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Tonight (May 21, 2008) Growth & Justice, an economic think tank, will hand out the awards for the worst political advertising in America. We’ll bring you the winners of the non-partisan lampooning after they’re announced. The UpTake’s Mike McIntee gets a preview of some of the videos that are in the running from Growth & Justice President Dane Smith.
In our video preview we see examples of bad ads from the following categories:
Guilt By Association
We also talk about ways to improve political advertising and how new media such as The UpTake may play a role in that.
There are many other categories and videos that will be seen tonight at the Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN and start at 8pm. The headliner of the event is veteran journalist Aaron Brown, formerly of CNN and currently the Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism at Arizona State University.
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Congressional candidate and Bronze Star winner Steve Sarvi picked up the endorsement of Minnesota’s Democratic party on Saturday. He will face incumbent Republican Congressman John Kline in the November election. Sarvi was an Army Sergeant serving in Iraq up until last year. Kline is a retired Marine Colonel. Kline has often used his military background as a shield in his past campaigns –accusing his opponents of disrespecting the uniform when they criticize him.
Kline is also known for launching well-funded attacks on his opponents, falsely inferring that they support legalizing meth, wanting to give social security dollars to illegal immigrants, and wanting to reinstate the draft.
It will be interesting this year to see how Kline attacks Sarvi without appearing to be attacking the military.
Sarvi’s military stories highlighted how ill equipped US troops were when they went into battle. “Let me tell you about the first humvee I got into in Iraq. I slammed the door and the window fell out of that truck. That’s the war we went to.”
Sarvi said Kline refuses to meet with constituents and “look them eye to eye”… a reference to Kline’s refusal to honor a promise to hold frequent face-to-face meetings with constituents after he was petitioned into holding one a year ago.
Instead, Kline has opted to hold “tele town hall meetings” where random constituents are called with no notice and asked to listen to Kline speak on the phone. No public records of the “tele town hall meetings” have been released and the media has not been allowed to monitor them, which has led to speculation that the questions are scripted or only hand picked questions are allowed.
Sarvi criticized Kline for taking large campaign donations from oil companies and then voting to give them subsidies while they are making world-record profits.
“This is not about gas taxes, this is about big oil profits. And John Kline has done everything in his power to protect those. In fact, when you get to go to the gas station next time take a look at that gas pump and you’re paying almost $4 a gallon…you’ll see the face of John Kline on that gas pump.
“He’s taken over a $110,000 from big oil and he rewards them with his votes and I think that’s wrong”.
Sarvi was energized after getting the unanimous endorsement from the DFL. The only other candidate, Peter Idusogie, dropped out of the race before the results of the first ballot were announced. Sarvi said he was going to celebrate, and then prepare for a battle with Kline.
“We are going to hit this trail hard. And you’re going to see what a Sergeant can do against a Colonel”.
Watch www.theuptake**** on Tuesday July 7th at 12:15pm ET/ 11:15pm CT as Al Franken is sworn in as the US Senator from Minnesota.By Noah Kunin, Senior Political Correspondent 7/6/09 Washington, DC Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator-elect Al Franken made statements to the press before entering a close door meeting. Vice President Joe Biden will swear Franken in as Senator on Tuesday on the Senate floor. Live coverage will begin at 1200pm ET / 1100am CT. Reid urged Republicans to join the Democratic majority in passing upcoming legislation with bipartisan support.
Senator-Elect Al Franken thanks The UpTake for its coverage of the recount and election trial. Franken talks about how his campaign staff insisted that he take a vacation the first week of the trial and how he spent his vacation watching The UpTake.Franken talks about health care, the late Senator Paul Wellstone and the logistics for his swearing in next week.Franken has two words of advice for any DFL candidate who may possibly end up running against Norm Coleman for Governor: "call me."
