Monday, June 21, 2004

Big Brass Balls.

Failed G-8 protesters want government handout
Seeking $2,000 to cover debt after only 150 demonstrators came

Posted: June 19, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2004

After a failed anti-war protest during the recent G-8 summit in Georgia, a non-profit group is asking local government officials for funds to cover its shortfalls.

Organizer Kellie Gasink expected more than 5,000 participants during her group's June 8-10 events, but just 150 showed up, the Savannah Morning News reported.

Gasink was hoping to pay for the International Festival for Peace and Civil Liberties in Savannah's Forsyth Park by selling T-shirts and posters she and her husband, William Pleasant, had created.

In a letter to the mayor and aldermen, she asked for $2,000.

Alderman Ellis Cook told the paper giving her group the money would set a bad precedent, prompting every group with a failed event to follow suit.

"We're not in the business of supporting losing causes," Cook said.

The city already waved $2,100 in permit fees and reduced the maintenance deposit from from $7,500 to $500, he pointed out.

"The city has really gone above and beyond to ensure that this event happened and in the end, this is the risk of promoting events," Alderman Van Johnson told the Morning News. "You might get left holding the bag."

Gasink argued her festival was a "chief component" for the lack of violence and arrests in Savannah during the G-8 summit, which in the past have been the scene of violent clashes.

She and her husband continue their demonstrating, however, including a display last night of 100 umbrellas called the "Shower of Tears." The umbrellas bear the names and descriptions of 50 Americans and 50 Iraqis killed during fighting in Iraq over the past year.

They plan a candlelight vigil next week for Camilo Mejia, an Army staff sergeant convicted for desertion after claiming conscientious objector status when he did not return to Iraq following a two-week leave.

This my friends, is the epitomy of testicular fortitude. What in god's name are these people thinking? Have they been so conditioned by the left to think that it's the government's responsibility whether they fail or succeed?

It couldn't simply be that noone showed up because you're an idiot right? Maybe you forgot to send out the fliers, or maybe forgot to motivate the masses of jobless proffessional protesters to help you out.

Regardless, if they get one red cent, I will be starting a letter writing campaign to make sure that the mayor of this city, and the governer never get reelected.


At 21/6/04 11:02 AM, Blogger Graumagus said...

Several possible reasons they didn't get a turnout:
1) they were pushing for a peaceful protest, and the molotv cocktail throwing anarchists have no truck with that.
2) Down in Jawja (as Rob from Gutrumbles calls Georgia) if they started trashing the town, it would be the residents shooting at them and they wouldn't be using rubber bullets

At 21/6/04 4:01 PM, Blogger Boudicca said...

Well that is amazing. I thought we lived in a Capitalistic society. We don't expect the government to bail us out when we fail in business and we certainly fight to make sure the government doesn't take more than their fair share when we succeed. (Well, except if you're an airline, then you expect government bail out.) I bet if they had made tons of money and the government came knocking, they would have said, "NO! We gave already! You aren't entitled to any more of OUR money!" And why in the hell would they expect people to show up to Georgia for the G 8 summit? I live 5 hours away and it NEVER occured to me to attend.

BTW, like your new digs. You changed it. And comments are a go!

At 21/6/04 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, this has gotta be one of the stupidest things I've heard in a while now.

I should try to start a rally for "S for President" and then ask to have my money refunded when nobody shows up :P



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