Who runs Metro? FEMA? Liberal Waiters and other protest stories

This is an update of yesterday’s post and includes additional links. I marched in the protest Sunday, taking photos and observing the scene. For part of the way I traveled with a Buddhist group, determined and gentle souls, who marched to a rhythmic cadence set by their drummers.

I don’t know what will be reported about this protest, how it will be spun by the nonsense writers, dismissed or celebrated, but I found the event quite moving. The people I met were genuinely concerned. Of course, when it comes to blogging about this, I must sprinkle in some irreverency to these links of note. Some of the links are from writers based outside the Metro area. (And please note Penn State name badge holder on Chief Ramsey.) There was a very positive vibe writes Dilatory Action. Photos. Peaceniks were the impetus for several detours and lots of questions. “What would Jesus bomb?” and “Mr. Bush, why aren’t your kids in Iraq?” they demanded. writes DC Shenanigans. Little Green Footballs says the protest was hosted by the peace-loving Stalinists of International Answer. Whatever. Crooks and Liars commenters round out the hyperbole. Writes one: I was there and I estimate the crowd at more than two-three million. Not everyone was on the Mall in front of the stage. I saw quite a few protestors in the NASM, on 495, at Dupont Circle, at Tyson’s Square, and even at Rockville Plaza. Not all were carrying signs. Most looked normal. You have to add them all up to get a true and accurate figure. Metro woes: We got to Huntington Metro Station at 9, but we didn’t leave it till 9:40 ish, because the yellow, blue, and green lines of the Metro were only running one track due to “scheduled” maintence. So the metro was pretty messed up. From Lost Lorax.

More Metro woes: Failed Southern Lady becomes the Metro Hostage: …. But it was all overshadowed by the fact it took me TWO HOURS to get home from Dupont Circle ….. Who the hell plans track maintenance on 3 lines when this is one of the busiest weekends yet?

Lots of photos on Democracy Cell Project.

Most of the protesters looked just like well, my mom. Middle aged women in twin sets, keds, khakis and denim jackets talking about the War while sipping hot tea. I also saw a lot of college kids with backpacks and birkenstocks. Young professionals blackberrying pictures of the protest to their friends. And military vets usually surrounded by a crowd engaged in strenuous discussion. Writes The Beauty and the Beltway

The DC blog regulars are, of course, writing about more urgent problems. From Athens Fabulous 101.

This was Lonnie Bruner’s biggest protest, and with camera in tow has assembled a nice collection of photos, including the one on the immediate left.

And the overwrought protest writing award goes to the Huffington Post: The gray skies hung overhead, casting monochrome silence among the crowds.

The Huffington Post could learn how reporting is suppose to work from Seenster. He doesn’t even report from the protest (we think) and comes back with better material with the help of his tape recorder. Among his intercepts: “Bloggers are hipsters of the Internet: vapid, drug dependent, bad haircuts and wandering like freaking bums. I hope they get burned on capital gains tax.”

Flickr photos tagged protest.

Better yet: Collage of Protest on asi es mi vida.

Screaming at Bush all day is “hard work,” writes GreyBlog.

Protest size calculated in metrics, by Hekt News Independent.

Most bizarre, is the SegwayFest. . . the national convention for Segway owners is being held at Hotel Washington. And that’s weird for me because I remember when the Segway was introduced in 2001 at Epcot’s Innoventions. From Love, Love Love. Link for SegwayFest.

… my taxes are no longer supporting that war. From We Move to Canada.

As one might expect, at least 90 percent of the group looked to be under the age of 30 (you need to be young to realize how evil the IMF is). The crowd was festive, preferring the beat of drummers to protest chants. From Power Line.

Friday night’s Critical Mass bike ride from Dupont Circle — a report by Unspooled. Just riding along with so many people drawing cheers, jeers, peace signs and the finger from cars and pedestrians was a nice feeling. Some riders yelled the prerequisite “Whose Streets? Our Streets!” “More bikes, less cars!” and various anti-war chants. Check out the photo.

Owl Spotting photos of the National Book Festival and protest.

Numerous photos on Global Cop From DC

Local photobloggers at work: Daily Dreamtime DC Streets Joe Tresh

Many photos and words on Liberal Rage, and dinner, of course: We had a great table overlooking the train station main hall, and a fabulously liberal waiter (remember – DC and all) named Austin who asked us about the protesting. Because he was so adorable and liberal, we asked if we could take his picture …

This has nothing to with the protest. Our headline-writing award of the day goes to the Washington Times: School for losing weight expands