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*UPDATE*  They hit Detroit this morning! *UPDATE* #2 They Hit New Hampshire!

 “Quarantine Peters” Street Art Lands in Detroit

 

Activists in Michigan say Gary Peters has a toxic relationship with Obamacare. They voiced their opinion with guerrilla art on Detroit streets early today near Wayne State University, where Obama is expected to speak tonight.  

 

Highlighting the “Obama Zombie” theme, the art first appeared in the city of Lansing earlier this week, but has now spread to the Eastern side of the state, appearing on electrical boxes and busy bus stops.

 

No group has taken credit for the prank, but an anonymous source said, ”It was a very small band of conservatives outside of the GOP who decided to take action”.  Peters has struggled to overcome his association with Obamacare, and the source said that the plucky activists want to remind voters of that uncomfortable fact.

 

This type of street art was first seen in Los Angeles, but the phenomenon appears to be spreading as individual conservatives become bolder.Quaranteen-Peters-Brush-Watson

Quaranteen-Peters-Warren-AnthonyMysterious L.A.-style art activism popped up in Lansing, Mich. yesterday, raising suspicions that not only do mild-mannered conservatives “get” the culture, but they’re suddenly a little more daring in their activism. I understand that the individuals involved spent less than $50 and a only a few hours of time to achieve this protest against Democrat Gary Peters.

What do Rico-pals think about this? Is it time for Conservatives to get hip with protest art, or should we tone it down? Full disclosure; I was tipped off to the prank, and took photos yesterday. I watched as some nearly apoplectic democrat ripped some of these down.DSC00993

 

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  1. skipsul Inactive
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    @skipsul

    LOVE IT!  We need more of this.

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  2. 6foot2inhighheels Member
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    @6foot2inhighheels

    Indeed we do!  I was given a little information on how to do this so if anyone wants to PM here, I will be happy to share what I know.

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  3. Frozen Chosen Inactive
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    @FrozenChosen

    Perfect!  More please.

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  4. user_891102 Member
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    @DannyAlexander

    I agree we need more of this.

    Reminds me of the Saatchi & Saatchi-created “New Labor New Danger” ads that the UK’s Conservative Party ran in the 1997 general election.

    Yes, I *know* that Tony Blair swept to victory then, but the Tories’ ads were by no means the cause of their defeat — the ads were quite prescient, inventive, and *memorable*.

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  5. user_157053 Member
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    @DavidKnights

    Great.  The best work in opposing the Democrats is NOT being done by the GOP by by individuals and small groups fighting the good fight.

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  6. 6foot2inhighheels Member
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    @6foot2inhighheels

    I have been speaking for many years about individuals who wield huge power with methods like this.  One or two bold people can react instantly to events and make a big impact because larger groups cannot escape the constipation of bureaucracy.

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  7. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    I like it! Who says conservatives can’t have fun too . . .

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  8. user_1030767 Inactive
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    @TheQuestion

    The left wins by creating caricatures of Republicans, which they accept as speaking truth to power and we accept as free speech, but when Democratic politicians are lampooned, it’s seen as sinister, dark forces intruding on the noble process of politics.  Democrats make people believe their intentions are good, and thus we should be gentle in criticizing them.  We need to get people used to the idea that Democratic politicians are no more sacred than any other kind of politician.

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  9. 6foot2inhighheels Member
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    @6foot2inhighheels

    Michael Sanregret:The left wins by creating caricatures of Republicans, which they accept as speaking truth to power and we accept as free speech, but when Democratic politicians are lampooned, it’s seen as sinister, dark forces intruding on the noble process of politics. Democrats make people believe their intentions are good, and thus we should be gentle in criticizing them. We need to get people used to the idea that Democratic politicians are no more sacred than any other kind of politician.

    This is one reason why the agents of this particular stunt are anonymous.  It could have been one individual or 20-but who does the Left target?

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  10. 6foot2inhighheels Member
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    @6foot2inhighheels

    This just in!Maxine-Waters-Poverty-Pimp-Poster-Detail-740x1110

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  11. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    Michael Sanregret: The left wins by creating caricatures of Republicans, which they accept as speaking truth to power and we accept as free speech, but when Democratic politicians are lampooned, it’s seen as sinister, dark forces intruding on the noble process of politics.

    This reminds me of something I mentioned in a post long ago.

    I cut out the caricature that Roman Genn did of Obama eating a dog (in National Review), and posted it on my wall at work.  It stayed there for several weeks.  Then one morning, I came in to work and found it gone.  I guess some new person in the nighttime cleaning crew found it “offensive” and tore it down . . .

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  12. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    6foot2inhighheels:This just in!Maxine-Waters-Poverty-Pimp-Poster-Detail-740x1110

    Dang it, I just about pooped in my pants when I saw this poster!

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  13. The Reticulator Member
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    @TheReticulator

    Democrat national convention: Lots of hand-crafted, individualized signs.

