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Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:02 PM

Tea Party Grassroots Gather In Washington To Prep For 'The Hostile Takeover'

Source: Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- A four-day conference for conservative activists organized by FreedomWorks was capped off Monday with a boisterous press conference.

"Welcome to the hostile takeover," said Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of the Tea Party group. "We, as shareholders of the American enterprise, feel like it's far past time that we beat the Washington establishment. In case you've read otherwise, we have not gone away."

The DC Fly-In & Activist Training Boot Camp brought in grassroots conservative activists from across the country, many of them affiliated with Tea Party groups and their local Republican Party, to network and learn campaign skills for the fall election. In the spirit of FreedomWorks' motto, "Lower taxes, less government, more freedom," the conference featured such talks as "Fighting the Unions: School Choice," "Washington Unbound Spending, Taxes & Regulation," and "Taming the EPA: Unleashing America's Energy."

On Monday afternoon, FreedomWorks, which was founded by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) in 2004, organized a lobbying walkabout on Capitol Hill to push Democratic senators to oppose tighter coal ash restrictions.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/11/tea-party-grassroots-freedomworks-conference_n_1587789.html?ref=politics

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Reply Tea Party Grassroots Gather In Washington To Prep For 'The Hostile Takeover' (Original post)
Galraedia Jun 2012 OP
Faygo Kid Jun 2012 #1
tk2kewl Jun 2012 #28
truebrit71 Jun 2012 #31
steve2470 Jun 2012 #2
MinneapolisMatt Jun 2012 #3
wendylaroux Jun 2012 #4
freshwest Jun 2012 #6
Galraedia Jun 2012 #8
Joe Bacon Jun 2012 #5
trusty elf Jun 2012 #25
RKP5637 Jun 2012 #7
agent46 Jun 2012 #9
baldguy Jun 2012 #10
Blue_Tires Jun 2012 #19
RufusTFirefly Jun 2012 #11
tabasco Jun 2012 #12
RBInMaine Jun 2012 #18
Squinch Jun 2012 #13
crunch60 Jun 2012 #14
DreamGypsy Jun 2012 #15
crunch60 Jun 2012 #16
RBInMaine Jun 2012 #17
Rain Mcloud Jun 2012 #20
unkachuck Jun 2012 #21
calimary Jun 2012 #22
baldguy Jun 2012 #24
LiberalLovinLug Jun 2012 #29
Skittles Jun 2012 #23
turtlerescue1 Jun 2012 #26
Randomthought Jun 2012 #27
and-justice-for-all Jun 2012 #30

Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:04 PM

1. Fighting for tax cuts for the Koch brothers. Nice.

Tools.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 11:45 AM

28. ya think they'll be pepper sprayed or clubbed over the head?

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Response to Faygo Kid (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 03:54 PM

31. You are too kind...I think they're all inbred mouth-breathing morons...

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:10 PM

2. aka USA today, Somalia tommorrow !

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/so.html

Despite the lack of effective national governance, Somalia has maintained a healthy informal economy, largely based on livestock, remittance/money transfer companies, and telecommunications. Agriculture is the most important sector with livestock normally accounting for about 40% of GDP and more than 50% of export earnings. Nomads and semi-pastoralists, who are dependent upon livestock for their livelihood, make up a large portion of the population. Livestock, hides, fish, charcoal, and bananas are Somalia's principal exports, while sugar, sorghum, corn, qat, and machined goods are the principal imports. Somalia's small industrial sector, based on the processing of agricultural products, has largely been looted and the machinery sold as scrap metal. Somalia's service sector has grown. Telecommunication firms provide wireless services in most major cities and offer the lowest international call rates on the continent. In the absence of a formal banking sector, money transfer/remittance services have sprouted throughout the country, handling up to $1.6 billion in remittances annually. Mogadishu's main market offers a variety of goods from food to the newest electronic gadgets. Hotels continue to operate and are supported with private-security militias. Somalia's arrears to the IMF have continued to grow.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:10 PM

3. These people are

fucking insane.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:16 PM

4. Will they pledge allegiance

to the flag,of the corporate states of america?

