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Teaparty apparently denied access to location of Obama visit (Arcadia University) - 03/07/10

... his supporters are doing to the tea parties what George W Bush and Dick Cheney did to some of those supporters. From a press release from the "Independence Hall Tea Party Association" (independencehalltpa.com, in full here): A least a few hundred Tea Partiers are expected to descend on the sidewalks surrounding Arcadia University, tomorrow, to voice their opposition to Obamacare after having...

Three-quarters in Tea Party think immigration "very important"; their leaders think otherwise - 03/03/10

... conducted a survey of some in the tea parties, and the results are at samadamsalliance.org/learn/activist-insights.aspx The study suffers from a very small sample size, and whatever their methodology that means that the study is just for entertainment purposes only. However, it does show that fully 3/4 of respondents think immigration is "very important". The problem, of course, is that the real...

Gerald Seib of WSJ misleads about Tea Partiers and immigration - 03/02/10

... Gerald Seib says is true: the tea parties have almost completely ignored immigration, and some of their leaders strongly support massive or illegal immigration. For instance, their leaders such as Dick Armey from FreedomWorks, Grover Norquist, and groups linked to the Koch family are about as far from "close-the-borders" types as you can get. The "Tea Party Declaration of Independence"...

Tea Party "Declaration of Independence" ignores immigration (FreedomWorks) - 02/24/10

... issue of vital importance to the tea parties types is described at the link; by ignoring that issue they're hurting themselves. At the same time, they aren't helping the hundreds of thousands of Americans who would benefit from a tighter labor supply. Instead of being concerned with the fate of the millions of unemployed Americans, the tea party "patriots" make absurd statements like: We Declare...

Mike Stopa's fantastical immigration plan (Massachusetts tea party candidate) - 02/24/10

The latest tea parties genious on the block is Mike Stopa, who's running as a Republican for the third district in Massachusetts. He has a plan to stop illegal immigration (stopaforusrep.com/Illegal_immigrants/Illegal_immigrants.html) that's unworkable, most likely leading to the opposite of what he claims to want in the unlikely event that it could ever be enacted. If others proposed this plan I...

Snow for brains: Teaparty shows again why they aren't fit to govern - 02/23/10

... photo shows the latest example of tea parties intellectualism: anti-tax snowmen that one of their groups created on the lawn of the Michigan state Capitol (link; promoted of course by Glenn Reynolds, instapundit.com/94447). This is definitely cute, but it shows yet again how imperative it is to work towards a situation where the tea partiers can be ignored. Groups like the Center for American...

"I Am The Tea Party Leader" videos: the latest bogus grassroots effort - 02/20/10

... bogus grassroots effort from the tea parties is the site iamtheteapartyleader.com (NOTE: see update 2 below before visiting it now) at which the Tea Party "Patriots" encourage their followers to upload videos of them saying "I am the Tea Party Leader". This is a take-off on the "I am Spartacus" line from that movie and a reference to a Democratic Party attempt to do opposition research on their...

Dick Armey + PJTV + Glenn Reynolds + Dana Loesch + CPAC = just how dumb are tea partiers? - 02/19/10

... gullible those involved with the tea parties are (pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/94212). Savor it: THE CONTRACT FROM AMERICA: Dana Loesch Interviews Dick Armey at CPAC. That links to a video at Pajamas Media. So, we've got: * Reynolds, someone who among other things has encouraged his followers to swarm politicians, hold up bunny ears behind their heads, and throw tantrums like little children...

Teaparty fooled again: "Contract from America" has nothing about immigration - 02/18/10

Earlier this month I discussed the ineffective, immigration suggestions that had been submitted for the Contract from America. Now, those behind the effort have narrowed down the list of suggestions to 21 and want their visitors to choose their top ten. And, there's not a single choice about immigration: thecontractfromamerica.org/default.aspx Since immigration is a fundamental issue - more...

Sarah Palin, Dick Armey, Grover Norquist, Scott Brown support John McCain; what J.D. Hayworth supporters can do - 02/15/10

... yet another example of how the tea parties types are useful idiots; all four of those first listed above are associated with that movement: Armey helped organize the major Washington DC protest, Norquist has helped organize other protests, Palin recently spoke at their convention, and Brown was elected in part due to their efforts. Yet, they're supporting a RINO whose loose border policies will...

