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Soros Front Starts ‘F*ck Tea’ Campaign

From the Politico:

Dem group launches ‘F*ck Tea’ campaign

Ben Smith
August 12, 2010

Last summer, Democrats argued that the tea party movement was the AstroTurf creation of corporate groups. Now that the grass-roots conservative resurgence has emerged as a clear force on the right, the left is making a different case: that tea parties are simply the enemy.

To that end, the Agenda Project, a new, progressive group with roots in New York’s fundraising scene and a goal of strengthening the progressive movement, has launched the "F*ck Tea" project, which is aimed, the group’s founder Erica Payne wrote in an e-mail this morning, "to dismiss the tea party and promote the progressive cause."

"We will be launching new products in the next several months to help people all over the country F*ck Tea," Payne told POLITICO. "Products like a Glenn Beck Bowl Buddy (Beck B Scrubbin) and others are perfect holiday gifts or just a great way to say, ‘I love you and our country’ to your spouse, friend or family."

Payne, a veteran consultant to progressive groups, is a co-founder of the Democracy Alliance, the low-profile group of liberal mega-donors who helped build the Center for American Progress and other new organizations that grew in the Bush years.

The new project, so far, features merchandise, polling statistics aimed to paint tea party members as ignorant and a mocking video.

Of course if we had a real news media with journalists instead of journOlists, there would have been a little more digging into the background of this group and its ‘founder’ Ms. Payne.

After all, it takes only a couple of mouse clicks to go to the Agenda Project website and see that practically her entire career has been funded by George Soros:

Erica Payne Founder

In addition to the Agenda Project, Payne is also the founder of the Tesseract Group, a boutique consulting firm that provides strategy and communications expertise to select public policy and political organizations.

Most recently, Payne served as a senior strategist to the Roosevelt Institute to envision and build a new public policy think tank. Working with Nobel-prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, and other leading economists, Payne created a center for economic policy development including financial reform and envisioning a 21st century economy.

In this role, Payne co-edited Make Markets Be Markets: Restoring the Integrity of the US Financial Markets and produced a major conference by the same name that included George Soros, Elizabeth Warren, Simon Johnson, Lynn Turner and other experts.

Past Tesseract clients include: the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, [the Soros front] Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, [the Soros front] the Center for Independent Media and [the Soros front] America Votes.

Prior to founding the Agenda Project and the Tesseract Group, Payne co-founded the [Soros front] Democracy Alliance, a donor collaborative whose partners have invested over $100 million in progressive organizations

Obviously, the Agenda Project is ‘astroturf’ at its finest. (A practice invented by David Axelrod, by the way.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 13th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Soros Front Starts ‘F*ck Tea’ Campaign”

  1. proreason says:

    bring it on

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Leave it to them to invoke the universal adjective. Kids will be saying it now more than ever. Probably none will get suspended from school if they wear that t-shirt in class, regardless of proper dress code rules. Teachers will think they are absolute little darlings for “being politically aware”.

    Being conservative means not caring what the opposition thinks, but also knowing what they think.

    There is a staggering number of half-witted fools who think that the world will be such a better place if all the socialist agenda was met. The irony in my own life is that I’m a huge fan of Star Trek, but as I got older, I realized it is based on a purely socialist structure. Everything is regulated, the government tells you what your job will be, nobody gets paid, but you are billeted according to your rank, etc. Kinda like the USSR but without the starving and disease.

    But of course, it’s television and they can write whatever they want. But, it speaks volumes that the only truly functioning socialist society is, in fact, on TV.

    • Right of the People says:


      Those same kids would get suspended for wearing a USA or flag t-shirt or heaven forbid, an NRA tee.

    • beautyofreason says:

      Great post, Rusty. I too am a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation and I noticed the socialized / left-bent. There were episodes where characters emphasized that money no longer exists, which made me laugh. Another quote that sticks in my mind is “we no longer enslave animals” in reference to the food processors (a nod to Peta?). I took these ideas as quirks in an otherwise enjoyable show.

      Another problem is that the show advances the idea of human nature as benevolent and selfless to a fault when the socialist system is in place. It’s some rosy-eyed parallel to government. No crew member has more than they require and everyone is crazy-efficient in a crisis.

      Funny how this whole system can only function on a Hollywood set.

    • jobeth says:

      “Being conservative means not caring what the opposition thinks, but also knowing what they think.”

      Brilliant Rusty…I just may quote you!

  3. Tater Salad says:

    ………and now we have another source of money for ….guess who?

    Consequences for America of a Drug-Corrupted War

    But this toleration of the traffic has led to another similarity with Vietnam and Laos in the 1960s: the increasing addiction of GIs to heroin, Afghanistan’s principal export.

    Despite the denial one has come to expect from high places, it is (according to Salon’s Shaun McCanna),

    not difficult to find a soldier who has returned from Afghanistan with an addiction. Nearly every veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom I have spoken with was familiar with heroin’s availability on base, and most knew at least one soldier who used while deployed.[69]

    And the reported easy availability of heroin outside Afghanistan’s Bagram air base, like that four decades ago outside Vietnam’s American base at Long Binh, points to another alarming similarity.

    Just as at the height of the Vietnam war, heroin was shipped to the United States in coffins containing cadavers,[70] so now we hear from General Mahmut Gareev, a former Soviet commander in Afghanistan, that,

    Americans themselves admit that drugs are often transported out of Afghanistan on American planes. Drug trafficking in Afghanistan brings them about 50 billion dollars a year – which fully covers the expenses tied to keeping their troops there. Essentially, they are not going to interfere and stop the production of drugs.[71]

    Gareev’s charge has been repeated in one form or another by a number of other sources, including Pakistani General Hamid Gul, a former ISI commander:

    “Abdul Wali Karzai is the biggest drug baron of Afghanistan,” he stated bluntly. He added that the drug lords are also involved in arms trafficking, which is “a flourishing trade” in Afghanistan. “But what is most disturbing from my point of view is that the military aircraft, American military aircraft are also being used.

