Teabagging, July 3

teabag2.thumbnail.jpgSo we went to Tea Party July 3 in La Canada Flintridge, a suburb about 20 miles from Hollywood in the foothills of the Angeles Crest, at an estate used for weddings and other events. It was, like all Tea Parties, a mix of fed-up-with-tax-folks, anti-Obama-ists, No-New-World-Order organizers, UN haters, anti-immigrationists, and waaaay too much BeDazzled red, white and blue clothing on the 300 attendees.

One speaker was really proud of being a Chrysler dealer; it was listed next to his name everywhere on the program. The few folks I spoke to about Palin had nothing but praise for her as a fine conservative woman who would raise a lot of money for conservative Republicans. 

Speeches ranged from “the bread you eat is not bread, it’s a loaf of taxes, from the land the wheat grows on, to the seeds, to the machines to till the ground, taxes are paid. The gasoline that runs the tillers, the machines that that thresh the wheat, taxes are paid on those.  The truck that hauls the wheat taxes were paid to buy it, to run it to put gas in it; the driver has a drivers license, which is a form of tax…”  Yeah, well whatever, taxes are foundation of a civil society. So we went to the food area to grab a some grilled meat on a heavily taxed bun and mayo-plus starch salad which our $10 admission covered.

The head teabag grill guy, proud in his "We the People" tee shirt barked

Jose, we need more burgers!

There was no please, no thank you. And I wondered about Jose and his family and how they would be affected by all the plans these teabaggers had, and about the other maintenance staff at the estate who were Hispanic, the guys I saw sweeping up and emptying the trash and the whole thing was so effing gross especially because the guy yammering now at the mic was going on about how we are giving jobs to foreigners and outsourcing phone center jobs to “Bangadore.” Fer realz, he said “Bangadore.”

At one point, a speaker talked about the power of the vote and how We The People recalled California’s governor and put a conservative in power. Uh, you mean voting out Gray Davis and electing Schwarzenegger. Yeah, THAT really worked out well, fuckos.

We spotted Victoria Jackson, from the 1980s cast of Saturday Night Live, who has made a name for herself in the niche market of Christian conservative stand up comedy. She was one of the closing acts; and gods help us, we tried to stay through all the speeches and bad music, but the burgers on the heavily taxed wheat buns and mayo salads were starting to make us a little queasy, so left mid-way through a screed about One World Government; which was after some guy asking the crowd if we wanted the Constitution crafted by Our Founding Fathers, or one rewritten by the likes of Rockefeller and Jimmy Carter.

 The only thing that made sense the entire time was this:

We have to vote.

Yes, we do.

27 Responses to "Teabagging, July 3"
dakine01 | Saturday July 4, 2009 11:13 am 1

doG bless you for your sacrifice of the Friday for this Lisa.

But remember, it sometimes seems that the stoopid is contagious so be careful.


ThingsComeUndone | Saturday July 4, 2009 11:59 am 2

Outing tea bag leadersand GOPers with hispanic servants would be great now who cuts Glen Beck’s and Lou Dobb’s lawn?


Lisa Derrick | Saturday July 4, 2009 12:11 pm 3
In response to dakine01 @ 1

We were in gooper disguise, plus there are acting skills involved when infiltrating.

I am rinsing my psyche at three parties tonight–and one them is hosted by a guy who had 12 foot Obama poster in the yard of his Art Deco manse over looking the local reservoir and thoroughfare.


Raven | Saturday July 4, 2009 01:34 pm 4
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 3

So I assume you’ll get all in his face since Obama is such a sell-out and disgrace to “progressive” principles?


Larue | Saturday July 4, 2009 01:36 pm 5

I’m distressed there as many as 300 people at this event.

That’s not a good sign. WAY too many wingnuts out there.

Sad there was no ANTI Teabagging presence outside this place.


Teddy Partridge | Saturday July 4, 2009 01:37 pm 6

Hey Lisa, thanks for this report. Did the teabaggers check Jose’s employment credentials at the door, do you suppose? And isn’t mayonnaise kinda, y’know, French for this crowd?


Phoenix Woman | Saturday July 4, 2009 01:39 pm 7

At one point, a speaker talked about the power of the vote and how We The People re-called California’s governor and put a conservative in power. Uh, you mean voting out Grey Davis and electing Schwarzenegger. Yeah, THAT really worked out well, fuckos.

Yeah. If y’all hadn’t fallen for Darrell the Car Thief’s recall scam (which was designed to make Darrell Issa governor, until state and national Republican party bigwigs leaned on him to step aside for Ahhhnuld), California wouldn’t be in this mess. As Paul Krugman noted back in 2003:

When Mr. Schwarzenegger threw his biceps into the ring, he seemed to think that, like George W. Bush, he could adopt a what-me-worry approach to budget deficits. ”The first thing that you have to do is not worry about should we cut the programs or raise the taxes and all those things,” he told Fox News. Then someone must have explained to him that a governor, unlike a president, can’t just decide that red ink isn’t a problem. In fact, one reason Gray Davis is so unpopular is that, unlike the challengers, he has actually had to take painful steps to close the budget gap. Although news reports continue, inexplicably, to talk about a $38 billion deficit, the projected gap for next year is only $8 billion.

And the year after that, had Davis’ plan been left intact, the state would have been running a surplus. But nooooooooo.


Teddy Partridge | Saturday July 4, 2009 01:42 pm 8

Gray Davis was an important take-down for the GOP; Democratic governors of California are by default potential national leaders, Davis’s charisma deficit notwithstanding.


