Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tea Party Volunteers *BUMPED*

The St. Louis Tea Party is looking for a few volunteers to help out at our office. The office is located at 4512 Hampton Av in south St. Louis city.

We specifically need volunteers to phone-bank on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-8 pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm. However, if those times don't work, the office is open between noon and 8 during the week, and between 10 and 2pm on Saturdays, so come when you can. There's BBQ for volunteers from 2 to 5 on Saturdays.

Please schedule a few hours per week, each week until November 2nd, to donate to spreading the liberty evangelism message in the Show Me State!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Investigate Racism in the Obama Justice Department

Andrew C. McCarthy at National Review Online calls for an investigation of racism in the Obama Justice Department:
The department dismissed the Panthers case despite the fact that the government had already won it, due to the defendants’ contemptuous default. The dismissal occurred despite the fact that career prosecutors judged the case to be exceedingly strong. Nevertheless, Holder’s top staffers have maintained for months that the rationale for the dismissal was a good-faith disagreement between low-ranking civil servants (i.e., career prosecutors) about the correct construction of the Voting Rights Act.

NFIB Endorses Ed Martin

Earlier this week I reported that the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) had endorsed Ed Martin (R-MO) in his race against incumbent Democrat Russ Carnahan. In the video above, Martin accepts the endorsement and makes the case that he's the candidate that small business owners need.

Terrorizing Politicians

The Wall Street Journal notes that 71% of Republicans describe themselves as Tea Party supporters:
'The tea party has to a certain extent scared the Republican Party,' said one poll respondent, Tim Bahmer, a 44-year-old Republican and self-employed auto mechanic from Charlotte, Mich. 'From what I've seen of what the tea party is saying, I think that could be the change [Republicans] could benefit from.'
That reminds me of something Thomas Jefferson said:
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
After decades of being told to fear terrorists, fear big banks, fear Wall Street, fear global warming cooling, fear second-hand smoke, fear big oil, and fear runny eggs, the Tea Party no longer hears the politicians cry wolf. Instead, it is teaching elected officials to fear election day.

What could be healthier?

St. Louis County Executive Race

In early September, the Lemay, MO, Chamber of Commerce held a political candidate luncheon. The videos above are from that event and feature the two candidates for St. Louis county executive: Bill Corrigan and Charlie Dooley. Based on the videos above, I think the October 14th debate between Corrigan and Dooley will be worth attending!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Joe Rusch Signs Hit the Front Yard

Incumbent Democrat Jake Hummel has a Republican challenger in the 108th: Joe Rusch. While Hummel's signs have been adorning lawns since early September, Rusch's first appeared this past weekend. The last time this seat was contested, the Democrat won in a 82%-18% blowout, so Rusch has his work cut out for him.

Purple People Beaters "Cleared" is reporting that the FEC has dismissed a complaint against SEIU:
Despite a finding by the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) general counsel that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) violated election law when it required local affiliates to contribute to its political action fund, the FEC’s full board nonetheless quietly voted to overrule its staff attorney and dismissed the original complaint -- clearing the way for the union to squeeze its locals to amass a $9 million war chest for the next election.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Wiretapping the Internet

The Star Tribune is reporting that law enforcement wants to tap your Internet:
Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations of the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is 'going dark' as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.

Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications -- including encrypted e-mail transmitters such as BlackBerry, social networking websites such as Facebook and software that allows direct 'peer-to-peer' messaging such as Skype -- to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.

Small Business Endorses Ed Martin

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), America’s leading small business association, endorsed Republican Ed Martin for Congress in Missouri's 3rd Congressional District. Martin accepted the endorsement at Kenrick Design/Construction Services a south St Louis city small business. NFIB issued this press release:
Small Business Endorses Ed Martin for Congress

Key voting bloc knows Martin is supporter of free enterprise system

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 27, 2010 — Today the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s leading small business association, announced its full support and endorsement of Ed Martin for election to the U.S. House of Representatives in Missouri’s 3rd District.

“Ed Martin is the clear pro-small business candidate in this race. He has a long track record of supporting fiscal responsibility and encouraging tax relief for our nation’s job creators,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB’s vice president for political operations. “Our small business membership knows that Ed Martin will support policies that will help small businesses do what they do best: create jobs and grow the economy.”

