These are from Thursday, April 15th 2010 in San Francisco, CA.
I thought it would be fun to check out a tea party on Nancy Pelosi's home turf after reading about it at Bookworm. There were hundreds of these things nationwide of various sizes. I don't know exactly how many people showed up but in the hundreds certaintly. There was a much larger event with thousands of people in the east bay at the Alameda County Fairgrounds but I thought this one might be more fun.
Let's just get the "infiltrators" out of the way. Yes, some people showed up who were either trying to make the tea party look bad, or were more traditional counter protestors, or who just always show up whenever there's a crowd. So if you see these folks later in wide angle shots you'll know what's going on.
First off, there were a bunch of these in abandoned news racks on the walk over.
The La Rouche idiots have been showing up anywhere where more than 10 people get together. I don't blame the left for them when they're there and I hope you won't blame the tea partiers when they're here.
"Stupid" over there in the brown hoodie was a one person team, with a bunch of signs that were rotated frequently.
There was also a small group from UC Berkeley although they got bored and left quickly.
Frank Chu is a local eccentric. I'm kind of tired of shooting him so here's the back of his sign with his sponsor. I'll point him out from the front eventually.
Notice the stacked up signs.
Later these bozos showed up.
Hiding their faces. Ooh, like the three of them were going to cause some real anarchy.
But if they tried something SF Police would have chased them down so they left quickly. As usual with these events there were massive overtime opportunities.
I was thinking that one particuarly lame group would show up and was sad that they didn't. I looked online and found out why... they were bragging that they outnumbered the protesters and only one showed up. You know why? Because they were in the WRONG PLACE. Lefty protests are usually over by city hall - there's a nice park behind it. This was at the lovely Union Square in the shopping district.
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