29 Mar

Some tea party.

Aren’t tea parties supposed to be dress-up make-believe events staged by toddler girls with their little friends and maybe some stuffed animals?  Instead, we have Rus Thompson and birther Allen Coniglio yelling past each other on the idiot concern-trolling local tea party radio station.

But this struck me from Jim Ostrowski’s insertion into the debate on his site:

I also believe that this discussion will convince many skeptics of the absolutely crucial importance of electing Jack Davis to Congress on the Tea Party line.

The only “crucial importance” of Ostrowski and DiPietro getting Jack Davis elected (they’re both on his campaign payroll right now) is that this is the first-ever political race where name recognition and money are not issues. They have a blank check to buy their way out of any and all problems and impediments that have beset tea partyish candidates in the past, and Davis is a known quantity, not some professional rabble-rouser. If Davis loses, they’re out of excuses. The only importance for these guys in getting foreigner-hating Davis elected is to establish themselves as serious political consultants.  If Davis had his way, DiPietro’s and Ostrowski’s ancestors would have stayed in fricking Italy and Poland, respectively.

30 Responses to “W-Tea-E-N”

  1. Mike In WNY March 29, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    The petulant irony of a freedom hater calling others haters is getting old.

    • Alan Bedenko March 29, 2011 at 10:10 am #

      Irony isn’t petulant. People are.

      For instance, when someone writes that I’ve called someone “haters” when I haven’t done so.

  2. Hank March 29, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Di Pietro and Ostrowski’s ancestors came here just like mine did, and just like ALAN’s DID–

    In the case of the latter 2, they took a great risk, probably spent all the money they had to book passage to the USA, and then took another risk—that the immigration authorities would send them back to the shit-holes they came from. The light brown horde now pouring across the pourous border to our south, the Asians sneaking in from Ontario, and riding in shipping containers from China to the west coast to come here ILLEGALLY is a completely different situation. Ya always leave that part out.

    I’m no fan of Jack Davis. From all I’ve read and seen, the guy’s a lunatic, and I think his cash could be better used to help WNY than putting him in the Congress.

    Just my opinion, but if he took the money he’s already dumped on campaigns past and present and used them to endow and support local agencies facing budget cuts (NOW THAT THE LOVELY STIMULUS MONEY HAS RUN OUT), would be a much better use than feeding his huge ego. And make a difference in people’s lives that would be meaningful.

    Not that any of you Godless heathens want to hear it, but entertain the thought that God would not ask you about the clothes in your closet, but would ask about how many people you clothed—-Not about how many square feet your home is, but how many people did you help who didn’t have a home. And Finally—-Not about your most important position and job, BUT DID YOU COMPROMISE YOUR CHARACTER TO GET IT???

    As for Thompson and Coniglio, 4 years ago I was drinking with both of them at the Croatian Club in Riverside. Now there’s been a falling out. Coniglio describes it as a split in those who want to fight for change, and those who want to get elected. Your mileage may vary.

  3. al l March 29, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Just a quick counter point to that whole immigration thing. Previous generations of immigrants had a much easier time entering this country than today’s huddled masses. You bought a ticket, you arrived at Ellis or Angel Island, you got examined, processed, and off you go. Sure it wasnt the most humanizing experience, but relatively fast and straight forward.

    Today’s legal immigrants face years of waiting and reams of paperwork before being able to enter our fair nation. Do illegal immigrants really seek to live in the shadows tensing up every time they hear a siren, or is the system so broken they are forced to bypass it?

  4. Hank March 29, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    Since Alan continues to broach the immigration thing, It just stands to reason that the first thing a potential immigrant wants to do is BREAK A FEDERAL LAW just by coming here illegally. Alan’s parent’s did it the right way when they came from Yugolsavia, why can’t the rest???
    And don’t forget—there were QUOTAS on each country on how many immigrants the USA would accept. and that included JEWS, who for the purposes of immigration, regardless of country, were considered an Ethnic Group within whatever country they did reside in Europe or elsewhere. So if INS had a quota of 50,000 Germans, there would be a seperate number for German JEWS.

  5. King Kong March 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Davis has gone beyond the illegal/legal debate. He’s said that ALL Mexican immigrants, legal and illegal, will take over the Southwestern Governments and secede. He’s also said that we need to preserve the ‘heritage of our fathers’.

    Jack Davis = Racist. I’m happy to see his wingnuttery on full display though. Gives us all something to laugh about for the next few months.

  6. peteherr March 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    @Hank – GODLESS HEATHENS ? Seriously?

    @King Kong – Worst case scenario is that Texas goes back to Mexico? Hmmmmmmmm.

  7. al l March 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm #


    The nations and ethic groups that faced quotas were generally pretty far away. If there had been a large population of potential emigres who were barred from entering the United States withing walking distance – they would have likely come. It wasnt too easy sneak in from Eastern Europe or Southeast Asia when there is a multi week trans-oceanic voyage involved.

