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"Pitchforks" explained

From Oleg Atbashian (the Ukranian blogger who created The People's Cube):

"My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks," Barack Obama told the CEOs of the world's most powerful financial institutions on March 27, when they cited competition for talent in an international market as justification for paying higher salaries to their employees.

Arrayed around a long mahogany table in the White House state dining room, the bankers struggled to make themselves clear to the president, but he wasn't in a mood to hear them out. He interrupted them by saying, "Be careful how you make those statements, gentlemen. The public isn't buying that."

To get the full flavor of the president's implication we must remember that in Obama's code language, the word "pitchforks" means "a vigorous campaign of threats and intimidation perpetrated by Obama-sponsored ACORN and union activists in conjunction with theatrical outrage from government officials, amplified by the complicit media, and coordinated from one political center, which has now moved to the White House."(emphasis added)

When one political party commands the allegiance of virtually all of the news and entertainment media, it wields a very dangerous amount of power, because it essentially controls the outlets that guide the national conversation. For all the supposed diabolical evil contained within the Bush Administration, they were never able to effectively control the national conversation, nor did they ever really try. In fact, a loud, angry, vulgar counter-conversation stirred by entertainers, partisan Democrats, and left-wing bloggers eager to damage the Bush Administration continued unabated for the last eight years.

But today, the Obama Campaign Administration is working very hard to suppress the counter-conversation of conservative blogs, talk radio, and the grassroots "Tea Party" movement. They have specifically targeted media figures and tried to use them as negative leverage in election campaigns. They have threatened censorship through the bogus "Fairness Doctrine". They have identified scapegoats and then mobilized (via ACORN) trained protesters to harass them. And now there are concerns that left-wing groups are planning to infiltrate and sabotage next week's April 15th National Tea Party Day.

All of this certainly seems like a Nixonian effort that is being coordinated by the Obama White House, not independent Democratic activists. And we are certain to see much more of it during the next four years.


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Comments (41)

If you plan on attending a ... (Below threshold)

If you plan on attending a Tea Party event? you had better get a tetanus shot and carry some mace or whatever else would come in handy for when the Obama brownshirts ( ACORN ) squad attempt to cause an uproar/chaos, so the media can detract from the event and label it rightwing hate speech.

What code language is Obama... (Below threshold)
JC Hammer:

What code language is Obama using? Oh, that's the one you wingnuts made up, right? And what's going on with all the voter caging the GOP is doing? Works both ways, they are all crooks.

Black helicopters everywher... (Below threshold)

Black helicopters everywhere! Fascism!!!1!!!11

When wingnuts lose elections, stupid turns to batshit crazy.

Is there an on line resourc... (Below threshold)

Is there an on line resource where I can get an Obama code translater? My Cracker Jack de-coder ring is broken.

Is this really all you have left?

Hammer and Mantis, what a p... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Hammer and Mantis, what a pair, without a pair. To bad we cannot know the location of these proud citizens so they could be held accountable for their remarks, should they prove as false as they will. Obama threaten with pitchforks when he violates the constitition by the very act of threatening the private sector unwilling to bend to his all knowing will. Mantis, is it that you cannot read? Do you doubt these acts by your master? Obama will be a first in many ways. He will have been the first black President and the first President to have been sucessfully impeached. This will transpire in 2011. He is committing treason every day he is in office.

Mantis, you might have s... (Below threshold)

Mantis, you might have something of a hostility problem. Ya think?

You read my comments and Zelsdorf's, and decided I'm the one who's hostile? Interesting.

By the way, what's that address again?

Ha, I won't give lunatics my home address, but I live in Chicago. If any such lunatics want to pretend they have to courage to follow through on their threats, drop me a line at I love a good laugh.
notiz=Not going there mantis

As if anybody would give a ... (Below threshold)

As if anybody would give a feral pack of flying wingnut monkeys their address. The conservative fringe has a bad track record with mailing suspicious powder to people, some of it actually being anthrax. (Note that such attacks having occurred actually negates the wingnut lie that Bush prevented further terrorist attacks on American soil after 9/11.)

