Sarah Palin joins Ted Cruz, confederate flag, as new face of shutdown

Sarah Palin, God bless her self-serving media savvy. As if the Republican party didn’t have enough troubles, Palin today emerged alongside Ted Cruz as the new face of the GOP government shutdown.

Yes, there really is a God.

Palin joined GOP Tea Party Senator, and shutdown leader, Cruz and other Tea Party supporters of the GOP’s shutdown of the federal government in a “million vet march” to protest the fact that the government has actually been shut down.

Point of fact: Neither Palin nor Cruz have actually served in the military, and both support the GOP government shutdown which closed the WWII memorial.  But don’t let that get in the way of a good visual.

Palin on shutdown: “Let government chill for a little bit.”

Palin on the shutdown not two weeks ago:

“Let government chill for a little bit.”

Palin said Republicans should not “fear some kind of government shutdown.” She then emphasized that Republicans must “stand firm,” “not blink,” and not “allow the media to drive this whole narrative” that a shutdown would be bad for Republicans.

Palin said that a shutdown would allow the American people to realize “how irrelevant the federal government could and should be in our lives.”

And now she’s leading a protest of the shutdown she supported.

Adorable.

Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz (bottom right) lead "veterans" in protesting the Republicans own shutdown of the government.

Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz (bottom right) lead “veterans” in protesting the Republicans own shutdown of the government.

Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz protest government shutdown they supported

“Veterans” – basically Tea Partyers – led by Palin and Cruz, marched today on the World War II memorial in Washington, DC, stole the National Park Service’s protective barriers, and then threw them at the White House.

This was intended to show their ire over the fact that the World War II memorial, along with every other federal land, site, office and program, was closed once the GOP shut down the federal government in the hopes of extorting the President into defunding health care reform, aka Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act.

The Tea Party “vets,” led by Palin and Cruz, are apparently so outraged at themselves for shutting down the federal government, that they’re now protesting the President for listening to them.

Tea Party protesters also concerned about Obama being a Muslim

According to CNN, the Tea Party protesters gathered at the White House are also very concerned that President Obama is a Muslim:

One speaker went as far as saying the president was a Muslim and separately urged the crowd of hundreds to initiate a peaceful uprising.

“I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up,” said Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, a conservative political advocacy group.

Fox’s Brit Hume is quite upset that Politico’s Ben White appears to have a brain

Of course, leave it to Fox News to come to the defense of today’s contradictory Tea Party protest against the very shutdown policy the Tea Party championed.

It all began with a tweet from Politico’s Ben White:

Well, that didn’t sit well with the GOP propaganda headquarters over at Fox:

Fortunately, Ben was unphased – if not amused – by the attention he was receiving from the GOP mother ship:

Were Hume and Fox only as obsessed with the truth.

Confederate flag was right at the front of the Tea Party WWII memorial protest

Here’s a video of the throng throwing the Park Service gates at the White House:

Yes, that’s exactly what you thought you saw at the end of that video. The Palin-Cruz Tea Partyers are allied with southern confederate flag-waving racists:

Tea Partyers, led by Sarah Palin. Ted Cruz and southern racists waving the confederate flag, throw metal fences at the White House gates to protest the GOP shutdown of the government.

Tea Partyers, led by Sarah Palin. Ted Cruz and southern racists waving the confederate flag, throw metal fences at the White House gates to protest the GOP shutdown of the government.  Note the typo that was clumsily corrected in the sign.

It’s a funny way to “respect our vets,” carrying the flag of an enemy that created even more American vets.

Some lead conservatives were equally unimpressed:

“Perhaps,” as Peter Sylwester noted on Twitter, “the Confederate flag mob will move next to reopen the Lincoln Memorial.”

That would be fun.

Also note the typo that was clumsily corrected on the sign above – it used to read “Repect our Troops.”

Interestingly, Palin, Cruz and the Tea Partyers are holding no such protests to fight the shutdown of clinical trials for cancer patients, or the cut-off of death benefits for family members of US troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan during the GOP shutdown.

Then again, this was never about real people for the GOP.

It never is.


Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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555 Responses to “Sarah Palin joins Ted Cruz, confederate flag, as new face of shutdown”

  1. Louis says:

    Yep, Lincoln was a Republican. And the Rebublican freed Blacks from shackles and chains. In the 1965 Civil Rights bill, Kennedy freed Blacks from Jim Crow and the White Democrat racist that wanted to maintain slavery got upset and left the Democratic party for the Republican party. And that is where the Southern Whites reside today, in the Republican party. So the folks that want to keep Blacks as subservient didn’t change anything but their political party.

  2. harleyjack says:

    Alaska is light years behind the lower 48. just like the rebel flag and not one vet or American took the flag down in disgust. shame on America we brought the blacks to America we beat them maimed them injured them killed them murdered them burnt their houses down and bombed their places of worship. shame on palin

  3. Jeremie Morse says:

    Many liberals and conservatives are just puppets posting their
    respective talking points. It saddens me to see that people cannot
    disagree without calling each other names. We have gotten to the point
    in our country where we hate each other. Calling someone a racist is a
    great tactic. Because instead on focusing on the issue the opponent has
    to spend their time explaining why they are not racists. People are not interested in learning the other persons point of view like grown adults. Just like a child, they want to prove how right they are and have no interest in getting along. I
    would say compared to many countries we are very uneducated. Otherwise,
    instead of personal attacks you would hear sound intelligent talk explaining why our views differ. If we fail to find a common ground everyone here is in for huge problems. Untied we stand divided we fall is not just a cliche. It is truth

  4. Ed From Indy says:

    People want to make a big deal about one Confederate Flag!
    1. He has a Right to fly that flag because of us vets! Now I too was there and
    thought about saying something to the man, but did not for the fact he has the
    God given right to fly it!! And I am a 20 year retired disabled veteran from
    Indiana. If people want to get made about anything what about the lies we have
    been getting out of this government.

    1. IRS going after the Tea Party.

    2. Did the IRS and President Obama have anything to do with
    which car dealerships got closed down?

    3. Fast and Furious.

    4. Benghazi.

    5. NSA spying on U.S. citizens and foreign leaders.

    6. Obama care. Roll out and you can keep your Doctor and
    your Insurance plan yha right.

    7. Vets and their family’s not getting the benefits they
    have earned.

    8. This government shut down.

    Now all you Vets know Honor, Integrity, Respect, loyalty, Compassion,
    and Personal Responsibility are the corner stones of our creed and this country!!
    This Commander and Chief has not one of these quality’s.

    Ask your selves what if the list above “and I know it can be
    added to” is not by accident and is by design what then?

    Us Vets need to get out of our American Legion and VFW bar
    and get mad and let them know this is not what we served for! We need to get
    out the vote and hold the politicians feet to the fire or we will get more of
    the same from Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the government that
    has run a much under President Obama!! Get made about one man with a flag that
    he has the right to fly hell get mad about this!!

  5. Life, Liberty and the pursuit says:

    Being flown in battle does not make the Confederate Battle Flag inherently racist. The CBF has been adopted by many groups of racism and hatred and thus its true meaning has been tainted. I don’t believe that should demerit the CBF of it’s true origin and representation.

  6. Life, Liberty and the pursuit says:

    Very well written, Swampdog62. John, your article was an interesting read and you made some points that were worth noting, however, you lost a significant amount of credibility when you chose to support the widely believed misconception that the Confederate Battle Flag is a representation of hatred and the support of racism. Would you have shared the same opinion had “Bonnie Blue” or the North Carolina Secession Flag been flown in the Confederate Battle Flags place? In giving you the benefit of the doubt, you might be very good at your job and playing into the hands of those that are less informed. If the statement above is in fact a true belief of yours, then perhaps a detailed history lesson would do you well my friend.

    My hope is that America will once again share unity amongst her brothers & sisters of all race and religion and that we may focus our attention on foreign enemies rather than domestic before our situation deteriorates any further.

  7. Retired Capt says:

    I was there. There was ONE Confederate Flag. I don’t think that kid is a vet. Were you there John?

  8. gina cavener says:

    Thank you Ted, Sarah and Mike! You’re our only voices!

  9. Max Baucom says:

    I see Mike Lee there too. He’s next to Cruz, and Behind Palin.

  10. beebers says:

    @Chuck, Yet you follow a liberal one sided blogger. Yep, that’s credible journalism at its finest.

  11. A bunch of dangerous Kooks. Can’t they be sensored?

  12. Drivethru says:

    Flush Rush, Palin, Cruz, Beck and now Boehner! Real Americans who served deserve better representation! We know what side we are on and it is NOT yours,

  13. RAWoD says:

    Once again I note that virtually every photo of Ted Cruz makes him look like both someone that smelt it and someone who dealt it. Take a look — it uncanny!

