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  • Somerville hangs ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner at City Hall (Massachusetts)

    08/19/2015 8:09:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 19, 2015 | Steve Annear
    Somerville city officials hung a large banner bearing the words “Black Lives Matter” on the front of City Hall on Wednesday morning in solidarity with the grassroots movement that has spread across the country following the recent shooting deaths of unarmed black men by police. Mayor Joe Curtatone said he worked with members of Black Lives Matter Cambridge , a local offshoot of the national organization, to create the banner and show support for their message. “We see this as an important opportunity for an important national conversation” about race, Curtatone said. He said the move was “a very clear...
  • Trump companies sought to bring in 1,100 foreign workers: report

    08/01/2015 10:44:11 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 100 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/1/2015 | Peter Schroeder
    Companies owned by Donald Trump have reportedly tried to import at least 1,100 foreign workers since 2000. A Reuters review [link at URL] of Labor Department data found that Trump Enterprises have requested temporary work visas for over a thousand foreign workers. ... The desired workers include waitresses, cooks, vineyard workers, as well as positions as assistant golf-course superintendent, assistant hotel manager and banquet manager. ... Reuters found that most of the visa requests were granted, as Trump has vowed to create and protect jobs for American workers. ... The Labor Department data did not specify the nationality of the...
  • Story About First Business to ‘Publicly Vow to Reject Gay Weddings’ Was Fabricated Out of Nothing

    04/02/2015 7:01:12 AM PDT · by OttawaFreeper · 38 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 1, 2015 - 4:03 pm | Scott Ott
    The Huffington Post headline screams: Indiana’s Memories Pizza Reportedly Becomes First Business To Reject Catering Gay Weddings Memories Pizza is a nine-year-old shop in downtown Walkerton, Indiana, just a few blocks from John Glenn High School. It’s owned by an openly-Christian couple, the O’Connors, who decorate their shop with mementos of their faith in Christ. So how does a small business in a small town wind up making headlines around the world as the new avatar of Christian bigotry?
  • More than 200 ‘Run Warren Run’ events planned for Super Bowl weekend

    02/01/2015 2:38:58 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 29, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    Liberal activist groups have more than 200 “house party” events planned across the country this weekend as part of an effort to get Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, to run for president in 2016. The “Run Warren Run” campaign, comprised of members from the groups MoveOn.org, Democracy for America and Ready for Warren, is planning more than 200 “organizing house parties” in 46 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam to try to develop ideas for how they can convince her to run.
  • 'Non-partisan' group is totally partisan Democrats

    09/09/2014 1:58:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/7/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan Teachers and Allies for Change (M-TAC), which MLive described as “a grassroots organization started by Ann Arbor Public Schools teachers and parents,” was in the news last week for a rally in Ann Arbor seeking more money for public schools. According to MLive, the group is "non-partisan and is not affiliated with a union." The featured politicians on the stage at the rally were all Democrats: Lisa Brown, who is running for Lt. Governor, State Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, State Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, State Rep. Gretchen Driskell, D-Saline; and State Rep. Adam Zemke, D-Ann Arbor. MLive...
  • Capitol sit-in grows as busloads of supporters arrive

    07/25/2013 10:01:47 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 75 replies
    thefloridacurrent.com ^ | July 25, 2013 | James Call
    When police officers locked the doors to the state Capitol at the end of business Thursday more than 100 protesters remained inside. Among the group were about 30 high school students and young adults from Philadelphia and at least six pastors from across the state, all planning to spend the night with the Dream Defenders. “We’re writing the story of our generation right now,” Gabriel Pendes, a Dream Defender organizer, told the group as it gathered around the Great Seal of the State of Florida for a pep talk and prayer, and to hear the rules of engagement. “We want...
  • U.S. Gov’t “Cancer” Research: Tobacco Industry’s “Astroturfing” Helped Create Tea Party

