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April 10, 2006

Cliff May is Scared

From The Corner, where May is hiding:


News reports are saying that more than one million protestors are on the march in more than 60 cities.

This is a remarkable organization feat. Who’s behind it?

It requires a lot of money to put together an effort like this. Who’s supplying it?

And what is their real agenda?

Do the MSM have any interest in such questions?

They want to steal your precious bodily fluids, Cliff, your precious bodily fluids.

As it is, I just got back from the DC rally. I haven't the skills to do estimates, but there were more human bodies there than I've ever seen in my life. The Mall was packed, one side to the other. And if I'm pretty sure it was the largest crowd I've ever witnessed, I'm dead positive it boasted more American flags than I've ever seen. The chants of "U-S-A" were thunderous, and when they rang out, and the American flags waved en masse, you couldn't have found a NASCAR audience in the world that was more patriotic.

What do they want, Cliff? They want to be Americans. I'll have pictures later.

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That's awesome, Ezra.

Posted by: Laura | Apr 10, 2006 7:10:24 PM

I saw the picture from Dallas. It was ... unreal. 500,000 people is a staggering number.

I am genuinely curious where the money is coming from. It's also interesting that no one has tried to take credit for it.

Apparently an even bigger walkout/rally is planned for May 1. Though that may be locally here in Seattle.

Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot | Apr 10, 2006 7:12:57 PM

he he he. Cliff is dehydated, perhaps, from loss of bodily fluids (conservative diarrhea does it every time).

Because Rove and Mehlman didn't get to do the organizing, Cliff is suspicious that maybe Osama did it. It is amazing that so many have been brought together in so many US cities, and I'm smiling ear to ear.

I still recall the crowd on the mall when MLK proclaimed that 'he had a dream'. And I still do have that dream.

If the Rethugs don't back down on Sensenbrenner's police state imigration bill, they will have lost the latin vote for generations, and I hope the Repub. House stands its ground (with my smiles of appreciation for being so clueless).

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Apr 10, 2006 7:16:57 PM

Nick: I think the May 1 thing is nationwide, and I applaud it. We are insensitive to how dependent our economy is on latin workers, many legal, and many without documentation. The 5/1 thing is intended to make that dependence real clear.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Apr 10, 2006 7:20:12 PM

I am genuinely curious where the money is coming from. It's also interesting that no one has tried to take credit for it.

What money? Could it be possible that most of this is just spontaneous, spurred by radio and word of mouth?

Posted by: paperwight | Apr 10, 2006 7:30:25 PM

Even on the grassroots level, some money is needed to pull off an event. Permits, A/V systems, printed signs ... not to mention things like renting busses to get people to the site ... it all takes money. With coordination and planning, it can be done on the cheap -- even $10,000 can go far if used properly -- but there's a baseline of cash that does need to come from somewhere.

But the bigger point is that Cliff May is seeing boogiemen. The vast unwashed masses are not supposed to be so organized in the WASP worldview. If they do show any signs of taking action, then there must be something nefarious going on.

Posted by: fiat lux | Apr 10, 2006 7:51:53 PM

Having just scouted both MSNBC's and CNN's websites, it is very clear that Rove sent out the coordinated message: What rallies? No pictures of crowd sizes.

Here's CNN's coverage of the DC rally:

Other large protests are taking part in New York; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Indianapolis, Indiana; Seattle, Washington; and Los Angeles, California

MSNBC didn't mention the DC rally at all.

I've been to Washington twice for rallys (a long way from CA and OR), and it used to infuriate me that the media finds ways to ignore or minimize protest marches.

At this hour, MSNBC's lead story is the 'harrowing testimony' in the Moussaoui trial. with video 'crys for help from WTC'. Second up: the no-DNA story from Duke.

Liberal media bias, indeed.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Apr 10, 2006 7:51:53 PM

Well, wall-to-wall flags all over my neighborhood here in Dallas. Most houses are showing two US flags and one Mexican. Pretty smart. I suspect the rallies are pretty spontaneous.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Apr 10, 2006 7:56:49 PM

Heh, the type of movement we haven't gotten to end the war or stop the Bushies, we're getting for immigrants' rights. Well, that's something. To Democracy!

Posted by: Awesome. | Apr 10, 2006 8:11:23 PM

The sad truth is whatever legislation comes down the pipe, they will be very unhappy with It. What they want is the free-for-all at the border that we have now with little to no border control and that just ain't gonna happen, folks.
Expect them to be unhappy regardless of which bill is adopted.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Apr 10, 2006 8:56:11 PM

I don't know about any other cities, but here in Dallas the regional transit authority ran extra trains and buses and operated shuttles to and from remote parking sites, and the city shelled out gobs of overtime for extra cops (who made exactly one arrest, for public intox--remarkable, really). The city and other agencies really went out of their way to help this event succeed. So who's paying for it? Well, Cliffie, if you lived in Dallas, that would be you.

Posted by: Farinata X | Apr 10, 2006 8:58:18 PM

Having just scouted both MSNBC's and CNN's websites, it is very clear that Rove sent out the coordinated message


Posted by: Fred Jones | Apr 10, 2006 9:00:23 PM

If there was a way found to grant citizenship to illegals who deserve it (i.e. have a job, send their kids to school, or are otherwise law abiding people), so long as the requirements are just as easy/difficult as for other, legal immigrants and it was a one-time deal followed up with better border protection afterwards [that is, recognizes that mass deportation is not in the cards, but illegal immigration/drug traficking is still a big issue] I'd swallow it, and so would many of my conservative, redneck relatives.

Dawnfire, native Texan

Posted by: Dawnfire82 | Apr 10, 2006 9:49:28 PM

Someone really ought to do a semi-remake of Dr. Strangelove geared to the GWOT/Long War era instead of the Cold War era.

Posted by: Petey | Apr 10, 2006 11:05:00 PM

Who's behind it? Largely the Catholic Church, from what I understand. Those knavish Papist swine!

Posted by: Alexander "Benjamins" Hamilton | Apr 11, 2006 1:08:48 AM

With the exception of a few early missteps, mostly by well meaning but naive teens mistaking mexican nationalism for ethnic solidarity, these are some of the most patriotic outbursts I have ever seen. These people are literally out Patrioting the so called patriots opposed to them. 500,000 Strong in Dallas, not expressing calls to violence or mexican nationalism, but of American pride.

Take that Tom Tancredo & Minutemen douchebags!

Posted by: Dustin | Apr 11, 2006 3:38:16 AM

1,000 to 1,500 rallied here in Colorado Springs. Simply unbelievable, especially in the homebase of radical rightism.

Posted by: Rafe | Apr 11, 2006 3:56:43 AM

The common thought is that this is so huge that it will make a huge impact. However, I doubt that very much. the motivation is so self-serving that it's almost expected that these people would march. In fact, it would be even bigger news if they *didn't* march!

Posted by: Fred Jones | Apr 11, 2006 9:11:35 AM

Man, then that must have been HUGE new for the past couple of decades!



Posted by: Ezra | Apr 11, 2006 11:07:28 AM

Fred just took the elavator to the sixth sub-basement below self-parody.

Posted by: djw | Apr 11, 2006 2:59:47 PM

Why doesn't the media report on all the immigrants that don't march? (Sorry, just trying out my Baghdad bureau talking points to see if they work here.)

Posted by: Pooh | Apr 11, 2006 9:15:46 PM

djw, you have probably secured the last word on Fred, in an all-encompassing cosmic sense. :)

Rafe, well done. I'm in Denver, and it gives me the good kind of goosebumps when I'm reminded that people in the Springs, or at least most of them, really are human beings.

Posted by: the pope of chilitown | Apr 12, 2006 10:10:10 AM

Pope, I didn't have much to do with it at all. I just showed up. Incidentally, there were only 4 "counter-protesters". And even though the vast majority of rally-ers were Latino, there were a fair number of blue-collar types.

Posted by: Rafe | Apr 12, 2006 2:10:35 PM



With the House passing this kind of legislation and the Senate discussing a bill, YES.




Posted by: Fred Jones | Apr 13, 2006 12:33:06 PM

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