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Now, a seemingly peculiar ad buy is making some Obama critics ask if the administration isn’t already conducting a stealth bailout of the publishing industry via advertising purchased by companies that have received TARP funds: General Motors has purchased a six-page ad insert in Wired magazine. Although GM has advertised in Wired and other Condé Nast publications before, the size and placement of the ad is unprecedented and a bit perplexing. Wired has had declining circulation for a while, and while GM would like to rid Buick of the stigma of being a car for old people, Wired’s readers don’t seem to be GM’s target market either. Certainly none of the other major automakers have had expensive inserts in Wired.
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It’s not that Wired couldn’t use the business. Condé Nast still publishes 26 magazine titles, but the company is struggling. Since 2007 they’ve folded eight magazines including well-known titles like House and Garden and Gourmet. There have been layoffs at almost all of Condé Nast’s magazines, with the layoffs at Wired receiving particular media attention. The number of ad pages has gone down, as have the circulation figures. Magazines exist by selling ads or selling magazines. Some can survive a lack of subscription revenue if the ad sales are strong and vice versa, but you can’t succeed if you have neither readers nor advertisers.
Like much of the publishing industry and legacy media, Condé Nast has seen better days, and also like much of the publishing industry, Condé Nast magazines have been cheerleaders for Barack Obama’s candidacy and administration. Vanity Fair has perhaps been the most prominent, but Michelle Obama has been featured on the cover of Vogue and during the campaign, The New Yorker mocked conservatives’ criticism of Mr. Obama’s radical friends with a cover featuring a cartoon of the Obama’s as Muslim-Marxist revolutionaries.
We know from the automotive bankruptcies that the administration, in fact, does have some concerns about how TARP recipients spend money on advertising. Robert Farago, founder and former editor of The Truth About Cars, predicted that GM’s financial situation was untenable and that the automaker would eventually be forced into bankruptcy. Though a fierce gadfly of GM, Farago has criticized the Presidential Task Force on Automobiles for “micro managing” GM’s ad budget. So it’s certainly possible that GM may be getting some level of direction about their ad buys from the Obama administration.
The problem, though, is that even if the administration were using GM to funnel money to friends in the publishing business, it would be impossible to prove. GM isn’t going to tell. I contacted Chris Barger, who handles GM’s relations with car bloggers and other online news sites with some questions about the Wired insert, but he had no comment.
A suspicious mind might wonder about that, since automakers usually don’t mind free publicity about their ad campaigns. Condé Nast isn’t going to tell either.
It may, of course, turn out to have nothing to do with politics.
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There needs to be a housecleaning at the very troubled Justice Department, and the top echelons of the Civil Rights Division is the right place to start. Its division chief - a presidential appointee - and its highly politicized senior career employees promote liberal ideology more than they enforce the law.(from washingtontimes.com)
The latest imbroglio concerns two of the division's top career lawyers, the ones whom the Obama team chose to run the division until controversial nominees Thomas Perrelli and Thomas Perez could be confirmed. The two officials, Loretta King and Steven H. Rosenbaum, were heavily involved (along with Mr. Perrelli) in dropping an already-won voter-intimidation case against several members of the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia, and both were responsible for other, questionable race-based decisions. On Dec. 30, a federal district court in Kansas sanctioned them for misconduct.
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The misconduct involved a failure to be "fully responsive" to earlier court filings. Significantly, the judge - himself a liberal who formerly served as counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union - held the Justice Department attorneys personally and "solely responsible for paying the monetary sanctions."
As the Heritage Foundation's Hans von Spakovsky pointed out in December, this is at least the second such sanction earned by Ms. King. In a 1994 case in Georgia, he wrote, "The American taxpayer was forced to pay $587,000 in attorneys' fees and costs that were awarded to the defendants to compensate them for an unwarranted lawsuit, one in which King and the other Justice Department lawyers 'commanded' the state of Georgia, as the Supreme Court noted, to engage in 'presumptively unconstitutional race-based districting.' " Federal courts found the conduct of Ms. King's team "disturbing," an "embarrassment," and "surprising[ly] ... blind to [its own] impropriety."
