SWAT teams

I wonder if this has legs:

I like to keep track of fables and narratives within the tea party movement, and we learned of a new one this week — the story of the “SWAT team” called out to threaten tea partyers in Quincy, Ill. In the words of Jim Hoft, the Gateway Pundit:

The SWAT Team was called in today at the Quincy Tea Party Rally … local Quincy Tea Party Leader Steve McQueen was directing protesters when the SWAT team was called in.

The only problem with that? The SWAT team wasn’t called in. Local police, wearing riot gear, briefly marched down the street to clear it for the president’s motorcade.

You know, if these patriots would just agree to be implanted with microchips, maybe they wouldn’t get attacked by jack-booted government thugs so much.

Update. NRO and Redstate are already on it.

Update. Wonkette really captures the enormity of what happened.

33 replies
  1. 1
    FormerSwingVoter says:

    Arresting Bush protesters = Patriotism!
    Asking Obama protesters to move = Tyranny!

  2. 2
    Breezeblock says:

    It seems like Limpballs is suggesting a possibility that Obama’s SWAT teams blew up the Gulf oil rig.

  3. 3
    dmsilev says:

    I’m pretty sure that if we looked to see what microchips were implanted into Moe and his fellow RedState writers, we’d find some surplus 8086s or similar.


  4. 4
    srv says:

    You know, more proof none of these people have ever been to a protest or watched one. I haven’t been to a protest where the armored dudes aren’t present.

    Me thinks you patriots should spend some time in one of GW’s Free Speech Zones before you start yapping about Herr Obama.

  5. 5

    @Breezeblock — I was wondering how long that would take. (I’m such a kidder. I wasn’t wondering at all; they are so goddamned predictable.)

  6. 6
    Mouse Tolliver says:

    OT: Michael Ware’s leaving CNN because they wouldn’t give him time off to deal with PTSD. This after losing Christianne Amanpour. But Erick Erickson should more than make up for the loss. :/

  7. 7
    KCinDC says:

    I was just about to mention the other “SWAT team” idiocy going around, which is even in the traditional media: the idea that Obama has sent SWAT teams to oil rigs, which leads to the conclusion that terrorists are attacking the rigs.

    Apparently this started when someone was quoted talking about a “‘SWAT team’ of inspectors”, using the phrase figuratively, but those who thrive on sensationalism have run with it, and it’ll be yet another one of those unkillable myths beloved by the right.

  8. 8
    jrg says:

    The Republicans astroturfing the tea parties will do absolutely anything to keep these people riled up and disorganized.

    They need to be riled up to vote against Obama, they need to be disorganized to prevent a significant threat to the wastrel GOP.

  9. 9
    licensed to kill time says:

    Steve McQueen,a Tea Party leader? Unpossible, he is dead! The King of Cool is dead!

    Oh, another Steve McQueen? Never mind. /Emily Litella

  10. 10

    Occasionally rational conservative Rick Moran calls the wingnuts out.

  11. 11
    Clark says:

    A local blogger from St. Louis has already debunked this crap more than once:

    A group of individuals positioned themselves on the south side of York Street near 3rd Street. This was within the area that was to be kept secure at the request of the U. S. Secret Service agents in charge of the site. Prior to the event only ticketed individuals were to be in this area; during the event it was restricted to the general public completely. Secret Service personnel requested these individuals leave the area and to go back to the north side of York Street. They did not comply. Quincy Police Department personnel made the same requests and again they did not comply. At that time the MFFT was deployed to stand post between the individuals and the site and, if necessary, remove the individuals. Once the MFFT was in place, the individuals agreed to move. Once everyone complied and the site was again secure, the MFFT returned to their staging point. No physical force was used during this deployment.

  12. 12
    JasonF says:

    Aren’t we burying the lede here? The real story is that a Hollywood icon apparently faked his death, only to resurface 30 years later as a Tea Party leader.

  13. 13
    FormerSwingVoter says:

    OT: More Wall Street whining – http://wonkette.com/415151/wal.....ore-415151

    Seriously, what would it take to get these guys to finally follow up on all their “go Galt” threats? Can we start a petition?

