Setting the mobs loose

posted at 3:05 pm on March 21, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Just in case people didn’t figure out what the end result of all this faux outrage over AIG bonuses would be, New York Magazine reports on the latest in liberal-populist tourism.  Community organizers for Connecticut Working Families Party want to send busloads of outrageously outraged people to the doorsteps of AIG executives’ homes … and claim that they don’t want to put them at risk.  Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight:

The Connecticut Working Families Party this weekend has organized a bus store that will make stops at Wilton, Connecticut, AIG office as well as the security-patrolled homes of AIG execs who are fearing for their lives.

“We’re going to be peaceful and lawful in everything we do,” said Jon Green, the director of Connecticut Working Families. “I know there’s a lot of anger and a lot of rage about what’s happened. We’re not looking to foment that unnecessarily, but what we want to do is give folks in Bridgeport and Hartford and other parts of Connecticut who are struggling and losing their homes and their jobs and their health insurance an opportunity to see what kinds of lifestyle billions of dollars in credit-default swaps can buy.”

Right, they’re not fomenting rage, they’re just encouraging it. So if you happen to record someone’s address so you can return in the dead of night, it’s not like Working Families told you to! We know we sound paranoid and we really can’t believe we’re actually on the same side as Rush, but this is getting way out of hand. Oh, to have fat ladies in high heels clogging up the West Village again.

Remember when Bill Clinton accused conservative talk radio of fomenting hate?  What does he have to say about his colleagues in the Obama administration and the Democratic Party?  (via King Banaian)

Update: What a shockCWFP is an arm of ACORN. (h/t: Instapundit)

Update II:  Turns out to be quite a bust.  First, it attracted more press than protesters, a rather ironic twist on the Tea Party protests, which garner thousands which are mostly ignored by the media.  Here are the people following the anticlimactic fizzle:


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That’s the kind of thing you wish you had a camera for. So cute. Do you think both sethstorm and getalife have pacifiers?

Cindy Munford on March 21, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Well, some…ummm…type.

soundingboard on March 22, 2009 at 2:55 AM

Well, some…ummm…type.

soundingboard on March 22, 2009 at 2:55 AM

Ewwww!!!

No cameras, please!

Maquis on March 22, 2009 at 3:01 AM

I wonder how much of the boom in gun sales are from AIG employees?

ignorantapathy on March 22, 2009 at 4:46 AM

These organized mobs….I’m wondering if there will be an inevitable clash with the Tea Partiers? Especially if the TEA movements begin marching.

davecatbone on March 22, 2009 at 8:28 AM

seesalrun on March 22, 2009 at 12:18 AM

No comrade, you’re not wrong.. America will not fall from within. The sleeping giant is not only awake, the giant is talking to many other giants…

Keemo on March 22, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Take a good look…this is the future with Card Check.

Hammertime on March 22, 2009 at 10:05 AM

It’s about time to kick in the talking points on Obama and community organizers. The crap going on in Fairfield, CT is exactly what Obama endorses – “organized mob rule.”

These are Obama’s brownshirts. Paid for, bussed in, given professional protest signs (and notice the camera angles used in all of the news coverage to make the crowd look bigger than it really is.), and it’s all phony.

Obama will assuredly use these phony “protests” as examples of why his oppressive legislation must pass. Truth is, Obama tacitly endorses this type of extortion.

dugan on March 22, 2009 at 10:13 AM

WASHINGTON – The top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee says the Obama administration is on the right course to save the nation’s financial system.

But Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire also says President Barack Obama’s massive budget proposal will bankrupt the country.

Gregg says he has no regrets in withdrawing his nomination to become commerce secretary. He pulled out after deciding he could not fully back the administration’s economic policies.

The senator said Obama’s spending plan in the midst of a prolonged recession would leave the next generation with a country too expensive to live in.

Gregg appeared Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

This story is up on Drudge “headline story.” Republicans must take a stand right here and right now. Separate themselves from Obama and the Liberals with this budget plan. Make Obama own this budget and the consequences it will bring to our nation and out youth.

dugan,

Very true… The MSM will provide 24/7 coverage for the brownshirts, and NO coverage for the tea parties. Americans should start protesting media outlets directly.. No difference between the MSM and the Obama agenda; lockstep with each other..

Keemo on March 22, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Keemo on March 22, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Obviously I will have to read the story because I don’t understand how the president’s plan can be both the right course and bankrupt the country. Unless of course that’s the goal.