Offensive Tea Party logo implies only they believe in the Constitution - 02/14/10

... (pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/93823) a new logo for the tea parties at classicalvalues.com/archives/2010/02/post_979.html, pictured. It says "The Tea Party Difference... The Constitution!" That implies that those not in the tea party don't support the Constitution, something that's not only patently false but highly offensive. The claim is also to some degree false about some or many tea...

The Coffee Party Movement: anti-Tea Party group with 9500 Liberty - 02/13/10

... Party Movement" is a new, anti-tea parties movement. It involves in some form of leadership Eric Byler and Annabel Park of 9500 Liberty, producers of the illegal immigration-supporting, anti-white documentary discussed at the link. Now, they're bringing their far-left ideology - and their ability to get approving coverage from the mainstream media - to the opposition to the tea partiers. In...

Glenn Reynolds' opinions aren't trustworthy, especially of the Tea Parties - 02/13/10

Glenn Reynolds' opinion of most things isn't trustworthy, with the latest example provided by his Wall Street Journal guest editorial "What I Saw at the Tea Party Convention" (link): 1. He says that Obama's actions have "brought millions of Americans to [take to] the streets over the past year". That number is at the least open to debate; Eric Boehlert questions that number and challenges...

Tea party "Contract with America" considers highly impractical immigration ideas - 02/04/10

... storm of the issues that the tea parties have, combined with the issues inherent in popular voting systems. Please see both links for a discussion of those issues. The current top five proposals in the immigration category are impractical, and supporting them would not only not solve issues with massive/illegal immigration but would give their opponents yet more ammunition to use against them....

Feingold constituents falsely think they're holding him accountable, when they're helping him - 01/12/10

... example of failure by those in the tea parties sphere: 1. Feingold wasn't "called out". His opponents made statements and yelled at him, but he was able to deflect their open-ended statements. 2. The profanity noted above appears to be coming from the cameraman, and his out-of-control outburst makes it less likely that the video would make it to TV or would be sent to others. Realizing that...

Tea Party Nation cheap publicity stunt? Say they banned Rachel Maddow, but she never joined - 01/07/10

[UPDATE: I changed the title of this post from "Tea Party Nation bans Rachel Maddow seven minutes after she joined; no dissent will be tolerated!" to the present because Maddow says the person who they banned wasn't her: link. I assumed that Teaparty Nation had verified it was her either by doing a reverse DNS or through direct communication. Either they didn't do that, or - as Maddow says - this...

David Brooks: this is the Tea Party Decade (the Idiocracy is nigh) - 01/05/10

... history. Please compare that with our tea parties summary. While the "partiers" might be popular in polls, that's only because most people aren't familiar with what they're really about and because they're an alternative to the two major parties. In a poll someone might support the tea parties, but tell them what would happen to them if libertarianism is imposed on them and they'll realize just...

Tea party National Strike Day in January 20, 2010; plan to be complete "nonentities" that day - 01/04/10

... sad and hilarious plan from the tea parties is to hold a national strike on January 20, 2010. On that day, several of their groups plan to go Galt, if only for a day (link): "What's proposed is a nationwide strike by all Tea Party members, no matter where they are," said Lloyd Rekstad, an organizer of the Yucaipa Tea Party. "The idea is to strike where we are, in our communities, at our...

Tea party intellectual Dana Loesch: if you disagree with the tea parties, you're a socialist - 01/02/10

Over at Big Government, tea parties organizer Dana Loesch offers "Its a Wrap: The Most Underreported Stories of 2009" [sic; URL at 1] which, among others, contains this jaw-droppingly stupid paragraph: The most misreported and misunderstood thing about the tea party is its political leanings. The tea party has no political leaning. It stands straight for limited government, low taxes, and liberty...

Dave Weigel not fully honest about tea party, Kochtopus link ("Top Ten Conservatives of 2009") - 12/31/09

... Santelli's rant that launched the tea parties, Weigel says "liberals from the blogosphere to the White House attacked Santelli directly as either a know-nothing or an agent of fiendish libertarian strategists. (The latter charge was immediately found to be bogus.)" That links to the Playboy "expose" (openleft.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=11934), which indeed had several problems and which they later...

