Coffee Or Tea?

Most would agree that our Government hasn’t been doing much to endear themselves to their constituents for quite some time. In response fringe and not so fringe groups have been sprouting up all over the place, the biggest of course being the Tea Party movement.

But say you are someone that is not happy with the way our government is being run but don’t want to necessarily be associated with the Tea Party lunatic fringe, the leader of which can’t even spell his racial slurs? There is a new group that might meet your need to express your displeasure, The Coffee Party.

It all started with documentary filmmaker Annabel Park venting her frustrations on her Facebook page about media coverage that made it seem that the Tea Parties were representative of the “real America.” She vehemently disagreed and her comments on Facebook got a lot of feedback from people who similarly felt pent-up and frustrated.

Their name the “Coffee Party” directly references the Tea Party movement and presents itself as an alternative. Park argues elected officials who represent us should work towards positive solutions to the problems the country faces instead of adopting obstructionist political tactics that play on peoples’ fears and which are driven by deliberate misinformation.

The Coffee Party is currently organizing nationwide. It is stressing the message that its members are voters who intend to hold elected officials accountable to holding up progress. Its members will participate and be engaged in the political process.

In addition, the Coffee Party values diversity, is, itself, diverse and completely comfortable with the changing ethnic demographics of the US. Park argues that politicians are exploiting the anxieties people feel regarding these changing demographics for political gain and that it is wrong.

(Coffee Party USA)

UPDATE: Blogging the first DC Coffee Party Meeting

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Pat Robertson Is At It Again

Only weeks after exhibiting his stupidity by claiming the Haitian earthquake was supernatural retribution for past acts, Pat Robertson is again blaming a horrible natural disaster, the Chilean earthquake, on his god’s anger.

Citing what he described as the “the persecution of a great hero who rid their land of Godless communists” as a possible cause, prominent TV evangelist and amateur seismologist Pat Robertson today argued that the 8.8 magnitude of the earthquake that struck Chile early this morning should serve as a warning to the population that “God is even angrier with them than he is with the people of Haiti.”

“If I had to guess, I’d say it must have to do with Chile’s persecution and attempted prosecution of their great former leader, and a personal hero of mine, Augusto Pinochet – who, it should be noted, had never been convicted of a crime when the Lord called him home three years ago.” The popular host of ‘The 700 Club’ and longtime bingo circuit icon also added, “General Pinochet not only assisted the CIA in the overthrow of Chile’s Marxist government, but is widely credited with personally arranging the meetings of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of his countrymen with Jesus.”

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Obama's One Demonstrable Success

In his one plus year in office, Barack Obama hasn’t accomplished much but one thing he has done is create a successful cottage industry of talk radio Obama haters. The trade magazine “Talkers” has released their list of the top 100 heavy hitters in talk radio and 9 of the top 10 make their living bashing the President.

The top four talkers – Limbaugh, Hannity, Glenn Beck and Michael Savage – have all been non-stop, full-time critics of pretty much everything about Obama except his shoelaces and his toothpaste.

The top 10 also includes non-Obama fans Laura Ingraham, No. 6, and Mark Levin, No. 8.

In fact, advice guru Dr. Laura Schlessinger (No. 5), and finance guys Dave Ramsey (No. 7) and Lou Dobbs (No. 9) don’t much care for Obama, either.

Only Thom Hartmann, at No. 10, has had any encouraging words for the prez.

Who says Obama’s policies aren’t great for the economy? The Conservative talk radio industry hasn’t been more healthy…

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One Of The Shortest Campaigns In History

Wow that was quick.

Sioux Falls Pastor Steve Hickey just announced last week that he was running for the Republican nomination to our lone House seat. Today he announced that he has already dropped out in favor of a State House run.


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Recently announced Congressional candidate Steve Hickey of Sioux Falls said he’s still running, but he’s changing tracks from running for a national to a state office. A Republican and Sioux Falls pastor, Hickey announced today that he is withdrawing his bid for US Congress and is pursuing instead his original goal of running for a State House seat in District 9. He plans to enthusiastically support newly announced US House candidate Kristi Noem of Castlewood. Noem and Hickey announced within an hour of each other last Tuesday. Noem’s intentions to run were unbeknownst to Steve and although she left a message for him on Sunday, he did not get it until after the fact on Tuesday. Hickey’s concern is to not divide the vote in the June primary. From the beginning, Steve’s campaign was not about himself, it was about seeing common-sense Conservative principles and values prevail in November and he is confident Kristi is guided by those same values and principles and that she is the person who can beat Mrs. Sandlin and best represent the people of South Dakota. He said he and his supporters plan to run a strong race in District 9 and cross the finish line into the State House in November.

