It’s 10pm, and I just got back from the Tea Party at Alamo Plaza.
Sixteen Thousand people. 16,000 freaking people. Un-believable. Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent, Steve Vaus, and I can’t count who else.
I’m going to blog this as I set it up. Bear with me. Unless you see a nighttime shot of the Alamo, I’m still liveblogging as I go through the pictures; so check back.
Alamo Plaza, 1:45pm. A good sized crowd is beginning to gather, about a thousand folks already. San Antonio Police have been told to expect up to 10,000 people.
The first of many clever signs; and one of my favorites. The guy wearing it is a veteran; and there were a lot of vets.
Still yet more clever signs. The “Don’t Tread on Me” thought will be a frequent on through the day, with many flags seen later on.
A very patriotic group, with the “God Bless America” poster and the “One Nation Under God” t-shirt frequently seen.
Ted Nugent tuning up on the sound check. My baby she love to rock . . . she do the Wango-Tango . . .
The Tenth Amendment was a hot topic, reflecting Governor Perry’s comments of Monday and Tuesday. I think Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison lost the gubernatorial election today in San Antone.
As I said, a frequent topic on signs. Apparently people were hand-writing it on the back of pre-existing signs.
First “Witty Sign of the Day” Award . . . Heh-heh-heh.
“Texans Take Care of America.” Amen to that!
As I’ve noted before on this blog, the idea of Texas Independence has come up again and again down here lately. Several signs were evident putting the idea in the forefront. Even Governor Perry has been on this bandwagon lately.
High overhead, the Texas Life Building flew the state flag proudly. It was quite a sight, really.
Plenty of Texas State flags and “Don’t Tread On Me” ensigns apparent in the crowd.
And two American flags flanking an Alamo Flag, which has a cannon with the words “Come and Take It” written above. Saw several of these Alamo Flags too, as you’ll see later.
At the Alamo Centataph (behind), several re-enactors dressed in Indian war bonnets and one with a fax bag of tea join forces with an Alamo re-enactor from the Alamo Tour carrying a “Don’t Tread On Me” white flag variant. They were very popular with the photo crowd.
“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny;
When the government fear their people, there is liberty.” —Thomas Jefferson
“Battle Axes Against Taxes” — I laughed so hard I almost couldn’t take the picture. They were very nice ladies, though.
The Alamo Centataph; resting place of the Alamo Defenders, including Bowie, Travis, and Davy Crockett . . .
That’s Ted Nugent in the orange ballcap at right. He played the Star Spangled Banner TWICE, and every hand was on their heart if they weren’t saluting.
These three ladies were pissed off enough to drive six hours up from South Padre Island. Good for them!
Again with the Secession Thoughts. This young lady was the nicest, politest person there, and she had a thousand very nice, very polite arguments for secession. What a sweetheart!
An old fart with a sign reading “Viagra is all the Stimulus I Want” alongside another “Don’t Tread On Me” sign. Heh.
“It’s The SPENDING, Stupid!” Heh-heh-heh.
A sign saying “Keep the U.N. out of the U.S.” The bearer was giving out Ron Paul literature.
Your Policies Are NOT my cup of Tea” meets “Stop the Beltway Pirates!” at the Alamo Plaza gazebo where volunteers registered, T-shirts were sold, and cops were briefed.
“Congress is the real TOXIC ASSET” — I expect some serious changes in the House of Representatives next year.
“Stop Spending My Money” — short, sweet, and to the point.
Again with the “Texas Independence.” I have to tell you, this guy paid good money to have this banner made, and he was VERY SERIOUS about it. Texans are mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it any more. And they damned well may just take their ball and go home.
The street preacher down from me was shooting visual daggers at the guy with this sign.
I didn’t remember taking this guy’s picture until I saw the photo — then I remembered and laughed out loud.
By 3:45pm people were gathering on rooftops to get a glimpse of Glenn Beck during his Fox News program taping. Alamo Plaza was already crammed to the gills.
. . . As can be seen here looking from the Alamo entrance towards the stage.
Some people brought lawn chairs and this poor SAPD officer had to clear them out, but nobody gave her a hard time. Politeness ruled the day; and while feelings were hurt, nobody was angry.
Guy in an electric wheelchair with a Texas Indepenence sign.
A Stimulus Dog wearing teabags and faux dollar bills. A popular pup.
The aforementioned street preacher; a man on the move. Everyone was quite polite to him, but he was cheerfully but firmly steered away from the stage. I think he’s down there almost every day; this was not a special appearance for him.
The view from the gazedo; the line for the T-shirts stretches away to the right, but the wait was short. Please note that nobody dared step on the roped-off sacred grounds of the Alamo. It’s too special.
Another great T-shirt; he was cheerfully stopped for many photo requests. “Tyrrany Response Team.” Heh!
“Call 911 — We’re Being Robbed.” Both Very clever signage.
“A slippery slope to Socialism” — very wise for his young years.
A veteran smoking a cigar given to him by a passerby — a really good Cohiba, by the way. Cigars were the order of the day on Alamo Plaza. General disobedience to Political Correctness was widespread. Thank God Al Gore didn’t walk by . . . .
The 1824 modified Mexican flag of the Alamo — again with the Independence thing . . .
One of my favorite ladies — lovely sign and a great point. I promised her she’d be on “Alamo City Pundit” before the night was out, which is why I’m doing this in the dead of night. Here you go, sweetie.
Somebody noticed Senator Hutchison has been conspicuously absent . . .
” . . . You Keep the Change!” Heh.
The crowd really started to swell when Glenn Beck took the stage for his Fox News Show. I couldn’t get anywhere near for a picture, as 16,000 of my closest friends crowded me out . . .
. . . so I retreated to Crazy Sam’s on the Riverwalk for a Margarita and to watch Glenn’s show on the Plasma. A thoroughly civilized way to do the whole Rally thing. Samuel Adams beer was served in honor of the Tea Party thing.
More tomorrow. I’m fried, and it’s 2am.