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Coweta-Fayette Tea Party groups help stage anti-protest

Members of the Coweta County and Fayette County Tea Party movement joined others Wednesday in Atlanta in a protest to show support for Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin legislature in its move to potentially end many collective bargaining rights for state workers. The anti-protest-protest was also in response to a protest rally in the city held by supporters of the Wisconsin state workers.

Senoia Tea Party Coordinator Joe Cannin said the presence of the Coweta and Fayette group was meant to demonstrate their support for the states that are in fiscal trouble and are attempting to put their fiscal houses in order.

“We were trying to show support for Gov. Walker. We wanted to get a message across to Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio that they are not alone,” Cannin said Wednesday night. “If (a state) doesn’t have the money to continue the funding and are going broke they have to cut spending.”

Cannin said it is unfortunate that the unions have taken advantage of the fiscal situation that Wisconsin and other states are facing.
“(Union members) think it’s union-busting. I think that’s far from the truth,” said Cannin.

Local and national news outlets reported that hundreds gathered on the Capitol steps Wednesday to protest in support of the union workers in Wisconsin and other states.

Though the numbers of those protesting the protest were not tallied, Cannin said the Tea Party movement supporters from Fayette and Coweta were not deterred from attending. Since the movement was launched nearly two years ago the local groups have been no stranger to having their say, including at a variety of protests and other events.

“(Our involvement) is trying to show that this grassroots movement has been important to the country and we’re supporting people who we believe are right on the issues,” Cannin said.

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CombatCorrespondent's picture

Photos and video from the Tea Party rally at the state capitol yesterday:

http://www.kombatkamera.com/Journalism/Local-News/Fayette-County-Tea-Par...

Mike

Shame on you CombatCorrespondent! You somehow managed to photoshop every single African American face out of those dozens of Tea Party supporters! In all 130 pictures!

Did Combat also take the picture of the FCHS basketball team?
Seems that must be a Clayton or Fulton County team!

I think his pictures just 'tell it like it is'. There are good 'black and white' athletes in Fayette County!

But white men and women can't jump!

:-) You crack me up!

CombatCorrespondent's picture

[quote=Chris P. Bacon]Shame on you CombatCorrespondent! You somehow managed to photoshop every single African American face out of those dozens of Tea Party supporters! In all 130 pictures![/quote]

EXCUSE ME? Me? A racist? I've been called a lot of things, but never that!! That's not very fair.

I'm sure if there had been any African Americans in the group, I would have gotten them in at least a few of the photos...

I just record what is there in front of my lens. I don't photoshop anyone in or out. Not my style of journalism ...

Mike

I hope that 'Bacon' was being sarcastic. Pictures speak volumes - and yours have been great!

[quote]I'm sure if there had been any African Americans in the group, I would have gotten them in at least a few of the photos...[/quote]

I'm sure you would have. Your photos have pictured Americans at their finest here and abroad.

certainly pro Tea Party. Bea Williams is taunting the T Partiers???? Doesn't look like that to me. She's all of 5 feet - maybe shorter - and none of the T-Partiers look 'scared'. Oh well - Pictures speak volumes - and one is free to give their own interpretation to what they 'see'. It appeared that some T's were taunting the black man who walked in the street in a 'white' suit. (Couldn't walk in the street because the T's had the street blocked.) And lo and behold - is that GP holding the 'socialist' sign with a look of 'hate' on her face? Truth is often in the eye of the beholder. Love your pictures - we just have a different interpretation. Keep sharing - your work is appreciated.

I should have worn my makeup! Maybe CC will come to a Herman C rally and snap a few photos, there are many Constitutional Patriots among us with more melanin. -GP

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[quote=Georgia Patriot]I should have worn my makeup! Maybe CC will come to a Herman C rally and snap a few photos, there are many Constitutional Patriots among us with more melanin. -GP[/quote]

I try to shoot as many events as I can without prejudice regardless of how I feel about an issue. But I am human and I do have opinions about certain things, such as our current Fayette County Commission.