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2009 at 11:07 AM

What I’d like to know is why didn’t our Prez go out and ask the people to take a breather, gain some perspective, calm down? No, he fuels the flames by assuring the nuts (yes, this is dig at ACORN) that his admin will do everything in their power – notice no reference to what might actually be legal, just what they are willing to do – to “get these bonuses back.” Sounds quite threatening, doesn’t it? But not even when the death threats started rolling in did the Prez go on TV – and he had many opportunities this week – and encourage the people to calm down. Not once did he suggest that the recipients are only recipients – not policy makers. (BTW, retention bonuses are basically severance pay.) Because it is the policy makers that are responsible – in Congress, at Treasury. AIG was just conducting business as usual, which was the whole point of the bail-out, wasn’t it?

gopmom on March 22, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Exactly Cindy… Can’t have it both ways. These Republicans need to take a stand and have a distinct difference between the (2) party’s as we head into 2010. Now the writer of the article might have mixed words in order to fill an agenda. This seems to be the rule rather than the mistake lately.

Keemo on March 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM

What is the liberal “work ethic”? It isn’t producing wealth, that is a conservative principle. It isn’t sitting around collecting welfare….that is being a leech.

The liberal “work ethic” is the effort they put into TRANSFERRING wealth from the producers to the leeches. It really isn’t “work” at all….it is simply a way for the scum of society to have an effect on society with the least amount of effort and avoiding getting their hands dirty.

As the non-producing mobs are turned loose on the producers of society, the liberals hide behind the medias misrepresentation of the facts.

csdeven on March 22, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Where is the outrage over the bailout of Mexico and it’s Illegal aliens here in the U.S.? No 90% excise tax on remittances to mexico? I wonder if the taxpayer is paying more for Illegal aliens or for an AIG bonus? OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!

RealDemocrat on March 22, 2009 at 11:59 AM

I just read in the Washington Post that Obama has sent his Brown Shirts back to the streets. We’re quickly losing our country . . . when will the Republican leadership speak out against this Marxist takeover of our once great Republic.

rplat on March 22, 2009 at 12:02 PM

This is a copy from another web site: IPerceive.net and it certainly says what I believe about the horrible state of our president and his merry band of men.

Obama is the ultimate gift that keep on giving, isn’t he? He’s already given us financial disaster — a decline in the stock market of well over 3,000 points since he took office, the US Census unconstitutionally removed from control of Congress (so Barack Hussein Obama can manipulate the results, guaranteeing a Soviet-style re-election in 2012), tasteless remarks about Special Olympics, an inappropriate and ill-timed comedy stint on the Tonight Show, and now he’s promoting–with the help of Dirty Harry and Pelosi–yet another abrogation of the Constitution, an Ex Post Facto law on the legal-when-negotiated AIG bonuses.

What the market does NOT need to speed its recovery is the knowledge that, in the eyes of this president and this Congress, contracts exist to be violated. While they encourage the vilification of those who are financially successful and who power this economy.

At the same time, he has embarrassed the nation diplomatically giving the British PM a stack of WHAT?? American DVDs? Even if they worked in GB, what kind of gift is that between heads of state?

Then Hillary goes to Geneva and presents her Russian counterpart with a red reset button with the wrong words: “overcharged” instead of “reset.” She’s a joke now in the Moscow media.

Klutzes, all of them! Taking a joke gift to Russia’s foreign minister is tasteless enough. But relying on a translator who doesn’t quite speak Russian to provide a punchline for the joke is really scary. What kind of treaties will BHO be signing, if this bunch of rookies can’t even get a decent translator for a joke gift?

Is there anything about this administration that breeds confidence, on the part of U. S. citizens, or in the world at large? I’m still looking.

Bambi on March 22, 2009 at 12:14 PM

I live in Fairfield, CT which has a similar demographical set up to Greenwich, CT. and like Greenwich we have our “lap of luxury section.” Both towns have residents who maintain polo ponies and both have exclusive yacht clubs. (Both towns also have gritty little sections originally established to support mills, factories, or servant housing.) To prove the existence of a degree of affluence I only need to point out we have two AIG bonus recipients whose houses aren’t quite as impressive as Versailles.

I noted in Sunday’s CT Post that their homes are being picketed. As I dug deeper into the article I learned that the picketers were organized by…

ACORN.

I think we have all been sentenced to four years of irony.

And ACORN is going to be used to do the census. What color shirts will these enforcers be wearing?

