Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Faux-talk radio host and blogger Taylor Marsh (her site header proclaims she’s “the antidote to right-wing talk”) is a member of the Blogads network and its invite-only “Advertise Liberally” hive. For the record, back when I ran my previous blog Catch.com I was a member of both Blogads and Advertise Liberally.
Here’s a simple description of how Blogads works: A potential advertiser creates an ad using the Blogads interface and chooses blogs they would like their ad to run on. Chosen blog owners then receive an email notifying them of the request for ad placement. The blogger is then required to log-in to their Blogads admin panel, review the ad and either accept or reject it. This protects the blog owner from having an ad running on their site that they find objectionable or wouldn’t want their blog to be associated with. The Blogads member has total control of all ads that run on their site.
Now let’s look at the approved ad I saw running on Democrat Taylor Marsh’s blog early yesterday, displayed directly under the “Advertise Liberally” banner:
As of this writing (10:00 am ET) this ad is still running on Taylor’s blog today (full screenshot available on request). Take a close look at the image of the book cover. That’s a picture of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini on the left doing the Nazi salute. In case you don’t recognize the photo, it’s a cropped version of this one:
That’s Hitler on the right. You may have heard about him.
The book cover also features a photo of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to the right of the shot of Mussolini. To the average person it looks like he’s smiling and waving. When paired with the image of Mussolini it’s pretty clear what the implication is. That’s right: Barack Obama is a fascist. Charming.
Now let’s look at where you go when you click the ad approved by Democrat Taylor Marsh and running prominently on her blog. Here’s a description of the book Obama - the Postmodern Coup: The Making of a Manchurian Candidate, written by conspiracy-theory crackpot and self-published author (just like Taylor!) Webster Griffin Tarpley, that can be found after clicking on the ad:
The Making of a Manchurian Candidate… Barack Obama is a troubled personality, the megalomaniac front man for a postmodern coup by intelligence agencies using fake polls, mobs of adolescents, super-rich backers, and orchestrated media hysteria to short-circuit normal politics and seize power. Obama comes from the orbit of the Ford Foundation, and has never won an election in a real contest. His guru and controller is Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Trilateral Commission co-founder and mad Russia-hater. Zbig wants a showdown with Russia and China far more dangerous for the US than the Bush-Cheney Iraq quagmire. Obama’s economics are pure Skull & Bones/Chicago school austerity and sacrifice for American working families, to bail out the bankrupt Wall Street financiers who own him. Obama’s lemming legions and Kool-Aid cult candidacy hearken back to Italy in 1919-1922, and raise a spectre of postmodern fascism in America. No voter can afford to ignore the lessons contained in this book.
Here’s a “press release” for the book with additional, ahem, info.
I don’t think there’s really much to add.
Democrat Taylor Marsh chose to run this ad on her blog, directly under the “Advertise Liberally” banner. Taylor Marsh used to think it was a bad thing to imply that Democrats were fascists. Taylor Marsh should be ashamed of herself as should any Democratic/liberal/progressive blog who still blogrolls her. Taylor Marsh isn’t the antidote to right-wing talk anymore. Taylor Marsh is the antithesis of left-wing talk.
MORE: If you’d like to ask the person who’s running the Advertise Liberally hive why someone who would run that offensive ad under the Advertise Liberally banner is allowed to remain on the roster when there are probably plenty of worthy liberal blogs*, who would never in a million years run an ad like that, waiting to be rolled into the network (“Advertise Liberally is currently not accepting any new members for the foreseeable future.”), their contact info is available here.
* Please note: I have not requested reentry into the Advertise Liberally hive, just in case anyone thinks I’m angling to take Taylor’s spot.
MORE: Taylor Marsh would like people to email Air America and XM about getting her on the air. I think Air America, in particular, should probably hear from you folks.
UPDATE (3:56 PM): Thanks to Oliver Willis for linking to this. DU has picked it up as well. If any bloggers on the Blogads network received and rejected this ad, I’d be interested in hearing from you in comments or via our tips email (link top left). As I type this Taylor has a writer for The New Republic sitting in her “home studio” with her for a piece they’re putting together on her. And, yes, the ad is still running on her blog.
