(A BALLSY HISS-STORY OF THE “BAGGERS” AND OTHER LOONY TUNE MOVEMENTS)
(pt 7) The Local Locos
Hey, welcome back. This episode was originally scheduled to cover the major baggers and their puppeteers. But, since pt. 6 was running really long, I moved the loco (er… local) TeaPee groups over to pt. 7. The “Big Baggers” is now pt. 8 (Will this never end?)
Before I get into the local outhouses, I’d like to remind people what the baggers CLAIM to be about: Stopping excessive government spending and of course – too much taxation!
As to the spending/taxation bullshit, to moderately paraphrase (and embellish) a current web meme:
- They didn’t get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits. (And, this after having inherited a budget surplus from Clinton.)
- They didn’t get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined. (Bush had a long history of being bailed out by monied interests.)
- They didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country. (And hey, if you’re jobless, it’s your own damn fault.)
- They didn’t get mad when we gave the 1%, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks. Those tax breaks would (we were told) “trickle-down” into massive job creation. (Btw, nowadays, when you hear a Republican say that something is going to “trickle-down” on you, it means they’re going to piss on you, but it probably won’t be a trickle.)
- They didn’t get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades. (Turned out, Richie Rich kept the money. SURPRISE! SURPRISE!)
- They didn’t get mad when Bush’s lack of oversight and regulations caused Americans to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values in the Wall Street crash. (After all, that was just market forces at work.)
- They didn’t get mad when Bush & the Bozos lied us into a war and spent over 800 billion on it. (But damn, we just had to spread American values to the regional heathens. It’s our “God given duty”!)
- They didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq. (The word “graft” comes to mind.)
- They didn’t get mad when the Bushies didn’t catch Bin Laden. (George “Duh” even admitted he wasn’t concerned about him.)
- They didn’t get mad when we broke our own laws and tortured people. (We used to sentence torturers to several years of playing “rock hockey” in a federal play pen.)
- They didn’t get mad when we let New Orleans drown. (Probably figured it had too many Democrats, and way too many Black Americans living there anyway.)
- They didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance. (Let ’em die if they’re too cheap to buy insurance.)
They finally got mad when a (half) black man was elected President, and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with them, but helping fellow Americans who are sick… Oh, Hell No!.There are a number of deviations from their “spend & tax” mantra, and I’ll spotlight some of them later in the post.
According to the National Astro-lube groups, there are several thousand individual Tea Potties across the nation. What they don’t mention is that most of them are miniscule especially in comparison to the general population. In fact, the vast majority of these outhouses hold less than five people and a hell of a lot of them just have one idiot mooning the world. (Don’t believe me? Check out this interactive map and see for yourself.)
The heaviest concentration in relation to population seems to be in the old “slave states”. (Ain’t that surprisin’!) For instance, the largest local group in Tea Potty Nation is in Nashville TN with 402 members. In fact, 8 out of the top 25 TPN groups are in Tennessee. (#25 is Memphis with 68 members) Also, a lot of the groups seem to come and go (or change their name) rather rapidly.
These regional demographics are reflected in the House Tea Party Caucus. Texas leads with 12. Florida (home of retired old white guys) has 7. Louisiana has five and Georgia five. California is in next with four members (out of a 53 member delegation). Of the next three states: South Carolina, Tennessee and Missouri (three each), two are Southern slave states and Missouri was a border state. (As in Quantrill’s Raiders, “Bloody Bill” Anderson and featuring soon to be folk hero: Jesse James.)
I have neither the space, the time nor the interest to investigate each and every outhouse, so I’ll just hit some of the major stupidities.
Local, Regional & State Tea Potties:
Help Save Maryland (from deeply tanned people) (MD)
I’ll Kickoff this Kollection of Kooks by examining the only group in Maryland to be designated a “nativist/extremist group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
A “nativist/extremist group” is defined as a group that goes after people, not policy. Instead of advocating within the mainstream political process, they target and confront immigrants as individuals.
(And, why is it that these people always love to display the flag as if they were its spokesperson, when it’s painfully obvious that most of these clowns don’t have a clue to what this country is supposed to be all about?)