more at *******www.theuptake****President Obama announced that on Tuesday (June 30, 2009) US Troops turned over all of Iraq's towns and cities to the Iraqi government and security forces. Transcript: I want to say a few words about an important milestone that we've reached in Iraq. Today, American troops have transferred control of all Iraqi cities and towns to Iraq's government and security forces. (Applause.) This transition was agreed to last year as part of our Status of Forces Agreement with the sovereign Iraqi government. It's a part of our strategy to responsibly end the war by removing all American combat brigades from Iraq by next September, and all of our troops from Iraq by the end of 2011. So the Iraqi people are rightly treating this day as a cause for celebration. This is an important step forward, as a sovereign and united Iraq continues to take control of its own destiny. And with this progress comes responsibility. Iraq's future is in the hands of its own people. And Iraq's leaders must now make some hard choices necessary to resolve key political questions, to advance opportunity, and to provide security for their towns and their cities. In this effort, America will be a strong partner to the Iraqi people on behalf of their security and prosperity. Make no mistake: There will be difficult days ahead. We know that the violence in Iraq will continue -- we see that already in the senseless bombing in Kirkuk earlier today. And there are those who will test Iraq's security forces, and the resolve of the Iraqi people, through more sectarian bombings and the murder of innocent civilians. But I'm confident that those forces will fail. The future belongs to those who build, not those who destroy. And today's transition is further proof that those who have tried to pull Iraq into the abyss of disunion and civil war are on the wrong side of history. Finally, the very fact that Iraqis are celebrating this day is a testament to the courage, the capability, and commitment of every single American who has served in Iraq. (Applause.) That's worth applause. Through tour after tour of duty, our troops have overcome every obstacle to extend this precious opportunity to the Iraqi people. These women and men are not always in the headlines, but they're in our hearts and prayers, and we will forever honor their selfless service and sacrifice, as well as the service and sacrifice of their families. There is more work to be done, but we've made important progress in supporting a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq. And everyone who has served there, both in uniform as well as our civilians, deserves our thanks.
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Like a lot of Minnesotans, Representative Jim Oberstar can’t understand why there isn’t going to be a public NTSB hearing on the collapse of the 35W bridge. Just like confidence in the Minnesota Department of Transportation has been spiraling down since the August disaster, confidence in the NTSB has been declining as rumors and conspiracy theories multiply. Simply put, if there isn’t a transparent public hearing, the public is not going to believe the report on the cause of the collapse.
Earlier this year the NTSB voted 3 to 2 not to hold a hearing based on staff recommendations that a hearing would delay the report.
Rep. Oberstar, who chairs the House committee that recommends funds for the National Transportation Safety Board, was angry over the decision for several reasons. Originally the NTSB told him it was an unanimous decision. Also, NTSB Chair Mark Rosenker erroneously told reporters that a design flaw was the cause of the collapse, a statement that Rosenker later retracted. Those actions plus Rosenker’s long history as a Republican campaign organizer dating back to the Nixon administration has Oberstar suspecting that politics, not policy is driving the decision to avoid a public hearing. Oberstar told Rosenker that he values accuracy and transparency over a speedy report.
Rosenker agreed with Oberstar that public hearings can be a both a teaching moment and a learning moment for the board, but did not commit to a public hearing. Instead he promised “an excellent sunshine presentation where this will get a public airing like nothing we have done before” when the investigation and report is complete. Rosenker said the investigation would be complete before the end of the year. Oberstar responded that Rosenker had just made the best argument for an open public hearing.
“How Conspiracy Theories Get Born”
Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon quizzed Rosenker on why the staff memo recommending no public hearing was a confidential document. Rosenker replied that sometimes it contains information that “is sensitive”.
DeFazio then tore into Rosenker. “This is how conspiracy theories get born. It’s like your staff secretly makes a recommendation. You have a split vote, three to two. You decide not to hold a public hearing. I understand what you say, the end point disclosure is going to be. But that’s going to be the point at which you’ve made conclusions.
“I also understand that a fair amount of work goes into holding a hearing, but I don’t see why it would cause four months delay in the process unless you’re saying that something might come up at the hearing that would trigger further investigation or a different direction in that investigation”.
Rosenker said he was going on historical data that shows a public hearing adds “two to four months” to an investigation.
Rep. DeFazio said he didn’t find the two to four month delay “credible”. Rep. Oberstar echoed that opinion.
“Last year our committee, our various subcommittees held 17 hearings. We heard from 710 witnesses. 394 hours of hearings. If your board staff can’t conduct a hearing on one issue, then they need to come and take lessons from ours.”
More at *******www.theuptake**** One of the undisputed stars of the Minnesota Republican Party was, and will remain to be, Michele Bachmann. Her penchant for outrageous comments coupled with a hard-right bent has earned her intense scrutiny from the media and strong support from Republican activists.
With the results of her race against DFL and Independent endorsed candidate Elwyn Tinklenberg still in doubt Bachmann entered the ballroom floor relatively early in the evening to talk with a select few members of the media.
Bachmann stopped to talk with former Minnesota Sen. Rudy Boschwitz and conservative talk show host Jason Lewis.
Lewis appeared to suggest that if Bachmann had tied her controversial comments about Barack Obama and some of her congressional coleagues holding "anti-American" views to the KKK and individuals such as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney then more of the public would have understood.
Sometime after midnight, Tinklenberg conceded and Bachmann delivered her acceptance speech to roaring approval. Minnesota GOP Chair Ron Carey was particularly fired up for the occasion. Many late polls had Bachmann trailing Tinklenberg.
