Tea Party Just Showed Up on Homeschool List

13 04 2009

UPDATE:
MSNBC video with Lawrence O’Donnell (of West Wing writing fame) who has “very well thought out points about how this ‘teabagging’ movement is, at its core, ridiculously incoherent in its politics.”

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Join the Rally in Tally, Taxpayer Tax Day Tea Party, April 15
at Florida’s Historic Capitol, Tallahassee.  We will begin serving tea at
4:30 p.m. Bring your signs, friends & family.
More info:

Join us on April 15 for a Tax Day Tea Party. We would like to get more than
1,000 people there. We had 225 at the first Tallahassee Tea Party on March 17.

The Tax Day (April 15) Tea Party will be held on the front steps of the Old
State Capitol from 5-7pm. Please begin arriving as early as 4:30pm if you’d
like.

There will be musical entertainment by local Tallahassee folks: BenJammin
Franklin, H.J. Kuntry, and Conserv O Punk. They will each sing a few freedom
songs.

We will also have stimulus-free tea, provided by a local small business owner
(not by the government).

And hundreds will be waving signs with all sorts of messages on them. The most
popular sign at the last tea party simply said, Don’t Tax Me Bro.  Be
creative and make your own sign.

This tea party will be one of literally hundreds of tea parties across the
nation on April 15. Come be a part of the movement!

The theme of the tea party on April 15 is a Rally Against Generational
Debt and we will be calling on tax reform on all levels of government, and we
will especially be protesting the stimulus and bailouts at the federal level.

If you know a legislator, please ask them to come. A colorful flyer is available
for distribution by emailing…

Bring a sign, a love of freedom, and a friend!

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49 responses

13 04 2009
Daryl Cobranchi

GOP astroturfing. Zzzzzz.

And what, exactly, does this have to do with home ed?

13 04 2009
JJ

First thing I wondered too.

13 04 2009
JJ

The next thing I wondered was, why do they DRINK tea at the event, when the point of the original tea parties was not to?

13 04 2009
COD

Because they are idiots?

13 04 2009
JJ

Well, I was hoping for some sort of narrative that had an internal logic? 🙂

Naive perhaps . . .

14 04 2009
Crimson Wife

My dad’s cousin has gotten all paranoid about these ridiculous “tea party” protests and has decided to cancel her trip out to attend my baby’s baptism. She seriously thinks that there’s going to be civil unrest. (insert rolleyes smiley)

The kicker? She’s a Democrat and a big fan of President Obama.

14 04 2009
boremetotears

Totally O/T: This Sunday, Girl and I are going to a Girl Scouts-sponsored, mother/daughter “PuberTea” to learn about all matters birds and bees. Our “waving signs” will have diagrams, I’m told.

14 04 2009
JJ

ROFL — pubertea, seriously?

14 04 2009
JJ

Better hope one of the diagrams isn’t a lesson in “teabagging.”

14 04 2009
JJ

Or you should be really tea-ed off!

14 04 2009
JJ

Seriously now.
I think the high school educated, media-monied conservative power strategy behind all this, IS serious. It’s a trashy thus popular tv reality show. This is the best shot they’ve got in a near-fatal spot imo, creating a “fresh” storyline around which to endlessly embellish their talking points, as in the 1990s they cooked up Contract with America and flogged it into power.

My thought is that this is all one elaborate piece of theatre — sort of a creation myth they can put up against evolution as an alternate version of reality, argue it’s what really caused the recovery — for the 2010 election campaigns and beyond. This way they’ve got demonstrable (pun intended) activity with which to claim credit for the coming economic recovery. It looks insane, but what else have they got?

After losing big and then refusing to be any part of anything constructive in any branch of government, they win only if President Obama fails, but if America is looking good, full of hope and progress and reconciliation, they lose everything including their lucrative media audience. So this is their calculated shot at a media-suited narrative to fight for their turf (not for a better America of course.) It all fits.

14 04 2009
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14 04 2009
boremetotears

Better hope one of the diagrams isn’t a lesson in “teabagging.”

