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Posted: 4/17/2010 5:57:52 PM EDT
via Zombie and PajamasMedia

Much ado has been made recently of planned attempts by left-wing activists to infiltrate the April 15 Tea Parties by posing as extremist conservatives with embarrassing signs in order to discredit the movement.

Oregon teacher Jason Levin, who got in hot water after publicizing his underhanded plans on the (already overwhelmed) Crash the Tea Party site, was the one getting most of the press coverage — but Jason’s initiative apparently inspired several freelance Tea Party Crashers around the country to infiltrate and undermine the April 15 events in their areas. (See the end of this report for bonus links to coverage of these Party-crashing attempts from coast to coast.)

This essay documents the attempts of the infiltrators to disrupt or discredit the Tea Party in San Francisco on April 15.

I first got wind that something sneaky was afoot when I noticed this listing (http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/04/14/18644740.php?show_comments=1), which read:


Since the Tea Party itself started at 4pm several blocks away in Union Square, I decided to swing by Civic Center ahead of time and check out what the opposition was up to.


Turns out at first that the only volunteers for disruption duty were members of the satirical group Billionaires for Bush, who recently have renamed themselves Billionaires for Wealthcare.
(In case you’re curious: Behind them is San Francisco’s omnipresent resident protester-lunatic Frank Chu, who makes a lifestyle out of disrupting every protest.)

The media dutifully swarmed around and filmed the faux-billionaires.

However, no one seemed to remember out that the whole point of “Crashing the Tea Party” is that the infiltrators were supposed to look like actual Tea Partiers with actual racist/violent/extremist signs, so that when they were photographed by the media, the conservatives would be discredited. Dressing up in satirical costumes and reciting unfunny scripted jokes pre-emptively undermines the whole scheme.


But then things took a strange turn. Two more “crashers” showed up, and they really did look pretty much like honest-to-goodness Tea Partiers. Yet their signs were not particularly extreme (unless you think calling for impeachment is extreme, in which case the countless “Impeach Bush” signs and stickers displayed for the last eight years were equally extreme). I was left a little mystified, because it was becoming impossible to tell what was an act and what was real. (A comment left after the event on the listing claims that the two arrivals were actual conservatives who were crashing the crashers. Could be….)


Then a passerby (left side of the picture) saw the “protesters” and flew into a rage, yelling “Get out of here, you teabaggers!” One of the Billionaires for Wealthcare reassured him by saying that it was all an act, that there were no actual teabaggers present. So — were the two new arrivals actual crashers, or crasher-crashers, or left-wingers posing as right-wingers posing as left-wingers planning to pose as right-wingers?

And that was basically it for the organized pre-infiltration strategy meeting. So I headed over to the real Tea Party in Union Square. As things turned out, the real crashers sidestepped this publicly announced mini-rally and acted independently.


Once at the Union Square Tea Party, I discovered that the “are-they-infiltrators-or-are-they-real?” duo were already there. I kept an eye on them for a while, but never saw them unveil any extremist signs, so if they were crashers, they weren’t doing a very good job.


A hippie-ish videographer seemed to have a verbal altercation with them, but I couldn’t catch the gist of the argument. I imagine it went something like, “Hey, I came here to film some racist signs, but you guys are letting me down. Are you crashers or what? Let’s work together on this.”

Then things started getting interesting.


The first indication of trouble was this black-clad girl who arrived and stood all alone in the rally. One side of her sign read “Oh Wait, You’re Serious Aren’t You?”, while the other side read…


“Whargarblwhargarblgarbl….”

At last — an indisputable Tea Party Crasher!


The first person (besides me) to notice something was awry was this senior gentleman who pointed her out to the police. The cop shrugged and said it was not his business to care what was on people’s signs.


But the rally organizers had come prepared. Here, Tea Party headmistress Sally Zelikovsky consults with cops ahead of time about the Partiers’ plans to identify crashers with pink “INFILTRATOR →” signs. The cops must have given the go-ahead, because soon enough…


…Tea Party security volunteers were on her like glue, pointing the “INFILTRATOR →” signs at her (and her cohorts) so that no media members could feign innocence and photograph the sign as an example of…something or other.


