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Tea Party Update

Michelle Malkin has posted an updated roundup of tea party links and information including a link to the Nationwide Tea Party protest website (find your closest tea party there) and the #teaparty Twitter feed. She even has links to graphics you can download for signs to take to the rallies. Check Michelle's post for lots of other info, including the good news that the Cape Coral FL Tea Party, reportedly canceled over the weekend, is back on again.

Update: 5:53 p.m. EDT Glenn Beck has a tea party report on right now on Fox News.

Update II: When liberals protest, carrying signs saying things like "We support the troops when they shoot their officers," they are noble and patriotic. When two dozen people show up for an anti-war protest they received mega media coverage. The same cannot be said for conservative rallies or protests. One commenter responded to the tea parties saying "the 'tea party' grassroots idea: cribbed from the Ron Paul campaign oevre, but now converted into group therapy and class validation for the benefit of gun-shy Republican City Hall-types just in time for spring. A networking opportunity disguised a community theater." If the media starts covering the tea party movement liberals are going to start worrying. If that comment is any indication, they already are.


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I'll be there 4-15-09. I ha... (Below threshold)
davidt:

I'll be there 4-15-09. I have also pledged to myself to persuade at least 10 other people to protest. I'm also asking those 10 others to persuade at least 10 others to protest and to persuade 10 others, and so on.

The "tea party" grassroots ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

The "tea party" grassroots idea: cribbed from the Ron Paul campaign oevre, but now converted into group therapy and class validation for the benefit of gun-shy Republican City Hall-types just in time for spring. A networking opportunity disguised a community theater.

PS. Glenn Beck is already warning people (on radio) not to get "carried away" lest there be another "French Revolution".

The "grassroots" idea has n... (Below threshold)
419:

The "grassroots" idea has nothing to do with Ru Paul Bryan. Go give Your teleprompter a hug and tell Him all Your hopes and wishes..Maybe the therapy will serve You well.

For those of you on the Lef... (Below threshold)

For those of you on the Left Coast (i.e., California) who want to do something about our recent tax increase at the hands of deceitful "Republicans," go to www.RecallAdams.org and donate.

Our Tea Party here in Cape ... (Below threshold)
Alan Orfi:

Our Tea Party here in Cape Coral, FL has been shut down by city officials who fear that "too many people will show up." They projected over 15,000 participants would swamp local Jaycee Park. They have emburdened the organizers with outrageous demands and refuse to issue the permits. We are scrambling to find an alternate location, but will probably just merge efforts with the Fort Myers Tea Party.

The tea parties are "cribbe... (Below threshold)

The tea parties are "cribbed from the Ron Paul campaign"? No, they are "cribbed" from the Boston Tea Party and were inspired by the brilliant rant(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEZB4taSEoA) of Rick Santelli on CNBC.

Dissent is patriotic when liberals do it. When they are saying "We support our troops when they shoot their officers" they are just exercising their free speech and it is something to be celebrated.

Anytime even a couple dozen people showed up to protest the Iraq War they got mega media coverage, but when thousands showed up for the tea parties they got little coverage and in some cities no coverage at all.

Whey would anyone want to downplay the significance of the tea parties by saying they are cribbed from Ron Paul or that they are "group therapy and class validation for the benefit of gun-shy Republican City Hall-types just in time for spring. A networking opportunity disguised a community theater"?

Maybe someone who feels the need to denigrate them? Someone who worries that they might just catch on and that politicians might start paying attention to them? Why is it noble and patriotic for liberals to protest, but if conservatives do it they are ridiculed as engaging in "group therapy" and "community theater"? Whining hypocrites.

They have emburdened the or... (Below threshold)

They have emburdened the organizers with outrageous demands and refuse to issue the permits.

Would somebody mind summari... (Below threshold)
James H:

Would somebody mind summarizing the tea partiers' core agenda?

Uh, James, <a href="http://... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Uh, James, maybe you should try the link in Lorie's post:

"The Tea Party protests, in their current form, began in early 2009 when Rick Santelli, the On Air Editor for CNBC, set out on a rant to expose the bankrupt liberal agenda of the White House Administration and Congress. Specifically, the flawed "Stimulus Bill" and pork filled budget.

During Rick's rant (see video below), he called for a "Chicago tea Party" where advocates of the free-market system could join in a protest against out of control government spending."

Tea Party: April 15, 2009 K... (Below threshold)

Tea Party: April 15, 2009 Knoxville, TN

My entire family will be there

Anytime even a couple do... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Anytime even a couple dozen people showed up to protest the Iraq War they got mega media coverage, but when thousands showed up for the tea parties they got little coverage and in some cities no coverage at all.

In what city did "thousands" show up for a tea party?

Directions to the nearest T... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Directions to the nearest Tea Party:

Turn right on Sour Grapes Boulevard and head straight into a Dead End.

