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  • Harry, Rory, and the BLM gang... are busted!

    04/15/2014 6:48:04 AM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 32 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/15/14 | Publius
    Google screenshots are disappearing, but not fast enough!
  • Star Trek illustrates perfectly: In the war between savages and civilized man... You know the rest.

    09/28/2013 7:36:55 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 39 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/28/13 | Gene Roddenberry
    The Star Trek episode Mirror Mirror illustrates the problem with cultures that solve their problems with violence... perfectly.
  • We have been warned...

    03/18/2013 6:25:59 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/18/2013 | U.S. Soldier
    Published on Mar 9, 2013 It speaks for itself.. Subscribe! but really search for that info its all out there! All races need to stick together.its a matter of good and evil,not color. always remember that.GOD BLESS!
  • What is missing from the national gun debate?

    03/01/2013 7:24:04 PM PST · by HMS Surprise · 56 replies
    NextNewsNetwork ^ | 3/1/13 | Dr. Edwin Vieira
    What is the actual history and purpose of the Second Amendment? A growing number of gun control advocates insist that this key constitutional provision was not intended to protect an individual right of firearms ownership, but instead was intended to provide for the regulation of a government-controlled militia. People who espouse that view generally insist that the role of the militia is now carried out by the National Guard, or even by the police -- and that the "right of the people" referred to in the Second Amendment has nothing to do with private firearms ownership.
  • What Exactly Is... The Militia?

    02/21/2013 8:28:27 PM PST · by HMS Surprise · 62 replies
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2/21/13 | Jim Funkhouser
    Certainly the militia is the people, for what else could it possibly be? Here’s the definitive quote from one of our founding fathers: ”I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.” — George Mason, in Debates in the Virginia Convention. Consider the question: Does combining the right of free speech with the right to assemble diminish either? Of course not. And the same is true when you combine the right to assemble with the right to be armed. Meeting with rifles in hand for the purpose of training in their...
  • The Hidden Supernova of Music (Were Big Star's chances crushed because of overtly christian songs?)

    07/31/2012 12:36:34 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 1 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 7/31/12 | jim funkhouser
    I have an alter ego in the blogosphere. Here, it’s politics, but on Facebook I blog about popular music, usually leaning heavily towards rock and roll. And until a few days ago I never imagined that there would be any ideological cross-pollination to worry about. But then I had an epiphany… I’ll start my little tale here- I blog about music to promote a fiction book that I wrote 3 years ago. The book is about a garage band from the early 70′s that was on the cusp of making it big, but then fell just short. I plot an...
  • The Hidden Supernova of Music (Did Christian references keep a rock band from making it big?)

    07/31/2012 12:30:09 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 42 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 7/31/12 | jim funkhouser
    I have an alter ego in the blogosphere. Here, it’s politics, but on Facebook I blog about popular music, usually leaning heavily towards rock and roll. And until a few days ago I never imagined that there would be any ideological cross-pollination to worry about. But then I had an epiphany… I’ll start my little tale here- I blog about music to promote a fiction book that I wrote 3 years ago. The book is about a garage band from the early 70′s that was on the cusp of making it big, but then fell just short. I plot an...
  • The Hidden Supernova of Music (Did christian references kill Big Star's chance 40 years ago?)

    07/31/2012 12:22:50 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 41 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 7/31/12 | jim funkhouser
    I have an alter ego in the blogosphere. Here, it’s politics, but on Facebook I blog about popular music, usually leaning heavily towards rock and roll. And until a few days ago I never imagined that there would be any ideological cross-pollination to worry about. But then I had an epiphany… I’ll start my little tale here- I blog about music to promote a fiction book that I wrote 3 years ago. The book is about a garage band from the early 70′s that was on the cusp of making it big, but then fell just short. I plot an...
  • Kristi Risk cannot be spared, she fights. (vanity)

    05/01/2012 8:18:29 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 5/1/12 | jim funkhouser
    Indiana's primary approaches, One congressional race offers a conservative choice. Risk would have one the last primary in '10, but there were a number of "tea party" candidates against one establishment candidate. The runoff election has finally arrived...
  • Res Publica (The Republic defined)

