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Sep 10, 2008

The Wolves Den: McCain, Schmidt Fully Playing The Race Card Now

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What is horribly disturbing, more than the decrepit tone of the McCain campaign's attacks in their viral video scorched earth campaign, is how Steve Schmidt -- beginning yesterday -- is now fully playing the race card.  In this latest salvo, in a piece titled Fact Check, Obama is likened to a wolf by way of the consecutive frames above-- a wolf going after sweet, innocent Sara Palin.

Returning to a motif that is not exactly new, Schmidt hits the racial trifecta matching expressions, orientation and even shadows to activate stereotypes of animalism, the angry black man, and the black man lusting to dominate the white woman with this one hit piece.

The word play is also curious here:  AS HE DROPS.  If you say the words to yourself or just quickly, it can sound like AS SHE DROPS.  (Of course, the scenario is spelled out fully in the next frame.)

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This resonates on three levels simultaneous, one political, one sexual and one violent.  Politically, the meme is insurance against Palin starting to lose popularity.  Given the case, the campaign is setting up to blame Obama (and the press) for "dropping her" or tearing her apart.  On the latter two counts, however, her drop is imagined to occur as either the victim of random black violence or direct racial/sexual violence (a la O.J.).

And oh yeah, look how close "she" is to "the wolf's" mouth.

Comments

In light of the recent news of Palin offering incentives ($150. for the leg of a wolf that was aerial hunted), could this be a preemptive attempt to subliminally associate wolves with Obama rather than Palin?

Or if not, maybe to cause enough confusion in the subconscious minds of the voters, that the likely impact from the very disturbing videos out there of wolves being ruthlessly and inhumanely hunted, chased, and tormented from helicopters, (something that Palin not only approves of, but encourages it) won't be strictly associated with Palin?

These Rove people know how to play dirty mind games and alas, they know what works.

This ad shows how utterly lacking in scruples the McCain campaign has become. Karl Rove's mudslinging paws are all over this one. I find the ad totally digusting and beneath contempt; it's absolute slander!

Odd and disturbing. There is a faint blurry face around the wolf's mouth. It's like when you look at clouds and see things in the clouds - that's what the face reminds me of.

I used to facilitate groups for teens and one of my groups focused on media literacy. I wish that everyone in America had seen the videos I showed those groups. African American males and females are often depicted as animals in ads that are suggestive of sex and violence. The imagery of the black male as wolf going after the innocent white woman is as classic as Little Red Riding Hood.

Further, the devious Rovians are taking innocent comments made by Obama and pretending to take offense at them, in order to distract the public from the reality of the horrible mess our country is in. It is a ridiculous, insulting narrative but it hits on subliminal levels through repitition and groupthink. And there are still plenty of white women who are not entirely comfortable voting for a black man.

As I watched this ad again, I feel even more strongly about what I said in my last commnent - the plane further tries to make the association of wolves being aerial hunted with Obama rather than Palin.

Also, making the wolves look mean and scary might lessen the impact of this inhumane practice and (subconsciously) justify this merciless sport killing.

The McCain camp must be called out on these spots - the wolves, sex-ed, and lipstick. These are outrageous. They are racist. They are dishonest. They are repellent. Any respect McCain's service in Vietnam might have garnered him is used up. The man has no moral compass at all.

McCain Memo: 'Respectful Campaign': "Throughout his life John McCain has held himself to the highest standards and he will continue to run a respectful campaign based on the issues."

But wait SEXISM is much more eeeeevvvvvviiiiilllllll than racism. Racism is a know rightist family value.

The Democrats, as they have for decades, continue to behave like the kindergarten teacher who wants to agree to disagree while being raped.
SWIFTBOAT THE SOB!!!!!!
Allegedly, he crashed an unheard of 5 times in "Nam," was a disobedient hot dog who would never have crashed and been captured but for his own reckless conduct. Find some of the men in his unit, get them on the air, let them tell the story of his false "war hero" facade.

