75,000 Bikers versus 25 Truthers
For event organizers, the definition of failure is when counter-protesters and police outnumber your intended audience.
A good example to total event failure was the “Million Muslim March,” which was just a bit shy of its goal…by 999,975 people.
And it seems that the event wasn’t so much about Islam, but about the theories of 9-11 “Truthers”.
Attendance evidently ran into the dozens, although it was hard to pick the demonstrators out from counter-demonstrators and reporters covering the event, who may have outnumbered them. It didn’t help that the event was linked to anti-Semites and 9/11 conspiracy theorist lunatics.
While the Biker’s event was less than “2 Million”, the turnout for these patriots was much more substantial. Via Twitter and Twitchy, it looks like there were over 75,000 hogs on the roads of the nation’s capital today.
The following video captures the awesome awesomeness of the bikers’ tribute:
There have been many other great personal recollections and remembrances today. My College Insurrection compatriot, Aleister, honors New York City firefighter Paul Tegtmeier with a touching homage. San Diego blogging team member Barry Jacobson recalls how he painted his house in an effort to distance himself from the enormity of the diasster.
Myself? Twelve years ago I was attempting to keep myself calm watching the news…as I was six months pregnant. Now, 12 years later, my son and I just watched a special on the day’s airport closures on one of the cable networks.
But of all the items I read today, this one from Shifra (producer of The Tammy Bruce Show) struck me most deeply. It recounts a blessing given by a Jewish woman to Christians who had just returned her purse.
….And then, she did remember a blessing, something from her childhood.
“May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob keep you from harm.”
On the way home, the couple stopped at a local restaurant.
But the man must have eaten some bad food, because he awoke early the next morning, doubled over with stomach cramps.
“I can’t go to work like this,” he told his wife. “What a disaster. I have a very important breakfast meeting today.”
“Nice ‘blessing’ you got from that woman, huh?” his wife laughed.
That was the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The breakfast meeting was scheduled for 8 a.m. on the 107th floor of the Windows on the World Restaurant at the World Trade Center.
And, in a way, I think God is sending a message in the difference in attendance between these two events today.
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I thought the estimate was 880,000+ bikers? http://kplr11.com/2013/05/27/video-900000-rolling-thunder-riders-in-dc/
They group is reporting some estimates as high as 1.2 million on their FB page, https://www.facebook.com/2MillionBikersDC
Dunno who’s doing the estimating or how they’re doing it, but there was a hell of a lot of bikers there that’s for sure.
Well, when Prof. West’s hair is the most ridiculous thing about him, it’s a good day.
Cornell. What a douche.
Something subversively funny about 75,000 “hogs” showing up a Million Muslim March on 9/11.
I saw pictures of a guy selling pulled pork sandwiches on Constitution Avenue with a big sign saying, basically, These are PORK sandwiches, b1tches!”. It was hilarious. I can’t find the photo now. I think I found it on Twitter.
Found it on Gateway Pundit! http://4-ps.googleusercontent.com/h/www.thegatewaypundit.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/441x503x2013-09-11_Free_Pork_to_Muslim_Marchers.jpg.pagespeed.ic.LSJXxilYZf.jpg
I saw this comment posted on Breitbart yesterday: “At approximately 1 p.m., “2 Million Bikers to DC” Facebook page co-founder Belinda Bee posted that police have counted nearly one million bikers are on the streets of Washington.”
To put the numbers in perspective, 250,000 people at the Mall is a normal 4th of July, with 500,000 for a Centennial celebration. Both events swamp the local subways.
75,000 motorcycles wouldn’t strain the subway system, but they would all be in addition to the regular traffic, which almost gridlocks twice a day. Each of those bikes has to be parked when it is not running. They drove around the beltway, and along many of the streets.
For another test, the sound was audible in the upper floors the office buildings a few streets removed from the White House.
There was no way to be in DC and miss this demonstration.
Cornell West is the essence of the soft bigotry of lowered expectations.
A lot of folks did not know what the 2M Bikers in DC was about. Yesterday, I explained to a friend who, along with her husband, is a biker. Her comment? Shucks, if I’d known it was in response to the 25 Muslim march, we’d have gone.
Don’t fall for that not-about-Islam-Truthers canarde, Leslie. Muslims both praise the 19 killers of 3,000 people on American soil while declaiming that the mass murder was done by Muslims. Really crazy stuff. They want the cred for it but only if they give themselves the cred. If we say they did it, they start spouting weird, wild, and wacky conspiracy theories, one of which is “da Juice did it!”.
Had their numbers been far greater or on a par with the majority, yesterday would have been another day of bloodshed by Muslims. Remember, some guy spoke the truth about Mohammed.
I would have preferred a shut out. For an event organizer, “failure” is when what you did wasn’t newsworthy; not when you put on a crap event that next to no one attends but you nevertheless still get lots of publicity.
Crap, was that yesterday … I had so wanted to counter-protest that with a large post of one of the Mohammed cartoons.
Is there video from the 11-Sep-2013 ride?
This video is from another earlier ride.
Wow. First the Professor declares that our Founders wanted foreign nationals to run the United States and now he underestimates the bikers by 800,000.
Are you guys just getting lazy or has Trent Lott opened a bank account for you?
Reading. It’s what grownups do, preferably before they write.
Cornell west always appears to need a shower.