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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 03:35 PM
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Tea On The Common (Palin and the 'Baggers are in Boston tomorrow...and I'm blogging the whole mess)
Author's note: I will post the blog link here once it goes live.



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Tea on the Common
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

Tuesday 13 April 2010

I know, I know, it was just last week that I vowed never to write about these Tea Party people again. I would be more than happy to do just that, but you see, they're coming to my town, hell, to my neighborhood, and tagging along with them is none other than the Queen Of Duh, Sarah Palin.

Wednesday morning, beginning at 10:00 AM EDT, the Tea Party Express will park itself on the sacred ground of Boston Common for a three-hour extravaganza capped by remarks from the former half-term governor of Alaska and McCain campaign stage weight herself. You can be sure she will deliver many witty comments about death panels, socialism and why the Census is evil, punctuated by the occasional "Gosh!" and "Heck!" for flavor. From Boston, the 'Bagger parade heads to Washington, DC, for a rally on tax day, which will in all likelihood earn itself a first-ballot nomination to the Public Stupidity Hall of Fame.

But that's Thursday. The Common on Wednesday is going to be a very interesting place, and I intend to be right in the middle of it, blogging the affair for your entertainment and edification. It is going to be quite a show, I think. You see, the average American has been well-trained to believe Massachusetts is some far-left haven dotted with statues of Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky, with abortionists and gay marriage chapels on every street corner and drifts of marijuana seeds in the gutters. Granted, this is a Democratic state (Scott Brown notwithstanding), but the liberal stereotyping of Massachusetts does not dovetail with the reality on the ground. Massachusetts, and Boston, enjoys a decent-sized Republican/conservative contingent. The fact that they generally struggle to win seats on the state level here makes them energetic in the extreme, so I fully anticipate a large and boisterous crowd will be on hand to greet Palin and her friends.

Adding to this is the ugly subtext of racism, which is all too prevalent in this very old town. Boston is one of the most strictly segregated cities in America, and overt racism is never difficult to find. With Obama in the White House, the combination of 'Bagger bedlam and Boston-style racism will almost certainly turn Boston Common into an open-air insane asylum complete with pigeons poop and trolley services.

Interestingly enough, the arrival of Palin and the 'Baggers is making trouble for the newly-minted Republican senator from Massachusetts. The front page of the Boston Herald (the local New-York-Post-wannabe rag that uses exclamation points in its headlines) carried a picture of Scott Brown under a headline which blared "PARTY POOPER" on Monday. You see, Senator Brown has declined an invitation to attend the Palin/'Bagger rally on Wednesday, despite the fact that his campaign was heavily funded by Tea Party elements all across the country.
Boston 'Baggers were less than thrilled with the snub. On Tuesday, the Herald reported:

Boston's right-wing radio helped propel U.S. Sen. Scott Brown into office, but some of his devoted on-air loyalists are ripping him for turning his back on tomorrow's Tea Party rally starring Sarah Palin.

"Scott Brown belongs there," said WTKK-FM (96.9) midday host Michael Graham, one of the featured speakers at the Boston Common event. "The most important thing that's happening in America right now is this big fight between Team Government vs. Team the People."

Graham, an op-ed Herald columnist, said the Wrentham Republican makes a great point when he says he has a job to do in the US Senate and committee hearings, but said "this is where the fight is."

"It would have been very difficult for Sen. Brown to win without the energy and the self-organization that the people called the Tea Party did for him," Graham said.

Yesterday, Brown called into Graham's radio show after hearing the host criticize his snub. "The members of the Tea Party and the constituents in Massachusetts sent me down there to do a job and that's what I'm doing," Brown said. Jeff Katz, the morning-drive host on the newly launched conservative station WXKS-AM (1200), said there's going to be a lot of people "scratching their heads wondering where Scott Brown is."

Katz said he plans to attend the rally and Brown should, too. "It's easy enough to hop on a plane," Katz said. "Realistically, these are the people that not only voted for him, but went out and worked really hard to elect him."


