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Full impressions and tons of photos from Tea Party Protest in Eugene, Oregon

April 16, 2009

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There wasn’t a Tea Party protest in the city of Eugene and I suppose that is appropriate.  Eugene, known for raucous WTO protests in the early 90s, violent members of the Environmental Liberation Front, and more aging, balding, dread-locked hippies than a Bob Dylan concert, wouldn’t look kindly on right wing protests.  The protest was ultimately held in neighboring Springfield, known for its incessant insistence that it is the true Simpsons Springfield.

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I showed up just minutes before the protest started, following a Nissan SUV sporting an NRA seal and a yellow Support the Troops ribbon in heavy traffic all the way to the event.  It was held just outside Gateway Mall in Springfield, right next to a United States Post Office, in a park paid for by state and local taxes.

Eugene and Springfield host a population of approximately 210,000, not including the 20,000 students that attend The University of Oregon.   I’m not great at crowd size pinpointing, but I would guess that the attendance was between 500-800.   Local media did show up, but their reports can’t be trusted.  They were about as inconspicuous as an orange-vested hunter in a barren forest.  They didn’t mingle with the people, they didn’t speak to the people, they filed their report in thick make-up and black whore boots and went home to watch Dancing with the Stars.

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The atmosphere was like a County Fair.  Middle-aged professionals with their children and seniors with their oxygen tanks crowded the sidewalks, while their 20 to 30 year old neighbors stayed home.   Opportunists sold t-shirts out of their cars.

A man from the Americans for Prosperity organization dressed up as Thomas Paine, a man he has little to nothing in common with ideologically, and spouted platitudes of Freedom, Liberty, Free Markets, and Fair Taxation.  It was like being at a fucking campaign speech.  Do we really need to subject ourselves to this bullshit more than once every two years?

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Of course, the main thing that Fraud Paine talked about was the horrors of earmarks and the out of control spending in Washington.  Next on the docket was lower taxes.  Of course, the majority of the electorate doesn’t see the inherent paradox in this philosophy.  We have to pay for tax cuts.  If the Republican party wants more Defense spending, we need to pay for that through taxes.  But what the hell am I thinking?  I’m trying to bury this in an article that is too long for many of the Tea Baggers to consider reading.

That brings us to the true “substance” of the Tea Party Revolution.  The substance is the sheer number of slogans and issues represented by the protesters.  There is no unity here.  It’s not the rage against the WTO that made Sublime immortalize Eugene in April 26, 1992.   It’s a mish-mash of right-wing talking points that all lead to a few basic underlying messages.

  1. Congress doesn’t read bills.
  2. Barney Frank and Chris Dodd are the only people to blame for the current economic crisis.
  3. Barack Obama is not “one of us.”
  4. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are dictators in Congress.
  5. Debt = “fiscal child abuse.”
  6. Democrats are godless.
  7. Democrats and Republicans are responsible for mess in Congress (even though they only single out Democrats)
  8. Advertisements for Glenn Beck.

I think I can fit all of the signs I saw today into each of those categories.  The problem is that there is no discussion at these events.  Because the attendees believe everything Fox spews, they accept these slogans as righteous.  Further exploration of these ideals needn’t be taken.  The people who attended the Tea Party today aren’t intellectuals who devour every word of George Will and David Brooks.  They listen to O’Reilly, Rush, Glenn Beck, and Neil Cavuto.  Additional research is unnecessary.

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What’s wrong with the youth today?  It’s a popular motto for many people in the twilight of life.  Today, I ask a different question.  What’s wrong with the baby boomers?  Why have they lost their taste for good, investigative journalism and rational facts?  We can have a real debate in this country if they would accept that their taxes are not increasing if they make under $250,000.  We can have different opinions about what we are going to do in the future.  We cannot have different opinions on facts.

