Hanni-tea Insani-tea

From the Cincinnatti Enquirer:

CINCINNATI – Fox News unexpectedly canceled conservative talk show host Sean Hannity’s appearance Thursday night at the Cincinnati Tea Party Tax Day rally, leaving a lot of disappointed fans – and a lot of confusion.

Hannity was scheduled to hold a book-signing and a live taping of his talk show during the event.

Fox News Executive Vice President of Programming Bill Shine issued a statement to the media Thursday evening saying Fox had decided to call Hannity back to New York to do the show because officials believed the Tea Party was using Hannity to make a profit at the event.

Because the tea parties are supposed to make money for Faux News, not the other way around.

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Criticism that the Tea Party and Hannity were trying to make a profit from the event began bouncing around on blogs, including the media blog Media Matters, about two days prior to Thursday’s rally at the University of Cincinnati’s Fifth Third Bank Arena.

“Unequivocally, from our standpoint, this is wrong,” Kevin Smith, president of the Society of Professional Journalists, told Media Matters. “For a news organization to charge people for access, then take that money and roll it over to a political action group that they cover quite a bit … There is a clear conflict of interest here.”

Cincinnati Tea Party officials said the idea that they would make money on the event is false.

“The Left drove that story, Fox capitulated to it and left,” said Chris Littleton, a Cincinnati Tea Party spokesman. He criticized Fox for not coming to Tea Party if it had concerns.


Organizers sold about 7,500 tickets and gave away another 420. Basic tickets cost $5 and special VIP tickets to sit near the Hannity taping cost $20. The Hannity tickets, nearly 2,000 of them, sold out.

Pat Kellison said she wants her money back. She’d not only bought the $13 book but had paid the $20 for preferred seating to watch the taping of Hannity’s show.


No one knew about the cancellation until Hannity didn’t show up.

He’d made a couple stops in Cincinnati throughout the day, including taping a radio show earlier in the day at talk station WKRC-AM.

Word about Hannity’s possible cancellation came around 4:30 p.m. when the book-signing was supposed to start. Hannity wasn’t there. Shortly before 5 p.m. his bus pulled out of the parking lot.

Frustrated fans left, books in hand.


For most of the night, confusion swirled about the reason for Hannity’s departure. Tea Party officials said Fox producers told them a “family emergency” forced the cancellation. Hannity staff members at the event told the Enquirer – and many in the book-signing line – that a “technical issue” forced him to cancel.

These are the same people who believe that Faux News is the only news outlet that tells them the truth.

They rallied again when Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, also known as “Joe the Plumber,” took to the stage. Wurzelbacher became the face of middle Americans for the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008 after he questioned Obama at a campaign stop.

Not one to be politically correct, Wurzelbacher drew cheers, and a couple of raised eyebrows, as he shared his views on immigration – “Put a fence up and start shooting. That’ll do it.” – and told the audience to “voice your opinion.”

“You have that right,” he said. “I’m not going to give in to a bunch of liberal pansies.”

Sean Insanity should have gone to the D.C. Tea Pary.  Look at all the fun he missed!   From POLITICAL HOTSHEET at CBS NEWS:

A few thousand people gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washington today for the first of two Tea Party rallies in the nation’s capital today organized to protest government spending and taxation.

Clutching angry signs and occasionally breaking out into chants of “USA! USA!,” the protesters listened to a series of fiery speeches attacking the Obama administration for what they cast as irresponsible spending and far left wing policies.

Rep. Michele Bachmann said the “gangster government” has instituted a “takeover of one private industry after another,” again making her questionable claim that “the federal government owns or controls 51 percent of the private economy.”


Bachmann railed against virtually every Obama administration initiative, including the financial industry reform effort now being considered to prevent another financial meltdown. Echoing GOP talking points distributed by a Republican pollster [Frank Luntz], she claimed the bill “is really a permanent bailout authority for the government for Wall Street and the big banks.”


Earlier in the rally, former Saturday Night Live cast member Victoria Jackson played a ukulele and sang a song claiming “there’s a communist living in the White House.” Part of her evidence for that claim, she said, was that both of the president’s parents were communists before they “abandoned him.”

Jackson yelled out a series of names, generating applause from the audience: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter. Like other speakers, she claimed “half of Americans are not paying taxes” this year. (A New York Times analysis found that number to be about 10 percent.)


The Associated Press documented some of the signs being waved: “We Want Regime Change,” “Save a Seal, Club a Liberal,” “Down with the Gov’t Takeover,” “End the Fed” and “Waterboard Bernanke.”

Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican who was introduced as “tea party tested and tea party approved,” complained that Obama administration policies “drain our vitality.” He called for the elimination of the IRS and the federal tax code, and, like Bachmann, claimed that the Obama administration had privatized more than half the economy.


Former House majority leader and FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey, clad in a cowboy hat, explained to the crowd his idea of social justice.

“If you earn the money, you got a right to keep the money, he said. “Now how crazy is that?”


Asked if he was concerned the Tea Party movement could split the Republican vote in the midterm elections, House Republican Leader John Boehner said, “I think by and large we’re proving to the Tea Party people that we’re earning their respect and their vote.”


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56 responses to “Hanni-tea Insani-tea

  1. writechic

    Weird ass shit. Was there a shrine to Joe the Stack who was also Taxed Enough Already? Teahadists is my favorite new word for today.

  2. ‘former Saturday Night Live cast member Victoria Jackson played a ukulele and sang a song claiming “there’s a communist living in the White House.”’

    She’s still a comedian. It’s just that she’s now unintentionally funny.

  3. JaxDem

    “The Left drove that story, Fox capitulated to it …” Oh, yeah that happens ALL the time doesn’t it – Fox just constantly capitulates to the left. Such a sad thing to watch – oh wait – I don’t watch them.

    I just love the St. Ronnie Raygun tat…but what is that medusa-like warhead thingy going on over his head?

    Bachmann is lookin’ good in her batshit crazy danglies and I’m gonna be using that “patriotism first” hair-do you put on Victoria Jackson – you betcha.

  4. MNLatteLiberal

    Ironic that the “better educated” Cinci teabaggers had to be reminded that even though all them pigs are equal, some pigs are more equal than the others. A fair and balanced cut is all that Murdoch asks; is that too hard to understand? He’s got to feed the Papa Bear, Glenn-witted Beck, subject Hannity and the entire Megyn-lite chorus line.

    Whereas teabaggers got nada, obligation-wise. Being 85% older, 85% whiter, 85% smarter and 85% more affluent than the rest of the grumpy old white men, they are on Social Security and Medicare.

    Murdoch just wants to re-distrubute the proceeds where each would get according to his/her needs, and M gets to determine said need. Now don’t go calling that socialism. ‘Cause it’s not. It’s closer to the “c” word.

    On a sadder note, it bothers me intellectually that Dennis Miller and Victoria Jackson have gone to the dark side so stupidly and so willingly. When SNL alums go batshit, it’s a sad day for America.


    • so glad to see you again, mnlatte! 😀

      it’s funny how much the rethugs/teabaggers hate the redistribution of wealth, unless all the wealth is going to rich people. the imbeciles who are out there protesting are just being used by the wealthiest, and they’re too stupid to realize it.

      i used to like dennis miller (back when he was funny), but i never could stand victoria jackson. her voice is like batshit bachmann’s and princess sarah’s. it’s that shrill shriek that sets my teeth on edge.

  5. Check out the images here of both the Tea Partiers and the counter-demonstrators at Boston Common. The Mad Tea Party is hysterical.

  6. jeb

    If you’ll pardon me for a moment, I’m just going to sit and savor this with my cup of coffee. I know, it’s just a one time greed driven thing but let me just enjoy it, OK.

    “Fox News unexpectedly canceled conservative talk show host Sean Hannity’s appearance…”

  7. Yesterday our fearless leader and principle secessionist warned the gathered baggers to “watch your back!” The dire warning states that the purity of our Texas Tea will be perverted by infiltration of those not chosen by god who will cause confusion and cause degrading acts to be perpetuated on the chosen. We all await a sign of divine intervention like his sponsered cup car hitting the wall Sunday at TMS.

    • sadly, the texas tea has already been perverted because gov. little ricky goodhair has been pissing in it. since he couldn’t get his separate nation, he figured he’d go for urination.

  8. On the Victoria Jackson front, I have not yet decided she is for reals, or if she is just bullshitting.

    There was a for real hilarious sign @ a recent tea party gig I posted today.

  9. Raisinettes! I must ask you brilliant people w help coming up with sign verbiage to greet the queen of the tea party.

    Such quick wit & sarcasm here….. I’m sure you people would be a treasure chest of ideas.

    • A “North to Alaska” sign with some sort of directional quality to it…..”She was a whiner, a 49er”…..an occupational safety sign “Ear Protection Required” driven home by someone nearby selling earplugs from a tray……Or just go for the full Revelation extravaganza: Two guys dressed as gods referees with those down marker signs, one says “seals” the other “vials”. As she speaks and opens seals and breaks vials, the number is advanced with the periodic appearance between the signs of young boys in angel outfits blowing a trumpet and taking his position in line. When it all hits 7-7-7 god will “take her”. Let us pray!!