Brian, How disingen... (Below threshold)
maggie:
Lori,The original ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Lori,

The original Boston Tea Party was conducted by the Sons of Liberty dressed symbolically as freedom-loving Iroquois, a confederation of Indians known and admired by Ben Franklin and the "thinkers" for calling regular councils to test the worthiness of their sachems. The Sons of Liberty were acting to clean THEIR OWN HOUSE (within the British proto-empire). NOT standing/tweeting while glowering at imaginary hippies and mau maus and Zulu.

And where were you when the US budget camel definitely broke its back, anyway? All I remember from you regarding direct action was sending teaser ad-posts of some upcoming state chapter function of the RNC (or wherever you were hanging out). With nary an update, BTW.

BTW, I went by the Veterans Park Tea Party in Tulsa, OK a couple of months ago. Like I said, "city-hall" types being seen, was the their point as far as they were concerned. Case in point: NOBODY BROUGHT A P.A. SYSTEM.

Luckily, the evil liberal media, forgetting to ignore the event, LENT THE T.P. CITY HALL-TYPES THEIR OWN SOUND SYSTEM...thus saving the day.

EPILOGUE: the following day on a certain local conservative radio program, certain CHTs complained of not being "asked" to speak. And I thought back to that herd of blue-suited hippos with ties. Mind you, the Regular Joes were good people. Too bad their listening to a bunch of talkers and not doers. Ron Paul is a proven "doer", and the CHTs hated his guts in the campaign and divided their "strength" supporting hypothetical conservatives, McCain, Romney. Long-short: their proven fools. Or their fakes. Maybe "hobbyists", social animals, wotnot.

Will be at the ATL 4-15 eve... (Below threshold)
SillyPuddy:

Will be at the ATL 4-15 event.

Okay Bryan, you have been c... (Below threshold)

Okay Bryan, you have been commenting here how long? And you still can't seem to spell my name? Are you serious about not knowing that there have been several cities in which thousands have showed up for the tea parties? If that is truly the case then why are you commenting here about the tea parties, saying those attending are just "city hall types" etc., when you not only don't have a clue about the tea parties that have taken place, but you have not even taken the 30 seconds, a keyboard and a Google search it would take to inform yourself?

The 5,000 strong tea party I was referring to was the one in Ohio. (Here's a link to info about it. Check out the aerial view: http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/15/huge-thousands-converge-for-cincinnati-tea-party/ It got some good local coverage, but the national media has yet to cover the tea parties sufficiently considering how wide spread and well attended they have been. Thousands have shown up in other cities as well, and smaller tea parties have also taken place all over the country. Try the keyboard/Google method and you will find them in a matter of seconds.

It is not very smart to base your comments about the tea parties in general on one tea party you came upon, but I hope your fellow liberals make the same mistake. Keep underestimating the level of opposition.

Brian, How disingenuous ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Brian, How disingenuous of you.

Disingenuous to ask a question and ask someone to support their claim? I'll remember that next time people here jump on a liberal's statement and demand that he provide links to support his statement.

By the way, the "disingenuousness" was on your part, maggie, trying to pass off a protest against a California state tax increase as a tea party. And also providing two links for the same city (Cincinnati). So you answered my question of of what city had thousands show up: Cincinnati. Though that still doesn't support Lorie's claim of thousands showing up "in some cities". And certainly pointing out the ease of Googling these events, and providing links to articles from local press, doesn't amount to the protest getting "no coverage at all".

Brian, I take it ba... (Below threshold)
maggie:

Brian,
I take it back. You're not disingenuous.
You're a completely dishonest twit.
The links I got for you were from the first page
of google hits.
Your excuses and defense of Obama and his
"administration" are weak at best and grow
weaker daily.
But do carry on. Twit.

The Tea Parties may not be ... (Below threshold)
syn:

The Tea Parties may not be cribbed from Ron Paul however Alex Jones and his RonPaulWarMAchine are cribbing on the backs of the real grassroots.

The thought of standing next to the same 9/11 truthers, the Alex Jones, the ReVolution Ron Paulites who protested against Liberty the last eight years gives me a headache.

I will be at the April 15 T... (Below threshold)

I will be at the April 15 Tea Party in Sacramento...along with my wife. And I am encouraging everyone on my BeJohnGalt.com website to go to one...and take at least one person with them!

We start speaking up collectively...or our right/ability to speak up individually will disappear!

L-o-r-i-e. Got it.... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

L-o-r-i-e. Got it.

I see my comment was used as air warning drill/ update. And again, my philosophical allergy to the Family Bush puts me in the Liberal Bin with the scrap. Funny EXCEPT for this:

How can you be a political platoon leader if you can not read a political compass? Look up the term "azimuth" and the practical application of the "back azimuth" and its use on a "range card" to insure you aiming the in the correct/RIGHT general direction.

