Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hartford Tea Party Photos - April 15 2009

Slide show - 25 photos

Estimates are that 4,000 (or more) showed up in Hartford.

Video at the end of the rally


Susan Ryan said...

Did you know that the RNC was financing these Tea Parties and it was organized by cable tv personalities? NBC says so.
Who'd have known? I'm not sure what they were supposed to be financing, as it was pretty simple, (but effective) here.
I believe the RNC chair was dis-invited from the Chicago Tea Party. And baby, if Chicago is havin' successful Tea Parties, it's not just about 'conservatives'.

David Aron said...

Yeah... I don't get this "financed" by right-wing groups deal. What is there to finance? It's a bunch of home-made signs and a couple of microphones... Since the media are comparing the tea parties to, they must think we require the same operating budget.

That's what's so funny... the inability of leftists to understand that this is a completely decentralized movement. They are pointing to Dick Armey as an organizer?! They just don't understand the concept... it is just too much.

I also love that all the Tea Parties I've attended have the people in the crowd speaking, not politicians.

And, these tea parties aren't going to just go away either. Paul Krugman's article was hilarious!! We're apparently all just out of power right wing cranks whose ideas are not even worth being considered! And then they turn around and wonder why we feel disenfranchised! Laughable, just laughable.

Anonymous said...

Um, I think the word has been "orchestrated", not "financed". And which media has been comparing Tea Parties to MoveOn? Not the liberal media, which has been at pains to point out how dissimilar they are.

"They" are not pointing to Dick Armey; Dick Armey pointed to himself.

Still, good show. Talking Points Memo has some great photographs from the demo in DC.

By the way, what specifically are the protests over the Constitution about?

Judy Aron said...

Read your copy of the Constitution and you can figure it out pretty quickly.

But to get you started here are a few:
• Detention without trial or habeas corpus;
• The further nationalization of education
• Warrantless wiretapping of the citizenry conducted by the military wing of the government

But wait... there's much more...

Anonymous said...

It's not at all clear that the Tea Party-goers were protesting detention without judicial review or warrantless wiretapping, issues where the left and right share common grievances against the Obama administration.

If that's what the protesters meant then they were too ambiguous.

Judy Aron said...

It might not have been clear to you - but people in the crowd had all kinds of grievances. What also must have eluded you is that there were people of all kinds of political beliefs in the crowd. You need to open your mind and stop trying to pigeon hole people.

Did you actually attend? Did you speak to anyone?

Anonymous said...

No, I did not attend. That's why I asked you, who did attend, what those signs about the Constitution referred to.

You need to stop being so obnoxious.

Judy Aron said...

I'm obnoxious? You are amusing.

Why don't you use your real name?
What are you afraid of?
You seem to spend enough time commenting here. Might as well introduce yourself. After all you don't want to be a blank Slate, do you?

Please dispense with the name calling it is rude and unbecoming.

Anonymous said...

I thought the Dick Armey thing was more or less a comical remark on Countdown, related to the whole teabaggers thing. And lord knows it was pretty damn funny:

"And in Cavuto's defense, if you are planning simultaneous tea bagging all around the country, you're going to need a Dick Armey."

And as for "spontaneous" -- um, not really.

Freedom Works, created in 2004 by merging Empower America and Citizens for a Sound Economy -- headed by RICHARD K. ARMEY -- had a major organizing role in the Tea Parties, including coordinating conference calls among protesters, providing sign ideas, sample press releases, how-to guides for delivering a clear message, and pretty much taking over the planning of Florida's tea parties. Freedom Works has been funded in most part by contributions from large corporations, including Allied Signal, Archer Daniels Midland, Enron, DaimlerChrysler (love irony!) and Phillip Morris. Another way they've funded the organization is by selling insurance policies to unsuspecting people who didn't realize they'd joined and contributed to the group by signing on the line to buy insurance.

Another lobbyist-run principle organizing group is Americans for Prosperity. They wrote press releases and planned the events in NJ, NH, MO, KS and other states. Americans for Prosperity is run by Tim Phillips, Ralph Reed's former partner in Century Strategies, a lobbying group. The Koch Family Foundations fund Americans for Prosperity. The Koch money comes from the oil industry.

