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April 15, 2009

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Rich

Just looking at the headline, it was probably just a thank-you and photo-op with his Chicago constituency.

fdcol63

If Jerry Garcia was there, then we'd have something to really worry about.

Jane

Well it's not like he has anything else to do.

sbw

[OT] Tea Party time in Rome, NY, at 4 PM on the lawn in front of Fort Stanwix, where the American flag first flew in battle.

Our newspaper is not a sponsor of tea parties, but we did run this editorial last night:

Tea Party Poster Ideas [/OT]

centralcal

We are having a Tea Party here too. I hope to make it - but it all depends on how the work flow goes, since I actually work for a firm that prepares tax returns and today is deadline day.

Organizers are hoping it will be huge.

matt

we'll be at the Orange County tea party today at noon.

As to the Dead. the article in the WaPo quoted one of the Dead as saying. "His desk was really neat". Give me shivers to think our president knows all and just keeps it in his head.

sbw

"His desk is really neat" means that they don't realize that the oval office desk is primarily ceremonial and that the working desks are elsewhere.

MAS1916

Tea Party!!! Denver, CO - noon at the State Capitol. The Governor will be in Vegas avoiding his constituents.

bela1

I so wanted to join in a tea party dumping, but there are none planned in this liberally controlled region.

I must be brave...garner some courage, and do this act alone. Since I was the only person on Cape Ann to visit the GOP campaign website last October, I plan to
take a large package of green teabags and dump them into the harbor after work. I plan on performing my ceremony at 5PM from the State Fish Pier. I plan to sing America the Beautiful, feeling hopeful that good change is a'coming, while not forgetting what is just, free, and possible.

Happy trails to everyone!

Porchlight

There are two Austin tea parties today, one at City Hall at 11:30, and one at 4 pm at the Capitol. I'm going to try to make it to City Hall around noon. It's a gorgeous day - should be fun.

Sue

Lifting my comment from the other thread...

Federal agents will be videotaping the tea party participants today. Mark Davis, WBAP, just ran a clip where a producer asked (I apologize, I missed the man's name) someone at DHS that question and he would neither confirm not deny they were. Smile pretty Jane!

You too porch!

Jane

As I posted in the other thread (I'm feeling like a community organizer) if you can't attend, hang a tea bag from your rear view mirror.

If you can attend, take pix.

Remember that all the extremists are paid democrat operatives not "right wing extremists".

SunnyDay
Federal agents will be videotaping the tea party participants today.

That settles it. I'll be there!!

Porchlight

Will do, Sue! :) I will try to take photos with my cell phone.

If anyone else is going and is going to take pix, please try to get some that will help with a crowd size estimate, since we know it's not likely that the MSM will assist with that. I hope all the tea party organizers are planning to document crowd size as carefully as possible in order to rebut the MSM if when necessary!

Jack is Back!

Concerning the previous Taxes and Le Miz thread, have you seen and heard this?

jean

I wonder if I can stop by a make up counter and get one of those free make up jobs.I do want to look good for my picture.I'm really looking forward to our rally.Never been to a protest .This should be fun

tea anyone

Jean,
This will be my second protest, my first protest ever was when Gore was trying to steal the election back in 2000. Worked back then, I hope our results are as good this time. Heh

Jane

It's my first protest too Jean - and Fr Peter and I spent half the time on the radio yesterday speculating about whether we will end up in jail.

jean

It feels good to get out and do something rather than sit around and gripe.I have no idea if these protests will make a difference. JANE I sure hope you don't end up in jail.At least you have a great relationship with a really good lawyer.

Jane

Caro just called in and reported 400 people at the Hartford noontime tea party. She said it is great fun!

Xerocky

Is "the one" going to magicly going to teach them how to sing in tune?

clarice

Before you go you might want to print and copy Instapundit's report on how much each of us will pay just on the interest of the new federal debt..Very compelling argument that this is out of hand.

PMII

"Apparently the band was quite taken with how tidy the president keeps his desk. And how down-to-earth he seemed, according a source who was there."

Right, it's because puppet master doesn't trusts him with anything of importance.

Frau Jedöns

Deadheads in the Oval Office, indeed! We "Protestheads" will be out on the streets. I'll be on Route 66 in Rancho Cucamonga.

Pictures taken? That means taking my *new* pitchfork. St. Gariel Possenti, be at my side.

Frau Jedöns

St. *Gabriel* Possenti, of course.

sbw

Actually, I thought I'd stop at my local coffee shop before the local tea party and arrive sipping Oolong.

rse

Just hung a Lady Grey teabag from my rearview mirror to prepare me for the school carpool line.

