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Tea Party? Sweet Potatoes are better

Some heartening signs.


Read the article, Tea Party people less popular than many other hated minority groups (subtitled: They may want “their country” back, but their country doesn’t really want them):

This tiny band of fanatics is largely distrusted and despised by regular Americans, but a terrified media coddles them and pretends they’re harmless. I am speaking, of course, of the Tea Parties, a group now officially less popular among Americans than Muslims.

Listening to the mainstream media, it’s easy to think the Tea Partiers set the tone, …and yet (among real people) they’re “officially less popular among Americans than Muslims”? What the hell?

Did I miss something about Muslims trending in popularity in America…?? No? Didn’t think so. Apparently, atheists are hated, too…

But look on the bright side: we Americans despise the moronic Tea Party bigots!


On Monday August 15, Jon Stewart aired this zinger segment: Indecision 2012 – Corn Polled Edition – Ron Paul & the Top Tier (subtitled: Even when the media does remember Ron Paul, it’s only to reassure themselves that there’s no need to remember Ron Paul). Stewart really rips the mainstream media, which has ignored Ron Paul even though he placed second in Iowa’s straw poll.

You have to wonder what the hell is going on.

Daniel Ratigan has some ideas – see Dylan Ratigan, Mad as Hell: His Epic “Network” Moment. I can’t say I’m steeped deeply enough in the issues to assess his theories. But, for what it’s worth, his main point is an attack on the financial institutions:

We’ve got a real problem…this is a mathematical fact. Tens of trillions of dollars are being extracted from the United States of America. Democrats aren’t doing it, republicans aren’t doing it, an entire integrated system, banking, trade and taxation, created by both parties over a period of two decades is at work on our entire country right now.

But best of all is a segment I heard on NPR this afternoon: Amid D.C. Squabbles, A Look At Life At A Restaurant. Do yourself a favor and listen to this 4+ minute segment about Sweet Potatoes, a Winston-Salem, NC restaurant, and its very smart and articulate owners, Stephanie Tyson and Vivian Joiner.

When Vivian Joiner called out the financial system, DC, and public “servants” (whom do they serve?, not the people, not the people) in this NPR segment, I found myself yelling, Tell it, sister. She is soooooo right. Why don’t we have people like her running the country? Why do assholes like Perry or Romney or Bachmann or Palin or even puppet Democrats (like… fill-in-the-blanks?) get all the coverage and all the money? Why?

More like this, please.

Chef Stephanie Tyson (r) and her partner Vivian Joiner (l), the dedicated (and smart!) owners of Sweet Potatoes in Winston-Salem, NC

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  1. Yep, you gotta wonder what is going on with the media… By chance, I caught Piers Morgan’s show on (CNN? maybe) the other night, and he had Howard Schultz on, of Starbucks fame, and Howard Schultz was saying that it’s time to stop sending money to the politicians… but I haven’t seen anything about his ideas for getting capitalists to put their money where their real future is, beyond greed, not anywhere in the traditional media outlets.

    Comment by maria — August 18, 2011 #

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