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One of the people with high hopes for the Coffee Party Movement was Jim Weatherwax of New York City. Here's what Jim wrote about it on its Facebook page March 15, 2010:
Heck, I like coffee better than tea anyway. Hope that coffee gives the Dems more balls to do the things they promise!!!!!
Jim seems to be like many of your neighbors (or, if you're living in a liberal conclave, most): He likes Mad Men, he loves cats, he hates puppy mills and the use of dogs as bait for sharks (which I didn't even know was going on), and supports ObamaCare. He doesn't like Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck, believes Debbie Schlussel only long enough to buy her debunked allegations about Sean Hannity, and thinks that "conservative talking heads" really don't like Obama "because he's African American."
Obviously, Jim also doesn't think much of the Tea Party movement. Here's what Jim wrote on March 22:
Can u really call it a tea party when u hurl racial epithets and homophobic comments?
(Set aside for the moment that there exists not a shred of evidence -- despite a $100,000.00 bounty -- that any racial epithets were spoken in that supposed incident at the Capitol building in which Democratic Congressmembers attempted to provoke acts of incivility.)
When Jim's sister Ellen Nelson joined the Facebook group "1,000,000+ people who disapprove of building a mosque at Ground Zero," Jim posted a note detailing the loss of Muslims in the attacks, and ended with this comment:
It is up to all of us to always promote tolerance and not hate and bigotry.
So, you would think that intolerant, hateful name-calling when debating political issues seems like something that Jim is totally against.
Well, it turns out, not so much.
Jim Weatherwax was one of more than a few liberal partisans who were motivated to recently write conservative columnist Michelle Malkin -- a daughter of Filipino immigrants to the U.S. -- with hateful notes loaded with profanity, sexually-charged Asian and Filipino racial stereotypes, and wishes of death and harm. Here's what Malkin posted earlier today from her hate mail bag:
from James Weatherwax firstname.lastname@example.org
date Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 6:09 AM
subject Your comments
hide details Jun 24
You’re just an angry cunt. Your vitriol towards this President and the administration goes a lot deeper than on just a political level. You might want to look into some good therapy.
I just shake my head and go enjoy my day.
Now, it would seem Jim is lying here. If he was being truthful, he would have written, "I just shake my head, write an angry email with a vulgar slur in it, and then go enjoy my day."
It seems to me this is the reason why the Coffee Party never got percolating: The HuffPo/DKos/Comedy Central people who were supposed to make it a force to be reckoned with couldn't tolerate the lofty "reason and civil[ity]" aims. Their type is more used to things like calling Malkin a "Filipino prostitute," a "slut right-wing whore" or hope she and her family die in a traffic accident. And now that so many outspoken conservatives are female, how they love to drop that C-bomb.
Maybe it's the coffee that has gotten you all jittery, tense, and nervous, and some tea would do you good.
Now, some might suggest we all write Jim Weatherwax and give him a piece of our minds. I say, let's NOT. I have a better idea: Send a note of support to Jim's sister, Ellen Nelson, who mildly countered her brother's support of ObamaCare (which had passed moments before) in these exchanges (In reverse order chronologically; the 219 that Jim references is the number of House votes the Senate bill finally received after the Stupak betrayal).
Ellen was able to do something her brother was not: Disagree with someone else without being disagreeable. Let's continue to encourage that.
(Cross-posted at L.N. Smithee's Facebook Page.)