Late Evening News Reads: Cup of Tea?

Good Evening, getting ready to enjoy a couple old classic movies on TCM…so this will be a quick post.

I don’t think I am the only one that is getting fatigue from all this back and forth between the two political parties…Dak had a great post about it today, and it looks like many of you are bringing up the Tea Party. So for my first link, Special report: Tea Party grassroots army readies for battle | Reuters

For insight into the conservative Tea Party movement’s battle plan in 2012, check out Joe Dugan’s Google spreadsheets.

Dugan, 66, a retired manufacturing executive and chairman of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party, is particularly proud of the scoring system he’s devised for South Carolina legislators. Every vote by a member of the state’s House or Senate is recorded, with points awarded for those that reflect the conservative position.

“Let’s say you get above a five, we’ll actively campaign for your reelection,” Dugan says. “Below a three, then – Republican or Democrat – we’ll come after you.”


“The Tea Party movement is more organized, more focused and more potent,” said Rep. Scott, who talks regularly to Dugan. “What happened in 2010 was not the end. It was just the beginning.”

Tea Party supporters now hold fewer sign-waving rallies, a hallmark of their early opposition to bank bailouts and President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform in 2009. But the movement isn’t losing steam.

Interviews with activists across 20 U.S. states indicate that Tea Party groups, far from fading, have evolved into an increasingly sophisticated and effective network of activists. They are working to unseat establishment Republicans who they believe have betrayed the principles of lower taxes, limited government, and free markets.

“Those who think the Tea Party is on the wane are in for a gigantic surprise in 2012,” says Debbie Dooley, co-organizer of the Atlanta Tea Party. “We have built a grassroots army and we will be a fine-tuned machine next year.”

So compare the threatening nature of this interview to these remarks from another Tea Party member, even though some of the right-wing leaning press are trying to make the man out as a “wannabe.”

Wannabe Tea Party politician unleashes racist Facebook screed against President Obama  – NY Daily News

A rabid Tea Party wannabe politician in California called for the assassination of President Obama and his “monkey children” in a recent Facebook rant – and then defended his right to do so Monday.

Jules Manson, who failed miserably in his 2011 bid for a City Council seat in Carson, Calif., urged the sickening reprisal, saying Obama’s support of a revised military authorization bill last week was an act of “treason” that “eroded” constitutional protections.

“It must be countered with assassinations onto them and their children,” he wrote in the original posting that has since been scrubbed from his Facebook profile.

“Assassinate the f—-n (N-word) and his monkey cWannhildren,” he prodded, according to a screen grab obtained by

An angry backlash quickly ensued, and Manson, 48, toned down the vile rhetoric Monday while defending his right to spew hate.

They never want to own the violent actions and racist remarks from their members.

Ex-Carson Council candidate talks anti-Obama Facebook rant |

Jules Manson, 48, posted the racially charged statement Sunday on his Facebook page. His post included the word, “assassinate,” referred to Obama using the N-word and referred to the president’s daughters as “monkey children.”

It’s a rant that Manson wishes he could take back.

“Basically, I mustered the most hateful and vile words I could think of to express my hurt and contempt for the president. However, I went too far. That’s all that was. It was harmless. I’m not the least bit racist at all,” Manson told Eyewitness News.

Manson has since apologized for the statement, but the damage was done. The Secret Service got wind of it and is now conducting an investigation to determine if Manson is a genuine threat to the first family.

“I consented to the search of my home, my vehicle and my person as well. Now, they’re questioning my family,” Manson said.

Manson considers himself a Libertarian and was angered by language in the Defense Authorization Act that he and others say could deny Americans their civil rights.

Manson insist he is not a racist…cough…cough…

Then you have this bit of New Jersey Tea Party conspiracy theory run amok Tea Party raises fear of UN at Ocean County freeholder meeting | The Asbury Park Press NJ |

Conspiracy fears over a United Nations plot to establish a one-world government in which property rights can be voided, brought a dozen Tea Party activists to Wednesday’s meeting of the Ocean County Board of Freeholders.