    04/17/2012 5:34:33 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 3 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 4/17/12 | jim funkhouser
    Elected leaders in America do not rule, the law rules. Politicians are mere custodians of the law, and when they promote notions such as a “living constitution” what they are really wanting is the rule of law to be replaced by the rule of man. Our Republic rests on the universal truths espoused by The Declaration of Independence. The Constitution was an effort to promote the ideals of liberty and justice. Liberty and justice brings prosperity. Every nation that maintains a rule of law that promotes liberty and justice will have prosperity. Any nation that substitutes rule of law for...
  • Res Publica (A solid conservative reboot)

    04/17/2012 5:20:28 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 2 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 4/17/12 | jim funkhouser
    A guilty pleasure, that I surrender to occasionally, involves quizzing my fellow conservative compatriots about the core historical knowledge that is often taken for granted. Long before the Tea Party came along there was a burgeoning conservative movement in America that sought to rediscover and recover ancient principles and ideals of man’s relationship with government. From Goldwater to Reagan, Limbaugh to Levin, and talk radio to the limitless font of internet information, historical truth is making a comeback. Let’s start at the beginning. Before Caesar came the Republic. Res Publica, correctly translated, means “the public thing.” In a Republic the...
  • Res Publica (The perfect apolitical article to give your lib friends.)

    04/17/2012 4:24:17 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 5 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 4/17/12 | jim funkhouser
    A guilty pleasure, that I surrender to occasionally, involves quizzing my fellow conservative compatriots about the core historical knowledge that is often taken for granted. Long before the Tea Party came along there was a burgeoning conservative movement in America that sought to rediscover and recover ancient principles and ideals of man’s relationship with government. From Goldwater to Reagan, Limbaugh to Levin, and talk radio to the limitless font of internet information, historical truth is making a comeback. Let’s start at the beginning. Before Caesar came the Republic. Res Publica, correctly translated, means “the public thing.” In a Republic the...
  • The Original Secessionists

    02/18/2012 11:09:23 AM PST · by HMS Surprise · 302 replies · 1+ views
    the tea party tribune ^ | 2/18/12 | jim funkhouser
    There is nothing more irritating to a warrior-poet than an unwillingness to debate. If speech is troubling, or blatantly false, or amateurish, then it will fall of its own weight. I don’t need, and I suspect a majority of truthseekers don’t want, an administrator hovering above the public forum deciding which issues are too controversial for polite company. The Civil War has become untouchable, unless you agree with the standard arguments. 1. Lincoln was a god among men. 2. The South was evil. 3. Union is the ultimate goal of the American experiment. 4. The Federal government’s design trumps the...
  • Indiana's Bloody 8th: A Fractured Fairy Tale

    10/23/2011 1:57:40 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 20 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 10/23/11 | jim funkhouser
    Indiana’s 8th District didn’t have a representative in the U.S. Congress from January 1st to May 1st in 1985. Why? Because Bunky, The Democrat-controlled House simply refused to seat the Republican winner, and after a few disputed recounts that still pointed to the Democrat losing, finally decided to simply seat him against the will of the people who deigned to presume that voting makes a difference. The blatant abuse of power was so obvious that the Republicans walked out in protest when the Democrat “loser” was arbitrarily declared the winner.
  • Sarah Palin Can Eat 50 Eggs

    10/01/2011 12:21:54 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 77 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 10/1/11 | jim funkhouser
    The “mavericky thing” about Sarah P. is true. And not in the sense that Jaun McCain would identify either. McCain’s “mavericky thing” was defined by his efforts to reach across the aisle and prove that hobbits nipping at his heels didn’t bother him one wit. He wasn’t even a maverick RINO, he was an average, everyday, you-seen-one-you-seen-em-all, run-of-the-mill… RINO. ...Palin is targeted precisely because she can’t be bought, and won’t be side-tracked. I don’t need to listen to her, the MSM read her e-mails for me. I don’t need to hear her debate, her philosophy is outlined nicely enough in...
  • How To Learn History, 101 (Laura Hillenbrand's, Unbroken)

