TEA Parties, Village Idiots, Demo-Gogues and More

Posted on Wed 04/22/2009 by


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From Wed Chronicle – Vol. 09 No. 16


“Newspapers … serve as chimnies to carry off noxious vapors and smoke.” –Thomas Jefferson


The media doth protest too much: “What’s disturbing about some of these [tea party] protests and some of the people at these protests is this edge of anger at the government. There is … a real hostility that is not just politics as usual among some of these people.” –CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin ++ “[T]his is a party for Obama bashers. I have to say that this is not entirely representative of everybody in America…. I think you get the general tenor of this. It’s anti-government, anti-CNN, since this is highly promoted by the right-wing conservative network, Fox.” –CNN’s Susan Roesgen ++ “Are these protesters really out of step with the majority of Americans? We just saw … that 62 percent of the people here approve of the president’s handling of the economy, and that Americans rate taxes, incredibly at, the very bottom of the most important economic issues right now.” –CNN’s Christiane Amanpour ++ “You have to remember that at almost any given time any cockamamie proposition in America will have at least 25 percent of those polled supporting it. It was a good stunt. … We pay relatively small taxes. …[W]hat you ostensibly get for it is a civilized kind of social compact where you don’t have massive civil eruptions. That is what taxes are for.” –NPR’s Nina Totenberg on the tea parties

This week’s “Leftmedia Buster” Award: “A lot of news outlets mocked these protesters…. But, if a media outlet wants to expose its bias, they can mock tea parties, if they like. … I’m not going to mention names of people on networks that made sexual jokes, childish sexual jokes, about tens of thousands of Americans who went out and wanted to get involved in their government. I mean, it was really middle school jokes being made. I didn’t hear those jokes being made when people on the left protested over the past eight years.” –MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough

Repeating the BIG Lie: “On the violence issue, 6,500 people were killed in drug violence in 2008 alone. Ninety-five percent of the guns used were out of the United States. What is the U.S. going to do to stop the guns from getting there?” –ABC’s Diane Sawyer to DHS secretary Janet Napolitano, who replied that she wouldn’t “quibble about numbers” since “that’s not the point.”

Newspulper Headlines:

Couldn’t They Find One That Was Still Afloat?: “Coast Guard Opens Hearing on Sunk Fishing Boat” –Associated Press

Look Out Below!: “Workers Falling Through the Jobs Net” –Detroit News

Everything Seemingly Is Spinning Out of Control: “Thieving Dwarves Cause Supernovae” –BBC Web site

Bottom Stories of the Day: “Small Cars Get Poor Marks in Collision Tests” –Associated Press

(Thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto)


Spewing hate: “It’s not about bashing Democrats, it’s not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston tea party was about, they don’t know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks. …[T]he limbic brain inside a right-winger or Republican or conservative or your average white power activist, the limbic brain is much larger in their head space than in a reasonable person, and it’s pushing against the frontal lobe. So their synapses are misfiring.” –actress Janeane Garofalo on last week’s Tea Parties

Speak for yourself: “Why are they out there whining with this Tea Party thing? Just a bunch of wimpy, whiney, weasels who don’t love their country…” –CNN contributing Clintonista Paul Begala

Too many knocks upside the head: “I don’t know whether it is better to have freedom or to have no freedom. With too much freedom … it can get very chaotic, could end up like in Hong Kong or like in Taiwan… I’m gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled.” –actor Jackie Chan, who made millions of dollars filming movies in a free country

The BIG Lie: “You in United States, you have a lot of traffic of drugs, you have a lot of distribution of drugs, you have a lot of corruption as well. … But most of the weapons, almost 16,000 are assault weapons and 90 percent of those were sold in United States.” –Mexico’s president Felipe Calderon


“I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity.” –President Franklin Pierce (1804-1869)

“I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds. I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution.” –President Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)

“I don’t like the income tax. Every time we talk about these taxes we get around to the idea of ‘from each according to his capacity and to each according to his needs.’ That’s socialism. It’s written into the Communist Manifesto. Maybe we ought to see that every person who gets a tax return receives a copy of the Communist Manifesto with it so he can see what’s happening to him.” –accountant and Commissioner of Internal Revenue T. Coleman Andrews (1899-1983)


“The country has gotten into a painful fiscal predicament because both parties have let us believe we can have more and more goodies from Washington at no additional cost. The recent explosion of federal spending has succeeded in one way: It has exposed that assumption for the fiction it was. Like Bernie Madoff’s investors, we now face the bleak truth that the comfortable future we expected is gone. Everything the federal government is doing will be forcibly extracted from our future earnings.” –columnist Steve Chapman

“The GOP path to reclaiming power lies with candidates who can make a credible case that they will support and defend fiscal responsibility. That means acting on fiscal-conservative principles now, not paying lip service later.” –columnist Michelle Malkin

“Our Constitution represents a compact between the states and the federal government. As with any compact, one party does not have a monopoly over its interpretation, nor can one party change it without the consent of the other. Additionally, no one has a moral obligation to obey unconstitutional laws. That’s not to say there is not a compelling case for obedience of unconstitutional laws. That compelling case is the brute force of the federal government to coerce obedience, possibly going as far as using its military might to lay waste to a disobedient state and its peoples.” –economist Walter E. Williams

“The Obama Doctrine means criticizing past presidents, Democratic and Republican; apologizing for past American sins, real and imagined, to both allies and enemies of the United States, on domestic and, preferably, foreign soil — in the hope that doing so allows Obama to speak with greater moral force and clarity. The overriding goal of the Obama Doctrine is to make the person it is named after look good, rather than, and if necessary at the expense of, the nation he was elected to represent.” –former Bush deputy assistant and columnist Peter Wehner