This is the same Loretta King who made the decision to disallow a nonpartisan form of local elections that voters themselves had chosen - effectively telling black citizens of Kinston, N.C., that they are too stupid to choose their own elected officials unless the candidates are identified by party label. And it is the same Steve Rosenbaum who argued that firefighters in New Haven, Conn., could be denied promotions just because they were white, and who took what a federal appeals court called an "untenable" position in intervening in a 1995 case on behalf of the now-infamous ACORN community-agitating organization.
Rep. Frank Wolf, the Northern Virginia Republican who has energetically questioned the Justice Department about the Black Panther case, responded to the report of the newest sanctions against department lawyers. "This revelation," he said, "further calls into question the judgment of those responsible for the inexplicable dismissal of U.S. vs. New Black Panther Party. The pattern of withholding information is troubling - especially in light of the office's refusal to cooperate with congressional inquiries and subpoenas from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights."
Indications are that these scandals will continue to grow. The only way for the Justice Department to stop the bleeding is for Obama officials to admit fault, reconsider its Black Panther decision and find officials who will enforce all civil rights laws without favoritism for one race over any other.
As I said, the pieces are starting to come together and the dots are being connected. We have to look not only at who Obama is taking advice from, but also who is benefiting from his policies.
So far, I have only mentioned the international components of the cabal of which Obama is just one part. I should also include the domestic components such as: SEIU, ACLU, the Soros funded Apollo Foundation, the UAW and AFL-CIO, ACORN, AIG, Bear Sterns, etc. They are all part of the global socialist cabal and led by liberal Democrats.
Understand - Obama is not the leader or the head of the cabal. He too is simply one component, but a very important component in his present position. Obama knows the objectives of the cabal, he needs his advisors only to advise him on how best to achieve them.
He doesn't know squat about running this country, he knows only that he wants a global socialist world under one government. He shares that objective with those mentioned above in a "group think" kind of mentality. Kind of like a flock of birds, or an ant colony.
Although Obama was not brought into the Skull & Bones Society at Harvard University, he has connections to the group as well as close connections to the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign relations through his wife, Michelle, and close associates.
These groups are all global socialist organizations. I suspect they may have been involved in his grooming, especially in his adult years, but he was not inducted into Skull & Bones, I suspect, because his academic grades were not high enough. However, he came in contact with these people during his far left college years.
Obama is not the leader of the cabal because there is no one leader. That is the point I am making. It is a socialist cable of all that I have mentioned. I used the example of al Qaeda because Osama bin Laden, although the leader of his al Qaeda organization, is not the leader of all of the radical Islamist groups around the world. They just share the same radical Islamic beliefs and commit terrorism to promote the cause - not because they were ordered to, or directed by bin Laden.
They share a common philosophy, just as Obama does with the global socialist organizations and people. Obama is currently one component but will never rise to a more powerful position in the cabal once he is out of office. He is being used like a puppet to promote their goals.
99% of what Obama says publicly is scripted by his staff and speech writers. You don't think he actually writes his own speeches do you? That is why he is so dependent on the teleprompter. He depends on others to put words in his mouth. In his own words, he is a "blank canvas" for other to project their thoughts onto. Or to put it another way, an empty suit.
This is a result of the man having no core principles compatible with the American people. Were he to express his own views - as he did to Joe the Plumber - he would be rejected by the vast majority of the American people.
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A bad economy is a tremendous learning opportunity for understanding how wrong Democrat-liberal economic theory is. Unfortunately, the economy is being destroyed. We should never let Democrats near it. Democrats have controlled Washington since 2006, so blaming others is asinine Democrat finger-pointing. Never forget the easy money, subprime-mortgage disaster, engineered by Democrats through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They drove us off the cliff.(from battlecreekenquirer.com)
Obama's stimulus is a staggering budget-busting nightmare. Trillions borrowed from China, nothing's stimulated except carpet-bombing money onto friends of Obama, government agencies, corporate donors and ACORN. Obamacare represents classic Democrat bribery, power grabbing, empty promises.
Obama loves to run his mouth, sowing confusion, spending lots of time attacking the fat-cat rich. Obama's class warfare, politics of hate, is played for dummies. Brainwashing, crafted over decades, says Republicans are the party of the rich. In the actual world most genuine rich are Obama supporters. Democrats' natural-born ability to lie and backstab, especially to one another, cannot be underestimated.
Rick Wertz, Nashville, MI