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In Fit of Hysteria, Crazed Brooklyn Tea Party Skipper John Press Embraces… Well… Himself

September 26, 2010

Our favorite fake Tea Partier Dr. John Kenneth Press has been making videos of himself, and the results are…well…scary:

Oh my God. Did Dr. Press just do his best Howard Dean impression?

As you know, at a recent conclave, our blog writers came to the conclusion that Dr. Press was not seeking to advance the national objectives of the Tea Party Movement and encouraged all Republicans and libertarians to distance themselves from him.

And when you see videos such as the one above, it’s easy to understand our reasons for doing so. After all, last time I checked ,”conservativism” is not a word (perhaps he meant “conservatism”?). But then again, Dr. Press seems to like making things up.

In the video, Dr. Press comes off less as a libertarian activist (which he clearly is not) and more like some giddy, self-obsessed muppet, hawking his name as though it matters. My God, at least Elmo is beloved by millions of children:

Notice how Dr. Press seemingly shares the same pathology as Elmo: egomania and self-pleasing ignorance.

Of course, I do not wish to offend our readers who are fans of Sesame Street. At least Elmo and his gang seek to entertain and teach children positive messages. Dr. Press claims to be a teacher, but I frankly wouldn’t want him anywhere near a classroom.

All kidding aside, this man has maintained a presence on alleged White Nationalist websites and has taken positions that are far outside the mainstream of libertarian thought. Indeed, in the above video, he even admits that he is not operating or sharing merely the core values of the Tea Party movement (lower taxes, health care reform, reducing the national debt, smaller government).

He has included his own views, such as an open declaration that the United States is at war with Islam. This is his motivation for challenging various local mosques planned for construction in the city, including in Brooklyn.

Now, there are legitimate concerns (as well as a slew of foolish, xenophobic concerns) regarding the judgment or motives of those who build these mosques or any religious space. But these reasons will always fly in the face of the unassailable right of people of faith to construct places of worship. Therefore, we must ask ourselves how we can balance these two priorities in a way that does not offend the inviolate provisions of the constitution we hold so dear.

Dr. Press, however, does not seek to balance them or be reasonable.

He sees things in terms of “us versus them” and a “war with Islam.”

That’s plain crazy. Fearing terrorists and fundamentalist religious groups funding American projects is one thing. Casting this as a cultural war is something totally different. In my opinion, Dr. Press has merely substituted his own made-up word–“culturalism”–for a word we already know: racism. While I do not know what he personally believes, the man has defended racist comments and people making ethnic slurs in the past (please refer to our previous pieces regarding Dr. Press for examples). That is enough for me to want to distance myself from what he represents.

Now, granted, Dr. Press is largely irrelevant to those of us who recognize him to be a self-serving nutcase. However, he is “dangerous” in that he is driving local Brooklynites into a frenzy while casting the Tea Party in a very bad light. For that reason, while we may mock him from afar for his egotistical mania, we must always remember that he does host an organization that has duped others into joining him (most likely unsuspectingly).

And lest we forget all of the GOP establishment figures who were cavorting with Dr. Press, essentially turning the “Brooklyn Tea Party” into a GOP establishment proxy. Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton and his so-called organization should be held to account for giving any credence and weight to this Dr. Press and his “Brooklyn Tea Party.” They are proving more and more that they are not interested in growing the party but in letting the crazy fringe dominate the discource of their insipid cabal.

I liked Craig Eaton better when failure was his primary goal. Now, his goal is apparently letting the inmates take over the insane asylum.

But, in the end, seeing Dr. Press willingly portray himself as a caricature of…well…himself,  it is clear to me that he is just another shameless faux Tea Party huckster desperate to be relevant.

Nevertheless, we must speak out against him if we don’t want to let his scary worldview to taint our reform movement in Brooklyn.

That is why we are taking a stand against him.

