Dear Friends: The Liberator Today went to the Coffee Party that was held at a bistro on Adams Avenue. Please go to his site for the excellent coverage: San Diego Coffee Party.
Compare this report to the Tea Party held in Minnesota (a blue-state bastion): “Thousands” rally at Minnesota capital to “Kill the Bill”(Estimates of 2,000-3,000 rally participants accurately reported by the mainstream media is a delightful surprise!). Captain Ed Morrissey of Hot Air gave an awesome speech, which can be seen by clicking HERE.
Liberator Today has this Coffee Party video, in which the emcee introduces the event as a “Tea Party”. ROFL!
World Net Daily has a compendium of attendance numbers for the nationwide event, and comes to the conclusion: National Coffee Party Day flops – Anti-tea movement kicks off with miniscule crowds.
According to numbers posted on The Coffee Party USA website, it appears most crowds numbered fewer than 20.
The San Francisco gathering lists 15 attendees; Blacksburg, Va., lists 6. The coffee party at Hyde Park in Chicago, where President Obama lived for years, apparently only managed three.
Looks like the 75 or so participants in San Diego represents the group’s high water mark.
Here is an aside — The Coffee Party members were proud of the “Civility” sign they created at their event in San Diego. Frankly, I find it rich in irony. Several of their participants taunted our people during our most recent Tea Party with chants of “Tea Baggers”. I would also remind them that, in terms of violence at Tea Party events, it has been the counter-protesters who have manhandled and abused citizen activists:
* Lila Rose assaulted by Planned Parenthood escort
* Protester beaten by union goons at town hall speaks; Update: SEIU releases attack ad against “teabaggers”
* Finger bitten off during California health protest
* It Has Begun… Father of Handicapped Son Receives Threats After Confronting Dem Congressman
Furthermore,W.C. Varones prepared an excellent response to an National Public Radio hit-piece that was prepared with the intention to make the Tea Party groups seem like racist radicals poised on real rebellion. His piece is here: Is NPR a hate group? Richard Rider, the NPR guest panelist for this event and the Chair of San Diego Tax Fighters, provided some additional thoughts in the comments section, along with this link to the podcast: Are Tea Parties Hate Groups?
I would remind NPR of all the attacks on Tea Parties. I would also note to NPR that my blog, as well as other reports, are filled with examples of all sorts of diversity that is truly meaningful — including the racial diversity NPR seems to worship.
NPR — Your answer to the question — Are Tea Parties Hate Groups?
Only in the sense that we hate our tax-dollars used against us.
If I could, I would remove all public funding from your station and demand that you rely on the free market to fund your work. That report utilized my money to undermine my efforts. I will not soon forget this.