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Teabaggers Piss Selves, Are Shocked -- Shocked -- To See Selves Revealed As Racists

As could be expected, our publicity campaign outside the recent suburban Virginia healthcare "town hall" generated some wonderful feedback from our local defenders of liberty, many of whom -- despite extensive university education in some cases -- apparently still don't know Democrats from Leftists from Socialism, judging by the reactions to the leafletting of the parking lot outside South Lakes High with this cartoon by DC linester Mike Flugennock:

Let's kick things off with our long-time Special Friends, Freak... uhh, FreeRepublic.com:

To: stratman1969
This sort of thing is so typical of Moran ~ he, too, suffers from a severe case of brain damage ~

5 posted on Fri Aug 28 08:36:37 2009 by muawiyah
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To: stratman1969
Now, opponents of socialized medicine and the Obama agenda are being depicted as Ku Klux Klan members who want to lynch Barack Obama.

This obviously isn't coming from our side. We're the sane ones in this debate.

The crazier and more insane the left gets, the better we look. Who would want to put these lunatics in charge of their health care?
8 posted on Fri Aug 28 08:41:46 2009 by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: stratman1969
The other Democrat Representative in this area, Gerry Connolly, has yet to criticize Moran over anything whether it's whoring in the moonlight, harrassing children, beating his wife, or now calling critics of Obama care "KKK" types.

People have this mistaken idea that Connolly (pronounced "cannoli" and he looks like he's had plenty of 'em) is a decent man. He's not if he's going to buy into this stuff.
9 posted on Fri Aug 28 08:42:57 2009 by muawiyah
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To: DJ MacWoW
The racist card is getting old and will cause a backlash.

This is the work of the democrat politicians. I hope they're smart enough (which I doubt) to see what they've done to this country and try to fix it before it gets too late.

We can't fix the racial divide in the U.S., because the racism isn't coming from our side. It's out of our hands.

11 posted on Fri Aug 28 08:45:07 2009 by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")

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To: concerned about politics
I believe that the Dems have caused it on purpose.
12 posted on Fri Aug 28 08:52:22 2009 by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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Yes, folks, you heard right; "Democratic Party member = Leftist"? Or, do they mean "Leftist = Democratic Party member"? Seriously, these people think that people in the Democratic Party are "Leftists" just by being Democrats! Hell, they actually think that this cartoon was paid for by the Democratic Party, specifically Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran! Pardon us while we laugh until we crap our drawers.

That's right, we're talking about a statement of plain raw truth -- about as raw as anyone can stand it -- and the Teabaggers think it was perpetrated by a lame-assed, standard-issue corporate Democrat like Jim Moran, who probably wouldn't even be able to summon up the balls to take his own side in a barfight. Being offended by your own reflection in the mirror is one thing, but to attempt to pin the rap for this cartoon on a butterball outfit like the Democratic Party? Oh, how we laughed around the office here at TTAC.

Anyway, on to what is apparently the original source of this brouhaha, and who all the other Teagging blogs are cribbing their copy from, Marooned in Marin:

A number of people left last night's polite and information-packed "town hall" meeting in Reston to find these stuffed under their car windshields. We've cropped out the URL at the bottom to avoid giving these folks any more attention than they deserve.

Wounded, we are, absolutely wounded, to think they'd crop our URL from our inline image, after all those people probably took copies home and typed in the URL on their own. But, really -- polite? information-packed? We suspect MinM may have accidentally accelerated his Z4 to a South Lakes High in an alternate universe; the healthcare Town Hall we attended featured some long-winded busting of some of the more egregious myths about Obamacare before Jim Moran finally shut his cakehole and brought on Dean so we could get on with the mayhem. But, anyway, on to our favorite comments from the MinM thread:

Anonymous said...
A typical leftist trope. Right out of отдел агитации и пропаганды, the old Soviet Department for Agitation and Propaganda. William Ayers (who co-wrote Dreams from My Father) has some of this in his Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism.
August 26, 2009 8:18 PM

As we said, some of these people have an actual university education; hell, this guy even knows a snatch of Russian -- learned no doubt under deep cover at a listening post in Kiev back in '62. Never mind that Stephen Hawking here promptly tries to drag Bill Ayers into it -- c'mon, that's so Last October -- and then pin it on a bunch of broken-down old Stalinists, like ANSWER. Thanks for playing; here's a copy of our home game. So, Bob, who's our next contestant...?
Restonian said...
Here's the funny thing about this... the URL that was on these flyers is actually for a blog that's critical of the teabaggers, and that has explored, among other things, how they're being cynically manipulated by business interests. It posted the picture presumably to embarrass these folks.

Which begs a question: Did the racist clowns who put these on people's windshields in Reston the other night purposefully add the URL of that blog to discredit it, or were they just too jacked up to notice?