    You said very rightly that the drug routes are northward through the Central Asia republics and through some of the Russian territory, and then into Europe and beyond. But some of it is going directly. That is by the military aircraft. I have so many times in my interviews said, ‘Please listen to this information, because I am an aware person.’

    We have Afghans still in Pakistan, and they sometimes contact and pass on the stories to me.

    And some of them are very authentic. I can judge that. So they are saying that the American military aircraft are being used for this purpose. So, if that is true, it is very, very disturbing indeed.” [72]

    Another slightly different testimony is from General Khodaidad Khodaidad, the current Afghan minister of counter narcotics:

    The Afghan minister of counter narcotics says foreign troops are earning money from drug production in Afghanistan.

    General Khodaidad Khodaidad said the majority of drugs are stockpiled in two provinces controlled by troops from the US, the UK, and Canada, IRNA reported on Saturday.

    He went on to say that NATO forces are taxing the production of opium in the regions under their control.[73]

    I do not accept these charges as proven, despite the number of additional sources for them. None of the sources quoted here can be considered an objective source with no axe to grind, and worse charges still are easy to find in wilds of the Internet.

    However the charges are plausible, because of history.

    Just as in Vietnam and Laos, the United States made its initial alliances in Afghanistan with drug traffickers, both in 1980 and again in 2001; and this is a major factor explaining the endemic corruption of the U.S.-sponsored Karzai regime today.

    There should be an official Congressional investigation whether the United States did not intend for its Afghan assets, just as earlier in Burma, Laos, and Thailand, to supplement their CIA subsidies with income from drug trafficking.

    In short the impasse the U.S. faces in Afghanistan, in its efforts to support an unpopular and corrupt regime, must be understood in the light of its past relations to the drug traffic there – a situation which resembles the past U.S. involvement in Laos even more than in Vietnam.

    It is this sustained pattern of intervention in support of drug economies, and with the support of drug traffickers, that so depresses observers who had hoped desperately that, in this respect, Obama would bring a change.

    The question remains:

    how many Americans, Afghans, and Pakistanis will have to die, before we can begin to end this drug-corrupted, drug-corrupting war?

  4. jobeth says:

    You know they are afraid of the ‘astro turf”, non important, marginal Tea Partiers, when they are left using the “f” word.

    That’s the last thing you employ when you have nothing better to use.

    Makes my heart feel so warm and fuzzy when I read this stuff! lol

  5. wardmama4 says:

    I saw this lovely little tea this AM – how tolerant, how supportive of free speech, how supportive of activism, how supportive of fellow protesters, how supportive of government involvement, how tolerant of speaking truth to power, how freedom loving, how liberty loving, how supportive of people simply keeping an eye and voice on government – of them. BTW, did I leave out a damn thing they used to justify Bush assassination chic, Bush = Hitler, the Bitch in the Ditch Tour, Chimpy McBush and of course 8 years of selected not elected?

    Oh and isn’t tea the drink of choice of all those vegetarian tree hugging all so conscious leftists?

    They can’t get a damn thing right – and yet want us to hand over our entire lives conception to grave to them?

    Let Me get back to you on that one!

    • beautyofreason says:

      “Oh and isn’t tea the drink of choice…”

      No, I think that’s Kool-Aid.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Mega-dittos wm.

      That’s why these people are dangerous. They know exactly what they’re doing.

      It isn’t about principles, legal or moral. Our principles are their disposable tissues, tossed after one good hard blow clears the congestion for a bit.

      It’s a very powerful and dangerous thing to know exactly what you’re doing.

      It’s the eilitist Ruling Class mentality that sees the ignorance of others as a point for exploitation and profit. That goes for any business [edit: except war, where it’s clear they believe our enemies deserve as much knowledge as possible].

      Real Americans want everyone to know and live in Sweetness & Light.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      Perhaps counter tees should read:

      f*ck tea.
      Sponsored by Kool-Aid drinkers united.


      The other “house” wine.

  6. tranquil.night says:

    Strangely once again a visual of Lindsay Lohan in the courtroom comes to mind.

  7. fallingpianos says:

    And these are the people decrying the lack of civility in politics?

  8. Mithrandir says:


    Left coast (and the Mexican border) to liberals, Right coast to Conservatives. Texas will have to pick up and move, but so will all the New England libs, so fair is fair.

    *Are we all really working together to make this country great? Or are we mired in squabble after squabble in which the government has NO JURISDICTION in the affairs of men?

    *In the areas where gov’t has jurisdiction…are they really doing their jobs and spending our money wisely, or are they making rules to control our every move?

    We are better off as two separate nations. Time to secede from each other.
    One side will be a behavioral police-state of intolerance, and so will the other.

  9. Reality Bytes says:

    11/02/10…Who’s F*cked Now…BARRY?

  10. TwilightZoned says:

    I have said before and continue to believe…if Soros
    isn’t Satan, he’s directly working on his behalf. IMO,
    this man is THE most evil person on the planet.

    The fact Soros is stooping this low does my heart good.
    It means he and his ilk are scared, and they should be.
    Dr. Evil’s plans could very well be on the verge of defeat.

    • tranquil.night says:

      He’s definitely the most visible and obvious of the cult’s inner sanctum.

      And is it not possible to look at a picture of him and be immediately struck with the impression of an inbred pedophile?

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