    09/30/2011 9:05:27 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 15 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 9/30/11 | jim funkhouser
    First, stop reading this, run to your nearest bookstore, buy Laura Hillenbrand’s latest epic biography Unbroken, and start reading that. Still here? Well OK then… I first had this thought, that history is best-learned when it is personalized, while watching Ken Burn’s series about the Civil War on PBS. I’m sure that my experience was shared by millions of others. We watched and learned more about Civil War History in a few hours than we learned after years and years of stifling public schooling.
  • The Battle For Middle Earth

    09/12/2011 4:17:08 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 34 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 9/12/11 | jim funkhouser
    Evidently John McCain couldn’t stay awake for the entire movie. If he had he would have discovered that the real heros in the battle for Middle Earth were not the kings, or queens, or any other establishment type. The real heros were the lowly hobbits of the shire, led by Frodo, a reluctant but lion-hearted and trustworthy warrior-poet who was capable of denying himself the corrupting influence of the ring of power. John McCain, you are no Frodo.
  • The Establishment? We the People

    08/27/2011 9:49:24 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 3 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 8/27/11 | jim funkhouser
    My beef about democracy is that it never gives us a choice… (rimshot). Smaller government cures every ill that emanates from Washington. Even the judicial branch of government needs money to consider its next assault on the Constitution. Do you think Ruth Bader Ginsburg would continue to subvert the will of the people if her check bounced next week? Doubtful. Unfortunately we never get a ”smaller government” box to check in the voting booth. The democratic process is a threat to a republican form of government… (rimshot 2.0). Now, I realize that a sentence like that will cause eyes to...
  • Palinova at Indianola

    08/22/2011 10:12:04 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 13 replies
    the tea party tribune ^ | 8/23./11 | jim funkhouser
    Mark Levin is convinced that Sarah will be there merely to promote her new movie. Karl Rove is suddenly convinced that she will be making her presidential aspirations official. Dick Morris agrees with Karl, and once again we are left to wonder: Does anyone know what Mitt Romney is doing? One thing is certain, wherever Palin appears the press is sure to follow, and they will not be disappointed. The Palinistas and Tea Party faithful (dubbed Hobbits by McCain) will provide all of the atomsphere necessary on September 3rd to produce a memorable video montage for the nightly news. We...
  • There Are No Words

    07/03/2011 4:28:11 AM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 157 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 7/3/11 | jim funkhouser
    Fact-checkers are welcome to peruse my post titled Natural-born Citizens if they at any time doubt my previous sentiments concerning the “birther” issue… I have never relished the notion that a sitting President, duly-elected, would ever be bounced from office because of something beyond his or her control, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore facts. Ignoring the facts is exactly what has delivered this nation to the brink of disaster. Before the release of Obama’s alleged long-form birth certificate I was of the opinion that the President was on much firmer ground legally if such a document was never...
  • The Pella Window

    06/28/2011 11:42:58 AM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 15 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 6/28/11 | jim funkhouser
    I hope the statute of limitations is up… oh well. I have told this story to strangers before, figuring that degrees of seperation and time are substantial enough to make the person’s identitification implausible, if not downright impossible. This is obviously a bit different though! Regardless, it has been at least ten years so… First you must know what I have done for a living for the last 25 years: I am a mover. Now, my company would prefer that I call myself a “relocation specialist” I’m sure, and even though you now have two definitions some people are still...
  • The Queen's Speech

    06/19/2011 10:15:04 AM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 14 replies
    tea party tribune Blog ^ | 6/19/11 | jim funkhouser
    The first thing I ever wrote about Sarah Palin dealt with the immediate reaction by some in the MSM to her unpolished way of speaking. I argued, successfully I might add, that in the end people would come to realize that a Palin-type (read: citizen politician), will sound more like your neighbor than an elitist clone from a Sunday morning news program, and that’s a good thing. This is not counter-intuitive, it is pure logic, and the Tea Party has finally figured it out. The established order does not produce idealists, it destroys them, keeping only those who are willing...
  • With Sarah Palin, what you see is what you get.

    06/18/2011 6:36:01 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 37 replies
    Mr. L's Tavern ^ | 6/17/11 | Mr. L (Mr. L's Tavern)
    Today, I eats me some crow with his previous Palin Prediction. John Edwards mugshot- there are TWO Edwards but there is only ONE Sarah Palin. With Palin, what you see is what you get. Why does Fox News continuously snub Palin? Fox News has a sick idea of who is in the 2012 race. Who are these friggin people?
  • Obama vs. the Economy-killing Machines!

