2004 Freerepublic Obama thread

In prep work for the History of Freerepublic.com, I ran across this 2004 era Barack Obama thread. Let’s go through it and find out any similarities to 2010…

The Barack Obama-Alan Keyes Illinois Senate campaign was happening in 2004, here is FreeRepublic and Jim Robinson chatting about Obama, Alan Keyes (back when FR had a hardon for Keyes), and all things Freep:

Vanity: Alan Keyes for Senate
Aug 23, 2004 | Jim Robinson

I’ll make this short and sweet (kinda like this is your brain, this is your brain on crack – any questions?).

a) Alan Keyes is an America loving, Constitution loving, Liberty loving, pro-life ultra conservative. We’d be ^damned lucky to have him in the Senate if we could get him there.

b) Barack Obama is an America hating, pro-abortion socialist communist. It’ll be a dark day for America if he’s elected.

Any questions?

Yeah, how mad will you be if Barack is elected President? I guess we’ll find out…

We were surprised that Keyes got even one vote. (Not really)

To: Jim Robinson
Thanks for your post. While no one has actually made fun of me for suggesting that Mr. Keyes has a chance to win, I’m sure some were just being polite.

I think we may all be surprised. Alan Keyes is an excellent candidate, and he may well take the position away from the annointed liberal Obama.

10 posted on August 23, 2004 11:53:41 PM PDT by Judith Anne (I am almost convinced Kerry will lose his home state. I think Unca Teddy hates him.)

Keyes showed Obama was electable. Thanks, Alan Keyes!

To: Jim Robinson
thanks for the help!Obama is a very smooth and dangerous fellow.
Even if Alan doesen’t win,he will show the people just what Obama is.

23 posted on August 24, 2004 12:45:27 AM PDT by Cheapskate (“We got the Steeley Dan t shirts!”)

2004-era Birthers! And 2004-ere Birther shootdowners!

To: Gelato
Obama….He is likely to run for president in 2008
I thought that he was a “naturalized” citizen, therefore not eligible to run for President.

27 posted on August 24, 2004 1:01:41 AM PDT by sockmonkey

To: sockmonkey
Obama was born in Hawaii.

28 posted on August 24, 2004 1:04:13 AM PDT by Gelato

To: Gelato
Obama was born in Hawaii.
I’m sorry to hear that, but thanks for the info.

31 posted on August 24, 2004 1:21:12 AM PDT by sockmonkey

FreeRepublic…almost too liberal for ApesForEvolution

To: Jim Robinson
God bless you Jim, you and yours, richly, and Go Alan Go!

There is great hope alive at Free Republic! Man…I was this (*) close to writing FRoff…I couldn’t believe how FAR left THE RIGHT supposedly has moved, however, it really hasn’t – the GOP is obviously a centrist Party now.

However, it’s an influx of Liberal Moderates into the GOP precipitating friction against the Reagan Republicans and “American Sovereignty and Constitutional Representation” Conservative movement that seems so extremely wrong at the wrong time .. the Conservatives that brought us the “Contract With America” .. a HUGE, CONSERVATIVE SUCCESS which really made the current WH/House/Senate Republican Leadership ‘monopoly’ a possibility IMO.

Thank you for this post. The GOP better come together, or, yes, I believe that in order for a Civil War to happen in America, the GOP would probably have to have one first, which America can’t afford right now. The tables are tilting precariously on a high fulcrom point and we MUST MOVE RIGHT as a country, BUT WHO WILL LEAD THAT DIRECTION? ?? Someone has to or it’s a continuous drift left, until we are SLAPPED with a Carter or a Kerry…Good LORD…

32 posted on August 24, 2004 2:33:28 AM PDT by ApesForEvolution (DemocRATS are communists and want to destroy America only to replace it with the USSA)

communist crypto-Muhammadan Obamaosama infanticider – the best Obama nicknames are the ones invented years ago!

To: Gelato
Thankfully Alan’s ‘single issue’ position is so much more appealing than the communist crypto-Muhammadan Obamaosama infanticider…no blood on Alan’s hands, lots on Obamaosama’s hands…dead children’s blood.

