Get Busy Livin’ or Get Busy Calling the Tea Party Racist: Morgan Freeman Doesn’t Heed His Own Advice

Morgan Freeman: “They’re going to do everything they can to get this black man outta here.”

Has Freeman noticed that one of the people in the GOP mix who is among the Tea Party favorites is a black man?

Here’s the kicker: Not all that long ago, Mike Wallace interviewed Freeman and asked him what would be the best first step to eliminate racism in the country. Freeman’s answer: “Stop talking about it,” and stop obsessing about color:

I’d have respect for any Hollywood lib who would simply man-up and admit that their favorite president has been an abject failure, an economic disaster, and accept that the rainbows, gumdrops and unicorns America was promised was a fraud. But instead, somehow Obama’s shortcomings are due to a racist “Tea Party” that was completely powerless for the first two years of his presidency.

News flash for Freeman: In every presidential election, the opposing party is trying to “do everything they can to get that other guy outta there.” Even the white ones.

Freeman might also want to have a chat with many former Obama supporters who are white, but who have somehow, by Freeman’s definition, suffered Sudden Racism Syndrome.

How Much More ‘New Tone’ Can We Handle?

I had to laugh when I heard one of the morning news show talking heads wondering aloud if President Obama would denounce what Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa Jr. said yesterday. Sure, and maybe Michael Moore will speak out against Twinkies today.

The guy who instructed his allies to “get in their face” is going to tell his minions to dial it down? Nevah!

Obama had a chance to highlight his disagreement with Hoffa’s violation of the “new tone” as soon as Hoffa finished speaking, but that of course didn’t happen:

When he took the stage, President Obama said he was “proud” of Jimmy Hoffa and other labor leaders.

Prior to Obama’s appearance Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa told the crowd, speaking about Republicans, that we need to “take these son of bitches out.”

On the same day, Sheriff Joe Biden added “barbarians” to the repertoire of left-wing “new tone” in reference to the right:

That’s the guy we’re expected to believe didn’t embrace a fellow Dem’s use of the term “Tea Party terrorists”?

Something to remember though — this is the union leadership we’re talking about. Among the rank-and-file membership, “your mileage may vary” as far as Obama support goes (full disclosure: I sleep with a Teamster). Here’s some polling data that can’t thrill the White House: A greater percentage of union households disapprove of Obama than approve.

If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t miss Michelle M’s top ten union thug moments of the year.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled MSM diatribe about how dangerous the Tea Party’s rhetoric has become.

Update: Sarah Palin has a very good response to Hoffa’s comments and how the Hoffa and Obama visions for America actually screw the working class.

Mad Maxine: The Tea Party Can Go Straight to Hell

While it’s nice of Maxine Waters to give Tea Partiers permission to go straight to the place she’s helped drag California’s (not to mention America’s) economy, it’s clear that we can kiss that “new tone” thing goodbye:

On Saturday in Inglewood, Calif., Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters had some harsh words for the tea party.

“I’m not afraid of anybody,” the California congresswoman told constituents in footage that appeared on ABC affiliate KABC in Los Angeles, not backing down from comments made about President Obama earlier in the week. “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned — the tea party can go straight to hell.”

When the architects of failure and dependence are this frustrated you know conservatives are doing something right:


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Pop quiz: Who said this just a few months ago?

“What we can do is act passionately without being poisonous, you know, stand up for our beliefs and our convictions without tearing each other down.”

Tea Party Jihad — Plus, Biden Hugs a Terrorist!

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Man, we really need an updated Schoolhouse Rock, because the old “how a bill becomes a law” one doesn’t include anything about terrorists, hostages or jihad — and that’s apparently part of the process now.

One of the latest examples can be found in an op-ed in (and I know this will surprise you)… the New York Times entitled “The Tea Party’s War on America”:

You know what they say: Never negotiate with terrorists. It only encourages them.

These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people. Their intransigent demands for deep spending cuts, coupled with their almost gleeful willingness to destroy one of America’s most invaluable assets, its full faith and credit, were incredibly irresponsible. But they didn’t care. Their goal, they believed, was worth blowing up the country for, if that’s what it took.

Part of why I find this kind of “the Tea Party held the political system hostage” talk ironic is that it’s often accompanied by wishes that President Obama would have invoked the 14th Amendment and unilaterally raised the debt ceiling, as was the case in the above diatribe (really, once you’ve gone the “suicide bomber” route to describe political opponents with budget disagreements you haven’t left yourself much wiggle room for future demagoguery). All I know is that if George W. Bush would have invoked the 14th and skirted Congress in order to raise the debt ceiling, the left would be accusing him of… you guessed it: Holding the country hostage.

