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Moe Tucker, Not “Involved” With Local Tea Party Sets Record, Err, Spinning

Moe Tucker, Not “Involved” With Local Tea Party Sets Record, Err, Spinning (photo)

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News that doll-voiced Velvet, Moe Tucker, spoke to a TV reporter at a Tea Party rally took many people by surprise when her identity was confirmed. Since it’s so rare that a figure (even a fairly obscure one) from 1960’s counter culture comes out as an angry spokesperson aligned with the political right it caused a bit of an uproar. Tucker has finally spoken out about the whole thing, telling the St. Louis Riverfront Times she’s “amazed” at the reactions.

She also makes it very clear she is no Palin or Bush supporter, nor affiliated with the local Tea Party — just that the rally was “within striking distance and I wanted to be counted,” she says. What about her angrily railing against socialism?

“I am not oblivious to the plight of the poor, but I don’t see any reason/sense to the idea that everyone has to have everything, especially when the economy is so bad,” she explains very reasonably. “My family was damn poor when I was growing up on Long Island. There were no food stamps, no Medicaid, no welfare. If you were poor, you were poor,” she goes on, before descending into a bit of madness. You didn’t have a TV, you didn’t have five pairs of shoes, you didn’t have Levi’s, you didn’t have a phone; you ate Spam….”

Now I’m sure that was all said for emphasis and I think most people would agree with the implied sentiment that taxpayer money funding poor people to buy five pairs of shoes is not tax dollars well spent. But the extension of the argument is folly. What shall we do — Go back to the no phone, spam eating good old days? If you want a Mad Max style apocalypse on your hands that might be fun, but otherwise, people need basic things to contribute to society — for the good of all. They don’t need five pairs of shoes, but they do need phones and some measure of healthcare. And steady diet of spam is a quick way to drain tax payer dollars on emergency room visits full of people with goiters so huge that they have to be given names like Kuato.

Tucker’s stated political posture is comfortably in vogue. “My philosophy was and is all politicians are liars, bums and cheats,” she declares, favoring none. “I make decisions on an issue by issue basis. I’m far more of an independent than a conservative or liberal. I don’t agree with all of either side, and I think anyone who claims to is either a fool or a damn liar.”

Ever a bad ass, you must admire her candor. But what’s with getting all fired up suddenly after eight years of an administration drumming up excuses to drain our coffers on a war we didn’t need to fight in Iraq, while not properly funding one in Afghanistan? Providing huge tax incentives to corporations that dump Americans jobs overseas? And gutting this precious money surplus while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest people? Obama has been in office for like as long as the unedited version of the Velvet Underground’s “Sister Ray,” a long time, yet nothing compared to the length of time that it took the prior administration to blow it every chance they got and lead us into this fiscal squalor in the first place.

Tucker is certainly more reasoned than many of the Tea Baggers she is aligned with, but there remain plenty of absurdities in her sudden political activism. Read all of Tucker’s comments, right, center, and left field here.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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