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By Ann Telnaes  |  July 16, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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Without the race card the Left has nothing to say. Especially since the issues are all against them and their failed policies. The Left is intellectually bankrupt.

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 19, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Jonah any conspiracy vibes on why the Russian spies were sent back so fast? The lib media never seems interested in investigative reporting if liberals are involved, but watch what happens when a Republican says the word macaca or they get their fingers on national secrets ?

Posted by: taxcutsin12 | July 18, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party people are some the finest people you will ever meet. Tea Parties bring out an amazing group of people, families, grandmothers, veterans, and sea of U.S Flags. One of the safest places on the planet is at a Tea Party. This year Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, mother of 5 and foster mother to 23, Academy Award winner Jon Voight and actor George Wendt, aka Norm from Cheers, spoke at a Washington D.C Tea Party rally. At most Tea Parties there is always a small group who try to interfere, but soon these rabble rousers realize how irrelevant they are.

Posted by: taxcutsin12 | July 18, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party people are some the finest people you will ever meet. Tea Parties bring out an amazing group of people, families, grandmothers, veterans, and sea of U.S Flags. One of the safest places on the planet is at a Tea Party. This year Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, mother of 5 and foster mother to 23, Academy Award winner Jon Voight and actor George Wendt, aka Norm from Cheers, spoke at a Washington D.C Tea party rally. At most Tea Parties there is always a small group who try to interfere, but soon these rabble rousers realize how irrelevant they are.

Posted by: taxcutsin12 | July 18, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I could care less about what hateful people like you think. Do you care what far-right freaks think about you? You clowns are no different than Glenn Beck's bleating sheep who have to hate anyone who disagrees with them. Stop being a sucker.

Thanks for playing.

Posted by: bobmoses

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I owe you an apology, Bob.

I confused your post with an earlier post by someone else. I am sorry about that.

I fact, I was responding to your "mindless liberal" blather which was even less intelligent than the post I thought was yours. I'm sorry about that too. I wouldn't want to give you credit for actually thinking.

Apparently you chose to interject yourself into my response to Pickles without any reference to it. You mind may jump around from thought to thought, but most of us are more coherent in our thinking and require a reference point.

Since I was responding to your screed that was nothing more than one big insult with no fact or substance, it would have been really difficult for me to address why (in your reality) it's OK to liken Bush to Hitler but not Obama. You didn't ask about that so I didn't address it.

Had you read my response to Pickles you would understand that I was only addressing the racist sentiment from the right. It is not OK to liken anyone to Hitler but, bobby, that is not the topic. That's not called avoiding issues, that's called staying on topic, something very difficult for your ADD mind.

Your posts are so all over the place and full of insults it's obvious you live in a great deal of fear. Must absolutely suck to be you.

Posted by: arancia12 | July 17, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Ann---I like the way you save the controversial issues for the cartoon posted at the end of the week. The amount of comments rose dramatically. You sure know how to draw a crowd. I will give you credit for criticizing Obama for the escalation of the Afghan war. What did you think of that mini-earthquake that rocked Maryland and D.C. Friday? But they did get the hole plugged in the Gulf! We hope? Do a cartoon on HAARP or Chem-trails! Those operations are very real and affect everyone.

What is really sad about the Tea Party movement is they should first be protesting the atrocities of the Bush administration and how their tax money was spent and make a complete break from the Republican party. Instead Palin, Newt, and the Klan have sabotaged it. These type of protests should have taken place during Bush's first term. His administration's actions removed more rights from citizens than any other President. People who felt betrayed after he was elected the second time turned to the Democratic candidate. The biggest stooge during this very ugly time in history seems to be John McCain. I think our country would have been in a lot better shape if he had gotten into the White House in 2000. But that was a dirty election won by Bush. It has been nothing but dirt in America ever since.

If Obama wants to hush the crowd he should have pursued the truth about 9/11 and all the corruption that followed in Iraq and Afghanistan (The Heroin War). Justice first then progress. He would have been able to rally the support of everyone. But the military sector showed little support for him in the beginning and he seems to have some fear of them. Maybe there really is something unrevealed hanging over his head. What ever happened to Colin Powell?

