Secret Service Visits Man Who Hung Obama Effigy From Tree As ‘Spooky’ Halloween Decoration

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Right wing politicians want to take us back decades in terms of individual rights.   They and their constituents want to take us back decades before civil rights legislation, including voting rights.  One of their “dog whistles” to their constituents is “we’re gonna take our country back!”

What this should tell every progressive and forward leaning citizen is that the GOP has put us in a dangerous place.   Not only that, their low-information, nay, crazy supporters are perfect subjects to cling to the GOP perception of dominance.

Just recently a raucous women who was about to be arrested told police “it’s ok, I’m a Republican…”  They honestly think that the GOP has given them their “privileged” status back and placed minorities “where they belong”.

The following article depicts a man hanging the President of The United States in effigy.  However, it’s not the first time during this election season that this has happened.

The Huffington Post

A California man’s Halloween yard decoration earned him a meeting with the Secret Service earlier this week.

In an interview with the Press-Enterprise, Eddie Million of Moreno Valley admitted that his addition of an effigy of President Barack Obama with a noose around its neck was a low point in his attempt to turn his house into a “spooky” scene for a Halloween party.

“I started thinking how bad it looked, and I took it down immediately,” Million told reporters after being questioned by Secret Service agents on Tuesday. “If I had it to do all over again, I absolutely wouldn’t have done it. It was not meant to offend anybody. It was just supposed to be a decoration.”

The episode was initially touched off by complaints from neighbors, which eventually led to local media reports and a visit from police at the beginning of the week. Million said the Secret Service interviewed him and asked for his information, but took no further action.

Inflammatory displays — whatever their actual intents or purposes — have grown increasingly controversial as the nation approaches Election Day. A speech at the Republican National Convention by actor Clint Eastwood to an empty seat that was supposed to represent Obama set off a wave of empty chair “lynching” displays.

Others have been more direct and vitriolic. A yard sign in Aspen, Colo. that read “Kill Obama” recently drew the attention of the Secret Service, who paid the property owner a visit.

Republicans, the Post-Truth Party

The Nation

The acceptance speeches by Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney at the GOP convention were only slightly more grounded in reality than Clint Eastwood’s conversation with an empty chair. Ryan is infamous for his pack of lies, from the attempt to blame President Obama for the closing of a Wisconsin GM factory that began shutting down during the Bush presidency, to the fantasy that Ryan’s austerity agenda is about something other than gutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in order to enrich Wall Street speculators and the insurance industry.

Romney was just as bad, with a rambling rumination on how much he wished Barack Obama’s presidency had “succeeded.” Coming from the man who tried to scuttle Obama’s successful interventions to save GM and Chrysler, and who spent the rest of the president’s first term organizing a campaign to displace him, Romney’s line wasn’t remotely believable.

The Republican Party is not fretting about fact-checkers. Far from it; the GOP has now fully entered the netherworld of post-truth politics, from the wholesale denial of climate change to spreading fairy tales about Obama’s welfare policy.  Romney and Ryan know they’re going to need big lies to win. That’s pathetic, but it could work—especially if the mainstream media continue to evade their basic duty to call the GOP on these whoppers.

This poses a real challenge for the Democrats, who can’t get bogged down in the minutiae of every Republican lie—there are just too many of them. Democrats must instead go big, and tackle the GOP agenda, which at its core is dedicated to a massive redistribution of power and income toward the 1 percent, who already have more of both than at any time in the past eighty years. The central lie of the Republican campaign is the claim that the wealthiest country in the world is so broke it cannot fund school lunch programs or Pell Grants, but not so broke that it would ask billionaires to pay taxes or put the Pentagon on a diet. The best way to unmask the GOP is not with charts and graphs. It must be done with economic straight talk. We must explain why Romney and Ryan are lying—because their agenda is so unpopular (as well as unworkable and dangerous to the nation’s recovery). And we must offer a vision for job creation, infrastructure investment and an uncompromising defense of the social safety net.

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Eastwood: ‘When I Saw The Stool Sitting There, It Gave Me The Idea’

Eastwood: ‘When I Saw The Stool Sitting There, It Gave Me The Idea’

I’ve decided not to bash Clint Eastwood anymore for his poor choice of an anti-Obama “speech”.   After all the man who was once deemed a genius at acting, producing, and directing  some really fine movies, is now 86 years old.

