Obama Assassination Poll Posted on Facebook

Screenshot of Poll


Obama Assassination Poll Rocks Facebook


September 28th, 2009 | by Adam Ostrow

Politics and social media can sometimes be an explosive combination. But now, a poll posted to Facebook through a third-party application has gone so far as to draw the attention of the US Secret Service.

The poll, which has since been pulled, asked the question: “Should Obama be killed?” and offered users four multiple choice answers. According to Talking Points Memo, who obtained a screenshot of the poll, more than 750 users voted in the poll before it was pulled by Facebook.

Facebook, meanwhile, offered the following statement to Mashable:

“The third-party application that enabled an individual user to create the offensive poll was brought to our attention this morning. It was immediately suspended while the inappropriate content could be removed by the developer and until such time as the developer institutes better procedures to monitor their user-generated content. We’re working with the US Secret Service but they’ll need to provide any details of their investigation.”

Technically speaking, this isn’t much different than what we sometimes see with third-party ad networks violating Facebook’s policies and misusing member photos (creating plenty of confusion, myself included). In this case, it appears a user of a third-party app launched a poll that was able to spread relatively quickly and create at least a small national security concern before being pulled.

At this point, it’s unclear whether the poll will result in further action being taken against the developer or the individual that created it, but it does highlight a significant challenge for Facebook. With more than 350,000 applications on its platform, the company can’t possibly be expected to police everything, and most users probably wouldn’t want them to.

But it seems something is being lost in translation between Facebook, its developers, and users of applications, in spite of continued efforts to improve and clarify platform policies. Should Facebook be doing more, or has it simply reached a scale that abuse is something the site is going to continue to have to deal with as it happens? Share your thoughts in the comments.



Debtors Revolt

In a show of defiance, Ann Minch has taken it upon herself to strike back against Bank of America’s outrageous credit card rate hikes. Go to youtube and search “debtors revolt” to find the original video. Please post it on your site and stream it via your cellphones.  The more people that flood lenders telephone lines, the more likely it is that credit card companies will take the hint that we will not tolerate their cut throat activities.  Let’s make this debtors revolt go viral.




Is It Time To Boycott Hollywood?

 I’ve two points to make: first, and foremost, how is it that a multimillionaire, who has a degree in sports casting, can walk a mile in my shoes? Ferrell did not exactly grow up poor; his dad was the keyboard player for the righteous brothers. I only wish some of that righteousness would have rubbed off on him, as his video is not exactly righteous for the many reasons listed in the comments section of Dave Cook’s article, “Will Ferrell Attacks Insurance Execs.” The other point I wanted to make is that in general, if you make more than ten grand a year, you pay taxes, the amount varies, however 30% of a year’s earnings is a pretty common. That 30% does not include property taxes and sales tax. Making healthcare mandatory and/or implementing fines for not having healthcare is essentially adding more taxes. So if we need to pay out another 10% of earnings, whether you’re 20 years old and fit as a fiddle or not, you will only be keeping 60% of your earnings. Add in another $1500 in property taxes and we then keep 55%. This is unacceptable. As for Ferrell, I advise him to look around at his surroundings; arguably, Oprah is losing her fan base, because of her political pandering, this should be an eye-opener for Hollywood types. We, the people who make or break celebrities, don’t want to hear your manurish ramblings. I’m like a freaking elephant, and I do not forget. The list of movie and TV personalities that I will not support, and vehemently oppose in public circles when they are introduced in conversation, just keeps growing and growing. I don’t mind that celebrities have an opinion, but theres no need to jam your opinion down the throats of those without one. I have no use for knuckleheads like Madonna, Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck, Bill Maurer, Jessica Alba, Ryan Phillippe, John Legend, Anthony Kiedis, Taye Diggs, Kate Walsh, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Tobey Maguire, Edward Norton Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ben Stiller, Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, Will Smith, Chris Rock, Sean Penn, and the one that hurts me most, as I used to be such a big fan, Eddie Murphy; I refuse to watch them on the big screen or TV. Advertisers, should take heed as well, as it affects their bottom line when they use these pompous windbags. Do us all a favor Hollywood; keep your effer-vescing pie holes shut. Mr. Ferrell, and company, welcome to my black list!


