Who gives a damn what Americans for Prosperity thinks?

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I am SO getting tired of this steady stream of happy horse shit. It's bad enough that the N&O falls all over itself parroting right-wing talking points at the drop of a hat. But to have Gary Robertson of the Associated Press continuing to do the same thing is flat-out pathetic. This story was in the Winston-Salem Journal, but it ran on the wires, which means the so-called librul media will be spewing the same crap all over North Carolina for the next couple of days.

"Basically, the people are thinking that the promises are (being) broken," said Rep. Bill McGee, R-Forsyth, the House minority whip. McGee said state revenues are strong, and lawmakers can help balance the budget by eliminating government waste without extending the temporary taxes.

Americans for Prosperity, a fiscally conservative watchdog group, criticized House Speaker Joe Hackney, D-Orange, for keeping the taxes on the books even longer and said the group would fight the delay on behalf of taxpayers.

I say again, exactly who besides Gary Robertson and a few other hack reporters actually cares what Americans for Prosperity has to say about anything?

Am I jealous what these Puppets get away with as part of Art Pope's multi-million dollar opinion manufacturing machine? You're damn right I am. But more to the point, I'm pissed that a handful of sold-out reactionaries get treated as though they represent anyone other than whoever the Puppetmaster is willing to pay to spread his anti-government message of greed.

Which brings me to this press release:

CHAPEL HILL - BlueNC, a progressive watchdog group, criticized the Associated Press today for pandering to the right wing reactionaries at Americans for Prosperity who are paid by Art Pope to lobby against responsible government.

"It's embarrassing to see the media pick up their anti-tax agenda and feature it as though it represents anything more than a few anti-government extremists," says Anglico, one of BlueNC's founders. "It just goes to show that the idea of liberal media is a myth. Most political reporters in North Carolina, sadly, are shills for Art Pope."

North Carolina newspapers should know better than to allow themselves to be co-opted as part of the Puppetshow.

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Gotta hand it to the Puppets

They're definitely getting their money's worth. When a rich old capitalist spends his daddy's hard-earned fortune trying to compensate for being an also-ran in electoral politics, he can definitely make a dent. The Puppetshow spends upwards of $300,000 a MONTH just to influence the news media in North Carolina - and now they're trying to buy the governor's mansion too.

It's good to be rich, no?

Hey Art! Over here! No over here! Here man! No I mean there!

The Puppetshow spends upwards of $300,000 a MONTH just to influence the news media in North Carolina - and now they're trying to buy the governor's mansion too.* A

Much more than that A. Best guess after fighting and screwing with the vast right wing conservative republican Pope conspiracy for 3 years is about 1 mil per month. Not counting tips at their educational lunches. We talking serious money here, but they are not smart about it. The object is to make Art piss it away on some project that they think somebody else has seize power in politics from them. In short, give them rabbit trails. Example! Tell them that a new amazing web site has broken though with a talking dog who votes for republican candiates and gives politicial advice to the top Republicans in the nation. Say it is located in western North Carolina at the Biltimore Estate and important high level secret conservative meeting occured there during the off tourist season. Plant the story in the Winston-Salem and Raleigh newspapers under political historial tours with guest political talk station hosts. Claim that over 5000 Sunday school teachers have attended the meeting in the past 2 years and now conduct semiars at their local church under church missions to the poor.

I can promise you within a week after the story, a Rep from the Pope foundation will be dinning in the Bilitmore Estate by himself looking for those talk show hosts.

Only on this earthly plane

From what I understand, they can't take it with them!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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A, You've ARRIVVVVVED

Americans for Prosperity has mentioned you in one of their press releases. Woo Hoo!

Hey...at least they gave one of your really good quotes!

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Heh

Think how long they had to search for one without a curse word in it. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Hey . . .

I've cut WAY back on swearing . . . it's just this latest round of right-wing PR that's got me so annoyed.

errrrr.....

you do realize that is A's press release? Sorry to burst the bubble.
: )

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Yeah...I knew

I was just having fun with him. If it had been an AFP release we wouldn't have been a Progressive Watchdog Group - we'da been called a bunch of teenagers in our jammies playing on the computer in mom and dad's basement.
:)

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say it again...

Louder, the folks at the newspaper are hard of hearing.

TYPICAL LIBERAL

This is typical of the liberal groups like blue nc. There should be no free speech for conservative thought. The idea that you would complain because my group Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina and our 40 thousand members voice our thoughts on tax increases is a disgrace.

I would never complain to the press that they ask a liberal bunch of people, their thoughs on an issue.

But you are marxists, so all groups should not be allowed to speak freely.

Dallas...calm down buddy

You can speak all you want to. We just wanna make sure people know you're full of bull. That's all, bud. No harm done. Keep on yammering away and we'll keep reminding people that our current HU-freaking-mongous government that Republicans have no plan or desire to pay for, is brought to them by their very own Republican Party a la Preznit Bush.

Speak freely, Dallas. Please, don't let us stop you.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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apparently

they care about property rights, but not copyright laws. check out their blog. 3/4 of the posts are nothing more than copy and pastes of entire copyrighted articles. So much for intellectual honesty.

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"Keep the Faith"

That's a blog?

where is the place for comments?

Must be a little projection going on

I guess when you're the one member of AFP, you have to come out swinging, no matter if what you're swinging at is total bullshit.

I personally am totally happy for the TYPICAL REACTIONARIES to talk all they want. I'm just sick of the stenographers listening.

Of course you should be able to speak freely.

Speak, loudly and often. That way we'll know who you are, and we'll know what we disagree with.

At least, that's my opinion - and I'm a liberal. Typically.

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My darling girl, when will you understand that 'normal' isn't necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage." - Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic

You are so much nicer than I am.



Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Well, for now.

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My darling girl, when will you understand that 'normal' isn't necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage." - Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic