When the Tea Party Goes to School. . .

26 04 2011

Schools are under the microscope on every issue.

Snooking around that relates:
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Tea & Crackers, or TEA-partying AS Crackers

Women of the TEA Party

Latest TEA Party Target: Methodists?

Buying In and Getting Sold Out By Church, State and Corporate Marketing

Update on Alaska as Reality Show Culture

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26 responses

26 04 2011
JJ

Btw, TEA party panderer Gov Rick Scott in our state, doesn’t really want government to spend less and tax less. He just wants to tax and spend for the things that HE wants —

Gov. Rick Scott – whose mantra is “Let’s Get to Work” – is paying $7.3 million to 126 aides for image-boosting and spin, according to a report released by Florida TaxWatch today.

Scott also hired 71 legislative affairs – many of them former campaign workers – staff for a total of $4.3 million a year. On the campaign trail, Scott questioned the need for legislative affairs staff.

The TaxWatch report comes as lawmakers are grappling with slashing $3.8 billion from last year’s budget.

The combined costs for Scott’s PR pros – including four in his own office – and the LADs is $11.7 million. Without benefits, that comes to $975,048 per month, or $32,056 per day.

26 04 2011
BpBpRoadrunner

Ah the baggers–they are playing right into the hands of old big money that has been trying to do away with the New Deal for longer than you or I have been alive. And they have no clue. They have no clue as to how the economics of the time that created the actual tea-partiers mimics this time now {and the land grab about to ensue} only the tea-baggers are so blinded by their self righteousness, that they cannot see the forest for the trees. And they won’t get it til they are on the other end of another Shay’s Rebellion or Whiskey Rebellion. And even then it these idiots might not ever make the connection. Allowing these intellectually backwards citizens to call the shots on public education is a mistake. They seem to collectively lack the capacity to think ahead or to think laterally on any issue other than conspiracy theories involving black helicopters, *sekret Muslims, and birth certificates. They always complain about Wall Street and the Banks but then consolidate their power behind the one party that has sleeps with both Bankers and Wall Street.

26 04 2011
BpBpRoadrunner

Sorry about extra words–but I guess it’s obvious these individuals really tick me off. I find it difficult to slow down when I type.

26 04 2011
JJ

You won’t find I have much room to complain about extra words. . . 😉

27 04 2011
Nance Confer

Or about rants against idiot teabaggers and their fellow Rs.

Nance

27 04 2011
BpBpRoadrunner

Yes, the party run by the rich who constantly say, Do as I say, and not as I do–and who’s motto is “This isn’t what it looks like.”

Perhaps they need to rebrand themselves as the Gaslighters.

27 04 2011
JJ

A couple of TEA news stories in our state this week:

1) as mentioned above, this is the governor who went to an evangelical church packed with TEA partisans to present his official budget proposal and is busy trying to take our private and public choices away every way he can, now revealed to be spending a million a MONTH of our tax dollars on his own spin doctors and inside lobbyists, all while bald-faced boasting he’s improving our economy and getting us jobs, saving us money, etc, and

2) “School choice” is finally being revealed as what it really is, a broad conservative church takeover of neighborhoods and government and public schools as well as private, and everybody’s family business (in all senses of those words)

“Lobbyists. Money. Law suits.
Attending church and school sure isn’t what it used to be.”

27 04 2011
BpBpRoadrunner

It is all the culmination of years of work that started in the 1980’s stealth campaigns. I watched it unfold with others. But no one believed us at the time. Gaslighters is definitely the new name for sure.

28 04 2011
JJ

Gaslight does hearken back to the past, pre-New Deal and the last time robber barons ran roughshod over the world. So they’d probably embrace that name. 😉

Nance and I both have unhappy evidence that it’s everywhere. Favorite Daughter’s graduation speaker at FSU has just been announced and it’s a Liberty University “FOX news host” beauty queen. Literally. A two-time titlist, in fact! (Move over Carrie Prejean.) She also went to FSU’s law school and “reports on” (whatever that means with this court — colludes with, perhaps?) the US Supreme Court. So that is supposed to make her a legitimate, serious journalist of “international;” import worthy to address academe. I am cross! FavD thinks it will be a kick, much more entertaining than the typical dry commencement speech, saying if she can’t have a worthy cerebral celebrity like either of the Clintons, she might as well have this outrageous poseur who will make them laugh (at her, not with her.)

