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Oppostion to Obama & Obamacare Increases

As those of us affiliated with the Tea Party take to the streets today to protest Obama’s big government policies, our fellow Americans are registering their disapproval in a different way, by shifting their support to Republican presidential candidates and indicating their opposition to the Democrat’s signature initiative.

According to the Democratic pollster, Public Policy Polling, Sarah Palin is the only one of four potential GOP presidential candidates to run behind the incumbent.  Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney edge Obama, while it’s a dead heat for Newt Gingrich.

Sarah Palin, they find, “now lags Obama only 45-47 after showing deficits of eight or seven points in each of the last three months.”  Wasn’t someone else just two points behind the incumbent?

With the AP poll (one which tends to favor the Democrats) showing, 50 percent of Americans now opposing the Democrats’ health care bill, “the most negative measure all year,” Mary Katharine Ham observes:

Democrats have also lost long-time edges in party approval and trust on the economy. Phil Klein at the American Spectator notes this is the “8th straight national poll showing opposition to ObamaCare at 50% or higher.”

Wonder What Al Gore Has to Say About This

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:45 pm - April 15, 2010.
Filed under: Climate Change (Global Warming)

‘Hockey stick’ graph was exaggerated:

The “hockey stick” was used to warn the world of the threat of global warming by numerous individuals and organisations, including Al Gore in his oscar-winning film an Inconvenient Truth and UN body the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Sonicfrog who alerted me to this article has more:

The head of the Royal Statistical Society Professor David Hand adds weight to Steve McIntyre’s long held assertion that the infamous Hockey Stick is statistically flawed!

The “Tea Party” Part of Obama’s Campaign Agenda

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:24 pm - April 15, 2010.
Filed under: Tea Party

To Democrats who demonize the Tea Parties and dismiss the sincerity of our concerns, I ask that you look to the campaign rhetoric of the 2008 Democratic nominee for president of the United States.  Barack Obama rode to victory that fall in part by echoing ideas that Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan once championed as they helped turn the once-fledging conservative movement into a national phenomenon.

Obama said he favored “a net spending cut” (which he contended he had proposed “throughout this campaign“). He pledged to pay for spending increases with even bigger cuts.  Not just that, he said he was going to “put an end to the run-away spending and the record deficits“.

If Obama, with this rhetoric in his campaign, was appealing to the legitimate concerns of the American people, then why wouldn’t Tea Parties, echoing that very rhetoric, also reflect the sincere concerns of American citizens taking the time to take to the streets this Tax Day?

Shift in media attitude toward Tea Parties?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:07 pm - April 15, 2010.
Filed under: Tea Party

Just a few moments ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find a rather even-handed AP article on the Tea Parties linked on Yahoo!’s home page.

While referencing some of the extremists on the fringes of the movement, AP writer David A. Lieb reports, “Some tea party organizers have taken steps to distance themselves from those espousing potentially controversial views“:

Sensitive that poor public perception could sink their movement, some rally planners have uninvited controversial speakers, beefed up security and urged participants to pack cameras to capture evidence of any disrupters. Organizers want to project a peaceful image of people upset by what they consider to be a growing and burdensome federal government.

“We don’t want to be misrepresented, whether it’s by someone who is not part of the group and has their own agenda, or whether it’s by some fringe extremist who may actually be a racist,” said Jim Hoft, a political blogger and tea party activist who is one of the speakers for a rally in suburban St. Louis.

Nice to see that the AP is quoting one of the leading conservative bloggers (and a nice guy to boot–I met Jim in 2007 when I was passing through St. Louis).

Lieb was at pains not just to quote swell folks like Jim, but also to reference other level-headed Tea Party protesters.  And he reported, “Tea party leaders also are concerned that opponents may pose as tea party participants and cause a ruckus to damage the reputation of the movement.”

Job well done, Mr. Lieb.  Thanks for reporting our rallies rathe than distorting them!

No Wonder Democrats Demonize the Tea Parties

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:00 pm - April 15, 2010.
Filed under: Democrats & Double Standards,Obama Hopenchange

It’s part and parcel of this Administration’s New Kind of Chicago Politics.  Law Professor William A. Jacobson elucidates this pattern in reference to Obama’s attitude toward Israel:

Finding demons is the stock-in-trade of this administration. I called them on it at the beginning of the Obama presidency, Barack Got Enemy.

Whether it is the “rich,” the insurance companies, the “lobbyists,” the “extremist” and “dangerous” Tea Parties, or whomever, there always is an enemy against whom a policy is directed.

That’s hope and change for you!

Tea Party Haters May Be Putting Themselves at Risk

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 12:37 pm - April 15, 2010.
Filed under: Leftist Nutjobs,Liberalism Run Amok,Tea Party

We’ve been mentioning for a couple days how some anti-Tea Party (“anti-anti-Big Government”?) provocateurs were planning to pose as Tea Partiers and try to make them look bad. My take was that it shows both how their negative caricature of the movement is clearly inaccurate (otherwise, why would they need to infiltrate to inject it), and that this is how desperate they’ve become. Both are good news.

Jim Geraghty at NRO has an interesting take on the Tea Party infiltrators. From this morning’s “Morning Jolt” email update (subscribe here):

So, just to clarify, the contention of these liberals is that the tea parties must be demonized and discredited because they’re full of violent, angry, often gun-toting extremists with temper-control issues, and their plan to expose this fact is to walk into the middle of a large crowd of said short fuses, who are fed up with being painted as lunatics, carrying obviously outlandish and offensive signs, and then start making racist comments. I presume these liberals think everyone around them will nod approvingly as they insist that the rally’s focus is not runaway spending and the growth of government, but the importance of exposing the president’s role as the greatest Kenyan Deep Cover Agent ever.