Zelsdorf Ragshaft III, do you play a paranoid whiny-ass titty-baby in Dungeons & Dragons as well, or just in comment threads on blogs?

Michael: just because mainstream America (along with the rest of the planet) is ignoring the "tea parties" and the wingnutosphere, doesn't mean there is some coordinated effort to suppress this "movement". It could just be that certain groups are not to be taken seriously. In this case, the conservative fringe are a) non-influential politically, and b) harmless in general, so why give them a microphone?

Get a job, you lazy tea-guzzling hippies.

mantis has gone off his med... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

mantis has gone off his meds again I see.

Projection is a recurrent t... (Below threshold)

Projection is a recurrent theme in the works of your namesake, Irving. Keeping up with traditions, I see.

Hyper, why are your panties... (Below threshold)

Hyper, why are your panties in a bunch? Hormonal problems?

Yea! The tea partys are "fringe". Conservative only? I think not. Even democrats are participating in the trillion dollar debt your boy Obama put together. You living in socialist canada are used to government telling you what to do, but in the good ole US of A, we believe in freedom, the right to keep what is ours, and the ability to pursue happiness. Strange words for you, but it is the core of our country. Pity not yours. ww

hyperbolist, Why ... (Below threshold)


Why don't you quit wasting your employers
time to post at Wizbang.
Your last post crossed the line.
And if you post back to this comment disrespectful you're going to get smacked.

HypergerbilistIf t... (Below threshold)


If the Teapartiers are not to be taken seriously than why are you commenting so abusively for?? For that matter, why at all?

For some of the lies you just put to type I think you should be booted back to KOS for good.

Not going there mantis</... (Below threshold)

Not going there mantis

No problem letting other commenters play out their murderous fantasies in the comments sections, as they so often do, but if I dare one of them to follow through (they won't), you delete my comment.

I see how it is.

mantis- "When wingnuts ... (Below threshold)

mantis- "When wingnuts lose elections, stupid turns to batshit crazy."

Or put another way; When lefty loons lose elections a very large group of them all scream in unison 'selected, not elected' and stupid turns to batshit crazy."

maggie, how am I the only o... (Below threshold)

maggie, how am I the only one wasting my employers' time? Just because I have a job, doesn't mean I should be singled out. I get to take breaks whenever I want, or sometimes sit around waiting for data processing to deliver tables. Seems as good a time as any to argue with/ridicule people on the comment threads that you so enthusiastically police.

914: who reads Kos? Go read Free Republic.

mantis: maggie has stated on numerous occasions that Wizbang is not a democracy. It's a place where people can insult liberals with impunity; implicitly and explicitly wish violence upon them; and liberals get their comments deleted when they suggest that insane comments might be indicative of some degree of insanity within certain commenters.

Willie: thanks for the caricature of the fundamental differences between our two countries. Tonight when I'm choking down government-issued granola-with-soylent, I'll think longingly of the steak-and-lobster feast you're undoubtedly gorging yourself on. Oh, the horrors of socialism! (I guess all those people I saw in the Chanel store at lunch were American tourists.)

mantis, You don't se... (Below threshold)

You don't see anything.
You are not the only one who gets comments
deleted. Of course since you are not allowed
to see how the back end looks, you make the
assumption that you are personally targeted.
I get real tired of trolls making this
stupid accusation over and over.

hyperbolist, Read my... (Below threshold)

Read my above post, it's addressed to you
as well.
Keep making false assumptions about the way
this blog works. You don't see anything either.

You don't see anything. ... (Below threshold)

You don't see anything.

I see Zeldsorf's comment above where he fantasizes about knowing the location of JC Hammer and myself so that we can be "held accountable for our remarks." I've seen many a comment on this blog where he and others issue threats and detail their dreams of finding ind punishing/killing/hanging their fellow citizens who disagree with them.

