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Hundreds gather for 'TEA Party' on tax day
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on Apr 15, 2009
As people rushed to put their tax filings in the mail by today's deadline at the post office on Black Avenue, hundreds of people were protesting increased taxes across the street at one of several Bay Area "TEA parties." The event is scheduled to go on until 6 this evening.
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posted Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 3:21 PM
Posted by WOW
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 16, 2009 at 8:19 pm
I once went on an annoyed rant about Al Gore in front a family member that shocked her. After a short delay from her shock, her only follow-up to my comment was, "Wow."
I watched the news during these last 24 hours and well to quote my family, "Wow."
Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano and their "progressive" friends think that you are a "right-wing extremist" if you are a veteran of the Iraq war, are against abortion, or are otherwise in opposition to "a single issue" of this Administration.
Well, fortunately most of the Conservatives I know won't fall under that description because we are at odds with ALL THE POLICIES OF THIS ADMINISTRATION!!!
So listen up, you right-wing thugs out there, Obama and his pals think you are dangerous and that the tax protests you and your friends participated in yesterday are part of an act of revolution!
Hmm. I'm having difficulty with this concept. See, I actually didn't see any reports on said revolutionary violence on my evening news last night. In fact, I only saw about a 15 second blip of coverage of maybe two state events (I'm guessing because there were only two photos). Nevermind coverage of the largest protests of thousands and thousands that actually took place around California and the nation since. Apparently, the protests were not newsworthy enough for the evening news is what I now understand. I mean they had important stories at 5 and 6. I decided to stay up for the later news.
The "coverage" that I saw at 10 PM and 11PM as I scanned five local news channels actually only depicted a handful of these "evil" protestors. They all had the gall to actually dress in red, white, and blue and smile and wave with their children on a couple of street corners! The media never actually showed the thousands of demonstrations I saw earlier in the day on Fox News, all peacefully assembled with signs that said, "Fair Taxes", "Keep the change", and other humorous signs with messages that while obviously in disagreement with Mr. Obama's policies, were still respectful. I was certain the media would show these evil protestors soon...
Nope. Instead, I saw local and national "reporters" (I use that term loosely since all their reporting was peppered with opinions) demean and belittle the protests of hard-working Americans, coming from all political backgrounds, who dared to disagree with this Administration's policies and attended a tax day demonstration. The local news media decided to grant limited coverage of this important event with much the same fairness as the slight of hand and attitude of Marie Antionette, "If I must. Here then is a moment of coverage of your "event". Now, back to what we think is important!"
The document from the Department of Homeland Security was released by a law enforement officer that felt we ought to read just what the Administration thinks of us, and states "Right Wing Extremists" are at risk for creating potential terrorist threats to the nation. If there was so much subversive behavior in those 'right wing extremists' - the very ones responsible for yesterday's protests, and as feared by Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, then I wanted to see some examples from a media sampling of Wednesday's events. Surely this is where it would happen! I was told by my local news outlets that this was a promotion of the RNC and so this must be true and an accurate example of these lunatics that want to take over our country. I even waited on pins and needles to hear about the violent outcries across the country that were predicted by Ms. Napolitano's department. Surely I would see those EVIL Right Wing punks that were high jacking my political stance!!
I saw nothing in last night's mainstream media's so-called coverage. But, I wasn't deterred when instead of terror threats cleverly disguised as a "tea party" I saw ever-more important coverage of the lines at the Post Office of tax filers that are actually down 65% because of electronic filing, and the new Yankee Stadium set to open. No, I knew in spite of those more news-worthy stories, I would at least hear something from these credible news sources to confirm DHS theories. I even went so far as to watch "The View" at long last this morning knowing I would hear something from 3.5 liberals. It was like going Easter egg hunting Monday morning...nothing was there.
If "neo-cons" (oooh, good scary name to call us by you uber clever Liberals!!) are such a violent breeding group, I assume the coverage would have been similar to what typically happens in a bastion of the DNC like Philadelphia, PA and their "protests" (read: riot) over much more critical cultural issues like, "who cares if we actually won the chamionship game and were victorious, let's erupt into violence and destroy our own city!!" Just imagine how that community would react over an actual issue of freedom - you know like changing the fundamentals of our ecomony and culture by pushing a collectivist agend. But, I forgot, that they can have proven themselves trustworthy...er...what?
No, we are the concern of the Obama Administration and require federal surveilance because some of "us" served our nation in our military defending freedom. I see. No, wait...I'm confused again...that annoying logic thing keeps surfacing as I process this information. Wow.
Over the very last eight years I saw much more coverage of riots created by "left-wingers" (may I please refer to them as left-wing extremist nuts or is that in poor taste as a Conservative? I forgot I am one of "those" Christians that Liberals inform me I can't call others names...please forgive me). I cannot believe I didn't see any of the Tea Parties covered for more than a quick,"Oh, yes, this just in by the way, a "protest" (air quotes intended) was held about taxes today, but these uniformed people don't know their state is getting billions!! Moving on to weather...". I guess violence sells and we don't understand how to get attention from the mainstream media like when the Animal Rights activists engage in brutality, or the rock throwers of anti-WTO protests destroy personal property, or ACORN and union demonstrators "demonstrate", or like the Envro Nazis that have engaged in actual terrorism all across the country, even in our own fair Pleasanton in the Hacienda Business Park. Well, I never saw many children, Thomas Jefferson, Betsy Ross or Lady Liberty look-alikes, or the smiling families at those events, and they get news coverage. Well, regardless of my naivate, and lack of understanding of what the REAL professionals deem news-worthy, the Obama administration believes WE are the threat to our national security.
I'm not sure I understand the threat we present when at one of the largest Tea Parties yesterday, specifically the one at the site of the historical landmark The Alamo, not one protestor even disturbed the grass at the monument, but then again, we the evil people with concealed weapons licenses, that incidentally are more likely to be injured during fire-arm practice than actually harm another human being, should always be feared. I mean, we could "snap" at any time and have a loaded gun!! And the bullet fired into someone entering our home to harm our family could hurt someone!
No, we Christian, conservative, pro-child, pro-family, pro-country, pro-Constitution, that actually PAID taxes yesterday for ourself, oh, and for our favorite liberal, were more likely to have taken a paid day off from work (read: JOB) in order to participate in a peaceful assembly yesterday are a threat. Well we are the ONES, the subversive law-abiding, scrary history-reading, curiously respectful to our cities, and disarmingly honest ones raising children with values, yes, that need to be feared!
Apparently, profiling one another by past violent behavior is wrong (you know the silly stuff like actual conviction of terrorism or association in a known terroist group...yada, yada, yada...whatevuh...latte please). You see, the important thing is to profile one another by different political views - I mean the founding fathers didn't really mean endowed by our "Creator", the liberals tell us, so of course our founding fathers didn't mean freedom of speech for the average citizen either. No, that right is reserved for the media "reporters" to judge all of us that pay taxes - Now there is change to believe in!