FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe said Tuesday that the success of the Tea Party has the media in a bit of a panic.
Speaking with NewsBusters at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Kibbe also said press attacks on the Tea Party will probably end “the day after the election”
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Zachary Tennen, a 19-year-old Michigan State University student, was the victim of what police investigators are categorizing a hate-crime following an attack at an off-campus party. Tennen, a resident of suburban Detroit, is telling media that his attackers, who broke his jaw and reportedly stapled his mouth shut at the lips and gums, asked if he was Jewish before assaulting him.
Zachary Tennen, a 19-year-old sophomore in MSU’s journalism program, was attending a house party early Sunday morning when two men approached him and asked if he was Jewish. After responding in the affirmative, the two men allegedly performed a Nazi salute and recited “Heil Hitler” before beating the young man unconscious.
CBS Detroit reports that 20 people witnessed the attack as the two assailants proceeded to staple Tennen’s mouth shut and broke his jaw.
“They knocked me down really hard … and I assumed someone would help me,” Tennen said in a statement. “But after some guys at the house basically kicked me out, I had to get a cab.”
Tina Tennen, the student’s mother, told the Detroit Free Press her son took a taxi to Sparrow Hospital in East Lansing for initial treatment, but underwent surgery in metro Detroit Monday night to have his jaw wired shut.
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With Hurricane Isaac headed toward the U.S. Gulf Coast this afternoon, radio host Rush Limbaugh said President Obama is tied to more misery than caused by any natural disaster.
“Name for me one thing that kills more people than natural disasters?” Limbaugh asked rhetorically.
While his staff threw out answers including obesity, eating carrots, heart disease and jury verdicts in Los Angeles, Limbaugh explained:
“There’s one thing that kills more people than natural disasters, and that’s poverty. Poverty kills more people than natural disasters. Poverty has always been a killer. Why worry about it otherwise? Now, who has done more to increase poverty in this country in the last four years?
“Barry. The One. The Big O. You could say that President Obama has been tied to more misery than people in natural disasters. I mean if you wanted to be real about it. Of course, that’s being critical of Obama and we’re not supposed to do that, because, of course, that’s racist.”
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Police in Wisconsin questioned a U.S. Army veteran who had the words “Obama Fuk Off” painted on the tailgate of his Chevy pick-up truck in large black letters. Police say dispatchers received a complaint from a resident that the message was too profane for “kids in the area,” the Smoking Gun reports.
Dennis Hamm, 55, was contacted by deputies with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department after the anti-Obama message was first seen on his truck last week. Hamm reportedly told the deputies that he did not care how people felt about his anti-Obama ad on wheels.
Hamm also argued that he didn’t misspell the f-word on his vehicle with “Fuk.” He says F-U-K actually is an acronym for “Fundamentally Useless Kenyan,” referring to President Obama.
The Smoking Gun reports that the sheriff’s report is being forwarded for review by the village attorney in Union Grove, where Hamm’s truck was spotted outside his Wisconsin home.
Hamm’s Facebook page indicates that he served in the U.S. Army from 1973-1976. He goes by the nickname “Wild Boar” and describes himself as “Still fighting for the freedoms I served to protect. Carry a weapon as a means to convince those who have a distorted view of ‘Free Enterprise’ that things must be earned, not taken.”
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A deaf 3-year-old from Nebraska is being asked by the school district to change his name, his family alleges, because the way he refers to himself in sign language resembles “weapons.”
Apparently the Grand Island school district has a policy that prevents students from bringing “any instrument…that looks like a weapon” to school, and now hands can be considered “instruments.”
“Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous. This is not threatening in any way,” Hunter Spanjer’s grandmother Janet Logue said.
Brian Spanjer, the boy’s father, added: “It’s a symbol. It’s an actual sign, a registered sign, through S.E.E. [Signing Exact English]”
Hunter signs his name by crossing his middle and index fingers– leaving his thumbs up– and then wagging his hands.
Watch an interview with the family, and a demonstration of the gesture:
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Louisiana teacher Robert Duncan is fighting for his job at Boyet Junior High School after displaying his students’ pictures of President Obama in the hallway outside his classroom. According to AOL, while the images indicated diverse political beliefs, several were deemed racist and offensive.
OL’s Claire Gordon explains:
[Some] of the cartoons, like one depicting a bullet hole in Obama’s temple…and another implying that it was Obama hunting season, disturbed a passing parent. The parent snapped photos of the cartoons on her cellphone and sent them to the media, according to Duncan’s attorneys. Then the firestorm began.
Secret Service agents went to the homes of two of the students, reports The Times-Picayune, and questioned the children and their parents to see if they posed a real threat to the president. Duncan was placed on paid administrative leave, and on Aug 6., Superintendent Trey Folse officially ended Duncan’s 13-year career at Boyet.
Folse testified on Wednesday that Duncan was fired for “making a bad, incompetent“ decision by posting the ”violent” pictures, as well as for dishonesty.
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In the aftermath of the Family Research Council shooting, prominent voices on the Left have not tapped down their violent rhetoric against their opponents. Two Baby Boomer celebrities have taken to Twitter to hope pro-life, pro-family individuals and U.S. Congressman Todd Akin suffer a drowning or a same-sex rape, respectively.
On Sunday, Ellen Barkin expressed her hope that Tropical Storm Isaac would smash up the Republican National Convention in Tampa and drown all its delegates.
She retweeted the message of one of her followers that read: “C’mon #Isaac! Wash every pro-life, anti-education, anti-woman, xenophobic, gay-bashing, racist SOB right into the ocean! #RNC ” Barkin did not express any disagreement in her retweet.