What About the Vagina Coast Guard?

Some of you had mentioned the Shuster piece on MSNBC last night, but I had no idea it was this over the top:

That was almost like an SNL skit.

*** Update ***

The title to this post is a Family Guy reference.






127 replies
  1. 1
    gbear says:

    Between the posting titles and Laura W’s ads, BJ is becoming incredibly Not Safe For Work.

  2. 2
    r€nato says:

    Even though it was cable TV, I couldn’t believe how much they got away with.

    It was pure comedy gold.

  3. 3
    cleek says:

    yeah, that was pretty awesome.

    i bet it took some real balls to lower himself to that level and hold there for so long.

  4. 4
    r€nato says:

    (they did not explain teabagging though, which I thought was kinda cool that they gave their audience credit; instead there were oblique references to urbandictionary.com)

  5. 5
    JenJen says:

    "Teabagging… going nuts… whipped out… toothless…. full-throated… tongue-lashing… lick spending…You’re gonna need a Dick Armey."

    Good gawd that was some funny shit. I still can’t figure out what they’re gonna do with Shuster now that they’ve given his time slot over to Ed Schultz, but the guy is good, and I hope he’s back with his own show soon.

  6. 6
    JC says:

    This clip is so full of win.

  7. 7
    Keith says:

    And for those who do not wish to participate in the tea-bagging itself, organizers will be offering free chili-dogs and other hot lunches as well as rides aboard a glass-bottom boat.

  8. 8
    THeDRiFTeR says:

    He forgot to mention Michelle Malkin. I’ve had guilt ridden fantasies of tea bagging with Michelle.

  9. 9
    r€nato says:

    "For most Americans, Wednesday April 15th will be Tax Day. But in our fourth story tonight it’s going to be teabagging day for the right wing and they are going nuts for it. Thousands of them whipped out the festivities early this past weekend and while the parties are officially toothless, the teabaggers are full-throated about their goals; they want to give President Obama a strong tongue-lashing and lick government spending; spending they did not oppose when they were under Presidents Bush and Reagan."

    Christ, I need a cigarette. That was almost as good as sex.

  10. 10
    random asshole says:

    That was amazing.

  11. 11
    dr. bloor says:

    That was almost like an SNL skit.

    Will they be serving Schwetty’s balls at the tea parties?

  12. 12
    gbear says:

    John Aravosis caught a good non-parody posting inviting people to help unload teabags for the media.

  13. 13
    JC says:

    To quote Taibbi, "What’s next? The Great Dirty Sanchez-In of 2010? A Million Man Felch? (Insert Rusty Trombone joke here)."

  14. 14
    Mary says:

    Shuster is good and he is underrated. He has his own show, it’s just not in prime time. Between Rick Sanchez on CNN and David Shuster on MSNBC, we should continue to have some good laughs at Fox News and their shenanigans. Shuster used to be at Fox so he has a great perspective on them.

  15. 15
    SpotWeld says:

    How will we know we have reached peak wingnut,
    When this stuff stops being funny.

  16. 16
    D-Chance. says:

    Question: If Fox News is being "unprofessional" and "unjournalistic" in its hyping of the tax protests, then isn’t MSNBC being equally unprofessional and unjournalistic with its wall-to-wall slamming of the upcoming events?

    Looks like two sides of the same coin, to me. The outrage and foot-stomping (especially from a blogger already mad because she’s not getting any action… tea-bagging or otherwise) seems to be one-sided… maybe CNN has it right by just ignoring the whole thing altogether until AFTER the events have occurred and then determining whether it is newsworthy or not.

  17. 17
    r€nato says:

    That was almost like an SNL skit.

    Except, you know, it was funny.

  18. 18
    The Moar You Know says:

    Holy crap.

    That’s a good deal funnier than anything I’ve seen on SNL in a long time.

    Onion-worthy, really.

  19. 19

    Dammit, I must have missed that part of Countdown last night.

    That must explain why the rest of the show sucked so badly – because all of teh funny got crammed into this teabagging bit.

  20. 20
    Zifnab says:

    Win.

  21. 21
    eyepaddle says:

    Did everybody else catch the bit where SHuster was interviewing Lawrence O’Donnel?

    The quip/question about a system where representatives are elected and then they decide on tax matters being exactly what the Boston Tea Party was after–and then he finished by asking O’Donnel "Is there any chance we could have a system like that by Wednesday?"

    I had tears in my eyes last night. That pretty much trumped any other wise-ass take on the news anywhere, he might have even surpassed Stewart/Colbert with the Teabagging stuff.

