February 15, 2003 was called by many “The Day The World Said ‘No’ To War”, and was reportedly the largest worldwide turnout for a single day of protest in history. Here’s a little “remastered” slice of what went down in New York City that day:
As I recall, the actual rally site and staging area for the march
was somewhere around UN Plaza-ish, but owing to the staggering hugeness
of the crowds converging — reportedly in the 1.5 million neighborhood —
we never quite made it to the actual rally or march, and ended up just
kind of flowing with the crowd through the streets, and spending most
of the day hanging around East 50th and Third Avenue.
Here’s my friend Marianne from the Washington Action Group
and the “Doghouse” puppet workshop in DC, being gratuitously harassed
by NYPD goons for using a bamboo stick — apparently considered a
“lethal weapon” that day — to hold up her sign. She was helped out by
comrades in the crowd with some spare cardboard wrapping paper rolls.
DC anarchists “representing” on Third Avenue. One of the better flag designs of the day.
Some more of our friends from DC, the ever-popular Korean drummers’ group whipping up the crowd.
Just a few weeks before, the
then-director of Fatherland Security, a pug-ugly bastard named Tom
Ridge (a guy who looked as if he could play a gangster in a ’40s film
noir) advised the nation that their best defense against a chemical or
biological attack was to — get this — seal off your doors and windows with plastic sheeting and duct tape.
I never could figure out how
these people got onto the top of that Fritos truck. It was an oddly
inspiring sight, though they seemed oblivious to the shouts of the
crowd below to “throw us down a bag of Fritos, man!”
“What are we going to do tonight, Brain?” This had to be my number-one favorite sign of the day. One is a genius; the other’s insane.
The Radical Cheerleaders belt one out towards
the end of the afternoon. About this time, a breakaway unpermitted
march had forced its way onto the streets and defied the police to
march to a point near our location, succeeding by the strength of sheer
After the last cartoon, I promised myself I wouldn’t do any more cartoons about the current ongoing lame-assed, phony gun-control circus. Then, after several days of brouhaha about how Obama goes skeet shooting all the time, the White House conveniently released this photo of our Boy Emperor skeet shooting which was actually taken last summer sometime — and, well… I just couldn’t resist.
Why am I not surprised that after weeks of Liberal-style yammering about gun violence and murdered children, Obummer suddenly decides to release this photo in a blatant, weak attempt to pander to the NRA clowns? Typical, really — fake left, run right: classic Obama.
The next four years can’t go by fast enough for me.
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