It will be fun to see how long it takes the kids to notice.

PD

That's "Obamalong"

centralcal

I love the teabag from the rear view mirror idea!

Porchlight

Just got back from the Austin tea party. I'd say about 1500-2000 people - 1500 was reported to the audience during one of the speeches as a police estimate of crowd size.

This local news account is lame. It reports 400 people, which may have been the case at 11 am when the reporter was there, but the rally wasn't scheduled to start until 11:30. I'm pretty good at head counts and I'm positive there were at least 1500 people there at noon.

In addition, the news story was published at 11:53 am per the website, and it reports the Rick Perry speech in the past tense, but Perry didn't take the stage until just after noon.

I would not be surprised if this type of reporting is typical of MSM stories today.

But the link is worth checking out because photo 6/6 shows my favorite sign from the event:

Chains You Can Believe In

...with the O in YOU replaced by the Obama logo. I heard a lot of people remark on it, so it must have been a hit!

There is another tea party scheduled in Austin for 4-6 pm in front of the Capitol. I'd be very surprised if total combined crowd size for both events was less than 3000. Whether that will get reported accurately is another question.

Sue

Porch,

I liked the one that said "9 year old debtor".

Porchlight

Sue,

Yes! There were a lot of kid-related signs, and a fair amount of kids, too. I saw at least ten grade schoolers and five or six strollers in my little corner of the crowd.

Sue

They had one on our town square at noon. I think it was last minute and not well publicized. The turnout was pretty good though. Probably 100 plus people and I only knew about it because you have to go around the square to get to the eateries around here.

Captain Hate

Give me shivers to think our president knows all and just keeps it in his head.

The ears could hold several terabytes of useless data sans compression.

Sue

president knows all and just keeps it in his head.

Except he isn't aware of any tea parties. Funny that.

Rick Ballard

"The ears could hold several terabytes of useless data sans compression."

Storage devices without connection to a CPU don't have much utility though. Plus there's that constant roar of the ocean problem...

PeterUK

Sorry,the ears contain no information,they are solar panels to keep the entity operating.

Captain Hate

Bwak; maybe he lights his Kools off them.

Porchlight

Probably 100 plus people

Wow, that is pretty good for a last minute rally! Considering the Austin rally only had 400 people per stupid local news. ;)

Sue

Porch,

It probably didn't hurt anything that it was on the square where everyone has to go to go anywhere around here.

clarice

Did Anderson Cooper really say "It's hard to talk when you're teabagging"? If so, is he still employed?

matt

Beautiful, windy day in Orange County, CA. 5-7,000 attendees at the noon rally at the Santa Ana Courthouse. Lots of signs, many anti socialist, many anti tax, many anti - Obama. Retirees, small businesspeople, contractors, housewives, some Latinos. Mainly anglos.

Charlie (Colorado)

"Apparently the band was quite taken with how tidy the president keeps his desk.

A clean desk is a sign of an empty mind.

PeterUK

"This local news account is lame. It reports 400 people, which may have been the case at 11 am when the reporter was there, but the rally wasn't scheduled to start until 11:30. I'm pretty good at head counts and I'm positive there were at least 1500 people there at noon. "

You have to catch journalists before the noon day thirst hits them.Delegate someone to accompany said scribe and keep him plied with drinks.Take him round again late and seeing double.

Charlie (Colorado)

Did Anderson Cooper really say "It's hard to talk when you're teabagging"? If so, is he still employed?

At least for once someone on TV is speaking from actual experience

BTW, here's NBC's idea of overage.

Charlie (Colorado)

By the way, the old quote from Ghandiji seems apposite:

"First they ignore you,
then they ridicule you,
then they fight you,
then you win."

clarice

You mean Coverage? Yeah--looks like it was written by a smart ass 12 year old,ChaCo.

clarice

I hope so, Chaco..I surely do.

Charlie (Colorado)

"You mean Coverage"

Look who's talking.

Anyway, I just read both the left-wing and right-wing thumbsuckers. I tink they're both just the sort of thing some drone has written so that if anything were to happen, they could trot that out to say "see, we weren't ignoring it."

What's more interesting is the timing, and how it was leaked.

And Clarice, considering some of the codeword material I've seen in the NYT and Newsweek over the years, I wouldn't bother your pretty head over a miserable U//FOUO graf.

Charlie (Colorado)

If Jerry Garcia was there, then we'd have something to really worry about.

Now, don't be ungrateful.