    02/21/2013 3:34:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 21, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    In a study published online on Feb. 8 by the journal Tobacco Control, researchers from the University of California at San Francisco—using taxpayer funding from the National Cancer Institute—argued that the tobacco industry helped create the Tea Party Movement through a process the researchers called “astroturfing.” “Rather than being purely a grassroots movement, the Tea Party has been influenced by decades of astroturfing by tobacco and other corporate interests to develop a grassroots network to support their corporate agendas, even though their members may not support those agendas,” said the researchers. … Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots,...
  • Is GOP missing chance to grow? (Hispanic vote)

    11/19/2011 2:09:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 126 replies · 1+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | November 19, 2011 | Karoun Demirjian
    ...“You would be surprised at how many Republican Latinos there actually are in the state of Nevada. There are quite a few of us,” said Alex Garza, a Hispanic Republican activist. “I think the numbers are there; we just haven’t organized as well as the Democratic Latino organizations.” The potential political power of Latinos is an oft-told story in Nevada and elsewhere, though any happy ending at the polls usually is enjoyed by Democrats. ...During the Republican presidential candidates’ nationally televised debate in Las Vegas last month, they were asked how they would speak to the Latino community. Newt Gingrich...
  • ACORN Officials Scramble, Firing Workers and Shredding Documents, After Exposed as Players

    11/03/2011 10:52:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 3, 2011 | Jana Winter
    Complete title: ACORN Officials Scramble, Firing Workers and Shredding Documents, After Exposed as Players Behind Occupy Wall Street ProtestsOfficials with the revamped ACORN office in New York -- operating as New York Communities for Change -- have fired staff, shredded reams of documents and told workers to blame disgruntled ex-employees for leaking information in an effort to explain away a FoxNews.com report last week on the group’s involvement in Occupy Wall Street protests, according to sources. NYCC also is installing surveillance cameras and recording devices at its Brooklyn offices, removing or packing away supplies bearing the name ACORN and handing...
  • ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest stakes out spotlight at GOP economic debate

    10/09/2011 10:07:54 PM PDT · by martosko · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/10/2011 | David Martosko
    HANOVER, N.H. — Barely 48 hours before nine Republican presidential hopefuls are scheduled to debate at Dartmouth College, signs began appearing on campus Sunday evening announcing a demonstration in support of the Occupy Wall Street protests. A “Students Stand With Staff” organization with ties to the Service Employees International Union is organizing the event. The group plans to hold its rally on the center of campus during the four hours immediately preceding Tuesday evening’s high-profile debate. Sterling Beard, a senior at the college and editor-in-chief of The Dartmouth Review, a conservative campus newspaper, told The Daily Caller that organized labor’s...
  • Dems accused of tea party tampering

    08/05/2010 11:56:20 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | August 5, 2010 | Jeanne Cummings
    Nationally, Democrats say they intend to campaign against the tea party movement. But locally, Democratic officials and activists in at least four states now stand accused of collaborating with tea party candidates in an attempt to sabotage Republican challengers in some of the closest House races in the nation. The charges of dirty tricks are being leveled in Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey and Florida--and they involve more than a half-dozen contests that could tip the balance of power in the House. The accusations range from helping tea party activists circulate candidate petition sheets to underwriting the creation of official Tea...
  • Multibillion Dollar Supermarket Chains Secretly Finance Anti-Walmart Astroturf

    06/12/2010 11:44:50 AM PDT · by Bob Hyneman · 18 replies · 854+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JUNE 7, 2010 | By ANN ZIMMERMAN
    . . .Mr. Saint, a former newspaper reporter and political press secretary, founded his firm 26 years ago. It specializes in using political-campaign tactics—petition drives, phone banks, websites—to build support for or against controversial projects, from oil refineries and shopping centers to quarries and landfills. Over the years, it has conducted about 1,500 campaigns in 44 states. Mr. Saint says about 500 have involved trying to block a development, and most of those have been clandestine. For the typical anti-Wal-Mart assignment, a Saint manager will drop into town using an assumed name to create or take control of local opposition,...
  • The Coffee Party Heats Up [Should Tea Partiers Worry?]

