Stop Your Sobbing

Can we bubble-wrap the Tea Party? To protect its members from harm, I mean? They are exceedingly tender little blossoms. First there was iPhone-Nacht, and then this incident over the weekend in California, advertised under this screaming headline at Beck’s Blog o’ Bizzare:

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Here’s the Tea Party “victim’s” description of the assault:

“He bum rushed across the street, came right at us, swung his bullhorn at me, hit me in the hand and then put his hand around my throat and started choking me,” Rodney Stanhope of Placerville said.

Video of that encounter from Beck’s site after the jump:

Beck’s site says:

The video doesn’t show the choking incident, but clearly shows the shoving. Because of it, Sacramento Police officers cited Andazola for battery.

The video not only “doesn’t show the choking incident,” it proves categorically that the Tea Partier making the charge, Rodney Stanhope of Placerville, is a bald-faced liar: The entire encounter is captured, from the Teamster’s approach until a cop rides his horse between the two men to separate them.

Yeah, the Teamster called the Tea Partier a fascist and shoved him hard—twice. And that was wrong. But there was no choking.

Hard-core conservatives used to fancy themselves tough guys and denigrate hippies as weak and girly. When did the conservative base become populated with such squealing little nancy-pants? I think there are two factors at play here:

1) The “Tea Party” moniker itself: Rather than inspiring adherents with the bravado of the Boston Harbor tea dumpers, the “Tea Party” evokes the mindset of preschool girls pretending to hold high teas with teddy bears and Raggedy Ann dolls.

2) Glenn Beck: He’s a wimpy, squishy crybaby whom the tough conservatives of old would have ground under the heels of their hobnail boots. His sobby, sniffly bedwetting ways are apparently contagious.

Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders have traveled forward in time from 1980 with a message for today’s conservatives:

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But whatever you do, you mustn’t try to tie the teabaggers to violence, just because teabaggers keep shooting people and crashing planes into buildings and building bombs and suchlike.

Also, curb stomp

Along with the new Laurel and Hardy, Althouse and Meade, spending days harrassing demonstrators who hung some materials on the backside of the Madison war memorial, Hoft and his weepy thugs have been humping a meme a day of this sort of stuff (no links because he’s had enough out of us recently, and why propagate more of their shrieking nonsense at the moment?).

In the latest, a Fox News reporter exclaims that he’s just been hit by a demonstrator—at the precise moment the camera cut away to some other shiny object.

It was only a matter of time before the RW started punching themselves in the face.

I’ve no idea what traction, if any, their constant choruses of “union thugs” are gaining in the MSM or among the public beyond their diminishing echo chambers, I can only go by the number of comments on Hoft’s posts—who’d have guessed that lefties allegedly dishing it out rather than being effete wusses wouldn’t play well with his thuggish gun-toting readership?

I made a comment on a Conservative website a couple of days ago that if you scratch a “B” into your face in 2012 to just make sure it’s not backwards.

@ YAFB—yep, Beck’s site is all aflame at the so-called attack on the so-called Fox reporter. Here’s a quote from the “reporter” at Beck’s site:

“There is hate in their eyes.

That’s the eerie description Fox News national reporter Mike Tobin gave of the Wisconsin protesters in Madison on Saturday night
. By Sunday afternoon that hate manifested itself in the form of an assault on Tobin, who was hit during a live broadcast from the Capitol amid chants of ‘Fox News lies!

“A teacher was giving me the business yesterday
,” Tobin explained before the attack, “and the teacher told me she hates me because it makes her feel good.

Yeah, I’m sure that teacher just hates Tobin for the personal joy it brings her. I think it’s wonderful that the demonstrators are calling the Fox people out (this isn’t the first time), and it’s clearly getting under the Fox people’s skin. Bonus!

Here’s a little non-scientific experiment. Try Googling the following (include the quotes):

“tea party” “justifiable anger”

If you like, add in:

“fox news”

Now try the same, substituting “union protesters” or whatever for “tea party”.

It must be inconceivable that people would get angry at Fox News using people without their express permission as living backdrops to the willful misrepresentation of their concerns.

