RALLIES IN ALASKA AGAINST PALIN ARE HUGE!

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‘Alaska Women Reject Palin' Rally is HUGE!

Sept. 14, 2008

I attended the Welcome Home rally for Sarah Palin this morning.  Hooo.  It was an experience. About a thousand (maybe) hard-core Palin supporters showed up to hear her speak at the new Dena'ina Convention Center in downtown Anchorage.  

After shaking it off with a good double shot of espresso, and a brisk walk back to my car, it was time to head to the Alaska Women Reject Palin rally.    It was to be held outside on the lawn in front of the Loussac Library in midtown Anchorage.  Home made 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 started 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 many nasty,  harassing and threatening messages.

So, as I jettisoned myself from the jaws of the ‘Drill Baby Drill' crowd and toward the mystery rally at the library, 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 (links are appreciated) 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.

  

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 


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Rainmaker
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Hugh Krone
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Obama rallies always get more people because McCain Palin supporters are at WORK

Oct 06, 2008 11:49 AM #1
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Earl Barger
CDM Construction - Kingman, AZ

nice joke

Oct 06, 2008 01:37 PM #3
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William Feela
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What did you expect?  No one is going to have 100% support.  If all they could muster up is 1400...I wouldn't worry!!!

Oct 06, 2008 01:44 PM #4
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Earl Barger
CDM Construction - Kingman, AZ

William,  Keep Hoping but if I were you I'd worry.

The rally was organized by a small group of women, talking over coffee.

The Alaska Reporter stated:

"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." 

 

Oct 06, 2008 02:08 PM #5
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Earl Barger
CDM Construction - Kingman, AZ

Three statements from Women in Alaska. if you Google Alaskans against Palin you might be shocked to read the hundreds and thousands of men, women, native eskimos, native Indians, native Alaskans that have a severe dislike for Palin.

Yes, she was a mayor of a small town in Alaska with a small population of under 7000 during her tenure. She was elected with less than 700 total votes. Now she is the governor of our state which has less than 700,000 total residents, and has been so for only 18 months. She was elected with a total of 114,697 votes. Slightly over 239,000 people voted, the lowest voter turnout since 1990. You know, 17 cities in the U.S. have populations greater than the entire state of Alaska! Being Governor of Alaska is like being mayor of a U.S. city where only 239,000 people voted! ayer on the world stage.

Sarah has not been honest about her accomplishments. She has not been realistic about her educational preparation. She has not been realistic or transparent about her knowledge and preparation for dealing with the national economy. She has not been realistic or transparent about her knowledge and preparation for dealing with world affairs. She is not ready to face her own country's press much less world leaders and the world press. She is not prepared for this important national and world position and SHE SHOULD KNOW THIS! Is she flattered by the nomination and unable to see beyond her ego that she is unqualified? Is she complicit in realizing that she is not qualified yet is simply being used as bait for the religiously conservative fundamental and female votes? My conclusion is that Sarah is in this for Sarah. She's willing to sell our country out for the glory of the nomination and for the chance at being a Republican window dressing. She won't be getting my vote!

In my opinion, she has not done anything yet as governor. The whole ethics reform act was in place before she was elected and has been pushed by the Democrats in the state legislature. Then there are the investigations into her personal ethics and possible abuse of power. The increased oil taxes were a reversal of the reduced oil taxes from the prior governor and mostly due to the increased price of oil, not any actions of hers. The natural gas pipeline is so many years away that any progress she claims is still to be proven. And the energy rebates being given to Alaskans are a fast and imperfect answer to a state where the energy costs are crippling to families in rural areas while the state is sitting on a swelling treasury.

In short, she does not represent me or many of the other Alaskan women I know! Don't be fooled by the smiling face, with or without lipstick. Be scared, very scared.....

 

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