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15 Comments
  1. What do they put in those Brooklyn Tea Bags? permalink
    September 26, 2010 10:27 pm

    What do they put in those Brooklyn Tea Bags? LOL

  2. Was the "Brooklyn Tea Party" rally at the 69th Street Pier a "Culturist Tea Party" rally? permalink
    September 26, 2010 10:54 pm

    Maybe, as Republicans we’d all be better off with a little less coverage of this Brooklyn GOP — Brooklyn Tea Party alliance.

  3. Ignorance is bliss for too many in the Brooklyn GOP Establishmnet permalink
    September 27, 2010 7:18 am

    There has been a sudden shift in SOME of the content at Craig Eaton’s hate blog “The Jig is Up Atlas” to INCLUDE some coverage of Republican candidates. Unfortunately, the character and content of Eaton’s main internet outlet remains that of a hate blog. Thus, in Eaton’s and his minion’s usual blundering fashion they do damage to the very candidates that they say want to help by even mentioning their names mixed up with the rest of the filth and insanity that appears on the Jig is Up.

    Likewise, Craig Eaton’s Brooklyn GOP has thoughtlessly become allied with an “Astroturf” mimic of the Tea Party movement, the “Brooklyn Tea Party” of Mad Doctor Press. They have fostered this lunatic and his culturist nonsense, and given this charlatan “status” as one of their own. As a result, Eaton and the rest of his bunglers have further compromised their own brand and message to the detriment of all who identify as Republicans in Brooklyn or those who might seek their support.

    Eaton’s apparent ignorance of all the damage he is inflicting on the Brooklyn GOP is quite appalling.

    • Young GOP Kid permalink
      September 27, 2010 8:36 am

      The Jig has forever stained the domains of cyberspace with their drivel. And when they “cover” races, they bloat their “coverage” with verbiage and nonsense, such as stating that Marty Golden is the greatest statesman that ever lived (I get such a good laugh hearing that). They are a universal joke–at least to those 23 readers who visit their blog lol

    • Brooklyn Paper Coverage of John Kenneth Press Brooklyn Tea Party Rally Shows Problems permalink
      September 28, 2010 11:36 pm

      The Brooklyn Paper’s September 21, 2010 article, “Tea but no sympathy for mosque” by Thomas Tracy http://www.brooklynpaper.com/…/all_bklynteaparty_2010_09_24_bk.html
      together with the comments that follow the articel shows some of the irrationality that attends this man Press’ Brooklyn Culturist Tea Party.

      Do the Republicans who were there know who and what they’re getting mixed up with?

  4. Lora permalink
    September 27, 2010 9:35 am

    Craig Eaton’s little gang of misfits are an embarrassment to this county and our party. They should all be ashamed of themselves.

    Kiss kiss boys…

  5. Maresca's Mom permalink
    September 27, 2010 9:57 am

    Something smells awful fishy over at 7620 17th Avenue

  6. Xanax Party permalink
    September 27, 2010 10:00 am

    Is that Dr. John’s mother’s basement? Love the wood paneling. Gives it a real hunker-down bunker feel. What an effing LOON.

  7. No More Press permalink
    September 27, 2010 3:49 pm

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  8. To me nothing is as fundamentally “conservative” as wood paneling, up-lifting too. permalink
    September 27, 2010 5:52 pm

    That looks like really nice wood paneling behind John Kenneth Press; and the paneling behind him looks more genuine than the “Dr.” I sometimes see in front of his name.

    Wood paneling puts me in mind of a simpler time in politics, the 70’s : appointed-VP-successor-President Gerald (“Poland is not a Soviet-dominated country”) Ford, establishment Republicans narrowly holding off too-conservative Californian Ronald Reagan, only to have their moderate-Republican guy lose to “Outsider”-Democrat, Georgia Jimmy Carter, who had himself held off too-liberal Californian Jerry Brown, the Moonbeam-Jesuit, to get the Democratic nomination. Then Russia got mired in Afghanistan and the Ayatollahs took charge in Iran, the “Miracle on Ice” happened right here in New York, Ted Kennedy and the Northeast Democrats deserted Carter, and we had the rebirth of Reagan and America – ah good times, good times. The 80’s were even better, morning in America; but alas, paneling was losing its widespread popularity. Then eventually, it was banished to basements and political club storefronts.