There are more than 120,000 small employers in Missouri. Nationally, small businesses create more than half of the nation’s non-farm gross domestic product and have created more than 60 percent of net new jobs in the U.S. over the past 15 years.

Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage Missouri’s members to help turn out the small business vote on Martin’s behalf on Election Day.

Today’s endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust, the association’s political action committee, and is based on candidates’ positions on key small business issues including healthcare, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

SF Chronicle Passes on CA Senate Race

San Francisco Chronicle decides not to endorse anyone in California's Senate race:
Californians are left with a deeply unsatisfying choice for the U.S. Senate this year. The incumbent, Democrat Barbara Boxer, has failed to distinguish herself during her 18 years in office. There is no reason to believe that another six-year term would bring anything but more of the same uninspired representation. The challenger, Republican Carly Fiorina, has campaigned with a vigor and directness that suggests she could be effective in Washington - but for an agenda that would undermine this nation's need to move forward on addressing serious issues such as climate change, health care and immigration.

It is extremely rare that this editorial page would offer no recommendation on any race, particularly one of this importance. This is one necessary exception.

More Government Loans that Small Businesses Don't Want

The AP is reporting that small businesses don't want the loans that Congress and the President have made available:
President Barack Obama's $30 billion small community business lending program faces one big challenge: many of the community banks and businesses it's supposed to help don't want it.
Let me slow it down for you government types: small businesses want paying customers not a stream of future financing costs. While talking about a previous small business loan program at an Ed Martin (R-MO) event, David McArthur had this to say:

Ed Martin's opponent, incumbent Democrat Russ Carnahan, has argued that this recent bill was needed to get banks to loan again. Here's state senator and small business owner Chuck Purgason explaining why his business doesn't want a loan:

Washington has devolved into a cargo cult which only knows that small business borrowing is an indicator of economic recovery. It seeks to create a sign of recovery by doling out small business loans. Yet this cargo cult has no concept that those small business must perceive a favorable market before incurring the risk of additional debt. In other words, our dysfunctional government has yet again put the cart before the horse.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Stimulus made the Economy Worse

Nassim Taleb, author of The Black Swan which was recently re-released with a new epilogue, believes that the stimulus has made the American economy worse:
U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration weakened the country’s economy by seeking to foster growth instead of paying down the federal debt, said Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of “The Black Swan.”

“Obama did exactly the opposite of what should have been done,” Taleb said yesterday in Montreal in a speech as part of Canada’s Salon Speakers series. “He surrounded himself with people who exacerbated the problem. You have a person who has cancer and instead of removing the cancer, you give him tranquilizers. When you give tranquilizers to a cancer patient, they feel better but the cancer gets worse.”

Today, Taleb said, “total debt is higher than it was in 2008 and unemployment is worse.”
I believe we are at a moment in time where continued Keynesian fiscal policies will not work. Our debt, both public and private, is much too large for the endless spending of Keynesianism. The day of reckoning has been postponed by government policies that consolidated the banking system into fewer, larger banks. Our government is fostering common mode failures in the financial sector under the absurd rubric of financial reform. We need a financial system—indeed, all sectors of civilization—that allow failure to have little impact on the rest of society. A few big banks won't do that. A lot of small banks will.

Put simply: "Too big to fail is two words too long."

Taleb was interviewed by EconTalk's Russ Roberts this past Spring. The hour and ten minute podcast is quite good!

Women Officers in the Afghan Army

DVIDS is reporting on a new officer candidate school for Afghani women:
KABUL, Afghanistan – Much like the United States in the mid-20th Century, Afghanistan is experiencing changes in the rights afforded to women. Afghan women can now hold jobs previously unavailable to them, such as serving in a position of authority as an officer in the Afghan National Army.

A group of eight U.S. Army women mentors and 29 Afghan female officer candidates are ushering in that change.

In a joint effort between NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and the Afghan Ministry of Defense, the ANA Female Officers Candidate School opened its doors in April. Over the past 20 weeks, 29 Afghan women – mostly housewives – have made history. The first class of female officers will graduate Sept. 23 with the candidates serving as finance and logistics officers.

Radical Ideology Exposed at Healthcare-Now National Strategy Conference in St. Louis

Bob McCarty posted some video he shot at at a "Healthcare-Now" conference last November:
If you thought the health care bill recently passed by the House was bad, you’ll shudder at what I captured on video this weekend at the 2009 National Strategy Conference at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet in St. Louis.