Which brings up a key point. Although she had a rotating selection of signs which she displayed every few minutes, the very fact that she was dressed in standard-issue anarchist-black, and the fact that the tone of her signs shifted from pure moby-isms (like “Enough of this Communaziolism Stuff Already”) to giveaway mockery (like “Oh Wait, You’re Serious Aren’t You?”), meant that she too, just like the faux-billionaires, didn’t quite get it: None of the crashers were able to stay in character long enough to pass as an actual Tea Partier.


Some of her messages, frankly, didn’t make any sense, either as faux-extremism or as sarcasm.


I scanned the periphery of the growing Tea Party rally, looking for possible agents provocateurs. By chance I caught two in the same image — keep an eye on these guys.


The first guy’s gimmick was to hold upside-down a sign with the words “This Is a Sign.” This was a more authentic crashing attempt, because media photos of people unwittingly holding signs upside-down is exactly the kind of “Aren’t they stupid?” derision that the Tea Party detractors are looking for.


His crashing attempt lasted about 30 seconds before the Tea Partiers were all over him. “Imposter” was a good way to identify him.


Soon he earned a dreaded pink Infiltrator sign.


Then two signs….


…And before long there was a Crasher Convergence when Anarcho-Girl and Mr. Upside-Down ended up near each other, resulting in a barrage of identifiers which no photographer could claim to miss.


Soon enough he and his entourage gave up even trying to pose as Tea Partiers, and one of his fellow crashers unveiled a rainbow-flagged Gavin Newsom campaign sign.


After a while, one of the event organizers got into an honest conversation with the guy, who conceded that he was “leaning toward socialism” politically (his words). When the real Tea Party guy asked what had motivated him to become a crasher, Mr. Upside-down said that media images of offensive signs — such as the Hitler-mustached Obama over there (pointing) — had incensed him so much that he thought he should confront the hatred. The Tea Partier then said – Are you kidding? Those people aren’t with us! That’s the Lyndon LaRouche group — they have nothing in common with the Tea Party. We tried to ban them, but we can’t prevent anyone who wants to from showing up at a public event.


Sure enough, nearby was a LaRouche table with their trademark Obama-Hitler posters. Needless to say, Mr. Upside-Down only sees the mainstream media, otherwise he would have known that the LaRouchites show up at left-wing rallies more often than at right-wing rallies. I’m pretty sure both sides just wish Lyndon’s acolytes would go away and never reappear. But the media (and various politicians) ensure that only the Tea Partiers get tarred with the LaRouchite brush.


Luckily, unlike at the left-wing rally I attended a couple weeks ago, this time around the event organizers made sure that everyone knew: THESE GUYS ARE INFILTRATORS.


Next up in our game of Crasher Whack-a-Mole were these two guys, whose pet political cause was ensuring that Obamacare paid for free marijuana for those with pot prescriptions in Medical Marijuana states. Before entering the rally, they paused to try to convert some cops to their side, to no avail.


One proudly showed off his sign. Once again, the crashers failed to understand the whole point of proper crashing, which is to assume the identity of the people you are opposing, in order to discredit them by association with your misbehavior. What you see here is not the way to go about it.


Once in the rally itself, for some reason they picked on the Ayn Rand Objectivists, and starting barking at them about marijuana. The Objectivists looked a little confused at the bizarre verbal assult.


The Crasher Defense Team had already become pros by this stage. In a flash, out came the pink “INFILTRATOR →” signs. Also, if you look closely, you can see my favorite anti-crasher sign: “We’re NOT With Stupid →″.


None of this dissuaded the determined potheads, who continued their strange marijuana/Ayn-Rand argument unabated.


But not every infiltrator got identified. Remember that guy I pointed out on the rally’s edge with an “End the Federal Reserve” sign? Turns out he was an “InfoWars” Alex Jones cultist, one of those fringe-y types who dabble in paleo-conservative conspiracy theories. I spotted a few other InfoWars members at the rally, most sporting anti-Federal Reserve signs. Perhaps at this particular rally they had toned down their sometimes kooky message so much that they weren’t worth “outing.” Or maybe no one noticed. Or cared.


And to be honest, sprinkled here and there throughout the rally were people who might have been infiltrators — or might not. This guy was a good example. Was he a bitter clinger? Or was he just making fun of bitter clingers? We may never know.