35 posted on August 24, 2004 2:43:44 AM PDT by ApesForEvolution (DemocRATS are communists and want to destroy America only to replace it with the USSA

Period. And you’ll never hear from Obama again!

To: Jim Robinson
“Barack Obama is an America hating, pro-abortion socialist communist.”
I posted the exact same sentence (almost IIRC) a couple weeks ago on a thread in defense of Keyes. Jim Rob thanks for ‘coming out’ for Alan.

btw, for those here NOT from IL, Obama IS a communist – period. You can dress him up, send him to school and have him talk nice, but he’s still a commie!

Oh, and he’s no ‘rising star’ either. That’s leftist media tripe. Obama’s a 3rd rate back bench state Rep from a 6th rate Chicago south side district. And if the IL senate seat didn’t look like “a given” prior to the RAT convention, you’d have NEVER heard of him.

49 posted on August 24, 2004 5:24:15 AM PDT by Condor51 (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t. — Gen G. Patton Jr)

Obama is a Nazi who needs to get carpetbagged. This is in 2004!

To: Sabertooth; All; Jim Robinson; EternalVigilance; ApesForEvolution; TomasUSMC; unspun; JustPiper; …
Sabertooth, I love you, man. But we really need you on the right side of this one (just as you were on the right side of the Cal Recall).
To all: It’s really this simple. By virtue of the fact that Obama has voted to let babies who were accidentally born be murdered, and by virtue of the fact that Keyes is fighting to prevent such murder, Obama is actually LESS qualified to serve as the Senator from Illinois than Keyes is.

Here’s my greater good analogy: The allied forces had a right, in fact an obligation, to conquer and REPLACE THE LEADERSHIP OF –or engaged in a “carpetbagging” of sorts– the Nazis in Germany.

In like manner, Keyes has a right to try to conquer Obama.

Furthermore, the left has been hypocritical and therefore has undermined any argument they have against carpetbagging, WHETHER OR NOT Keyes has spoken against it.

In short, Keyes is observing a greater good than Federalism, by fightin Obama’s holocaust.

Attention Philosophers and freepers: See “Hierarchicalism”, a.k.a “Graded Absolutism”, a.k.a. “greater good” –Aquinas, etc. Please make yourself familiar with the doctrine before responding.

95 posted on August 24, 2004 9:21:28 AM PDT by tame (Are you willing to do for the truth what leftists are willing to do for a lie?)

George Soros, Osama names, Manchurian Candidate, all from 2004, all the same crazy arguments. Nothing has changed except the volume of crazy, soon it will be over 11.

To: Jim Robinson
Osama Obama is funded by George Soros, the international financial manipulator, destroyer and looter of entire countries, promoter of “gay rights”, Christian-hater, Serb-hater, Israel hater, kigpin of the New World Order, and perhaps the most dangerous man in the world. Obama is nothing more than a Manchurian Candidate, and even liberals in Illinois should refuse to vote for him if they value American independence and freedom even a little bit!
Soros is also behind the Kerry-supporting “MoveOn” organization. So the same applies to Kerry as well!

Don’t let Soros take his “patented” method of destroying Balkan nations and apply it to America!!!!

161 posted on August 24, 2004 1:07:40 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)

Drain Clogs – 08-17-2010

Calling their bluff

It’s really surprising to me that this Muslim cultural center a few blocks away from Ground Zero is still an issue in the media and in the political realms. The project was already unanimously approved by the only people who are authorized to make the decision in New York City, the build commission. It already has found Mayor Bloomberg’s blessing, much of the country believes that the First Amendment deserves to be upheld to American citizens in every aspect it provides, even President Obama commented on the controversy last week. Well, that is to say that he isn’t standing so firmly on his endorsement of the most basic constitutional protections, but any critically thinking person who truly believes in the wisdom of the Founding Fathers and the tenants our nation was built on would agree that it is disgusting that this group of religious believers has been so loudly discriminated against by so many.

