View Full Version : "Alaskan Women Reject Palin" Rally

Uncle Fisty
09-15-2008, 09:10 AM

I attended the Welcome Home rally for Sarah Palin this morning. Hooo. It was an experience. About a thousand (maybe) hard-core Palin supporters showed up to hear her speak at the new Dena'ina Convention Center in downtown Anchorage.

After shaking it off with a good double shot of espresso, and a brisk walk back to my car, it was time to head to the Alaska Women Reject Palin rally. It was to be held outside on the lawn in front of the Loussac Library in midtown Anchorage. Home made signs were encouraged, and the idea was to make a statement that Sarah Palin does not speak for all Alaska women, or men. I had no idea what to expect.

The rally was organized by a small group of women, talking over coffee. It made me wonder what other things have started with small groups of women talking over coffee. It's probably an impressive list. These women hatched the plan, printed up flyers, posted them around town, and sent notices to local media outlets. One of those media outlets was KBYR radio, home of Eddie Burke, a long-time uber-conservative Anchorage talk show host. Turns out that Eddie Burke not only announced the rally, but called the people who planned to attend the rally "a bunch of socialist baby-killing maggots," and read the home phone numbers of the organizers aloud over the air, urging listeners to call and tell them what they thought. The women, of course, received many nasty, harassing and threatening messages.

So, as I jettisoned myself from the jaws of the 'Drill Baby Drill' crowd and toward the mystery rally at the library, I felt a bit apprehensive. I'd been disappointed before by the turnout at other rallies. Basically, in Anchorage, if you can get 25 people to show up at an event, it's a success. So, I thought to myself, if we can actually get 100 people there that aren't sent by Eddie Burke, we'll be doing good. A real statement will have been made. I confess, I still had a mental image of 15 demonstrators surrounded by hundreds of menacing "socialist baby-killing maggot" haters.

It's a good thing I wasn't tailgating when I saw the crowd in front of the library or I would have ended up in somebody's trunk. When I got there, about 20 minutes early, the line of sign wavers stretched the full length of the library grounds, along the edge of the road, 6 or 7 people deep! I could hardly find a place to park. I nabbed one of the last spots in the library lot, and as I got out of the car and started walking, people seemed to join in from every direction, carrying signs.

Never, have I seen anything like it in my 17 and a half years living in Anchorage. The organizers had someone walk the rally with a counter, and they clicked off well over 1400 people (not including the 90 counter-demonstrators), which would make this the biggest political rally ever, in the history of the state. I was absolutely stunned. The second most amazing thing is how many people honked and gave the thumbs up as they drove by. And even those that didn't honk looked wide-eyed and awe-struck at the huge crowd that was growing by the minute. This just doesn't happen here.

Then, the infamous Eddie Burke showed up. He tried to talk to the media, and was instantly surrounded by a group of 20 people who started shouting O-BA-MA so loud he couldn't be heard. Then passing cars started honking in a rhythmic pattern of 3, like the Obama chant, while the crowd cheered, hooted and waved their signs high.

So, if you've been doing the math... Yes. The Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was significantly bigger than Palin's rally that got all the national media coverage! So take heart, sit back, and go to Mudflats to enjoy the photo gallery. Feel free to spread the pictures around (links are appreciated) to anyone who needs to know that Sarah Palin most definitely does not speak for all Alaskans. The citizens of Alaska, who know her best, have things to say.
Would have been nice to see this get as much media attention as the "Welcome Home" rally for Sarah Palin got. I will be laughing hysterically if the Republicans lose Alaska in the election.

09-15-2008, 09:14 AM
I think its funny that both candidates picked VPs from states with only 3 Electoral votes...no going for a key state strategy this year eh?

09-15-2008, 11:14 AM
I think its funny that people keep posting articles from the Huffington post and then expecting them to be taken seriously. :p

09-15-2008, 11:33 AM
it's funny that people take the position of Vice President seriously.

Crispin's Crispian
09-15-2008, 11:38 AM
it's funny that people take the position of Vice President seriously.
Oh c'mon, Dark Seat. It's "one heartbeat away" from the big chair.

What's funny is that Dick Cheney was chosen for the current VP. That's like using AA batteries to backup your power grid.

09-15-2008, 11:43 AM
now that's sound energy police right there.

Cary Sedai
09-15-2008, 11:54 AM
I think its funny that people keep posting articles from the Huffington post and then expecting them to be taken seriously. :p

Should have clicked the mudflats link, there's video and pictures. :p What I saw corabarated the story. Not evreything the huffington post puts out is rubbish. (I've been reading Harry Potter...:o )

Besides, any news we hear from any outlet should be picked over and researched, all news media is biased to some degree.

This article made me smile! I really liked that the rally started with a group of women discussing the idea over coffee! :D

I'd say "I can't believe that Eddie dude gave out thier numbers", but I can believe it, and if true, seriously makes me angry.

Mudflats, if anyone is interested. (http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/09/14/alaska-women-reject-palin-rally-is-huge/#comment-21325#comment-21342#comment-21353#comment-21426#comment-21919) :)

Uncle Fisty
09-15-2008, 12:59 PM
I think its funny that people keep posting articles from the Huffington post and then expecting them to be taken seriously. :p
Ah, sorry. I didn't really pay attention to the site. I think that was the first Huff article I've ever read :o . Is The Anchorage Daily News (http://www.adn.com/front/story/525510.html) better? Or how about the Women Against Palin (http://womenagainstpalin.com/blog2/2008/09/11/join-alaskan-women-to-reject-palin-rally-on-satuday-sept-13th/) website?

09-15-2008, 08:30 PM
I think its funny that people keep posting articles from the Huffington post and then expecting them to be taken seriously. :p
Not as bad as Faux Noise. :D

09-15-2008, 08:39 PM
Not as bad as Faux Noise.

I also think it is funny that every time I levy a criticism against something left wing, the lefties on this board automatically respond with a criticism of its match on the right, and in doing so, assume I support that right wing match. :p

Oh and Fisty, the Anchorage Daily News link is a perfectly fine (well as fine as any news source can get) source. I wasn't harping on the story itself more than the fact that you got it from the Huffington Post.

09-15-2008, 09:57 PM
but Huffington ran for Governor, that makes her serious & legit, right? right?!?

~shoves Gary Coleman back into his hole~