Re: 'Cause tonight we're gonna protest like it's twenty zero nine.

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My fave is the Liza-themed one.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 10:17 AM
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I like the dueling "... is a sin" signs.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 10:32 AM
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The guy wearing the Confederate T-shirt with the "abolish the federal government" sign is sending a pretty clear message.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 10:45 AM
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4: Perhaps he meant "abolish a federal government"


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 10:54 AM
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4 to 3.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 10:54 AM
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"Down With This Sort Of Thing" should really have been accompanied by another one reading "Careful Now".


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 11:13 AM
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There's an xkcd for every occasion.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 11:15 AM
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"Down With This Sort Of Thing" should really have been accompanied by another one reading "Careful Now" "Steady On, Old Boy."


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 11:19 AM
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4: That's what I took him to be saying. I was amazed that someone would be that straightforward an advocate of the CSA. No "its a part of our heritage" stuff. Just "I want the confederacy back."


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 11:23 AM
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8: au contraire.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Passion_of_St_Tibulus


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 11:24 AM
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10: Ah. I did not get the reference.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 11:40 AM
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Don't like xkcd, teo.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 12:22 PM
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Is that an order?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 12:33 PM
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Fun stuff, but some of those are fake, and not just in the spoofing-other-protestors sense. The EA=Anti-Christ and the Cheat Codes Won't Save Your Soul signs are from a fake protest EA arranged to promote a game.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 12:36 PM
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Yes.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 12:40 PM
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Color me insubordinate, then.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 12:47 PM
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The "citation needed" part in 49 is directly xkcd inspired.


Posted by: Tiny Hermaphrodite | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 12:51 PM
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OMG, those are, like, totally awesome.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 1:00 PM
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My comment didn't post. Someone told me that the one about which said that corduroy skirts are a sin also said , "The gays can save you."

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Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 1:00 PM
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My favorite's the one about wedding dresses.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 1:05 PM
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I wouldn't mind checking out her pubic option. Hey-oh!


Posted by: mark eff | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 1:11 PM
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46 may be my new favorite.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 1:13 PM
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Does anyone know what 47 is about?


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 1:16 PM
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I just saw a slightly more menacing version of one of those the other day: "If you won't let me marry my boyfriend, I'll just marry your daughter". Which I thought was pretty cute.

Speaking of funny, perhaps you'd like to see a fellow dirty hippie and friend of mine completely gaslight a crowd of anti-immigrant tea-baggers at a rally in St. Paul last month.


Posted by: Frowner | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 1:35 PM
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You know that guy? I saw that last month, when it happened. Very, very funny.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 1:39 PM
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I was thinking of making one for the recent anti-Obama Surge march that said "Bomb the banks!" b/w "No war but the class war!", but I didn't get around to it. That wouldn't really have been funny though.

Funny things we used to chant back in the old days, when the world was young and men and seals were fiercer:
"We beat/The meat/ That we don't wanna eat!" (Nobody ever explained exactly what this was supposed to convey)

"A slogan/ Defeated/ Should never be repeated!" (to accompany the boring old "The people/ United/ Will never be defeated")

Also, we used to sing "God Is A Lesbian", to the tune of "God Save The Queen":

God is a lesbian,
She is a lesbian,
God is a lesbian,
She is a dyke!

Send her Victoria,
Mary and Gloria,
She'll lick clit on the floor with ya'
God is a dyke

(This was especially good for irritating the antis at abortion clinics)


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 1:42 PM
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26: My fondest memory of a protest was back in high school, carrying a sign for the UFW at some NYC disarmament rally, and having some pot legalization group helping us make up new grape-boycott chants. The only one I remember was "GRAPES are TOX-ic! ATE some GOT sick!"


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 1:48 PM
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"A slogan/ Defeated/ Should never be repeated!"

Or the Atomic Comics variation, "A people, united, will sometimes win and sometimes lose."

It doesn't scan as well for chanting purposes.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 1:49 PM
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25: Yeah, he's a friend of mine. He doesn't really look quite like that, though. He's very smiley and goofy and it changes his whole appearance. He cut his hair for that day, too--I was looking for him because I was photographing and I couldn't spot him at all. Those creepy teabaggers were all over him like white on rice, so to speak, because they figured he was a nice clean-cut young racist. But not everyone who looks white is white, and there are a lot more people whose families have been torn apart by immigration raids than you might think.

We did a banner drop at this talk by the CEO of Chiquita (a very unpleasant company--difficult to say whether the ties to right-wing paramilitaries or the worker abuse is worse) and ol' 'Robert Erickson' talked me right through the whole thing when I personally was so nervous that I would probably just have sneaked out pre-drop on my own. He's a one, he is.