 By Dave Cook | 09.22.09

The battle over health care reform took to the web Tuesday, as comedian Will Ferrell and a group of other Hollywood stars released a sarcastic video mocking health insurance executives and pitching the need for a publicly-run health insurance option.

The video was released by Ferrell’s video website “Funny or Die” and by the liberal political group MoveOn.org.

“Humor can serve as a powerful reminder to Americans about what exactly is at stake” Justin Ruben, executive director of MoveOn.org, said in a statement.

Tongue in cheek

The video opens with Jon Hamm, star of TV’s “Mad Men,” saying, “Something terrible is happening.” Ferrell explains the terrible thing is that “health insurance executives are getting a bum rap.” Stars including Olivia Wilde of “House,” Masi Oka of “Heroes,” Donald Faison of “Scrubs,” and Linda Cardellini of “ER,” offer the tongue in check admonition that “we need to remember who the real victims are – health insurance executives.”

Ferrell sarcastically asks, “So why is Obama trying to reform health care when insurance companies are doing just fine making millions of dollars of profit?”

The video continues with an actor saying, “Insurance companies need our support because they keep our selfish priorities in check when we can’t.”

And Ferrell returns to the screen to say, “Insurance companies are detailed enough to reject claims for things like typos. If you spell something wrong, do you really deserve surgery? I don’t think so.”

Pitching the public option

The video closes with a slide urging viewers to “Call Congress: tell them we need a strong public health insurance option.”

The video hit the web on the same day the Senate Finance Committee began hearings on Chairman Max Baucus (D) of Montana’s draft health care reform legislation. The so-called chairman’s mark dos not include the public health insurance option Ferrell and his colleagues are pushing.

But Baucus did announce Tuesday several new measures to make health insurance more affordable for working families, including increased subsidies for lower income families, limits on additional charges insurance companies can impose on older workers, and lower penalties on those who defy rules requiring them to buy insurance.

Republicans attacked the plan, with Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., saying the legislation was a “stunning assault on our liberty.” He cited several provisions to strengthen the government’s role in health care.




If it were me writing the story, the headline would be: “ACORN Gives Legitimate Charities Black Eye.” As a journalist it would be my goal to give these guys a black eye. I applaud the efforts of those who have brought the truth to light, it needed doing for more than one reason. First, and foremost they manipulated the people who actually paid them membership dues; by embezzling from there own organization. Then, there is the consideration that ACORN intimidated politicians and manipulated the banking & housing industry, by barging into and disrupting private board meetings and blocking egress to banks in order to promulgate home loans for those who didn’t meet the financial requirements. And last, but not least, they duped all of America by misusing it’s tax dollars and promoting fraud. ACORN, in its entirety, needs to be dismantled; they should not be allowed to continue in any capacity. The good part of their demise is that the crooked political machine lost an ally due to these shenanigans, and that might be the organization’s biggest contribution to society yet!

CHICAGO — Stung by the recession and a string of scandals, the ACORN community activist organization has found itself shutting down in many of the communities it once worked to empower.

Brian Kettenring, a spokesman for the national organization, said that no new clients were being signed up while the group did an internal investigation into how business is conducted.

The freeze comes as ACORN has been closing offices across the nation. The organization has shuttered 40 percent of its centers over the last two years, dropping from its high of 105 offices two years ago, he said.

Dozens of branches, which helped low- and middle-income clients with housing, jobs and navigating government aid programs, have been closed, including those in Chicago, Salt Lake City, Atlanta and Omaha, Neb.

Kettenring said the closures were mostly due to the poor economy and had become more frequent in the last year. “We’re seeing the same challenges the entire nonprofit sector is seeing,” he said.

