Category Archives: Tea Party

Did you miss Rep Trey Gowdy’s dressing down of IRS Commish?

As my friend said, “We need this guy as our Attorney General”

This exchange between Rep Trey Gowdy and the IRS Commissioner was highlighted in The Blaze here. My friend sent this to me to make sure YOU saw it. 

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) gave Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen a serious grilling on Wednesday, demanding that he provide disgraced IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails in a reasonable amount of time.

“How long will it take you to produce Lois Lerner’s emails, that don’t involve 6103 material, from January of 2010?” Gowdy asked. “Can we have it by Friday?”

“Absolutely not,” Koskinen replied. “There’s no way physically we can.”

At a different point in the hearing, the official argued it could take “years” to produce the emails.

 

Santelli’s rant launches Tea Party five years ago today

“The government is promoting bad behavior.”

Tea Party Feb 27, 2009 Stimulus Package
Photo by Victoria Taft

Five years ago CNBC reporter Rick Santelli gave voice to the frustration felt by millions of Americans when President Obama announced plans to help stimulate the economy by, in part, redistributing billions of dollars to people who signed for a mortgage on a house they couldn’t afford. Santelli called them “the losers.” 
http://youtu.be/9jhXMB3bXMk

tea party feb 27 geoff and jeff
Photo by Victoria Taft

Santelli wasn’t done. Gesturing back at the traders, Santelli declared, “This is America! How many of you people want to pay for your neighbor’s mortgage that has an extra bathroom and can’t pay their bills? Raise their hand.” Boos came from the floor. Santelli looked at the camera and plaintively asked, “President Obama, are you listening?” One trader chimed in, “How about we all stop paying our mortgage, it’s a moral hazard!”

Two weeks later Geoff Ludt and dozens more like him across the nation held the first Tea Parties. 

tea party feb 27 2009 b w
Photo by Victoria Taft

At first critics ignored, then dismissed, then laughed at, then disdained the Tea Party. When they couldn’t kill it they went nuclear and called it a ‘racist’ organization. What else could it be, right? It couldn’t possibly been about redistributionist, wasteful, and currency inflating programs which would bankrupt our nation and send the bills to our kids–and their kids. Nope, as if by magic, whites, blacks, Hispanics, gays, atheists and Christians had become “racists.” 

Some Differences Between Tea Party and Occupy

Tea Party 4-15-09 w/Permit

by Victoria Taft
Here are some differences between Occupy and Tea Party in Portland:

The Tea Party believes in the rule of law.

Occupy breaks the law to make their point.

The Tea Party believes the individual is the heart of the constitutional republic.
Occupy believes government is the heart of democracy.

The Tea Party wants to save the country.

Occupy participants say they want to save themselves.


The Tea Party threatens to win the next election. 
Occupy threatens the city with lawlessness to get what they want. 
 
Occupy blocking street

The Tea Party blames government for using tax dollars to bail out wall street.

Occupy blames the banks for taking the money and thinks all the bank’s money is theirs.
 
The Tea Party believes it’s fair that a limited government frees the individual to fulfill ambitions, become productive and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Occupy believes in a government that forcefully takes the fruits of someone’s labor and gives it to someone else in the name of fairness. 
 
The Tea Party believes people should be able to give to the charity of their choice. 
Occupy believes government is a charity. 

 

The Tea Party believes most people in the top 1% of US taxpayers worked hard to get there.

Occupy believes a person in the top 1% of US taxpayers must have stolen something from them to get there. 

The Tea Party understands people work their way up to becoming wealthy but may not stay there.
Occupy believes that once a rich person always a rich person.
 
The Tea Party believes that 1% paying nearly 40% of all income taxes is enough.
Occupy believes they don’t pay enough.
 
The Tea Party believes that with limited government there’s room for people of any class to prosper and grow more productive.
Occupy believes there’s a finite number of dollars , someone has their money and they’re stuck being in the 99%.


Mayor Sam Adams was invited but instead derided and ignored  the first Tea Party. 
Mayor Sam Adams warmly greeted the Occupiers and marched with them. 
 
