Don't miss the biggest Pleasanton political event of 2012 Around Town, posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Apr 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm jimf01 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
April 14th, 12noon - 4pm at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds, the Golden State Tax Day TEA Party - 2012 - Free Admission! The biggest TEA Party in CA, thousands will turn out!
Come out to the fairgrounds to hear 2012 Candidates, Special Guest Speakers, & Music. Booths and food and much more.
The June 5, 2012, California Primary Election is barely over two months away. With Proposition 14 requiring candidates run in a single primary open to all registered voters, with the top two vote-getters meeting in a November runoff, the primary election is more important than ever. Do you know who is running for CA Assembly in your new district?
Do you even know what your new district number is? Yes, with redistricting, every voter in CA is in a different state Assembly and Senate, and US Congressional district.
Posted by BigRed, a resident of the Canyon Oaks neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm
Awesome! I'll be there. The TEA Party is standing up for our freedom and the constitution. They oppose government bailouts and are fighting to keep our bloated government from spending our children's prosperity by piling onto the out of control debt.
Posted by Mike Hurder, a resident of Livermore, on Apr 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm
The left claims that the Tea Party is kaput. Now, while I'm certain they would love for everyone to believe that, I know that is just another lefty campaign slogan. On the contrary, if it were dead, why is the left still talking about it? I blog, I politicize chat rooms and social media (FB and Google), I talk to friends, neighbors and family about the Tea Party all the time. We of the Tea Party are far from dead. Just because we don't defecate on public property doesn't mean we are a non-entity. That simply means that we are law abiding Patriots who also have something to say. Come April 14th, during the Golden State Tea party Rally at the Alameda Fairgrounds, we will be heard again. Are you listening America?
Posted by Herman Stirtzel, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm
I showed the last two times just for the corndogs. The deep fried batter was very tastey. This year don't wear tri-cornered hats. Bring a pitchfork from your barn instead. We're mad as roosters and won't stand for it anymore.
Posted by Chemist, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm
This will be great. Wish we could get everyone in the area to come with open minds. Let's "Occupy the Fairgrounds" without doing any damage other than to the status quo. I will stick around to help clean up the mess.
Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Apr 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm jimf01 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
I am thrilled at the show of support in the comments. Some readers who do not support the goals of the TEA Party may be happy to know that we will, as we do every year, set aside a free speech area where dissenting opinion and speech is welcome.
One of the TriValley Patriots core principles is Individual Rights: The individual is sovereign. Every individual has the right to live his own life for his own sake, free to act as he chooses, while respecting the rights of others.
We expect attendees to respect the fact that we are a private organization, organizing a public event on private property.
Posted by Jeff, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm
I've been going since they started and these are incredible events and very family friendly! Well organized with great speakers and everyone there has a strong passion to hold our government accountable to the People in the vision of our founders.
Posted by Guitarist, a resident of Livermore, on Apr 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm
I've attended twice and will be there again this year. This is a great movement and what this country is all about. We will not give up, and will fight for what we stand for. I'm a Vietnam vet and know what's it's like to fight for freedom! The pen and words are mightier certainly mightier than the sword! The Tea Pary is alive and well!!!
Posted by Cliff, a resident of Livermore, on Apr 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm
Been to a couple over the last few years, always orderly, self-policed, lively. Did get some videos of "others" posing as Tea Partiers with inflammatory signs. They were pretty much immediately rooted out. I enjoy the patriotism in the air and love for our Country and Constitution. I'll be there again or I'll be square...
Posted by Lisa Walker, a resident of another community, on Apr 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm
I've attended the T.E.A. Parties from their infancy and will continue to do so.... This is an awesome environment of like minded people gathering for a peaceful, stimulating, enlightening, patriotic gathering... Hope the turnout this year goes above and beyond all previous year's. A good friend and I volunteered to help setup and will be there bright and early.... God Bless each and every Great American! May God's richest blessings be yours always....
Posted by Herman Stirtzel, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm
I forgot to mention to all you nonbelievers. Don't you for one second think that Jimbo is scurrying from one computer to the next giving the impression that everyone likes the corndogs as much as I do. C'mon Jimbo, mix 'em up a little bit!
Posted by Dr. B, a resident of the Bordeaux Estates neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm
Awesome post Jim!! I am thrilled to be a part of the TEA Party Team once again. God is good and we are ready to take back America, put the Godly morals back into it and move FORWARD in the RIGHT way. This event is going to be amaaaaaazing. See you there!!
