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Handful of Tea Party Patriots Show Up to Protest on Tax Day in Pasadena & Burbank

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All across the country today, Tax Day, members of groups affiliated with the Tea Party Patriots are holding rallies in their communities to spotlight their dismay at the role of government and their level of taxation. Two such rallies took place early this afternoon in Pasadena and in Burbank, with a small turnout at each location composed of predominantly older, white protesters bearing handmade signs and waving flags.

In Pasadena, organizer Wayne Jett explained to a photographer and an interested late arrival that the small turnout was due to his posting the 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. event on the steps of City Hall online just this morning. "Bring your best protest sign and come, You and I won't be the only ones there, 'I betcha!'" beckons his event listing. Despite the midday hour the gathering was quiet and attracted little attention.

Taking a different approach at McCambridge Park in Burbank was another small group, who assembled at 2 p.m. with their signs and flags. "NO MORE TAXES" read one, while another decried state and federal Democratic leaders as "LIARS" and demanded they be voted out. Positioning themselves on the street corner, so that, as one participant quipped, "at least people can see us and throw things at us," the dozen or so accepted honks from passing cars with claps and shouts of appreciation.

There are several other Tea Party Patriots Tax Day events taking place in the Los Angeles area this evening.