We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Besides being filled with hatred for Trump's personality, Mrs. BD could not figure out what they actually want. All I could tell was that they dislike fascism (who doesn't?) and love abortions ("love" abortions?). Many of them brought their kids with them... Also, lots of "Impeach Trump." Why I do not know. In any event, their silly pussy hat march almost made us late for the Sat. matinee of Farinelli at the Belasco so we were pissed off as were all other theater-goers. Police were re-routing everybody around the closed streets for their "parade."
Also highly annoying: they were routed from 6th Ave down 44th St towards Times Square so you could hear their drums and bullhorns from inside the theater. That was a shame because the singing of the counter-tenor in the play was delicious. Also, the first time I have heard live counter-tenor singing.
These pics from the end of the parade, after the play, as we began our urban hike from 44th St. down to Bleeker for a little cozy supper. Walking in the city is always highly entertaining.
Heard that 30 or so showed up in our downtown and ranted for an hour or so. Didn't make the TV news that I saw. Of course we're small time, metro area pop about 375,000 in a blue county in a deep red state.
I don't like coincidences--they make me twitch! So, let's see now why do you think it is that these marches have planned for this day? How close to the typical "final day before shutting down" does this come on a regular basis. Is it possible that the reason we have a second march at the same time as the first one, is not necessarily to establish "the day for the pussy march" every year as the same day, but perhaps BECAUSE these marches were already scheduled, the democrats dragged their feet with the DACA/BUDGET RENEWAL thing in order to have the march LOOK like they were supporting shutting down the government? Does that make any sense to anyone--it's kinda like a two fer, get one get the second one for free deal.
I also picked the wrong day to seek cultural entertainment in NYC. I drove down to Connecticut to catch the metro north line at New Haven. I wanted to see the Michelangelo exhibit (very interesting, btw) at the Met. So the train from New Haven to Grand Central, instead of the usual quiet few people on the early Saturday morning, was full of Yale women with pussy hats and protest signs buzzing with anticipation for the march. Same on the way home.
I walked up Lexington to avoid the crowd, rather than up 5th as I would normally have done. Nice day for a long stroll in New York, though.
As time continues to stumble along, I must say, NYC - especially the Midtown/Downtown portions of Manhattan Borough - is coming more and more to devolve and deteriorate into SanFran, Kalifornicatia, only with far-crappier climate, less-"interesting" geography and public accommodations/attractions and generally-surlier "native" populations and constabulary -
All in all, I'm pleased to have made the half-dozen-or-so forays into the Noo Yawk milieu in which I participated prior to the last decade or so - and to having no further necessity nor desire to further indulge, at any time foreseeable...
I do sometimes miss the deli restaurants, though...cheesecake and corned-beef brisket superior to almost anywhere else on Earth - and the smoked whitefish!...
Ah, well - you can always get Carnegie Deli by mail-order, even (or especially) the cheesecake and the brisket, and we have whitefish (smoked, even!) just down the road a bit here in Coastal NC, without having to see or hear pussy-hatted morons to get to it.
The air and the sidewalks are much cleaner here, too...