HSM is also closely aligned with the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Among FAIR’s whack-a-doo propaganda items are such gems as:
- Immigrants are engaged in competitive breeding aimed at diminishing white power (I think they’re just pissed because Hispanics have bigger dicks than gringos. See Tea Potty pt.2);
- Immigrants are responsible for crime, poverty, disease, urban sprawl and racial tensions in the U.S. (Must be true, because we NEVER had those before they showed up);
- Aiding starving Africans is counterproductive and encourages population growth (People not dieing from starvation do tend to have more offspring.);
- Attacking Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.), an Arab-American, for supporting more visas for foreigners with high-technology skills. In radio and TV ads, it said Abraham’s proposal could “make it easier for [Arab] terrorists like Osama bin Laden to export their way of terror to any street in America.” (This is way too much bullshit to even waste a snark on.);
- Unless U.S. borders are sealed, America will be overrun by people “defecating and creating garbage and looking for jobs“. (I guess “REAL AMERICANS” don’t shit, toss trash away or want to work.)
Help Save Maryland, has been holding protests outside the state headquarters of CASA, an immigrant rights group. However, they weren’t all that well attended. As an example, here’s their website invitation to one of those protests sponsored by HSM, FAIR and other xenophobic groups:
JOIN HELP SAVE MARYLAND, PEOPLE FOR CHANGE IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, FEDERATION FOR AMERICAN IMMIGRATION REFORM (FAIR) AND OTHER CITIZEN GROUPS!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 12-1 PM, AT CASA OF MARYLAND’S LAWLESS DAY LABORER CENTER, 734 UNIVERSITY BLVD E (NEAR PINEY BRANCH RD), SILVER SPRING 20903.
LIVE COVERAGE OF OUR EVENT BY WFMD 930AM FREDERICK RADIO!
Don’t let the threat of a few raindrops and snowflakes scare you off.
The Rally Against CASA of Maryland and Illegal Immigration in ON!
HSM Members are driving in from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Washington Counties.
Wow! A protest put together by at least three “grass-roots” groups and ballyhooed to the faithful through the web AND featuring live coverage by radio. Turnout must have been tremendous!
Well……..actually only one person showed up and he denied being a protestor.
And, it isn’t just the HSM Tea Potty that’s anti-immigrant.
In Washington State, Tea Party Patriot groups urged supporters to gather signatures for Initiative 1056, a measure similar to Arizona’s SB1070. The Columbus, Georgia Tea Party held a rally to support Arizona, after the state passed SB1070. Many other local Tea Party Patriot groups have also supported the Arizona anti-immigrant law, as has the national leadership.
And, Willard Romney calls SB1070 “A model for the nation“! (Of course, he might change his position by next week. Ol’ “Etch-a-Sketch” is like that.)
North Carolina Freedom (from federal laws) Project (NC)
The North Carolina Freedom Project is a Tea Party Patriots member. Interestingly enough, these “REAL AMERICANS” have promoted the idea of secession. (Wonder if Rick Perry got the idea from them or they’re all nuts on the same tree.)
In February, 2010, in a NCFP’s newsletter article entitled “Solutions to the Tyranny of National Government”, two solutions were offered:
- Adopt a 10th amendment position of “state’s rights” (aka “Do what we damn well please and to hell with the U.S. government”.) See Tea Potty pt 3 for more on this bullshit;
- Secession! Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights – Special Report “Tea Party Nationalism” pg 46 (2010)
NC Freedom also worked with another group, the North-Carolina American Republic, creating workshops, entitled “Restore our Republics.” These workshops pushed the fantasy that individuals can declare themselves citizens of the North Carolina Republic. The claim is that the “real government” that was taken away by the post Civil War Reconstruction Acts. In their interpretation, the Fourteenth Amendment is unconstitutional.
The Peach Tea Potty (GA)
The Peach Tea Potty gives lie to the claim that “tea parties are all about excess spending and taxes”. This one seems to be “all about abortion”.
They’ve targeted 16 Georgia state Republicans as Republicans In Name Only. (RINO‘s, if you prefer).
What was the heinous deed they’re accused of perpetrating? Voting to overspend on a pet or superfluous project? Or (horror of horrors), voting to raise some rich person’s taxes?
Don’t be silly. The Peach Potty is pissed because these RINOs wouldn’t vote to cut the abortion time frame from 26 weeks, down to 20.