The logical conclusion of this debate however, as it has been with almost every issue the Right has brought up in the last year and a half, comes down to siding with an ideology in the Republican mind frame that states that it’s OK to say “fuck you” to a group or an organization or people of a certain ethnicity if those peoples’ values or skin color don’t match that of the Conservative mainstream. The debate gets dressed up in fancy language on television or gets blown so out of proportion you really can’t take the talking heads seriously anymore, but if you were to draw a line way down to the Right’s ultimate conclusion on issues like immigration, healthcare for poor people, the right for a seemingly oppressed minority to practice their faith freely, they would rather entourn/deport/exile/kick out/let die/or possibly, in certain people’s cases, kill with their bare hands than be forced to live another second with these Mexicans, Muslims, Black Panthers, Terrorist Baby rearers, Homos, and other people they flat out don’t like.

You have to let the other side’s words speak for themselves with this mid-term election coming up and with the 2012 election not to far in the distance (my bet is on the media starting serious coverage of the 2012 race the day after the midterm elections are over, by the way). They will try to make their points sound educated and responsible with lots of fancy opinion poll numbers and “facts” about religion and border crossing and so forth in a debate, but since debates are no longer fought over reason or compromise and instead turn straight to emotional appeals, the job of a counterpoint to a Conservative these days is to draw out the other side’s blatant disregard for common decency, law, and humanity.

Where else does a policy of “we can’t have these extra 20 million illegal immigrants in our country anymore taking our jobs” ultimately lead to anyway, or a policy of “we can’t have these Muslims building a YMCA in midtown Manhattan because they creep us out”? Pundits and politicians on the Right are always so vocal about letting us ask them for answers. If you’d just *let* us take the reigns on Healthcare Reform we’ll deliver a solid solution. If the Republicans weren’t the minority party we would have figured out this immigration situation already.

What happened when we let the Republicans circle the wagons in order to produce their clearly laid out plan for Healthcare Reform? We got a 14 page document that certainly has words written on the page, but like the Republican’s current savior-in-Chief Sarah Palin, the long winded positive sounding rhetoric is just political busytalk with no actual figures or actionable solutions for the problem at hand. If this is the best they can come up with we might as well let the Right embarrass themselves by trying to submit the laws they’d really deep down want to pass.

Like laws to strip the Constitution of the 14th Amendment, or bills to cut taxes for the wealthiest people in the nation while we scramble to try and find money to pay off our country’s debts with, or laws that would provide medical care to every person in America, just without the ability get the proper treatment in the event of becoming unhealthy, or laws that ban homosexuals from openly serving in the military, and for that matter, ban them from existing in general society all together!

At the end of the day Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity, the Tea Party, that crazy lady from Long-Island who wears too much make-up and doesn’t want a Muslim cultural center going up in NYC, they are all basing policy they’d like to see be law off of their value judgement against another human being. There’s no problem with holding an opinion like that (besides how crass it is), we have the First Amendment for a reason and they damn well better be thankful for that, but there is a problem with coaxing the public opinion and making them believe that their opinions are valid because “that’s what the Founding Fathers would have wanted” or “that’s not what the Constitution really means” or some other fantasy world conclusion that would serve to justify their unfounded opinions. Just don’t use that logic for problem solving guys, you’re bothering the smart politicians in the room.

Barack Obama or the Democrats or any other element that identifies with thinking and writing good policy over resorting to faith-based arguments and screaming and yelling at Anderson Cooper over “Terror Babies”, these people should not need to back down off of their arguments just because there’s a contingent of voters out there who are crazy and would probably vote for Rand Paul for president and don’t like Latinos, Muslims, African-Americans, single mothers, or the poor in the first place. Let them rage all over the airwaves for as long as they want, spouting off opinions that make no sense, as long as this yelling and screaming and bawling and crying continues to never have a place in the final legislation of a real law, let them flounder in dust. Oh, and remember to remind voters and the public about this fact during the election season. The American public needs this certain kind of educational experience before 2012 and Sarah Palin is eligible to be voted for as a presidential candidate.