So, yeah, I wasn't going to do this anymore, but this might be pretty special. I'll be there to cover the whole thing, so keep an eye here on Wednesday. A friend suggested I show up with a big cardboard outline of Russia on my head, just to make Palin feel more at home, but that seems a little much. We'll see.

http://www.truthout.org/tea-common58545
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 03:37 PM
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1. Wearing a great big check on your head might work better.
Good luck, Will.
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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 03:51 PM
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2. This should be good.
I hope in addition to your commentary there will be lots of pictures of the festivities, though I'm sure I can follow the whole thing on Fox :puke: I really don't want to go there.
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 04:16 PM
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3. WTKKK's Michael Graham is a carpetbagging moran.
Edited on Tue Apr-13-10 04:20 PM by TheCowsCameHome
Nobody gives a rats ass about what he thinks.

He's just one of the many transplanted bigoted assholes that call WKKK home.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 04:29 PM
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4. Queen of Duh. I Love It!
Yeah, people have to live in Massachusetts to understand even a piece of it. That's why I got out, too.

Maybe Winking Queen of Duh? Because she may be only the first....and we would have to tell them apart.
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AlinPA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 04:35 PM
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5. Scott Brown will show up and the crowd will go berserk. This is a big moment for him and the
republican party.
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 04:43 PM
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6. I predict that the demonstrators AGAINST her will be almost a strong as her "folk."
OR, maybe there will just be a giant YAWN...and the sound of crickets...
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Dystopian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 07:29 PM
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7. KandR. Thanks Will....
Wish I could be there...
will be with you in spirit.

peace~
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Mopar151 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 10:02 PM
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8. Saw 'em in the "Live Free or Die" state today
They were milling around in front of the State House - no curious locals to speak of. My bank is next door, so I drove down the street beside the State House and cut through the alley to avoid 'em. This is where you usually see satellite trucks and media parked for events at the Capitol. Today - de nada.
My question of the day - WHO BOUGHT THE BUSES? Two top of the line buses, on deadicated lease - full graphic vinyl wraps, even fancier than the NASCAR haulers we see. "Tea Party Express 1" and "Tea Party Express III", IIRC. Somebody is layin' out SERIOUS jingle for this, and it ain't the goobers standin' around wavin' signs.
See you can find out who's covering motels and meals for this rent-a-crowd. With the NH primary, we see plenty of grassroots movements - this ain't one of 'em.
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HughMoran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 10:06 PM
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9. Heh, I had no idea these trolls were in the state
Glad I didn't know :D
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Mopar151 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 10:17 PM
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11. Don't think they were here long... N/t
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 10:07 PM
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10. Follow the money, Will. Right back to the GOP.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 10:29 PM
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12. Frankly I blame Flutie for the whole thing
Pelan didn't help

The interesting thing is that before Patrick the last Democratic governor was ...... Dukakis

but that isn't an acceptable part of the narrative



I will check in. Palin on the Boston Commons-that is slightly less bizarre than this
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 10:49 PM
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13. kick
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daughter of liberty2 Donating Member (65 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-14-10 03:41 AM
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14. K & R.
Sending positive energy your way!
:fistbump:
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florida08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-14-10 11:01 AM
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15. well this ought to be a hoot
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florida08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-14-10 11:04 AM
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16. take at look at his blogging..funny
http://www.truthout.org/palin-bags-boston-a-live-blog58...

10:00 a.m. - This might be the oddest crowd I've ever seen. The guy next to me is wearing a Blackwater shirt and is packing a big knife. I've heard several people greet each other with "Why are you here?" Followed by "Why are *you* here?" The speaker is railing against taxes and "Obumma." Gotta wonder where these free-speechers were during the Bush administration.
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florida08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-14-10 11:06 AM
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17. ROFL
10:25 a.m. - Just spent ten bucks on five buttons. I'm wearing the red one with the Soviet symbol replacing the "O" in "Obama." The others aren't as clever (koff), but I had to get the George W. Bush "Miss Me Yet?" one. I feel like part of the gang now. There is a speaker talking about the need to stay in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's a ball out here. Kill me.
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florida08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-14-10 11:15 AM
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18. Was great William
Wait..is that Russia? lolol..too bad it was only an hour.
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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-14-10 11:22 AM
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19. ROFL!!


Hand to God, she's yowling into a dead mike, and I'm surrounded by sunburned white people asking each other "What did she say?"


Should have hired a union sound crew, that's what you get from a bunch of rats! :rofl:
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deaniac21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-16-10 09:31 AM
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20. You should give Leopold a camera and take him with you!
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