If the Republicans are having an event and I get invited, I come if I can. Same with the Democrats and Tea Party. If it is newsworthy and people want to know about it, I like to be there!

Patriot, I'm not sure if you are in the crowd in these photos, but here ya go. I have avoided Herman Cain, it has been more about opportunity!

http://www.kombatkamera.com/Events/Misc-Events/Herman-Cain-WSB/8639445_M...

Any time any of you have an event, shoot me an email from my website and I will be there if possible.

I was on a recent USO Tour to Germany and Afghanistan with my favorite political cartoonist ever, Mike Luckovich. The things I like about Mike are that a. He is a super nice guy. b. That even if I don't like his cartoon of the day (politically) (happens a lot), I still have a good laugh and stop and think.

http://www.kombatkamera.com/Military/USO/USO-Portfolio/7211954_csLtQ#109...

Thanks for your input guys.

Mike

Mike

Thanks for the link, nice photos. BTW, I wasn't there, I had to WORK to pay my "fair share" to be redistributed, but that's another story. -GP

No, friend Mike, you're not a racist.

I made my comment for the benefit of the fringe right wingers here, who have insisted over and over that there are "lots of coloreds" in the local tea party. I guess those folks don't like having their pictures taken.

Geez, I gotta be more circumspect with my sarcasm around here!!

CombatCorrespondent's picture

[quote=Chris P. Bacon]I made my comment for the benefit of the fringe right wingers here, who have insisted over and over that there are "lots of coloreds" in the local tea party. I guess those folks don't like having their pictures taken.[/quote]

No problem. I understood what you meant, however, I assumed that others who read it would not!

You are absolutely correct about some people not wanting their photos taken! You ALWAYS have someone who is camera shy!! :-) No offense taken!!

PTC Observer's picture

You're in the wrong state, get on a bus and go north.

it's coming here, by mid march coordinated rallys will be in most states. Labor unions/socialist/communist radical groups are all working together to make this happen. -GP

What really has the Unions got to do with the local governments paying of the teachers?

They didn't have to pay them what they have! They paid them to compete and to school the students!

Now, blame the unions instead of the government. BS

Also, you want to now cut what you gave them--which they agree to--but also you want to destroy their union!

Don't you understand why they want a union---just such treatment as this!

Manage the schools better, the unions don't manage them!

With both the unions and the states. States are scrambling because of mistakes made by previous administrations. Unions are scrambling because they have essentially priced themselves out of the market. Look for federal bailouts beginning with California, we have already established a precedence with what is "too big to fail". Here is a very interesting discussion of what is to come http://www.economics21.org/content/states-trouble-bankruptcy-bailout-or-... Crank up the money presses and buckle your seat belts. -GP

Observerofu's picture

when filming a fake "Faux" news event while a pro socialist march goes by 3 feet from this guy. This fine example of just how clueless these people are.

Their little protest is being hijacked by Socialist, Anarchist and other whacko left groups.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/clueless-in-wisconsin-socialists-march-b...

"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt"
-Samuel Adams
Illegitimi non carborundum

kevink's picture

as bad as you come across in print sometimes. Do you have a proof reader or ghost writer?

Unions working with "communist" and "socialist" groups? Care to tell us what the heck you are talking about?

Fact 1: Union members are tax-paying citizens. They are WAGE EARNERS. They are WORKING AMERICANS.

Fact 2: Unions would not exist if working Americans had not been abused, subjected to unsafe working conditions, and, at times, taken advantage of by the forces of greed which emphasized profit over safety.

For some reason your brand of *conservatism has a hard time seeing that maternity leave, weekends, sick time, and safe work environments are good things, brought to us by the work of unionized labor. I do not prefer a world where underage workers toil in unsafe environments for non-living wages so that the companies they are employed by can maximize profits.

Do *conservatives like yourself believe that corporate leadership is somehow holy, blameless, and incapable of abusing workers on any level?