Then there's Newt, whose American Solutions for Winning the Futures who used their resources to send emails encouraging attendance at tea parties, and to create "toolkits" for organizing. ASWF gets its funding from Peabody Energy, the world's largest coal company; Sheldon Adelson, the 3rd richest man in America; Carl Lindner, head of American Financial Group who made his billions in the savings and loan and junk bonds; George Argyros, an owner of Apria (health care), Westar Capital (investments), Arnel Management , busted for stealing millions from tenants; hedge fund billionaire Peter Thiel; and other billionaires too numerous to name here.

So. There's just TWO lobbying groups who were actively organizing this massive "grassroots" effort. I'm sure a spin through Google will turn up more.

Here's the problem: you guys are out there claiming to be a spontaneous populist uprising of the "people" and you're being led by the nose by a bunch of billionaires who are investing millions to get you into the streets to benefit themselves. "The People" my arse.

I never fail to be amazed that so many people can be coerced into working against their own best interests by a handful of billionaires who have the money to crank out propaganda that people aren't smart enough to see through.

I don't know if you all are woefully, or willfully, ignorant. But I do know that you're letting yourselves be used -- and that's really just kind of sad. (Except for the teabagging Dick Armey thing, which is really very funny.)

Just lock those chains on and do your masters' bidding, slaves. Because YOU all aren't getting a tax increase -- the billionaires are. You keep a-marching to get it for them. Then Roger Milliken can continue to equip his factories with only foreign-made machinery. Job creation indeed.

Judy Aron said...

No one is being led by the nose on anything. And the fact of the matter is that there are many factions coming together to protest the crap coming out of Washington.

Those organizations may be trying to latch onto the growing Liberty movement - but this was definitely not orchestrated or bankrolled by anyone. If anything, Campaign for Liberty and the Ron Paul Revolution had a bigger hand in this. That's who really originated these tea parties.

I don't have to be "convinced" as I have been involved in some of the planning.. and the people I have spoken to are not puppets of any of the organizations that you are claiming have ownership of this grassroots movement.

You need to stop reading Krugman, et. al.

You can try and minimize this and deny that it is grassroots etc. but the fact is that it is growing and the Liberals are afraid. Marginalizing and mocking this movement won't work.

Judy Aron said...

One more thing...All you need to do is actually attend one of these events and you will learn some truth.

Anonymous said...

I see you have a link to Freedom Works here on your site. So you are obviously aware that the tea parties were organized by billionaire lobbyists, led by Dick Armey.

While Dick Armey is supposedly organizing protests against the economic bailouts, during the last year his firm, DLA Piper, represented: AIG (which got $170 billion in economic bailout money), Lehman Brothers (whose failure set in motion the whole bailout plan) and Merrill Lynch (bought by Bank of America which then got taxpayer money for making *that* bad deal)? He lobbied on their behalf for "Congressional hearings on financial services crisis" and "policies affecting securities firms." DLA Piper also represented Discover Financial Services, who received TARP funds.

So, Dick Armey is against the economic bailouts, except of course when he's making money off clients who he helps GET economic bailouts.

Good Lord, Judy. Whose side are you ON?!?!?

Oh, and p.s. -- please explain this to your son, who seems to believe Dick Armey isn't involved.

Anonymous said...

And as for the planning, did you have a hand in scheduling the events so Rob Simmons could be featured at each one?

Judy Aron said...

LOL - Gosh the CNN HuffPo crowd is threatened.

So what, I have Freedomworks listed on my blog - I have lots of places listed on my blog. Big Deal. Grow up.

As for whose side I am on... I am on the side of stopping the insanity in Washington whether it comes from a democrat or a republican! Both parties are at fault. I am on the side of Restoring our liberties and making sure my children aren't saddled with the enormous debt that Obama and Bush have created thus far. I am on the side of protecting my Rights since government is working fiercely to take them away instead of doing their job to protect them.