Since the Democrats can't seem to write an effective ad campaign, I have written several for them:

1. McCain makes much of his imprisonment, his torture, and his honor. When McCain heard that our soldiers in Iraq had to make their own armor, What did he say? Nothing. What did he do? Nothing. When he heard that George Bush was in favor of torturing prisoners of war at Guantanamo, What did he say? Nothing. What did he do? Nothing. When he heard of the conduct of our own troups at Abu Graib, what did he say? Nothing. What did he do? Nothing. When he heard that Americans were inflicting on others the very same torture that was inflicted on him, what did he say? Nothing. What did he do? Nothing. Where was the maverick he claims to be? Where was the honor?
Actions speak louder than words, Mr. McCain.

FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS VOTE REPUBLICAN

2. The Republicans claim the moral high ground as a reason to vote for their candidates. They are adamantly against homosexuals--unless it's one of their own (picture of Larry Craig). They are against pedophiles--unless it's one of their own (show picture of Mark Forer). They have no mercy for drug addicts-- unless it's one of their own (show picture of Rush Limbaugh). They attribute underage sex and teen pregnancy to liberal parenting and poor family values--unless it's one of their own (show Palin on stage with her pregnant teen daughter). They are outraged by adultery--unless it's one of their own (show picture of John McCain). They claim to embrace the precepts of the Christian faith. Let he among the Republicans who is without sin cast the first stone.

FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS VOTE REPUBLICAN

3. Bush and Cheney said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. When it was revealed to be untrue, the Republicans in Congress said nothing. When Bush and Cheney struggled to link Hussein to Al Quaida, knowing there was no such connection, the Republicans in Congress said nothing. When Bush and Cheney declared that the media could not show the coffins of our young victims being unloaded, the Republicans in Congress said nothing. When Bush directed the outing of CIA agent, Valerie Plame in retaliation after her husband, former ambassador, Joe Wilson, accused the administration of knowingly using false information on Saddam Hussein's weapons program, the Republicans in congress said nothing. (ETC., ETC)

For eight years, Bush, Cheney, and the Republican party have lied to you. McCain boasts of voting in support of Bush 90% of the time. Why should you believe him?

FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS VOTE REPUBLICAN

4. A man is known by the company he keeps. (Picture of Bush with Abramoff) narrator: Jack Abramoff, lobbyist who has just been sentenced to prison for conspiracy, fraud, and tax evasion. (Picture of Bush with Kenneth Lay, of ENRON) Narrator: Kenneth Lay, whom Bush called "Kenny Boy," of ENRON, perpetrator of the largest stock fraud in US history.
(Various other scoundrels of the last eight years, etc.)(Picture of McCain with Charles Keating-there must be at least one-or two pix side by side)
John McCain, implicated in improperly aiding Charles H. Keating, Jr., chairman of the collapse of Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, which was the target of an investigation by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB). (Picture of Bush and McCain on the tarmack)Bush and McCain are celebrating McCain's birthday as Hurricane Katrina is making landfall.
HAD ENOUGH?

FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS VOTE REPUBLICAN

5. Another "company he keeps"

George W. Bush, Sr

It was Bush who, during his failed 1980 run for the Presidency, labeled Reagan's twisted "Trickle Down Theory" as "voodoo economics" and then, once chosen as the feeble-minded old man's running mate, spent the next twelve years pretending to accept the lie. It was during his successful 1988 Presidential campaign that he proclaimed "Read my lips! No new taxes!"


