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…but there is more “No Carbon Tax” Rally Twitter-snark below the fold, for your reading enjoyment!
Because I know they killed Knut. I saw them.
Here comes the "OMG they were WAY old!" meme...
Old selfish people who have never done a thing for us and don't caaaaare! /headtilt
...old, AND incontinent! Stupid old poopy-pants deniers!
Old racist sexist homophobic crunts! Zing! That'll put 'em back in their box.
Old and ANNOYING!
Doddery irrelevant old geezers! Euthanasia NOW!
SUPER old! Wait... 40? What?
"Dinosaurs"! declares Newsy Spice ...and if a TV station made the same call about over-40 female newsreaders?
DOLE BLUDGING old people! Forsooth!
Tax-dodging unemployed hippy type old people, oh the humanity!
Rednecked knuckle-dragging mouth-breathing apostrophe-abusing banjo-playing dole-bludging tax-dodging poopy-panted racist sexist homophobic old people!! But hey, #NoLabels, right?
And they're "Billionairs" to boot! Shame!!
Wait ... Jane Fonda was there?!
See? It wasn't even about whether Australia should tax carbon dioxide emissions in order to control the entire world's weather. It was a "whites racist geriatric rally"! Sucked in!!!
An Antipodean Chris Matthews wannabe. Way to recycle those narratives!
Remember, kids. There are 5 A's in raaaaacist!
Zing! The KKK Card! What could be more relevant to an anti-tax rally in Canberra, Australia?
Let's torture that KKK analogy a liiiitle bit more. Conservatives = Democrats; Canberra, Australia = Deep South; Anti-Tax = Racist; burning crosses emit CO2... YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE
And did we mention they were OLD? BTW, this person's Twitter background is NOT racist. It's "ironic". Yo.
Indeed. Very #oldtone. None of your crew would ever treat a female politician with anything but the utmost respect *cough*SarahPalin*cough*
A call for Civility™ and an end to the Climate of Hate™ #newtone
Wait, THIS kind of New Civility™? #oldtone
Renewed calls for the New Civility™. No more Climate of Hate™. Respect your leaders!
Or... not. Whatevs. #NewCivility™ ClimateOfHate™
That convinced me! I now believe that a tax on Australian carbon dioxide emissions will keep the whole world's climate from ever changing again!
Preach it, Sistah! I believe! I believe that with enough tax, an Australian Labor government CAN control the world's climate. Yes, we can!
"To from"? Now let's hear about some of the BIG issues surrounding today's anti-tax rally. Prepositions!
Stupid rural bogans, don't even know whether they're "hoards" or "hordes"!
LMAO ROTFL LOL ZOMG! I know, right?! Dumb hick hillbilly old pplz!! #ToleranceFTW!
Dimwits, who don't even know, how to use, punctuation!
Wait. Holding... what?
Okay, let's play the Gender Card game. In 3...2...1...
See? No question! If a female politician EVER cops any abuse, it's ALWAYS and ONLY because she's a guuurl. Next?
Misogyny it is! Because no male PM has EVER copped uncivil abuse. Ever. #shortmemory
Of course not! I can't think of a single instance in which Howard or Abbott were ever portrayed in a personal and offensive manner. Can you?
Equality! Female politicians are only ever abused on account of their gender; male pollies are abused because they deserve it!
Oh dear. Everyone's being hated on now. A former Labor press secretary now comfortably ensconced in the Canberra Press Gallery with the rest of his Labor brethren, not feelin' the love from those he likes to smear as "the lunar right"? Unimaginable.
Dismissing everyone with whom you disagree as "insane" is an interesting strategy. Especially when one of the main reasons you are dismissing them as "insane" is because they're skeptical that taxing Australians' carbon dioxide emissions will lower the seas, cool the globe, prevent "extreme weather" around the world and stop hurricanes in their tracks. Let's see how that works out for y'all.
Okay. I'm finally speechless.
"We're more worried about the intellectual climate"
UPDATE: @GavAtkins does a terrific wrap-up of today’s rally in Canberra: Photos, quotes and a few reflections from the No Carbon Tax Rally
UPDATE 2: “It was as if no one had ever seen rude signs and anger at a rally before, or nasty things said about a Prime Minister. It was as if Brown and Combet and that great army of Left-leaning reporters had never seen, say, these anti-Howard protests” … CLICK
UPDATE 3: TIMALANCHE! /off to stock up on more mead and cheezels
UPDATE 4: Welcome, too, readers from Quadrant, Asian Correspondent & Climate Madness. Thanks kindly for dropping by.
UPDATE 5: Another top piece by Gavin Atkins on his Big Day Out with the extremists [ABC - The Drum]
UPDATE 6: Video of some of those extremists, via CANdo
UPDATE 7: @MirandaDevine looks at the vilification of ordinary mum-and-dad tax protesters and asks, “Who’s the extremist now?”