Oh, and their new BBF that sponsored HB 954? (You know, a REAL Republican.) That’s Doug McKillip (R-Athens) who, in his 2010 campaign advocated raising $1,500,000,00 in new Georgia taxes by increasing the income tax level for those making over $400,000 a year. And, even worse, he wanted to raise cigarette taxes a dollar a pack. (Damn government, taking away your freedom to smoke yourself to death!)
So evidently the Peach Potty doesn’t even pretend to be anti-tax, just anti-women.
Springboro Tea Potty (OH)
The extinguished looking “gentleman” on the left is Brian D. “Sonny” Thomas, the Springboro outhouse’s Head Bagger. (Or is that a redundancy?) Mr “Sonny” seems to be the Head Twit as well, as evidenced by some of his now famous tweets as shown below.
Can you say Racist?
Next up in Vocabulary Land: BirtherIn 2009, the twit wrote on Twitter: “I’m 110% against anyo (sic) of this fucking ObamaCare and will not acknowledge that son of a bitch either until he proves he’s a legally binding person who sit in that office. There’s a reason it’s called the White House.”
Among his other “greatest tweets” was this little jewel: “Did You Know There are Over 300 Fema Concentration Camps in The United States”. This tweet also included a link to an extremist website telling readers to “resist the new world order.”
In regard to his tweets, I thought about working in a “bird brain” reference. But, however apropos, it struck me as being a touch too much. (Then I sobered up and decided to slip it in anyway.)
In April of 2010, the rest of the Springboro baggers held an event: “Bringing Back Conservatism: Doin’ It Again in 2010” a bit north of Cincinnati.
Mr “Sonny” couldn’t make it. He was in jail at the time. But then, almost nobody else showed up either and they didn’t have that excuse. (I wonder if Mr “Sonny” was wearing the “White Pride” t-shirt that he wore in his Facebook pic.)
The Springboro baggers were expecting a crowd in the thousands. Actual attendance was in the very low tens. There went the opportunity to regale the multitude with such films as “Shadow Government” (about how the “government” controls your every move); “Camp FEMA” (about FEMA building “concentration camps” for unruly Americans); “Fall of the Republic” (about how an offshore corporate cartel is intentionally bankrupting the US economy); or that Birther crowd pleaser: “A Question of Eligibility“.
(What was it Molly Ivins once said?…..Oh, yah “Being slightly paranoid is like being slightly pregnant…..it tends to get worse.”)
Of course, the non-attendees also missed speakers from the John Birch Society (JBS has switched from being “anti-commie” to being “anti-Federal Reserve Bank”, but they’re still just stupid jerks.) and special guest star: James Traficant. (Fresh from a multi-year engagement in a Federal Playpen on corruption charges.)
As I said earlier, Mr “Sonny” couldn’t make his own event due to another engagement at the local crowbar hotel. Seems he has anger management issues. (Who da thunk it?)
He evidently beat up his son. (Ah yes, Tea Potty family values at work.) Of course, in Mr Sonny’s defense, his son is half Hispanic. The son’s mother (not his wife, from what I can discern) had to get a protection order against him. He also threatened the life of a women that was assisting him in picking up his son for visitation. (Due to his previous actions, he wasn’t allowed to be alone with his son.)
As the police were looking for him, Mr Sonny tweeted: “Professionals advise ‘Arm yourself’ When Seconds Count – Cops are minutes away.”
But, that’s enough about this asshole. There’s more to come.
Wood County Tea Potty (TX)
The W.C. Tea Potty’s Head Bagger is Karen Pack. Ms Pack calls herself as a “A Christian, a Tea Party Member, a Constitutionalist and a Patriot” (but, probably not a “Ms”). What she “forgets” to call herself is a KKK supporter. Besides subscribing to the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan’s “White Patriot” tabloid, Thom Robb’s Knights of the Ku Klux Klan listed both her and her husband as “official supporters.”
In an essay she called “An Ardent Plea,” Ms Pack wrote, “There is no seperation [sic] of church and state. There never has been. Only the historically ignorant or purposefully distructive [sic] will claim that there is. (Ms Pack really needs to read a history book that wasn’t written for Texas schools.) There are people at work today who hate our God, despise our Country and will stop at nothing to destroy both Christianity and the United States of America.” (Yah, you read about atheist militants nefarious activities all the time in the “White Patriot”.)