  14. bluelove says:

    Tell me Chuck, do you have a college education? I graduated from Baylor University with a dergree in respiratory therapy.

  15. Chuck McLean says:

    I do read, and keep up with politics. I just read factual articles that can back up their news with facts and footnotes. I’m sure you get your “News” from Fox and Rush Limbaugh. By the way, I am a small Business owner.

  16. bluelove says:

    Well, Chuck, I’m not perfect! Typing error: I meant statistics. Fourth grade was a very long time ago. If you read , and keep up with politics, then you know that obozo is constantly lying to Ameicans. And so do all his cronies. 65% of Americans do not want obozocare. At a time when we need jobs, in America, obozocare is cutting peoples jobs from fulltime to partime. And small buisineses are letting people go! obozo, and his cronies want a one payer system for healthcare. Insurance companies will be put out of business, and people will be forced to take obozocare. FORCED! I never thought I would see our freedoms taken away. obozo needs to be impeached. And some of his people need to be put away for a long time. LIES, LIES, LIES! obozo has taken the presidency to a new low! It has gotten to the point of being absolutely ridiculous. God help us.

  17. Status Crow says:

    Congrats on this piece, John. You’d do Pravda proud!

  18. Swampdog62 says:

    Why not mention Marine Flags, Christian Crosses, American Flags, etc. that are also at the front of the line as symbols of hate??? Someone
    who believes the Confederate Flag stands for racism is no different
    than someone who believes Fox New is “fair and balanced”. That flag
    stands for “Southern Pride” and THAT’S IT. My President is Barack Obama
    and I’m proud to call him that. Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and the Tea
    Party are the morons………as well as this idiot desecrating our
    “flag of heritage”. Just because a few idiots use it as a symbol of
    hate doesn’t mean the majority of us do. Tea Patriots wrap themselves
    in American Flags & Hats all the time and then try to overthrow the
    government. That doesn’t make the American Flag bad. An AssHo_e is an
    AssHo_e….but please leave the flag out of this mess. People in the South are a proud people but the biggot and racist here is the blogger who is trying to stir up something they know nothing about.

  19. Darren says:

    So let me get this right – the **confederate BATTLE FLAG** isnt racist? It ISNT a symbol of the division that tore this country apart, a division caused by the south over their desire to own people?

    You can pretend all you want, but there are some facts you cant ignore:

    1. That is the confederate battle flag
    2. The constitution of the confederacy DEMANDED that each state in the confederacy be a slave holding state.

    They’re racists and you’re an idiot.

  20. doyourresearch says:

    It actually is racist because that flag is the Confederate Battle Flag which was used in battle. If you wanted to show your southern pride use the correct Confederate Flag…if you dont know what it looks like..look it up.

  21. Txsecededave says:

    What the South was really fighting the civil war for? If only 6% of Southerners owned slaves, then what were the other 94% fighting for?
    They were fighting for The Cause; less government, less taxes, and the right of the people to govern themselves.
    Oppressive Taxes, (congress passed, shortly after Lincoln was elected, the Morrill Tariff, the highest import tax in u.s. history, more than doubling the rate from 20% to 47 %),
    denial of states’ rights to govern states and an unrepresentative federal government, pushed the Southern states to legally withdraw from the union, Not slavery.
    When the Southerners escaped the tax by withdrawing from the Union, the only way the North could collect this oppressive tax was to invade the Confederate states and force them at gunpoint back into the Union.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  22. Jeremie Morse says:

    Well first you assume raising your taxes is how Congress can rip you off. Well they cannot directly take that money. That is obviously steeling. What they do is hold stock and investments is these private companies and in turn make laws that favor their investments. Here is an example of how it works Democrat Rep. Dennis Cardoza of California pass legislation
    that gives tax breaks to racehorse owners, and bought seven racehorses
    once it went into effect. Here is annother example Republican Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania has worked to benefit the
    natural gas industry — while he and his wife made up to $50.2 million in
    the sale of a relatives natural gas companies to
    Exxon Mobil. In fact overall wealth of congress has risen 15%. That how they are stealing from us. And it is right behind our backs. Stuff like this happens all the time. They are not in it for you or me they are in it for personal gain. They only vote for the things you like to keep the votes coming. Pretty sneaky huh?

  23. Mike Brown says:

    No…it is completely “fair”….and it underscores what a selfish douche bag some people can be by siding with a bunch of nihilists because of their fixation on a single issue at the expense of everyone else.
    One issue idiot voter: “I don’t like abortion…so I will vote with these assholes who think it’s awesome to dehumanize people of color, women, and the poor, and whore themselves out to corporate interests, and circumvent democracy”

    EVERY-TIME you pull the lever for these people you ARE complicite in EVERYTHING they do.

  24. InfantryVet says:

    Show me those “statistics”

  25. joe says:

    agreed!

  26. joe says:

    This is the dumbest article I have ever seen “southern racist” how about southern pride this flag
    is flown everywhere in the south go take a drive. It’s only racist to race baiting bigot’s who continue to drive racism. SMH The media is out of control.

  27. Drewcifer1978 says:

    I think you got a little lost and commented on the wrong article, friend :)

  28. America the home of the brave. says:

    Your disgusting. American heros respect their Commander in Chief, regardless of color. I don’t see you up there getting a Metal of Honor. You are a coward racist pig, who was only smart enough to join the military and cry and run away when bullets were flying. Go home and wave your pathetic attention wanting flag.

  29. petty_patrol_tengu says:

    That’s unfair, you can vote for a candidate and not believe in some aspects of the party platform, and you’re attacking him with your own assumptions. Politics isn’t black and white, despite the dominance of two catch-all political parties.

  30. ermamyaq says:

    At Apple she will become senior vice president for retail and online stores.

    Ms Ahrendts has been with Burberry for almost a decade, and has been credited with turning it into a globally recognised firm.

    She will be replaced by chief creative officer Christopher Bailey, who has been in the role for six years.

    In her new role, Ms Ahrendts is expected to report directly to Apple chief executive Tim Cook.

    ‘Moved and humbled’

    Ms Ahrendts said it was “an honour” to have worked at Burberry.

    “Burberry is in brilliant shape. I am confident that Christopher, as one of this generation’s greatest visionaries, will continue to lead Burberry to new heights,” Ms Ahrendts added.

    Christopher Bailey said he was “moved and humbled” to take on the chief executive role. He will also retain his existing chief creative officer role.

    “We have a clear strategy to build on, an increasingly powerful brand and an inspiring management team,” he added.

    Ms Ahrendts and Mr Bailey will work together over the coming months to try to ensure a smooth transition, the firm said.

    Burberry chairman Sir John Peace described Ms Ahrendts’ departure as “a natural progression”.

    “I have no doubt that Christopher’s vision and leadership, with the excellent management team in place, will keep Burberry on the forefront creatively, digitally and financially,” he added.

    Burberry results

    Ms Ahrendts departure was announced, as Burberry revealed 17% growth in underlying retail sales in the six months to the end of September.

    Retail sales from stores open at least a year grew by 13%, helped by double digit growth in Asia Pacific and the Europe, Middle East, India and Africa division and high single-digit growth in the Americas.

    Total revenue rose 14% to £1.03bn.

    The British fashion brand is one of the UK’s most successful luxury exports.

  31. beebers says:

    Your name is very appropriate. Again instead of commenting about the story itself, you become the posting police. Very mature!!!

  32. periclesdestro says:

    Yes, I read the constitution and I did not see where you, OriginalMB was on the Supreme Court or whose sole opinion decided on the constitutionality of laws. You know, like how the Supreme Court uphled most of the so called “Obamacare” law.

  33. periclesdestro says:

    What theft has the govt done on me? Taxes are the lowest they have been in years. The rip off artists are those in private indurstry.

  34. periclesdestro says:

    We have zero idea where that sign came from and I think the Federal Reserve is evil is a right wing fringe talking point and American Jews are more critical of Israel than American right wing Evangelicals which is again something that goes over right wing heads for some reason.

  35. matt says:

    So the moron with the rebel flag and Sarah Palin are the face and meaning of the protest because those are the photos that the partisan media you follow show you? Hook, line, and sinker eh? I don’t even subscribe to. Domestic media anymore because if its not cnn or msnbc demonizing the right, it’s Fox News demonizing the left. The mainstream media paints a picture for its viewers to follow, and sadly, most fall for it.

  36. Beelzebub says:

    “Of course, I figure my post won’t be here long.” Are all you right-wingers this paranoid? Do you really think that Somebody is watching you all the time? I guess I’ll report you to “Obama’s”
    NSA, and they’ll send in a black helicopter full of FEMA troops to pick you up and take to a secret re-education camp. Bwahahahaha!

  37. petty_patrol_tengu says:

    Post them, let us see your statistics please.

  38. tuvozmellama . says:

    gee, you got me – simpleton.