Later in the afternoon, the tables briefly turned when a pod of fellow black-clad anarchists showed up to support Miss Whargarblwhargarblgarbl. They surrounded one of the Crasher Identifiers, but everyone seemed to be smiling, so if it was an attempt to intimidate, it seems to have not been very successful.

However, there was someone at the rally who was not a crasher, and yet did have an offensive violence-tinged message. In other words — he was exactly the kind of person the media loves to focus on, a Tea Partier with a violent message.

The only problem is…


…he wasn’t a Tea Partier! He was, in fact, a sly anarchist standing impassively in the crowd without drawing any attention to himself. He was wearing an IWW shirt (IWW = the Wobblies, a far-left radical group with a long history). Only those (such as myself) familiar with anarchist iconography would have noticed the significance of the design on his shirt.


Here’s his IWW shirt close up. Notice the black cat in the center. It originally was the secret symbol used by revolutionary Wobblies to advocate sabotage in factories. Since no modern anarchist trustafarians work in factories any more, they’ve adopted the black cat sabotage symbol as a general call for sabotage against modern society.

So — after all is said and done, the only person with a violent message at the San Francisco Tea Party was…a left-wing anarchist.

Go figure.

More Tea Party Crashers Coverage here
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:01:57 PM EDT
[#1]
FYI the first group of protesters were Anon.

They're harmless and are just there for the lulz.  They're also known for protesting scientology en masse for reactions.

ETA clarity: the girl and guy with the white posterboards with black writing.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:09:32 PM EDT
[#2]
It's great to see them outed so fast.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:11:17 PM EDT
[#3]
Cool info.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:14:58 PM EDT
[#4]
Good read!
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:21:14 PM EDT
[#5]
Thanks O.P.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:23:20 PM EDT
[#6]
Did that guy put "I cling to my guns" on his shirt with glitter?

Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:25:19 PM EDT
[#7]
Very solid work.  Nicely done!
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:27:51 PM EDT
[#8]
Quoted:
Did that guy put "I cling to my guns" on his shirt with glitter?



He's most likely an infiltrator making a stupid Neo-Freudian penis joke. Those are pretty popular among the antis.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:34:13 PM EDT
[#9]
So the 'anti' tea party group consisted of like....4 people?

lol
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:35:46 PM EDT
[#10]
Quoted:
Thanks O.P.


Thank you! It was a lot of work to copy all that stuff. Ijust apologize if someone thought this was about actual zombies.

"Zombie" is a chick in San Fransisco who goes to protests and takes pics:

zombietime....much lulz here







]




























Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:35:55 PM EDT
[#11]
Nicely done. I think the "infiltrator" signs are a great idea.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:36:39 PM EDT
[#12]
Nice job OP.  One of my favorite posts I've ever read on arfcom.  Good stuff!
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:38:38 PM EDT
[#13]
I miss Bush.



Nice job.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:41:02 PM EDT
[#14]
Well done kitteh.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:44:06 PM EDT
[#15]
whats wrong with "End the Federal Reserve" and a sign showing that Timothy Geithner doesnt pay his taxes?

a few years from now will it be only acceptable to have signs that say "I am mildy upset with the gov?"

Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:44:16 PM EDT
[#16]
The sad part, These leftists are gathering and gaining attenton big time.......
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:46:05 PM EDT
[#17]
I am disappointed by the lack of zombie stuff.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:46:49 PM EDT
[#18]
<––––came here for zombies...leaving disappointed..
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:47:00 PM EDT
[#19]
I thought this was going to be about a Zombie Walk group getting tangled up in a Tea Party protest.  I am so disappointed.

Posted Via AR15.Com Mobile
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:53:37 PM EDT
[#20]
tag
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:53:48 PM EDT
[#21]



Quoted:


The sad part, These leftists are gathering and gaining attenton big time.......


Not good attention.



For example, everybody knows who Code Pink is, but they're a joke. These people have been around forever they're the crazy communist mentally unbalanced nut jobs. The only thing good about them is that on occasion our LEO friends get to tear gas them and it's funny.



I hate hippies.



 
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:54:45 PM EDT
[#22]
Great report, kitteh.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:57:15 PM EDT
[#23]


This dude here with the bumper stickers in his pocket. Those look like KSFO 560 AM radio stickers. That's SF Bay Area conservative talk radio. He might be okay.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 6:58:44 PM EDT
[#24]
Here is a vid of Tea Party organizers dealing with infiltrators.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYfmShJe5MA&feature=player_embedded#!

