White House Punishes Pool Reporter For Posting Video Of Bradley Manning Supporters Protesting Obama

from the sad dept

This is just sad. For a president who claimed that he was going to bring a new era of transparency and openness to the White House, every day it seems like President Obama is actually closing off more avenues of communication and being less transparent than any president in history. The latest is an attempt to punish a San Francisco Chronicle reporter for daring to use a mobile phone to record some video of Bradley Manning supporters singing a song in protest when the President was visiting San Francisco. Apparently, the White House didn't like that a "pen and pad" reporter had recorded video and have said that this reporter and paper will be excluded from future events.

They won't give a clear explanation of why, but the implication is that because she went beyond "pen and pad" with the video, she violated some sort of guideline, though the SF Chronicle says no guidelines were violated:
The White House Press Correspondents' Association pool reporting guidelines warn about "no hoarding" of information and also say, "pool reports must be filed before any online story or blog." While uploading her video probably was the best way to file her report, Carla may have technically busted the letter of that law.

But the guidelines also say, "Print poolers can snap pictures or take video. They are not obliged to share these pictures...but can make them available if they so choose."
No matter what, the clear implication is that the administration doesn't like it when reporters show stuff that embarrasses them. For a "transparent" president, and one who claims to have embraced various aspects of social media (as the report notes, this protest happened hours after Obama spent some time at Facebook...), it seems incredibly hypocritical to punish a reporter for embracing new technology and new tools to report on a story.


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    Christopher Gizzi (profile), Apr 29th, 2011 @ 12:55pm

    Why does this sound familiar?

    I can't help but think this type of reaction is similar to other nations who don't respect freedom of speech or the press. Russia (Stalinist and present day) and China.

    If Obama doesn't want to be compared to "communists" why does his administration do this?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 1:33pm

    Well, I won't be voting for Obama again, and there's no way in hell I'll vote for a Republican, and all the third party candidates are borderline insane.

    Guess it's time to join the "sheep" in the non-voter pool. I'll see you all in 5 years when I'm allowed to have an opinion again.

     

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    HothMonster, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 1:40pm

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    lol you think your choices will be better in 5 years? its gonna be the same 3 choices: liar, classist, or rich crackpot

    i say go for rich crackpot, maybe he can break the country enough that we can make some changes for the better while we put it back together, Ron Paul 2012

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Apr 29th, 2011 @ 1:50pm

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    i say go for rich crackpot...

    Where is Ross Perot when we need him?

    Aside from the goofy ears, all the pie charts and him describing "large sucking sounds" on live TV, we might be better off today if he had been elected and was able to reform the Washington lobbying system.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 1:56pm

    The Chronicle's response is oddly ungrammatical. "warn about"? "may have technically busted the letter of the law"? Who's writing this?

     

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    FUDbuster (profile), Apr 29th, 2011 @ 1:56pm

    less transparent than any president in history

    Do you have any actual data about the relative transparency of the Presidents, or are you just going with a faith-based and one-sided FUD piece? I suspect it's the latter. You did say "seem" after all, so you left yourself wiggle room as is your method. Wouldn't want anyone to pin you down when you're just making shit up.

     

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    Qritiqal (profile), Apr 29th, 2011 @ 2:05pm

    Re: Why does this sound familiar?

    I tried to warn everyone during the election. Obviously not enough people listened to me.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 2:06pm

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    Man you must be desperate for a pay check, haven't seen you post in a while... and you still have not said if your paid by the word or by the idiotic comment?

    Or you just love the scum in the White House....

    Trump 2012 or Ron Paul i am good either way :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 2:06pm

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    SEEM implies opinion not fact so the sentence

    "every day it seems like President Obama is actually closing off more avenues of communication and being less transparent than any president in history"

    its pretty clearly a statement of opinion, but if you quote just parts of it you can make it appear otherwise and argue your new meaning you nitt-picky twit.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 2:08pm

    http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/special-report/transcript/transparency-and-obama-administration

    htt p://biggovernment.com/abreitbart/2011/03/22/the-white-house-guess-list-how-obama-pulled-a-fast-one-o n-the-american-people-in-the-name-of-transparency/

    There are tons of examples if you will only search for what you have italicized. Some that give examples of the extremes, some that claim the title, some even refer back to this article at TD.

    This is not the first time I have run into this phrase being used in conjunction with Obummer's name in internet news.