BooRadley | Saturday July 4, 2009 01:48 pm 9

Great reconnaissance, thanks.


applepie | Saturday July 4, 2009 01:53 pm 10

I received an email invite to this event from the so-called Economic Liberty Foundation. I sent my standard gmail canned response (Google Labs!!!) ‘remove from this email list’ and got back a message saying it was undeliverable.

Ho-hum, so much for the conservative revolution.

Actually I took a few Japanese anti-war teachers to Chicano Park in San Diego instead yesterday to celebrate July 4th. Much better fun!


RevBev | Saturday July 4, 2009 01:58 pm 11

I noted on a previous post…the statesman.com, paper for Austin, TX had a video (Ken Herman) of some of the “Plumber’s” remarks yesterday in Austin. I have not seen a count, but pics in the video appear to be a sparse attendance.


foothillsmike | Saturday July 4, 2009 02:07 pm 12

So how were the hamburgers brought to you courtesy of monsanto


jacqrat | Saturday July 4, 2009 02:17 pm 13

“she’s one of us!”

gabba gabba hey.


SouthernDragon | Saturday July 4, 2009 02:27 pm 14
In response to foothillsmike @ 12

ArcherDanielsMidland:

“We don’t grow the food you eat, we make the food you eat better.”

Better living through better chemistry.


snoboysdrift | Saturday July 4, 2009 02:30 pm 15

Is there a link to the whole 18 minute Palin outa here speech?


Petrocelli | Saturday July 4, 2009 02:33 pm 16

WTF“Canada” right there in the first line ?!!

Tighten the Borders and keep those Damn Canucks from stirrin’ up more trouble … I’m sure they’re to blame for Palin’s resignation …


RieszFischer | Saturday July 4, 2009 02:33 pm 17

Lisa, I wonder if you were tempted to tell those guys “Well, you don’t have to pay taxes– you can get the hell out of my country, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out”.


Badwater | Saturday July 4, 2009 02:46 pm 18

Someone should ask the anti-taxers why the Decider’s tax cuts produced the economy he delivered to Obama on Jan 20, 2009. The answer will probably be to blame the “Democrat Congress”. Too bad the Decider never got the hang of that whole veto power thing.

Whatever the answer, it’s never the responsibility of any Republics.


foothillsmike | Saturday July 4, 2009 02:57 pm 19
In response to RieszFischer @ 17

Just tell them love it enough to pay your fair share or leave it.


karnak12 | Saturday July 4, 2009 03:01 pm 20

Lisa, thanks for attending that little shindig so I didn’t have to. And writing about it of course.

I was gonna listen to the video, but the picture showing the guy wearing the Cheney T shirt scared me off. I cannot take even the slightest mention of those two jerks, bushcheney, and I run if I think someone is going to bring them up for whatever reason.

Other than that I hope you had a good holiday otherwise


KayInMaine | Saturday July 4, 2009 03:03 pm 21

Remember….Clinton was to blame for his 8 years, George Bush is not to blame for his 8 years, Clinton is to blame for Bush’s 8 years, and President Obama is to blame for George Bush’s 8 years along with his 4-8 years. Are we clear? LOL


Lisa Derrick | Saturday July 4, 2009 03:17 pm 22
In response to karnak12 @ 20

It was quite fete. I will be posting another video later I think I got a slight case of tea bag ptomaine from the highly taxed bun and meat. Or maybe it was the speeches.

In this video the two dudes discuss Palin. It is um tragic. But they talked to us because they liked our supply-side melons and were hoping we were conservative in every way but horizontal. They invited us to a Tea Bag Tailgate today to the Rose Bowl. Hot? Not.


PJEvans | Saturday July 4, 2009 04:17 pm 23
In response to Larue @ 5

In an area with three million people, that’s a small turnout.


freepatriot | Saturday July 4, 2009 04:19 pm 24

At one point, a speaker talked about the power of the vote and how We The People recalled California’s governor and put a conservative in power

so now they’re taking credit for the gropenator ???

I thought the people like arnuld and george who fail conservatism were closet liberals

good to see the repuglicdons adopting a furriner though

figured that it would be a white furriner


freepatriot | Saturday July 4, 2009 04:23 pm 25

wheat is a federally subsidized crop, right ???

and the beef was raised on federal land rented at rock bottom prices

the trucks that transported the wheat and beef traveled on federally built roads, and were protected from theft by taxpayer supported police departments

shall I go on ???


Svejk | Saturday July 4, 2009 04:29 pm 26

As an advocate for single payer, I know that “left out” feeling. But, since we have no hope nor desire for, royal approval, we can do whatever we wish to advance our cause. This has included attending OFA meetings and talking up single payer, much to the chagrin of OFA organizers, who are watching the network come unglued as the most liberal (and most active) members become disenchanted or just plain disgusted, and members become interested in single-payer. The expectations of robotic behavior (knock on doors and ask people if they endorse Barack Obama’s 3 principles) is ludicrous, especially since the proposals being seriously considered cannot deliver on those stated principles, especially cost control.

I have the feeling that Obama is totally lost in the maze. He should be applauding the organizations pushing for public option, not castigating them. And, what help does he expect from the likes of Landrieu?

There will be a rally/lobbying effort in D.C. on July 30th, for Medicare’s birthday. This one is strictly single-payer. Everyone so inclined is invited and will be welcomed – Everybody In, Nobody Out.

And screw the Repubs passing as Democrats. Enough already!


Mommybrain | Saturday July 4, 2009 05:22 pm 27
In response to Larue @ 5

If it hadn’t been 4th of July there wouldn’t have been as many. La Canada is mostly red. These guys are the country club set, not so much the NASCAR set.


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