But former ACORN members say the scandals that have recently dogged the organization — including allegations of mismanagement and voter registration fraud — have been a bigger problem.

In the latest controversy, ACORN workers in several cities, including New York, Baltimore and Washington, were secretly videotaped giving advice to two conservative activists who posed as a prostitute and her pimp and said that they wanted to buy a house and run it as a brothel with teenage girls. Workers were recorded giving advice on how to evade taxes and conceal the nature of their business.

The appearance of the videos last week on a Fox News program set off a furor. The U.S. House voted this week to deny all federal funds for ACORN, while state lawmakers in California, Georgia and Minnesota called for investigations or a cutoff of state funds.

“When you have this big of a mess, it takes time to clean up and your funders drop like flies,” said Madeline Talbott, a former head organizer for ACORN’s operations in Illinois.

ACORN’s Chicago office closed in January 2008, when Talbott — along with 365 community members, the local ACORN board and at least a dozen paid staff members — quit the organization over concerns of mismanagement and a lack of financial transparency at the group’s national headquarters.

“I feel so torn about what’s happening now,” said Talbott, who today is an organizer with Action Now, an advocacy group for the poor in Chicago. “I’m so relieved not to be part of the organization any more, and so sad because they are trying to clean things up.”

Founded in Arkansas in 1970, ACORN advocates for higher minimum wages, easier access to affordable housing and bolstering voter registration in low-income communities.

It has been a top target for conservatives because of its liberal, grass-roots agenda. President Barack Obama worked as an attorney for the group in the early 1990s.

The organization mobilized a get-out-the-vote effort to support Obama’s presidential bid last year, but it was tainted when nearly one-third of the 1.3 million new voters the group registered were rejected.

Last week, authorities in Miami announced the arrests of 11 former registration canvassers on allegations that they had submitted nearly 200 falsified forms.

Later this month, a preliminary hearing is scheduled in Nevada, where state prosecutors have accused ACORN and two former top officials of using an illegal incentive system to motivate people registering voters just before the heated 2008 presidential election.

ACORN officials blame such woes on a conservative push to force the organization out of business.

Amy Schur, ACORN’s head organizer for California, acknowledged that the organization has had a tough year but said that the state’s 12 offices would survive. Membership is up and funding has been stable, she said.

“Our organization is under attack,” she said. “But we’re going to come out of this just fine.”

Schur said the decentralized nature of ACORN ensures that if an office in one part of the country founders, it won’t necessarily affect those in the rest of the country.

Still, Schur said, she has taken steps to quell any public uneasiness. Schur said the organization has hired an independent auditor to review the finances of the state’s programs and will require more staff training.

John Atlas, a writer who just completed a book about the history of ACORN, said the recent scandals had brought “overwhelming bad publicity” to the organization.

“The brand is tainted,” Atlas said. “This is going to make it harder for them to recruit new members, to get foundation funding and get funding for voter registration.”

But Atlas said ACORN had weathered a lot in its history, and he predicted that the organization would emerge from the scandals smaller but intact.

“They may have to shrink back; they may have to rebrand,” he said. “They’ll be smaller, but they’ll survive.”

Latrell Smith, a former ACORN worker in Chicago and now an organizer for Action Now, said the scandals had been sobering and infuriating

In his current job, he is more cautious when talking with families that approach him for help.

“I joined ACORN because I wanted to make a difference in my community,” Smith said. “Before the videos came out, I could never have imagined something like that happening in ACORN.”

Now, he said, “I wonder if we could be next.”

Los Angeles Times staff writers Huffstutter reported from Chicago and Linthicum from Los Angeles. Times staff writer Ashley Powers in Las Vegas contributed to this report.

Obama Owns Health Care and the Media

Part I

Part II

Obama’s exact words were “I Own the health care bill.” What he forgot to announce to the public is that he owns the media too; well most of it anyway, which can, without doubt, be concluded after watching this 60 Minute interview given by CBS’s Steve Kroft.

