Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Meanwhile, pop star Shakira had joined a number of other Latin artists fighting against the recently signed immigration bill. She's traveling to Phoenix today to meet with Mayor Phil Gordon. Other artists involved in trying to block the law include former Rage Against the Machine front man, Zach de la Rocha, Eva Longoria Parker, George Lopez, and Ricky Martin.
President Obama made a rare visit to the back of Air Force One on Wednesday night for a brief chat with reporters -- the kind of access that his press corps has been grumbling has been too infrequent in his White House.
Obama -- or POTUS, the commonly used acronym for "President of the United States" -- held an impromptu gaggle in the back of the modified Boeing 757 that the media have dubbed "Baby AF1" as the presidential entourage headed back to Andrews Air Force Base from a two-day Midwest trip.
It was loud, and hard to hear, according to the handful of reporters on the plane. But the president fielded a half-dozen questions in the 11-minute exchange above the clouds.
POTUS has the audio from yesterday's gaggle on AF1:
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Mediaite has the details:
Chicago’s Admiral Theatre has announced plans to hold a Sarah Palin “Look A Like Contest and Tea Party Benefit” on May 12, the same day the GOP’s last superstar is scheduled to appear at an Illinois Republican fundraiser with ticket prices up to $25,000. The tickets to the strip show are a more reasonable $20 bucks a pop, the prize is $5000 cash, and a portion of the proceeds go to the “Tea Party Campaign.”
While this is clearly part of a series of pop-cultural attempts to sexually humiliate Palin, you have to also wonder: who is the audience is for this kind of thing?
Lest you doubt that this is humiliation, rather than simple exploitation, the Admiral has classily invited the real Sarah Palin to judge their slate of disrobing doppelgängers. This is pretty consistent with other Palin-esque porn endeavors. Hustler’s Nailin’ Palin series, for example, features “fantasies” of Palin with Barack Obama and David Letterman, certainly not designed to appeal to her supporters.
On the other hand, much of the Palin fantasy art that I’ve seen, despite being overwhelmingly designed to mock her, also seems like it would be aesthetically pleasing to the masses of Palin supporters for whom her sex appeal resonates. It seems to me these artists are missing a golden marketing opportunity by stacking their Palin pinups against her biggest fans.
Despite the anti-Palin slant, it would be interesting to poll the audience at this event to find out how many conservatives would be able to check their disgust at the door and enjoy the show. It would also be revealing to interview those attendees with hostility toward Palin. I don’t understand the psychology of either group.
Congressman and Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk will be notably absent at that fundraiser that Palin is scheduled to attend, but he won’t be at the Ambassador, either. He’ll be staying in DC for House votes. Kirk is running for Barack Obama’s old seat, and asked for, but did not get, an endorsement from Palin.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie beat out incumbent Jon Corzine despite taking criticism for his girth.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I got an email this morning from Pamela Kirkland, one of the producers of POTUS, a political news channel on Sirius XM. I was expecting the usual email - questions about a bill or a request for assistance from a reporter or blogger.Thanks to you Thelma and especially Rep. Brower for that awesome invocation! I guess this means I should get to work on that video splicing...
I'm glad I was wrong!
Pamela and her crew remixed Rep. Tom Brower's rap invocation with Yung Joc's original version of "It's Going Down." (You can listen to it here)
Maybe next week I'll open my inbox and find an email from someone who cut video clips of Rep. Brower's rap invocation video with Yung Joc's official music video. Heck, why not throw Alvin and the Chip Munk's version of "It's Going Down" in there too! Any takers?
Mahalo to the POTUS crew for the re-re-remix!!
Monday, April 26, 2010
The outcry from Comedy Central's decision to censor an episode of South Park with depictions of Mohammed last week spurred a cartoonist and a Facebook user to fight back. That is until they realized it might be. Seattle artist Molly Norris declared May 20th to be "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day," but is stepping away from that notion now. Today her web site says, "I am NOT involved in "Everybody Draw Mohammd Day!"
From the LA Times:
She doesn't appear to be alone. The creator of a Facebook page dedicated to the day has bowed out as well. Jon Wellington told the Washington Post (before abandoning ship) that he created the page because he "loved [Norris's] creative approach to the whole thing -- whimsical and nonjudgmental."
While he was still associated with his own event he said: "To me, this is all about freedom of expression and tolerance of other viewpoints, so I hope you'll help make this a sandbox that anyone can play in, if they want. I don't think it'd be right under the circumstances for me (or anyone) to censor inflammatory posts *ahem*, but let's be welcoming and inclusive, mmkay?"
Apparently the posts weren't "welcoming" enough, as on Sunday morning he announced his departure from the cause. "I am aghast that so many people are posting deeply offensive pictures of the Prophet," he writes. "Y'all go ahead if that's your bag, but count me out."