August 26, 2009 11:22 PM

Please, please, please, Mr. Golf Cart Drivin' Guy...if the URL to this blog is there to embarass us, then why the hell did we lead off our first post with it -- and use in our masthead, f'cryinoutloud? Also, it is important to note that we at the offices of TTAC do not get -- as you say -- jacked up. High, buzzed, chillin', mellow, laid-back, feelin' right, perhaps, but never, ever "jacked up".


TOWN HELL: Crass Mob Heckles Rabbi, Shouts Down Dean at Health Care "Town Hall" in Reston, VA

Randall Terry Opens "Don't Kill Grandma Tour" to Raves; LaRouchies Push "Obama Is Hitler" Meme

Video edited by Mike Flugennock and photographed by The Town Hell Posse.
Still photography by Isis, via Flickr.

"Nick" writes at the DC Independent Media Center:

On the evening of August 25, 2009, thousands of Virginians attended a town hall meeting on federal health care reform in Reston, Virginia.

The event was held at South Lakes High School and featured Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

While the majority of attendees at the facility were explicit supporters of health care reform, numerous right-wing individuals disrupted the event.

In one instance, a right-winger punched an Obama supporter in the face without provocation. The right-winger was subsequently pushed away from the area by several individuals and Fairfax County Police later evicted him from the property.

The man was wearing a CATO Institute t-shirt. The institution is a libertarian think tank based in Washington, D.C.

In another incident, several conservative military veterans surrounded an elderly man and physically intimidated him in an attempt to censor the man who supported health care reform.

Countless conservatives held signs of President Obama that prominently featured the president's face with a mustache painted under his nose meant to resemble former German dictator Adolf Hitler.

Others held signs that portrayed President Obama as the cartoon character The Joker. The images of Obama as The Joker resembled old minstrel shows whereby actors of European descent applied facial makeup in a mocking attempt to resemble individuals of African descent.

Several conservative supporters of status quo health care flew "Don't Tread on Me" flags and attempted to silence anyone who "does not support freedom," has "socialist" tendencies or did not serve in the U.S. Military.

Before the town hall meeting began conservative pro-life activist Randall Terry mocked "baby-killing" by stabbing play dolls and pretended to assassinate a woman resembling a "grandma." Terry protested Obama's health care reform legislation and called it "baby killing and grandma killing."

Terry told a local reporter "there's no way to pay for [Obama's health care reform] without killing granny."

The prominent activist and his supporters later interrupted former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's speech only to be chased out by local Virginians.

Several right-wing activists held signs that read "Obama Lies, Grandma Dies." When questioned about the signs several right-wing activists replied by warning of "socialism" and "death panels."

Several local media outlets described the event as turning into "near chaos" as supporters and opponents clashed inside and outside the high school.


Hecklers Unite! Why Aren't Progressives Disrupting ObamaCare Town Halls?

We really love CounterPunch here -- especially Dave Lindorff. In his latest column at CounterPunch, he raises an important question that we've been asking ourselves, and which the Left should also be asking, instead of pissing and moaning about how the rightist nutcakes are taking over the healthcare "town hall" events:

Many progressives are getting all bent out of shape over the "brown shirt" rabble organized by health industry PR firms to disrupt the so-called "town meetings" being organized all over the country by Democratic members of Congress.

What they are conveniently forgetting is that these are not really "town meetings" at all, at least in the sense of the town meetings I grew up with, and started out covering as a young journalist in Connecticut--that is, meetings called and run democratically, with leaders elected from the floor, open to all residents of a community.

These "town meetings" are really nothing but propaganda sessions run by members of Congress who are trying to burnish their fraudulent credentials as public servants, and trying to perpetrate a huge fraud of a health care bill that purports to be a progressive "reform" of the US health care system, but that actually further entrenches the control of that system by the insurance industry, and to a lesser extent, the hospital and drug industry.

ObamaCare is to health reform what bank bailouts are to financial system reform, which is to say it is the opposite of what its name implies.

The right-wing nuts who cry that ObamaCare is introducing euthanasia for the elderly and infirm, or that it is socialism, are ignorant wackos, to be sure, but they are right about one thing: Americans are about to be royally screwed on health care reform by the president and the Democratic Congress, just as they've been screwed by them on financial system "reform."

The appropriate response to this screw-job is the one the right has adopted: shut these sham "town meetings" down, and run the sell-out politicians out of town on a rail, preferably coated in tar and feathers they way the snake-oil salesmen of old used to be handled!

Check out the rest of Dave's excellent article here.


Washington Post Finally Figures Out Rightist Billionaire-FreedomWorks-Teabagger Links Just Five Months Late

God damn, do we love The Exiled; they love to say what needs to be said, the way it needs to be said, and bust the balls that need to be busted, as hard as they need to be busted. Here's their reporter Mark Ames, catching us up on how they scooped our own hometown rag, the Washington Post, on the connections between Dick Armey's FreedomWorks, the Teabaggers, CNBC, and a whole gaggle of right-wing billionaires:

News Flash! Five months after Yasha Levine and I broke the story linking the rightwing billionaire-PR nexus between FreedomWorks, the Koch family, CNBC, Eric Odom and the Tea Party movement, the Washington Post finally caught up with us. In an article in today’s Sunday edition, the WaPo repeats our allegation that billionaires are posing as “grassroots” groups to oppose anything that isn’t in the billionaires’ interests, including health care reform and mortgage relief for homeowners:

Several of the biggest efforts are led by established veterans in the conservative movement, whose organizations receive heavy funding from industry groups and sympathetic billionaires.

