Tea Party Slogan “Don’t Tread on Me”; Tea Party Action “We’ll Tread on You”

Don't Tread on my Head

Don't Tread on my Head

So this little juicy bit of the real world is making the rounds.  First up, the video evidence…

Yes, yes, I know, a bit more violent and nasty than my normal fare.  That’s Election 2010 and the joy the Tea Party has brought to American politics.

This story, BTW, gets funnier.

Like when the big guy who stomped on the little girl’s head goes on to demand an apology from the little girl…

The Rand Paul campaign volunteer who stepped on the head of a liberal activist after she had been wrestled to the ground outside a debate said Wednesday that the incident has been blown out of proportion and that the activist owes him an apology. “She’s a professional at what she does,” Tim Profitt, who was fired Tuesday from Paul’s Senate campaign, said in an interview with local television station WKYT. “When all the facts come out people will see that she’s the one who initiated the whole thing.”

A fairly typical response from serial abusers, “she was asking for it.”   It is highly creative to physically assualt someone and then demand they apologize to you. That’s some serious hutzpaugh, or, when spelled correctly and translated to English, bullshit. [He topped himself by blaming “back pain” for why he needed to stomp.]

It’s also curious to note the evolving message coming from the Paul campaign, starting from the “both sides are bad” and evolving to  “both sides are bad, and sorry.”

This is of course a completely isoloted incident (like this one was) and in no way represents the fantasies of Limbaugh-loving folks across the country.  Oh, to have a liberal to, litterally, grind under the heel of your boot.   And to do so while wearing a “Don’t Tread on Me” button.  Delicious, I say.  Or at least I would if I had violent fantasies about showing liberals who’s the boss.  Not that I think all these folks have these fantasies, but after seeing this one realized and those who quickly jump to his defense…it doesn’t seem to be an uncommon dream.

But the real punchline on this one, for me at least, is this full page ad that ran *today* touting the head-stomper’s support for Paul in the coming election.

As a final bit on this, and our current, horrid, corporate meida, this Examiner looked at how Fox (who has largely ignored this one, as per) would cover it were the situation somewhat reversed.

–  Megyn Kelly would spend the entire hour of “America Live” devoted to expressing various levels of outrage.  Even more outrage would be expressed toward those who were baselessly defending the attackers.  The clip would be shown at least a dozen times, as Kelly did with the New Black Panther’s case footage.-  Glenn Beck would begin his show with a mix of tears and anger.  He would say this is a fulfillment of his prophecy regarding “violence” coming from the radical left.  He would compare the attack to attacks by the “Brownshirts” of Nazi Germany, and claim this is just the first step in larger progressive waves of violence.  Beck would then bring out his chalkboard to connect the attackers to George Soros, the Tides Foundation, NPR, and – yes – President Obama himself.  Beck would then warn his audience of the coming economic collapse, before cutting to a Goldline commercial.

–  Bill O’Reilly would send some of his producers to demand answers from individuals who had nothing to do with the attack.  In his “Talking Points”, O’Reilly would condemn the entire Democratic Party and explain how this will doom them in the upcoming elections.

Ultimately, I think this is just another asshole who self-identified with the Tea Party.  Like this one. And this one. And this one. All completely isolated incidenst of crazy and extremism.  Sure, every single major (and many minor) Tea Party candidates have all had these isolated incidents.  But that doesn’t mean anything, as I’m told repeatedly, when this stuff just keeps happening week after week, that these are all isolated incidents, and certainly not indicative that a bunch of extremists have wormed their way into the mainstream during a time of crisis.

Like this reports concludes.

One would like to think that the crazy will subside after another week or so when these (and many sane) folks act like citizens and  get thier vote on.   I, for one, am happy to be able to vote *against* the guy that called for violent revolution if he loses at the ballot box.

Hopefully, the nutjob fringe will recede a bit after this election, but considering that Chairman Fartbama HUSSEIN Obungo will still be President (as some so maturely refer to him), I’d expect the crazy to continue for 2, probably 6, more years.

At least we get some solid lulz out of the deal, and only one girl had to be head-stomped for it.