Parting thought: Would you feel comfortable riding in the back of an airplane flown by an over-worked non-union pilot who is flying sick because he was scared he would lose his job if he didn't show for the flight? That is not a hypothetical situation my friend.

Vote Mytmite in 2012!

I would agree that oversight of pilots MAY be a function of government, covered constitutionally under the general welfare clause (article 1 section 8) and after 9-11 also covered under defense(preamble). You sound like a big union supporter so let me ask you a question. Should workers be evaluated on job performance or just receive pay raises based entirely on seniority? Teachers in the bankrupt state Wisconsin avg $89,000.00 a year PLUS benefits but picking up another 6 percent of their insurance was too much? The American people perceive this as greed and are rejecting it, as polls indicate. IMHO, Unions started out with the right goals but just like government they have grown too large. Unions have also become political, backing politicians that pass legislation to benefit themselves. For America to work the public sector should be as small as possible, leaving everything the private sector does well alone, the competition in the private sector is a good thing. -GP

PTC Observer's picture

I'll take my chances with private enterprise.

I know you agree that the government doesn't do anything well, they can't even protect their own secrets. If they can't even do this, why in the world would we want to entrust them with our lives, our liberty, or out property? All three wrapped up neatly when we ride on an airline.

BTW, they have done a swell job with the TSA.

We already trust our safety during flight to the government, ever hear of the Air Marshal program? 9-11 changed a lot in this world. Kevin insinuated that somehow being in a union increased the safety offered by the pilot. My point was that because the safety of many different passengers from different states were affected, I could see their safety possibly falling under the general welfare clause of the constitution(the sky is the new sea?) and any type of universal oversight would have to be a federal program and not somehow being "blessed" by a union. But yes, you are right, government would probably screw that up too. -GP

kevink's picture

They can't do ANYTHING well. Our military absolutely sucks becasue they are 100% a product of government. Police? Fire fighters? First responders? Horrible organizations of parasitic socialist failures due to the fact that they are born from the nasty terrible government.

Personally, I think *conservatives, in their new patriotic hatred of goveernment, unions, and anything else big business tells them is bad, have proven that the American dream, as they perceive it, comes second to the desires of their corporate masters. Just look at what you guys write. Truly incredible. What would Joe six pack say?

As far as the TSA, Observer, when is the last time we lost a plane to a terrorist act? Buh buh buh...... Answer that one.

Vote Mytmite in 2012!

Kevin, as the noted Citizen blogger philosopher gOOFUs might say...<strong>"but that....that.....that's DIFFERENT!"</strong>

Observerofu's picture

again all fat and no meat. Bacon is a good moniker for you.

"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt"
-Samuel Adams
Illegitimi non carborundum

<a href="http://spectator.org/archives/2010/11/23/disband-the-tsa">Disband the TSA</a>

<cite> In nearly a decade there is not a single report of a terrorist having been caught during the TSA screening process. No bombs have been discovered. No hijackings have been thwarted. For the TSA to claim it has made the nation's skies safer is as absurd as the rooster taking credit for the sun rising each morning. Observant passengers have caught more terrorist-wannabes than the 67,000 TSA employees.</cite>

kevink's picture

We should get rid of security all together and let the observant passengers take care of things.

Others might analyze that the presence of TSA personnel and our new security measures keep many terrorist from ever driving to the airport. But don't let that stop your hatred of all things government. Now, if you forgive me, I have a Burbon street to attend on Mardis Gras... I mean a burbon face on $%^& street waiting... I mean... never mind,

Vote Mytmite in 2012!

PTC Observer's picture

Your right they can't do anything right, including the army and police. But those things are required under the Constitution to protect our lives, liberty and property.

As far as your question about the TSA. Do you think there is some kind of cause and effect in play? I don't think so, the TSA can't protect us against someone that is willing to commit suicide. If you think this, then you are simply naive.

kevink's picture

You said: "Teachers in the bankrupt state Wisconsin avg $89,000.00 a year PLUS benefits but picking up another 6 percent of their insurance was too much?"