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | July 17, 2010 4:05 AM | Report abuse

Btw, bobmoses, I was a member of the GOP, but the reactionary ring-wing set hijacked the party and drove out the moderate (read, thinking and intelligent) members and marginalized those who dare remain (think Colin Powell). So the so-called conservative values you claim I hate are nothing more than reactionary right-wing radicalism that appears to the redneck base. Someone like yourself, perhaps?

Posted by: meldupree | July 17, 2010 1:01 AM | Report abuse

bobmoses, on April 15th, 2010 (Tax Day) there was a teabagging rally near the White House. No, I did not attend that rally, but I saw what I saw and it was damn ugly and despicable. No decent human being dare attend the modern-day Klan rally. But you would, since there is no scintilla of decency or respectability in your body or being.

Posted by: meldupree | July 17, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

democrats/fight/newblackpanther/democrat/cutpaste/joblossdemocrat/regulationdemocrat/highertaxesdemocrat/libs/lu/ers/2/keep ok

Posted by: insanecommenter | July 16, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

With no job Sarah is now free loading from the Tea Party/KKK. Giving speeches inciting violence/racism/discrimination and attacking Obama the people drop money in a pot. Sarah tried to get her daughter to pan handle but she didn't like it. Todd doesn't work so Sarah is the bread winner and has to drop this low for a buck. Bristol took her money and left home and is now going to marry Levi to get away for Wicked Sarah. Todd is a recovering alcoholic and just follows what Sarah tells him. Levi did tell the truth when he said Sarah and Todd sleep in different rooms which explains her wild sexy folksy behavior.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | July 16, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Teabaggers rule! Liberals are about as worthless as an old shoe you would throw in the trash can, but of course 99% of democrats don't think so?

Posted by: insanecommenter | July 16, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

cmckeonjr -

I know all that I need to know about you from your poor reading comprehension, your posing of straw man arguments, your sourcing of hyper-partisan blogs and your continued ducking of a simple question even though you took the time to respond with that nonsense.

Look, you can't address the simple truth that many on the left behaved in the same way. Like most mindless partisans, you are a hypocrite.

Feel free to respond with another rant about how you are not going to respond to me. Much easier than admitting that you are a hypocrite like Telnaes.

Posted by: bobmoses | July 16, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

@BobMoses: You shoot from the hip, Bob. You didn't wait for an answer from me to your questions. You answered them yourself. You called me a hypocrite, although you don't know me from Adam. What you said about me says more about your character than mine. I'm done with you. You can rant all you want.

Posted by: cmckeonjr | July 16, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Take a quick look at the comments on this blog about Palin. How do liberals here justify their hate in the same breath as condemning the hatred of others? Do mindless partisans like you and Telnaes not realize that your mindless hate of Palin mirrors the mindless hate that the zombies on the right hold for Palin.

If you folks are so concerned about hate, you can start by evaluating yourself. That goes double for Anne Telnaes who refuses to acknowledge that any person who disagrees with her can be a decent person. Liberal tolerance and all that. What a joke. This crowd is no different than the Glenn Beck crowd. You are all mindless sheep who let pundits tell you who to hate. What a joke.

Posted by: bobmoses | July 16, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

arancia12

"The issue of Bush being portrayed as Hitler is not what the Telnaes cartoon is about."

So that is how this liberal will duck a simple question. LOL

"I addressed YOUR comment about exempting the president from criticism because of his color."

I never made any such comment. You are making stuff. Loosen up your tin foil hat.

"Apparently you can't stay on topic nor can you refute my comments so you change the subject."

Again, you are confusing me with someone else. Loosen up the tin foil hat.

"It's NOT Ok for anyone to be portrayed as Hitler and I wasn't addressing his portrayal as Hitler."

Yeah that's great, but I never directed any comments at you. Loosen up the tin foil hat.

"I was talking about the racism on the right and among teabaggers, an issue you simply cannot deny."

Actually, I could care less about what hateful people like you think. Do you care what far-right freaks think about you? You clowns are no different than Glenn Beck's bleating sheep who have to hate anyone who disagrees with them. Stop being a sucker.

Thanks for playing.

Posted by: bobmoses | July 16, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

cmckeonjr -

I called meldupree a liar because his claim that he has attended a Tea Party rally is false. He/she is a regular troll on this site who clearly never leaves his/her house. He has a pathological hatred of all conservatives and the idea that he would attend such an event, let alone multuple ones, is laughable.

