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In Florida’s 8th congressional district, the Orlando East Side Tea Party was excited to announce a "rare appearance for the Congressman [Daniel Webster] to appear on the East Side of Orlando!" That's right, Webster is such a loyal and dedicated Congressman that he rarely appears on the east side of Orlando and when he does it’s only to Tea Party supporters.
Why might Webster avoid east Orlando? According to the East Side Tea Party,
"It took a great deal of discussion with congressional scheduling, Valencia Community College and the Orange County Sheriff's office to bring the congressman to the East Side of Orlando again."
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Hoping to prevent an embarrassing Youtube video from making the rounds, Republican Congressman Steve Chabot of Ohio ordered police to confiscate cameras from people attending a town hall meeting Monday night. http://www.factoverfiction.com/article/3118Hoping to prevent an embarrassing Youtube video from making the rounds, Republican... more
Talk to Ryan? It'll cost you
By: Reid J. Epstein
August 16, 2011 06:18 AM EDT
It will cost $15 to ask Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) a question in person during the August congressional recess.
The House Budget Committee chairman isn’t holding any face-to-face open-to-the-public town hall meetings during the recess, but like several of his colleagues he will speak only for residents willing to open their wallets.
Ryan, who took substantial criticism from his southeast Wisconsin constituents in April after he introduced the Republicans’ budget proposal, isn’t the only member of congress whose August recess town hall-style meetings are strictly pay-per-view.
Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) is scheduled to appear Aug. 23 at a luncheon gathering of the Arizona Republican Lawyers Association. For $35, attendees can question Quayle and enjoy a catered lunch at the Phoenix office of the Snell & Wilmer law firm.
And Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) took heat in Duluth this weekend for holding private events in his district’s population and media center — including a $10-per-head meeting to be hosted next week by the local chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, which on its invitation notes that the organization “supported Chip in his stunning upset over longtime Congressman Jim Oberstar in the 2010 election.”
It’s no secret why members of Congress would shy away from holding open town hall meetings — it’s no fun getting yelled at by angry constituents or having an uncomfortable question become an unfortunate YouTube moment.
By outsourcing the events to third parties that charge an entry fee to raise money, members of Congress can eliminate most of the riffraff while still — in some cases — allowing reporters and TV cameras for a positive local news story.
The host of Quayle’s event, Lawyers Association President Jonathan Brinson, said his group previously had paid luncheons featuring Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl and most of Arizona’s GOP congressional delegation.
But those events didn’t come in the absence of an open-to-the-public town hall like one McCain held last week, at which he faced angry tea party constituents.
“After Republicans voted to gut Medicare and other vital programs while protecting tax breaks for millionaires and corporations, it’s not surprising that they would not want to face their constituents in an open forum,” said MoveOn.org Executive Director Justin Ruben. “There seems to be no limit to how much our government is for sale.”
Quayle spokesman Richard Cullen said the first-term Republican held a jobs fair and roundtable last week and did an event focusing on “senior issues” for residents of a private retirement community. But Quayle — who is in Israel this week — is not planning an open town hall.
“We made a decision about two months ago that we knew we’d be busy at work in Washington on the debt ceiling,” Cullen said. “We called it a jobs week. We wanted as soon as we got back into the district for his focus to be on jobs.”
And indeed, the Arizona Republic wrote a rather glowing story Saturday about Quayle’s jobs fair, a far cry from its May report about his town hall meeting, in which the paper wrote that he “faced tough questions from voters” about Medicare.
Ryan, who had police remove a man who yelled at him about proposed Medicare cuts during an April town hall meeting in Racine, will host telephone town hall meetings but no free events in person during the recess, spokesman Kevin Seifert said.
Seifert said Ryan is also “holding business tours and office hours throughout the recess.” He said the decision not to hold public town hall events had nothing to do with criticism the House Budget chairman took from constituents in April.
Seifert added that Ryan has nothing to do with the Whitnall Park Rotary Club’s decision to charge $15 for admissiona fee that will pay for the catered lunch of meat and potatoes the group will provide, club president Kent Bieganski told POLITICO.