Congressman John Lewis walked through a Tea Party on Capitol Hill and falsely claimed Tea Party called him racist names.
Congressman John Lewis attended Occupy Atlanta and wasn’t allowed to speak. 
The Tea Party didn’t interfere with Occupy’s right to protest.
Groups that are now with Occupy counter-protested, disrupted, yelled racist and homophobic epithets and threatened lawsuits against the Tea Party.
 
The Tea Party was told we couldn’t have a megaphone at Pioneer Courthouse Square without a permit and were told to leave, which we did.
Occupy was told the same but refused to buy permits for the Square, the march and for camping.
The Tea Party organizers signed their names on permits and paid for liability insurance.
Occupy refused to name leaders or get permits for fear of responsibility and liability.
 
The Tea Party was loathed but not feared by official Portland.
Occupy threatened lawlessness and was feared by the citizens and Portland police.
 
The Tea Party was said to be carrying guns; a constitutional right.
Occupy reported a rape of one of their campers.
The Tea Party has been called racist for not having enough black and brown people represented but black and brown members are consistently called sell outs, Uncle Toms or worse.
Occupy has few black or brown people and no one questions it. 
 
The Tea Party believes people are responsible to pay back their college loans.
Occupy believes it’s unfair people should have to pay back their loans.
The Tea Party believes government intervention has distorted and increased the costs of college.
Occupy believes greedy tax payers haven’t paid enough to give them free education.
 
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

AZ Shooting: Media Try to Rehab Themselves After Tea Party & Talk Show Bashing

Salon Stokes Flames
The media, caught dutifully transcribing Democrat talking points (here) to blame Sarah Palin, talk radio and the Tea Party in the Arizona shooting, now seek to rehabilitate their reputations by trying to convince us they knew all the time that the Tucson shooter wasn’t really motivated by right wing talk shows and the Tea Party. 
Here’s the trajectory of the coverage.
We’ve gone from this:

One veteran Democratic operative, who blames overheated rhetoric for the shooting, said President Barack Obama should carefully but forcefully do what his predecessor did.
“They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers,” said the Democrat. “Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”
Another Democratic strategist said the similarity is that Tucson and Oklahoma City both “take place in a climate of bitter and virulent rhetoric against the government and Democrats.”

and this (here) and this (here) to now discovering the 22 year old could have been–surprise! mentally ill. 

Who Are They Kidding?
Let’s take Salon as an example. This showed up in my email box so it seemed an easy enough source. See those stories in that screen shot to above? Those are Salon stories. But –what ho!– now we have a story uncovering this news flash that the kid may have been mentally ill. They even allow as the shooting may not have been caused by talk radio! Stunning revelation!  That would be welcome news except for the fact that Salon frames the coverage as if they knew it all the time. Look at that screenshot above. “quite early in the news cycle?” Who are these people kidding? WHOSE news cycle? Not Salon’s! Nor the Liberatti, nor the political class, nor the Liberal commentariat–including the mainstreams.
Media Late to Mental Illness Angle on AZ Story

Yet look at the (purposeful) fall out. We now have promises of passing a law against uncivil “words” and “symbols” (!) by Representative Brady (at the behest of the MoveOn.Commies–now that’s rich) (here) and getting rid of guns. Not psychos with guns. Just guns.
In the Oppressives’ world of censorship and banishment speech equals violence. That’s why they champion speech codes on campus, politically correct euphemisms, scrubbing Christian and Jewish symbols from the public square, criminalizing online gossip with cyber bullying laws, enhancement laws that add time to murderers’ raps for calling the victim names BEFORE KILLING them, the so called “Fairness Doctrine” to shut up talk shows, and censoring Huck Finn. Political incorrectness+speech = violence.

