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Coming soon! A giant anger-palooza
The columbian ^ | November 29, 2009 | John "Pasture Pansy" Laird

Posted on 11/29/2009 6:15:07 AM PST by Bean Counter

BY JOHN LAIRD THE COLUMBIAN EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR

Tea party patrons, rejoice! Unite! Or for some of you, I suppose, to arms! Your grass-roots movement has gained such momentum as to warrant a national blue-ribbon, round-table, fact-finding, rootin' tootin' hoedown!

The first National Tea Party Convention is set for Feb. 4-6 at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center. For details, visit the Web site www.nationalteapartyconvention.com. Hurry, and get an early discount on registration: $558.95 (excluding hotel) to show up and protest excessive spending by the government.

Headline speakers will include the electrifying and eloquent Sarah Palin, a renowned expert on how to abandon your statewide elected office and make millions writing a book, and U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., who used her publicly funded congressional Web site to urge people to storm the U.S. Capitol and create bedlam in the hallways. According to my investigative aides, the Tea Party Convention's Diversity Committee will meet in an Opryland Hotel & Convention Center broom closet.

No doubt, conventioneers will toast a glorious year for the Tea Party movement. Their impacts during 2009 on the American way of life include:

This was the year their crusade was born, and the screaming and kicking hasn't stopped yet. Whereas American town hall meetings for more than two centuries were places to exchange ideas and formulate solutions, now they're different, thanks to the Tea Party types. Now, town hall meetings have become boisterous, bigoted shout-downs where the only things that matter are volume and venom, unleashed by adults who remind children to be sure to behave at school assemblies.

Speaking of children, it used to be that, when a U.S. president spoke to schoolchildren about education, hard work and responsibility, we all got this warm, patriotic feeling. Parents would encourage children to listen closely, and prepare to discuss the president's message over supper that night. Now, many Americans believe that same harmless speech constitutes the socialistic brainwashing of our kids.

Deploring peace

Prior to 2009 (specifically in 1906, 1919 and 2002), when a U.S. president won a Nobel Peace Prize, Americans for the most part were proud and congratulatory. Hey, who are we to argue with the Norwegians? But now, when a president wins the Nobel Peace Prize, a large segment of Americans actually boo. Without attending any deliberations of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, and even before hearing the committee's explanation for why the president was honored, they boo.

For decades, when a U.S. president attended the Olympics for several days, we all sent him with our best wishes, to promote friendly competition as a universal bond. We took pride in watching him cheer for our athletes. But in 2009, when the president spent one day supporting a U.S. city's application to become an Olympics site, his detractors berated him for wasting time and taxpayers' money.

Before this year, when a U.S. city lost a bid for the Olympics, Americans for the most part figured, "Nice try. Better luck next time." Now, though, when that bid is denied, many Americans actually cheer and hoot derisively.

This year we increasingly heard, "I want my country back!" proclaimed by people who had difficulty accepting the will of the national electorate. Nothing wrong with that. We've heard "He's not my president!" during every presidency. Still, some Americans are quietly wondering: Wasn't "I want my country back!" also shouted by factory owners back when they had to relinquish their work force of underage children? By men who didn't want women to vote because they saw them as chattel? By whites who didn't want to share water fountains with blacks because they saw them as inferior?

More to the point, isn't "I want my country back!" often fulminated by the descendants of people who exterminated numerous Indian tribes and stole their country?

Looks like I'll skip the National Tea Party Convention in February. For some reason, I just can't figure out how folks could have much fun at an anger-mismanagement seminar.

John Laird is The Columbian's editorial page editor. His column of personal opinion appears each Sunday. Reach him at john.laird@columbian.com.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: angryoldbastard; deathwatch; dinosaurmedia; misanthrope
"It's enough to make you puke!"

Roger Debris "The Producers"

1 posted on 11/29/2009 6:15:08 AM PST by Bean Counter
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To: Bean Counter

What a cry baby. Be interesting to research some of his earlier stuff to see just how much of the “warm and fuzzy” he claims we should be giving Hussein, he expressed for Bush.


2 posted on 11/29/2009 6:25:48 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: Bean Counter
...and to think I gave money to that fishwrap (salmon-wrap)...I thought the Oregonian was bad - WOW!
3 posted on 11/29/2009 6:28:36 AM PST by Ganndy (back to Lurking...)
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To: Bean Counter

“Pasture Pansy”

How appropriate, and that was only after the first paragraph.


4 posted on 11/29/2009 6:29:20 AM PST by wita
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To: Bean Counter
People with his mind set will never ever understand the conservative concern for the country. They are deaf and dumb to fly over country.

