Saturday, November 14, 2009

Don't Want to Watch UVA Football Go Up in Flames Today? How About Watching Rep. Tom Perriello Instead?

EDIT: A commenter notes that the organizers have canceled the planned burning of the Pelosi and Periello effigies because of "liberal blogs". Said one of the organizers, "I’m disappointed that the story got out of hand and people misinterpreted something we thought would be a little historical lesson. They made people believe that we were committing an act of violence."

We can't make this stuff up:
In a move sure to spark controversy, the Danville TEA Party will close their "Fired Up for Freedom" rally by burning Rep. Tom Perriello and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in effigy in response to the passage of landmark healthcare legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The event is being held Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in Blairs, VA at the corner of U.S. 29 and E. Witt Rd. and is open to the public.
That'll learn 'em to socialize health care!

Also, the first line of the article is priceless: "spark controversy". Ha ha.

Next time: Tea party effigy burner lights self on fire, needs government assistance to help pay medical bills.

Related:
Danville Tea Party to Burn Representative Tom Periello in Effigy [Star-Tribune]

53 comments:

J. Crew Model said...

This is ARE country!

Anonymous said...

Will they also be tea-bagging each other? In protest?

Anonymous said...

I do not necessarily agree with the health care bill, but I have liked Perriello in congress thus far. The guy seems to be pretty in touch with the district (as far as being visible, attending community meetings, etc), he's willing to back up what he says and does, and his name seems to constantly pop up about getting one thing or another accomplished. Makes me sad I won't be able to vote for him in 2010...and that he probably won't be re-elected.

Anonymous said...

2:26, tell me about tea-bagging

Anonymous said...

Your a great blogger, but you generally have shitty headlines. This is an exceptional one.

Rule 12 (f) said...

"Your a great blogger, but you generally have shitty headlines. This is an exceptional one."

OK, thanks...

Exceptional /ɪkˈsɛpʃənl/ [ik-sep-shuh-nl] (adj): unusually excellent; superior: an exceptional violinist.

Anonymous said...

To the person repping Bob McDonnell in the comments of a previous post: please feel free to defend teabaggers and their little fire show starting in 45 minutes. tyia.

Remember, remember the 5th of November said...

Disclaimers:
(1) I am not a tea partier; (2) I voted against Bush, McCain (read Palin), and Virgil Goode; (3) I do not think effigy burning is an effective public-relations strategy for opponents of the health care bill.

Observations:
Why is this news? Ever heard of Guy Fawkes Day? Effigy burning is a 400-year-old political tradition used, for better or worse, by ideologues of all stripes.

I don't recall this blog's mocking
coverage of the almost constant George Bush effigy burnings at protests nation- and world-wide. Why not? Because it's inconsequential. Protesters burn effigies. They also write extremist slogans on poster board. It's the name of the game, and it says next to nothing about the merits of either side's broader arguments.

Anonymous said...

The problem, 5:26, is that this sort of extremism is being mainstreamed by conservatives and republicans and corporate interests. They started calling for violent revolution within weeks of Obama's election. They love to talk about how the current admin and congress is allegedly shredding the Constitution (by, like, legislating and stuff) after ignoring all the real crimes of the past 8 years.

justincredible said...

J. Crew Model is such a douche. Why is he still being allowed to comment?

J. Crew Model said...

Straight cash homey.

Anonymous said...

This is unacceptable! Look how civil the Left was to Bush for those 8 years! The Right should just return the favor. Oh wait... they are!

Anonymous said...

False equivalencies @ 5:26 + 8:40. "Civility" huh? No, they don't have to be nice. It's not about civility; it's the whole constantly calling for violent revolution because you lost an election thing.

Ask the Secret Service if they buy your bullshit false equivalencies about the loons on both sides (400x as many death threats on Obama).

