Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ask Your TV Stations Why You Didn't See The Biggest Rally in Alaska?!

This is awesome! Just sent via email.

The Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was to be held outside on the lawn in front of the Loussac Library in midtown Anchorage. Homemade signs were encouraged, and the idea was to make a statement that Sarah Palin does not speak for all Alaska women, or men. I had no idea what to expect.

The rally was organized by a small group of women, talking over coffee. It made me wonder what other things have sta rted with small groups of women talking over coffee. It's probably an impressive list. These women hatched the plan, printed up flyers, posted them around town, and sent notices to local media outlets. One of those media outlets was KBYR radio, home of Eddie Burke, a long-time uber-conservative Anchorage talk show host.

Turns out that Eddie Burke not only announced the rally, but called the people who planned to attend the rally 'a bunch of socialist baby-killing maggots,' and read the home phone numbers of the organizers aloud over the air, urging listeners to call and tell them what they thought. The women, of course, received some nasty, harassing and threatening messages.

I felt a bit apprehensive. I'd been disappointed before by the turnout at other rallies. Basically, in Anchorage, if you can get 25 people to show up at an event, it's a success. So, I thought to myself, if we can actually get 100 people there that aren't sent by Eddie Burke, we'll be doing good. A real statement will have been made. I confess, I still had a mental image of 15 demonstrators surrounded by hundreds of menacing 'socialist baby-killing maggot' haters.

It's a good thing I wasn't tailgating when I saw the crowd in front of the library or I would have ended up in somebody's trunk. When I got there, about 20 minutes early, the line of sign wavers stretched the full length of the library grounds, along the edge of the road, 6 or 7 people deep! I could hardly find a place to park. I nabbed one of the last spots in the library lot, and as I got out of the car and started walking, people seemed to join in from every direction, carrying signs.

Never, have I seen anything like it in my 17 and a half years living in Anchorage. The organizers had someone walk the rally with a counter, and they clicked off well over 1400 people (not including the 90 counter-demonstrators). This was the biggest political rally ever, in the history of the state. I was absolutely stunned. The second most amazing thing is how many people honked and gave the thumbs up as they drove by. And even those that didn't honk looked wide-eyed and awe-struck at the huge crowd that was growing by the minute. This just doesn't happen here.Then, the infamous Eddie Burke showed up. He tried to talk to the media, and was instantly surrounded by a group of 20 people who started shouting O-BA-MA so loud he couldn't be heard. Then passing cars started honking in a rhythmic pattern of 3, like the Obama chant, while the crowd cheered, hooted and waved their signs high.

So, if you've been doing the math… Yes. The Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was significantly bigger than Palin's rally that got all the national media coverage! So take heart, sit back, and enjoy the photo gallery. Feel free to spread the pictures around to anyone who needs to know that Sarah Palin most definitely does not speak for all Alaskans. The citizens of Alaska, who know her best, have things to say.

That sure did make my day and I am so not a forward queen.

Dish and That

Free Republic... my ass. Check out that link, seriously. Lipstick republican women for Palin. What these women are talking about is so disturbing, "My husband thinks she's hot." "She doesn't have cankles". "Love her!" "I just ordered dozens of lipstick republican t-shirts for my daughters." "I love her hair". "Those glasses are soooo cute."

Not one woman addressed her politics, not one. Insult to injury, they regard her as the new feminist. I'm deeply offended that a woman advocates throwing us back 50-years, is against equal pay, opposed to a woman's right to choice and supports book banning. If you can stomach it, check out the link. If, if, if you can stomach it because you will be super neesh after reading it.

In case you missed it on some other blogs, you must read this article found on Acts of Hope regarding White Privilege. Rolling Stone wrote a scanadlicious article about the Stolen Election of 2004. Courtesy of From The Left, McCainpedia lie counter. Fanfuckintastic I tell ya. Kick ass Facebook group for those of you who are facebooking: STOP McCain-Palin (One Million Strong AGAINST McCain-Palin).

For the non-political dish of the day, yesterday morning I got an email request asking what color my bra and panties were. I responded by telling him I was quite certain he e-stalked the wrong Katie. His response, "lol im sorry! however it would still be nice to know......" Would it kill you to capitalize LOL? What about adding an apostrophe after "I" and before "M"? How about capitalizing any letter? Throw me a bone. Oy.



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