PeterUK

The Dreadful Grate meets the Grateful Dead.

daddy

Just in from the Anchorage Tea Party. Had just landed, and was told by some co-workers that one was going on down at our Federal Building on 7th Ave. Dashed downtown and arived about an hour after it started. Started counting, and after @250 per block, estimated 1,000. Was given a sign by somebody leaving, and did the Pledge of Allegiance, Star Spangled Banner, cheering, hollering etc. Observed no local Media at all, but was told they had come very early, and left when turnout was still small. Circled the Federal Building in a long line, and the rooftop cameras were on a swivel. Met 1 local Conservative Talk Show Host, Eddie Burke, but other than that, nobody I knew, just plain folks of all ethnicities and apparent income levels. Local Talk now says the ADN reporter said 1,500 showed, and the Organizer of the Tea Party says he was hoping just for a couple hundred. A very positive experience, and everybody I talked to said this was their first time ever doing something like this.
I am extremely tired, but that was exhilerating!

Jane

I'm just back from the Worcester Tea Party. The count was about 1300, lots of great signs, lots of camaraderie.. I took a ton of pictures. My favorites were of a sign of Barney Frank that said something like: "Yeah Barney, like this isn't all your fault".

I took a pix of 4 distinguished women who were dressed and groomed beautifully all pushing 80 I suspect. I told them I needed documentation of the right wing fanaticism and they were it. They loved it.

Father Peter walked around with a sign that said: "Stimulus my ass" wearing his collar - so every reporter with a camera was all over him. He loved it.

We were all around a major intersection and the people in the cars were honking and yelling in solidarity. You could always tell an Obama supporter because they rolled up their windows and stared straight ahead until the light turned green. We all loved that.

We sang God Bless America and did some other patriotic stuff. I couldn't hear the speakers but it was fun just hanging around. I ran into a PJmedia TV correspondent and had a nice talk with him. It really was a great event.

Charlie (Colorado)

Father Peter walked around with a sign that said: "Stimulus my ass" wearing his collar - so every reporter with a camera was all over him. He loved it.

I always thought that story about priests was a malicious rumor.

Charlie (Colorado)

Hmmm.

PD

Observed no local Media at all, but was told they had come very early, and left when turnout was still small.

Probably standard operating procedure when the goal is to report low turnout numbers.

Charlie (Colorado)

Preliminary reports say the DC Tea Party was closed down after someone threw tea bags over the WH fence.

Porchlight

Probably standard operating procedure when the goal is to report low turnout numbers.

Yep, that was exactly what happened in Austin today too. Plausible deniability.

clarice

Very "prickly" tonight, aren't we ,ChaCo?

HEH

PD

Preliminary reports say the DC Tea Party was closed down after someone threw tea bags over the WH fence.

I just knew violence would erupt somewhere.

Uncle BigBad

Here in Abilene, TX we had about 200 tea people at noon in front of the federal court house (and post office) which is right across the street from my apartment house.

Right now (6:30) there are probably 600 people downstairs, a much younger crowd than the one at noon. Lots of strollers and kids in tow. Everybody very vocal and enthusiastic. I was just treated to a motorcycle parade outside my windows (I'm on the 7th floor, but the sound carries.)

I'm now on my way downstairs to lend a hand and a voice.

Everybody, please keep reporting about your own protests!!

Porchlight

Jane, that sounds awesome! I bet there is a special kind of camaraderie among righties in MA. ;)

Scott

Just in from Norwich CT. Tea Party. At one time crowd was ~750. Three hour event so a lot of people coming and going. About 1 in 7 was veteran at least by hats and other items with insignia's. About 25% appeared to be small business people based on crowd reception of certain comments. Ranged in age from 1 month old to at least 80’s. Occupations of people I talked to covered the gamut from lawyer to chauffer, from electrician to coffee shop waitress, from student to retiree. Local press showed up we'll see how much they show or print. Some folks drove up from New Haven, they claimed 300 there.

Crowd was addressed by four politicians including Rob Simmons (btw Rick he told me to thank you) and about 15 other speakers; We discovered CT Republicans suck at chants! The majority did appear to be republicans with fair smattering of libertarians. Also a fairly loud contingent of “Dump Dodd folks” The phrase I heard most often was “this is my first protest”. All the speakers accompanied by horns of passing motorists showing support, even drowned out speakers a couple of times. After taxes major theme was probably to get out and do something, run or help someone else run. One guy got up and said for fifty years he did nothing but “cry in his beer” about politics, but that had changed now.

