Clarke Hayden: “Money respects money. Even more so in a bad economy.”

The Good Wife Waiting for the Knock 2012

A few months ago I was talking to Joe Mangiacotti of Out with Joe telling him about the TV show Last Resort about a rogue group of US submariners who steal their sub after disobeying an order to fire.

When I told him the pilot ends with the sub firing a nuke warhead at the US he was incredulous saying something along the lines of:

Do these people really believe that Americans are going to watch and support a TV show where soldiers are firing on their own country?

Yes they really did, but via live at five they don’t anymore:

Freshman dramas Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue will not move forward at ABC.

The network has opted to cancel both underperforming series, despite picking up two additional scripts for both.

This should be no surprise.  Anyone who has followed movies over the last few years has seen picture after picture depicting US troops through the liberal mindset crash and burn losing tens to hundreds of millions for their studios.

Yet the same types who were sold on throwing their money away on those movies somehow bought the idea that it would sell in the more competitive Television market with 100’s of other choices just a click away?

Why did they think it would be different?  Because their entire world lives within the bubble of the Murphy Brown effect.

Ladd Ehlinger explains:

For those too young to remember, Bush the Elder and his Vice-President, Dan Quayle, were both pilloried by the popular sitcom starring Candice Bergen week in and week out for months on end. But it was not just “Murphy Brown,” it was a huge chorus of pop-culture voices all singing the same tune, that Bush and Quayle were stupid, or evil, etc.

So when I say “Murphy Brown effect” I refer not just to the sitcom, but to the entire pop-culture chorus.

And that effect drove the four most important words from these the hollywood reporter article:

…the critically acclaimed drama starring Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman, is averaging 7.3 million total viewers and a 1.7 in the demo. Thursday’s episode notched its lowest-rated hour to date, attracting 5.8 million viewers and a 1.2.

…the critically acclaimed drama.

Media is all about opening doors to the right people. It’s the reason why so many idiots are willing to lose fortunes making Tina Brown and Arianna Huffington richer. As long as the critics come from that same Murphy Brown bubble, Hollywood will continue to market to those fools in the mistaken belief that it will make them.

It is the other side of the Murphy Brown effect.   Ladd is right about how it tilts elections:

Until conservatives bigwigs recognize the fundamental power of pop-culture, and start investing in the arts (movies, television, music, etc.) to counteract this trend, they will continue to remain irrelevant, continue to lose their country, and continue to lose elections.

But that same effect blinds filmmakers not only to their errors like Last Resort but the possibility of profit wealth and fame from a conservative slant.

Just imagine if we had enough people in media who could positively buzz a conservative show to anything resembling critical acclaim and the money to back such ventures. Suddenly conservatives on the west coast would not worry about their next job if they spoke out or approved a script because there would be an outlet that could deliver profit and audience to their endeavors.

Every day we don’t fight the culture war on the turf of the arts, we are Israel letting Hamas shell us without response.

The arts are the ground where we must fight.

Yesterday evening just after I finished talking to the IRS  I noted I had missed a call from Ali Akbar and gave him a ring.

Ali expressed concern about Ladd Ehlinger Post that I had retweeted late last night concerning him and Paul Lemmen.

Some background. I’ve known Ali since the Scott Brown race and he has treated me well, the very first press credential I had, came from Ali. I think Ali is a talented young man who has a future and I have a very high opinion of his mother who I met at the last Blogcon. Blogbash at CPAC.

We Sicilians tend to remember that kind of thing so when Ali asked me if I would interview him on this matter, although I frankly thing this entire post is ill advised, I agreed.

Before we began I told Ali about my own relationships with the others involved in this conversation. Paul Lemmen & Ladd Ehlinger.

I have regularly linked to Paul Lemmen (although we’ve never met or spoke) I became aware of him through Zilla. Our exchanges have been unexciting but have really been just about posts.

As for Ladd Ehlinger with the exception of Stacy McCain there is nobody I’m closer to on the net. We talk regularly on issues and what is going down. He has been particularly good to me and mine. Ladd has my unequivocal friendship and trust.

Ladd does not have a high opinion of Ali. I have friends such as Sunshine State Sarah who share Ladd’s view while Stacy McCain on the other end likes Ali a lot.

Anyways Ali & I talked for a while and he made the following points concerning this dispute which is now getting some pixels:
Continue reading “And now by request…I jump into the middle of it”

It’s a Trap!

Admiral Akbar: Return of the Jedi & Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory

With a houseguest, my son’s graduation and Robert Stacy McCain I have been behind in my posts on Brett Kimberlin and friends.

lucky for us Stacy McCain doesn’t currently have a home and in between sightings all over he hasn’t missed a beat:

The Profoundly Dishonest Brett Kimberlin

While researching further background material, I happened upon a November 2011 post at DFQ2 in which Seth Allen discussed Brett Kimberlin’s ties to the left-wing news site Raw Story. Allen was particularly interested in Larisa Alexandrovna, a former Raw Story reporter who is an indefatiguable defender — or perhaps we should say, idolator — of Kimberlin.

It’s amazing what you can find when you go into the archives of Democrat sites and it’s even more amazing how they duck when word gets out:

Raw Story Disavows Ties to Kimberlin

And of course he hasn’t confined himself to the star of the show

The ”TwitterGate” story was a brief blip in the blogospheric consciousness: An ugly online spat between Left and Right that seemed rather silly to those who did not grasp two key facts:

Rauhauser was a paid consultant with the Progressive PST firm, providing “social media” services to Democrat candidates; and
Rauhauser has described himself as a “hacker.”

Fact 2 could be dismissed as mere boasting — Rauhauser may have exaggerated his hacking skills — yet it is nonetheless relevant in light of Fact 1: Why would candidates for public office hire someone who bragged of his ability to engage in deceptive and potentially criminal activity? What services did Rauhauser’s clients expect him to deliver?

The full post goes deep, VERY deep, and as Ladd Ehlinger comments:

Exactly so. If you want clues as to what a liberal thug is up to, look to what he’s accused others of doing.

The accusations are long, varied, and frightening: criminal conspiracies! Libel! Slander! Smears! Stalking! Lies! Distortions! Racism! Fascism! Totalitarianism! Voter fraud! Denial of the Vote! Violence! Denial of free speech!

And anyone who isn’t a team-playing progressive thug is outright evil, and must be stopped no matter what the cost. And if you think of your opposition as pure evil, then there’s no tactic that’s out of bounds.

Because as Patterico reminds us we are the real villains if only the rest of the world was smart enough to see it:

Since Weinergate, we have learned that key Kimberlin associates and supporters Neal Rauhauser and OccupyRebellion have been absolutely obsessed with Weinergate since it happened — as has Ron Brynaert.

Shortly after Weiner sent out the Weinertweet, Rauhauser wrote an email to the FBI blaming Stack for having “hacked” Weiner. Three days after my swatting, in a post titled “Patterico’s Penalization,” Rauhauser tried to implicate me and a man named Seth Allen in the alleged plot to bring down Weiner. (Rauhauser also asked for pictures of my wife and suggested that private detectives should stake out Seth Allen’s residence.)

The inclusion of Seth Allen in the post was a red flag to people who had written about Kimberlin, since Seth Allen was a very low-traffic blogger whose principal claim to fame was that he had fought a one-man war to draw attention to Kimberlin’s past, as well as Kimberlin’s partnership with blogger and radio personality Brad Friedman.

Ever since then, Rauhauser and anonymous Kimberlin supporter OccupyRebellion, along with other anonymous Kimberlin supporters, have pushed a version of “Weiner Trutherism” that argued Weiner didn’t actually send out the Weinertweet. The people they have blamed have included Mike Stack and various enemies of Kimberlin, including myself.

The bottom line is this: Rauhauser and OccupyRebellion were early and vigorous advocates of Weiner Trutherism, and blamed two of the SWATting victims, me and Mike Stack, for being behind a plot against Anthony Weiner. Since then, Rauhauser’s close association with Brett Kimberlin has become quite clear — and a long-running campaign of cyberstalking and harassment of Kimberlin critics by Rauhauser, Kimberlin, Brynaert, and OccupyRebellion has been quite evident.

Given my involvement in the Weiner story I’m shocked I haven’t had any issue with them myself, then again perhaps they don’t like going after Sicilians.

As for all these weird moves I had a conversation with Ladd Ehlinger on the subject, I talked about how odd it was that the left was sticking with these people, he commented that we would see this and more as they got more and more desperate and on cue in Wisconsin we have this:

I obscured names and addresses, but be assured, this was a list of real names and addresses of people who live near me, with the information about whether they voted in the last 2 elections. This is an effort to shame and pressure people about voting, and it is truly despicable. Your vote is private, you have a right not to vote, and anyone who tries to shame and an harass you about it is violating your privacy, and the assumption that I will become active in shaming and pressuring my neighbors is repugnant.

and this:

The surveillance effect! It’s important for people to know when political organizations, like the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund, are deliberately using a psychological manipulation that has been tested and studied. Please, get out the word that mailers like this are trying to mobilize…

this:

ADDED: In the Comments, The Drill SGT points to this article, from a couple days ago, in The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Hey, Here’s Who Your Neighbors Gave Money to. Sincerely, Harvard.”

and now this:

There’s a lot of desperation and maybe all the desperados went there at once. Well, this is the link, if it works. The article is called something like Legal Cloud Gathers Over Scott Walker, and it purports to have sources that say that Walker is the target of a criminal investigation.

and a last minute college “love child” accusation already adamantly denied by the woman in question when spoken to by an actual reporter

Why such last minute hail marys and some on the left are jumping all over? Perhaps because of this:

When I tweeted the photo above of the “Teamster for Walker,” several people responded that they too were Teamsters who would vote for Walker. The out-of-state union bosses will leave Wisconsin after Tuesday, but the residents will be left to repair relationships with their neighbors. Showing that this is a battle for all Wisconsin and that the dividing line is one between operatives and citizens, and not against union members, is step one to making Wisconsin that light on the hill.