I’m sending these next two numbers out to every fucking moron who thinks Obama can’t beat McCain in the general election. Wake up!
[second video via Balloon Juice]
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Today’s Gallup tracking poll gives Barack Obama an 11-point lead over Hillary Clinton, his widest margin ever in Gallup’s polling. [...] The poll was conducted entirely after the “small town” controversy first erupted, a further indication that the whole flap has yet to actually harm Obama’s poll numbers.
Someone put alegre on a suicide watch.
FLASHBACK: I thought I overplayed my hand a bit with this post from January, but who knows. If he takes Pennsylvania after this overblown “bitter” brouhaha, I think my boomerang candidate label might be perfectly valid.
I haven’t seen the documentary King Korn yet, but I’ve heard and read good things. It starts airing today (Friday 10PM in NYC on 13) as part of PBS’s Independent Lens series. You can find out more about the film, watch a preview and check your local listings here. This King Korn contest is pretty cool, too.
I think I could pretty much award this every day to Fleadicker, but this one’s a doozy:
BOY is this getting out of hand!
I’ve had it. I really have heard enough. Absolutely enough in fact. This latest flap about the “boy” comment has taken me over the edge. And I hate to even say this because it means coming to the defense of a Republican I don’t like at all. But some things transcend party lines. Perhaps the Obama Cult will understand that I am being post partisan here. Sure “hope” they appreciate it.
Kentucky Representative Geoff Davis made a remark that I am sure you have all heard by now. He used the “boy” word in an English sentence referring to his holiness Saint Barack the Bitter. And if you read the news reports he might as well have just used the N word on national television.
And if you read No Quarter you might as well just go to any bottom-of-the-barrel wingnut site. Seriously, can we just start calling Larry’s site Little Green Flowbee and be done with it? Or Anti-Idiotarian Rodham? What a cesspool.
MORE: Cali noticed something I missed yesterday.
McCain: “Show daddy you love him.”
Lieberdog: “Arf. Arf.”
McCain: “Thatta boy. Here’s a biscuit”
What an asshole.
Chris Matthews this weekend on The Chris Matthews Show (about 4:15 in):
Okay, let’s talk turkey here. Everybody likes John McCain because he makes mistakes. That’s why we like him. He says things like, “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran,” like he’s the Beach Boys and then he says things like, well, what, recently, what, a hundred years of military presence and then spends weeks trying to explain what that means, how limited that statement was.
Chris loves McCain because he makes mistakes. Obama and Clinton, not so much.
Watching Matthews and Kelly O’Donnell openly admit that they’re fully aware of how many mistakes St. Maverick makes but that’s okay because he’s just a non-stop straight-talking machine is really one of the saddest and most pathetic things I’ve ever witnessed on one of these Sunday yap fests.
“We had two very good men, and men of faith, run for president in 2000 and 2004,” [Hillary Clinton] said. “Large segments of the electorate concluded that they did not really understand, or relate to, or respect their ways of life.”
Granted, you could argue that “large segments of the electorate” didn’t respect Kerry’s “way of life,” but I don’t think for a second you could say that about Gore. If anything, they didn’t respect the “way of life” of the President he served under and you could make the argument that hurt him in 2000. What a gaffe.
Besides that, her performance was pretty awful overall. She looked spiteful at the beginning slinging her new desperate “elitist” charges at Obama (and Kerry and Gore) and when answering the other questions she looked, for the most part, like a high schooler who didn’t study for an oral exam, padding out her answers with rambling, ill-conceived bullshit.
Obama flubbed the initial “bitter” question. His answer should have been much stronger (he had to know it was coming), but he pretty much sailed from there, sounding far more presidential, thoughtful and knowledgeable than Rodham From Day One. The crowd responded to his answers much better as well.
Big advantage to Obama, especially if his team works that Gore gaffe to their advantage.
MORE: Here’s a link to video of the beginning of Hillary’s appearance.
