“So Simple, It’s Stupid”

So said gun-nutty Ted Nugent at the San Antonio Tax Day Tea Party hosted by Fox “infotainment” anchor Glenn Beck to a crowd of several thousand angry white people (“addicted to logic”) gathered in front of the Alamo protesting… stuff that makes them really mad. Mean mad. Mean, angry mad.

Note to Neil Cavuto: Black… not always slimming. (What is it with “conservatives” that so frequently makes them balloon into flabtastic, morbidly corpulent whales?)

A Whole Lotta Nothin’

The camera may add a few pounds, but it doesn’t add thousands of protesters.

Now granted, the rain in Washington, D.C. and other places along the eastern seaboard today may have dissuaded the militant, outraged hordes of citizen activists (aka “normal, average folks”) that would surely otherwise have massed in the hundreds of thousands to protest incremental tax increases on the rich at some future date, but still… this has to be counted as something of a disappointment to organizers (and I use that word loosely).

Chris Parry writing in the Vancouver Sun today doesn’t mince his words:

A fake U.S. “grassroots” anti-tax movement, paid for, planned and promoted by right wing think tanks, corporate lobbyists and Fox News Channel, has failed to bring about the “popular uprising” against the Obama administration its creators had hoped for.

The day of “tea parties” pushed by Republican operatives and partisan advocacy groups such as FreedomWorks, brought about only a few hundred “tea-baggers” in most parts of the country, despite relentless promotion by Fox News TV hosts such as Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.

Participants had hoped to rally hundreds of thousands of people who would wave tea-bags in protest over Obama tax policy. But the turn-out was far from what was hoped for, with most rallies looking decidedly weak, especially compared to the 2006 immigrants rights rallies or the 2004 pro-choice march on Washington, both of which attracted millions.

Parry reports that organizers of the D.C. event were told by National Park Service officials that the “million tea bags” they’d hauled in on the back of a pickup would have to be carted away, rather than be dumped as planned. They reluctantly complied with the request after realizing they didn’t have the correct protest permit.

Common Sense About Carbon

Solazyme CEO Jonathan Wolfson argues that a cap-and-trade system will be ineffective in leading development away from high-carbon technologies. “If I was the one writing the rules, I would just tax carbon,” he says.

Solazyme describes itself as “a synthetic biology company that unleashes the power of marine microbes to create clean and scalable solutions for the renewable energy, industrial chemical, and specialty ingredient markets.”

One of these days, I will (as promised back when the Liberals were still promoting their failed “GreenShift” approach to the problem) explain in more detail why cap-and-trade is a specious corporate scam. But in the meantime, good on Mr. Wolfson for being so blunt in rejecting that approach to tackling the problem of carbon emissions and for being so forthright about the quid pro quo that should (but sadly doesn’t in most cases) exist when government backs research and development efforts that lead to profitable enterprises.

Oh, I almost forgot. The complete ForaTV piece is available here.

Fair & Unbalanced “Teabagging”

Obviously Fox News is a commercial enterprise first and foremost, but it seems more than a little disingenuous to claim that it’s not “promoting” the Tea Bag protests when… that’s exactly what they’re doing all over their network:

Teabagging Day!

Oh goody. The wingnuts and free-range loons are going to be out in force today (“Tax Day” for the 17% of Americans that haven’t already filed their income taxes) protesting all of the “reckless government spending” — something they were quite happily oblivious to for the past decade or more, apparently. Anyway, a couple of views on the protests from the left:

Howard Dean — as usual, the voice of reason. Go figure. I know that pseudo-cons will likely never be capable of getting their heads around that idea, but contrary to the ridiculous caricatures of him conjured up by the right-wing during the 2004 election, the guy is a very sensible and moderate fiscal conservative — always was, and still is.

Conservative “Comedy”

Yes, I know… it’s an oxymoron.

We’ve had this discussion here many times before and have yet to figure out why right-wingers have such a tragically awful sense of humour.