Nothing that you posted has anything to do what I have said. I never denied that racist signs existed at Tea Party rallies. They are in the distinct minority, regardless of the left's need to demonize all who disagree with them as racist.

Since you are reading my comments, I am surprised that you did not respond to my question about why it is OK for liberals to portray Bush as Hitler.

While you are ducking that question (again), you can tell me what you think about these pictures:

http://zombietime.com/hall_of_shame/

Let me guess. You are fine with all of that, right? You are a hypocrite.

Posted by: bobmoses | July 16, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Newsweek posted an article asking "Is Obama was the Antichrist ?" because the day after his election when Obama was celebrating in Illinois, the Lottery there drew 666, the same evening. That destroyed his life, so they asked that question: "Is he the Antichrist ?"
Check out the article: http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/lisa_miller/2008/11/is_obama_and_antichrist.html

Posted by: GeirSmith | July 16, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

These teabaggers have an excellent opportunity to take on the cause of US citizens of the District of Columbia having their incomes federally taxed, but without voting representation in the US Congress. They will not, however, because they know their base is racist to the core and could never come to terms with supporting a large group of predominately black Democratic citizens.

Instead, you will hear jeers of "why don't you move," and "you are already represented by Congress." These phony patriots are nothing, nothing but racists!

Posted by: johng1 | July 16, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

@BobMoses:

You quoted someone - "Btw, AT, I have seen some of these signs (and similar ones) at tea party rallies in Washington, DC." - and then wrote, "You are lying. I guarantee it."

Go to

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/12/taxpayer-march-on-washing_n_284477.html

and look at the galleries of photos.

First gallery:

o second photo: sign with photo of the Speaker of the House and overlay of the mustache of Hitler under the Speaker's nose and the words, "Nazi Pelosi you can keep the Fascism . . ."
o fourth photo: man holding sign, "Impeach the Muslim Marxist" - the exact wording in one of the signs in Ann Telnaes's cartoon - with a Joker depiction of Obama visible on the protestor's T-shirt
o seventh photo: sign with text, "1600 Marxist Way," and Obama campaign logo altered to show hammer and sickle

Second gallery:
o second photo: one of signs depicts the President with the text, "The Greatest Communist President we have ever had"
o fifth photo: sign with photo of President with mustache of Hitler superimposed under President's nose

Who's the liar?

How the hell can you "guarantee" what another person did or didn't see? I think it's safe to say you weren't with that person nor did you see every sign.

Posted by: cmckeonjr | July 16, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Right On, fishman2, the signs on Ms. Telnaes' Cartoon are drawings of ACTUAL signs at Tea Party meetings.

As I said several days ago, insanecommenters' comments confirm the authenticity of his (or her?) posting name!

Also . . . BOBMOSES' comment,"Can any of the mindless liberal partisan hypocrites . . ."
UNDERSCORES his own dire shortage of neurons.
One more neuron and he could have a synapse!


Posted by: lufrank1 | July 16, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Bobmoses, the issue of Bush being portrayed as Hitler is not what the Telnaes cartoon is about. I addressed YOUR comment about exempting the president from criticism because of his color.

Apparently you can't stay on topic nor can you refute my comments so you change the subject.

It's NOT Ok for anyone to be portrayed as Hitler and I wasn't addressing his portrayal as Hitler.

I was talking about the racism on the right and among teabaggers, an issue you simply cannot deny.

Thanks for playing.

Posted by: arancia12 | July 16, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: agalvin9584sbcglobalnet

...Also Newt G. is why congress forced Clinton to temper his spending, remember the whole government closed down stand off?

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And to illustrate how duplicitous the GOP was. One of the programs that the GOP tried to shut down was Americorps. That's one program that Newt cut out of Clinton's budget. You know what happened when Bush came into office with a GOP Congress? They DOUBLED the Americorps budget.

Posted by: James10 | July 16, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: agalvin9584sbcglobalnet

Clinton - at an average annual increase of 3.5% - left something like a 323 billion dollar surplus. President Bush II took that surplus and turned that into a 1.3 TRILLION dollar deficit by the time he left office. Clinton - you know, one of those "tax and spend Democrats," was actually paying down the national debt.

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You are mixing a bunch of stats together and your conclusion is wrong. First you are mixing the national deficit with budget deficits.

There was a budget surplus for two of Clinton's six years in office and the two years were the first two of his second term. His last two budgets jumped spending and tax revenue went way down with the stock market bubble burst so his projections were in the black but in reality they came in in deficit again.