She sees a war a comin’: “Morality, Christianity and God given rights are being massacred in front of us today and Christians are doing nothing to stop it. The evil running rampant today will inevitably lead to tyranny. History proves it. If the Christians of this nation continue to sit on their church pews and turn a blind eye to what is happening, is this not a denial of Christ and all the foundations of Christianity? Are we such cowards that we can’t proudly proclaim our allegence [sic] to the fundemental [sic] (I’m curious. Are all baggers bad spellers that just can’t figure out how to use a dictionary or “spell-check”?) Christian principles that founded and built this nation? How long will Christians wait? How long will they be silent? How much of the Constitution must the enemy shred before they figure out that the Constitution is the only law left in the world that garantees [sic] their religious freedom? Will they wait until they outlaw Christianity like they outlawed prayer in school? By then, my friend, it will be too late to preserve our nation without bloodshed.”
(I was going to end this section with that last quote, but after reading it over again, that bitch pissed me off.
Those of you who have read “A bit about me (as if you really, really give a shit)“, know that I’m an atheist. But, as many of you also know, I have a great deal of respect for people who earnestly try to live the precepts of their various religions.
However, Ms Pack’s perversion of Christianity (complete with KKK overtones) is in stark contrast to Christ’s teachings. Where Christ taught love, Ms Pack and her ilk spew hate!
Sometimes I wish there really were a hell. It would be populated by people just like her.)
1776 Tea Potty (TeaPotty.org) (A division of the Minuteman Project) (Regional)
Back in “Tea Potty pt 5“, I captioned a photo with “When Fascism comes to America, it’ll be wrapped in excess body fat & carrying a misspelled sign.”
Meet Dale Robertson!
Besides being wrapped in fat and standing around with a misspelled sign, Dale is President and Founder of the 1776 Tea Potty.
He is also a co-host of the “Tea Party Radio Hour”. As such, he likes to have guests like the noted anti-tax (and anti-Semitic) Martin “Red” Beckman. “Red” was introduced as “an authority on the Constitution” and a “great guy”. (“Red” couldn’t be too much of a Constitutional authority, since he contends that U.S. tax laws are illegal. And, other than to Nazis, how many “great guys” are holocaust deniers?)
- Jews are a satanic force or the incarnation of Satan himself.
- Colored people are not fully human;
- Northern European whites are descendants of the “lost tribes of Israel;
- America is the white man’s promised land. (I’m still trying to find out where the bible says that.)
On his website, Dale claims to be an ex-Marine, a U.S. Naval Officer and an implied war hero.
Assignments: Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA; Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, MARDIV, USMC Naval Air Station, Dallas, TX (What??? No Afghanistan? No NYC?)
Length of service: Active – 75 days (Hmmm, couldn’t even last three months with the big kids.); Inactive Reserve after Active duty – 157 days (Kicked his ass out in less than a year?)
Rank: Private First Class (Ya think he fudged his resume just a teeny, tiny bit maybe?)
In February, 2009, Dale issued a press release crying that he was broke. (Couldn’t even afford a dictionary.) No worries, here comes the cavalry. (err….excuse me, the Minutemen.)
The MM came in the form of two of their leaders: “Minuteman Steve” Eichler (Minuteman Project Executive Director) and Tim Bueler (Minuteman Project Media Director).
You might remember the Minutemen (or should that be Minoot men?) from such classics as the murder of Raul Flores and his 9 year old daughter. (Both U.S. citizens btw.) Or from the times in court when the leadership was suing each other for fraud. (Guess there wasn’t enough sucker money to enhance all their lifestyles.)
As for “Minuteman Steve” and Tim, there’s a lot of dirt on these assholes, but I’m running long (again). I do recommend checking them out. You might start with this link
1776 claims to be national with 6987 members (Aug, 2010). At most they are regional. Their top ten outhouses are primarily in the south and southwest, with no more than 30 members in any area.
They are the most macho though. 66% identify themselves as male, 27% as female. (And 7% as not sure???)
Before I write “fini” on this “Local Locos” episode, I’d like to leave you with the words of John Boehner (ol’ “John of Orange”, hisself) who has called these bigoted birther bagger boobs “great patriots“.
He also stated “It’s not enough, however for Republicans to simply voice respect for what the Tea Partiers are doing, praise their efforts and participate in their rallies. Republicans must listen to them, stand with them and walk among them.”