Though uninvited, I introduced myself as a journalist and gained access to the meeting’s opening session late Saturday afternoon. There, I fully expected to find a room full of people in favor of the latest iteration of government-run health care. Instead, I found more than 100 people voicing widespread opposition to the bill.

Unlike those who oppose government-run health care on strong Constitutional grounds, the conference attendees with whom I spoke said they oppose the bill because, first, it lacks a strong-enough public option component and, second, it does not include coverage to pay for abortions.

The Tea Party Treaty

Trust, but verify. — Ronald Reagan

This past Monday I accompanied a representative of the St. Louis Tea Party as he delivered The Tea Party Pledge (since renamed "Treaty") to the offices of two Show Me State congressional candidates. The candidates were asked to return the signed treaty by today (Friday, 9/24/2010). The St Louis Tea Party decided to change the name from "Tea Party Pledge" to "Tea Party Treaty" because that word choice is more inline with the phrasing of our Founding Fathers. It also better reflects the document's purpose.

I've been asked not to reveal the contents of the Treaty before it is officially rolled out. I can let you know that this treaty is being circulated among Tea Party groups in Missouri. We plan to ask all Congressional candidates in our state to sign it.

Republicans may see the Tea Party Treaty as a reaction to the GOP's Pledge. All I can say is that 1) I wasn't involved in the GOP Pledge (nor did I really care what sweet nothings the Republicans were whispering to the rubes) and 2) the ball was moving on the Tea Party Treaty before the Republican's Pledge finally deformed a table under its Obamacare-length heft. The Republicans have claimed responsibility with their Pledge and its Republicans that will judge them on whether or not they deliver. That's asking for a lot of Trust.

The Tea Party will hold to account each candidate that chooses to sign the Treaty. The Tea Party will Verify.

The St Louis Tea Party's Tea Party Treaty will be released to the media Saturday during the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition Homecoming at Victory Center Headquarters (4512 Hampton Avenue).

Cross Coverage:

Ed Martin v Russ Carnahan Debate

Russ Carnahan and Ed Martin at their first debate (Photo by: JD Wilson)
While I was unable to attend tonight's debate, my understanding is that Russ Carnahan, the incumbent Democrat, did not do very well. At one point he drew jeers from the crowd. It would seem that's Editor has asked the right question: Does Russ Carnahan Want To Lose The 3rd?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Obamacare is Worse Than Critics Thought

The Washington Examiner has put together a concise list of the most egregious problems with the healthcare reform legislation:
Six months ago, President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rammed Obamacare down the throats of an unwilling American public. Half a year removed from the unprecedented legislative chicanery and backroom dealing that characterized the bill's passage, we know much more about the bill than we did then.
Instead of quoting the whole thing, just click through. It's required reading.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Root Cause of Big Government

Andrew Biggs argues that defined benefit plans like Social Security are the reason that government grows despite the fact that most Americans oppose bigger government. Biggs's main point is that the transition costs of moving from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution plan stymie the political process:
...shifting from a pay-as-you-go program to a funded system entails significant “transition costs,” which are borne by the very citizens who would decide to make the change. Since today’s Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits are paid from today’s taxes, if we decide to pre-fund these programs then the current generation must pay twice: first for current beneficiaries, and second for their own benefits. Put simply, to shift from an unfunded program to a funded program, someone must contribute extra funds. When the defining characteristic of domestic policy has been for voters to shift their own cost burdens to future generations, it is highly optimistic to expect current voters to accept a double burden. The expected result is to kick the can down the road, such that deficits grow and future taxpayers become even worse off.

Alaska Senate: Miller with Commanding Lead

Rasmussen is reporting that Tea Party candidate Joe Miller has a double digit lead over spoilsport Murkowski:
Republican Joe Miller attracts 42% of the vote in the first Rasmussen Reports poll of the Alaska Senate race since GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski announced her write-in campaign to try to keep her job.