My dad grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania and so did Hillary’s father. Obviously, my clan has more pull there. From The Scranton Times-Tribune:
For Pennsylvania Democrats, the best answer in the April 22 primary is Barack Obama.
In a nomination campaign that has defied convention, Mr. Obama has energized an entire generation of voters that, for the most part, otherwise had checked out of political participation. That, at least, portends a new approach to governance that can help to dissipate the political miasma that has engulfed Washington at least since the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is an extremely talented politician who already has secured a unique place in U.S. political history. She repeatedly has proved her political death notices to be premature. She also has demonstrated that she is a master of public policy. And — this is not and should not be taken lightly in an area that prides itself on family and a tradition of supporting its own — the Rodham family has deep Scranton roots.
But Mrs. Clinton also is a political lightning rod. There is little doubt that a second Clinton presidency would further the deep divisiveness that characterizes American politics — a divisiveness that dug itself deep during the Clinton presidency, and even deeper during the Bush-Cheney years.
The first task for the next president is to get past that. And it might not be possible if the presidential cycle goes Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds—“Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!” (hi-res version here)
Betty Cracker is covering yesterday’s NYC “Protest Against Media Bias, Hate Speech, Political Analysis, Fox News Bashing, Cat Dander Discrimination & Voter Suppression!!!” rally and she chided me in the comments here to join her. So let’s have at it before I venture out to enjoy this semi-beautiful Brooklyn day….
Long story short, they were supposed to have thousands and thousands of Hillary supporters who were “mad as hell” descend on Rockefeller Plaza and all they got was this (lots of photos of penned-up frustration). The only person from the media who showed up to cover it was the the Hillshill’s new BFF Bill O’Reilly and even his producers thought it was too much of a yawn fest to air last night, despite the predominant number of signs bashing O’Reilly’s arch nemesis Keith Olbermann and the MSNBC network. Pretty. Fucking. Sad.
And can anyone tell me what the “H*** AND B*** ARE 4 letter words” signs are supposed to mean? Is that Hill and Bill? Hope and ‘Bama? Hair and Ball? Please submit guesses in comments. The more idiotic the better.
I’m also not too clear as to what message is trying to be conveyed by this sign either, though it’s a little disturbing to see that Valerie Bertinelli’s much-ballyhooed diet is causing her to shrink vertically in size as well. Jenny Craig, building a land of lilliputians one chicken carbonara at a time.
Even if you’re not a fan of Lost you should appreciate this…
[SEVERAL UPDATES BELOW—INCLUDING ONE ADDED 6/6]
I was recently alerted to the fact that the commenters at Hillary is 44 were referring to Donna Brazile as “brillohead.” I went to check it out (it was true), but I ended up stumbling upon something even more offensive:
April 7th, 2008 at 8:41 pm
Is blow job queen Michelle Hussein Obama still really proud of her country, or does Barack Hussein have to win another primary for blow job queen Michelle Hussein Obama to love her country again?
I was shocked that not one person called him on that comment, so I poked around Hillary is 44 a bit more to see what else he had posted and how active he was on the site. As it turns out, very active. And also very, very enraged by Michelle Obama (I’ve bolded the most egregious text):
March 16th, 2008 at 7:25 pm
Now I understand Michelle Obama’s crassness and her unfounded sense of entitlement.
From these bleak generalities, Obama moves into specific complaints. Used to be, she will say, that you could count on a decent education in the neighborhood. But now there are all these charter schools and magnet schools that you have to “finagle” to get into. (Obama herself attended a magnet school, but never mind.) Health care is out of reach (“Let me tell you, don’t get sick in America”), pensions are disappearing, college is too expensive, and even if you can figure out a way to go to college you won’t be able to recoup the cost of the degree in many of the professions for which you needed it in the first place. “You’re looking at a young couple that’s just a few years out of debt,” Obama said. “See, because, we went to those good schools, and we didn’t have trust funds. I’m still waiting for Barack’s trust fund. Especially after I heard that Dick Cheney was s’posed to be a relative or something. Give us something here!”
