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I went to one Tea Party/Tax Day Protest yesterday, a friend of mine went to another, and I haven’t spoken to anyone who went to the third one, which was not really a rally/protest because (a) it was held at a hotel, and (b) it was limited occupancy.  You needed reservations.

The reviews are in: if we are going to have a vibrant, active Tea Party scene in this town, the various groups are going to have to get a little better at coordinating with each other and stirring up the “normal” folks to turn out.  Both of the events at the Capitol were sparsely attended, and there was a disproportionately large presence of “Texas Independence” types and Libertarians.   When normal, mainstream folks don’t show, the fringyer the scene.  What was weird was the money that they seem to have laid their hands on since the last protest.  Lotsa fliers, tee shirts, big expensive banners, and pre-printed stuff.  It made me think that the rumored “crashing” that was to have taken place was of a more subtle nature: give money to the fringe whackos so that they look like they are organized and dominant.

A week before the rallies, I sent out an email to everyone I could think of asking when and where.  I had received no word, despite belonging to several groups who had active Tea Partiers in them.  I was gratified get many responses, but most were inaccurate in one way or another. Then, at the last minute, news about another gathering surfaced- this I heard about on the Greta van Susteren show.  Newt Gingrich was to be in Austin on April 15.  Then one of the known events changed times- something I heard through the grapevine, too (not complaining about grapevines, but why does my friend get the robocalls and I don’t?).  Mind you, we had all googled “Tax day protest Austin” and “Tea Party Austin” and other permutations of relevant searches and NONE OF THESE events showed up on the searches.  None, zero, zip, nada.

So, to recap: poor publicity and poor, self-defeating lack of coordination, and last minute changes leading to poor attendance and dominance of astro-turf fringe groups.  I’d like to hear from people who went to the Gingrich event, which I believe was sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots.  Way to go, guys: suck the oxygen out of the other rallies for an indoor, limited access event.  Nice!


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This link forwarded to me this AM. Looks familiar.


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Watching the US House pass the healthcare bill two nights ago left me shaking my head and my ire at democrats skyrocketing. I can’t and will not listen to them, and refuse to believe they can ever be trusted with the keys to the country. Eleven states are prepared to file suit against this legislation and I hope against all hope they are successful. (Brings to mind the line from Dumb & Dumber – ‘so you’re saying there’s a chance?’)

One of the better dialogues of the day was between Mark Steyn and Dennis Miller. Steyn reacts in a blog post “Happy Dependence Day” on National Review online. The best quip from Miller being that New Hampshire will be receiving Stimulus funds to get people jobs scrubbing the word “free” from every place the state motto (Live Free or Die) appears, making it “Live or Die” as a consequence of the new health care laws.

How could anyone believe there are Pro-Life democrats after this. Stupak is such a cheap date. Who believed he would have ever voted against the bill? How his head was turned by an executive order is pure foolishness – let’s see, Obama also signed an order closing Gitmo in one year, to no effect. Laura Ingraham has nickname Stupak as “Stooge-pac”.

Repeal? Charles Krauthammer (also on with Miller) says very unlikely and predicts the value added tax. He and Steyn are the two sharpest knives in the drawer, and they both say this bill is an intermediary stage and we will keep moving to a single payer system. Who can argue against?

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For whatever reason, my personal brand of self-expression seems to tickle Kathryn.

What can I say?  After 6 minutes of actuarial foreplay, with a climax of “If you think that [the American people] want a government takeover of health care, I respectfully submit, you aren’t listening to them,” my conservative bodice is officially ripped.   What isn’t shown in the video is the sputtering, rambling, shambling, unfocused, and incoherent response from President Red Pill-Blue Pill.  I sat through it: it was long enough for me to finish my cigarette.

OK, it’s a girl thing.  Philo- keep your shirt on.

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Barack Obama urges his supporters to get “in your face.” The attempt to silence critics that Michelle Malkin recounts deserves much more attention than its been getting.

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Barack Obama is complaining to the Department of Justice and threatening stations and networks with legal action to stop them from airing an independent ad that links him to domestic terrorism by way of his association with Bill Ayers. As Michelle Malkin points out, that doesn’t bode well for freedom of speech under an Obama administration. Obama calls the ad an “appalling lie.” But everything the ad says is true:

  1. Ayers, as head of the Weather Underground, was a domestic terrorist.
  2. Ayers remains unrepentant about his activities.
  3. Obama did have close association with Ayers—much closer than Obama has acknowledged—getting his political start in Ayers’ home and working with Ayers on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

Ironic, isn’t it, that the only thing that gives the complaint any chance of success is a law called McCain-Feingold?

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For some time now, rates of violent crime in Europe have been far higher than in the United States. Now, increasingly, it has a racist and religious edge to it, as gangs of North Africans and Turks attack native Europeans. Links to Muslim immigration are obvious, though information suggesting as much is officially suppressed. What strikes me, but Europeans rarely remark upon, is the role of gun control. Europeans cannot protect themselves the way Americans would in similar circumstances. Even the police use rubber bullets, allowing criminal rampages to take place without consequences for the criminals. Gun control opponents in the United States have often argued, “If having a gun becomes a crime, only criminals will have guns.” The European experience suggests taking it one step further. If you keep guns out of the hands of criminals as well as the law-abiding public, all the criminals have to do is arm themselves with knives, rocks, or a board with a nail in it (thank you, Simpsons!) and attack in groups.

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