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Friday, March 11, 2011

Astroturfing in the Mid-West

How do you gin up scenes of protestors, fighting big bad Republicans intent on cutting the power of greedy public employee unions?

Craigslist!

Stand, Walk, Chant, Protest (Downtown)
Date: 2011-03-01, 11:03AM EST 
Reply to: gigs-5rcwm-2240867280@craigslist.org

We need more men to protest this coming week. We will call in the morning on when we will need you. We pay $7.50. You will be helping out middle class workers in our State. This job is only for 4 - 6 hours at a time, usually between 3:00 PM till 7:00 PM Please send a picture when you e-mail."



At least in Indiana, they're looking for a few good rabblerousers to chant, scream, hoot, holler and play Parcheesi while the SEIU types go all boo hoo.  Sadly, it does not appear the unions want to pay union wages to do so, the hourly take somewhat south of minimum wage.

We learned about this kind of fake protesting with the efforts by Home Depot to shove a store into Sunland Tujunga.  When the home improvement big box got done calling the good people of the Foothills "racists," they moved up on by gathering up as many brown skinned folks as they could to sing their praises, to wit one somewhat chatty artificial grass activist admitted "I'm, here because they gave me a t-shirt."

Last I heard the only folks going to Craigslist these days are hookers and their "clients." Well, I guess this is the same thing.


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17 Comments:

Blogger Joe B. said:

Anyone can run an ad on Craigslist and remain anonymous. What a great way to try and discredit the protesters. Now I wonder who would want to do that?

March 11, 2011 5:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, and which one of the candidiates in any of our recent elections didn't use mildy-paid "interns" to get out the vote?

Only the ones who didn't have any money.

March 11, 2011 5:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Better check the local Craigslist and make sure "Lean Sweep LA" isn't doing the same thing to "gin" up their failed revolution, here.

March 11, 2011 5:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Libtards caught again. Love it.

March 11, 2011 7:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Americans for Prosperity strikes again! Keep that money coming Koch Bros!

March 11, 2011 7:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's too bad that Joe can't accept the fact that the protests were inorganic; they were manufactured.

Too bad that the Democratic legislators were such PUSSIES that they didn't want to do their job and debate & vote on it.

No, the Democratic PUSSIES ran, ran, ran away, and the Republicans waited, cajoled, and waited some more. When that didn't work, the Republicans did all of the heavy lifting and decided for everyone.

Too bad the damn Dem-o-craps didn't have the balls to stand up for their position.

March 11, 2011 8:06 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

If you live in Wisconsin, don't forget to set your clock back 50 years this weekend.

March 12, 2011 12:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Democrats BUSTED!

March 12, 2011 11:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I love how they tell them they will "only" have to work a few hours. Why? Because they don't think they'll come if they have to work hard?? LOL! And then they ask for a photo! You can't make this stuff up!

March 13, 2011 7:00 AM  

Blogger MiaZagora said:

I wonder who hired the guy in the deer suit, the cop/stripper, and those 60's rejects in the drum circle? Most of those people were bussed in. It's showmanship, and you can never believe what you see.
There were 14 busloads brought to Nashville a couple of weeks ago - they gave them free kegs of beer (for stamina, I guess) and put them up at the Hilton - I suppose so they wouldn't have to break into the capitol building and nasty it up. All paid for by Organizing for America.

During the townhall meetings when they were still debating the Obamacare bill, they paid and fed union members to ride a bus and stack townhall meetings.

One unannounced, televised meeting for Obamacare was held in Ohio, and Obama himself made an appearance. The locals knew nothing about it until that day when they shut down the streets. The Presidential motorcade came by, followed by busloads of "local" supporters. NO ONE FROM THE LOCAL AREA WAS ALLOWED INSIDE, and there were SEIU members posted outside to make sure no one even got near the place.

But, it was televised and billed as a local meeting with local people - not the hand-picked, bussed-in audience that it really was.

March 13, 2011 11:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MoveOn.org strikes again! Keep that money coming George Soros!

March 14, 2011 7:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Not that I want to defend unions, but $7.50 isn't "somewhat south of minimum wage." According to the Dept. of Labor, minimum wage in the US is $7.25. Wisconsin's state rate is the same as the federal rate. $7.50 isn't south of that.

March 14, 2011 8:08 AM  

Blogger Daniel in Brookline said:

I note that they're looking for "men", and they want pictures.

Is union protesting not equal-opportunity employment? Clearly they're not looking for women. Asking for photos means that they're looking for something in external appearance; one can only wonder what it is.

Joe: nice try at changing the subject. But if this is a FAKE astroturf ad, it's extraordinarily well done, in that it's not obvious at all. (Have a look at the professionally-printed protest signs, held by troublemaking liberals at Tea Party rallies, and you'll see what I mean... about as subtle as a hand grenade in a barrel of oatmeal.)

cheers,
Daniel in Brookline

March 14, 2011 9:36 AM  

Blogger Todd said:

Hilarious. Somebody in the Tea Party movement should encourage others to go sign up to be a protester and get their $7.50/hr, but wear a button down shirt with a tee shirt underneath extolling the Tea Party and supporting the Republicans... Then split off during the protest for a good old fashioned insurrection!

March 14, 2011 10:44 AM  

OpenID boballab said:

this is not exactly a surprise since this is an old Democrat/Union tactic:

To Protest Hiring of Nonunion Help, Union Hires Nonunion Pickets

Jobless Recruits Get Minimum Wage 'To March Around and Sound Off'

WASHINGTON—Billy Raye, a 51-year-old unemployed bike courier, is looking for work.

Fortunately for him, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters is seeking paid demonstrators to march and chant in its current picket line outside the McPherson Building, an office complex here where the council says work is being done with nonunion labor.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704288204575362763101099660.html

The website's large-type headline announces: "Work to Pass Obama's Healthcare Plan and Get Paid to Do it! $10-15 hr!"

It's a web ad on Craigslist: "You can work for change. Join motivated staff around the country working to make change happen. You can make great friends and money along the way. Earn $400-$600 a week."
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/08/obama-healthcare-reform.html

March 14, 2011 11:15 AM  

Blogger Michael said:

Joe - why would anyone on the Right want to go to the hassle and trouble of trying to "discredit the protesters" when they themselves do such a great job of it by themselves all the time?

Just askin'...

March 14, 2011 8:39 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Welcome to our guests from around the country who joined us today due to this story being linked by Instapundit. Come and see us again soon!

March 14, 2011 9:12 PM  

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