One more claim:

America’s real crisis is not a debt crisis. It’s an unemployment crisis. Yet this agreement not only doesn’t address unemployment, it’s guaranteed to make it worse.

No it isn’t. But don’t take my word for it:

Remember this comment from this morning, and cite it, and repeat it, the next time you hear some Democrat argue that the debt ceiling deal somehow hurt the economy:

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: So this won’t cost us jobs?

TIM GEITHNER: No, it will not.

Hey, maybe Turbo Tim is really a hobbit wearing a suicide vest — a secret plant of the right wing jihadist Tea Party.

And guess what else happened yesterday? Joe Biden hugged a terrorist. Yep, he really did:

“Here I’m hugging Gabby and Michele Bachmann,” Biden recounted to reporters last night. “Seriously! I’m being literal!”

“You hugged Michele Bachmann?” asked a skeptical reporter.

“Sure!” Biden responded. “I like Michele Bachmann. For real.”

What did he say to her? “I said, ‘Great to see you, Michele.’”

Bachmann “cares about” Giffords, Biden added. “I mean, look. The thing that sometimes gets lost in this place — maybe I spent too much time here as a senator — there is a basic humanity here, man. It matters between people. I know that sounds corny.”

I do agree with Biden that he spent too much time there as a Senator, by the way.

Tea Party Goes from Hobbits to Terrorists in Just One Day

Yesterday Tea Partiers in Congress were Hobbits, and today they’ve moved down a notch to terrorists.

I just read an op-ed at Politico that is so over the top that I was convinced it had to be one of those pieces that uses absurdity to point out the absurd, so I kept reading and reading to get to the part that lifted the lid and exposed the satire. That part never came.

The highlights:

It has become commonplace to call the tea party faction in the House “hostage takers.” But they have now become full-blown terrorists.

They have joined the villains of American history who have been sufficiently craven to inflict massive harm on innocent victims to achieve their political goals. A strong America has always stood firm in the face of terrorism.
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As we stumble closer to Aug. 2, it has become clear that many in the tea party are willing to inflict massive harm on the American people to obtain their political objective of a severely shrunken federal government. Their persistence in rejecting compromise, even as the economic effects of the phony crisis they have created mount, has taken their radicalism beyond tough negotiating, beyond even hostage-taking.
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Terrorism is a tough term, but, unfortunately, it describes tea party tactics precisely. Their first step was to vow not to vote to raise the debt ceiling.
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Rather than reject the unthinkable, the tea party harnessed this potential harm as its weapon of mass destruction.
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The challenge for America is to stand firm in the face of terrorism, no matter the source.

Tea party members must reassess their distorted vision of patriotism and join true patriots in Congress in raising the debt ceiling promptly until 2013

It’s called the “political process” Sparky, get used to it. Boy, the left loves rabble-rousing holdouts when it comes to laying on the tracks to stop conservative legislation, but when the roles are reversed, suddenly the stubborn ones are worse than Al Qaeda.

The entire article is a caricature of itself — almost Onion-worthy.

But it all made sense when I read the bio of the author:

William Yeomans, an American University law professor, served as Sen. Ted Kennedy’s chief counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee and as a Justice Department official.

And if anybody is fit to judge the morals and ethics of others, it’s somebody who worked for Ted Kennedy.

John McCain References Tea Party ‘Hobbits’

Do you think John McCain actually wonders why he lost in 2008 or does he still really not get it?

McCain has taken to the Senate floor to accuse Conservatives of “deceiving” Americans in their insistence upon pushing to attach a balanced budget amendment to any increase in the debt ceiling. This, according to McCain, is deceptive because there is simply no way such a bill could survive in Congress. Nancy Pelosi’s over there telling seniors that the Boehner plan might kill them and it’s the GOP freshmen who are being deceptive?

Here’s McCain reading, and agreeing with, a Wall Street Journal editorial that references “Tea Party Hobbits”:

McCain also led a RINO charge against Tea Party freshmen in Congress for insisting on a BBA, saying they just don’t know how things work because they’ve “only been here a few months.” The problem isn’t freshmen Tea Party members of Congress — the problem has been caused by people who have been in Congress for 25-plus years. John McCain should go look in the mirror if he wants to see one of the reasons this debate is necessary today.