Remember how right-wingers would always throw the word "sedition" around after ARE COUNTRY got attacked? As in: "the seditious NYT" or "the seditious WashPost" (for publicizing government secrets re: torture, illegal wiretapping, "disappearances," etc., etc.). Now, I don't much care for accusations of sedition, but the term fits these teabaggers a lot better than it does the people who you wingnuts applied it to.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:50: "it's the whole constantly calling for violent revolution because you lost an election thing."

I must have missed where *these* demonstrators are doing that. Burning an effigy does not equal calling for violent revolution.

The real false equivalency is saying that engaging in an over-the-top (and probably ill-advised) protest is the same thing as advocating "violent revolution." It wasn't violent revolution when the anti-war protesters did it to Bush, and it's not violent revolution now.

I'm sure a few people somewhere are calling for just that--as there always have been and always will be--but attributing this sentiment to run-of-the-mill Republican malcontents does about as much for serious debate as calling the president "Osamabama."

Anonymous said...

Thanks for showing up McDonnell teabagger.

When the left went over the edge with Bush, it was over real moral issues like "torture of random dudes in violation(s) of the US Constitution" and the "unilateral invasion of random countries without a plan or good reason." When the right wants to protest, they're doing it because of the politics of *ME*: "I deserve health care that's better than poor people's because they're poor." Fuck you.

Congratulations 8:40, you're a small-hearted anti-intellectual douchebag. The politics of fear-mongering and hate don't work when you try discussing them to people with brains.

I listened to Rush Limbaugh *BRAG* about how he only attended one year of college the other day. Who needs education when you can believe your own bigoted thoughts?

In sum, conservatism is morally bankrupt and conservatives should STFU while Obama attempts to fix the Bush White House disaster.

Anonymous said...

3:57, Seriously nothing better to do at 4am? Here's some advice, stop being such a leftist d-bag and get some sleep.

Anonymous said...

3:57 -

"When the left went over the edge with Bush, it was over real moral issues like "torture of random dudes in violation(s) of the US Constitution" and the "unilateral invasion of random countries without a plan or good reason." When the right wants to protest, they're doing it because of the politics of *ME*: "I deserve health care that's better than poor people's because they're poor." Fuck you."

You have no idea how stupid you sound.

Anonymous said...

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&rlz=1C1GGLS_enUS327US327&q=burn%20effigy%20bush&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi

Anonymous said...

"In sum, conservatism is morally bankrupt and conservatives should STFU while Obama attempts to fix the Bush White House disaster."

3:57 = Rahm & the White House press office???

Anonymous said...

4:50 - TITCR.

Anonymous said...

It's not too hard to understand the distinction being made here. When "the Left," generally defined, protested Bush policies, it was morally and intellectually justified because Republicans are evil and stupid, and progressivism and pacifism are sacrosanct political positions. Also, it was thoroughly a grassroots efforts, not taking one cent from "corporate interests." Nowadays, the protests emanate from white idiotic rednecks who, unlike their Leftist predecessors during the Bush years, are devoid of selflessness and merely hate their money going to poor people and minorities. Also, they don't represent genuine elements of our society but are merely fronts for the multinational corporations that run our political system. QED.

P.S. When this blog ventures into politics of any kind (cf. the brilliantly-argued endorsement of the hapless Creigh Deeds), it betrays the authors -- as well as the anonymous commenters who defend them -- as quite naive and ignorant. Stick with what you do best.

Anonymous said...

you're using cf. wrong. and you're a teabagger.

Anonymous said...

To the aggrieved, oppressed conservative @ 7:34:

Tens of millions of people around the world - I repeat: tens of millions - protested the war in Iraq, which has killed scores of people, cost TRILLIONS in taxpayer money, and has been a terrible thing for everybody but oil companies and weapons contractors and other corporate mercenaries.

A very small minority of the HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of protestors did this kind of over-the-top shit. Thousands of "white" "idiotic" "rednecks", as you call them, have protested health insurance reform, and a much larger proportion of them do this kind of shit.

Anonymous said...

Some of the commenters on this site appear to forget that the bombs released from Predator drones do not kill individuals in South Waziristan in any more hopeful or progressive fashion under President Obama than they did under his predecessor.

