While many cities held their tea parties in the morning or early afternoon, Bloomington, in an obvious move to boost attendance, waited until 5 pm to start. That didn't stop over a hundred people from being on hand, many carrying large signs.
Notable signs were racist "Chains We Can Believe In" and frightening "Veterans Need Guns?" with a phone number. Far outnumbering these oddities were protests of government spending, mortgage bailouts, government in general, and Obama in particular.
This was strong Ron Paul country during the election. Many of the people here seem to be from this group. They didn't seem too uncomfortable about palling around with "fellow travelers" like racists and Limbaugh listening conspiracy nuts.
Look at this terrible button some sweet little old lady was wearing. She was proud to show it to me for a close-up.
The attendance wound up at around 250 with people arriving during the entire two hour event. At 7 pm organizers adjourned to the deck of Kilroys, reserved in advance, for a meet & greet. There were no speakers except for the organizers, local men Spencer Leiter and Doug Parker.
That last one says "IMPEACH OBAMA The First Illegal President"