-size flyers, downloaded from this site and printed in advance. Instead of holding them under the rain, people would simply stick the wet sheets on top of their umbrellas, turning them into carousel-style poster boards.
I didn't give up hope that the rain would stop, but it was only getting worse. Already when the rally was over, the rain turned into wet snow. This could only mean that Al Gore's jet had landed at one of New York's airports.
Below are my pictures of the rally. Let's start with what I think is the most touching and dramatic image of the entire set:
Now let's see which of our signs I was able to locate in the crowd.
Of course, there were many great signs besides ours...
The speaker on the screen is Andy McCarthy. The sign on the right was made by the NYPD 9/11 Never Forget Coalition.
What is the story behind the picture below?
Chinatown was only a few blocks away. Local residents joined us to protest Obama's foolishness.
The media was also represented. Below is a disoriented CNN reporter looking for a korrekt angle or at least an exit strategy.
The bearded guy with the red tie interviewed people for Jon Stewart's Daily Show. He also approached me, trying to find fault with the sign I was holding (a sarcastic worker saying "Helluva plan!"). My answers were straightforward and good-natured. I doubt they'll be aired. If you happen to watch that show, let me know.
The Courts are supposed to watch over justice. But who watches the watchers? Fox News does. And who watches Fox News? We the people. We all know the tale about Fox News and the Deceitful Progs.
Curtis Sliwa talks to the people after the rally.
Below are some random scenes and characters...
Fraulein ObamskiGreat posters! Although, I'm not sure Comrade Heir Obam, will be much impressed. I'm sure our little no neck speaker, Comrade Robertinski Gibbski, might put the kibosh on the whole thing.
CthuluEVERY OTHER INDIVIDUAL WEATHER A CITIZEN OR AN ENEMY COMBATANT WHO IS NOT TAKEN INTO COSTODY DURING BATTLE MUST BE PROTECTED BY THE CIVILIAN COURTSYou're saying that an enemy combatant who fled the battlefield and hid in a barn cannot be tried by a tribunal? Because that's not in battle, is it?
SymeWas it not comrade Che who said, "Try them tomorrow, shoot them today"?
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