Limpet6 on March 22, 2009 at 12:15 PM

And ACORN is going to be used to do the census. What color shirts will these enforcers be wearing?

An obvious brown . . . my question is, how long will it be before the traditional arm band appears?

rplat on March 22, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Keemo on March 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Lord, how I loathe the press.

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Pretty scary when law abiding citizens are driven from their homes in fear that mobs are going to harm them. One family I heard had to leave their house and the state of Ct. Glad to know that the community organizers are busy getting these people on the bus.

Ricki on March 22, 2009 at 12:31 PM

and by these I mean the mobs…

Ricki on March 22, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Obviously I will have to read the story because I don’t understand how the president’s plan can be both the right course and bankrupt the country. Unless of course that’s the goal.

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2009 at 11:07 AM

I interpretted Sen Gregg to be saying that the plan for the Financial markets was correct but the proposed Budget would bankrupt the country. Keemo, is that what you think he meant?

Red State State of Mind on March 22, 2009 at 12:33 PM

ACORN = Savages

RealDemocrat on March 22, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Red State State of Mind on March 22, 2009 at 12:33 PM

I still think I disagree then. I think TARP was the the first wrong step in a continuing series. Then you have dunces like getalife and sethstorm who equate the disapproval of picketing private citizens homes to the endorsement of failed industry executives and their actions. The Left couldn’t be more obtuse if they were given lobotomies.

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2009 at 12:40 PM

The liberal run Congress has successfully shifted the blame from themselves to others.
I may be the minority in this bizarre tale of public outrage, but I want the focus of this mess back on CONGRESS, and on the prominent hacks that caused this mess! Namely, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Pelosi, Reid, Rangel, Obama and Geithner, ACORN!!!
THEY are the liars, cheats, and corrupt arse-kissers that brought this on!!! Are we all going to just sit by watching this fiasco unfold?
Let’s ride the “tour bus” past their mansions. We just have to figure out which houses they’re at this time of the year.

hopefloats on March 22, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Lord, how I loathe the press.

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Amen sister!!! I can only hope the END of the MSM-network news will happen during my lifetime.

Keemo on March 22, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2009 at 12:40 PM

I agree with you re TARP. Last Fall the House Republicans offered alternative ideas of how to fix the financial system, but Ihave not heard them bringing up these ideas again. I would think offering alternatives to more TARP plans would be worthy of consideration. In general, I wish Republicans would spend more time on the air specifically touting alternative solutions.

Red State State of Mind on March 22, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Say they brought their own bus to get thrown under!

Mind you it will be a short bus….

ajacksonian on March 22, 2009 at 12:48 PM

I support Sen Kyl, we need to slow down and not rush to punish AIG employees for Obama/Geithner/Dodd’s errors. Before Congress attempts to limit compensation for executives who have failed, many need to look in the mirror to see a failure who continues to collect payment from the citizens they have failed.

My anger at the companies is so much less than my great anger at the incompetence of Congress. Why is it the AIG employees should suffer fear for the safety of their families, by this government interference? Congress is making private citizens targets of mob violence to deflect from having to pay for their own crimes. The protests shouldn’t be against AIG it should be against Congress.

Every Representative and Senator who voted for that legislation should ante up and pay the taxpayers back the $168 million! Perhaps, if the are educable, they will learn to refuse to vote on any bill they have not personally read and thoroughly considered the potential unexpected outcomes. There was no rational thought utilized by those who were pushed into voting without complete understanding of what the heck they were voting for. Members of Congress are elected to represent their constituents. For the most part I see them blindly following a far left (socialistic) line and it is high time for this to stop.

Today the New York Times reports that “The Obama administration will call for increased oversight of executive pay at all banks, Wall Street firms and possibly other companies as part of a sweeping plan to overhaul financial regulation, government officials said.”

I do not speak from a position of wealth. I made my choices in life and worked for my personal satisfaction as a professional nurse rather than to gain wealth. My salary met my needs and allowed for some savings for retirement. Now my savings have evaporated and I still will not buy into class envy because some persons make a lot of money. More power to those who use their talents to increase their wealth or to satisfy their most important goals, This is what freedom is all about. This is what our current government is determined to undermine so that those in power can distribute the wealth from those who earned it to those that have learned well that to be a victim is to be cared for with no effort on their part.