Also Newt G. is why congress forced Clinton to temper his spending, remember the whole government closed down stand off?

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Yes, I remember and Clinton called his bluff and Newt folded. The following year Newt threatened to close the government again and Clinton called his bluff again. The first time was such a disaster for Newt that he didn't dare shut down the government a second time. Both times Clinton got the budget he wanted and both times Newt chickened out. It was nothing more than Newt jawboning.

Posted by: James10 | July 16, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

if the tea party was really just about smaller government and lower taxes, they wouldn't be supporting any republican candidates.
history shows the republicans end up spending more then anyone and bush even added another huge government agency (homeland security) meaning even more big government.

If the tea party wanted to lower their tax burden, they would support canibus legalisation. the war on drugs wastes huge amounts of tax dollars and is ineffective.

The tea party is really just a front for the same old republican party pushing the same old republican agenda (lower taxes for rich people and corporations, social conservatism) and no surprize they are all running as republicans and supported by the republican party.
The problem is, they think they are fooling us by calling themselves tea partiers so that they can get away with racists signs and behavior.

Until the republicans take full responsibilty for those in their ranks with racist signs and behavior (and ban them or have them arrested etc), then the public has no choice but to blame them all for it and consider them a racist institution as a whole.

Denials by Palin won't wash.

Posted by: MarilynManson | July 16, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: agalvin9584sbcglobalnet

Clinton - at an average annual increase of 3.5% - left something like a 323 billion dollar surplus. President Bush II took that surplus and turned that into a 1.3 TRILLION dollar deficit by the time he left office. Clinton - you know, one of those "tax and spend Democrats," was actually paying down the national debt.

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You are mixing a bunch of stats together and your conclusion is wrong. First you are mixing the national deficit with budget deficits.

There was a budget surplus for two of Clinton's six years in office and the two years were the first two of his second term. His last two budgets jumped spending and tax revenue went way down with the stock market bubble burst so his projections were in the black but in reality they came in in deficit again.

Also Newt G. is why congress forced Clinton to temper his spending, remember the whole government closed down stand off?

Now I am no fan of Bush II, I would never have done the spending he did ever. However when it comes to the tax debate what we need to recognize is while he did increase the debt he also spurred tax revenue collection with tax cuts. The government was collecting more than ever before under Bush II, however his spending out paced his collections. Had he not taken us to war and kept spending in check this nation would have been in great shape; but that is not what he did.

Posted by: flonzy1 | July 16, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah know exactly what's she's doing. Harnessing the energy of the brainless toothless inbreeders to keep her puss in the spotlight. That's fine with me, as the polls show, for every inbred teabagging republican that loves her, three non-knuckle dragging amaricans hate her."

Yeah! Tea Partiers should be civil, tolerant and focused on the issues like you are ;)

It's funny hearing those who are finding excuses to label others as hateful proudly declare their own hate. LOL

Posted by: bobmoses | July 16, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Sarah know exactly what's she's doing. Harnessing the energy of the brainless toothless inbreeders to keep her puss in the spotlight. That's fine with me, as the polls show, for every inbred teabagging republican that loves her, three non-knuckle dragging amaricans hate her. I like those odds.

Posted by: dem4life1 | July 16, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

"Btw, AT, I have seen some of these signs (and similar ones) at tea party rallies in Washington, DC."

You are lying. I guarantee it.

Posted by: bobmoses | July 16, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

arancia12 -

Whatever. You just can't explain why it was ok for Bush to be portrayed as Hitler but not ok for Obama to be portrayed as Hitler.

Still waiting for one liberal to explain this to me.

Posted by: bobmoses | July 16, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Can Sarah defend the ta party members in this video?? http://wp.me/pNmlT-i2

Posted by: dh1976 | July 16, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Nailed it, Tel!

Add "diverse" to "nookler" as another word Ms. Palin can't pro-nounce.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | July 16, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Did Palin call the tea-bagging movement "Diverse"? It is a diverse as was the GOP Presidential Nomination Convention in August 2008, with its 2,883 delegates; out of that number 38 persons of color (in the very broadest sense) were delegates. Forget the audience -- it (like the tea-bagging set) resembles the Ku Klux Klan!

