TOP TEN TEA PARTY LIES

By: SayNoToTea , 14:19 GMT le 03 septembre 2011

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10 fictitious Tea Party beliefs
By John Amato and David Neiwert

We’ll admit up-front that the title of our forthcoming book,“Over the Cliff: How Obama’s Election Drove the American Right Insane,” indulges in some rhetorical imprecision: conservatives in the United States are of course not really insane in any clinical or legal sense, and we are not suggesting they undergo sanity hearings to determine if their rights should be suspended. We mean “insane” in the common-sense meaning of the word -- having taken leave of their senses.

What other word, after all, can properly describe the behavior of people who adamantly insist on believing things that are provably untrue? Einstein facetiously defined insanity as doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. Defiantly clinging to exploded fantasies and thoroughly debunked false “facts,” even when evidence of their falsity is planted directly in front of them, is a kind of insanity too.

The numbers of things that the American Right -- embodied in its wildly popular new “grassroots” Tea Party movement – believes but that are provably untrue is actually a pretty long list. But we’ve put together the Top 10, listed by importance in their increasingly Planet Bizarro-like worldview:

1. The birth-certificate conspiracy. Reality: Not even official birth certificates from Hawaii, newspaper clippings from 1961, and the testimony of state officials will convince the true-blue Tea Partiers. Which is why WorldNetDaily’s Joseph Farah lectured the National Tea Party Convention for an hour about the “truth” of the birth-certificate story.

2. Death panels. Reality: PolitiFact named Sarah Palin’s Facebook invention its “Lie of the Year,” and the belief was thoroughly exposed as a falsehood by every news network (even Fox). Yet Palin still insists that the panels exist somewhere in the health-care reform bill that was signed into law, its actual language notwithstanding.

3. Obama is a Muslim/Socialist/Fascist. Glenn Beck’s fantasy of the week -- one week Obama was a Socialist, the next he was a Communist, then a Fascist. Then it was on to Marxism and Maoism -- was avidly adopted by sign-bearing fans at Tea Party gatherings, who sometimes shared Beck’s confusion by just calling Obama All of the Above. Reality: Give us a break. Obama’s self-evident cautious centrism, embodied by his health-care reform package stripped of a public option, as well as his more recent embrace of a limited offshore drilling program, has infuriated liberals in his party -- but it hasn’t stopped Tea Partiers from denouncing the president as a radical anyway.

4. Obama is going to take away our guns. Well, the NRA managed to scare a whole lot of people into buying up every gun and piece of ammunition in sight the first year or so after Obama’s election. And at least five police officers died because the suspects they were arresting feared Obama was going to take away their guns. But Obama not only has adhered to his promise not to address gun-control issues, there hasn’t been even a breath of it from his administration. Which, of course, just makes the paranoids that much more paranoid: It’s proof that he’s really up to something.

5. Obama is raising our taxes. Reality: Obama lowered taxes for 95 percent of working Americans in his first year in office. But, you know, he’s a liberal Democrat – and for true-blue right-wing folks, that ALWAYS means a tax hike.

6. Fascism is a left-wing phenomenon. We can thank Jonah Goldberg -- with a big assist from Beck -- for the popularity of this one, even though Goldberg’s thesis has been demolished and angrily dismissed by academic historians. It’s especially come in handy for Tea Partiers with Obama-as-Hitler signs, who are not impressed by those pointy-headed professorial types anyway.

7. Global warming is a hoax. So Sean Hannity assures us, citing the Climategate brouhaha -- which was itself shown largely to be a hoax of its own. Meanwhile, the world’s ocean levels keep rising, and glaciers and the polar ice cap keep receding -- regardless of the endless words thrown up denying that they are.

8. Some 16,000 new IRS agents will enforce the new health care reform act by throwing you in jail. Reality: The IRS is actually only increasing its spending in the coming budget year as it normally would -- but some Republican operatives decided to figure out how many positions its increased budget would buy, and came up with 16,000, a figure that then became gospel on Newt Gingrich’s lips. According to the same mythmakers, this nonexistent new army of health care police was going to start throwing people in jail if they failed to buy health insurance -- though in fact, the only penalties contemplated for such failures are fines and taxes.

9. Two million people were at the 9/12 March on Washington. At the culmination of a monthlong promotion (highlighted by a national Tea Party Express bus tour) by Beck and Fox News, about 70,000 people gathered on the National Mall on September 12 to protest. Beck cited an erroneous early report that over a million had shown up. Later that grew to be two million, the figure now commonly cited by Tea Party leaders as evidence of their tremendous numerical force.

