Bloggin’ and reportin’

I can assure you that much will be written about today’s demonstration/counter-demonstration.  Local bloggers and peace-girl.jpgothers were out in force covering what turned out to be, to me, a very strange and confusing day that shu.jpgcentered around the appearance of Cindy Sheehan.

The Shu (left) and I showed up earlier than most.  We had a great time wandering around as the two camps were forming up.  We both seemed to frame our pictures from the same angles so it will be interesting to see his photographic take on the whole day.  At right is one tom-l.jpgof my favorite subjects of the day.Sarah J.jpg

The talented Tom Lassiter (left) shot one of his famous panoramic shotswhich I’m sure will be on the Net later.  I captured him getting some face time with Ms. Sheehan.

Sarah Beth Jones (right) is a blogger and the N&R’s columnist who trades off space with me every two weeks.  She wrote an account of last night’s meeting with Sheehan and was carrying a pole with a ‘peace dove’ atop it.  She and her husband wore matching t-shirts sporting the inarguable slogan “Fascism Sucks”.

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I asked Cara Michele (left) which side of the war effort she was there to support.  She said, “The John H.jpgGreensboro Police Department”.  She kept spotting officers who were working in plain clothes and saying, “…there’s one”, (ed. note – see comment the first) but never let anyone in on who she was noticing. CM’s take on the day .

Rhino editor John Hammer (right) and I kept running into each other as we tried to figure out exactly how many various groups comprised the ‘anti-war’ side of the day’s demonstrations.  There were a bunch (more on this later).

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N&R Editorial chief and blogger Allen Johnson (left) was talking to everyone, taking it all in and scribbling furiously between conversations. Sam H.jpgThe N&R sent an army to cover the event.  Other’s in attendance were Lorraine Ahearn, Rosemary Roberts, reporter/blogger Joe Killian (who’d I miss?)

Sam Hieb(right) of the John Locke Foundation’s Piedmont Publicus and I had a conversation about how much I enjoyed his blog and its coverage of local stuff.  But I also asked him to (again) pass along to his bosses that they are stifling conversation by making it hard to comment there.

Billy J.jpgBilly Jones rode his street plane in the anti-war parade and then spent the rest of the day showing of his invention that was recently profiled in the N&R.

Andy(right), The Shu and I noticed that my favorite hot dog vendor was having trouble selling her wares on Andy Coon.jpgGreene Street.  As pre-war protesters kept jockeying for position, they ended up in front of the street vendor thereby cutting her potential business in half.  This was made worse because as the protesters kept re-positioning themselves, the police would run a new line of yellow ”Do Not Cross” tape which finally ended up right in front of the hot dog girl.

Being both brave and stupid, the three of us crossed the police line to order up some Nathan’s dogs and cold drinks.  Truth be told, I had three total dogs (all the way) today and two lime-aids – fresh squeezed.

While I find myself on the fence with regard to the intractable positions exhibited by both sides of today’s demonstrations, I always come down squarely in line with free trade, capitalism and good hot dogs freely accessed.

Although I’ll have additional thought on today’s peaceful gathering, overall it was just a great day in Greensboro to watch democracy at its best.

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7 Comments

  1. Posted April 21, 2007 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Just to clarify, I didn’t actually tell you who the plainclothes WERE or point them out or anything. I just acknowledged that I saw some. So let’s not get me in trouble with them, OK? ;)

    It was good to see you today! I’m glad it was all peaceful.

  2. Posted April 21, 2007 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    The only reason I ate a hot dog was so I could cross the line.

  3. Posted April 22, 2007 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    A nice, peaceful event all in all, though I did get caught up in conversations with some on both sides as to how incredibly one-sided and unfair to their cause the News & Record is.

    Also, even with a hat and sunglasses I got pretty badly sunburned.

  4. Posted April 22, 2007 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    David, might want to fix the link on my pic also. Thanks. Had a great time covering the event.

  5. Posted April 22, 2007 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    For those visiting, the SQL error at the top of Hogg’s home page should be fixed tonight. We upgraded the WordPress software and this is a known bug (has to do with templates). Sorry for the (minor) icky-thing, David. It might be gone before anyone sees this comment.

  6. Posted April 23, 2007 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    David,

    Thanks for the dog it was tasty. I got home and found out that my camera is busted, so the footage won’t be up till a lil bit later. It was fun seeing all the bloggers out and about. The police did a great job on Saturday and kept the two groups in place. Props to them.

    Andy

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    Posted April 23, 2007 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Ida know. I had to walk across the government quad this morning and it still smells like hippies…

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