And yes, this happens to a certain extent with other media outlets and the Tea Party, but they obviously get an altogether easier ride, and pretty effortless and ridiculously favorable publicity whenever they want it (maybe it’s because some of them pack heat).

Fox employees lying? Nah, that can’t be true!

Looks like Dave Weigel’s set to annoy the bulk of his commenters again.

Jeebus. Via a link in Weigel’s piece, I see Chuck DeVore, the CA politician who got blown out by Carly Fiorina for the honor of losing to Barbara Boxer, has a piece up at Breitbart’s BigBleat about the horrific assault depicted above. An excerpt:

I spoke to Stanhope, as he drove to the hospital for x-rays and treatment for the injuries sustained at the rally, and asked him what happened.

I’m honestly surprised Stanhope hasn’t yet accused the police horse of wrapping its fingers around his throat and trying to choke the life out of him. What an extra-dainty precious princess pixie-pants this Stanhope dude is.

“A teacher was giving me the business yesterday,” Tobin explained before the attack, “and the teacher told me she hates me because it makes her feel good.”

Unfortunately his crew was on a smoke break. Curse you unions! Curse YOUUUUUU!

Yow. Union guy definitely crossed a line. The Tea Partier actually does look like a delicate flower; he’ll likely have handprint bruises on his milk-white sternum tomorrow.

But there was obviously no other contact, verified on the TP’s own tape. Why on earth do people lie in the face of the Internet and cell-cams? I suppose because even direct visual evidence doesn’t matter any more. If anything, it strengthens the resolve of the lying party to force it on the opponent.

I suppose because even direct visual evidence doesn’t matter any more.

That’s it, Mrs. P., and we’ve reached a pretty pass when video evidence that directly contradicts the narrative is proudly offered as proof. I look forward to the next Tea Party victim’s account of being hacked to bits by a union thug or having all four of his kneecaps broken!*

*Just to clarify, I look forward to hearing the next absurd exaggeration, not to more violent, inexcusable shoves or even iPhone swatting. This clarification is necessary lest I give a Tea Partier an excuse to use the headline “LEFT-WING BLOGGER CALLS FOR FINAL SOLUTION TO TEA PARTY ‘PROBLEM’!!1!11!!!”

We need to bring back corporal punishment in the schools!

I think…? Wait…

That’s it, Mrs. P., and we’ve reached a pretty pass when video evidence that directly contradicts the narrative is proudly offered as proof.

I know we keep referring to it as a point of reference, but the Paulite kerbstomping was a case in point. The evidence of our lying eyes was as naught against the constant proclamations (some from those who claim to be “progressives,” but we just laugh at all that now, don’t we?) that whatever was going on, it didn’t involve a boot, a face, and a kerb.

I wonder what these shrunken violets would have made of the UK miners’ strike? Miners’ tactics involved picket lines where the main activity was jostling heavily against lines of police (some of us did wonder if it might have panned out differently if they’d actually sat down/lain down in front of the mine gates, but that was not the culture of the time among that sector of society).

The ultimate “police” response? Well, I’ve mentioned it before.

Meanwhile, Glenn Beck—another Charlie Sheen-class failure of AA—broadcasts five hours of concentrated, uninformed hatred every weekday, and feels no regret about transforming his personal boogiemen into objects of anger and targets of death threats. Yet he thinks a shoving match at a street rally is high drama, and complains because he has to spend so much money on his own private security detail.

Why on earth do people lie in the face of the Internet and cell-cams?

They think Big Andy will edit the tapes to show a horrific gorefest complete with dead burnt bodies and veins in the attack-lib’s teeth.

Here’s another thing this wimpy girly/mad killer lib doesn’t understand about the Pee Partiers: If they’re going to lie about being in a fight, why not add “And then I broke his nose,” or “whipped out my magnum and blew him away,” or some other declaration of toughness?

These guys? (Can’t watch the vid.)

http://blogs.sacbee.com/the_state_worker/2011/02/wee kend-reading-comparing-comp.html

Yeah, “union thug” appears to be giving up half a foot on the professional victim here.

Comment by trollhattan on 02/28/11 at 01:09 PM

Hard-core conservatives used to fancy themselves tough guys and denigrate hippies as weak and girly. When did the conservative base become populated with such squealing little nancy-pants?