Samuel "Teabag" Adams said...

@ 8:11
Did you pull those "proportionality" statistics out of thin air or is that what the literati at HuffPo told you?

The reason it might appear to you that a disproportionate number of Obama opponents are using these tactics is because they are much more publicized (by this blog and elsewhere) than similar leftist antics.

BTW: Keep up the "tea-bag" theme for dismissing everyone who disagrees with you; it's very effective at demonstrating your superiority over all those name-calling, unthinking talk-radio junkies.

Brendan said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...

3:57 -- you and your leftist "intellectuals" have lost -- forever. You should have realized that back in 1981. Just deal with it. But it's adorable how you keep acting like you're relevant.

Granted, the american public will occasionally have a little temper tantrum and elect a SEEMINGLY left-leaning guy like Obama, and there might even be some minor, temporary increases in the tax code and a little income redistribution once and awhile.
BUT when it's all said and done AMERICA IS AND FOREVER WILL BE A RIGHT-OF-CENTER COUNTRY.

So enjoy the next 4 (or maybe even 8) years. Enjoy your little minor, superficial health care "reform"; your little greenhouse gas law that reduces pollution by, like, 2% over the next 50 years; and your little reduction of about 100 troops in Iraq/Afghanistan. But the country will remain fundamentally conservative, and people like me (and my fellow "non intellectuals") will be making obscene amounts of money and keeping most of it offshore or via tax shelters (despite the "progressive tax system), all the while enjoying superior healthcare. Meanwhile, "intellectual progressives" like you will be sitting in coffee shops somewhere with vintage "Hope" t-shorts bragging about how you "taught those conservatives a lesson back in '08!"

Anonymous said...

Hey 12:03, you might want to wait a while before stashing your $$$ in those off-shore accounts, dirtbag.

The IRS and DOJ aren't what they used to be under the criminal Bush administration. Financial crimes are actually being prosecuted, not abetted, these days.

Anonymous said...

Is the tea-bagging meme really that funny? I thought it was sort of funny at first to go from 'Tea Parties' to 'Tea Baggers', but it's not particularly clever, and certainly isn't a substitute for an argument.

In history class, when you studied the Boston Tea Party, did you liberals giggle and snicker in the back of class?

Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...

9:10-

Yeah, the DOJ is really scaring me. They totally botched the one prosecution they've had since the fncl crisis (see the Bear Sterns/ Cioffi case last week). Again, my fellow "anti-intellectuals" and i will simply hire firms like w&c to stomp all over your "formidable" doj and irs GWU grads. Or, more likely, I'll pay a small fine so the govt stops bothering me.

Anonymous said...

Dear Teabaggers,

Why do you prefer teabagging to Egyptian sunglasses? tyia.

Anonymous said...

If you get on the DOJ's radar screen, you lose. Unless you think w+c does pro bono insider trading cases.

Anonymous said...

2:00pm Is it really that open-and-shut? I would never do anything clearly illegal, but I will certainly hire the best tax lawyers and accts in the country to push the boundaries of the law, which is totally legit.

My point was that the previous poster shouldn't be so cocky about the current administration and the supposed shift to the Left. The country is fundamentally conservative.

Anonymous said...

@ 7:34 - LOL at the rancid pool of cultural resentments you swim in

Anonymous said...

I'd like to hear what Perriello thinks about this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1MNhWmjvSM&feature=related

Anonymous said...

uvalawblog - changing the world!

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/11/16/805102/-Blogs-Cause-Teabaggers-to-Cancel-Rally-Burning-Nancy-Pelosi-and-Tom-Perriello-in-Effigy

Anonymous said...

URBAN DICTIONARY: "TEABAGGER"
teabagger 4267 up, 2574 down

A whining fool shouting loudly for liberty but not willing to pay the bill.

"After most American workers saw more money in their paycheck due to the lower tax rate, the teabaggers at Fox News railed against high taxes, but did not discuss how much Jesus hated hypocrisy."

