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Shorter MSNBC: Maine Refounders/ Tea Party= Racists

 Oh, what a flock of boobs we have up here in Maine!

Not happy with simply amusing the American public back in May with their hijacking of the GOP platform, the Refounders decided to double-down on their lunacy yesterday- much to the collective hilarity and incredulity of folks on MSNBC.

Partial transcript here of Rachel Maddow, discussing the latest stunt of the Maine Refounders Tea Party:

MADDOW:  This weekend is the anniversary of “I Have a Dream” speech, one of the most famous speeches, one of the most famous moments in America history.  This year, on the 47th anniversary of the speech, a FOX News Channel TV host has decided to use the anniversary as an occasion for a rally of conservatives in Washington at the site of the speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

I don’t purport to understand revising civil rights history so people will think conservatives were form civil rights and not against.  I do not purport to understand these revisionist efforts.  I’m just telling you that’s what they’re doing.

But a Tea Party group based in the great state of Maine has put out a guide for any Tea Party minded folks who might be planning on attending the rally in D.C.  

It’s sort of a tea partiers rough guide “I’m from out of town” guidebook for visiting our nation’s capital- parts of it at least, parts of our nation’s capital, very specific parts of it.

Right before they list the exact home addresses for a number of Democratic politicians– nice- they give tea partiers traveling to D.C. for this big rally, they give them some safety advice for how a visiting tea partier protestor should visit our nation’s capital.


“If you are on the subway, stay on the red line between Union Station and Shady Grove, Maryland.  

If you are on the blue or orange line, do not go past Eastern Market, Capitol Hill, toward the Potomac Avenue stop and beyond.  

Stay in northwest D.C. and points in Virginia.  

Do not use the green line or yellow line.  

These rules are even more important at night.”

There is, of course, nothing wrong with many other areas, but you don’t know where you are, so you should not explore them.  Do not use the green line or the yellow line.  It is dangerous.  It is scary.

Here is Rachel Maddow and Eugene Robinson on TRMS last night, discussing this “guide” and what it really represents:

Being as dumb as posts, the Refounders decided today to further illustrate their image as a gang of illiterate, ignorant countryf*cks, an image that they have given the nation, time and again…


I thought you all might find this interesting. I don’t want Maddow, but I was given the heads up by a friend of mine who informed me that us Maine Tea Partiers really pissed her off tonight. Of course, she is pulling the weak stunt she attempted on Rand Paul, by somehow painting us as racist.

Yeah, there’s no racism here in this “guide”…/ snark.

Safety and Mores

DC’s population includes refugees from every country, as the families of embassy staffs of third world countries tend to stay in DC whenever a revolution in their homeland means that anyone in their family would be in danger if they went back. Most taxi drivers and many waiters/waitresses (especially in local coffee shops like the Bread and Chocolate chain) are immigrants, frequently from east Africa or Arab countries. As a rule, African immigrants do not like for you to assume they are African Americans and especially do not like for you to guess they are from a neighboring country (e.g. Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia) with whom they may have political or military tensions. It’s rare to meet anyone who gets really offended, but you can still be aware of the issue.

Many parts of DC are safe beyond the areas I will list here, but why chance it if you don’t know where you are?

Tonight’s Chris Matthews Show (with guest WaPo’s Clarence Page) discussed the racism, and Ed Schultz blasted away as well, especially as the Refounders felt fit to post the addresses to Nancy Pelosi’s and Harry Reid’s DC digs, with a note:

 (Feel free to protest!)  

Oh, and the guide also tells the hick from Maine how to ride on an escalator. REALLY.

… when riding one of the few working escalators in Metro stations, if you’re going to stand still and ride it down, stand on the right half; leave the left half clear for folks to walk down.

They say that summertime is the political “silly season”… so it would seem to be true.

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