What “The Left” Knows for sure about the Tea Party

There’s been a bit of debate recently about the Tea Party is, and what it stands for.  Having watched the movement saddle up its hover-round from the get-go, I’ve got a solid grasp on this thing, and what it is doing.

But that doesn’t stop News Corp from telling me I don’t.  Here’s the latest bit of hackery that is now standard fare at the Wall Street Journal (Fox News: Print Edition).

Highly educated people say the darndest things, these days particularly about the tea party movement. Vast numbers of other highly educated people read and hear these dubious pronouncements, smile knowingly, and nod their heads in agreement. University educations and advanced degrees notwithstanding, they lack a basic understanding of the contours of American constitutional government.

This should be interesting.  When you start out with “educated people are dumb” as your given article of truth, who knows where you’ll end up.  Perhaps near the Tear Party?  Anywho, barb that I thought of later (and just edited in) complete.

The article then goes on to portray various portrayals of the Tea Party as wrong.  You can check out his favorites to dismiss there.  I noticed he doesn’t mention Matt Taibbi’s article, which is one of the more direct and expletive-ridden assessments of the movement I’ve seen to date.

The article then makes a rather strange claim, given the realities we’ve been seeing lately (which I’ll get to in a moment).

Born in response to President Obama’s self-declared desire to fundamentally change America, the tea party movement has made its central goals abundantly clear. Activists and the sizeable swath of voters who sympathize with them want to reduce the massively ballooning national debt [A], cut runaway federal spending [B], keep taxes in check [C], reinvigorate the economy [D], and block the expansion of the state into citizens’ lives [E].

In other words, the tea party movement is inspired above all by a commitment to limited government [X]. And that does distinguish it from the competition.

See, now here is where many note the huge contradictions inherent in the Tea Party, from its birth to its offspring.

[A] The debt grew more under Bush and Reagan (90% of the total) than anyone else.  Even Obama’s first full year brought it down from Bush’s final year.  That this is all blamed on Obama is contradictory and wrong.

[B] First off, it’s not runaway.  Second, if you don’t count Military, Medicare, and Social Security as federal spending (since they can’t seem to be touched or talked about for cutting it) then the complaints here are very empty.  Which of the three do you want to cut and how much.

[C] Obama cut taxes already.

In a New York Times/CBS News Poll last month, fewer than one in 10 respondents knew that the Obama administration had lowered taxes for most Americans. Half of those polled said they thought that their taxes had stayed the same, a third thought that their taxes had gone up, and about a tenth said they did not know.

Actually, the tax cut was, by design, hard to notice. Faced with evidence that people were more likely to save than spend the tax rebate checks they received during the Bush administration, the Obama administration decided to take a different tack: it arranged for less tax money to be withheld from people’s paychecks.

They reasoned that people would be more likely to spend a small, recurring extra bit of money that they might not even notice, and that the quicker the money was spent, the faster it would cycle through the economy.

And so they did, without noticing it, and getting a check in the mail.  This one is tough for Obama (and why he’s going to lose in 2010…) here he did exactly what the people most piss off wanted him to do, and they think he did the opposite.  I can only imagine *why* they think this, and to what degree it relates to them getting their information from the aforementioned (and totally fair and balanced) international media conglomerate.

[D] I’m guessing by “re-invigorate the economy” they either mean 1) do nothing (doing anything could be considered “stimulus” and they all think that’s bad) and 2) cut taxes.  If it’s 2) please see [A], [B], and [C] above.

When you have a set (federal) budget, cutting income (taxes) is the exact same on the bottom line (the deficit) as spending.  You can’t cut taxes and the deficit at the same time.  It’s a political experiment that’s been failing for twenty years.  It’s as silly as cutting taxes and going to war simultaneouly (so I guess the Republicans might do it again, since they did it the first time).

[E] and [X] both go together.  Here’s the *REAL* problem with the Tea Party.  You can see the end result of what any party brings to the table in its candidates.  In the case of the Tea Party, well, it’s pretty evidently filled with a bunch of nuts.  In Alaska there’s a guy, fired from a gov’t job for incompetence, put his wife on unemployment, then complains both about government incompetence and federal unemployment help.  In Nevada there’s a lady that thinks Muslims have taken over Dallas, TX (and it’s ruled under harsh Sharia law). In Delware…oh…in Delaware…the darling of the Tea Party (who is definitely *not* a witch) DOESN’T EVEN KNOW WHAT’S IN THE 1ST AMENDMENT.

“Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” O’Donnell asked, a statement that drew laughter from the audience. When Coons returned to the topic a few minutes later, he said her comment “reveals her fundamental misunderstanding of what our Constitution is.”

“The First Amendment establishes the separation, the fact that the federal government shall not establish religion,” Coons said.

“The First Amendment does?” O’Donnell interrupted. “You’re telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?”

When Coons summarized the amendment as saying government shall make no law establishing religion, O’Donnell interrupted again: “That’s in the First Amendment?”

Her comments, in a debate aired on radio station WDEL, generated a buzz in the audience.

“You actually audibly heard the crowd gasp,” Widener University political scientist Wesley Leckrone said after the debate, adding that it raised questions about O’Donnell’s grasp of the Constitution.

There is a pretty simple explanation for where political mis-understandings like O’Donnell’s come from.   Here’s what happens: the concepts of the Consitution get simplified over time.  There is a concept, embodied in the First Amendment, that the state and religion should be kept separate.  As someone once put it, freedom of religion comes with freedom from religion.  The state doesn’t endorse or deny religion.  The concept is called “separation of Church and State”.

What people like O’Donnell believe is that because the exact phrase of the concept is not in the Constitution the concept itself isn’t.  Their argument goes exactly like what O’Donnell stated, “Show me where it is!”   This overly simplistic thinking about how the Constitution works (“Show me where the right to abort is!”) is endemic in the Tea Party.  All of their All-Stars share this same problem (if not the problem of outright hypocrisy and nutjobery).  Simplicity to the point of error is wrong.

The idea that “limited government” means that government is small enough to only control who you marry, what you can worship, when you can die, when you give birth, and gives you a choice of what country to invade is ludicrous.  “Smaller government” seems to mean very little in the real world (see [B] above, and Bush and Reagan before) to these people.  The Tea Party itself is more important than what actual candidates mean and say (or do or have done).  And that’s either party’s candidates.

So, trust me, we know what the Tea Party is about.  All too well.  We’ve seen it for years, over there, on the fringes.  Now it has simply evolved on the backs of crisis into something more.  And something less.

We know that the light of day is exactly what is needed to either propel a movement to prominence or condemn it back to the shadows.

November will let us know which way this cookie crumbled, and I’m betting on shadows for the Tea Party (based on the quality of the candidates it has produced).

Taibbi Nails the Baggers

This is as solid a summation as I’ve seen.

The individuals in the Tea Party may come from very different walks of life, but most of them have a few things in common. After nearly a year of talking with Tea Party members from Nevada to New Jersey, I can count on one hand the key elements I expect to hear in nearly every interview. One: Every single one of them was that exceptional Republican who did protest the spending in the Bush years, and not one of them is the hypocrite who only took to the streets when a black Democratic president launched an emergency stimulus program. (“Not me — I was protesting!” is a common exclamation.) Two: Each and every one of them is the only person in America who has ever read the Constitution or watched Schoolhouse Rock. (Here they have guidance from Armey, who explains that the problem with “people who do not cherish America the way we do” is that “they did not read the Federalist Papers.”) Three: They are all furious at the implication that race is a factor in their political views — despite the fact that they blame the financial crisis on poor black homeowners, spend months on end engrossed by reports about how the New Black Panthers want to kill “cracker babies,” support politicians who think the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was an overreach of government power, tried to enact South African-style immigration laws in Arizona and obsess over Charlie Rangel, ACORN and Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Four: In fact, some of their best friends are black! (Reporters in Kentucky invented a game called “White Male Liberty Patriot Bingo,” checking off a box every time a Tea Partier mentions a black friend.) And five: Everyone who disagrees with them is a radical leftist who hates America.

