Ahmadin-a-palooza

Earlier this afternoon, I attended the rally protesting the attendance of President Ahmadinejad at the UN General Assembly.  While there, I wrote a running diary.  Here it is:

10:55- A bunch of my friends from Montreal/Ottawa/Toronto have come to New York to join the protest.  I meet them at the offices of the American Jewish Committee.

11:02- I overhear/participate in the first Palin debate of the day.  “She should be here!” “No she shouldn’t!” Oh, the excitement.

11:03- While the Palin argument carries on, 3 kids starting arguing over how much the Toronto Maple Leafs suck.  Glad to hear that they are in the spirit of protest.

11:11- 2nd Palin argument.  Supposedly, there are people who are protesting the rally because Palin was disinvited.  I’m not sure where to start with this.  Do you really hate Hillary more than Ahmadinejad?

11:12- I see a sign, “Israel is here to stay.” That’ll shut those protesters up.

11:14- I’m offered a free t-shirt.  I consider for a moment being that I haven’t done laundry in a while, but then decline.  On the back, the shirts say “Stop promoting genocide.”  But the girl in front of me’s hair is so long that is only says “promoting genocide.”

11:19- I can’t get that SNL song, “I Ran So Far Away” out of my head…”like a very hairy Jake Gyllenhall to me…”

11:22- For security reasons, no signs are allowed to be held up by wood, so a lot of signs are using paper towel rolls.  How many ribs and chicken wings did these people have to eat in order to use an entire roll of paper towels?  I would not want to be a toilet on the Upper West Side tonight.

11:24-A bunch of cars are honking.  I can’t confirm this, but there might be a “Honk if you’re horny” sign.

11:25- First inappropriate joke of the day.  My friend asks, “Would you rather- Palin or Wiesel?”  I have no response (Palin).

11:28- Someone asks whether or not the Neturei Karta need a minyan in order to protest.

11:46- I arrive at Dag Hammarskjold Square.  Which brings me to the question, do you need to have a hilarious name in order to become the Secretary General of the UN?  Hammarskjold, Boutros Boutros Ghali, Ban-Ki Moon…the list goes on.

Posted on September 22, 2008

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