Eschaton has a post today regarding some rather poor planning by some teabaggers in D.C. It seems nobody got a permit to dump a million tea bags on public property, so they are winding up in the conference room of a right-wing stink tank. Nice.
And from here in Vancouver, WA., comes another oops.
Organizers of a Saturday anti-government-spending protest in downtown Vancouver have failed to get the required city permits.
“The fire department would like to know about canopies and tents and what size they are. If you have any cooking going on during the event, fire needs to inspect that as well. The police department needs to know about the gathering and the route the walk is taking. Are you going to be following the law and using the traffic signals and crosswalks? They also need to know about the route so if they have an emergency call, they don’t send cop cars flying through the crowd of people.”
The city was also kind of wondering about stuff like bathrooms.
Don’t get me wrong, permits should not be used to prevent free speech. While my experience with rallies and such is from the last century, usually you can call up government entities like parks departments and police departments and they’ll work with you. Mostly they just want to make sure everyone is safe, since if it’s on their property they can be sued if some horrible teabagging accident happens.
Luckily the Vancouver event isn’t until Saturday, so maybe things can be worked out.
UPDATE 3:54 PM– The Columbian has updated the original article (linked above) and it sounds like the organizers will indeed work everything out. Free speech rocks. Sadly, I will be cleaning lint out of drawers on Saturday.