I was lucky enough to check out some of the excitement that took place downtown St. Paul on opening day of the RNC. Most are shots from the protest march that swarmed the streets in a continuous loop. Very interesting and entertaining stuff, to say the least.
The only thing CNN cared to report were the arrests made on 300 self-proclaimed "anarchists" that were smashing windows and damaging police cars. They made up a very small fraction of the thousands of participants who chose to protest in a civil manner. Other than some tear gas that was launched a couple blocks from where I was standing, I never saw anything get out of hand. CNN's coverage would have you believe this took place in a third world country. To be honest, I wish I could have caught some of that. Oh well, tomorrow is the final day of the convention, so more drama isn't unlikely.
Anyway, here are some shots. Many of them look much better enlarged, so by all means, click on any of them for better results!
"Your dicks are THIS big?!"
Colonel Sanders hates fags!
At one point, just to my right, I spotted The Daily Show's Larry Wilmore taking some shots of his own. Also "Mr. Brown" from The Office. Very cool!
And one shot from the Take Back Labor Day festival, where Tom Morello had a solo act.