It's not about what I don't see. It's not about what comments you delete. It's about the ones you don't delete, while you choose to delete mine. Get it?

mantis, You still do... (Below threshold)

You still don't get it, you still don't
see anything. I'm not going to argue with
you. You continually come on Wizbang and
crap on the floor.
Very. Tiresome.

So I guess it's just a coin... (Below threshold)

So I guess it's just a coincidence that every time hyper comments, maggie follows with an insult.

You know, I'd have so much more respect for you, maggie, if you would just own your double standard instead of going to such pains to deny it. You're right, wizbang is not a democracy. It's Kevins site and he can run it however he sees fit. There is absolutely no reason to pretend that there is any equality here, so why do it? It just don't make sense.

But I guess I don't see anything either, whatever that means.

mantis--bingo.Coul... (Below threshold)


Could care less if you delete me for being a snarky a-hole, maggie, but when threats of violence are left up, it's telling.

Actually, it's good that you leave them up. Good to know who the savages are and who's civilized.

max, After every<... (Below threshold)

After every comment? Would you like to
retract that?

You still don't get it, ... (Below threshold)

You still don't get it, you still don't
see anything. I'm not going to argue with

Well, since you have no argument I don't blame you.

You continually come on Wizbang and
crap on the floor.
Very. Tiresome.

Perhaps policing comment threads on blogs is not the job for you, since it's so tiresome.

mantis, Your trying ... (Below threshold)

Your trying to manipulate the thread is not
going to happen.

Hyper,And left wing ... (Below threshold)

And left wing nuts send bombs.

Bet I can find more examples of left wingers sending dangerous mail or exploding things than you can of the right.

The contents of my liquor cabinet against your beer fridge.

"After every comment?"... (Below threshold)

"After every comment?"

Lately, yes.

max, Are you sure yo... (Below threshold)

Are you sure you don't want to retract
that accusation.
You should reconsider.

Hyper and the lefty trolls ... (Below threshold)

Hyper and the lefty trolls come on this site to accomplish one thing, demean, dismiss and defame anything and everything conservative. Always contrarian. But yet they keep coming back. It is like they are obsessing about conservatives. ww

Your right WW the trolls on... (Below threshold)

Your right WW the trolls on here have nothing better to do while they are waiting for their welfare checks and trashing military recruiting facilities.

No, Willie, it's just easie... (Below threshold)

No, Willie, it's just easier to argue with or ridicule people I fundamentally disagree with--and often have no respect for--from a computer in my office or my home, rather than flying to Whocaresville, walking into a diner, and saying "Guns are gay!"

Hey 914, every liberal troll on this blog has better grammar and is a lot funnier too. If you have a job it isn't a very good one--which is fine. Somebody needs to clean the windows on my office, or vacuum my hallway. How's your 401k, friendo?

We need more patriots like ... (Below threshold)

We need more patriots like the guy in Pittsburgh!!! He rose up and took action! FIGHT SOCIALISM!!! As great patriots like Beck, Malkin, Hannity and Michelle Bachmann have made it crystal clear, we need to meet this threat with a revolutionary force and fight them head on just like in Pittsburgh and these tea parties are the perfect avenue to do it and WE WILL DO IT!!! The poor chap in Pittsburgh was a hero! A Revolutionary! A true patriot and how dare the leftist liberals and their obedient media smear his good name because they're threatened by our cause. THE 912 PROJECT HAS PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE IN PITTSBURGH!!!

RICHARD POPLAWSKI IS A MODERN DAY JOHN GALT, PAUL REVERE, JOHN ADAMS thanks to the revolutionary leadership of Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, Sean Hannity and Michelle Bachmann. These Liberals should guarantee that there is going to be a lot more Poplawskis at these tea parties and we'll be heavily armed and ready to fight the revolution to take back our nation.