Posted by carrie, a resident of another community, on Apr 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm
Wish I lived closer to Pleasanton as this is a great group!!! I heartily recommend to all Declines to State and Disenchanted Democrats that they come see what the Tea Party movement is REALLY about, not what the media is trying to sell as a fringe movement for extremist Republicans. If you are a fiscal conservative and upset about how the hard left wants to tell you how you can live and send you to prison if you don't pay the fine for not buying insurance, come to the Tea Party and share with the like-minded of whatever political registration.
Posted by Mowiss, a resident of the Pleasanton Heights neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm
Do you know who will be running for congress in your new district this year? You better and it ain't Mc Nerney!! Come and find out. This will be our 4th and all were civilized, informative and most enjoyable.
Posted by Virginia, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm
Anyone who calls themselves open minded should come to a TEA party, to see first hand how responsible citizens who love America put on a protest event. No violence, no obscene messages anywhere, no one asking for government freebies; just God fearing, hard working, tax paying Americans, respectfully exercising their First Amendment rights. AND, everything is paid for in advance, including clean-up, which, by the way, is never needed because conservatives know how to clean up after themselves. This TEA party on April 14th should be the best one yet!
Posted by TL Nelson, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm
I can't be there since I am out of town, but my full support goes out to the Tea Party.
In this election season, I continue to wonder why, in a nation of over 300 million, it is so difficult to find candidates in either party who are decent, honorable, competent men and women who are committed to upholding the US Constitution, ensuring fiscally responsible government, and protecting the free market system.
The Team Party seems to be the only group truly committed to these fundamentals which are so important to our nation's prosperity.
Posted by Herman S, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm
I've attended the past sixteen events, and the corndogs will keep me coming to this one. mmm-mmm good! Are shoes and shirts required? My wife and I like to be comfortable. Is it byob? Do we have to bring our own flag, or will there be some for sale on the premisses?
Posted by DFuller, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2012 at 8:52 pm
I thank God for the Tea Party Patriots - it's wonderful to be around people who love this country, appreciate our founders and the constitution which they so brilliantly wrote and especially don't like the direction our current leader is taking us.
Posted by Bob, a resident of San Ramon, on Apr 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm
I attended two tea parties in Pleasanton so far - one in the park and one at the fairgrounds - and deeply regret being overseas during this one, because it's important for us to stand together and be counted as supporters of fiscal sanity and defenders of our Constitution.
Posted by Independent Thinker, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 12:42 am
I would think many of you would be embarrassed and ashamed to be seen after the over-the-top radical rants of Santorum dragging us back a thousand years, and setting the party back a century. Why can't he just start his own 'Pope Party', which is what many of the zealots are really all about........ nothing, absolutely nothing to do with fiscal responsibility. Worst of tenents, a social meddler, annd not a fiscal conservative. I heard him say his wife was one of 11 children ! Disgusting. We are living in the 21st century. The horrors of ancient practices are not appropriate today.
I pray for informed, independent thinkers, who don't sink to 'group think'....which is usually a Dem practice.
The fake Dr above is the 'poser' imposter troll, who invades all threads.
Posted by Dr. Ken Lawson, a resident of the Foothill Place neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 6:50 am
Romney spells M-O-N-E-Y (and then add an R). Unlike a santorum he's living in the 21st century. He's don't believe in Papism. He's got magic underpants to protect him from group think - aka the Democratic majority in this country that lacks good tenents. Let's go TEA PARTy and bring back good tenents. No social meddling. Let poor children go hungry. Feeding malnourished American children with my taxes are just another horror of ancient practice. It isn't appropriate.
Posted by steve, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 9:48 am
Looks like our transient troll doesn't live in Birdland any longer. Maybe he'll work his way down the list of neighborhoods until he reaches the end of the list and drops off the site----wishful thinking, I know. The chances are better that his mom kicks him out of the basement or cuts off his internet access.
Posted by Mark, a resident of the Valley Trails neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm
Taxed-Enough-Already....nuf said. Rode my bike through Pleasanton with the Star Spangled Banner in-hand to the 1st TEA Party and proud of the push-back the Statists and Utopians have seen at every level (local, state, national) ever since!
Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Apr 5, 2012 at 11:16 am jimf01 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
As an update to the above information, as of today, we have confirmed for the event, a speaker list including US Senate, US House, CA Senate and Assembly, and local candidates at all levels. Many candidates will also have information booths and/or meet & greet plans.
Do join us Saturday to learn about the upcoming election, get involved, and make a difference in your community!
I'm interested in talking to anyone else who is worried about solving the "too big to fail" problem and Wall Street corruption. That is much more important to me than the big government/small government, high tax/low tax issues.