    You will even find some articles on where Obummer is awarded the Transparency Award but denies even the press to be present to record the event.

     

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    Atkray (profile), Apr 29th, 2011 @ 2:11pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "Where is Ross Perot when we need him?"

    As near as I can tell Donald Trump ate him and he is trying to get out.

     

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    Yeah..., Apr 29th, 2011 @ 2:12pm

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    I'm pretty sure if Mike made a post about how terrible child pornography is you'd disagree with him. Only because he said it, not because you actually believe it of course... right?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 2:14pm

    Chronicle responds after Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia, then claims they didn't

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/bronstein/detail?entry_id=87978

    Sounds particularly damning doesn't it?

     

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    letherial (profile), Apr 29th, 2011 @ 2:17pm

    Re: Re: Why does this sound familiar?

    and you seriously think that mcain would of been different? he would of been worse. Now i would love the ability to vote for a real 'change' president, but there is not one; there is bad, or crazy

     

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    letherial (profile), Apr 29th, 2011 @ 2:22pm

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    vote for Ron Paul, while i disagree with him in to many issues to vote, id rather see him as a candidate then trump

    seriously, trump? you know the guy is full of nothing but BS hateful rhetoric, he makes Palin look good.

    Ron Paul is a good guy, means well, trump is a egotistical dumb-ass, dont put the two in the same sentence.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Apr 29th, 2011 @ 2:31pm

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    So... your solution is to put your head in the sand and pretend it'll go away?

    If you're active in politics, you can get people interested in what you consider to be a sane viable choice and maybe help convince an as-yet unannounced 3rd party to run. If you don't vote and hope it goes away, one of those people you refuse to vote for will become president and it'll take longer for your preferred people to get anywhere.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 2:51pm

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    Thats it, someone start a kickstarter fund

    Im voting for the No Stupids party

    Presidential Candidate- Capitalist Lion Tamer
    VP - Dark Helmet

    worse case scenario why can laugh our way to the collapse of the US

     

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    PRMan, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 2:55pm

    Re: Re:

    The worst problem in America is that it is ruled by corporations and you would be OK with Trump?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 3:25pm

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    Bullshit. DH should be the Emperor...er...President. CLT can be the Secretary of Kicking Out Morons.

     

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    CrushU, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 3:32pm

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    You think it would be different if someone else was president?

    Trump can at least run a business... He also seems to have a pretty large amount of 'take no guff'. Pro: Budget would get closer to being balanced (that's really congress's domain.) Con: We might get more laws favoring corporations. (Unlike Obama, where we definitely didn't get any new political appointments helping corporations, nor do we have any executive-branch agencies making announcements from corporate headquarters.)

    Me, I'm pulling for Chthulhu. Why vote for a lesser evil?

     

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    mojo, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 3:40pm

    "i say go for rich crackpot, maybe he can break the country enough that we can make some changes for the better while we put it back together, Ron Paul 2012"

    Put it back together? I hope you and yours have enough smarts to understand that we were smashed apart while the rich (crackpots or otherwise) ran this country for eight, long, disastrous years.

    No president (I don't care how much you hate Obama) could possibly have done this much damage to our country in two years. I really hate to be so glib, but we slowly went down the tubes ever since 9-11; the bungled war in Iraq, the bank bailout which created the current financial meltdown - can anyone disagree?

    And who was in charge ALL THAT TIME?

    You can whine that Obama hasn't managed to repair eight years worth of damage as quickly as you'd like, but I'd think long and hard before putting the people who broke things in the first place back in office.

     

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    The Truth Beacon, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 3:46pm

    You're just now realizing?

    You're just now realizing that Obama is a bad person and anyone who thought of voting for him is a moron?



    This is his way, and the way of all like him. They pretend to be for free speech - as long as it favors them and their way. This crackpot and his far-left cronies such as those who rule California have been doing this for decades, and morons like the 'mojo' commenter buy into their lies and propaganda.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 3:55pm

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    It's amazing how when things go wrong and a repub is on top, it's the president's fault. Then when things go wrong and there's a repub congress, it's there fault. The worst president is one whose party has total control of government. Clinton stunk for 2 years, Bush really stunk for two years, and Obama was lousy for his first two years. And he hasn't even begun to fix things, he hasn't done anything of value. He's incompetent and in way over his head. Remember he's the president, who can get things done better. If you want to go back to previous presidents, then let's start blaming Carter. What has Obama fixed or even started to fix? He's spent like NO ONE else, he's got us in another war, he didn't get us out of the one he said, and he lied about what Obamacare would end up being.