GP you are WRONG WRONG WRONG. The govt employees unions agreed to financial concessions, no matter what your "news sources" told you. Gov. Walker, consulting with his fake Koch brother, overreached and said he wanted to end collective bargaining. He said he has no money yet he gave corporate kick backs as soon as he got in office. Then he tried to pay for it on the backs of middle class, tax-paying government workers. Oddly enough he exempted the unions which he had family and political ties to. Hmmm. Interesting. We have unions because of loose with the facts governors like Walker and quick to believe anything conservative like yourself apparantly. I am not pro union. I am pro people.

For your other question, all workers should be evaluated on job performance. Not politics. Not political support. Not nepotism. Job performance. I am not rigidly saying union way or the highway. as a union member, I UNDERSTAND tha unions negotiate and give concessions when necessary. Hence the lack of the term "overpaid delta pilots" as of late ;-).

Now, a question for you: Why do "small government" *conservatives seem so in love with a single handed strong-arming of tax paying Wisconsinites by their governor? They offered to meet him more than halfway, yet he will settle for nothing short of their union's annhilation.

<a href="http://studentactivism.net/2011/02/20/sat-act-unions/">analysis of Wisconsin school performance</a>

Intersting how well Wisconsin schools rate when compared to the non-union school systems of Va,TX, GA, NC,and SC. Non-union systems in the bottom 10 nationally. Wisconsin in the top 3 to 17 depending on what sources you view. Makes a lie out of the claim that "teachers unions are the problem with schools."

Vote Mytmite in 2012!

Elections have consequences.

Remember when Obama said "I won" to the Republicans?

Walker won. Get used to it - there's more to come, warthog.

Remember when Gingrich said he was snubbed by Clinton!! Prepare for it!!

Cyclist's picture

[quote=kevink]Parting thought: Would you feel comfortable riding in the back of an airplane flown by an over-worked non-union pilot who is flying sick because he was scared he would lose his job if he didn't show for the flight? That is not a hypothetical situation my friend.[/quote]

I wonder if you are referring to the tragedy at Buffalo. You do know that Colgan Air's pilots are represented by ALPA?

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Cy, I'm sure Kevin can come up with some better examples than that. First, we don't know what "over-worked" means or what "sick" really means (was he incapacitated?) and of course there is always at least one more rated throttle-bender in the cockpit (and good chance of couple more "non-rev" folks on board who can take over in an emergency.
If in fact that is the incident Kevin is referring to, believe the facts are that the plane stalled, the capt did not make the proper corrections and the first officer did not make the necessary corrections either. NTSB says "Pilot Error", no mention of fatigue or illness, but mention of relative ineperience of the first officer (and NO, they don't make a big issue of the fact that the First Officer was a 24 yr old female). But what do I know. I think I know I need to get out of somebody's else's sandbox.

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In my experience, the communists, socialists , and others who are anxious to cause decension in democracies, enjoy pointing out the weaknesses in those governments and earnestly try to broaden the division that exists among the citizens. United we stand, divided we fall. It is important that we not allow this to happen by not taking the word of those would label every statement that they don't agree with as anti democracy. The socialist, communist, and Marxist tried to align themselves with the Civil Rights movement. Americans aligned themselves with 'human rights'. Let's unite-and stand without calling one another names of ideologies that we fear/disagree with. Americans can disagree yet remain united and strong. Look at history. We are not socialists or communists . . nor are our leaders

