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Due to it being played in a classroom in Utah, the creepy, seven month-old pledge video made by a group of B-list celebrities to Barack Obama is making the rounds again. The original video is here, and an answer video I made about it is attached. While the exact circumstances are quite unimportant, Jay Nordlinger and others at National Review are apparently upset about the (original) video. Accordingly Glenn Greenwald of Salon weighs in with a tu quoque response ("Deleting the Bush Personality Cult from history", link).
A couple weeks ago, representatives of the Obama administration held a conference call with dozens from the art world in which those officials encouraged the artists to push issues that are also being pushed by the Barack Obama administration, including healthcare reform and cap and trade. The details are in this long, disjoined report from someone who took part in the call. Those on the call stressed the role of the art community in getting Obama elected (including referencing Shepard Fairey's posters and the "Yes We Can" song) and apparently wanted them to continue.
Backed by the full weight of President Barack Obama’s call to service and the institutional weight of the NEA, the conference call was billed as an opportunity for those in the art community to inspire service in four key categories, and at the top of the list were “health care” and “energy and environment.” The service was to be attached to the President’s United We Serve campaign, a nationwide federal initiative to make service a way of life for all Americans...
The people running the conference call and rallying the group to get active on these issues were Yosi Sergant, the Director of Communications for the National Endowment for the Arts; Buffy Wicks, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement (note: run by Valerie Jarrett); Nell Abernathy, Director of Outreach for United We Serve (note: serve dot gov); Thomas Bates, Vice President of Civic Engagement for Rock the Vote; and Michael Skolnik, Political Director for Russell Simmons...
Discussed throughout the conference call was a hope that this group would be one that would carry on past the United We Serve campaign to support the President’s initiatives and those issues for which the group was passionate. The making of a machine appeared to be in its infancy, initiated by the NEA, to corral artists to address specific issues. This function was not the original intention for creating the National Endowment for the Arts...
And if you think that my fear regarding the arts becoming a tool of the state is still unfounded, I leave you with a few statements made by the NEA to the art community participants on the conference call. “This is just the beginning. This is the first telephone call of a brand new conversation. We are just now learning how to really bring this community together to speak with the government. What that looks like legally?…bare with us as we learn the language so that we can speak to each other safely… "
"May I change the subject," said a prominent Washington theologian at a recent dinner. The conversation had been high-minded -- religion, philosophy, the nature of evil. "I'd like to talk about Michelle Obama's arms," he said.
He is a big fan of those arms. We then began a discussion about the significance of the first lady's arms. Actually, it turned out to be equally serious. Michelle Obama's arms, we determined, were transformational. Her arms are representative of a new kind of woman: young, strong, vigorous, intelligent, accomplished, sexual, powerful, embracing and, most of all, loving...
It goes on, but I stopped watching after I ran out of quarters.
"The census is here!" shouted Esther Cepeda, manager of the local census office downtown. Music played and employees carried signs that read: "The census, coming to your neighborhood" and "Yes we can! 2010 census."
"Yes we can" was, of course, one of Barack Obama's campaign slogans, and he took it from the slogan "si se puede"; if there are Spanish-language versions of those signs it would almost certainly be translated into that phrase. While it's had other uses, that slogan was more recently used in support of illegal immigration at various marches. Is the Census Bureau supporting Obama's goals, or illegal immigration, or both? I suspect both, with L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar telling the census workers:
"The groups who are most under-counted are the people who need our help the most,” he said, specifically referring to people who are homeless or immigrants or people of color. During the last census, Los Angeles missed out on about $200 million in funding because of under-counting, he said.
"Do we want that to happen again?" Huizar asked the crowd.
"No!" they responded.
Huizar also announced that census data collected by workers would be kept confidential and would not be given to immigration or police officials.
Liz Sidoti /AP: Obama's opponents still racist (lies, takes quotes out of context, elides statistics...) - 03/30/09
Before the election there were a string of articles attempting to portray opponents of Barack Obama as racist. Liz Sidoti of the Associated Press decided to carry on that fine tradition after the election (link):
Disproved and disputed claims about his religion and citizenship, namely untruths that Obama is a Muslim and isn't U.S.-born, zip across chatrooms and dominate the blogosphere. Fringe critics largely are responsible for perpetuating the lies, but even elected officials have raised them.