Posted by Herman Stirtzel, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm
Will somebody give a talk on all the TeA ParTY pols have done for this country all ready? Also, will corndogs be available? Will they be served with pickled eggs? Finally, how much will I have to pay for an American flag to wave wildly up and down?
Posted by Amazon, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on Apr 6, 2012 at 9:26 am
Think Cecil's last comment - "wear hoodies so you'll be recognized" revealed some of real truth about the beliefs of most Tea Partiers. In lots of the comments above, there's lots of rhetoric about how Tea Partiers are the ones who most appreciate the words the Founding Fathers wrote. However, one of ideals that form the foundation of many of the Founding Father beliefs are: "all men are created equal." So you can try to wrap yourselves up in the American flag and call yourself a true patriot - but sadly, your true colors do shine through.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Apr 6, 2012 at 10:33 am Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
I'm with Patriot. I'm interested in talking to candidates of diverse political stripes who are worried about solving the "too big to fail" problem and Wall Street corruption and not only those social conservatives in the Republican party who are trying to cater to Tea Party. There's too much party baggage if you're inviting only certain candidates.
Posted by RestOfStory, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Apr 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm
Wonderful opportunity to get a first hand look at these candidates and see for yourself whether they have your interests in mind or are serving a different client. Whether it is the media's spin, or the candidate's own propaganda, or her/his opponent's misrepresentation, it is difficult to get a real perspective without having the kind of personal contact this event fosters. Plan to attend, regardless of whether or not you agree with everything Tea Party folks supposedly support and oppose.
Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Apr 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm jimf01 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Pat asked: "If I start asking questions about Wall Street corruption, regulation, and bailouts will I be quarantined to the "free speech area" for dissenting opinions?"
The answer is no
I'm interested in talking to candidates of diverse political stripes who are worried about solving the "too big to fail" problem
You will see them there
Dan Hughes (US Senate vs Feinstein)
Chris Pareja (US Congressional District 15 vs Stark)
John McDonald (US Congressional District 9 vs McNerney)
John Fitzgerald (US Congressinal District 11 vs Miller)
Al Phillips (CA Assembly District 16 vs Buchanan)
Mark Meuser (State Senate 7 vs DeSaulnier)
and more. Note we have candidate booths, some candidates will be available for one on one interaction. We have our first Democrat candidate booth and speaker, John Fitzgerald is running to unseat George Miller in the new CA-11.
We are not inviting only 'certain candidates', we are inviting those who support the TEA Parties core principles.
Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Apr 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm jimf01 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Nurse, who would you expect would be invited by a group of motivated volunteers who have spent their own time and money building an organization to advocate for principles they believe in?
Contrary to media BS, we are not funded by the Koch Brothers and we do not receive fat checks from any super rich donors, PACs, candidates or politicians.
We do pay for our own event on private property to keep attendees safe and comfortable by inviting sponsorship, vendors, etc, who pay a nominal amount to help us offset costs.
How are we different than any other political advocacy group? Oh, that's right, we do not have rape, theft, assault, defecation in public, shall I continue? If you want drum circles and 99% nonsense, you can go to downtown Oakland or SF, just keep an eye on your personal belongings.
Posted by Chris, a resident of the Valley Trails neighborhood, on Apr 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm
The contradictions in Jimfool's words don't bother me. I have no education, and rely on others to think for me. Still, what does bother me about the event is there won't be any drum circles. I was planning on bringing my fife. One does not live by corndogs alone! And what about the flags? How much will they be going for? I want to get some for my family and me to wave up and down like patriots on a string. Will Sara Palin be there?
Posted by Dr. Ken Lawson, a resident of the Foothill Place neighborhood, on Apr 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm
Yet another study on conservatism and low-effort thinking:
"Bar patrons were asked about social issues before blowing into a Breathalyzer. As it turned out, the political viewpoints of patrons with high blood alcohol levels were more likely to be conservative than were those of patrons whose blood alcohol levels were low.
"But it wasn't just the alcohol talking. When the researchers conducted similar interviews in the lab, they found that people who were asked to evaluate political ideas quickly or while distracted were more likely to express conservative viewpoints.
"Keeping people from thinking too much...or just asking them to deliberate or consider information in a cursory manner can impact people's political attitudes, and in a way that consistently promotes political conservatism," Dr. Eidelman.
The study was published recently in the journal "Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin."
So, it stands to reason that if you're planning on attending the Tea Party Patriots' Corndog Festival along with Jimf01 and Jimf01, be sure ta get all likkered up so as ta be more comfortable with the conservative views being expressed. No education required. Come one, come all drunk, flag waving patriots!