Posted by: Frowner | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 1:51 PM
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23: Phonics.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 2:01 PM
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"We're here/we're queer/we're anarchists/we'll fuck you up!" It's a bit swingier when chanted than when typed out. Credit to the local chapter of Bash Back!, a bunch of people I really like. It's a slogan that sounds quite brave from a group of mostly rather small young queer and trans people, a surprising percentage of whom are working class. I don't know whether they'd actually fuck anyone up, but they'd have a pretty good try.

"It's bullshit/get off it/the enemy is profit" is also a Bash Back! special.


Posted by: Frowner | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 2:02 PM
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31.2 Is an especially appealing meter.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 2:08 PM
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One year a group of radical lesbians joined the animal rights movement here. Their signs shocked the little old ladies in tenns shoes that were the core of the movement. A couple I remember -- "Eat pussy not meat!", and "Real Women Grow Their Own Fur."


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 2:23 PM
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I rather liked the woman on one of the big Iraq war demos in London (if I was writing a novel I'd say the 15th February, but I think it was later in reality) who brought along a lot of white-painted cardboard, string, and markers, and set up a "make your sign" stall.

Until recently I had the SHOCK + AWE = DISGUST + RAGE sign I drew somewhere about.

Meanwhile, will anyone save me from the corporate fascist ducks? Bob? Anyone?


Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 2:49 PM
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"A slogan/ Defeated/ Should never be repeated!"

The slogan of the Afro-Jewish Peoples' Party was "El pueblo unido, siempre jodido."

I apologize for the possibly-wrong translation; I came up with the idea, but someone else who knows Spanish corrected it. Anyway, this was back at the glorious MaxSpeak (You Listen), the archives of which are locked, alas. We had a flag and everything.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 3:00 PM
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24: That was pretty sweet.

No idea what some of those signs are about. "Honk for English"?


Posted by: W. Breeze | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 3:06 PM
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34: But those aren't the original ducks, it's the wrong city! The Peabody ducks are in Memphis.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 3:10 PM
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completely gaslight a crowd of anti-immigrant tea-baggers

I can't believe he got them chanting "Columbus go home!" Hilarious.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 3:16 PM
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"Honk for English"?

Meaning all those furriners damn well better learn English because bilingualism is tearing this country apart. (And is also responsible for the recession and the swine flu, I do believe.)


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 3:18 PM
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36: The 'ies' was in small print.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 3:21 PM
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23: I think it's a play on euthenasia being used to mock the deathers. Kind of like this guy.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 3:30 PM
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Back in the late 80s, the Naval Academy was running into trouble over male middies beating up female middies. In one case a woman was chained to a toilet -- there were a lot of awful stories and I believe the (somewhat shitty) local paper won a Pulitzer for making the extent of these crimes public. So, it comes time for the big Army-Navy game, when all of Annapolis is awash in GO NAVY! and BEAT ARMY! signs, and someone from my school [Rob? Do you remember?] hung a banner out front along the middie parade route that read GO NAVY! BEAT WOMEN! I think it got torn down.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 3:31 PM
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42: I remember people making that joke a lot, but I can't remember if it was an actual banner.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 4:01 PM
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"A people, united, will sometimes win and sometimes lose."

My muttered version on the grad student picket lines was "the people, united, are more often than not defeated." My post-colonist and neo-Marxian friends told me I was being defeatist, which I can't help thinking rather funny.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 4:02 PM
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Oh, sorry, 44 was me.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 4:02 PM
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44: The people, benighted, will alway be defeatist.


Posted by: OPINIONATED CYNIC | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 7:11 PM
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No. 23, the Urkel-as-Obama sign is particularly amazing. I like imagining that there are hardcore racists who are also fans of Family Matters.

Also, I think the guy in 32 is Rob Farley from Lawyers, Guns, Money.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 7:18 PM
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47 was me. I want to make sure my name is attached to Urkel-related commenting.


Posted by: robert halford | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 7:20 PM
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I'm imagining 46 as a Marxist counter-protest at a Sarah Palin rally.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 7:58 PM
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The people, elitist, will always be defeatist.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 8:47 PM
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I'm rather fond of the protest signs the machine learning students from CMU carried to the G20 march (and relieved none of them got in trouble).


Posted by: Cosma Shalizi | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 8:56 PM
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51. Nice pranking.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 9:23 PM
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I don't get the "cheat codes won't save your soul" sign at the original link.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 9:29 PM
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I think it's from this faux protest.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 9:31 PM
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54: Ah. Thanks.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 9:36 PM
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What do we want
Reasonable accommodation.
When do we want it ?
When prudent.


Posted by: Econolicious | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 9:58 PM
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51: those were fabulous indeed.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 10:00 PM
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Pity the "citation needed" one is an obvious 'shop.