In other words, I'm too open to be a spy-saboteur. Watchwords: "city hall-types", "bandwagoneers"

Brian -- "So you answere... (Below threshold)

Brian -- "So you answered my question of of what city had thousands show up: Cincinnati. Though that still doesn't support Lorie's claim of thousands showing up "in some cities."

I haven't looked it up, but I think there were over 3,000 that showed up in Orlando. I don't know the numbers for attendance of all the other tea parties, but since liberals are claiming thousands are not showing up I guess maybe we should start a list since some on the left are too technologically-challenged (or too afraid of the truth) to figure out that confusing keyboard-Google process.

What is significant about the numbers of those showing up at the previous tea party, as well as those attending anti-stimulus protests (which preceded the "tea parties") is how many turned out in spite of the lack of organization. The April 15 tea parties in many cities will be more organized and publicized than the previous ones so it will be interesting to see how turnout is for those.

I'll work on compiling a tea party attendance number list.

Wow! I am so glad that Bri... (Below threshold)

Wow! I am so glad that Brian and Bryan disputed that thousands have attended the tea parties. I searched Michelle Malkin's tea party posts and not only have thousands shown up in some cities, but hundreds have shown up in many other cities amounting to many more thousands. I did not realize how many tea parties had already taken place, or how big some of them were.

Here are links to just a handful of Michelle's posts that show pictures from Tampa, Orlando, Denver, Nashville, Chicago, Austin, Raleigh, San Diego, Hartford CT, Houston, Lansing MI, Cleveland, DC and on and on. Some were big, measuring in the thousands, while others were small, measured in the hundreds or even in the dozens.

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/21/liveblogging-the-lexington-ky-tea-party/

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/27/fiscal-responsibility-is-the-new-counterculture/

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/27/scenes-from-the-tea-party/

Tea parties have also been held in Atlanta, Fayetteville, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, OK City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Ft.Meyers Beach, Columbia SC, Philadelphia, Jackson... I got tired of typing. I am going to talk to Michelle to find out if she has kept a comprehensive list.

I take it back. You're n... (Below threshold)
Brian:

I take it back. You're not disingenuous.
You're a completely dishonest twit.

So you post links that represent other than what you claim they do, and I'M a dishonest twit? Oooooookay.

The links I got for you were from the first page
of google hits.

I don't care if Rush Limbaugh himself emailed them to you. You misrepresented them. The fact that they were on Google perhaps speaks to your comprehension abilities.

Your excuses and defense of Obama and his
"administration" are weak at best and grow
weaker daily.

What excuse or defense have I offered? I think it's your hallucinations that grow stronger daily.

Off the deep end, maggie. The deep end.
depp=true

Brian, The reason I... (Below threshold)
maggie:

Brian,
The reason I stated the links came from the
first page of thousands of google hits, I
picked the first ones on the first page.
If you want to nitpick, your business.
When you start getting personal in your insults
your're skating on very thin ice.
There will be no goodbyes.

When you Google something a... (Below threshold)
Brian:

When you Google something and post the first hits you find without checking them out first, don't cry to me. It's not nitpicking to point out that your links didn't back up your position.

When you start getting personal in your insults
your're skating on very thin ice.

Does calling someone a "twit" fall into the category of personal insults?

Brian, One more time... (Below threshold)
maggie:

Brian,
One more time, if you insult the editors
of Wizbang with personal jabs, you're gone.
Do you understand.
There will be NO goodbyes.

maggie, re-read the thread.... (Below threshold)
Brian:

maggie, re-read the thread. You're the one who insulted me.

Am I to understand your position is that you call me names and insult me all you want, but if I respond in kind then you can't take it and I'm threatened with banishment?

I understood that your job is maintain civility, so I'm trying to understand how instigating incivility accomplishes that goal.

Brian, I called you... (Below threshold)
maggie:

Brian,
I called you a twit, you can call me a twit.
When you start getting intimate about derangement, hallucinations you've gone too far.
It's not funny, and it's not nice.
I read frequently where posters do get very
personal and it's still not nice.
It wont get you banned until you start using
such tactics against the editors.

Let's just be clear. You're... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Let's just be clear. You're not talking about "the editors". You're talking about YOU. You insulted me, and you didn't like that I insulted you back. Lorie didn't get personal with me, and I didn't get personal with her. You, on the other hand, went right for the personal attack, and then you didn't like that you got in return what you gave.

I just find it odd that you're this wandering "editor" who goes from thread to thread picking fights and then pulling out your ticket book whenever someone takes you up on it. If you want to be "I can get abusive with you and you just have to take it", I suppose you can. But let's be clear about what it is.

Brian, This is my la... (Below threshold)
maggie:

Brian,
This is my last post to you on this subject.
If you don't like the way I, as comment section
editor, run the site you can leave.
Changing the goal posts, alluding to others,
isn't going to gain you anything.


Now drop it, or leave.




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