Westwood Tea Party no longer recognizes U.S. government as legitimate, others call for revolution - 12/24/09

... known). I can't explain to the tea parties how lunatic this is, so I won't try. But, it's not like I didn't expect them to go off the deep end one day or other. Now we know the date. The full text follows:

Tea party intellectual argument against Claire McCaskill: lumps of coal, Joker image, carolling... - 12/24/09

The tea parties braintrust (Missouri division) turned out in full force yesterday in front of a Claire McCaskill office and - despite their best efforts - she still supports Obama healthcare. Their efforts were, of course, encouraged by Glenn Reynolds (pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/90466). To them, it's a mystery why she'd still support it since they're doing their best: they left lumps of coal on...

"American Thinker" edits comment on sad and delusional tea party screed (Thomas Lifson, Ed Lasky) (UPDATE: bans me too) - 12/23/09

Glenn Reynolds linked (pajamasmedia. com/instapundit/90431) to "Why the 'Angry Mob' Is Angry" from the website "American Thinker" (americanthinker. com/2009/12/why_the_angry_mob_is_angry.html) so I went there to find out. It's a cri de coeur (from "Wendi Lynn G", rightmakesmight4all.blogspot.com) that's as hilarious as it as sad, and I left the following comment:

Airborne stupidity: tea party plane flies anti-Obama banner; not smart enough to challenge politicians - 12/17/09

... and now their successors in the tea parties have their own anti-intellectual airborne effort (link). This from the Danville Tea Party "Patriots" - the same group that wanted to burn a Rep. in effigy - The group’s project coordinator, Susan Lee, raised funds during the last two months to fly a plane over Washington, D.C. morning traffic today with a nearly 100-foot-long banner reading “OBAMA...

Take Back America PAC from stimulus lobbyist, illegal immigration supporter Dick Armey - 12/15/09

... small donations from those in the tea parties sphere and then supporting fiscal conservatives. Per this, Armey said the goal is: "to show that if Republicans pick their candidates with a message of restraint of big government and respect for individual liberty, it will translate into electoral success. If they don’t do that, they will probably get what I will call ‘gentle reminders’ from all of...

Dana Loesch, Glenn Reynolds: Great Moments in Tea Party, Army of Davids "Reporting" - 12/14/09

... we come to a blog post [1] by tea parties organizer Dana Loesch about Charles Jaco formerly of CNN sending a legal threat to another blogger over that blogger's claim that Jaco faked his Gulf War coverage; see the last link for the answer (he didn't). In her post, Loesch fails to point out that the claims about him are wrong, and she also falsely says that "Pat Buchanan wrote about [the claim...

Example: how to make a question for a politician better (Obama healthcare) - 12/10/09

... have to think ahead, and the tea parties have shown they aren't capable of that.

Tea party "patriots" to storm U.S. Senate, engage in sit-in just like far-left SDS used to do - 12/10/09

... another cheap stunt from the tea parties, and - like most of their other stunts - it's ripped off from the far-left. Why exactly they think the only way to get their point across is by using the methods that groups like Students for a Democratic Society and ANSWER use is unknown, but it definitely has something to do with their general intellectual and emotional failings. 2. The idea that the...

Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman to appear at Tea Party Nation convention (Nashville, February 2010) - 11/25/09

... previously reached out to the tea parties. As discussed at the link, the "parties" are electorally, intellectually, and emotionally lacking in various ways, and being associated with them would do Palin more harm with the wider electorate than any benefits she'd obtain from being associated with those who are extreme fiscal conservatives. The vast majority of Americans - as shown by the election...

Liberals cheer racism, repudiation of U.S. sovereignty at tea party protest by Nick Espinosa (Daniel Tencer) - 11/16/09

... piggyback anti-amnesty on the wider tea parties movement. Whether they got any help from any other tea party groups isn't known, but neither Glenn Reynolds nor Pajamas Media nor FreedomWorks nor other usual suspects promoted them; this illustrates once again that those pulling the strings on the tea parties movement are libertarians who at the least are weak on immigration if not outright open...