It would be inaccurate to say the Tea Partiers are racists. What they are, in truth, are narcissists. They’re completely blind to how offensive the very nature of their rhetoric is to the rest of the country. I’m an ordinary middle-aged guy who pays taxes and lives in the suburbs with his wife and dog — and I’m a radical communist? I don’t love my country? I’m a redcoat? Fuck you! These are the kinds of thoughts that go through your head as you listen to Tea Partiers expound at awesome length upon their cultural victimhood, surrounded as they are by America-haters like you and me or, in the case of foreign-born president Barack Obama, people who are literally not Americans in the way they are.

It’s not like the Tea Partiers hate black people. It’s just that they’re shockingly willing to believe the appalling horseshit fantasy about how white people in the age of Obama are some kind of oppressed minority. That may not be racism, but it is incredibly, earth-shatteringly stupid.

He didn’t really get too far into the Tea Party Truism that Taxes = Deficits (“All we need to do to fix the deficit is cut taxes! herp derp!”), but he nails them on quite a few other fronts.   Fun reading, if a bit heavy on the fucking expletives.

Stay Classy, Tea Party

The message of a controversial billboard in Mason City comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin probably got lost in its visuals, a co-founder of the tea party group that paid for the sign said Tuesday.

He said the underlying message remained: The country is headed in the wrong direction.

[full story]

Here’s that message…completely unambiguous…
Stay Classy, Tea Party

The really funny thing (and this is about the whole Tea Party movement) they are completely unaware of irony (and history, but that’s another post).  “Radical leaders who prey on the fearful and naive”?  That’s about as accurate a description of the Tea Party I’ve heard yet.

When one side is leading through hope and change, and the other is trying to tear down by focusing on fear and death, it’s a pretty easy call IMHO, as to which to support.

Speaking of the fearful and naive….

Mark Tlusty, a member of the group and a district chairman of the Floyd County Republican Party, defended the billboard earlier this year while also discussing his fears about health care reform.

“Why would I want someone to take one-sixth of the economy over and just ram it down so many people if they don’t want it to begin with?” Tlusty asked.

This is the sad thing about the TP and HCR, they keep calling it what it isn’t (a government takeover) and then multiply that fear and naivete to unheard of levels.  The punchline is, well, stuff like the sign above.  Which would be, to be honest, funny if they meant it as parody, but they don’t, which makes it sad.

How long till the Boomers are gone again?

FBI details surge in death threats against lawmakers


In February 2009, a man left voice mail messages for Stabenow in several of her Michigan offices.

“We’re gonna [expletive] get you,” he said in one message. “We’re gonna get you with a lot of [expletive] bolt action. Like we did RFK; like we did MLK. We know who you are. We’ll get you.”

FBI agents tracked the calls to a 54-year-old Texas man who lived alone — and who at one time had owned a 20-gun arsenal of handguns, shotguns and rifles. According to the documents, he told officers that he was “really, really drunk” when he made the calls. He said he was just “venting” — taking out his frustrations after hearing a discussion of the Fairness Doctrine and becoming concerned that the government would attempt to abolish the radio shows of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.

I call this the “Tea Party” effect. Way to make a mark on the country, folks.

UPDATE:  What’s going to be really interesting (i.e. scary) is when these nuts absolutely fail to resonate with voters at large in November.  There will be much gnashing of teeth and firing up the hoverrounds when it becomes apparent most of the sound and fury of the TP is created by the echo chamber of a small group of radicals (led by Sean, Rush, and Beck) all loudly agreeing with one another.

The History of the United States (Tea Party Version)

I was luckly enough to find this bit of sage wisdom from some respectable negroes (not the other kind).

You can read the full thing here.

Some real gems there.  I never knew our history was so proud. 

1660-1800–Triangular Atlantic trade continues to bring wealth and prosperity to America while giving opportunities to new immigrants.

1776–War for Independence against the tyrannical, evil British empire. Colonists suffer oppression that is unprecedented in human history. Minutemen singlehandedly defeat the evil British Empire in 1783.

1788–The United States Constitution is signed as a document to stand for all time, inspired by God, and never to be changed.

1917–America enters and wins World War 1 singlehandedly because the French are cowards.