Pat in NC on March 22, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Here’s info on the Republican Alternative Plan to TARP

http://www.craigsteiner.us/comments/82

Red State State of Mind on March 22, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Red State State of Mind on March 22, 2009 at 12:47 PM

I know, I wish I had a dollar for every time I have heard a talking head or politician say the Republicans have not offered anything. And as usual they don’t argue or do anything to get their point of view to the public. Although I am not at all upset with The Won hanging the moniker of “The Party of No” on the Republicans, it’s just not true. It’s like they think they will be kicked out of the club if they are the least bit aggressive. They are going to get kicked out of the club, but it won’t be by the people to whom they pander.

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2009 at 12:59 PM

This was some protest bus. They couldn’t make it past the Taco Bell.

Lonetown on March 22, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2009 at 12:59 PM

I think the Republicans in both Houses could/should appear on the Sunday shows; this would reach many people of differeing political persuasions and allow them to ignite a debate over their ideas. I think their idea of insurance for toxic assets is worth trying, and would not be anywhere nar as expensive as the current TARP expenditures.

Red State State of Mind on March 22, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Red State State of Mind on March 22, 2009 at 1:03 PM

It does appear (insurance) appear to be doable, what about the mark to market(?) that Steve Forbes talks about. I am sure by now you have read the thread about Sen. Gregg on CNN. Although he doesn’t like the budget but thinks the financial market plans by the administration are good. I disagree, I think our normal procedures (reorganization/bankruptcy)would and should be the course of action. And I think the markets are backing my assumption.

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Check out this mob of “RoastBeefers”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeM6K3tjuL0

RealDemocrat on March 22, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Newt Gingrich, a Republican, served in the House from Georgia from 1978 and as House Minority Whip in 1989. He was Speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999. During that time he never made use of military air craft.

Nancy Pelosi, Democrat from California, current Speaker of the House. The Pentagon provides the House speaker with an Air Force plane large enough to accommodate her staff, family, supporters, and members of the California delegation when she travels around the country. But, Pelosi wants routine access to a larger plane. It includes 42 business class seats, a fully-enclosed state room, an entertainment center, a private bed, state-of-the-art communications system, and a crew of 16. Pelosi wanted “carte blanche for an aircraft any time,” including weekend trips home to San Francisco. Pretty nice but very expensive perk! Her Air Force C-32 costs approximately $15,000 an hour or approximately $300,000 per trip home.

And she has the guts to confront the Big Three CEOs for flying their corporate jets to Washington !

YOU WOULD THINK, SHE ALONG WITH A HUSBAND WORTH AN ESTIMATED BILLION DOLLARS, WOULD LEASE OR BUY AND FLY THEIR OWN PLANE, OR FLY FIRST CLASS ON COMMERCIAL AIRLINES LIKE OTHER RICH PEOPLE.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s home district includes San Francisco …..

Star-Kist Tuna’s headquarters are in San Francisco, Pelosi’s home district.

Star-Kist is owned by Del Monte Foods and is a major contributor to Pelosi.

Star-Kist is the major employer in American Samoa employing 75% of the Samoan workforce.

Paul Pelosi, Nancy ‘s husband, owns $17 million dollars of Star-Kist stock.

In January, 2007 when the minimum wage was increased from $5.15 to $7.25, Pelosi had American Samoa
exempted from the increase so Del Monte would not have to pay the higher wage. This would make Del Monte products less expensive than their competition’s.

Last week when the huge bailout bill was passed, Pelosi added an earmark to the final bill adding $33
million dollars for an ‘economic development credit in American Samoa. ‘

Pelosi has called the Bush Administration “CORRUPT”

How do you spell “HYPOCRISY” ? ?

Keemo on March 22, 2009 at 2:15 PM

The left begins to show its true colors.

Re-education camps, and a Cultural Revolution, anyone?

http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20090322/COLUMNISTS03/903220318/1005/OPINION

The writer is the head of the editorial board at a “mainstream”, Gannett-owned newspaper in Upstate NY.

Scary.

Dreadnought on March 22, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Dreadnought on March 22, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Wow! This guy doesn’t live in my world. It’s always comforting when the media holds up Mao/China as an example of how to handle a situation. Makes you feel all warm inside.

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Who would be better? Mao or this RoastBeefer?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89tmrGSrbVU

RealDemocrat on March 22, 2009 at 2:32 PM

I have seen a story in the Stamford Advocate Sunday edition. THEY AND OTHER IN THE MEDIA FELL INTO THE TRAP!

