astroturf

All Koch, All the Time

The money, regulatory, and legal interests of the Koch brothers are responsible for very much of the damage to these United States. The 'Kochtopus' intends to wreak all the more havoc that is possible, so, I've become thrilled to understand that Americans are finally seeing the corporate men behind the curtains. In front of the curtains, their agenda is paraded by the astroturf groups and think tanks of so many fronts that I have to question just how much of a Libertarian Party actually exists absent money from the Kochs. Some, I'm sure, just not how much.

Advancing civil society, a fraud at a time

George Carlin was brilliant in blunt delivery.  Watch "The American Dream" after taking in the animation "Cows with Guns" while you ponder the question of how cows and chickens could get so smart.

Smoking Out The "Glenn Beck For President" Lobby

Maybe? I am not saying for certain that she is fronting another in a long line of AstroTurf groups for the GOP and corporate interests... But take a look and decide for yourself. For all I know, she may just be as crazy as her movement and video implies?

First, and via Gawker, we get this little bit of giggle:

The Time Has Come to Make Glenn Beck President, Says Clown Lady

Most Americans want Glenn Beck to be our next president and return us to prosperity. The only hiccup? Getting him to run! Fortunately, the clown lady in this video is circulating a petition to change all that.


Her name is Robin Potwora, and the website for her "grassroots organization," Main Street Bites Back, features a number of terrifying robot-voiced videos of illustrated political figures, including the hated Barack Obama.

Aside from this "grassroots" clown gig? Well, given the Torrington, Connecticut address on "Main Street Bites Back" contact page and the name to go with it... I think it is safe to say that she may just be tied to some  very right wing and typical "grasstroots" lobbying money...

The Tobacco Industry to be precise:

Primordial Astroturf and Operation Coffeecup: Ronald Reagan waged AMA's war on 'socialized medicine' in the kitchen

Operation Coffeecup: Ronald Reagan’s Effort to Prevent the Enactment of Medicare

The bright lights that sweat the brows of posturing politicians usually avoid throwing shadows onto the curtains that obscure their campaign machines.  Recent elections have provided more than enough evidence for how ugly it can get behind the scenes.

But President Ronald Reagan was so effective in the emotional appeal of his persona that, no matter the legacy, the images of the Reagan era have inescapably haunted his followers ever since. 

As I've learned to peer behind the curtains to understand what is really intended by the holograph at the podium, more often, than not, it's another alumnus of the Reagan-Bush White House that I find piping messages about the shining city on the hill into the wireless microphone. 

The need for Reaganist appeal is apparently vast and marketable.  At least enough to create an entire industry and lifetime careers pitching policy dreams and nightmares through 'third-party' astroturfing and PR campaigns for moving just enough of public opinion to enable boots-on-the-ground lobbyists to convince elected officials to their objectives at thousand dollar a plate fundraisers.  Modern astroturfing includes forests of policy think tanks that launder the industry message through anti-tax or 'freedom' philosophical arguments and then push their expert opinion through cable news and Sunday talk shows to be picked up and carried on the banners of outraged 'non-partisan, non-profit' corporate-funded fronts of grassroots activists.

How fascinating it is to find that Ronald Reagan was a 'third-party' message-launderer of the American Medical Association's fight against the evil of socialized medicine, now known as Medicare.

Randall Terry Ejected From Howard Dean's Healthcare Town Hall - video

Frank Schaeffer was one of the founders of the evangelical movement. With his father, the author of "The Christian Manifesto", and C. Everett Koop and their focus on issues related to abortion, they galvanized the Christian Right.

Schaeffer believes very differently now and the author of "Crazy for God" has tried to impart to the rest of us some of the important lessons learned as an insider of the movement.

He appeared with Rachel Maddow recently to argue the actual physical danger presented by segments of the movement he helped to create.

Operation Rescue's Randall Terry wasn't named but I recalled Schaeffer's recently expressed and ominous conclusions as I watched this video.

Randall Terry Forcibly Ejected From Healthcare Town Hall With Howard Dean



Now I'm outraged ... are you ...

The breaking news in the lobbying world last Friday: lobbying firm Bonner & Associates had forged letters from minority organizations to send to Representative Tom Perriello (D-VA) in opposition to the American Clean Energy & Security Act. Now, of course, it is all an intern's fault (or is it a temp worker ... or a contract employee ... oh, it really doesn't matter since this goes against Bonner's long-standing practice of, well, engaging in deceptive and questionable lobbying practices.


This is a story that won't go away, for any number of reasons.


A gift that keeps on giving ...


 


Big rip in the astroturf? Rick Berman's second-generation conscience.

Bumped by Carol. Things are a tad slow today and this is a quiet bombshell.  Originally posted 2009-01-31 21:39:08 -0500

The father's sins have apparently weighed too heavily for too long upon the son of one of the deception industry's dirtiest.

Like Beijing Bush, Like Beijing McCain

Boehner's communist leader, the ever incompetent Beijing George Bush, and his heir wannabe Beijing John McCain are cut from the same communist cloth as John McCain sets out to copy China and their internet astroturfing:

People who sign up for McCain's program receive reward points each time they place a favorable comment on one of the listed Web sites (subject to verification by McCain's webmasters). The points can be traded for prizes, such as books autographed by McCain, preferred seating at campaign events, even a ride with the candidate on his bus, known as the Straight Talk Express, according to campaign spokesman Brian Rogers.

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More chillingly, dissidents alleged earlier this year that the Chinese government has paid Chinese citizens token sums for each favorable comment about government policies they post in chat rooms and on blogs.

That John Beijing McCain is just a red republican chip off of the old communist block...