Best Speaker was a 19-year-old college student who is working his way through college.
He talked about owing more taxes when he filed and about fighting with his liberal professors. I spoke with him later; he was a passionate, intelligent, well-reasoned young man. He said he was considering running for local office next year. My group told him he had our support!

PD

Local radio station (the one that broadcasts Rush) reports a crowd of "several thousand" at the Capitol in Madison, WI. (Don't know whether that means 2,000 or more.) Congressman Paul Ryan was there.

I have not confirmed whether Tammy Baldwin was there. :-)

PeterUK

"Preliminary reports say the DC Tea Party was closed down after someone threw tea bags over the WH fence.

I just knew violence would erupt somewhere."

Think of the porr First Dog.

clarice

That's big for Madison--Probably bused them in from New Glarus or something *wink*

matt

hooray for our side!

DGS

Jane you wished a report of the Boston event. I stopped by the Tea Party in Boston at 11:30 for a few minutes on my to a work meeting. I'm not good at guessing crowd size, but I estimated around 500. At 1:30 after my meeting, I stopped by again and I think the crowd was somewhat less than 1000. After work at 4:30 I went to join it because the website said it would run until 7:00 but it was over. I waited and eventually was joined by others until about 15 people were standing around talking and wondering what happened with about 25 sitting and listening. I noticed more people who would walk by, as though they intended to join, but seeing no protest would stop for a minute, then continue walking. I later was told that the organizers appear to have moved the evening Tea Party to a different location, but never updated the website.
My observation is that with better organization a much bigger crowd would have formed on the Boston Common. The inexperience of the organizers was obvious, both at the mid day gathering and the change of location for the evening with no indication that the location had changed. I left the Common at 5:00 so don't know if any evening event was ever organized.

centralcal

Just heard on talk radio, that the Tea Party in Fresno, CA is "well over 4,000" and growing as people stop by after work.

I just couldn't make it. I hit a brick wall around 3 pm at work - the most chaotic tax season in memory.

sbw

700 plus - I counted them using Photoshop - attended the Tea party in Rome, NY, from 4-6 PM and the crowd stayed about the same all the way through.

It was held at Fort Stanwix, the Revolutionary War fort where the American flag first flew in battle.

Tomorrow there will be a memorial service at Fort Stanwix for a Marine killed in Afghanistan.

Jane

DGS,

Thanks - I thought it was supposed to be at City Hall.

Too bad about the disorganization. Someone needs to fire that guy.

Centralcal,

A local radio guy made teh point that for every attendee there were 40 people who wanted to attend.

centralcal

Jane: You betcha about those who wanted to and couldn't.

I am absolutely appalled about the CNN skank reporter and the video I just watched! You know, CNN's ratings are in the crapper, and I will just bet you they go all the way to the sewage treatment plant after that video!!!!!

These people are scared. They should be scared. Fox News and talk radio can be blamed till the cows come home, but it isn't the root cause of what is happening. People are "mad as hell," as much at our corrupt government as we are at our corrupt media.

Jane

as much at our corrupt government as we are at our corrupt media.

Pigs in a poke.

I get to talk about it on the radio at 8:00 AM tomorrow. If anyone wants me to report something, let me know.

PD

President Obama touted his tax cut Wednesday as an important component of his plan to right the U.S. economy and put working families on a more prosperous path.

"My administration has taken far-reaching action to give tax cuts to the Americans who need them while jump-starting growth and job creation in the process," Obama said.

What tax "cut" is he talking about? The article gave no specifics.

Or is Obama himself now using the term "tax cut" to describe the change in witholding rates?

Old Lurker

Wondering the same thing, PD. They just make things up and get away with it every time.

cathyf

Hey, I've been getting $25/week more in my unemployment check.

Of course it would be nicer to have a job!

Thomas Collins

The Worcester Tea Party was great. I didn't see Jane, but I saw Father Preble and his sign. Although I couldn't find Jane to get one of her signs, I picked a sign up that had been affixed to the ground. So I was walking up and down waving my sign at the passing cars. All the folks were wonderful.

I convinced one of the organizers to take a couple of pictures of me with my sign. If I can figure out how to transport the pictures from my email to here, I will.

PD

OL, I noticed that Gibbs in today's presser was saying "tax cut" as well. I concluded he was lying. I guess for consistency I must conclude Obama the Mendacious is lying. Though that goes against my natural tendency to give him the benefit of the doubt whenever he opens his deceitful mouth.

Barry Dauphin

Not only did the Grateful Dead say Obama's desk was neat, they thought it was groovy too.

glasater

Our Local Tea Party

It was a great event. I saw folks I hadn't seen for years.

