Monthly Archives: July 2008

“Desperate Times”- DNC Video

With Republicans, Independents and Democrats alike questioning the increasingly nasty and desperate tone of John McCain’s campaign, the Democratic National Committee today released a web ad called “Desperate Times.” The ad highlights the fact that, despite promising to “wage a respectful campaign,” McCain has resorted to questioning Senator Obama’s patriotism and launching false and misleading attacks that have been widely debunked. His campaign has stooped so low that one of McCain’s former advisors called his most recent ad “childish” and said the campaign’s strategy “diminishes John McCain.” [The Atlantic, 7/30/08]
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080519/DNCLOGO )
“Like so many other promises cast aside in his pursuit of the White House, John McCain’s promise to run a respectful campaign didn’t even make it to his convention,” said DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney. “We all respect John McCain’s service to our country, but he has clearly become an honorable man running a deeply dishonorable campaign. Continue Reading →

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Obama TV Ad in Berlin Parody

The Republican National Committee (RNC) today announced a new Web video, titled “Obama TV Ad In Berlin.” In the aftermath of Obama’s European campaign swing, the Web video provides a parody of what an Obama TV ad in Berlin, Germany might look like, with video commentary from Obama’s international fan base. Continue Reading →

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Politics Makes Good Theater In “Catfight”

Video and text by Ken Avidor
 
John Ervin, the writer, director and producer of “Catfight” invited me to a dress rehearsal at a Methodist church in Prospect Park on Monday. Outside the weather was hot and muggy, but the heat in the windowless room on the top floor of the church was stifling, a grim reminder that actors (and videographers) must suffer for their art.  
The cast includes Republicans and Democrats, including one actor who phone-banks and delivers lawn-signs for the Bachmann campaign. “Catfight” doesn’t spare liberals or conservatives Continue Reading →

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Politics Makes Good Theater In “Catfight”

Video and text by Ken Avidor

John Ervin, the writer, director and producer of “Catfight” invited me to a dress rehearsal at a Methodist church in Prospect Park on Monday. Outside the weather was hot and muggy, but the heat in the windowless room on the top floor of the church was stifling, a grim reminder that actors (and videographers) must suffer for their art. The cast includes Republicans and Democrats, including one actor who phone-banks and delivers lawn-signs for the Bachmann campaign. “Catfight” doesn’t spare liberals or conservatives Continue Reading →

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Politics Makes Good Theater In “Catfight”

Video and text by Ken Avidor

John Ervin, the writer, director and producer of “Catfight” invited me to a dress rehearsal at a Methodist church in Prospect Park on Monday. Outside the weather was hot and muggy, but the heat in the windowless room on the top floor of the church was stifling, a grim reminder that actors (and videographers) must suffer for their art. The cast includes Republicans and Democrats, including one actor who phone-banks and delivers lawn-signs for the Bachmann campaign. “Catfight” doesn’t spare liberals or conservatives Continue Reading →

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Meet Rep. Bachmann’s Republican Primary Challenger

Text and video by Ken Avidor
Professor Aubrey Immelman is challenging Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN CD6) in the Republican primary in September.  
Aubrey Immelman is a professor at the College of Saint Bennedict, Saint Johns University in Saint Joseph. Professor Immelman’s field is political Psychology, Hypnosis, Forensic Psychology.  
According to his web site, Professor Immelman is also a military consultant specializing in nuclear counterproliferation, human factors, threat assessment, flexible deterrent options, force multipliers and psyops.  
In addition to his concerns about foreign policy, Professor Immelmann brings a unique perspective to the Sixth District race on U.S. immigration policy. Continue Reading →

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Meet Rep. Bachmann’s Republican Primary Challenger

Text and video by Ken Avidor

Professor Aubrey Immelman is challenging Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN CD6) in the Republican primary in September. Aubrey Immelman is a professor at the College of Saint Bennedict, Saint Johns University in Saint Joseph. Professor Immelman’s field is political Psychology, Hypnosis, Forensic Psychology. According to his web site, Professor Immelman is also a military consultant specializing in nuclear counterproliferation, human factors, threat assessment, flexible deterrent options, force multipliers and psyops. In addition to his concerns about foreign policy, Professor Immelmann brings a unique perspective to the Sixth District race on U.S. immigration policy. Continue Reading →

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“Freedom”- VoteVets.org Ad

Senator McCain once said that if the Iraqis asked us to leave, we would have to leave. Those of us who served agree with that. Senator McCain now either has to back off his refusal to set a plan to leave Iraq, as Prime Minister Maliki requested a number of times in the past week, or tell the American and Iraqi people why he would overrule Iraq’s government and turn our troops into an indefinite occupying force. Those are his only two options. Our new ad makes that clear. Continue Reading →

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Obama Chooses Washington Over Our Military

Title: “Obama Chooses Washington Over Our Military”

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There are few votes as important as funding our men and women in uniform. But when our military needed necessary resources, Barack Obama failed to stand up. Obama said that nobody wanted to play chicken with our troops on the ground. But when it came time to act, he voted against critical resources: no to individual body armor, no to helicopters, no to ammunition, no to aircraft. The bill Obama opposed even had funding for veterans’ medical facilities and rehabilitation programs.
And why did he say no? Continue Reading →

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Gook: John McCain’s Racism and Why It Matters

The UpTake’s Chuck Olsen interviews author Irwin Tang about his book, “Gook: John McCain’s Racism and Why It Matters.”  
McCain first used the work “gook” in the mass media in his 1973 article for U.S. News & World Report. The word appears 12 times in the article and is available online here.  
Most recently, McCain used the term in his 2000 presidential campaign, as documented by the San Francisco Chronicle.  
To learn more about Mr. Tang’s book, which also details McCain’s connection to white supremacist groups, visit his web site: http://irwinbooks.com/ Continue Reading →

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Mobile Museum Dedicated to Bush Legacy on the Move

A coalition of progressive organizations is sponsoring a bus that will travel the country through Election Day highlighting the “failures” of the Bush Administration. The bus (which runs on bio diesel) is also used to tie the votes of targeted Republicans to the polices of the unpopular President. Continue Reading →

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SEIU Protest @ McCain Headquarters

SEIU protesters converged on Washington, D.C. at John McCain headquarters in Arlington, VA with a message – cut the tax loopholes for private equity buyout companies like KKR. Knowing McCains love for the band Abba – the SEIU showed up with a group of costumed singers and dancers with a revamped version of the song Dancing Queen…in their song they dub John McCain – the loophole king. Continue Reading →

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SEIU Protest @ McCain Headquarters

SEIU protesters converged on Washington, D.C. at John McCain headquarters in Arlington, VA with a message – cut the tax loopholes for private equity buyout companies like KKR. Knowing McCains love for the band Abba – the SEIU showed up with a group of costumed singers and dancers with a revamped version of the song Dancing Queen…in their song they dub John McCain – the loophole king. Continue Reading →

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Definition of Citizen Journalism

Jay Rosen, Professor of Journalism at NYU, offers up his definition of citizen journalism. Do you agree? You can find Jay’s thinking on how the press is changing at http://pressthink.org . Filmed at the Netroots Nation conference in Austin, TX by Chuck Olsen of The UpTake. Continue Reading →

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David Sirota- An Election isn’t a Social Movement

Blogger, columnist, and author David Sirota stopped by the Colfax Tattered Cover (Denver’s local independent bookstore) on his long book tour for The Uprising. He spoke to a packed crowd downstairs at the same store where he actually penned much of the book, answered question, and signed books before dropping by the local Drinking Liberally chapter for a pint or two. One of his central points is the difference between the electoral system and actual social movements. If you couldn’t be there, take a look and listen as he talks about our focus on electoral politics anger in the nation. And FYI, I shot this piece on a lower end, direct to MP4 camcorder, and edited it in Quicktime Pro. Continue Reading →

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McCain Is Rewriting His History On Iraq

TEXT: McCain: Rewriting His Own History On Iraq? Carly Fiorina: “But to say that John McCain was aligned with President Bush on the prosecution of the war in Iraq is to change history.” [Meet the Press, 7/13/08]

TEXT: Oh Really? QUESTION: Are you proud of the work and the leadership of the Commander in Chief in this war? MCCAIN: Yes I am. Continue Reading →

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Norm Coleman Falsehood: EFCA Takes Away a Secret Ballot

A front group for Norm Coleman now has attack ads up across the state, claiming that Al Franken is against protecting a secret ballot for forming unions. Truth of the matter is that this ad promoting Norm is actually a collection of business groups looking to get rid of the bill that protects the secret ballot! Both the Star Tribune and WCCO’s Reality Check called him out on the absurdity of the ad, yet Norm still claims it to be true. Continue Reading →

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Absolute Disgust

TEXT: John McCain’s Social Security “Disgrace”

McCain: “We are paying present day retirees with the taxes paid by young workers in America today. And that’s a disgrace, it’s an absolute disgrace and it’s got to be fixed.” [Denver Townhall, 07/07/08]

TEXT: John McCain’s Alternative? BUSH: “And the best way to reach that goal is through voluntary personal retirement accounts.” [State of the Union Address, 02/02/05]

MCCAIN: “We need personal savings accounts.” Continue Reading →

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