January 15th, 2012

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Broken poll fixed. What does Russia mean for you, neighbor, ally or enemy?

I apologizied for mistake I did in my previous post's poll about relations between russian's and western bloggers. Unfortunately I didn't test it and didn't took that poll himself, because I participated in russian part of poll.
Now I fixed the error and invite everyone to join.
Also I'll edit poll in previous post

Poll for american citizens or legal residents. What is Russia for you - ally, enemy or just neighbor?

ally
12(13.5%)
enemy
8(9.0%)
just neighbor
69(77.5%)

Poll for non-american citizens nor legal residents. How do you think what Russia is for Americans - ally, enemy or just neighbor?

ally
5(11.6%)
enemy
9(20.9%)
just neighbor
29(67.4%)

How did contacts with bloggers living in Russia affect your opinion about Russia and/or russian people?

I started to think better about Russia
19(20.2%)
I started to think worse about Russia
6(6.4%)
I started to think Russian government is bad, but people is good
24(25.5%)
I started to think Russian government is good, but people is bad
0(0.0%)
Never contacted nor read russians bloggers in internet
45(47.9%)

If you had experience contacting or reading bloggers living in Russia, you may be swayed to vote for such a tough to Russia candidates as Mitt Romney?

Yes, after those encounters I may be swayed for anti-russian candidate
4(4.9%)
No, I may not be swayed by such experiences
42(51.9%)
I'm not sure
35(43.2%)

If russian bloggers would be asked what is US for him/her ally, enemy or just neighbor, what you think going to be winner-choice?

ally
8(8.2%)
enemy
33(34.0%)
just neighbor
56(57.7%)
monkey

Colbert Super PAC releases South Carolina attack ad "Attack ad in B minor for strings"



The first Colbert Super PAC ad entitled Attack in B minor for strings is now running in media markets in South Carolina. John Lithgow is the narrator for the one minute spot and the comic gold is surreal. If you are a regular watcher of the Colbert Report, there has a been sort of instruction class on how Super PACs are formed. Trevor Potter, an election law attorney has appeared on several shows explaining the entire process and specifics on what is legal and not legal, and it's all great comedy but the genius is the civics lesson that's sneaked in very intelligently with all this comedy. Personally I think it's brilliant stuff. I'd just want to see the face of a few Republicans in South Carolina who don't know a thing about Stephen Colbert. Ha.

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Albert thinks ur funny.

...And a pony for all!

We've all been talking about the Republican primaries, but have you heard that Obama isn't the only guy who's running in the Democratic primaries? And no, I'm not talking about Ed Cowan. And neither Ron Paul and Mitt Romney (believe it or not, Ron Paul got 4% of the vote in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, Romney got 3% and Huntsman got 3% too).

Are you noticing a name that stands odd among all those reputed elitist politicians, eh? Someone with a big messy beard and a high pointy hat? Yep, I'm talking of Vermin Supreme! He's not exactly the Colbert kinda candidate (although that might be arguable too). See, Colbert announced the other day that he's running for "President of the United States of South Carolina", and Jon Stewart was appointed manager of Colbert's super-PAC. He "promised" that there'll be no coordination between Colbert and his super-PAC from now on, which I think you might guess is a funny stunt, which exposes the ridiculousness of the whole super-PAC thing, and the awkwardness in the way the current campaign law has been shaped. So a candidate may not ""coordinate"" (double quotation marks mine) with a super-PAC, but there's no problem if said candidate's best ally (say: lawyer, or "former" chief of campaign) runs that super-PAC, and spews all sorts of attack ads on that candidate's opponents. We've seen Romney denying that he had anything to do with those attack ads that sank Gingrich, but I doubt anyone believes this. Same thing about Gingrich's super-PAC, etc. And, since Stewart watching Colbert openly talking about his campaign plans on TV does not constitute "direct coordination", well... you can see where I'm going with this.

That put aside, humoristic stunts like Vermin Supreme and Stephen Colbert are really making a point. We've seen similar "mock candidatures" in other countries, and even some occasions when these became rather serious (see Pirate Party in Sweden, which is a one-trick pony really, but has a real agenda regarding one single issue of their concern). Beer parties are everywhere, too. It's a symptom, and some'd argue that it's a kind of a protest vote of those who are disillusioned with the lack of viable alternatives to the "status quo", and the absence of proper representation of their particular values and views across the political spectrum.

So I give you Vermin Supreme. Glitter-bomb assaults on political opponents, and promises about a pony for everyone aside, don't you dare to tell me you haven't been warned about the impending Zombie Apocalypse!

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