A house purchased with Rezko cash and a salary increase she received as a result of her husband’s ability to secure earmarks for her employer, a job wth a WAL-MART affiliate as a result of her husband’s status as Senator, a full-time maid, piano lessons for your overfacilitated daughters and all the other perquisites of one’s status of wife of US Senator, and this woman still believes we should “give her something?” Michelle, American society is not a welfare program, and you actually have to earn your way. Take your sense of entitlement somewhere else, skank.
March 16th, 2008 at 7:41 pm
and michelle’s salary could not be tripled if the uninsured was not filched by the organization for whom her husband attempted to secure tax dollars that would ultimately fund the mansion they could not afford.
MICHELLE OBAMA IS A WELFARE QUEEN. “GIVE US SOMETHING HERE.”
March 17th, 2008 at 1:09 am
i despise michelle obama. am i allowed to insult her here?
March 17th, 2008 at 1:34 am
blow job queen michelle hussein obama is a welfare queen who believes everything should be handed to her.
i quote the new yorker:
“You’re looking at a young couple that’s just a few years out of debt,” Obama said. “See, because, we went to those good schools, and we didn’t have trust funds. I’m still waiting for Barack’s trust fund. Especially after I heard that Dick Cheney was s’posed to be a relative or something. Give us something here!”
Give you something? You have a full-time maid, a salary over $300,000, a mansion Rezko helped you finance, and you want us to give you something? You have a personal trainer you visit four times a week, and your family only consumes organic food, and you believe complete strangers should GIVE you something? Take it somewhere else, honey. i am not a welfare program.
and the presidency is not a government handout, skank. you were handed your job at the university of chicago hospitals, and you were handed your raise as a result of your husbands ability to obtain earmarks for your employer, but i will not just hand you my vote, you indolent welfare queen. and yes, i understand you were allowed to sit on the board of tree house foods, a wal-mart affiliate, as a result of your husband’s position of us senator, but you will receive no handouts, government or otherwise from me, michelle hussein. go suck on something else, for i am not a welfare program.
The hits keep on coming and we’re still in the same thread…
March 17th, 2008 at 1:36 am
if blow job queen michelle obama needs someone to GIVE HER SOMETHING, then she can go hunt for some rezko cash.
March 17th, 2008 at 1:37 am
i feel much better.
how is everyone?
Horrified. Shocked. Disgusted. You done?
Nope, I guess not…
March 17th, 2008 at 1:43 am
yes, the university of chicago hospitals is seriously corrupt. and michelle obama is out of touch. discussing trust funds with voters in south carolina, asking them to give her something? take it to rezko, skank; at least he will hand you a wad of rezko cash.
March 17th, 2008 at 1:46 am
and blow job queen/welfare queen michelle hussein obama has the appearance of a drag queen in this video, where she claims hillary clinton cannot run the white house as a result of bill clinton’s philandering
at least hillary can buy her own house, michelle. hillary did not have to beg for rezko cash. and she discusses role models in this video. welfare queens seeking handouts are not roll models, michelle hussein. take it to someone who will buy your bankrupt rhetoric, skank, for i am not a government program that exists to GIVE YOU SOMETHING.
April 9th, 2008 at 10:50 pm
yes, my diary on North Carolina and NCAskMe.com is available at the Hillary Hub.
it is also available at noquarter.
I did not mention it earlier, as I thought it was a weak essay. But I guess you and others enjoyed it.
Sure enough, there was his MyDD diary featured at HillaryHub, an official campaign site “[p]aid for by Hillary Clinton for President,” credited to the other alias he uses when he blogs or comments on the web, truthteller2007:
(Full screen capture available here)
On the Blogs
Puerto Rico Poll: Hillary Ahead by 13
Talk Left (Jeralyn) | April 10, 2008
Send to a friend >
Hillary Is Receptive and Responsive to North Carolina Voters
MyDDD [sic] (truthteller2007) | April 8, 2008
Send to a friend >
In addition, truthteller2007’s MyDD diary was highlighted on Hillary Clinton’s main official campaign site in their daily “HUBdate” press release:
NCAskMe.com: Volunteers across the state today will gather to answer more than 6,000 questions that have been submitted since the launch of NCAskMe.com last Friday. Said one voter, “Hillary is not only prepared to listen; she is prepared to offer real solutions to the real problems experienced by real people.” Read more.