  39. jake says:

    Ms. Palin is now considered a Racist. Way to go Palin the true you has come out. Go do more interviews oh that’s right no one wants you anymore. You are so Confederate. Your life as you know it is over

  40. Chuck McLean says:

    I wonder how much some of those Wounded Veterans will like Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin after they vote to take their medicare away?

  41. Jeremie Morse says:

    When you have to resort to personal attacks, it means your argument is weak and you have to totally avoid the subject. Name calling and Reason in the same sentence is simply illogical and self defeating.

  42. Chuck McLean says:

    Statics? Ha ha ha! Bluelove, your comment has the education level of a fourth grader.

  43. disqus_vDjQaE8IdD says:

    Really!!?? You need to lose your job!! You are wrong!! I was there!! Yes, the tea party showed up and so did many others!!

    We were not there for the tea party! We were not there for rebel flags or any other political reason! We were there in support of the American people and our rights!!

    If you can’t understand and support that, they already have you right where they want you!!

    Some of you are acting like they were, pointing and laughing at us, listening to them instead of US.. This is getting disheartening..

    This is not a game!! This is not what some of you apparently think it is!!

    I am trying to write this thing, and piece it together so that you can get a better understanding as to why we were there!

    But go ahead! Listen to the propaganda!! Go ahead, because we are moving forward with or without you.

    Which side of the white house fence are you on??

    You need to make a decision. Because the military, vets, and police are standing together.. Now where are OUR people?? Sold out like our congress??

    Wake up!!

    We are your american veterans!! Your God damn heroes!!!

  44. Jeremie Morse says:

    The government is way to powerful and are using this power to do pretty much what they want. The welfare system has nothing to do with helping the poor. It has everything thing to do with control. You want proof. Look at the native Americans. And when those on assistance are no longer needed. They will cut them off with nothing as well.

  45. bluelove says:

    You are an absolute idiot. I bet you didn’t know that Lincoln was a republican! I am a conservative, and not a racist.

  46. bluelove says:

    You have no idea what you are talking about. And how can we get checked for the cancer gene, if we can’t even sign up for the “Unaffordable care act”!!!!

  47. bluelove says:

    Actually statics show that the conservative, tea party has more college educated persons than the liberal dems!

  48. bluelove says:

    You liberals must think, that we Americans are all stupid! We know what you a doing. We do no want obzocare. That is the important issue. obozo, and his cronies are destroying ur country. We are sick of all of your lies. God help usand God help you.

  49. Mike Brown says:

    I am sorry….but you are full of shit.
    Let me ask you a question….do you vote republican? If you do then you are just as guilty as every individual who supports the overall current Republican platform. You may not be a racist douche bag….but you align yourself with people who are…and making it a point to demonize and disenfranchise people of color.

    Every time you vote Republican/Conservative you promote the idea that it is ok to deprive millions of health care, the destruction of the commons for the profit of a few, and a living wage for workers who make it possible for the rich to be rich.

    Every time you vote Republican/Conservative you support those who would destroy the republic and the world economy because they could not get what they wanted via democratic means.

    These are the people you support.

    So yeah…when you get down to it….it really is black and white.

  50. jam20636 says:

    Independent Thinker AND Mike,

    These are all conclusive assertions with little evidence. First, there is difficulty in defining exactly who a “liberal” is. Is every registered democrat a liberal? And every republican, a conservative? I highly doubt it. Where does that leave independents?

    Such terms are not black and white. And yet, we have this notion that there is ideological purity in calling people liberals or conservatives. I beg to differ with you on this point.

    Such terms–or now, epithets–have baseless meaning. I do believe in fiscal conservatism and think that we have some tough financial choices to make ahead. I am pro-life with regards to abortion and the death penalty. However, I support euthanasia in limited cases. I also believe in gay marriage, but think its a right reserved to the states.

    These are ideals that come from both sides of the aisle my friend. And I am when I am called a liberal and when I am called a conservative.

    It is not a crime to be neither. And, most polls and scientific studies on ideology shows that most Americans never squarely fit into either ideology comfortably.

    And I also resent the charge that I don’t know how to make up my mind as a moderate. I have made up my mind based on careful reasoning and pragmatic approach to real-life problems that we currently face.

    Furthermore, the United States does not have other political parties and ideologies that have grown so rampant in other democracies such as anarchism, totalitarianism, socialism, and Marxism. There are some parliaments that contain 15 different political parties.

    Ideology is more than a two way street. It is an entanglement of avenues.

  51. Brownskin says:

    The white race is a dying race in america.,

    BY 2080 YOU WILL HAVE AT LEATS

    200 MIILLION LATINOS,
    150 MILLION BLACKS

    POLITICAL POWER WILL BE IN HANDS OF COLORED FOLK

    THE USA WILL TURN INTO BRAZIL

    A NEW RACE WILL HAVE EMERGED, DUE TO
    EXTREME INTERMARRIAGE.

    THE NEW AMERICAN MUTT RACE WILL HAVE EMERGED

    COOL

    NOW THATS AN EXPERIMENT IN GENETICS

  52. petty_patrol_tengu says:

    10/10 historical account would read again

  53. petty_patrol_tengu says:

    Your sarcastic accusation of immaturity is any better?

  54. petty_patrol_tengu says:

    This doesn’t hold up when you have conservative lawmakers taking credit for the shutdown and proudly accepting responsibility for the end of non-essential services. It’s a slim-down, after-all.

  55. petty_patrol_tengu says:

    List them, I dare you to try.

  56. petty_patrol_tengu says:

    Here’s an equally scary thought: you sound upset.
    Here’s an even scarier thought: you called democrats uneducated after spelling “scary” incorrectly.

  57. tuvozmellama . says:

    I, as most moderate centrist, implore you to do so!!!! Cut the cancer out! Wait – medicare doesn’t cover the medical screening ($3,000.00) for the cancer gene but the Affordable Care Act does! Thank God for Obamacare! Many lives will be saved!

  58. Beebers says:

    Here’s a scarey thought…there are actually uneducated Demos out there who will think this blog is credible journalism.

  59. Mike Brown says:

    What? The parrallels that exist between Liberals and Nazis such that:

    1. Frequent scapegoating demonization of ethinic and racial minorities
    2. The elevation of business interests above those of the public
    3. Rampant authoritarianism
    4. Attempted nullification of the rights of women, and ethnic/racial minorities
    5. Rabid Nationalism….

    Yeah…I history is full of parrallels between American conservatism and Nazis…..oh wait…

  60. tuvozmellama . says:

    “He who is silent, is understood to consent” – It would’ve been nice to see the organizers and my fellow veterans show some real time resistance as their rally was getting hijacked – not after the fact. There was one today – talk about, night and day.

  61. Dragun says:

    Reread your history and actually look at the parallels between liberals and Nazis and you will be see a MUCH clearer picture! IF you are willing to look and not be led by the mainstream media.

  62. Beebers says:

    It is amusing that they “assume” the Veterans in attendance are all tea partiers. Instead of writing a positive blog about Veterans taking back their memorial , this blogger finds the opportunity to blast the GOP and showcase a confederate flag that one ignorant person brought with them. Furthermore, they did not throw the barricades at the White House…they stacked the barricades. I’m proud of each and every Veteran in attendance!

  63. Independent Thinker says:

    History Repeating Itself?

    Nazi Party considered the extreme right.
    Tea Party considered the extreme right.

    Nazi Party declared the Bolshevik Party as enemy number one.
    Tea Party characterizes Obama as America’s number one communist.

    Nazi Party elevates racism to a party platform, declaring Jews to be non-citizens.
    Tea Party condones racism, waving the Confederate flag in front of the White House demanding the Black President to give up and surrender.

    Nazi Party utilized the Great Depression and brawling tactics to beat Germans into submission.
    Tea Party utilized the Great Recession to get into office and now attempts to use the Good Faith and Credit of the United States to beat Americans into submission.

    Nazi Party forced the Chancellor Hindenberg of Germany out of power and took over absolutely.
    Tea Party has Speaker Boehner under their thumb [ unclear how ] and is attempting to impose their will on the majority by hijacking the rules committee.

    We all know what happened to Germany and the world after Hitler and the Nazi’s gained absolute power.
    If the Tea Party succeeds to bring about the default of America paying its bill will wreak such havoc on the world as we know it will be the equivalent of World War III.

    Republicans, take back your party now before the Tea Party destroys the United States.

  64. Jeremie Morse says:

    The Well there is 3 histories to the tea party movement. First lets look at the left’s account of the events It is funded by big tobacco and Koch brothers. Then some say it came from the Ron Paul revolution. While other say it came out of nowhere and is a grass roots movement. The problem is the one about Koch brothers is left narrative and of course the “grass roots” is a Neo con narrative. So since I am neither left or right. I don’t believe either of the stories. This what happens when you use personal attacks you credibility goes out the window. I do know people who are in local tea party movements. They are not racists pretty nice people. So they whack out nut job right wing nut job racists is not what I see. Any more than the occupiers were all hippies that were bums and wanted freebies, I have Friends that were involved in that as well. They are very and nice and down to earth people. So as far as can see both narratives are false.