“[Today] is Earth Day, ladies and gentlemen, where we ought to be celebrating some of the great capitalists who gave us coal and light bulbs and automobiles, but unfortunately that’s not what will be celebrated.” –radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh


“We are now told that obesity causes global warming. Maybe that’s why belief in human-caused climate change is at an all-time low. That and the fact that Antarctic ice is growing, not melting. Over the past decade, as the earth cooled, the sun grew quiet and snow fell in Malibu, the disconnect between the computer models of Al Gore and the warm-mongers grew more apparent than ever. … Not everyone is skeptical about human-caused climate change, however. On Monday, researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine blamed obesity for climate change. They reckon that each overweight person is responsible for an extra ton per year of carbon dioxide through his or her own respiration and the production of extra food to feed that person. We’re not making this up. ‘Moving about in a heavy body is like driving a gas guzzler,’ says Dr. Phil Edwards of the London School. The study by him and a colleague claiming bacon double-cheeseburgers are as dangerous as tailpipe emissions is published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. … Overweight people eat more steaks and burgers, we are told, and that means more cows and more barnyard emissions. They walk less and drive more, usually to fast-food emporiums, where every additional condiment brings us closer to planetary doom. … One sign of the upcoming apocalypse was melting polar ice and rising sea levels. Al Gore’s apocalyptic full-length cartoon, ‘The Day After Tomorrow,’ opened with an Antarctic ice shelf melting away. But a report by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research prepared for the recent meeting of the Antarctic Treaty nations in Washington notes the South Pole has in fact shown ‘significant cooling in recent decades.’ … Despite the hysteria generated by the destabilization of the Wilkins Ice Shelf, melting sea ice does not raise sea levels. … So enjoy your burger and fries, and chill out. It’s the warm-mongers who are endangering us with their whoppers. And Happy Earth Day.” —Investor’s Business Daily


Just being moderate: “To confront our economic crisis, we don’t need a debate about whether to have a rigid, state-run economy or unbridled and unregulated capitalism is better — we need pragmatic and responsible action that advances our common prosperity. To combat lawlessness and violence, we don’t need a debate about whether to blame right-wing paramilitaries or left-wing insurgents — we need practical cooperation to expand our common security.” –Barack Obama

Talk about a scalpel: “One of the messages that I delivered … to all the members of the cabinet was, uh, ‘As well as you’ve already done, we’re going to have to [cut more].’ I’m asking for all of them to identify, uh, at least a hundred million dollars in additional cuts to, uh, pare administrative budgets, separate and apart from, uh, the work that Peter Orszag and the rest of our team are going to go line by line in the budget and identify programmatic cuts that need to be made.” –Barack Obama, who doesn’t have a line-item veto

Government is here to help: “We need to restore the American people’s confidence in their government — that it is on their side, spending their money wisely, to meet their families’ needs.” –Barack Obama

Projecting their faults: “We will not sacrifice our values or trample on our Constitution under the false premise that it is the only way to protect our national security.” –Attorney General Eric Holder, who misses the fact that national security is one of the few things the federal government does that is constitutional

Non Compos Mentis: “[C]rossing the border is not a crime per se.” –DHS secretary Janet Napolitano **U.S. Code says otherwise.


“Like the original tea party, it is in the end about freedom. Live tea or die!” –columnist Mark Steyn

“Let’s use liberal math to calculate attendance at last week’s nationwide Tax Day Tea Party protests. When Left-wing activists make crowd estimates, the algorithm is: six figures = one million. An incomplete survey of newspaper accounts and organizer estimates pegged the Tea Party protest population at a minimum of 250,000. We can now, therefore, officially call it the Million Taxpayer March. Or the Million Right-Wing Extremists March if you work for the Department of Homeland Security.” –columnist Michelle Malkin

“The Extremism and Radicalization Branch, Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division of the Department of Homeland Security issued a report last week. It’s called ‘Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.’ I had no idea there even was an ERBHETAD of the DHS working on the RECEPCFRRR. Who among us doesn’t feel safer already?” –columnist Jonah Goldberg

“If it’s Thursday, it must be Obama. Or Friday. Or Saturday. Or just about any day. Barack Obama has gone from being historic to being ubiquitous. He doesn’t just control the news cycle, he is the news cycle. Need an auto exec fired? A pirate killed? A dog patted? A Cuba policy addressed? An Easter egg rolled? An economy stimulated? Hey, he also does Seders! … So if a tree falls in the forest and Barack Obama is not there to talk about his forestry policy, does it really make a sound? Not a chance.” –columnist Roger Simon

Jay Leno:

President Obama’s been reaching out to Iran, reaching out to Cuba, reaching out to Latin America. The only place he can’t seem to be able to reach out to: Texas.

Despite Governor Rick Perry talking about how Texas could secede from the Union if it wanted to, 75 per cent of the people who live there want to stay in the United States. Of course they want to stay. I mean, after spending all that time and effort sneaking across the border to get here, why would they want to leave?

Amid much criticism, President Obama has released top-secret terror memos from the Bush administration. According to the memos, President Bush authorized various forms of torture, including waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and, of course, the fourth hour of the “Today” show.

It’s being reported a congressional aide caught a staph infection at the congressional gym. If that’s all you catch from a congressman, consider yourself lucky.

Did you even know there was a congressional gym? Have you seen your average congressman? Does Barney Frank look like he’s been to the gym to you?

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