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Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black

Tim Wise (photo: timwise.org)

Tim Wise (photo: timwise.org)

This is by a guy named Tim Wise:

Let’s play a game, shall we? The name of the game is called “Imagine.” The way it’s played is simple: we’ll envision recent happenings in the news, but then change them up a bit. Instead of envisioning white people as the main actors in the scenes we’ll conjure – the ones who are driving the action – we’ll envision black folks or other people of color instead. The object of the game is to imagine the public reaction to the events or incidents, if the main actors were of color, rather than white. Whoever gains the most insight into the workings of race in America, at the end of the game, wins.

So let’s begin.

Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition.

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Political Publicists Manipulate Consumers With Anthro-Aesthetic Narrative

While the the American public at large varies in its level of outrage over U.S. government spending levels, over the past week, the physical appearance of Tea Party protesters served as a point of fixation for commenters describing their points of view from every part of the ideological spectrum. The overarching thesis of every paid mainstream commenter, in rough paraphrase, has been “I am not a racist; the people who disagree with me are racists. This validates my conclusions about the level and direction of federal government spending.”

These types of conflicting arguments float around either (1) pointing our the aesthetic homogeneity of the Tea Party protesters or (2) referencing the presence of ethnic minority participation in Tea Party protests in order to expose the previous dynamic as spurious or, daresay, racist unto itself. This common practice by detracting and promoting onlookers is deeply ironic, because, for the most part, virtually all of them claim to espouse a society that is colorblind.… Read the rest

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Jesse Ventura Discusses Alternative Voting, Prosecuting the Catholic Church Under RICO Laws, Marijuana Legalization and More With Bill Maher

Jesse Ventura appeared on the April 16, 2010 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher to discuss a number of issues, including third-party politics and alternative voting. Ventura also called for the Catholic Church to be prosecuted under the "Federal RICO laws of organized crime" for its involvement in covering up child molestations. Ventura also said he wants to see pot legalized in America, which of course Bill Maher very much agrees with.
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Tea Party Censors Counter-Protesters, But News Crew Mocks Tea Party!

A local California newscast panned the empty sidewalk where a massive Tea Party rally was supposed to have occurred! But another small Tea Party rally still shut out any pro-government protesters by reserving all four sides of the Sacramento state Capitol — and demanding exclusive use of the grounds for the entire day (even though their rally didn’t start until noon).

They’d threatened to have anyone else escorted away by the police, effectively “preventing opposing voices from being heard,” according to one pro-government supporter from a new rival group called “the Coffee Party.”

But in the end the Coffee still staged their rally nearby on April 15 — and arranged a second rally on April 16 to show their support lasts more than one year!

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Nationwide Tax Day Protests

tdtplogoThe Tea Party movement will do something today that pretty much all Americans identify with: they’re protesting taxes, an activity as all-American as … well you can name your own favorite American pastime. Glenn Harlan Reynolds reports for the Wall Street Journal:

Today American taxpayers in more than 300 locations in all 50 states will hold rallies — dubbed “tea parties” — to protest higher taxes and out-of-control government spending. There is no political party behind these rallies, no grand right-wing conspiracy, not even a 501(c) group like MoveOn.org.

So who’s behind the Tax Day tea parties? Ordinary folks who are using the power of the Internet to organize. For a number of years, techno-geeks have been organizing “flash crowds” — groups of people, coordinated by text or cellphone, who converge on a particular location and then do something silly, like the pillow fights that popped up in 50 cities earlier this month.

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Tea Partiers Mock And Scorn Apparent Parkinson’s Victim

Below is a clip from a video report on the Columbus Dispatch:
In a scene reminiscent of non-violent civil rights confrontations from the 1960s, Ohio Tea Partiers quickly turned ugly when facing off with health care advocates in front of Ohio Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy's office Tuesday. In shocking video taken by a Columbus Dispatch reporter Doral Chenowith yesterday, Tea Party protestors mock a seated counter-protestor with a sign indicating he has Parkinson's disease. They then proceed to hurl wadded up bills at him shouting, "I'll decide when to give you money!"
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Tea Party Not For You? Try The Coffee Party

You might think that headline is a joke, but it's not, as Jessica Ravitz reports for CNN:
In one chair sits a rural retiree, his financial security shot in the slump, a humble Southerner who's never thought much about politics. In another seat is a born Northerner, an inner-city native, a relative of a civil rights giant. And nearby, circling a table, are an economist, an artist, a onetime John McCain supporter and a long-haired guy who's rich in Woodstock memories.
Meet these members of the Coffee Party Movement, an organically grown, freshly brewed push that's marking its official kickoff Saturday...
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The Wal-Mart Hippies

David Brooks disses tea partiers, the ‘New Left’ and conspiracy theorists in the New York Times (where else?):

About 40 years ago, a social movement arose to destroy the establishment. The people we loosely call the New Left wanted to take on The Man, return power to the people, upend the elites and lead a revolution.

Today, another social movement has arisen. The people we loosely call the Tea Partiers also want to destroy the establishment. They also want to take on The Man, return power to the people, upend the elites and lead a revolution.

There are many differences between the New Left and the Tea Partiers. One was on the left, the other is on the right. One was bohemian, the other is bourgeois. One was motivated by war, and the other is motivated by runaway federal spending. One went to Woodstock, the other is more likely to go to Wal-Mart.

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