Posts Tagged ‘Tea Party’
New video game released called “Tea Party Zombies Must Die” allows you to slaughter Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and other constitutionalists
Apparently, this game is designed to rev up Obama’s base for 2012
It’s not clear whether this game is a product of the 2012 Obama reelection effort. Are staffers over at the DNC playing this? No reaction yet from Gabby Giffords. You see, violence against Tea Partiers isn’t really violence because Tea Partiers aren’t really people. This seems to be the thinking in the Obama camp.
WASHINGTON TIMES: It might not be the beginning of a Chinese tea party movement, but some citizens are railing about bureaucratic waste as the Communist Party releases some details about government spending.
Internet-savvy Chinese are using social networking to share their complaints about extravagant government spending. Even the state-controlled media are starting to grumble. Caijing magazine called for the government to prosecute bureaucrats who still ignore the June 30 deadline for reporting on some expenses.
“They just don’t have a sense of how much money they’re spending,” said Liang Xiaoqin, a Chinese college student from Nanjing.
That fact should tell you all you need to know about this farce. He’s lost the Tea Party.
THE HILL: The debt-limit deal announced on Sunday night is expected to attract more than 60 votes in the Senate, but its outlook in the House is much more cloudy.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will need Democratic votes to clear the bill through the lower chamber. How many remains unclear.
GLENN BECK: Don’t be fooled. We’ve just been betrayed by Washington.
A deal on the debt ceiling is near and Washington still hasn’t gotten serious about the fundamentals. It hasn’t gotten serious about default. It certainly hasn’t gotten serious about the future. When Harry Reid hails a “bipartisan compromise” you know we’re doomed.
Republicans and Democrats have just negotiated away the future of our children behind closed doors. The big compromise on Capitol Hill features elaborate triggers, tranches, Hornswogglers, Snozzwangers, Super Duper Commissions that will make the Snozzberries taste like Snozeberries, and a whole bunch of other convoluted gibberish that will, no doubt, come with loopholes and create entire new bureaucracies. What it doesn’t do is fix the problem.
PAUL BEDARD-U.S. NEWS: If House Speaker John Boehner or his senior leadership team thought they had the support of the Tea Party movement, they better think again. An internal poll of the largest group in the movement, the Tea Party Patriots, found that they are dissatisfied with the House leaders, Boehner in particular, and simply can’t stand President Obama.
Co-Director Jenny Beth Martin told Whispers bluntly: “We’re really not satisfied with any of them.” [Check out editorial cartoons about the Tea Party.]
She said that the Tea Party Patriots on Tuesday surveyed “tens of thousands” of their members in 3,500 affiliates about the current leadership and found these stunning results:
–81.5 percent are not satisfied with the House GOP leadership.
–74.1 percent, asked if they want a new House speaker, said yes or maybe.
–71.7 percent are not satisfied with the performance of the House.
–97.6 percent are not satisfied with the performance of the Senate.
–98.8 percent are not satisfied with Obama’s performance.
–Whopping majorities believe that their House representative and senators are more concerned with party politics than “what’s best for America.”
–62.8 percent trust neither party to fix the debt problem; 36.4 percent trust the GOP to fix it; less than one percent trust the Democrats.
Worse for those like Boehner and Obama trying to cut a debt ceiling increase, most do not want a deal unless it includes massive spending cuts, likely over the $4 trillion figure earlier under negotiation.
On Boehner, Martin and Co-Director Mark Meckler, who both earlier today met with reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, said the movement is worried that he is giving in too much to Obama. “He’s not proven that he means to cut anything,” said Martin. [See political cartoons about the budget and deficit.]
Meckler said that while the movement wants lawmakers to “stand firm” and not raise the debt ceiling, it could be done if major cuts were included far and above what’s been proposed, though he wouldn’t set a bottom line. “If you want to raise the debt ceiling, prove to us you can make some cuts,” he said. “Get real. They need to act like adults,” he added of Congress.
Hmmm. Ho Chi Minh didn’t take that approach. He never won a battle against the U.S. but ended up winning the Vietnam War . . . through relentless persistence.
