Rockin' the National Anthem
Ted Nugent warms up the crowd at the San Antonio Tea Party Wednesday with a fighting display of electric patriotism
So when the anti-tax "tea party" protests were held Wednesday across the country, cable anchors and guests -- who for weeks had all but ignored the story -- covered the protests by cracking a litany of barely concealed sexual references.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper interspersed "teabagging" references with analyst David Gergen's more staid commentary on how Republicans are still "searching for their voice."
"It's hard to talk when you're teabagging," Cooper explained. Gergen laughed, but Cooper kept a straight face.
If anyone thinks the orally charged remarks on mainstream cable were just a coincidence, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow's segments over the past week with guest, Air America's Ana Marie Cox, would dissolve all doubt. Their on-air gymnastics, dancing around the double entendre of the week, looked like live-action Beavis and Butthead.By one count, the two of them used the word "teabag" more than 50 times on one show. And on Monday, Cox even let the viewers in on their joke -- referencing Urbandictionary.com, a site which offers a number of colorful definitions for the term "teabagging."
One million tea bags delivered to a Washington, D.C., park were reloaded and sent away because tea party organizers did not have the proper permit.
The massive shipment of tea to Lafayette Park was meant to be the start of a day of protests expected across the country by people fed up with high taxes and excess spending.
But the tea was reloaded back onto a truck and sent away, protest organizer Rebecca Wales told FOX News.
The demonstrations are part of a larger grassroots movement to protest massive government spending called Taxed Enough Already, or TEA -- giving name to the Tax Day Tea Parties -- more than 235 years after the original Boston Tea Party revolt against taxes.
Another D.C. rally scheduled to take place outside the Treasury Department was canceled when the U.S. Secret Service prevented protesters from gathering outside for lacking a proper permit.
Anyone who has ever been involved in a public protest knows how "permit" rules can be used to stifle freedom of speech. We will likely see the double standard of the Left at work today, for when liberals protest, it is free speech, but when conservatives are angry, they must be made to be quiet.
Our friends on the other side really do not seem to understand that these protests are not a part of some highly organized Republican conspiracy. The party had nothing to do with the organization of these events, it was entirely the work of groups like the Sam Adams Alliance, the American Family Association, and a lot of small mom and pop gatherings around the country not affiliated with any specific group. Former U.S. House Republican Leader Dick Armey spoke on Hannity last night about his participation in the Atlanta Tea Party today, saying "look, I am going because I was invited by the Atlanta organizers. I do not know any of these people. I do, however, agree with what these protests are about and so I want to participate." It is probably safe to assume that the same is true with appearances by Republican leaders past and present at protests around the country today. The party would be politically stupid not to jump on the bandwagon of what amounts to a populist uprising against the Obama Administration and the Democratic Congress.
People are deeply concerned about the spending habits of the administration and they know that despite the President's repeated assurances to the contrary, there is no way on this side of Paradise that the federal government can spend the amount of money that Barack Obama says that he wants to spend, and run the kind of deficits that Obama admits his administration will be running before they are finished without the taxes of every taxpayer in this nation going through the roof. Both parties have abused the American electorate, and we collectively have had quite enough.
In addition, Obama's Homeland Security statement which basically characterized all conservatives in the general population as a potential terrorist threat is nothing less than an open declaration of war on conservatives and conservatism. In issuing this wicked memorandum, the Obama Administration has chosen to make the federal government the clear and present enemy of a huge swath of the American population. Patriotism in the world of Obama is now defined as personal loyalty to the President, his government, and the Democratic party, as opposed to loyalty to the Constitution of the United States. In opposing the PATRIOT Act, I warned of a day when a liberal Democratic administration could and would use its provisions against conservative Americans who actively oppose that regime. It would appear that the dreaded time of reckoning has very hastily arrived.
This man in Washington really expects people will bow at his feet and proclaim him Lord, and it seems that he honestly thought that everyone would accept his program without question. He bails out banks and attempts to run automobile manufacturers while admitting that he intends to run a 9.3 trillion dollar deficit by the end of his term, all the while declaring that his opponents and veterans of the war could be potential terrorists. The President and the mainstream press who support him really expect no serious opposition after such a heinous record in his first 100 days?
No sir, Mr. Obama-no more, and not today.
Ford issued a statement Monday confirming that he would not seek to succeed Gov. Phil Bredesen when his second term ends.
As one of the few Democrats with statewide name recognition, Ford would have been the front-runner for his party's nomination had he entered, political observers said. His decision not to run raises the chances for the handful of state lawmakers and other party activists who are weighing a bid for the office.
Ford did not say why he decided not to run, but his decision comes less than a year after he married Emily Threlkeld, a business development manager for a New York fashion designer. The marriage and a part-time position as senior policy adviser to Merrill Lynch have left him splitting time between New York and Tennessee.
It was an Easter miracle for the captain's family and the crew of his ship, and a successful test of mettle for the young Obama administration.
President Obama had said nothing publicly during the five-day standoff that began Wednesday, when four pirates tried to hijack the Maersk Alabama, which was carrying food for African refugees.
With Capt. Phillips safe and unharmed, White House aides offered details of Mr. Obama's actions during the crisis, which included at least 30 meetings, briefings and updates, during which the president issued two shoot-to-kill authorizations.
"Our authority came directly from the president," said Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.
Yes, credit must go to the President for acting swiftly and decisively against those who committed this disgraceful act of piracy and terror on the high seas. If the President's people are going to make political hay of this (and rest assured, they will), then political tradition would seem to dictate that they are somewhat entitled to wallow in the glow of the positive outcome for a few days.
The test for Barack Obama, however, did not end with the successful rescue of Captain Phillips. The remaining test will be what his administration will do about the continuing presence of pirates in the Gulf of Aden and the Western Indian Ocean, most of them from Somalia. Just because Captain Phillips is now safe does not mean that the pirates and their leaders have gone away. They remain a serious and real threat to American and international shipping and must be purged from the scene. The pirates have vowed retaliation, and there is little reason to believe that they will not make such an attempt or continue to threaten Americans on the high seas. It took the United States two Mediterranean wars to rid ourselves of the last serious piracy threat to this country's interests.
Would Barack Obama be willing to fight a war at sea if need be in order to destroy these pirates and their ability to threaten our ships?