Less reported? How the shooter eluded a padded room which apparently–frighteningly–is easy to do (here). It’s been reported that authorities and loved ones had been told the shooter was dangerous and needed psychiatric help. He’d had several run ins with the law and still managed to buy a gun.
Now that’s a story worth telling. It may get told now that untold damage has been done to reputations, liberty, good will and good work of Tea Party, Sarah Palin and Talk Radio.
In the meantime a Congresswoman fights for her life, a child has been slaughtered, a US judge and other innocents are mowed down. The left used it all to score political points. I would have said “cheap political points” but this orchestration wasn’t meant to bring cheap renumeration. Nope. Look what they’ve got for their efforts. They’ve got their talk about vaunted gun laws, shutting down talk radio, quieting Sarah Palin, and besmirching Tea Party Patriots (‘mobsters,” “haters,” “racists” apparently weren’t ‘good’ enough epithets, they had to add ‘murderers’ to the virtual rap sheet).
Call it censorship for that’s exactly what it was intended to be. 

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

AZ Shooting: Media Try to Rehab Themselves After Tea Party & Talk Show Bashing

Salon Stokes Flames
The media, caught dutifully transcribing Democrat talking points (here) to blame Sarah Palin, talk radio and the Tea Party in the Arizona shooting, now seek to rehabilitate their reputations by trying to convince us they knew all the time that the Tucson shooter wasn’t really motivated by right wing talk shows and the Tea Party. 
Here’s the trajectory of the coverage.
We’ve gone from this:

One veteran Democratic operative, who blames overheated rhetoric for the shooting, said President Barack Obama should carefully but forcefully do what his predecessor did.
“They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers,” said the Democrat. “Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”
Another Democratic strategist said the similarity is that Tucson and Oklahoma City both “take place in a climate of bitter and virulent rhetoric against the government and Democrats.”

and this (here) and this (here) to now discovering the 22 year old could have been–surprise! mentally ill. 

Who Are They Kidding?
Let’s take Salon as an example. This showed up in my email box so it seemed an easy enough source. See those stories in that screen shot to above? Those are Salon stories. But –what ho!– now we have a story uncovering this news flash that the kid may have been mentally ill. They even allow as the shooting may not have been caused by talk radio! Stunning revelation!  That would be welcome news except for the fact that Salon frames the coverage as if they knew it all the time. Look at that screenshot above. “quite early in the news cycle?” Who are these people kidding? WHOSE news cycle? Not Salon’s! Nor the Liberatti, nor the political class, nor the Liberal commentariat–including the mainstreams.
Media Late to Mental Illness Angle on AZ Story

Yet look at the (purposeful) fall out. We now have promises of passing a law against uncivil “words” and “symbols” (!) by Representative Brady (at the behest of the MoveOn.Commies–now that’s rich) (here) and getting rid of guns. Not psychos with guns. Just guns.
In the Oppressives’ world of censorship and banishment speech equals violence. That’s why they champion speech codes on campus, politically correct euphemisms, scrubbing Christian and Jewish symbols from the public square, criminalizing online gossip with cyber bullying laws, enhancement laws that add time to murderers’ raps for calling the victim names BEFORE KILLING them, the so called “Fairness Doctrine” to shut up talk shows, and censoring Huck Finn. Political incorrectness+speech = violence.

Less reported? How the shooter eluded a padded room which apparently–frighteningly–is easy to do (here). It’s been reported that authorities and loved ones had been told the shooter was dangerous and needed psychiatric help. He’d had several run ins with the law and still managed to buy a gun.
Now that’s a story worth telling. It may get told now that untold damage has been done to reputations, liberty, good will and good work of Tea Party, Sarah Palin and Talk Radio.
In the meantime a Congresswoman fights for her life, a child has been slaughtered, a US judge and other innocents are mowed down. The left used it all to score political points. I would have said “cheap political points” but this orchestration wasn’t meant to bring cheap renumeration. Nope. Look what they’ve got for their efforts. They’ve got their talk about vaunted gun laws, shutting down talk radio, quieting Sarah Palin, and besmirching Tea Party Patriots (‘mobsters,” “haters,” “racists” apparently weren’t ‘good’ enough epithets, they had to add ‘murderers’ to the virtual rap sheet).
Call it censorship for that’s exactly what it was intended to be. 

