On July 14th the NAACP passed a resolution condemning the racist elements with in the Tea Party movement. Needless to say that didn?t go over well with the Tea Party or the conservative movement in general.
Now, I’ll be honest, I haven?t read the text of the resolution, but I find it hard to believe that the NAACP was actually condemning the entire Tea Party Movement, and was instead just targeting the racist fringe elements, elements that tend to exist within all most any political movement. Elements that most Tea Party leaders themselves have been trying to remove.
So, on the 19th, Andrew Brietbart dug up some video clips from an NAACP awards dinner in March where Shirley Sherrod, USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development gave a speech, edited them to remove any context, and posted them on his site Big Government in an attempt to prove a point. Using editied video to undermine your political opponents has exploded thanks to the advent of the YouTube era.
Everyone likes to complain about the ignorance of tourists once in a while but sometimes the stupidity breaks new bounds. About 30 people were recently found traipsing all over Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. They had left the designated trails and board walk and were actually walking around and taking pictures of the geysers cone. Old Faithful erupts every 1 to 2 hours with water that reaches over 200 degrees which can cause fatal burns. Also, the surface surrounding the cone is fairly brittle and generally covers pools of boiling water that can, and have, quickly kill a person. Fortunately, a webcam watcher in Wisconsin called park rangers and reported the tourist group. When park rangers arrived the group leader and two other people were fined $125.00 for their idiocy.