s skippy the bush kangaroo: it's my tea party and i'll lie if i want to

skippy the bush kangaroo

Saturday, February 28, 2009

it's my tea party and i'll lie if i want to

via the dispassionate liberal (on twitter of all places) we find out that the sudden populist "tea party" movement that has literally dozens of followers across the united states, is neither sudden nor populist. from exiled online:

within hours of santelli’s rant, a website called chicagoteaparty.com sprang to life. essentially inactive until that day, it now featured a youtube video of santelli’s “tea party” rant and billed itself as the official home of the chicago tea party. the domain was registered in august, 2008 by zack christenson, a dweeby twitter republican and producer for a popular chicago rightwing radio host milt rosenberg—a familiar name to obama campaign people. last august, rosenberg, who looks like martin short’s irving cohen character, caused an outcry when he interviewed stanley kurtz, the conservative writer who first “exposed” a personal link between obama and former weather undergound leader bill ayers. as a result of rosenberg’s radio interview, the ayers story was given a major push through the republican media echo chamber, culminating in sarah palin’s accusation that obama was “palling around with terrorists.” that rosenberg’s producer owns the “chicagoteaparty.com” site is already weird—but what’s even stranger is that he first bought the domain last august, right around the time of rosenburg’s launch of the “obama is a terrorist” campaign. it’s as if they held this “chicago tea party” campaign in reserve, like a sleeper-site. which is exactly what it was.

chicagoteaparty.com was just one part of a larger network of republican sleeper-cell-blogs set up over the course of the past few months, all of them tied to a shady rightwing advocacy group coincidentally named the “sam adams alliance,” whose backers have until now been kept hidden from public. cached google records that we discovered show that the sam adams alliance took pains to scrub its deep links to the koch family money as well as the fake-grassroots “tea party” protests going on today. all of these roads ultimately lead back to a more notorious rightwing advocacy group, freedomworks, a powerful pr organization headed by former republican house majority leader dick armey and funded by koch money.
the piece goes on to discuss eric odom, who was the "brains" (?) behind last summer's dont'go.com faux populist movement, and his badly-hidden involvement in this tea party phenom.

but more telling is when we follow the money:

but it’s the alliance’s scrubbing of their link to koch that is most telling. a cached page, erased on february 16, just three days before santelli’s rant, shows that the alliance also wanted to cover up its ties to the koch family. the missing link was an announcement that students interested in applying for internships to the sam adams alliance could also apply through the “charles g. koch summer fellow program” through the institute for humane studies, a koch-funded rightwing institute designed to scout and nurture future leaders of corporate libertarian ideology. the top two board directors at the sam adams alliance include two figures with deep ties to koch-funded programs: eric o’keefe, who previously served in koch’s institute for humane studies and the club for growth; and joseph lehman, a former communications vp at koch’s cato institute.

all of these are ultimately linked up to koch’s freedom works mega-beast. freedomworks.org has drawn fire in the past for using fake grassroots internet campaigns, called “astroturfing,” to push for pet koch projects such as privatizing social security. a new york times investigation in 2005 revealed that a “regular single mom” paraded by bush’s white house to advocate for privatizing social security was in fact freedomworks’ iowa state director. the woman, sandra jacques, also fronted another iowa fake-grassroots group called “for our grandchildren,” even though privatizing social security was really “for koch and wall street fat cats.”
now maybe those dozens of protesters will have to have a little crow w/their tea.

addendum: also discussed on the big picture, to whom we link purely for the memeorandum traffic.

update: the wingnuts attack!
posted by skippy at 9:29 AM |


I suspect these people will get paid to create blogs and read each others' blogs. In the end, it sounds like a waste of money.
commented by Blogger libhom, 10:58 AM PST  
Wait...my head...it just might explode....
Ahhh there...I just realized that they are bunch of self-serving lying sons'o-bitches and would say and or do ANYTHING to make ANYONE look bad or even criminal...anyone at all, even another republican.
Wow! Hate to burst your bubble, but the only ones looking bad are the liars who posted this blog and linked it. The information is way off.

Unfortunately when your only willing to do a "Google Search" to verify information you can pretty much find anything you want to support your lies.

Dems, Repubs and anyone who cares about this country should support the Tea Party movement. It's about open and honest government, nothing more.

If the left is afraid of people knowing the facts then they may need to rethink their ideas.

commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 12:55 PM PST  
"Unfortunately when your only willing to do a "Google Search" to verify information you can pretty much find anything you want to support your lies."
Right..... and when you are ready to call everyone asking questions about the methodology and motivations of a thing a complete tool for not being more of a super - sleuth such as ,hmmm I guess yourself, well then you make your own complicity even more apparent.
I gotta ask you "Freemarketguru"..why is so repugnant to you that a Liberal would be honest in reporting something a jag-off like Santelli is doing?? Or are you simply trying to be objective?? 'Cause you know, you are not managing to sound like it...
Wow. that didn't take them long to find out that you've written something not nice about them.

Do you think I could increase my hits if I did the same thing.
commented by Anonymous lawguy, 3:07 PM PST  
well, freemarketguru, i'd respect your position more if you actually had cited facts to back up your stand, rather than proferring only the "is not!" arument.

lawguy, i was thinking the same thing...i must be onto something if the trolls are out in force already.
commented by Blogger skippy, 3:12 PM PST  
skippy, I do believe I may have gotten you hooked on Twitter. :)
commented by Anonymous Mad Kane, 4:37 PM PST  
Well sure MK...that was your agenda all along... huh??? :))
Wow, have I got you by the tail! Kangaroo? You look just like a Socialist Squirrel to me. You see I hosted the online radio show that pulled all the tea party events together. It was a lot of fun and I can see you Socialist Squirrels are trying to grab other's nuts and cover our tracks. Go ahead, it is fun to watch you try to spin this. You see, the Grizzly Groundswell is a grassroots movement inspired by my great grandfather, E. W. Everson that defeated and brought to it's knees the socialist Non partisan league that was just going national deceiving the farmer and union worker in the IWW. He recalled the very first Governor in USA history.