    04/24/2010 1:15:26 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 78 replies · 1,939+ views
    Newsweek ^ | April 24th 2010 | Steve Tuttle
    The Coffee Party Heats Up Tired of all the Tea Party talk, Annabel Park decided to throw a Coffee Party—and 200,000 people showed up. By Steve Tuttle | NEWSWEEK Apr 22, 2010 When Annabel Park imagined what it would be like to head a new national political movement, here is what she had in mind: a coming together of engaged, intelligent citizens who had tired of the angry rhetoric and accusations of the Tea Partiers; Americans of all political persuasions joining in a spirit of equanimity to discuss the nation's problems, and maybe even share a laugh. It was this...
  • The Coffee Party Heats Up (Newsweak:*200,000* 'showed up' LIE!!)

    04/23/2010 10:47:31 AM PDT · by pillut48 · 26 replies · 1,418+ views
    NewsWEAK ^ | Apr 22, 2010 | Steve Tuttle
    When Annabel Park imagined what it would be like to head a new national political movement, here is what she had in mind: a coming together of engaged, intelligent citizens who had tired of the angry rhetoric and accusations of the Tea Partiers; Americans of all political persuasions joining in a spirit of equanimity to discuss the nation's problems, and maybe even share a laugh. It was this beautiful vision that danced in Park's head on a recent Saturday as she made her way to Busboys and Poets, a cafe in Washington, D.C., for one of nearly 500 Coffee Party...
  • Thousands Of Government Union Employees Demand Tax Increases

    04/22/2010 3:06:03 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies · 1,418+ views
    http://radioviceonline.com/ ^ | April 22, 2010 | Steve McGough
    This my friends, is astroturfing. Just look at all the coordinated signs and T-shirts. Busloads of government union employees gathered in the Illinois state capital to demand lawmakers increase the income tax by 33 percent. We’ve told you for years the current rate of spending at the federal, state and local level was unsustainable.
  • Cut & paste opinions: Line of authenticity blurred

    04/18/2010 5:51:37 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 13 replies · 675+ views
    Seacoastonline.com ^ | April 18, 2010 | Michael McCord
    When the health care reform bill was signed into law last month by President Barack Obama, Bev McClellan of Hampton was happy and inspired enough to do something she hadn't done in years — write a letter to the editor. "It was a long time coming," McClellan said about health care reform. "I am a self-employed, self-insured person and I believe reform will put me in a much better position." Outside of typical election year letter-writing, no other domestic issue in recent memory has prompted more readers to write letters to the editor in opposition or support of health care...
  • Meet the people who are percolating in the Coffee Party

    03/12/2010 6:40:45 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 52 replies · 1,400+ views
    CNN ^ | 12 March 2010 | Jessica Ravitz
    Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) -- In one chair sits a rural retiree, his financial security shot in the slump, a humble Southerner who's never thought much about politics. In another seat is a born Northerner, an inner-city native, a relative of a civil rights giant. And nearby, circling a table, are an economist, an artist, a onetime John McCain supporter and a long-haired guy who's rich in Woodstock memories. Meet these members of the Coffee Party Movement, an organically grown, freshly brewed push that's marking its official kickoff Saturday. Across the country, even around the globe, they and other Americans in...
  • 'Grassroots' Coffee Party Organizer Exposed as Obama Political Operative

    03/02/2010 3:12:26 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 43 replies · 1,889+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 2, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    Surprise! Surprise! It turns out that the "grassroots" organizer of the "progressive alternative" to the Tea Parties, the Coffee Party, has been exposed as an Obama political operative. If you had read the profiles of the Coffee Party founder Annabel Park (photo) in the Washington Post or New York Times you wouldn't have had a hint as to her extensive political activity in the 2008 Obama campaign. So how did William A. Jacobson of Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion discover this "deep secret" that the two major newspapers with their vast resources were unable to find? Well, it required the "tremendous effort" of...
  • Dem Astroturfing Campaign Targets Conservative Talk Radio