Specifically, Ocean County Tea Party members voiced concern with Gov. Chris Christie’s strategic plan for targeting growth in New Jersey and the county’s update of its own master development plan.

“I’m not attacking the need for planning and I’m not attacking the need for good environmental stewardship,” said David Sharp, 75, of Waretown. “What I am concerned about … a thing called Agenda 21 that has crept into the policy making of many government agencies.”

According to literature from the John Birch Society, Agenda 21 would mandate national service, control the size of families, reduce the amount of goods and services individuals can purchase and use, and virtually eliminate private ownership.

“Under the U.N. plan, the role of the government is to control the individual for a greater good in a global community,” Sharp said. “Quote, ‘Rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.’ That scares me and I see that happening in our country.”

And lastly:

In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback puts tea party tenets into action with sharp cuts – The Washington Post

If you want to know what a Tea Party America might look like, there is no place like Kansas.

In the past year, three state agencies have been abolished and 2,050 jobs have been cut. Funding for schools, social services and the arts have been slashed. The new Republican governor rejected a $31.5 million federal grant for a new health-insurance exchange because he opposes Obama’s health care law. And that’s just the small stuff.

A new “Office of the Repealer” has been created to reduce the number of laws and regulations, and the Repealer is canvassing the state for more cut suggestions.

In the upcoming legislative session, Gov. Sam Brownback (R) plans to roll out proposals to change the way schools are funded, taxes are levied and state pensions are administered.

A year after voters vaulted hundreds of tea party candidates to power in Washington and in state capitals, the movement’s goals are being pursued aggressively in states such as Wisconsin, Ohio and Texas.

It is enough to give one the tea party willies…

“It’s a revolution in a cornfield,” said Arthur Laffer, the 71-year-old architect of supply-side economic theory and former economic adviser for President Ronald Reagan who is now working with the governor. “Brownback and his whole group there, it’s an amazing thing they’re doing. Truly revolutionary.”

Brownback, 55, declined to be interviewed for this article but has said he wants to turn his small farming state into a national showcase for the virtues of limited government.

“The states are to be the laboratory for democracy,” he said recently at a dinner at the Kansas Policy Institute, a think tank in Wichita. “Why not here and why not us and why not now?”

Talk of the tea party fading is a bit optimistic, the people behind the movement are still there and it doesn’t look like they are going anywhere any time soon.

14 Comments on “Late Evening News Reads: Cup of Tea?”

  1. HT says:

    Who exactly is behind the “Tea party”? Who is providing the funding? grassroots my arse. Someone with big bucks is in the background. As usual great roundup, although it does leave one with a need to gargle and brush. .

    • Woman Voter says:

      Originally there seemed to be genuine people ticked off, but some org connected to the Koch brothers is behind the funding.

      Although I saw some saying that Glen Greenwald was paid by the Koch brothers because he writes about Civil Liberties and was critical of NDAA.

      I didn’t hear about the man from Carson at all until I saw that here, not even on the news. The man sounds a bit unstable, and very wrong in making the statements the Obamas. At any rate they say the NDAA will be signed into law, with a statement from Obama.

      • dakinikat says:

        Dick Armey is involved too. Also, Grover Norquist. All that implies some ones with deep pockets. Definitely Kochs but probably more.

      • Woman Voter says:

        Are they connected to the war neocons? I noticed Bernie Sanders mentioned the same allocation was made, even though the ‘war’ in Iraq is over…so where is the money going? Iran?

      • dakinikat says:

        Dick Armey has been in the past. I’m not sure about Norquist. I think taxes are the only thing he cares about.

      • Woman Voter says:

        Interesting thing about Norquistt is that he seems to be the ‘God Father’ of these anti-tax oaths that seem to go directly against the oath of office of these Norquit Oathers!?! He was on the talk shows this morning making faces over the payroll tax issue.