The telephone survey of Likely Voters in Alaska shows Murkowski picking up 27% of the vote and Democrat Scott McAdams earning 25%. One percent (1%) say they’d prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Christopher Coates Will Testify Friday on New Black Panther Case

Pajamas Media is reporting that Christopher Coates will testify about New Black Panther case despite being pressed by DOJ not to:
In a dramatic development that could shake the political leadership of the Justice Department, career lawyer Christopher Coates has sent a letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights offering to testify Friday on matters related to the controversial New Black Panthers voter-intimidation case....

Ten months ago, Coates, the award-winning former chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division, was subpoenaed by the Commission to testify about the case. He was subsequently instructed by DOJ officials to ignore the subpoena. Within the past hour, commissioners were informed that Chairman Gerald Reynolds had spoken with Coates and that the chairman would reconvene the Commission’s ongoing hearing on Friday at 9:30 a.m. to hear Coates’s testimony.

The Civil Rights Commission has sought to obtain Coates’ testimony on Justice’s dismissal of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case in Philadelphia. In a recent request to Justice, the Commission agreed to limit initial questioning of Coates to accusations made by former career lawyer J. Christian Adams about statements and other actions by Julie Fernandes, an Obama administration political appointee, if DOJ produced Coates.

The DOJ refused.

Larry Summers to Leave Before Winter

Bloomberg is reporting that Larry Summers will leave the White House after the November election:
White House officials expect Lawrence Summers to leave his job as the president’s National Economic Council director after November’s congressional elections, according to three people familiar with the matter.

His departure would leave Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner as the only member of President Barack Obama’s original top-tier economic team. Summers, 55, and the president have discussed his future plans, according to one person.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Another Bogus Poll from Robin Carnahan

Back in August, Robin Carnahan (D-MO) was touting a poll that showed her tied 48-48 with Roy Blunt (R-MO). The demographic breakdown of that poll was 63% women to 37% men, so I tweeted the following:
@RobinCarnahan is tied with @RoyBlunt 48-48 Congrats, Robin! What's your strategy for 63% women voters on 11/2? brings news that the polling situation for Robin Carnahan has not improved:
The Missouri Democratic Party is touting a new poll from Global Strategies Group claiming a statistical dead heat with Roy Blunt. Without having access to the anything other than the toplines, it would be difficult to say that the poll is accurate, but it does show Blunt with a 4% lead when leaners are included (which they should be, this close to the election).
I disagree with Editor on this one. Any topline that shows Jerry Beck (Constitution Party-MO) and Jonathan Dine (L-MO) pulling 3% each isn't credible in my opinion. The 2006 MO Senate race between Jim Talent (R-MO) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) saw 96.9% of the vote go to the two candidates from the Republican and Democrat parties. Beck and Dine are fighting over three or four percent total between them. The poll has an error range of +/-4, but I maintain that those two were included in the poll to bring down Roy Blunt's numbers.

Editor points out another problem with the poll:'s important to know who exactly the Dems are getting in bed with. GSG was recently smacked on the hand with a $2 million fine for a pay-to-play scheme in New York. GSG is also the firm started by Steve Rattner, Obama's auto czar, who had to leave the position over the rumors caused by GSG's missteps. If the Missouri Democratic Party wants to brag that their internal polling is done by Global Strategies Group, a powerful New York firm referred to no less than the New York Times as "one of New York’s top consultants to corporations and other special interests," by all means run their pretty little press releases.

I'm sure connecting the Missouri Democratic Party to corruption, powerful special interests, and New York politicians like Elliot Spitzer is all in Ryan Hobart's game plan.

67% Say They Are Better Informed Than 10 Years Ago

Rasmussen is reporting that 67% Say They Are Better Informed Than 10 Years Ago:
While newspapers and broadcast outlets struggle to survive in the Internet age, two-out-of-three Americans (67%) feel they are more informed today than they were 10 years ago. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just eight percent (8%) consider themselves less informed these days, while 22% think their level of knowledge is about the same.
What's changed? Oh, right, the sources got blogs.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Russ Carnahan's Green Job

Unbelievable. Tom Carnahan asks for $90 million in tax credits, but gets $107 million in grants from the stimulus bill. Is it Russ Carnahan's (D-MO) job to dole out green to family members?
Among the 'green' projects in the report is a $107 million grant-in-lieu-of tax credit for the Lost Creek Wind Farm in northwest Missouri.

