Quantitative Perspective On Wingnut Pig Demonstration In DC

September 13, 2009

Wacked-out greedy selfish wingnut fuckup pigs, 60,000-70,000:

Thousands of conservative protesters from across the country converged on the Capitol Saturday morning to demonstrate against President Obama’s proposals for health care reform and voicing opposition to big government, what they say is over-the-top spending.

Carrying signs depicting President Obama as Adolf Hitler and the Joker, and chanting slogans such as “‘No big government” and “Obamacare makes me sick,” approximately 60,000 to 70,000 people flooded Pennsylvania Ave, according to the Washington DC Fire Department.

Decent human beings who care about women’s bodily and personal autonomy,~1,000,000:

Hundreds of thousands of activists from the US and some 60 other countries have rallied in Washington in support of abortion rights.

Organisers of the March for Women’s Lives say women’s reproductive rights have never been so threatened, nor has their health faced such peril.

Pro-life activists, who equate abortion with murder, also rallied in Washington but were vastly outnumbered.

Abortion is one of the most divisive and emotive issues in US politics.

The event was the first large-scale abortion rights demonstration in Washington since 1992, the New York Times reports.

Reports on the size of the crowd vary, but police sources informally estimated it at between 500,000 and 800,000 according to AP, while organisers put it at 1.15 million, AFP reports.

Decent human beings concerned with wars of aggression, hundreds of thousands:

The march comes after several large Iraq war protests, which date to before the March 2003 invasion. One of the biggest was held Sept. 25, 2005, and was billed as the largest since the war’s start. Organizers at the time claimed a turnout of 300,000, while police pegged the number at about half that.

Cagan declined yesterday to predict a Saturday turnout. “We learned a long time ago not to put out numbers,” she said. “There are many variables, especially in the winter.”

An anti-war protest described as the largest since the Vietnam War drew several hundred thousand Jan. 18, 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, in subfreezing Washington weather. The high temperature reported that day was in the mid-20s.


One Response to “Quantitative Perspective On Wingnut Pig Demonstration In DC”

  1. Arlenna Says:

    I was there to witness the influx of wingnuts after a conference at NIH, and nutty they were. Also, relatively sparse as you point out. We mostly found them to be a gnat-like nuisance in our enjoyment of the Smithsonian museums. But my husband and I did have fun musing out loud at the ignoramus paradox on the back of one guy’s t-shirt, about how we need to ‘kick out Comrade Obama and his Tsars” since the whole point of the Bolshevik Revolution was for the comrades to kick out the tsars…

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