A Toledo Tea Party

When are we going to have a Tea Party here, the kind the news media likes to pretend aren't happening all over the country? http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orl-locteaparty21032209mar22,0...

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the kind the news media likes to pretend aren't happening all over the country?

This might be a little more believable, if you didn't immediately follow it up with an article from the "news media" covering one of these events.

Pink Slip

Wingnuts-- still the biggest victimhood queens around.

Wingnuts pride themselves in not reading news papers or watching network TV and then claim they don't get any coverage? How would they know?

That's right, the few at the top do all their thinking for them. It most be so much easier to go through life being told what to be outraged against.

Here is some coverage for you:

The Orlando Sentinel


The Raleigh News & Observer


The Ridgefield (CT) Press


Here's a thought. Maybe if the Teabaggers wanted even more ink than they're already getting, they should consider staging these circlejerks in towns that can't fit their entire populations in the Staples Center.


I'm filling in for Brian this afternoon on WSPD and my guest at 3:30 is Eric Odom. He'll be addressing 'everything you need to know to organize a Tea Party...'

Eric Odom--

On the same day as Santelli’s rant, February 19, another site called Officialchicagoteaparty.com went live. This site was registered to Eric Odom, who turned out to be a veteran Republican new media operative specializing in imitation-grassroots PR campaigns. Last summer, Odom organized a twitter-led campaign centered around DontGo.com to pressure Congress and Nancy Pelosi to pass the offshore oil drilling bill, something that would greatly benefit Koch Industries, a major player in oil and gas. Now, six months later, Odom’s DontGo movement was resurrected to play a central role in promoting the “tea party” movement.

Up until last month, Odom was officially listed as the “new media coordinator” for the Sam Adams Alliance, a well-funded libertarian activist organization based in Chicago that was set up only recently. Samuel Adams the historical figure was famous for inspiring and leading the Boston Tea Party—so when the PR people from the Chicago-based Sam Adams Alliance abruptly leave in order to run Santelli’s “Chicago Tea Party,” you know it wasn’t spontaneous. Odom certainly doesn’t want people to know about the link: his name was scrubbed from the Sam Adams Alliance website recently, strongly suggesting that they wanted to cover their tracks. Thanks to google caching, you can see the SAA’s before-after scrubbing.

Separated at Head Pubes?

Rising Koch revolutionary Eric Odom… and embalmed Marxist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin?

Even the Sam Adams’ January 31 announcement that Odom’s fake-grassroots group was “no longer sponsored by the Alliance” was shortly afterwards scrubbed.

But it’s the Alliance’s scrubbing of their link to Koch that is most telling. A cached page, erased on February 16, just three days before Santelli’s rant, shows that the Alliance also wanted to cover up its ties to the Koch family. The missing link was an announcement that students interested in applying for internships to the Sam Adams Alliance could also apply through the “Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program” through the Institute for Humane Studies, a Koch-funded rightwing institute designed to scout and nurture future leaders of corporate libertarian ideology. (See hi-resolution screenshots here.) The top two board directors at the Sam Adams Alliance include two figures with deep ties to Koch-funded programs: Eric O’Keefe, who previously served in Koch’s Institute for Humane Studies and the Club For Growth; and Joseph Lehman, a former communications VP at Koch’s Cato Institute.

All of these are ultimately linked up to Koch’s Freedom Works mega-beast. Freedomworks.org has drawn fire in the past for using fake grassroots internet campaigns, called “astroturfing,” to push for pet Koch projects such as privatizing social security. A New York Times investigation in 2005 revealed that a “regular single mom” paraded by Bush’s White House to advocate for privatizing social security was in fact FreedomWorks’ Iowa state director. The woman, Sandra Jacques, also fronted another Iowa fake-grassroots group called “For Our Grandchildren,” even though privatizing social security was really “For Koch And Wall Street Fat Cats.”