John "Jeb" Bush, now governor of Florida, assisted Miguel Recarey, a fugitive now living in Spain, to steal over $200 million from International Medical Centers, the HMO Recarey owned, by using Jeb's father's influence to acquire a waiver for the HMO of the standard rule of 50-50 (meaning that at least 50% of an HMO's clients cannot be Medicare patients but must be full paying clients). This theft left 150,000 elderly Americans without medical coverage. Recarey had paid Jeb Bush's company a $75,000 "real-estate consultant fee". All totaled, Recarey embezzled over $1 billion in Medicare funds through false billings and outright theft.
During his father's second campaign for the Vice-presidency, Jeb and his partner, Armando Codina, received a loan to purchase an office building from Broward Federal Savings in Sunrise, Florida. By late 1988, federal regulators found that the loan was in default. The American taxpayers picked up the difference when Broward Federal Savings went bankrupt later that year. Jeb has also been deeply associated with Camilo Padera,indicted for looting another S&L, Jefferson Savings & Loan Association in McAllen, Texas, in 1982. Padera went on to defraud Housing and Urban Development of millions of dollars by borrowing millions of dollars to build office buildings in Miami at a time when hundreds of offices already stood vacant in other buildings.

Neil Bush served as a director of Silverado Banking, Savings & Loans in Denver, CO, from 1985 to 1988, at which time it went bankrupt. During his tenure on the board, Silverado made over $200 million in loans to Neil's two partners in JMB Exploration, Neil's unbelievably unsuccessful oil company. Of that amount, Neil's partners defaulted on $132 million, leading to the S&L's failure.

George W. Bush,

worked as a "consultant" for Harken Energy. Harken's 1987 stock offering was placed with the London office of Union Bank, the same institution that assisted the Bank of Credit and Commerce in skirting money laundering laws by flying cash from drug sales out of Panama in their private jets and was also used by Ferdinand Marcos to stash 325 TONS of Philippine gold around the world.

Junior, trading on his ties to the President, was instrumental, as a member of its board, in convincing the government of Bahrain to sign a contract for oil drilling with Harken Energy, even though better equipped and experienced companies had also bid for the contract.
Junior sold his 212,140 shares of stock in Harken Energy for $848,560 just two months before Iraq invaded Kuwait. Once the invasion took place, the value of Junior's stocks plummeted $212,140. Not until seven months later did Junior file the required SEC disclosure forms, even though the sale was an insider stock sale which requires immediate filing. Was he ever charged with any violation of federal laws for this infraction? Get real!!!

A corrupt and weak father sired sons who; rented himself out to a known criminal land developer who scammed HUD and Medicare for millions of dollars, another who profited from insider stock trading while Americans were dying in the Middle East war, and another that ran a Savings & Loan into bankruptcy by looting the bank for his two deadbeat partners and who then stole even more taxpayer money by raiding the SBA.

(Show pictures)
FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS VOTE REPUBLICAN

6. Bush ad about "flip-floppers." Next, a litany of what McCain said before, and what he says now. Courtroom shot, McCain appears to be in a witness box. Prosecutor saying, "Mr. McCain, were you lying then, or are you lying now?" End of commercial: Head shot of John Kerry saying, "Tell me, John. Who is the flip-flopper now?"
FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS VOTE REPUBLICAN

7. From Barack Obama, a message to people of deep religious faith:
The Republican Party claims to share the tenets of your faith.
Bush lied about the basis for the Iraq war, bearing false witness.
Based thereon, he (etc, etc)

The Vice-President, Chaney, once called you, "A bunch of crazies." Do you really believe that people who could do such things share your principles and beliefs? Having lied about (list), why should you believe their posturings of piety? They have used you and your faith and made a mockery of it. And of what value is their wrapping themselves in the cross when (talk about the envirnment, the economy, etc.)

Aren't you tired of being used by the Republicans?
FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS VOTE REPUBLICAN


The Democrats, as they have for decades, continue to behave like the kindergarten teacher who wants to agree to disagree while being raped.
SWIFTBOAT THE SOB!!!!!!
Allegedly, he crashed an unheard of 5 times in "Nam," was a disobedient hot dog who would never have crashed and been captured but for his own reckless conduct. Find some of the men in his unit, get them on the air, let them tell the story of his false "war hero" facade.

