Thursday, April 16, 2009

Arlington Tea Party AAR

Here it is, the after action report on the Arlington Tea Party.

We have all seen and heard of the negative, sloppy and piss poor coverage of the Tea Party Rallies by some news stations and reporters. We expected as much and hopefully this expectation did not become a self fulfilling prophesy in some instances. With this in mind, V and I were standing near CBS 11 reporter Steve Pickett (hey Steve, your profile needs updating) as he covered the Tea Party in Arlington. Here is what he had to say:

As you can see, Steve Pickett and CBS 11 did a pretty good job of covering the Tea Parties during the 5:00 edition of the news.

One thing I noticed when we arrived at the park was the large police presence. They had set up a loose perimeter around the pavilion where the speakers were set to pontificate. I'm not sure what they were expecting, but the folks who showed up for this rally were not there to cause any trouble.

Now for some images from the rally.

This first image is from after the speakers while folks were walking to Green Oaks to draw attention to the the rally. I am putting this image first because I promised these young ladies that I would post it on the blog.

Click on any image for a larger version.

Now for some pictures of the crowd at the pavilion:

A diverse group of people here to let our politicians know just how we feel about the way things are going.

Here are some of the signs:

In this last image you can see the lone Obama supporter at the rally. One thing you can say about him is that he is a true believer. He honestly believes that the $10 Trillion in proposed deficit spending will improve the economy and that our taxes have not been, nor will not be, increased. I spoke with him for a bit and ended up thanking him for showing up for the crowd pictures. Reader Bob S. spent a bit more time with him to no avail. You can not change the mind of a true believer.

I have a couple of good images of Governor Perry and Representative Joe Barton that I should share:

And one that I am going to throw in just for the heck of it:

Take a guess at who she is, go on, guess.

My dinner is ready so the Second Amendment related images from the rally will have to wait.

If you want to watch Governor Perry's or Representative Barton's speeches, you can view them at the official Arlington Tea Party web site.

Edit: Go here to see all the images I took at the rally. If one of these images is of you, and you want a copy of the hi-rez version of the image, shoot me an email.


Unknown said...

I'll hazard a guess... based on the jacket, blouse, and pulled-back hair, I'd say she's security - either Secret Service or a Ranger assigned to guard the governor.

Bob S. said...

Texas Ranger

The lack of an ear piece means she isn't Secret Service. Rangers don't require back up :)

By the way JR. I've started publishing on my own blog.

Only one post and it's still under construction.

John R said...

The ear piece was in the other ear. I didn't want to make it too easy for you guys.

Anonymous said...

I went to the tea party and was impressed by the crowd. I observed for the first time in history, normal people who work for a living actually demonstrate.
After my return to this country from Vietnam, I saw the great unwashed demonstrators of the
Vietnam era, the unemployed, and so called students doing their thing just because they had free time and nothing better to do or because of personal cowardice.
I also noted when people left they did not leave all their trash cluttering the grounds. These are the type of people that made America great and will keep America great. Sory I missed you, keep up the good work

Old NFO said...

Good report- I watched some news when I got to Dallas last night and saw very little on the MSM- Fox was basically the ONLY positive coverage...

Armed Texan said...

I thought about going to the Arlington or FW rallies, but only to bring a sign calling Perry a opportunistic dumbass for daring to participate in the tea parties after shoving the gross margins tax down our throats. Perry drives me insane. Unfortunately, he was the best of the bunch in the last election, even after the gross margins tax and the HPV vaccine debacle.

TexasFred said...

Did her girlfriend attend??

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Concerned Citizen said...

Hey guys, we had an impressive turnout in Weatherford. I was very pleased with the results for our small community to field such large of a crowd.

Check out the after action post I put up and some of the images I took:

Arlington Tea Party said...

Hey great review! Thanks for coming. We are working on more events. Going forward there will be no politicians. We are strictly non-partisan.

If you're not already on our mailing list please come by the website and signup. Be sure to let your friends know too!

Thanks again!

Arlington Tea Party said...

Oh, would like to post that video on our website too. Can you direct me to where I can get it please? :)