    02/26/2010 10:31:31 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 9 replies · 595+ views
    Dem Astroturfing Campaign Targets Conservative Talk Radio By Lachlan Markay Created 02/26/2010 - 13:16 Conservative dominance of the talk radio airwaves continues, but liberals are making concerted efforts to get their voices heard through large top-down campaigns. Organizing for America--the campaign arm of the Obama administration--is rolling out the astroturf in an effort to get liberal voices heard on the nation's most popular (i.e. conservative) talk radio shows. The campaign is called "On the Air." Visitors at radio.barackobama.com [1] (talk about grassroots!) are provided with a phone number of a conservative talk radio show, and a list of health care...
  • Obama campaigns for seminar callers on health care

    02/26/2010 8:44:35 AM PST · by yooling · 15 replies · 706+ views
    organizing for America ^ | 2/25/10 | Obummer
    radio.barackobama.com The fate of health reform has been a focus of debate in living rooms and offices, on TV and online -- and on talk radio. And since millions of folks turn to talk radio as a trusted source of news and opinions, we need to make sure OFA supporters are calling in with a pro-reform message.
  • Exposed: Democrat astroturfing to kill the tea party movement

    02/22/2010 10:40:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies · 1,108+ views
    Laura Ingraham ^ | 2/22/10 | Staff
    <p>Remember all those accusations last summer from the Obama White House and Democratic congressional leaders like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the Tea Party movement was nothing more than an astroturfed mirage paid for by a few rich Repubican donors?</p>
  • Labor Unions Fund Anti-TEA Party Web Site – Astroturfing Defined (Update)

    02/10/2010 11:53:34 AM PST · by Biggirl · 2 replies · 227+ views
    http://radioviceonline.com/ ^ | February 10, 2010 | Steve McGough
    More attacks on the Tea Party movement, this time by one of the unions. Democrats and union leaders assured everyone the TEA Party movement was pure astroturf and fake, funded by finance and insurance companies favoring Republicans. It was not true, and now Fox News reports a supposed grass-roots effort to bash the TEA Party movement is funded by unions.
  • Campbell, CA: 100 rally at Rep. Honda's office to keep health reform alive (Astroturfers)

    01/26/2010 4:17:02 PM PST · by wac3rd · 4 replies · 236+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1-26-10 | Linda Goldston
    About 100 members of a progressive organization rallied outside Rep. Mike Honda's Campbell office today to try to keep health care reform alive. Numerous speakers shared their personal health care stories, some told with tears, some told with anger. Similar rallies were scheduled by MoveOn.org members and their supports in more than 100 cities around the country. Representatives of MoveOn said now is not the time to give up, regardless of the upset victory of Republican Scott Brown in the Massachusetts senatorial race, which means the Democrats lost their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. "We want to show the public...
  • Linking Ellie Light To The White House

    01/25/2010 11:10:15 AM PST · by Pessimist · 32 replies · 2,062+ views
    .. Left Coast Rebel made me aware of a comment left on his blog by someone claiming to be Ellie Light. The comment was left by someone using the screen name Winston44. In searching out that name, I found a Twitter account under it that has barely been used. The account has never tweeted and follows 18 individuals, with 9 following it. Given that we usually add people we know when we first open a Twitter account, I looked to see who the first individual was that Winston44 added. That would be Adam Segal. Adam J. Segal, President, The 2050...
  • How “David Axelrod Astroturfing” Works, Step by Step

    01/25/2010 9:22:20 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 8 replies · 454+ views
    Patterico's Pontifications Blog ^ | January 25, 2010 | Patterico
    I noted in an earlier post that some recent Astroturf had been tracked by this blogger to the Democrat party. I’m worried that it got lost in the mass of updates, so I am noting it again, and doing a step-by-step demonstration of a similar Astroturf job from Organizing for America. Go to Organizing for America’s web site. There is a page you can use to write letters to the editor.
  • Source Code for Ellie Light Emails

