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President Obama is visiting Austin tomorrow. Are you ready?

2011 May 9
by Chris Apollo Lynn

President Obama will be visiting our fair city tomorrow. Here’s a little information from a source, so you can plan your commute this afternoon and tomorrow accordingly:

President Obama is coming to Austin tomorrow and will be speaking at the W Hotel. Due to his visit, there will be heightened security throughout the 2nd Street District, and Lavaca will be closed. Barricades will be placed on Lavaca sometime later today, and that traffic on Lavaca will be restricted to those that specifically need to be on Lavaca for access to their own residences or businesses. APD is unable to give any detailed information regarding timing, traffic flow, etc., due to the security issues surrounding President Obama.

Also, looks like several grouchy Republicans are planning a protest. If you don’t want to get teabagged, I’d recommend avoiding that area.

Or if you’re looking for a little excitement, maybe go out and show Obama that Texas isn’t just a bunch of grouchy, illiterate white hicks. Not that I’d ever promote a riot-I just don’t like those types of people giving Austin a bad name ;)

Feel free to let me know if you’ve got a counter protest organize, and I’d be happy to share it on our Facebook page.


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  1. Anonymous permalink
    May 9, 2011

    “A few grouchy republicans” & “illiterate white hicks” huh? How could you claim to be Austin proud and print such a dismissive inflammatory, quite ignorant and racist statement? I’m not a Republican…or a tea bagger, a racist or whatever other label “O-Bomb-It” supporters want to put on those that oppose his support of Bush tax cuts, Big bank bail outs, The Patriot Act, Illegal wars of aggression…etc. etc. etc. The one who seems grumpy and illiterate here is you Chris Apollo Lynn. Shame on you! Please grow a pair already!

  2. Bobi permalink
    May 9, 2011

    Really? You would not promote a riot, gee you WILL throw out blanket derogatory remarks. You are simply an ignorant, arrogant, A$$! Just because I DO NOT support Obama, does not make me a “grouchy republican” or an “illiterate white hick”, in fact it means that I have a brain AND an education. I did vote, and it certainly wasn’t for this idiot! All he has done is tear this country to shreds! If you support him, TERRIFIC for you; but DO NOT imply that those of us who don’t have an issue with his skin color, or are from too far back in the woods to think for ourselves.

    • May 9, 2011

      Thanks for stopping by. You really read way more into my post than was intended. Congrats! Free speech!! EFF YEAH!!

  3. donna permalink
    May 9, 2011

    zzzing nothing!
    you show a name and photo, real or not,
    that makes your “opinion” credible?
    act condescending and don’t answer the valid accusations,
    tired, old and easily anticipated tactic.

    • May 9, 2011

      No. It just makes it an opinion that is backed by a name. I think everyone should have their voice. Let everyone protest-but I want there to be equal representation because I’m tired of the wrong types getting the attention ;)

  4. kiki permalink
    May 9, 2011

    omg! My mom as been wanting to so bad

  5. Bob Hope permalink
    May 9, 2011

    We “white angry republicans’ believe that everyone is entitled to their beliefs and will fight to the death to secure for all. You liberal progressives believe the same, as long as everyone believes as you do.

    • May 9, 2011

      There was nothing about everyone believing what I believe.

      The “grumpy old republicans” was actually a quote from the article linked in the post.

      The post is merely a call for more folks to come out and show America that Austin isn’t actually comprised of backwoods folks who can’t spell. The “illiterate, white hicks” was in a separate paragraph and was referring to the types of people that end up on the news. Since I don’t like the image those people convey, I feel it’d be nice to get some sane people who can spell and have a discussion-no matter what party-on TV to represent our fine state.

      And for the record: I’m not as liberal as you think I am. IF you read the site enough, you’ll know that I returned to Texas from California because I was tired of the way those folks pigeonhole everything. Also, if you read my twitter feed, you’ll know I question a lot of Obama’s policies.


      • May 10, 2011

        One of my favorite songs EVER:

        “Free Speech For The Dumb” by Discharge. And by no way am I insinuating that anyone is dumb. It just really is a cool song…

  6. Michael Octon permalink
    May 10, 2011

    So your saying what? Everyone in Texas outside the area of Austin is “illiterate white hicks”? what about the Hispanic, African Americans, Asian Americans what are they? Perhaps in your mind their illiterate people of color hicks? You lead me and other readers based on your comments to believe you are a tad bit racist. I use the word “Tad” because I believe in giving people the benefit of doubt.

    Keeping Your Ass Safe & Free
    30 Yr Military Veteran
    M. Octon

    • May 10, 2011

      Nope. Not what I was saying. I was referring to the folks who always end up on TV. Anyone can come out-that’s the beauty of America and the beauty of Austin.

