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After telling President Obama that he should “refudiate” the NAACP for calling the Tea Party racist and advising “peaceful” Muslims via Twitter that they should “refudiate” plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero, Sarah Palin was roundly mocked for her refudiation of the English language, which led to her refudiating her refudiators and likening her penchant for malapropism to…Shakespeare.
As lovers of The Made-Up Word ourselves, we’re not ones to refudiate Sarah Palin. But because we’re a caring people, we’d like to kindly suggest that, from now on, Palin take a page from her beloved Tea Party’s handbook to avoid future embarrassment:
Filed under: Barack Obama, Embarrassing, I'm With Stupid, Made Up Words, NAACP, Neologism, President Obama, Refudiate, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin Malapropism, Stupid People, Tea Partiers, Tea Party, Tea Party Conventions, Teabaggers, Twitter
For a nation of immigrants, America’s fast becoming a country of self-haters.
You see this not only in an anti-immigration law like Arizona’s recently-passed SB 1070, but also in the “This is America, speak English” movement that’s been rearing its ugly head all over the country lately.
Teabaggers everywhere are saying you better learn it if you want to live here.
Alabama GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim James is saying you better learn it if you want to drive here (see below).
And the Arizona Department of Education is saying you not only better learn it if you want to teach here, you better speak it without a foreign accent, comprende?
But look. Is it such a terrible idea to get rid of people in this country who can’t speak, read, or write in our unofficial official language? I know, I know, it sounds crazy. And racist. And fascist. And, um, racist? But what would you say if I proposed we start here:
Filed under: Alabama, Alabama Gubernatorial Candidate Tim James, Arizona, Arizona Bans English Teachers with Accents, Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies, Arizona Immigration Bill SB 1070, Arizona Immigration Law, Arizona SB 1070, Fox News, FOX News is a Joke, Racism, Speak English, Tea Party Conventions, Teabaggers, This Is Alabama We Speak English, This Is America Speak English
You know those people who automatically assume you don’t speak English or say “Wow! Your English is really good” when it’s obvs your first language or the people who never seem to be able to understand what you’re saying even though you basically speak the Queen’s English and the OED is, like, your favorite book?
Filed under: Bad Spellers, Conservatards, Fringe, Hypocrisy, Really Stupid People, So-Called Activism, Speak English, Stupid People, Tea Party Conventions, Tea Party Protests, Teabaggers, Teabagging Protests, The Queen's English
Name: Annabel Park
Hails from: Silver Spring, Maryland
Occupation: Filmmaker, Founder of Coffee Party USA
Known for: Partying down. In a moment of frustration, Park posted a Facebook status update rejecting the “disproportionally effective” actions of the Tea Party movement. She wrote, “We should just start our own party, call it the Coffee Party or the Smoothie Party—anything but Tea.”
For many people that would be a fleeting statement, followed naturally by something like, “Annabel Park is looking forward to a great weekend!”
Instead, the “Coffee Party” idea took root, and with the aid of Park’s producing partner Eric Byler, grew and grew and grew. No longer just a clever phrase, the Coffee Party has become a movement of its very own–one that does not attack government officials or constituents but the mishandled American political system. The Coffee Party’s Facebook page now boasts over 160,000 fans and the official site presents a bright call to action, asking Americans from all political leanings to calmy organize, debate, speak up, support candidates… civic engagement without all the petty fighting.
Through their online venues, the Party launched its first National Coffee Day last Saturday, which included meetings in over 350 coffee shops in 44 states. See photos on their Flickr page or video below:
Filed under: American Government, Annabel Park, Being Nice, Broken Systems, Coffee Houses, Coffee Shops, Cups of Joe, Eric Byler, Facebook, Filmmakers, Grassroots Movement, National Coffee Day, Party Founders, Petty Fighting, Polarization is So Over, Politics, Rants, Talking Like Civilized People, Tea Party Conventions, The Coffee Party, Viral Internet Trends
Last week, during his kickoff speech at the first National
Teabagger Tea Party Convention, former congressman Tom Tancredo called for voters to take civics literacy tests and suggested President Obama only got elected because the U.S. doesn’t require them.
“People who could not even spell the word ‘vote,’ or say it in English, put a committed socialist idealogue in the White House, name is Barack Hussein Obama,” Tancredo said.
Tancredo, a one-note anti-immigration advocate, got a partner-in-hysteria this week when Yeh Ling-Ling, executive director of the creepy-sounding Alliance for a Sustainable USA–a non-profit that champions an outright immigration moratorium and couches its anti-immigration agenda in more palatable terms such as “environmentalism” and being for “social coherence”–came out in support of the idea.
Ms. Yeh, wouldn’t you know, is herself an immigrant several times over. From a 2004 Sierra magazine–as in The Sierra Club–profile:
Filed under: Anti-Immigration, Beans and Ricism, Civics Literacy Test, Conservatards, Haters, Immigrant Haters, Immigrants, Immigration Reform, National Tea Party Convention, Ricism, Tea Party Conventions, Tom Tancredo
Before she took the stage at the Tea Party Convention, Sarah Palin told Chris Wallace of Fox News that she was open to running for President in 2012.
Were she to run (the words “Palin” and “win” and “2012″ should never be spoken or imagined in concert), I think Jen and I would need about 579 guest blogging friends to help us deal with the onslaught of American shame. We simply couldn’t cover that amount of content. Our fingers would melt.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election, Chris Wallace, Fox News, Horrifying Thoughts, Pretentious Statements, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin Presidential Run, Sarah Palin Run For President 2012, Tea Party Conventions