  22. 22
    Lesley says:

    I heart MSNBC for that.

  23. 23
    gbear says:

    The only problem I have with Shuster is that when he has a guest known to use parody or humor as part of their delivery, he giggles like a chipmunk all through the intereview no matter what the guest is saying. He needs to filter that giggle.

  24. 24
    r€nato says:

    @JC:

    After their long, hard day of teabagging is done, they’re going to head over to Olive Garden for some tossed salad.

  25. 25
    joes527 says:

    So, evidently the sum total of the critical response to a bunch of clowns who have no understanding of history, but are invoking history to justify their partisan agenda is to chortle:

    heh, hehe, heh … They said teabag

    Over, and over and over again. And an amazing number of folks seem to thing that this gets funnier with each repetition.

    We are doomed.

  26. 26
    Joel says:

    If Fox News is being "unprofessional" and "unjournalistic" in its hyping of the tax protests, then isn’t MSNBC being equally unprofessional and unjournalistic with its wall-to-wall slamming of the upcoming events

    Well, yes.

    MSNBC is engaging in knowing parody. Fox News is engaging in unwitting self-parody. Both are entertaining, but with different ends in mind.

  27. 27
    Steve V says:

    Has Cavuto responded to the debunking of the million man march thing?

  28. 28
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @gbear:

    Between the posting titles and Laura W’s ads, BJ is becoming incredibly Not Safe For Work.

    I see I’m not the only one masturbating to mixed media mosaics.

  29. 29
    r€nato says:

    @joes527:

    we can’t help it if the GOP has descended into a parody of a political party.

  30. 30
    J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford says:

    @JenJen:

    Shuster will be hosting the 2-4pm (cdt) MSNBC news show with Tamron Hall.

    Is there any better way to lose you’re job? Tamron Hall is ‘teh hawt.’

  31. 31
    Brian J says:

    I still can’t figure out what they’re gonna do with Shuster now that they’ve given his time slot over to Ed Schultz, but the guy is good, and I hope he’s back with his own show soon.

    They are simply moving his show to an earlier time in the day.

  32. 32
    Dusty says:

    So, evidently the sum total of the critical response to a bunch of clowns who have no understanding of history, but are invoking history to justify their partisan agenda is to chortle …

    It’s just a side benefit. But what’s the option here? You can’t have a reasoned debate on the issues with people whose political demands are incoherent. What is it these people want? No taxes? That’s not gonna happen unless you want to dismantle the entire government; that shit’s gotta get paid for somehow. Lower taxes? Obama just passed the largest middle-class tax cut in American history. Lower taxes on rich people? Not exactly a stirring call to populist arms.

  33. 33
    Zifnab says:

    @D-Chance.:

    Question: If Fox News is being "unprofessional" and "unjournalistic" in its hyping of the tax protests, then isn’t MSNBC being equally unprofessional and unjournalistic with its wall-to-wall slamming of the upcoming events?

    It’s not the hype that’s the issue so much as the complete avoidance of facts. MSNBC, for instance, was successfully able to overview the events of the Boston Tea Party. By contrast, FOX referenced a news clip of theirs that didn’t exist.

    It’s kinda like comparing apples to shit sandwhiches and bemoaning the fact that they’re both food so you have no room to talk.

  34. 34
    John S. says:

    then isn’t MSNBC being equally unprofessional and unjournalistic with its wall-to-wall slamming of the upcoming events

    Ah, another victim of false equivalence…

    Would you expect MSNBC to cover an upcoming rally to, say, protest the Holocaust (because it never happened), without ridicule?

    Journalism is supposed to present the audience with facts and a frame of reference. The fact is, these "tea parties" are a farce and that is exactly how the reporting should be framed.

  35. 35
    eyepaddle says:

    Hey Joe, way to switch on the pompous–track down the rest of the Shuster O’Donnel interview. there was a lot of context there.

    Plus, I don’t think there is anything amiss with ridiculing the ridiculous. A side benefit when the right wing demonstrates that they are this clueless about the obvious stuff might be: how do you think this will shape the opinons of younger Americans–a demographic that the right wing is brutally losing already?

  36. 36
    Fencedude says:

    @Steve V:

    Somehow the black screen with the "Courtesy FOX News etc etc" stuff at the top was utterly hilarious.

  37. 37
    Irrelevant,YetPoignant says:

    May I just point out that this whole thing is starting to give authentic testicle-play a bad name? A beautiful thing that loving partners do in the privacy of their own homes is now mentally associated with Newt Gingrich. Think about that.