Since the Democrats can't seem to write an effective ad campaign, I have written several for them:

1. McCain makes much of his imprisonment, his torture, and his honor. When McCain heard that our soldiers in Iraq had to make their own armor, What did he say? Nothing. What did he do? Nothing. When he heard that George Bush was in favor of torturing prisoners of war at Guantanamo, What did he say? Nothing. What did he do? Nothing. When he heard of the conduct of our own troups at Abu Graib, what did he say? Nothing. What did he do? Nothing. When he heard that Americans were inflicting on others the very same torture that was inflicted on him, what did he say? Nothing. What did he do? Nothing. Where was the maverick he claims to be? Where was the honor?
Actions speak louder than words, Mr. McCain.

FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS VOTE REPUBLICAN

2. The Republicans claim the moral high ground as a reason to vote for their candidates. They are adamantly against homosexuals--unless it's one of their own (picture of Larry Craig). They are against pedophiles--unless it's one of their own (show picture of Mark Forer). They have no mercy for drug addicts-- unless it's one of their own (show picture of Rush Limbaugh). They attribute underage sex and teen pregnancy to liberal parenting and poor family values--unless it's one of their own (show Palin on stage with her pregnant teen daughter). They are outraged by adultery--unless it's one of their own (show picture of John McCain). They claim to embrace the precepts of the Christian faith. Let he among the Republicans who is without sin cast the first stone.

FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS VOTE REPUBLICAN

3. Bush and Cheney said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. When it was revealed to be untrue, the Republicans in Congress said nothing. When Bush and Cheney struggled to link Hussein to Al Quaida, knowing there was no such connection, the Republicans in Congress said nothing. When Bush and Cheney declared that the media could not show the coffins of our young victims being unloaded, the Republicans in Congress said nothing. When Bush directed the outing of CIA agent, Valerie Plame in retaliation after her husband, former ambassador, Joe Wilson, accused the administration of knowingly using false information on Saddam Hussein's weapons program, the Republicans in congress said nothing. (ETC., ETC)

For eight years, Bush, Cheney, and the Republican party have lied to you. McCain boasts of voting in support of Bush 90% of the time. Why should you believe him?

FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS VOTE REPUBLICAN

4. A man is known by the company he keeps. (Picture of Bush with Abramoff) narrator: Jack Abramoff, lobbyist who has just been sentenced to prison for conspiracy, fraud, and tax evasion. (Picture of Bush with Kenneth Lay, of ENRON) Narrator: Kenneth Lay, whom Bush called "Kenny Boy," of ENRON, perpetrator of the largest stock fraud in US history.
(Various other scoundrels of the last eight years, etc.)(Picture of McCain with Charles Keating-there must be at least one-or two pix side by side)
John McCain, implicated in improperly aiding Charles H. Keating, Jr., chairman of the collapse of Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, which was the target of an investigation by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB). (Picture of Bush and McCain on the tarmack)Bush and McCain are celebrating McCain's birthday as Hurricane Katrina is making landfall.
HAD ENOUGH?

FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS VOTE REPUBLICAN

5. Another "company he keeps"

George W. Bush, Sr

It was Bush who, during his failed 1980 run for the Presidency, labeled Reagan's twisted "Trickle Down Theory" as "voodoo economics" and then, once chosen as the feeble-minded old man's running mate, spent the next twelve years pretending to accept the lie. It was during his successful 1988 Presidential campaign that he proclaimed "Read my lips! No new taxes!"