Nance’s DD is meanwhile getting confronted with our outrageous TEA partisan corporate corruption king, Gov Scott, somewhere in south Florida . . .

28 04 2011
COD

I must say JJ, DD seems to have a better attitude about this than you do. At least she gets a graduation speaker. We got the University President at Purdue, as if we hadn’t heard enough of him in the preceding 4 years!

28 04 2011
JJ

I know, right? 😀
I am old and cranky. I’ve had enough of this crap.

28 04 2011
JJ

Carrie Prejean snooking:

Science fiction and anti-science fiction

And former Miss California, tall, blonde and ridiculously, redundantly, bionically enhanced-for-effect Carrie Prejean, remember her, the defender of “opposite marriage” for “her country” all the while doing what beauty queens as a breed do, exploiting sex and outlandish storytelling for big bucks in a personal power grab under the hot media lights (not in church) — she is spinning a made-for-tv sy-fy whopper on cable news via some conservative political convention called a Family Values event over the weekend:
“God chose me for that moment!” she thrills . . .

What if Invasion of the Body Snatchers IS a true story — not written by HG Wells, but then history has many authors.

I wish this all WERE science fiction, and not power of story reality in 21st century America. But Miss Prejean’s true lies make Mr. Wells’ fictional truths sound eerily prescient, even in his most fevered imaginations.

Public School Protest of Gays as Animals

But here’s more sensational, divisive detail for anyone who can’t or won’t support individual liberty on principle . . . and can only understand human power of story as “opposite-meaning” akin to Carrie Prejean’s intellectually bereft concept of “opposite marriage”

Btw FL’s new GOP attorney general supposedly guarding all our rights and making sure our laws and elections are constitutional, is also a blonde former “FOX news host.”

A Florida bill would curtail early voting periods, which have proved popular and brought in new voters, and would limit address changes at the polls. “I’m going to call this bill for what it is, good-old-fashioned voter suppression,” Ben Wilcox of the League of Women Voters told The Florida Times-Union.

Many of these bills were inspired by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a business-backed conservative group, which has circulated voter ID proposals in scores of state legislatures. The Supreme Court, unfortunately, has already upheld Indiana’s voter ID requirement, in a 2008 decision that helped unleash the stampede of new bills. Most of the bills have yet to pass, and many may not meet the various balancing tests required by the Supreme Court. There is still time for voters who care about democracy in their states to speak out against lawmakers who do not.

28 04 2011
JJ

BBC’s Katty Kay in London just said on Morning Joe that this is one of those times Brits just look at America and shake their heads and laugh, what theatre we are! I squirm to think that’s where our graduating kids are, detached from this mess and thinking of us perhaps fondly but as nothing more than good for a laugh and nothing to do with them.

28 04 2011
BpBpRoadrunner

Well I can understand the viewpoint of wanting to be entertained in the absence of being edified. Sometimes when I see conservatives that have been *bionically enhanced–I sort of wish they would just come out and say that they wish to bring back the age of the Courtesan. It would be more honest and it would raise the intellectual bar.

28 04 2011
COD

Given the England has declared a national holiday over a freaking wedding, I don’t think they have much room to talk!

28 04 2011
JJ

Chris, you’ve got a point. Jon Stewart sent a “correspondent” (John Oliver) to cover the wedding souvenirs last night and there was an adorable little old lady with a big collection who would earnestly show him something ridiculously cheesy every time he got sad about the state of the world, nine-eleven and tsunamis and such . . .

28 04 2011
JJ

And maybe this is a welcome sign it’s all gone too far even for Republicans, finally?

29 04 2011
BpBpRoadrunner

Some people just don’t care if something doesn’t affect them directly. Some people like me seem to care too much and it depresses the crap out of us.