    01/25/2010 7:52:45 AM PST · by The Big Boo · 82 replies · 3,406+ views
    Hot Air Blog ^ | 1/25/2009 | Ed Morrissey
    From – Mon Jan 25 06:42:56 2010 X-Account-Key: account11 X-UIDL: UID204928-1203640919 X-Mozilla-Status: 0001 X-Mozilla-Status2: 00000000 X-Mozilla-Keys: Return-path: Envelope-to: hotair@edmorrissey.com Delivery-date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 07:38:46 -0500 Received: from tosh-PC (host11-164-dynamic.59-82-r.retail.telecomitalia.it []) by (Postfix) with SMTP id DBC0C1E1C6AB Mon, 25 Jan 2010 06:38:30 -0600 (CST) Received: from [] by web335.mail.yahoo.com via HTTP; Mon, 25 Jan 2010 12:22:20 GMT Message-Id: Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 08:22:20 -0400 From: “Ellie Light” User-Agent: Mozilla 2.0 (Macintosh; I; 68K) MIME-Version: 1.0
  • Bogus Letter-Writer 'Ellie Light', Barack Obama's "Astroturf Czar"

    01/23/2010 8:59:11 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 16 replies · 1,026+ views
    Ever since the grass roots tea parties began, the progressives have tried to minimize them. They continue to call them, Tea Baggers, Nazis, Right Wing fringe, and of course Astroturf. The Astroturf charge is the most ironic as David Axelrod the President's Political adviser was once labeled by Business Week as The master of "Astroturfing", which is what PR industry insiders call the practice of "manufacturing grassroots support."According to Business Week, one of Axelrod's Astroturfing campaigns stealthily spent $15 million convincing Illinois taxpayers that their power would be shut off if they didn't approve an increase in their electric bills....
  • Obama has suspicious number of letter-writing fans named 'Ellie Light'

    01/23/2010 4:05:35 AM PST · by The Raven · 109 replies · 3,666+ views
    Ellie Light sure gets around. In recent weeks, Light has published virtually identical “Letters to the Editor” in support of President Barack Obama in more than a dozen newspapers.Every letter claimed a different residence for Light that happened to be in the newspaper’s circulation area. Associated PressPresident Barack Obama has both detractors and fans. A curious number of his fans are named Ellie Light.“It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything,” said a letter from alleged Philadelphian Ellie Light, that was published in the...
  • HCAN organizer explains how to block opposing views ( Astroturfing on video )

    01/23/2010 4:14:21 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 315+ views
    Isn't it amazing how the left and it's media will always claim that conservatives are nothing but astroturfers yet here we have video proof of astroturf training.
  • Union Astroturfers Out in Force for Coakley

    01/12/2010 10:39:10 AM PST · by mainstreetradical.com · 4 replies · 628+ views
    MainStreetRadical.com ^ | 1/12/2010 | James Devere
    Prior to the final televised debate of the special Senate election in Massachusetts, both sides had their supporters out in force to make a show for the media. One group sporting yellow Sheet Metal Workers Union t-shirts over their winter jackets appeared to be supporting Martha Coakley. However, an amature video, already removed from Youtube, showed some of those Coakley supporters speaking candidly about being paid by the union to attend. One man said he did not want to be there but, had to come down in order to receive $50 from the Union. The Astroturf is green, even in...
  • What is the real agenda behind the Tea Party (Party created by a lib!)

    01/07/2010 1:52:35 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 36 replies · 1,691+ views
    Examiner ^ | November 12th | Sheela Venero
    Now, a Tea Party has formed in the state of Florida. Does it make sense that someone who is truly conservative would want to divide the Republican votes? How does this keep democrats from continuously taking seats? America is a country where people are constantly trying to better themselves financially. The get rich quick scams are proof of that. Interesting enough, we are also a society based on the internet and if you let your fingers guide you, the truth can be revealed. Let’s talk about some truths. Truth 1: The creator of the Tea Party is an Orlando based...
  • AT&T lobbyist asks employees, their families and friends to protest net neutrality rules

    10/21/2009 10:42:06 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 3 replies · 312+ views
    Washingon Post ^ | 20 October 2009 | Cecilia King
    AT&T's top lobbyist, Jim Cicconi, sent a letter to all of the telecom giant's 300,000 employees on Sunday, urging them to express their concerns over a net neutrality proposal under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission. Check out his letter and comments on the Actuarian Outpost Web site. The letter was the latest move in a lobbying frenzy days before the FCC votes on a proposal to create new net neutrality regulations. High-tech giants wrote to the agency to support the rules, while dozens of lawmakers from both parties have protested the rules as potentially dangerout to economic growth. "We...
  • 'Net Neutrality' Is Socialism, Not Freedom