    06/15/2011 7:29:07 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 16 replies
    tea party tribune Blog ^ | 6/15/11 | jim funkhouser
    Obama better pray that one of his devoted fans doesn’t shoot up an ATM tomorrow… But I digress. Let’s go straight to the horse’s mouth, shall we? Obama, yesterday: “A lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don’t go to a bank teller or you go to the airport and you’re using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate.” Is the President of the United States trying to jump-start the buggy whip manufacturers? Wait a...
  • Sarah's Writing Scores Higher Than That Of Most Educated Americans

    06/14/2011 7:35:29 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 56 replies
    The Daily News ^ | 6/14/11 | celeste katz
    AOL Weird News gave two writing analytic companies samples of the former Alaska governor's recently released emails and both agree that the Tea Party favorite writes as if she's in middle school. The 24,000 emails during Palin's time as Alaska governor are still being studied. But the documents are filled with her famous folksy phrases like "holy moly," "shindig" and "holy flippin' crap." It turns out Palin's writing skills are still better than most educated Americans. Global Language Monitor gave Palin's emails a score of 8.2, which actually exceeds that of most chief execs. "She's very concise. She gives clear...
  • Member of Mourdock Campaign Roughs Up Citizen Journalist

    06/13/2011 10:38:09 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 2 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 6/14/11 | Dana Loesch
    I’ve seen this numerous times from the left but was genuinely shocked to see it occur from the right one of our own, a well-known tea party citizen journalist. Jeremy Segel of Rebel Pundit was asking a few questions of Mourdock at a tea party rally when Mourdock’s campaign manager Jim Holden – who also happens to be Indiana’s Deputy Treasurer and General Counsel – appears to make physical contact with Segel and shoves the camera down before later shouting “douchebag!”
  • Sarah and the Five Stones

    06/09/2011 10:02:25 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 4 replies
    tea party tribune Blog ^ | 6/10/11 | jim funkhouser
    It’s too soon to speak of myth, for myth must come after…
  • More on Michele Bachmann (Is Bachmann's job to deflect Palin?)

    06/08/2011 10:26:08 AM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 45 replies
    The Conservative Diva ^ | 6/8/11 | Diva Daria
    A few months back, I noticed some conservatives on Facebook and twitter turning on Michele Bachmann, claiming she was not really a Tea Party backer, but an opportunist. For the most part, I dismissed the accusations because 1.) I wanted to see more evidence and 2.) I admired her passion in fighting back against Obamacare. However, I did keep a close eye on her words and actions (and those of the media) from that point forward, and after what her so-called strategist and former Huckabee guy Ed Rollins did yesterday, I have no doubt that people like Tammy Bruce had...
  • Vanity: Steve Bannon discusses The Undefeated via ustream with the blogosphere

    06/07/2011 4:06:19 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 4 replies
    Conservatives 4 Palin ^ | 6/7/11 | steve bannon
    Mr. Bannon used the very words I'd been thinking could best describe the Breitbart interview: almost surreal. What happened there, what Andrew did, still has me at a loss for words. Such ferocious authenticity has become rare in this age, and it was a heady experience to witness it. It wasn't too long into this Stephen Bannon video before I became aware I was having that same sense as I watched Mr. Bannon's presentation. With obvious sincerity and a gentlemanly humility he spoke the quiet, simple truth, and it held his listeners as spellbound as had Andrew the evening before....
  • Apollos Rivoire, French Refugee, Comes to Boston (Paul Revere's father)

    06/07/2011 9:55:28 AM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 28 replies
    tea party tribune Blog ^ | 6/7/11 | jim funkhouser
    Want to know the truth about Paul Revere? If so, your search would provide the perfect metaphor for yet another elusive historical figure: Sarah Palin. Where should you start? Right here my friend. I have carried a voluminous biography about Paul Revere around with me for at least ten years now. Am I bragging? Yeah, a little. The book itself is tattered beyond repair. I acquired it in Massachusetts at least twenty years ago and ten years later finally got around to reading it. The author, Esther Forbes, worked with the help of her mother Harriette M. Forbes to study...
  • Thanks Mitt, Now I know Why We're Here