“It’s not something our office can control,” Seifert said.
Pastor Larry Meyers, the club’s webmaster, said about 50 people have registered online and paid the $15 for the Ryan event. He said the club’s catering hall can serve as many as 250 people and will not admit people who do not pre-register and pay the $15 fee.
Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Graeme Zielinski said Ryan is scared to defend his record before his fellow citizens.
“Paul Ryan has had a hard time going before open crowds, and for good reason,” Zielinski said. “I’m sure Ryan doesn’t want to go before the public to explain while his extreme ideology caused Standard & Poor’s to downgrade U.S. long-term treasury bonds. Beside, Ryan likes smaller settings — the kind where you can cozy up to a hedge fund manager and get a good $350 bottle of wine.”
Cravaack ran into a protest last week when he met with local business leaders in lieu of hosting a town hall meeting.
Chad McKenna, a local labor leader with the North East Area Labor Council, dinged Cravaack in the Duluth News Tribune for not holding a town hall meeting in the state’s fourth-largest city.
“Cravaack’s in Duluth meeting with business folk, but the average person on the street doesn’t have access to him,” McKenna said of the first-term Republican.
Cravaack, a first-term Republican from Lindstrom, 126 miles south of Duluth, announced last month that he was moving his family to New Hampshire. He has held town hall meetings in Brainerd and Grand Portage, each more than 115 miles from Duluth, according to WDIO-TV.
He told the paper Duluth’s constituents are welcome to meet with a staffer at his district office’s office hours. Cravaack told the paper he will return to Duluth when it suits his schedule, but that wouldn’t be during the August recess.
Cravaack spokesman Michael Bars said Tuesday that he has hosted 12 town hall meetings and seven teleconferences since taking office in January.
“Rep. Cravaack’s primary focus is to create more jobs for the 8th District; he looks forward to continuing this conversation with his constituents,” he said.From Politico:
Talk to Ryan? It'll cost you
By: Reid J. Epstein
Enough Is Enough! March
Calling on all Americans to demonstrate the true will of the people
CALL TO ACTION: If you do not consent to being governed by corporations or billionaires...If you want to be heard by your government..If you're ready to stand up for America's democracy and your dignity as citizens...Join us. Let's build America's Tahrir Square.
We are calling for a peaceful and decisive demonstration to restore democracy in America. We want to see a million Americans turn up for a march in Washington with satellite rallies in every town and city.
As many acknowledge, we are on the cusp of losing our democracy. As everyday Americans, we just don't feel heard by our government. Representation has broken down.
What happens when our government fails to represent the People? What happens when power and wealth becomes more concentrated at the top? What happens when anti-government radicals take over our government and publicly declare their desire to burn it down or hold America's future for ransom?
We believe that we need a decisive demonstration of public (not just those on the left or the right, but the American people) discontent with our entire political and financial system. It is all too obvious that our system has been growing unstable for several decades. We have reached the point where We the People no longer have any confidence in Washington or Wall St. We can't go on like this. Check out Dylan Ratigan's Rant to hear more.
We the People must unite and stop the vicious cycle of corruption and dysfunction. We must demand structural changes in our institutions necessary to restore democracy and sanity.
We are resolved that a government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." — Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863
HOW: Just as Egyptian protesters gained momentum for their protests by organizing and demonstrating public support for their cause on Facebook and Twitter, our strategy is to gather a critical mass in terms of energy and number of people on the Enough is Enough Facebook page and Twitter.
The virtual march on Facebook will become a hub for organizing a decisive demonstration in Washington with sustained action at the local levels. We need to create Tahrir Squares all over the country.
Our action has to have three components.
