Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Democrat Taylor Marsh running ad for book comparing Obama to Mussolini
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.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
For the concern trolls…
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]
RELATED: From TPM...
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.
“King Korn” airing on PBS
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.
Hilldo of the Day: Fleaflicker
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.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Lieberdog Rolls Over
McCain: “Show daddy you love him.”
Lieberdog: “Arf. Arf.”
McCain: “Thatta boy. Here’s a biscuit”
What an asshole.
Baracky: The Movie
Chris Matthews: “Everybody likes John McCain because he makes mistakes. That’s why we like him.”
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.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Compassion Gore ‘Em
“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.
The Sunday Selector: April 13th, 2008
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds—“Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!” (hi-res version here)
- Nigerian Gangster—Matsuli Music brings you Chicago DJ Mike Love mix-mashing Fela Kuti and Jay Z. If you haven’t already started clicking on the link, you’re dead to me.
- A Significant Part Of Obama’s Message—Kyle E. Moore of PA’s Comments from Left Field spells out what should be the obvious. (John Cole from Balloon Juice has been quite literally on fire on this subject, too. Just scroll down to “Hillary Clinton, disgrace” and read up from there.)
- US electoral system explained—A hilarious rapid-fire flowcharted look at how people with funny accents view our electoral process.
- White women begin to turn away from Clinton—“If elected, I’m sure she’ll do a good job. But I just don’t feel she’s one of us.” She’s still holding strong with problematic white women, though.
- Spider John Koerner & Willie Murphy’s Running, Jumping, Standing Still—The Heat Warps implies this underrated ‘67 eclectic ragtime-rock-romp album is better than Dylan & the Band’s The Basement Tapes (it’s not ... very few things are), but it’s definitely worthy of your attention. I’ll be listening to this a lot.
- The 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time—Nerve & IFC try to do the impossible. Right off the bat, I see two that are missing: Mr. Show‘s “Grass Valley Greg” sketch and Chappelle’s Show’s “Wayne Brady” sketch. And, geez, where in the heck is “President Pryor”?
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Hell, no, we won’t go
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.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Even if you’re not a fan of Lost you should appreciate this…