hello tea party people

Thanks so much Tea Partiers for trying to comment here and defend Sarah Palin with your delightful Tea Party language – but sorry, we like to keep this place a Tea Party-free zone (you have plenty of other places to play).

But to the two guys who insisted – as Palin’s spokeswoman did – that they were “surveyor’s symbols” on that map targeting Gabrielle Giffords and 19 other Democrats….. a story they only came up with after the shootings …. well, someone disagreed with you as far back as November:

Mind you, she didn’t even get that right: they weren’t bulleyes, they were, quite obviously, crosshairs …. no mention of “surveyor’s symbols” though. And remember the accompanying Tweet from Palin – “don’t retreat, RELOAD”? Since when do you reload surveyor’s symbols?

So, even if it could be proved that they were “surveyor’s symbols”, Palin thought they were targets.

You must try harder covering up for your Queen.

27 Responses to “hello tea party people”

  1. 1 collegekay
    January 11, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Gosh they’re so DUMB. The sheep must realize that Sister Sarah doesn’t GIVE A DAMN about them. She’s all about making money. Just like their God Glenn Beck. SMH.. idiots.

    • January 11, 2011 at 10:55 am

      EXACTLY right Collegekay, that they are so blind to how they’re being used is….well, pathetic.

      • 3 majii
        January 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

        This is one of my pet peeves. I hate when people like Palin and Beck take advantage of others while knowing that they’re only using them to enrich themselves. Neither Beck, Palin, or any of the others who use these individuals would spend any time with them without having security around. Not for one second does Beck, Palin, and the others think that their supporters are “just like themselves.” Their supporters should know this by the fact that Beck showed up at his own rally wearing a bulletproof vest, and Palin closely restricts access to herself at every event at which she appears.

  2. 4 CarolineAnna
    January 11, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Well, at least it’s in quotation marks. The word “target” isn’t, though. I believe no one knows yet whether the shooter was influenced by this kind of rhetoric or simply mentally ill, but there’s no doubt that this is incendiary language.

    • January 11, 2011 at 11:09 am

      I agree CarolinaAnna, there’s no proof at all to link the killer directly to Palin or the Tea Party, but for her supporters to try to deny that she used that kind of language or symbolism is embarrassing. I think the most convincing argument in all of this has been from Sheriff Dupnik, even if direct connections cannot be made between this hate speech and people who carry out acts of violence, the point is that the likes of Palin, Beck and Limbaugh are creating an atmosphere so hateful – the Government is your enemy, all that – that there is always a danger that people as unstable as the Arizona killer can be influenced by it. One thing we do know about him, from his internet work, is that he too saw Government as the enemy – if the media, all around him, is echoing that view and heightening his paranoia with insane allegations and endless vitriol directed against their political opponents then they risk pushing someone like this guy over the edge.

      • 6 CarolineAnna
        January 11, 2011 at 11:24 am

        You’re absolutely right. Btw, do you know when the President will be in Tucson tomorrow? Will he be giving a speech?

      • 8 dotster
        January 11, 2011 at 11:29 am

        Yes, no one yet knows if the shooter had ever heard of Palin and Beck & Co., but they certainly contributed to the increased level of hate and vitriol. Their frequent gun references, stirring up fear and anger and distrust of government, demonizing Obama etc. etc.—–all create the kind of atmosphere where someone vulnerable, someone mentally ill as this shooter obviously was, can get in his head that the kind of violent reaction he exhibited was an acceptable response.

  3. 9 Jessica
    January 11, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Stay strong Chip! Keep fighting the good fight.

  4. 11 Pinkbunny
    January 11, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Wow Tea Partiers are not only stupid but spineless. No Leadership in accepting any responsibility!

    The Defensivesbess on their part is PATHETIC!

    Their like little kids eating a bunch of chocolates, and trying to convince adults that they didn’t eat it. All the while chocolate is covering their entire face!

    Except at least little kids don’t understand the concept of evidence. As adults the tea Partiers have no excuse!

    • 12 avpmom
      January 12, 2011 at 7:21 am

      Love the kids and chocolate analogy Pinkbunny and how true~

      It is even more pathetic to hear everyone trying to deny that the hateful rhetoric from the right has caused much damage to the collective psyche of this nation~

  5. 13 Ladyhawke
    January 11, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Steve Benen of Washington Monthly has a great post about the right wing attacks on Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. Their hypocrisy is absolutely breathtaking. Classic IOKIYAR (It’s OK If You Are Republican).