Drain Clogs – 08-13-2010


A US politician is seriously discussing this, and a US TV Newschannel is seriously discussing it instead of instantly calling it a giant pile of horse puke. But at least Rep. Louis Gohmert makes a great case….at how freaking crazy he is!

Beck makes sense for once in his life.

Teabaggers hate net neutrality

Here comes the movmentum!

Obama is in Madden 2011? Must be Obama Indoctrination! No one tell this guy about the Socks the Cat video game…

A couple pretended to be immigration and “deported” another woman, and are now arrested.

The US infrastructure is falling apart. All that infrastructure spending that got cut from the stimulus bill would have came in handy…

Dr. Orly Taitz Jr. Esq. PhD is appealing to the Supreme Court, again, and is about to get denied by every justice, again.

Cartoon of the Day:

Tolerance is Hareem to Freepers

So as everyone who is reading this site knows, the controversial mosque near ground zero cleared the last hurdle to being built when the Landmark Preservation Society voted 9 to 0 against giving the land it is to be built on historic protection. This means that a big scary Islamic building is going to be near ground zero and that means that Muslims are secretly laughing at all Americans. Because of this all true Americans (as defined by Free Republic goers) should be outraged by this shameful act of Islamic gloating. Mtnwmn knows what is up exactly:

This is a slap in the face to most Americans.

2 posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 12:57:02 PM by mtnwmn (Liberalism leads to Socialism)

But that isn’t the real problem. The real problem is not just one mosque near ground zero. I have taken the liberty of rewriting The New Colossus to fit the new America

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles who aren’t Muslim. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome for all who don’t worship Mohammad; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your dirty Muslims!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your Christians, your white Europeans,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free for Islam,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door*!

*which I will slam shut in a Muslim’s face.

It was an enormous mistake to open immigration to Islamic countries. You can thank Ted Kennedy for that. It should be stopped immediately. We do not owe the world a free chance at American citizenship.

70 posted on Wed Aug 04 2010 08:22:53 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) by WashingtonSource

Of course if RINOs had the balls we would have just nuked the whole middle east. Take that cradle of civilization!

George junior and senior kiss Saudi @$$ at the drop of a hat.
after 9/11 both Saudi and Egypt should have been turned to glass for their part in the attack….but the one world RINOs would have none of that……

21 posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 1:39:27 PM by Vaquero (Don’t pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.)

I think more than just Muslims laugh at historyrepeatz


22 posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 1:41:29 PM by historyrepeatz

The following posts are a small sampling of Freep posts where freepers mistake pork for Muslim kryptonite instead of something that is merely hareem. The last one also highlights their inability to do math.

New York has pigeons, right? Lots of them.
I’m sure those poor pigeons outside of this new mosque would appreciate some nice people feeding them lots of tasty bacon bits, which their tiny little stomachs can thus digest, and their intestinal tract then excrete said bacon bits upon the grounds and rooftop of this wonderful expression of ‘tolerance’.

34 posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 2:16:01 PM by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)

Someone just needs to leave a fresh pig carcass on the spot of land via drive-by.
7 posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 1:18:42 PM by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon Ping List.)

it’s been awhile since i had physics, but i estimate you should be able to heave a frictionless peice of bacon about 60 miles per hour from the top of the freedom tower and smack the mosque roughly 1000 feet away from 1700 feet up.

39 posted on Wednesday, August 04, 2010 12:34:38 AM by bluedressman

I blame fat, dumb, lazy, ignorant Americans for a lot of our problems also. I just don’t think we are talking about the same people though.

I do not blame our enemy for this.
I blame fat, dumb, lazy, cowardly, ignorant Americans for not fighting it.
The enemy is taking a dump on 3,000 Americans who died horribly in those towers, and their families.
And what do Americans do?
Not even ten years have gone by.
What, we’re going to “rise above” our enemy by letting them shove a dagger into our bellies?
Let it fall until Americans suffer enough to come back to reality.