More at www.theuptake**** Video-Chuck Olsen, Text-Noah Kunin -- Quick recap: lots of talking about previous positions by each campaign, when those positions were taken, when they were reversed. Not a lot of discussion on who actually got the most votes. In fact, the scope of this election contest actually SHRANK. Upon questioning from Joe Friedburg, Deputy Secretary of State Jim Gelbmann discussed the chain of custody regarding 171 ballots unscanned ballots in a voting machine during the recount. Satisfied with Mr. Gelbmann's explanation, Friedburg dropped that complaint from the Coleman election contest. While yesterday was dominated by testimony from Mr. Gelbmann, today the Coleman legal team mixed it up a little with testimony from two additional voters whose absentee ballots Coleman claims were improperly rejected. Overall, Coleman's argument is that a lack of adherence to statute or rule requirements should not mean those votes are rejected as long as they are registered voters in MN.
Opponents of Governor Pawlenty's veto of health care for the poorest Minnesotans are asking the Governor's neighbors to call him and ask him to change his mind. Literature from the DFL organized group says the Governor's "pledge to far right-wing Washington politicians is hurting Minnesota's economy - and Minnesota's families.
more at *******www.theuptake**** Representative Mark Buesgens (R- Mankato, MN) probably meant something different, but he states not once, but twice that keeping the speed limit at 45 mph along 35E south of downtown St. Paul will "turn lawbreakers into good people." The author of the proposal, Representative Pat Garafalo (R-Apple Valley) steps in to clarify that it's really the other way around. Either way, the speed limit on 35E stays the same as the proposal is defeated 62 to 72, sparing the State of Minnesota a potentially very expensive lawsuit so Representative Garafalo can shave a few seconds off his commute from Apple Valley to the Capitol.
More at *******www.theuptake****. Watch out Conan O'Brien, David Letterman and other late night comedians. The Minnesota House of Representatives is trying to provide you competition. At 11:30 last night when most Minnesotans have turned off the TV and gone to bed, the House put on its own version of stand-up comedy.
It all began with a proposal to not pay lawmakers expenses (per diem) during any special session. The idea being that would be an incentive to finish all the work during the regular session which is scheduled to finish next month.
Instead of voting down the proposal, Rep Rod Hamilton (R) Mountain Lake moved to amend it to require Twin Cities metro areas legislators to provide housing, food, laundry and entertainment for non-metro area legislators.
The amendment touched off a round of comedy and eventually led to original proposal being withdrawn. In other words, the proposal to eliminate special session per diem pay made by Rep. Joyce Peppin (R) of Rogers was literally laughed off the House floor.
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Minnesota House Minority Leader Marty Seifert upset that Republican tax plans are not being voted on in the Minnesota House tries to scare Freshman DFL members with a well-rehearsed story from a Star Trek episode. We're not positive which episode the speaker was referring to, but it sounds like one of a dozen on the show. But please don't call Representative Seifert a "Trekkie". If he was he would have quoted the episode's name, original air date and the name of the actor who played bit part of the crew member.
This is from debate on Thursday April 23, 2009 about 8:45pm CT
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It's the longest election in Minnesota's history, and it's still not over. But a ruling from Minnesota's election contest court may have signaled the beginning of the end of Minnesota's US Senate race. Former Senator Norm Coleman's chances of winning the election were severely dimmed when the court ruled that only 400 additional ballots will be counted. Democrat Al Franken leads Coleman by 225 votes.
The election contest has been a soap opera, drawing thousands of viewers from all over the country every day. In the above video, The UpTake's Mike McIntee takes us through the major plot lines and moments of the trial, which has been educational as well as entertaining.
more at *******www.theuptake**** Even immediate family members often describe the SCHIZOID as “disconnected”, "robots", or "machines". But the schizoid is not depressed, merely indifferent. As such, borderline schizoid personalities thrive in a culture that celebrates the self above the group, is charged with masochism, and thrive in what Eisenhower called the “military-industrial-academic complex.” Reference- “America is in Need of a Moral Bailout”- *******www.truthdig****/report/item/20090323_america_is_in_need_of_a_moral_bailout/ BIO Dennis Trainor Jr is a regular video contributor to TheUptake****. He was a writer & media consultant for Dennis Kucinich's 2008 presidential campaign & a 2007 "Best of YouTube" nominee for his work as writer/ performer on "The Hermit with Davis Fleetwood." He is currently at work on two books: "My Progressive Dilemma" (chronicling President Obama's 1st year in office) and a novel adapted from his play, "I Coulda Been a Kennedy."
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Al Franken has trouble finding the exact words describe when he will be seated as a US Senator and his current status. He is speaking to the Minnesota Young Democratic Farmer Labor group on Saturday March 28, 2009. Franken has a 225 vote lead in the MN US Senate race over former Senator Norm Coleman. A court has yet to rule on an election contest suit filed by Coleman. Testimony on that suit wrapped up two weeks ago.
