regional standards, Tea Party forces in central Massachusetts are
about as aggressive as the far-right gets. Months ago, for example,
members of the Worcester legion publicly rebuked other Bay State Tea
Party outfits, claiming that they strayed too far off of debt reform,
and became preoccupied with less important social issues.
wasn't supposed to cover the Hofstra debate, or even the protests
outside. But a family emergency recently summoned me back to my
native Long Island, so I broke away for about five hours yesterday to
sample the madness. It felt good to be home; despite all of the
warranted abuse that the Gold Coast gets for harboring guidos, the
place really is a magical bourgeois paradise, and a
phenomenal place to people watch.
are always ranting about how they've had enough, and about how
they're two minutes from taking up arms to defend their so-called
freedom. I hear it all the time – the chest-pounding usually comes
in the form of not-so-thinly veiled racist rants against the
president, or some comparable crapola cloaked in self-serving Second
It looks like some puzzle pieces are clicking into place at Occupy Boston. Ever since returning from my road trip to five other occupied cities, I've been impressed by not just the group's internal organization, but also by their tactful coordination with sympathetic entities.
>> PHOTOS: Occupy Boston's march on October 13, 2011 <<
A heated battle between immigrant advocates and Tea Party supporters
erupted yesterday in Chelsea
High School's auditorium,
as activists gathered to protest the controversial Secure Communities, a federal
program that uses data from local law enforcement agencies to track down
Demonstration season kicked off on Beacon Hill today. Gadflies and activists didn't swarm just to support black leaders who organized the streetside press conference in support of union workers – they were rallying to signify that warm weather will surely bring ramped up protests against those who threaten human rights everywhere.
week's revealing phone call between a Buffalo Beast prankster and
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker clarified the extent to which
billionaire rainmaker David H. Koch manipulates public officials.
Koch doesn't just play puppeteer with politicians. He also has his hooks into public radio and television: although it has not been widely reported, Koch is a trustee at
the Boston-based WGBH, PBS's largest producer of web and television
When the Tea Party rabble-rousers began chanting “You Work For Us” at municipal employees, first responders, and state workers, I was hoping that some of them would at least slip on the ice patch lining the nook off Beacon Street where they parked their small parade. If Tuesday's labor rally kicked off as a respectable spat between several thousand union folks and a few dozen flag-waving morons, that incendiary declaration elevated the theater into all-out class warfare.
Are Tea Partiers and right-wing Republicans responsible for the horrifying violence we saw yesterday in Arizona? Of course they fucking are. And you don't have to be the sheriff of Pima County to know that.
Let's start with Sarah "Don't Retreat, Reload" Palin -- who cemented her own guilt when she pulled this down from her site before pausing to tap out a fake apology on Facebook.
PHOTOS: Sarah Palin's Tea Party rally on the Boston Common.
Soon after Sarah Palin's posse rolled into Boston Common this morning, one of the movement leaders announced that they refused to be represented this time like they were in Searchlight, Nevada - hometown of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and the first stop on this year's Tea Party Express tour.
Last weekend Sarah Palin, once again, showed her incredible brilliance -- and this time she doesn't have McCain's team or anyone else to blame for the backlash. Speaking at the first-ever National Tea Party Convention, Palin tried to rip on Obama for being just a "charismatic guy with a teleprompter" right before she flashed her hand with notes scribbled on it for her Q&A session with Tea Party founder Judson Phillips.
I once saw a bumper sticker that read “Rape a Gay Whale for Jesus.” Assuming that the driver was not a homophobic bible boy who likes to diddle blowholes, it was possibly the most brilliant protest ever forced upon my eyeballs. I wish I had a massive oak tag shouting that catch phrase with me earlier this afternoon.