    When a sincere request for some good old teabagging results in laughter or thoughts of the G.O.P. leadership it can put a real crimp in my sexy-time.

  38. 38
    Keith says:

    @joes527:

    Evidentally, you missed the multitude of posts here and elsewhere discussing the "temper tantrum" aspect of the tea parties as well as those discussing the current astroturf nature of the "movement" as well as the usurpation of the tea parties by GOP movementarians (see Sully for reference). The tea-bagging aspect is gilding the lily, so to speak, as it’s a term those having the parties began by their lack of knowledge of modern slang.

  39. 39
    Jack T. says:

    Shuster went balls out on that one. Sorry, couldn’t help it.
    The part about Glenn Beck "looking forward to an up close and personal taste of teabagging" made me spit my water out.

  40. 40
    Face says:

    That just set a record for the number of double-entendres. Holy crap!

  41. 41
    SpotWeld says:

    It’s just occured to me that somehow the right-wing has been slowly turning itself into the subject matter for a John Waters film.

    How long has this been going on and has anyone alerted John Waters?

  42. 42
    r€nato says:

    Well we know who’s bringing the teabags, but who’s going to bring the two wetsuits and a dildo?

  43. 43
    Dork says:

    That clip makes me want to go out and celebrate. Maybe play a rusty trombone or something.

  44. 44
    r€nato says:

    I hear that after the teabagging is done, they’re going to get together for a ball.

  45. 45
    r€nato says:

    DEY DOOK ER JERBS!

    there’s not much distance between the teabaggers and that South Park episode where the protesters against the illegal aliens make a big dogpile of sweaty mansex in order to defeat them (you kinda hafta see the episode…).

  46. 46
    cleek says:

    I hear that after the teabagging is done, they’re going to get together for a ball.

    i’m ever upperclass high society
    god’s gift to ballroom notoriety
    and i always fill my ballrooms
    the event is never small
    the social pages say i’ve got the biggest balls of all

  47. 47
    joes527 says:

    @Dusty:

    But what’s the option here?

    I dunno … Since the GOP is going all "costume drama" on our ass, maybe a review of the context of the original Tea Party, along with a recap of the Whiskey Rebellion might be in order.

    Or if we don’t want to re-fight the revolution, we could look at the proposed effective tax rates, compared with rates in the last 25 years.

    Or if we don’t want to do anything like that we could just SHUT THE FUCK UP about the tea parties and let them look stupid w/o comment.

    I’m not saying that the tea parties are anything other than pure stupidity on toast.

    What I’m saying is that all this giggling on the progressive side over the same joke repeated day after day makes the progressive side look like a bunch of MORANS.

  48. 48
    vivelame says:

    This is brutal. I love it.

  49. 49
    Laura W says:

    @gbear:

    Between the posting titles and Laura W’s ads, BJ is becoming incredibly Not Safe For Work.

    I am beyond flattered that you imagine I look like that young woman when you think of me, gbear.
    Equally as flattered that Fuckhead finds my mosaic work so damn erotic and wank worthy.

    Funny enough, shortly after you made your comment, my skyscraper ad expired, so now you can double your pleasure with the pretty in pink girl! I feel downright guilty replacing her, given how much attention she’s getting.

  50. 50
    r€nato says:

    @joes527:

    your concerns have been duly noted.

    huh huh they said TEABAG!

  51. 51
    The Cat Who Would Be Tunch says:

    Dammit, clearly I don’t spend enough time in the gutter. I have no idea what the hell half of the terms mentioned in this thread mean. And no, I ain’t searching for them, not at work, especially in this economic climate.

  52. 52
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Who wants to bet Shuster gets the sack?

  53. 53
    joes527 says:

    And anyway, this is the best send up on the whole teabagging thing.

  54. 54
    TR says:

    What are the odds that a group of angry conservatives will form a group to fight against Democratic candidates and call themselves the Donkey Punchers? 50-50?

  55. 55

    @ joe527

    Think back to the election. What destroyed Sarah Palin?

    Was it a thoughtful refutation of her policy positions? Was it an earnest deconstruction of her political ideology?

    Nope, it was "I can see Russia from my house."

    Mockery is an incredibly powerful political force, when it hits its target squarely.

  56. 56
    geg6 says:

    @D-Chance.:

    I don’t know what you’ve been seeing on MSNBC, but I haven’t seen any slamming of the Teabaggers.

    What I have seen there is much hilarity over the teabaggers. Laughter isn’t quite the same as invective.

