The Occupy protesters and their friends, such as Code Pink, are a little confused in regards to how our government is run. Because of budget cutbacks--Chicago is in tough shape financially--Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed six of the city's twelve mental health clinics.
This march was a protest against those closures. And one of the demonstrators' chants this afternoon was "Money for health care, not for war."
The duties of Chicago's mayor do not include national defense. Not even the legendary Boss of Chicago, Richard J. Daley, had that much power. Although if you were a hippie protester in Grant Park in 1968, you might have disagreed.
And now the photos...
He's standing at the marshalling area for the march, Horner Park, in the Albany Park neighborhood. Exactly what does the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay have to to with Chicago's mental health clinics?
The barbarians are inside the city: Montrose Avenue from the Union Pacific rail bridge. What do you say, about 1,000 people? Oh, it was a tricky climb to get on top of this bridge, there was no way I wasn't going to include this dearly bought photograph.
Let's zoom in on the participants.
Jodie Evans, a co-founder of the radical leftist group Code Pink. In addition to the flyers she was distributing, Evans was handing out "Make Out, Not War" stickers.
Medea Benjamin, another Code Pink co-founder, carrying a "No NATO' rifle. Remember, this was a protest concerning mental health cutbacks.
This one is rich. Here is one of those garish Obama stimulus 'campaign signs' with The One's left-wing children marching past. The woman in pink is Benjamin.
Aging hippie alert--and he has another off-topic message.
On Rahm Emanuel's block. Oh, the mayor is not a union buster, outside of his support of charter schools, which is something that I agree with him on. Strongly.
A show of force on the Emanuel side of the street. Many of the Chicago cops are riding bicycles this weekend. This monitoring tactic is working well.
Because this van looked like a police vehicle, the occupiers vandalized it. It was parked directly across the street from the mayor's home. But the van had an Illinois environmental specialty license plate. C'mon now, do cop vans really use those type of plates? The circle-A is an anarchist symbol, and yes, the graffiti reads, "Pigs on wheels."
That same van, "occupied." The sticker will be much easier to remove than the graffiti.
What did the mayor think of all of this? I don't know--he wasn't home.
And finally, my video. Once again it is not-safe-for-work.
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