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More from Freedom Rally on Santa Monica Pier

I would have posted more pictures from the “Tea Party” on Santa Monica Pier right after the event, but was not getting good reception from my wireless card at the Cafe where I went after the rally with some great people I met there.

I had a great time; everyone was friendly. We were all impressed with the crowd, maybe as many as 200, given the short notice and the fact that in far-flung LA it was at one of the fringes of the metropolis. And it was a work day for most.

Oh, and to our constant critics, I regularly identified myself as a blogger at GayPatriot and, guess what, no one had a problem with my sexuality. In fact, one of the organizers said if he had known I was there, he would have invited me to speak.

The crowd as as ethnically diverse as the region and its politics ran the gamut from socially liberal Republican fiscal hawks to social conservatives to disciples of renegade Republicant Ron Paul. There were some cute guys as well as attractive women as some of the pictures below show:

This one I chose just for one of our most devoted readers, known to those who peruse the comments section as ILoveCapitalism.

I think some of our readers would say, “Yes,” to this guy:

And one for the ladies:

Looks like one protestor is resigning himself to the Obama era:



  1. […] More from Freedom Rally on Santa Monica Pier […]

    Pingback by GayPatriot » LA Tea Party for Freedom — February 27, 2009 @ 3:37 pm - February 27, 2009

  2. And the media presence?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — February 27, 2009 @ 4:48 pm - February 27, 2009

  3. #2 – I agree. Even Fox News’ website has not highlighted the myriad of taxpayer protests around the country. Really disappointed in that one.

    Of course, none of the local Houston affiliates showed up to the TWO tea parties being held in our city. I will echo what a commenter said on Michelle Malkin’s blog – we should hold our next protest in front of a TV channel and FORCE them to cover it.

    Peter H.

    PS – Yes, Dan, the blond guy is one to whom I will say YES! YES! YES! over and over again. 😉

    Comment by Peter Hughes — February 27, 2009 @ 5:34 pm - February 27, 2009

  4. #3: Of course not. Do you think they’d give airtime to a competitor (CNBC’s Rick Santelli)?

    Comment by Attmay — February 27, 2009 @ 6:16 pm - February 27, 2009

  5. This one I chose just for [ILC]…

    I saw the photo before your above comment, and thought “Awesome! Somebody gets it!” 🙂

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — February 27, 2009 @ 6:26 pm - February 27, 2009

  6. Someone else who gets it: the increasingly popular Peter Schiff, in “Obama Puts the Economic Cart Before the Horse”:

    In his first televised speech before Congress, President Obama asserted that prosperity will return once the government restores the flow of credit in the economy. It may come as a surprise to him, but an economy cannot run on consumer loans…
    The President does not understand that consumption is made possible by production and that credit is made possible by savings…

    Read the whole thing. It proceeds to an excellent, basic explanation of how production & credit work.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — February 27, 2009 @ 6:39 pm - February 27, 2009

  7. Dan, youre right. that guy is hot.

    Comment by American Elephant — February 27, 2009 @ 6:50 pm - February 27, 2009

  8. The crowd as as ethnically diverse as the region and its politics ran the gamut from socially liberal Republican fiscal hawks to social conservatives to disciples of renegade Republicant Ron Paul.

    Question since you have some great people with signs about repealing the bailout: do those folks (who all seem to be conservative in some fashion, although representing a broad spectrum of conservatism) not realize that the bailout was a creature of the GOP (Bush & Paulson)? The Stimulus is a Dem/lib thing, but the bailout was not. I’m not trying to bait, I’m honestly trying to understand the gradations of objection: anti-stimulus, anti-bailout, anti-both of them, etc.

    Comment by JG — February 27, 2009 @ 8:18 pm - February 27, 2009

  9. Love the pics. I hope this is just the beginning.

    Comment by Ignatius — February 27, 2009 @ 8:29 pm - February 27, 2009

  10. JG, a lot of conservatives and Republicans (two groups which overlap, but are by no means identical!) thought last year’s bailout was a terrible, terrible idea. And even those who thought that it was not great, but the best solution available at the time, worried about the precedent it would set. (Their worries were justified, I would say…)

    Off the top of my head, Don Surber and Ace of Spades HQ both had posts critical of the bailout, and if I recall correctly, there were some knock-down-drag-out fights over it in the comments at Hot Air, too.