In the interview, Kroft bowed before Obama in order to help him polish and shape his inflated icon, his health care plan. Though Kroft did ask Obama a few innocuous questions, for the most part Obama owned the interview and was allowed to speak freely without being challenged. The few questions that Kroft asked that might, or might not be considered provocative were circumnavigated by Obama’s well rehearsed silver tongue. Not once did Kroft try to redirect Obama’s comments back to his original question.

It is Obama’s belief that the only way he will be able to get a grip on federal spending is to do something about health care. Once again Obama announced that once corrected, the waste and inefficiencies of our current health care programs would be enough to cover the costs of his plan for health care. What he does not make evident is that if his statement is in fact true, why has he not already pursued those issues that are dragging the programs down and corrected them? And why didn’t Kroft challenge him on this point? Take note Kroft had a pamphlet of talking points in his hands. We can only wonder what it contained; for certain it didn’t contain any questions about the cost of Obamacare. It seems to me that if Obama wanted to garner support for his concept of health care reform, he would address the issue of the cost. Any good business plan starts with a cost analysis; if Obama had to go to a bank for a business loan, they would certainly ask for a business plan. Like anything we have to pay for, we want to know the cost up front. Yet Obama claims that his health care plan will pay for itself; I say, “Show me the money!”

On the subject of tort reform Obama was quick to dismiss the idea, stating that caps on law suits do not work. Yet, he admits something needs to be done concerning the practices of defensive medicine. The reality is that defensive medicine is a direct consequence of malpractice suits, and the cost of malpractice insurance is attributed to frivolous law suits. In order to protect themselves from lawsuits, doctors have no choice but to be over protective in their practices, by conducting expensive medical tests and exams, like CAT scans and MRI’s, they might not otherwise feel are necessary.

The whole concept of health care reform is based on the idea of lowering costs; so without reworking the insurance system and addressing these frivolous law suits the outcome of Obama’s plan will be ineffective. There are even a few democrats that disagree with Obama’s neglect of tort reform in his health care plan. Howard Dean, a doctor and a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, at a town hall meeting in Virginia stated that, “Tort reform is not in the bill because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers. And, that is the plain and simple truth.” Some say Obama is selling out doctors to pay off the amalgamation of trial lawyers who contributed substantially to his campaign.

Obama has politicized health care reform by adding a time line to the whole discussion. It is his objective to pass health care reform by October 15th. These days image is everything, and he knows his image is at stake as Obama admitted that his plans to stay in office for awhile depend on the success of health care reform. We can only hope that he has regard for whether it is a well thought out, and viable plan. Lest he forget, he owns the health care bill; he may find himself kicking a can down the road after the 2012 election.

Unfortunately, CBS, Steve Kroft, and other liberal media outlets and reporters have been giving Obama a free pass for air time, in order that he may sway the public with his charisma and charm. It’s an incessant circle that is dominated by the inequalities of special interest groups. Big money corporations in cahoots with media outlets, or in the case of General Electric who outright own NBC and MSNBC, donate to the Obama campaign. In return Obama, recognizing General Electric’s position to profit from green technology, pushes an agenda that helps those same corporations who granted him campaign cash and air time, by passing legislation that is beneficial to them. In doing so, they not only strip tax payers of their voice, they boost their profits at the public’s expense and discriminate against those that might otherwise benefit from government contracts. Hence, the only people that lose out are the citizens ponying up tax dollars that are abused by our so called political representatives, both democrat and republican. It is not only Obama that is abusing the system for his own personal gain; all one needs to do is read the 1000 page health care bill to see just how much pork is in it. Journalism has gone down the drain and may very well take our country with it.