My wife and I were just about the first to pony up the bucks to attend the convention. From now until 2012 my money will be devoted to taking this country in a direction that is 180 degrees from the present course.

5 posted on 11/29/2009 6:29:39 AM PST by Recon Dad (SSgt O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 40)
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To: Bean Counter

Now, town hall meetings have become boisterous, bigoted shout-downs where the only things that matter are volume and venom, unleashed by adults who remind children to be sure to behave at school assemblies

I’m betting this “pasture Pansy” hasn’t been anywhere near a town hall meeting.


6 posted on 11/29/2009 6:31:58 AM PST by wita
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To: wita

...or he simply doesn’t recognize who the players are and is confusing the leftist, statist, union, democrat, strategy with that of the adults in the room.


7 posted on 11/29/2009 6:35:02 AM PST by wita
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Well, he did editorialize for the Bush re-election in 2004...a little tepid but nonetheless, he didn’t fall for Kerry.


8 posted on 11/29/2009 6:43:48 AM PST by norge (The amiable dunce is back, wearing a skirt and high heels.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
You ever notice that the left never condemns HRC for giving up her senate seat, even though she PROMISED to serve out her term?
And It isn't the fact Obama won the Peace Prize, it is the fact he ain't done jack to earn it but be black and a outright socialist.
This guy is living in his own fantasy world. And I am willing to bet there isnt women in his fanatsy
9 posted on 11/29/2009 6:48:21 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., who used her publicly funded congressional Web site to urge people to storm the U.S. Capitol and create bedlam in the hallways.

You know, little Johnny here is right... How dare someone, especially a US congress-critter, actually encourage rabble to try to make their opinions known to their rulers in congress. We all know that everything good and clean and pure comes from our overlords in government, and the thought that some of the impure commoners might actually taint the sacred halls and offices of washington, DC with their presence is abhorrent.

Little johnny is right... "The People" as referred to in the Constitution of the United States simply aren't intelligent or good enough to know what they need. They should simply shut up and take what's given to them, including the news from our betters like little johnny, and be thankful that we have such a benevolent and loving government!

Mark

10 posted on 11/29/2009 6:52:52 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Bean Counter
This guy is a real jack@ss.

His way of dealing with out of control socialists?

Maybe he wants to bend over and take it like a real metrosexual.

11 posted on 11/29/2009 6:54:57 AM PST by exnavy (GOD save the republic)
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To: wita

This editor would have wet himself repeatedly if he had been alive during the American Revolution.


12 posted on 11/29/2009 7:20:46 AM PST by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: MarkL

Sounds like he agrees with Hairy Reed about the smell of the tourists.


13 posted on 11/29/2009 7:21:54 AM PST by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: Bean Counter
There's enough rope for you too, scumbag.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

14 posted on 11/29/2009 7:35:46 AM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Bean Counter
Where to begin: First off this needed a BARF ALERT.

used to be that, when a U.S. president spoke to schoolchildren about education, hard work and responsibility, we all got this warm, patriotic feeling. Parents would encourage children to listen closely, and prepare to discuss the president's message over supper that night. Now, many Americans believe that same harmless speech constitutes the socialistic brainwashing of our kids.

When a president spoke there wasn't a curriculum generated by the WH with such questions as "How can we help the president with global warming". This was pulled because of the outcry and Zero had to tone down his campaigning to the kiddies.

Prior to 2009 (specifically in 1906, 1919 and 2002), when a U.S. president won a Nobel Peace Prize, Americans for the most part were proud and congratulatory. Hey, who are we to argue with the Norwegians? But now, when a president wins the Nobel Peace Prize, a large segment of Americans actually boo. Without attending any deliberations of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, and even before hearing the committee's explanation for why the president was honored, they boo.

In the past a President was honored for something he did. TR for the Russo Japanese peace talks , Wilson for the League of Nations etc. The prior presidents held jobs before becoming president, the weren't honored for the first 12 DAYS OF BREATHING IN THE WH!!!!

This year we increasingly heard, "I want my country back!" proclaimed by people who had difficulty accepting the will of the national electorate. Nothing wrong with that. We've heard "He's not my president!" during every presidency.

It was especially shrill from the left for the past 8 years. Then we were told it was patriotic.

More to the point, isn't "I want my country back!" often fulminated by the descendants of people who exterminated numerous Indian tribes and stole their country?

It's also said by descendants of people who enslaved and exterminated Jews, Celts, Armenians etc all the way back through history. Does this leftist have a point?

So much idiocy crammed into one article, it's frightening.

15 posted on 11/29/2009 7:35:51 AM PST by YankeeReb
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To: Ganndy

Boycott bump!......But not before a flood of angry emails and letters to the paper.THEN boycott-BIG time.Nail the lid shut on these guys.


