A Travis County district court judge ruled this week that a Houston-based tea party group is not a nonprofit corporation as it claims, but an unregistered political action committee that illegally aided the Republican Party through its poll-watching efforts during the 2010 elections.
The summary judgment by Judge John Dietz upheld several Texas campaign finance laws that had been challenged on constitutional grounds by King Street Patriots, a tea party organization known for its “True the Vote” effort to uncover voter fraud.
First, the set-up:
The Mt. Shasta Mall in Redding was busier than usual Tuesday as shoppers were surrounded by hundreds of people armed with resumes for a job fair featuring some 40 employers.
The center court of the mall was packed with those seeking applications, introductions and more information on the various private and public-sector jobs at the fair.
And now the punch line: People need jobs you say? How about some in a burgeoning tech field?
Redding’s 2-2 deadlocked vote Tuesday night may have said no to entering the crowded bidding for commercial drone testing at the airport.
Mayor Rick Bosetti tried to allay a restless crowd’s concerns about the use of the technology. He told them six sites will be selected. There is a potential to bring jobs, and the region would have the chance on the front end to sit at the table and set regulations.
Vice Mayor Patrick Jones and Councilor Gary Cadd, backed by a tea party audience that turned out in numbers, said they still had questions about the pilotless aircraft market and opposed the move. Council member Missy McArthur was absent.
Cadd was adamant in his opposition, saying that he had considered the job boon the potentially lucrative industry would create, but their potential use in surveillance activities scared him.
“They are jobs, but where do you draw the line on the jobs that are liable to turn around and bite us,” he said.
Have fun staying an economic backwater.
Lets hear it for freedom of the press! I just don’t have the snark this morning to comment on this:
A tea party group ordered a media blackout during the question-and-answer portion of U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa’s first town hall meeting since he took office in January.
The Redding Tea Party members who organized Monday’s town hall meeting at Destiny Fellowship Church said they made the call after regular meeting goers requested it. Those participants said they didn’t feel they had the freedom to speak their minds.
Organizers made numerous clarifications regarding their position in response to media reports, including from the Record Searchlight, that they were unable to report from the Q&A.
The Record Searchlight tweeted some of LaMalfa’s responses in the first 25 minutes of the nearly two-hour session but was asked by a tea party member to stop or risk not being invited back to future meetings. A tea party member later sat next to the reporter for the remainder of the session.
And then double down:
A day after the Redding Tea Party Patriot’s stirred controversy over its decision to impose a media blackout of a Monday night chat with Doug LaMalfa, a volunteer said the group will continue to limit press coverage of future meetings.
Elizabeth Woodward said the speaker presentations will remain open to the public, but their question-and-answer segments with the audience will be private to ease attendees’ concerns about reporters being in the room.
When Mother Jones co-editor Clara Jeffery tweeted about a shooting, pro-gun trolls responded with increasingly graphic and threatening attacks.
Conservatism has became a faith-based ecosystem, resistant to any facts that complicate its version of reality. It is driven by apocalyptic terrors. The future of the republic itself is always in danger. The Constitution is destined for the shredder. The American eagle hangs its head. Ironically, the two issues that come closest to a real existential threat — climate change and the 2008 banking crisis — don’t trigger any anxiety in conservatives, while the phantasm of a socialist dictatorship has them trembling with fear and rage.
-DORIAN LYNSKEY is the author of 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs
So evidently the White House has been brewing some beer:
The Obama administration confirmed today it has added a new facility to the White House: A small beer brewery.
Officials discussed the brewery after President Obama told some Iowa residents that he had some of its product stocked aboard the bus he’s using for a three-day tour of the Hawkeye State.
Remember when beer drinking was a sign of ‘Murican authenticity?
Not any more. Some choice comments:
next will be open bar with fried chicken collard greens anwatermellon
thats about a bunch of s*** i think his ass needs to be kicked the hell out. here we are no jobs or nothing and hes living it up like a fraking king and rubbing our noses in his crap .. time for it to stop kick his no good ass out now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A beautiful interactive map showing GOP fundraising totals:
Or so says Tea Party activist Rabbi Nachum Shifren.
This was broadcast on KCNR’s radio waves…
” I don’t believe France is going to be a country in another 20 years. What’s going to have to happen, and I think we all know what’s going to have to happen…
Christians are going to rise up and put it to the Muslims, and they’re going to say, you know what, you’re outta here! You either bow to our laws and accommodate yourself to our customs and our language or you’re outta here, or we’ll kill you!”
“Dude, it’s just a mosque.”
30 Mosques in 30 Days