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Thursday, December 01, 2011

More On That Richmond Tea Party Intimidation Story

Ask prickly questions of your government, get a notice in the mail of the threat of being fined.  That's the story coming out of Richmond, Virginia. See "Richmond City Audits Local Tea Party After Standoff with Mayor."  The story within the story?  The Richmond Tea Party is not going to be intimidated.

So now there's background being offered to give this troubling tale some clarity.  It comes from The American Thinker:
Career Race-Baiters Target Richmond Tea Party
By M. Catharine Evans

The Richmond Tea Party audit comes as no surprise to Richmond residents. The city has been held hostage by civil rights era race-baiters for decades.

For the last 40 years Raymond H. Boone, the publisher and founder of the Richmond Free Press, has been playing the race card and getting away with it. The same man who recently told a reporter he sees his job as "comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable" is now hosting Occupy Richmond protesters on his 4-acre property in a quiet South Richmond neighborhood -- right next door to long time crony Mayor Dwight Jones.

Mayor Jones invoked his own civil rights background when defending Occupy Richmond in October. After the group was evicted from Kanawha Plaza on October 31, Boone made it clear he believed Jones "identified" with the Occupy movement but was yielding to "corporate" pressure.

Richmond, like other cities, is caught in the grip of men like Jones and Boone who have used the race card to secure their own positions of power, while large sections of the city are swallowed by blight and crime.

The Richmond Tea Party took on some seasoned race-baiters and challenged their perverted sense of justice. Now the city has responded, 'Joe the Plumber' style -- get some flunky field employee to sign off on a bogus audit to distract from lawless officials. [link]
Another perspective comes from the not-always-friendly Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Tea Party: Repeated injury

Is the city of Richmond auditioning for a role as Petty Tyrant in a period drama? Somebody like King George III, perhaps? It's starting to look that way now that officials have sent an audit letter to the Richmond Tea Party.

The letter comes not long after the Tea Party said the city ought to pay back $10,000 the group paid in fees so it could hold a few hours' worth of rallies downtown. Given that Occupy Richmond was able to use the same space for close to two weeks free of charge, the Tea Party argued, it was owed a refund. That's correct. The city should not apply different standards to different groups. (Indeed, the city actually subsidized the Occupiers to the tune of about $17,000 in portable toilets and trash removal.)

Instead of acknowledging the wrong, however, the city seems to be doubling down on it with an audit whose timing is, shall we say, highly convenient. Also: Tea Party members have asked for a meeting with Mayor Dwight Jones like the one he had with Occupy Richmonders. The mayor's office has not responded.

The Tea Party draws inspiration from the American Revolution. The Richmond group probably feels like standing in front of City Hall to read the Declaration of Independence "In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people." [link]
By the way, that race-baiter who masquerades as a civil rights crusader (above) is silent on the subject of a small group of American citizens being threatened with legal action by an all-powerful government. A silence of the very loud kind.  If only their skin color were a different hue ...

* This story about attempted government intimidation of the Tea Party has made its way to the West Coast.  And gets national coverage.  As if Richmond didn't already have enough of a black eye.

** Hat tip to WD.

Jobs, Jobs, J ... Cross Dressers, Cross Dressers ...

It has come to this:

White House Aide: Obama Should Concentrate on Transgender Issues ‘In Whatever Time We Have Left’

It wasn't that long ago that The Miracle Worker was talking of his ascension to power and the resulting moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal.

Now Mr. Miracle - in the time he has left - should concentrate on that 000.3% of the population that needs counseling more than it needs a befuddled president with time on his hands.

Works for me.

By the way:

Tick ... tock ... tick ... tock ...

I Made a Lot Of Money Yesterday

On paper anyway:

See "Dow closes up 490 points on Fed action."

That "action"?  The U.S. Federal Reserve will print a mountain of dollars and hand them to the European Union in an effort to stave off Euro disaster.  The stock market here is not big on financial disasters, and it is big on fixes - no matter how short-term - to troubling problems, thus the explosive rise in the Dow.  I told Paula yesterday morning to expect a jump of 400 points on the day.  I underestimated.

But what about that "action?"  Is it really going to solve Europe's problem?  Or, like methadone to the drug addict, is it simply staving off for a time the inevitable crash?

The Wall Street Journal has the same concerns I do:
Betting on Central Banks

Investors threw a party yesterday, lifting U.S. stocks nearly 500 points on the Dow after the world's main central banks joined to provide dollar liquidity to struggling banks. This makes sense to prevent intrabank markets from seizing up, but no one should think it solves Europe's larger problems of fiscal solvency.

The consortium of central banks is filling this gap by providing funds to each other that they can then make available to banks in need. To the extent this reduces the risk of an immediate bank liquidity crisis, the central bank move is constructive, as markets seemed to agree.

Markets may ... be betting that yesterday's central-bank move anticipates even more drastic action in the days ahead, especially more sovereign-debt purchases by the European Central Bank.

That may be getting ahead of things, since the standoff between the Germans and the world bailout caucus isn't over. Chancellor Angela Merkel would really give markets reason to cheer if she manages to persuade the bailout boys in Southern Europe that the price of such ECB purchases is economic reform and fiscal discipline. Best to wait until you see the whites of those eyes. [link]
"Economic reform and fiscal discipline."  Southern Europe.  Right.

In truth, the infusion of cash being provided by the Fed and other central banks around the globe is a bucket of water on a raging inferno.  There'll be no economic reform or fiscal discipline because the governments of Italy, Greece, and Portugal have refused to make any substantive reforms to date. Nor do they need to as long as Big Daddy is there to hand them a fat check when they run short on cash.

I give it six weeks.

And we'll be back here again.

Upside?  I made a lot of money yesterday.

Prepare for the End Times

Barack Obama: "I'm going to need another term to finish the job."

I don't know.  I'd say he's pretty close to "Mission Accomplished" already.

It Takes All Kinds

In this country of ours you can sue anyone for just about anything.  Even for the most riduculous of reasons:

Kidnapper Sues Former Hostages, Says They Broke Promise

Good grief.