THE HILL: A Tea Party favorite in the House is turning against the Republican leadership’s strategy on healthcare.
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), who has emerged as an outspoken conservative voice among GOP freshmen, cast a surprising vote last week against a bill to scrap part of the 2010 healthcare overhaul. The legislation would repeal $100 million in funding for the construction of school-based health centers. West was one of just four Republicans to vote against the measure, which passed 235-191.
West spokeswoman Angela Sachitano said in an email that the congressman “believes there are bigger funding issues to be focusing on right now including the numerous developments in the Middle East, concerning Pakistan and whether there is a link to [Osama bin Laden] and the recent unity agreement with the [Palestinian Authority] and Fatah and Hamas.”
He also questioned the House’s continued efforts to dismantle the healthcare law on a piecemeal basis, she said.
“He voted to repeal Obamacare, and it was dead on arrival in the Senate,” Sachitano said. “He questions what the goal is of chipping away like this if it’s almost certain that the Senate is not going to take it up.”
BEN SAYS: It’s important to have a continuous battle over ObamaCare even if we fail every time because it’s important for voters to understand who stands for what in 2012. And we need to constantly remind voters why ObamaCare is the single greatest threat to liberty and Constitutional government in America we’ve ever faced in the history of our Republic.
ObamaCare is a greater threat to liberty than the Soviets or the Nazis. Why? Because those were foreign threats. The ObamaCare threat is coming at us from our own government and from our own President. If it’s not immediately stopped and uprooted, it will spread like a cancer, embedding its roots in every area of American life. If too much time passes, it will be impossible to undo, its roots wrapped around every American institution and embedded in American law.
We will have created an entire new class of dependents on government, who will fret at the least hint of losing a penny of “entitlement” from the government. Wow, do I hate that word “entitlement.”
All we’re supposed to be “entitled” to is the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Ironically, we lose all those rights in exchange for illusory crumbs from the government (every crumb, of course, coming from taxpayers, you).
Dismantling ObamaCare, even if just a bit at a time, is far more important than anything happening now in Pakistan or anywhere else in the world. Dismantling ObamaCare must be Priority #1 for those who want to rescue liberty and restore Constitutional government in America.
I never would never have expected Lt Col. (now Congressman) Allen West to catch Potomac Fever this quickly — to become part of the Establishment inside-the-beltway GOP this fast. I was wondering why we haven’t seen any action on ObamaCare lately. Now I know why. Very discouraging. And very dispiriting to all the Tea Party patriots who worked so hard to elect Allen West to Congress.
Allen West was sent to Congress by the voters to carry out one mission — and that’s to do what’s right, even if we lose by pursuing what’s right. And what’s right is to do everything in your power to rescue liberty and save our Constitutional Republic. He sure doesn’t sound at all anymore like Patrick Henry: “Give me liberty, or give me death.”
What has happened to Allen West?
Why is what’s happening in Pakistan more important than rescuing liberty here at home?
Let’s hope and pray he takes immediate corrective action and puts himself back on the right track. He’s a rising conservative star who is on the brink of blowing it.
BEN SAYS: That’s interesting. So these people who call themselves the “Tea Party Patriots” see this as a business enterprise more than as a way to save the country. It’s amazing how quickly the scheisters gravitate to success and try to cash in. I don’t remember anything in the history books about Sam Adams trying to trade mark his Tea Party, probably because he was a true patriot. Sickening.
MOTHER JONES: In April 2009, Barry Cole attended the Tax Day Tea Party in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas. An entrepreneur whose ventures include a company that calibrates police radar guns, he immediately “saw there’s a potential market developing here.” Within a week, he’d applied for a trademark (PDF) for the name “Teaparty Patriot” and arranged to sell T-shirts, flags, pins, license plates, and other gear on eBay and another website.
Eight months later, he got a cease-and-desist letter from a lawyer representing Tea Party Patriots—a group that now claims to be one of the largest tea party groups in the country—who accused Cole of committing a trademark violation.
NOTE: I don’t make a habit of citing a leftist publication like MOTHER JONES often. But this is a revealing piece.