The Sacramento infiltrators went for broke.....lulz!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjhgTnfLFEw&feature=player_embedded#!
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 7:01:18 PM EDT
[#25]
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 7:11:05 PM EDT
[#26]
Wow, thanks for that informative post.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 7:22:26 PM EDT
[#28]
Quoted:
whats wrong with "End the Federal Reserve" and a sign showing that Timothy Geithner doesnt pay his taxes?

a few years from now will it be only acceptable to have signs that say "I am mildy upset with the gov?"



Because he wore an Infowars shirt, proving that he was a nutcase retard that believes in the buildibergers/911 trufers/ Alex Jones retard shit.  
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 7:23:14 PM EDT
[#29]
Kind of easy to spot them as they all look like homeless crackheads.

Link Posted: 4/17/2010 7:31:47 PM EDT
[#30]
The Lyndon LaRouche people are actually CORRECT...I consider them to be faithful Tea Partiers for their correct portrayal of the current administration....minus the Holocaust part...for now.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 7:42:58 PM EDT
[#31]
I'm waiting for those black-clothes wearing anarchists try their shit in Virginia. I'd be there just to arrest them for the class 6 felony they'd be committing in this state (covering their face to hide their identity in a public place).
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 7:45:40 PM EDT
[#32]
not what i was expecting but go even though.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 7:51:06 PM EDT
[#33]
Quoted:
Did that guy put "I cling to my guns" on his shirt with glitter?



Probably glued on with his boyfriends semen.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 7:58:00 PM EDT
[#34]
Ya OP the two in black at the beginning of your pictorial are from 4chan, it instantly gave it away with the whargarbl whargarble, and the "what is the I don't even...." signs. Simple Anons, no need to call them leftists they are trolls





Link Posted: 4/17/2010 8:04:24 PM EDT
[#35]



Quoted:


Ya OP the two in black at the beginning of your pictorial are from 4chan, it instantly gave it away with the whargarbl whargarble, and the "what is the I don't even...." signs. Simple Anons, no need to call them leftists they are trolls



http://images.encyclopediadramatica.com/images/thumb/f/f1/Trollface_HD.jpg/400px-Trollface_HD.jpg


Renesis is spot on.

 






These guys are trolls.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 8:13:12 PM EDT
[#36]
Quoted:

Quoted:
Ya OP the two in black at the beginning of your pictorial are from 4chan, it instantly gave it away with the whargarbl whargarble, and the "what is the I don't even...." signs. Simple Anons, no need to call them leftists they are trolls

http://images.encyclopediadramatica.com/images/thumb/f/f1/Trollface_HD.jpg/400px-Trollface_HD.jpg

Renesis is spot on.  


These guys are trolls.


If only someone would've mentioned that in the first reply!  
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 8:38:48 PM EDT
[#37]
Quoted:
whats wrong with "End the Federal Reserve" and a sign showing that Timothy Geithner doesnt pay his taxes?

a few years from now will it be only acceptable to have signs that say "I am mildy upset with the gov?"



The sign about Geithner is misspelled. "Geithner Does't pay taxes"

The point is they're trying to make people look stupid by having misspellings on their signs.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 8:47:10 PM EDT
[#38]
Not only were there no zombie pics, you fail for thinking that infowars readers opposed to the federal reserve and big government are 'infiltrators' or provocateurs.  Libertarians and those involved in alternative media were heavily involved in the creation of the original Tea Parties.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 8:49:18 PM EDT
[#39]
Always funny seeing the communist and troofer freaks looking like crack heads that have been living in a shed for a year.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 8:54:48 PM EDT
[#40]
wow

im actually seeing b/tards outside of 4chan, in the real world


im sure they counted that as a victory.


harmless trolls, not really ready to make a point against the tea party, but feel the need to. so they make a passive aggressive sign that states they are against the tea party movement, without having to own up to any specific statement. because hey guys, we do it for teh lulz, amirigh?


fortunately, the only people that will understand those signs are b/tards.

literally.

i am 12 wat is this
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 8:56:48 PM EDT
[#41]
Quoted:
FYI the first group of protesters were Anon.

