Posts Tagged ‘Tea Parties’

Pictures of the St. Louis Tea Party

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Links to local reports on the Tea Party at Kiener Plaza:

 

The Tea Party was your standard run of the mill gathering, as what I’d suspect Tea Parties go.  I expected other places to be more elaborate.  I’d suppose the ones in Texas would have reenactments of the battle in the Alamo, and in Philly, there’ll be plenty of cosplayers to go with the Hawaiian guy who does Tomas Payne over at Beck’s Show to have a group hug.  I don’t want to know what happened in Callie.  But in the heartland, we had about 10,000 people making their voices heard in a vocal, yet conservative, rally over at Kiener Plaza.

I came there early and took a lot of pictures:

 

Kiener Plaza

 

SUNP0002 SUNP0004 SUNP0007

SUNP0009  SUNP0011 SUNP0008

SUNP0031 SUNP0034 SUNP0036

Kiener’s located at the center of town, just shy to the north of Bush Stadium and within easy reach of a still-operational Metrolink.  The location includes the open air Morton D. May Amphitheater with a dramatic view of the Old Court House and the Gateway Arch, and what I call the Runner pool, made by sculptor William Zorach.  You’ll really need to see the fountain in motion to fully appreciate it.  You’ll notice that the water in the Runner pool is blue for Child Abuse awareness.  Although with little signs over the reasoning, it just looks stupid on it’s own.  But what can I say, it could be worse.

I’ll be seeing if I can get something like this place in the books, in front of the Knothole Palace.

 

Horse Drawn Carriages

 SUNP0067 SUNP0093 SUNP0094

A major addition in the scene is the horse drawn carriages that go throughout the blocks downtown.  It’s a nice image from the city’s historical nature.

SUNP0095

And of course, if you have horses, you get, naturally, horse shit.  The natural kind.  Not the kind that comes out of congress, which can be worse.

 

The Usual Suspects

SUNP0012 SUNP0014 SUNP0047 

As you could expect, our Fox Affiliate would be here to report on the event.  Where the news comes first . . . then rolls over to smoke a cigarette.  Just kidding.  KMOX (CBS-4) was there too.

 SUNP0087

Not to mention the requisite news chopper.

 

When you have a political rally, sure enough, you get signs!

 

SUNP0013   SUNP0023 SUNP0078

SUNP0025 SUNP0057 SUNP0085

Here’s some of the better ones:

SUNP0015 SUNP0039 SUNP0045

SUNP0058 SUNP0051SUNP0064

SUNP0077

 

The ones you wear with you as well…

SUNP0053 SUNP0059

And the ones I flat out LOVE!

SUNP0016 

ZERO WING REFERENCE!

SUNP0020

If you know what this means, you need to get out more.

SUNP0046 

TRIPLE COMBO!

SUNP0056

Sweet!

SUNP0068 

I didn’t know Foxworthy had his representatives in this rally.

SUNP0083

Ditto with Gaico!

SUNP0022SUNP0076

The political version of RTFM!

SUNP0079

I can just hear Vader yelling this out, don’t you?

“I believe I will take my antioxidants.”

Something Rosharch could say in these gigs.

SUNP0017SUNP0019 

And Rosharch did not die in vain either.

Or Mr. A for that matter.

SUNP0043 SUNP0054

And we have our Sick Freaks out here in force as well.

SUNP0066

Not to mention the signs Eric Krockett could get into…

SUNP0084

Let your freak flag fly!

SUNP0024 SUNP0026 SUNP0027

SUNP0042  SUNP0069

Not that I’d call the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag a ‘Freak Flag,’ to the face of someone flying it, but that’s just me. I’m a stinker.

 

And remember folks, Cosplay is Love!

SUNP0040 SUNP0086

Someone who was really in the proper spirit of things.

SUNP0049

Colonial era haute couture

SUNP0060

Me:  HEY!  Ain’t you supposed to be dead?!

Cap:  You can’t kill a symbol.

Me: . . . oh . . . right.  Silly fricking me.

Cap:  Besides, Winter Soldier’s doing well.

 

(And don’t get me started on Steve Roger’s death.)

SUNP0102 SUNP0103

And this one takes the cake for the most imaginative.

 

And of course, if you’re reading this in English, thank a soldier.

SUNP0048 SUNP0074

Circle of Concern props

SUNP0050

Circle of Concern is a local charity the ran a drive for a food bank during the rally.  As someone who had to use food banks on occasion, I can’t give them enough props.

And some props for the Volunteers

SUNP0061

We could never have shindigs like this without people taking time from their busy schedule over it.  Even if you don’t see yourself in this pic, take a bow.

 

And as the crowd really gets together and the rally is really getting underway, the darn batteries in my camera starts to go out :P

SUNP0075 SUNP0080 SUNP0082

SUNP0089 SUNP0090 SUNP0091

Something tells me that I need to get a better camera.  But I made a lot of contacts and got some needed publicity for my book.  This will include several groups that I’ll be visiting in the coming weeks.

SUNP0098 SUNP0099 SUNP0101