    10/20/2009 4:09:02 PM PDT · by yoe · 88 replies · 2,797+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 20, 2009 | James G. Lakely
    Advocates of imposing "network neutrality" say it's necessary to ensure a "free" and "open" Internet and rescue the public from nefarious corporations that "control" technology. Few proposals in Washington have been sold employing such deceptive language -- and that's saying something. But few public policy ideas can boast the unashamedly socialist pedigree of net neutrality. The modern Internet is a creation of the free market, which has brought about a revolution in communication, free speech, education, and commerce. New Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski apparently doesn't like that. He stated last month the way Internet service providers manage their...
  • AT&T Accused Of 'Astroturfing' On Net Neutrality

    10/20/2009 2:16:19 PM PDT · by steve-b · 23 replies · 990+ views
    Macworld ^ | 10/20/09 | Grant Gross
    An AT&T executive has asked employees to post opposition to net neutrality rules being considered by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on an FCC Web site using their personal e-mail addresses, prompting accusations of unfair advocacy by an opposing group. The AT&T letter, sent this week by Jim Cicconi, senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs, asks employees to go to OpenInternet.gov and use a personal e-mail address to join the discussion forum there. The letter then gives five talking points that AT&T employees can use to argue against net neutrality in the days leading up to Thursday’s...
  • e-mail supporting "health care" reform

    10/07/2009 12:14:00 PM PDT · by ElayneJ · 7 replies · 356+ views
    e-mail | 10-07-09 | N/A
    Extreme anti-choice groups including Operation Rescue just launched a new attack on personal rights. The groups are encouraging people to display their photos online with a sign stating that they are the "majority" who oppose federal funding for reproductive health care. The problem is, it's a lie. The groups are touting data from a year-old poll of only 2,481 voters that had a two percent margin of error. Since when did so few people represent the "majority" of the 3 million American citizens today? Almost more outrageous is the question this poll was based on. Respondents were asked, "President-elect Obama...
  • Those White Coats In The Rose Garden

    10/06/2009 5:08:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies · 2,786+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 6, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: The administration stages a photo-op with handpicked doctors who support its health care reform. Fortunately, most doctors still believe that the first rule of medicine is to do no harm. It would seem some doctors still make house calls. Some 150 of them made one at the White House Monday in an attempt to give a booster shot to the administration's chaotic and stalled health care reform drive. Rather than a grass-roots uprising of physicians, this was a classic case of AstroTurfing. Attendance was by invitation only, and 40 of the 150 were said to be members of Doctors...
  • Walked by a Healthcare for America Now rally in SF (Paid moobat alert)

    09/22/2009 1:35:07 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 19 replies · 847+ views
    Vanity ^ | September 22, 2009 | Vanite, vanite', vanitee'
    I walked by a bunch of Liberals today in San Francsico who work for Healthcare for America Now who were also pushing Gavin Newsom for Governor of CA. The keep parroting the Democratic party line of "big insurance" keeps us all from free healthcare...greedy CEOs... Who funds these people? Has anyone heard of them?
  • Lib Group to Escalate Efforts against 'Enemies' of Socialized Medicine

    09/20/2009 5:00:20 PM PDT · by Scott Martin · 25 replies · 662+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | 9-20-09 | Scott Martin
    The Dems, with help from MoveOn.org (seriously, move on already) and ACORN plan to mobilize on health care this week. How's this for a "grass roots" effort? The plan for a series of grass-roots demonstrations Tuesday to promote President Obama's health care agenda calls for tightly scripted events.. Health Care for America Now (HCAN), which is backed by a coalition of labor unions and liberal groups including ACORN and MoveOn.org, organized the protests to target insurance companies and drafted the plan, which describes the demonstrations as part of its "insurance enemies project." The document, a copy of which was obtained...
  • Senior Groups Reject Health Care 'Scare Tactics'(union astroturfing:NPR)