    06/05/2011 2:46:27 AM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 15 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 6/5/11 | jim funkhouser
    To quote the most famous community organizer in American history, “We are the people that we have been waiting for.” Gosh, I wish I had a way with words too. Of course if you said something that ridiculous at your local VFW you would be quietly escorted to the door. Do teleprompters come preloaded with stupid quotes like that I wonder? Spellcheck? Shouldn’t hard to pronounce words appear in red on the screen? So if say, “corpsman” appears suddenly, Obama could stop and think for a moment… Hmmm, maybe the P is silent… or is it the S? Who would...
  • Krauthammer's Allegiance To Useless Information

    06/01/2011 7:57:11 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 62 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 6/1/11 | jim funkhouser
    I’m reminded of the movie The Bridge over the River Kwai. In the movie a British Colonel being held prisoner in Thailand by the Japanese leads his fellow POWs in the construction of a bridge for the enemy. Even though he knows that this is helping the Japanese war effort, his fondness for his accomplishment almost causes him to sabotage a commando raid to destroy the bridge. RINOs and CINOs (conservatives in name only) like Krauthammer will let you kick the bridge, paint the bridge, and even spray graffiti on the bridge, but don’t ever come calling with the intention...
  • Obama's Nightmare: Palin Sweeps All 57 States

    05/31/2011 4:10:36 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 35 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 5/31/11 | jim funkhouser
    It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World in the summer of discontent for the MSM. Sarah’s Magical Mystery Tour de force was highlighted today by a typically vacuous dinosaur-media headline: Palin’s much-hyped bus tour… Huh? She showed up. I don’t recollect any pamphleteering or phone banks prior to the rollout. As I recall it, all was calm within the Beltway… A yuppie couple was strolling along pushing a pram down Massachusetts Ave. A handful of tourists from North Carolina were getting off a chartered bus in front of the Capital. Someone yelled, “It’s too hot here!” Then, Bam! Let the...
  • The Eliot Ness Conundrum

    05/29/2011 10:18:08 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 8 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 5/29/11 | jim funkhouser
    I would have to do a little research to discover what really happened, but for the sake of argument let’s just assume that David Mamet for the most part got it right in his movie The Untouchables. From memory now, so be kind- At a crucial point in the movie Malone (Sean Connery) asks Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner), whom he could trust. The answer? No one. Not quite the answer Eliot was hoping for, but it was exactly what he needed to hear to appreciate just how corrupt the Police of Chicago were. Of course by that time Ness was...
  • George Will Goes Nuclear On Mother Of Five!

    05/29/2011 4:59:47 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 113 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 5/29/11 | jim funkhouser
    Shall I channel George Will’s brain? The following is NOT misogyny! No, really! But it is what he’s probably thinking… It’s a “threshold question” you see. In other words, according to the King of the RINOs, it’s out of his hands. It’s not that he wouldn’t love to see a real conservative in the White House, it’s just that she can’t pass the nuclear litmus test and therefore the entire question is moot. Palin cannot be President, like say a Joe Biden (snicker), because she is a… Here we go again! A corollary to Godwin’s Law, according to me and...
  • Sarah's Secret Weapon (2.0)

    05/28/2011 9:20:33 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 34 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 5/28/11 | jim funkhouser
    Being a Palin apologist is risky business. There is always the chance, I suppose, that Sarah will do something that legitimizes the perpetual moonbattery that oozes from the cracks of what’s left of popular culture in America. (By the way, is Larry Flynt still a liberal icon after his recent attack on that right-wing nut Trig Palin?) The liberal blogosphere pretends that conventional wisdom has established beyond doubt that Sarah Palin is a moron. But from their stunted battlement ignorant misfires occur on a daily basis. How smart do you have to be to avoid mentioning a Down Syndrome affected...
  • Sarah's Secret Weapon