    In fact, laughter is more effective. So go MSNBC!

    And David Shuster gets the win for the week with that one. Unless, of course, tomorrow’s festivities inspire someone to top this one. Which I doubt. He had me on the floor last night with this.

  57. 57
    geg6 says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    I see I’m not the only one masturbating to mixed media mosaics.

    FTW.

    Seriously. Now I have to go find some wipes for my monitor.

  58. 58
    Bill Teefy says:

    @D-Chance.:
    I think mocking faux news and pointing and laughing is low brow and perhaps beneath the dignity one may wish for news programs. But the clip above is not a "news clip". Glenn Beck, O’Reilly and Olbermann are not actual news shows, they are opinion shows.

    Creating faux news by Fox News and presenting it as actual news is unprofessional.

  59. 59
    Jennifer says:

    I think Shuster deserves kudos for his restraint.

    Not ONCE in that entire piece did he say anything about how the teabaggers were gonna "rock out with their cock out."

    Credit where it’s due, folks.

  60. 60
    JK says:

    You’re so Vain, You Probably Think this Report is about You (or, so Paranoid…)http://www.poliblogger.com/?p=15539

    Michelle Malkin and Pamela Geller are seriously bent out of shape.
    http://michellemalkin.com/2009.....s-is-real/

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.....rs-of.html

  61. 61
    cervantes says:

    I don’t get the "vagina coast guard" bit. There’s a Virginia coast, but they don’t have their own guard. There’s a Vagina Monologue but that doesn’t sound like coast guard. Let’s see, what else? Nothing comes to mind . . .

  62. 62
    CT Voter says:

    I’m just deeply impressed that he managed to keep a straight face throughout that.

  63. 63
    smiley says:

    @The Cat Who Would Be Tunch: When you get home, urbandictionary dot com. Knowledge is a powerful tool.

  64. 64
    Keith says:

    @cervantes:

    It’s from Family Guy when Peter Griffin became a tobacco lobbyist and took a bunch of elected officials – including Dick Armey – out to a club. PG asked DA if that was his wife’s name.

  65. 65
    JD Rhoades says:

    What I have seen there is much hilarity over the teabaggers. Laughter isn’t quite the same as invective.

    Actually, according to Wingnut Doctrine, it’s a sign that you fear them.

  66. 66
    John PM says:

    It occurred to me this morning that, given the amount of public teabagging that is set to occur tomorrow, it might be appropriate to file a temporary restraining order against these rallies in the name of public decency. Won’t someone think of the children!

  67. 67
    DonkeyKong says:

    Instead of the double entendre of using a tortured historical analogy "teabaggers" to discribe the new wingcult, how about a more basic analogy.

    The fox raiding the chicken coupe.

    Cock gobblers……………..?

  68. 68
    Trinity says:

    Win-tastic!

  69. 69
    MikeJ says:

    Actually, according to Wingnut Doctrine, it’s a sign that you fear them.

    They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Edison, they laughed at Bozo the clown.

  70. 70

    In the words of Larry the cable guy, "Thats funny I don’t care who you are"

    Some people need to take both hands, pull hard and remove that big ass stick from their ass. First of all CNN has in fact covered the issue as well, just not in as amusing a fashion. Secondly both Rachel Maddow and David Shuster have discussed how ridiculous it is for the Tea Baggers to be protesting an increase of 3 percent only on the top 5% of Americans. But what it comes down to is that at this point most of the Tea Baggers don’t even know what they are protesting. Some think its gay marriage. Others think its the deficit. Still others think its abortion. None of which have anything to do with the original Boston Tea Party

    I will be damned if anybody tells me I can’t laugh at the idiots participating in this lunacy. What some may not understand is that there might be those out there who believe that these Tea Bagging parties are legit and don’t realize that everybody is laughing at them. After seeing that clip they might just think twice about being a part of that bullshit. If we can’t laugh at THIS what in the hell can we laugh at?

  71. 71
    J. says:

    How did Long Dong Schuster get all that past the censors? Did NBC Universal by the Playboy Channel and merge it with MSNBC without telling anyone? Does MSNBC now stand for "Most Salacious National Broadcast Company"? And have Stewart and Colbert gotten a hold of that yet?

  72. 72
    Catsy says:

    What I’m saying is that all this giggling on the progressive side over the same joke repeated day after day makes the progressive side look like a bunch of MORANS.

    Oh for fuck’s sake, grow a sense of humor already.