    • 😆 i love that sign!

      you can borrow any of the posters here if you want to blow one up. if you just want words, how about:


      you can put BIG OIL in the corner or paste on some oil company logos on it.

    • i have it!


  10. Joanaroo

    Well, if the Tea Party is being held somewhere there’s a lake, river or harbor nearby, and Princess, Batshit and other (questionable) ladies will be there, how about: ‘Welcome to the Tea Party! Now throw the old bags in the water!’. Can substitute lake, river or appropriately, harbor. Nonnie! For shame! I’ll never be able to watch Onslow again without thinking of that shithead Hannity in poor Onslow’s vest!

  11. Joanaroo

    If Victoria Jackson is supposedly a fundie goody-two-shoes, then what was she doing taking up someone else’s space on S.N.L. and doing a film titled ‘Casual Sex’ for? It wasn’t porn (I saw the film when I was in college) but I’m surprised the title and the fact Andrew Dice Clay was in it didn’t send her running the other way.

    • she’s just another hypocrite. her career was tanking, so she used her religion as her excuse and as her new reason for living.

    • You don’t understand … she’s a Rightie shill, now.

      It’s just like how topless and nude pictures are vile, unless you’re Carrie Prejean or Scott Brown.

      And beauty pageants are sinful exercises in whipping men into lust … except the Miss Wasilla pageant or if you use your interview to talk about the virtues of “opposite marriage.”

      Sort of like how adultery disqualifies a man for the office … except Vitter, Gingrich, Sanford, Craig, …

  12. I know it’s wandering, but Jackson’s video and a couple of those signs got my dander up.

    :Dons Biblical scholar robe and steps to podium:

    Victoria Jackson quotes II Chronicles 7:14 —

    if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

    The first step listed here is to humble oneself. When one sees a TEA party, does “humble” come to mind?

    What, pray tell, are those wicked ways that are listed in later examples of this happening?

    Without turning this into a Bible study, let me give some examples:

    – In Isaiah 11, Exekiel 22, and Amos 5 (among others) one egregious example is to deny justice to the poor. Amos 2 is very specific as to business dealings that constitute this kind of judgment.

    Proverbs 29:7: “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.”

    – Per Amos 2:12, commanding religious teachers not to teach that which you don’t like — such as condemning “social justice.”

    – Using religion for selfish gain, per Malachi 1

    – Refusing to show forgiveness. Spend some time with Hosea. It will rock your worldview if you’re on the Right.

    That passage has become very popular with the Tea Party crowd, but they define providing for the poor as wicked. Given that they claim to follow the God who pronounced the law of the second harvest (a field owner is not to go over his fields again … he is to leave the gleanings for the poor), this is absurd.

    • wken, if i was ever sued in bible court, i would want you as my attorney. you always think about what the bible says carefully and decide for yourself what it means instead of waiting for some screaming hypocrite to tell you. i’m very glad you hang around here.

    • Great stuff Wken! You prove the value of knowing your scripture lets you stand up to any religious kook or bully. And in the bagger world the word “humble” is only used in its modern rebranding: Exxon.

  13. See…. I knew you bright people would come up w something….

    I was already thinking

    Oregon says HELL NO to Palin

    But I love the an occupational safety sign “Ear Protection Required” I must get a bright yellow poster board for that!

    Palin only does Corporate Socialism (or is it socilism as the tea party signs say???)

    Bill Clinton did a speech saying the tea party is encouraging people to become “unhinged”.

    The Shill baby idea is good too.

    Thanks for the invite to use poster art…. not sure I am willing to spend more than what poster boards cost on the Queen of the reckless inexperienced.

    • the raisin is your one-stop shopping place for ideas. you can always count on the raisinettes.

      by the way, kids, wordpress has something new. i don’t know what it is, because it’s a surprise. i don’t think i’ll know what it is until i the latest post gets published in about a half hour. if something weird happens, blame it on wordpress.

  14. Joanaroo

    That’s true about V. J., wken and Nonnie, she was fine with work on the salacious side until offers ran out and now she’s in the Church of Tea Baggers Who Ain’t No Saints. How she can think she is being a Christian with her behavior is beyond me. Personally, I believe she is delusional and schizophrenic. I would love to see you in a debate with her, wken. She wouldn’t know which end is up.

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