  65. tuvozmellama . says:

    Ignorant or stupid? I can help with the former but I can’t fix stupid. You clowns ran on it and went public when you did. There’s footage of batsh*t crazy michelle, gomert pyle and steve kkkk king, chest and fist pumping after they did. “we haven’t been this happy in a long time”, batshit crazy michelle to sean hannity. here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU9bGojrL3U

  66. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Please proofread

  67. Ivehadenoughteathanks says:

    You’re and idiot….

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  69. Popeye says:

    Obamasluts … Reid, Durbin, Pelosi, Schumer, you

  70. Popeye says:

    Once again the dumb demos got it wrong. The GOP didn’t shut the gov down. It was obama, reid and durbin

  71. Deana Bowlds says:

    Ted Cruz threatened for months to shut it down. And Sarah Palin acted like she was aiding and abetting.

  72. Deana Bowlds says:

    I have a legitimate case to make against that so called excuse for a protest. There are real problems out there resulting from the shut down. This so called protest did not address anything that threatens anyone’s life or livelihood and seemed to assign blame in great heaping nonsense ignorant spoonfuls to everyone the TEA PARTY (the one financed by corporate interests…the Koch Brothers) does not like. No, this was a poor imitation of a protest. They vandalized some fences and insulted the president with nonsense.

  73. Deana Bowlds says:

    The left doesn’t DEMONIZE Palestinians OR Muslims. And I detest it when people who have never met either one want to put them all in the same bucket. That isn’t the same as LOVES every person in a specific group, but the prejudice and bigotry (I KNOW some Muslims, and the ones I KNOW are wonderful) that has resulted from some extremists do not put me off from an entire group..any more than the extremists who call themselves Christians and terrorize people put me off from all Christians.
    The LEFT thinks about things like that ..people who can’t figure this out seem to be incapable of thinking that hard.

  74. Deana Bowlds says:

    Well, you need to familiarize yourself with the history of the Tea Party then. And who financed it.

  75. Deana Bowlds says:

    No , but they were there AND partook in the racist rants. Case closed.

  76. Deana Bowlds says:

    I think I would not argue about the constitution, it’s contents, or it’s interpretation, with a CONSTITUTIONAL LAW PROFESSOR…you know, the POTUS. Don’t think you understand it,,,the scholars are NOT siding with the Tea Party or their minions.

  77. Deana Bowlds says:

    So, what’s with the “go back to Kenya” garbage? The kettle is black,and I don’t mean Obama.

  78. Deana Bowlds says:

    I would have a whole lot more respect for your “facts”, except I spent MONTHS listening to the Tea Party and Ted Cruz run around announcing that they would shut down the Federal government if they did not get their way. There is no getting around that, Everything after that is gamesmanship, pure and simple and nobody with half a brain is taken in by that kind of manipulation. The entire movement is stupid, pure and simple and I would dare you to tell me about ONE instance where someone’s life or livelihood depends on getting into a memorial on demand. Waiting….tick tock, tick tock….Hmmmmm…..okay, try again.

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  80. Deana Bowlds says:

    That so called protest would have been far more impressive IF it had protested something of substance..like vet benefits being held up, people not getting paychecks (including the congressional staffers who continue to get paychecks), cancer patient being denied care, and if everyone had told Palin (who is of marginal knowledge and intelligence) and Glenn Beck to sit down and back down. The rants about Obama being a Muslim, impeachment, etc, etc, are sick.

  81. Deana Bowlds says:

    What made this whole thing racist were the rants about Obama being Muslim, overthrowing the government, and nobody shouting down the speakers for being out of line. Don’t sugar coat this trash.

  82. Undersigned says:

    With logic like that, it makes you wonder why people worry about Obama’s citizenship through his American mother.

  83. YolandaRThomas1 says:

    Kochwhores Palin & Cruz insanity “outraged at themselves for GOP shutting down the fed gov’t . SMDH!

  84. edw_jr says:

    How impressive. Cruz and Palin holding hands. Kinda like an ASS and a DUMB ASS as I see it.

  85. tuvozmellama . says:

    youtube palin and let your son have good long laugh. Laughing is good – especially for a 10 year old. Sure he’ll come to the same conclusion – “what an idiot!”

  86. MissingFacts says:

    I thought you were going to be honest when talking about facts. House Republicans knew, well in advance, of 10/1 that the Senate will not pass a bill that defunds the health care bill that was passed into law 2 years ago. They were well aware that the government would have to shutdown when the current funding bill expired on 9/30. No “full and purposed plan” here. It’s what happens if congress cannot agree on funding the government. Both the House and Senate know this so no one should be shocked. Ted Cruz is just using these people’s emotions for political gain. He knew this would happen.

    BTW, the AHA health care law that was passed 2 years ago is already a compromise. Republicans already got their demands at that time. What more do they want? What’s really childish is that they don’t want to fund their own budget unless they can get more out of it.

  87. tuvozmellama . says:

    I want to see a certified long form – mom’s and daddy’s, too. Plus, I want darryl issa to call congressional hearings and conduct a thorough investigation into any ties he may have with the castro brothers in cuba.

  88. tuvozmellama . says:

    Look at them – they’re giddy. I’m sure they were up for a good ole fashion cross burning. Why are you arguing this? One mic, One mind! Last week a handful of democratic representatives were arrested in protest for Immigration Reform. Why? One mic, One mind. You can’t roll around in excrement and deny your filth.

  89. tuvozmellama . says:

    I’ll ponder your (il)logic next time I see a pic of a Klan rally burning a cross.

  90. tuvozmellama . says:

    Attendee, for sure! “Lunacy”, that’s rich.

  91. tech916 says:

    F U B1TCH

  92. Manuel Robles says:

    Sara Palin has been a loyal support of getting her useless face in the media, her visit had nothing to do with support the vets. They took over the vet’s objective and tried to force their issues using vets.

  93. Friday's child says:

    I’m sure this blogger must not watch Fox news very often or
    He would know Sarah Palin has been a loyal supporter
    Of our military as covered by Greta Van Sustern
    Also there were many flags flown that day among the states representatives. The Mississippi state flag, commonly known as the confederate flag was among them. That hardly makes our state racist-not to mention the attendees of the protest.
    It’s really sad to see people slander others so easily these days
    Very sad indeed

  94. OriginalMB says:

    I didn’t see any republican sitting senator standing next to the guy holding the confederate flag either. Neither could I see Palin or Cruz in a picture that also showed the confederate battle flag. Is there a photo of them standing next to it?

    While I do agree that pushing the idea of slavery is detestable, our Constitution does allow those with differing views to have a freedom to speak their view & show their flag. Just because they came to the same rally, does not mean those at the rally support it.

  95. John Veylupek says:

    It’s spelled unfazed, not unphased.

  96. Jeremie Morse says:

    So what your telling me is that Palin and Cruz went to this guy and and intentionally made sure they were right next to him. From the photos that I have seen it was just one guy. Is there other ones and is there video showing Cruz or Palin going out of their way to make sure they are next to this guy? Or did this guy sneak his way in to them?

  97. Shaking my head in SC says:

    I don’t know if I’ve ever read a more biased article. Hopefully, people who think for themselves will see and reject this author’s ridiculous logic: 1) The Republicans in the House stood up for their constituents even at the risk of shutting down the government. 2) The Republicans shut down the government. 3) Sarah Palin is a Republican, so she is responsible for the government shutdown. 4) A government shutdown includes closing federal areas (like memorials) that are never closed or guarded in any way. 5) Sarah Palin is protesting the closing of memorials that she herself closed. 6) There happened to be one or more people holding a Confederate flag at the protest. 7) Sarah Palin is a Confederate racist. 8) Oh, and there was a botched sign at the protest, so that means Sarah Palin can’t spell.
    Seriously? The first statement is true. Then everything goes haywire. My 10-year-old can see the lack of rationale in your train of thought. He doesn’t think it makes sense. He thinks your article is a joke. Is it?

  98. OriginalMB says:

    Name calling? Yeah mature. How does one reason with someone who stoops to the level of an elementary child?

  99. OriginalMB says:

    Have you EVER read the Constitution? Do you have any understanding at all that the federal government has limited rights over you and me? Do you get that they are already taking WAY more taxes than are necessary to fulfill ALL the requirements they have rights to fulfill? Do you get that with a limited federal government, you would be more free to achieve more with your life?

  100. OriginalMB says:

    This blog is pure trash. Of course, I figure my post won’t be here long.