1) It must be peaceful;
2) It must go beyond partisan politics and factionalism. It has to be the American people waking up and standing together. There is no progress for any group seeking change democratically if our democratic process is just failing us. No matter how we identify our political orientation, all of us want to live in a democratic society. We must unite to save our democracy at this point in our history;
3) Going forward, we must take our resolve to save our democracy and organize at the district-level to have sustained impact. Democracy is not a one-time event; it is a lifetime commitment. We are calling on you to commit to this!
http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/enoughmarchEnough Is Enough! March
Calling on all Americans to demonstrate the true will of the... more
Chief of Staff for Republican U.S. Rep Allen West (FL-22) gets caught lying. After facing tough Town Hall questioning from constituents during first months in office, handlers for the controversial Tea Party favorite decided on a "fresh approach" for Question & Answer format. But as shown in this video from the April 27th, 2011 Town Hall in Boca Raton, FL, that "fresh approach" raises lots more questions than it answers...Chief of Staff for Republican U.S. Rep Allen West (FL-22) gets caught lying. After... more
Dan Webster, Republican congressman from Florida, gets heckled by his constituents as they react to the Paul Ryan Republican budget, end of Medicare, Medicaid cuts, tax giveaways to the rich in the GOP plan.Dan Webster, Republican congressman from Florida, gets heckled by his constituents as... more
WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama will use "town hall" meetings to tout his plan to trim the U.S. debt with spending cuts and tax hikes on the rich, the White House said.
His three campaign-style meetings will be held Tuesday at Northern Virginia Community College, 12 miles southwest of Washington, Wednesday at Facebook Inc. headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., and Thursday in Reno, Nev., which Obama hasn't visited since running for president.
Before hitting the road, Obama will discuss his debt-reduction vision Monday in local interviews from the White House Map Room with KCNC-TV, Denver, WRAL-TV, Raleigh, N.C., WFAA-TV, Dallas, and WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, the White House said.
The blitz comes a week after Obama said Washington could reduce the federal deficit by $4 trillion over 12 years, while retaining core Democratic values, through a mix of deep cuts in military and domestic spending, higher taxes on the wealthy and changes to social-welfare programs.
Republicans quickly declared Obama's ideas inadequate and said they would press ahead with their own plans for deep spending cuts and an overhaul of Medicare and Medicaid.
House Republicans passed a budget Friday that would cut the deficit by $5.8 trillion in 10 years with program cuts alone. No Democrats voted for the plan.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted March 10-13 indicated most Americans disapprove of Obama's record on the deficit, but agree a combination of spending cuts and tax hikes on the wealthy is the best remedy for the deficit crisis.
The next front line in the deficit battle involves raising the limit on how much the federal government can borrow.
The U.S. Treasury Department says the nation will exceed the current limit of $14.3 trillion by mid-May and could default on its debt in early July if no action is taken to raise the ceiling.
Republican lawmakers want legislation to cut government spending to be part of a vote to raise the debt limit. The White House says deficit reduction should be separated from the debt-limit issue.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Republican leaders assured the White House Wednesday that despite all the political noise, they would lift the debt ceiling in time to avoid a potential credit default.
"I want to make it perfectly clear that Congress will raise the debt ceiling," Geithner said on ABC's "This Week."
He said failing to raise the debt limit "would be catastrophic," pushing the United States and the world back into a "dramatic" financial crisis that would make the last crisis look "tame."
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., whose cost-cutting budget blueprint passed the House Friday, said on CBS's "Face the Nation" Republicans did not promise Obama they would lift the debt limit without first seeing federal spending controls.
"Nobody wants to play around with the country's credit rating," Ryan said. "Nobody wants to see defaults happening. But we also think it's important to get a handle on future borrowing as we deal with raising the debt limit. So nobody is saying we want to see default. We just want to get some cuts and controls in spending going forward. And that is what we've been telling the White House."
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. -- a Tea Party supporter who has vowed to oppose raising the debt ceiling unless it comes along with an agreement on budget cuts -- pointed to a possible compromise.
"The compromise is not to raise taxes," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." "The compromise is for conservatives to admit ... we will have to cut military spending. Liberals will have to compromise and we will have to cut domestic welfare. The compromise is where we cut, not where we raise taxes."
Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/04/18/Obama-taking-budget-plan-to-forums/UPI-65771303115400/#ixzz1JrkuMYMR
I would like to thank you all for your comments on my thread, your words get my attention. Also your words stimulate further thinking on the subject. Many of you share my vision, or maybe I share yours. I enjoy all of your comments, you guys are so knowledgeable and enthusiastic I thank you all highly.WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama will use "town hall"... more
In this video from a rally in Pennsylvania, We Are Change member Anthony Antonello is literally surrounded by a gang of union thugs in yellow shirts who physically intimidated him and hurled insults after he heckled former President Bill Clinton during a stump speech for Rep. Kanjorski. One of the union members tells him, “You looking for trouble, you found it,” as the group circles around him. A woman can be heard shouting, “The Secret Service has your number,” as stern faces stared him down. Various others in yellow shirts added, “Nobody wants you here,” and “I didn’t come to hear you,” as well as some other language.
A reporter (see video) spoke to Antonello after he left the building. She told him she had witnessed what had happened, commenting that the union members had surrounded him “real fast.” Antonello appeared to be alone and clearly felt uncomfortable with their actions by the end.
Watch the video. Warning: Some offensive language used by some of the union thugs.
He had disrupted Clinton by shouting “End the Fed” and otherwise interjecting issues related to the out-of-control printing of inflationary paper dollars by the the Federal Reserve, a private bank with the coloration of being a government entity. The crowd reacted to Antonello’s statements not only with disapproval, but with a threatening display of group force. He was essentially intimidated out of the building, and also claims he was kicked in the leg. By contrast, no action was taken against the woman who repeatedly shouted, “Bush’s fault.”
FULL STORY HERE:
http://www.infowars.com/union-mob-surrounds-we-are-change-member-for-heckling-clinton/In this video from a rally in Pennsylvania, We Are Change member Anthony Antonello is... more
What are you doing, October 14th? Would you like to be a “town hall meeting” shill for Barack Obama? According to this official casting notice in Nielsen’s Back Stage site, you still have time to apply and/or audition.
Here is the link to the live listing in the Back Stage casting call.
Here are elements of screen shots of this notice, taken betwen the hours of 1:00 and 2:00 am CT, today (10/8). We will pan out, as we go. You should be able to click twice, to enlarge the wider (and condensed) shots.
PRESIDENT OBAMA TOWN HALL, DC
PRESIDENT OBAMA TOWN HALL, DC MTV, BET, and CMT (prods.) are casting the audience for a town hall meeting with President Obama. Shooting Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. in Washington, DC. Seeking—Audience Members: males and females, 18+. To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Town Hall" in the subject line. To ensure that the audience represents diverse interests and political views, include your name, phone number, hometown, school attending, your job and what issues, if any, you are ...[more]
After the last one he had, who could be surprised that they have decided to be more careful, for the next?
Not much need be reported, the pictures being worth their 1K words. It checks out, according to investigators clicking in.
However, we will update at this page, in a few minutes. Perhaps they have specified the kinds of acting criteria they need required: roles played in the past, live audience, etc.
Update, 4:51 am CT:
For background, we see on their “About Us” page, that “For nearly 50 years, Back Stage has been the most trusted place for actors to find performing arts and casting information.” Nothing but the best for the U.S. Presidency, after all.
And as for the talent a president may tap, “Back Stage is a place where actors, singers and dancers can connect with the greater performing arts community.” It is appropriate that our Commander in Chief is considered part of the “greater” and not, say, any lesser performing arts community — American exceptionalism after all, Obama style.
Nielsen takes pains to point out their own exceptional attention to screening those who place such casting notices: “Actors are, unfortunately, highly vulnerable to all kinds of sleazy operators and scam artists. Back Stage takes particular pride in trying to prevent that.” Well, not even Nielsen is perfect. But they go on to explain:
We offer every actor our unique Back Stage Casting Pledge: We check out all casting notices before we publish them.
We never simply publish a casting notice as submitted. We ask questions, check references, and refuse to publish calls that seem less than reputable. No other publication takes the steps we do to protect actors.
For instance, we ask production companies to indicate if roles are paid or not; if any roles require nudity; are they seeking union or nonunion actors (and if it’s union, under which contract); and so forth…
No mention of nudity is to be seen in the Obama casting call, thankfully. However (and this may be very difficult to accept, among his chief supporters) no union scale will be paid.
