Some tea bagger ruined this woman’s coffee break!

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“Obamacare” has claimed another unlikely victim: A liberal Park Slope woman’s bumper-sticker-covered car!

Someone stuck a piece of cardboard to her car door — using tar as glue — cursing liberals and everything they stand for.

The victim of this hate-filled vulgarity, Frances Lippette, was enjoying a cup of coffee last Friday afternoon on Seventh Avenue, and found the distasteful defacement when she returned to her car parked on Berkeley Place.

The epithet filled tirade, which read, “F- Obama, Librer [sic] a-hole. F- that socialist,” almost made Lippette spill her Fair Trade java.

“This is my beloved Park Slope,” Lippette said. “I think of this area as being so liberal. We watched the whole neighborhood become what it is.”

Lippette raised two children in Park Slope, and even worked on President Obama’s campaign in North Carolina. The back of her car is covered with stickers showing her liberal-mindedness — something most of Park Slope can relate to, or so she thought.

This incident is minor compared to the death threats being left at — and in some cases hurled through the window of — congressional offices in the wake of last month’s health care vote, but the hate behind it is the same.

“I’m 67 years old, so when I think of everything this country has been through I thought we were on an upswing, but if this could happen here, maybe not.”

Updated 5:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Chad from Park Slope says:
Why do you assume it was a tea bagger - it was probably a communist who didn't think that the Obamas went far enough in giving the government control over our bodies.
I believe this because communists love tar and they love vandalism.
March 29, 2010, 7:53 am
Sit down and shut up from Sheepshead Bay says:
Teabaggers ay? Would you like to discuss how many times my vehicle and property were defaced during the election as a result of displaying McCain signage? There are morons in every party. The election was 16 months ago. Her car is still covered with Obama stickers? Frankly I'm amazed it took this long to realize that when you drive around inviting conflict in this polarized political atmosphere something inevitably is bound to happen. Maybe she should consider changing her bumper stickers to "Can't we all just get along" or "Have you hugged your grandkids today". Good luck with the tar lady, Try some sandpaper, that should take it off.
March 29, 2010, 10:34 am
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:
@Sit down,

So your answer is that people should avoid any political bumper stickers? I thought it was the 'liberals' that pushed political correctness. She has as much right as you to put a bumper sticker on her car, and the fact that some fascist defaced your car doesn't make it right. Fear of someone who can't spell properly, or fear of someone who is such a coward they need to deface the property of someone they don't agree with, shouldn't be a reason to censor yourself.

Rather than attack this woman, perhaps you should show compassion as you too have been the victim of some ignorant coward person.
March 29, 2010, 11:46 am
sit down and shut up from Sheepeshead Bay says:
Fourth Estate,

Pardon me for my seeming lack of sensitivity here but isn't the title of this article about fear? Teabaggers....oooooooooh. Those scary teabaggers are at it again. Obviously liberals aren't pushing political correctness here are they? Look, the facts is we live in a political tinderbox. These types of incidents will continue to occur on both sides until both sides step back and quit stirring the pot of partisanship. The media outlets aren't helping matters when they continue to use insulting language directed toward one side, or only report the event when liberals are victimized. How are we to believe anything they say if they are only reporting one side of a story and reporting that with malice?
March 29, 2010, 12:38 pm
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:
@ Sit

You make a very valid point about the media in general. For example, I know people who are in the tea party who resent the fact that Sarah Palin is being sold as their candidate.

I actually think that the word 'teabaggers' is as ridiculous as 'cracker','libtard','repuke', etc. I'm not afraid of a teabagger coming after me, as there are obscenity and decency laws which would prevent such an event. I also believe that the act of 'teabagging' is usually done behind closed doors or at parties, either way, not my cup of tea, lol. Do I think tea partiers are teabaggers? Perhaps there may be some in the movement, but I don't think they joined the teaparty because of that. Yes, the media has a responsibility in all this, but the idea they are slanted towards one or another is just a smokescreen for what the media actually is after- money, ever since Jank Ackre vs Fox, the media has not been held to the standard of truth.

But, if you have an opinion, you should be free to express it. Yes, there may be consequences, but the consequences are much worse if we begin to all feel that we can't speak up when upset.

Our country is made up of various ideals which go across the political spectrum, from liberal to conservative, this has always been what makes america great. 'True' americans need to speak out against any violence, not only against violence that is directed towards ourselves, but also violence directed against those we may not agree with.

But sit, if you are expecting the Brooklyn Paper to be responsible journalism, then you will be very disappointed. Just read the police blotters and see how crime victms are made fun of here.
March 29, 2010, 1:01 pm
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:
I meant Jane Ackre, not Jank
March 29, 2010, 1:02 pm
Big V from 'slope says:
Dear shut up: you are correct that there are morons in every party. What makes the teabaggers distinct is that EVERYONE in the party is a moron....
March 29, 2010, 3:55 pm
davi8d from park slope says:
in the first election bush won 46 percent of park slope vote, why is this neighborhyood portrayed as such a liberal bastion. Most of the recent indoctrinated college grads move on.
March 29, 2010, 7:25 pm
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:

According to Rush Limbaugh, there are no Republicans in the entire North East, just RINOs.
March 30, 2010, 8:09 am
Joey Bots from Bath Beach says:
Anither dumb liberal smear job from the Brooklyn Paper - what a disgrace!!
March 30, 2010, 8:53 am
Charles from Windsor Terrace says:
This woman's bumper sticker covered car has angered someone! We do not know who it was. Just blame it on a "Tea Bagger." That is irresponsible journalism. To assume that someone's tirade is tied to the Tea Party Movement is behooving of a propagandist. For all we know, the person acted alone. It is to be expected that many are angry with Obama because of the way he
is handling the office of the presidency. Polls show a majority of Americans do not want his Government takeover of practically everything we know and love in America. Ie. Healthcare, Auto Industry and the banking industry. It is fine to express one's disdain with Obama and his his health care plan, etc. However, it is best to not use profanity or tar when expressing it.
America is a free country. Therefore Park Slope is also open to those who oppose liberalism. America was not founded by liberals.
April 1, 2010, 7:41 am
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:

Ideas of Religious freedom, press freedom are 'liberal' ideas. American was founded on many principles, some even liberal. If Thomas Jefferson gave a speech today, faux news would attack him.

But you are correct in the irresponsible journalism remark, however, poll numbers are never reliable as they can be chopped, diced, and presented in any way to support anything. Also, many of the important reforms of American history started with much opposition. Women's suffrage was not an overnight thing, with most Americans vehemently opposed for generations. Were they correct or wrong? This is why we have a republic, and not a majority rules system.
April 2, 2010, 9:56 am
Rob from Greenpoint says:
Good Lord, lighten up people!!
Don't take the story headline so seriously and literally!!
The writers often use snark, irony, or humor to lighten up the stories and
make the paper more entertaining.
If they didn't, the paper would run the
risk of being a dull read.
April 2, 2010, 2:03 pm
Carty from Park Slope says:
Bumper stickers are tacky - no matter what they say.

That said, making a political statement can cause a reaction, but vandalism is never an appropriate response. Agree or disagree with this woman, but don't deface her car.
April 3, 2010, 8:39 pm
Martin from Sunset Park says:
The boston tea party did not involve a single tea bag. Tea bags were first produced commercially in 1904 - before that the concept of a tea bag would be unknown to most people. So why use tea bags?
April 4, 2010, 10:06 am

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