They still have fantasies of being patriotic uber-men , willing and able to crush any wimpy liberal with a single blow. Just take a peek at any thread at Red State or Freeperville and they’re there in all their tough guy glory. The problem starts when they have to venture out from behind the keyboard and realize that they’re still the same doughy fat slobs that used to get wedgies back in high school.

It’s like an old red neck friend of mine used to say, “Once they find out you need more than sass to kick ass , they decide they’d rather pass”.

“A teacher was giving me the business yesterday”

OH NO not “the business”! 

Poor poor poopsie, being forced to consider the possibility that his entire career has been a sad sham devoted to obscuring rather than reporting the truth.  For almost 30 seconds he was forced to reconsider his purpose in life—perhaps most terrifyingly, a teacher almost taught him something non-sports related!—before the narcotizing effects of cognitive dissonance kicked back in.

I can only hope she gets the electric chair for this, and it is electricity that didn’t come from wind power.

Absolute Scale of Leftist Intimidation
Rated 1-11 on the Rectal-Clench Continuum

1. Giving someone the business
2. Giving someone Hell
3. Showing someone the old “what for”
4. Reading someone “the Riot Act”
5. Pushing
6. “Indian rub”
7. Swatting cell phone with plastic sign
8. Noogie(s)
9. Egging Breitbart’s bus
10. Calling Breitbart a “homo”
11. Kicking dirt over Home Plate

12. Making fun of Sarah Palin

Comment by casey:

OH NO not “the business”! etc. 

Bravo. It’s known as being called to account for the consequences of your behavior.

Sure, while he’s still at large, Roger Ailes may try to kick your ass from one direction. But he’d better form an orderly queue behind folks at the sharp end.

Absolute Scale of Leftist Intimidation

Needs to be a full-blown post (we’ll all pretend we saw nothing here).

You forgot the most egregiously heinous example of left-wing violence yet; a liberal viciously assaulted a teabagger’s fist with his face.

I wonder what level of heroism medal ole Ace of Spades will award to this guy.

Absolute Scale of Leftist Intimidation
Rated 1-11 on the Rectal-Clench Continuum

1. Giving someone the business
2. Giving someone Hell
3. Showing someone the old “what for”
4. Reading someone “the Riot Act”
5. Pushing
6. “Indian rub”
7. Swatting cell phone with plastic sign
8. Noogie(s)
9. Egging Breitbart’s bus
10. Calling Breitbart a “homo”
11. Kicking dirt over Home Plate


i died laughing.  this list needs to be a front-page post fo sho.  HA.

You know, I don’t want anyone to get hurt because I’m a softy like that, but these guys are so wimpy.  They talk so tough, and then they go crying home to Beck. Feh.

This is an old trope. Jerry Lembcke, who wrote The Spitting Image, about the grand urban legend about Vietnam vets getting spit on, said something to the effect that if these big, tough Marines were getting spit on by effete, longhaired, hippie, girly-men, why do the former always slink away in shame? You’d think at least a few of the girly-men would have walked away with a mouthful of bloody Chiclets, but the story never ends that way.

I’m paraphrasing, but the phrase “bloody Chiclets” always stuck with me.

FACT: Woody Guthrie had “This machine gives the business to fascists” written on his guitar.

From Raw Story:

Fox News reporter appears to have lied about being ‘punched’ by protester

...

Mike Tobin, reporting from amid the massive demonstration on Friday, claimed that one of the protesters “punched” him in the arm. In another broadcast, he claimed a man threatened to break his neck.

In both cases, supporting evidence for these claims was not broadcast—yet still, Tobin’s reports have been widely cited across conservative blogs that seem eager to depict union workers as hateful and violent.

What’s worse, Tobin’s allegation that he was assaulted might have slipped past without rebuttal were it not for a camera-equipped bystander, who captured the scene.

Turns out, someone merely touched his shoulder, as evidenced in the video below. The incident he claimed was a “punch” could instead be described as a pat, at most.

Great video of Chrissie and the gang, but let’s give credit where credit is due:  that song was written by her boyfriend at the time (and father of her child), Ray Davies, and first recorded by the Kinks in 1964.

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