Without a benefit of facts and frequently on the basis of no more information than urban myths created in the fetid imaginations of right-wing conservatives attacks were launched on ACORN, The New Black Panthers ( all three of them) were touted as a threat to open democratic elections in the United States and there was the supposed close ties of Barack Obama with Bill Ayers. The ACORN controversy turned out to be a scam by Andrew Breitbart and James O’Keefe. The New Black Panthers story was about a couple of knuckleheads at one polling station. Obama and Ayers paths crossed as they both lived in Chicago and Obama helped direct funds from the Chicago Annenberg Challenge which came from the Republican created Woods Fund of Chicago. Then and now those controversies were all about the Right’s paranoid delusions and their claim to define what it is to be a true American. These are qualities which somehow only the smiley faced authoritarians, the conservative xenophobes, misogynists, free spending hypocrites, chicken-hawks of today’s conservative movement get to decide. That in mind it is not hypocritical in the least that the same right-wing media and pundits who have appointed themselves the grand inquisitors of all things pure, wholesome and American are ignoring how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is raking in foreign corporate cash just as they are spending big bucks on the mid-term elections. It works like this. When Bush and Cheney claimed that anything a president does is legal – well anything a Republican president does – so it goes that any sleazy connections between conservative political interests and foreign countries is ethical – Inconvenient Facts That The Chamber Hasn’t Refuted
1) The Chamber acknowledges that it receives foreign sources of funding.
2) The foreign funds go directly into the Chamber’s general 501(c)(6) entity.
3) At least $300,000 has been channeled from foreign companies in India and Bahrain to the account.
4) The foreign sources include foreign state-owned companies, including the State Bank of India and the Bahrain Petroleum Company.
5) The Chamber’s 501(c)(6) entity is used to launch an unprecedented $75 million partisan attack ad campaign against Democrats.
Nothing the Chamber has said in response to our story refutes those basic set of facts. The right-wing business group claims that it has a “system” in place to ensure that money is not being used for illegal purposes, namely to influence U.S. elections. But the Chamber refuses to explain how that “system” works, and is instead demanding that the public simply trust-but-not-verify.
Rumors, smears, manufactured evidence is enough to convict anyone or any entity the Right finds “UnAmerican”. Anything the Right cannot answer for is dismissed with a trust us and how dare anyone question a right-wing organization anyway. Chamber Campaign Stash Awash in Foreign Cash
Imagine for a moment if a group like the right-wing reviled though now defunct community group ACORN had been caught receiving money from Middle Eastern corporations in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Fox News would run the story day and night while tea party heads the nation over exploded.
Heck, if Fox News actually covered this story like it has others, it wouldn’t even be calling these businesses “foreign corporations,” instead they would be called “terror companies” and we would be seeing segments asking why the Chamber has an office just 3.5 miles from ground zero. How insensitive.
Of course, News Corp. — Fox News’ parent company — gave the “U.S.” Chamber of Commerce a $1 million donation recently…
Actors or thespians if you like are nothing new to political commercials. The Republican Party of W.Virginia puts out a casting all for a commercial for millionaire conservative John Raese ( who may or may not have “moved” to West Virginia just to run for that Senate seat). Not being able to find any actual miners or truckers that would support this elitist twit they specify certain requirements so the actors would at least appear like the average folk Raese claims to be so in touch “We are going for a ‘Hicky’ Blue Collar look”
Below please find booking information for your actor(s) for the Political Spot. Please ask them to read over copy (it is confidential). Please confirm this email.
Call Time: 2pm
Location: The Oregon Diner
3rd & Oregon Sts
Phila PA 19148
– We are going for a ‘Hicky’ Blue Collar look. These characters are from West Virginia so think coal miner/trucker looks
– Each character should bring a several options and stay away from all black or all white or thin stripes (thicker stripes and plaid are good)
– Clothing Suggestions:
Dickie’s type jacket with t-shirt underneath
Down filled vest
John Deer hats (not brand new, preferably beat up)
Trucker hats (not brand new, preferably beat up)
No Thin Stripes
– As far as the script goes, the dialect should be very plain – no accent, but animated actions. These guys are upset about these politics.
And why only white male “hicks”, why not some grizzly mommas. I guess they couldn’t find any of those either. While Republicans play acting working folks is pathetic, even sadder part is West Virginia seems to be suffering from the What’s the Matter with Kansas syndrome. Many voters who are actually blue-collar workers willing to vote for the Wall St players like Raese against their own best economic interests.
Tea nut Joe Miller and Todd Palin’s differences over how to reciprocate back room political favors are only mildly interesting. Joe Jobless Benefits Miller’s idea of what constitutes great accomplishments is at least funny – Miller (Barely) Admits Sarah Palin Qualified For POTUS, While Dogwhistling To Birthers
“Let me make this unequivocal,” Miller said, after jousting with the Fox host for several rounds. “She’s done phenomenal things for this country, there’s no question about that. She’s elevated the debate, critical to our race, and let me tell you also, we know what qualified means, don’t we? We know that we have a constitutional requirement for somebody that’s gonna run for President. Of course she’s qualified.
Palin has a dismal record of accomplishing much of anything even for a Republican. She has parlayed being a politceleb into being a multi-millionaire. Which is like a snake oil salesman bragging about how many rubes he fleeced. It doesn’t count as “phenomenal things”. And calling people names from your FaceBook page is not exactly elevating the debate. Palin, the political monk, has cut off all but the most regulated contact with the public for the purpose of avoiding any tough scrutiny into her policies and making her justify her answers.