John "Jeb" Bush, now governor of Florida, assisted Miguel Recarey, a fugitive now living in Spain, to steal over $200 million from International Medical Centers, the HMO Recarey owned, by using Jeb's father's influence to acquire a waiver for the HMO of the standard rule of 50-50 (meaning that at least 50% of an HMO's clients cannot be Medicare patients but must be full paying clients). This theft left 150,000 elderly Americans without medical coverage. Recarey had paid Jeb Bush's company a $75,000 "real-estate consultant fee". All totaled, Recarey embezzled over $1 billion in Medicare funds through false billings and outright theft.
During his father's second campaign for the Vice-presidency, Jeb and his partner, Armando Codina, received a loan to purchase an office building from Broward Federal Savings in Sunrise, Florida. By late 1988, federal regulators found that the loan was in default. The American taxpayers picked up the difference when Broward Federal Savings went bankrupt later that year. Jeb has also been deeply associated with Camilo Padera,indicted for looting another S&L, Jefferson Savings & Loan Association in McAllen, Texas, in 1982. Padera went on to defraud Housing and Urban Development of millions of dollars by borrowing millions of dollars to build office buildings in Miami at a time when hundreds of offices already stood vacant in other buildings.

Neil Bush served as a director of Silverado Banking, Savings & Loans in Denver, CO, from 1985 to 1988, at which time it went bankrupt. During his tenure on the board, Silverado made over $200 million in loans to Neil's two partners in JMB Exploration, Neil's unbelievably unsuccessful oil company. Of that amount, Neil's partners defaulted on $132 million, leading to the S&L's failure.

George W. Bush,

worked as a "consultant" for Harken Energy. Harken's 1987 stock offering was placed with the London office of Union Bank, the same institution that assisted the Bank of Credit and Commerce in skirting money laundering laws by flying cash from drug sales out of Panama in their private jets and was also used by Ferdinand Marcos to stash 325 TONS of Philippine gold around the world.

Junior, trading on his ties to the President, was instrumental, as a member of its board, in convincing the government of Bahrain to sign a contract for oil drilling with Harken Energy, even though better equipped and experienced companies had also bid for the contract.
Junior sold his 212,140 shares of stock in Harken Energy for $848,560 just two months before Iraq invaded Kuwait. Once the invasion took place, the value of Junior's stocks plummeted $212,140. Not until seven months later did Junior file the required SEC disclosure forms, even though the sale was an insider stock sale which requires immediate filing. Was he ever charged with any violation of federal laws for this infraction? Get real!!!

A corrupt and weak father sired sons who; rented himself out to a known criminal land developer who scammed HUD and Medicare for millions of dollars, another who profited from insider stock trading while Americans were dying in the Middle East war, and another that ran a Savings & Loan into bankruptcy by looting the bank for his two deadbeat partners and who then stole even more taxpayer money by raiding the SBA.

(Show pictures)
FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS VOTE REPUBLICAN

6. Bush ad about "flip-floppers." Next, a litany of what McCain said before, and what he says now. Courtroom shot, McCain appears to be in a witness box. Prosecutor saying, "Mr. McCain, were you lying then, or are you lying now?" End of commercial: Head shot of John Kerry saying, "Tell me, John. Who is the flip-flopper now?"
FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS VOTE REPUBLICAN

7. From Barack Obama, a message to people of deep religious faith:
The Republican Party claims to share the tenets of your faith.
Bush lied about the basis for the Iraq war, bearing false witness.
Based thereon, he (etc, etc)

The Vice-President, Chaney, once called you, "A bunch of crazies." Do you really believe that people who could do such things share your principles and beliefs? Having lied about (list), why should you believe their posturings of piety? They have used you and your faith and made a mockery of it. And of what value is their wrapping themselves in the cross when (talk about the envirnment, the economy, etc.)

Aren't you tired of being used by the Republicans?
FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS VOTE REPUBLICAN


We can all cry about the unfairness of the ads blah, blahm blah, but they work PERIOD. 2004 proved for any doubts that the electorate is swayed more by sound bites more than issues. The Dems need to grow up and grow up fast losing this election would be equalivent to the Mets blowing it last year. I like some of Ken's ideas, doesn't take the low road but certainly provides quick looks at the slime the McCain camp tries to hide about their man.

What astounding pigs the Republican Party has become. It doesn't matter who wins. Obama wins, we change things. MCCain wins, the world changes it for us

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