Now keep in mind, this isn’t supporter-generated content on HillaryHub or in the HUBdate press releases, these entries are compiled by a member or members of the campaign staff and the sites where the content is hosted are paid for by Hillary Clinton for President. And if you wanted to make the argument that there’s no way the Clinton staffer or staffers responsible could have known truthteller2007 had repeatedly referred to Michelle Obama as a “blow job queen” because he was using a different alias on Hillary is 44, let’s take a look at two comments made by truthteller2007 on MyDD, the same site Hillary’s staff linked to:
Re: Chicago Tribune: Rezko/Obama not sitting in a (1.50 / 2)
At least blow job queen Michelle Hussein Obama has the mansion she purchased with Rezko cash and with the salary increase she received as a result of earmarks Barack Obama submitted on behalf of The University of Chicago hospitals.
Re: Shocking TUCC membership! (0.40 / 10)
Blow job queen Michelle Hussein Obama is also a member of TUCC, and what motivates that gold digger is Rezko cash and the salary increases she obtains as a result of Barack Hussein Obama’s ability to earmark money on behalf of her employer, The University of Chicago Hospitals.
Some of Hillary’s online supporters recently accused the Obama campaign of sanctioning and/or organizing the event where radio host Randi Rhodes made offensive comments about Clinton and even went so far as to claim it was a fundraiser for Obama, accusations which were patently false. Now we have a clear and irrefutable example of Clinton’s campaign staff actively promoting the work of a blogger who has repeatedly referred to Michelle Obama as a “blow job queen” (among other things). I’d say Hillary Clinton or, at the very least, Clinton Campaign Internet Director Peter Daou should publicly condemn the comments made by truthteller2007/pulchritude and extend a profound apology to Michelle Obama for promoting the writings of a man who described their opponent’s wife in such unacceptably vile and sexist terms.
UPDATE (9:56AM): Since there’s a little confusion about it, HillaryIs44.org is not an official Clinton campaign site. HillaryClinton.com and HillaryHub.com are official Hillary Clinton for President web sites. And, yes, I’m 100% positive truthteller2007/pulchritude is male.
UPDATE (10:17AM): I added thumbnails of the HillaryClinton.com and HillaryHub.com screen grabs to the post to make it flow better. Also, fyi, I have screen grabs of every highlighted comment, but I won’t put those online unless necessary.
UPDATE (12:00PM): When I went looking for a Google cache of the HUBdate press release, I found this (scroll to bottom). The HUBdate press release spotlighting truthteller2007’s diary is attributed to none other than Clinton Communication Director Howard Wolfson in this blog entry and the reference to truthteller’s diary in Wolfson’s post has been scrubbed on the live site as well.
UPDATE (4/13 7:10PM): Both MyDD and No Quarter have deleted the “Hillary Is Receptive and Responsive to North Carolina Voters” posts from their blogs (cached versions available here and here). Somewhat odd in that the content of the post wasn’t the issue, just the author, but both sites don’t appear to have banned truthteller2007 nor have they deleted any of his “blow job queen” comments since my post. In addition, Charlotte 4 Hillary, a loose-knit group of Hillary supporters in Charlotte, has scrubbed every reference to the real identity of truthteller2007/pulchritude from their blog (which he linked to regularly, including in the “Hillary Is Receptive” post). Apparently another blog “outed” him by posting his full name and email address. I knew who he was on Friday (Charlotte 4 Hillary left quite a breadcrumb trail), but didn’t feel outing him was warranted regardless of his behavior. Mama done raised me right.
UPDATE (6/6): Since this post is getting a lot of traffic again out of the blue, let’s all take a look at some more recent examples of racism from Hillary’s hard-line supporters and, in one instance, “a top member of Clinton’s organization.”