And this isn’t even counting the arrest of a lone protester to protect a small crowd from pro-walker opinions.

I think the panic is really not unexpected, after all if you have Maureen Down crying for a change it can’t be good for DaLeft but it’s really more than this.

Normally a national party like the Democrat party would restrain things so far over the top that they threaten the brand but the big red wave of 2010 frightened them. When the folks went nuts in Madison last year the party and their friends in the media embraced it. When the occupod movement (a movement as organic as meat glue) raised their colors the Democrats and the Media were at their sides figuring this would be the thing that changed the equation.

With Wisconsin looking horrible and the National election starting to show signs of the cracks that have been obvious for a year the party has to go all in to keep 2012 from being a rout that shatters them on both a national and a state level.

The problem You can’t go “all in ” without the activists, and with the party as far left as it now is the activists are the people doing the very things that make the democrats unelectable.

The left acted in haste and will repent at leisure because they wouldn’t listen to me last October either here or at the Conservatory:

I keep expecting some elder statesman of the left to play Admiral Akbar, and shout to the Democrats who are jumping on the Occupy bandwagon: “It’s a trap!” But it looks like there aren’t any adults left to do so.

Now begs the question: Will the democrats be forced to stand by the side of the Kimberlins by the occupods? by the desperate folks at the Wisconsin Citizens media group, and how will they react if thrown under the bus?

A smart party would boot them soon and begin the rebuilding process but with a party built from different parts all wanting different things one can’t simply dump one part or another.

Normally I’d enjoy their trouble, but the more I see the more I’m convinced that Ladd Ehlinger is right, we haven’t seen anything near just how far these people will go in a last ditch effort to keep power.

I suspect it won’t be pretty or clean but it will be better then them actually keeping power.

Update: Patterico gives us the latest example of what the left does when …it thinks it’s winning:

After Aaron Walker went to court to get a peace order based on the site, Rauhauser sent me and others an email titled “Aaron Walker murder/suicide risk” that said, among other things:

Given Walker’s state of mind I would say his wife might find him hanging in the garage tonight when she gets home from work. Another possible outcome would be a two digit body count from some mosque in Virginia after Aaron goes full tilt Jared Loughner on the congregation. Someone who knows his wife or real world associates in Virginia should take steps to get him hospitalized before something grim happens.

My emphasis. Note the reference to Aaron’s wife. Bringing spouses into the harassment is a common tactic with this crowd.

and Stacy follows up:

Rauhauser (who has boasted of being armed with a Glock 9-mm pistol) was making ominous threats online, Kimberlin was pursuing a ruthlessly vindictive strategy of legal and workplace harassment against Walker, and when Walker tried to put a stop to it, Rauhauser suggested that Walker was contemplating some act of desperate violence.

Meanwhile in a Fitchburg far away Scott Walker reacts to all of this:

“This is an example of how incredibly desperate the opposition is,” Walker said. “It is sickening… I think this will backfire, and I think there are a lot of Democrats across the state that will say that this is what is exactly what is fundamentally wrong about politics in America today.”

“They are so desperate, they can’t stand by their record, they cannot stand by the issues , they have to make crap up that is fundamentally untrue, and I think this is why it’s going to turn,” Walker said. He added that because of the types of personal attacks he is receiving, voters are “not only likely to see us win, they’re likely to see us win by a large margin, because I think voters have had it — they’re disgusted and they’re ready to move on.” emphasis mine

This is the exact situation as the national election so expect this squared as the true scale of the Democrat party’s upcoming disaster becomes clear.

Update 2: Fixed a tag and via Ed Driscoll word is Washington is beginning to see it

it’s fair to say that Washington insiders are reading the tea leaves and increasingly preparing for a Romney victory — especially following Friday’s bad economic news. The danger for Obama is that in political campaigns perception can quickly become reality. If influential liberals such as Dowd suddenly have no problem saying Obama appears to be in over his head, pretty soon everyone will be pointing out the obvious. Thus far, Obama’s meteoric rise has been largely dependent on a press that went straight from beat sweeteners to beatification. If the press turns on the president, the Obama campaign may not know what to do.

I don’t think these people are just figuring it out, I think, they just figured they can’t hide it anymore.

Update 3: Time magazine has its “media credibility day

Walker has surfed a controversy of his own making to the center of the national stage. Fellow governors have flocked to Wisconsin to campaign alongside him, lashing their reputations to his. Mitt Romney called him a “hero.” In the final days before the June 5 recall election, he has shattered fundraising records, befuddled his opponents and pulled ahead in the polls. The referendum has transformed a rookie governor into a conservative superstar….

Meanwhile according to Time, Madison continues as it was

Every weekday since the bill was signed, opponents have gathered at the capitol at high noon for an hour-long protest. “No matter what happens, this doesn’t end here,” says Chris Reeder, 41.

But Walkers fans are unimpressed

“They can protest,” Wisconsin GOP spokesman Ben Sparks says of Walker’s opponents. “They’ve got us beat on that. But that’s about all they’ve got us beat on.”

