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Sights and sounds of two protests

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 15, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
February 15, 2010 2:59 pm

Here’s how you could tell today’s pair of protests at the capitol apart.

WAR CHANT

Morning: “No more taxes!”

Afternoon: “Kids not cuts!”

PUNCHING BAG

Morning: The governor, whom a speaker called a liar. One sign said “Hi, I’m Chris and I Have a Spending Problem”

Afternoon: Tim Eyman, of whom Sen. Ed Murray said: “The American Revolution was about getting rid of a king. But somehow, Washington State ended up with King Tim.”

TYPICAL SIGN

Morning: “We are not your credit card”

Afternoon: “We are the safety net”

LONG-WINDED SIGN

Morning: “Obama and the czars create the Soviet States of America”

Afternoon: “Stop Big Oyster Co. from poisoning our fish, crab …” There was more on this one, but I couldn’t read the rest.

WHAT THEY CHEERED

Morning: When a speaker called them revolutionaries.

Afternoon: When a speaker called them revolutionaries.

WHAT THEY BOOED

Morning: Subsidizing the college tuition of illegal immigrants.

Afternoon: The story of a family worried about losing their health care.

WHEN THEY LAUGHED

Morning: Any mention of Teleprompters.

Afternoon: Any mention of teabaggers.

HOW THEY TWEAKED THE OTHER GUYS

Morning: By calling the afternoon rally “a counter-demonstration organized by the powers of state government and their supplicants.”

Afternoon: By saying the morning protesters “are giving tea a bad name.”

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