10. The Tea Parties are a non-partisan, broad grassroots movement. Sure, if by non-partisan you mean rabidly paleo-conservative, to the point of even dismissing Republicans, and by grassroots you mean fake populism organized and whipped up by the most popular cable-news network on television, with a heaping helping of corporate financing.
Tea Party folks and their defenders also want to believe that they’re just ordinary Americans who want to be serious about helping their country. But it’s pretty hard to fit that description when you embrace plain old nuttiness.

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100. auburn (Mod)
For years the left-wing has been saying that Fox News viewers are “uneducated” or “misinformed”, but now a study has come out that might confirm those suspicions.

According to a new survey of Fox News viewers by Reuters, this is what Fox News viewers believe:

67% Believe Barack Obama’s name sounds suspicious.

45% Believe that homosexuals are polygamists

2% Believe that science is more important than faith

90% Believe that all of the Founding Fathers were born in the United States of America, even though it had not yet been created when the Founding Fathers were born.

56% Believe Sarah Palin went to an Ivy League Law school.

99% of Fox News viewers who were Medicare recipients said they opposed “socialized medicine.”

94% Believe Reagan lowered the National Debt.

15% Believe that George Washington defeated the King of England in a duel for America.

88% Believe that Bill Clinton failed as a President, because of his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

75% Believe that people on welfare are lazy.

24% Believe Santa Claus is real.

36% Believe the “Bill of Rights” is legislation introduced by the Republican Party to stop “Barack Obama’s socialist agenda.”

99% Believe that communism, socialism, fascism and tyranny are all the same.

70% Believe Barack Obama was born in Kenya

38% Believe Barack Obama was born in Indonesia


85% Don’t think Hawaii was even a state when Barack Obama was born

76% Believe Sarah Palin has an “Alaskan accent.”

92% Believe that Bill Clinton left Barack Obama with a surplus, which he spent.

96% Believe the economy was doing great when Barack Obama took office.

84% Believe the Tea Party is a grassroots movement without any corporate sponsorship.

94% Believe the Constitution mentions Jesus Christ as America’s savior.

23% Believe FEMA is building concentration camps.

63% Believe Glenn Beck is a healthy weight

37% Believe Nancy Pelosi is a witch, and that she can cast spells.

25% Believe Anthony Weiner’s resignation was good for the economy.

74% Believe that unemployment is higher now than it was during the Great Depression.

92% Couldn’t find Iraq on a map.

9% Believe that homosexuals are trying to take over America with glitter.

93% Couldn’t name the 7 continents.

12% Believe John Quincy Adams was a Founding Father.

99% Believe that the Government doesn’t create jobs, but 95% of those surveyed credit Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) with creating 1 million jobs as Governor of Texas.

While some of these might seem comical, the most shocking result from the study was this:

Most of Fox News viewers said they wouldn’t care if the entire country fell apart as long as Barack Obama isn’t elected to a second term.
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Link The most dramatic moment of the GOP debate in Florida last Monday revolved around Gov. Rick Perry and his 2007 executive order mandating that all 11- and 12-year-old girls in Texas get the HPV vaccine. The human papillomavirus vaccine protects women and teens against a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer.

During the debate, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann called Perry's executive order an example of crony capitalism.
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Link While Rick Perry has been touting his record of creating jobs in Texas as a key reason he’d make a great president, it turns out employment numbers aren’t so peachy in his homestate either.

NBC’s Michael Isikoff reports that the Texas unemployment rate “increased to 8.5% in August — the highest level in more than 24 years and more than twice the rate when Perry took office in December 2000.”
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Link PAMELA GELLER, AMERICAN THINKER: RICK PERRY, THE STEALTH JIHAD CANDIDATE
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Hmmmmmmm.....
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#94, agree.
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You tell 'em Nash.
I'd prefer Hillary over Obama as well, but that's an unlikely choice that we'll have. I don't agree that Obama has been "not a leader". He's done pretty good in leading in International Affairs. The first thing he did as POTUS was go give a speech in Egypt. 2 years later, and the people there revolted against there corrupt leader. No violence. We see some other Arab countries who've gotten rid of despotic leaders. I suspect the US has helped this people's movement....and that's preferable to me compared to what Bush/CHENEY did in Iraq. I'm not happy about Afghanistan, but Obama did get Bin Laden. We should have begun scaling back ops after that. Domestically, there's not much any POTUS can do when he gets zero cooperation from Congress.
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If you don't like it don't let the door hit you on the way out of this blog.
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93. auburn (Mod)
Quoting WeatherWx:
Take this stupid political jibber jabber to one of your beloved political forums. I mean, even a 2nd grade student can figure out that political blogs dont belong on weather sites. Duh!


