The visitor from seemed…confused…?

From time to time our webmaster views which search engines readers are using to find this blog, and which tags and categories seem to be most productive in raising our profile on those searches. It helps the querent more quickly and easily find what they are looking for if we can be precise with those tags and categories.

Today The Webmeister brought this to our attention.

A reader from found us via That’s pretty cool, isn’t it? (Though we thought they would be busy today voting for a health bill that most taxpayers in this country do not want, but no matter.) What search phrase did this reader use?

“tea bag protesters on 11/4/2009”

Wondering which pages they viewed on Common American Journal? One of the pages was this:

Capitol Police Arrest Anti-ObamaCare Protestors for Visiting CO Senator

At CAJ we are all about freedom and welcome those who work for our government to read us if they feel so inclined. But does anyone else see a problem with that search string?

The “Health Care House Call” rally took place on Thursday, 5 November, not Wednesday, 4th. If one works at the Capitol, we think a rally of tens of thousands of citizens should have been pretty evident unless, as the search string suggests, one is disdainful of the citizens who gathered.

Why disdainful? The other phrase used in that search: “tea bag.”

It’s time those who govern understood what the array of “tea bag” references means these days, if they do not know already. We would direct them to this enlightening page at Wikipedia.

Here is the phrase used in context by the always delightful Janeane Garofalo in an April 2009 interview with Keith Olbermann:

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Americans have come to understand that everyone at MSNBC feels total and absolute contempt for us. We can change the channel and we do. Which is why they are in last place in the ratings every single day.

But Americans do not expect contempt from those using the computers at You work for us. We hired you on election day. And we can fire you.

We’re just asking for a little respect while we’re paying your salaries. We’re the bosses here, after all.

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