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

**Updated: Tea Party Saboteur Outed as Beaverton Middle School Teacher. They Must be so Proud.

I’d love to say something noble about free speech and the usual blah, blah about what people do on their own time is their own bidness, but, seriously, a middle school teacher who’s an anarchist? He’s stepped from the realm of propriety and protected speech into the realm of anarchy.
Look at this:

Attempting to sabotage the Tea Parties on April 15th is beneath the dignity and stature of a school teacher. Is Agent Provocateur part of the gig? It’s potentially illegal and it’s unbecoming an educator. Engaging in anarchist behavior is probably against rules of conduct for teachers (and if it’s not it should be). They’re planning to hold up racist signs etc. I thought the educrats had a hatred toward “hate” speech and thought crimes. Does he get a pass because he’s trying to make US look bad?

The other thing to bear in mind is what a tool this guy is. This guy is a teacher and he hasn’t bothered to do the least investigation into who the Tea Party folks are and what they stand for. He’s automatically dismissed the movement without bothering to do as much as he’d require a student to do for a paper. This is an EDUCATOR? Think about it, this teacher is so INTELLECTUALLY VAPID that he hasn’t bothered to do the least bit of fact checking. He’s a media specialist so you’d think he’d bother to do a little rudimentary fact checking (besides Daily Kos, genius).
And what exactly is he against? Taxation without representation? Socialism? Getting the US into debt that we can’t hope to repay? Does this mean he’s in favor of this stuff? The education system is worse than we thought, then. 

The Freepers outed the teacher today. Here’s their thread. And here’s the highlight of the thread:

The current registry for the website lists:
Registrant:
Ben Franklin
3 chestnut lane
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19115
United States

Luckily, freeper HOYA97 was able to grab the true registry info before it was changed to cover Mr. Levin’s tracks.
Registrant ID:CR45137659

Registrant Name:Jason Levin

Registrant Street1:xxxx SW Bi*** Street

Registrant City:Portland

Registrant State/Province:Oregon

Registrant Postal Code:97223

Registrant Country:US

Registrant Phone:+1.503936xxxx

So now we learn the website’s true owner is Jason Levin of Portland, OR. His attempt to hide his info by using “Ben Franklin” and “Philadelphia” came from his Myspace page (found by freeper correctthought) as Franklin is listed as his hero and Philly was listed as his hometown. His Myspace page uses the screen name “xenex11” which also was listed on the original registry info.
Freeper csd found Mr. Levin’s twitter account and his linkein account.(xenex11 used once again) From linkein we learn:

 The Freepers also found some interesting My Space info:

Most definitely look for his brother and friends at Tea Parties and ask them to leave. We don’t need intolerant teaphobes at the Tea Parties. Here’s an update on what some are suggesting be done with the party crashers:

So let’s work together to beat them at their own game. If you see anyone with an offensive sign, take a picture of it and forward it to us at Pajamas Media. Mail it to our tips address (story@pajamasmedia.com) and we’ll publish it, along with an explicit statement that this doesn’t reflect the real tea party spirit. Try to get the person’s face, so they can be properly shamed.
Of course, if they’re leftists flying under a false racist flag, they will also have their faces and signs published. They’ll also be derided, just as if they’re real racists. If their friends happen to see them, along with their sign, any conclusions they draw will be their own.

And after the Freepers outed him this is what he posted on his website:


Well, we are certainly in the spotlight! Some of my cohorts don’t agree with me that this is for the best but what’s done is done.
After all the right wing zealots bombed the board, I was contacted directly by so many of you who wanted to join our little group that at first we weren’t sure what to do!
But We have since devised this system:
Agents will be able to report in the VIP room (password protected)
and coded messages will be sent out via this blog.
White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, and March Hare will also contact many of you directly via email or facebook.
Good Luck and Good Crashing!
~ Hatter

What should Beaverton’s schools chief do with this guy?

