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Fact check? My ass!

I swear to god somebody in my Twitter stream or a blog or Drudge or something said today was the anniversary of the founding of the GOP. So I did this stupid drawing, and then I went to authenticate the story. As far as I can tell, February 28 has no significance what-so-ever to the Republican Party.


Screw it, I’m running with it anyway. This thing has Monday written all over it.

First person that says “measure twice, cut once” — I’ma pop you one.


Comment from appmus
Time: February 28, 2011, 11:49 pm

This were I saw it. hey if it’s on AL Gore’s Internet it must be true.

Comment from drew458
Time: February 28, 2011, 11:51 pm

meas …

[ducks and grins]

Pretty sure it’s next month. The Tea Party turned 2 the other week. That Michael Zak guy sends me those GOP emails all the time.

If an elephant blows out all the candles, is the cake then eaten? Elephants seem rather … moist. I think the cake would be kinda gross at that point.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: March 1, 2011, 12:02 am

Yeah I saw the same thing, with a picture of the house where the GOP allegedly started.

Comment from Nina
Time: March 1, 2011, 12:48 am

Okay by me, Stoaty, I’ll believe anything.


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: March 1, 2011, 1:01 am

Hm. Wikipedia “on this day” for February 28 says:

1854 – The Republican Party of the United States is organized in Ripon, Wisconsin.

None of the Wikipedia pages on the party itself mentions that nugget, but the page for Ripon, Wisconsin features it prominently–with picture of schoolhouse, as Christoper Taylor mentions.


Meeting at a school house in Ripon on February 28, 1854, some thirty opponents of the Nebraska Act called for the organization of a new political party and suggested that Republican would be the most appropriate name (to link their cause with the Declaration of Independence). The group also took a leading role in the creation of the Republican Party in many northern states during the summer of 1854.

One could argue about the designation “birthday,” but I don’t think celebrating with cake would be out of line. . .

Comment from Grizzly
Time: March 1, 2011, 1:11 am

Looks like there’s four or five places that claim to be the birthplace of the Republican Party. All depends on how you slice it. Being a native Cheesehead myself, I’m going with Ripon :-).

Comment from Mindy
Time: March 1, 2011, 1:23 am

It’s the thought that counts.

Comment from Blue Octopi
Time: March 1, 2011, 1:35 am

You know what they say: “Measure twice, cut once.”

What can I say? I’m a masochist!

Comment from Allen
Time: March 1, 2011, 2:00 am

No, it’s measure once from each end of the board and then cut both. That way you get twice the firewood.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: March 1, 2011, 2:05 am

Grizzly–one could probably construct an extended metaphor having to do with conception and parturition: the most serious other contender for the title seems to be Jackson, Michigan, which was apparently the place where a group officially calling itself “The Republican Party” first met. . .about 4 months after the Ripon meeting. A 4 month gestational period doesn’t match up well with most mammals (Yeah, I went looking: http://www.yourveterinaryclinic.com/page14/gestation-period.html), but metaphor doesn’t require exact correspondences.

Comment from grasshopper
Time: March 1, 2011, 2:32 am

WAAAYY O/T, if anyone had Jane Russell in the dead pool, she departed this life earlier today…

Comment from Michael
Time: March 1, 2011, 3:34 am

…determine the length required two times, sever one time…

I thought the GOP was founded in Jackson, Michigan. I believe they have some local signage to that effect.

Comment from Michael
Time: March 1, 2011, 3:41 am

“Can’t hark my cry” beat me to it.

O/T: SWeasel: I saw cans of a certain “British delicacy” on the shelf at the grocery store recently. I’ll send you the spotted pic…

Comment from Michael
Time: March 1, 2011, 3:43 am

My birthday was last week. You ignored it.

*walks off in a huff*

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: March 1, 2011, 4:14 am

The Republican Party was founded by Badgers in Ripon, WI. About 90 miles from where I type this.

Comment from Roman Wolf
Time: March 1, 2011, 4:49 am


Well, Badgers are better than the wolves and sheep that founded the Democrats.

Incidentally, time to cook some mutton!

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: March 1, 2011, 4:50 am

Did anyone have Jane Russell in the Dead pool? Fox is reporting that she has assumed room temperature…..

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: March 1, 2011, 3:03 pm

Somebody write down the birthday of the Tea Party before we forget….

I hope that in 100 years somebody is going to care.

By the way, there must be a better asthetic alternative than a Lipton’s Teabag for the icon of the Tea Party…

But what?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 1, 2011, 3:18 pm

Wow. Beautiful cardboard sculptures created with lasers and computers.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: March 1, 2011, 4:17 pm

That’s pretty neat there Stoaty. These book sculptures are really cool too.

Comment from Grizzly
Time: March 1, 2011, 9:35 pm

Can’t Hark – So it’s sounding like Ripon got the more fun end of it than Jackson. Heh. I like it.

Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: March 1, 2011, 10:08 pm

Intelligent Stoaty Weasels…An Elephant with a moisty B-day cakes twix his legs… Jane Russell dying in her 18 hour bra… Tea Parties and Sarah Palin Steampunk comics.

Truth is stranger than any frikke’ Heinlein fevered dream with a dash of Arakis’ Spice!

Comment from David Gillies
Time: March 1, 2011, 10:52 pm

Now it’s March 1st, which is St David’s Day. I think that means people have to pay me tribute or something.

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