1. Only Obama himself knows what, if any, religion he belongs to. The most that can be said is what religion he's known to practice.
2. No definitive proof of where Obama was born has ever been provided. As described here, that's different from someone saying that they know where he was born. Sidoti is claiming he was born in Hawaii without having definitive proof; Sidoti is a liar.
The Associated Press informs us (link) that the private company kidthing.com (background here) - in conjunction with the National Education Association - has compiled a free e-Book (to be released Monday) containing 150 letters from children to our leader Barack Obama:
End war, forever. Make the planet greener. Please help my dad find work. Make it rain candy! ..."I hope that we will have no war ever again. I mean why are we fighting why can't we all be friends." ..."I would appreciate it if you would try to make this a greener planet and try to bring home the troops and end the war... I am very luckey because I am not part of a military family, but it saddens me to hear about all the people who die in Iraque and know that somewhere In the world people are greiving over a lost family member."
Whether the last was indeed written by a 10-year-old or by her "liberal" parents isn't known; the misspellings don't necessarily indicate it had to come from a child. Noting other similiarities between the letters from children and the thoughts of MoveOn members might left as an exercise, but overall I'd suggest not giving kidthing the attention they crave.
All Hollywood and indeed the world have been waiting for my video reply to the recent Ashton Kutcher/Demi Moore opus in which they and their celebrity pals made various pledges, including to be Obama's "servant".
Without further ado:
The guy from Dude, Where's My Car, Ashton Kutcher has gotten together with a large number of his celebrity pals to create an incredibly creepy 4 minute, 13 second video in which they make various pledges to Barack Obama, the U.S., and the world. You can see it here if you dare.
On the plus side, it has Alyssa Milano and other assorted hitherto unheard-of-by-me eye candy.
On the downside, Will.I.Am makes yet another appearance. And, their pledges are about as braindead as you'd expect; the Dude, My Car guy pledges "to always represent my country with pride, dignity, and honesty". (Alyssa pledges to be the voice for those who have no voice, which is presumably defined as those who don't have HuffPost posting rights).
However, the creep de la creep, the creep sans pareil occurs at the end, when - accompanied by a cheesy, Brady Bunch/Woodstock style effect that's probably similar to what flies see when buzzing about the CelebrityCenter, the various celebrities join in unison to chant:
"I pledge to be a servant to our president and all mankind because together we are and together we will be the change that we seek."
The only way it's going to get creepier is if they start talking about a comet.
If I had hammer and sickle and dollar for every note that Pete Seeger sung at today's inaugural celebration in honor of Barack Obama, I would have to give most of it back to state!
Meanwhile, here picture of American music legend singing with Bruce Springsteen at event that happened today.
Obama's Organizing for America: a corps of supporters answerable only to him? Fight disasters and political enemies? (CNSF) - 01/17/09
The Barack Obama movement is about to get even creepier, with his announcement of "Organizing for America" ("OFA"), part of "Barack Obama 2.0", the continuation of his campaign even after he's been elected president.
"As President, I will need the help of all Americans to meet the challenges that lie ahead," Obama said in a video message e-mailed to supporters (and reporters) this morning. "That's why I'm asking people like you who fought for change during the campaign to continue fighting for change in your communities."
The video is here. Apparently OFA will be part of the Democratic National Committee, an organization that Obama more or less controls. While there don't appear to be many details on the group, see the report "Retooling Obama's campaign machine for the long haul" from Peter Wallsten of the Los Angeles Times (link):
As Barack Obama builds his administration and prepares to take office next week, his political team is quietly planning for a nationwide hiring binge that would marshal an army of full-time organizers to press the new president's agenda and lay the foundation for his reelection.
...Organizers and even Republicans say the scope of this permanent campaign structure is unprecedented for a president. People familiar with the plan say Obama's team would use the network in part to pressure lawmakers -- particularly wavering Democrats -- to help him pass complex legislation on the economy, healthcare and energy.