Ironic: Dick Armey's support for massive immigration leads to more spending, bigger government - 11/12/09

Back in 1995, Tea Parties leader Dick Armey of FreedomWorks spoke at the Cato Institute about various topics including immigration (cato.org/pubs/policy_report/pr-ja-da.html), and his remarks are incredibly ironic: his immigration policies lead to the opposite of the other policies he claims to support. Most of what he supported then has since occurred albeit on a smaller scale, and we know how...

How to make Michelle Bachmann's plan to block Obamacare work - 11/05/09

... hundreds or thousands from the tea parties and related groups "stormed" Capitol Hill in an attempt to block Obama healthcare. That follows a conference call yesterday (link). If they had listened to me, they would have already blocked the plan or at least have eliminated any possible debate over the immigration-related provisions. Since February 2007 I've been promoting the question authority...

Lindsey Graham: GOP isn't going to be "party of angry white guys" (+more ineffective townhall ranting) - 10/13/09

From this: An often clamorous crowd blasted, grilled and occasionally cheered Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in a town hall meeting Monday that centered on health care reform but returned repeatedly to his positions on climate change, judicial appointees and immigration. Graham returned the fire with a grin, at times shouting over his most boisterous critics and telling some who...

Tucson's Last Stand: tea party October 10 2009 (sadly, not at Galt's Gulch) - 10/09/09

... not have the numbers. See the tea parties summary for an extensive summary of their electoral and other problems. And, due to the fact that many of their leaders and many of their followers are imbued with libertarian principles (such as they are), they aren't opposing attempts by the Democrats to import voters. Those leaders and followers aren't able to figure out the role that massive/illegal...

Jim Geraghty, Glenn Reynolds promote anti-intellectualism (10/7/09 edition; Steve Israel townhall) - 10/07/09

Last night, Rep. Steve Israel of New York held a townhall meeting that per this consisted mainly of shouting and other anti-intellectual behavior. One question that was asked of him is provided at the link, and it isn't a good question. The smarter thing for those attending to do would be to find a few among them who are experienced with "cross-examining" people and give them some good questions...

More people probably saw anti-Tea Party video than attended 9/12 DC march - 09/30/09

... people who attended the 9/12/09 tea parties march in Washington DC is still open to debate. Was it as high as 738,915? I ask because that's the current view count on this anti-Tea Party video. Now, certainly, many of those viewing that video already had their minds made up one way or another, but no doubt many others were undecided and some or most of those came away with a negative view of the...

Sleazy low-level elitist Arnold Kling has no clue about Tea Parties - 09/15/09

... himself - recently smeared the tea parties and showed how clueless he is about who's attracted to their "movement" (econlog.econlib.org/archives/2009/09/tea_and_sympath.html). Do they fit the stereotype of being white, small-town, uneducated racists? Not much racism, but otherwise I would say they fit the stereotype enough to make me skeptical that this is an important political movement. This...

Max Blumenthal smears tea parties in "Teabagger Tour" video - 09/15/09

... DC link above and in the main tea parties coverage I'm not much of a fan of them either. However, what Blumenthal will never discuss is that when it comes to immigration, both he and Armey are on the same general side. It's also worth noting that the tea party organizers will probably have no defense against videos like this; many of them will probably have never have heard of him before, and if...

Irony deficient Christopher Knight of LAT: "Glenn Beck's '9-12' logo based on communist and socialist designs" - 09/14/09

Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times offers "Glenn Beck's '9-12' logo based on communist and socialist designs" (link), a hilarious example of someone - in this case some sort of art critic - just not getting the joke. His shocking news is that the logo used for 9/12's march on Washington was lifted from Communist symbols. That's obvious, and it was intentional. To help Knight understand...

9/12: Tea Party march on Washington DC live coverage (Glenn Beck, Freedomworks) - 09/12/09

... make sure and see our extensive tea parties coverage. Also, ask yourself why your leaders encouraged you to go to townhall meetings unarmed (intellectually speaking). They just wanted you to act out in public and throw a tantrum; they didn't encourage you to ask questions like these despite how really pressing a politician on that could have quashed Obamacare. UPDATE: OK, maybe the estimates...