February 21, 2010
I Heart Breitbart, PJTV, and the Tea party
may change my mind if some people change due to notoriety and the power that comes with popularity, but right now, I see something happening that may well be worth your while to know about also.
If the names Glenn Reynolds, Andrew Klavan, Bill Whittle and PJTV are not currently part of your circle of awareness, then you might consider checking them out.
Glenn Reynolds is the mind behind Instapundit, the premier blog of the informal Tea Party (although he predated it, but in many ways has helped to connect people to the info that generated the Tea Party), and an aggregator of tech geek and political wisdom who will link you to some of the cutting edge happenings around the world, especially regarding the changing voice of new media and the dying gasps of the old media.
He is also one of the pioneers of PJTV (part of pajamasmedia), which is now a better source of alternative political and cultural news than you'll find elsewhere. I do not always agree with the opinions expressed, but I find that I am more political and cultural aligned with these folks than most others. I suggest you try out a basic (or entry) membership of PJTV so that you can access their videos
Here are a couple of videos you must see. This will give you an idea of just how smart these regular guys are. And they have a healthy sense of humor, which is especially telling.
Kicking Off the Tea Party Convention
Their part starts between 1 and 2 minutes into the video. They give a healthy perspective about what's happening with the Tea Party,
Also, if you don't know about Andrew Breitbart, you should check him out. He's the guy that broke the ACORN videos (and if you don't know about that, do a google search and watch the complete videos...). Andrew is out to hold the Lamestream Legacy media to account. Check out the two videos on this page to get a sense of what he's been up to:
With Glenn, Klavan, Whittle, Breitbart, and the Tea Party, there may be real hope that out-of-control government can be stopped and reversed. It may be already too late to quiet these people.
February 5, 2010
The Original Tea Party, by George Hewes
t was now evening, and I immediately dressed myself in the costume of an Indian, equipped with a small hatchet, which I and my associates denominated the tomahawk, with which, and a club, after having painted my face and hands with coal dust in the shop of a blacksmith, I repaired to Griffin's wharf, where the ships lay that contained the tea. When I first appeared in the street after being thus disguised, I fell in with many who were dressed, equipped and painted as I was, and who fell in with me and marched in order to the place of our destination.
When we arrived at the wharf, there were three of our number who assumed an authority to direct our operations, to which we readily submitted. They divided us into three parties, for the purpose of boarding the three ships which contained the tea at the same time. The name of him who commanded the division to which I was assigned was Leonard Pitt. The names of the other commanders I never knew. We were immediately ordered by the respective commanders to board all the ships at the same time, which we promptly obeyed. The commander of the division to which I belonged, as soon as we were on board the ship, appointed me boatswain, and ordered me to go to the captain and demand of him the keys to the hatches and a dozen candles. I made the demand accordingly, and the captain promptly replied, and delivered the articles; but requested me at the same time to do no damage to the ship or rigging. We then were ordered by our commander to open the hatches and take out all the chests of tea and throw them overboard, and we immediately proceeded to execute his orders, first cutting and splitting the chests with our tomahawks, so as thoroughly to expose them to the effects of the water.
In about three hours from the time we went on board, we had thus broken and thrown overboard every tea chest to be found in the ship, while those in the other ships were disposing of the tea in the same way, at the same time. We were surrounded by British armed ships, but no attempt was made to resist us.
...The next morning, after we had cleared the ships of the tea, it was discovered that very considerable quantities of it were floating upon the surface of the water; and to prevent the possibility of any of its being saved for use, a number of small boats were manned by sailors and citizens, who rowed them into those parts of the harbor wherever the tea was visible, and by beating it with oars and paddles so thoroughly drenched it as to render its entire destruction inevitable.
Hawkes, James A, Retrospect of the Boston Tea-Party, with a Memoir of George R. T. Hewes... (1834).
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