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/localnews/ci_11968201

They should be covering the teaparties. Well there will be one in Stamford and the Advocate MUST COVER IT!

BobAnthony on March 22, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Dreadnought on March 22, 2009 at 2:15 PM

The guy’s an idiot. He mentions parading Lehman Brothers executives toward the guillotine, and they didn’t get a bailout. Does bankruptcy now make you an enemy of the state?

His most outrageous comment was how the President –our messiah– was forced to chew what he has bitten off. Did he miss the election? It only lasted two years. Hell, if you throw in the Office of the President-elect, then Obama had a two month head start to develop a plan for the financial crisis. He said he had a plan on the campaign trail. He said it on televisions across America on Thanksgiving and Superbowl Sunday.

Is it unreasonable of Americans to take him at his word and look to him for leadership? Was there a Republican who invented quotes from Rahm Emanuel and others in the Obama administration that “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste?” We saw evidence that they took advantage of the panic to implement policies the public would otherwise not support.

chunderroad on March 22, 2009 at 2:43 PM

RealDemocrat on March 22, 2009 at 2:32 PM

I heard there’s a virus on that link.

chunderroad on March 22, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Matter of fact, if I may confirm Ed’s second update, from the story…

The media, from as far as Montreal, Germany and the Netherlands, outnumbered the demonstrators 3-1. The demonstrators played to the boom mics, clicking camera shutters and whirling videocameras with a noisy but well-mannered protest outside the AIG Financial Products headquarters at 50 Danbury Road in Wilton.

Just tells you why I do not like living in CT-Stan…AND I HAVE ALL 35 YEARS OF MY LIFE!

BobAnthony on March 22, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Is there any possibility of filing a class-action suit prohibiting ACORN and all of its affiliates from getting funding via the federal budget, which is paid for by tax dollars? It is demonstrably connected with partisan support, and whatever purpose it supposedly originally served has surely been met. There should be no way that an organization that works at cross purposes with the Constitution should be taking tax dollars.

onlineanalyst on March 22, 2009 at 3:04 PM

chunderroad on March 22, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Naw, she just made a mistake. Wrong link.

RealDemocrat on March 22, 2009 at 3:23 PM

BobAnthony on March 22, 2009 at 2:41 PM

You want to know something else about that bus ride? Riehl World View picked up something interesting from Reuters:

Move Along, Nothing To See Here

Putting aside that reporters out numbered protesters on the AIG bus ride. Just who was there? Seems they don’t want you to know.

“It seemed like a fun thing to do,” said Brian Mills, a 23-year-old student, before an organizer shooed away reporters, telling them to speak with “designated speakers.”

Can you believe it? They wanted to make sure that only the correct kind of comments made it through!

INC on March 22, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Bob Schieffer of CBS asked Summers the simple question that has haunted the American public since the bailouts began last fall: “Do you know, Dr. Summers, what the banks have done with all of this money that has been funneled to them through these bailouts?” What followed was a monologue of evasion that, translated into English, amounted to: Not really, but you little folk needn’t worry about it.

Yet even as Summers spoke, A.I.G. was belatedly confirming what he would not. It has, in essence, been laundering its $170 billion in taxpayers’ money by paying off its reckless partners in gambling and greed, from Goldman Sachs and Citigroup on Wall Street to Société Générale and Deutsche Bank abroad.

Summers was even more highhanded in addressing the “retention bonuses” handed to the very employees who brokered all those bad bets. After reciting the requisite outrage talking point, he delivered a patronizing lecture to viewers of ABC’s “This Week” on how our “tradition of upholding law” made it impossible to abrogate the bonus agreements. It never occurred to Summers that Americans might know that contracts are renegotiated all the time — most conspicuously of late by the United Automobile Workers, which consented to givebacks as its contribution to the Detroit bailout plan. Nor did he note, for all his supposed reverence for the law, that the A.I.G. unit being rewarded with these bonuses is now under legal investigation by British and American authorities.
- Frank Rich

MB4 on March 22, 2009 at 3:44 PM

People…dig deeper. Look at AIG’s history. Look at what AIG is buying in China. They recently spent 90 million on a Chinese Auto Co. That isn’t their only recent aquisition either. They’ve been in trouble for a long time (2005 or longer) for accounting failures and misrepresenting their assets. And they, happen to find they have a big problem on 9/15/08 the same day there was a run on $ at the banks. Something stinks and it isn’t the bonuses.

njpat on March 22, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Must’ve been Bill Ayer’s class…

RealDemocrat on March 22, 2009 at 4:09 PM

I wonder how much of the boom in gun sales are from AIG employees?

ignorantapathy on March 22, 2009 at 4:46 AM

I don’t think it’s the AIG employees, it’s the folks that those thugs are protecting them from.

sethstorm on March 22, 2009 at 4:23 PM

njpat on March 22, 2009 at 4:07 PM

You didn’t toe the line here at HA. You’re supposed to support AIG, not make justifications against them.

sethstorm on March 22, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Can you believe it? They wanted to make sure that only the correct kind of comments made it through!

