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in Grandy's Restaurant Shuttered in San Angelo
When are they closing cuz i drove by this morning and they were open?
in Radical Islam or Extreme Conservatism? San Angelo Tea Party Wants Muslims Out
I see from their website that the San Angelo Tea Partiers have a seminar scheduled on the 28th called "the roots of liberty: not just another lecture on the constitution."
I wonder: will they get around to discussing the "free exercise" clause of the first amendment?
in San Angelo Mayor Denounces Councilwoman Farmer as "Beyond an Embarrassment"
I do not think Mrs. Farmer's allegations are an embarrassment to the citizens of San Angelo. I am thanking this issue got the attention of the Attorney General and other organizations. She is within her rights to notify us, the citizens of San Angelo, of anything she discovers that is questionable. That is the reason why she has been reelected every year. You, Mr. Mayor, on the other hand, are an embarrassment due to your conduct and unprofessional manner regarding this issue. I certainly will not vote for you should you choose to seek office in any capacity.
in San Angelo to See New Housing on Southland
So, the council can vote down construction of new property just because they didn't have the foresight to not build an elementary school on a main road? This is weak. When Lamar was built, it was built slightly off the main road, but ten years from now, Twin Mountain drive and Southwest will probably be as busy or even busier than Southland currently is.
We need new apartment complexes in this town. The amount of opposition that new apartment construction has faced in this town over the past decade leads me to believe that somebody is paying somebody off to keep new construction out.
While it might be argued that the author adds a bit of bias I would suspect not so much as your reply. You stated that the "photo [...] provided proves you(the author) incorrect" I downloaded and enhanced the photo just to check your allegation and found an entirely white crowd with perhaps two younger individuals not fitting the "greying" description. So when you contend that the description of the attendees as "mostly white and graying" is an exaggeration when it clearly is quite accurate, then you out yourself as the one with the agenda.
While not a resident of the Concho Valley I do live nearby and business finds me in SA on occasion. There and in other central and western towns I sometimes find myself coming into contact with Tea Party adherents. These individuals frequently want to talk politics and my evaluation of their usual rants causes me to agree with the author's and several commenter's... those still flying the TP banner tend to be hateful and bigoted... and mostly ignorant of fact.
Many of the original Tea Party members find the hate and bigotry abhorrent, and many have left to return to the ranks of reasonable Republicans. I suspect we will be seeing more defections as the nature of the core group becomes more clear.
These sets of comments were originally posted by me on Face Book (which is where I originally came across this article):
1st Set of Comments:
"... TeaPublicans = American Taliban. What far too many White Catholics and White Anglo Saxon Protestants fail to comprehend is that, wherever in the USA the TeaPublicans truly hold sway, (as we have already seen practical evidence) they will wage a path of destruction just as horrendous as the Taliban has done in the Middle East and Asia, etc. It will happen like this: once the TeaPublicans have had their way in oppressing or destroying Women, Non-Whites, members of the LGBT community, and - yes - Children, the TeaPublicans = American Taliban would then set about oppressing and destroying those they perceive as not being White enough, and those they deem to not meet the standards of their corrupted version of Christianity (which has no connection whatsoever with Jesus Christ)."
2nd Set of Comments:
"...from my perspective (as a non-white individual who grew up in an overwhelmingly white community [San Angelo, TX]), this Tea Party/TeaPublican activity is simply the ever-present undercurrent now being fully out in the open. And this should matter to everyone because it impacts everyone. What Terry Campbell has done with his "four too many" public statement is ushered the people in his group across the threshold of common human decency, into that particular zone wherein racism/bigotry intersect with violence. In one fell swoop, Terry Campbell has: (1) stoked the fires of irrational fear, (2) given people permission to commit ever increasing acts of violence, (3) given himself plausible deniability - Campbell can simply say all he is doing is exercising his constitutional right to express his opinion and that he has no responsibility for the actions of others... leaving Terry Campbell free to continue stirring the cauldron of racism/bigotry so that it continuously boils over. So… what does this mean for those of us who find this reprehensible? For… anyone who cares about authentic justice and human rights for all, we must share with others the fact that this is going on. We must speak up about it and speak out against it. We must ensure that others are made aware. For, if the history of humanity teaches us anything, silence is more than just complacency. Silence is tacit agreement"
All throughout history Jews have gotten ganged up on by crowds of morons and thrown out of places. I'm Jewish and all of that lives inside me. That's why it just makes me so sick hearing about these tiny little people wanting to run those four Muslim families out of town. If they do leave town then they can come live right next to me.
How does that show she has an agenda? If that's what was at the meeting, then that's not biased, that's a fact. It also paints a picture for the reader.
I agree! The first Tea Party was by people who were tolerant and loving, hence the "Revolution" logo with "Love" standing out in it. They just simply wanted smaller government all around. Now these crazy people have taken it and turned it into something it's not. :(
Some of them do. Ever been to Richardson? There's a GREAT Middle Eastern restaurant there. The women I saw in that area or in the restaurant covered. Not all of them, but there were some that did.
First off, they don't know where and how the REAL Tea Party Started. Time to leave that name behind as they taint it with their hatred and intolerance.
Second, I currently live in the Middle East and I LOVE the Muslim people. (How can I not as a follower of Christ, too?) They are so kind and hospitable. They love me as well. I'd have to say that one of my best friends in the whole world I met here (and he's Chechen too), and I love him so much. He, along with the other Chechens and Arabs I know, have taken care of me so much here. It's been amazing. It's sad that these people take in the garbage that's put out there about these people and take it as truth.
I was hoping to run for office one day, but I WILL NOT lie about my love for Muslims and all people everywhere so people will vote for me.
in San Angelo Car Thieves Caught by Karma
You say you know people that attended the meeting. Did you attend? Better yet did the San Angelo Tea Party invite a speaker that does not support freedom of religion. Must have been a real shock for such a constitution loving group.
Ms. Chelsea, I'm not sure I believe your biased piece of journalism. Just the mere fact that you exaggerated by stating "mostly white and graying", it is obvious that you have an agenda, to paint the Tea Party as racist and intolerant. The photo you provided proves you incorrect. So, I'm not sure I trust your assessment of that meeting since you can't accurately report demographics. Yes, there are extreme views in every party, but you took great pleasure in quoting a few that fits your narrative. Did you bother to interview anyone there? Did you ask questions and seek clarification or did you just find elements to support your own opinion of the Tea Party?
Has no one thought about the fact that the writer of this article has her own bias. It's pretty easy to go into a group like the Tea Party and find an "extreme" person and then act like he represents the whole group. Be careful not to be so quick to judge, before you've done your homework. Journalists are great at twisting the truths and writing half truths. I think it is just amazing how quick we are to believe something just because it is in print. I know people who were at that meeting and it did not look like she painted.
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