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(Rasmussen Reports)   Just 8% of Americans say they are members of the Tea Party. Of course, it is a Rasmussen poll, so the real number is more likely at 5% +/- 3 points   (rasmussenreports.com) divider line 130
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2013-01-07 03:38:43 PM
Even less popular than Congress...
 
2013-01-07 03:41:38 PM
They make up for the lack of mass with sheer volume
 
2013-01-07 03:55:56 PM
If they're still doing landline polls, that 8% is in reality a lot lower.
 
2013-01-07 04:00:39 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: They make up for the lack of mass with sheer volume


I think you mean that they make up with the lack of volume with sheer mass.
 
2013-01-07 04:01:47 PM

St_Francis_P: If they're still doing landline polls, that 8% is in reality a lot lower.


You got a very good point there, sir. I don't know anyone under the age of 40 who has a land line.
 
2013-01-07 04:03:35 PM

unyon: MaudlinMutantMollusk: They make up for the lack of mass with sheer volume

I think you mean that they make up with the lack of volume with sheer mass.


I meant noise volume
 
2013-01-07 04:07:24 PM

kid_icarus: St_Francis_P: If they're still doing landline polls, that 8% is in reality a lot lower.

You got a very good point there, sir. I don't know anyone under the age of 40 who has a land line.


I don't know many under the age of 40 who are Tea Party members either. I think it's legit.
 
2013-01-07 04:11:10 PM

kid_icarus: St_Francis_P: If they're still doing landline polls, that 8% is in reality a lot lower.

You got a very good point there, sir. I don't know anyone under the age of 40 who has a land line.


I actually have no idea where the port for my phone is in this apartment.  I've lived here for 7 months.
 
2013-01-07 04:17:43 PM

make me some tea: kid_icarus: St_Francis_P: If they're still doing landline polls, that 8% is in reality a lot lower.

You got a very good point there, sir. I don't know anyone under the age of 40 who has a land line.

I don't know many under the age of 40 who are Tea Party members either. I think it's legit.


Good point.
 
2013-01-07 04:35:24 PM

GAT_00: kid_icarus: St_Francis_P: If they're still doing landline polls, that 8% is in reality a lot lower.

You got a very good point there, sir. I don't know anyone under the age of 40 who has a land line.

I actually have no idea where the port for my phone is in this apartment.  I've lived here for 7 months.


I think we have one in the bedroom. Not sure if it's even hooked up to anything at this point. The previous tenant was a younger woman and she'd been there for several years.
 
2013-01-07 04:40:21 PM
What exactly constitutes being a member?  It's a movement, not an organization.  Sure, there is a loose aggregation of 'official' tea party groups out there, but they're largely local and small.  It's not like you register and they send you a Derp Decoder Ring or anything.
 
2013-01-07 04:44:23 PM

Diogenes: What exactly constitutes being a member?  It's a movement, not an organization.  Sure, there is a loose aggregation of 'official' tea party groups out there, but they're largely local and small.  It's not like you register and they send you a Derp Decoder Ring or anything.


I signed up for the Tea Party Nation forum. Maybe that makes me a Tea Partier?
 
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2013-01-07 04:46:11 PM

Diogenes: What exactly constitutes being a member?  It's a movement, not an organization.  Sure, there is a loose aggregation of 'official' tea party groups out there, but they're largely local and small.  It's not like you register and they send you a Derp Decoder Ring or anything.


It's definitely a type of movement.

It smells like a turd and is almost as smart.
 
2013-01-07 04:49:08 PM

jbc: Diogenes: What exactly constitutes being a member?  It's a movement, not an organization.  Sure, there is a loose aggregation of 'official' tea party groups out there, but they're largely local and small.  It's not like you register and they send you a Derp Decoder Ring or anything.

It's definitely a type of movement.

It smells like a turd and is almost as smart.


I think more like diarrhea.  Perhaps you missed where I called it a "loose aggregation"  ;-)
 
2013-01-07 04:50:02 PM

make me some tea: Diogenes: What exactly constitutes being a member?  It's a movement, not an organization.  Sure, there is a loose aggregation of 'official' tea party groups out there, but they're largely local and small.  It's not like you register and they send you a Derp Decoder Ring or anything.