That happens daily at Little Green Echochamber.

sethstorm on March 22, 2009 at 4:26 PM

B.S.

This problem is that of many. Gee what other non-violent options are there? hmmm. Lets all picket in front of our Dollar Stores and Walmarts. That all WE can afford. UNfortunately no one will give a damn one bit.

johnnyU on March 22, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Wheres Hillary? Where’s her sit down interviews on how the world is doing under all this new leadership? hmmm?
Condi would have had 10 by now.

johnnyU on March 22, 2009 at 4:38 PM

johnnyU on March 22, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Careful, you might be mistaken for a union supporter.

sethstorm on March 22, 2009 at 4:39 PM

There’s a new use for the word “terrorist” since it no longer refers to foreign radicals who blow stuff up. Now it refers to Ron Paul supporters. No matter how you feel about Ron Paul and his fans, treating them like terrorists is wrong. To paraphrase Niemoeller, “They came first for the Ron Paul supporters, and I did not speak up because I was not a Ron Paul supporter…”

JohnJ on March 22, 2009 at 5:19 PM

These organized mobs….I’m wondering if there will be an inevitable clash with the Tea Partiers? Especially if the TEA movements begin marching.

davecatbone on March 22, 2009 at 8:28 AM

I certainly hope so. I’d love to crack an ACORN

Sugarbuzz on March 22, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Democrats made up the lie that Republicans are filled with hate to justify Democrats’ own hatred of Republicans. I’ve never heard so much hatred as when a Democrat talks about a conservative.

JohnJ on March 22, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Sugarbuzz on March 22, 2009 at 5:27 PM

…and I’d like to see the cops cuff and stuff you for doing it.

sethstorm on March 22, 2009 at 7:18 PM

davecatbone on March 22, 2009 at 8:28 AM

It’ll put an end to the Tea Parties.

sethstorm on March 22, 2009 at 7:21 PM

HOW DID ACORN GET THE ADDRESSES OF THE AIG EXECS WHO RECEIVED BONUSES? – This has got to be a story.

HondaV65 on March 22, 2009 at 8:17 PM

Oh and also – anyone who doesn’t pay taxes (and that is about 40 to 50 percent of Americans these days) … don’t have any any reason to complain about the bonuses until they get their dead rear ends off the couch and start being patriotic and working to pay some taxes.

And I would bet that of these protesters against AIG – 90 percent of them don’t pay taxes.

So talk to the hand ladies and gents – I pay taxes – and I’m not upset at AIG.

I’m upset at the Democratic clowns in Congress.

If you don’t pay taxes – don’t argue with me – because you aren’t as good as me.

You wanted class warfare? You can have it if you wish.

HondaV65 on March 22, 2009 at 8:21 PM

If Obama is taking “responsibility” for it, he should take his book advance and salary and pay back the money which he admits his incompetence allowed.

JohnJ on March 22, 2009 at 8:33 PM

I certainly hope so. I’d love to crack an ACORN

Sugarbuzz on March 22, 2009 at 5:27 PM

It’ll probably come to it sooner or later.

hawkdriver on March 22, 2009 at 9:18 PM

I certainly hope so. I’d love to crack an ACORN

Sugarbuzz on March 22, 2009 at 5:27 PM

It’ll probably come to it sooner or later.

hawkdriver on March 22, 2009 at 9:18 PM

Just wear a bandana like the liberal anarchists do and don’t get caught.

hawkdriver on March 22, 2009 at 9:19 PM

…and I’d like to see the cops cuff and stuff you for doing it.

sethstorm on March 22, 2009 at 7:18 PM

You amuse me.

Seriously, you’re the best that Axelrod could come up with?
I’ve seen people eat a bowl of alpha bits and crap out better troll dialogue than you. Did you get your trolling degree from some online “university”? I’d ask for a refund

Sugarbuzz on March 22, 2009 at 9:27 PM

It’ll put an end to the Tea Parties.

sethstorm on March 22, 2009 at 7:21 PM

More likely an end to ACORN.