What’s baffling is that McCain supports the Boehner bill, which Harry Reid has said is dead in the Senate. Reid has 53 “no” votes lined up. How come Tea Party freshman are dumb for not supporting the Boehner bill that won’t pass and yet McCain is insightful and experienced for supporting the same bill… that won’t pass? Notice at no point does McCain talk about what he believes is right for the country, only what he thinks they can manage to ram through the process. This is also part of the reason we’re in a hole. All politics, little principle.

Meanwhile, Sarah Palin — one of the “hobbits” who McCain somehow still thought worthy of sharing the ticket with him — has a reminder for Tea Party freshmen: For Such a Time as This

The GOP “hobbits” who are holding out are reportedly being taken to the woodshed because the House Repubs don’t yet have enough votes.

Update: Heh: John McCain as Gollum.

(h/t The Blaze)

Former Palin Aide Writes Tell-All Book — Is There An AP Fact Checker in the House? ::crickets::

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Oh boy… Chris Matthews is going to be harder than Chinese arithmetic when he interviews this guy every night for the next month.

From the Associated Press:

JUNEAU, Alaska – A former member of Sarah Palin’s inner circle has written a scathing tell-all, saying Palin was ready to quit as governor months before she actually resigned and was eager to leave office when more lucrative opportunities came around.

“In 2009 I had the sense if she made it to the White House and I had stayed silent, I could never forgive myself,” Frank Bailey told The Associated Press.

Do you think the AP will have 11 “fact checkers” combing through this book?

Brace for hard-hitting revelations like this:

The book describes cameras rolling as Palin strode through the door at an Anchorage hotel “over and over and over,” for an RGA ad.”

Hey, if staging is good enough for Obama it should be good enough for Palin.

Another of Bailey’s revelations: Palin hates meetings. If he’s trying to make me like her even more, he just did.

As Levi Johnston can attest to Bailey, if the book thing doesn’t work out, there’s always Playgirl Magazine.

What I continue to find sorry is the depiction of Palin leaving office for private life as somehow a greedy move. As if it’s more noble and selfless to be addicted to power, refuse to give it up, and occupy your entire life — decades upon decades in some cases — giving away money that isn’t yours while taking credit for the philanthropy and enjoying endless perks on the taxpayers’ dime. Give me Palin’s form of greed any day.

‘Tea Party Godfather’? Is the AP Serious?

Question of the day: What’s the AP been smoking?

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The beauty of the Tea Party is that it’s truly a relatively leader-less movement, but I guess if you had to give it a “Godfather” it might be Rick Santelli. If there’s a Tea Party favorite among possible presidential candidates, Sarah Palin, Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann would be on the list way ahead of Ron Paul.

Is it just a coincidence that Ron Paul recently said the raid to kill Osama bin Laden was “absolutely not necessary” and now they’re trying to make him into a Tea Party leader?

Update: Another possible motive for the MSM to try to pawn off Paul as a Tea Partier is here.

(h/t HAP)

Wisconsin Tea Party: Union Reception Committee in Action

In Wisconsin on Saturday, the state unions reception committee was out in full force.

Here’s a union greeter welcoming Sarah Palin to Madison — chivalry is not dead:

This one’s even better. A 14 year old girl was on stage speaking at a Tea Party rally while an obviously really tough guy politely reminded her that she should have been home studying instead of out on the town on a Saturday:

Shouting obscenities at a 14 year old girl — he’ll be bragging about that one around the union hall water cooler for the next few weeks.

In regards to the first video, Dan Riehl uses enhanced audio to explore the rumor that the yelling man is none other than Charles Johnson from Little Green Footballs.

Update: More respectful behavior: Booing during the National Anthem.

Come on, Tea Party — if you want to get the lefties on board and gladly singing along, play this one instead:

(h/t Gateway Pundit)

The Media is Not, Repeat Not, Biased Against ‘Tea Party Radicals’

Yesterday there were many Tea Party rallies around the country — you know, those things where large groups of people exercise their First Amendment rights, express their desire for government to become more responsible and not saddle current and future generations with insurmountable debt and taxation — not to mention leave the area of their rallies as clean as they found it. In other words, radicals!

Here’s the actual caption of one AFP photo and video link from a Boston rally that appears on Yahoo News:

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They’re not even trying to hide their bias anymore, are they? Can you imagine any media outlet showing a photo of left-wing protesters taking over a state Capitol, trashing public property and captioning them as “union radicals”?

Incidentally, AFP standards, 48 percent of the country is “radical.”

(h/t Newsbusters and Powerline)