    That’s what the sight of wood paneling means to me.

    If you ask me, the wood paneling is the only good thing in that John Kenneth Press “Brooklyn-Culturist-Tea Party” video, beautiful actually. And I’ll be darned if I’m going to let JKP and Eaton’s Press-gang take that image away from me. Edit out Press and just give me the four-plus minute video of the paneling.

  9. 2010 will turn up a bunch of strange bed-fellows; bet on it. permalink
    September 28, 2010 8:12 pm

    A few strange phone calls:

    a) newly Grimm person called Ralph Perfetto to dish dirt on Mike McMahon;

    b) a quiet Mike started to pick up the pace by calling some unhappy Republicans; and

    c) the Republican old line are trying to put their old whine into new skins, but lots of the new kids on the block see through it already and are calling ykw to find out what’s going on.

  10. Brooklyn Mosque Rally Turns Ugly permalink
    October 3, 2010 7:47 pm

    BROOKLYN MOSQUE RALLY TURNS UGLY
    Fri, Oct 1, 2010
    Brooklyn Life

    It was supposed to be a rally about parking. Somehow it turned into praise for Qu’ran burning, declarations of war and enough vitriol to warrant almost 20 police officers.

    Almost before it began, it became clear that the crowds lining Voorhies Avenue for last Sunday’s rally against a proposed mosque had different concerns than the local residents.

    Earlier this year, the Muslim American Society bought a lot on a residential part of Voorhies Avenue announcing that they wanted to build a community center with an after-school program and prayer rooms.

    Neighbors oppose the plan, saying that the area is residential and that the street can’t handle the additional cars that the community center will bring. They also fear that the mosque will bring down the value of their homes.

    On Sunday, houses on Voorhies Avenue were plastered with signs reading “Religion is not an excuse for zoning violation” and “If it doesn’t fit then don’t build”. Bay People, a group of residents, had arranged the rally. Their arguments, however, quickly drowned out.

    At noon, at least 100 people crowded the sidewalk, with more people arriving. Many were holding American flags. Others had draped themselves with them. Signs reading “NO M.A.S.” referring to the Muslim American Society, were ubiquitous. Several signs linked the M.A.S. to Hezbollah and Hamas, and a large banner announced the presence of the Brooklyn Tea Party. Across the street were the supporters of the community center, holding signs that said “We Say No To Racist Fear” and “Muslims Are Welcome Here”.

    Few of Sunday’s speeches mentioned the concerns heard earlier about parking and home values. John Kenneth Press of the Brooklyn Tea Party said in his speech that “Islam has been fighting the West for 1400 years. Do they believe in freedom in the Middle East?”

    People shouted “Hell No!”

    “Do we believe in it here?” asked Press

    “Yes!” screamed his supporters.

    After Press had left the podium a woman who identified herself as a realtor, claimed to oppose the mosque because the M.A.S. had overpaid for the site. “Let me get you a better deal!” she pleaded with the demonstrators across the street.

    A young man pointed at the mosque supporters across the street. “Unlike these terrorists, I stand in front of you unmasked! This is a war! And we’re all soldiers!” He then praised the burning of the Qu’ran calling it a miracle of free speech and asked the crowd if “we need to see Brooklyn and America raped by people who aren’t from this country?”

    The next speaker gave his speech in Russian.

    The mood became increasingly vitriolic. A woman with a sign saying “NO MOSQUE 1 GOD” screamed at two Muslim girls with American flags. “Let go of the flag and get back to your own country!” Shouts of “Racist!” from the other side became louder. More police arrived.

    Steven Peskin, who lives nearby, stood with the people supporting the mosque. “I don’t think the mosque should be built.” he said. “This is a residential area, and I think it will be too crowded. But I don’t agree with those people. It’s not about Islam and the West. It’s about parking. Why are these people here?”

