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John 16:33

“In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

But . . . the world has gone mad.  Especially the Democrats.

“I have overcome the world.”

The whole world?

“Yes, when one refers to the world one generally means the whole world.”

Well . . . okay then.

All us Tea Party patriots could use a little extra cheer right now, that’s for sure and certain.  Any major election is stressful for the civic-minded sort, but this ain’t just some run-of-the-mill major election.

We are no longer confident in our great nation’s ability to survive, let alone thrive.  For four years, we have fought without furlough in the trenches of a culture war.  Some of you have fought much longer, and I thank you.  If more of us had joined the fight sooner, things might not have gotten so grim.

Shoulda woulda coulda.  Here we are, and here I am, attempting to bring good cheer–which, by the way, is not in my nature.  I’m mostly predisposed to skeptical pessimism.  (Or pessimistic skepticism, depending on my mood.)

Anyways.  Good cheer.

Right.

I’ll make a list.

1) My dog is feeling much better.  Remember when I posted about Sussie’s severe moving anxiety?  I promised a final installment to the Trauma Saga, but alas.  She is now only a footnote.  Long story short, we had to drug the poor critter.  Did you know that dogs can take Xanax?  It merely changed her distressed barking from a frantic yelp into more of a sad hound serenade.  Still, the vet gave lots of good advice about desensitizing her to separation, and once we got our stuff delivered to our new house, Sussie was like, hey.  We’re home.  I can stop freaking out.

2) I’m officially on the band wagon.  You know, the wagon that we must use to haul Romney across the finish line.  As of today, I’ve got Romney/Ryan in my yard, on my minivan bumper, and plenty of extras to share with like-minded neighbors and homeschoolers.  I even signed up for the phone bank.   Mr. Belvedere is absolutely right on this point:  we shoulda woulda coulda got a better candidate, but we didn’t, and we gotta do what it takes to get Barack Obama voted out.  If we succeed, our work sure ain’t over, but at least we’ll have a chance to keep federal encroachment at bay.

3) Encouraging first hand accounts of conservative momentum have surfaced!  Mr. Saddleburr found a glimmer of hope when he knocked on some doors, and Insty readers have shared similar experiences.

4) Via Disrupt the Narrative and Be Sure You’re Right comes a website called Unskewed Polls.  When the polls aren’t skewed, they don’t look so bad anymore.  It’s like the Dems having to take off their beer goggles or something.

5) Obama for America’s blog posts are getting very few shares and likes.  Seriously, scroll down the women’s section of the leftist ghost town, and see for yourself how unviral is the President’s reelection campaign.

6) The ObamaFoodorama blog site has gone private.  Actually, I’m not sure whether this is good news, but I wanted to bring it up because I’ve linked to this Blogger site a few times, and those links won’t work anymore.  Annoying.  And intriguing.  The twitter account still says the blog is the “official blog of record & archive of White House food initiatives.”  Why did something official become private?

7) 41 million Tea Party members are preparing to vote.  That’s 31% of likely voters.  Yyyeaahh.  Turns out, that radical extreme right-wing thang might just be more mainstream than Maher’s worst nightmare.

8) The Coffee Party is still around to mock!  Because their movement is still so relevant and vibrant!  Or not.  I used zip codes from Tampa, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and New York City, but I couldn’t find a single scheduled event with their handy-dandy “event finder.”  Perhaps you’ll have more luck than me.

9) 110 days until Barack Obama leaves office.  And counting.

And finally, without further ado, item #10 in my list of good cheer:

10) Strong Bad is funny.  Really.  Watch.  If it’s not funny, then you must be viewing these videos without the company of a 10-year-old boy.  If you had a 10-year-old boy with you, then your sides would be splitting.

update:  changed ghetto to ghost town bc it makes more sense, if nobody’s there

The Only Coffee Guaranteed To Help You Sleep

I’ll admit it:  my fascination with the Coffee Party is a little aberrant. 

Maybe it’s petty, too.  Picking on them is fun

Hopefully, my indulgent behavior also provides a public service.  Plenty folks out there don’t know MoveOn.org from PajamasMedia.com, nor Tea Party from Coffee Party from The Rent Is Too Damn High Party.  Perhaps a few of those folks will stumble onto my blog after googling for Coffee Party information.

(By the way.  You totally have to follow the Rent Party link for the theme song that automatically plays.)

Ah, the Coffee Party.  Bless ‘em.  It’s in my nature to give people the benefit of the doubt.  So, most Coffee Party folks are probably sincere about what they peddle:  transpartisanship, common ground, independence from party politics, positive solutions and all the other kumbaya nonsense in their Mission Statement.

This thick gloss of “nonpartisanship” will inevitably appeal to some of the voters who label themselves independents.  These voters may in reality be centrist, even right-centrist, but if they are a product of modern public brainwashing schooling, they may not notice the hard left, typical Marxist, class-hating rhetoric beneath the gloss.  Plus, the Coffee Party crew has that whole civility vibe working for ‘em.  They are so civil that they had a Civility Pledge before Jared Loughner’s awful shooting spree.  Of course, there is some indication that the Coffee Party is (gasp!) not really so inclusive after all, but let’s not get into that.

Then why bring them up again?  Duh.  Because picking on them is fun. 

All that bipartisanship, civility and inclusiveness sounds sweet, but it’s really just boring.  Yawn city.  No matter how hard Annabel Park and the gang work, this endeavor will fail for the simple reason that they put their potential audience to sleep. 

Case in point:  their Vol. 1, No. 7 newsletter.  The whole thing is dozy, but the ”Inaugural Report from the Coffee Party 2.0 Transition Team” really takes the cake, assuming that cake was made with crushed Ambien mixed in the batter.

Ready for some sleep, dear reader?

”Coffee Party USA Board of Directors – Annabel Park (president), Chris Rigopulos (treasurer) and Bruce Hoffman – charged the newly-formed Coffee Party 2.0 Transition Team (TT) with the task of establishing the following: set up a process to select a permanent Board of Directors; set up internal committees and processes to manage ongoing business; hire management and administration personnel to perform member services duties; provide process for organizer training; and design a process to communicate effectively with, and integrate the input of, members at large at various levels. The timeline is set for the Transition Team is to achieve its tasks by July 1, 2011, the beginning of our next fiscal year. The goal is to disband by July 31, 2011, once the permanent Board of Directors is put into place and given proper orientation. The deadline is not a legal mandate but rather self-imposed so that the team can deliberate and come to conclusions in an expeditious manner.”

Whew.  That’s a lot of establishing and processing and managing and integrating and administering.  Dilbert’s pointy-headed boss would be proud.  And that’s just the first paragraph.  Read the whole thing if you have insomnia at bedtime.

This newsletter is their best effort at promoting a supposedly vibrant, grassroots organization, and the contents are so dry and devoid of all grassrooty-ness that it’s comical.  The best visual in the whole thing is a picture of a talking elevator.  Cuz, you know, nothin’ says GOTV like a . . . talking elevator . . . .

A recent WORM post comes to mind, about Talkers v. Doers.  The Coffee Party is a perfect example of When Talkers Think They Are Doers.  The WORM laments the fact that “the Doers let the Talkers take over the Doings,” and posits that “this is the thing that actually brings down Western Civilization.”

Well, yeah.

But sod the doom and gloom.  I choose to laugh at the Dilberts.  If I don’t laugh, then I’ll cry.

I’m A Little Nosy Part 2

Ever since the Coffee Party burst onto the scene in March of ’10, I’ve been on their email list.  Now, we don’t hear much about them anymore.  Professor Jacobsen over at Legal Insurrection noted the movement’s decline back in August.

Yet, the Coffee Party is still chugging along in a sleepy fashion, which amuses me since it’s named after such a stimulating beverage.  I still get emails from them, thanks to signing a sheet passed around that fateful first local Coffee Party meeting at Starbucks

At first, local participants sent the emails, but that stopped quickly.  Now it’s the typical mass email from headquarters–you know, like the stuff you get from OFA or the RNC.

So I get a little nosy when a new name appears in the “from” box.  (Like the time I got nosy about the name Joshua Norris, listed as the coordinator of a local OFA event.  His Myspace page was . . . interesting.)

This time the new name in the Coffee Party “from” box was Bruce Schuman.  Google produced a few different Bruce Schumans, but I’m pretty sure this is the guy

Go ahead, click over.

He’s probably a really nice guy, but I’m not sure I follow his spiritual beliefs.

Oh and hey.  If you ever run out of Lunesta and need a sleep-aid immediately, click here.

UPDATE:  Yeah, I’ve definitely got the correct Bruce Schuman.  He’s written an article at the Coffee Party site about “transpartisanship.”  You know, because bipartisanship is so ten minutes ago.  What is it with the constant rebranding of all things progressive?

He also started something called Shared Purpose.  Here is the list of groups participating so far.

And check out the info on this kinda mysterious website called Public Intelligence Blog:

Below the line is an email with several links that has been broadcast by and to what we think of as the “thinking man’s kum-ba-ya crowd.”  They have not gotten a grip on public intelligence in the public interest yet, they are still crawling around the edges of structured organization.  Think of them as raw material for GroupOn.  A mix of naivete, scary, and inspiring.  Please also note, as Tom Atlee has emphasized, that CITIZENSHIP makes “transpartisanship” a moot if not a counter-productive term.  The Coffee Party is seriously over-hyped in the material that follows, but the spirit of the note is authentic and merits respect.