You know me. Fresh off the turnip truck. I had to go look up “teabagging.” (at urbandictorary). So, yeah, thanks for that… maybe I’ll skip breakfast this morning 😕

The girls are horrified enough. They just learned that the course facilitator has decided to talk about “boy parts” too =:O

Last month was bad enough. My daughter’s best friend had “the worst thing” happen. What was it? “Three letters: B-R-A.” Then when she got up to the cash register with her mom, the Target team member (an older woman) held up The Bra (in its lime green splendor) and practically shouted, “How cute. I remember my first bra!” 😀

It’s shaping up to be a memorable year.

14 04 2009
boremetotears

Re: teabagging and urbandictionary

Is your feed still being picked up at scienceblogs?

14 04 2009
boremetotears

nevermind… just noticed Rachel Maddow is talking about the UD definition, too.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/09/rachel-maddow-ana-marie-c_n_185445.html

Feel free to delete my mind-numbing posts on this topic. I’ll go hop back on my turnip truck now……. :S

14 04 2009
JJ

Yes, I got it from Rachel the other night. Never would have imagined and wish I didn’t know now!

This nonsensical “debate” is plodding along on my local homeschool list. Btw, did y’all see that Spunky chose this topic, and today as the (in-bad-taste date imo), to pick up her blogging again?

In the spirit of full disclosure, here’s what I sent my local list and then what I said at Spunky’s:

Homeschoolers I’ve seen blogging the tea parties just use taxes the same way they used public charters and virtual schools (like Florida’s) as a rallying cry against the government. It’s not really about the money, it’s about “you’re not the boss of me” — the Glorious Cause just like the south seceding from the union was.

Did you know today, April 14, is the anniversary of Lincoln being shot by a bunch of states rights rebels? Tomorrow is the anniversary of the day he actually dies and the course of our nation’s history was changed by an inarguably unconstitutional conspiracy of self-righteous states righters.

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. . .”groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.”

Like the conspirators against President Lincoln and his federal government officials, for example, and since TODAY is the anniversary of them shooting our duly elected president, one might think it’s shockingly bad form to post this today, using states rights to justify insurrection tomorrow.

. . .”But try as they might at intimidating the masses into submission, they will not stop people from voicing their objections to the policies of this administration or any other with name-calling and baseless accusations of terrorist activity.”

True. It was tried, by the last vice-president and one of the two US senators vying to lead the federal government. But name-calling and baseless accusations of terrorist activity in fact did not stop Barack Obama from speaking out, nor from being duly elected by those masses anyway.

JJ Ross | 04.14.09 – 4:54 pm |

14 04 2009
boremetotears

Have you seen this about Texas affirming its “sovereignty”?

14 04 2009
COD

An when exactly will Texas be refusing it’s share of federal highway money, federal education money, disaster relief funds, etc?

I’ll predict….when hell freezes over.

14 04 2009
writestuff444

I say let Texas secede from the Union. 🙂

14 04 2009
boremetotears

Poor Rolfe. I hope he manages to get out of Dodge b’fore the minutemen take to the streets.

14 04 2009
COD

What’s really going on in Texas is that Perry backed Guilani and got burnt bad. Now he needs to get back in the good graces of the right wing wackos before he find himself unemployed and looking for a lobbying job.

14 04 2009
JJ

He could shoot someone in the face with his own hands, that would do it probably, or just have someone executed with the fearsome power of government (that’s so admired when it’s fighting THEIR wars). . .I hear that got another Texas governor (Bush) the “pro-life” love of Notre Dame President Obama can’t get from the same wackos (like Pat Buchanan) . . .

14 04 2009
JJ

To be sure everyone going or not, sees this before tomorrow:

TEA PARTY INSANITY: “Burn the Books!”
Big bucks are pouring in to the tea party movement. Fox News reports that organizers are making a fortune in merchandise sales — the online store for the Tax Day Tea Party website has already lodged over $48,000 in sales, according to tea partier Eric Odom.

But the big bucks aren’t only in T-shirts with pithy slogans – Fox’s Glenn Beck said on his radio show that he plans to attend a $500 dollar-a-plate fundraiser for the tea party movement.

One wonders how much that fundraiser will resemble the scene in this video of a small event organized by the 9-12 Project, in which a man rouses the rabble with a conspiracy-alleging rant.

