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Fri Jun 15, 2012, 09:23 PM

Library defeats Tea Party!


When the tea party attacked a small tax increase to fund a struggling
library, the library got even.


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Reply Library defeats Tea Party! (Original post)
Iris Jun 2012 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2012 #1
southernyankeebelle Jun 2012 #42
tabatha Jun 2012 #2
freshwest Jun 2012 #3
ErikJ Jun 2012 #4
Courtesy Flush Jun 2012 #5
northoftheborder Jun 2012 #6
SoutherDem Jun 2012 #7
malthaussen Jun 2012 #8
Fuddnik Jun 2012 #9
Jack Rabbit Jun 2012 #10
gejohnston Jun 2012 #12
TahitiNut Jun 2012 #14
Paka Jun 2012 #11
Scootaloo Jun 2012 #13
steve2470 Jun 2012 #15
donquijoterocket Jun 2012 #38
cantbeserious Jun 2012 #16
Ishoutandscream2 Jun 2012 #17
ThomThom Jun 2012 #18
KansDem Jun 2012 #19
AsahinaKimi Jun 2012 #20
Kablooie Jun 2012 #21
Smilo Jun 2012 #22
erpowers Jun 2012 #23
HooptieWagon Jun 2012 #24
DiverDave Jun 2012 #25
jillan Jun 2012 #26
valerief Jun 2012 #28
calimary Jun 2012 #32
PatSeg Jun 2012 #27
luv_mykatz Jun 2012 #29
calimary Jun 2012 #30
annabanana Jun 2012 #31
WinstonSmith4740 Jun 2012 #33
Swede Atlanta Jun 2012 #34
avebury Jun 2012 #35
Overseas Jun 2012 #36
secondvariety Jun 2012 #37
Kablooie Jun 2012 #39
Iris Jul 2012 #49
proud2BlibKansan Jun 2012 #40
The Jungle 1 Jun 2012 #41
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2012 #43
progressoid Jun 2012 #44
stanleyyelnatsdotCOM Jun 2012 #45
Snarkoleptic Jun 2012 #46
HopeHoops Jun 2012 #47
wxgeek7 Jun 2012 #48

Response to Iris (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 09:27 PM

1. That was absolutely brilliant!

Psychological jiu-jitsu at its finest.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 08:26 PM

42. Heck I don't want my taxes going to war. But everyone needs to pay taxes. That is the price

 

you pay to live in a free country. Teabaggers forget that. Good for the library. Treat them like children and they will do what you want them to do.

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 09:27 PM

2. Excellent !!!

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 09:34 PM

3. I love it. Show the consequences!

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 10:04 PM

4. BraVO!

 

Brilliant.

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 10:09 PM

5. This principle should be applied to all elections nt

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 10:12 PM

6. Let's let librarians rule the world!!!!!!

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 10:17 PM

7. Excellent!

I wish the DNC would do something like this.

I have often challenged the Tea-baggers to go 1 day without the benefit of something paid for by taxes. They are stuck at home because the roads are paid for by taxes. They usually change the subject. Facts and logic will be there undoing.

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 10:23 PM

8. Very impressive n/t

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 10:31 PM

9. Kiick and rec!

That was awesome!

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 10:36 PM

10. So when does the fascist Snyder appoint a dictator for the Troy library?

Just wondering.

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #10)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 11:09 PM

12. did he appoint one for Troy yet?

He'll get around to it.

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Response to gejohnston (Reply #12)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 12:11 AM

14. She's his favorite homophobe ... a true bigot. There's a recall in the works.

Troy is just north of me. I used to live in Troy. It's a VERY polarized 'community.'

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 10:56 PM

11. That was wonderful.

I love libraries. There are wonderful worlds to be found in libraries.

