"Was I that Stupid"

S. Alexander Jacobson alex@i2x.com
Wed, 5 Mar 2003 09:37:34 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)

On Tue, 4 Mar 2003, Gordon Mohr wrote:
> Lucas Gonze writes:
> > > "I looked at the recent television images of thousands, almost in a
> > > party atmosphere, as they chanted their rhyming protests against a
> > > possible war. Was I that stupid? I hope not."
> >
> > This bullshit about the partying protestors, by the way, is a fabrication.
> > Calling it spin would be too charitable.
> Perhaps it was too cold in NYC for a party atmosphere, but I can assure
> you that the San Francisco march/assembly, under clear blue skies, had
> a party/carnival feel.

In New York, I got a lot of announcements from
maliing lists that are otherwise just party
annoucnements and they were integrated in with
other party announcements and they sounded like a
lot of fun. Here is a sample:

 Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2003 00:06:30 -0500
 To: Recipient List Suppressed:  ;
 Subject: Saturday: Huge Carnival Party Protest / Protest info


 1. Pre-protest feeder party:

 February 15th - Carnival Bloc Protest Party
 DETAILS: http://www.complacent.org/feb15 WHAT:

 A massive street party for peace.

 Saturday February 15th dozens of cities all around the world are hosting
 massive protests against War in Iraq.  New York City is one major hub
 where over 100,000 people are expected to attend.  To make it interesting
 a coalition of artists, party people and activists are organizing a
 Carnival style feeder march to meet with the larger rally.  Think:
 portable booming sound systems, Samba bands, floats and costumes and merry
 misfits taking their message to the masses.  Think: street party for peace.

Sounds like a party to me.  Sounds like fun.  I
know people who went because it sounded like fun
even though they themselves favored regime change.


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