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Jokinomx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 04:31 PM
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20 to 25,000 attend Grand Rapids Kerry Rally!!!!
I just got back from Grand Rapids and all I can say is WOW!!! Over 20,000 supporters of John Kerry showed up to root him on. Teresa Heinz Kerry also spoke.... to a very very appreciative crowd....

A funny moment... T.H.K. was thanking Michigan... over and over as the crowd noise slowly subsided... just as it got quiet enough to have everyone hear... a man from the audience yelled..."Tell bush to shove it".... EVERYONE just started laughing and T.H.K... gave a sly eyed look and said "Thank You Michigan". It was great..

All in all a fabulous turn out for our next President.
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never cry wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 04:33 PM
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1. Wow, on a work day too!
Awesome.
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enki23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 04:34 PM
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2. that's a damned large margin of error...
but i'll take it, and hope for something closer to the 25,000.

i'll be going to see edwards tomorrow.
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Jokinomx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 04:53 PM
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4. He was going to be here today with Kerry... but
he went to Florida instead. In exchange T.H.K. spoke for about 15 to 20 minutes before John did... Even though I wanted to hear Edwards --I think it was more than a fair trade... :-)
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MI Cherie Donating Member (682 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 04:51 PM
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3. Did you take pictures?
Local media is down-playing it to "thousands" or 5,000.



Looks like a huge crowd!

Carl Levin said it was the biggest gathering for ANY politician in Grand Rapids!

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jimshoes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 04:57 PM
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5. Screw the media...
Try as they might to downplay the popular support, they are powerless to stop us!
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Dudley_DUright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 05:01 PM
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8. I am getting a strong sense of deja vu
The media did the same thing during the peace marches and downplayed the numbers. :mad:
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MI Cherie Donating Member (682 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 05:08 PM
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10. Live reporting had the 20,000 estimate.
Evening news is attempting to re-write it.

(They are consistent with only about "a dozen" protesters!)

Is this happening elsewhere, too?
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Jokinomx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 04:58 PM
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6. I am getting them developed as we speak...
The local station channel 8.... stated... up to 25,000.... I will post a couple of mine when I get them back. I wish I had a digital.. :-(
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amandabeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 05:10 PM
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13. Is it WZZM? I loathe them. (former W.MI native) n/t
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Jokinomx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 05:17 PM
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14. No... WzzM said about 12,000...
they also showed a couple of chimps holding a chimp sign... I never saw them personally..... then the four people holding up anti abortion signs. Those four I did see...
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amandabeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 07:58 PM
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17. Not as bad as I thought they'd be.
My mom watches them. Everytime I'm visiting, I am just so surprised how many times the on-air personalities can say "family" in a 30 minute newscast.

Not that I have anything against families, but geesh, a lot of people are either single or without kids in the house. I always thought that 'ZZM didn't care if I watched their channel or not. If mom wasn't around, I'd turn to Cadillac or Traverse City channels. They seem to be less family-obsessed.
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 06:46 PM
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16. Similar shot...unbelievable crowd!
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Feanorcurufinwe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-03-04 09:35 PM
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19. Another angle
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bain_sidhe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 04:59 PM
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7. Wow, GOP country!?!
West Michigan, home of the DeVos's and Amway had a 20,000 turnout? That's a good sign! I'm impressed!!!!!!!
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Puglover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 05:01 PM
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9. I LOVE Grand Rapids!
We visit friends there every summer. It is SOOO conservative. This is HUGE!
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amandabeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 05:09 PM
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11. I'm from W. Michigan originally and visit there frequently.
This is truly astonishing! Betsy De Vos and that evil Postumous (or however his name is spelled) must be in huge hissy fits. I love it!

I wonder from how far away people came?

There are lots of Dems in neighboring Muskegon, Lansing and Kalamazoo.

There are also a lot of folks from the Lake Michigan shoreline and the beautiful woods, lakes and streams country up north who are really pissed with some of *'s environmental roll-backs. It took a lot to start the clean up of some really beautiful areas and no one wants to back-pedal.

Go West Michigan!
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 05:09 PM
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12. It can't be true.Kerry hit the trail with a thud.Wolf told us so!
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-02-04 06:40 PM
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15. The folks in Grand Rapids have woke up and have arrived.
Thank you Grand Rapids.
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Johnny B. Goode Donating Member (90 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-03-04 08:32 PM
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18. Great!
:thumbsup:
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-03-04 10:16 PM
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20. Yo, Betsey....eat your heart out baby. We feel your pain.
Native of West Michigan sick to death of the damn republicans.
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MoonRiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-03-04 10:32 PM
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21. What an incredible report!!! GOOOO TERESA!!!!
Keep :kick:ing Repuke arse!!
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