Posted by: meldupree | July 16, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

That video says is all - Teabaggers say one thing and do another. And Teabagger leaders are so owned by the GOP corporate lobbyists that initally organized the Teabaggers, that they stay silent.
Pitiful.

Regarding the national Teabagger leader, Mark Williams, mock letter from the NAACP to Pres. Lincoln - Teabaggers and Republicans are silent.
Therefore, one can conclude Teabaggers and Republicans are racists.

Posted by: angie12106 | July 16, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

his race/color do not exempt him from criticism from the people...he and the liberals need to put their big boy and girl pants on and deal with it!
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Indeed pickles! I believe the President is dealing with the immaturity from the right in a very "big boy" way.

But let's be a little honest here. While his race and color do not exempt him from criticism, he should be exempt from criticism because of his race and color.

You know every well that nooses at Palin rallies and stuffed monkeys at bagger groups are racist. When the former president was supported by the tea movement while he was plunging this country into debt with two wars but this president is howled at for attempting to pull us out of a huge recession, you know, and you do know, it's more than just about policy. When teabaggers demand the president's birth certificate, it's about race. Why didn't they demand GWB's birth certificate? Because we don't question white guys.

Your post is very well presented and makes a lot of sense and that is a nice cover being a tea movement apologist.

Posted by: arancia12 | July 16, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Btw, AT, I have seen some of these signs (and similar ones) at tea party rallies in Washington, DC. Funny I did not see any African-Americans carrying the ugly signs from an ugly,hateful movement. Palin's description of her (and the GOP's) redneck base remains well-removed from the reality.

Posted by: meldupree | July 16, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Can any of the mindless liberal partisan hypocrites out there explains (sic)...
Posted by: bobmoses

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Sorry, bobby. Since there are no mindless liberal partisan hypocrites out there, no one going to take your mindless conservative partisan hypocritical bait.

Posted by: arancia12 | July 16, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Well...she did say, "for the most part." So what is it, 51% don't care about the color of the President's skin and 49% do?

Posted by: arancia12 | July 16, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

DAYAAMMNN, AT! You come hard and strong today, did you not!!?? But the truth is the truth: the tea party are a thin cover for overt racism. Where were they when Bush spent money like a drunken sailor on a war in a place with no WMDs?

The problem with the tea-bagging set is that when they see Barack Obama walk off Air Force One, he is not a steward carrying bags. Heck, he is not carrying his own bags! Barack Obama walks off Air Force One as President of the United States and leader of the free world. So tea-baggers, get honest about why you are really angry.

Posted by: meldupree | July 16, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse


This woman is so illiterate...who pays her anyway?

Posted by: Sacha2 | July 16, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

ann, just a totally dishonest portrayal of the tea party movement and you know it. why do you feel the need to justify it by saying these are "direct reproductions" blah, blah, blah. we both know what the tea parties are about. lower taxes. smaller government. why the problem portraying it as such. doesn't fit your ideology? pathetic.

Posted by: burlapman | July 16, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Can any of the mindless liberal partisan hypocrites out there explains why it was OK for Bush to be portrayed as Hitler, but not OK for Obama to be portrayed as Hitler.

Why was the anti-war movement not required to dissociate themselves from the bigots among their midst?

Why do you have one standard of behavior for people who share your narrow minded views and another for those who dare not to?

Posted by: bobmoses | July 16, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

LOL. Is Anne "speaking truth to power again."

Apparently, like all of the other mindless partisan liberal hypocrites out there don't want to remember the far greater amount of anti-Christian, anti-Jewish and anti-American sentiment crap that their beloved anti-war movement spewed:

http://www.zombietime.com/hall_of_shame/

They mindless partisan hypocrites also don't remember how often Bush was portrayed as Hitler and a monkey.

The only people who don't see this naked and disgusting hypocrisy for what it is are mindless partisan hypocrites like Anne "Dissent is Patriotic" Telnaes.

Telnaes is as disgusting, dishonest and corrosive as her peers on the right like Michael Savage. Let's send all of these hyper-partisan slimeballs to some island and they can battle to see who is the most repugnant human being.

Posted by: bobmoses | July 16, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

TEA Party people know little about what they are complaining about and even less about where they are going. Sarah also knows little but says anything that will convince people to support her.

Posted by: MyVoice3 | July 16, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Google or youtube "racist teabaggers" and "stupid teabaggers." You will literally be entertained (or shocked depending on your perspective) for hours.