INC on March 22, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Instapundit has some new links up on ACORN & AIG:

Protest Bust: Lots Of Media, Just One Bus Of Protesters

At this point, we’re waiting outside of AIGFP HQ, and still waiting for another bus to arrive. But we’ve heard that that bus is being followed by 20 vans of media…

One amusing anecdote: The protesters stopped at one point in an organic grocery store and were suprised to learn that many AIG execs were shoppers there, and that according to the store’s proprietor, they were actually very nice people.

The flummoxed protesters spent several minutes outside trying to figure out how such “evil” people could be nice to an organic grocer.

There’s a slide show at that link. It has a guy holding up an ACORN flag. It’s real clear to all who was doing this protest.

AND

The protest at AIG was fake and contrived. There was no authentic popular anger on display, just staged photo-ops by professional protestors from ACORN. My only surprise was that ACORN did not even attempt to pretend that this was being run by the supposed sponsor, the ACORN front group Working Families Party…

This event shows the utter weakness of ACORN. They have no real message, their events are highly scripted, and only a few of the least sub-literate among them are designated to speak to the media. They are therefore EASILY counter protested, and intelligent persons with a passion to expose ACORN can easily dominate the news coverage of these protests if they show up at all.

INC on March 22, 2009 at 11:49 PM

HondaV65 on March 22, 2009 at 8:21 PM

I pay my taxes yet I do have an issue with AIG.

I’m not sure you want class warfare though.

Sugarbuzz on March 22, 2009 at 9:27 PM

Sadly that’s not true at all.

sethstorm on March 23, 2009 at 12:34 AM

One amusing anecdote: The protesters stopped at one point in an organic grocery store and were suprised to learn that many AIG execs were shoppers there, and that according to the store’s proprietor, they were actually very nice people.

We have met the enemy and… he… is… us!

unclesmrgol on March 23, 2009 at 2:18 AM

“Every Representative and Senator who voted for that legislation should ante up and pay the taxpayers back the $168 million!”

They wouldn’t be able to do that “Personally” however why not dock their pet ‘earmark” projects till we get it back?

In total that would NOT be a lot spread over all Representative and Senator who voted for this bs but we could start with the most egregious violators like

Frank, Who wanted the names and address of all AIG’s that got the money.

Dodd, who wrote this F/UP

And that clown who warned AIG to “give our money back!

DSchoen on March 23, 2009 at 3:49 AM

YOU WOULD THINK, SHE ALONG WITH A HUSBAND WORTH AN ESTIMATED BILLION DOLLARS, WOULD LEASE OR BUY AND FLY THEIR OWN PLANE, OR FLY FIRST CLASS ON COMMERCIAL AIRLINES LIKE OTHER RICH PEOPLE.

Hum?

I wonder how much of her own BILLION dollars she will part with to support the “new” Tiny Tim bank rescue plan?

Anything less than $999,990,000.00 I would view as “no faith” this plan will work.

DSchoen on March 23, 2009 at 4:23 AM

HOW DID ACORN GET THE ADDRESSES OF THE AIG EXECS WHO RECEIVED BONUSES? – This has got to be a story.
HondaV65

From that F/F B. Frank.
Remember he asked that AIG CEO for the names and address of all AIG’s that got the money

DSchoen on March 23, 2009 at 4:26 AM

AIG is a bunch of crooks. They did not deserve the bonuses. We should not have given them any tax money if the bonuses were to be paid because these same crooks led the speculation of the nations insurance underwriting.

Had AIG failed you would have seen a crowd with pitchforks at those homes and it would not have been Acorn members, so the crooks of AIG got off easy

AIG was the biggest insurance underwriter and many of the nickel and dime policies would not be replaceable because they were age dependent or dependent on contracts guaranteed for the life of the contract. And uninsured

The Acorn protest was all air and less than the crooks deserved. Protestors had letters to deliver asking the crooks to help them or their friends keep their houses. I have no trouble watching those folk tell their stories.

It was similar to the tea parties which were highly weighted to white senior citizen (patriots IMHO) who were also given more credibility than their numbers which were bigger than acorn and no buses.