    The rally ended with the loud speakers repeatedly playing an audio clip from 2000, where Muslim American Society’s Mahdi Bray appears to be supporting Hamas and Hezbollah.

    Ibrahim Anse, the community center’s project manager, was not surprised by what happened on Sunday. “It’s all politics, and they’re using these people for a public show.” He said that many of the protesters are outsiders brought in by the Brooklyn Tea Party. “The Tea Party are using the people on Voorhies Avenue.”

    John Press said that the concerns of the Brooklyn Tea Party are the same as those of the residents on Voorhies Avenue. “We are all worried about people teaching hatred in our communities.”

    Press says that the Muslim American Society are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egyptian organization that supports Hamas and Hezbollah. The FBI have found no such links, but Press says that he has his own evidence.

    “It does not make us safer to have the vanguard of Muslim conquest in our communities,” he said. “There is a clear and concerted effort to increase the Muslim population in America. These people don’t like us.” He does acknowledge that it is unlikely that the people who demonstrated against him on Sunday, most of whom were women and children, are actual terrorists. “Most Muslims are law abiding citizens. They don’t have the energy to do violent jihad, just like most Christians don’t have the energy to live like Jesus.”

    http://thebrooklynink.com/2010/10/01/14771-brooklyn-mosque-rally-turns-ugly/comment-page-1/#comment-60856

  11. Press Outed As Bowel Movement permalink
    October 3, 2010 8:20 pm

    October 1, 2010 9:24 AM
    Mayor Bloomberg On The Tea Party: It’s Not A Political Movement »
    By Celeste Katz

    Phoning into his WOR-AM radio show with host John Gambling (which is usually a sign that he flew to Bermuda the night before to avoid bad weather), Mayor Bloomberg went on for quite a while about immigration reform, and about Washington’s roadblocks to progress in general. Then he changed the topic, our Adam Lisberg reports.

    “The wake-up call, John, is called the Tea Party. That’s what the Tea Party is. It’s funny, it’s not a political movement. They don’t, they’re not pro-choice or pro-life. They’re not pro-gun or anti-gun. They’re not pro-gay-rights or anti-gay-rights. They’re not with any of the social issues.

    “They are a group of people, and you see this every eight, 10 years, there was a Perot boomlet if you remember, and then there’s the, there was a McCain boomlet eight, 10 years ago.

    “And it’s, ‘I’m sick of it.’ That’s what people are saying. ‘I don’t know what the answer is, your job is to figure it out, Mr. Congressman, Mr. Senator, Miss President, whatever it is. But I’m just telling you, I’m annoyed. I’m not going to do, I don’t want to take this anymore.’

    “And so they cast out, and in many cases they, their casting out may be irrational in terms of the direction they go, but there is the argument that they’ve listened to both Republicans and Democrats again and again saying, ‘If you elect me I’ll fix it.’

    “And regardless of which one gets into office — and we’ve had Republican presidents and Democratic presidents, we’ve had Republicans controlling the House and the Senate and Democrats controlling the House and the Senate — and they, these people who are disaffected, they would say nothing’s changed. Now, there are others that say we’ve made a lot of progress, and there’s some truth on both sides of the aisle. But this, there is this massive country-wide — frustration is a good word — and if that takes place, then maybe it will force the Republicans and Democrats to come to the table and come together.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/10/mayor-bloomberg-on-the-tea-par.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nydnrss%2Fblogs%2Fdailypolitics+%28Blogs%2FThe+Daily+Politics%29#ixzz11LfENfP1

  12. culturecrusader permalink
    October 23, 2010 5:43 am

    Seems like a reasonable guy to me. You, on the other hand, strike me as very nervous about something. Let me ask you something: does America have its own culture that is unique and different from other cultures? If so, is it more successful than, less successful than, or just the same as, other world cultures?
    Thank you,
    The Culture Crusader

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