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Muslim denied spot with Florida county’s Republican Party

In my opinion, Teabaggers are not nice people…


Islam and tea party activism clashed at a raucous meeting Monday night when a group of Broward County Republicans blocked a Muslim activist as a member of the party’s executive committee.

Republicans, who changed their rules to publicly vet Nezar Hamze and then vote on his application by secret ballot, said they didn’t oppose him because he was a Muslim – but because he is associated with the Center for American-Islamic Relations, whose Washington-area affiliate was an unindicted co-conspirator in a federal terrorism indictment.

Hamze, CAIR’s South Florida director, said his local group had nothing to do with the suspect activities in Washington. He said CAIR advocates for civil rights for Muslims, who have been unfairly targeted ever since 9/11.

“I’m aligned with Republican values. And I want to serve the party,” Hamze said, who earlier told a reporter that any effort to block him was the result of anti-Islamic “bigotry.”

At times, when he addressed the packed room at the Sheraton Suites in Fort Lauderdale, a few members shouted out among the crowd of about 300.

“Terrorist!” said one man.

“Let him speak!” said another.

Members of Broward’s Republican Party said Hamze was making a mockery of their rules and was trying to become a member as a publicity stunt.

“I don’t have a positive impression of Mr. Hamze. I don’t think he will be an asset to our party,” said Scott Spages, who is involved in programs concerning radical Islam at his church, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale.

In the end, the Broward Republican Executive Committee voted 11-158 to block him from committee membership. He can still attend meetings, but as a general member of the public.

“Wow,” he said afterward. “If I had realized it would be like that, I wish they had just sent me a letter saying I was denied.”

One Broward Republican member, blogger Javier Manjarres, objected to the process. “They singled him out,” Manjarres said. “It was a set up.”

Aside from questioning his motives, there was also a dispute about how long he had been a Republican. Party Vice Chair Collen Stolberg said Hamze became a registered Republican only since August and that before then he was registered with no party affiliation.

Hamze said that wasn’t true. He said he changed his address in August, but has been a registered Republican for about a decade.

Of the 11 applicants for the party, only Hamze was rejected – the first time anyone in the room could recall that happening in a county where Republicans complain about how outnumbered they are by Democrats.

Prior to deciding the new-member applications, a Republican successfully moved to change party rules and require that applicants say how long they’ve been a Republican and to take five minutes worth of questions for the crowd.

Hamze called it “The Hamze rule.”

A new litmus test was then born: Do you support Rep. Allen West? The tea party Republican has repeatedly denounced Islam and clashed with Hamze. So has Joe Kaufman, chairman of the group Citizens Against Hate and the vice-chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition of South Florida.

“Are you willing to support Congressman Allen West … as a Republican?” Kaufman said loudly in the microphone. “Will you denounce terrorism? And your organization has been named a terrorist organization.”

Hamze said he couldn’t comment on the politics of CAIR because it’s a nonprofit, nonpartisan group. He later said he denounces terrorism and that he’s not involved in any terrorist activities.

Hamze said he was considering filing a complaint with the Republican Party of Florida because the county party’s constitution says that a “vacancy shall be filled” by a qualified Republican – that is, one who is a registered Republican who lives in the county.

But the constitution also says that a vacancy “shall be filled by majority vote.” And he lost that badly.

Before the meeting, a group circulated a petition bashing Hamze.

Tom Trento, executive director of a group called The United West, shook hands with Hamze and had a friendly chat with him – even though Trento thinks CAIR is involved in terrorism.

“Did CAIR tell Muslims not to cooperate with the FBI?” asked Trento.

“No,” Hamze responded. “We said they should have a lawyer present, which is their constitutional right.”

“What do they have to fear?” asked Trento.

“Good question,” Hamze said. Trento smiled.

After the vote to deny membership, Broward Executive Committee Chairman Richard DeNapolis said simply: “Mr. Hamze, your membership has been denied.”

The crowd cheered loudly.

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Tea party turns on tea party hero Rep. Allen West

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The teabaggers are not very happy with Rep. Allen West because he voted to raise the debt ceiling.  

Daily Kos

Teabaggers are so fickle:

One-time Tea Party hero Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) will meet with a local Florida Tea Party group today to discuss why he voted to increase the debt ceiling earlier this month, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.West, who rode Tea Party support to a 10-point win over then-Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) in 2010, angered many local conservatives when he agreed to support House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) plan to increase the debt limit.

After some local Tea Party supporters threatened to find a primary challenger to West because of his vote, the always-forceful West hit back, accusing them of “schizophrenia” for their quick changes of heart towards him.

Seems like it was only yesterday that Allen West was a hero to the teabaggers. One lousy vote, and he’s the enemy? Just like Sen. Scott Centerfold Brown. Just like any formerly beloved nutjob who has the audacity to put country before crazy, even if only for one split second.

Too bad for Allen West. I guess he’s learning that while he may be “Steadfast and Loyal,” the crazy people who swept him into office are anything but.

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Are Right-Wing Libertarian Internet Trolls Getting Paid to Dumb Down Online Conversations?