     

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    Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), Apr 29th, 2011 @ 4:10pm

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    I voted "funny" for this twice.

     

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    Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), Apr 29th, 2011 @ 4:13pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Both of these ideas have my whole-hearted endorsement.

    If I can't be at the top, at least I'll be kicking morons. I'd probably do the second job for free.

     

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    Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), Apr 29th, 2011 @ 4:18pm

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    Sadly enough, it was the SF Gate's executive vice president and editor-at-large, Phil Bronstein.

    Not only that, but he was apparently a "Pulitzer Prize finalist" back in '86.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/bronstein/bios

     

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    Chris in Utah (profile), Apr 29th, 2011 @ 4:29pm

    Re: You're just now realizing?

    ...This crackpot and his far-left cronies such as those who rule California & Chicago ...

    fixed that for ya.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 4:42pm

    You get what you voted for, I do not understand how any of this is surprising to the people here because they all sounded so smart going into the primaries. Anyone remember warnings of Jimmy Carter's second term, fascism, marxism, exclusionary policies..he wrote about it, talked about it, taught it, surrounded himself with the people who talked about it and wrote about it. Everyone warned you guys this is what would happen, now he is doing EXACTLY as he said (never mind the 'transparency' promises) you cannot do all the things he has set out to do AND be transparent it was just a gesture to all the people who thought the previous administration who embraced the freedoms of those who disagreed with them as proof the system was good.

    Live with it. Embrace it. Vote to see even more of it the second term when he has no third term to run for. Shut up and do what 'they who are smarter than you' tell you to do already.

    Take your freedoms for granted and then watch them go up in smoke at the whim of a big company donor who promises to carry out the administration agenda in exchange for a monopoly.

    Wait until they get their hands on the internet knobs in the name of fairness- Obviously, you can trust them to do what they say after all. Maybe the problem is they just aren't quite big enough yet? We need more folks like this in charge and an even more powerful government!

     

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    angal2, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 5:20pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "Trump can at least run a business..."

    Yeah, he can run it into the ground. As he's done 4 times already: http://blogs.forbes.com/clareoconnor/2011/04/29/fourth-times-a-charm-how-donald-trump-made-bankruptc y-work-for-him/

     

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    Ed (profile), Apr 29th, 2011 @ 5:57pm

    credulity

    I was never an Obama fan, not during the primaries and not during the general election. But, I simply could not support McCain/Palin in any way, so I accepted the fact that Obama became President. His actions so far have proven my suspicions of him to be correct, he is much less than honest and far more incompetent than I imagined he would be. But, he is still the President.

    However, when I see posts that childishly mangle the President's name (Obummer? Really?) and use the overly-abused "facist" and "marxist" and "socialist" tags (incorrectly, at that), I simply can not take anything that person writes or says seriously. If you cannot discuss something in an adult manner, save the discussion for adults who can.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 6:55pm

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    "Do you have any actual data about the relative transparency of the Presidents"

    Well, he's not very transparent, so if it's true that he is in fact more transparent than his predecessors, then I think that's a pretty bad sign.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 7:37pm

    Ed, when you grow up enough to see the humor in that, maybe you will have reached adulthood. Till then keep your blinders on. You won't have such a hard time finding your way.

     

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    Elder-Geek, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 7:41pm

    Action Speak Louder Than Words

    I prefer when politicians talk about what they are going to do, instead of just doing it. Bush may have been more or less open than Clinton, but whichever it was, he did not promise one thing and to another.

    When politicians stand up and make a big deal about the type of decency that even a 5 year old knows how show. It worries me.

    Bill Clinton promised "When I get to Washington D.C. it will not be politics as usual", I knew it would be more "as usual" than ever.

    Barack Obama promised "The most transparent administration ever", so once again, I knew that would be a joke. Not because he was a Democrat. All politicians who make to big a deal about promising to be decent tend to fail at that point.

     

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    slander (profile), Apr 29th, 2011 @ 8:28pm

    Re: credulity

    I agree. I prefer the term "Obamassiah." It has a certain, ironic ring to it, no?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 29th, 2011 @ 10:47pm

    Re: Re:

    That line of thinking is idealistic at best. Point is, I want to vote for some other democrat. That isn't going to happen bar a miracle. I'm in no way pretending that the problem will go away, rather I'm recognizing that we're hosed either way, and will have no piece in this matter.