    08/30/2009 5:19:33 PM PDT · by Drango · 21 replies · 1,010+ views
    NPR ^ | August 30, 2009 | Laura Leslie
    At high noon on one of the hottest days of the summer, a small group of senior citizens sweated it out in front of state GOP headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., asking the Republican Party to stop using what they called "scare tactics" to turn senior citizens against overhauling the health care system. It could be the start of a silver backlash against what some say is a misinformation campaign about health care reform. The members of the Alliance for Retired Americans were angry about a recent column by national GOP Chairman Michael Steele, who said health care reform would lead...
  • NY Rep. Tim Bishop Bishop Tries to Pack Town Hall With Union Thugs, Fails!

    08/28/2009 6:27:15 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 16 replies · 1,597+ views
    Gathering Of Eagles: NY ^ | August 28, 2009 | Staff
    NY Congressman Tim Bishop tried to pack his town hall with unions on the ‘take’ for nationalized healthcare. The people of his district erupt in open rebellion when one of the union goons tries to speak! Union members, many from outside the district, were snuck into the hall beforehand in an effort to stack the deck with a friendly audience. The last straw came when one of the union leaders from outside the district was asked to speak. The citizens erupted in open revolt which almost led to violence from the union goons.
  • BUSSED IN UNION GOON BOOED OUT of NY Rep. Tim Bishop's Town Hall Meeting

    08/28/2009 5:36:15 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 11 replies · 1,396+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 28, 2009 | Staff
    A local union leader was booed out of Rep. Tim Bishop's town hall meeting last night in New York.Like they tried to do here in St. Louis, union members, many from outside the district, were snuck into the hall in an effort to stack the deck with a friendly audience. There are reports that as many as three busloads were brought in.Things boiled over when Mr. Mitchell, head of the Long Island Federation of Labor, steps up to the podium and announces that he in fact does not reside within the borders of NY's First Congressional District.
  • NY. Rep. Tim Bishop's Farmingville Town Hall Meeting On Health Care Turns Raucous

    08/28/2009 6:10:22 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 4 replies · 819+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | August 28, 2009 | Staff
    More than 900 residents met U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop's promise to approve only a health care bill that "improves on a status quo that is unacceptable" with a mix of cheers and boos at a packed town hall meeting in Farmingville Thursday night.
  • Video: A Little Union Astroturfing in New York (Rep. Tim Bishop's Healthcare Town Hakll)

    08/29/2009 2:45:27 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 2 replies · 587+ views
    HotAir.com ^ | August 29, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Via Gateway Pundit, although I’m certain there’s an alternative explanation. Maybe the leader of the Long Island Federation of Labor couldn’t make it to the town-hall forum in his own district, or perhaps his Representative was busy hiding, like many House Democrats this August. His attempt to pander to the actual constituents of Rep. Tim Bishop results in catcalls and a full minute of disruption. Jim also reports that the Magical Mystery Bus Tour continued for this meeting, with unions sending three busloads of people to the event. Even so, the angry constituents shout them down fairly effectively … or...
  • Why Unions Are “Astroturfing” Health-Care Town Halls

    08/24/2009 1:26:29 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 15 replies · 1,604+ views
    HotAir.com ^ | August 24, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    After enraged constituents started showing up at Congressional town-hall forums to oppose ObamaCare, the unions acted quickly to counterdemonstrate on behalf of the Democratic agenda item. In at least one case, union representatives used violence to intimidate and harrass ObamaCare opponents. The same union, which represents a large percentage of government workers and would be presumably immune from any health-care reform action, issued memos demanding volunteers to “drown out” opposition to ObamaCare. But why? This report from the Detroit Free Press explains that the unions....
  • "Astroturfing For Obama"..Attempting To Silence Obamacare Opposition At Reston Town Hall Tomorrow...