Even as Time acknowledges what already exists the question comes: What do they mean by “it doesn’t end here” and will the Democrats go along for the: all protest (or worse) all the time.

Update 4: Stacy gives even more backstory on the Weinergate connection

There is widespread suspicion that Brett Kimberlin is behind the “BreitbartUnmasked” site, which has access to information that could only have come from Kimberlin, and which is fixated on Kimberlin’s enemies to the exclusion of nearly everything else.

As Stacy continues to channel his inner Donkey I suspect Kimberlin & Company are thinking of that famous line from Shrek:

Yeah, it’s getting him to shut up that’s the trick!

Stacy McCain ain’t shutting up anytime soon.

Update 5: Michelle is still fighting mad

Today I’m going to be meeting with various potential customers who might choose to take advantage of the old ad rates before the sales team takes over.

Lucky for you DaTechGuy is all over the net right now:

First my Under the Fedora Column is up at the Minority Report blog

I’ve just finished watching The Doctor Who Christmas special. All day BBC America is showed a marathon but interrupted it for the Queen’s annual Christmas message. Not being a British subject I’d never heard one before today .

I have a soft spot for Queen Elizabeth, she is a stalwart friend of the United States, and the last link to the days when Britain was truly great. I have a horrible feeling that when she dies the best part of England will die with her.

It will likely be up before the end of the day at The Conservatory as well.

Looking for some Boston Tea party info? I’ve got it at the examiner today:

The Greater Boston Tea Party has elected Christine Morabito to serve as president of the non-profit, all-volunteer policy advocacy organization. Ms. Morabito, whose two-year term commences January 1, 2012, replaces Christen Varley, who served as the first president. Both are counted among founders of the organization.

And if you want a little culture wars, the Third part of my series at Ladd Ehlinger’s place on Cinema and the Culture wars is up and running. I deal with the Movie: Oh God and you might be surprised which side of the culture wars I think it’s on:

It’s a feel good movie all around. The performances are excellent, John Denver is totally believable as Jerry Landers, helped by a good performance by Teri Garr as his wife and a cast chock full of some of the best character actors out there from William Daniels, to Jeff Corey and Ralph Bellamy. Add two actors who were yet to have their greatest impact–Paul Sorvino and David Ogden Stiers, punctuated of course by George Burns, who carries off the role with perfect timing and style. What’s there not to like about this movie? You have a nice conservative message about an unbeliever who hears the word of God and follows it, an affirmation of the importance of following God’s word no matter what, and the message that following God is not without cost.

If you look deeper, however, you will find some interesting messages hidden delivered with such skill that you might miss it, if you didn’t look.

Parts 1 and 2 featured Gunga Din and Captains Courageous

Later this evening I’ll be reporting from the Twin City Tea Party Christmas Party . Hope these pieces can hold you over till then.

Stacy McCain and Ladd Ehlinger are both friends of mine, their views on Herman Cain are diametrically opposed.

Ladd is a blunt speaker and his not one to BS his readers, I thank his complaints about the campaign seriously. As both he and Stacy are much more shall we say “worldly” than me I’ll have to let them decide about Cain’s social life.

Stacy being the reporter notes the exculpatory evidence, myself I note the pattern, first “harassment” then “an affair” but the evidence on both batches are pretty light.

However if Mr. Cain is in fact doing as poorly as the media suggests why play another card?

I say it’s very simple, this is the internet age, where is the recording, where is the cell phone video?

As I’ve said before, if Cain is telling the truth, he can expect these attacks to continue.

If he is lying then he can expect a “blue dress” or the digital equivalent to come out, furthermore consider for a second, how stupid or how egotistical Herman Cain has to be if this accuser is telling the truth. If they had an affair for the length she is saying, even if Ladd Suggests he is only out to sell a book, wouldn’t this run be the height of Gary Hart stupidity?

However there is one more twist. It is no secret that Robert Stacy McCain is on the Cain train and has been for a long time, that being they case why am I reading this?

Accusations by hyper-litigious bankrupt divorceés? No biggie.

Leaving me off a key conference call? That could be serious trouble.

Why on earth would you leave a reporter who has been strong in his support and advocacy for you off such a call?

Granted he has a lot on his mind but even if you end up marrying someone else spare a kind word for the lady who gave you a date when nobody else was interested.

That’s not the Sicilian way.

The needs of a web site like mine that would absolutely love to have someone kick in $60k a year to support me and the radio show are apparently highly different that one that has millions of dollars invested at the start.

For example for such a site like Tucker Carlson’s it is vital to stay relevant to the MSM so if things were rough and I needed a kick-start I would know that the easiest way to get MSM attention is to hit a conservative and there is no conservative the MSM lives to hit more than Sarah Palin.

Thus the Daily Caller decided to go quote Mike Tyson’s vile sexually charged attack on Palin inspired by Joe McGinnis’ book.

Alas poor Tucker, he hasn’t apparently been paying attention. McGinnis’ book has so little credibility and is so discredited even Keith Olbermann and the NYT are dissing it.