“In the early 50s our country was infiltrated by the communist party,” he says, calling the Obama administration the culmination of that infiltration. “They’re doing everything they can to brainwash our public…This thing they’re putting on our TVs,” he says, presumably referring to digital cable converters, “it’s a brainwash unit!”

As his speech winds down, he exhorts his listeners to get their kids “the hell out of college. They’re brainwashing ’em!”

The anti-school message resonates with one woman.

“Burn the books!” she yells from off-camera. The surprised camera man asks if she’s serious, and which books she’d burn. “The ones in college, the brainwashing books, like the evolution crap.”

15 04 2009
writestuff444

The book burning article is what motivated me to write my Alice in Wonderland and the Tax Day Tea Party

15 04 2009
Nance Confer

CW, I fear that I share some of your relative’s concern.

The combination of these ginned up protests, truckloads of misinformation, financial problems and the heavily-armed contingent of the teabaggers could be a volatile mix.

I hope they are just a laughable bungling mass of stupidity. But some of them ARE armed. . .

As to the rest of this — isn’t it all starting to have that feel of the Monica Lewinsky episode, where you changed the channel if kids wandered into the room during the news or were left to explain “boy parts” and “girl parts” more explicitly than you had wanted to?

Off to read what Betty has posted. 🙂

Nance

15 04 2009
JJ

We have local conserva-talk radio before Glenn Beck comes on at 9 am. This morning I had to get FavD to an early bus — she’s being Chief Justice for her honors government course mock SCOTUS, so exciting! — and then myself to the lab for that annual check-up bloodwork one needs before coffee or morning ablutions.

So long story short, I was in the car listening to these guys, spiritually happy but physically stressed. 😉

The whole 45 minutes I heard was all tea party, all the time. From creepy to delusional, all over the map, from how it had to be more than sign-waving so focus on anything that would show action (their idea was demanding the City set up a separate utility authority, not sure why that is a states rights issue or even a tax issue) to how they are the real people and a huge movement, and the “news media” would be forced into coverage today because, quoting Glenn Beck, “WE surround THEM”.

Maybe the creepiest part was them saying to be on the lookout for infiltrators “like ACORN” and how the real purpose was getting all the contact info for attendees so they could build their movement “like Obama.” (Meanwhile over on my local homeschool list, the nice mom with the husband in the military, who originally posted the tea party invite, was saying she hoped it would be a “non-partisan” event that “all Americans can agree with.” And I believe she actually believes it — we’re dealing with competing and rapidly separating versions of reality imo.)

15 04 2009
JJ

From “A Warning About the Tea Parties” by Dave Johnson:

A number of people I have spoken with are planning to attend a “tea party” tomorrow, so I thought it might be a good idea to write about this. They are not what they claim to be.

They are not “spontaneous” or “grassroots.” They are another corporate-funded campaign to trick people into supporting more cut taxes for the rich.

The idea is supposed to have started on February 19, when Rick Santelli of CNBC “spontaneously” complained about plans (click link for video) to help people avoid foreclosure, saying this is the government “subsidizing the loser’s mortgages.” Santelli called for organizing a “Chicago tea party” against helping people pay their mortgages. But investigators starting finding clues that the on-air rant was not spontaneous, and signs that the campaign was organized by the right-wing, corporate-funded Freedomworks .

. . .The events have been widely promoted by corporate-funded conservative PR professionals who specialize in “astroturf.” This is a term for the use of money to create an appearance of widespread “grassroots” support.

Currently the corporate-funded conservative lobbying groups Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity, are organizing the events and conservative media including talk radio and FOX News are widely promoting them. Support appears to be coming from Koch Industries, the largest privately-owned company in the country.

. . .”This type of corporate ‘astroturfing’ is nothing new to either organization. While working to promote Social Security privatization, Freedom Works was caught planting one of its operatives as a “single mom” to ask questions to President Bush in a town hall on the subject. Last year, the Wall Street Journal exposed Freedom Works for similarly building “amateur-looking” websites to promote the lobbying interests of Dick Armey …

Americans for Prosperity is run by Tim Phillips, [a] former partner in the lobbying firm Century Strategies. The group is funded by Koch family foundations — a family whose wealth is derived from the oil industry. Indeed Americans for Prosperity has coordinated pro-drilling ‘grassroots’ events around the country.”