  8. Brian Wood March 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    My forefather, Jacob ****,  arrived in Connecticut in 1634 and joined the expedition to exterminate the Pequot.  He and his descendents then invited their friends and neighbors to come help murder the natives, and, eventually THEIR friends and neighbors across the continent of Europe to join them to help murder the natives.  THEIR descendents then said, “we must limit immigration—we got ours.” 

    The current state of the union is what happens when we Anglos (again, forefathers-connecticut, 1634) let a bunch of Wops or Hymies into the country and allowed them full civil rights. 
    Long have I railed that we should not be brainwashing our kids into thinking the Micks, Spics, Frogs, Polacks, Blockheads, Krauts, Honyocks, Slopes, Slants and other riffraff are practicing acceptable lifestyles. Now it’s Arabs all over the place and a Kenyan in the White House.  Will we never learn?

  9. Buffalo Rude March 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    Don’t be fooled by the last name. Ostrowski is South Buffalo born and bred, with the Mick roots to show for it.

  10. Ed Gentner March 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    The voters here in the 26th Congressional District have the choice of three candidates to select from in this May’s special election for the seat vacated by Chris Lee. Jane Corwin (R) and Kathy Hochul (D) the two candidates selected by party leaders behind closed doors, or Jack Davis (T), who secured a line on the ballot with more than twelve thousand signatures on petitions to nominating him to run for the House of Representatives.

  11. Ed Gentner March 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    Jack Davis (T), comes into the mix by way of the very democratic process of soliciting 12,000 voter signatures from 26th. Cong. District voters on nominating petitions for a line on the ballot, an amount that far exceeded the minimum of 3,600 required. Davis is not a traditional politician as evidenced by his previous efforts for election to the district’s seat. He has on occasion made some gaffes and alienated the party leaders by speaking his mind and showing remarkable independence. Davis can honestly lay claim to creating and maintaining good jobs that pay good wages in the area. He built a business from the ground up and along the way created jobs with real benefits for the workers he employs. His campaign to preserve good paying jobs in AMERICA, has been the foundation of his political activism. At a time when many would have taken the money and retired he made the choice to stay and fight to keep jobs here in the USA. Recently he announced plans to invest several million dollars to expand his Akron plant and add more good paying jobs. Last year he gave several million dollars to th UB School of Engineering. This year he is running for the House of Reprentitives in a special election to replace Chris Lee (R) who abruptly resigned. Davis has pledged to self-finance his campaign, as with past campaigns has pledged, he will not accept any cash contributions to his campaign, although he opens with welcome arms those who want to get involved as volunteers. Though his experience as a politician may be lacking, he more than makes up for it with his desire to bring positive change and preserve American jobs as a lasting legacy.

  12. Ed Gentner March 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    I am a life-long registered Democrat who will be voting for change in this special election. It is up to the voters in the district to look at the three candidates and decide who they want to represent them. Let’s have an election not a coronation. While I may not agree all of the time with Jack Davis, I do believe that he is the best man to represent us, as the next Representative of the 26th. Congressional District. His record speaks louder than any words or campaign promises. If you care about the future of America, the Davis is the choice to make.

  13. Ed Gentner March 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    The Republican committees candidate is Jane Corwin who is currently serving in the New York state assembly. Her exaggerated claims of running a successful business are on a par with former Rep. Chris Lee (R), both came to their wealth and business experience the old fashioned and traditional Republican way, passed down from an earlier generation. The claim by Corwin of creating jobs and relevant business experience is whimsical at best, she is another ersatz “job creator”, unless one includes the hiring and firing of maids, gardeners, and nannies to manage a suburban household. Her total of elected experience can be counted in months, as to count the years would be embarrassingly short and quite unremarkable. What has made her so attractive is that she has pledged to spend whatever it takes and self finance her campaign. It’s important to note that she is actively soliciting cash contributions in the tradition of most politicians. To sum up her most important qualification, she and her husband are close friend’s and neighbor of Chris Collins the current Erie County executive who supports her candidacy 110%, because they share the same political and social agenda of cut taxes at the top and wages and social programs such as social security and Medicare at the bottom

  14. Fat Tony March 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    BP, you couldn’t be more accurate. It’s not as if Jane Corwin is some RINO and the Tea Party must stand up for the conservative wing of the party. This is about a couple of guys grabbing a paycheck and trying to stay relevant. Davis is just another version of Perot and Golisano. An intriguing candidate at first, then you realize a little kooky, then nuts and then an attention grabber who needs the spotlight and surrounds himself with people who keep telling him he can win as they’re cashing a check.

  15. Mike In WNY March 29, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    If this isn’t a troubling symptom of RINOism, then I don’t know what is – Jane Corwin Endorsed by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership for Congress. The only way a candidate could be more status quo is if her name was Kathy Hochul, buying her way up the Democratic ladder with well placed contributions. Hell, Hochul even greased the path for her husband’s the job as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York with $4600 in contributions to O-bomb-ya.