  1. Unreality – The Most Badass Alphabet Ever | http://bit.ly/bcdDpA 5:49 PM Mar 31st via TweetMeme

  2. Current FEC commissioner helped conceal GOP role in 2004 vote suppression | Raw Story http://bit.ly/cSQU0w 2:56 PM Mar 31st via TweetMeme

  3. is excited for tonight’s conclusion of last week’s “Castle” cliffhanger on ABC… 8:18 PM Mar 29th via TwitterGadget

  4. is underwhelmed by the quantity and quality of his students’ work. 2:03 PM Mar 29th via TwitterGadget

  5. WOW! This is a super-useful link: http://www.us.marketgid.com/ 5:27 AM Mar 29th via TwitterGadget





Current FEC commissioner helped conceal GOP role in 2004 vote suppression | Raw Story http://bit.ly/cSQU0w 2:56 PM Mar 31st via TweetMeme






Here’s his rating from Conestoga Middle school where he’s the AV, er, Media Specialist:

  • Jason Levin
  • Media
  • 4/12/10
  • 6
  • 3.6**this is his rating
  •  
  •  
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

**Updated: Tea Party Saboteur Outed as Beaverton Middle School Teacher. They Must be so Proud.

I’d love to say something noble about free speech and the usual blah, blah about what people do on their own time is their own bidness, but, seriously, a middle school teacher who’s an anarchist? He’s stepped from the realm of propriety and protected speech into the realm of anarchy.
Look at this:

Attempting to sabotage the Tea Parties on April 15th is beneath the dignity and stature of a school teacher. Is Agent Provocateur part of the gig? It’s potentially illegal and it’s unbecoming an educator. Engaging in anarchist behavior is probably against rules of conduct for teachers (and if it’s not it should be). They’re planning to hold up racist signs etc. I thought the educrats had a hatred toward “hate” speech and thought crimes. Does he get a pass because he’s trying to make US look bad?

The other thing to bear in mind is what a tool this guy is. This guy is a teacher and he hasn’t bothered to do the least investigation into who the Tea Party folks are and what they stand for. He’s automatically dismissed the movement without bothering to do as much as he’d require a student to do for a paper. This is an EDUCATOR? Think about it, this teacher is so INTELLECTUALLY VAPID that he hasn’t bothered to do the least bit of fact checking. He’s a media specialist so you’d think he’d bother to do a little rudimentary fact checking (besides Daily Kos, genius).
And what exactly is he against? Taxation without representation? Socialism? Getting the US into debt that we can’t hope to repay? Does this mean he’s in favor of this stuff? The education system is worse than we thought, then. 

The Freepers outed the teacher today. Here’s their thread. And here’s the highlight of the thread:

The current registry for the website lists:
Registrant:
Ben Franklin
3 chestnut lane
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19115
United States

Luckily, freeper HOYA97 was able to grab the true registry info before it was changed to cover Mr. Levin’s tracks.
Registrant ID:CR45137659

Registrant Name:Jason Levin

Registrant Street1:xxxx SW Bi*** Street

Registrant City:Portland

Registrant State/Province:Oregon

Registrant Postal Code:97223

Registrant Country:US

Registrant Phone:+1.503936xxxx

So now we learn the website’s true owner is Jason Levin of Portland, OR. His attempt to hide his info by using “Ben Franklin” and “Philadelphia” came from his Myspace page (found by freeper correctthought) as Franklin is listed as his hero and Philly was listed as his hometown. His Myspace page uses the screen name “xenex11” which also was listed on the original registry info.
Freeper csd found Mr. Levin’s twitter account and his linkein account.(xenex11 used once again) From linkein we learn:

 The Freepers also found some interesting My Space info:

Most definitely look for his brother and friends at Tea Parties and ask them to leave. We don’t need intolerant teaphobes at the Tea Parties. Here’s an update on what some are suggesting be done with the party crashers:

So let’s work together to beat them at their own game. If you see anyone with an offensive sign, take a picture of it and forward it to us at Pajamas Media. Mail it to our tips address (story@pajamasmedia.com) and we’ll publish it, along with an explicit statement that this doesn’t reflect the real tea party spirit. Try to get the person’s face, so they can be properly shamed.
Of course, if they’re leftists flying under a false racist flag, they will also have their faces and signs published. They’ll also be derided, just as if they’re real racists. If their friends happen to see them, along with their sign, any conclusions they draw will be their own.