1929–Great Depression begins. Tens of millions unemployed because of FDR’s failed economic policies. His New Deal introduces the nanny state, prolongs America’s economic collapse, and weakens the economy until Ronald Reagan renews America.

1941–Patriotic Japanese Americans volunteer to place themselves in gated communities so that America will be safe from Imperial Japan.

1941-1945–America enters and wins World War 2 singlehandedly because the French are cowards. Out of necessity, the United States drops atomic bombs on Japan.

1945-1965–A high point in U.S. history, as freedom and prosperity reign over all Americans.

Great stuff.  I can’t wait until it comes out in book form.

Clearing off the desktop…

…sometimes I fall behind.  So to catch up, I just dump a lot of stuff with short commentary and reboot the browsers so my computer can think again.

Here goes…

First up is an acknowledgement of the change to Arizona law.  This took away the worst of it, but I’d expect the rest to be bad enough to fall on its own.

Here’s some of the local reaction to the immigration law.  The march took place before the changes.

Some Fox revisionism.  Seriously, WTF.

The smoke monster gets lose in the gulf.

They caught some guy who doesn’t know how to make a good bomb.

Who did what now?  You don’t say.

Federal money is only *sometimes* evil.  How very Hindu of you

No need for that extra $130 for a 3G iPad.  $99 3G iPhone works fine.

Some speculation by a sci-fi guy about Jobs hatred of flash.

More on the immigration law change in Arizona.

Tattle tales!  How silly.   I say let people strip in the name on art, like that.  This’ll get tossed.

The global warming witchhunt continues in VA via the Cooch.

A good Street Fighter movie? Unpossible.  Possible…

It’s like a cliche now.

The Tea Party takes the Republicans to a new dimension, and beyond.

The alternate question about who “introduced” nukes to the Middle East.

Wonderful reading about the longest living organism(s).

Obama: Tea Partiers Should Thank Me for Tax Breaks


Old, white, Republicans (i.e. The Tea Party) won’t thank you for anything, Mr. President. It’s beneath them.

UPDATE: I’ve been planning a longer version on this one.  The difference between what the Tea Party *thinks* is happening in this country and what is *really* happening in this country is astounding.

“In all, we passed 25 different tax cuts last year. And one thing we haven’t done is raise income taxes on families making less than $250,000 a year — another promise that we kept,” he told supporters at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. “So I’ve been a little amused over the last couple of days where people have been having these rallies about taxes. You would think they would be saying thank you.”

The president argued that America is on the road to recovery and headed in the right direction — something an overwhelming number of Tea Partiers disagree with.

“One of the great things about running for president,” Mr. Obama said, “is it gives you a little perspective because you realize that these things go in cycles, the mood of the media and how things get portrayed. And so you’re like a genius for about a month and then you’re an idiot for about six months. Then, you know, you’re smart again for — you’re not as smart as you were, but you’re a little smarter than they thought you were, then you’re an idiot again.”

People shouldn’t focus on the day-to-day politics and polls, he said.

“What you’ve got to focus on is that true North, that lodestar, which is, are the things we’re doing over the long term going to help not just this generation but the next generation? Is this going to make America stronger?,” he said.

Note: the title of this post came from the linked article.  Obama doesn’t say “me”.   (“In all, we passed 25 different tax cuts last year…You would think they would be saying thank you.”)  it is a bit trolly and just indicative of what the media has become nowadays.

That’s part of the disconnect.   Old people with lots of time on their hands watch a lot of TV and a lot of news.  That’s who the Tea Party is, which is why they get so much news coverage.  They also tend to be wealthier, so despite them being a very small segment of the overall population, they are a targeted news demographic (and make up roughly 98% of Fox News viewers).   So they get a lot of coverage and have the time to make a lot of noise.  My other piece will be a bit longer, but that’s the general tilt of it.

BFD, a t-shirt won a contest

They held a contest, this one won.

I voted for a different shirt, too. These people aren’t respecting our opinions or counting our votes! They just forced this “BFD” shirt upon us, and rushed it to print without caring what we think. Action must be taken, and fast!

I’m forming the Tee Party.

-GreenAdder [via fark.com]