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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
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Posted - 02/28/2010 :  17:23:06  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was researching the Teabagger/(Mad) Tea Party movement on Wikipedia just now, and was looking at the photographs there.

As you may know, may of the images posted at Wikipedia appear small in the articles themselves, but often may be blown up to very high resolution.

I clicked on the first of the article's images, then clicked again to see it at very high (3720 x 2514 pixels) resolution. It's a photo taken at the Teabagger protest in Washington, DC, on September 12, 2009.

I noticed an oddity in the lower-left corner of the image, an upside down printed page, stuck with adhesive tape to the back of a picket sign (see it, highlighted by me in yellow, below):



I took that stuck-on page and made it more readable by first enlarging the area with my OnOne Photoshop plug-in, then rotating the image, applying contrast and brightness controls, and using the "Sharpen More" filter. Here's the result:



Okay, some unknown someone or organization produced a bunch of posters for pickup in DC by a "Janet Allquist."

Naturally, I wanted to know who this Ms. Allquist is. Fortunately Google is my personal friend (and yours, too, if you are nice to it).

Here's Google's results for "Janet Allquist".

Notice the first hit is "Janet Allquist's Page" at FreedomWorks.

Freedom Works is a right-wing non-profit foundation based in Washington, DC. According to Wiki:
FreedomWorks is closely tied to its founder, corporate lobbyist and former Republican Congressman Dick Armey, whose former lobbying firm DLA Piper that he resigned in August 2009, represents Bristol Myers Squibb, among other pharmaceutical companies.
The organization has been accused of "Astroturfing," meaning the practice of using corporate funding to create a false appearance of a spontaneous grass-roots popular movement.

FreedomWorks is funded by "individual contributions" as well as corporate funding from the likes of ATT, Verizon and Philip Morris.

So we may fairly well bet that FreedomWorks, under the influence of Dick Armey, and thanks to big bucks from public utilities and tobacco corporations, made those signs for Janet Allquist to hand to her Teabagger friends. (Also, note the lady holding that sign in the photo, along with several others near her, are wearing FreedomWorks "gimmee" T-shirts.)

Janet Allquist may be (given her cell phone's area code and prefix) from Saint Ann, a suburb outside of Saint Louis, Missouri. Betcha I can guess who paid for her trip to DC with her friends.

Sometimes a little digging uncovers interesting things. And maybe some of you who read this will be inspired to dig deeper than the shallow trench I've dug.

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.

Edited by - HalfMooner on 02/28/2010 21:32:35

The Rat
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Posted - 02/28/2010 :  19:24:08   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit The Rat's Homepage Send The Rat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Excellent detective work HM!

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Dave W.
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Posted - 02/28/2010 :  19:36:29   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You've gotta find a photo of that particular sign from the other side, to see if it's misspelled.

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H. Humbert
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Posted - 02/28/2010 :  20:07:31   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send H. Humbert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by The Rat

Excellent detective work HM!
I second that. Great post, Mooner. If I were you, I'd shoot Ed Brayton a link over at Dispatches from the Culture Wars. This sounds like the sort of story he might write up on his blog.


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HalfMooner
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Posted - 02/28/2010 :  20:42:41   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by H. Humbert

Originally posted by The Rat

Excellent detective work HM!
I second that. Great post, Mooner. If I were you, I'd shoot Ed Brayton a link over at Dispatches from the Culture Wars. This sounds like the sort of story he might write up on his blog.
Great idea! I've now written to Ed. Now we'll see if he comes here for a look, and takes an interest.

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HalfMooner
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Philippines
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Posted - 02/28/2010 :  20:44:15   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

You've gotta find a photo of that particular sign from the other side, to see if it's misspelled.
I'd imagine that FreedomWorks uses a spell-checker on their placard machine.

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Randy
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Posted - 02/28/2010 :  21:07:16   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Randy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Damn straight, H. Humbert.
Halfmooner, nice piece of Sherlock'n there buddy. Wrap this puppy up in a email to Ed Brayton and let's see where this leads us to.

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HalfMooner
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Philippines
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Posted - 02/28/2010 :  21:10:14   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Randy

Damn straight, H. Humbert.
Halfmooner, nice piece of Sherlock'n there buddy. Wrap this puppy up in a email to Ed Brayton and let's see where this leads us to.
Thanks, Randy, and thank you all for the kind words.

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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Randy
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Posted - 02/28/2010 :  21:11:46   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Randy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, look what I get for starting a message; and before I post it, I pause to make a sandwich.
HM, glad you took HH's advice.