I signed up for the Tea Party Nation forum. Maybe that makes me a Tea Partier?


All joking aside, I think this must rely on self-identification.  Which makes the numbers less reliable than usual for Rasmussen.
 
2013-01-07 05:20:27 PM

kid_icarus: St_Francis_P: If they're still doing landline polls, that 8% is in reality a lot lower.

You got a very good point there, sir. I don't know anyone under the age of 40 who has a land line.


Not only that, people under 30 DO NOT ANSWER THEIR PHONES. I phone canvassed for the Obama campaign and not one single person under 30 answered my call. I asked the campaign folks if they were doing reminders by text and they said they had a separate operation handling that.
 
2013-01-07 05:23:01 PM

Diogenes: make me some tea: Diogenes: What exactly constitutes being a member?  It's a movement, not an organization.  Sure, there is a loose aggregation of 'official' tea party groups out there, but they're largely local and small.  It's not like you register and they send you a Derp Decoder Ring or anything.

I signed up for the Tea Party Nation forum. Maybe that makes me a Tea Partier?

All joking aside, I think this must rely on self-identification.  Which makes the numbers less reliable than usual for Rasmussen.


Hmm. Well who knows I guess. I suppose our confidence in polling companies has been shaken of late.
 
2013-01-07 05:38:41 PM

GAT_00: kid_icarus: St_Francis_P: If they're still doing landline polls, that 8% is in reality a lot lower.

You got a very good point there, sir. I don't know anyone under the age of 40 who has a land line.

I actually have no idea where the port for my phone is in this apartment.  I've lived here for 7 months.


I was just looking at mine the other day and thought, "I should get a picture to cover that up."

A landline jack is now the equivalent of a hole in the wall I'm too lazy to patch.
 
2013-01-07 05:45:50 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: unyon: MaudlinMutantMollusk: They make up for the lack of mass with sheer volume

I think you mean that they make up with the lack of volume with sheer mass.

I meant noise volume


Ah.  I thought it was a hoverround joke.  Works either way.

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2013-01-07 06:01:18 PM
Fark the Tea Party
 
2013-01-07 06:05:59 PM

Diogenes: What exactly constitutes being a member?


You own a tricorner hat and you're NOT a revolutionary war re-enactor?
 
2013-01-07 06:06:45 PM

Diogenes: What exactly constitutes being a member?


You don't know how "dissent" is spelled?
 
2013-01-07 06:13:26 PM

fusillade762: Diogenes: What exactly constitutes being a member?

You own a tricorner hat and you're NOT a revolutionary war re-enactor?


I've got two questions. One, where's the fife? And two, gimme the fife.
 
2013-01-07 06:15:16 PM

Ed Finnerty: fusillade762: Diogenes: What exactly constitutes being a member?

You own a tricorner hat and you're NOT a revolutionary war re-enactor?

I've got two questions. One, where's the fife? And two, gimme the fife.


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OK... if you say so
 
2013-01-07 06:59:13 PM
39 with a landline here.  The wife doesn't want to get rid of it for some reason.  I think it is because it is easier to hold the regular phone between the ear and the shoulder when she's cooking, which is when she does a lot of her telephoning.

And, no, we don't answer it if we don't recognize the caller ID number.  If we do recognize it, we still only answer half the time.
 
2013-01-07 07:10:03 PM
Because they know they're farking hated by the rest of the country.
 
2013-01-07 07:11:35 PM
I saw Rasmussen and read the headline as "Just 80 percent of Americans say that they are members of the Tea Party..."
 
2013-01-07 07:16:55 PM
Just turned 30 and a landline here. Don't judge me, my internet lives on it. I do also answer political survey calls, but sadly, I'm not a tea partier and do tend to purposely fark with people calling on behalf of specific candidates I don't endorse.

That said, if you do have a landline and don't answer political phone calls in election season, you really should. I've had a number of really interesting one on one conversations with the candidates, even if I disagree with everything they stand for, including their right to oxygen.
 
