Finding the Punk Core of Portland Art at S1
Thanks to the comic book store guy on 53rd and Sandy for giving me a sense of perspective on the resignation of Sarah Palin yesterday.
"She's got the left nervous, everyone's wondering what she's going to do next," I said.
"She's going to give us all some very big laughs," he said.
Point being: The appropriate reaction of the left to this country's floundering right is no longer fear or indignation. It's outright ridicule.
When I wrote about a rally for tax conservatives in Salem last month I was torn between wanting to point out that the majority of folks in the room will most likely be dead by the next election, and warning you, dear reader, that there are still people in Oregon who think all taxes are bad because...hell...they pay for roads, and shit.
So thank you, Brian Leland of Bozeman, Montana, for organizing a rally of Gay Loggers For Jesus—a protest for citizens of the town to raise their voices in solidarity with a series of random causes. Leland organized the march after the city issued a permit to the anti-tax tea party folks to march on July 4th.
Leland formed the Green Coalition of Gay Loggers for Jesus to protest the way the city of Bozeman had handled the Bozeman Tea Party’s request for a parade permit on July 4. In particular, he objected to the Tea Party’s reliance on city funding to pay for closing Main Street to accommodate the demonstration.
Saturday morning Leland described that reliance as “burdening city taxpayers.” He has said before that he feels it’s hypocritical to use taxpayer money to accommodate a rally against government spending.
One demonstrator in the group hoisted a sign supporting “Plaid Pride.” Another called for “Rights for Robots.”
“There’s no way you can look into those red, blinking LED lights and not believe these creatures have a soul,” Greg Bloom said of his two robot vacuum cleaners at home, Ruby and Rupert.