    'sides, unless you have connections or money, you can't achieve shit politically, whether it be running or just supporting someone. I have neither, so I won't even bother.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Apr 29th, 2011 @ 11:15pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    But not me, being a Yorkshireman. I'm an honorary Arkansas-ian.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 30th, 2011 @ 2:11am

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    I'm confused. I thought between our current political climate an Chthulhu, Chthulhu was the lesser of two evils.

     

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    Christopher (profile), Apr 30th, 2011 @ 2:27am

    Re: Re:

    Many people disagree on whether that is a 'terrible thing' as well as whether child molestation is a 'terrible thing' so don't bring that up.

    There is NO consensus on those things, regardless of other places trying to shut down free speech by banning people from posting who dare to buck the 'consensus' that really isn't on that issue.

     

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    Christopher (profile), Apr 30th, 2011 @ 2:30am

    Re: You're just now realizing?

    Oh, give me a break..... the Republicans and Tea Party, as well as the third parties, are 100000000 times worse on this.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 30th, 2011 @ 5:22am

    Simple solution

    Have the whole pen and paper press corps post videos of the next demonstration or link to them.

     

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    Daemon_ZOGG (profile), Apr 30th, 2011 @ 6:06am

    Obama and Transparency?

    I do not see a relationship between the two. What I do see, is a damn liar for a president. And corporate butt-kissing, sock-puppets that function as his anti-transparent administration. The Whitehouse and Congress only answer to corporate lobbyists, The Bilderbergs, and DHS Scum. };P

     

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    CrushU, Apr 30th, 2011 @ 7:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    From the article you linked:
    "His business was in the red, and so was he, to the tune of about $900 million in personal debt." and "Today, we value him at $2.7 billion, although he claims he’s worth far more."
    Yeah. We totally couldn't use someone that can change $900 million in debt to $2.7 billion surplus.

    "But to those uninitiated in bankruptcy laws, four instances of corporate bankruptcy in a row can seem staggering. “To the ordinary person in the street, it may seem surprising, but certainly not to me,” said Reed Smith partner Michael Venditto, who has represented clients in high profile Chapter 11 cases, including bankrupt airline TWA. “Chapter 11 is how you reshape and restructure a company that has problems. It doesn’t indicate anything nefarious or even bad management.”"
    ... No more needing said.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 30th, 2011 @ 8:34am

    People who generally just respond the other party would have been worse or are 1 X 10^26 worse...please supply data. I was not thrilled with the unfunded mandates of the previous administration, his patriot act, his debt, meanwhile, Mr. Obama promised to halve the deficit in his first term and make the world love us.

    The fact is there were more employed, the deficit was lower, the press had the freedom to report what a moron that guy was, there were fewer wars, and now it appears gas was cheaper.

    Under this dude's 'rule' you cannot offend- or you may find yourself locked in a closet.

     

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    Shell, Apr 30th, 2011 @ 8:59am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    At least Chthulhu is honestly evil. We know where he stands...or slithers...whatever it is he does.

     

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    Raybone (profile), Apr 30th, 2011 @ 10:08am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    No, no..people
    Chthulhu 'rises' ... ;D

     

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    The eejit (profile), Apr 30th, 2011 @ 10:54am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    PlushieThulhu And PLush-Sothoth 2012.

    I'd vote for them.

     

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    Gene Cavanaugh, Apr 30th, 2011 @ 12:37pm

    Obama and transparency

     

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    Gene Cavanaugh, Apr 30th, 2011 @ 12:40pm

    Obama and transparency

    I have gone from an avid Obama supporter to a "don't vote for that man" type over transparency.

    However, I understand that the White House apologized, and Obama said "no reporters will be excluded (as in "punished").

    Am I incorrect on this? It would be good to have the complete story, if there is one, especially from a Republican (Mike?).

     

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    ChimpBush McHitlerBurton, Apr 30th, 2011 @ 2:18pm

    Re:

    Do NOT refer to Nader as borderline insane. He just appears that way contrasted against all the other criminally insane parties out there.

    He is the only candidate who walks the talk, and every sane reader of techdirt should have voted for him last time.

    Look up his record. He is saner than all of them put together. He has a well defined set of morals and ethics, and he doesn't CARE if he get's elected again.