They're harmless and are just there for the lulz.  They're also known for protesting scientology en masse for reactions.

ETA clarity: the girl and guy with the white posterboards with black writing.

Liberals have been successfully leveraging anon lately.

I have yet to see an anon group attack a liberal setting, either on the web or in person.  But liberals frequently go to 4chan and manage to get anon to do their bidding by attacking some conservative thing or another.  Anon is unpredictable and half the time (or more) the request gets ignored or ridiculed but nevertheless, DemocraticUnderground and friends have gotten 4chan enrolled on their side of polls and protests a few times now that I can think of.


I suppose it could be reasoned that it's hard to have "lulz" invading a group of liberals.  What can you possibly do to a group that already has Code Pink.  Liberals are already at the peak of crazy.  Anon would have to show up and sit quietly and eat oatmeal or something to stand out at a liberal rally.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 9:26:18 PM EDT
[#42]
I am still trying to figure out why an anarchist would want socialism.

Link Posted: 4/17/2010 9:42:32 PM EDT
[#43]
i hate when i see commie turds mis-ID'd as anarchists....talk to these so-called anarchists sometime, they do not want anarchy they want communist utopia...

real anarchists hardly have anything approaching a post "topple the power" idea in mind like these fools constantly talk about with their pure equality and chicken in every pot bullshit, and can rarely be bothered to protest since they are busy doing whatever gives them lulz anyway

they realize that we already have anarchy and order is illusion. Al Capone was more of an anarchist than those little shits.

those pictured turds are not anarchists.
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 9:47:29 PM EDT
[#44]





Kid in the middle (perhaps his buddy on the left too)...  He's a member of UC Berkeley Lightweight Rowing (Backpack says C 155).  They're club, not varsity, and they suck
 Feel free to find their website and let them know what you think!
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 9:52:45 PM EDT
[#45]
Quoted:
Quoted:
FYI the first group of protesters were Anon.

They're harmless and are just there for the lulz.  They're also known for protesting scientology en masse for reactions.

ETA clarity: the girl and guy with the white posterboards with black writing.

Liberals have been successfully leveraging anon lately.

I have yet to see an anon group attack a liberal setting, either on the web or in person.  But liberals frequently go to 4chan and manage to get anon to do their bidding by attacking some conservative thing or another.  Anon is unpredictable and half the time (or more) the request gets ignored or ridiculed but nevertheless, DemocraticUnderground and friends have gotten 4chan enrolled on their side of polls and protests a few times now that I can think of.


I suppose it could be reasoned that it's hard to have "lulz" invading a group of liberals.  What can you possibly do to a group that already has Code Pink.  Liberals are already at the peak of crazy.  Anon would have to show up and sit quietly and eat oatmeal or something to stand out at a liberal rally.


Playing classical music.  Pretending to be christians and claiming that you will all burn in hell is a pretty good way to "troll" a liberal cause with a "conservative" cause [please note the qutoation marks].  Sadly they (liberals) will not understand the troll and will confirm their unfounded ASSumption that conservatives/christians hate gays.    [please not the bold word ASS]
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 9:54:23 PM EDT
[#46]



Quoted:


I am still trying to figure out why an anarchist would want socialism.


Smash the system and hope your party comes out on top.  Anarchists know anarchy never survives.  Anarchy isn't a destination, it is a means to change.



 
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 9:58:22 PM EDT
[#47]



Quoted:



Quoted:

Did that guy put "I cling to my guns" on his shirt with glitter?








He's most likely an infiltrator making a stupid Neo-Freudian penis joke. Those are pretty popular among the antis.
Its san fran he might just be a gay tea partier they do exist





 
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 10:35:27 PM EDT
[#48]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Chu



Wow, I've seen that Frank Chu guy before... He aged fast!
Link Posted: 4/17/2010 10:47:06 PM EDT
[#49]


I love that, lol.

Link Posted: 4/17/2010 11:01:03 PM EDT
[#50]



Quoted:


http://pajamasmedia.com/zombie/files/2010/04/IMG_3360.jpg



Kid in the middle (perhaps his buddy on the left too)...  He's a member of UC Berkeley Lightweight Rowing (Backpack says C 155).  They're club, not varsity, and they suck
 Feel free to find their website and let them know what you think!


Got something against club crew eh?


 
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