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Response to wendylaroux (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:25 PM

6. Thought they already had. That's who's funding them...


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Response to wendylaroux (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:37 PM

8. The Tea Party Pledge:

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:24 PM

5. It's THE ARMY OF DICKS

They won't stop until they've completely enslaved the 99%.

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Response to Joe Bacon (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 07:41 AM

25. ..........

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:28 PM

7. The unAmericans have gathered, intent on undermining what made this

country great, and they are willing tools of the Oligarchy and the Koch brothers.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:40 PM

9. Dick Armey?

So the Neocons haven't gone away. What are they calling themselves these days?

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:43 PM

10. AKA a coup d'état. Benito Mussolini would be proud.

But, not very republican of them. Is it?

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Response to baldguy (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 10:17 PM

19. It's all talk with that astroturf bunch

remember most of these clowns are actors paid to be angry and agitated, with a few useful idiots thrown in...

But of course the media will buy into their "small-town, struggling worker/small business owner" facade, without wondering how they can afford to spend 4 days in D.C. in a plush hotel at a big, expensive conference...

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:44 PM

11. Bringin' their hoods and packin' heat

Three guesses as to whether Tony Bologna is going to ride the Acela down from NYC so he can personally pepper spray them.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:46 PM

12. Don't forget

every idiot bagger's personal portapotty!



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Response to tabasco (Reply #12)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 10:16 PM

18. Bwahahahaha...ooooo such a crowd. A bunch of shit-heads by the shit-houses. Good place for them.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:54 PM

13. I can't find any information on the attendance numbers

for this conference. Is this actual news, or is it one of those Tea Party events attended by Larry, Darrell and Darrell? The cited article didn't say how many people were there either.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 10:05 PM

14. It's the Tea Party "Koch" movement, nothing about it is Grassroots. Wonder how

 

much $$$ they poured into this gig. They bussed in hundreds of people, gave them free sandwiches and other perks to appear at the Scott Walker recall election.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 10:10 PM

15. The article incorrectly reports the purpose of the lobbying walkabout ...

huffpost says:
a lobbying walkabout on Capitol Hill to push Democratic senators to oppose tighter coal ash restrictions


it should be:
a lobbying walkabout on Capitol Hill to push Democratic senators to oppose tighter ash coal restrictions


What do you expect from a group of flaming ash coals?

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 10:15 PM

16. I hope the riot police are as forceful with the"Hostile Takeover" participants,

 

as they were with the "Peaceful Protesters" of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 10:15 PM

17. "Conservative" my aching ass. These whackos are TeaNUTS and corporate toadies. Nothing else.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 10:35 PM

20. Ha ha!

 

Their pathetic pep rallies are ignored by all except for the press of course.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 10:47 PM

21. "Welcome to the hostile takeover,"

 

....you ain't hostile and you ain't taking over shit....your average fellow puke understands that you corporate ass-sucking types and your corporate masters are screwing them too....

....when the banks won't pay us anything for savings, forcing us to wall-street to have our money stolen legally, average pukes get slammed too....

....back when property values rose along with taxes, average pukes prospered....with plummeting property values, has your wishful-thinking puke taxes gone down any? Dems haven't.

....wall-street wants to gut our social programs to pay off their gambling debts....did you ever need unemployment benefits? Do you want those Social Security and Medicare benefits that you've paid for and are entitled? Dems do, it's your money....

....when wall-street sent our good paying jobs overseas and shrunk the middle-class to the point of non-existence making the current recovery impossible, average pukes lost their jobs and suffered along with Dems....

"We, as shareholders of the American enterprise, feel like it's far past time that we beat the Washington establishment..."

....no, beat the corporate 1%, for it's they who have purchased our government, looted our treasury, raped our political system and destroyed our economy. The average God-puke and bagger agrees with me, not you.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 10:48 PM

22. Actually, some of that sounds rather good. Why aren't WE doing that?

Stuff like the DC Fly-In & Activist Training Boot Camp. I realize we have the Netroots gathering, but are we actively pushing any sort of training boot camp? Is ANYONE on our side, anywhere, pushing activist training meetings or teach-ins or any of those? They're getting their activists fired up. Are we?