    But if it does stand for any length of time, then I will add this note to the readers who can actually take a look at actual facts as the Congressional record is public record. You will find if you do look and see that it was the Republicans who provided for ALL funding the federal government needed with the exception of Obama”Care” (which is their right as bills for funding come from the House and they get to pick and choose what to fund). And this shut-down was the full and purposed plan of Reid in the Senate & Obama to push this country into shutdown. Through their actions of voting against & Obama’s THREATS to veto any funding bills that made it to his desk that actually caused the shut down. And the inflammatory name-calling from the democrats using terms that are egregious and criminal (in my belief) equating American Patriots to such criminals as suicide bombers to terrorists, hijackers and kidnappers, meanwhile it was the PROGRESSIVES in DC who shut everything down including non-manned OPEN AIR parks. And in order to shut them down, it required PAYING money to bring in equipment (Barry-cades) and paying money to government officials to guard these open spaces which normally have no employees at. It is sheer lunacy what Obama is doing with these tactics which equal that of a temper tantrum from a toddler.

    But if the dems want this, then they need to honestly own this. Oh wait that’s right, we are talking about the party of the users and occupiers, those who flee honesty and choose to take what they want while denying any personal responsibility.

  101. Jeremie Morse says:

    The point is idiots are all over the place BTW I am not a right winger. In fact I believe in the legalization of drugs, I am a non interventionist and I don’t believe the government should have any role in marriage. If you are gay straight or want to marry 100 women or men it is none of the governments business. instead of attacking the people. Attack what they’re issues are. That alone should hold. Let’s remember Ad hominem attacks are no replacement for logic. I actually can identify with the Occupy Movement There are people in Wall St who are crocked and greedy. I can also identify with the tea party As far as there are many corrupt politicians, Where I disagree is the one side has more blame than the other. They are both guilty and until we realize that they will win. Both sides play this blame game while our leaders are robbing us blind.

  102. Whitewitch says:

    That is so weird Cap – I lived in Grafton WV for many years…so glad to be back on the West Coast though…the snow was too deep and watching people struggle to just get by heart wrenching…if I come that way will give a call!

  103. Reno Berkeley says:

    That would be his father, not Ted, who only became a citizen in 2005. Ted is a citizen by birth, through his American mother.

  104. Barbara D Holtzman says:

    Sadly, that is not true. I hosted several Occupy rallies in a building that I managed, back in the heady days. At one point they made a poster of “issues,” which were varied an many. One of them was “self-determination for Palestine.” Soon after, there was an issue discussion that included this, as well as comments about George Soros, both a Jew and ultra-liberal. The gist was that Israel was evil, and Jews who support Israel were also evil. I had to then say that intolerance was the only thing that was not tolerated, and that they could cut out demonizing a group or they could leave and never come back. They calmed down, but slowly petered out and the now tiny group meets where they feel safe to talk “freely.”

    I have seen more than a few signs like the one in the photo. I am always amazed that the Left adores the Palestinians, who are as a group (meaning not all of them), fundamentalist Muslim and renowned for blowing up people and things, yet hate Israelis, who run an imperfect society, yes, but are the most liberal people in the Middle East, the most tolerant, and the most heterogeneous. Israel was founded as a Socialist Democracy, and still is one, for the most part. How that equates with evil when you are a progressive still escapes me.

    Yes, Jews do indeed vote left-leaning; I’m one of them. And most of the progressive politicians we help elect are not anti-Semitic, nor do they hate Israel (despite what Conservatives say about Obama). However, the farther left you lean, the more likely you are to be “anti-Zionist”, even if you are Jewish yourself, which I’m sorry, is just a justification to hate Jews.

  105. aurens66 says:

    I would like a real count of vets there, all the vets I know, I have a military family, could not be more enraged at the tea party and republicans because their actions are effecting their pay, their safety, their health, their welfare, and the death benefits to help bury the men and women who’ve given their life for their country during this government shutdown. The Tea Party are good at photo ops, but not at anything of substance.

  106. aurens66 says:

    All the public parks and memorials were shut down, the government did not pick and choose. In case you hadn’t been paying attention, all summer memorials in DC have been vandalized, including the Lincoln Memorial last month, so left unattended, these landmarks, which belong to the people will be vandalized. Now when the WW2 Vets showed up to the memorial, as scheduled, the first day of the shut-down, they were escorted by Dems, and Republicans who opened the memorial for them, only then did Republicans gleefully show up (the next day) for photo ops, the same gleefull Republicans who cheered when they shut down government and stated ‘its a good day for the Tea Party when it’s a bad day for government’ on one hand, the Republicans state it won’t matter if there is a shutdown, no one will notice, and then wonder why millions of Americans (the fed is the nations largest employer) are furious, not only those furloughed, but those who continue to work without pay, is it fair or just to demand people show up without pay? It is the Republicans who want to pick and choose which programs to fund and which to defund, but at last, there is a line they can’t cross, and the Dems are tired of being bullied and held hostage, and they are holding Republicans up for the ridicule and derision they so deserve.

  107. aurens66 says:

    Just when you think it could not get any more surreal, or stupid … anyone want to let them in on the secret that the Confederacy LOST? I suppose no one should point out that Ted Cruz only became a citizen of the US in 2005, and that he was born in Canada?

  108. Capdragon says:

    Never Berkley, sadly.
    But quite a few colleges and universities, small towns and some large, Jim Crow ruled in far too many communities then, through out the Mid West, East Coast, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, Louisiana, where I first met Jim Croce and his missus, ( YES was a unadulterated brag, snicker ) etc, etc.
    I was once a prisoner in my own mind, wired and weird shit there, then I rediscovered pot and *POOF* I was free.

  109. Capdragon says:

    Strangely, I’m an out of practice Grey, M’self. Even had the morals for a White, lol. Even stranger I was a long time Evangelical Baptist Lay Minister, then the Hate Spewing started from the mouths of too many of my Xtian brethren. They actually asked me to leave when I found out more about my past, Dam ex-wife, and my friendships with, cough cough, too many LGBT folks.
    Any who, the years of protesting was and is fun, exciting, fulfilling, dangerous and took lots and loads of pot and patience. Just wish I could do more now.
    Biggest problem now is my cat doesn’t let me out of the apartment with out a note from my VA doc.
    I appreciate the kind words Whitewitch and if you’re even in, shudder, gasp, whine , Huntington, WV ( where dreams go to die, except for the great Marshall University here ) email me and give me a call.
    (I’m sooooo lonely here )lol

  110. karmanot says:

    That was terrible too.

  111. karmanot says:

    I thought I recognized you—the guy in bell bottoms and a buckskin vest who kicked ass in Berkley and did a spell in Santa Rita as a political prisoner! Greetings! From an emeritus member of the San Francisco Liberation Commune. Great Post!

  112. karmanot says:

    Wake up! The freedom to have opinions is one thing, the freedom to advocate succession and the destruction of the Government is treason. Your sickening pablum makes you part of the problem. Put aside the tea bags and use the gray cells.

  113. LanceThruster says:

    Or Bill O’Reilly’s “short bus” son (seriously, no offense to special needs kids).

  114. repubssuckass says:

    Where’s mayor Daley and his goon squad when you need them.

  115. karmanot says:

    Yep, from morons to martyrs.

  116. karmanot says:

    A sample from your profile: “offering up ways to fix Obamacare. He will fix it just enough to
    alleviate its immediate pains and give it another chance of survival.
    The longer it survives, the longer it has to sink its claws into society
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  117. karmanot says:

    Same as an oxymoron.

  118. karmanot says:

    Oh please

  119. Carolyn Lewis says:

    Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz – you are so racist and stupid. Why don’t you go home and take a nap. Then a long vacation.

  120. kmmqb says:

    Thank God, there are only wealthy Republicans who do NOT need food stamps, health insurance, or any help from any gov’t. And God help any Republicans who try to get help from any source!

  121. kmmqb says:

    Thought the Republicans were racist – now I KNOW they are!

  122. FredC1968 says:

    These idiots are on a religious crusade. They won’t reason.

  123. tuvozmellama . says:

    I don’t see an elected sitting democratic senator standing by this man.

  124. tuvozmellama . says:

    agree with all of it – except shooting a moose. maybe shoot herself in the face?

  125. angryspittle says:

    This embarrassing fucking grifter and attention whore should go shoot a fucking moose or something.

  126. One More Time says:

    *crickets* ;o)

  127. tech916 says:

    Teabaggggers are a joke, You can not reason with them…

  128. periclesdestro says:

    Hey, Republicans, Govt doing stuff costs money. Money for govt comes from taxes which you don’t want to pay. Now go bang your head against a wall till that sinks in.