[quote=Davids mom]In my experience, the communists, socialists , and others who are anxious to cause decension in democracies, enjoy pointing out the weaknesses in those governments and earnestly try to broaden the division that exists among the citizens. United we stand, divided we fall. It is important that we not allow this to happen by not taking the word of those would label every statement that they don't agree with as anti democracy. The socialist, communist, and Marxist tried to align themselves with the Civil Rights movement. Americans aligned themselves with 'human rights'. Let's unite-and stand without calling one another names of ideologies that we fear/disagree with. Americans can disagree yet remain united and strong. Look at history. We are not socialists or communists . . nor are our leaders[/quote]
I agree, the ones among the group you refer to that are not communists and socialists must speak out and work hard to differentiate yourselves from the ones that wish to destroy our country!!! My father (God rest his Soul) was a lifetime staunch Democrat but he would roll over in his grave if he saw what the Democratic party has become. Democrats have been playing with fire for too long and the party is now being changed into something that is, IMHO Un-American. Good luck. -GP

Calling fellow citizens/Democrats 'un-American' does nothing to unite this country - and feeds the purpose of Socialists and Communists. Remember 1995 - and what some called the Republicans - and assured Clinton's re-election. You can express your opinion without denigrating others - I think. Thanks.

I was calling the Socialists and Communists among the Democrats Un-American. Or maybe you understood and that is what todays democratic party has become? Please explain. -GP

You and others understand exactly what I mean. . .and I understand exactly what you write and mean. Enjoy this beautiful day!

I was hoping you would be a brave enough socialist to put it in print. I will use the word "socialist" instead of the word "you", feel free to insert "you" anywhere it fits. Socialists "FEEL" that the Vision our Founders had of this Constitutional Republic should be altered/compromised in order to accommodate other ideas such as Socialism. To me this is sort of the Rodney King philosophy of "Can't we just get along". Socialists are for a large redistributive government which will somehow make things "FAIR" and against a small government, free market, constitutional capitalist society that places more power in the individual and in states and which is somehow "UNFAIR". Socialists are for wealth distribution through government social programs. Socialists want what Capitalism produces without the hard work and that those who have worked hard and accumulated wealth or estates should "SHARE". FEEL-FAIR-UNFAIR-SHARE pretty much sums it up. -GP

A Michelle Malkin 'wannabe'. Any original thoughts? Our private sector folks that you are so intent on 'protecting' - smiled as they arrived at the White House asking for 'bail out' funds from us hard working folk - in their private planes! Bernie Madouf(sp?) worked hard at 'keeping' his hard earned funds. The 'banks' that received our hard earned funds (those we shared with them) are hesitant in helping those hard-working folk who have lost their jobs - recover from the recession with refinancing, etc. - oh no - foreclosure is the answer from the banks. Even for our veterans and active members of our military. I think Jesus suggested 'getting along' and respecting one another long before Rodney King. Capitalism is being initiated in some communist countries because if implemented with principle - it works. It is important for socialists to make sure that democracy and capitalism fail. Keep it up GP. It doesn't take much to understand your purpose here. The debate between conservatives and progressives can be beneficial to democracy. The refusal to cooperate between the two ideologies will be the destruction of our country. Ah - a socialists' dream.

[quote=Davids mom]A Michelle Malkin 'wannabe'. Any original thoughts? Our private sector folks that you are so intent on 'protecting' - smiled as they arrived at the White House asking for 'bail out' funds from us hard working folk - in their private planes! Bernie Madouf(sp?) worked hard at 'keeping' his hard earned funds. The 'banks' that received our hard earned funds (those we shared with them) are hesitant in helping those hard-working folk who have lost their jobs - recover from the recession with refinancing, etc. - oh no - foreclosure is the answer from the banks. Even for our veterans and active members of our military. I think Jesus suggested 'getting along' and respecting one another long before Rodney King. Capitalism is being initiated in some communist countries because if implemented with principle - it works. It is important for socialists to make sure that democracy and capitalism fail. Keep it up GP. It doesn't take much to understand your purpose here. The debate between conservatives and progressives can be beneficial to democracy. The refusal to cooperate between the two ideologies will be the destruction of our country. Ah - a socialists' dream.[/quote]
First of all, what I write are my thoughts and no one else's, although I am not the only Constitutional Conservative that visits here. You have insinuated that I am somehow like Bernie Madoff and his CRIMINAL ponzi scheme..WRONG! and that I believe in government bailouts for corporate america were right..WRONG AGAIN and that somehow shining the light of truth on SOCIALIST ideals will cause the destruction of our country, well WRONG AGAIN! And please explain what you understand "my purpose here to be"? That perversion of my ideals will probably be interesting and WRONG as well. I, unlike you, will tell you what I believe. I believe in the Founders Vision of a Constitutional Republic, with a limited federal government with enumerated powers. Not a Socialist redistributive Utopia version that has failed EVERYWHERE it has been tried. Go ahead, punish the achievers, tax the rich, regulate industry to death, redistribute stolen wealth, confiscate estates upon death, deem law passed, create czars, implement law through departments like the EPA. THESE my friend are the things that will be the end on America. -GP