      • Anonymous permalink
        May 10, 2011

        First off…I like to remain anonymous on threads like this to protect myself from multiple friend requests from idiot kids on facebook. Not because I’m afraid of saying what is right. Your excuse of not liking who you see represented in the media is weak but we’ll roll with that for now, don’t like who you see then blame corporate media for “who you see” on mainstream news. We don’t like you as a representation of Austin. Have you ever watched or listened to alternative media at all Chris? You can back peddle all you like but your post was an abomination of biased, racist, hateful b.s. You have no idea what you are talking about. You were definitely categorizing all Obama opposition as SOLELY a “FEW grouchy Republicans” and “Illiterate white hicks” and you know it. To further solidify this fact…the Facebook page associated with this website had an ongoing poll of predicted grammar/spelling mistakes on protest signs. Very mature and professional. Go ahead and love your Bush 2.0 candidate because you think it’s hip and trendy. You could have been an adult about it and simply let people know about the event while keeping your ignorant hate b.s. to yourself and your very small circle or mislead young friends. Your pitiful excuses here are a joke. Nothing like watching a spineless creature try to wiggle out of a huge mistake. Much like watching Obama/Bush 2.0. Just out of curiosity..what has he done for you since he’s been in office that is so commendable? Can you list three? I can list many reasons why you should not support this man and they would all be cold hard facts not biased ignorance. Thank you to the others here that are calling this jerk out on what he is. He obviously needs some serious debriefing.

        • May 10, 2011

          Kind of done with you. It’s my site. You just left a spam-load of comments that I feel were hateful and didn’t add to the discussion. You also did something similar on the Facebook wall. So, with that, you are banned. It’s my site, and while I do believe in discussion, I also don’t like someone verbally vomiting negativity all over me.

  7. Anonymous permalink
    May 10, 2011

    This is a classic example of a liberal conformist trying to garner support by degrading those around him. “Illiterate white hicks” is as racist a statement that can be made. You include a non-factual intellectual insult, a derogatory term, and a specific group of people all wrapped up in one phrase. It doesn’t matter if you have simply re-posted this statement from another source. You are representing that statement as your own. Just because you put your name and face on it doesn’t exempt you from criticism and the fact that you try to pass blame unto another is simply cowardly. Stand behind your statements if you decide to display them to the world.
    Beyond your ignorance in reposting/using that statement, who are you to say that the opinion of any group, educated or not, black, white, asian or hispanic, rural or urban, is any less valuable than yours? You tout “Free Speech EFF YEAH” as a tag line, but trying to silence these people is as contradictory to that line as can be.
    I have an idea. Why not argue the politics and positions instead of belittling others to prove your point. Your fantastical self-righteous image of yourself, trying to unite your like-minded compatriots, leads you to rhetoric that is hugely damaging and inflammatory.

    • May 10, 2011

      I have approved everything that has been posted in the comments. I’m not trying to silence anyone. I think it’s ok to ask people OF ALL ETHNICITIES, IDEOLOGIES, etc. to come down and represent Austin in a way that is more fitting than what is normally portrayed on TV.

      And if you want to break it down: Illiterate means unable to read or write. The way some of their signs have been written, I think it fits that definition. Images on the news with said signs are definitely people who are white (no judgement against their race, but white folks are usually pretty obnoxious). And finally, the way they speak is definitely not citified.

      I am not in favor of censorship-and I don’t censor. I’ve approved every comment.

      • May 10, 2011

        Oh yeah, and don’t tell me I’m stepping all over folks who don’t have the same education I do: The people I vote for aren’t cutting funding to education.

        • May 10, 2011

          Sorry to interrupt, but I gotta give you props for this one too…

  8. Amy permalink
    May 10, 2011

    It’s interesting, the amount of quick-fire rage and childish name calling that show up in this thread. Dislike of someone’s politics is one thing, feeling “clever” because you pronounced his name incorrectly, and by spewing hateful doomsday remarks “he’s tearing this country to shreads!” is another. I suggest that you consider using a method of argument not popular with third grade bullies if you expect to be taken seriously by adults. Also, no matter how much you dislike the president, he is not Godzilla, and in no way could ever tear up our great country. He might help put some policies in place you don’t agree with. Work on your argument, attempt to vote someone else in, and please, work on your anger issues. I have to drive on the same roads with you all. :)

  9. Michael Octon permalink
    May 10, 2011

    I have read the thread and fail to see your point. There is no mention of “spewing hateful doomsday remarks “he’s tearing this country to shreads!” Now, if it looks like, smells like and acts like a spin, it must be a spin or maybe your referring to the anchors on tv to which Mr. Lynn speaks of?

  10. Anonymous permalink
    May 10, 2011

    “The “illiterate, white hicks” was in a separate paragraph and was referring to the types of people that end up on the news. Since I don’t like the image those people convey, I feel it’d be nice to get some sane people who can spell and have a discussion–no matter what party–on TV to represent our fine state.”

    -Your post above.

    How’s that not trying to silence people?

    Yes, put the dictionary away, we all know the meaning of the word illiterate. Don’t patronize me. It is not the word you use, but how you use it. Yes, there are people in any group that can not read or right. You, however, make the mistake of generalizing illiteracy with “white hicks” and therefore republicans. Again, the pure definition of racially charged comment.

    And where you draw the conclusion from my statements that I have implied that you are stepping over less educated people than you, I have no idea. I would venture to say that this statement epitomizes the “fantastical self-righteous” image I likened you to in my previous post.

    P.s. The people I vote fore aren’t cutting funding to education either.

  11. oh man. permalink
    May 12, 2011

    “read or right”. now that’s wrich, i mean rich.

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