This Tea Party idea struck a cord in this part of the country.

Bill in AZ

Just got back - long drive. Phoenix PD estimated the crowd at the Phoenix Tea Party to be 6000 at the start of the event, and it grew some after that. Great event. Good people, other than a few Ron Paulians who had to make asses of themselves.

Jane

Nancy Pelosi announced that the Tea parties were organized by lobbyists who are opposed to tax increases for the rich.

My goodness - can someone please ask her for her proof.

I'm going on the radio later - probably about 7:45 to talk about yesterday's events. If you want to hear it you can get the live stream at the LUN.

daddy

Jane,

With 200,000 plus American's marching in the streets yesterday, I think we can finally agree Community Organizer Obama is doing a great job of organizing communities. Have a good show.


Thomas Collins

Jane is on! Click the LUN in Jane's last post.

Thomas Collins

Jane mentions that another round of gatherings is planned for July 4th.

Thomas Collins

Jane has concluded her morning radio appearance. Snaps for Jane!

clarice

Man, I hate hate early risers! (Just jabbing Jane who is fighting the good fight up there.)

Jane

I was at my desk at 6:30 Clarice.

I ended up going on the air early.

JM Hanes

So, is this the Tea Party thread? I put up a little slide show of our local festivities. I intended to give it a home at Quasiblog but Flickr insists on writing your name all over everything and sending people to all your other collections no matter how you set your preferences. I've worked hard to avoid that association, except for here. Sheesh. If anybody can recommend a service that actually gives you control of what people see and don't, I'd appreciate a pointer. But enough about that!

The organizers' website for our local tea party provided little more than a time and place, so I really wasn't expecting much at all. I counted some heads, the way sbw did, and there are close to 700 in the pano I shot, with more behind me! I was astonished -- and I didn't see a single soul I knew, probably because almost everyone around me voted for Obama.

Unfortunately, trying to see the slides & captions at the same time makes a mess of everything, but I'm sure you can come up with your own witty narratives. I found the Obama flag a little disturbing, and would be interested in whether others had the same reaction I did. It was fun to try doing people pix; the amphitheater venue is really great for group moral in the way that protesting on street corners -- something that's not as easy in street corner protests.

In the long run, I'm not sure the numbers (or the lack of coverage) are nearly as important than the networks that are now being formed. Not just between like minded citizens either. One of our county commissioners spoke here, and she prodded all of us to show up at a public meeting on property tax assessments -- which the public almost never attends. That's info we can use, and I know who will be getting my vote in the next election.

Conservatives and the religious right spend a decade or more building their organizations out in the state & local boonies. It worked before and it can work again. I remain convinced that the only place the pushback against Washington can hope for any success is going to come from the states taking action to protect themselves. (Go Texas!) That's probably why the sovereignty protest signs was one of my favs.

I'm putting the slide show LUN too, just in case....


Jane

Here's the best part: Amy had it on while she was driving her kids to school.

Her three year old couldn't figure out where I was and kept looking in the trunk for me.

At one point Father Peter and I both admitted we couldn't do math and her 7 year old said: "Call Auntie Jane, tell her I'll do the math".

How fun is that?

Rick Ballard

JMH,

Thanks for posting that. The "aftermath" photo second from the end is rather telling. I suppose it's a very decent example of "only trash leave trash". I also liked the kids with the "Keep Your Hands Out of My Piggy Bank" signs.

The Gadsen flag is very appropriate for Tea Parties.

centralcal

JMH: Wonderful! I enjoyed your slide show.

Rick Ballard was not the only one to notice that "only trash leave trash." Very well put, Rick! Good for our side.

Jane

Those are great JMH!

clarice

Thanks for the pics,JMH.. You and Jane really have been doing the work of the angels.

Jane

LUN is one of the signs Caro made and Fr Peter carried at yesterday's tea party.

MayBee

Jane! I don't stand a chance of hearing you in the morning, over here on Pacific time. I love reading your recaps, though.

JMH- fantastic slideshow. I'm with you-- didn't love the demonize-y Obama flag. The rest looked like a great day out, and I'm so happy you shared.

glasater

Going to try LUN for the photos of our local Tea Party. Typhus took away the link for some reason.

bad

Love the pics, glasater. The signs were masterful.

glasater

Thanks so much Bad for looking at the pictures. The enthusiasm of the small crowd was heart warming.
The conversations with folks I had not seen for a time were most gratifying and reinforced those old connections. After all isn't that what community is all about?

bad

JMH, loved your slide show. More great signs. I like seeing the big age range in attendence.

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