If you log into FreedomWorks.org today, its home page features a large photo of Rick Santelli pointing at the viewer like Uncle Sam, with the words: “Are you with Rick? We Are. Click here to learn more.”

FreedomWorks, along with scores of shady front organizations which don’t have to disclose their sponsors thanks to their 501 (c)(3) status, has been at the heart of today’s supposed grassroots, nonpartisan “tea party” protests across the country, supposedly fueled by scores of websites which masquerade as amateur/spontaneous projects, but are suspiciously well-crafted and surprisingly well-written. One slick site pushing the tea parties, Right.org claims, “Right.org is a grassroots online community created by a few friends who were outraged by the bailouts. So we gathered some talent and money and built this site. Please tell your friends, and if you have suggestions for improving it, please let us know. Respectfully, Evan and Duncan.” But funny enough, these regular guys are offering a $27,000 prize for an “anti-bailout video competition.” Who are Evan and Duncan? Do they even really exist?

Even Facebook pages dedicated to a specific city “tea party” events, supposedly written by people connected only by a common emotion, obviously conformed to the same style. It was as if they were part of a multi-pronged advertising campaign planned out by a professional PR company. Yet, on the surface, they pretended to have no connection. The various sites set up their own Twitter feeds and Facebook pages dedicated to the Chicago Tea Party movement. And all of them linked to one another, using it as evidence that a decentralized, viral movement was already afoot. It wasn’t about partisanship; it was about real emotions coming straight from real people.

While it’s clear what is at stake for the Koch oligarch clan and their corporate and political allies—fighting to keep the hundreds of billions in surplus profits they’ve earned thanks to pro-rich economic policies over the past 30 years—what’s a little less obvious is Santelli’s link to all this. Why would he (and CNBC) risk their credibility, such as it is, as journalists dispensing financial information in order to act as PR fronts for a partisan campaign?

As noted above, Santelli’s contract with CNBC runs out in a few months. His 10 years with the network haven’t been remarkable, and he’ll enter a brutal downsizing media job market. Thanks to the “tea party” campaign, as the article notes, Santelli’s value has suddenly soared. If you look at the scores of blogs and fake-commenters on blogs (for example, Daily Blog, a slick new blog launched in January which is also based in Chicago) all puff up Santelli like he’s the greatest journalist in America, and the greatest hero known to mankind. Daily Bail, like so much of this “tea party” machine, is “headquartered nearby” to Santelli, that is, in Chicago. With Odom, the Sam Adams Alliance, and the whole “tea party” nexus: “Rick, this message is to you. You are a true American hero and there are no words to describe what you did today except your own. Headquartered nearby, we will be helping the organization in whatever way possible.”

It’s not difficult to imagine how Santelli hooked up with this crowd. A self-described “Ayn Rand-er,” one of Santelli’s colleagues at CNBC, Lawrence Kudlow, played a major role in both FreedomWorks and the Club for Growth.

So today’s protests show that the corporate war is on, and this is how they’ll fight it: hiding behind “objective” journalists and “grassroots” new media movements. Because in these times, if you want to push for policies that help the super-wealthy, you better do everything you can to make it seem like it’s “the people” who are “spontaneously” fighting your fight. As a 19th century slave management manual wrote, “The master should make it his business to show his slaves, that the advancement of his individual interest, is at the same time an advancement of theirs. Once they feel this, it will require little compulsion to make them act as becomes them.” (Southern Agriculturalist IX, 1836.) The question now is, will they get away with it, and will the rest of America advance the interests of Koch, Santelli, and the rest of the masters?

--I believe this info is from an article in Playboy.

Pink Slip

good stuff, Pink.

The American Revolution, brought to you by Corporate America. (remember, before you dump the tea, make sure the label is facing the camera)

Pink Slip

Everyone should mail a tea bag to your Senator and Congressman on April 1


I encourage all of you freepers to mail your crushed white tea leaves in envelopes to your Senators and Congressmen.

Make sure you put your return address.