  129. periclesdestro says:

    I know of no leftist rally that blames Jews and in fact Jews vote “left” in huge overwhelming numbers. Something about you right wingers turns off the Jews to you. I wonder what that is? Anyone?

  130. Jeremie Morse says:

    So when a leftist rally blames Jews for the worlds problems when should assume all liberals are anti-Semitic. http://frontpagemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/OWS_Jews.jpg Many on the left supported the occupy movement. Even though I saw these signs never once sis I think most in the movement were anti-semitic this is just another tactic by both sides to separate and distract us Set your ideologies aside. I am talking to both sides. The leadership has much bigger issues they don’t want us know about.

  131. periclesdestro says:

    Republicans want to shut down govt funding for everything except socialist programs they like or are popular with those that have political clout. I guess as parents they would feed their children candy and not feed them icky vegetables. Oh, wait, Sarah Palin was doing that with kids.

  132. Mista Brooks says:

    There are so many levels of comedy here that it is absolutely mind numbing! Sarah, Ted and some Proud Red Neckians yelling Treasonist threats in front of the Whitehouse! “We got to take this country back, by taking it down”,yeeeehaaaaw! Need I say more, SMDH!

  133. Dragun says:

    In regards to the confederate flag, someone should have told that idiot to get rid of it. Now those without a legitimate case to make against the protest are seizing on that foolishness. Hey, you lost, get over it!

  134. FactsAreFacts says:

    Actually… during previous shutdowns, places like National Parks were, indeed, closed. During the 1995-1996 shutdown, a Congressional Research Service report noted that, “the closure of 368 National Park sites resulted in the loss of some seven million visitors”.

    Source: http://journalistsresource.org/studies/government/politics/shutdown-federal-government/

    So, Renee111, if you believe that this is the Obama Administration’s doing, perhaps you are falling for Fox News’ charade hook, line, and sinker.

  135. tuvozmellama . says:

    pick winners and losers? you’re pissing me off you idiot! you’re more concerned about parks, monuments and other sightseeing stops. How about HeadStart, Cancer Research, Veteran Affairs Funding, School Lunches, Meal on Wheels, SNAP, WIC and all the programs that affect real people in their daily lives. Things the gop only recently agreed to fund “piece meal”, because their constituents are starting to feel it. And! if the The President, Barrack Hussein Obama would go all ’14th amendment’ on your asses – OMGoodness!!!!!! We would never, EVER, hear the end of that one. Even though he would be in his full legal right to do so, as he swore to protect our country from all enemies, foreign and domestic – which you and those you advocate for, clearly are. Tell me, Renee? Should we feed Timmy at school? Maybe drop off a sandwich and a bowl of soup at grandma’s house? Allow the baby her chemo treatment? Maybe fit one of our veterans with a prosthesis? Go ahead, Renee – you choose. Oh, that’s right – we should open the grand canyon instead.

  136. Butch1 says:

    This is NOT good. Mixing the Confederate flag into this brings back the Civil War and all the Seceding problem with the Southern States which is exactly where most of these idiots come from. If they turn this into a riot that spreads nation wide throughout the Southern states again seeing that flag, it would not surprise me to see Martial Law ordered throughout those areas affected with the rioting. How will that look seeing the North closing down the South?

    You can thank these instigators, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, and any of the others who are caught out protesting and stirring up the crowd.

    The other bit of outrageousness that happened in the House needs to be addressed as well. Changing the voting rule where this clean bill cannot be brought up for a vote by a majority of the House with out the authorization of the Majority Whip Eric Canter just happened by surprise. It won’t matter if there are 29 republicans to add to the democrats to vote the clean bill if it is brought to the floor for a vote. The new rule voted by the House Rules committee changed that. The Republican Tea Party wants the government to remain shut!

  137. tuvozmellama . says:

    brit hume is an idiot

  138. Whitewitch says:

    You mean the guy behind Palin and Cruz – I don’t think he is black…maybe just a very tanned biker letting the world know how much he hates the Country.

  139. Whitewitch says:

    I think I am in love Capdragon….double like and a great big hug. You managed to say clearly what many of us can only believe, think and want to say…sadly for me sometimes the only thing that comes out is Holy mother of god, what in the Hell has gotten into these people (and I don’t even believe in god). Thank you and thank you.

  140. Whitewitch says:

    Or better perhaps this is not the Country for you Sir. I am an American…I have a right, just like you to voice my opinion, to vote my conscious and to believe that the people in the House are here to serve us….not themselves or their silly PhotoOps…especially where they created the mess. What gives you the right to suggest this is not OUR COUNTRY as well as yours. Piss off Sir! Just Piss Off.

  141. Ben Popkid says:

    *Hands highcourt a tin foil hat*

  142. Ben Popkid says:

    Do you receive awards for making shit up or is nobody listening to your wild surmising?

  143. rlpincus says:

    Right, Renee. Everybody in the world is a liar except you and the Slimdowners.

  144. Pottles says:

    …if I’m not mistaking, I think Sarah supports legalizing marijuana. Is Mr. Cruz on the same page? Don’t get me wrong, “Ending Prohibition” is the smartest thing to do. We ALL know this God given plant would create MAJOR jobs in textiles, medicines, fuels, plastics, and food; plus, it would stimulate this crappy economy! Question is, why hasn’t President Obama jumped on this? Until this fateful day happens, come visit us and Protect Your Pot With Pottles! http://www.mypottles.com @MyPottles @NORML @BarackObama

  145. tuvozmellama . says:

    FOX = Pool of excrement.

  146. tuvozmellama . says:

    i’m sure they have one ready to go, loaded up on a pickup truck, somewhere.

  147. tuvozmellama . says:

    WOW, Renee – really? Slim down? That’s your take away from this article? Faux nonsense viewer for sure. You don’t see that huge confederate flag? Crazy is as crazy does. Take your meds, Renee.

  148. Renee111 says:

    If the White House has NOTHING to do with selecting what gets shut down and what doesn’t, why did the WHITE HOUSE (Nancy Pelosi publicly thanked the President for re-opening it) re-open the National Mall for the immigration rally yet did NOT reopen the WWII Memorial for the Vet rally. Not only did they not reopen the war memorial, they sent in the SWAT team and armored trucks.

    Apparently, the White House has the authority to pick favorites in a “Shutdown” — open what it wants, when it wants and close what it wants, when it wants. Oh, I forgot, this White House has nothing to do with shutting down war memorials or parks, even State and privately funded parks; it’s someone else’s fault. The buck never stops in O’s Oval office.

  149. Renee111 says:

    What a dishonest article! Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz did not shut down the WWII memorial. The Administration did. It is up to them to decide what to close and what not to. Ask yourself this: if every time the government has a “slim down” (there’s been about 16) why were the memorials never before closed in history? It’s a charade by the White House and you are falling for it, hook, line and sinker.

  150. STP says:

    Your right but I’ve got a bad feeling about crazy people and lately there have been a lot coming out just because of Obama nevermind the ACA. Crazy people have rights but they get medicine too! Either we check to see if Palin or Cruz is on something OR if not put them on something.

  151. STP says:

    Looks more like ([email protected]) this country isn’t for you! As a Vet I shake my head at those who have lost their mind over the fact that the US doesn’t look the way they wanted. I do weighed it heavily that these “spokespeople” HAVE NOT SERVED.

  152. John Richter says:

    She is just trying to stay in the media. It is nothing new for her to contradict herself from week to week as long as she keeps in the media . The government makes people dependent on them, the government does not give us all they should…..no government healthcare… the government won’t give us all the healthcare we want..death panels…

  153. Ray says:

    Where o where is the GOP?

  154. CharlieEL says:

    Nice try, but the Confederacy and Nazi Germany had nothing in common and I am not sure why you mentioned the preisdent as I never have, not have I mentioned race which is something you all seem to be preoccupied with. I would happily vote for any person of any color so long as I felt he or she had the best interests of this country and its citizens at heart. Nice try attempting to stereotype me.

  155. lynchie says:

    they are only words and words don’t kill, guns do.

  156. CherryTheTart says:

    I get that. I live on my Soc Sec alone. I am definitely fiancially challenged. I do not expect everyone to be cheerful about or committed to my sentiments. I would be an ingrate if I did expect others to feel the same.

  157. Tamara B says:

    Unfortunately we can’t afford to give up a check or two. I am my mother’s caretaker and even though i have a side job merchandising it doesn’t pay much as it is a rural area. We are heavily dependant on her social security since her pension is less than 300 a month because she didn’t get her full pension because the hospital she worked at did everything they could to get rid of all the nurses at the top of thier pay scale and replace them with ones fresh out of school. The pension would cover her medication and her supplemental insurance but not little things like food, rent or electricity. We desperately need her disability check to keep coming because we can’t afford to be without it.

  158. CherryTheTart says:

    Sarah Palin: your wiglet is suffering from mange.

