Friday, March 13, 2009


The term: Teabag

According to the Urban Dictionary, well... you can read it for yourself if you don't know what it means in slang.

It seems there is a conservative movement in the U.S. called the Tea Party.

I get the historical reference and think it is mildly clever.

The Tea Party is planning to send as many teabags as possible to the White House in April, in protest.

What most of these folks don't realize however, is that the White House doesn't get mail. It gets sent to an off-site facility where it is processed and sorted *and opened*. If it has contents (other than a letter or paper), it gets sent through the Secret Service.

So sending hundreds if not thousands of teabags in plain white envelopes to our White House is going to cost each and every one of us American taxpayers for the time civil employees spend opening the sodding teabag mail.

Also, don't these people realize that "teabagging" the President is beyond insulting?

Seriously, you are metaphorically putting testicles into his mouth?

Here's what some of those in the thick of this plot [note sarcasm] are saying (here's the link, I cannot make this sh*t up):

Christine writes: "I already have a teabag hanging from my rear view mirror".

Citizen of the Republic writes: "Put your money where your teabag goes". (Ummm, between your legs?)

Ganga writes: "I have my teabag hanging and will send a picture".

Cowgirl at heart: "I have my teabag ready".

Price of a tea bag: $.07

Cost of postage to mail teabag: $.42

Being a teabagger teabagging the President of the United States (and apparently not aware of the meaning that has been generated among 13 year old boys): Priceless.


Shady Lady March 13, 2009 at 10:50 AM  

I so totally do not understand some people. After the last 8 years and the state of our country as a result and NOW they have a problem with our president? On top of that, THIS is how they protest. Seriously?! I find it wise to understand the meaning of a word before using it. Just a thought.

Sidhe March 13, 2009 at 11:01 AM  


I'm all for teabagging, I just don't have the balls...(until after my sex change, that is).

What a bunch of f***ing morons, and that's coming from a real Sailor.

Seeing Eye Chick March 13, 2009 at 12:23 PM  

I am with Sidhe on this one.

If anyone needs to be Teabagged its Flush and Coultergeist.

Who would Jesus Teabag? That is the 64 Dollar question.

True Blue Texan March 13, 2009 at 2:08 PM  

chuckle *snort*

okay, that was news (the alternate meaning) to me but utterly hilarious.

You would think that someone among the parties involved would have been aware to the meaning of teabagging. Surely one among them plays HALO.

driftwood March 13, 2009 at 5:48 PM  

This isn't just about the president, it's about congress as well. Perhaps the historical reference to the Boston Tea Party is what matters to them, and not some juvenile, obscure reference. Personally, I ignore the childish references and seriously appreciate the symbolism. March 13, 2009 at 7:18 PM  

Quelle surprise! The utterly clueless right wingnuts. Bush took us to a police state and they are protesting Obama? Whatever.

skyewriter March 13, 2009 at 7:55 PM  

While I appreciate the historical reference, there are some folks who are writing about dumping actual tea into waterways as protest.

On American Tea Party dot com, one commenter went so far as to say:
"This [putting large amounts of tea into streams and rivers] won't hurt anyone, won't hurt the ground water".

Perhaps these people don't understand basic chemistry. Un-steeped black tea, for example, the type that most Litpon Tea is made from, has a pH on average of anywhere from 4-5. Acidic.

When pH < 7 the solution is acidic
when pH = 7 the solution is neutral
when pH > 7 the solution is basic

Fish kills could be a result of these actions and ground water supplies (despite these claims to harmlessness) could become contaminated.

This means people dumping tea into fresh water will be polluting.

The address being provided is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: The White House, not individual members of Congress.

You're right, Driftwood, in that some people are protesting Congress, too, but the bulk of the mail is going to be directed at the White House per their own website (which seems to have been taken over by people other than the web-developers).

Seeing Eye Chick March 13, 2009 at 9:06 PM  

Maybe its your age showing Driftwood, but T-bagging which is a term that denotes rubbing one's testicular area on an opponents private property or person, is not obscure.

Nasty, but not obscure. We are talking about a faction of people who don't just dislike the president, his party or his race, but in fact people who have no respect for the office or the country as a coherent whole.

And it doesnt surprise me that ignorant comments are made about dumping black tea into our waterways. Barely ecologically literate domonionists seems to the SOP in this respect.

driftwood March 13, 2009 at 10:23 PM  

Maybe its your age showing Driftwood...