What the Tea Party can learn about success from . . . the Grateful Dead
By Ben Hart
These money-grabbing scheisters who are trying to trademark the “Tea Party” name could learn a lot about how to be successful from the Grateful Dead.
The Grateful Dead might be the most profitable rock band in history even though it has never had a #1 single or a #1 album.
Despite the death of its leader Jerry Garcia in 1995, Grateful Dead Productions continues to generate about $60 million a year in sales and licensing fees. Pretty good for a group that no longer exists.
Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead never pursued the top spot on the pop charts—or any ranking on the pop charts.
Instead, they dedicated themselves to pursuing a distinct style of music and cultivating a face-to-face relationship with their fans, building a loyal, even fanatical community of hundreds of thousands of Dead Heads by feeding this community exactly what it wanted, never deviating from its brand, for more than 35 years.
The Grateful Dead built its following by playing an average of more than 80 concerts a year for nearly four decades.
As the years and decades rolled on, the Grateful Dead’s following never waned, but actually strengthened. In the early 1990s, until Garcia’s death in 1995, the Grateful Dead were probably the only band that could sell out major professional football stadiums on consecutive nights with no mass-market advertising.
Except for the fact that I am a follower of the Dead, I might never have known when the Grateful Dead was coming to Washington, D.C. because they did no mass-market advertising. But every summer when the Dead came into town, the 70,000 seats at RFK stadium would be sold out for both nights instantly plus all the seats on the football field, as soon as the tickets went on sale.
Unlike other rock bands, the Dead would allow the Dead Heads to record their concerts and even sell the bootleg copies. In fact, a special area was set up at every concert specifically for the bootleggers, complete with sound equipment, so the recordings would be of decent quality.
Why would the band allow this?
They allowed it because a bootleg copy of a concert was free advertising for the band. The Dead believed there were no better marketers of the band than their fans. So why not let them record the concerts and distribute the tapes even if the band did not receive one cent from the sale of the tapes and CDs?
The band did not mind at all if its hippie Dead Head fans made a few bucks by making their own Grateful Dead tie-dye shirts and products, even though not licensed by the band. It did not matter to the band that it made nothing on the “counterfeit” Grateful Dead T-shirts.
The Grateful Dead also delivered more free concerts than any major rock band in history.
In so doing, they created a devoted community of hundreds of thousands of Dead Heads who followed them from concert to concert. You were not considered a Dead Head unless you had attended at least 100 Grateful Dead concerts.
There was also a kind of vague philosophy connecting the band and its Dead Head following. Their philosophy was intensely non-political and non-doctrinaire and went something like this: everyone should love each other or at least be nice to each other; and if more people listened to music (presumably the Dead), the world would be a much happier, less angry, more peaceful place. Kind of a naive philosophy perhaps, but it certainly worked for its fans.
Jerry Garcia and the Dead did not care one wit about being at the top of the pop music charts. They did not seem to care about money. They cared about staying true to their unique style of folk rock music that had a touch of bluegrass and jazz underscored by a driving beat behind every song. They cared about their fans and giving their fans one song after another that had the unmistakable Grateful Dead beat and lengthy Jerry Garcia electric guitar riffs. And they turned their fans into a community.
As a result, the other bands, even the Beatles and Rolling Stones, have pretty well faded away. Young kids today don’t listen to the Beatles or the Stones much. But the Grateful Dead brand remains strong. You’ll see 14-year-old kids today wearing Grateful Dead tie-dye T-shirts because they think the Dead are “cool.”
How uncool will the Tea Party become if it becomes bogged down in lawsuits over trade marking the name? . . . which can’t be done anyway.
The power of the Tea Party (like the power of the Grateful Dead) is not in the name, it’s in the message and the tune.
If the tune becomes a sour note, the crowd will drift away.
Here’s Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead Playing “Ripple”
(And they’re not going to sue me for copyright violation for posting this video)
NOTE: By the way, Bob Weir, the other singer (not Jerry) was a registered Republican. Jerry described himself as a “reactionary.”