The big takeaway from this is that right-wingers aren’t used to protesting.  When they do protest, they want to protest 10,000 different things at the same time so that they never have to do it again.   Abortion, Cap & Trade, Obama’s legitimacy as President, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, the Stimulus Bill, the Bailout, the Budget, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Gun Laws, “Christian” values, Earmarks, the free market, spending, Joe Biden, Janet Napolitano, Ron Paul, Bob Barr, the Federal Reserve, the renegotiation of home loans, Obama’s bow to the Saudi prince, terrorism, the Department of Homeland Security, the Employee Free Choice Act, NAFTA, the Death Tax, and the IRS were all targeted today.

When you have 800 people with 800 different reasons for protesting, the message is lost in the crowd.  But the real reason they’re there is simple.  Mass media and lobbying firms have a hell of an influence.

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Senator Chris Dodd asked AIG executives for campaign contributions (full text of Cassano email)

March 31, 2009

Chris Dodd is going to have some explaining to do.  If you want to choose one person to blame the entire financial crisis on, then you would be an idiot.  But if you want to do it anyway, then choose Joseph Cassano, the douchebag AIG Financial Products chief executive that pushed the credit defaults swaps market right off a fucking cliff.   It seems Cassano left some pretty damning emails around after his firing from the insurance giant.  Emails that could ruin Senator Chris Dodd’s (D-CT) political career.

Chris Dodd could be fucked.

Chris Dodd could be fucked.

Dodd apparently reached out for political contributions from AIG executives during his 2008 presidential campaign.  The email from Cassano appears to show that Dodd asked AIG executives and their spouses to donate the maximum $2,100 to his campaign.  Beside from being a presidential candidate, the email also shows that Cassano was interested in Dodd’s position as the next chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.

Previously it was known that Cassano donated to the Dodd campaign.  However, the email appears to show that Dodd was the one that instigated the donations.  It should also be noted that Cassano contributed to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama.

Let’s wait for some sort of confirmation before we believe everything the Washington Times writes.  But the story and the alleged email look to be authentic.  You can view it for yourself here.

The email doesn’t use catch phrases like “he’ll be a team player” or anything similar, but it implies it.  This might be too strong of a tactic to use against Dodd if they are looking to put a Republican in his seat in 2010.   I should clarify.  Dodd is not running for re-election, but damage to the Democratic party in Connecticut could transfer to the new Democratic candidate.   We’ll see where this crazy train takes us.  In any case, this will definitely be a Republican Talking Point today.

RWP Rating: Bizarre

FULL STORY: Washington Times

Links to the Twitter accounts of politicians

March 28, 2009

Claire McCaskill (D-MO) just had Ben & Jerry’s ice cream with her daughters.  If you actually cared about that kind of thing, then start a Twitter account because I hear the dilemma of tomorrow is tuna fish vs. ham sandwich.  117 members of our illustrious congress have joined Twitter  since the site blew up in 2008.  79 Republicans and 38 Democrats.

Political twits love their Twitter.

Political twits love their Twitter.

Eric Cantor (R-VA) took the whole month of February off.  Cantor did not eat, drink, or sleep during the month, nor did he attend any congressional meetings.  If they didn’t tweet it, it didn’t happen. Barack Obama did too.

Other Twitters who tweet:

Joe Biden

John McCain

Chuck Grassley

Jim DeMint

James Inhofe

Chris Dodd

John Boehner

Luke Puckett

John Cornyn

Bob Latta

Jeff Flake

Neil Abercrombie

Gresham Barrett

John Shimkus

Michael C. Burgess

Roy Blunt

John Culberson

Pete Hoekstra

John Boozman

Thad McCotter

Tom Price

Dan Burton

Rob Wittman

Randy Kuhl

Keith Ellison

Randy Forbes

Tom Latham

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Kendrick B. Meek

Candice Miller

George Miller

Denny Rehberg

Tim Ryan

Mark Udall

Tom Udall

Joe Wilson

John Yarmuth
So who is going to be the first idiot to get screwed over by their own Twitter account?  I’m looking at you, Eric Cantor.  Let us know if you have any more to add to the list.

RWP Rating: Normal

FULL STORY: Shreveport Times