I find myself envious of the organization they've put together. It seems to be rather effective. WE NEED THAT STUFF TOO!!!!!!

I just keep wondering where OUR version of this is. Where's OUR version of kkkarl rove? Where are OUR devious thinkers? Where's OUR version of the College republi-CONS - who do the dirty tricks and get away with them and don't just beat the opposition but SCREW them into the dirt?

YES. I said dirty tricks. YES. I said kkkarl rove. YES. I said devious thinkers. That's what we need. Because unfortunately, THAT is how the game is played now. And if we don't do it straight back to them and butt-fuck them and kick the snot out of them, they'll keep coming back stronger and stronger and more and more effective.

And don't start in with me that "oh but, but, but, we CAN'T go there! That makes us no better than them! That makes us just like them!" I actually WANT to be like them. Because they're feared, and they own practically every aspect of the prosecution of this kind of warfare., and because they win. They don't play by the rules. They don't even recognize rules. And as long as we do, we're chumps. And we're gonna get rolled. Again and again and again.

And you don't govern if you don't win. You don't set the agenda if you don't win. You don't even get to determine how long Congress actually shows its sorry collective ass up to work if you don't win.

This is politics. Not a church social (which, I realize, can get pretty nasty and political). Not a day at the beach (where many of us don't even go anymore because of all the toxins in the water and sand). It's the shitty, nasty, icky, filthy, ruthless, bloodthirsty, immoral, and amoral world of politics. And if you try to play it clean and kind, you just get rolled. Everyone says they hate negative ads - but dammit, they WORK! They get RESULTS!!! And if we don't get results, we're screwed, and even worse - our whole country is screwed.

And I hate what I just wrote. It frankly kinda disgusts me. I apologize with all my heart. It makes me cringe even realizing I'm feeling compelled to think this way. But that's the reality - much as most of us here would like it NOT to be. That's how it is. We talk about a level playing field all the time here. And as long as we play nice, we absolutely guarantee it won't be a level playing field. I want to know where the scale is that WE can press OUR collective thumb down upon, to be "fair and balanced" to OUR side.

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Response to calimary (Reply #22)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 05:57 AM

24. Yes, they work. Yes, they get results.

But, they're well paid by their wealthy fat-cat backers. None of these RW zealots needs to hold down a real job while at the same time they work to undermine the country.

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Response to calimary (Reply #22)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 01:03 PM

29. "This is politics. Not a church social"

Great post.

But at the same time I too hate the premise. Liberals are peace lovers, we believe in the good side in human nature. We believe that two humans that have a disagreement can negotiate and compromise and avoid all out war. But what throws a monkey wrench into that is when the other side purposely REFUSES to play along. Even if they know that overall things will be worse for everyone by their petulant behaviour. And then blame that worse situation using their propaganda outlets in the MSM on the other party. This will continue for the simple reason that it WORKS. How else is it possible that a flip-flopping ken-doll vulture capitalist like Mitt who represents the party that destroyed the economy ever be even within reach in the polling numbers?

So, with regret, I agree with you. Progressives cannot simply continue with the Charlie Brown act even if our leaders are susceptible.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 12:03 AM

23. LOL

"....organized a lobbying walkabout on Capitol Hill to push Democratic senators to oppose tighter coal ash restrictions."

these repukes are not activists - they are corporate whores

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 07:52 AM

26. LET THE GAMES BEGIN

Yahoo,just read that Lindsey Graham is no longer supportiing Grover's "pledge": yesterday the name Sununu appeared, and Jeb B said RayGun and his Dad.... Always feel the need to be on alert when that many names from the Past get in the newest news.

SOMETHING is afoot allright, and it smells like the GOP has a power struggle going on.
As hard as it is, have to cheer for Graham and his fellows.



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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 10:16 AM

27. This statement blew my mind

"Back when there were sewing machine women, stitching and all that, and they didn’t have any rights, and the made them work 24 hours a day, that was one thing, but now ... the have long outlived their necessity," said Charlotte Hendrix, an organizer with the Tea Party Patriots of Florence, S.C.

What does she think is going to happen to workers if unions are eliminated?

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 02:06 PM

30. All 50 of them?? nt

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