        Funny, but by over focusing on the payroll tax issue, everyone forgets that the rich still have a Free Card…to continue as they were. Shameful, as in my opinion this in the long term will only work against the working people and bolster the cat food commission’s gut and cut scheme.

  2. Pat Johnson says:

    I have to say that so many of these Southern Tea Partiers sound an awful lot like “plantation owners” . Their hatred and bigotry has actually never left them and they are still fighting the Civil War.

    Much of their bigotry begins with a black man holding the office of POTUS and the rest of the crap just follows.

    The Civil War happened over 150 years ago but for them the “fight goes on”.


    • dakinikat says:

      I can’t believe the bigotry that’s come out of the woodwork the last few years. The Islamophobia crap is unbelievable. Half the people that spout it don’t even know what Shariah law is … they just assume all this anti woman nonsense isn’t like those jim crow laws that the supreme court says were american years ago. It’s specific countries that do that crap. Not the entire religious group. It’s like thinking all christians are like pat robertson or jerry farwell. Now, we’ve got this secret Muslim Kenyan crap playing itself out so that you can’t really discuss anything substantive about Obama’s policies without being in league with these nuts! Some folks just hate Obama to the point of derangement and there’s no making sense of it. The Tea Party is basically the John Birch Society in costume, it seems.

      • ralphb says:

        The John Birch Society in three cornered hats. I like it and that’s just about right.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        That one article from NJ mentions the John Birch Society and Agenda 21, but does not give any background on the group…it all stinks, and with the big money donors behind it, the Tea Party has the funds and means to keep pushing its agenda.

        On another note, about racism and people like Ron Paul: Ron Paul Newsletter | 1995 C-SPAN Video | Mediaite

        Political video wiz kid Andrew Kaczynksi has dug up archival video of Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul in 1995, discussing his controversial newsletters at length in a C-SPAN interview, despite his assertion yesterday to Gloria Borger that, “I never read that stuff. I was probably aware of it ten years after it was written.”

        Paul appears to be knowledgeable of the contents of the newsletters as seen below:

        So, I was always very active in both politics and my profession. When I came back, I resumed my medical practice, and I’ve been doing that ever since, but I’ve also stayed active in education. Long term, I don’t think political action is worth very much if you don’t have education, and so I’ve continued with my economic education foundation, Free Foundation, which I started in 1976. So that’s been very active. Actually, in the last several years, we’ve been doing some video work, in an educational manner. We did 14 different 30-minute programs on video.
        But along with that, I also put out a political type of business investment newsletter that sort of covered all these areas. And it covered a lot about what was going on in Washington, and financial events, and especially some of the monetary events. Since I had been especially interested in monetary policy, had been on the banking committee, and still very interested in, in that subject, that this newsletter dealt with it. This had to do with the value of the dollar, the pros and cons of the gold standard, and of course the disadvantages of all the high taxes and spending that our government seems to continue to do.

        Video at the link

  3. HT says:

    Pat, your comment hits the button. I cannot understand all this racist garbage, and it appears that it is alive and flourishing today. Bollocks. Funny how in 2008 you were called racist when one didn’t support an empty suit who happened to be bi-racial – 50Percent white, 50% black. Ridiculous and what those claims and taunts unleashed have come to pass. Today the real racists feel secure in coming out of the closet.

    Minx – make my tea Earl Grey please – with cream. Thanks.

  4. Woman Voter says:

    I don’t do FaceBook, and lest we forget the hit pages on Hillary were still up (with hundreds of members in agreement) and no one ever said a word about them in the press and FaceBook let them stand.

    It isn’t right to threaten to harm anyone, especially children.

  5. dakinikat says:

    Arthur Laffer is running his own consulting firm because no one in the field wants anything to do with him or his bogus research.

  6. ralphb says:

    As long as the Kochs and their confederates have tons of money, the tea party will be around. The only choice is to marginalize them or have them marginalize themselves, like the House group is doing now over the payroll tax cut.