  16. hank March 29, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    @Pete Herr—-You can count the number of pro-life believers in God who comment on this list on hand, and have several fingers left over? Saldhana thinks a fetus is a “Thing” that can be destroyed at the whim of the mother. Ain’t it a shame his mom was pro-life? There are plenty of avowed Atheists, Agnostics, and those who are just too lazy or stupid to investigate religion for themselves. The Liberal indoctirination facility known as the New York Public Schools tells the kids from before the age of reason to the Church (7) that religion is hooey anyway. Why should they bother to investigate theology and philosophy? Don’t believe it? Comment back and ask all the practical believers in God and the sanctity of human life to check in. Don’t hang by your toes waiting. There isn’t much room for God in Liberalism, other than the US Council of Catholic Bishops, which the rest of the Catholic world doesn’t care about anyway.

  17. Mr. F.N. Magoo March 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    Jack Davis is unfit to hold a congressional seat and that is sufficiently demonstrated by his horriby run campaigns and ignorant statements. Last time around, Jack was so clueless and tone deaf, he ranted about giving jobs picking vegetables to immigrants while speaking in the orchards of a man who later was confused by why he said that, due to the fact the farmer employed migrants and was hoping to resolve the immigration holdups that made it so hard for him to keep workers.

    @hank: As someone who was schooled by Dominican sisters and Jesuit priests, went to church every single Sunday when I was growing up, and was a charter member of a Knights of Columbus chapter just 11 short years ago, I investigated theology from within and philosophy from without. At the age of 41, with no epiphany nor crisis, I came to the examined conclusion that religion equates to magic. And I don’t believe in magic.

  18. Gabe March 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    Ed, (or whomever you actually are) exactly how much did Jack pay you to spam this post with this repetitive shilling?

  19. DJ March 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    I don’t know if “Ed” is a paid shill or not, but post #14 is spot-on.

  20. Bbill March 30, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    Hank — people who constantly advocate directly against their own economic interests because Limbaugh orders them to might not be the most qualified to talk about indoctrination.

  21. Greg March 30, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    @hank — I also attended Catholic/Jesuit schools for my entire education (Pre-K through Masters). I read theology books for fun. I’ve studied religion much more than the majority of people on the planet. So, please, take your “ain’t it a shame his mom was pro-life” quips and shove them up your magic-believing ass. If YOU would do some investigation of your own, you’d realize that Jesus is a myth and the sky monster isn’t real.

  22. Eric Saldanha March 30, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    @Hank – Jesus was a liberal. A dirty, long-haired, f*ckin liberal who advocated for the poor and for peace. Deal with it.

  23. peteherr March 30, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    @Hank – Not at all sure your confrontational style will increase the collection baskets or even the number of people sitting in the pews anytime soon. Sermons that begin with “You Godless heathens”, tend to fall on deaf ears. Certainly doesn’t help the future of the church. Remember this….you don’t get to sit in judgement. That’s WAY above your paygrade.

  24. Mr. F.N. Magoo March 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Is it merely coincidence that “Ed Genter”, serial commenter, reminds me of Ed Gein? These same cut-n-pastes are in the Daily News in Batavia and on http://www.thebatavian.com. The only Ed Genter I can find in WNY is listed as “Independent Entertainer”. I’ll give him the first part but nowhere near the second.

  25. Peter G March 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    Remove Jack Davis. Insert Carl Paladino. There is no difference. Davis is the flavor-of-the-month for Tea Baggers…..Just come with blank check in hand and some crazy views, and you’ve got yourself a nomination!!

  26. Gabe March 31, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    Eric, not to nitpick too hardcore but the Jesus character was a radical egalitarian (perhaps a communist by modern classification). Liberals were people like Rosseau, Jefferson, Robespierre, Locke, Paine, and many others in that peer group.

    Fortunately, for all those right-wingers who would otherwise be tripped up by this inconvenient truth, Jesus was just a myth.

  27. al l March 31, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    Jesus was not a myth.  He clearly existed.  There are multiple sources stating so.  

    Was he divine?  Well, that’s another issue altogether.  Guys like Paine, Jefferson and Adams didnt think so.  The Council of Nicaea couldnt settle the nature of Jesus for the early Christians (although they did agree self castration was a no-no. Win early Christians, Win.).

    To each their own, afterall, I wasnt there.

  28. jhorn April 1, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    al- Jesus not a myth, etc. There are multiple sources stating just the opposite and another multitude stating that a man named Jesus may have existed but his entire history was constructed from older “savior mythologies”.

  29. Bbill April 1, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Judging Jesus by his words and deeds — if He existed today, he’d be immediately pilloried and excoriated by the likes of Fox News and hate radio, and, it would follow, by the obedient Hank.

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