March 15, 2009

Cincy Tea Party Pics (Update: Vid Added)

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:35 pm

Topside update: Reports from local bloggers who were there, with great pics all around — DADvocate, Right Wing Nut Job, Doses of Reality, (March 16 add) Invincible Armor.

The indispensable FreeRepublic.com has this thread.

Topside Update II: Local media coverage — Enquirer (though its Politics blog had no advance indication of the event), WCPO last night (more on this report at this Monday post), WLWT, WXIX, WKRC (see discussion of certain of these reports in the comments).
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Note: Congrats, appreciation, and intense gratitude to all who took time from things they usually do on Sundays to attend Cincinnati’s Tea Party (official link here) from one who could not be there, and to those who supplied pics.

I’m seeing crowd estimates in the 3,000 – 6,000 range (event organizers say they can confirm 5,000). Below is an aerial view at Michelle Malkin’s related post that supports the high-end crowd size estimate. If you have ever been to Fountain Square, you’ll know how impressive the picture really is.

UpdateThe YouTube vid below also supports the high-end estimate; also see this YouTube of the speech by David Watkins; Update 2 – A large photo gallery is here (HT Instapundit, who also has posts here on the event coverage and here on national tea party coverage) –

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I plan a post early in the morning about the Tea Party and the local media coverage.

In the meantime, you can click on the following thumbnails to see pics that will open in a new window or tab:

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Virtuous Republic has a great on-the-scene report with lot of pics, plus an update on the credibility of a WCPO reporter’s claim (repeated here) that “a small isolated group of angry people, many of whom who said they were frustrated with the media, caused WCPO’s crew to leave the event early.”

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(Original post) Via an e-mailer:

– A sign refutes Obama math:

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–  People dedicated to the wrong cause can ruin things quickly:

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– A view of what has to be a portion of the crowd, but by no means the whole crowd (Update: The e-mailer tells me that this pic was taken an hour before the festivities began):

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Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va) Promised Earmarks, and Has Delivered

MoranAnd2ndGraders0309.jpgThe Seattle Times is compiles what it calls “The Favor Factory,” which it calls “A database of lawmakers, earmarks, and campaign giving.”

One noteworthy congressman in the Favor Factory is Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA; picture at right is currently at his home page).

Moran’s Favors Factory page for 2008 lists 29 earmarks totaling $40.6 million, and over $890,000 in capaign contributions from earmark recipients.

Recall that Nancy Pelosi promised “Fiscal Restraint If Democrats Win” in a July 2006 Wall street Journal interview about the congressional elections that would be taking place four months later (link is to cato.org, which excerpted the now unavailable WSJ report). She also told the Journal:

“Personally, myself, I’d get rid of all of them,” she said. “None of them is worth the skepticism, the cynicism the public has… and the fiscal irresponsibility of it.”

Rep. Moran begged to differ just one month earlier, using language he would hopefully avoid around the second-graders with whom he is pictured above (actual offensive four-letter word is at link), as reported by a local metro DC community newspaper, the Sun Gazette:

Moran, D-8th, told those attending the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner on June 9 that while he in theory might oppose the fiscal irresponsibility of “earmarks” – funneling money to projects in a member of Congress’s district – he understands the value they have to constituents.

“When I become chairman [of a House appropriations subcommittee], I’m going to earmark the sh** out of it,” Moran buoyantly told a crowd of 450 attending the event.

Colorful language and campaign hyperbole aside, Moran has a lot to gain if Democrats topple the GOP’s 12-year control of the House. His relative seniority of eight terms would make him a powerful member of any Democratic majority.

Moran’s virtually unreported “buoyant” outburst was a powerful indication that Pelosi couldn’t possibly deliver on what she promised — and she hasn’t, as the 9,000-earmark laden appropriations bill just passed by Congress shows.

As for Moran, the only “good” thing you can say is that he did keep his crappy promise.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Positivity: Bishop Lori thanks ‘patriotic’ Catholics for thwarting ‘legislative attack’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:36 am

From Bridgeport, Connecticut:

Mar 13, 2009 / 04:55 pm

Declaring that the defense of religious liberty is “genuine patriotism,” Bishop of Bridgeport William Lori has thanked the Catholics of Connecticut for helping derail a senate bill he called a “legislative attack.” The bishop also rebuked the bill’s sponsoring senator and said he has no business interfering with the Catholic Church or any other church.

The Connecticut Senate’s S.B. 1098 targeted the Catholic Church for financial reorganization and would have stripped Catholic bishops and pastors of their governing roles. Though the bill was withdrawn on Tuesday, thousands of protesters attended a Wednesday rally against the bill.

“Thousands of you, the Catholics of Connecticut rejected this unconstitutional piece of legislation built upon a pretext,” Bishop Lori wrote in a March 12 entry on his blog. “So many of you called and e-mailed State Senator Andrew McDonald and State Representative Michael Lawlor and the members of Judiciary Committee that the phone system at the State Capitol shut down and the e-mail addresses of legislators were overwhelmed.”

Noting that the hearing on the bill was canceled by the co-chairs of the Judiciary Committee, the bishop said:

“In bringing this about you showed real love for your Church and for your country. With all my heart, I thank you.”

He said believers and citizens should remain “alert” and “on guard” against other legislation unfriendly to the Church or efforts to silence the Church on current issues.

“Religious freedom may have dodged a bullet, but the struggle isn’t over. Other salvos are coming,” he warned, defending the constitutionality of existing Connecticut religious corporation statutes.

“After all the protest and expert testimony, Senator McDonald still doesn’t get it,” Bishop Lori asserted. “He regrets that he didn’t have a more ‘inclusive’ forum. He has no business having any forum about the Catholic Church or any church.”

“I will be calling on you from time to time to defend the Catholic Church here in the Constitution State. Defending religious liberty is genuine patriotism,” the bishop said.

In his statement, Bishop Lori praised the United States’ “unique” relationship between Church and State. First Amendment restrictions, he said, bar churches from playing an official governmental role and also keep the government out of the affairs of churches.

Go here for the rest of the story.