I'm not sure whether to take that as a compliment or an insult. :)

Tis true, I am not of the 13 year old age group that Skyewriter references as likely to be familiar with this terminology. But I think you're wrong in assuming that this Tea Party movement is generated by people with no respect for the office of the president or the country as a whole.

When Bush was president, dissent was considered patriotic. Now that congress, and yes, Obama, are spending my great grandchildren's future earnings with the stimulus bill, I'm ready for a little dissent myself.

And why must Obama's race always come into every conversation when anything he does is questioned? That's another tired falsehood, that those who don't agree with his ideology don't like his color.

Sidhe March 13, 2009 at 10:39 PM  

I think that these prospective "teabaggers" definately have more in common with 13-year-olds than with any participant in the Boston Tea Party. Or, in other words, I sincerely do not believe that these "teabaggers" know what the historical reference is all about.

skyewriter March 14, 2009 at 10:52 AM  

"When Bush was president, dissent was considered patriotic".

I must disagree with you there, Driftwood.

I cannot count the number of times I heard from Bush's mouth and from those around me that if I was not with him, I was against him, this country, and our troops.

Patriotism was whored out to keep people afraid to question their government.

To do so during those 8 years would have been considered treason, and those DOJ memos are proof of that...

I don't think I mention race at all in my post or comments.

Seeing eye uses it as metonymy: race stands in for all things "other" and "enemy".

I can understand how frustrated you are. I felt that way for 8 years. I do hope those of us in the middle can come together to do the work that must be done picking up the pieces of our broken economy, fixing our failing schools, helping jobless Americans, and making health care work for the sick and not for the insurance companies.

These are the issues and I wish more large groups of organized people worked on them instead of wasting time and frankly, our money, trying to "prove" Obama is not a citizen, or to protest the only entity in the entire nation (the Federal Government) that has *any* capital left to invest on the scale it needs to be invested.

The banks are not willing to do anything--they made that quite clear with the first TARP disbursement.

It is very telling that they don't want the money if they have to tell us how they use it.

Seeing Eye Chick March 14, 2009 at 11:32 AM  

DriftWood you must have a selective Memory too:

This is what happened to people who dissented against Bush and his policies:
"Bush dissenters take their protests to the courts: Lawsuits accuse federal officials of developing security measures to identify, segregate, deny entry or expel dissenters.
Jul. 23--CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - When school was canceled to accommodate a campaign visit by President Bush, the two 55-year-old teachers reckoned the time was ripe to voice their simmering discontent with the administration's policies.

Christine Nelson showed up at the Cedar Rapids rally with a Kerry-Edwards button pinned on her T-shirt; Alice McCabe clutched a small, paper sign stating "No More War.'' What could be more American, they thought, than mixing a little dissent with the bunting and buzz of a get-out-the-vote rally headlined by the president?

Their reward: a pair of handcuffs and a strip search at the county jail. ...In the months before the 2004 election, dozens of people across the nation were banished from or arrested at Bush political rallies, some for heckling the president, others simply for holding signs or wearing clothing that expressed... The Peublo Chiefton."

I am going to post the rest of those stories on my Blog.

So once again, Obama didnt make anyone sign an loyalty oath to attand his campaign events or kiss his fundament like Bush did, nor have I seen anyone arrested or otherwise legally accosted for selling or otherwise promoting some seriously disturbing paraphrenalia--a lot of it overtly racist while they "dissent" against Obama.

driftwood March 14, 2009 at 2:52 PM  

I don't much care what Bush said -- he was only trying to rally the country together to fight against the terrorists who would love nothing more than another 9/11.

A guy was pulled over recently and questioned by the secret service because of his anti-abortion bumper sticker. And this administration has only just begun. Any administration has to be careful to protect the sitting president.

The political left spoke out quite a bit about their right to dissent over the course of the last administration. There were protests, Code Pink, the Jersey girls, etc.

Anti-Bush Protests in NYC

Democratic 'Dissent is Patriotic' T-shirts

'Dissent is Patriotic flag

Is dissent still patriotic?

driftwood March 14, 2009 at 3:06 PM  

BTW, SEC, you left out this part of that article:

Authorities say they were arrested because they refused to obey reasonable security restrictions...

As I said, any administration has to be careful to protect the sitting president.

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