That project is developed by Wind Capital Group of St. Louis, whose president and CEO is Tom Carnahan. He's the brother of Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, and Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

The report says that the award occurred in July and that the project created 300 jobs during construction. A Lost Creek spokesman said that the wind farm, which already is in operation, created 2,500 throughout the supply chain.
No wonder someone recently registered the website: Mayor Slay would certainly be an improvement over Carnahan.

Cross Coverage:

Perjury at the DOJ in the New Black Panthers Case?

Pajamas Media is reporting that Records Show DOJ Lied About New Black Panther Dismissal:
Judicial Watch made an explosive announcement today about the Justice Department’s stonewalling in the New Black Panther voter intimidation case dismissal. Forced to bring a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit after DOJ rebuffed its public records request (so much for transparency), Judicial Watch obtained a privilege log from the DOJ last week.

It shows — in a rather dramatic way — that the DOJ has been untruthful about who was involved in the dismissal of the case.

In July, I complied with a subpoena and provided testimony to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. I did so in part because inaccurate statements had been made about the case by DOJ officials. Some of these statements falsely claimed that ethical rules mandated the dismissal of the charges against the New Black Panthers. This was nonsense.

But the real whopper? DOJ’s claim — repeated over and over again — that career civil servants were wholly responsible for the spiking of the case.

Today we learn, from the Department’s own records, that this claim is demonstrably false.

The privilege log produced in the FOIA litigation contains stunning entries. They show regular discussions and deliberations between the highest political officials inside the DOJ, including the deputy attorney general and the associate attorney general, about what to do with the case. This contradicts numerous statements made to Congress, the Civil Rights Commission, and to the public.

Some of these statements were under oath.

Andrew Ian Dodge at the 912 St Louis Tea Party

Andrew Ian Dodge of Dodgeblogium speaks at the 2010, 9-12 Tea Party under the Arch in St. Louis. Andrew talked about the need to replace RINOs, especially the ones from his state, Maine.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bring It On!

Drudge is reporting: "Obama Advisers weigh Ad Assault Against 'Tea Party'" however, it's just a headline at the moment—there's no story yet. All I can say is: Bring It On!

Scott Boston and Ralph King at the 912 St Louis Tea Party

Scott Boston of Tea Party Patriots and fellow Buckeye Stater Ralph King speak at the 2010, 9-12 Tea Party under the Arch in St. Louis.


Emery McClendon at the 912 St Louis Tea Party

Emery McClendon of Project 21, ARMAD, and the Liberty Coalition of Ft. Wayne, IN, speaks at the 2010, 9-12 Tea Party under the Arch in St. Louis. Here's a picture of Emery I took before the rally started:


The Pirate Ship of State

Ahoy, me maties! Another Talk Like a Pirate Day is upon us, so throw back a noggin of grog as we plot how best to rid our ship of state of the of bilge rats infesting Washington.

I wish I could keep going with the pirate lingo, but I can't, so I wont.

Over a year ago, Russ Roberts of CafeHayek posted an EconTalk podcast (listen to the mp3) on the economics of piracy. Roberts interviewed Peter Leeson about his book The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates. Like modern governments, pirate ships operated with written codes that outlined the rules and laws of the ship. They also had democratic processes for choosing leaders. What I found most interesting was the contractual arrangement between each pirate crewman and the ship's leadership.

In a way, these contracts created something like a company and distributed shares of the loot among the employees—the crewmen and officers of the pirate ship. These contracts also spelled out in advance how many shares the captain would get as well as the shares given to other officers and crewmen. Additional shares were awarded for bravery (being the first to board a hostile ship).

This seems like a better way to pay government employees than what we're currently doing.

Think of the government's tax revenues as being the loot gathered by our pirate ship of state. Instead of getting a salary or a wage, each government employee would be allotted a number of shares. The guy working in the mail room might only get a few shares while a the head of the Department of Education would get a lot. At the end of each month or quarter or whatever, the government totals its revenue, pays any bills that are due, tallies all the outstanding shares, divides the revenue minus the bills due by the outstanding shares, and then pays each employee for each share that employee "owns".

Avast! It's the practical end of deficit spending!

It would also be a pay cut for employees of governments that deficit spend.

Until those employees started firing some of their peers. The incentive to grow government payrolls would change into a preference to shrink them since fewer share holders would mean larger payments to the shareholders that remain. This would create a bias toward efficiency.