That misjudgment is bad enough but the decision to try to go after Dan Riehl, for pointing out this tactic was not so bright:

What is it with these sad little Beltway bois? Are they simply misogynistic and unable to pass up an opportunity to attempt to humiliate a successful woman with more clout and influence than the petulant little bow-tie boy, Carlson, has or will ever have? Or is it their inadequacy in the face of an attractive, accomplished woman like Palin that causes them to lash out so despicably?

Riehl’s base post contained, shall we say, more colorful language. Well Carlson and company took exception and led to a whole series of further posts by Riehl demonstrating several things:

1..Tucker Carlson and the Daily Caller have much too thin a skin for this business

2..Sarah Palin is a lot tougher than anyone at the Daily Caller

3..The people at the Caller have no idea of how new media works.

Simple suggestion if you are a million dollar site trying to impress investors you don’t go after individual bloggers who hurt your feelings, particularly not Dan Riehl.

Also if you are going to object to Ladd Ehlinger attack ads, you have no business publishing what they did.

And do you really want to attract the attention of a film director who is known for making funny biting videos that skewer his opponents and tend to go viral? I think not.

This is a full You Fool moment!

God help the Caller if Ladd decides to parody them.

Update: Oh and #4 Sissy Willis has it all over him too.

Update 2: Stacy McCain discovers this can comments in calm and measured tones:

HOLY. FREAKING. CRAP.

I talked to Dan Riehl about this and hope to have him on the show next week to discuss it further. I talked to Ladd Ehlinger who remembers well the statements of the Daily Caller against his over ca-36 and had these things to say:

“I wonder if the Concerned Blue Hairs of America will call for Matt Lewis to be blacklisted due to his association with the sexist and misogynistic Tucker Carlson and Daily Caller?”

“I find it utterly outrageous and shocking that Tucker Carlson despises women.”

“Perhaps if Tucker Carlson fired fake-conservative writers like Matt Lewis, he wouldn’t be in the money troubles he’s in today.”

None of this of course addresses the radio station itself that ran the base interview and a station actually broadcasting this kind of stuff, Stacy McCain again:

Does FCC know about this? How about AttackWatch? Now that I think of it, have we heard from Jill Filipovic, Jessica Valenti, Melissa McEwan or any of the other feminists? Because if Sarah Palin weren’t a Republican, I think they’d probably be outraged by this.

The moral of the story? I don’t know who is backing the radio station who allowed this stupidity, but if I had 3 million in backing and was looking for more I think I’d be smart enough not to repeat it.

Update 2: Stacy McCain reports Politico has noticed.

There is a special election in Nevada and you know what that means. Ladd Ehlinger strikes again!

So if you are a reader in Nevada district 2 you know what to do, get out there September 13 and support Mark Amodei!

And if you are in NY-9 don’t forget Bob Turner either.

Good show on gored913 for bring Ladd on-board, good move!

Question: How effective has Turn Right USA and their ads and videos against the Janice Hahn campaign?

From the Examiner:

Ms. Hahn has received over a million dollars in campaign contributions, almost entirely from unions and individual contributors who receive taxpayer dollars.

On the other hand, Mr. Huey’s individual contributors have donated $144,210 – Over 1/3 of which are from individual contributors whose contributions are less than the FEC’s itemization threshold.

So consider she has spent over a million dollars to win a seat where in an open primary 75% of the voters cast went for democrats.

Only $44 in the black? She should take lessons from Herman Cain. What an absolutely perfect illustration of the choice for the voters of the district!

Meanwhile Stacy McCain documents where all the money has gone.

I’ve always thought that when you are far ahead you speak about the positives for your candidate rather than the negatives of a relatively unknown opponent, this looks like a candidate who is running scared.

Speaking of running scared the Hahn campaign has not responded by e-mail or phone to my inquiries concerning either the Hacking of Turn Right USA or the death threats against them. One would think that it would be an easy thing for a woman running for congress to say something like this:

“Neither I, nor my campaign nor anyone involved in it has any connection to either the Hacking Attack on the Turn Right USA site (a federal offense) nor the death threats against members of Turn Right USA and we condemn both the hacking and the death threats without equivocation”

The fact that such a statement hasn’t come out of the Hahn campaign speaks volumes.

If Craig Huey wins the election next week then he will owe Turn Right USA a debt of gratitude for their unsolicited help.

I talked to Ladd Ehlinger just before the release of his sequel to his initial video The Bunker and again this morning.

DaTechGuy: Ladd why the Hitler motif for the follow-up video?

Ladd Ehlinger: It’s a funny genre, and a way to get the pitch seen by people who aren’t into politics but into comedy

DTG: I noticed you altered the genre slightly, you added an additional scene from the picture.

LE: Yes that scene actually comes later in the movie but it fit very well. The way Hahn reacted to the first video reminded me of Frau Gobbels in the movie.

DTG: This must have been a lot less expensive?

LE: Yes. The “Downfall” craze made things much easier.

DTG: How do you expect the Hahn campaign to react?

LE: They’ve smartened up a bit and are ignoring it. Nancy Pelosi got involved. That’s okay. I have plans.