I don’t know if their getting paid, but I do know there are a lot of them on  internet forums…


There are daily attempts to control and influence content in the interests of the state and corporations: attempts in which money talks.

They are the online equivalent of enclosure riots: the rick-burning, fence-toppling protests by English peasants losing their rights to the land. When MasterCard, Visa, Paypal and Amazon tried to shut WikiLeaks out of the cyber-commons, an army of hackers responded by trying to smash their way into these great estates and pull down their fences.

In the Wikileaks punch-up the commoners appear to have the upper hand. But it’s just one battle. There’s a wider cyberwar being fought, of which you hear much less. And in most cases the landlords, with the help of a mercenary army, are winning.

I’m not talking here about threats to net neutrality and the danger of a two-tier internet developing, though these are real. I’m talking about the daily attempts to control and influence content in the interests of the state and corporations: attempts in which money talks.

The weapon used by both state and corporate players is a technique known as astroturfing. An astroturf campaign is one that mimics spontaneous grassroots mobilizations, but which has in reality been organized. Anyone writing a comment piece in Mandarin critical of the Chinese government, for example, is likely to be bombarded with abuse by people purporting to be ordinary citizens, upset by the slurs against their country.

But many of them aren’t upset: they are members of the 50 Cent Party, so-called because one Chinese government agency pays 5 mao (half a yuan) for every post its tame commenters write. Teams of these sock-puppets are hired by party leaders to drown out critical voices and derail intelligent debates.   More…

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Tea Party Nation President Doesn’t Deny He Thinks Restricting Voting To Property Owners Is A ‘Wise Idea’


Think Progress

On Tuesday, ThinkProgress reported that Tea Party Nation president Judson Phillips said on the official Tea Party Nation radio show two weeks ago that he thinks that “it makes a lot of sense” to restrict voting rights only to property owners.

Yesterday, Phillips sent out an e-mail responding to ThinkProgress’ reporting. While insulting progressives who found his idea offensive — saying the “left went nuts,” the left went “spastic” and “into hysteria,” and accusing us of lying about his comments — Phillips reiterated his belief that limiting voting rights to property owners is a “wise idea”:

A couple of weeks ago, on the Tea Party Nation radio show, I was talking with David DeGerolamo of NC Freedom about the Founding Fathers and the original Constitution. During the course of our discussion, I mentioned that the founding fathers limited voting rights to property owners. I commented this was a wise idea.

Apparently, two weeks after the show, some liberal stumbled across it and today, that comment has turned into liberal headlines such as, “Tea Party Nation President says It Makes A Lot of Sense to Restrict Voting to Property Owners” and “Tea Party Leaders Attack Constitution.” Suddenly, this has morphed from a discussion between two tea partiers into articles claiming that I want to change the Constitution to restrict voting to property owners. […]

Watching the left go into hysteria over this has been nothing short of amusing. Of course, when the left goes spastic over something like this, they either get it wrong, or nine times out of ten, they lie about what was said.

ThinkProgress did not lie about what Phillips said (you can listen to the audio of his comments here). Clearly, he is not backing down from his comments, and this e-mail only further reiterates his belief that it is a “wise idea” to limit voting only to property owners.

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Rand Paul-Supporting Head-Stomper Charged With Assault

This post has been revised.  Initially, I wrote something about Rand Paul supporting the “head-stomper”.  That was an error.

My over-zealous reaction to the above headline was an error. 

New York Magazine

Tim Profitt, the Kentucky man and since-dropped Rand Paul campaign coordinator videotaped stomping on a Paul protester’s head last week, has been charged with misdemeanor assault. Profitt will go before a district judge in Lexington Nov. 18 on the fourth-degree assault charge. [NBC]


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Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day – Reality Check (Redux)

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Here are eight of the biggest myths that are out there that Tea Partiers and the GOP (one in the same, actually…) are spreading:

1) President Obama tripled the deficit.
Reality: Bush’s last budget had a $1.416 trillion deficit. Obama’s first budget reduced that to $1.29 trillion.

2) President Obama raised taxes, which hurt the economy.
Reality: Obama cut taxes. 40% of the “stimulus” was wasted on tax cuts which only create debt, which is why it was so much less effective than it could have been.

3) President Obama bailed out the banks.
Reality: While many people conflate the “stimulus” with the bank bailouts, the bank bailouts were requested by President Bush and his Treasury Secretary, former Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson. (Paulson also wanted the bailouts to be “non-reviewable by any court or any agency.”) The bailouts passed and began before the 2008 election of President Obama.

4) The stimulus didn’t work.
Reality: The stimulus worked, but was not enough. In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the stimulus raised employment by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million jobs.

5) Businesses will hire if they get tax cuts.
Reality: A business hires the right number of employees to meet demand. Having extra cash does not cause a business to hire, but a business that has a demand for what it does will find the money to hire. Businesses want customers, not tax cuts.

6) Health care reform costs $1 trillion.
Reality: The health care reform reduces government deficits by $138 billion.

7) Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, is “going broke,” people live longer, fewer workers per retiree, etc.
Reality: Social Security has run a surplus since it began, has a trust fund in the trillions, is completely sound for at least 25 more years and cannot legally borrow so cannot contribute to the deficit (compare that to the military budget!) Life expectancy is only longer because fewer babies die; people who reach 65 live about the same number of years as they used to.

8) Government spending takes money out of the economy.
Reality: Government is We, the People and the money it spends is on We, the People. Many people do not know that it is government that builds the roads, airports, ports, courts, schools and other things that are the soil in which business thrives. Many people think that all government spending is on “welfare” and “foreign aid” when that is only a small part of the government’s budget.

This stuff really matters

H/t Kato

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Tea Party Nation: Vote Out Rep. Keith Ellison Because He’s Muslim And ‘Supports’ Terrorists

This is absolutely absurd.  Instead of checking out Rep. Ellison’s record, the teabaggers are once again playing the Islamaphobia card.  Ellison is an excellent politician and represents his district well.

Think Progress

The fringe tea party group Tea Party Nation sent out an email to its supporters over the weekend urging them to support Republican House candidate Lynne Torgerson against Rep. Keith Ellison (D) in Minnesota’s 5th District. The Maddow show blog points out that one of the arguments that Tea Party Nation makes against Ellison is that he’s a Muslim:

There are a lot of liberals who need to be retired this year, but there are few I can think of more deserving than Keith Ellison. Ellison is one of the most radical members of congress. He has a ZERO rating from the American Conservative Union. He is the only Muslim member of congress. He supports the Counsel for American Islamic Relations, HAMAS and has helped congress send millions of tax to terrorists in Gaza.

Aside from the fact that the email provides no evidence that Ellison supports terrorists, Ellison isn’t the only Muslim member of Congress. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) is also Muslim. Salon noted that, according to an NAACP report on tea parties, the Tea Party Nation is the third largest tea party network. Many Tea Party activists widely criticized the group’s founder, Tennessee lawyer Judson Phillips, earlier this year for trying to profit off a Tea Party convention.

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GOP Candidate Ken Buck: ‘I Disagree Strongly With The Concept Of Separation Of Church And State’ (VIDEO)

Let me get this straight…The Teabaggers believe in The Constititution, unless it contains something they aren’t in agreement with.  Hmmm…

Huffington Post

Colorado Republican Senate candidate and Tea Party favorite Ken Buck last year said he “strongly” disagrees with one of the bedrock principles of American society: the separation of church and state.

“I disagree strongly with the concept of separation of church and state,” said Buck at a forum for GOP Senate candidates last year. “It was not written into the Constitution. While we have a Constitution that is very strong in the sense that we are not gonna have a religion that’s sanctioned by the government, it doesn’t mean that we need to have a separation between government and religion. And so that, that concerns me a great deal.”

In his statement, he also criticized President Obama for calling the White House Christmas tree a “holiday tree.” “It’s just flat wrong in my mind,” he added. His remarks were captured by the site ThinkProgress, which also has video.

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Angle Campaign Used Decoy To Duck Press: Nevada Reporters

Sharron Angle, Republican
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Why won’t “Tea Partiers” answer questions from the press?  What are they afraid of?

Huffington Post

Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle used a decoy to dodge members of the press at an event on Monday, a reporter on the scene tells the Huffington Post.

The Tea Party-backed pol, who has avoided public appearances since offering racially insensitive remarks to a group of Hispanic students, left reporters waiting at an event at a Microsoft Licensing office for nearly two hours (between the time she showed up late until they realized that she had actually left). Getting out of the building without being noticed, however, was tricky. According to Mackenzie Warren, a morning reporter for Reno’s NBC-affiliate, KRNV, a staffer for Angle’s campaign suckered the press by making it appear that she would be leaving the front entrance (the one she initially entered) while she was, instead, exiting through a side door.

We were standing on the sidewalk and there were one of three buildings, so we called to make sure we were at the right building. Sharron Angle was supposed to show up at 10:30 a.m. to do the work place visit and it wasn’t until a few minutes past 11 a.m. that she finally did. I was staking out another entrance when she did arrive but all everyone got was a 15-second view of her being walked in. People were asking: ‘Are you going to talk to us?’ But she just walked straight in.
I came around to the front and we waited for nearly two hours. And the security guard was being very strict, not letting us step foot in the parking lot. Then a different car came up, not the one she arrived in, an SUV. it pulled into the front and her entourage was there, maybe 10 of people, a lot of people from her camp. And one of the guys from her camp got on her cell phone and very audibly said, ‘Hello, O.K., Is she ready? Is she coming down now? O.K. we are out here.’

So then, of course everyone starts rolling. And then shortly thereafter, two women come out and get in the car. It threw us for a quick second and neither of them were Sharron Angle.

A little later, I went over to the side entrance again to stake that out. We waited for a little while longer. At that point I convinced the security guard that I had to go to the bathroom and he let me in. I ran into the lady in the bathroom, asked her about the speech and asked her if she was still here. She said no, she left. ‘Out the front door?’ I asked. And she said no.

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