15 04 2009
COD

The way the uber rich and the Republican establishment manipulate the base would be funny, if it were happening somewhere else.

15 04 2009
JJ

That’s the truth. It’s happening right here at home, among homeschooling parents who call their legislators on every issue, and boy, is it not funny.

No wonder reasonable people have trouble believing home education is a net plus for America. . .

15 04 2009
JJ

Preventing kids from learning to think critically needs to be a crime. I am there. Now what? — shall we go state by state do you think, or shoot for one-fell-swoop federal action under the constitution?

UPDATE – read this about anti-intellectualism as anti-economy and defense for America, not merely child abuse:

Hardly anyone in the video even flinched when the woman seriously called for books to be burned. One wonders if there’s anything you couldn’t say in these settings. “Kill all puppies?” “Grab your guns?” “Let’s burn this m*** f**er down?”

. . .And, pitifully, it’s a one-way street. It is not as though there are educated or “intellectual” people who crave ignorance and despise knowledge. Anti-intellectualism is a purely circumstantial outlook, whereas education or knowledge acquisition is indisputably a normative societal goal. Thus, it is no surprise that anti-intellectualism is promptly defenestrated as soon as alternative options become available. It is, in short, a last resort, knee-jerk reaction to abject desperation.

15 04 2009
JJ

UPDATE 2:15 P.M.
The second tea party protest in Washington, D.C., outside the White House, was just shut down by police.
A Secret Service agent told Huffington Post‘s Arthur Delaney that a demonstrator had thrown a package over the fence onto the White House lawn.

15 04 2009
JJ

Hey, if I had known there would be antique motorized pig rides from real cowboys — in traffic! — I might’ve reconsidered.

15 04 2009
JJ

Sigh – here’s the (damning us all) homeschool connection:

The crowd at the Austin tea party appeared to be decidedly anti-Democrat. . .

One placard said, “Stop Obama’s Socialism.” Another read, “Some Pirates Are in
America,” and it showed photographs of Obama, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wearing pirate hats.

Rebecca Knowlton, 45, of Smithville, said she took the day off of home-schooling her three children and brought them to the rally to teach them about civic duty. [WTF???]

Knowlton, a critic of the Social Security system and the United Nations, said
she felt camaraderie at the demonstration.
“The movement is growing stronger,” she said. “You’re not alone.”

15 04 2009
boremetotears

Knowlton, a critic of the Social Security system and the United Nations, said…

Sounds like a Last Days Christian. When she got home, she probably poured herself a celebratory but modest glass of champagne in anticipation of the Savior’s Glorious Arrival. Has anybody checked the Rapture Index today?

15 04 2009
JJ

I know I’m going to hate myself for asking — but do tell, Rapture Index??
(Is that like the Pollen Index?)

15 04 2009
JJ

And what do the Social Security System and the UN have in common, that she is a Christian (homeschooling) critic of?

15 04 2009
JJ

And what the HELL are these “Flying Imams” the teabagging Michele Bachmann is all het-up about? Maybe like Cirque du Soleil or some such? 😉

16 04 2009
boremetotears

-Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
-Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (666)

Observe the SSN format:
XXX – XX – XXXX
(3) (2) (4)
(3 digits followed by 2 digits followed by 4 digits)

Look what happens when using these digit numbers in the following calculations:

6 = 3 X 2
6 = 2 + 4
6 = (3 X 4) / 2

In other words, a person’s SSN carries the Mark of the Beast, 666.

But wait.

Revelation 13:16 says, And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads.

So, to actually take the MoB, you’ll have to receive a biochip implant (containing your SSN) in your right hand or forehead. It’ll actually be a hard decision to make because you won’t be able to buy the things you need like groceries without the Mark; but, at the same time, taking the Mark means you can never go to heaven (you can’t repent or have it removed; it’s forever).

The Anti-Christ will be presiding over One World Government (and One World Religion in league with the Pope…unless the Anti-Christ turns out to be the Pope, of course). He will become Ruler by first taking control of the United Nations; he’ll maintain command by tracking us by way of our biochip implants. Remember the Left Behind video game that came out not long ago? The rest of the story goes sorta like that… I think (I never quite made it this far in my religious journey so I’m relying mostly on conversations from park days.)