A conservative republican who protests against income taxes by rubbing their nutsacks in each other's faces.

"Senator David Vitter is a teabagger who wants to cut government programs during a recession."

Anonymous said...

Why do TEABAGGERS hate AMERICA so much?

Anonymous said...

"Tea parties" are so hokie. As opposed to the oh-so-sophisticated, substantive, and cool-sounding rallies for "hope" and "we are the ones that we've been waiting for."

Anonymous said...

"After most American workers saw more money in their paycheck due to the lower tax rate, the teabaggers at Fox News railed against high taxes, but did not discuss how much Jesus hated hypocrisy."

What brilliance! After taxes were lowered in 2001, it is hypocritical to EVER complain about high taxes again! Praise the State!

Anonymous said...

Dude, you're getting offended by the example sentence on Urban Dictionary? Wow.....

Don't Tread On Me said...

@11:11

"A whining fool shouting loudly for liberty but not willing to pay the bill."

Whoever wrote this has no idea what the word "liberty" means, has no knowledge of this country's founding, or is purposely trying to redefine both around a concept of liberty as something you have to "pay for" rather than something that the government does not give you and has no right to take away.

If you don't like it, that's your right, but at least keep the terminology straight.

Anonymous said...

Rupert is not impressed with your teabag trolling:

http://www.dailypuppy.com/puppies/rupert-the-german-shepherd-mix_2009-11-17

Anonymous said...

Still URBAN DICTIONARY.....

Anonymous said...

@11:53

So the government doesn't pay for the military that, at least in theory, protects our liberty from outside invaders? Could the conservatards trolling on this message board at least get their twisted facts and wacky ideologies straight?

Anonymous said...

"Why do TEABAGGERS hate AMERICA so much?"

THEY HATE US FOR THE SAME REASONS THE TURRISTS HATE US, THEY HATE US BECAUSE WE ARE FREE, THEY HATE FREEDOM

Anonymous said...

http://www.wset.com/news/stories/1109/678786.html

Anonymous said...

hey 11:53, are you the person who's the subject of this recent article?

Area Man Passionate Defender Of What He Imagines Constitution To Be

Spurred by an administration he believes to be guilty of numerous transgressions, self-described American patriot Kyle Mortensen, 47, is a vehement defender of ideas he seems to think are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and principles that brave men have fought and died for solely in his head.

"Our very way of life is under siege," said Mortensen, whose understanding of the Constitution derives not from a close reading of the document but from talk-show pundits, books by television personalities, and the limitless expanse of his own colorful imagination.

Mortensen said his admiration for the loose assemblage of vague half-notions he calls the Constitution has only grown over time. He believes that each detail he has pulled from thin air—from prohibitions on sodomy and flag-burning, to mandatory crackdowns on immigrants, to the right of citizens not to have their hard-earned income confiscated in the form of taxes—has contributed to making it the best framework for governance "since the Ten Commandments."

"And let's not forget that when the Constitution was ratified it brought freedom to every single American," Mortensen said.

Mortensen's passion for safeguarding the elaborate fantasy world in which his conception of the Constitution resides is greatly respected by his likeminded friends and relatives, many of whom have been known to repeat his unfounded assertions verbatim when angered.

Mortensen told reporters that he'll fight until the bitter end for what he roughly supposes the Constitution to be. He acknowledged, however, that it might already be too late to win the battle.

"The freedoms our Founding Fathers spilled their blood for are vanishing before our eyes," Mortensen said. "In under a year, a fascist, socialist regime has turned a proud democracy into a totalitarian state that will soon control every facet of American life."

"Don't just take my word for it," Mortensen added. "Try reading a newspaper or watching the news sometime

Anonymous said...

Just a thought - I think this blog would be a lot more credible (and interesting) if you saved the politicking for someone else. Liberal propaganda in a blog? Who'd have thought?

Anonymous said...

@ 9:20 - just a thought: STFU

Anonymous said...

The information here is great. I will invite my friends here.

Thanks