16 posted on 11/29/2009 7:44:43 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-G. Orwell)
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To: Bean Counter

Simple reply : Sir we had hoped that you would change your nasty habit of sucking donkey dick 24/7/365 ,however we see that you haven’t & must therefore consider your opinions irrelevant.


17 posted on 11/29/2009 7:51:59 AM PST by Nebr FAL owner (.308 reach out & thump someone .50 cal.Browning Machine gun reach out & crush someone)
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To: Bean Counter

Does anyone smell just a teeny-tiny bit o’ fear behind this editorial?

Heh heh.


18 posted on 11/29/2009 8:01:25 AM PST by wigswest
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To: Bean Counter
But in 2009, when the president spent one day supporting a U.S. city's application to become an Olympics site, his detractors berated him for wasting time and taxpayers' money.

Funny how stung liberals are over this.

19 posted on 11/29/2009 8:07:04 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: Bean Counter

This will be an excellent article to save for the future. Reprint it in four more years with the name Obama replaced with the name of the new Republican president’s name.


20 posted on 11/29/2009 8:20:47 AM PST by Boiling point (Beck / Palin 2012)
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To: Bean Counter

If you are so inclined, voice mails are always a nice way to comment.

Scott Campbell, Publisher
Phone: 360-735-4500

Lou Brancaccio, Editor
Phone: 360-735-4505


21 posted on 11/29/2009 8:25:09 AM PST by Zman (Liberals: denying reality since Day One.)
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To: Bean Counter

I’ll be skipping this event as well — as I did the marches on Washington — but for very different reasons.

Please DO NOT misunderstand my reasons for producing these two videos. If folks want to gather together to let “them” know that “we,” like Howard Beal in “Network” are “…mad as hell and not going to take it any more…,” it’s STILL – for the time being anyway – a relatively free country so we can do that.

All I’m saying here is that, especially in tough economic times, there are more EFFICIENT and EFFECTIVE ways to expend our FINITE RESOURCES.

It’s not as much fun as sweating on the Mall but there IS a better – and less costly — way to scare hell out of “them” — and you won’t even have to leave home.

ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL, PART 1: (UNDER 8 MINUTES)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk1bGBY3BcE

ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL, PART 2: (UNDER 8 MINUTES)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ylFTOObbF0


22 posted on 11/29/2009 9:40:42 AM PST by Dick Bachert (THE 2010 ELECTIONS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT IN OUR LIFETIMES! BE THERE!!!)
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To: Bean Counter

“... anger-palooza ...”

I LOVE IT!!!


23 posted on 11/29/2009 10:04:01 AM PST by CyberAnt (Michael Yon: "The U.S. military is the most respected institution in Iraq.")
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To: Bean Counter

Sometimes liberal’s failed attempts at humor create ‘truth’...heh.


24 posted on 11/29/2009 10:19:00 AM PST by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: Bean Counter

There was a time I subscribed to The Columbian. When they hired and imported Laird from Texas I thought it may be a good thing. I found out in a hurry I was wrong and it didn’t take long to unsubscribe.


25 posted on 11/29/2009 10:59:41 AM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Bean Counter

The first National Tea Party Convention is set for Feb. 4-6 at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center.

YOU DON’T REPRESENT ME, ESPECIALLY AT $560.00+$$$$!


26 posted on 11/29/2009 1:16:33 PM PST by JSDude1 (www.wethepeopleindiana.org (Tea Party Member-Proud), www.travishankins.com (R- IN 09 2010!))
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To: Bean Counter; ChildOfThe60s; Ganndy; Recon Dad; wita; norge; Yorlik803; MarkL; exnavy; thecabal; ...

“Men that are above all fear, soon grow above all shame.”

Trenchard and Gordon
“Cato’s Letters” (1755)
Vol I, p. 255


27 posted on 11/29/2009 8:17:59 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts....)
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To: wita

I’m betting this “pasture Pansy” hasn’t been anywhere near a town hall meeting.

He’s probably not allowed within 1000 feet of a school.


28 posted on 11/29/2009 8:21:59 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Bean Counter

That’s a great statement - thanks!


29 posted on 11/29/2009 8:52:34 PM PST by CyberAnt (Michael Yon: "The U.S. military is the most respected institution in Iraq.")
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To: Bean Counter

As a citizen of Planet Earth, I hereby apologize to any tree that gave its life for this guy to print his delusions, and hope you will be recycled into toilet paper so your sacrifice can at least have some value and meaning.


30 posted on 11/29/2009 9:28:59 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: tet68
He’s probably not allowed within 1000 feet of a school.

now that's funny!

31 posted on 12/01/2009 6:00:13 PM PST by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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