    Republican national convention: All mass-produced machine-made signs.

    I saw something similar when bicycling in southwest Wisconsin a few weeks ago. Mary Burke is a machine politician, but her yard signs looked hand-crafted.  Scott Walker’s did not.

    It’s best that this change.

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  14. Basil Fawlty Member
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    @BasilFawlty

    Isn’t “quarantine peters” the whole idea behind distributing free condoms?

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  15. Nick Stuart Inactive
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    @NickStuart

    We are in a fists-boots-and-all street fight with the Left. We need to begin using tactics like these. If for no other reason that it really stings and gets inside their thought processes.

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  16. Z in MT Member
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    @ZinMT

    These are not just homemade signs, but professional graphic art.  Although this is overtly political it is also cultural.  We keep saying that we need to do more in the culture, well this is it.

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  17. 6foot2inhighheels Member
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    @6foot2inhighheels

    Z in MT:These are not just homemade signs, but professional graphic art. Although this is overtly political it is also cultural. We keep saying that we need to do more in the culture, well this is it.

    Yes, this is professional art, but the distributors are just regular people, doing their thing to help the country.  I imagine one of them drove the car(s) and others hung the posters.  I was tipped off by someone else the next day to take pictures, because I’ve been documenting conservative activity since 2009.  What I’d like to see is more of it taking place in city after city.  We own the intellectual arguments, but we also have to own the images that are shorthand for the culture.

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  18. aaronl@hotmail.com Thatcher
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    @TheLopez

    These are all genius bits of work.

    I want to see one that has a bunch of Dems all in a row above the words:

    Vote to keep us in power!

    From the people that brought you Unemployment,

    The Housing Crisis, Massive Regulation and,

    Nearly A Decade of 1.3%

    Economic Growth.

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  19. Julia PA Member
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    @JulesPA

    I’ll declare my cultural ignorance and ask…what is the significance of t.o.s. on her lapel?

    Also, did MW actually say “N’s better have my money.” ? If not, what is the significance of that text as the background?

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  20. Sandy Member
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    @Sandy

    th

    From LA street artist Sabo, this greeted Wendy Davis at an LA fundraiser last spring.  You may also remember his Ted Cruz poster, which he sold for awhile and maybe still does, though generally his work just appears on the street.

    th-1

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  21. TKC1101 Inactive
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    @TKC1101

    Absolutely! When dealing with low attention voters, caricature and humor is more powerful than well crafted talking points.

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  22. user_49770 Inactive
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    @wilberforge

    There seems to be an aversion in politics to “Sink to the Other Guys Level”. A fine moral stance, yet unproductive these in this climate.

    Simply put, some on the Left do not much like having their noses rubbed in their own tactics.

    Great approach, just give back. Never met a Liberal (Progressive) that could not lose their mind over the prospect.

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  23. user_358258 Member
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    @RandyWebster

    Sandy:

    th-1

    Ted Cruz’s response was perfect:  he liked everything about the picture except that he doesn’t smoke.

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  24. Sandy Member
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    @Sandy

    TKC1101:Absolutely! When dealing with low attention voters, caricature and humor is more powerful than well crafted talking points.

    And not only LIVs, I suspect.

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  25. 6foot2inhighheels Member
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    @6foot2inhighheels

    OK, I just got word that they hit the area around Wayne State in Detroit near where Obama will be speaking today.  I’ll update with a post when I receive the photos!

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  26. user_358258 Member
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    @RandyWebster

    6foot2inhighheels:OK, I just got word that they hit the area around Wayne State in Detroit near where Obama will be speaking today. I’ll update with a post when I receive the photos!

    Tease.  Can you at least show us the posters they’ll be putting up?

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  27. 6foot2inhighheels Member
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    @6foot2inhighheels

    Randy Webster:

    6foot2inhighheels:OK, I just got word that they hit the area around Wayne State in Detroit near where Obama will be speaking today. I’ll update with a post when I receive the photos!

    Tease. Can you at least show us the posters they’ll be putting up?

    It’s the same poster they used for Lansing.

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  28. Totus Porcus Inactive
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    @TotusPorcus

    I think these are a great idea.

    I question the level of “edginess” in the Maxine Waters poster.  Especially the background script.  But maybe there’s a story there that Angelinos would “get” that I don’t.

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  29. Carol Member
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    6foot2inhighheels:OK, I just got word that they hit the area around Wayne State in Detroit near where Obama will be speaking today. I’ll update with a post when I receive the photos!

    Can you also post pics of the apoplectic Democrats? That would make my day.

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  30. user_358258 Member
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    @RandyWebster

    Carol:

    6foot2inhighheels:OK, I just got word that they hit the area around Wayne State in Detroit near where Obama will be speaking today. I’ll update with a post when I receive the photos!

    Can you also post pics of the apoplectic Democrats? That would make my day.

    Especially if there was wailing and gnashing of teeth.

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