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 10:13 PM
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You mean that's not a starchy banner?

Anyway, I'm just glad this country doesn't have amnety. I don't know what that is, but it sounds bad.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 10:30 PM
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About ten years ago, a friend of mine got permission to replace the commercial radio station playing in the cafeteria at UC San Diego with recordings of traffic from nearby I-5.

Reaction was mixed -- some people thought it was nice to hear the ocean; others were irritated and wanted the music back.

The artist encouraged my friend and me to lead a fake protest, which we accomplished with the help of some of her grad students. Our chants included "No hot hits, no peace!" and "What do we want? [silence] When do we want it? Now!" The news bit.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 10:33 PM
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38: For the record, an account suggests the only people shouting "Columbus go home" were the counter-protesters.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 12- 7-09 10:44 PM
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61: That's actually true--there was some confusion due to the way the thing was filmed (not by Indymedia). The teabaggers fell silent when Robert started talking about immigrants bringing smallpox to this great nation.

Oh, seriously, that was one messed up rally; there was the very creepy big old white dude who talked about how mail-order brides routinely and falsely claim that they are victims of domestic violence in order to get citizenship (not sure how that works) while standing next to his tiny, much younger, immigrant-based-on-very-heavy-accent Asian wife...dude, if she hadn't been there I would have started us chanting "do you beat your wife? do you beat your wife?", but I didn't want to make her feel bad. Also, he added, many abusers "have very good reason" for what they do. Despite attendance at at lot of demoralizing and creepy events, despite getting beaten by police a number of times and threatened by a psychotic neo-nazi once, I end up thinking that wife-beater guy was the low point of events-I-have-witnessed.


Posted by: Frowner | Link to this comment | 12- 8-09 7:26 AM
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61: That's actually true--there was some confusion due to the way the thing was filmed (not by Indymedia). The teabaggers fell silent when Robert started talking about immigrants bringing smallpox to this great nation.

Oh, seriously, that was one messed up rally; there was the very creepy big old white dude who talked about how mail-order brides routinely and falsely claim that they are victims of domestic violence in order to get citizenship (not sure how that works) while standing next to his tiny, much younger, immigrant-based-on-very-heavy-accent Asian wife...dude, if she hadn't been there I would have started us chanting "do you beat your wife? do you beat your wife?", but I didn't want to make her feel bad. Also, he added, many abusers "have very good reason" for what they do. Despite attendance at at lot of demoralizing and creepy events, despite getting beaten by police a number of times and threatened by a psychotic neo-nazi once, I end up thinking that wife-beater guy was the low point of events-I-have-witnessed.


Posted by: Frowner | Link to this comment | 12- 8-09 7:27 AM
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oops


Posted by: Frowner | Link to this comment | 12- 8-09 7:27 AM
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I would have started us chanting "do you beat your wife? do you beat your wife?"

The preferred version is, "Have you stopped beating your wife?", because it's unanswerable yes or no. But shit, what scum. Are there no depths these people won't plumb?


Posted by: OFE | Link to this comment | 12- 8-09 7:48 AM
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Are there no depths these people won't plumb?

There didn't used to be, but now all the plumbing jobs have been stolen by Polish immigrants.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 12- 8-09 8:09 AM
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I went to some kind of nature center outside of town and they had a 'composting toilet', which is another blow against plumbers. And one giant leap forward in the area of shitting in buckets.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 8-09 8:16 AM
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60: I think I remember it now:

"What do we want? Aural stimulation to encourage our consumptive habits! When do we want it? Now!"


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 12- 8-09 8:22 AM
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67: REMEMBER - AMERICAN MADE BUCKETS ARE TEH BEST 4 SHITTING IN!


Posted by: OPINIONATED BUCKET MAKERS LOCAL #16313 | Link to this comment | 12- 8-09 9:53 AM
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There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 8-09 9:59 AM
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Someone I sent the OP link to has a great photo of him and his friends at the Teabagger/Glenn Beck rally in D.C. Their signs included "Muslim illegal immigrants against gay Marxism" and "Gee, a whole lot of white people here today." The latter got a particularly warm reception; people came up to him and talked about how great it was that there were a lot of white people there.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 12- 8-09 10:36 AM
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Hey Kraab.... Happy Chalica!


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 12- 8-09 11:32 AM
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Also, Happy War on Chalica.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 12- 8-09 11:43 AM
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72, 73: First I'd heard of it. It's pretty ridiculous, but I admit to finding the Chalica Song! fairly adorable.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 12-10-09 7:51 AM
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Reporting in. I don't know about the wrong city, but I've yet to substantiate the existence of a city here. I'm not sure there's oxygen, to tell the truth...


Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 12-10-09 4:18 PM
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