DTG: The Colbert report play of the first video must have been very welcome?

LE: When we made the video we actually had him in mind. We were disappointed to see him drop the ball at first.

DTG: Did it add much for hits etc.?

LE: Only about 10k views. Colbert doesn’t have that many viewers as people think. His main audience is the MSM, but its good that he did it. I’m sure he got a note from Nancy. “What’s the matter with you, Stephen? Didn’t you get the memo to ignore Ladd?”

DTG: What do you think about him forming and being granted his PAC?

LE: He is coming from a different direction, I am a libertarian and that’s where I’m coming from, for Colbert it is one big collectivist parody about how evil these PACS are, that they should be even more regulated. I think the whole structure should come down and people should be able to participate in politics however they want without the FEC hanging around. Screw McCain-Feingold! But if Colbert wants tips on how to make a viral video I’d be happy to help direct one starring him.

DTG: It certainly can’t hurt when it comes down to TRUSA’s national stature with potential donors or customers?

LE: That’s very true.

DTG: In the “Bunker” video you stress the “Socialist” motif.

LE: Yes, it’s to remind people that these people are socialists, Hahn, Obama, Pelosi and Soros. This is their belief system. They want to impose their collectivist beliefs on us.

DTG: Looking back on what happened with the first video, you had a hacker attack your site, you had a death threat with gasoline and a lighter what has been the reaction from the Hahn campaign?

LE: Nothing, apparently they don’t think it’s important that their supporters are doing this kind of thing.

DTG: I’ve called their campaign twice and gotten no answers or return, I would think the “We have no involvement” would be the easiest thing for a campaign to do.

LE: You would think.

DTG: What has the initial response been to the video on Popmodel?

LE: It’s done well but we haven’t pushed it like the other one. Not yet. Pelosi has injected herself in the campaign and DNC spokesmen have been hinting to the Hahn campaign that the best way to deal with us is to ignore us. The absentee ballot figures show it worked, though.

DTG: In what way?

LE: Well there have been 30,125 absentee ballots turned in so far. We don’t know what the votes are but there is only a 628 ballot advantage between democratic ballots turned in vs Republicans.

DTG: that’s got to be panicking these people!

LE: Yes, this is Venice Beach, and keep this in mind, my initial ad went out at the same time as the absentee ballots were mailed. It’s had an effect. I don’t know if it will be enough. But they’re scared.

DTG: Have you seen any other signs of this?

LE: Well there is the Argonaut piece that they took down.

DTG: Tell me about that.

LE: The Argonaut put up a puff piece on Hahn and I had a long e-mail exchange with the author. I questioned him on it and within two hours after I posted our exchange on the TRUSA site, they took down the puff piece! It leads me to conclude that Hahn got free advertising from the Argonaut or she paid them for it.

DTG: Why do you think they took it down?

LE: Because it is a potential FCC violation. But they actual printed the story so it’s actually too late for it to be “evaporated” like Hahn’s gangster issue.

DTG: Let’s change subjects what do you think of the GOP field.

LE: I’m still thinking about Michelle Bachmann and perhaps Rick Perry but all of them are collectivists to one degree or another.

DTG: Despite this is there any person in the GOP field that would prompt you to stay home or vote for Obama?

LE: No because slow collectivism is better than hyper collectivism. I voted for McCain because he’s a collectivist in need of viagra, as opposed to Obama, who’s much more aggressive.

DTG: As an admaker Have you seen anything so far that has gone out on the air that is what you would consider a good or effective ad?

LE: No because they’re all wussies. The difference between me and all the other ad guys is I don’t care if I’m hired for the 2nd ad, I’m out to make the most effective ad I can.

DTG: Rush Limbaugh says that we (the right) make a mistake in trying to make the left and the media like us. Is he correct?

EH: He is absolutely right, we should laugh at them, ridicule them and expose them as the tyrannical slave mongers that they are.

DTG: Slave mongers?

EH: The left believes that the man exists to serve the state. When you exist to serve the state you become a slave and those who seek to run the collective are slave mongers.

DTG: Are you personally or does the PAC have something in particular you want to hit when this election is over?

LE: Yes, I’d like to do something on healthcare.

DTG: Considering what we’ve seen so far, should we expect any surprises from you as the campaign in CA36 nears its end?

LE: You should always expect surprises from me.

DTG: Since your initial video the GOP has gotten involved in this race that was considered impossible. What are the lessons from this for the GOP and for candidates?

LE: The idea is to fight, you don’t need to fight with a gold Rolex, you can fight asymmetrically and make them react.

DTG: Ladd Thanks again.

LE: Anytime!

Stephen Colbert decided in his running gag about forming his own PAC to highlight both Turn Right USA and their initial Janice Hahn video. (Note I am breaking my own rule concerning this ad because it is only a brief clip within the Colbert Report.)

His own priorities not withstanding thanks to Colbert, the play count for the ad and the hit count for Turn Right USA should soar. I’m sure the Hahn campaign will love the attention. In fact let’s take a look at what happens when you search for “Janice Hahn” on Youtube as of 7 a.m. this morning EST:

Count da hits

Count the hits, that adds up to 700,000+ including the MSNBC report which played the entire ad. That’s sure to keep people unacquainted with the charges in the ad.

