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Romney’s experience…

Romney uses his Bain Capital performance as the experience he needs to run the country.


Don’t buy it… the country will NOT come first.

FCC Requires TV Stations to Put Political Ad Files Online

By Mike Ludwig, Truthout| Report

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) voted today to require major commercial TV stations to post online public files and political advertising files that detail crucial information on the campaign advertisements they air.

Media reform advocates are cheering the new rule, which comes as Super PACs and campaign groups are expected to spend record amounts of money on television ads to influence upcoming national elections.

The files have been publicly available for years, but most stations only keep hard copies at physical offices. Until now, reporters and activists seeking information on political advertising have had to show up in person, request the files and even pay copying fees.

—->Read the rest of the article HERE.

It looks like I have to make my rules clear…

I’m getting tired of spending too much time eliminating SPAM and putting up responses that I find to be “absolute crap” (my response) or insulting to the owner (me). I don’t mind above-board debates on all topics, political, artistic or otherwise. So here, in a focus (they always appear on the column on the right), are the Comment rules:

A note about YOUR COMMENTS. I accept comments from all sides… but I reserve the right to eliminate comments with offensive (to me) language and comments which promote causes or situations I believe to be criminal or worse. I cut unpaid advertising and absolute crap, too. Once you are cut, you end up on the spam list… so please keep all arguments above board and avoid insulting the owner.

Getting off the SPAM list is very difficult, since I don’t bother reading most identified comments. That’s it.


Quote for the Day – Who is in charge here?

For those who marched on the Insurance Companies and Big Corporations this morning, a quote from the past:

Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of. In almost every act of our lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind.”

-Edward Bernays, Pioneer of Corporate PR and Propaganda

And although Bernays said this at least 70 years ago, the truth is still there…

Advertising can be tasteless…

This is the morning that everyone talks about Superbowl ads… and, seeing the Leno/Oprah/Letterman ad, I found some real invention here.

HuffPo, however, did a piece this morning on Outrageous advertising… these are NOT Superbowl related… and one was for the French eco-group, Fondation Nicolas Houlot. It reads: “For Nature, Everyday is 9/11.”

This organization, which campaigns against actions which damage the earth and thus impinges on people’s human rights, provoked much controversy… and, frankly, I find it tasteless. Using an event that killed over 3000 friends and family members (my son Buddy’s youthful basketball coach for one) does not promote their cause as much as it makes us remember something totally awful.

The image? Here it is:

You may disagree with me. I’m interested in your opinion.

Watch the Advertising… The Health Care fight is getting heavier on both sides.

As I wait for Obama to give his speech to the joint houses of Congress tonight,  I am seeing ads all over the place pushing every possible view on reforming health care. I’ve seen late-night ads by independent (although obviously right-wingnut) organizations pushing every lie that has been raised on Health Care Reform, from Death Panels to to a statement that the majority of Americans are happy with what they’ve got. I’ve seen the AARP come out pushing reform in Health Care and not to shy away from changes that have to be made.

Here is a page from today’s NY Times (as a matter of clarification and integrity, I was one of the petition signers mentioned):


When I turned the TV on this morning I saw this ad by Michael Steele and the Republican National Committee:

Mark Silva in the Chicago Tribune blog, The Swamp, says about this ad:

In political circles, there is a term for the tactic that the Republican National Committee is deploying with a new run of national cable ads and TV ads airing in Florida:


With its ad touting a “Seniors’ Bill of Rights,” the RNC is capitalizing on fears that Medicare will be undermined in the health-care initiatives that Democratic leaders in Congress are debating, and that the government will force “end-of-life” decisions. … The suggestion for a seniors’ bill of rights, something that everyone can agree on, overlooks the fact that what everyone is having trouble agreeing on is a national plan that offers health insurance for people who lack it. Senior citizens are insured.

And no where, of course, does Steele mention Insurance Companies and the obscene profits they make denying claims.

So we wait tonight for Barack Obama to take control of the situation. The talking heads on television are debating “public option” and “triggered” public option (which I like to think of as the Roy Rogers’ Horse Plan) or whether the Democrats will sign on if there is no public option at all.

Meanwhile, the Insurance company lobbyists are getting their jollies on by keeping both sides at each others’ throats.

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