“Teabonics:” A Failure of Public Education

“This is freaking hilarious! “Teabonics” – or the interesting ways that “Tea Party” activists spell things. It’s like they’re proud of being ignorant.” – Bryan Shot on Facebook

Obama Looses his job

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  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on April 4, 2010 - 4:36 am

    This is one for the psychology profession. Why would people be stupid on purpose. Either these people are liberals trying to make the teabaggers LOOK stupid, which I think is unlikely because they wouldn’t want to be seen being stupid in public using their actual faces…


    your guess is as good as mine. It takes a fair amount of time to make a protest sign. Why wouldn’t somebody take the time to find out whether they’re spelling the damned thing correctly?

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on April 4, 2010 - 4:46 am

    A failure of pubic education is a distinct possibility, but most of these people are of age to have been educated in a fairly good public system. At least, they should want to be seen as being intelligent.

    Then again, we have people like Ann Coulter and Jonah Goldberg making complete asses out of themselves for some reason or other.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on April 4, 2010 - 4:47 am

    You right wingers got any thoughts on this?

  4. #4 by Uncle Rico on April 4, 2010 - 5:30 am

  5. #5 by cav on April 4, 2010 - 9:40 am

    They’re bent on creating some kind of Utopian dream where they’ll be smart…and the reality will be forced to meet them there. Of course there’s ample precedence from the U.S. governments illusions of grandeur and exceptionalism to lend credence to this wish.

    I think we’ll be caught at this, be bit big-time in the hiney, and perhaps, only then learn that the repug way is fraught with insanity.

    And by repug, I really mean: this contraption we presently feel compelled to regard as government. There are many better ways to do all this, so why trap ourselves into such a preposterously ill natured beast? Makes no sense.

  6. #6 by Richard Warnick on April 4, 2010 - 10:23 am

    Obviously this is more proof that the government fails at everything, including edukayshun eduaction education.

  7. #7 by JBT on April 4, 2010 - 12:32 pm

    This would represent a “Failure of Public Education” were it not for the fact that the majority of these Tea Party attendees home school their children in the manner as they were home schooled themselves.

    This insures that their ignorance can pass from one generation to the next not only through their genes, but through their environment as well.

    I’m becoming convinced that the primary difference between Liberals and Conservatives is that if a Liberal hears a political statement he actually thinks about it and checks to see if it is true. A conservative simply scrawls it on a poster using misspelled words and goes to a rally.

  8. #8 by brewski on April 4, 2010 - 1:24 pm

    By Juan Williams, of National Public radio:

    Tea party activists are surprisingly mainstream when it comes to their grievances about politics. They fit right in with most American voters who tell pollsters the country has been headed in the wrong direction under both Presidents Bush and Obama. A Pew poll in early March found 71% of Americans “dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country today.” Republicans and Democrats in Congress have low ratings —23% and 31% approval respectively, according to Pew…..

    Tea party style discontent appears also to be an accurate representation of voter unhappiness—across political and racial lines—with banks and financial institutions. Pew reports finding 48% saying they are “angry” over the government bailout for institutions that “made poor financial decisions.” Overall, Pew found 68% of Americans view these big-money institutions unfavorably….

    The tea party is not the problem. Whether you like them or not they do seem to have captured the political angst in the electorate…

  9. #9 by Cliff Lyon on April 4, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    Brew. Its all true. So if Tea Baggers agree with majority sentiment across party lines, then why don’t they support the party that represents the majority of the electorate?

    The reason is, they are part of a minority, of backwater America, who began voting against their best interests back in 1980 with Reagan.

    Then they voted for Bush and Bush II. They are three time losers who watched their pensions disappear under Republican administrations.

    They are angry, uninformed, gullible and wrong.

  10. #10 by Larry Bergan on April 4, 2010 - 1:58 pm


    Could it possibly be that the “angst in the electorate” is caused by the fact that the electorate isn’t sure their votes are being counted?

    We have no assurance whatsoever they are because they are contained in a machine; NOT counted OR posted in public!

    The theme painted on the teabagger buses is, “just vote them out.”

    How can we know whether the teabaggers are stealing an election or not, brewski?

  11. #11 by brewski on April 4, 2010 - 3:16 pm

    Larry, I believe you are asking me what does Juan Williams think the Tea Party-ers are angst-ridden about.

    I doubt that voting machine suspicions are high on the list of things that Tea Party-ers feel angst about. If it was high on their list, you would see it on their misspelled signs. But as far as I know, you don’t.

    My guess is that they, like mainstrteam America, as Juan Williams pointed out, are angst-ridden over Congress passing a poorly written health care bill suported by 35% of the electorate, over forecasted trillion dollar deficits per year each year as far as the eye can see even after the full recovery (by the OMB and CBO’s projections), over back room bribes and special deals to favored donor groups and politicians, over broken promises and lies about not raising taxes “one thin dime” on people making under $250,000 per year and on cutting health premiums by $2500/year……etc etc etc.

    Aren’t you angst ridden by any of those things? Or is all of that fine as long as the Dems do it?

  12. #12 by brewski on April 4, 2010 - 3:31 pm

    As usual you are emperically wrong.
    The Dems don’t represrent a “majority” of the electorate if they have a 31% percen approval rating. I know you don’t understand math, but 31% is not a majority. Yes 31% is great than 23%, that’s why the Dems control both houses of Congress. But don’t kid yourself that 31% is a majority of the electorate.