According to IMDb, Eastwood:  Won 4 Oscars. Another 126 wins & 86 nominations.

Here’s his explanation about that night in Tampa:


Clint Eastwood is explaining to a local paper in California the reasoning behind his sometimes-rambling conversation with an empty chair, meant to symbolize President Obama, at last week’s Republican National Convention

Eastwood told the Carmel Pine Cone, based in the town where he was mayor for two years in the 1980s, that he had decided his speech to the convention would be done off the cuff: “They vett most of the people, but I told them, ‘You can’t do that with me, because I don’t know what I’m going to say.’”

Indeed, despite his long experience as a screen actor, Eastwood admits that he doesn’t really know how to give speeches. “It was supposed to be a contrast with all the scripted speeches, because I’m Joe Citizen,” Eastwood said. “I’m a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there.”

After a week of trying to figure out what his address would be about, Eastwood had only figured out by Thursday morning, the day of the speech, what the issue outline of the speech would be. It was then right before his appearance, when he was backstage and about to go on, that the inspiration hit.

“There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down,” Eastwood said. “When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody.”

As he wrapped up his remarks, he was aware his presentation was “very unorthodox,” but that was his intent from the beginning, even if some people weren’t on board.

“They’ve got this crazy actor who’s 82 years old up there in a suit,” he said. “I was a mayor, and they’re probably thinking I know how to give a speech, but even when I was mayor I never gave speeches. I gave talks.”

Top Ten Clint Eastwood Empty-Chair Falsehoods


It’s a slow news day, so when I ran across this article by the much respected Juan Cole…it was a no-brainer.  I had to share it.

Juan Cole – Informed Comment

You can’t see me, but I’m talking to Clint Eastwood sitting spectrally in an empty chair, and I am replying to his confused rant.

1. Mr. Eastwood, you called the failure to close the Guantanamo Bay penitentiary a broken promise. President Obama was prevented from closing Guantanamo by the Republicans in Congress, which refused to allocate the funds necessary to end it. Do you remember this this Washington Post headline, “House acts to block closing of Guantanamo”?

2. Mr. Eastwood you called “stupid” the idea of trying terrorists who attacked New York in a civilian courtroom in New York. But what would have better vindicated the strengths of America’s rule of law, the thing about the US most admired abroad? Mr. Eastwood, perhaps you spent so many years playing vigilantes who just blew people away (people who in the real world we would have needed to try to establish their guilt or innocence) that you want to run our judicial system as a kangaroo court.

3. You complained that there are 23 million unemployed Americans. Actually there are 12.8 million unemployed Americans. But there are no measures by which W. created more jobs per month on average during his presidency than has Obama, and there is good reason to blame current massive unemployment on Bush’s policies of deregulating banks and other financial institutions, which caused the crash of 2008.

4. You criticized President Obama for giving a target date for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan of 2014, and alleged that Romney said, “Why don’t you just bring them home tomorrow morning?” But George W. Bush set a target date of 31 December, 2011, for withdrawal from Iraq, and did so in negotiation with the Iraqi parliament. Was that also a bad idea? Have you considered that NATO allies and the government of President Hamid Karzai may have demanded an announced withdrawal date as a prerequisite of continued cooperation with the US there? And, just for your information, Gov. Romney hasn’t called for US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan immediately.

5. Mr. Eastwood, you made fun of Joe Biden as the ‘intellect of the Democratic Party.’ Vice President Biden was chair or ranking minority member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for decades, helped to save the Bosnian Muslims from genocide, and passed the Violence against Women Act. I haven’t always agreed with him myself, but he has been among our more thoughtful contributors to American foreign policy. You, on the other hand, like to pretend to shoot down large numbers of people over the course of a violent two-hour fantasy.

6. You criticized President Obama for ‘talking about student loans.’ The Republican Party, especially Paul Ryan, wants to take away the government-backed loans on which millions of students depend, at a time when student indebtedness is at an all-time high. Just because some people are way overpaid for play-acting doesn’t mean that ordinary people don’t need student loans to get the credentials that allow them to make a better life for themselves.

7. Mr. Eastwood, you criticized President Obama for saying he is an ‘ecological man’ but flying in Air Force One. Under President Obama, non-hydro forms ofgreen energy in the United States have doubled from 3 percent of electricity production to 6 percent. Obama’s tax credits have been a big reason why. In contrast, Mr. Romney wants to get rid of credits for wind energy, which will hurt the Iowa economy, e.g., and is in the back pocket of Big Oil, so that he will stand in the way of green energy. I think doubling renewables rather offsets an occasional jet ride. And, it is Obama’s policies that will get us to the solar-driven airplane, not Romney’s.