    A vote for no one is a wasted vote. A vote for Nader is the smartest thing you will ever do, regardless of whether or not 'he can win'. And you can sleep at night knowing you did the ethical thing.

    CBMHB

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 30th, 2011 @ 8:58pm

    Re: Re:

    I tend to agree with you for other reasons. The other reason is that it doesn't matter which party you vote for, you get a different flavor of the same insanity.

    We are up to our necks in debt as a nation. A vote for the republicans leads to more budgeted war, dismantling of the health-care system (in favor of the medical, insurance, and big pharm), more tax breaks for the rich that haven't worked to help the economy in 2 decades, and an ever longer plunge into what seems to be fascism.

    The same vote for the Dems leads to budgeted war (Libya), dismantling of the health-care system (in favor of the medical, insurance, and big pharm), more tax breaks for the rich that haven't worked to help the economy in 2 decades, and an ever longer plunge into what seems to be fascism.

    Your voting choices between parties are no choices at all. Better to vote for independent as it's the only remaining hope of what Obama campaigned on, change. It seems the word "meaningful" wasn't connected to the word change.

    While we look at the different candidates, none of them are aimed at doing what is right for the country in the main parties. The only other alternative is independent and from my viewpoint, no crazier than what is on the main lines.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 30th, 2011 @ 8:59pm

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    Correction, read budgeted to be budgeted.

     

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    abc gum, May 1st, 2011 @ 8:50am

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    LOL wut? ... You refer to foxnews and breitbart as reliable sources of factual information, that is hilarious.

    I also am disappointed with the apparent lack of promised transparency but I find your post to be very transparent.

     

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    abc gum, May 1st, 2011 @ 9:02am

    Re: Re:

    It's amazing when people think a President or a party is capable of fixing things when others are busily undermining everything they attempt to do. Then these busy bodies go on to lay blame upon the doorstep of that person/party and claim that as proof that the other party should be put in charge, because that other party will fix everything. This is beyond laughable, it is an insult to the voting public who think they have a say in what goes on in "their" country.

     

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    abc gum, May 1st, 2011 @ 1:42pm

    Re: You're just now realizing?

    Truth Beacon? - heh, nice false dichotomy

    Do you imply that the conservative right (GOP & tea party) are not "bad people", "crackpots", "far-right cronies", or "morons" who do not lie or propagandize ?

     

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    abc gum, May 1st, 2011 @ 1:48pm

    Is it true that white house staff have some amount of latitude when it comes to making decisions, or do they always seek permission prior to doing anything? Is it possible that the president is not always directly responsible for whatever someone is complaining about ? AFAIK, we do not live in a dictatorship, yet.

     

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    The Truth beacon, May 2nd, 2011 @ 8:25am

    RE: RE: You're just now realizing?

    @ABC - Most of the politicians on the right are just as bad or propagandist, however none would be so boldly communist as the current regime, they're simply profiteers. While I find it distasteful on a similar level, I would personally rather be sold as a freed slave than kept as ignorant peon slave.

    In response to your second statement, I could consider that possibility if this administration (not just this previous senate/congress) hadn't been demonstrating an attitude of media control the entire time. Look at how they treated media coverage of health-care discussions - only their official information was allowed to be released. Currently we aren't in a totalitarianism or other dictatorship, but the Obama types would be smart if they would at least be a little bit conspicuous about their desires to implement such a system. Unfortunately, those same people are stupid enough to think a communist system would benefit everyone despite history definitively proving otherwise.

     

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    hegemon13, May 2nd, 2011 @ 1:21pm

    Re: Re: Re: Why does this sound familiar?

    Not to sound like a broken record, but seriously, Ron Paul.

     

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    hegemon13, May 2nd, 2011 @ 1:27pm

    Re:

    "...there's no way in hell I'll vote for a Republican..."

    Here's an insane thought: how about you vote for an individual? Wow, what a concept. Pick a third party that you do agree with, and vote there. Or, what if by some chance, some completely non-traditional, anti-war, anti-corporatist, pro-civil-rights Republican happened to win the nomination? Would you still refuse to vote for him/her because of the label? Because it could actually happen, especially if enough progressives get out during the primaries to hand Ron Paul the nomination.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 2nd, 2011 @ 11:00pm

    when we the people actually vote for our own president, i will vote, until then we live in a false democracy meant to appease the masses, to keep us from revolution

     

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