Okay, Poli-Cylons, go for it. I just hope you folks studied up on how to make a tourniquet out of a Gadsden flag.

What they lack in intelligence, the Left seems to make up for in subtlty. (That previous sentence, by the way, was intended to be ironic.)

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)

Bailouts: Even Dogs Want In

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 11:10 am - April 15, 2010.
Filed under: Dogs,LA Stories,Tea Party

One of our readers (and a fine blogger in his own right) won’t be able to attend the Tea Party today, but methinks it’s because his pup wants to crash the party:

If you’re in LA and your pup doesn’t want a handout of his own, join me and at least 4 other GayPatriot readers at the Rally today outside Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office, 11111 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 915 in Los Angeles, CA 90025-3343, at 5:30pm.

Where Were the Civility Police in the Bush Era?

Perhaps, the richest thing about listening to various liberal pundits and their ideological confrères in Congress denigrating the Tea Parties is their attempts to lecture Tea Party protesters on civility.  Now, I certainly agree with their concern for rhetorical decorum and their opposition to hateful epithets, but I question their sincerity.

If they’re so concerned about rhetorical excess, I want to know when they, to borrow an expression, differentiated themselves from the hateful speech spewed during the Bush Era.  Note that all of a sudden when we have a Democrat in the Oval Office, promoting a vast expansion of government, they’re concerned with the level of discourse.  Guess it didn’t bother them too much when countless protesters compared a Republican president to Hitler.

Not to mention the hateful speech spewing from elected Democrats and from MSNBC anchormen.

Now, to show that our movement in reality is as hateful as the one in their imagination, some left-wingers are trying to crash the Tea Parties, masquerading as hateful bigots.  Whatever you do, if you see such folk, don’t play their game.  Tell them that you’re there to promote freedom, not to denigrate any group or individual.

Be civil.  Be courteous.

Via Glenn comes this suggestion from Ann Althouse:

Tea Partiers should look around and listen and notice people who might be Crashers. Whether they are Crashers or actual fringe Tea Partiers, talk with them. It’s good for people at these gatherings to talk to each other and be friendly anyway. It helps project the image of normality, which, I think, is the reality with most Tea Partiers.

Read the rest.

And should you confront such folk, ask yourselves (but not them), why right-wingers didn’t feel any compulsion during the Bush Era to crash the anti-war rallies.

Death of Another Kid from Laramie, Wyoming

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:00 am - April 15, 2010.
Filed under: Gay Culture,HIV/AIDS

Thanks to VtheK for the tip.  I believe this story speaks for itself.

The death, of an AIDS-related illness, of a 25-year-old barebacking porn star is the latest twist in several episodes that have roiled the adult entertainment industry in recent years.

Chad Noel’s March 17 death was reported on at GayPornGossip on March 26. The posting read, “Chad Noel age 25, a former ’twink genre’ gay porn performer using the stage names of Donny Price & Craven Cox passed away in New York City, on March 17, 2010 following a brief illness associated with complications of HIV.” The article also noted that Noel had worked for an adult entertainment company that makes videos of men barebacking–a euphemism for unprotected anal sex. Noel had also performed under the names Craven Cox and Donny Price. Noel was a native of Laramie, Wyoming, the town outside of which Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die.

I presume the gay leftist community will immediately rally behind safer sex efforts as a response to Mr. Noel’s passing equal to their rallies against hate crimes.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

More comfortable being gay at a Tea Party . . .

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:01 am - April 15, 2010.
Filed under: Tea Party

. . . than coming out conservative in the gay community.

So reports one of our readers from a Tea Party in Boston:

Great crowd, everyone reacted positively. They wanted to take photos and gave me thumbs up. Some asked how I felt about being there. My most frequent response was I feel better coming out gay here today with the tea party people then coming out conservative in my gay community. Tried to turn the crowd away from the alinsky provacteurs, they were all there with the racist mispelled signs, so sad they were so young.

What’s Wrong with Tea Parties Being the “Party of No”?
(especially when we’re saying “no” to big government)

Recall how from sometime in 2002 until they won back control of Congress, Democrats in Washington defined themselves by opposing then-President Bush’s agenda? It was they who started the process of filibustering nominees to the federal bunch and they who used every procedural gimmick in the book to slow down or stop Republican legislative reforms, including plans to fix Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) which were the catalyst for the financial meltdown.

Back then, however, we didn’t hear many people calling them the “Party of No.” Liberal pundits weren’t asking them to put forward an alternative agenda, merely commending them for blocking the initiatives of then-majority party.

So, if today, while protesting the Obama Democrats big government policies at Tea Parties across the nation, people criticize you for being the “party of no,” then ask them (politely without raising your voice), if they criticized the minority Democrats for “obstructing” the Republican agenda in the Bush Era.

Just tell them you’re saying, “No” to big government and by doing so, you’re affirming the values our founders fought for, from the first Tea Party just over 236 years ago until the inauguration of George Washington nearly sixteen years later–and for which American patriots kept fighting for the next two hundred years and change.

And if your critics style themselves as intellectuals, then tell them about the great French philosopher Albert Camus who defineda rebel” as an individual who says “No.”  This non affirms the existence of a limit:  “the categorical refusal of an interference deemed intolerable”.  Your “No” affirms all that you want to preserve.

In short, you’re not just saying, “No,” you’re making a philosophical statement.