Did he think people were going to post flattering images?
That's what Facebook user Douglas Armstrong wondered too. "You created an event inviting people to submit pictures of Mohammed," Armstrong wrote. "And apparently you're so new to the Internet that you didn't foresee what would happen?"
Although Wellington had abandoned his cause, he apparently was sticking around to answer questions. To Armstrong's question, Wellington responded: "I guess I had more faith in human nature than was warranted."
Another user, Paul St. George, had little patience for Wellington. "If you're not going to attend your own event then take it down dumbass and quit boring us."
You may see women dressing a bit more provocatively today and it might be because they're trying to cause an earthquake with their cleavage--really. Last week, after an Iranian cleric cited "loose women" as the reason for earthquakes and other natural disasters, a Purdue University student thought it might be fun to test the theory. Jen McReight, a self-described "liberal, geeky, nerdy, scientific, perverted atheist feminist trapped in Indiana," and her cause, "Boobquake," is one of the top trending topics worldwide on Twitter and has amassed a Facebook following of about 195,000 people, with hundreds of thousands pledged to help the effort.
"Seriously, internet, you scare and amaze me sometimes," McReight quipped on her blog, blaghag.com.
McReight posted a somewhat tongue-in-cheek message on the blog, saying that she would "wear the most cleavage-showing shirt" she owns and asked "female skeptics to join me and embrace the supposed supernatural power of their breasts," not thinking the post would be taken literally or take off like it has.
The "epicenter" of the Boobquake protest was set for 1 p.m. at the Bell Tower on Purdue's campus or in Memorial Union in the event of rain.
I guess we'll see if the ground starts shaking...
Desperate to curtail expected widespread losses this fall, President Barack Obama pleaded with supporters of his 2008 campaign Monday to help elect Democrats as his aides intensified their focus on re-energizing his broad coalition of backers.Interestingly enough, the majority of the YouTube comments for the video are negative.
"I need your help once more," the president said in an online video sent to millions of his supporters. "If you help us make sure that first-time voters in 2008 make their voices heard again in November, then together we will deliver on the promise of change, and hope, and prosperity for generations to come."
The video announcement of what Democrats are calling "Vote 2010" is part of a multi-pronged effort by the Democratic National Committee to re-engage the legions of backers -- including first-time voters, young people, blacks, Hispanics, and independents -- who propelled Obama to victory in his groundbreaking campaign. That won't be easy.
Now for your viewing pleasure...Blagojevich impersonating Elvis.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Granted, the Senator's not up for reelection until 2012, but still...that's harsh.
The Reliable Source reports:
A caravan of Palins is headed into the Knoxville, Tenn., courtroom, reports our colleague Jerry Markon, with both the former VP candidate and husband Todd expected on the stand. On Wednesday, Bristol Palin, 19, testified she was bombarded by calls and text messages after her cellphone number -- gleaned from her mom's hacked e-mails -- was posted online, the Associated Press reported.
David Kernell, 22, is charged with four felony counts for accessing Sarah Palin's Yahoo account during the 2008 race by using a password-recovery tool and correctly answering a series of security questions to reset her password. Prosecutors say the former U-Tenn. student -- son of a Democratic state legislator -- made screenshots of her e-mail and other personal info and posted them online. If convicted, Kernell faces up to 50 years in prison.
More details as the story develops...
Actor Lance Baxter, left a voicemail last month for FreedomWorks in which he asked the group what percentage of it's participants were "mentally retarded" and what FreedomWorks planned to do when a tea partyer "killed someone." On April 14, FreedomWorks put his voicemail online, as well as their response to it. Yesterday, the actor said he’d been dropped from Geico's campaign and says he's "open to any attorneys taking on this case pro bono."
Lance Baxter is the vocie behind these ads:
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
From TMZ: Turns out, the bad guy didn't just take Penn's wallet, the perp also made off with Kal's two cell phones -- one of which belongs to the U.S. government--and since the crook took Kal's government issued cell, the Secret Service is now joining with the D.C. Metro Police Department to hunt for the bad guy.
Looks like he may have picked just the right time to bid adieu to the White House for the safety of Los Angeles. He’s rumored to be leaving his post at the Office of Public Engagment to begin filming a Harold and Kumar Christmas-themed flick.
President Obama will introduce the first episode of a new series called “America the Story of Us” this Sunday. The show, which will air on the History channel, is a 12-part documentary series that takes viewers through more than 400 years of American history. Swamp Politics is blogging, “Obama will say that important moments in the nation's history, “remind us that our American story has never been inevitable ... we can remake ourselves – and our nation – to fit our larger dreams.” Obama's appearance on the History channel will mark the fourth time in less than two months that the president has taken part in a non-news network TV broadcast. In the past eight weeks, Obama has played basketball with the CBS' Clark Kellogg, appeared with First Lady Michelle Obama on Fox's ""American Idol.," and filmed an episode of "America's Most Wanted" at the White House.
