Bachmann Palin Overkill

Les femmes fatales des soirées du thé will be the marquee entertainment, if that's the word for it, at the upcoming National Tea Party Convention scheduled for early February at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. According to the sponsors, the convention is aimed at bringing the Tea Party Movement leaders together from around the nation for the purpose of networking and supporting the movements' multiple organizations principle goals. The event will feature a keynote speech by Sarah Palin and a breakfast tea address by Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

A number of right wing groups are involved in organizing the event- National Taxpayers Union, American Majority, Smart Girl Politics, and SurgeUSA but the principal organizer is a group calling itself Tea Party Nation, which self-describes as "a user-driven group of like-minded people who desire our God given Individual Freedoms which were written out by the Founding Fathers" that believes in "Limited Government, Free Speech, the 2nd Amendment, our Military, Secure Borders and our Country!"

Beyond the Bachmann and Palin addresses, the National Tea Party convention will offer workshops and a number of panels led by the conservative illuminati. The workshops include: Conservative Activism; Using Social Media; How to get Youth involved in Conservative Activism. The panels will cover topics such as "How to Defeat Liberalism" and "Where the Tea Party Movement Goes From Here." If nothing else, I'm sure that you will be pick up all the Palin/Bachmann 2012 bumper stickers you'll ever want.

This is no media friendly crowd either. The Nashville Post reports that the press will only be allowed in a designated pen, excuse me, section of the lobby of the convention and will not be allowed inside the convention. Furthermore, the media will not be allowed inside for the Sarah Palin keynote address. Not that a media presence is really required, I'm sure that she'll rehash what she said earlier this year at her coming out party in Hong Kong also held behind close doors.

You can call me a common-sense conservative. My approach to the issues facing my country and the world, issues that we'll discuss today, are rooted in this common-sense conservatism... Common sense conservatism deals with the reality of the world as it is. Complicated and beautiful, tragic and hopeful, we believe in the rights and the responsibilities and the inherent dignity of the individual.

We don't believe that human nature is perfectible; we're suspicious of government efforts to fix problems because often what it's trying to fix is human nature, and that is impossible. It is what it is. But that doesn't mean that we're resigned to, well, any negative destiny. Not at all. I believe in striving for the ideal, but in realistic confines of human nature...

The opposite of a common-sense conservative is a liberalism that holds that there is no human problem that government can't fix if only the right people are put in charge. Unfortunately, history and common sense are not on its side. We don't trust utopian promises; we deal with human nature as it is.

If she sounds a failed broken record, that's because, that is what she represents - the politics of failure. The three day event will set you back $549 plus $9.95 fee not to mention the cost of accommodation. By comparison, the cost for attending Netroots Nation 2010 is $250. Must be an elitist discount or perhaps the Tea Party Nation is running some sort of populist premium.

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Immigrant women fight back shocking label of "welfare queens".

From Restore Fairness blog

March is the month where International Women's Day celebrates the strides women have made, in spite of all they have to endure. Like Rosa Morales, an immigrant woman who turned her life around and went from the brink of being deported, to being awarded a scholarship for her contribution to society.

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Immigrant women fight back shocking label of "welfare queens".

From Restore Fairness blog

March is the month where International Women's Day celebrates the strides women have made, in spite of all they have to endure. Like Rosa Morales, an immigrant woman who turned her life around and went from the brink of being deported, to being awarded a scholarship for her contribution to society.

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Each of These Is Not Like the Others

Today's prize for general ignorance goes to

 

FL-22: Tea Party Favorite Allen West Outraising Rep. Ron Klein

In the gerrymandered Florida Twenty-Second Congressional District that runs up the coastline of South Florida from northern Broward County to the northern end of Palm Beach County dashing inland to include pockets of Boca Raton, Oakland Park and Cooper City, the race in the Fall pits two term Democratic Congressman Ron Klein in a rematch against Lt. Colonel Allen West, who resigned from the Army in 2003 after he plead guilty to violating articles 128 (assault) and 134 (general article) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice in the interrogation of Yehiya Kadoori Hamoodi, an Iraqi police officer.

According to the official investigation and by West's own admission, he walked into an interrogation room brandishing a weapon. If Yehiya Kadoori Hamoodi didn't talk, West told him, then West would have to kill him. The detainee insisted he knew nothing about an assassination plot against him and other US troops. Lt. Colonel West then allowed two of the men under his command to beat the man. The detainee was then dragged outside, supposedly for his execution. But West fired over the detainee's head. At that point, the detainee gave West information that may or may not have been helpful -- the detainee told the New York Times that he made something up just to save his life. Colonel West also testified that he did not know whether "any corroboration" of a plot was ever found, adding: "At the time I had to base my decision on the intelligence I received. It's possible that I was wrong about Mr. Hamoodi."

In the eyes of the American right, such brutality is to be glorified and Lt. Colonel West quickly became an "American hero" celebrated on Fox News, the National Review, Town Hall, Free Republic, Atlas Shrug and other right wing outlets. In 2008, West who moved to Deerfield Beach after leaving the Army ran for Congress against Rep. Ron Klein. Klein easily defend the seat winning 54.7 percent of the vote to West's 45.3 percent.

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