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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Monday, November 07, 2011 :::

On double standards between the Tea Party movement and the Occupiers:
  • Taranto has noticed that the New York Times, which was the most egregious media organ in the attempt to tie the Tucson shooting in January to overheated rhetoric by the Tea Party movement, has been cheering on a movement connected to actual violence.
  • From Richmond, Virginia, this:
    On Friday, Oct. 28, Corky Mann, treasurer of the Richmond Tea Party, hand-delivered an invoice to the City of Richmond for the total costs incurred from three separate April 15 events at Richmond's downtown Kanawha Plaza.

    The annual Richmond Tea Party Tax Day Rally, a major venue through which we both alert and educate Virginians on fiscal and other policy issues, has been a mainstay event for the organization each year since the 2009 inaugural rally.

    The $8,500 invoice represents dollars budgeted for the Richmond Tea Party's three Tax Day rallies. When combined with the many hundreds of volunteer hours utilized for these events alone, the overall investment represents a good portion of the organization's available resources.

    For each event at Kanawha Plaza we filed timely applications for governmental review and paid all required permit fees. We arranged for toilets, first-aid care, staging, lights and sound, off-duty police officers for security, event insurance and volunteers trained to support an orderly day of protest. We always left the property as clean as — or cleaner than — we found it.

    The Occupy Richmond group met none of these benchmarks while camped out in the same Kanawha Plaza between Oct. 15th and Oct. 31 (the morning they were finally evicted). So in the spirit of our founding principle of equal application of the law, the Richmond Tea Party is requesting a full refund from the City of Richmond for city-imposed costs related to these three rallies.
    Absent a good-faith effort to charge the Occupiers, this request should clearly be granted.

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