  159. heusedsarcasm says:

    They’d have used it to ignite a cross.

  160. CherryTheTart says:

    … and bring the Gay Banditos.

  161. CherryTheTart says:

    … and benghazi … and irs irs irs …

  162. CherryTheTart says:

    Yeah, he has the rifle and she has the rack.

  163. CherryTheTart says:

    Lord knows that has me upset. But I will give up the check if it supports the POTUS. One or two missing Soc Sec checks will be all she wrote.

  164. pickaboo says:

    What the hell is Wrong with you guys? I’m really sitting here watching Americans talking about who America is “for” . Give me a break. America is for everyone that’s the entire fucking point of the country. Its a melting pot. You’re not always going to like what happens but America should be ruled by the people. Everybody gets to say what they want. The very fact that you are thinking someone is less American than you because they have a different point of view is terribly misguided.

  165. CherryTheTart says:

    And voted most effective Congressperson. Go Grayson!

  166. ins0ma says:

    I never attended any of the Occupy Wall St. events, and I’m still not precisely sure what they were trying to accomplish besides getting a vague message across. That said, if it’d been a group of Occupy protesters taking barricades away from security personnel and trying to throw them over the fence of the White House, there probably would’ve been a much more forceful police response.

  167. BeccaM says:

    Funny how you’re always telling those of us with ideals of liberty, inclusion, and democracy to leave — and then threaten secession when you don’t get your way.

    Maybe America isn’t the country for you.

  168. Brenda Harrah says:

    Let’s take away their salaries and stop paying taxes during the shutdown…then we’ll see how “irrelevant” the government is to the American people.

  169. KingCranky says:

    Such schadenfreude to point out that two notorious teabaggers, Allen West & Joe Walsh, were members of the “one & done” club after the 2012 elections, which means no congressional pensions-have to serve at least five years to get that goody.

    Even more enjoyable, Alan Grayson was sent back to the House.

  170. Gray Lady says:

    Lynchie, I may not particularly like the “descriptive” language in your post but I do have to agree with the points you made.

  171. Bj Lincoln says:

    The Queen of Stupidity has struck again! Leader of the Sheeple. She will lead them off a cliff and they will follow believing their hate was right.

  172. Peter Grenader says:

    Nah… you leave

  173. Gray Lady says:

    Kevin – Don’t forget that a huge majority of those that served were drafted & had to go whether they wanted to or not. I’m not saying that makes their service anything less honorable or less appreciated.
    But the vets from today’s ongoing war in the Middle-East (started by president who didn’t even honorable serve the position obtained for him by his father – and a war based on lies) actually voluntarily enlisted & deserve every bit as much respect & benefits as those who fought in earlier wars.

  174. Gray Lady says:

    Chris you are absolutely right. Those who do all the public proclaiming of being “Christians” are the ones who we have to watch out for. A real Christian would be out there looking after the needs of the sick, poor, etc,, not trying to take away what little they are receiving from the government “entitlements.” These proclaiming themselves “Christians” should check out the following scriptures and see if they are living up to God’s word:
    Deut 15.11
    Isaiah 58:7
    Exekiel 18:7
    Matthew 25.42

  175. A couple of protesters messed up and tried to toss barricades over the WH fence. Fortunately, the onlookers told them to stop and that wasn’t the way to act.
    The protesters are exercising their constitutional rights. And they aren’t getting paid for them.
    Unlike the author of this article — who at best is a propaganda puppet.
    I could care less if Cruz or Palin served. They are there along side those who did. As were all others in attendance. As for the rest of you, perhaps this isn’t the country for you.

  176. gottawaitforthemtodie says:

    what stupid bubba with the confederate flag hanging in your garage wants to argue the Romney got more popular votes than Obama…YOU!!! you are trying to argue but you cannot figure out how to log into facebook etc. to be heard…shut up Bubba you are a fool and an embarrassment to earthlings. If I could play you a country song that could rhyme sequestration, government shutdown, rebel flag, blacks, obamacare and Texas cruz i would :) f u ckin idiot.

  177. Gray Lady says:

    That, too. (remember he was selling oil to Germany while we were at war with them)

  178. Gray Lady says:

    Yes; true.

  179. Gray Lady says:

    Yes, but she certainly was good with a rifle – shooting defenseless animals from a helicopter.

  180. Gray Lady says:

    A wonderful job with what? Hair and makeup?

  181. Gray Lady says:

    Right on, John!

  182. gottawaitforthemtodie says:

    most of them will die within twenty years

  183. Gray Lady says:

    Again, BeccaM, you have spoken correctly.

  184. Gray Lady says:

    Looking at the video, if they are not throwing those barricades, they are giving a darned good imitation of doing so. “Stacking” you call it??

  185. Gray Lady says:

    Has anyone noticed that it is the “Red States” whose representatives are doing the loudest screaming about lazy freeloaders collecting “entitlements”, who are collecting the most in govt benefits or “entitlements” as they call it?

  186. PeteWa says:

    ah, indeed.

  187. vetvoter says:

    I wonder that they didn’t try to burn a cross on the White House Lawn. These creeps are giving vets a very bad name.

  188. virginia weaver says:

    Why would ANYONE even listen to this woman. She became mayor of a small town in Alaska, population 5000; the city’s long-term debt was ONE million dollars when she was elected; when she left office after 2 terms the debt was TWENTY-FIVE million!! And she has the audacity to criticize Obama about the US
    debt??

  189. Pamela Andersen says:

    OK Stealing Government property and then throwing it at the White House..there has to be a crime in there somewhere!

  190. ca_rickf says:

    I think Cruz definitely looks like a grown-up FAS baby.

  191. Capdragon says:

    Egads.
    The MikeNorth post tells us the flying ass monkeys have been aroused and now they can type.
    Shudder, frickin’ troll

  192. Leota2 says:

    Palin would be the face of the ebola virus if it would get her attention.

  193. Capdragon says:

    Personally, I am sick and tired of NJRW’s tirades, protestations about results of their own actions, their persecution complexes, … the list just goes on and on.

    This latest so called protest would be funny if it were not so dangerous a symbol of the lengths they will descend to.

    Speaking as a serial protestor. One who protested against Vietnam, Kent State, for Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, Gay Rights, Religious Freedoms for and from, and Anti War since the start of our intrusions into the Middle East I wonder what Palin and Cruz, et all would do in a real old fashioned protest.

    I have had my head busted, ribs broken, teeth knocked out and other injuries suffered in Vietnam and Civil Rights protests.

    And tho I am anti militarization of our Police I have to say the police have become LESS violent in their actions/reactions to protestors. Not saying they’re getting gentle, HELL no, but if the DC Polikce had reacted as they did in the 60’s Palin nor Cruz who have been able to talk after their trashing of Gov’t property and they physical attack on and towards White House grounds because some less kind cop would have handed them their teeth.

    And as a Vietnam Veteran, I’m ashamed of the actions and language of the protestors shown. I realize that many of the protestors came in peace, with no racial slurs no anti gov’t slurs thrown.

    But the actions if the few loud mouthed, hate spewing minority overshadows the whole.

    You see. even tho I did protest the Vietnam war, even tho I was not drafted, soon as I turned 18 I enlisted. I personally believe that the right to protest was born form the lost blood and lives of this country’s military and ,being able to serve, I should do so do preserve the future rights of myself, others, and those of my progeny.
    Makes me wonder what excuses Cruz, Cheney, and others use for their lack of service.

  194. lrfcowper says:

    Only person I see talking about and thinking about sex is you. If it makes you so uncomfortable, maybe you should stop blathering about rectums. (I’ll note that ENDA also protects lesbians, and gay men who don’t like anal sex, and LGBT folks who are celibate but still discriminated against.)

  195. MikeNorthatFoxsports says:

    Unless they crap on a few cop cars and set up a couple of rape free tents they got nuttin on OWS.

  196. cruzisanidiot says:

    the flags are stapled to cheap boards. LOL nice respect for the flag, hillbillies. hey, at least they had one non-white in the crowd, you know, for “legitimacy” :)

  197. Jafafa Hots says:

    I WISH they were diluted.

  198. wetcasements says:

    Fucking clowns.

  199. Jafafa Hots says:

    Another way your history teacher lied to you.
    The war of 1812 was an attempt by the US to grab British America (Canada) as part of our “manifest destiny.”

    We not only lost our attempt at fulfilling our imperialistic goals, we almost lost our independence. We got our asses handed to us.

    And then proclaimed “victory.”

  200. Miss Dolce says:

    I want to see video of these folks storming the Lincoln Memorial….The irony!

  201. UpperLeftCoast says:

    More worrisome than the expected racist confederate flag wavers was the presence of an “Oath Keepers” flag. This is a very far right extremist group. See, e.g.:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_Keepers

  202. highcourt says:

    always the case,isn’t it?