2013-01-07 07:17:30 PM
5%? I didn't know we stacked sh*t that high.
 
2013-01-07 07:18:46 PM
Let's ask Nate Silver.

/first class ticket please
//window seat (wanna see the flames lick the plane as it touches down in hell)
///slashes come in threes
 
2013-01-07 07:20:57 PM
Yes, but if you count their Rascal Scooters the number goes up to like
15%.
 
2013-01-07 07:22:00 PM

kid_icarus: St_Francis_P: If they're still doing landline polls, that 8% is in reality a lot lower.

You got a very good point there, sir. I don't know anyone under the age of 40 who has a land line.


Hell - I'm 40 and got rid of my landline in 1999.
 
2013-01-07 07:22:24 PM

Three Crooked Squirrels: 39 with a landline here.  The wife doesn't want to get rid of it for some reason.  I think it is because it is easier to hold the regular phone between the ear and the shoulder when she's cooking, which is when she does a lot of her telephoning.


If she really likes holding a regular phone between her ear and shoulder, buy her a Bluetooth retro handset and ditch the landline.

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Or, you know, buy a Bluetooth headset for her to use while cooking.
 
2013-01-07 07:23:26 PM

unyon: MaudlinMutantMollusk: They make up for the lack of mass with sheer volume

I think you mean that they make up with the lack of volume with sheer mass.


both are correct
 
2013-01-07 07:24:27 PM
They're 8% of the country (at the very best) and yet they're basically holding the federal government (and with it, the economy) hostage to their idiotic ideas.

Thanks, you stupid rubes.
 
2013-01-07 07:27:40 PM

fusillade762: Diogenes: What exactly constitutes being a member?

You don't know how "dissent" is spelled?


You think Taco Bell is a place to get 3 squares a day / harboring a nest of illegals?
 
2013-01-07 07:30:22 PM

Diogenes: What exactly constitutes being a member?  It's a movement, not an organization.  Sure, there is a loose aggregation of 'official' tea party groups out there, but they're largely local and small.  It's not like you register and they send you a Derp Decoder Ring or anything.


Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.
 
2013-01-07 07:32:18 PM

fusillade762: Diogenes: What exactly constitutes being a member?

You own a tricorner hat and you're NOT a revolutionary war re-enactor?


You also need to be well infromed.
 
2013-01-07 07:34:52 PM

Three Crooked Squirrels: 39 with a landline here.  The wife doesn't want to get rid of it for some reason.  I think it is because it is easier to hold the regular phone between the ear and the shoulder when she's cooking, which is when she does a lot of her telephoning.


Get a magicjack. The new ones plug right in to your router, so you don't need to leave a computer turned on. I've been using one for a year now and love it. Maybe 5% of my calls drop, usually longer ones (over 30 minutes), and it doesn't work with free conference calling services (because they make their money off of connection fees).

For a fee that works out to about $2.50 a month, and includes callerid and voicemails that get emailed to you as a WAV file, its a great value.
 
2013-01-07 07:34:54 PM
The Tea Party, Racism, and Xenophobia are synonymous.
 
2013-01-07 07:35:53 PM
That's one, loud squeaky wheel, then.
 
2013-01-07 07:37:17 PM

MrSteve007: Three Crooked Squirrels: 39 with a landline here.  The wife doesn't want to get rid of it for some reason.  I think it is because it is easier to hold the regular phone between the ear and the shoulder when she's cooking, which is when she does a lot of her telephoning.

If she really likes holding a regular phone between her ear and shoulder, buy her a Bluetooth retro handset and ditch the landline.

[a.tgcdn.net image 300x300]
Or, you know, buy a Bluetooth headset for her to use while cooking.


I could, but I just don't care.  She can do what she wants.  For some reason, I think she also likes it so she doesn't have to give out her cell number.  I'm not sure why she cares, but she doesn't even like to put down her cell number for things like an emergency contact number on a doctor's paperwork.  She'll put down the landline, then leave blank the alternate.  I say "what if they need to contact you in case of an emergency?"  She says "They'll leave a message."
 