And it gets worse for Hahn. If you look at the top 10 results only two of them are not directly speaking to the ad and one of those is the initial news report that the ad is based on.

Now I object to the ad because I consider it (and still do) sexist and I don’t care for the language, but idea that Stephen “I’m whiter than wonder bread” Colbert is accusing two black rappers of racism against blacks is rather interesting.

At least one of the rappers in question Uncle Head, objected on twitter.

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Loudly:

Splack Pack btw is the name of the Rap group in the video.

So the end result of all of this is:

A whole new set of people not acquainted with the ad or the charges have been introduced to it.

The primary association for Janice Hahn on YouTube is this video.

Turn Right USA has been granted instant national credibility by one of the left’s attack organs and will likely result in an influx of contributions

And of course I’m sure the both the Hahn campaign and Turn Right USA are absolutely thrilled that Colbert has done this the day after Turn Right USA released this follow-up video:

With a 75%-25% advantage D vs R in the primary, the odds of Hahn losing her special election in CA-36 are long, but she is damaged and democrats have been forced to use resources, including money and national airtime to counter that damage. What do you think will happen if Ladd Ehlinger and/or Turn right USA is turned loose on a closer campaign?

If the left is not worried, they ought to be, and if Ehlinger wasn’t stopped by death threats like this, what will they end up doing next?

Update: Colbert was granted his PAC by the government today on two votes 6-0 & 5-1. Turn Right USA couldn’t buy this kind of publicity.

Turn Right USA has a new entry in the HahnsHomeboyz video collection from a genre that you might be familiar with

Personally I think the “Downfall” collection has been done to death but I love the reminder of that it was National Socialism not National Capitalism

We can expect to see the condemnations from the Hahn campaign any minute I’m sure

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We’ve seen condemnations left and right against Ladd Ehlinger and Turn Right USA concerning their viral video about Janice Hahn in the CA-36 race.

It’s been called racist (nah I don’t think so) sexist (no more than any other rap video) and more. The self-righteous have been up in arms about it, but not so up in arms to prevent them from embedding it.

Now for my money here is something that is a lot more offensive:

Last night someone planted these items under a TRUSA vehicle. No fire was set, but it certainly seemed ominous. Law Enforcement was called to the scene to investigate.

Let’s see, an open gas tank, a gas pump and a lighter strategically placed (note that the lighter’s head is away from the gas to prevent “accidents”

This is what might be called “sending a message”

I talked to Ladd Ehlinger this morning. He informs me that this was found about 9:30 yesterday Monday, police have been informed.

I found the this a lot more startling than he did, Ladd pooh poohed it as the LA way of sending a message.

The question would be why? Remember in the primary the democrats drew 75% of the vote. No matter how much internal friction there is in the party why would anyone bother to make such a threat?

Publicity stunt perhaps? I asked Ladd that question directly and he answered he was not aware of any involvement by anyone in TRUSA in this matter. Since a police have been informed such an action would have placed TRUSA in legal jeopardy (remember Rep Weiner didn’t involve the authorities)

Still it doesn’t make sense given the state of the race that any supporter of either Hahn or of the program bother to threaten Ehlinger and the TRUSA folk in such a public way. There doesn’t seem to be much return for the risk. So why do it?

The answer comes from this quote from the movie the Sting. Doyle Lonnegan is on the golf course when his hood Floyd informs him they’ve killed one of the two who robbed his runner but the other got away. When Lonnegan decides to put more muscle into finding him, Floyd asks why bother. Lonnegan answers:

You see that fella in the red sweather over there? His name’s Donnie McCoy. Works a few of the protection rackets for Cunnaro when he’s waiting for something better to happen. Donnie and I have known each other since we were six. Take a good look at that face, Floyd. Because if he ever finds out I can be beat by one lousy grifter, I’ll have to kill him and every other hood who wants to muscle in on my Chicago operation.

In my opinion this isn’t about winning a race or saving a program that gives profit, it’s about sending a message to the next fellow who might think about questioning the status quo.

And it looks like such a message might be necessary because not only is the Hahn campaign seemingly ducking a debate lo and behold here comes the NRCC with this newly minted page highlighting the gang program and with some devastating videos on the subject.

Not quite “debunked” is it TPM?

I called up the NRCC and talked first to a young man named Ted who directed me to a fellow named John Randall who was gracious enough to call me back in a timely manner.

He said the new site went up yesterday. It’s purpose was to inform the voters of Ca-36 more fully about the gang program and Hahn’s involvement. He brought up Pelosi’s endorsement of Hahn and questioned if this was the type of Government Nancy Pelosi wanted to bring to congress. He stressed that Craig Huey ran second against the predictions of many.

As to Ehlinger’s rap video He unequivocally stated that it had no connection to the new NRCC site and condemned the video and the images contained therein but did acknowledge that it raised some serious issues that have hitherto been ignored in this race. When I asked why the media has ignored these issues he said that was a question better asked of them.