And, still noting the “About Us” page, we have the following warning to taxpaying American Citizens: “You should never go into an audition wondering if the person behind that door will try to take your money — or worse.” Thank you, Back Stage, but it is too late for that to be a mystery.
All this being the case, they conclude with with the following confession: “Despite our best efforts, con artists and creeps occasionally fool us.”’s-‘back-stage’.html
What are you doing, October 14th? Would... more
In a sea of proverbial dot.com's and infant (as well as infantile) ideas, prospects of the convential being conceptualized in an original way has become increasingly rare. Come in Wilson's Map.
Wilson's Map is plain and simple, and a reminder of the Craigslist early days. Serving as a virtual town hall for America, the site is twofold. First, a docu-style page focused on the lives of Americans. Participants receive a FlipVideo from W.M. and film their lives, giving viewers a firsthand look and listen into their world of triumphs and struggles, from the mundane to the provocative. The greater question the videos as a collective answer is, what does it mean to be an American in 2010? As more participants become involved, the greater the "American Quilt," you could say, becomes accurate. Docs ranging from a female truck driver in Cleveland to a Texas college student help bridge the technological void that continues to further between each and every one of us.
The second part of the site is the town hall. A monthly political and/or social question is posed to citizens from all walks of life, and Wilson's Map recommends its readers' involvement.
This month's question is: If you had two minutes with President Obama, what would you ask/discuss?
While the blogosphere has allowed for anyone (and their grandmother) to have a voice, no matter how big or small, many get lost in the web's white noise. W.M. focuses its attention back on these voices in a method that gives each their ability to be heard.
From the mind of college graduate Wilson Schlamme, a contributor to "The Huffington Post," Wilson's Map has a conviction that no matter how obscure or even "normal" each and every one of us may feel as an individual, as a shared pool of thoughts, we are the representation of our country.
To check it out for yourself, log onto www.wilsonsmap.com.
And to learn more about the creator and the site, visit www.huffingtonpost.com.In a sea of proverbial dot.com's and infant (as well as infantile) ideas,... more
Rep. Stark: 'Our Borders Are Quite Secure, Thank You'
I apologize if this isn't new news to you, but I want people to really see how serious they take us.
Is California Democrat taking citizens' concerns about border security seriously?Rep. Stark: 'Our Borders Are Quite Secure, Thank You'
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A lot happens in the week, and infoMania does a really great job about keeping you informed in the funniest way possible.
In this episode Conor Knighton looks at what makes us uniquely American (apparently it's Nascar.)
Sarah Haskins looks at the finest spokeswoman of all time: Brooke Shields.
Ben Hoffman goes to town hall meetings to find out the ugly truth.
Sergio Cilli asks the age hard hitting question, "Why does rock suck in 2009?" The answers will be startling.
I learned a lot from watching the show this week, but I think the most informative had to do with whether something is or, is not necrophilia.
Watch the full episode of this week's infoMania.A lot happens in the week, and infoMania does a really great job about keeping you... more
Kansas Republican Congressman Todd Tiahrt (pronounced 't-heart') may have had an easy summer, with health reform town halls stacked to the hilt with right-wing activists willing to believe outrageous myths about the proposed legislation.
But that easy ride seems to have come to an end for the representative.
At a recent Kansas town hall, Tiahrt tried to pass off something of a whopper -- claiming that Democrats want to establish a panel to set doctors' pay rates.
"[They're] gonna set up a committee to determine what every doctor in America will make," he claimed. "They will set that fee, every doctor will make the same ..."
