San Diego Tea Party Protesters Blast Democrats for Golf Fundraiser During Budget Crisis

About 20 protesters came to the Maderas Golf Course in Poway on Friday, the scene of a Senate Democrats fundraiser.

A group of Tea Party protesters blasted the California Democratic Party on Friday for hosting its annual Pro Tem Cup fundraiser while the state is in economic despair.

The protest—which took place outside of Poway’s Maderas Golf Club on Friday —attracted about 20 locals, most of whom are members of the Patriot Coalition of San Diego County, or more informally known as Tea Partiers.

“The purpose is to point out the hypocrisy of this fundraiser when they have to pass a balanced budget,” said Steve Baldwin, one of the protest’s organizers. “They’re not doing anything up there—we’re pissed.”

Protesters said they were upset that the Democrats were still participating in the fifth annual Pro Tem Cup—a two-day event with the second day hosted by Torrey Pines Golf Course—when they’ve yet to solve the state’s estimated $26 billion deficit in its entirety and have the ability to pass a balanced budget with a simple majority.

Baldwin, a Santee resident who served in the State Assembly from 1994-2000, said he is frustrated that Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing for a June ballot measure to extend tax Continue reading

The Coffee Party and its discontents

We reported on Thursday of a schism between the progressive wing of the Coffee Party and its leadership. Launched with high hopes last year and seen by some as a progressive answer to Tea Party, the party has instead been an example of the failure to counter the power and energy of the tea party movement — and its own board members are portraying it as an organizational disaster.

This week, the organization also announced the dissolution of the interim board this week, and three board members lashed out against the two cofounders in response.

“We are writing to you because it is our belief that much can be learned from the experience of the Interim Board, and the dynamics on the Board which we believe seriously impeded our process. We would like to identify some issues which, from our point of view, have become problems within the Coffee Party, and which, if not corrected, will hinder its success,” wrote ousted board members Bahiya Cabral-Johnson, Teri Torres-Hart and Sabina Virgo in an open letter.

Painting a general picture of organizational chaos, they pointed to a lack of civility in the organization, a lack of democracy and a lack of consultation.

“By the time the volunteer Interim Board was dissolved the group had dwindl Continue reading

Master of Mis-Information, How does Obama do it?


1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Regardless of what you know, don’t discuss it – especially if you are a public figure, news anchor, etc. If it’s not reported, it didn’t happen, and you never have to deal with the issues.

2. Become incredulous and indignant. Avoid discussing key issues and instead focus on side issues which can be used show the topic as being critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known as the “How dare you!” gambit.

Example: “How dare you suggest that the Branch Davidians were murdered! the FBI and BATF are made up of America’s finest and best trained law enforcement, operate under the strictest of legal requirements, and are under the finest leadership the President could want to appoint.”

3. Create rumor mongers. Avoid discussing issues by describing all charges Continue reading