And don't forget...Vice President Joe Biden will appear on "The View" tomorrow morning.
The referenced clip is at 6:16.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A former college student charged with hacking Sarah Palin's e-mail account fears some jurors in heavily Republican East Tennessee could be dazzled when the conservative star testifies.
A jury of 12 and two alternates was seated Tuesday to hear the case against 22-year-old David Kernell. Prosecutors have not said when Palin will take the stand.
Kernell was a University of Tennessee student majoring in economics when prosecutors say he hacked into the Yahoo! account Palin sometimes used for state business. At the time she was Alaska's governor and the GOP candidate for vice president.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips has denied a defense motion to have prospective jurors answer a questionnaire asking if they have strong political feelings about Palin. Kernell's attorney, Wade Davies, cited Palin's speaking slot at a tea party movement convention and frequent television appearances. She is hugely popular with conservatives.
via NY Times Media Decoder:
Comcast denied reports Monday that it is a partner in the RightNetwork, a red state start-up that promises “content that reflects and reinforces their perspective and worldview.”
Comcast, the country’s largest cable provider, was identified as a partner in a promotional document put together by RightNetwork and discovered online by the blog Crooks and Liars on Saturday. Apparently assuming that the document was accurate, The Huffington Post called the venture “Tea Party TV” and put up a story saying “RightNetwork Launching in 2010 With Comcast As Partner.” Other Web sites published similar stories.
Comcast, which is seeking government approval of its purchase of NBC Universal, shot down the claims swiftly on Monday. “The blog reports that Comcast is an investor in, or partner of the RightNetwork are inaccurate,” a Comcast spokeswoman, Jennifer Khoury, said. “We have no partnership with this venture and have no plans to launch or distribute the network.”
Ms. Khoury said Comcast had met with the RightNetwork’s representatives, “as we have done with hundreds of other content providers.”
“We do carry a number of independent networks on Comcast representing a wide variety of interests and diverse viewpoints,” the statement concluded.
The impression that Comcast is a partner in the venture was supported by the fact that Edward M. Snider, the chairman of Comcast-Spectacor, the company’s sports and venues division, was quoted in the document as saying that “we’re creating a welcome place for millions and millions of Americans who’ve been looking for an entertainment network and media channel that reflects their point-of-view.”
Mr. Snider is apparently a personal investor in RightNetwork, separate from Comcast.
In the document, RightNetwork called itself an independently owned media company that plans to debut later this year. But the document was taken offline sometime Sunday or early Monday.
The RightNetwork’s Web site still features several videos about potential shows, including one called “Right 2 Laugh” and another called “Politics and Poker.”
Also attending the swanky soiree are actresses Elizabeth Shue and “Up In the Air’s” Anna Kendrick.
But the big question here is who nabbed Baby Carlos as their dinner guest? (Just a suggestion...)
Screenshots of the web site via Gawker's Alex Pareene:
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Monday, April 19, 2010
"Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, executive producers of The View, announced today that Joseph R. Biden, the 47th Vice President of the United States, will be the show’s featured guest -- live -- Thursday, April 22nd. The Vice President's appearance is part of our “Red, White & View” campaign, continuing our commitment to political guests and discussions. Vice President Biden previously appeared as a guest on The View on September 24, 2007 (as a senator) while promoting his book Promises To Keep: On Life and Politics.
At age 29, Vice President Biden became one of the youngest people ever elected to the United States Senate. Tragedy struck the Biden family just weeks after the election when his wife Neilia and their one-year old daughter Naomi were killed -- and their two sons critically injured -- in an auto accident. Vice President Biden was sworn in to the U.S. Senate at his sons’ hospital bedside. He remarried in 1977 and has three children. He served as a senator from Delaware for 36 years, 17 years as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As the 47th Vice President of the United States, he continues his leadership on important issues facing our nation.
In 2008-09, our five spirited hosts left an indelible mark on the political landscape. Whether discussing the day’s political headlines -- from the war in Iraq to universal healthcare and teen pregnancy, from the latest musings from our nation’s capitol to political infidelities -- the outspoken hosts can always be relied on for their unique opinions, quick wit, and for sparking the kind of colorful water cooler conversations that can only be seen on The View. In September 2008, the show launched a highly successful “Red, White & View” campaign highlighting interviews and informational segments that helped promote civic responsibility during the election season. The “Red, White & View” campaign is another example of how The View has established itself as an important player in the political process.
Tune in Thursday, April 22nd to see Vice President Biden join the co-hosts live!"