Both protests were ogranized i.e. rallied, relatively small groups used to get camera time and the MSM played up the Obama side which did not go against public sentiment despite HA opinions

As far as scaring the children, these crooks were stealing the shirts off the backs of little people everywhere with no regard to scaring their children. They are so far removed from the destruction they have wreaked in helping crash this economy they have no feel for how scared children of unemployed and evicted parents are every day and how merciless the bankers are pulling out the rug from under the millions they conned into balloons to keep theor mortgage fees and refi numbers cranking

I can understand a cop with a stick coming in and telling the protestors, ok folk, time to move on, but the hissy fit and shock at the ‘brown shirts’ terrorizing the bad AIGs is not propoprtional to what the bad AIGs did to Americans

Retention bonuses are not severance pay, they are supposedly spent to keep people from leaving, as if blackmail is an natural part of taxpayer bailouts.

I think the protestors did AIG crooks a favor because they are so far in la la land they think it cannot get worse

entagor on March 23, 2009 at 1:16 PM

I need to know the names of the people in my neighborhood who get welfare. If they are getting MY tax money, I have every right to know who they are, how much they are getting and their addresses so I can go protest on their door steps!

Bicyea on March 23, 2009 at 2:14 PM

We have met the enemy and… he… is… …among us.
unclesmrgol on March 23, 2009 at 2:18 AM

FIFY

sethstorm on March 23, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Bicyea on March 23, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Then they have a right to trespass you.

sethstorm on March 23, 2009 at 5:26 PM

entagor

AIG is a bunch of crooks. They did not deserve the bonuses. We should not have given them any tax money if the bonuses were to be paid because these same crooks led the speculation of the nations insurance underwriting.

Okay I agree. So why did Obama and the Congressional dems that wrote the stim bill insist that these bonuses be PAID!

The Acorn protest was all air and less than the crooks deserved. Protestors had letters to deliver asking the crooks to help them or their friends keep their houses. I have no trouble watching those folk tell their stories

That would be the Acorn folks that Obama and CO sent out.

I want to hear from EVERY member of Congress who voted FOR the STIM bill WITHOUT reading it to get up in front of the American people and explain their stupidity.

After that, they should RESIGN!

Same for Obama’s admin.

DSchoen on March 24, 2009 at 12:35 AM

I need to know the names of the people in my neighborhood who get welfare. If they are getting MY tax money, I have every right to know who they are, how much they are getting and their addresses so I can go protest on their door steps!
Bicyea

Lets also include student loans and grants.

DSchoen on March 24, 2009 at 12:37 AM

entagor
“Retention bonuses are not severance pay, they are supposedly spent to keep people from leaving, as if blackmail is an natural part of taxpayer bailouts”

Regardless of the reason for the bonuses, they were in the employee contracts, it was not “hidden” it was not “unknown”.

It was agreed to not by AIG but by OUR government, meaning Obama and the Dem Congress wrote it into the STIM bill that these bonuses, and the authorization to pay them WAS NOT in the TARP bill (bailout) it was in the Stim Bill
Obama’s stimulus bill!

Look, if I have a written, legal, binding, singed contract that says if I mow X lawn I get paid $100,000,000.00
and I mow that lawn I will get paid $100,000,000.00
In this case, Obama created a written, legal, binding, singed contract with AIG. I have no idea what all the requirements were for AIG to fulfill that contract, but they did.

If they hadn’t the bonuses wouldn’t have been paid.
If you got a problem with the bonuses being paid it’s not with AIG or their employees, it’s with Obama and his merry band of fools.
.

DSchoen on March 24, 2009 at 1:04 AM

I guess the buses won’t be going to The Greenbrier to look for rich folks to bully — the resort has filed for Chapter 11 protection and has apparently cut a deal with Marriott. I’ve stayed there twice, thanks to relatives who have more cash than I, and saw Ron Howard and his family enjoying the amenities. Our waiter said that Howard goes there a couple of times a year to relax. Yeah…he and Andy Griffith did that pro-Obama video before the election. I wonder where Opie will go if the Greenbrier becomes just another Marriott? Feh.

KyMouse on March 24, 2009 at 7:48 AM

Lets also include student loans and grants.

DSchoen on March 24, 2009 at 12:37 AM

First of all, student grants (like Pell) are peanuts. This is painful experience speaking. Monies allocated for federal college assistance have become a cruel joke. We have however found reason to spend billions on a few certain military escapades…but that discussion should wait for another thread.

Secondly, those grants and loans usually produce something useful – people with a college education. Lots of them.

Dark-Star on March 24, 2009 at 11:31 AM

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