    It’s not entirely surprising the right wouldn’t care for the sheriff’s concerns, but (a) they hardly seemed excessive, under the circumstances and they weren’t partisan in the slightest; and (b) if conservatives are really concerned about intemperate rhetoric from Arizona sheriffs, Dupnik is hardly Exhibit A.

    As John Cole noted, “Oddly enough, I’ve never seen wingnuts react this way to any of Joe Arpaio’s briefings.”

    What’s more, as Media Matters noted, conservative outlets have “repeatedly praised a different Arizona sheriff, Paul Babeu, who regularly engages in vitriolic attacks against President Obama and Democrats.”


    • 14 Sue in Minnesota
      January 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      We have to speak up and continue to point out their hypocrisy. I wrote Jon Kyl and expressed my disappointment in his position
      expressed re Sheriff Dupnik. I also wrote and expressed support and gratitude for Sheriff Dupnik’s sincere and heartfelt response to Saturday’s atrocity, and the efforts to serve and protect by all employed in the Pima County Sheriffs Department. I hope others will do the same.

  6. 15 Sue in Minnesota
    January 11, 2011 at 11:50 am

    In Sarah Palin’s case, what she refuses to demonstrate is any sense of responsibility for her words or her actions. A perpetual victim who is both intellectually deficient and intentionally contentious. And absolutely detached from the needs or concerns of anyone beyond Sarah. She is ruthless, and a coward. Her conspicuous absence from the current national discourse speaks volumes about her moral(or lack of) character.

  7. 17 Asher in Boston
    January 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Jeeez, with all the hate filled sites out there for them to spew their hate, they think they will come on here and pollute our oasis? Bet CS you really had fun and a HUGE SMILE deleting all their hatred spin. They are like sheep that follow their masters blindly.

    • 18 majii
      January 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Your post’s mention of sheep following masters blindly, Asher, made me think of something. The majority of the tea partiers say they’re Christians. If this is so, then they should be following the teachings of Christ and should be able to identify the wolves they encounter. I read on a blog earlier today that one of Palin’s followers said that he/she’d always defend Palin. On other blogs, I’ve read some of the postings the bots make to SP’s FB page. I was stunned that there are some of them who have stated that they’d sacrifice themselves for Palin.

      • 19 Ann_T
        January 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm

        You should not be surprised. There are people that want her to be president. That thought sends major shivers up my spine! I just hope there are enough people that will get out to vote for President Obama’s second term.

      • 20 Sue in Minnesota
        January 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm

        Isn’t it surprising how few references these “Christains” make to Jesus Christ. And yet their words and conduct directly contradict his teachings of love, compassion and brotherhood. Words are powerful reflections of our thoughts, but actions even more so.

        • 21 S. Holland
          January 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

          I have been struck by the exact same thing for 2? years now……those who profess to be the most perfect, Gog fearing Christians, have literally not a clue what it means!

    • 22 CarolineAnna
      January 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      Oasis….I like that 🙂 So true!

  8. 23 AnitaW
    January 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Good job keeping the crazy away from this site. It’s been a pretty difficult few days. My thoughts and prayers for these families. I find myself feeling like I felt after 9/11. Not a good feeling. It’s hard to feel anything these days but sadness.

    Stay strong everyone and be safe.

  9. 24 S. Holland
    January 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    She hasn’t the brains, kindness, decency to know when to shut-up!!! Totally classless and clueless!! I most sincerely hope this is the end of her 15 minutes!

  10. 25 Asher in Boston
    January 11, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    One cant even describe these teabaggers, they claim from the roof tops their christian values, but every thing they stand for contradicts the christian teachings of i.e, love thy neighbour, treat everyone like you yourself would want to be treated e.t.c. But instead, they spew this violent rhetoric, racism, bigotry and so on. Unbelievable.

  11. 26 June Cleaver 2.0
    January 11, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you for keeping this site Teabagger-free. I come here for a breath of fresh air, updates on the first family, pertinent video of the Prez, and endearing photos.

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