    Probably more than half the country knows what teabagging is, in the slang sense. The ones who don’t are too young, too old, or too conservative. The latter group had the bright idea of giving their flagship anti-government campaign a name so prima facie ridiculous, it’s still an open question whether or not the organizers are trolling their own party. It’s like if some animal rights group decided to mount an anti-fur-wearing campaign by encouraging everyone to go "bareback" and calling themselves "barebackers".

    We could get serious, and make like the history teacher everyone hated in high school by lecturing the country on the history of the Boston What a Waste of Perfectly Good Tea Party. That’ll sure win votes.

    We could get serious, and start talking about effective tax rates. There are millions of Americans suffering from insomnia who will thank you.

    We could shut the fuck up, and let them look like idiots on their lonesome, banking on the fact that more than half the country is already snickering at them.

    Or we could toss them an anvil by laughing with the rest of America at these clowns, and in the process unearth enough low-hanging comedy gold to choke Traci Lords. This will offend… well, the people who are too stuck up to enjoy Revenge of the Nerds or Kevin Smith. This is roughly the same demographic that voted for Alan Keyes, with a slight overlap of equally stuck up liberals, and you’ll pardon me in advance if my sun does not rise and set by their clock.

    Strangely, a progressive movement made up of roughly fifty bajillion people seems to be capable of doing all these things at once!

  73. 73
    Ivan Ivanovich Renko says:

    @dr. bloor: Well, they won’t have Chocolate Salty Balls, that’s for damn sure.

  74. 74
    Rosali says:

    @The Cat Who Would Be Tunch
    Here’s John Waters’ depiction of teabagging at around 1:20.

  75. 75
    Dork says:

    How did Long Dong Schuster get all that past the censors?

    He didn’t say a damn thing wrong. Not a single word he used was dirty or naughty. In fact, there’s probably millions of 60+ aged parents out there who saw that and thought absolutely nothing of his comments other than their face value.

    Old people are dumb.

  76. 76
    flounder says:

    I figured out what I am doing for the protests. I am putting this chart on a sign with the words:
    "You can’t spell Generational Theft without the "R""

  77. 77
    Evinfuilt says:

    Too bad Glenn Beck pulled out from his public Tea Bagging session at the Alamo.

  78. 78
    Leelee for Obama says:

    @Irrelevant,YetPoignant: Just more proof that we can’t have nice things becaue of these people!

    I laughed like a loon at the black screen, and then the dick Army had me literally falling on the floor. My poor old Mum must’ve thought I had finally joined her in delirium!

    David Shuster was teh awesome last night!

  79. 79
    jenniebee says:

    I had a dream last night, and in that dream, the Tea Parties were extremely well attended, but the number of wingnuts present was dwarfed by the number of mustachioed and otherwise exquisitely fabulous men who had showed up due to a misunderstanding of the purpose of the little, ahem, get together.

    GayPatriot was there. He didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

  80. 80
    GSD says:

    Joes527,

    The tea-bag titterfest sure beats 40 year old jokes about Ted Kennedy being drunk or 30 year old jokes about Barney Fag or 20 year old jokes about Monica Lewinsky or 10 year old jokes about Hillary Clinton being a testicle crushing lesbian.

    Relish the GOP’s tea-bag taint.

    -GSD

  81. 81
    smiley says:

    @sgwhiteinfla:

    But what it comes down to is that at this point most of the Tea Baggers don’t even know what they are protesting. Some think its gay marriage. Others think its the deficit. Still others think its abortion.

    Benen got an explanation.

  82. 82
    smiley says:

    @Evinfuilt:

    Too bad Glenn Beck pulled out from his public Tea Bagging session at the Alamo.

    Oh he’ll be there. He’s just not giving the "keynote" speech. He says he’d just be a distraction because, you know, it’s all about him.

  83. 83
    cervantes says:

    It’s from Family Guy when Peter Griffin became a tobacco lobbyist and took a bunch of elected officials – including Dick Armey – out to a club. PG asked DA if that was his wife’s name.

    Oh. Well wouldn’t "pussy marines" have been better?

  84. 84
    El Cid says:

    Rush Limbaugh made a joke signing off yesterday or day before about how Obama was going to hold expert hearings on piracy and he was gonna call up Johnny Depp.

    Ha! Bet that had them just rolling in the aisles at the bait shop, the downtown ex-manufacturing district barbershop, and the VFW hall volunteers!

    Man, is Rush Limbaugh a one-man dick armey of funny, or what?