Quite frankly, I don't care that many factions may be latching onto the Ron Paul Liberty movement; it's an opportunity to educate people about what has been happening to our country. That seems to be working too. If people like Hannity want to promote this then that is to our advantage to get the truth out to people, since the mainstream media has ignored the liberty message overall.

As for Rob Simmons - I detest the man and quite frankly he looked very lost at the Hartford rally and was not allowed to speak, thanks to the organizers of this event (so he was not "featured"). He may be looking for votes but I guarantee you that plenty of folks in that crowd yesterday will not vote for him - or Dodd. Many booed the Sarah Palin supporter too. If you had actually been to this event you might have more of a grasp of reality of who attended and why. These were not Dick Armey stooges.

I just love these commenters who didn't attend the events and sit there at home after reading Liberal blogs to give them talking points and then come here to post attacks. Don't you have better things to do with your time? You'd do well to stop Googling for crap and actually go talk to people involved.

Anonymous said...

"So let me get this straight. You're getting together to protest wasteful spending by buying millions of teabags? Are you protesting wasteful spending, or irony?" -Jon Stewart

1. Judy, care to explain why the overwhelming majority of people at these events (not you, of course) are white, older men? How can you claim these represent the American people who care about liberty when an overwhelming percentage of the American people aren't there?

2. You got taken apart pretty harshly by Minou Roufail at I didn't know if you'd seen it, but I'd be interested in seeing a retort.

Anonymous said...

"Don't you have better things to do with your time?"

Yeah. I was working to earn a living. Something apparently a whole lot of folks at these parties don't have to worry about. I'd love to know how many of them are turning down Social Security and Medicare.

Judy Aron said...

Anonymous - your comments are not worth replying to and who cares what Minou has to say. I am not taking the bait. Go be a troll somewhere else. And thanks for mentioning my blog as a comment on the newspaper's article - it sent more traffic my way.

Anonymous said...

The spin must make you dizzy.

What makes you think we HAVEN'T spoken with teabaggers, and rejected this whole hysterical mess?

At any given point in time in the history of the USA there have been numbers citizens dissatisfied with numerous things, to the point of taking to the streets. There is absolutely nothing new in that.

Your group and your "cause" doesn't worry me. I'm not in a tizzy over you. It's all just too far out on the fringe. But quite honestly, I do find your group(s) frightening in terms of who you're making common cause with. I'm frankly surprised that you'd join forces with aryan pride groups and the like. I can't believe you espouse the same violence some of them do, but maybe you do.

I think the tea parties accomplished one good thing: they showed the face of your movement. Most were pretty horrified at the levels of hate they saw displayed yesterday.

Judy Aron said...

LOL - you crack me up. Talk about spin. LOL

It appears that the only hysterical mess here is you.

When you "attended" the tea party did you tell people that you ran into that they were aryan pride sympathizers? LOL
Aryan pride sympathizers or Dick Armey puppets - which one is it then?

Looks like hundreds of thousands across the country are now "fringe".


Left Wing trolls are so amusing.
Yeah hold on while I "espouse" more violence.. LOL

Get a life.
Go bother someone who honestly cares about what you have to say. Oh, that would be no one.

And while you are at it have some integrity and use your real name. Coward.

Ben From Hartford said...

"Most were pretty horrified at the levels of hate they saw displayed yesterday."

What the heck is this Anonymous person talking about - I didn't see anyone hatin'

The commenter is delusional.

Susan Ryan said...

Anonymous can say anything they want, because they're....anonymous. Anonymous spends a lot of time saying a lot about these Tea Parties.I'm starting to appreciate that it seems to be very bothersome to Anonymous.

Anonymous says that Krugman says that Dick Armey and Freedom Works organized the Tea Parties. Let's not forget Fox News or Aryan Pride!? either. lol

Ben, I didn't seen any hatin' either, but Anonymous says there was hate (and I'd say Anonymous knows how to..what hate is), so we'll have to take it for what it's worth. Anonymous knows all of this because Anonymous read it somewhere.

Amie said...

Level of hate??? Aryan Pride?

Now you know that Anonymous really has not clue.