"We are all connected; to each other biologically, to the earth chemically, to the rest of the universe atomically."

"So you're made of detritus [from exploded stars]. Get over it. Or better yet, celebrate it. After all, what nobler thought can one cherish than that the universe lives within us all?"
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HalfMooner
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Philippines
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Posted - 02/28/2010 :  21:23:38   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Update: The FreedomWorks page I linked to in the OP shows that Janet Allquist lives in O'Fallon, Missouri, (not in St. Ann as I'd supposed based on her phone number). Reflecting the Teabaggers themselves, O'Fallon is a very, very white town. Wiki says:
The racial makeup of the city is 95.32% Caucasian, 2.24% African American, 0.74% Asian, 0.23% Native American, 00.03% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 1.45% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
Edited by - HalfMooner on 02/28/2010 21:24:48
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 02/28/2010 :  21:27:08   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Randy

Well, look what I get for starting a message; and before I post it, I pause to make a sandwich.
HM, glad you took HH's advice.
It was extremely good advice. Brayton's seems just the right guy to send this to. But I wouldn't have thought of it myself.

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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Machi4velli
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Posted - 02/28/2010 :  23:16:58   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Machi4velli a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by HalfMooner

Reflecting the Teabaggers themselves, O'Fallon is a very, very white town. Wiki says:[quote]The racial makeup of the city is 95.32% Caucasian, 2.24% African American, 0.74% Asian, 0.23% Native American, 00.03% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 1.45% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.


Relevance?

I do question how uncommon it is for someone to bring signs to distribute for a planned protest/video op/whatever you want to call it. I didn't know who planned it, but it doesn't seem to be a secret since the woman in the picture is wearing a FreedomWorks shirt, which Wiki says was founded publicly with Dick Armey and Jack Kemp as chairmen, spouting Reagan policies all the way.

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filthy
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Posted - 03/01/2010 :  03:50:32   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
"Dig, we must!" Nicely done, 'mooner.




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HalfMooner
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Philippines
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Posted - 03/01/2010 :  10:15:20   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Machi4velli

Originally posted by HalfMooner

Reflecting the Teabaggers themselves, O'Fallon is a very, very white town. Wiki says:
The racial makeup of the city is 95.32% Caucasian, 2.24% African American, 0.74% Asian, 0.23% Native American, 00.03% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 1.45% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.


Relevance?
I think it's relevant to note that here is someone trekking across country from an overwhelmingly white enclave in a former slave state, to participate in a lily-white demonstration with obvious racist overtones, especially when this is a demonstration against the first African-American President. When that demonstration seems to be financed by tax-exempt, corporate-funded, right-wing non-profit groups, that racial detail seems important to note. Your perception may, and doubtless does, vary.
I do question how uncommon it is for someone to bring signs to distribute for a planned protest/video op/whatever you want to call it. I didn't know who planned it, but it doesn't seem to be a secret since the woman in the picture is wearing a FreedomWorks shirt, which Wiki says was founded publicly with Dick Armey and Jack Kemp as chairmen, spouting Reagan policies all the way.
Astroturfing is a very important issue for a movement that's billed by it's corporate financiers as an honest, grassroots populist moment, especially when those corporate backers are designing, printing, and manufacturing placards for their stooges.

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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Edited by - HalfMooner on 03/01/2010 10:16:34
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2010 :  10:15:49   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by filthy

"Dig, we must!" Nicely done, 'mooner.

Thanks!

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Dude
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Posted - 03/01/2010 :  12:00:35   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Machi4velli

Originally posted by HalfMooner

Reflecting the Teabaggers themselves, O'Fallon is a very, very white town. Wiki says:[quote]The racial makeup of the city is 95.32% Caucasian, 2.24% African American, 0.74% Asian, 0.23% Native American, 00.03% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 1.45% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.


Relevance?

I do question how uncommon it is for someone to bring signs to distribute for a planned protest/video op/whatever you want to call it. I didn't know who planned it, but it doesn't seem to be a secret since the woman in the picture is wearing a FreedomWorks shirt, which Wiki says was founded publicly with Dick Armey and Jack Kemp as chairmen, spouting Reagan policies all the way.


The woman in the picture is probably not Janet, and the fact that she is wearing a "freedomworks" tea(pun intended)shirt just further demonstrates the falsity of any claim these people are a real grass roots movement. They are corporate funded shills with an extreme political agenda and more than a small dose of overt racism thrown in.

It's a clever exploitation, yet again, of the right wing voting base. Those idiots have been being manipulated for decades into voting against their own self interests, and this whole teabagger thing is just more of the same from the same manipulative people.


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