I. There have been so many creepy incidents at Tea Party rallies. This was just the most recent one that managed to get caught on camera:
Part of the reason I documented the early Tea Bag rallies in the Mat-Su Valley, was to create an honest, fairly unbiased record of where this was coming from, where it was going. Dennis Zaki and I were covering this movement before the local or national media saw it for what is was then, and is continuing to be - a coming together of lots of unconnected forces of frustration, largely from the under-educated, backed behind the scenes by some very big money. It wouldn't have gotten to second base without Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes and Dick Armey.
I'm waiting for Palin's facebook page to denounce the mentally unfit woman above who wants to hang Patty Murray by her neck until she's dead, dead, dead, as quickly as she denounced a cartoon character for trying to make a Down Syndrome young adult look human. And - alive and vibrant.
As much as Palin claims to support life, she misses chance after chance to back those claims with depth.
II. The guy who flew his plane into the IRS building in Austin this morning was just one more unconnected force, full of frustration.
Was his act one of terrorism?
Would media coverage of his act have been different had his name been of Arabic heritage?
Of course it would have been, even had he left exactly the same set of internet posts this guy left as his warped legacy.
III. Sort of an aside, to end on a positive note. It was splendid to see, on Tuesday night far more people at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium, to honor Elizabeth Peratrovich on her day, than had attended the National Tea Party Convention.
There were no local media in attendance, as far as I could tell. Other than Shannyn Moore, who simply came to honor Peratrovich and other Alaska civil rights icons. Had there been as many media attending the showing of For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska, at the Williamson, as there had been - proportionally - covering the TeabaggerFest 2010, there would have been about 1,100 reporters there at UAA.
image - Teabaggers in Wasilla, waiting for Sarah, Memorial Day 2009 - PA