8. You made fun of Obama because he has a law degree from Harvard. I just want you to sit in your empty chair for a while, and think about that.

9. You called Mr. Romney a ‘stellar businessman,’ but his business appears to have been to send American jobs to China.

10. I don’t know who suggested to you that you address us at the end and say, “Make my day,” with the implication that we should vote Romney-Ryan. But what I remember is, that phrase is a threat you are going to do bad things to us.


Politico’s Week in one liners: Ryan, Obama, Romney


Paul Ryan, Barack Obama and Ann Romney are pictured. | AP Photos


The top quotes in politics …

“Good evening everyone, and welcome to Barack Obama’s retirement party!” — Former Gov.Tim Pawlenty knocking the president at the RNC.

“It should be a pretty entertaining show.” — President Barack Obama commenting on the convention.

“Save a little for Mitt.” Actor Clint Eastwood hushing an excited crowd at the RNC.

“He’s a unique guy, and he did a unique thing last night.” — Ann Romney when asked about Eastwood’speech.

“My playlist starts with AC/DC and ends with Zeppelin.” — Rep. Paul Ryan on Romney’s poor taste in music.

“Ryan is the devil in disguise.” — “View” co-host Joy Behar ripping the GOP vice presidential candidate.

“If everyone had competed fairly and honestly, I’d probably be the nominee.” — Herman Cainlamenting his failed White House bid.

“Put me down as undecided.” Rep. Ron Paul discussing his vote in November.


Why Won’t The GOP Honor An American Victory?

E.J. Dionne, Jr. – Washington Post

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Clint, Rick and the limits of pessimism

What do Rick Santorum and Clint Eastwood have in common?

Sorry, Rick, you haven’t made it yet as an Eastwood-style make-my-day cultural icon. But in different ways, Santorum and Eastwood have demonstrated the limits of both an entirely negative slant on politics and a pessimistic take on America’s future.

Santorum’s Tuesday sweep of Republican presidential contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado was a sharp rebuke to Mitt Romney, the on-again, off-again “inevitable” GOP nominee, who has built his campaign almost entirely on attacks. His primary target has been President Obama, but Romney has also been relentless in his assaults on former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who admittedly gives him a lot of material to work with.

What Romney has failed to do is give voters strong reasons to be for him. He’s missing what Richard Nixon (yes, that Nixon) called “the lift of a driving dream.” Signs of economic improvement are making Romney’s critiques of the Obama economy more problematic by the week. In the meantime, Santorum keeps getting more appealing simply by staying out of the Romney-Gingrich slugfest.

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As for Eastwood, his Super Bowl ad for Chrysler led many conservatives to reveal themselves as whiny complainers incapable of celebrating the achievements of American enterprise and public policy. To paraphrase the lateJeane Kirkpatrick’s effective 1984 jab at Democrats, Republicans always blame American government first. If government (and, God forbid, Obama) had anything to do with the revival of the U.S. auto industry, let’s not dare be happy about its comeback.

Never mind that Eastwood was right to offer his lovely tribute to American resilience. “It seems that we’ve lost our heart at times,” Eastwood said. “The fog of division, discord and blame made it hard to see what lies ahead. But after those trials, we all rallied around what was right and acted as one. Because that’s what we do. We find a way through tough times, and if we can’t find a way, then we’ll make one.”

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The 6 best Super Bowl commercials: A video roundup

Did your friends talk over all the good commercials during Sunday’s big game? Catch up on the top ads that have fans and critics buzzing…

The Week

At $3.5 million per 30-second pop, Super Bowl ads have to be pretty memorable to make it worth advertisers’ while. About half of this year’s advertisers decided novelty wasn’t as important as early buzz, releasing talked-about spots featuring everyone from Ferris Bueller to Jerry Seinfeld to Darth Vader. But other companies waited until the big game for the “big reveal,” to varying degrees of success. Here, six of the commercials that broke through all the dogs, talking babies, and half-naked celebrities to win the hearts, or at least admiration, of critics:

