Archive for May 3, 2009

Tea Party Protestors Demand Apology From Obama and Media

From the Washington Examiner via Gulf Coast Pundit:

The following statement was issued this afternoon by Jenny Beth Martin and theTea Party Patriots, a national organizing effort created following the April 15 Tea Party protests:

Among the political class it has apparently become acceptable, and even fashionable, for American politicians from the President on down to mock the citizens they represent.

In a development that can only further denigrate the discourse necessary to any effective democracy, politicians and the “serious” news media are now mocking citizens regularly and with impunity.

Supported by mainstream journalists on MSNBC and CNN who themselves use sexual slurs on national television to mock and attack the same citizens, the politicians openly demonstrate their feelings of superiority in regard to those they were elected to represent. They now candidly express their disdain for a significant portion of the American population without threat of reprisal by the mainstream media.
On the morning of the April 15th Tea Parties, the American public was informed on national news by one of the President’s economic advisers, Jared Bernstein, that the President was “unaware” of the tea parties taking place in over 850 cities across the nation.
On April 29th, the President informed a town hall meeting in St. Louis that he has now become aware of the tea parties, but only from “certain news channels on which I’m not very popular.” He referred to the one million plus Patriots who came out in legitimate and constitutionally protected demonstrations of free speech on April 15th as “folks waving tea bags around…”
While he collects royalties (last year about $2.6 million) from his books, “The Audacity of Hope” and “Dreams From My Father,” the President has the audacity to imply that we the people have nothing legitimate to say about high taxes, wasteful spending and corporate bailouts.
The President also seems to believe that it is appropriate to mock millions of Americans who are expressing their opinions publicly in a peaceful manner.
“Perhaps he feels that by mocking the tea parties and the patriots who attend them, that he can marginalize them. But we know that real patriots cannot be marginalized, and that they will continue to make their voices heard in ever greater numbers,” says Mark Meckler, Sacramento Tea Party Coordinator and Tea Party Patriots National Leadership Council Member.
This sort of condescending approach to the grassroots is a hallmark of politicians all across this land. We, the grassroots are mocked by the President as “folks waving tea bags around.” Discussion of our legitimate complaints and concerns is avoided through the use of derogatory and condescending rhetoric.
We’ve heard similar rhetoric from the Speaker Nancy Pelosi who says the tea parties are an “Astroturf initiative,” and “contrived events backed by those who like tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.” Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL), called people who attended the Tea Parties “despicable” and “shameful,” “corporate interests” and said the events were created by “Republican lobbyists and politicians.”
At every level, the president and the majority of politicians at a national level refuse to discuss the issues head on, and refuse to acknowledge the fact that a huge, non-partisan, grassroots movement has coalesced around limited government, fiscal responsibility and lower taxes.
As politicians, they are simply interested in taking and spending more and more of our money, and in leaving our children with the burdens of their excess. And they will mock, deride and oppose anyone who objects to what they are doing.
At this time, the president, and all other politicians who demeaned the protestors, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-IL, included, owe 1.2 million patriots an apology. If our politicians are truly interested in dialogue with the people they claim to represent, such a dialogue must begin with respect for the citizens of this country.
That show of respect will begin when the politicians acknowledge that mocking and demeaning well-intentioned, peaceful Tea Party Patriots who love their country is the height of arrogance, and a terrible mistake. The American people deserve better from their elected representatives, and are beginning to demand it.

Damn straight. I was at a protest and I demand an apology.

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Probable Case of Swine Flu in Clay County

See News4Jax for details. Apparently there are probable cases all the hell over Florida. I just want to make it to the end of the school year without anybody having to shut the school down. Is that too much to ask?

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The Obama Depression

From Al Fin:

Obama owns this depression. He is working as fast as he can to dig the hole under the economy as deeply as possible. So far, no one seems any the wiser. The economic devastation for the near and medium future is already immense. The stresses on the integrity of the nation as a whole are starting to exceed allowable levels. But Obama-prompter is not likely to stop at the limits. He is certainly not aware of them.

If you are like most of the herd, you will see no reason to modify your behaviours in light of the narcissist in chief’s full scale assault on the market economy. You will believe the news and entertainment media that the world is now in good hands. But if you are intelligent, you will calmly and deliberately begin making contingency plans just in case they are wrong.

A second year teacher from my school was told last week that her contract wasn’t being renewed. No reason was given. It isn’t that she did a bad job; on the contrary, she did a very good job. She is devastated. The decision to non-renew means that she will not be able to work in this county and, with cutbacks elsewhere, not in any county as a teacher in her field.

As a person a few years older, I could tell her why I think the decision was made, but it would only be speculation on my part. Her husband is employed, and he earns a *very* good salary. Her salary is not essential for their lifestyle. There are other teachers at the school with as little seniority but who do just as good a job who are the sole support of themselves and their children. When the decision was made as to who to keep when cuts had to be made, I believe the principal took that into account.

Today I heard about some acquaintances of mine that I hadn’t heard from in awhile. She was downsized last year and is now working part-time at a low-paying job, the best she can get. He was in construction and quite well paid, but has been laid off long enough for unemployment to run out. They are surviving by building birdhouses in the evening and selling them beside the road in the daytime. They are hoping that construction or any employment prospect picks up soon. I don’t think it will.

As for me, since my job ends in June, if I have an offer of additional employment, I feel at this point it would be prudent to take it. However, if the choice were to be between me and somebody that doesn’t have another wage earner in the household, I’d bow out. I could grow some extra vegetables to sell at the Farmer’s Market, sell a few sheep, chickens, and ducks, make and sell some bird baths, decorative mosaiced outdoor tables, and maybe even watch/tutor kids in my own home. I can play with my woodcarving and woodburning tools and sell the carvings as “rustic”.

Dang. I kinda hope the school system doesn’t have a place for me next year, but that $8,000 yearly health insurance premium I’d have to pay for on my own is kinda steep.

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State of Emergency

I noted yesterday that we are in a state of emergency in Florida.

I hadn’t actually noticed any difference than NOT being in a state of emergency ‘cept at the doc’s office. They went to a state of emergency early and beat the rush.

I’m going to be out picking up my emergency breakfast at Cracker Barrel.

What I think is a state of emergency is the president trying to run over secured creditors and take away their money and forcing a “merger” with a car company that isn’t going to work. What I think is a state of emergency is the Bank of America shareholders getting ripped off by the government.

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Since It’s Gonna Be a Hot One Today….

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Just Because I Loves Me Some Black Eyed Peas….

H/T Gulf Coast Pundit, who reminded me of this video for a morning wake-up call.

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