If you do, it won't get past the mail screeners at the Capitol. But if you tape the string and label from the teabag and mail it, the mail will get to Mousy Kapturs office.....

Why would you want to teabag her?

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

haha yuk

I just read through the whole pink rant and I'm sorry but I didn't see any corporate names unless think tanks and PACs are now corporate entities, in which case let's put ACORN up there in that group.
Also funny is that Odom started his talk with Maggie by stating his ties to DontGo and other groups, so I guess he gets the whole transperancy deal. At heart the guy sounds alot like a "community organizer", maybe we should run him for president.
Odom is doing all the things MoveOn, ACORN, and other liberal blogs and groups are doing and it upsets pink that he's getting such a big response. Pink doesn't mind the masses getting mislead and used as long as they are being misled and used by NEA, UAW, AFL-CIO, ACORN, CNN, etc etc. he's funny

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

"I'm sorry but I didn't see any corporate names"

Really? You didn't see Koch Industries? It's only the "largest privately-held company in the United States". It was in the first paragraph. Those tea bags musta been blocking your view.

Do you prefer Lipton or Brian?

Pink Slip

That's funny. Okay so now I see where you're coming from. A successful businessman starts a foundation, and a think tank that agree with his beliefs. He is smart enough to use the latest technology to reach an audience. People who agree with him become part of the movement and it takes on a life of it's own. No one is forced to participate, they just believe as he does. So far except for the successful businessman part I've described Obama's campaign.
So since you probably won't be participating in any tea party why does it bother you so that other people will? Or do you just believe those that do are being led by the nose? Odom was very upfront on all aspects today so he isn't hiding anything from anyone. The problem with liberals is they think they are all so much smarter than the rest of us, and we need to be protected from the big, bad corporations. I say good for Mr. Koch that he's as successful as he is, that's what this country was meant to be....a place where a man could reach his full potential and see his dreams realized. Hurray for Mr. Koch and others like him.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

I/m out of town then, somebody should start it up

The purpose of Tea Parties is for folks to assemble and voice their concerns about the DC crowd and the ongoing abuses of their power, including those of the last eight years. Nobody's going to speak ill of the democrats' cherished ideals,(like Bush is an idiot-Bush is a liar). I believe most of the "Way Cool" party have yet to see a dime of the trillions already wasted since Jan. 20. But-the rich, the bankers, and the stockbrokers certainly have-which is eating away at those who are expecting their 'cash bonanzas'. I have received everything I was promised-NOTHING, so no big letdown for me.

- personally - and have for several years.

His company is Fresh Vision Media http://freshvisionmedia.com/
and yes, he's done work for Sam Adams Alliance. In fact, it was through his contracted work for Sam Adams that I met him. At that time, he was very upfront about being a contractor providing services for them - and not an employee of the organization. If his name was removed from the SAA website, it's just as likely due to his contract being finished (especially now that SAA has added staff to do similar type of work) as for Pink's nefarious claim that they were 'scubbing' evidence of his association.

That Eric registered a website on the same day as Santelli's rant just goes to show how aware of issues he is - especially when it comes to the use of social media. He recognized the potential impact the rant would have and the impetus it could become to mobile individuals. If this had been done by a liberal group for a liberal issue, Pink would be praising the action as 'savvy.'

Even if Pink's innuendos and attempted smear for being associated with Koch were true, it doesn't change the fact that Odom gave good information for anyone interested in organizing a Toledo area Tea Party. But I can tell you that he isn't a 'tool' for anyone.

Lastly, I find it interesting that Pink's criticism is of the person and not the idea of a Tea Party - but I guess that when you cannot address the issue, 'attack the person' is the standard response.

Maggie-after seeing how the 'rabidcrats' attacked Sarah Palin, and Joe the Plumber, why would you think anything is going to change regarding how they engage in a serious debate-on any subject?