    05/28/2011 9:07:03 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 4 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 5/28/11 | jim funkhouser
    Being a Palin apologist is risky business. There is always the chance, I suppose, that Sarah will do something that legitimizes the perpetual moonbattery that oozes from the cracks of what’s left of popular culture in America. (By the way, is Larry Flynt still a liberal icon after his recent attack on that right-wing nut Trig Palin?) The liberal blogosphere pretends that conventional wisdom has established beyond doubt that Sarah Palin is a moron. But from their stunted battlement ignorant misfires occur on a daily basis. How smart do you have to be to avoid mentioning a Down Syndrome affected...
  • Strange names in the Heartland

    05/28/2011 12:51:00 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 20 replies
    The CourierPress ^ | 5/28/11 | allison Borgelt
    EVANSVILLE — An Evansville man and a Rockport, Ind., woman are facing federal charges for allegedly illegally buying and selling weapons. An eight-count indictment announced Friday charges Farshad Ghiassi, 38, also known as Freddy Ghiassi, with illegally possessing firearms and Alicia Wiseman, 32, with five counts of providing false information in the acquisition of a firearm. Wiseman allegedly worked with Ghiassi in February and March to make straw purchases at Evansville's Gander Mountain store and Clarksville, Ind.'s Bass Pro Shops, U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett said. The indictment alleges that Ghiassi would pick out the firearms he wanted, and then Wiseman...
  • RINO Gingrich Newters Himself (Newt instantly transformed into a sad, broken, political huckster)

    05/16/2011 8:35:30 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 77 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 5/16/11 | jim funkhouser
    In an effort to set the world record for self-implosion, Newt Gingrich laid a mine at his feet then promptly stomped on it. The official end of the still-minty-fresh Gingrich candidacy came when an informed Iowa voter shook his hand, and before ol’ Newtie could tear away, gave him a verbal judo toss into a long overdue retirement. The exact quote: “Get out now before you make a bigger fool of yourself.” Newt knew it was over, you could see it on his face as he walked away. Gingrich was instantly transformed into a sad, broken, political huckster.
  • Natural-born Citizens (This was money about the BC four days ago)

    04/27/2011 9:28:07 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 31 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 4/23/11 | jim funkhouser
    First, it must be stated unequivocally, that the confusion surrounding the “birther” controversy is completely contrived. This issue is not complicated… at all. Natural-born citizens are quite simply, and forever and for all time: citizens born in America of parents who are both citizens. Was that difficult? Whether or not Barack Obama was born in Hawaii could not matter less. The unassailable fact is that his father was a Kenyan. If it’s the intention of birthers to have Obama impeached over this issue, arguing about his post-partem nexus doesn’t help their efforts. If fact, arguing about that aspect of this...
  • Natural-born Citizens

    04/23/2011 11:00:57 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 239 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 2/24/11 | jim funkhouser
    First, it must be stated unequivocally, that the confusion surrounding the “birther” controversy is completely contrived. This issue is not complicated… at all. Natural-born citizens are quite simply, and forever and for all time: citizens born in America of parents who are both citizens. Was that difficult? Whether or not Barack Obama was born in Hawaii could not matter less. The unassailable fact is that his father was a Kenyan. If it’s the intention of birthers to have Obama impeached, arguing about his post-partem nexus doesn’t help their efforts. If fact, arguing about that specious aspect of this issue probably...
  • Meet Your Next President

    04/18/2011 8:36:25 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 43 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 4/18/11 | jim funkhouser
    Yesterday, after a short political sabbatical, I cautiously dipped my toe back into the boiling porridge that now passes for public discourse. Drudge is always first, and it was there that I discovered that Palin had finally made it official: She’s running. Was there ever a doubt? Talk about anti-climatic. The big question in my mind was always this: Can she win? Her speech in Wisconsin answered that question for me. Sarah Barracuda’s reemergence finds her in full campaign mode and she is startlingly better than ever before. I know how Chris Matthews feels now.
  • Why is the Constitution so baffling? Look down.