...In what would be another unprecedented step, Obama's political staff is deciding whether to create a service organization that would use the vast corps of its grass-roots campaign supporters. As described by one source knowledgeable with the discussions, this nonprofit arm would be used to help victims of natural disasters, but would do so under the Obama umbrella while continuing to build the overall network's massive e-mail database.
The prospect of a president being able to guide a service or relief agency outside the framework of his government is a unique development...
Drawing historical parallels is left as an exercise (see this for a start), but note of course that they were only "deciding" what would be involved. Just how creepy it is remains to be seen.
Whether because they're "liberals" or just because they think fans of Barack Obama are their demographic, Pepsi (PepsiCo) has started a new ad campaign called "Refresh Everything" in which celebrities and supposed regular citizens upload open video letters to Obama entitled "Dear Mr. President" (refresheverything.com). Apparently they looked at the fact that Obama is little more than a marketed product and decided to piggyback on his successful campaign, trying to reach out to the same gullible people.
Obama releases official portrait: first taken with digital camera. Obama fan reveals ignorance. - 01/14/09
My well of sarcasm is about tapped out, so I'll just point out that Barack Obama's official portrait has been released, and it's the first to be taken with a digital camera: change.gov/page/-/officialportrait.jpg
Just how great is our Leader, Obama? He is great enough to write open letter to his daughters! - 01/14/09
Friends! Our Leader, the great exalted One, the Barack Obama, has shown once again the munificence of his leadership of this, the great Nation, with a new Open Letter he has written to his daughters, the shining young exemplars for all American children, Malia and Sasha! The Leader has caused it to be printed in Parade Magazine and has asked the Huffington Post to promulgate his message of cheer to the world (link)!
When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me--about how I'd make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn't seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours. And I realized that my own life wouldn't count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours. In the end, girls, that's why I ran for President: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation.
These profound thoughts will surely bring a tear to the eye of all the Americans! Barack Obama, our glorious Leader, guide us through these perilous times ahead, just as you have done in the past through your great and glorious works!
CNN's iReport.com site is currently soliciting Obama art from their visitors. See "The Passion of the Obama?!
Zogby poll shows how misinformed Obama's supporters are (and is yet another example of Obama's opponents making mistakes) - 11/19/08
John Ziegler - a former KFI talk jock who was pushed out after a dispute with John & Ken - has a video documentary including interviews with Barack Obama supporters showing how ignorant and/or misinformed they are.
His site (link) also includes a Zogby poll he commissioned that tries to show the same thing. Unfortunately, some of the questions that are supposedly true either aren't true or are disputed.
So, it's a two-fer. The poll shows not only how misinformed many Obama supporters are, but also provides yet another example of Obama's opponents making mistakes. See #18 at that list for a point directly relating to this poll.
Note that Obama's supporters will jump all over the mistakes the poll makes in order to blunt its impact. In fact, I'm going to provide a blank update section in expectation of them doing exactly that.
The poll was conducted after the election, with "97.1% High School Graduate or higher, 55% College Graduates". Some of the questions are about Sarah Palin and show that people have bought the MSM/SNL caricature of Palin. And, very few people were actually doing effective things to fight that caricature; see the "mistakes" link above. Let's take a look at some of the Obama questions, like:
82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)
The veracity of this question is disputed; I haven't looked into who's telling the truth, but see mediamatters.org/items/200806020007.
88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)
56.1% could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).
That question is not entirely correct: Ayers' home was only one of the places, not the exact place. In fact, Obama's surrogates spent a lot of time pointing out that the official location where he started his career was a hotel conference room; see the Lynn Sweet article. In discussing that, I said:
It helps illustrate a problem the McCain campaign has had that the Obama-supporting MSM has tried to drive a truck through. Namely, when speaking about the Bill Ayers-Barack Obama connection they haven't presented the matter in ultra-precise, lawyerly terms.
Obviously, that same inability to figure out the correct way to do things continues with the Ziegler documentary.
Are there any Obama opponents who have both a megaphone and the ability to figure things out?
UPDATE: [space reserved for Obama's supporters using mistakes in the above questions to blunt the impact of the poll.]
