The informal monthly meeting of knuckle-dragging Neanderthal New England bloggers was held in Cambridge MA today. The unusual venue was chosen to take advantage of former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami’s visit to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. We did not attempt to get tickets for the lecture, which was to feature the fruits of Ayatollah Khatami’s lucubrations on Tolerance. Perhaps when Madonna comes to lecture on personal modesty, or Donald Trump on humility, or Bernie Ebbers on business ethics, we will try harder.
The protest against Khatami’s visit was remarkable. It was a revolt of the reasonable, and the participants seemed to be trying hard to avoid inconveniencing anyone. They did not block the entrance; instead, they assembled farther down the street where the sidewalk widened into a little brick-laid park, right next to the semi-organic farm stand. There was a cordon of Cambridge policemen (no women) in their special black uniforms, but they were quite unnecessary. The speaker used a bullhorn, but the volume was set so low that it was impossible to hear her 20 feet away.
Pictures and a little commentary on the extended link. Flickr is having issues, so check back for more pictures later.
The bloggers included Teresa of Technicalities, Miss Kelly, Steve from Pardon my English, Jay from Accidental Verbosity, Richard Landes from the Augean Stables, the organizer and motive force, Sol of Solomonia, and a couple of familiar faces I just couldn’t place:
The Boston Globe article described the protest as being student-led, but students seemed to be a minority.
The speaker had a portable PA system, but it was inaudible. Not that this travesty required much comment.
There were, of course, protest babes. It’s nice to see common sense so well represented.
There were a few well-behaved moonbats. They seemed to attract more than their share of TV reporters. The Molotov-Ribbentrop treaty was apparently more than a fluke, as the enduring affection the Left holds for fascists demonstrates.
The crowd was relaxed and peaceable. A few signs appeared to have been prepared ahead of time; most looked like they were done on impulse. Most of the protesters would not have looked out of place at a suburban Tee-ball game.
Teresa says the fellow in the center with the sign is talk-show host Michael Graham. Graham got fired from a DC-area radio station for saying bad things about Muslims, which is apparently ever so much worse than saying bad things about Americans or Jews. That only gets you invitations from the Kennedy School of Government. Talk radio always sounds to me like the guy in Dunkin Donuts you wish would just eat his donut and shut up. Nice sign, though.
We also met Diane Covert, whose The X-Ray Project shows the results of suicide bombings through the medical records of the survivors. Her matter-of-fact presentation only makes the horror more clear.
Yet another update: the “Jay” referred to was actually Viper1. Sorry for the confusion.