53 posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 3:39:06 PM by Boucheau

Let’s pretend Boucheau is sane.

“Could you please point me to the place in the Constitution that states that only certain groups of people have property rights?”
BS! Bury your head a little further in the sand. Just pretend the “nice Muslims” will leave you and your family alone in the coming years.
Let’s pretend their war against us does not exist.
Let’s pretend that what the UK is going through can’t happen to us.
Let’s pretend Islam is not a threat to our very existence in the coming decades.
Wake up!
But hey, they’ll “LOVE” it if you ignore them while they plot and position themselves to cut your dumb throat!

95 posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 8:33:47 PM by Boucheau

Man I wonder why no one in Saudi Arabia cared about the feelings of a person who uses the word “raghead”.

Having lived within the kingdom of Saudi Arabia for more than three years, and being a Catholic, at no time.. ever… did any of that bunch of raghead heathens make any effort to determine if I was ever offended by their practice of what is no more than a sophisticated version of a cult…. no more, no less, than the Jim Jones deadly debacle. Islam is by no means what we call a “religion”. It is a deadly ideology, hell bent on attempting the taking over of this entire world…. fulfilling what is known as a “Caliphate”. I can’t, for the life of me, understand what motivation drives the New York stupidity in the capitulation to those godless creatures….
Islam is not a religion! Islam is a full-blown cult! And “sharia” is it’s Operating Manual. Please, God help us in this time need…..

23 posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 2:45:09 PM by MODELSHIPS

Go hide behind the constitution.

Go hide behind the constitution.

Go hide behind the constitution.

Go hide behind the constitution.

Open your window, Bloomy..
Do you still hear the cries of 9/11 victims falling to their deaths? Others still do.. this is hallowed ground.
A mosque does little except desecrate the entire area and acts as salt in the wounds sustained by the city and nation that day.
Go hide behind the Constitution, it won’t be the first time this nation’s enemies and detractors have done it..
Enjoy the kool-aid.

10 posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 4:51:54 PM by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi … Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Epic Fail or Bust!!!)

Meyer thinks the only way to fight domestic terrorism is with more domestic terrorism.

Bloomberg is a glowing example of what is WRONG with the republican party. The party should kick this liberal moron out, along with many others. He!!, New Yorkers should kick him out of office as well.
What a disgrace. To even think that letting an enemy of our once-free country build essentially a monument to their murder of 3000 innocent citizens is acceptable is beyond contempt.
I’ll tell you what – if they actually build this thing, I hope somebody flies a plane right into the front door of the building while the Islamofascists are holding their first service. Time to start evening the score, not to bend over.

22 posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 5:01:29 PM by meyer (Big government is the enemy of freedom.)

The truth is NTHockey is an intolerant bigot.

Mohammedism is NOT a religion; it is a cult of hate. Murder, intolerance, lying, rape, and following the rantings of a goat humping pedophile do not make it a religion.
I may seem intolerant; but if speaking the truth is intolerance, so be it. I make no apologies.

25 posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 5:06:43 PM by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)

Remember when you were in third grade and it was all the rage to come up with as many insulting adjectives as you could about the person you didn’t like? Remember when you learned that just slapping words in front of your friend’s name didn’t make the insult any better? Yeah Freepers never learned to progress past that form of insults.

Islam is *NOT* a religion.
It is a violent, seditious, malignant self-contained, authoritarian, totalitarian, misogynistic political, cultural, judicial, and religious system fighting a bloody war for world domination and genocide of the Jews.
Mohammed was a pirate, a pedophile, a polygamist, a rapist, a murderer, a torturer, a thief, a liar, a plunderer, an adulterer, a trucebreaker, a slave trader, a slave owner, an executioner, a Jew hater, and a bloody, savage, genocidal lunatic.
His bloody death cult teaches that he was the “perfect man”, who all Mohammedans must emulate.
Those who do not emulate this bloody, savage, genocidal lunatic, or support those that do, are considered apostates and are routinely tortured and murdered in the most brutal fashion, when the “true believers” catch up to them.

