Thursday, April 16, 2009

Teabags



Has anyone else noticed that "teabag" rhymes with "fleabag"? Just sayin' is all.

I thought I'd do my patriotic duty today and at least drive by a couple of Teabag Parties. It took some doing to find them. The official Republican party web site wasn't much help, but after some digging and googling I found the Official Tax Day Tea Party web site. It claimed to provide locations and directions, so I checked out the opportunities on the Eastside of Seattle. The first turned out to be at an apartment complex, so I skipped that. The second try advised me that "We were not able to locate the address," but did provide a couple of possible intersections, albeit with an incorrect zip code.

An errand took me near the one of the intersections, so I went there first. A lonely American flag marked the spot, but I didn't see any partying. I turned up a driveway and found 8-10 people huddled around an ice cream stand. At the foot of the driveway, a couple of guys were taking names. For all I know, they were writing down the license plate numbers of suspicious cars like mine, which still has its Obama/Biden and Save NOLA bumper stickers.


The next intersection I went to -- at Avondale and Union Hill -- turned out to be where the action was. Around 30-50 protesters occupied all four corners waving signs like the one that said "Keep Government Out Of The Free Market." Um, didn't we try that once? Didn't that get us where we are today? Well, I suppose that high principle can't stoop to answer such prosaic questions.


Now, 30-50 conservatives -- none of whom dressed as an Indian, possibly out of sensitivity to the numerous Western Washington tribes -- may or may not sound like a lot, but in fact it's pretty lame turnout. Once the bastion of Western Washington Republicans, Seattle's Eastside now trends inexorably blue. The party goers commandeered one of the busiest intersections in the Puget Sound: Thousands of cars pass through it every day; few of the drivers will find a place to park so that they can join the Teabag Party. Twenty years ago, the demonstrators may well have clogged the intersection...

While looking for Teabag Party locations, I stumbled upon this gem: georgewbushstore.com. It has everything from "Thank You, President Bush" bumper stickers (I haven't seen one yet) to a limited edition commemorative cigar (not Cuban, I assume). I'm going to go out on a limb and say that there hasn't been a run on this merchandise...

Susannah Powers: The art of convenience...

Citizen K. is off to NYC today. On Friday, my son and I are going to a Yankees game in the afternoon and a Mets game at night. Saturday, we have tix for West Side Story.


Fighting Javelinas everywhere say "Give us back our good name!". Here, the Texas A & I Fighting Javelinas marching band plays the best fight song ever, "Jalisco":


11 comments:

Cowtown Pattie said...

Good luck to those Kingsville Aggies. I doubt they can buck the system, but who knows? They ARE Texans...lol!

Sylvia K said...

I very nearly got pulled into this crap over a month ago when a neighbor told me about it, but the way he told it was not the way it is and I was so pissed off when I found out what it really was I nearly went over and poked him in the nose!

John Hayes said...

I have to wonder if these folks have ever Googled "tea-bag," because besides rhyming with "fleabag," it's also slang for-- well, it's easy enough to find out if one is curious & not too easily offended....

On a more upbeat note: have fun at the ballgames!

Ima Wizer said...

Great post, K! You are SO funny!

I hope you have a terrific time in NYC!!! I wish I was there visiting my son!

Sounds like a wonderful itinerary, too!

Sebina said...

Hope you have a great time in NYC :)

best wishes,¨Sebina

ZenYenta said...

Have great time in NYC. You'll be in my neck of the woods - although I haven't done any of those cool things. Hitting both the new ballparks - very fair and balanced. Mr. Yenta would never set foot in Yankee Stadium, I'm afraid. West Side Story always rocks. Haven't seen this revival, but you can't go wrong. Even decent high school productions of it are entertaining so the new Broadway version has to be great. Looking forward to hearing from you how it differs from the original if at all.

Rastamick61 said...

Mets, Yankees and a play did you strike oil out there or something ? I heard hannity claiming that small towns were seeing crowds of 5000 souls strong. In true solipsistic rightie fashion - sure nobody could ever challenege him -he failed to name any of said towns while assuring his faithful that this was truly a groundswell. His intro warns listeners to hang onto their wallets because the radicals have taken over and taxes will be going sky high. He then implores all to start supporting the military. You mean like showing up in Baghdad and having a soldier yell we love you ? Or by sending them out on 3rd and 4th tours when they are completely PTSD'd and blowing off all of their funerals ? I think the guy in charge now finally IS supporting them. The teabaggers look lame and pathetic, another round of libertarians and GOPeeps, racists and gun nuts circling their firing squads. Keep it going lads ! Enjoy NYC.

Kathy said...

"Keep Government Out Of The Free Market."That is so funny! And it's tame in comparison to some of the racist, hateful signs people carried in my neck of the woods.

Enjoy West Side Story and NY. I'm envious.

Foxessa said...

You know where we'll be on Saturday night. Bet the Cyril Neville show goes LATE. They do there at Sullivan Hall.

Love, C.

Renegade Eye said...

There is an authentic sentiment of anger over this economic crisis. The right will not tap it. They don't have the analytical skills.

Recession causes people initially to be timid. The Great Depression started in 1929, and the great strikewaves took place in 1934; San Francisco, Minneapolis, Toledo etc.

I'm a big time fan of West side Story.

Molly The Dog said...

If they saw you taking pictures, do you think they would have offered you some tea?