Personally the symbolic act of Kate and William getting married on the eve of Beltaine is really quite a lovely gesture. The Great Marriage taking place is supposed to be a healing act for the earth. And given their sentiments towards environmentalism it does make one wonder what church they really go to….

I don’t blame the English for making a holiday for the big wedding–this after all part of their culture. If we could have a big wedding between Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty–I imagine on an iconic level it would be about the same.

As for it all going too far–that will happen after one of two things: the Opportunists have been cleaned out of posititions of power {as much as that can happen} or the opportunists move on to greener pastures.

Til then it will be SSDD.
😦

30 04 2011
Crimson Wife

The Bay Area doesn’t have many tea partiers but folks here are up in arms about waste in our local district. One of the high schools is using the charter conversion law to divorce themselves from the district. There’s talk that more schools are planning to follow.

30 04 2011
JJ

Latest news – the FOX news host-lawyer-beauty queen last night was neither entertaining nor edifying. It was tedious and small and dull as in the opposite of sharp or edgy. No jokes, practically no content at all! Favorite Daughter wrote better blog posts at 15.The best that anyone could say about her speech is that she also was not political nor even particularly prayerful.

She was quite simply more self-absorbed than Miss Prejean. And if possible even blonder.

Me, me, me, me, me. ALL about me and my life story as I see it with me me me as the star of everyone’s story too, no wisdom or perspective or provocation to engagement with something larger than oneself.

She is a lawyer who covers the Supreme Court but didn’t say one word about anything related to that on any level. Even in talking all about herself, she said nothing that was the least interesting, no insights or epiphanies, no change and growth. Just job titles and getting from this one to another one so you can go to the next one . . .

30 04 2011
JJ

FSU has three major spring grad ceremonies; the other two had these speakers today, according to the local newspaper:

There will be a 9 am FSU ceremony featuring Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and another at 2 pm with former Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero delivering the commencement address.

So which of the three got the best and the worst speaker? Anybody want to argue with me? 😉

1 05 2011
Nance Confer

Think they’d be doing it up like this if the wedding wasn’t a big money maker?

And DD was spared having to listen to our evil Governor. Thank goodness. She doesn’t need to have her brain scrambled while she’s going through finals.

2 05 2011
JJ

Speaking of Gov Scott:
“Rick Scott’s Administration Moves Like the Mob”

Communicating through personal email accounts appears to be a common practice among administration members, according to the Times/Herald report. It’s also probably illegal because it sharply deviates from behavior encouraged in the Code of Personal Responsibility in the governor’s office.

Carter, who is paid $150,000 a year, was a major force behind some of Scott’s most questionable moves. She fought hard to strip released felons of civil rights and led the administration through a supershady debacle that ended with disgraced bureaucrat Carl Littlefield getting a $78,000-a-year state job.

Carter’s Mafioso-style precaution serves as just one example of the disdain for an informed public that pervades Scott’s administration.

“Are there things we don’t want you to know? Yes,” Brian Burgess, Scott’s communications director told the Times/Herald. “There are things we don’t want to broadcast to our opponents.”

Apparently, Scott’s opponents are Floridians who would like to know how their tax dollars are spent.

3 05 2011
BpBpRoadrunner

So basically Rick Scott doesn’t like nor adhere to the Sunshine Laws. Nice. Wish I could say that I never dealt with that one before.

3 05 2011
JJ

“just one example of the disdain for an informed public that pervades Scott’s administration.”

Makes it pretty clear why public education is among his enemies . . .

2 06 2011
JJ

Ryan and his allies seem to believe that there are some magical things the free market can do in the United States that it hasn’t done anywhere else in the world. I suspect he really believes this. I don’t see why the rest of us should.

. . .Thus our choice: Government can keep its current promises, undertake the complicated and often frustrating work of bringing health costs under control, and work for the day when everyone has health insurance. Or it can ask individuals to carry an ever-heavier load, expect invisible hands to perform miracles and leave Americans to take their chances with the insurance companies. I think I know how this debate will come out.

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