One less in the race that I wouldn’t have voted for anyway…

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This Is A Good Thing?

Major league baseball and their players union recently announced that the practice known as the “Ramirez Provision“, because of a clause in the LA Dodgers’ contract with Manny Ramirez, is no more. What the Ramirez Provision stated was that a player was contractually required to donate a certain amount to the ball club’s charities and apparently 20 other Major League teams had similar contract language with as many as 109 players.

As part of the $45-million contract he signed in March, Manny Ramirez agreed to donate $1 million to the Dodgers’ charitable foundation.

Owner Frank McCourt said he would implement the “Ramirez Provision,” asking players to make a donation in an amount of their choosing as part of all future Dodgers contracts.

Putting aside for the moment the absolute ridiculousness of employers wanting to contractually obligate their employees to donate to charities not necessarily of their choosing, the fact that the players union now considers that this issue is closed is almost as bad. Why is their “resolution” to this still considered bad in my opinion?

Because have they really addressed it?

In one sentence You hear this:

The Dodgers — and all other major league teams — cannot mandate that a player donate to club charities as part of his contract, the commissioner’s office and players’ union have agreed.

Ok, so far so good. But then shortly thereafter you have this: (emphasis mine)

Under the settlement agreement, which resolves the grievance, clubs can demand such donations from players signing as free agents or signing long-term contracts that buy out one or more years of free agency, according to a management official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been officially announced.

Am I missing something here? So no longer making short term contracted players donate while making long term signee’s still do so is a good thing? Is it really charity if one is forced to give or is it just a tactic designed to make the team owner look more charitable at the expense of his employees?

I’m voting for the latter.

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The Vatican Top Ten

For some reason the official Vatican newspaper, L’ Osservatore Romano, decided to chime in on what they felt were the top ten albums of all time and considering what religious groups in the past felt about Rock music, the list might surprise you.

Amongst the papal state’s surprisingly secular picks? The Beatles’ Revolver (holding the no. 1 spot), Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon, Oasis’ (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, whose “illuminating simplicity and musical thrust” they hail. Also: U2’s Achtung Baby, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Donald Fagen of Steely Dan fame’s The Nightfly, Carlos Santana’s Supernatural, Paul Simon’s Graceland and David Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name.

Not many there that would have made my list but the heavy Rock representation is unexpected to say the least. I’m also guessing that a few Catholic Priest/Michael Jackson jokes are being told in response to this story somewhere as well…

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I Am A Conservative

I found this little ditty in the comments section of a should read New York Times article on the Tea Party movement. Being someone that once considered himself a Republican I thought it to be quite the thought provoking play on words.

I am a conservative. I believe in
Conserving the environment
Conserving a woman’s right to choose
Conserving the quality of life for the middle class
Conserving the rights of all people to live the life they choose with whom they choose in the way they choose
Conserving your right to believe in God and my right to deny god
Conserving my right to pursue a long and healthy life
Conserving the infrastructure that made this nation great.
I believe in paying my taxes, all of them.
I do not believe in loopholes, corporations having the rights of individual humans, congress having more access to health care than the poorest of the poor< because I am a conservative. This Tea Party “conservatism” is not conservative; it is reactionary and racist.

I would guess that agreeing with these bullet points would likely make one a Liberal by most current definitions while some might think that taking the direct opposite positions on many of the above points is what now makes up a “true Conservative”.


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Now It Becomes Clearer

Earlier today I posted on the happenings in Texas with a picture of an individual showing support for Texas Governor Rick Perry. The picture attached to the post had an individual holding a sign that had “Homescholers for Perry” written on it which I compared to similar misspelled signage that seems to be prevalent at some Tea Party functions.

I wasn’t sure then but now one possible reason for the similarities between the supporters of the far right Texas Governor and the mostly far right sign holders at the Tea Parties might have just been brought to my attention.

(put on tin foil hat now)
Apparently if you go to college, the limited number of attendees of institutions of higher learning like Liberty University et al excepted I am sure, you will come out a Liberal loaded with false facts. Of course once one is force fed these disgusting Liberal falsehoods, they will surely be less apt to join the “real truth tellers” of Tea Party movement or support a Tea Party type candidate. Do you see the link now?

Who would have known that college is only good for turning out ignorant Liberals (but possibly better sign spellers)? And here I thought brainwashing only happened on Sundays…

(You are free to remove tin foil hat at your convenience)

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