UPDATE 2: Zig made yet another mistake, at least on the video. Sarah Palin said you can see Russia from Alaska. In her SNL take-off, Tina Fey changed that to seeing Russia from her "house", and that's how it is in the Zogby poll excerpt provided at the link above. However, on the video he uses the word "home", which is a more general term than "house": Alaska is Palin's "home", and some on the video might have taken it in that sense.
And, in response to the first comment, by "Obama's supporters" I'm refering to the MSM and leftwing bloggers, not necessarily all his supporters.
RICK LEVENTHAL/FOX NEWS: i do not even know where to begin, but we have reached a polling place in the city of philadelphia. one of the two black panthers who was allegedly blocking the door is standing right over here, with an accused us of intimidating voters because we were here with a camera and microphone. he did not answer questions, other people here have confirmed that another person in black panther attire was holding a night stick and apparently the concern was that they were intimidating people who were trying to go inside to vote. a republican poll observer actually called the police, the police were here and we miss them...UPDATE: There's amateur footage here.
CITIZEN: we got a phone call that there was intimidation going on. i walked up to the door, two gentlemen in black panther guard, one brandishing a nightstick, standing in front of the door. they closed ranks as i walked up...
I rush to remind our "liberal" friends that this is not at all creepy, and it would be great if it went viral just like the kids singing to Dear Leader video did. I especially urge everyone to send it to religious people, so they can be well aware of our newest prophet.
From their site:
The prophecy tells us that many may try to prevent it from occuring, yet it cannot be stopped.
Everyday, those supporting it gets larger and larger, and those fearing it get smaller and smaller.
The prophecy says we are the ones that will rise, awaken, and change the future.
Many have hoped for us, and many have feared us, yet the prophecy cannot be changed.
We will arise and awaken...
Earlier today, Dave Winer of Scripting News offered "I'd like to have a word with Republicans" (scripting.com/stories/2008/10/05/idLikeToHaveAWordWithRepub.html). Clamping his hands down over his ears just as hard as he could, he said:
Barack Obama is an honorable person. You may not agree with him, or like where he would take our country, that's your right of course, but he doesn't "pal around" with terrorists. I think we all know that, right? If you have any doubts, you can skip the rest of this post, and please don't leave any comments.
Ever the maverick, I left the comment in the extended entry (needless to say, I could have said much more).
My comment was deleted and then Winer locked the thread from further replies. I guess finding out the truth about Obama is just too much for some of his lighter-weight supporters to bear.
10/13/08 UPDATE: He's now moderating comments, and another comment I left on scripting.com/stories/2008/10/12/michelleMalkinLikeHerParty.html wasn't approved. That's also below.
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DW: "Barack Obama is an honorable person."
BHO is a serial liar whose campaign has engaged in an extremely sleazy, Chicago-style campaign using proxies, including those in the MSM. You probably haven't heard about most of those lies because the MSM refuses to call him on them: http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007954.html
While he might not *now* "pal around with terrorists", he has in the past. The NYT article linked above was simply a whitewash, the NYT attempting to get in front of GOP ads on the issue. For the truth, follow the links here: http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/008087.html
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Since a comment I left on another thread was deleted, this might disappear as well. However, the candidates can't be responsible for things they don't hear, nor is it generally a wise idea to draw attention to those causing disturbances (for instance, Vin Scully didn't acknowledge fans who ran onto the field). The majority of the "hate" involved in this case is coming from the MSM. In their attempt to elect BHO, they're attempting to portray those attending those rallies as violent yahoos and even playing the Hitler card (see a recent Frank Rich column referencing Weimar). Rather than playing along with the MSM's attempts, perhaps Winer should consider acknowledging what they're trying to do. See also this from 10/6:
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Jacob Weisberg of Slate offers If "Obama Loses/Racism is the only reason McCain might beat him" (link). I hopefully don't need to excerpt any of it to point out that it's not only wrong, it's also a roadmap for how the Democratic Party will operate for the next four years (or in perpetuity). Note that Weisburg isn't just some nobody; he's the "editor-in-chief of the Slate Group".
So, I'll just reprise the comment I left on the article: