Monthly Archives: September 2008

Intern with The UpTake

The UpTake (http://theuptake.org ), an emergent citizen-fueled online video-news gathering organization focusing on providing alternative coverage of the 2008 political circus is looking for interns! We are looking for the right folks to build our team to carry our momentum to the next level. Our groundbreaking coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions gained widespread recognition for the use of empowering citizen-journalists with cell phones with live streaming video capabilities. In general, we cover stories that are falling off the radar of the big media – compelling local stories, interesting viewpoints, strong personalities. Our mission is to empower citizens to commit acts of journalism. Continue Reading →

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“Betting On McCain” – DNCC Video

 MCCAIN: “Well, I am a betting man.” [NBC Nightly News, 9/25/08]  CHYRON: Betting on McCain? Casino Lobbyists AreIMAGE: “For McCain and Team, a Host of Ties to Gambling Industry” [New York Times, 9/28/08]  CHYRON: John McCain Stacked The Deck For His Favorite Lobbyists  PHOTO AND CHYRON: Scott Reed, Former Aide & Lobbyist  PHOTO AND CHYRON: Wes Gullett, Lobbyist & Family Friend  CHYRON: And They Returned The Favor …CHYRON: $400,000 Casino Campaign Fundraisers / PHOTO: Casino [New York Times, 9/28/08]CHYRON: Gambling With Casino Lobbyists At 2:30AM / PHOTO: McCain Gambling [New York Times, 9/28/08]CHYRON: Fundraisers with Famous Vegas Tycoons / PHOTO: Sheldon Adelson [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 3/29/08]  CHYRON: 40 Gambling Lobbyists on the Campaign [New York Times, 9/28/08]  CLOSING CHYRON: JOHN MCCAIN: Special Interest Driven Politics  CLOSING CHYRON: JOHN MCCAIN: More of the Same Broken Politics Continue Reading →

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An Investment, Not A Bailout For Wall Street

Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar explains by phone the “Economic Rescue Package” Congress is proposing to rescue failing financial firms that are suffering huge losses from risky mortgage investments.  
Oberstar characterizes the deal as a “loan asset and aquisition and equity” package and not a bailout as had been originally proposed by President Bush. Meaning the government is going to own part of the companies, expects to be paid back and hopes to make a profit.  
The deal limits the compensation of CEOs so they do not get “Golden Parachutes”, sets up oversight of the companies, and puts in place an “insurance policy” that would impose a fee on the financial industry if the government should lose money in its investment. Continue Reading →

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An Investment, Not A Bailout For Wall Street

Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar explains by phone the “Economic Rescue Package” Congress is proposing to rescue failing financial firms that are suffering huge losses from risky mortgage investments.  
Oberstar characterizes the deal as a “loan asset and aquisition and equity” package and not a bailout as had been originally proposed by President Bush. Meaning the government is going to own part of the companies, expects to be paid back and hopes to make a profit.  
The deal limits the compensation of CEOs so they do not get “Golden Parachutes”, sets up oversight of the companies, and puts in place an “insurance policy” that would impose a fee on the financial industry if the government should lose money in its investment. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Bachmann Blames Mortgage Crisis On Rules Designed To Help Minorities

 
Minnesota 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is placing the blame for the current mortgage crisis on actions by the Clinton administration 15 years ago.  
At a hearing Thursday she read portions of a story by Investors’ Business Daily’s Terry Jones which said the rules were written to allow more lending to minorities. (CSPAN video clip to right)
 
“Loans started being made on the basis of race, and often little else.” said Bachmann reading from the article.  
Earlier this week Bachmann told MPR “too much government intervention” was to blame for the nation’s financial crisis
 
Democrats Respond
DFL Spokesman Eric Fought said “Bachmann owes the people of Minnesota, especially her Sixth District constituents, an apology. Continue Reading →

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“Ashamed”- Al Franken Ad

FRANKEN: I’m Al Franken, and I approve this message. ANNCR: Is there anything Norm Coleman and his allies won’t say to get re-elected? ON SCREEN: Is there anything Norm Coleman won’t say to get re-elected? ANNCR: The latest ads are among the most misleading and false. ON SCREEN: “the most misleading” and “false” / -KSTP 9/24/08
ANNCR: Bring rape ads into our living rooms to smear Al Franken is a disgrace. Continue Reading →

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MN GOP Rep. Refuses to Stand By NRSC Ad

In a press conference at the MN State Office Building, Republican Assistant Minority Leader Laura Brod railed against Al Franken’s tax issues while refusing to stand behind a recent ad by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) that received a “D-” in KSTP’s Truth Test. A recent Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee against Republican Minority Leader Erik Paulsen was given a “D” in the KSTP Truth Test. **http://uptake-editorial.groups.theuptake.org/en/videogalleryView/id/860/ Continue Reading →

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MN GOP Rep. Refuses to Stand By NRSC Ad

In a press conference at the MN State Office Building, Republican Assistant Minority Leader Laura Brod railed against Al Franken’s tax issues while refusing to stand behind a recent ad by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) that received a “D-” in KSTP’s Truth Test. A recent Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee against Republican Minority Leader Erik Paulsen was given a “D” in the KSTP Truth Test. Continue Reading →

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Erik Paulsen: Got To Go (MN-03)

Ad from The DCCC:
With Majority Leader Eric Paulsen in the statehouse, spending and property taxes skyrocketed while he voted to cut veterans programs ten percent.And instead of better benefits for our National Guard, Paulsen used our tax dollars to fund a golf course.This election, we need to tee up some new leadership.To see more TV ads, visit www.dccc.org/tv Continue Reading →