Simple fix for you..when you scroll through the blog index and see this blog title "SayNoToTea"DONT click on it...even a 2nd grader knows that if they dont like a channel they dont have to watch it...
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Nash that sounds like a good blog.LOL :)
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nash #83 Good one! :)
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85. auburn (Mod)
Quoting nash28:


Don't like it? Don't read it.
Got that Sparky?

Geez.



You guys are on a roll today!
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84. auburn (Mod)
Quoting LowerCal:
I must respectfully disagree, Nash. In general the Republicans aren't afraid to do the wrong thing and the Democrats are afraid to do the right thing, LOL. ;^)



LOVE IT!
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How come twenty-four hours, sometimes slip into days?
A minute seems like a lifetime, Baby when I feel this way
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When I feel this way...I feel this way
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Quoting nash28:
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There is no difference between the two political parties...
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I must respectfully disagree, Nash. In general the Republicans aren't afraid to do the wrong thing and the Democrats are afraid to do the right thing, LOL. ;^)
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79. auburn (Mod)
Quoting nash28:
LOL!!! You guys are too much!

To borrow a line from Lewis Black... And I am paraphrasing here:

There is no difference between the two political parties... They are like a bowl of sh*t looking in the mirror at itself.

So true. So don't sit here and tell me the Republican Party is the party of fiscal responsibility and family values. And don't sit here and tell me the Democrat Party is the party for the poor and downtrodden. What a bunch of crap. Neither party gives a dead rats ass about you, your life, troubles, your kids, etc... Why people still call themselves a "die hard" repub or dem in today's day and age is beyond me.

Wake up and stop drinking the koolaid. BOTH SIDES are corrupt and completely full of sh*t. Mkay? So once again, looks like I will be voting my dog in the Presidential election, because I simply cannot live with myself to vote for that jackwaggon Obama, who is totally clueless and out of his league. And don't give me "he's SOOOO intelligent and pragmatic." Who the hell cares??? HE CAN'T LEAD!!!! Knew it then. Obvious now.

And the Republican side is nothing short of scary. Perry? Really? Good lord. He gives my home state a bad name. I wouldn't trust him any further than I can throw him. Romney? No thanks.. Who's left? Nutty Bachman? Nope. Newt? God help us.

So... There goes another election cycle where I say no thanks..



AMEN!!!
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Link

I doubt this will change the minds of the few that still advocate drilling. Let's drill more so we can make wealthy individuals even more wealthy.
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Link Scott Walker’s History of Dirty Tactics and Illegal Campaigning

We already know that Scott Walker made a costly mistake last year in Milwaukee when he fired union security guards, but is that all? Or is Scott a serial offender and repeater the George W Bush belief that “anything goes so long as I get my way”?

Little Scotty is indeed a serial offender, it turns out. And just as guilty of being a failure in the free market of education and ideas as W as well. But you already figured that, since he’s a Tea Party candidate. And what do they stand for if not ignorance combined with aggressively stupid power grabs better belonging to a dictatorship than a democratic republic like America. Scott is so comfy down in the mud and dirt that he doesn’t seem to have an off button. Scott was found guilty of illegal campaigning while in college and the local paper, that had previously been neutral, finally declared Scotty “unfit for Presidency.”

The Marquette Tribune reported last fall:

Walker attended Marquette from 1986 t0 1990, but never attained a degree (see page 5). His sophomore year, Walker ran for president of the Associated Students of Marquette University (ASMU, the former title for Marquette Student Government). He was accused of violating campaign guidelines on multiple occasions.

The Tribune reported then that he was found guilty of illegal campaigning two weeks before his candidacy became official. Later, a Walker campaign worker was seen placing brochures under doors at the YMCA. Door-to-door campaigning was strictly prohibited.
Walker initially denied this but later admitted to the violation, which resulted in lost campaign privileges at the YMCA.