  14. 14
    Martin says:

    @KCinDC: It’s that Marxist Xenu Obama, after detonating nukes in Iceland volcano to advance his fascist global warming liberty-sucking conspiracy then directed his secret SWAT army to blow up a gulf oil rig merely to send a message to the beloved virgin Sarah Palin and coat patriotic southern Republicans in God-provided crude so he can then direct the EPA to round up and send them off to ‘environmental cleanup internment camps’ for reprogramming. Not to worry, he’s arranged to have illegal non-english speaking Muslim Mexicans temp their jobs while that oil comes off.

    Y’all are a bunch of fucking sheeple!

  15. 15
    Sue says:

    Sigh. “God Bless, America”? I wish we could call out a spelling and punctuation SWAT team on the idiots who write a blog entry or newspaper article or carry a sign and screw up the basics of our language.
    Or microchip them with a dictionary, but do something! I can’t take this anymore!

  16. 16
    HJ says:

    “I hate Illinois teabaggers.”

  17. 17
    Bob L says:

    @Sue: Got to figure the bad spelling and grammar has to go with the kind of thinking (or lack of it) they are doing. If they slowed downed to double check what they wrote they might slow down and start thinking.

  18. 18
    gbear says:

    I was arrested for starting a peaceful riot when all I wanted was a cup of tea.

    Or not arrested…whatever.

  19. 19
    slag says:

    As great as the Wonkette video was, they seem to have missed the real action happening that day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r37RKoRn8ys.

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    Evinfuilt says:

    I love the shout out after being asked to move off of the street, “This is communism”, tea baggers need a dictionary. Being asked by the secret service and then local police to clear a road so your President can drive down it isn’t by any stretch of the imagination Communism.

  21. 21
    Toast says:

    Steve McQueen

    Waaaaaaaay too cool to be a Teabagger.

  22. 22
    Sir Nose'D says:

    @Evinfuilt: This is Obama’s America–everything is now communism. At work I have to turn on my communist lights, boot up my communist computer, and deal with my communist co-workers. Stretching the imagination has nothing to do with it–we’re all comrades now!

  23. 23
    SpotWeld says:


    Seriously, what would it take to get these guys to finally follow up on all their “go Galt” threats?

    Never happen. Rather than “stopping the motor of the world” they’re spending all their time licking the electrical socket of wingnut-o-sphere

  24. 24

    As someone who was in Seattle for November 30th, I have a few questions:

    How many canisters of tear gas were opened?

    How many people got shot with rubber bullets?

    How many arrests, mass or otherwise?

    How many hundred cops?

    Seriously. What a bunch of wussies.

  25. 25
    Noonan says:

    It’s about fucking time the grammar police showed up at one of these Tea Party spelling bees.

  26. 26
    JGabriel says:

    … local Quincy Tea Party Leader Steve McQueen was directing protesters when the SWAT team was called in.

    As usual, the Tea Party is 25 years behind the times: Everyone knows Steve McQueen’s name was changed to Two Wheels Good.


  27. 27
    scarshapedstar says:

    This is soooooo ripe for a remix with ‘Hell March’ from C&C Red Alert…

  28. 28
    Mike in NC says:

    I’m going to buy stock in tinfoil companies, because the teabaggers and other wingnuts are going to cause a shortage as they add another layer of the stuff to their hats.

  29. 29
    Swoosh says:

    Wait — weren’t the Teabaggers in a “Freedom of Speech Zone?”

  30. 30
    JGabriel says:

    I love how Google matches itself to the thread topic – for instance, the current Google Ad:

    Get SWAT Training Online …

    … with a link that takes you to The Washington Post.


  31. 31
    JZ says:

    @anticontrarian: Seriously. I was a reporter covering many of the Seattle protests post-WTO and even I got pepper-sprayed. In Seattle, that city of love, the cops arrest people for literally stepping off the curb into the street as they marched. These folks need to get a clue.

  32. 32
    dadanarchist says:

    What whiny pussies….

    I’ve been going to demos for years, and the riot squad is always lurking around somewhere, no matter how many people turn out…

  33. 33
    Chris says:


    Or microchip them with a dictionary

    Ha! I love it. That’s the best idea yet.

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