1. Chrysler and Clint Eastwood’s “Halftime in America”

Following up on its Eminem-promotes-Detroit ad in last year’s Super Bowl, Chrysler enlisted Clint Eastwood for this year’s “Imported from Detroit” halftime commercial. Neither Detroit nor America can be “knocked out with one punch,” Eastwood growls. “We’ll get back up again and when we do, the world’s gonna hear the roar of our engines. Yeah, it’s halftime, America. And our second half’s about to begin.” Eastwood’s “stirring pep talk” simply “made us want to pump our fists… and buy a Dodge,” says Chuck Barney in the San Jose Mercury News. “When Clint Eastwood speaks, people listen.” A dozen ads went for “the lump in the throat” this year, but only Eastwood delivered, says David Hinckley in the New York Daily News. Judge for yourself:


2. Chevy’s apocalypse–surviving Silverado

Chevrolet takes the prize for the “only world-ends-in-2012-themed ad of the night,” showing its Silverado trucks surviving the Mayan apocalypse while lesser trucks get crushed, says Seth Stevenson at Slate. And there’s a “nice touch with the raining frogs at the end.” Aside from the “if you do not own a Chevy Silverado, you will die” message, says Jon Bois at SB Nation, this was “one of the better Super Bowl ads of the year,” with its “simple gag and top-notch production value.” Check it out:


3. Samsung’s mockery of Apple fans

For its Super Bowl ad debut, Samsung took its teasing of Apple fanboys (and girls) to a new level. In the 90-second spot, a massive crowd of “the Apple faithful lose the faith” after one look at the Galaxy Note smartphone — a device over which they immediately (and musically) go gaga, says Chris Matyszczyk at CNET News. The best part, says Kelly West at Television Blend, is at the end, when after a joyous musical interlude by The Darkness, only “one man is left standing (or sitting), unimpressed.” Watch:


4. An explosive Avengers trailer

“You can’t have Super Bowl commercials without including a few trailers for the biggest, loudest, explosion-est movies of the upcoming year,” says Sean Keeley at SB Nation. And I’m “pretty sure The Avengers qualifies in all three of those categories.” Plus, the black-cat-suited Scarlett Johansson, who plays Black Widow in this star-studded superhero ensemble blockbuster, will certainly draw more than the usual comic book nerds, says Mof Gimmers at Heckler Spray. Otherwise, if the trailer is anything to go by, “The Avengers film is going to be pleasingly dumb.” Judge for yourself:


5. Skechers’ moonwalking dog

“Canines were everywhere” in this year’s Super Bowl ads, “but none of them shined as brightly as Mr. Quiggly did for Skechers footwear,” says Barney in the San Jose Mercury News. Quiggly, an “adorably cocky little French bulldog,” uses his sneakers to beat greyhounds in a dog race, “but the pièce de résistance was his moonwalk across the finish line. It had us howling in delight.” Watch Mr. Quiggly run:


6. Budweiser’s Canada-only “flash fans” ad

“Budweiser is responsible for the greatest commercial of the 2012 Super Bowl,” but it certainly isn’t any of the clunkers it aired in the U.S., says SB Nation‘s Jon Bois. In a two-minute spot that only aired in Canada, recreational hockey teams in Ontario are surprised by a flash mob of fans, and “the players are so damned happy about it.” It’s not jokey or ironic — just a case of doing something really nice. “I have to call this commercial the best of the year.” Bud erred in only running this in Canada, saysTelevision Blend‘s West. “I can’t seem to get through it without tearing up.” Check it out:

Rachel Maddow Blog: Clint Eastwood wins the Super Bowl

The Rachel Maddow Blog  says that Clint Eastwood won the Super Bowl!  The way people are talking about it (she has more than 90 comments on this title alone) she may be right.

It’s interesting that Clint Eastwood, a Republican who supported John McCain in 2008 and most recently, Herman Cain touts the regrowth of Detroit and the auto industry’s comeback.  I was under the impression that one of the biggest faux pas ever committed by a Republican is to tout any Obama successes.

Granted, Eastwood never mentions Obama in the commercial because it is really a centric commercial, however, most folks know that the GOP was adamantly against a bail out for the auto industry from the time The President proposed it.  So it only stands to reason that some GOPers will not be too happy with Eastwood’s Chrysler commercial.

In the following  Reganesque titled Super Bowl commercial: It’s Half-time in America,  Eastwood and Chrysler appear to have a hit Super Bowl commercial on their hands…