In the run-up to Election Day, the Tribune’s editorial board endorsed Walker’s opponent John Quigley, but said either candidate had the potential to serve effectively. However, the Tribune revised its editorial the following day, calling Walker “unfit for presidency.”
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Link Here's something for your "can this possibly be for real" file this morning. Over at the Buffalo Beast -- the former print alt-weekly turned online newspaper founded by onetime editor Matt Taibbi, typically best known for its annual list of "The 50 Most Loathsome Americans" -- there appear to be recordings of a phone call between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and current editor Ian Murphy. Now, why on earth would Scott Walker want to talk on the phone with the editor of an online site in Buffalo? Well, he wouldn't.

But what if said editor pretended to be David Koch of the famed Koch Brothers? Well, that's a different story altogether, apparently! And so Walker, believing himself to be on the phone with his patron, seems to have had a long conversation about busting Wisconsin's unions.
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Link Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult
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Link FBI seizes items at home of former top aide to Gov. Walker
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Quoting Jrrtrollkien:


Please don't attempt to assume you know what I am saying. It's just really creepy. Besides, I wasn't calling anyone stupid; I leave that childish stuff to others.


Sorry but if you find this creepy you must live a very secluded life.

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Well this certainly has been a big waste of my time...
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Quoting Jrrtrollkien:
“This was not the brightest guy around,” a former classmate told the Huffington Post. “We always kind of laughed. He was always kind of a joke.”

Who's laughing now, I wonder?

S
o what your saying is; all the people who actually think this guy is awesome is even more stupid than he is? That explains why the  "I'm With Stupid" shirts are flying off the racks. 



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Quoting Jrrtrollkien:
"This was not the brightest guy around," a former classmate told the Huffington Post. "We always kind of laughed. He was always kind of a joke."

Who's laughing now, I wonder?

the Koch brothers?

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Quoting auburn:


Well according to some if he didn't have insurance it was his own fault from what I am reading
Health issues always hit home with me. It seems like in this case the guy got care, and he didn't get sicker from lack of insurance. Just his wallet got sick....but that's minor, as his wallet is as dead as he is right now.
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I'm a little conflicted right now as I just got off the phone with an old gf. In the decades I've known her we were always in about the same place financially, yet I paid for insurance and she didn't. We were both self-employed. Cost me over 250K, at least, over the years. I always advised her to buy insurance...even though I knew it would be a struggle for her as it was for me to pay the premium. Just found out she's been sicker than I've ever been, and her recent 1M tab was picked up by the state...i.e. those of us who pay insurance. The good and most important news is her cancer is gone...but as I say, I'm conflicted.
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57. auburn (Mod)
Quoting breald:
Yeah Tea Party bashing!!

At least Obama's campaign staff received health insurance. I worked for the company that provided said insurance.

Ron Paul's Campaign Manager died without any insurance.

Link


Well according to some if he didn't have insurance it was his own fault from what I am reading
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anytime breald.
Have a chuckle:

Rice University marching band mocks Rick Perry
It seems as though there’s no love between Rice University in Houston and Texas A&M, with the more academic-minded students at Rice typically looking down their noses at A&M’s “Aggies.”

Texas Governor Rick Perry is currently one of the best known A&M alumni, having graduated in 1972 with a 2.4 grade point average and a degree in animal sciences.

“This was not the brightest guy around,” a former classmate told the Huffington Post. “We always kind of laughed. He was always kind of a joke.”

Now Rice’s Marching Owl Band has taken a shot of their own at Perry’s intelligence, telling a stadium full of cheering spectators, “The next time you go to the polls, ask yourself, ‘Is your candidate smarter than an Aggie?’”

This video was posted to YouTube on September 3, 2011.
[emphasis added]

Is your candidate smarter than an Aggie?



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Quoting WeHaveHadIT:
Here is your link:

Dr. Ron Paul’s Campaign Manager Dies Uninsured, $400,000 in Debt


I guess I was posting it wrong.  Thanks We!!

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Quoting breald:
Darn it, I cannot post a link to the story. 
Here is your link:

Dr. Ron Paul’s Campaign Manager Dies Uninsured, $400,000 in Debt

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Darn it, I cannot post a link to the story. 
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51. unclemush
22:23 GMT le 14 septembre 2011
Link GOP Defector Spills the Beans
Sep 5, 2011 2:51 PM EDT
Mike Lofgren loyally served the GOP on Capitol Hill for 28 years. But no longer. Michael Tomasky on what the defection of a Republican staffer tells us about the state of the party.
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50. breald
22:22 GMT le 14 septembre 2011
Yeah Tea Party bashing!!

At least Obama's campaign staff received health insurance. I worked for the company that provided said insurance.

Ron Paul's Campaign Manager died without any insurance.

Link
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