  85. 85
    cleek says:

    Google Trends graph of queries for "teabagging", past 30 days

  86. 86
    Lissa says:

    That is too f-ing funny! Why are these guys still calling them selves the tea baggers? Maybe they should change their name to the salad tossers…

  87. 87

    Well, it seems that rachel maddow and schuster are having a titanic teabagging double-entendre off. We’ll have to see how she steps up her game tonight and tomorrow. It could get ugly (er).

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    fastandsloppy says:

    I agree with Joes527. All these tea-bagging jokes are a taint on our fair country. We need to stand firm and use our heads to come to a mutually satisfying climax of intellectual coupling.

  89. 89
    fastandsloppy says:

    I agree with Joes527. All these tea-bagging jokes are a taint on our fair country. We need to stand firm and use our heads to come to a mutually satisfying climax of intellectual coupling.

  90. 90
    JM says:

    How will we know we have reached peak wingnut

    We’ve long since passed the wingularity. Their reality lapped our satire some time back in 2005, perhaps earlier.

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    Legalize says:

    What I have seen there is much hilarity over the teabaggers. Laughter isn’t quite the same as invective.

    Actually, according to Wingnut Doctrine, it’s a sign that you fear them.

    Or that you are trying to oppress them.

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    El Cid says:

    Yes, yes, we are laughing because we fear them. Yes, yes, that’s exactly it. The modern U.S. right should therefore logically choose to maximize the amount we laugh at them for the greatest frightening power.

    Wait — aren’t they already doing just that?

  93. 93
    Leelee for Obama says:

    Yes, yes, we are laughing because we fear them. Yes, yes, that’s exactly it. The modern U.S. right should therefore logically choose to maximize the amount we laugh at them for the greatest frightening power.

    It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

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    RandyH says:

    If anyone missed Rachel Maddow and Ana Marie Cox making fun of Teabagging last week, it’s here :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLsKt4O4Yw8

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    JL says:

    Finally my taxes are done and ready to be mailed. woohoo!
    Although I posted this at the bottom of the last thread, it is worth posting again. This is from the AJC
    We’re talking to all the affiliates. We’re trying to make sure they know Fox isn’t a sponsor,” said Randy Lewis, a publicist and organizer. “They’ve chosen to wrap their programming around the event. They’re not officially sponsors or anything.
    Just because Sean and crew will be in town and just because they have been advertising our event for free, why would anyone think that FOX is a sponsor. lol

  96. 96
    kay says:

    I like unintentional humor.

    The local-radio country music station newsreader just said :

    "tomorrow is tax day, the GOP are holding tea bag protests, protesting, ah, President Obama’s, ah, presidency, among some other things".

    I think they have to work on that press release.

  97. 97
    SpotWeld says:

    @JM

    Does that make the teabagging parties the "event horizon" of the wingularity (awesome term BTW)

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    Evinfuilt says:

    @smiley:
    Good to know, now to decide on which lipstick to put on that pigs uhm…nm

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    Dan Parker says:

    This is one for the time capsule… I think 50 years from now ppl are going to be WTF!!! Even when we get it hilariously, enjoy this unique moment, nobody is going to soon!!
    The segment was great, much much better than the Maddow attempt which kinda fell flat.

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    Dan Parker says:

    This is one for the time capsule… I think 50 years from now ppl are going to be WTF!!! Even when we get it hilariously, enjoy this unique moment, nobody is going to soon!!
    The segment was great, much much better than the Maddow attempt which kinda fell flat.

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    TenguPhule says:

    He forgot to mention Michelle Malkin. I’ve had guilt ridden fantasies of tea bagging with Michelle.

    GIving or receiving?

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    joes527 says:

    @Catsy:

    We could get serious, and make like the history teacher everyone hated in high school by lecturing the country on the history of the Boston What a Waste of Perfectly Good Tea Party. That’ll sure win votes.
    We could get serious, and start talking about effective tax rates. There are millions of Americans suffering from insomnia who will thank you.

    I certainly appreciate the whole issues don’t matter perspective. I just happen to disagree with it.

    An no I’m not opposed to humor. But I seem to be the only person on the planet that think that this has grown thin.

    So be it. I’ll learn to be content getting my humor from msnbc and my news from the Daily Show (which has mocked this, but with a lighter touch than MSNBC (holy crap – I think I just called Jon Stewart "nuanced." (I believe that’s a sign of the apocalypse.)))

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    geg6 says:

    @joes527:

    Dude, I’ve done serious and literally crying over the course of my country so many times over the last 30 years, it’s a great relief to laugh at these assholes.

    And honestly, literally no one here has said issues don’t matter. I’ve been an activist for over 30 years. If issues didn’t matter to me, I certainly wouldn’t have taken the abuse I’ve taken over all those years.