Posted by: fishman2 | July 16, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

pickles1, your last post is the epitome of teabagger idiocy. You complain about the debt/deficit under Obama. Guess the main reason why it grew under Obama? Tax cuts for most Americans. Guess what teabaggers always complain about? Their taxes are too high. Well, Obama cut your taxes and you are complaining about the debt/deficit.
You cannot have it both ways. You cannot say your taxes are too high, then get your taxes cut and then complain about the debt/deficit. Because I know what you will be babbling about next, there are four major areas of spending in the federal budget: Social Security, Medicare, the military, and veterans. Which one do you propose cutting if you do not want a tax increase?

Posted by: fishman2 | July 16, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

agalvin:

you conveniently left out what Obama has done to the deficit and the national debt during his short time in office....typical lib.....and please do not blame it on Bush...the Dems have been in control since 2006 and were complicit on any number of fronts, too many to go into in a short post. And by the way, teabagger is a derogatory term, but then, you know that...the double standard and denial live on in the likes of you and others of your ilk....sheeple being led to slaughter.....such a typical lib....

Posted by: pickles1 | July 16, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Where's the cute little cartoon from the New Black Panthers Group, Anne? Cracker anyone?

Posted by: thinker16 | July 16, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

As a note of clarification, the signs in today's animation are direct reproductions of actual signs which were displayed at tea party events.

Posted by: anntelnaes | July 16, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Spot on, Ann. Thank you.

Posted by: bloommarko4 | July 16, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Dear pickles1: The following post from another reality-based American says it all. You and your willfully ignorant tea partiers have been had! Can't YOU see that?!

The wealthiest 20% of Americans control 85% of the nation's wealth. The bottom 80% control the remaining 15%.

The middle class has been subsidizing the wealthiest Americans ever since the top tax rate was dropped from an average of 70% down to 35%, (up to 39% and down again), where it has remained since Reagan engineered that in the early 1980s.


Reagan increased the deficit by an average of 14.1% each year he was in office.

Bush I increased the deficit by 11.5% each year he was in office.

Clinton increased the deficit by an average of 3.5% each year he was in office.

Bush II increased the deficit by an average of 9.5% each year he was in office.

(Calculations based on U.S. Treasury Dept figures for deficit.)

Overall, the Republicans increased the deficit by an average of 11.7% each year they were in office. Do a time-value calculation for 20 years, (the number of years the Republicans have been in office since Reagan), and you'll see why our deficit has exploded into the stratosphere.

Clinton - at an average annual increase of 3.5% - left something like a 323 billion dollar surplus. President Bush II took that surplus and turned that into a 1.3 TRILLION dollar deficit by the time he left office. Clinton - you know, one of those "tax and spend Democrats," was actually paying down the national debt.

Now it's time to rebuild the nation. Many people are starting to see that the problem is not the middle class which has been sucked dry of its disposable income but the wealthy elite's vast entitlement of a tax reduction from a 70% top rate down to a 35% top rate.

Sure, the middle class got a tax cut - about $500 a year. Essentially the wealthy elite said, "Here America. Here's your piddling $500 a year back. Go support your nation. We're not going to. We got what we wanted - a tax cut from a 70% rate down to a 35% rate."

So,pickles1, put on your big boy pants and deal with it.

Posted by: agalvin9584sbcglobalnet | July 16, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

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Ann Telnaes' TeaParty Cartoon is in very poor taste,,,,,,,,,,in fact her drawings of the posters are hateful.

Unintensionally, Ms. Telnaes has helped to create a Mark Twain type of image for Sarah Palin. The bigger the good or bad publicity, the more power Sarah Palin amasses.

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Posted by: JAMadison4 | July 16, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

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Ann Telnaes' TeaParty Cartoon is in very poor taste,,,,,,,,,,in fact her drawings of the posters are hateful.

Unintensionally, Ms. Telnaes has helped to create a Mark Twain type of image for Sarah Palin. The bigger the good or bad publicity, the more power Sarah Palin amasses.

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Posted by: JAMadison4 | July 16, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

pickles1, you are the perfect representation of why teabaggers continue to be viewed more disfavorably by more Americans. Google or youtube "racist teabagger signs" and/or "stupid teabagger signs." I have seen teabaggers on discussion board after discussion board denying that there are racist teabaggers, yet the visual and auditory evidence proves otherwise. Instead of acknowledging the racism (and poorly worded signs) of teabagging, teabaggers continue to live in their fantasy land of idiocy.

Posted by: fishman2 | July 16, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

We have all seen the racist images at TEA Party gatherings; however lets be realistic a handful of people are doing that not the whole crowd. The media also downplays the size of some events and does not show people of other race in the crowd. The DC rally in spring was huge and had large pockets of African Americans there not to mention Asians.

On the flip side of the coin the NAACP has members make racist statements too and rarely get called on it. Just recently at a rally for the NAACP one African American speaker called for the men who attacked an African American TEA Party participant to be set free; he said they were justified because the victim was an Uncle Tom.

Worst of all a member of the NAACP making talk show rounds refused to admit that is a racist slur (Uncle Tom) or to disavow what that man said while calling on the TEA Party to denounce racism in its ranks.

That is total hypocrisy. "Uncle Tom" is just the Black version of saying "race traitor" which is what White supremacist call White people who believe in equality. This man was called an Uncle Tom because he supported a Republican candidate; that is dangerous racist thinking right there.

Posted by: flonzy1 | July 16, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

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to pickles1: Right. Let's turn over the country to good old unregulated business. God bless Enron, Haliburton, Lehman, and Goldman-Sachs. God bless them everyone. They are the "very foundation for which our ancestors came to this country".

Instead, let's turn the country over to the GOP conservatives who lead us into unnecessary wars with hubris and distortion of "intelligence". Yes, killing tens of thousands of Iraqis is what our forefathers had in mind when they talked about the pursuit of happiness. God bless the Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rove. God bless FOX.

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Posted by: egc52556 | July 16, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

just as the mainstream media has deceptively and irresponsibly indicted the tea party as racist, so too, has Ann Telnaes. Though there may be fringe elements as is the case on either side of the aisle (yes, Ann, I know that is hard for a liberal such as yourself to believe), the tea party is made up of middle Americans who simply want government to stop spending their money, redistributing wealth under what appear to be socialistic principles and do what they are supposed to do: create an environment where business, the very organizations who create jobs, can thrive and ensure the security of this country. For God's sake can't you libbies see what is happening to this country...we are losing the very foundation for which our ancestors came to this country -- we are losing the American dream and American exceptionalism right before our eyes and the media, who should be a check on government, sadly limit that check to the conservative side of the aisle and do little to take this Administration or this Congress to task for the deception of the American people and destruction of the America which I and millions of others have known and love.......the tea partiers are not racists, and there has been little evidence to suggest they are....Obama is playing in the big league and just as Bush had to endure despicable displays and epithets from the left, so, too does Obama from those who disagree with his policies and actions.....his race/color do not exempt him from criticism from the people...he and the liberals need to put their big boy and girl pants on and deal with it!

Posted by: pickles1 | July 16, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

insanecommentator, first off, that was just an idiotic comment you left. You never addresses the issue she was making. Instead, you attempted to deflect the issue. Anyone with a bit of intellect can see through your juvenile attempts at deflection of the issue. What you may or may not realize is that she used what was on actual teabagger signs in her cartoon. Which begs the question, what proof do you have that you have an IQ in the triple digits? Or what proof do you have that you don't have an IQ in double digits?

Posted by: fishman2 | July 16, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Desperate times brings out the worst in people. Create the situation to justify the means. The American sheeples are so easily rounded up and led off to slaughter.
American politics has become so controversial there is no way this country could ever fully recover from all of the mistakes and dishonest actions taken by our government over the last 20 years. Every one of our Presidents have been controversial concerning events or actions taken in their private lives. This is how I see American history being written for that period of time.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | July 16, 2010 6:03 AM | Report abuse


Snow White leads The Seven Dwarfs......

The GOP will soon be known as the Party of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs with Sarah "Snow White" Palin leading such GOP Dwarfs as Huckabee, Gingrich, Pawlenty, Thune, DeMint, Romney and Ron Paul. When Snow White leads, The Seven Dwarfs follow.

Posted by: ymchoo | July 16, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Ann, you are an animal abuser, but maybe you are not an animal abuser because you haven't done anything to prove you are, but there is no proof you're not. So it's your move Ann.

Posted by: insanecommenter | July 15, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

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