The Ostrich & Barack Obama

US ostrich head in sand

It seems Michelle Obama has some competition in regards to the man in her life. Whether or not Barack has mutual feelings is strictly speculative. Still there is no doubt that the main stream media is completely in love when it comes to their not so humble leader. Controlled by big money interests, the watchdog of our government has morphed into an ostrich, an ostrich that spends the majority of its time with its head buried in the sand. Here’s a link to the interview: 60 Minutes interview with CBS’s Steve Kroft. David Zurawik from the Baltimore Sun has spoken out in his article, below, about the flagrant complacency and lack of journalistic objectivity in the following editorial.

President Obama controls ’60 Minutes’ interview

By David Zurawik

President Barack Obama returned to the friendly confines of “60 Minutes” Sunday night, and while Steve Kroft asked some sound questions, he also let the president control the conversation, especially at the end.

I told myself, I was not going to write about the interview. I have written about Kroft and Obama together a lot, and while I praised Kroft and “60 Minutes” for the Obama interviews at first, I now think they are walking up to the line at which the broadcast is letting itself be used for political purposes.

At the end of last night’s conversation, the president decided to play media critic again and use 24-hour cable news channels as the foil for making himself look like the would-be champion of civility. Kroft set the president up on this theme, and then let him run straight into the end zone untouched — where the interview ended.

Here is the bite I am talking about at the end:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I will also say that in the era of 24-hour cable news cycles that the loudest, shrillest voices get the most attention. And so, one of the– things I’m trying to figure out is, you know, — how– how can we make sure that– civility is interesting. (LAUGHTER) And– and– and that– you know, hopefully, I will be a– good model for the fact that, you know– you don’t have to yell and holler– to– to make your point, and to be passionate about your position.

STEVE KROFT: So, your goal to bring civility back to Washington is still a work in progress?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: It’s still a work in progress. No doubt about it.

Instead of ending the interview there with big smiles between the two as “60 Minutes” did, I would suggest that perhaps Kroft should have respectfully asked the president if he thought using the adverb “stupidly” at a press conference to describe the bahavior of the Cambridge (Mass.) police officer who took Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. into custody was a good example of civility — particularly since the president acknowledged not having all the facts in the case at the time.

I ask commenters on this blog not to call other commenters or their words stupid because I think it is the antithesis of civility.

Kroft could have pointed out that the president often is a good role model of civility. But the question about him using the word “stupidly” to describe the actions of a police officer should have been asked rather than letting the president use one of the largest forums in American life, “60 Minutes,” to set himself up as the model of civility without any questions asked.

I wonder how the president would have responded. I wonder if it might not even have been what folks in Washington like to call a “teaching moment.”

We won’t move toward a more civil society until we acknowldge that we are all part of the problem. And it is point-the-finger-politician-too-simplistic–scapegoat-talk to blame it all on 24-hour cable TV news channels.

Posted by David Zurawik


Obama Lies: Remember Amendment SA 4072?

You can bet the farm that Joe Wilson wasn’t lying when he called POTUS Ignoramus out on the carpet last night in front of the whole nation. This is not Barack’s first tiptoe through the tulips when it comes to swindling Americans into proving healthcare for illegal aliens. Way back on May 18th of 2006, amendment SA 4072 was proposed by Senator Clinton. It was cosponsored by Barack Obama, Barbara Boxer, Ken Salazar, Charles Schumer, and his new right hand man Joe Lieberman. The purpose of the amendment was to establish a grant program to provide financial assistance to States and local governments for the costs of providing health care and educational services to non-citizens, and to provide additional funding for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. Amendment SA 4072 was voted down in the Senate by a Yea-Nay Vote. 43 – 52 (Record Vote Number: 133.) The text, and proposed amendments to the policy can be found at CR S4812-4813.

The reality is that the Democrats are out shopping the vote to illegal immigrants to gain standing in future elections, at the expense of our tax dollars. Should healthcare reform be pushed through with the nuclear option, and include provisions that allow the approximate 12 million illegal immigrants into the system, healthcare and social security will come tumbling down fast and hard for sure!