I’ll be back w/the link to the Index — and, yes, you’ll hate yourself for asking 🙂

16 04 2009
boremetotears

ooops… looks like some kind of unintentional coding mishap… only the 6’s were supposed to be bolded… :S

16 04 2009
JJ

Just needed a slashmark — so even without coffee yet, I was able to magically fix it. 🙂

16 04 2009
JJ

Another homeschool connection:

If you homeschool, bring the kids down for a great lesson in civics and citizenship! Don’t miss this historic day to join with citizens like yourself in hundreds of cities across America and make a difference!

It’s time for patriotic Americans to tell Washington D.C.: we’ve had enough of your irresponsible leadership!!! Time to get back to the Constitution and to sanity!

And less exclamation!

25 04 2009
JJ

I guess tax revolt really isn’t connected to home education after all, a silver lining in this mess? — which started out as my whole point, challenging it being posted on our local homeschooling list as just some fun day with the kiddies all Americans could share, like the Fourth of July (which btw, will now be marred with these wacko recruiting fronts, too, sigh, the armed rebellion against truth, justice and the true American Way with Orwellian NewSpeak is just beginning.)

As Monk would say, here’s what happened: an impromptu mob party to throw Thought into the bay and torture it.

In the course of struggling mightily to back up my original perspective (this is not homeschooling!) and offer alternate info sources to perfectly reasonable hs parents who just aren’t politically omnivorous the way we here are, so they wouldn’t be duped by the thought-terminating cliches, I was thrown out of my own hometown discussion group, the one I helped start nearly a decade ago!

Oh well, for the last several years it’s been an uphill battle against it turning into a conservatives’ church-and-park-day bulletin board anyway . . .we barely speak with any meaning behind any actual thoughts as it is.

25 04 2009
JJ

Not that I agree teabaggery is actually about taxes but as an old history buff, I enjoyed this bit of scholarly blogging re: the history of tax revolts in America, what they REALLY are about, and how they do, or don’t, work out:

Tax Protests That Changed History

. . .the United States has a long history of tax resistance movements, some deadly serious, some quirky, some manufactured, and some that changed history. We asked several experts to tell us about some of the most interesting and significant tax protests.

* Steven R. Weisman, Peterson Institute for International Economics
* Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, law professor, University of Michigan
* Bruce E. Cain, political scientist, U.C. Berkeley
* William Hogeland, author, “The Whiskey Rebellion””

2 06 2009
Sammy

PRETRIB RAPTURE RUSTLER

While you’re wondering why everyone featured the “Tribulation Index” (using the essence and not the title) for 1800 years before a Nebraska “rustler” changed it into the “Rapture Index,” check out “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” on the “Powered by Christ Ministries” site. But gulp down some tranquilizers first!

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26 02 2010
DreadPirateRoberts

Let me address your concerns:

I am affiliated with a “Tea Party” (yes that is how it is spelled) and our putting out similar statements. Did you know that we are inviting Democrats, Independents, and Libertarians as well as Republicans?

I know that a Republic that functions via the Representation of the people, where there voices are actually listened to may seem novel, but we kind of like the idea.

We are not letting any politicians speak at our events, they can buy a table if they wish, and we are asking for polite (although likely passionate) expression of peoples beliefs to these representatives.

We are a 100% volunteer organization. Any money that we gain via membership or contribution goes directly into events. So your assertions of “astroturfing” are misguided, at least in our case.

We are simply a group of people who believe that we are spending away the futures of our children, and want that to change. Or should we simply shrug our shoulders as we enrich ourselves via borrowed money, and proclaim “It’s their problem, let them deal with it.” We will not pass the buck further, it’s time we started fixing this mess.

26 02 2010
NanceConfer

How?

26 02 2010
NanceConfer

You want to waste 10 minutes and get some insight into the thinking of at least a couple of teabaggers? Head on over to Dread Pirate’s Northern Liberty Alliance blog.

He likes making fun of Nancy Pelosi, he’s in favor of pitchforks and, even though he has his own blog and you can’t watch the news without hearing the latest craziness from his far-right wing, he claims malevolent forces are trying to silence his kind.

Have fun. 🙂

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