2013-01-07 07:39:09 PM

SomeoneDumb: That's one, loud squeaky wheel, then.


Just look at any Politics thread. There's always one or two people who do nothing but herp the derpiest herpderp they can burp. When placed on ignore, the total number of comments drops 60% or more.
 
2013-01-07 07:41:17 PM

MisterRonbo: Three Crooked Squirrels: 39 with a landline here.  The wife doesn't want to get rid of it for some reason.  I think it is because it is easier to hold the regular phone between the ear and the shoulder when she's cooking, which is when she does a lot of her telephoning.

Get a magicjack. The new ones plug right in to your router, so you don't need to leave a computer turned on. I've been using one for a year now and love it. Maybe 5% of my calls drop, usually longer ones (over 30 minutes), and it doesn't work with free conference calling services (because they make their money off of connection fees).

For a fee that works out to about $2.50 a month, and includes callerid and voicemails that get emailed to you as a WAV file, its a great value.


I'll pass that on to Mrs. Three Crooked Squirrels, but she won't care.  She'll just say "I like what we have."  I appreciate the tip, and I'm not one to pass on a bargain, but I just can't be bothered with having to change her mind.  She's a bit set in her ways.  In fact, she keeps telling me she wants to get rid of her cell phone rather than the landline.  Sometimes I'd like to unplug from reality too, but that just doesn't seem practical these days.
 
2013-01-07 07:42:29 PM
Why don't they just ask the tea party how many registered members they have?
 
2013-01-07 07:43:00 PM

Three Crooked Squirrels: MrSteve007: Three Crooked Squirrels: 39 with a landline here.  The wife doesn't want to get rid of it for some reason.  I think it is because it is easier to hold the regular phone between the ear and the shoulder when she's cooking, which is when she does a lot of her telephoning.

If she really likes holding a regular phone between her ear and shoulder, buy her a Bluetooth retro handset and ditch the landline.

[a.tgcdn.net image 300x300]
Or, you know, buy a Bluetooth headset for her to use while cooking.

I could, but I just don't care.  She can do what she wants.  For some reason, I think she also likes it so she doesn't have to give out her cell number.  I'm not sure why she cares, but she doesn't even like to put down her cell number for things like an emergency contact number on a doctor's paperwork.  She'll put down the landline, then leave blank the alternate.  I say "what if they need to contact you in case of an emergency?"  She says "They'll leave a message."



"Sorry, kids... Mommy values her privacy. Guess you better keep that in mind if you ever think about running with scissors or playing with matches."
 
2013-01-07 07:44:51 PM

spawn73: Why don't they just ask the tea party how many registered members they have?


Republicans are too busy farking with everyone else's registrations and votes to pay attention to how many members they have.
 
2013-01-07 07:45:40 PM

technicolor-misfit: Three Crooked Squirrels: MrSteve007: Three Crooked Squirrels: 39 with a landline here.  The wife doesn't want to get rid of it for some reason.  I think it is because it is easier to hold the regular phone between the ear and the shoulder when she's cooking, which is when she does a lot of her telephoning.

If she really likes holding a regular phone between her ear and shoulder, buy her a Bluetooth retro handset and ditch the landline.

[a.tgcdn.net image 300x300]
Or, you know, buy a Bluetooth headset for her to use while cooking.

I could, but I just don't care.  She can do what she wants.  For some reason, I think she also likes it so she doesn't have to give out her cell number.  I'm not sure why she cares, but she doesn't even like to put down her cell number for things like an emergency contact number on a doctor's paperwork.  She'll put down the landline, then leave blank the alternate.  I say "what if they need to contact you in case of an emergency?"  She says "They'll leave a message."


"Sorry, kids... Mommy values her privacy. Guess you better keep that in mind if you ever think about running with scissors or playing with matches."


No kids, so she can do what she wants.
 
2013-01-07 07:51:00 PM

spawn73: Why don't they just ask the tea party how many registered members they have?


Easy: 100% of Real Americans are Tea Party Members.
 
2013-01-07 07:51:12 PM
14% of the House of Representatives (in the 112th Congress) were members of the Tea Party Caucus. How?
 
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