    03/30/2011 6:28:27 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 46 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 3/30/11 | jim funkhouser
    The Tea Party is faced with a conundrum. If Congress can’t force Americans to buy health insurance, how can Congress force Americans to buy a retirement plan? I haven’t come across a good answer for that question, and I’ve been looking, trust me. The reason nothing has bubbled up seems clear enough: There is no good argument that allows for the one, and not the other. Why is this cognitive dissonance allowed to go unchallenged? Probably because unlike the standard catch-phrases of freedom movements such as, habeus corpus, freedom to assemble, freedom of speech, etc., the real reason for the...
  • Mitch Daniels gets an "Armey" of support... (barf)and Freep this presidential poll por favor

    03/25/2011 8:42:45 AM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 20 replies
    The CourierPress ^ | 3/25/11 | Eric Bradner
    INDIANAPOLIS — If Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels decides to run for president, he will have the support of former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey.
  • He just isn't that into you America (The Casanova Nostra)

    03/15/2011 7:57:49 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 7 replies · 1+ views
    tea party tribune ^ | 3/15/11 | jim funkhouser
    From the perspective of a leader there are two types of loyalty. The first is the sort that Steven Jobs has for Apple. If you checked Jobs’ closet I’m sure you would find Apple T-shirts, Apple ballcaps, etc. The walls of his posh estate(s) are probably covered with Apple awards, Apple photos, Apple banners, etc. His car keys: Apple keychain. His license plate: APPLECEO. His favorite pie… you guessed it.
  • When Ronald Reagan was Dumb, Obama was Abroad (The non-birther, birther argument)

    03/12/2011 12:50:02 PM PST · by HMS Surprise · 13 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 3/12/11 | jim funkhouser
    When Ronald Reagan was Dumb, Obama was abroad Written by Jim Funkhouser Uncategorized Mar 12, 2011 I don’t remember when I first learned that America was composed of 50 seperate States, but it must have been early because I can’t remember ever picturing my Country as anything but the nifty fifty. And, if you have travelled abroad you know that Europeans still refer to us as “The States.” I’m sure we have been called that for centuries there. To the world we will always be seen as republic in theory, even though we have nearly lost that unique feature in...
  • 9/11 May Pale in Comparison to 3/11

    03/03/2011 11:43:42 AM PST · by HMS Surprise · 20 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 3/3/11 | jim funkhouser
    Maybe we should prepare for the possibility that the Middle East might someday descend into chaos… Too late, someday has arrived. How about this nightmare scenario? Cairo-style riots in Riyadh. Few pundits think it’s impossible now, and many talking heads of the intelligensia actually think the prospect of an Arabia sans the House of Saud is all but inevitable. Good riddance of course, but as with other Muslim Nations that are currently in flux: who or what will replace the sweet angels of the Saudi Fiefdom?
  • Interview with The Tea Party

    02/28/2011 5:00:12 PM PST · by HMS Surprise · 2 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 2/22/11 | jim funkhouser
    I had an idle thought, which should have been my first clue to keep my brain moving I guess, but it stuck anyway: Why not just call a Teaper and pick his brain? So I googled indiana tea party and within 60 seconds I was talking to a bona fide Tea Party Leader. Cold-calling a man who takes the 2nd Amendment very seriously, what could possibly go wrong? (You gotta love the web!) Now as strange as it may seem I have never been to a Tea Party Event, or from my best recollection even talked to a ”Teaper.” If...
  • What should be done with AWOL Indiana Democrats? (Freep this poll por favor!)

    02/22/2011 2:13:38 PM PST · by HMS Surprise · 44 replies
    The CourierPress ^ | 2/22/11 | Eric Bradner
    INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mitch Daniels said Republicans who control the Indiana House should allow a contentious bill to die so that minority Democrats return to work. Daniels told reporters Tuesday afternoon that he believes Democrats would end their boycott if a bill that proponents call “right to work,” to allow all employees to opt out of paying union dues, is dumped. “I really think so. Obviously they should, but I really believe they will,” he said. Daniels said two months ago that he believes this year’s session is the wrong time to pursue such a bill because Republicans did not...
  • Should public sector workers have the right to unionize?

    02/22/2011 12:27:41 AM PST · by HMS Surprise · 26 replies
    The CourierPress ^ | 2/22/11 | Eric Bradner
    INDIANAPOLIS — Over the howls of hundreds who are gathering at the Statehouse to protest, Republican state lawmakers are pushing forward this week with several measures that reduce the influence of organized labor. Funding for unions could suffer a blow under the most controversial of those bills — one that would allow workers at all Indiana businesses to choose not to pay union membership dues. Proponents call it "right to work," and a House committee endorsed it Monday.