Are you freakin' serious?

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Are you freakin' serious?

My old friend Ti Rouge who lives on the Internet she was once terrified of, forwarded me this yesterday:

"When you have a chance can you use your investigative skills to find out if this link from DrudgeReport.com is real."

The Drudge link led to something called "Weasel Zippers," sub-titled: "scouring the bowels of the internet."

("Well, there's a clue right there," sez I... and then I read the headline:)

Obama Asks People Getting Married To Forgo Gifts, Ask Their Guests To Donate To His Campaign Instead...

Get away!

It took me several years back in the mid-'90s to convince Ti Rouge that getting a modem and logging onto a message board she was interested in, did not automatically mean that her bank accounts would be emptied by Russian crackers.

Now she's gotten past that particular pathology, she's all over the 'Net for hours at a time, and my biggest problem has been getting her to realize that just because you read something on the Internet doesn't make it true!

(Just ask Pierre "News flash: friendly fire from the United States Navy downed Flight 800" Salinger!)

I gave a cursory look into "The Obama event registry" site and concluded:

  1. "www.barackobama.com" uses a commercial (.com) domain name, when one would think that the President's people would at least spring for an .org domain for their official campaign site.
  2. While the page footers advise "© 2011–2012 Obama for America" and "paid for by obama for america," there was certain other information that seemed missing.

I concluded that it was something set up and run by a bunch of wide-eyed Liberal-guilt-ridden kids with the Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland mindset of "Gee!, let's get a barn and put on a show!"

(Ahhh, youth of America! At least they weren't glued to a TV set watching TMZ or the all-Kardashian-all-the-time E! channel.)

I mean, really! The "Event" page which went live yesterday urges:

"Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up?

Let your friends know how important this election is to you—register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift. It’s a great way to support the President on your big day. Plus, it’s a gift that we can all appreciate—and goes a lot further than a gravy bowl."

(There goes the Gravy Bowl vote in November!)

After an exchange of semi-testy E-mails, in one of which I suggested that Ti Rouge was devoid of any critical think­ing skills, she shot back a triumphant "HA!" message!

"Guess my critical thinking skills are intact. barackobama.com is his official campaign website.

Both CNN and Fox reported it as Obama's official campaign website. I then did a google search for Obama official website "

This is what the Democratic National Committee is resorting to for a sitting President? What next, a pitch to grade schoolers to break open their piggy banks?

While my wife is researching what wine goes well with crow, I'm locking myself in the basement with a bottle of Aalborg Akvavit in an ice caddy and considering how America could possibly have gotten here!

Comments

1. Jeanne Speir said...

I've found that dry-corked, cheap merlot goes best with crow.

That is, after I checked with my resource person. He seemed more reliable than a site called "Weasel Zippers" or any information emanating from the evil, phone tapping, Australian billionaire's Faux "News," which seems to be attempting to make this into the next stained blue dress. Hey, it worked then....

Here's my Obama friend's more rational take:
Quote: "I'm not so worked up about this, although I probably wouldn't have done it. I'm more worked up about the Supreme Court decision, Citizens United, that overturned 30 years of campaign contribution spending limits and disclosure requirements. Billions of undisclosed dollars available to a Super Pac near you -- damned Judicial Activism... It'll take a lot of brides to match the money coming from Sheldon Adelson."

While we both agreed the registry was a silly idea, and would certainly not fly in our personal households, what's really happening in the world proves far more newsworthy.

Cheers!

Can't say "Yes, dear" to this one, I'm afraid. All you needed to say was "the registry was a silly idea" and let it go at that instead of getting defensive, ringing in a guest expert and missing the point of the blog entirely.

This is going to be a tough election season for both of us I fear.
Dean

2. WHBeachLady said...

Who needs Adelson, Jeanne, when you have George Clooney & pals!

Yes, there's that!
Dean

3. SchoolParent said...

Is CBS "attempting to make this into the next stained blue dress?"

Interesting... but not so unusual when you have The New York Times citing TMZ as a news source!

Wither the Murrows or Cronkites of today, because those of yesteryear are spinning in their graves!
Dean

4. Linda Dick said...

Hey everyone, hold those graduation gifts, hold those baby gifts, the Big O wants them!

Just another way for the Big O to grab your $$$$$.

How demeaning and crass.

I think that point has already been made.
Dean

5. WHBeachLady said...

Maybe this is a ploy to take attention away from his beloved Obamacare, being declared unconstitutional this week.

[snort!]

The Gift Registry is but a minor puff of smoke to the tsunami such a SCOTUS decision would cause.
Dean

6. Jeanne Speir said...

WHB-person and dear husband -- Sheldon Adelson is one of the wealthiest people in the world, ostensibly making his billions off casino gambling. That makes him kind of a drug lord for gamblers. Here's a very recent editorial from the NYT about him.
This is the same Sheldon Adelson who recently lavished millions upon a disgraced Speaker of the House, (sanctioned for ethics violations while seated as Speaker -- by his fellow Republicans as well as Democrats,) Mr. Newt Gingrich. What did he expect in return?

Now he's throwing tens of millions into the Romney and Republican coffers, and to PACS, where no one knows who gave gazillion dollars. NO transparency.

But before we start batting the word Socialist around, I would declare it as possessing the same conversation stopping qualities as the Godwin's law word, especially as we dance around the fascist philosophies of these times.

So let's move on:

Adelson seems inclined to bestow his personal largesse upon ethically challenged candidates to foster his own agendas.

It is reported he has already spent over $60,000,000; not including PACS. He's got billions on billions. This is pocket change for him. George Clooney and Sheldon Adelson comparatively in the same conversation?

No way.

Clooney's fund raising can't touch that.

The saving grace: Individual American citizens drive this economy.

Let's see how this plays in Peoria.

Citing The New York Times (or The Washington Post, for that matter) lends less weight to your position than it would have 40-50 years ago... both have long since abandoned any serious posture of balance and neutrality.

I didn't make the Clooney (or Anna Wintour or Jeffrey Kaztenberg or Steven Spielberg or Deepak Chopra or Oprah, et al,) analogy as a counter to Adelson (who I'd never heard of 'til very recently). If I'd wanted to toss a name into the mix, I'd start with George Soros who, unlike Adelson, wasn't even born here (and was a Democrat before he saw some sort of light).

You ask what does Adelson "expect in return?" If you'd done a liitle research beyond dropping link to the Times, you'd know that Adelson's agenda is a very narrow one (thwarting the two-state solution to the endless Israeli-Palestinian squabble), something which cannot be said of Soros.

But all this partisan stuff in the Comments section is little more than discursive dicta, and has precious little to do with the OtBB entry to which it is appended.
Dean

7. Hampton West said...

Come on Dean, you don't think Adelson wants to keep not paying his fair share of taxes?

Make all the wisecracks you want, but please show me an Adelson agenda other than that of a (obscenely) wealthy old Jew who wants an administration that will back Israel in a fight against Palestine.

He's relatively late to the global stage, so my guess is that this Sands deal paid off beyond his fondest expectations, and now he wants to do his bit to see the Suez Canal clogged with the corpses of Palestinians.

Show me something different... at this point I am so disenfranchised that I haven't got even a longshot in this race!
Dean

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