Today’s Phrase for Latin Lovers

Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta


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|Tea Party

Who Would You Rather Have Controlling the US Government?

The faces of extremism seen in this scary video:

(via Chicago Tea Party)


The faces of the controlling shareholders of the USA:

(via Citizens Against Government Waste)

Stephen Spruiell over at the National Review says:

Neither the Chinese government nor our own is committed to the right policies, and both are headed for the dustbin if those policies don’t change.

I agree. We need to save ourselves before we can assist anyone else. I vote for the Chicago Tea Party.

|Tea Party | The Left

Rally Sizes: Pictorial Comparison

One Nation Crowd Shot from Washington Monument

Glenn Beck 8/28 Rally

Can’t tell what time the pictures were taken for either rally–especially the Beck one because it was a cloudy day. But we can look at the shadows in the One Nation pic and see that it was not taken at the start of the rally at high noon, when shadows would have been minimal.

Nor was it at the end of the rally, when the shadows would have been more elongated and stretched toward the lower right of the picture, as evidenced by the shadows in the sad video below of a One Nation speaker delivering her message to a handful of stragglers at 4:24pm ET.

If there’s any doubt about whether the Washington Monument photo was really taken on 10/02, here’s another angle where you can see that the t-shirt colors of the blocks of astroturf groups match up in both photos. (You can click on any photo to blow it up for better inspection.)

One Nation Rally from the stage

(h/t to Huffington Post for the One Nation photos, and Gateway Pundit for the rally video.)


Thanks to Dan Collins and his editorial eagle eye, I’ve decided to not identify the end-of-the-rally stragglers as “stranglers.” Not as fun, but hey, this is internet journalism.

Also the Instapundit has a couple links to some other crowd size estimations.

Doug Ross has created an animated gif that flashes the overhead photos of the 10/02 and 8/28 rallies.

|Tea Party

Short Film on The Tea Party

Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, says this short documentary, The Tea Party: Brewing Up a Movement, was produced by the Knoxville News-Sentinel, which is quite surprising because it has no head-spinning or eye-rolling as they take a closer look at the Tea Party. Instead, it’s respectful, curious and balanced.

Reynolds is featured as one of the authorities on this oddity most members in the media can’t get a grip on. Ramesh Ponnuru, of National Review, also takes part as a talking head, with some prescient advice for tea partiers near the end.

Kudos to the Knox News for making a meaningful effort at multimedia reporting. It would be nice to see more papers around the country get away from wire service pablum and really report on their communities.