    I guess I don’t understand why you seem to have such a problem with these people making such asses out of themselves and people like me laughing about it. It’s freakin’ funny. And it’s a relief to see the GOP and its minions thrashing around so much in search of relevance that they unintentionally make themselves a laughing stock.

    I plan to laugh every time they give me the chance. Heaven knows, I’ve cried and/or gnashed my teeth enough times over them. Laughter is better, let me tell you.

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    Leelee for Obama says:

    @TenguPhule:

    Where does one obtain mind bleach, please? Either scenario inspires only …….EWWWWW! But Malkin gives me the eebie jeebies!

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    daryljfontaine says:

    What you miss, joes527, is that the utter tone-deafness of the right wing (particularly the corporate-sponsored, FNC-covered, "grassroots protest" right-wing) in using "tea bag" as a verb and gerund form in referring to their protests is itself newsworthy. The constant mockery of the association of the term is reporting on how this so-called "movement" is so collectively clueless as to fail at avoiding such ridiculous associations.

    Beyond that, Shuster managed to score additional news points by enumerating the connections between the Teabaggers and their copious corporate and political sponsorship. While much of the beginning of the segment was balls-on-forehead level snark, there is actual news content, showing how the ludicrously named series of protests is about the farthest thing from "populist" and "grassroots" as you can get.

    D

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    aarrgghh says:

    thomas jefferson:

    ridicule is the only weapon that can be used against unintelligible propositions. ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them.

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    Laura W says:

    @joes527:

    But I seem to be the only person on the planet that think that this has grown thin.

    No, I’m with you 100%. Grew thin and stale for me within days of the first mention. I just mute the MSNBC segments on it, and avoid the threads, usually.
    Funny is one thing — and who on this blog does not live for funny? — but beating the same funny to death on a daily basis for weeks is just mind-numbingly dull in my world. Life’s way too short. At least mine is.

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    r€nato says:

    @arguingwithsignposts:

    Well, it seems that rachel maddow and schuster are having a titanic teabagging double-entendre off. We’ll have to see how she steps up her game tonight and tomorrow. It could get ugly (er).

    I am pretty sure The Daily Show is new tonight… you know they will get in on the teabagging action.

    I bet their writers are pissed at Shuster and pissed they weren’t on the air with a new show last night; he probably did half the good jokes they had written.

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    Nick says:

    The title to this post is a Family Guy reference.

    I thought it was an SNL sketch actually.

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    Catsy says:

    @joes527:

    I certainly appreciate the whole issues don’t matter perspective. I just happen to disagree with it.

    Bully. When you find someone advocating it, let me know. In the meantime, keep going, that straw won’t beat itself.

    An no I’m not opposed to humor. But I seem to be the only person on the planet that think that this has grown thin.

    You’re not, but that’s an entirely different argument than the humorless concern trolling you indulged in the comment I responded to.

    Don’t think it’s funny? Here’s an idea: don’t make teabagging jokes, and don’t laugh when someone does. I honor your choice.

    Think this right wing idiocy is better answered with lengthy posts about history and economics than with relentless mockery? Great idea. You go first. I’ll wait.

    When you cross the line into telling me that by continuing to point and laugh at these clowns I’m hurting America, mom, apple pie, and the progressive movement, that’s the point at which I cheerfully invite you to achieve your karmic purpose and reincarnate immediately.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    No, I’m with you 100%. Grew thin and stale for me within days of the first mention. I just mute the MSNBC segments on it, and avoid the threads, usually.
    Funny is one thing—and who on this blog does not live for funny?—but beating the same funny to death on a daily basis for weeks is just mind-numbingly dull in my world. Life’s way too short. At least mine is.

    You can’t be serious. This is like the funniest fucking thing evah.

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    Laura W says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: YOU can’t be serious! Please tell me you don’t drive a yellow freakin’ truck. That’s worse than being a Taurus.
    Nice plates, though! They are so very you.

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    AkaDad says:

    What you Liberals are spewing is hard to swallow.

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    AhabTRuler says:

    What you Liberals are spewing is hard to swallow.

    You shouldn’t try to swallow other people’s spew, you have no idea where it has been (again, sounds like ‘bean’ not ‘bin’).

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    jm says:

    Total. Frakking. Awesomeness.

    Next Up: Douchebagging rallies, followed by Buttsniffing protests.

    Hell yeah.

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    agum says:

    The funny thing is, they started out calling them "Tea Parties" (like in that Santelli rant) and dropped that because, I assume, it sounded to effete / gay.