Okey-dokey then.

Isn’t There A Saying About This?

Something about doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results . . .

I know:  it’s the definition of insanity!

Let’s see.

The Coffee Party.

Crash the Tea Party.  (The creator of this silliness lost his job over it, by the way.)

The Tea Party Is Over.  (I liked the original spooky look better, though.)

The Other 95% 98%.  (Also covered in my post here.)

The Teabusters.

The Brownbaggers.

Have I missed anything?  Good grief, I almost forgot that whole F*ck Tea thing.

Here’s the left’s new plan.  They are going to track the Tea Party Movement with a brand new Tea Party Tracker, sponsored by the NAACP and George Soros.

It’s bound to work this time, right?

Of course I perused the site, and followed the link that promises “photos of tea party extremism.”  This link leads to a Flickr group with a pretty daggum unimpressive collection of extremism. 

As of today, tea party types are the more active members of this Flickr group.  While there, I followed a link to a good video response over at Washington is Broke.

Way to go, statists.  With the Tea Party Tracker, you’ve managed to make the left look even sillier, while at the same time providing another place for tea party types to connect with each other.

UPDATE:  The heavens parted, the sun’s rays shone down, and an angel chorus sang:  “Instalanche!”  Thanks, Professor Reynolds.

What is the Coffee Party? Part 2

It’s been awhile since I wrote “What is the Coffee Party.”  Since then, the group sorta blended into the liberal background, until they were no longer individually discernible.  Kind of like Bootstrap Bill on the Flying Dutchman

The only notable change to the Coffee Party website is a loss of the “Who’s Online?” feature, which you can see on this old saved page.  It shows you how many guests and members are currently on the page.  Of course, there is only one reason to ditch that feature, and it sure ain’t popularity.

Then in May, I almost posted about the addition of Dale Robertson to the Coffee swill.  If this person has mercifully flown beneath your radar, I hate to break your blissful ignorance.  He’s some unwelcome oddball who unfortunately glommed onto the Tea Party movement. 

The Houston Tea Party Society explains how Robertson bought the rights to as many Tea Party group names as possible in Harris County, Texas, and threatened lawsuit when folks complained.  LoneStarTimes.com quotes the following from Robertson:

“You are no different than a Muslim willing to commit atrocities and feeling that the end justifies the means (Sounds like a Politician – destroying our Nation). I say we should unite to restore The Constitution & families: that is $78,000 per household and give a onetime restoration of a perfect credit score. High taxes and interest are the Financial Demons tools to enslave mankind. Scripture says the beast has 10 heads, when America severs this head we will no longer be possessed.”

Okey-dokey then. 

Perhaps because the Coffee Party founders are phony themselves, they were unable to discern the fact that Dale Robertson is not legitimate Tea Party material.  So he co-wrote an article on their website, “Tea and Coffee – Finding Common Ground On Changing the Political Culture.”

Yep.

But I never got around to posting about that team-up.  Then today, I read the excellent post on Disrupt the Narrative, “Coffee Party” Gets Another Mainstream Media Whitewash

Wow!  Hard to believe that a few folks are still trying to summon the Coffee Party into the forefront.  (Kind of like the voice of Miss Swan, summoning Bootstrap out of unconsciousness in the ship’s hull.)

So I figured, what the heck.  I did a few searches on the latest Coffee Party news, and I learned the Coffee Party founder Annabel Park endorses Pete Peterson’s America Speaks project.  I had never heard of this thing, but it seems to make folks mad at Firedoglake.  Huh.

Also, the Craig Daily Press faithfully carries the Coffee Party banner, but notes their local group is struggling.  The Floyd Coffee Party group appears small, but is still active.  They recently met with Congressman Rick Boucher.

That’s about it.  After attending the first Hampton Roads Coffee Party meeting, I received a handful of emails from the local attendees, but they have stopped.  The Coffee Party headquarters sent a more generous number of mass emails my way, but they have petered out too.  Perhaps my email address was dropped because I didn’t respond.

Or perhaps they are blending in with the hull of the Flying Dutchman.

UPDATE:  16 August 2010.  Via Legal Insurrection, news that the Coffee Party Movement has officially died.  How do we know?  They accidentally announced it on their website, with a post entitled, “Reversing the Coffee Party’s decline.”

Whoops.  They took it down once folks took notice, but that clever Prof. Jacobson saved the page for posterity.  Follow his link and have a look. 

Is it wrong to love it when leftists fail?

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