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 11:41 PM

13. That's absolutely fantastic

 

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 12:22 AM

15. awesome video and great outcome ! nt

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #15)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 06:50 PM

38. great outcome and video

indeed,although I'm hard-pressed to believe to average T-pottier would care if you burnt all the books in the world with the exception of Ayn Rand titles and the buybull.Actual learning and knowledge doesn't seem to be their preferred milieu.
It's sort of dismaying that the originators of this campaign had to actually tell everyone book burning was not intended to be a factual statement. It sort of goes to show how irony deficient this country has become, and how extreme you need to get to counter the extremists. There had to be some embarrassment when the actual intent of the video was revealed, although probably not on the part of the T-pottiers who started the whole thing. They probably still don't get anything except the part about them losing the referendum and they're likely already thinking about the next target. Whoever masterminded this campaign needs to create an instructional video.

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 05:02 AM

16. Wonderful!

eom

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 08:08 AM

17. Our local tea party was going after our beautiful library

Luckily, many outraged citizens came to its defense. What in the fuck is wrong with teabaggers?

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 08:50 AM

18. that was great

nice job
thanks

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 09:03 AM

19. That's how it's done!

One hopes the proponents of other progressive causes take note...

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 11:40 AM

20. Yes! Brilliant

Awesome story.

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 01:18 PM

21. And someone made a danged professional video about it too!

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 02:12 PM

22. Kudos to all involved.

The way this was carried out was nothing short of genius.

Now could whomever came up with that - please go work for Obama - we need your creative genius to defeat the lies that will be coming prior to November.

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 02:20 PM

23. Brilliant

Great way to change the topic from taxes back to the library.

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 02:29 PM

24. Did they challenge them to a spelling bee?

 

jk... That was a cool story and neat video.

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 02:43 PM

25. I am just speechless, that was SO COOL!!

Bravo, Troy Library, BRAVO!

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 03:24 PM

26. Take note DNC!!! This was beautiful!

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Response to jillan (Reply #26)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 03:46 PM

28. Absolutely!

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Response to jillan (Reply #26)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 04:41 PM

32. I think we should start a new re-education framing:

Use the following phrase to preface EVERYTHING that involves a disaster that federal, state, or local taxes would help avert, or recover from:

"Well, because nobody wants to pay taxes..."

"...Colorado's burning up because there aren't enough firefighters being hired and many districts have been unfunded."

"...there's no one left to advocate for revising mortgages and help prevent your losing your home..."

"...we can't really do a thorough search for that missing child, emergency services have been cut back."

"...had to close another hospital because we couldn't afford to staff it anymore. Better hope you don't need an ambulance - the closest hospital is now 150 miles away."

"...can't offer disaster assistance since the tornado blew away your home..."

"...you're surrounded by all them damn furnurs takin' yer jobs because we can't afford any further job training programs for our own unemployed."

"...no way you're gonna have any signal strength while driving cross-country. We didn't have the money to improve the communications grid. Hope your car doesn't break down or anything, 'cause you won't be able to call for road service..."

"...crime's gone up because we had to lay off most of the town's police force. And we don't have anybody on staff anymore to come take a report about the burglary in your house last night."

"...your kid still can't read at grade level because there's no money to keep the schools open or staffed anymore, much less offer after-school tutoring programs."

"...we only have enough resources to fight one house fire every two weeks. Had to lay off 50% of our city's firefighters."

"...expect brown-outs all summer, especially when it's hottest, because there isn't enough money to upgrade the power grid."

"...it's gonna take you five hours to commute each way to work from now on because we couldn't afford the upkeep on that old dilapidated bridge - that just collapsed."

"Well, since nobody wants to pay taxes..."


I even put it to one CONservative in this panel discussion in which I took part:

"Okay, friend - you don't like paying taxes. Well, how's your car holding up these days? How many times have you had to have the wheels realigned, or replaced, or buy new tires, or had to have your whole front axle replaced because the roads are so shitty that we're all driving over potholes all the time now and damaging our cars? How much have you REALLY "saved," in not paying taxes, that you're now forced to shell out through the nose, again and again, for car repairs - repairs that wouldn't have even been necessary if we'd been able to afford just the standard upkeep on our roads? A few more dollars from each of us in taxes would keep all of us from paying HUNDREDS, if not THOUSANDS more, just on car repairs. Priced a decent new tire lately?"