Yeah Hyperbolist Your so sm... (Below threshold)

Yeah Hyperbolist Your so smart You voted for a Chicago thug extortionist in chief.


Hyperbolist is a Canadian l... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

Hyperbolist is a Canadian leftist, so he didn't vote for Obama. He's a monkey in a cage throwing poo and thinking that makes him more free than the observers.

More "free"? What the hell ... (Below threshold)

More "free"? What the hell is that supposed to mean? Ain't nobody tapping my phone without a warrant, Johnny. Ain't nobody throwing me in jail for smoking pot, or telling my friends who they can and cannot marry. And I seriously doubt you could tell the difference between a Canadian "leftist" and a Canadian "conservative".

You love the word "freedom" more than you do the concept itself, but that's par for the course for someone who thinks mass teabagging is an expression of revolutionary sentiment.

Come on, Hyper. Put up or ... (Below threshold)

Come on, Hyper. Put up or shut up. Where are all of those right wing nuts sending deadly mail or planting bombs? My scotch vs your beer. Will your tits out number my tats?

You are either right, wrong, or an intellectually dishonest coward.

But I thought protecting bu... (Below threshold)

But I thought protecting business executives from angry commoners was a *right-wing* thing to do! This is the sort of stuff that rightly gets folks like Glenn Greenwald suspicious. These dextronuts are so confused ...
"Consistency is the hobgoblin of liberal minds."

SCSI, do you think it was a... (Below threshold)

SCSI, do you think it was a Democrat or a liberal who mailed anthrax to Daschle and Leahy and the eeeevil MSM?

Not sure whether Bush could have prevented the anthrax mail attacks, but the notion that he "prevented domestic terror attacks after 9/11" is false--so Bush fans are constantly thanking the guy for something that he actually failed at. And the people who did it are still at large--and probably working for the DoD or a defense contractor that had access to bioweapons. That's a lot creepier and scarier than 9/11, but people forgot about it very quickly for some insane reason.

Has Hammer ever made a inte... (Below threshold)

Has Hammer ever made a intelligent comment? I have only recently paid much atention to Mantis but he seems to defines the word "Troll".

Hyper:Do you think... (Below threshold)


Do you think it was a republican or conservative that:

From 1978 to 1995, sent 16 bombs to targets including universities and airlines, killing three people and injuring 23?

Participated in planting a bomb at a statue dedicated to riot police casualties in the 1886 Haymarket Riot confrontation between labor supporters and the police?

Committed arson at a ski resorts to save mother Earth?

Set fire to a college professors home for being a researcher that used animals for testing?

Pipe bombed a judges home, with his family asleep in their beds?

Burned down a San Diego apartment complex?

Set fire to SUVs to protest their harm to the environment?

Conspired to destroy telephone towers and dams in California with explosives?

bombings of two corporate offices in California. On August 28, 2003, two bombs exploded at the Chiron Corporation, located in Emeryville. Then, on September 26, 2003, a single bomb strapped with nails exploded at the Shaklee Corporation, located in Pleasanton?

University of Washington, Center for Urban Horticulture, in Seattle, Washington, was destroyed by fire during the early morning hours. At the same time, in Clatskanie, Oregon, several buildings and vehicles were also destroyed by fire. Fire investigators determined that both fires were the result of arson by use of timed improvised incendiary devices.

Etc, etc, etc.

And Ivins, if he was the Anthrax mailer, was bat shit crazy and a lone wacko, not part of an organized group.

Where's my beer?

SCSI: good run-down. I of c... (Below threshold)

SCSI: good run-down. I of course concede that murderous a-holes are of all stripes; and I will second the call for alcohol on a Thursday afternoon of a long weekend.

Hyper,I see you went... (Below threshold)

I see you went for option 3. Intellectually dishonest coward.

There may be violent nuts on the right side of American politics, but they are mere pine nuts compared to the brazil nuts on the left. The coc de mer, of course, voted for Ron Paul.






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