My mother, and members of her generation were staunch supporters of the party of Lincoln (Republicans) She is 100 years old - and is sickened by what some Republicans stand for today. Labels mean nothing, actions speak louder than words. I feel our hope is in the young Independents who are working for 'country' and not 'party'.

PTC Observer's picture

This post is also laughable.

Calling someone a socialist that is a socialist is not calling names, it is pointing out a fact.

You are a socialist.

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. . . And you fit the description of one who is planted on blogs to create division . Calling everyone who disagrees with you a Socialist is very telling. People who resort to 'name calling' or 'fear tactics' don't help the Democrats or the Republicans. . . and are definitely not following an attempt at civil discourse .

kevink's picture

<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/WN/Travel/ntsb-pilot-error-blame-colgan-air-flight... investigation of Continental Connection Flight 3407</a>. Cyclist and local union hating *conservatives. Let's analyze this NTSB accident report and determine which side of each issue pilots and unions are on, and which side management and corporate forces are on: From the linked article:

"As expected, the board today sharply criticized the regional airline industry, which is suffering from serious shortcomings, using pilots with too little experience, inadequate training, low wages, long commutes and suffering from fatigue. The NTSB is also likely to take the Federal Aviation Administration to task for its oversight of the industry."

1: Inexperienced pilots: Carriers like Culgan spend as little money on training as possible to keep training costs low. And younger, less experienced pilots will work for a smaller wage than older, more experienced pilots. I imagine these wages are what lead *conservatives to call union members "parasites" and "socialists."

2. Long commutes and fatigue were causal factors. Companies need pilots at every base, and whether the base is New York or Cincinnati, the pay is the same, so crew members generally live where they can afford to and endure the long commutes to their high cost of living bases. Companies do not want to pay cost of living allowances. In terms of pilot fatigue, unions have ALWAYS been the only refuge for crew members who are pressured by their companies to fly beyond their duty day. This has been a CONSTANT fight, where companies seek to keep financial impacts of delays low by using crews as long as they possibly can. Union bashers who truly have no first hand experience with this dynamic (not that you are among that number Cyclist) refuse to acknowledge the union contributions to safer skies by supporting crew members who tell their companies, "I am fatigued. I cannot safely execute my job without adequate rest."

3. Inadequate FAA oversite: Have *conservatives been calling for MORE government oversite or LESS oversite? Lack of oversite was a CAUSAL FACTOR here.

I truly can't figure out why legions of local conservatives who are much more likely to be passengers on commercial aircraft than upper level management of airlines continue to push for an environment where THE ONLY PEOPLE in the company who can take them safely from point A to point B would have even less of a voice and be less empowered to make decisions based on safety as opposed to financial concerns.

I've gotta tell you, Cyclist, modern *conservatives are an interesting bunch. When they start turning on working Americans and calling them "parasites" and "communists" and "socialists," we really have to wonder what *conservative "values" have become.

Vote Mytmite in 2012!

Cyclist's picture

Thanks for the in-depth response. I'll respond when I get to Paris as the company bus is waiting.

Oh, keep next Saturday open as we are having a coffee get together.

Cy

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