Arkansas ‘Tea Party’ Protest Today in Little Rock (Updated! Thrice!!)

**Some reports on the protest in the comments section; check it out.

We noted a couple of days ago the “Arkansas Tea Party” protest that was being organized to coincide with Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s big dollar fundraiser with Vice President “Joltin'” Joe Biden in Little Rock today in Little Rock. Consider this your reminder to check it out, as well as your reminder to send on-the-spot photos (or links to photos, if you put them up on Flickr or something) and I’ll include them here.

Again, go see these guys for the details. Don’t miss it! This may be your only chance to see Joe Biden and a bunch of Arkansas Democrats get teabagged. Wait, what? I don’t think that was exactly what I meant to say.

UPDATE: Dedicated Arkansas Project reader and voluntary correspondent someguy hits the comment section to report that he went down to the Peabody Hotel, the purported location of this shindig, and saw no signs of any protest activity whatsoever.  Well. All right then. So much for that.

He does report, however, that he got to see the march of the Peabody ducks, and I’m sure they were lovely. For more information on the legend of the Peabody Ducks, visit their website, or consult your local library. The more you know!

UPDATE 2: Here’s an AP story on Biden’s visit, in which he talks about how he thinks folks have confidence in the Obama administration’s ability to deal with the financial crisis, and that he thinks recent gains in the stock market are the result of “the Obama factor.”

This is, of course, a politically moronic thing to say, since it retardedly ties Obama to the vacillations of the stock market, so if the Dow Jones Industrial Average goes down again at any time in the next four years, and of course it will, I guess that will be the “Obama factor” at work, too.

All of which means that as soon as Joe Biden gets back to Washington, President Obama should lock him in a cage in the Naval Observatory and not let him out till December 2012, at the very earliest.

UPDATE 3: But, wait! A dissent! Commenter Protester files a different report:

Did you try going outside? There were nearly a hundred people, probably more, between 5:00-6:00 with a sign in every other hand. Secure Arkansas, The Arkansas 2nd District Campaign for Liberty and a few other groups including many unaffiliated average citizens were chanting and waving…

No sign of any photos yet, but we’ll link to ’em or post ’em if they show up. News coverage, too. Other reports from the scene? Drop ’em in the comments section and I’ll highlight here.

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16 thoughts on “Arkansas ‘Tea Party’ Protest Today in Little Rock (Updated! Thrice!!)

  • March 14, 2009 at 5:51 pm
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    I walked all over the place down at the Peabody and saw nothing resembling a protest, anywhere. I think it must have fizzled. Don’t think it was very well planned. Kinda disappointing.

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  • March 14, 2009 at 5:58 pm
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    My contacts on site, who were stationed near the duck fountain, said that this whole tea party thing was a sham. Too bad there weren’t any rational-thinking people their welcoming Joe “F**KING 40 percent” Biden to Arkansas.

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  • March 14, 2009 at 5:59 pm
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    Seriously, someguy? Dammit, and I spent all day working up a whole new set of “teabag” gags with the understanding that I might squeeze a couple more posts out of this. Hell.
    D.

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  • March 14, 2009 at 6:06 pm
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    It’s too bad too, because there were probably 200 people in the lobby there at 5, but for other reasons, some expo and the duck walk. Who cares about the duck walk, seriously?

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  • March 14, 2009 at 7:11 pm
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    Did you try going outside? There were nearly a hundred people, probably more, between 5:00-6:00 with a sign in every other hand. Secure Arkansas, The Arkansas 2nd District Campaign for Liberty and a few other groups including many unaffiliated average citizens were chanting and waving. One person waved a Gadsden flag while a few wore mocking ‘Fat-Cat’ attire. Could you not hear all the horns honking on the road outside? The cops and a few news cameras saw us. Arkansas doesn’t approve of bailouts!

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  • March 14, 2009 at 8:31 pm
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    Yup. We were there, also. Signs in hand. About 150 – 175 folks there, chanting, yelling, bull horns, signs, tea bags, etc. You people weren’t looking in the right place. Channel 4 filmed us, Channel 7 filmed us, photographers, etc. If you were there….you couldn’t have missed us. Too bad for you if you weren’t there. We sure were. Yelled and chanted from about 4:20 til 6:05 P.M., when we were finally told to disperse. It was GREAT. I’m going again to Mountain Home, AR in April!!

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  • March 14, 2009 at 8:42 pm
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    I was not able to make the tea party but I did have nice glass of ice tea at dinner at Macaroni Grill as did my wife and my mother-in-law so I guess that sort of was a tea party. We did grumble about taxes. Well, I grumbled, not sure if anyone else was listening.

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  • March 14, 2009 at 8:43 pm
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    I have no idea where these people were. I was there from 5:00-5:30. Saw nothing like this at all at the front entrance.

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  • March 14, 2009 at 8:46 pm
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    Were they in front of the Statehouse Convention Center?

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  • March 14, 2009 at 8:53 pm
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    I was there at 5:00. There were at least 150 people. They were on both sides of the street for almost the entire block east of the Peabody. They wouldn’t let anyone stand in front of the Peabody.

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  • March 14, 2009 at 8:56 pm
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    Welp, sorry I missed it then. I tried.

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  • March 14, 2009 at 10:42 pm
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    someguy, I guess you must be deaf, dumb and blind, with emphasis on the dumb. I was part of the 200 or so protesters, and we were there for a good hour or more.

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  • March 14, 2009 at 10:45 pm
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    Thanks Bill, you keep it classy.

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  • March 14, 2009 at 10:46 pm
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    I went down to the demonstration, to get my fair share of abuse.
    Well, no real abuse, but there were plenty of police cars about and a helicopter flying around. I’d guestimate the attendance at around 200 or so. Peaceful crowd, folks holding signs, trying to get cars to honk in support, which they did. A couple of fat cat Democrats came through and tried to intimidate…not that respecting individual freedoms is something the Dems are known for, so no suprise there.
    A good, mixed crowd. Very few regular Republican types which was good. This was more driven by Campaign for Liberty than anyone. If the RPA or anyone of that stripe tries to lay claim to this, they are liars. This was truly a citizen driven event (okay, and the media folks that drove it).
    If you couldn’t find this protest, you prolly have no buisness driving a car because it was all over the place. It was spread out, but you couldn’t miss the signs. Yes, it was actually in front of the state house convention center.

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  • March 14, 2009 at 11:10 pm
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    I wish I had been able to get up there. Last month I had to get a hip replaced. I can walk around now real good now with my cane, but I didn’t think I ought to be up in a crowd like that.

    David, your mama has been a real peach. She offered to drive me up there so I could get me a look at the protest from the car. I told there was no sense in that because gas don’t cost a dime a gallon anymore.

    Anyway, good work protesters. You’re doing the Lord’s work.

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