  203. Miss Dolce says:

    Wow!! I have seen it all!! “Patriots” waving the Confederate flag to protest a government shutdown…I am just speechless..

  204. highcourt says:

    LOL.. nothing more karmic & ironic than Russia snoop Palin & communist Cuban Cruz wrapping themselves in the confederate flag,Even Monty Python wouldn’t think of it if they were Yanks.

  205. FLL says:

    Gerrymandering worked for the Republicans in 2012. The problem for Republicans is that many districts are gerrymandered so exquisitely and ingeniously in order to result in the maximum possible Republican victories. They didn’t waste any voters by creating really solid Republican districts. Instead, they created many districts where the Republican would win with not much more than 50%. In other words, the Republicans might have been to clever for their own good. It wouldn’t take too much of a shift to lose those districts, and when the shift occurs, the entire rigged system of gerrymandered districts might fold like a house of cards.

  206. Capdragon says:

    A real, honest miracle here, folks !!!!!!
    Assholes have learned how to type.
    Incredible feat, tryst18th.
    Now, can you learn to read and think for your self ?

  207. Shannon Kinsella says:

    They only kept the majority of their seats due to gerrymandering. We may very well be screwed next time around as well. It doesn’t matter if we have the majority, which dems do, if we can’t vote in the gerrymandered districts…..It’s not as if people actually voted for most of the republicans that kept their seats or picked up new ones. Republicans just made sure the people they didn’t want to vote for someone else – couldn’t.

  208. BeccaM says:

    If it was ‘universal’, we wouldn’t be having this argument.

  209. Pick6 says:

    troll face

  210. Capdragon says:

    Just one minute,kevinb, are you seriously saying that the only “REAL vets” are the survivors of WW2 ?
    How dare you !
    Every one you has either enlisted, or in one era of time be drafted, has done so with the ever present danger of having to lay down their live in protection of these United States.
    Korean, Congo, Vietnam, North Korean Penetration teams, past and current Mid East forces, ALL of them have done and do so with the looming threat of combat engagement.
    You speak as someone who has either never been in the military, or one who was in and got kicked out or performed some cowardly act that has soured you.
    To say that some one who hasn’t tasted combat, any one who states it’s fun has never been there, is NOT a “REAL vet” is disgusting, hateful statement and a down right lie !
    Just as bad someone who’s never been in service joining those who have just for the cameras.
    SO I rate you as equally slimey as Palin and Cruz.

  211. Pick6 says:

    Ya, wigged out.

  212. alaskan1st says:

    Lighten up. Laugh to keep from crying. The comedy here is the teahadists are protesting themselves.

  213. Monoceros Forth says:

    Yeah, it’s obvious from Mr. Aravosis’s closing remarks about the shutdown of clinical trials and the cutoff of death benefits that he really wants this to keep going on. Schmuck.

  214. Pick6 says:

    I think your “it’s as if” app needs an upgrade.

  215. mark_in_toronto says:

    Jeeeeez . . . are you guys embarrassed yet?
    Or, are you going to let this go on?
    Yes, Palin is a joke but the shut-down is real.
    It’s as if you really want this . . . that must be it because I can’t think of any other reason . . . too much trouble I guess.

  216. Anomaly 100 says:

    Socielist!

  217. rodnchance says:

    It’s almost enough to make a person believe in reincarnation.

  218. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Please remember that the rest of us don’t have the benefit of the voices in your head. I did not see one Confederate veteran above, nor did anyone write about one. What connection do you see?

  219. Pick6 says:

    Probably died of suffocation from all of those hideous wigs she wears.

  220. Monoceros Forth says:

    Oh, I don’t doubt the racism at all. Really it’s all part of the same stinking and noisome package, a package with a big colorful flag sticker on it that says, “All I care about is my region, my race, my religion, my culture.”

  221. Pick6 says:

    !pheH !pheH

  222. joecooling says:

    They don’t yet know they are slaves,

  223. FLL says:

    The GOP lost 8 seats in the House during the 2012 elections. Any Republican cheerleader who thinks the results of the 2014 midterms are going to be similar to the results of the 2010 midterms is indulging in wishful thinking. There’s only one thing for the GOP to do in 2014 and 216: face the music.

  224. zeibodique says:

    I double trump your Benghazi and over rule with a Bill Ayers/Rev. Wright, Super Sunday weekend ending combo.

  225. Pick6 says:

    I wonder who the spoilsport was who told that sign maker that the rally wasn’t to support the “repect” of vets?

  226. MarkCyst says:

    Thanks for circling the photo, I found the token black guy.

  227. alaskan1st says:

    bingo

  228. karmanot says:

    Ad hominem is a perfectly suitable tactic when dealing with a troll whose ‘opinions’ are irrational, intellectually dishonest, false and /or racist, misogynist, anti-gay or treasonous. It just saves the effort of wasting energy on a perfectly stupid troll.

  229. redflagged says:

    I hope you are right, but I do think the relentless assault on this nation by these people isn’t going to stop any time soon.

    Hopefully your neighbors are realizing the errors of their ways……….but more than likely they’re just being quiet because they know full well who is responsible for this mess.

  230. Pick6 says:

    No worries. Those who wave or wear that flag since 1/20/09 do so because all they’ve thought about and talked about, (“Bubba, you won’t effin believe it but there’s a bunch of ******* in our WHITE House!!!”) is the world where black folks couldn’t cross the street without permission, much less become POTUS. They’re sick phucks whose message only resonates with other sick phucks.

  231. MarkCyst says:

    It isn’t fun, but it isn’t the U.S., it’s the Republican party. Unfortunately, the seem quite content with dragging everyone else down with them. I honestly can’t wait for these wackos to fade entirely away into the mire from which they crawled. They seem so desperate to cling on to the American psyche, that they don’t even realize how quickly their very actions keep pushing them further into the realm of irrelevance (perhaps not today, but I can guarantee you tomorrow, demographics and social attitudes are not on their side).

  232. FLL says:

    This graphic is epic. It captures Palin’s very essence.

  233. karmanot says:

    Might want to correct the misspellings when cutting and pasting, or did you eat all the paste in the former rants.

  234. Thom Allen says:

    Palin, always at the forefront of the charging idiot herd. But, only as long as the cameras are there.

  235. Nihilist says:

    ONE Political Party …

    FIGHTS

    * —to lower taxes for the richest 1%.

    * —to protect multi-billion dollar corporate loopholes and corporate subsidies.

    * —to keep offshore tax havens for multi-millionaires and billionaires tax-free.

    * —to keep fueling the MIC with over $1 trillion a year.

    DOESN’T WANT

    * —all Americans to vote.

    * —Marriage equality

    * —it to be easier to VOTE than buy a firearm

    * —women to keep their right of CHOICE

    * —DREAMERS to have a path to citizenship.

    * —Guantanamo to close

    * —Americans to have decent paying jobs.

    * —clean renewable energy to replace fossil fuels.

    * —an EPA or clean air, clean waters or a clean, non-genetically modified Earth.

    WANTS

    * —to raise taxes on the poor and middle class

    * —to cut funding for food stamps.

    * —to refuse to pay our bills unless we made drastic cuts across the board cutting school lunches, meals for the elderly and Head Start.

    * —to defund education.

    * — defund Planned Parenthood

    * —defund Obamacare

    * —abolish Medicare and Medicaid

    * —privatize social security

    * —deny Science and man-made contributions climate change

    AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF

    * —Has spent 5 years, since Obama took office in 09 , doing nothing but obstruct and filibuster everything bringing our government to a constant gridlock.

    * —Is the biggest nightmare Americans have had to deal with in my lifetime but deal with them we will despite their gerrymandering and Attempts at voter-suppression laws.

    * the gop is the real enemy of the usa.

  236. FLL says:

    Well, it seems that the Confederate trolls are out in force. Please be advised that waving the Confederate flag doesn’t make the rest of the country nervous or fearful. Why should it? There are only two former Confederate states that contribute more revenue to the federal government than they receive from the federal government in revenue: Texas and Florida. Florida has long since been snatched away from Southerners; Anglos from the Yankee states, Hispanics and Blacks outnumber white Southerners, and they have for a very long time. Texas is increasingly Hispanic, and that trend shows no signs of stopping, especially since more Hispanics born in Texas are reaching voting age.

    So what’s left? The rest of the former Confederacy would fall on its face economically if it were an independent country. The Confederate flag waving routine is a big bluff. Leave the Union in the 21st century? The so-called Confederates would rather chew ground glass than try to support themselves outside of the United States. Nothing but bluff. Go ahead and wave your silly ass Confederate flag. The rest of the country is laughing at you.

  237. Thom Allen says:

    She tried it, too. Hers died.

  238. karmanot says:

    rotfl

  239. karmanot says:

    Yea!!!!