You should be worried, I inherited his Grizzly and his blue print. You can find it's fingerprints all over the www.grizzlygroundswell.com

You see E.W. Everson united conservatives in the Republican, Democrat and Independent parties to defeat you socialist squirrels.

I am doing the same with my friends all across this great nation.

What is that? That is the Grizzly Groundswell coming for our country, our government and beloved institutions back!


Chad Everson
commented by Anonymous Chad T. Everson, 9:20 PM PST  
We as far as right wing sleeper cells go I found the site to be lacking in, well everything. Not much of a conspiracy. But I guess these days wherever dems look they find a sleeper cell or conspiracy. Go figure and they call conservatives paranoid. The Silent Majority
commented by Blogger Silent_Majority, 11:00 PM PST  
I am thinking of a Beatles song, I wish I could remember the title...something about all the little piggy's. See them run , to eat their bacon...hmmm...
I wish I could place the tune ...and why it sprang to mind....
I guess I'm just being reactionary again...probably my paranoia.

Or ...just a lucid moment breaking in on my conciousness .....
Oh well guess I'll go back to the commune and string some more Lovebeads together...
Wait....no that was thirty-plus years ago...thats right I remember now...I am not a child any more...
Now if only I could stop picking fights like one....over stupid ideology and pointless political pundit laff-tracks.
Well..I suppose I could grow some more...I mean, I'd sure hate to remain childish and immature..that would mark me as hmmm... Oh, I dunno...a Republican I guess..
No wait, That would be hate-filled, immature and scornful.
Have you seen the little piggies
Crawling in the dirt
And for all the little piggies
Life is getting worse
Always having dirt to play around in.

Have you seen the bigger piggies
In their starched white shirts
You will find the bigger piggies
Stirring up the dirt
Always have clean shirts to play around in.

In their styes with all their backing
They don't care what goes on around
In their eyes there's something lacking
What they need's a damn good whacking.

Everywhere there's lots of piggies
Living piggy lives
You can see them out for dinner
With their piggy wives
Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.
i'm never more sure that most republicans are incompetent cronies who are lucky to graduate from third rate schools and who could not hold down a job without republican nepotism than when i read the comments they leave at liberal blogs. it's a shameful testament to the poor quality of public education and home "schooling" standards in this country.

you poor ignoramuses should remember: the intertoobs are forever. years from now, when you're bucking for a promotion to assitant used car lot sales manager, a brighter, more motivated youngling is going to dig up some of you public idiocy, and convince your boss that you're best left without real responsibility for anything important. goodness knows, a staged, funded by shadowy neofascist front groups, politically irrelevant performace art failure that was your "tea party" is anything but that. 95% of americans neither care, nor even know you exist.
commented by Blogger chicago dyke, 7:18 AM PST  
Socialist Squirrel? I know Squirrel Nut Zippers and Secret Squirrel but I haven't met any Socialist Squirrels.

'Socialist' is a great word. It means so much to these people. When the chips are down, they instantly go to the meme well to find a word or phrase that they can hang on us like the Scarlet Letter.

These jokers are all about separation, demonization, prejudice and bigotry. All that hatred burning through their veins must keep them toasty warm at night. The problem with that is hatred, like fire, will burn brightly until there's nothing left. The GOP is in full self-immolation mode.

It's kinda sad really.

OK, no its not, lol!
commented by Blogger David Aquarius, 8:42 AM PST  
Somehow, I don't trust someone called "Freemarketguru" talking about the subject of "open and honest government." This is entertaining.
commented by Blogger libhom, 11:52 AM PST  
Criminy, skippy, criminy!
All they're doing is organizing a spontaneous demonstration, and here you go telling on them. Authoritarians always plan their spontaneous demonstrations veeeery carefully, don't cha know?
commented by Blogger the bewilderness, 6:00 PM PST  
For a blind man, Everson, you sure say "you see" a lot...
commented by Blogger Carl, 10:29 AM PST  
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commented by Blogger Carl, 10:30 AM PST  
I find folks who deem anything to the left of feudalism as socialism ever so persuasive. I have to wonder how much of that crap is ignorance, versus hackdom, versus zealotry. We saw the same crap with the McCain-Palin campaign, where merely raising the top tax rate back to Clinton era levels was denounced as socialism, which would make Eisenhower and his 88%+ rates Chairman Mao. How about making a serious argument instead? For Santelli, where's his outrage against the abuse of power by the privileged and powerful who caused this mess? Where's his basic understanding of the fact that if houses in his neighborhood are foreclosed, his property will be devalued? Gibbs debunked him, and I've yet to see a substantive response by Santelli, but if these astroturf groups enjoy their little poorly-attended demonstrations, have at it.

Seriously, how sad is it that it's so exceedingly rare for a single conservative to make a TV or radio appearance, or pen an op-ed, without making a significant, deceptive claim or outright lying? Jindal's delivery stunk, but his content ranged from weak to dishonest. Santelli's rant was staged, and he tried to incite class warfare for the rich against the poor and middle class with the usual conservative faux populist bullshit. In the past week, Karl Rove has shamelessly decried fiscal irresponsibility, after he and the Bush gang have been the worst offenders in American history. The few times CPAC speakers tried to make an accurate point (Tucker Carlson saying the NYT at least tries to be accurate), they've been booed down. It'd be nice if the Republican party decided it wanted to become reality-based again, and America would benefit from that, but that hasn't been in style since at least Reagan.
commented by Blogger Batocchio, 12:26 PM PST  

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