    08/24/2009 5:09:32 PM PDT · by stratman1969 · 8 replies · 726+ views
    Marooned in Marin webblog ^ | August 24, 2009 | Marooned in Marin
    ...by stacking the deck in their favor, encouraging members (Obamabots) to come early, per this e-mail I received today from Brandyn Keating, Virginia State Director of the DNC front group "Astroturfing for Obama" (aka Organizing for America). "I wanted to send you an urgent invitation to an important town hall with Rep. Jim Moran this Tuesday, August 25th.He'll be talking to constituents and gathering feedback. Whether you ask a question or show your support with a sign, attending this town hall is a powerful way to show where you stand and thank those in Congress who are fighting for reform....
  • An End to Movements [A View From The Left]

    08/19/2009 12:34:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 892+ views
    Arthur Magazine ^ | August 15, 2009 | Douglas Rushkoff
    The national healthcare movement was doomed from the start. TV clips of shouting matches at town halls and fear-mongering by cynical politicians may be lamentable, but we are witnessing something more profound than the collapse of civic discourse. The failure of a movement that could rightly claim over 70 percent public acceptance just a month ago, exposes the inherent failure of movements of any kind to effectively address our society’s ills. That’s right. Mass organization may just have been a twentieth century thing: collective actions of all sorts—good and bad—were responses to the corporatization of government and industy. As such,...
  • Town halls burst with Obama 'plants' donors, health care lobbyist, SEIU members, fake doctor

    08/13/2009 11:10:56 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 21 replies · 2,074+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 13, 2009 | Chelsea Schilling
    In town hall meetings billed as opportunities for Americans to ask health care questions of an "open" and "transparent" administration, the White House may be selecting President Obama's own supporters to ask non-compromising questions. The White House insists that attendees are selected at random, but a closer look reveals many questioners range from Obama campaign donors and Organizing for America volunteers to single-payer health care lobbyists and Service Employees International Union members. Medicare backer and a 6th grader The blogosphere is still on fire with stories about possible "plants" at an Aug. 11 Portsmouth, N.H., health care town hall. An...
  • Joe was real; this doctor's not. (Democrats lied???)

    08/14/2009 6:42:01 AM PDT · by Bulldawg Fan · 32 replies · 2,428+ views
    The Augusta GA Chronicle ^ | 8/14/09 | unknown
    Will media that savaged Joe the plumber now go after the fake doctor? When regular citizen "Joe the Plumber" asked an innocent, heartfelt, but challenging question of presidential candidate Barack Obama last year, he ended up getting skewered by the "mainstream" media. Every detail of his past was looked at for possible motives and nefarious associations. Democratic state officials in Ohio even thumbed through his records illegally to find dirt on him. That somehow doesn't happen with liberals. A woman at Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee's town hall meeting in Texas recently claimed to be a pediatrician and stood up to...
  • Obama in Arizona (note from AZ.BarackObama.com)

    08/13/2009 8:26:41 PM PDT · by machogirl · 60 replies · 1,665+ views
    Organizing for America ^ | 08/13/09 | Sara El-Amine
    On Monday, President Obama will be coming to speak in Phoenix. Special interests are attacking the President and his principles for health insurance reform, and we need to show that the American people are standing up for change. So we're inviting supporters like you to gather nearby to publicly show our support. Please join us -- here are the details: What: Show of support for President Obama Where: Northeast corner of Washington Ave. & Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85003 When: Monday, August 17th 7:00 a.m. Last fall, when Swiftboaters and special interests attacked President Obama, folks like you came to...
  • Video: ObamaCare fans take Astroturfing to a new level; Mayer an OFA organizer

    08/13/2009 9:32:36 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 44 replies · 1,454+ views
    HotAir ^ | August 12, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Patterico and Lone Star Times capture yet another banner moment from a town-hall forum hosted by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) . In this clip, Roxana Mayer introduces herself as a doctor (a general practitioner for four years) in order to support ObamaCare and Jackson-Lee in a fairly hostile crowd. For her efforts, she gets a big hug from the Congresswoman, an image which the Houston Chronicle featured prominently on their website coverage of the event. But was Mayer really a doctor? Not only was Mayer not a doctor, Roxana Mayer was an Obama delegate, as Patterico discovered with some digging....