BTW, there is a meeting of the Maumee Gun Collectors this Sat. and Sun., 8:30 to 4:00 both days, at the Rec. Center. I'll tell the folks there we need a Tea Party in Lucas County-ASAP.

Whoa, all the heavy hitters are coming out now. All we need is Brain Wilson and we'll really have ourselves a party. Freddy, it doesn't "bother" me that people want to have a tea party. I encourage all form of non-violent protest. I just find it funny that some of the biggest button pushers are those we should be united against. Don't agree with government decisions? Fine--protest 'til you puke. But let's not pretend that doing the bid of corporations trying to save a buck is some form of populism reminiscent of the Boston Tea Party.

Mags, perhaps you should take a look at my previous post again. You should clearly see that I attributed this info to an article in Playboy magazine. I just thought it was interesting info on one of your guests. What's wrong with that?

"I find it interesting that Pink's criticism is of the person and not the idea of a Tea Party - but I guess that when you cannot address the issue, 'attack the person' is the standard response."

Did I not address the issue here?

Pink Slip

I don't believe it is clear what information in your post is your own and what is from the article, since you didn't use quotations or other indicators of any distinction.

And if you listened to the interview you would have heard that the vast majority of the organizers of tea parties are individuals who are just fed up - not people who are known to be politically active nor are they doing so because 'Corporate America' has told them to.

Sometimes, people actually find an idea they like and embrace it without being told to do so by unions, elected officials, corporations, lobbyists, media (including radio stations), etc... I believe that is the true meaning of 'grass roots.'

Did you really think I knew that much about some guy named Eric Odom?

"Sometimes, people actually find an idea they like and embrace it without being told to do so by unions, elected officials, corporations, lobbyists, media (including radio stations), etc... I believe that is the true meaning of 'grass roots.'"

And some people do their masters' bidding and try to take advantage of real populism by funding and organizing fake populism.

Pink Slip

the 'grass roots' aspect of this seems confined almost exclusively to conservative, non-Obama voters.

The Orlando event:

"This is maybe the greatest single gathering of God-fearing patriots in the history of Orlando, Florida," local conservative radio host Bud Hedinger, who emceed the event, told the crowd.

The attendees, many of whom said they'd heard about the rally on Hedinger's radio show"...

The Raleigh event-:

Several members of the crowd said they'd recently been laid off, including Ross Iannarelli, 66, of Port Orange, who said he'd just lost his job at an electrical-equipment company.

"They need to shove that bum out," he said, referring to President Obama. "I hate seeing them spend my grandchildren's money
(Evidently he had no problem with the eight previous years that got us to this point))

The Ridgefield Ct. event:

“I want to dump Dodd and I want to dump Dodd and get rid of Obama as soon as it’s legally possible,” said Jamie Shafer of Wilton Road West. “I’m very worried about my country -- it’s an outrage a day.”

"They carried signs: “Give me liberty, not Europe,” “Obama lies and America dies,” “Socialism is trickle-up poverty,” “Wanted: Loving families for released GITMO terrorists -- Call 1-800-I-Voted-For-Obama,” and “Support Our Troops.”

And now we get to the inevitable so-stupid-it's-laugh-till-my-sides-hurt funny:

"Chuck Scott of chuckscott.com urged the (sic)Connecticut cede the union and said he was starting a ‘ct.cede’ web site.

“Protect our borders. Secure our borders,” said a woman from U.S. Citizens for Immigration Law.

“We’re not talking about Pele who come here legally,” he said. “We’re talking about law-breakers.”

LOL, Pele? The soccer player Pele from like 40 years ago?

Too funny.

Cue the tap dance music.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Maggie Thurber just announced on WSPD radio that an April 15 Tea Party is being organized for Toledo; possibly to gather at One Government Center. WSPD's website will carry further details in the near future.

A tea party in Toledo that would adhere to the intents of the original would require throwing Czarty's Jeep truck into the drink.

...and the link to the Facebook page to register, volunteer, etc....


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