And after the Freepers outed him this is what he posted on his website:


Well, we are certainly in the spotlight! Some of my cohorts don’t agree with me that this is for the best but what’s done is done.
After all the right wing zealots bombed the board, I was contacted directly by so many of you who wanted to join our little group that at first we weren’t sure what to do!
But We have since devised this system:
Agents will be able to report in the VIP room (password protected)
and coded messages will be sent out via this blog.
White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, and March Hare will also contact many of you directly via email or facebook.
Good Luck and Good Crashing!
~ Hatter

What should Beaverton’s schools chief do with this guy?

  1. Unreality – The Most Badass Alphabet Ever | http://bit.ly/bcdDpA 5:49 PM Mar 31st via TweetMeme

  2. Current FEC commissioner helped conceal GOP role in 2004 vote suppression | Raw Story http://bit.ly/cSQU0w 2:56 PM Mar 31st via TweetMeme

  3. is excited for tonight’s conclusion of last week’s “Castle” cliffhanger on ABC… 8:18 PM Mar 29th via TwitterGadget

  4. is underwhelmed by the quantity and quality of his students’ work. 2:03 PM Mar 29th via TwitterGadget

  5. WOW! This is a super-useful link: http://www.us.marketgid.com/ 5:27 AM Mar 29th via TwitterGadget





Current FEC commissioner helped conceal GOP role in 2004 vote suppression | Raw Story http://bit.ly/cSQU0w 2:56 PM Mar 31st via TweetMeme






Here’s his rating from Conestoga Middle school where he’s the AV, er, Media Specialist:

  • Jason Levin
  • Media
  • 4/12/10
  • 6
  • 3.6**this is his rating
  •  
  •  
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

The Largest Tax Increase in the History of Oregon Passed! And to that We Say: Bag ‘Em!

Send these bags to every single state senator, democrat and republican, AND the Governor to say “NO!” to huge tax increases which would KILL 36,000 jobs at a time when Oregon is among the worst in unemployment. The Oregon Senate is next up with the Governor to follow up after that.
Here are the state senator and the Governor. While you’re at it, send your Tea Bags to Representatives Greg Smith and Bob Jenson without whose votes the individual income tax increase would not have passed.
And remember the words of FreedomWorks chief and vice chair of the Oregon GOP, “I swear to God they will not come back to this building.”

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

The Largest Tax Increase in the History of Oregon Passed! And to that We Say: Bag ‘Em!

Send these bags to every single state senator, democrat and republican, AND the Governor to say “NO!” to huge tax increases which would KILL 36,000 jobs at a time when Oregon is among the worst in unemployment. The Oregon Senate is next up with the Governor to follow up after that.
Here are the state senator and the Governor. While you’re at it, send your Tea Bags to Representatives Greg Smith and Bob Jenson without whose votes the individual income tax increase would not have passed.
And remember the words of FreedomWorks chief and vice chair of the Oregon GOP, “I swear to God they will not come back to this building.”

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Florida City Cancels Tea Party, Fears Too Many Attendees

WINK News in Fort Meyers, Florida is reporting that the city government in Cape Coral, Florida has “cancelled” an announced “Tea Party” there because “They feel too many people could show-up.”

Fearing more than 500 COULD appear, city government told the organizer she “needed to get a permit and insurance for the event.”

Strange requirement as I can’t recall any anti-Bush, anti-war or other leftist protest being cancelled over lack of insurance by government, even though the attendance announced is always said to be thousands expected!

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Florida City Cancels Tea Party, Fears Too Many Attendees

WINK News in Fort Meyers, Florida is reporting that the city government in Cape Coral, Florida has “cancelled” an announced “Tea Party” there because “They feel too many people could show-up.”

Fearing more than 500 COULD appear, city government told the organizer she “needed to get a permit and insurance for the event.”

Strange requirement as I can’t recall any anti-Bush, anti-war or other leftist protest being cancelled over lack of insurance by government, even though the attendance announced is always said to be thousands expected!

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com