An even better question in my opinion is why coverage of what appears to be a death threat against a political filmmaker in the US is only considered newsworthy by this blog and Penguin Pundit. Is everyone too busy covering Jon Huntsman?

With a limited amount of time and money to devote to campaigns it seems unlikely that the NRCC would be giving effort if they considered this race a lost cause.

I called the Hahn campaign for comment this morning. Nobody was there but in fairness to them it is still early in the morning California time. I left a message on their answering machine and will let you know if they contact me back via phone or e-mail.

Meanwhile Ehlinger has not slowed down. I asked if the threat was going to stop TRUSA, he said it would not and had backed that up answering a cease and desist letter from the LA Democratic party with snark and he will be on AM 1450 WOL in DC this afternoon 4 p.m. EST to talk further on the subject and I’ll be having him on during my 2nd hour this Saturday on DaTechGuy on DaRadio.

I wonder if the same people who roundly condemned Ehlinger will bother to condemn this apparent threat?

Update: I’m normally not much on this but if you think this was worthwhile I would appreciate it if you considered hitting DaTipJar. This has been a lean month and this story took up a lot of time that should have been used to chase down new sponsors for the Radio show.

Update 2: The American Spectator reports on the Cease and Desist order and quotes Ehlinger on the new NRCC site:

Welcome to [the] bandwagon, boys,

Update 3: Linked by Stacy, Thanks. Meanwhile and Fleming and Hayes provide a timeline. Also corrected the date on incident.

Update 4: Ace discovers the subject and links and Dan Riehl links to ace.

If there is one things you can definitely say about Filmmaker Ladd Ehlinger, he enjoys his work.

Our interview concerning his new viral video (that I’ve written about this week) had almost a continual laugh track as he reacted to question after question with laughter before and after each answer he gave. Considering that his video has gone from Zero to 402k hits in less than 50 hours he has a lot of cause to be laughing.

I talked to Ladd Thursday afternoon approximately 48 hours after the launch of his viral video. As you might gather from the video in question his language can occasionally be a spicier that I would normally use but it is what it is

DaTechGuy: What impact has the video has on the race in CA-36?

Ladd Ehlinger: It put Janice Hahn on the defensive. She’s alleging collusion between the Turn Right USA PAC and the Huey campaign. There is none, and has she has filed an FCC complaint. Since the video has only aired on the internet I’m not sure what the basis of that complaint is.

DTG As the Huey campaign hasn’t hired you or the PAC why the video in this particular district?

LE: Rick (from the PAC Turn Right USA) lives in the district as do I occasionally, and I did do an ad on the Matte Fein campaign.

DTG: Have you had much media from this campaign?

LE: NPR, local stations in LA, done a lot of local media, practically the only people who have not called have been Fox and MSNBC.

DTG: MSNBC did hit you for the video?

LE: Yes but they are too “wimpy” to have me on. I’d be happy to face sit across from Rachel Maddow in NY. I’ll bring the beer.

DTG: Now I didn’t run the video on my site because I didn’t think it was appropriate but many of the sites most strongly condemning it have embedded it. Isn’t that a contradiction?

LE: Yes. They think it’s a fundraising opportunity. That it’s good for them. They’re wrong. When you wrestle with a pig you get muddy.

DTG: And has this caused the issue of the program to be raised?

LE: Hahn answers all question on the gang issue as “debunked” but that’s a load. A complete load! Too bad the consultants of the Huey campaign are wussies but hey, that’s nothing unusual, just like the condemnations of the ad from the state party. Unfortunately the GOP in California is squishy and flaccid. They’re all Bob Dole. Of course Arnold & Whitman didn’t help matters here any. Whitman was a disaster.

DTG: Are you worried it will cause people to hesitate before hiring you in the future?

LE: I couldn’t care less. If a candidate doesn’t have the balls to hire me, I don’t want to work for him.

DTG: Let’s talk the video itself, how long did it take to shoot?

LE: About a week.

DTG: And the rappers you used?

LE: They’re a group called Splack Pack. They perform nationwide.

DTG: Did they have any objection to the material?

LE: Dude, we had a blast shooting the video. It was a parody of a song they perform called “Shake Your Ass Bitch”. They didn’t consider it sexist or racist. Hell, they helped write it and come up with some of the gags. Oh my god! CueDog doing the cowboy butt-spank! That dude does physical comedy better than Chaplin, and UncleHead is a master at facial expressions.

DTG: Have they gotten any flack over it?

LE: They don’t care, they love it, their reaction to me was “whatever man!”

DTG: I notice that your TRUSA and http://hahnshomeboyz.org site that the video directs viewers to has been down for quite a long time

LE: Yes we’ve been subject to almost continual DOS attacks within a few hours of the video’s release. I figure they will continue right up till the election.

DTG: They must take it very seriously. Do you plan anything more in the future?

LE: We have a few things in the works. Nationwide stuff and local stuff. Want to do a great viral on Obamacare. Should be very funny.

DTG: Ladd thanks for your time.

LE: Thank you!

Update: A hacker uncovered