Crazy Intent

So much for Objective Journalism. Don’t bother to look for it here—not under any byline of mine; or anyone else I can think of. With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.

Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and loathing on the campaign trail ’72


Viddy of the day:  Cenk Uygur and Dylan Ratigan talking tea party politics on the Dylan Ratigan show.


I’m a bit confused by all the tea party business. 

Not what they’re after, that bit is pretty easy.  They want power, just like every other political organization.  They can spout on about freedom and fear and all the other crap they spout on about, but it is, in the end, a power grab for the conservatives away from the liberals who wrested control from them in congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008.

Not their plan, that part is perhaps the simplest to explain.  Wanting power they paint those in power in the garb of “enemy” of all that they deem good, make up their own facts, lie about what bad people the opposition are, and exploit the propaganda for political gain.  Nothing that hasn’t been done before by countless political functionaries across the left-right spectrum.  If you think they don’t lie, they do.  Just like everyone else.  Nothing wrong with it….unless you get caught.  And even then most times it is ethical stuff, not actual legal stuff, so the only trouble is short term, and comes in the form of looking like an unethical twit (see mark Williams and his “colored” blogpost) and you get yer ass canned.

It’s the actual honest to J.R. “Bob” Dobbs, organization itself, how it’s organized. That bit is a hairy mess.  Looks like it from here anyway.


Monday links:

Tea party boots Mark Williams for racist satire in the wake of NAACP criticism

Senate likely to break deadlock on jobless benefits

What it will take to keep the well capped


Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

United Nations general Assembly


Lemme get this straight.  The national tea party federation booted out the tea party express for the whole Mark Williams “Colored” blogpost.  But the tea party express says that is silly because the tea party express is bigger than the National tea party federation.

Where do the tea party patriots stand here?  I thought they were the bigwigs here, or is it “Freedomworks”, or “Americans for prosperity”?  Tough to tell, except to say that they all walk the same road, hand in hand, each trying to lead, each unwilling to follow.

Where is the coherent structure? You might see it out there, America, but from where I sit, I can’t.And you can’t have a coherent political movement without a coherent political structure.  That is what  David Koch and Dick Armey were supposed to bring.

Nice to see that hasn’t really worked out too well for them.  Too many cooks are stirring the pot here, and it does a good thing for America, it keeps us safe from the crazy intent of the tea party.  The ineffective economic policies, the Anti-American social conservatism that stifles the good people of this nation, the racist elements of the movement coming to power, making life hell for those who look different than them.

And I get that it is not a majority of tea partiers who are like that.  But it is enough of them (or Mark Williams would not have felt empowered enough to write his racist scree, or any of the other public things he has said in past), and if that minority is loud enough, like Mr. Williams, it paints the entire party with that brush, fairly or not.


Busy on this end, odd for a Monday night, but tis cool.  Hanging on  Good music, nice people.  Come hang with das Rhino.  I’ll see you there America.  Guitar lessons and tab will be here soon, my promise. Thinking of making a separate page for music, we’ll see.  Catch y’all later!


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