40 posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 5:19:49 PM by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)

Freedom of religion? That’s just a guise to let Islam take over. Can’t you people see that? If you’ll notice, this is the second post I have highlighted that calls for the US to ignore the constitution when it comes to dealing with Muslims.

Islam is *NOT* a religion.
You’ve got it EXACTLY CORRECT. We must all get this message out to everyone that we encounter.
islam is, and has always been, an EVIL ENEMY. Until the West can shake off its self-imposed Political Correctness shackles and EXPEL islam and ALL muslims from our Western Civilization, they will continue on their steady march of domination (the same one that has gone on for centuries). All of that PC rubbish needs to be dropped: giving islam protection in this country under the guise of “religious freedom” is a self-imposed suicide pact. Time to wake people up, there is no longer time to worry about what others may think of you, if they are too stupid (and/or willfully ignorant) to understand, why should any of us care what they may think?
The first step is to get people to understand exactly who this ENEMY is and to drop their fear of calling a spade a spade. Unless we want to allow our great Nation to descend into the tattered shreds of national sovereignty that remains in many Western European nations, we need to speak out loudly and clearly against this encroaching EVIL.
Do we have to wait several more years until it gets to the point of what Europe is now confronting until we get a political leader to speak out as Geert Wilders? Unfortunately when it gets to that point, it may prove to be too late.

56 posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 6:55:41 PM by zzeeman (Existence exists.)

Silly person, leaving pork products is silly. What we need to do is nuke every Muslim. Don’t you see? Genocide is the only answer.

We should ALL go see it and leave some pork products accidentally.
No, that’s just silly.
We should NUKE THEM ALL!
That is serious.
They are going to enslave our children’s children and bring a 2nd dark age of not THE dark age upon us.
No mercy for these vermin.

14 posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 5:50:05 PM by RachelFaith (2010 is going to be a 100 seat Tsunami – Unless the GOP Senate ruins it all…)

Here is a preacher who plans to burn Qurans in protest on 9/11 this year.

Resistnet Chat longs for RAHOWA

So I was hanging out in Resistnet chat being awesome when suddenly Resistnet chat decided to go all racial holy war. You see, the posters on Resistnet long for the day they can shoot all the Mexicans and Blacks, because they’re crazy racists who are crazy. Especially dan taylor, who has been featured in many many many of our Wingnut Webs. And he gets no moderation or discipline by the Resistnet moderators at all. Because what he says must not be offensive to them! But don’t take my word for it, take the words of the Resistnet chatters themselves!

Blacks are gonna start something!

dan taylor says just machine gun those blacks!

dan taylor also thinks we don’t need Mexicans because we already have all those troublesome blacks!

all cultures are not equal – some get drunk and run over white people, while white people never get drunk and drive!

dan taylor is already at war

dan taylor thinks we could take over Mexico in two days, while suddenly someone brings up the Machete movie again

dan taylor is hoping beyond hope that Machete will make whites declare their mastery over all other races again

Mexicans are so easy to defeat a caveman could do it. Continue with someone suddenly getting scared that their lovely war will disrupt their medical supplies

help me please kill mexicans!

A Mexican ate my rabbit!

Brian Hill then goes all conspiracy theory!

If you go to Resistnet.com you can get recruited to the race war today! dan taylor is in chat all the time, and it’s obvious that no one is bothered by his call for racial holy war. I guess that means Resistnet is totally fine with it! Good to know!

