Below are a few of the pictures I took at the Tea Party in Wichita yesterday afternoon. Officials estimate about 1,000 people showed up, but I’m not sure how they could count them. There was a steady stream of people coming and going the whole time I was there.
The event was supposed to last from4:15 to 8:00 p.m. But by 6:00 most of the interesting speakers had finished, and the crowd was beginning to break up. That’s when I left, too.
It was encouraging to see that many people exercising their right to protest their government. Even so, I fear that unless the Tea Party movement can coalesce around a clearly articulated set of core beliefs — a platform, if you will — it will sputter and fade away. What I heard yesterday was just a bunch of anti-government whining. We need not merely to complain, but to offer an alternative.
This shot gives a fair indication of the size of the crowd.
This gal was riding around the perimeter of the crowd shouting, "The taxes are coming! The taxes are coming!" Interesting, but I suspect she would have drawn more attention by doing a Lady Godiva re-enactment.
This sign captures the mood perfectly.
Notice the sign the dog is wearing. Maybe he should run for Congress -- he's certainly qualified.
This senior citizen had an eloquent way of expressing his frustration. Notice what he's wearing around his neck.
Senior citizens weren't the only ones complaining. This sign was a perfect melding of hip and history. But you have to think about it to get it.
Yesterday it was almost 80 degress with a hot south wind. This morning it was in the 30s and snowing.
More evidence of global warming cooling whatever.
South-central Kansas is getting pounded by an early spring blizzard. We had over two inches of sleet fall between Friday afternoon and dawn Saturday. Now it is snowing furiously. And it is cooooold. Check out a photo gallery here.
Without doubt, this is solid evidence that global warming is a myth. (Hey, if the GW alarmists can play that game, so can I.)
Wichita city leaders have issued a formal invitation to President Obama to come to Wichita, “to see the aircraft industry firsthand and to recognize that corporate jets are ‘an essential part of our economy.'”
This follows Obama’s earlier remarks denigrating corporate executives who fly on small business jets.
Wichita is home to several major aircraft manufacturers: Boeing, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, and Bombardier, as well as hundreds of smaller suppliers. These operations employ tens of thousands of workers. Business jets are a critical part of what these companies do. So the President trashing business jets didn’t set well with folks in these parts.
Will Obama accept the invitation? I doubt it. In fact, given his administration’s record of extremely poor accessibility, I doubt that he will even hear of this invitation.
I just got back from attending the Kansas Republican caucus for Sedgwick and Butler Counties, conducted in the Century II convention center in downtown Wichita. The caucus was scheduled to begin at 10:00, but attendees were urged to arrive before 9:00. At 10:00, officials announced that over 3,000 were in the auditorium, and the line outside was still several blocks long. So they delayed the start awhile to let everyone get in.
Kansans tend to be a taciturn bunch, so there was not a lot of the raucous shouting and foot-stomping that accompanies political gatherings elsewhere.
Still, it was obvious that many folks came to this event with passion for their candidates, and the Republican Party in general. Rep. Todd Tiahart (R-KS) brought the crowd to their feet several times with a rousing reminder of why this country cannot afford a Democrat in the White House.
As expected, the Ron Paul crowd wins the Spirit Award for the greatest number of campaign posters and most eccentric outfits.
The Huckabee contingent was almost as loud, but apparently the Huckabee campaign is having a little cash crunch, judging from this photo.
After all the speeches and hoopla were done, it was time to get down to business and cast our votes.
An interesting side story: I sat next to a middle-aged woman who has two sons serving in the U. S. Army. One, an officer, just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. The other, an enlisted man, is still there. She confirmed what I have heard so often from others who have loved ones in harm’s way in this war. Those who serve are fully committed to the rightness of our mission there. The worst thing this country could do would be to yank these warriors out of Iraq before the job is completed. As much as this mother wanted her sons home safe and sound, she was more concerned that they come home with honor, having accomplished what they were sent to do. She was at this caucus to prevent a surrender Democrat from besmirching the honor of her sons. God bless her!
On the way out of the convention center, I snapped this photo. This is what it’s all about.
But this is a little ridiculous:
A postcard featuring a color drawing of Santa Claus and a young girl was mailed in 1914, but its journey was slower than Christmas. It just arrived in northwest Kansas.
The Christmas card was dated Dec. 23, 1914, and mailed to Ethel Martin of Oberlin, apparently from her cousins in Alma, Neb.
If your math is slow, that’s 93 years late.
Ethel is deceased, so the Post Office went out of their way to get it to her sister-in-law, Bernice Martin. Bernice was told that the card was apparently found somewhere in Illinois.
There’s gotta be an interesting story in there somewhere.
While I was out last week, the state of Kansas killed a permit for a coal-fired generator in the southwest corner of the state, specifically due to concerns over carbon dioxide emissions.
Noel Shepherd summarizes the news reports on this decision, and explores the ominous implications:
If we begin preventing the creation of coal-fired plants, and continue eschewing nuclear facilities, how are Americans going to power their homes, offices, warehouses, and stores? This should be an even greater concern in our current global economy, for China and India aren’t worried about such environmental issues.
Those losing sleep over the exportation of manufacturing jobs, as well as the already unfair economic and trade advantages these two growing behemoths enjoy, should be totally insomniac over the thought of China and India expanding their electricity production unfettered by carbon emissions concerns while America’s output declines due to global warming fears.