Posted by Some Dude, a resident of the Avignon neighborhood, on Apr 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm
The contradiction is in saying you're not just inviting a selective viewpoint. Of COURSE I wouldn't expect the Tea Party to invite a bunch of liberals, so why claim that 'all candidates are welcome'? Do you really believe the doublespeak you're writing?
Posted by Dr. Ken Lawson, a resident of the Foothill Place neighborhood, on Apr 9, 2012 at 8:53 pm
No, I don't see that quoted quote either. Just a guy with a 6th grade equivalent education posing as different people, all claiming that the past tea party pevents were "awesome", especially the corndogs. I mean there's lying and being disingenuous, and then there's pathological lying and transparent efforts to deceive. Ol' Jimbo just isn't clever enough to pull it off, as each of his posts contain strong elements of the latter.
Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:37 am jimf01 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
To "some dude" - I think that anyone who is even slightly perceptive would recognize that I quoted an earlier post when I used the phrase 'certain candidates', to state that we are not inviting "only those social conservatives in the Republican party who are trying to cater to Tea Party", the concern raised by Stacey.
In that context, I was not self-contradictory. The notion that many who self identify as TEA Party supporters are also social conservatives is plainly understood, and so those type of candidates look for TEA Party support. We now see that other types of candidates are attracted to the TEA Party, small 'L' libertarians, Nancy Pelosi's opponent John Dennis enjoys TEA Party support in his district, the aforementioned Mr Fitzgerald, and others have sought out TEA Party support.
With the midweek rain ceasing this weekend, come out and enjoy the sunshine on Saturday, and get involved in the process. You and your children's future will be changed by the outcomes of this election.
Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Apr 11, 2012 at 10:31 am jimf01 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Biggest Pleasanton political event of 2012? This Saturday's Pleasanton TEA Party may be the biggest single day political event in the state.
With the withdrawl of Rick Santorum making Mitt Romney the presumptive nominee in the estimation of many, local activists can focus on local issues.
I believe Ubokia.com CEO Mark Pine, quoted here Web Link , has it right. He said "most people come out in this day and age to vote against something rather to vote for something," so Republicans still will flock to oppose Obama regardless of who their nominee is.
But in Democrat dominated California, a vote against Obama doesn't count for much. Focus on local issues, and you can learn about many issues and candidates at the fairgrounds Saturday.
Posted by Some Dude, a resident of the Avignon neighborhood, on Apr 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm
Well, it looks like the Pleasanton Tea Party won't quitebe the biggest political event in CA this year. Or even on that DAY. According to the Chron, ten major CA Tea Party groups have converged to hold a rally in Justin Herman Plaza. Is it too late to get a refund on the deposit for the fairgrounds?
Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Apr 12, 2012 at 8:51 am jimf01 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
And another TEA Party in San Jose Sunday. Thank you for helping to promote the events.
Tellyawhat, you get a photo of the crowd in SF (we will have to look closely, separate the Tea Partiers, OWS folk, random protestors, vagrants, and riot police keeping them apart, and I will get a photo of the Pleasanton crowd, we will figure out afterwards which event had a bigger turnout.
Posted by Dr. Ken, a resident of the Foothill Farms neighborhood, on Apr 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm
My family and I will reconsider attending if you can guarantee that one or more of the Tea Party candidates will reveal the 80-90 members of the Democrat Party that are also members of the Communist Party. That's a huge story, is consistent with what Jimfol has been saying for months now, and we want to be part of it. Also, if we go, would it be okay if we set up a corndog stand in the parking lot? Oh, yeah, and are shoes mandatory? Can we get in without shoes?
I'm not really a doctor, but used to run a wiener stand in Oklahoma City and I called myself Dr. Wiener. The name stuck, but we've diversified to corndogs. You may wonder why I call myself Dr. Ken instead of Dr. Corndog. Don't want to give my identity away.
Posted by Herman, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Apr 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm
I was there, and still trying to catch my breadth!!!!! It was easily the biggest event in Pleasanton history. There must a been over 25 thousand people in attendence. It was scheduled for 12-4, but when I left fifteen minutes ago their was still thousands of people wading to get in. We're what Kenneth Burke and the rest of the Founding Fathers wanted America to be about. California will not be bringing Obomba back. He's gonna loose the state by at least 15 points!!!
Posted by Herman, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Apr 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm
I apologize for exaggerating slightly yesterday. I just got so wound up after inhaling a half-dozen corndogs while hearing about how we need to go back to the 1700s. To be perfectly honest, except for the corndogs, the event was a bust. I told the organizers that they should have had Sarah Palin come, as her schedule seems to be pretty open these days.