Breitbart’s “Uni-Tea” Festival was a complete failure

Further cementing The Tea Party’s, and especially Andrew Breitbart’s guilt, when it comes to the tactic of applying racism in order to achieve an agenda or rally your base. From the first announcement till a week after the event had ended, I knew Andrew Breitbart’s “Uni-Tea” party, held this past weekend in Philadelphia, was going to be one of the most literal embodiments of the ideas that concern the concept of “irony” of any previous Tea Party rally since their first one held on Tax Day way back when in 2009. If you remember back to a few days after the Shirley Sherrod debacle, once most of the dust had settled, Andrew Breitbart announced his Uni-Tea summit on FOX News, a venue to finally unite the races at, or at least to get a few minority participants to run out to the rally of a group that stand in opposition of everything in these people’s self interest, a chance to finally prove one and for all that the Tea Party Movement is in fact not a bunch of old white rich people but a civil rights movement of bi-racial harmony. What better city for such a multi-racial gather than Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly Love? I’m sure it was a huge success.

Well, let’s just say you know a Conservative event didn’t go so well when its sole coverage headlines on ‘Geraldo At Large’. From CrooksandLiars.com:

White People! A sea of White people that stretches from horizon to horizon! Well, saying it was a sea is being generous actually (the crowd numbered in the 150-200 range), but you can be sure there were at least a few people of color hovering around the event held in historic Old Town Philadelphia on a Saturday in July. Could you imagine having been the producer on this news package?

“Holy fucking shit Geraldo we’re at the Uni-Tea event and we’re shooting all this B-roll of the crowd and the people waving signs and we don’t have ANY footage whatsoever of a single ethnic minority in this crowd what the hell are we going to do for the show?! This event is making Andrew Breitbart look like a ridiculous tool and even our viewership isn’t dumb enough to buy this news package.”

Don’t worry, just interview some minority looking people in the afternoon after the compelling speakers and large crowds have died down a bit.

David Neiwert makes a good point:

Funny that these black conservatives are willing to look the other way when it comes to racism directed at someone other than African Americans.

But then, their turnout last weekend should have been their biggest clue.

I’m not so sure I agree with Boehlert that events like the one in Philly mean the Tea Parties are now a spent movement. I suspect that the Tea Parties will start drawing big crowds again when they can get back to the red meat that their crowd craves: defending “white culture” and white privilege, reviving the Patriot movement and playing to the nativists. Look for the immigration debate especially to draw out the worst.

But when the purpose of the event is to prove they’re not racist (by featuring a bevy of black speakers), well, that’s kind of stepping on their underlying message, isn’t it? No wonder it got that kind of turnout.

So what are the implications of the fallout from an event held in order to somehow “prove” the Tea Party is not motivated by a racial thread but instead is attended solely by the party’s dedicated base of white old well-to-do folks? I thought the Tea Party was about taxes or something in the first place, now they’re campaigning against reality and the irrefutable proof of their racially discriminating ways by holding an event that is poorly attended by the same people it was meant to encourage participation through? If anything it just makes Andrew Breitbart look even worse, and frankly I am OK with that.

Where was the Lamestream media on this one, on another note? CNN has really been giving Breitbart the dog and pony treatment considering what he, and his organization alone, have done to actively discriminate against organizations of African-American enfranchisement in the past few weeks and months. Does Breitbart have that much money that he’s able to pay off the watchdogs at CNN over a bomb exploding in his face? It’s fine if you don’t want to press him on the real questions because he’s Andrew Breitbart and all, but at least make light or run a follow-up to the unfortunate End Game that was the first episode of ‘The Shirley Sherrod Scandal’.

Next months episode will feature lawyers! I’m excited and hoping for a cameo from Sam Watterson.

Wingnut Web – Resistnet prepares to go to war (peacefully)

Boy was Resistnet mad when Arizona’s sb1070 was partially overturned by a federal judge. They got so made, they forgot they were supposed to be the peaceful resistance and just became the angry mob. Luckily, Politisink.com was there with our handy PrintScreen button and captured the action for all to see. Thrill as Real Patriots try to outdo each other for how eager they are to overthrow the country! It’s amazing, especially when the moderator tells them to stop yet doesn’t bother to delete or punish anyone and even joins in on parts of the discussions! That’s why Wingnut Web is here!

Resistnet starts off with a bang calling for the death of Senator Barbara Boxer because she’s proud of her job…

James Gragg then declares that if the Arizona Immigration Law isn’t left standing, it is WAR! He means it, he posted a terrible drawing!