Government employees would more carefully scrutinize government spending. If you're city council employed a part-time lawyer to the tune of $200,000, you'd have an incentive to investigate why. Similarly, with an incentive to maximize tax revenue, government employees might actually advocate for the elimination of departments that do not add value as well as adjustments to tax rates and tax policies.

Perhaps such radical reform is not likely, but it's still a worthy goal.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Melissa Ortiz at the 912 St. Louis Tea Party

Melissa Ortiz of Can Do Conservatives speaks at the 2010, 9-12 Tea Party under the Arch in St. Louis.


Gibbs goes after Forbes

Ed Driscoll on Robert Gibbs attack on Forbes: "Nice magazine you’ve got there Mr. Forbes. Be a shame if something were to happen to it..."

The Forbes article is interesting. In it, Dinesh D'Souza talks about the anti-colonialist roots of Obama's father and uses that to frame the President's policy preferences. D'Souza's argument is an interesting one; however, I find his assertion that Obama is fulfilling his father's anti-colonialist dreams to be tenuous. Perhaps a more complete argument is available in D'Souza's forthcoming book: The Roots of Obama's Rage.

If that's not enough to convince you to pre-order the book, think of your purchase as a protest of the White House's thuggishness and throw in a subscription to Forbes, too!

Kitty Werthman speaks at the 912 St Louis Tea Party

At the 912 rally in St. Louis, Kitty Werthman spoke about her experiences living in Nazi Germany and under communism before coming to America.


Faces in the Crowd

I got some great portrait photos at last Sunday's 9-12 Tea Party under the St. Louis Arch. I've posted most of my best photos the speakers and musicians. Here are some pictures of some of the women in the crowd.


David Limbaugh at the 912 St Louis Tea Party

David Limbaugh lawyer, political commentator, New York Times bestselling author, and nationally syndicated columnist, speaks at the 2010, 9-12 Tea Party under the Arch in St. Louis. Limbaugh spoke of the sovereignty of the American people and the overreach of the Obama administration. You can pre-order his book from Amazon, Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama.


Friday, September 17, 2010

Sounding Fathers Three Song Playlist

The Sounding Fathers performed their debut concert under the St Louis Arch. They were one of the musical acts that performed at the 2010, 9-12 Tea Party sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots. The playlist above includes three of the songs that they performed. Chris Loesch of Shock City Studios is the lead singer of the group. Becky Kelly joined them for America the Beautiful. Checkout the Sounding Fathers Facebook page.


Laura Alter sings the National Anthem

At the 2010, 9-12 Tea Party in St. Louis sponsored by Tea Party Patriots, Laura Alter sang the National Anthem. Here are some pictures of her backstage:


Michelle Moore at the 912 St Louis Rally

Michelle Moore of Smart Girl Politics, the St. Louis Tea Party, and, speaks at the 2010, 9-12 Tea Party under the Arch in St. Louis.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Andre Harper at the 912 St Louis Tea Party

Andre Harper, author of Political Emancipation, speaks at the 2010, 9-12 Tea Party under the Arch in St. Louis. He talked about the need for the media to stop identifying people by their race and focus on the issues. He also spoke about the Tea Party as a transformational force for revolutionizing America.


Rick Morlen at the 912 St Louis Tea Party

Rick Morlen of the Albuquerque Tea Party speaks at the 2010, 9-12 Tea Party under the Arch in St. Louis. Rick spoke about protecting our voting rights and fighting voter fraud.


Crowd Panoramas from 9-12 St. Louis Tea Party

Frank Freeman sent in these two great panoramic shots of the crowd at last Sunday's 9-12 St. Louis Tea Party under the Arch. The picture above was made around 1:00 PM and the one below around 3:00 PM. Panoramic photos like these are "stitched" together from multiple photos.


Bill Hennessy at the 912 St Louis Tea Party

Bill Hennessy of the St. Louis Tea Party and Hennessy's View and author of Zen Conservatism, speaks at the 2010, 9-12 Tea Party under the Arch in St. Louis. He spoke about the importance of individual activism to help get out the vote in the weeks before the November election.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Stacy Washington at the 912 St Louis Tea Party

Stacy Washington of Move on Up speaks at the 2010, 9-12 Tea Party under the Arch in St. Louis. She spoke about the destructive impact liberal policies have had on blacks and the need to vote for conservative candidates to repeal those policies.