You could tell from the expression on his face that he just hadn't quite considered that. Hey, in a city like L.A. where we're all literally hostages to our cars, something as menial and seemingly insignificant as shitty pavement and potholes can be a BIG issue.

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 03:35 PM

27. Amazing!

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 03:49 PM

29. reply to post 17 @IShoutandScream2

The tea bag idiots are brain washed or brain dead, or both. They goose-step along to whatever the 1% tell them to believe.
Their masters know that if they destroy sources of knowledge, like libraries and schools, it will be much easier for them to achieve the total tyranny over the 99% which is their wet dream.

The 1% have been attacking everything which supports democracy since at least the early 1970's. Taxes tend to be universally unpopular, so they use their anti-tax propaganda as a ready-made battering ram to force their agenda through.

I hope the people in your town wake up, and are successful in defending their library.

Knowledge really can lead to power.

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 04:09 PM

30. Hey Democrats - are you listening???????????

Are you listening, DEBBIE?

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 04:21 PM

31. Man that is some FANCY DANG Jiu Jitsu!

Brilliant

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 04:47 PM

33. SO FUCKING BRILLIANT!!!

And used a page from the Rove playbook...I hope it made his head explode to have his own tactics turned on him. The Democrats need to learn from this!

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 05:06 PM

34. That was absolutely awesome!!!!

 

This type of tactic, being local in terms of getting attention with signs, ads in the newspaper, etc. and then national by leveraging social media is something the Democrats need to consider. They are going to be outspent by the billionaires that are spending our money. This may be the only thing left.

I don't hold out much hope for the Montana case before the Supreme Court in providing much, if any, relief from CU.

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 05:29 PM

35. Why on earth can't the Democrats be that clever? nt

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 05:42 PM

36. K&R. Glad to hear it.

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 06:35 PM

37. Made my day.

Suck it, teabaggers.

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 07:09 PM

39. Here is a pdf with a complete case study of the campaign!

http://s3.amazonaws.com/effie_assets/2012/5940/2012_5940_pdf_1.pdf

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Step 1: Disrupt the conversation
We began by posing as a clandestine political group, Safeguarding American Families (SAFe), and brought a whole new point of view to the library issue. We said we wanted the vote to fail, but not because of the tax increase. We wanted the library to close so we could have a party. A book burning party.
We waged a political campaign which began by planting yard signs around the city that said, “Vote to close Troy library Aug. 2nd, Book burning party Aug 5th.”
The reaction was immediate. People hated the idea and took our signs down. In the dark of night, we put up more. They took them down, we secretly put up more. Our cloak-and-dagger approach fueled the conversations on our Facebook page and on Twitter.

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From the effie awards website:
http://www.effie.org/winners/showcase/2012/5940

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #39)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 04:57 PM

49. Thanks for posting this!

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 07:47 PM

40. K&R

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 08:24 PM

41. brains

These people have no brain

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Response to The Jungle 1 (Reply #41)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 08:55 PM

43. Very true - Tea Partiers are the dumbest mf-ers on the planet.

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 09:32 PM

44. Super duper rec!

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 12:30 PM

45. Sermon On the Mount?

 

Can you imagine for one moment a tBagging Republican present when Jesus was giving his Sermon On the Mount?
President Obama can!

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 03:42 PM

46. Nice Jujitsu!

A wonderful exercise in contrast.
Well done!!

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 12:02 PM

47. I'm thinking a few Rmoney sites might be useful here.

 

Great strategy.

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Response to Iris (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2012, 04:25 PM

48. Award winning library

...also sounds like an award winning tactic! Nice job

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