    Urban dictionary agrees with them on that.

    So they switched to "Tea bagging" which sounds more active / like hunting.

    It is a bit like hunting. For gamecocks.

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    Cyrus says:

    @Catsy:

    We could get serious, and make like the history teacher everyone hated in high school by lecturing the country on the history of the Boston What a Waste of Perfectly Good Tea Party. That’ll sure win votes.

    Wait a second, what are you talking about? Votes?

    The election was six months ago, and the good guys won. The midterm elections aren’t for 18 months, and in the Senate at least, the Republicans are defending more seats than the Democrats. Call it the downside of their wins in 2004. By 2012, outcomes in both the White House and Congress will depend more than anything else on the economy. (In 2012, the Democrats will also suffer from the same problem in the Senate that the Republicans will face in 2010, because 2006 was good for the left.)

    Or did you mean votes in Congress? Heh, yeah, that’s true, the more seriously we take right-wing nuts, the more Republicans and Blue Dogs will reject them. Wait, what?

    In none of these situations does the tone of commentary in early 2009 matter. Therefore the reverse is true: when thinking about the tea parties, votes don’t matter. If we manage to point out how crazy these people are and how closely they’re tied to the Republican Party, it’s a nice side benefit, but we’re all just enjoying ourselves here.

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    Rosali says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Those tea bags are hilarious.

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    TR says:

    I heard that this summer they’re going to be wearing assless chaps as a way of protesting this country’s unsecured southern border.

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    slightly_peeved says:

    If a guy walks out of his house every morning, and treads on a rake which then whacks him in the nuts – every single morning – it doesn’t make you look stupid to laugh at it every single morning. It makes him look stupid for getting hit in the love spuds every damn morning. It’s a real-life running gag.

    The fact it has gone on so long, with so many people buying in, without these people realizing how stupid it looks, makes it funnier. If someone runs in 2012 under the slogan "Let’s teabag America!" I may well die laughing, as may many Americans.

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    DonkeyKong says:

    That would be a "dirty sanchez" protest

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    bjacques says:

    Leave the dry analysis to Meet The Press but right now savor the hell out of the most unfortunate name for a movement since the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. That and the teabaggers’ paranoia over infiltrators. The Kos letter is genius.

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    The Populist says:

    Question: If Fox News is being "unprofessional" and "unjournalistic" in its hyping of the tax protests, then isn’t MSNBC being equally unprofessional and unjournalistic with its wall-to-wall slamming of the upcoming events?

    One of those networks isn’t paying for and promoting a Fox News event masquerading as legit news.

    Where were you maroons when Bush was blowing through "your tax dollars?" Huh D-Chance? Answer a question for once.

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    The Populist says:

    But what it comes down to is that at this point most of the Tea Baggers don’t even know what they are protesting. Some think its gay marriage. Others think its the deficit. Still others think its abortion.

    No…the cowards holding these protests are whiny little bigots. C’mon…NOT ONE OF THESE dumb asses have either named Bush or a Republican congressman as responsible parties in this mess.

    See, it’s all about the fact that these idiots can’t buy into a black man being president. Show me another reason and I’ll accept it.

    C’mon…3% increase in the top 1%’s taxes. Yep, that’s a good reason to take a day off and protest. Hate to break it to the maroons on the right but when Reagan left office the top 1% PAID MORE IN TAXES than they did in 1980.

    Fucking fools.

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    Patriot says:

    @The Populist:
    Typical smarmy liberal. Calls everyone names (cowards, bigots, dumbasses, f-ing fools) who’s the ignorant bigot here? You. Because its been stated many posts back that the Teabag parties were against anyone in any party that is responsible for increased debt and taxes, Republicans who voted for Bush and even name calling clueless liberals like you who voted for Obama, were there. And the wise ones here know that any govt; entity that can be used on one group, can be used on all.
    Including a useless piece of shit like you…
    ( Speaking on your lower level of course…my apologies to those with class)

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    Catsy says:

    Cyrus:

    Wait a second, what are you talking about? Votes?

    No. You have mistaken a pithy but throwaway one-liner for the actual argument.

    In none of these situations does the tone of commentary in early 2009 matter. Therefore the reverse is true: when thinking about the tea parties, votes don’t matter. If we manage to point out how crazy these people are and how closely they’re tied to the Republican Party, it’s a nice side benefit, but we’re all just enjoying ourselves here.

    You have also mistaken me for someone who disagrees with you. I think you want the other guy.

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