No new civility happening in Madison, Wisconsin, as government union thugs and other assorted Obama-style leftists took to the streets to protest a peaceful Tea Party rally.
These Leftists evidently equate patriotism and the National Anthem with the Tea Party. So when the National Anthem was played, these government union protesters just couldn’t restrain themselves (even for P.R. purposes).
Like Obama, they just don’t like this country very much.
You would think these liberals would at least pretend to be patriotic, if for no other reason than to win this political battle. But they just can’t help themselves. Their true colors always show through in the frenzy of the moment. Michelle has more of these public moments of candor (P.R. slip-ups, political gaffes) than Barack because she’s not a disciplined politician.
But they’re all birds of a feather. They all believe pretty much the same thing — that the United States of America is a problem. America is an Inconvenient Truth for liberals because America has shown that freedom actually works . . . and socialism doesn’t.
Here are the most recent Alexa traffic stats for this site compared to other conservative biggies who have national radio and TV shows.
Escape Tyranny = Blue
Sean Hannity’s site = Maroon
Mark Levin’s site = Olive Green
Laura Ingraham’s site = Light Blue
Site Ranking Updated with Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck Added . . .
One of my smart-Alec readers noted that I “conveniently left Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck off” my site ranking comparison with conservative biggies to make it “look” like ET is WINNING, when it really isn’t. So I’ve now updated the Alexa ranking to include ET along with Rush and Glenn.
Escape Tyranny = Blue
Sean Hannity = Maroon
Mark Levin = Olive Green
Rush Limbaugh = Light Blue
Glenn Beck = Black
Okay, not quite yet WINNING.
But still decent, considering ET has no national radio or TV show promoting it everyday. And it’s done it with zero advertising.
ET‘s only been in existence for less than a year.
Escape Tyranny is doing well for two primary reasons:
1) It has great news and information of interest to conservatives, Tea Partiers and Constitutionalists.
2) It’s a Social Network & Forum for conservatives.
The fact that I’ve turned it into a Social Network for conservatives is a huge factor in the success of this site.
People are getting pretty fed up with Facebook, and all the spam we’re getting over there.
Every time I go on Facebook, I’m tagged in a photo I have no interest in by a spammer. I’m invited to participate in some group I could not care less about. I’m invited to play Farmville or some game I have no interest in.
I’m hearing a lot of feedback from people on Facebook who feel the same way.
So I’m going to be vigilant about stopping and stamping out spam over here on ET.
ET is a spam-free zone.
THE RESULT: Conservatives and Tea Partiers are leaving Facebook in droves and coming over to ET.
For all those of you who have signed up and are giving ET a try, thank you for putting your trust in me . . . because the success of ET depends a lot more on YOU than on me.
With your help and active participation, I hope to see ET grow exponentially and geometrically in the coming months.
You can help make this happen by bringing your like-minded friends and relatives over here.
The site will grow because of word-of-mouth. Other conservatives, Tea Partiers, and Constitutionalists will find ET if you tell them about it.
No liberals allowed over here on ET.
They can build their own Social Networks.
P.S. And be sure to put your photo up in your profile avatar. This is a social network. People prefer to be social with those they can see. The more photos people see, the more they will like the site.
RICH LOWRY: We’re hearing that the Republican Study Committee and GOP freshmen were almost in open revolt at the Republican conference this morning over the initial round of cuts set out by Paul Ryan. The Ryan ceiling falls shorts of the headline number of $100 billion set out in the Pledge, and is therefore considered vastly insufficient. Says a source familiar with the meeting, “It sent a clear unequivocal message to leadership — ‘Houston, you’ve got a problem.’” The leadership assured conservatives at a RSC lunch later in the day that the message had been received. Says a GOP leadership aide, “The bill that passes the House will cut substantially more.”
Some members were upset that they didn’t get a chance to talk at the conference meeting. At times, the meeting was quite heated. The source familiar with the meeting says, “They’re putting a lot of emotion out on the table early,” and adds that freshman said the cuts were peanuts and their constituents don’t think even $100 billion is enough.