    Comment by Mary in LA — February 27, 2009 @ 8:38 pm - February 27, 2009

  11. I dropped by for a bit while director, Chris Burgard, was speaking. Great to see so many folks taking it to ’em in the heart of the Beast.

    Comment by J.R. Head — February 27, 2009 @ 10:17 pm - February 27, 2009

  12. I was there. I hope this is the beginning of a strong movement. Power to the people!

    btw, I just sent you some more pics.

    Comment by bing — February 27, 2009 @ 11:36 pm - February 27, 2009

  13. A refreshing sight..and only a month after the era of victims’ politics inauguration. Glad to see the conservative side of L.A. for a change. Dan — I hope you did the true, red-blooded gay American male right-thing, and got the blonde’s phone number! Woof!

    Comment by Patrick — February 27, 2009 @ 11:53 pm - February 27, 2009

  14. Greenville Tea Party Draws 2,000 Protesters…

    2,000 protesters gathered on the banks of the Reedy River Friday evening for the Greenville Tea Party. Frustrated citizens joined Americans in more than 50 cities to decry the grotesquely irresponsible bailouts, pork, and ill-advised stimulus measures…

    Trackback by Jenn Q. Public — February 28, 2009 @ 1:40 am - February 28, 2009

  15. Dan — I hope you did the true, red-blooded gay American male right-thing, and got the blonde’s phone number! Woof!

    I’m always hopeful for Dan. He knows that he’s supposed to tell me about the guys he meets for my approval, but he’s not the kiss’n’tell type.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — February 28, 2009 @ 5:06 am - February 28, 2009

  16. […] St. Louis – Chicago – Washington, DC – Denver – Oklahoma City – Santa Monica(??) […]

    Pingback by The Tea Party Protests; an MSM Top Secret « The Political Inquirer — February 28, 2009 @ 9:38 am - February 28, 2009

  17. Hi Bruce and Dan – I think I have some photos of you from yesterday’s “Tea Party” – you can ‘friend’ me on Facebook to see them – and please feel free to tag any that you’re in.

    Comment by Verna Harvey — February 28, 2009 @ 1:20 pm - February 28, 2009

  18. Aren’t you embarrassed to be calling these things ‘tea parties?’ It just looks to me like people standing around on the street holding signs. People have been doing that for years.

    Comment by Levi — February 28, 2009 @ 2:13 pm - February 28, 2009

  19. Aren’t you embarrassed, Levi, to be attacking us every time you type something into one of our comment boxes?

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — February 28, 2009 @ 3:36 pm - February 28, 2009

  20. It just looks to me like people standing around on the street holding signs.

    Levi thought it was supposed to be a tea room party.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — February 28, 2009 @ 7:28 pm - February 28, 2009

  21. I was going to say ‘teabag party’ but yours is more the civil comment.

    He must have been wanting violence or street theater, maybe some envelopes with white powder sent to the IRS.

    After all, it’s what the no-on-8 prostesters would do…

    Comment by The Livewire — March 2, 2009 @ 6:50 am - March 2, 2009

  22. In Levi’s case, it would be more of a douche-bag party.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — March 2, 2009 @ 10:01 am - March 2, 2009

  23. […] say anything more about their failure to cover the “tea party” protests.  Heck, at the LA Tea Party I attended, held during the workday at a spot far from centrally located and not well-publicized, […]

    Pingback by GayPatriot » Will MSM ever cover protests that do not fit prevailing notion of what a protest should be? — March 21, 2009 @ 11:40 pm - March 21, 2009

  24. […] movement is that it represents an opportunity to rebuild the Reagan coalition.  When I joined my fellow Angelenos last month protesting higher taxes and bigger government on the Santa Monica pier, I noticed the […]

    Pingback by GayPatriot » “Tea Parties” Help GOP Formulate “Better Vision for Future” — March 24, 2009 @ 5:16 pm - March 24, 2009

  25. […] now attended three tea parties (one back in February), I agree that the movement is kind of amorphous.  The rally in Santa Monica was a particularly […]

    Pingback by GayPatriot » “Amorphous” Aspect of Tea Parties:Evidence of Grassroots Nature of this Movement — April 19, 2009 @ 4:08 am - April 19, 2009

  26. […] crowd was about the same size as the first Tea Party I attended, somewhere between 150 and 200 people, but as diverse as past gatherings had been.  Met some […]

    Pingback by GayPatriot » Westwood Tea Party — May 18, 2009 @ 1:54 am - May 18, 2009

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