The audience erupted into laughter and boos.Kansas Republican Congressman Todd Tiahrt (pronounced 't-heart') may have... more
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You can't rebuke people for being unruly or offensive in one breath and make a comment about peeing on someone's leg the next. The Joe Wilson debacle has taken our attention away from what is truly important for far too long now. Democrats, Republicans and American citizens let's focus on what's important. Let's fix healthcare. Let's fix our economy. Let's save our environment. And let's bring our service men and women home.You can't rebuke people for being unruly or offensive in one breath and make a... more
Craig Ferguson Devotes Entire Monologue To Schooling Joe Wilson
Craig Ferguson, a man who chose to become a U.S. citizen, was ashamed last night at the lack of decorum Representative Joe Wilson showed when shouting, "You lie" at the president during a joint session of Congress.
"I am not getting on Congressman Wilson's case for disagreeing with the president...every congressman has a vote, he should use it, but not in the middle of a speech to the joint sessions of Congress, that's not when you do it. It's not the Jerry Springer Show. You don't stand up in the middle of Congress and go 'oh no you did not.' What the hell is wrong with you? He said his emotions got the better of him--sometimes I want to have sex with a hooker but I don't."
Craig also suggested the president's response to Wilson was boring and that he should take his act on the road to learn how to deal with hecklers.Craig Ferguson Devotes Entire Monologue To Schooling Joe Wilson
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I hear more and more about the President's speech to school children on Tuesday. Why are people so upset? President Reagan did it. President George H. W. Bush did it. We all saw in the news coverage of 9/11, President George W. Bush was in a classroom reading to school children when he learned of the first plane striking the World Trade Center. No one made a fuss about those Presidents addressing school children.
And what about health care? Sure there was debate and controversy when President Clinton tried to reform health care, but it pales in comparison to the scorn and anger many conservatives inject into the health care debate today.
Perhaps it is an issue of race. Of course it's wrong and completely unacceptable to attack someone's ideas or policies based on the color of their skin. But it's just fine to criticize someone's political ideas if you feel differently. So I wonder, are some of these otherwise viable arguments being infused with such anger, even hate, because far too many people are being driven not just by a difference of opinion, but a difference of skin color as well?
Let me put it another way... President Obama is not going to preach socialism in the classroom. The thought of it is absurd. I don't think people are afraid of what the President is going to say. They are afraid of a black man being so prominently featured in their kid's school. It may be unconscious, they may not even know their doing it, but this fear is manifesting itself in the ugliest of ways.
Of course, I don't mean to imply that all those who disagree with the President are racist. Many people have voiced their concerns in a civil manner, and others may just naturally be loud, angry or nasty people. But the sheer volume of uncivilized, hateful behavior lead me to believe that many closet racists are coming out of the woodwork.
I hope I'm wrong. I hope civility wins out and our legislators work together to find solutions to the problems of today. More than that, I hope and pray that racism is eradicated from the world. I hope...
One last note for all those who call President Obama a Nazi and complain about his "socialist" agenda. Nazis were fascists. Fascism is on the extreme right of the political spectrum. Socialism is on the left. Because these two political ideologies are opposites, you loose credibility when you attribute them to the same person.I hear more and more about the President's speech to school children on Tuesday.... more
Although they weren't necessarily an "angry mob," Senator Franken expounds on his belief in Health Care Reformation and calmly and eloquently explains his position in real world terms.
Video after the jump.Although they weren't necessarily an "angry mob," Senator Franken... more
I don't think anything else needs to be said about what the sore losers and racists in the Republican Party are doing at these Townhall Shoutdowns.
The Neanderthal in this situation tries to assert his rights are equal to those of the disabled woman. If he weren't such a Bubba/Loser he would realize that she had the floor and he would apologize for infringing on her right when called upon to speak.
Insurance Companies are loving every minute of these protests they spent so much money pushing on Radio Rightyland.
Some of the idiots on Medicare are even yelling "keep the government out of health care" revealing not only simian I.Q.'s but intellectual laziness.
After the death panel myths, the illegal alien coverage myths, rationing myths, the British and Canadian long lines myth and all the rest, what is the next lie the insurance industry will invent and then goad their cretins into protesting?I don't think anything else needs to be said about what the sore losers and... more
A 65-year-old man's finger bitten was off at a health care rally Wednesday night in Thousand Oaks, California. KTLAA 65-year-old man's finger bitten was off at a health care rally Wednesday night... more