We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States will emerge stronger than before.
That was the message sent by President Obama during his address to the joint session of congress on Tuesday night.
Like a doctor talking to the family of an obese patient who has just undergone quadruple bypass surgery, President Obama had to walk the tightrope of instilling a sense of urgency and a sense of optimism to the American people.
For, just like our hypothetical heart patient, America as we know must undergo a metamorphosis or all of America’s yesterdays will have “lighted fools the way to dusty death.”
Metamorphosis- change- is what we bought when we elected Obama- and the time has come- as he said- to act boldly and wisely.
Among the metaphors that Obama used to illustrate the change that lie ahead what struck me most was his mention of the town Greensburg, Kansas,
a town that was completely destroyed by a tornado, but is being rebuilt by its residents as a global example of how clean energy can power an entire community how it can bring jobs and businesses to a place where piles of bricks and rubble once lay. "The tragedy was terrible," said one of the men who helped them rebuild." But the folks here know that it also provided an incredible opportunity."
From the rubble of our economic crisis, what how do we rebuild? By stimulating lending- Obama says- giving more money to banks- but telling us it is really to benefit main street- because we must grow- Obama says. Growth is good. Bigger is better. Right. America must continue biggering and biggering. So Joe the bus driver and Jane the teacher can buy more things. Cuz we need things. What is the real cost of our addiction to more things? Consider our foreign policy….
From the rubble of our health care crisis, how do we rebuild? By enacting reform that will give more public dollars to health care and insurance companies and moving towards the day when all citizens are required to purchase healthcare?
Do we get rid of insurance companies- except for those select few rich who choose to purchase supplemental insurance- and join the rest of the industrialized world and give public dollars to free health care for all?
From the rubble of our criminally insane and murderous foreign policy, how do we rebuild? Do we pay reparations to the Iraqi people, acknowledge in any way that this unnecessary and immoral war has cost the lives of somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 million innocent civilians not to mention gutted the infrastructure of a country that posed no threat to its neighbors or to America?
Or do we, in the face of international scorn say boldly- as President Obama did- because living our values doesn’t make us weaker, it makes us safer and it makes us stronger-
And continue a foreign policy of pre-emption and preventative war in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan?
America is not yet like the town of Greensburg, Kansas, the town that was completely destroyed by a tornado.
But that tornado is coming.
And President Obama may be bold- by the perverse standards that exist inside the beltway- but like our doctor talking to the family of an obese patient who has just undergone quadruple bypass surgery he must be aware that underneath his hubris, that the bedside manner he displayed in his address to congress on Tuesday night was full of sound and fury, yet signified nothing.
Dennis Trainor, Jr is a regular video contributor to TheUptake****. He was a writer & media consultant for Dennis Kucinich's 2008 presidential campaign & a 2007 "Best of YouTube" nominee for his work as writer/ performer on "The Hermit with Davis Fleetwood." He is currently at work on two books: "My Progressive Dilemma" (chronicling President Obama's 1st year in office) and a novel adapted from his play, "I Coulda Been a Kennedy." Contact: dennistrainorjr (at) gmail (dot) com
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About this video:
Last week I brought to your attention the far flung theory of Russian academic Igor Panarin, who foresees civil war in the United States arising from the current economic crisis *******www.youtube****/watch?v=e_wzMDQgpHw
With Obama's new Director of Intel Dennis Blair telling congress that the number one security peril facing the United States is global economic turmoil, has the Intel community agree with Panarin?
Furthermore, is the Obama strategy of inviting comparison between himself and Lincoln an example in "be careful what you wish for?"
Dennis Trainor, Jr is a regular video contributor to TheUptake****. He was a writer & media consultant for Dennis Kucinich's 2008 presidential campaign & a 2007 "Best of YouTube" nominee for his work as writer/ performer on "The Hermit with Davis Fleetwood." He is currently at work on two books: "My Progressive Dilemma" (chronicling President Obama's 1st year in office) and a novel adapted from his play, "I Coulda Been a Kennedy."
Contact: dennistrainorjr (at) gmail (dot) com
more at *******www.theuptake**** Was it courtroom levity or an indication the court may rule against the Norm Coleman campaign? Coleman attorney James Langdon was explaining why the court should count certain absentee ballots when he looked at Judge Denise Reilly and said "I see you are not buying this."
Reilley laughed and replied "I thought I had a poker face."
"No I don't think so" said Langdon. "What can I tell you that will help you buy it?"
Reilley smiled and said "My concern is that the legislature passed a statute, and I took an oath to uphold the law."
Langdon then asked "And how are you not upholding the law, may I ask..."
Reilley interrupted him saying "You know typically judges ask (the) questions."