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Benefit Concert for Wayne Bledsoe

This video covers a Musical Benefit for Wayne Bledsoe, hosted by The Grotto Center for Living Arts in Newburg Missouri, in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks. Wayne, a bluegrass celebrity and history professor, is running for state representative, as a democrat, in one of the reddest districts in Missouri. Among the muscians featured in the video, is the award winning bluegrass Band Midnight Flight. **http://uptake-editorial.groups.theuptake.org/en/videogalleryView/id/856/ Continue Reading →

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Blaine on McCain

Suspended high above Central Park, David Blaine has some thoughts on John McCain’s latest move to suspend his campaign and postpone Friday’s debate. A few words… from one stunt man to another. Produced by Debate Porridge: http://debateporridge.blogspot.com/
 
**http://uptake-editorial.groups.theuptake.org/en/videogalleryView/id/854/ Continue Reading →

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3rd Party Candidate Moving Past Fish and Bowlers

David Dillon is the Independence Party candidate running in Minnesota’s race for the open seat in the 3rd Congressional District. Dillon comments on the recent debates, the rationale behind his run and his deconstructed campaign merchandise.  Dillon began his political life as a Democrat, became a Republican through the 1980′s and under the tenure of George W. Bush has moved his affiliation to an independent. **http://uptake-editorial.groups.theuptake.org/en/videogalleryView/id/852/ Continue Reading →

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GOP Ad: Al Franken Unfit

Script:Is Al Franken fit for office?Franken writes about committing rape and pornography so vile, Democrats, denounced him. His profanity laced anger…followed by violent outbursts. Franken physically assaulted a protester. Then there’s the $70,000 in unpaid taxes. Al Franken, degrading to women, …to us allAl Franken, frankly unfit for office
Ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee Continue Reading →

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On Suspending Campaigns

This is Sock Le Puppet with breaking campaign news.Senator John McCain says he is going to suspend his Presidential campaign so he can focus on the nation’s financial crisis. He has challenged Barack Obama to do the same.However, John McCain did not define what “suspend” would mean.To help fill the this void of information, I, Sock Le Puppet offer a list of items that should also be suspended so we can all focus on this financial crisis.First : Sex. You can’t think about money when you’re having sex. Unless of course you’re being paid for it.Next: Mortgage payments. Isn’t this what started this whole mess anyway? Continue Reading →

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On Suspending Campaigns

This is Sock Le Puppet with breaking campaign news.Senator John McCain says he is going to suspend his Presidential campaign so he can focus on the nation’s financial crisis. He has challenged Barack Obama to do the same.However, John McCain did not define what “suspend” would mean.To help fill the this void of information, I, Sock Le Puppet offer a list of items that should also be suspended so we can all focus on this financial crisis.First : Sex. You can’t think about money when you’re having sex. Unless of course you’re being paid for it.Next: Mortgage payments. Isn’t this what started this whole mess anyway? Continue Reading →

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Kissing Kissinger

Citizen Kate runs into Henry Kissinger at the Republican National Convention and gets his “kiss” of approval. Kate says: “I can’t believe it. I went to John McCain’s hotel the day of his speech at the RNC to have lunch with Cindy McCain and in hopes to meet the maverick himself. Instead, I met a really old time political leader, Henry Kissinger. He may be old, but he’s hard to catch up with. Continue Reading →

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Kissing Kissinger

Citizen Kate runs into Henry Kissinger at the Republican National Convention and gets his “kiss” of approval. Kate says: “I can’t believe it. I went to John McCain’s hotel the day of his speech at the RNC to have lunch with Cindy McCain and in hopes to meet the maverick himself. Instead, I met a really old time political leader, Henry Kissinger. He may be old, but he’s hard to catch up with. Continue Reading →

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The Media and Law Enforcement at the RNC

The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists organized journalists, representatives from law enforcement, city government, and media law experts to learn what happened during the RNC that led to so many journalists being arrested.Panelists: St. Paul Deputy Mayor Ann Mulholland, KARE-11′s Jonathan Malat, Asst. St. Paul Police Chief Matt Bostrom, and Mara Gottfried of the Pioneer Press. Recorded by The UpTake’s Chuck Olsen on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008 Continue Reading →

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The Media and Law Enforcement at the RNC

The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists organized journalists, representatives from law enforcement, city government, and media law experts to learn what happened during the RNC that led to so many journalists being arrested.Panelists: St. Paul Deputy Mayor Ann Mulholland, KARE-11′s Jonathan Malat, Asst. St. Paul Police Chief Matt Bostrom, and Mara Gottfried of the Pioneer Press. Recorded by The UpTake’s Chuck Olsen on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008 Continue Reading →

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MN CD 3 Debate- Full

Erik Paulsen, Ashwin Madia and David Dillon squared off in a debate at Bet Shalom congregation. They are running for the open seat in Minnesota’s Third Congressional district. Continue Reading →

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Medics Question Use of Less Lethal Weapons

Medics from the North Star Health Collective, who tended to injured protesters, police and media point out that less lethal weapons have maimed and killed people in the past. Garth Kahl, EMT and volunteer firefighter, claims the actions of the police using these weapons often “exacerbated” the situation.  
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Medics Question Use of Less Lethal Weapons

Medics from the North Star Health Collective, who tended to injured protesters, police and media point out that less lethal weapons have maimed and killed people in the past. Garth Kahl, EMT and volunteer firefighter, claims the actions of the police using these weapons often “exacerbated” the situation. Continue Reading →

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