    Also, they did not vote against their interests. I know you may find this hard to understand, but what they think their interests are are different than what you think their interests ought to be. Only your conceit could convince yourself that you know what their interests are more than they know what their interests are. You just don’t like other people’s determination what their own intersts are vs what you think their interests are. That says more about you than it does about them.

    Yes, the people they voted for suck. That’s why the GOP has a 23% approval rating. We are arguing about degrees of horrible suckiness and the GOP fucked it up very badly. That is why they got voted out. That is how elections work.

    Speaking of gullible. Are you going to send me $2500 plus the amount of tax increases more than one thin dime I pay per year every year forever to make me whole for Obama’s broken promises? Or did you know it was all a lie from the start?

  13. #13 by rmwarnick on April 4, 2010 - 4:36 pm


    Since the 2006 general elections, the Democratic Party has been the majority party in both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate. Democrats also hold a majority of state governorships and control a majority of state legislatures.

    Also, the current President of the United States is allegedly a Democrat. He won election with 53 percent of the popular vote and currently has a 55 percent favorable approval rating.

  14. #14 by Cliff on April 4, 2010 - 4:59 pm

    Brewski, Empiricism! I’m all about that.

    A majority of the electorate voted for Obama.

    Your stats are approval of congress.

  15. #15 by Cliff on April 4, 2010 - 5:09 pm

    Brewski, Speaking of facts, where do you get that a majority, “are angst-ridden over Congress passing a poorly written health care bill suported by 35% of the electorate?”

    By 49%-40%, those polled say it was “a good thing” rather than a bad one that Congress passed the bill.

    Impress me. Identify your empirical facts by producing empirical evidence.

    …or go back under the porch.

  16. #16 by brewski on April 4, 2010 - 6:58 pm

    The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted March 10-14 among 1,500 adults, finds that public views of the health care bills before Congress remain more negative than positive – 48% generally oppose the bills before Congress while 38% favor them.

    So 38% of the people supported the bills. 38% is not the majority.

    which party has higher moral and ethical standards, neither party has an advantage – 31% name the Democratic Party, 29%

    31% is not a majority.

    For the first time in Pew Research Center survey, nearly as many say they disapprove (43%) of Obama’s job performance as approve (46%).

    46% approval is not a majority.

    31% who say they approve of the job the Democratic congressional leaders are doing and the 25% who give positive job ratings to GOP leaders.

    31% is not the majority.

    When Americans are asked to provide the one word that best describes their current impressions of Congress, the three most frequently offered terms are dysfunctional (21 people offered this), corrupt (20) and some version of self-serving, self-absorbed or selfish (19). Many of the words reflect perceptions that Congress has been unable or unwilling to enact legislation. For example, 16 people described Congress as inept, while 15 each offered variations on confusing, incompetent, ineffective or lazy.

    This is not Change we can believe in.

    Go crawl back into your hole.

  17. #17 by Cliff on April 5, 2010 - 7:05 am

    Ah Brewski, Is it possible you dont know how to make links?

  18. #18 by brewski on April 5, 2010 - 7:16 am

    Is it possibible you don’t know the definition of “majority”?

  19. #19 by cav on April 5, 2010 - 7:51 am

    The Bush gang ran their torture with not much more than signing statements and justice dept memos justifying what they did. I’m sure there was a percentage of the populace who were supportive, probably for reasons like their paycheck was dependent on it.

    But how does that overturn treaty law? And why hasn’t Obama began war-crime tribunals? Isn’t 50+% support for such a pursuit of justice going to get it done? Why not?

  20. #20 by Dwight Sheldon Adams on April 5, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    The same poll that Brewski cites says that

    Majorities see Obama as inspiring (61%) and decisive (57%), and relatively few regard him as arrogant (35%) or detached (35%). Many also say that Obama makes them feel hopeful (54%) and proud (49%). Just 30% say that Obama makes them angry, while somewhat more (44%) say he makes them feel disappointed.

    Sounds like Change we can believe in, by Brewski’s standards (i.e. poll data). Remember, that was Obama’s campaign phrase, not the whole party’s.

    So, by your measure, Brewski, the majority supports and likes Obama, and he supports healthcare reform. Even if he has to carry the bill on his back, it can be passed by “majority” support.

    Besides, there are other polls that say that people are more happy the bill passed than upset.

    Most interestingly, this poll provides some important information about Juan Williams’ assertions: in particular, that while tea partiers are a fair race, age, education, and employment cross-section of America, they tend to be Republican, conservative, above-average income males. They’re also significantly more pro-life and significantly more opposed to the healthcare bill than the average.

    So, no, they aren’t all just regular Joes. As I see it, many of them are taking a convenient position. Bush is out of power now, and its become quite fashionable (and in no way damaging to your party credentials) to declare him a phony and a fool, despite the fact that most of them probably voted for him twice and supported him all the way to January 20th, 2009 (and a little after).


    Good point. As long as percentage points matter, I hope we can all support war-crime prosecutions for Bush, Cheney, their lawyers, and the CIA agents who knew full-well what they were doing was illegal.

    That means you, too, Brewski.


  21. #21 by brewski on April 5, 2010 - 3:06 pm

    You need to add Obama to that list, according to Richard.

  22. #22 by Obamarmy on April 6, 2010 - 5:43 pm

    “TEABONICS”: Linguists are calling this New English Language Vernacular a Phenomenon that is Sweeping Across America.

  23. #23 by cav on April 6, 2010 - 10:38 pm

    Teabonics sounds like something the Center for Disease Control is probably working up some innoculationt to prevent the spread of, even as a key.

    It’s really all part of the Grand Old Meltdown. And good riddence.

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