Return Russ Carnahan to Sender

I saw the following in Suburban Journals Town Talk for Sept. 15:
Return to sender

I live in the 3rd Congressional District. I saw a sign on Union today that said 'Russ Carnahan, he delivers for us.' Let me finish that saying. He helped deliver an $860 billion bailout bail that hasn't worked very well, if at all. He delivered a health care bill most Americans don't like or want. He delivered carmakers, insurance companies and banks to us, the American taxpayer. He helped deliver unemployment, up to 10 percent at it's peak. Yes sir, ol' Russ has really delivered for us in the 3rd District. Maybe we should give Ed Martin a chance to see what he can deliver. Could it be any worse?
All of that's spot on, but what's omitted is also interesting. If you're going to use the sub-headline: "Return to sender", shouldn't you also mention Congressman Russ Carnahan's (D-MO) abuse of his franking privilege?

I've been following politics forever and I only recently learned about franking, so let me explain what it is. If you want to mail a letter, you put a stamp on it. If a Congressman wants to send you junk mail, they put an image of their signature on it. Originally, they would sign the upper right corner of the envelop, but when you spend north of a $100,000 of your constituent's tax dollars telling them about your exploits in Washington you use a copy machine to avoid carpel tunnel syndrome. Russ Carnahan's campaign slogan may be "delivers for us", but the postal workers and mail carriers across Missouri's Third Congressional District have been dragooned to "deliver for Russ."

I don't think Ed Martin (R-MO) would be as careless with the public's money.

Dick Morris at the 912 St. Louis Rally

Dick Morris noted pollster, columnist, and Fox News contributor spoke at this year's 9-12 St Louis Tea Party. He focussed on the coming senatorial tsunami where he expects Republicans to win control of the Senate in November. He also expects 60 to 80 house seats to switch to the GOP. Eviction day is coming!

Thanks to the Tea Party Patriots for making this rally possible!


Dick Morris has written several books here are a few of them:

St Louis Tea Party Headquarters Grand Opening

Photos by JD Wilson and Jen Ennenbach

The St. Louis Tea Party held a grand opening party at their new office in south St. Louis city. Attendance wasn't as high as we had this past Sunday under the Arch, but Dana Loesch and Bill Hennessy, the organizations co-leaders, were there to greet people as was St. Louis ubber-blogger, Jim Hoft, the Gateway Pundit.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dana Loesch at the 912 St Louis Rally *UPDATED*

Dana Loesch of 97.1 and rallied the crowd at the St Louis Tea Party. She spoke about how the 9-11 attacks brought the country together... how we united as Americans. Dana also introduced several local patriots who have been instrumental growing grassroots conservative groups.

Thanks to the Tea Party Patriots for making this rally possible!

Update: Here are some pictures of Dana from the weekend


DOJ Inspector General will investigate Obama voting rights record

Michelle Malkin is reporting on a breaking story: DOJ Inspector General will investigate Obama voting rights record:
Just obtained this letter from Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine to members of Congress informing them that he will open up a review of the Obama administration’s selective enforcement of civil rights laws by the Voting Section office of DOJ.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Photos from 9-12 Recycle Government Rally Under the Arch

I took the pictures above, but lots of other photographers were at Sunday's rally under the Arch sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots. stlcyclist sent in these photos:

I met first time Tea Party attendee Greg before the event and he sent along these photos:

The following pictures were sent in by Doug of Leaning to Starboard:

Those are just a small sampling of the photographs from the event. Also checkout the always awesome work of Keyboard Militia. Dana Loesch has a great selection of pictures, too. Jim Hoft, the Gateway Pundit, has a great writeup with accompanying photos. He puts the attendance at 14,000. I think that's possible. Due to the length of the event and the intensity of the sun all afternoon, it really wasn't practical for people to stay for the whole thing. I have video of the crowd that shows that the steps were filled during Dick Morris's speech and that the crowd extended back under the trees on either side of the steps.

Bob McCarty has several posts with video including an announcement from Ed Martin (R-MO) about a radio "debate" with Russ Carnahan (D-MO). Sharp's got clips of the Tea Party crashers and the Sounding Fathers.


Update: RR sent in some pictures, too:

20100912 St Louis Tea Party