Resistnet now allows you to say “wetbacks” with no penalty! Thanks, Resistnet!

Fluoride in the water and Chemtrails? I think I’m getting close to winning Conspiracy Theory Bingo!

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Drain Clogs – 08-06-2010

  • Yahoo News has a guide to the latest Right Wing astroturf groups that they are dubbing the “Shadow GOP”. We’re gonna reproduce a relevant part in case this Yahoo News story disappears like others have in the past (not a conspiracy, their content just expires sometimes)

    American Crossroads: Founded in March by Rove and Gillespie to counter ad spending from liberal outfits like MoveOn.org and labor unions, this 527 group says it plans to raise and spend upwards of $50 million before November. So far, the group is focusing on 11 key Senate races, including Nevada, where the group has run two ads attacking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. But Collegio says American Crossroads will begin targeting House races closer to Election Day. According to Internal Revenue Service records, the group has raised roughly $8.5 million so far — including $1 million from Dallas energy executive Trevor Rees-Jones.

    Crossroads GPS: A spinoff of American Crossroads, this 501-c4 group can keep its donor list private — a major selling point for individuals and corporations who want to anonymously influence elections. While it won’t run ads, the group is picking up some of the pricey administrative tasks that the RNC has usually taken on, including building a database that allows them to microtarget voters in certain congressional districts with outreach specific to their interests.

    American Action Network: Modeled in part after the liberal Center for American Progress, this 501-c4 group is headed up by former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman and managed day-to-day by Rob Collins, a former top aide to House Minority Whip Eric Cantor. Together with its sister group, the American Action Forum (see below), the outfit plans to be something of a GOP think tank, helping to craft the Republican message. But this side of the operation will focus more on advocating candidates than on policy development. A GOP source tells The Upshot the group is looking to spend as much as $25 million to influence the midterms. Already, the group has launched an ad against Charlie Crist, who quit the GOP to run as an independent in Florida’s Senate race. The group has just launched a $450,000 campaign trashing Democrat Paul Hodes in New Hampshire’s Senate race.

    American Action Forum: An offshoot of the American Action Network, this group will focus more on formulating policy and helping GOP candidates deliver their message than on running ads attacking specific candidates. Fronted by Doug Holtz-Eakin, a former economic adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign, AAF lists Coleman and former governors Jeb Bush and Tom Ridge as board members.

    Resurgent Republic: Founded by Gillespie and several GOP pollsters last fall, this group aims to be the Republican equivalent of Democracy Corps, a polling and research group founded by Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg and former Clinton operative James Carville. The nonprofit group will try to improve GOP messaging through polling and research groups and will work directly with other Republican groups in the network.

    Republican State Leadership Committee: This 527 group plans to spend at least $40 million to influence state elections, including local House and Senate races, ahead of next year’s planned redistricting debate. While Gillespie is the chairman, other advisers on board include former Rep. Tom Reynolds, who used to chair the House GOP campaign committee, and former RNC chair Mike Duncan (who is also working for American Crossroads).

    Keep in mind the Center for American Progress was modeled after the Heritage Foundation. There are like a million conservative front groups so it is hard to keep track of them.

  • This is the most awesome expose of a Right Wing internet crank I have seen in a long time. Recent BigGovernment (Breitbart’s website) hire Kevin Pezzi spent his debut trashing Shirley Sherrod as a racist. Then Media Matters googled him. What they found is an amazing trail of internet crazy, wild claims, brutal racism, ginormous ego, sock puppets galore, sexual bragging obsession, and just plain insanity. Read the big report here and a side report detailing all the sock puppets and fake internet harem. Kevin Pezzi has a FreeRepublic.com account and if we have time we’ll do a search on it.
  • Botnets are messing with the stock market. But whose botnets? And why? Especially since they don’t seem to be doing anything.
    This blog by the guy who found them keeps track of them and looks for a pattern.

  • Drain Clogs are short today because we’re trying to get a bigger article finished while still on lunch. Maybe we will…
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