First, there’s our old pals FreedomWorks, whose role in setting up the Tea Party protests we broke in late February. Here is the WaPo’s account of FreedomWorks’ role in the anti-healthcare reform attacks:

One of the most prominent organizers is FreedomWorks, a Washington-based advocacy group headed by former House majority leader Richard Armey (R-Tex.) that is also pushing to defeat Democratic climate-change legislation. FreedomWorks’s major financial backers have included MetLife, Philip Morris and foundations controlled by the archconservative Scaife family, according to tax filings and other records...

Check out the whole buttload of lowdown at The Exiled...

(...and, just to refresh everybody's memory, here's CNBC's own Teabagger shill, Rick Santelli, ranting live from the floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange...)


Town Hall Smackdown! Rep. Barney Frank Flicks Off Wingnut Brandishing Poster of Obama Altered to Look Like Hitler

At a health care "town hall" event hosted by Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, a rightist nutcake waving a poster of Obama altered to resemble Hitler asked one of the inevitable questions about the rumoured "death panel" which supposedly will decide whether or not an elderly patient would be euthanized through the denial of health care, predictably referring to this as a "Nazi policy".

Granted, as progressive/Green/left types, we've never been impressed by PBS Liberals like Barney Frank, but on this night he was in awesome form, flicking off this flaky-assed broad like a fly:

You go, Barney! Needless to say, we here at TTAC are positively licking our lips at the prospect of attending the upcoming August 25 town hall with Virginia Rep. Moran out in Reston.


Teabagger Hate Parade: Woman at Las Vegas Town Hall Meeting Yells 'Heil Hitler' at Israeli Jew Defending Israeli National Healthcare

This just in, from Think Progress

Conservatives have strenuously denied that there is any anti-Semitism on display by anti-health reform protesters at town hall meetings nationwide — despite all the evidence to the contrary. Last week, Las Vegas radio station KDWN AM720 sponsored a “contentious” town hall, emceed by conservative morning show host Heidi Harris. At the event, local news stations were interviewing an Israeli man who was praising the “fantastic national health care” in Israel. During his remarks, a woman yelled out, “Heil Hitler!” The man stopped, became visibly upset, and exclaimed, “Did you hear this? She say to a Jew, ‘Heil Hitler’! Hear? I’m a Jew! You’re telling me, ‘Heil Hitler’? Shame of you!” After he angrily confronts her, the woman mocks him by making a crying sound to imply he is a whining baby.


Welcome, One and All!

Welcome, folks, to the Entirely Unofficial Blog dedicated to following the organizing of the upcoming September 12 Teabaggers' March On Washington. Here, for your downloading and wheatpasting pleasure, is the Entirely Unofficial Teabagger Welcome Poster created by famed Washington, DC Indymedia cartoonist Mike Flugennock:

The July 4th Teabaggers' Shindig on Capitol Hill covered at Lady Liberty's Lamp has certainly left us inspired, to say the least. Never did we hear a gang of astroturfers yell more loudly about not being astroturfers even as they were funded by PACs run by characters like Dick Armey, and never did we hear more yelling from a group about how they aren't about Left or Right, even while they never missed an opportunity to slag on the Left -- or even on ordinary Liberals, for that matter -- as the lot it was our fortune to cover this past Fourth Of July:

What got us even more was their total ignorance of the causes and effects of events that happened before January 20, 2009 -- forgetting, for instance, that the current corporate bailout fiasco was initiated by George W. Bush (foto by Isis, at Lady Liberty's Lamp).

Listening to the howls from the stage and checking out the composition of the crowd, it was as if the single reaction from the Teabagger Massmind boiled down to "OMFG, the President is a N1GG3R!" -- like the old-timer in Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles, hollering from the top of the church steeple, "Here comes the new sheriff, and he's a big..." ...and it sure as hell didn't help any as their event was organized and staged by members of a well-known White Power band, Pokerface (foto by Isis, at Lady Liberty's Lamp).

So, once again, welcome one and all, and here's hoping -- jeezus, there's that word "hope" again -- that some of you enterprising anarchists and antifascists out there will take this information and run with it, and organize a rousing welcoming committee for our "libertarian" (spit) friends heading for Washington, DC on September 12, 2009!

Yer pal, The Teabagger Watcher, and the gang here at The Teabaggers Are Coming!

(...and for the further lowdown, there's reports on the July 4th Capitol Hill Teabaggers' rally here, and on "Poison Ivy In The Astroturf" -- including video, here.)