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Fun with Pictures – The Obama Edition

Posted by maker on May 5, 2009

I’ve been collecting images as I come across things that are particularly hilarious or indicative of a tide of propaganda. Here are some of the results for your enjoyment.

 

"Obama: I'm not a miracle-worker."  Don't be so modest.

"Obama: I'm not a miracle-worker" Don't be so modest.

 I’m sure everyone has seen this one, but its suggestiveness is worth noting. My fear here is for those that think it more than mere opportunistic propaganda or coincidence.

 

 

Does Obama approve of vigilante justice?

Does Obama approve of vigilante justice?

Which comic was W. featured in? It’s an honest question. I can’t recall any, but am open to correction. Do you think being wrapped in a web and hung from a street light could be considered torture? What about the Green Goblin’s civil liberties?

 

 

Not at all racist.

Not at all racist.

This is just unfortunate. But how else should Germany have responded to that rousing speech Obama delivered to the world from their soil? And what’s the deal with the curry dip?

 

 

Action for action's sake

Action for action's sake

More Obama and Superfriends. Is this portending assassination attempts? Seriously? The news didn’t hype Obama’s being a target enough that it had to bleed into comic book fantasy?

 

 

Should be mandatory accessory for dashboard of all GM cars.

This should be a mandatory accessory for the dashboard of all GM cars. The price is even Union ready.

 

Is there anything that says you’ve made it more than having your very own bobble-head? The pop-culture overtones are obvious, but the physical action indicating yes, yes, yes may be the most telling.

 

 

German engineering at its lowest.

German engineering at its lowest.

This may be the most disturbing simply for the lack of effort. Is this doll not a child? It comes off as a hurried instance of white babe in black-face. The Germans should probably stick to cars, beer and fantasies of EU domination.

 

 

ikea-obama1

Change Everything

 

What the heck?!?!?

 

If you have any images worth sharing please email them to me. My email is listed on the ‘About’ page under maker.

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Guns, taxes and much, much more…

Posted by Ender on April 21, 2009

At the end of March there was yet another propaganda push to villianize guns in America. It took the form of the media and state leaders saying that American guns were fueling the Mexican drug violence. By state leaders I’m not talking about low level mayors and city councilmen. I’m talking about Obama and Clinton…  Here’s a great article about the whole thing…

It appears that Obama’s whirlwind tour of Europe left some with a sour taste in their mouths. Shockingly, even France had several criticisms of Obama. A report leaked by French staffers stated “Most of Mr Obama’s proposals had already been made by the Bush administration and Washington was dragging its feet on disarmament and treaties against nuclear proliferation.” Once Obama was elected I thought they were going to love us over there…guess not. Read about it here.

One of the most despicable organizations in America is the Teacher’s Union. In truly liberal fashion they are the epitome of claiming to care for X while simultaneously looking out for themselves while hurting X. The fact of the matter is that Unions only benefit the corrupt, lazy teachers. The students and education suffer. Here is an article detailing how layoffs are handled.

Apparently, Obama has made an about face on his fiscal irresponsibility. He has made a budget cut of $100M. Wow, I am almost ready to renounce all the times I have said he is economically ignorant. But wait, let’s put this into perspective: Brian Riedl writes “It is 1/40,000 of the federal budget; It is 1/7,830 the size of the recent “stimulus” bill; It would close 1/1,845 of this year’s budget deficit; It is the amount the federal government spends every 13 minutes; and for a family earning $40,000 annually, it is the equivalent of cutting $1 from their family budget.” I’m pretty sure that if the family making 40k a year peed outside instead of in the toilet it would save at least that $1. Glad you are taking this seriously Barry.

And finally, here’s a great video about all those taxes you pay. Did you know that most of you are actually slaves to the state for about 1/3 of the year?

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Earth Hour 60 Minutes Too Long

Posted by maker on March 31, 2009

If you have had the pleasure of getting to have to sit through an esurance commercial recently, you are probably aware that Friday March 27th marked what was touted as ‘Earth Hour’.  This was nothing more than an hour of self-congratulatory, symbolic ‘abstinence’ from any use of electricity. The reason for this ‘world wide’ statement was to help curb the effects of man-made global warming. The following day snowstorms ravaged Texas, which begs the obvious question. Did the environmentalists overreach?

Of course the two had nothing to do with one another, as it is becoming increasingly evident, man-made carbon emissions had nothing to do with the warming trend we experienced in the 90s that has somehow gone missing of late. So why all the fuss? In the rush to save the world and ultimately ourselves, we seem to have forgotten to ask if it (or we) really needs saving.

Scarier than global warming?

Ignorance is bliss

Propaganda is easy. If anyone says otherwise, simply observe Michael Moore and his burgeoning protege Al Gore. What they lack in intelligence, charm or talent, they more than make up for in hubris and outright lies. If propaganda isn’t easy, how do we explain Al Gore’s Nobel Prize? But here lies the beauty and ease of Al’s and Michael’s positions. Make outlandish claims loudly enough, or with the right hint of serious monotone, and you don’t have to be right. Heck, you can even make a ‘scientific documentary’ that includes CGI laden clips from a disaster movie about the next ice age and be hailed as a seer, if your politics are correct. Where are the shouts of, ‘Proof, proof, give us proof!’ ? Or at the very least, ‘Why is it so damn cold?’ How is it that CNN and other ‘serious’ news stations consult Michael Moore for his opinion on myriad topics despite his admission of being nothing more then a propagandist dressed as a documentarian? Why is no one held to account for the horrendous inaccuracy in the ‘evidence’ of melting ice caps? Why is ‘global warming’ a given when nothing definitive even suggests it?

Much to the contrary of Al’s seminal work, the answer to these questions seems to be that ‘global warming’ is a very convenient lie. A crowning achievement in the left’s long line of exaggerations, half-truths, contrivances and complete fabrications all in the name of empowering the government to control and protect us from ourselves.

I am not writing to say that this issue has been decided.  I am writing to say there is no issue to decide. It is as if we have all been convicted of a crime that no one can prove occurred (for a similar case read this by ender). Until a crime has been proved I refuse to stand trial and so should you.

Keep reading The Daily Switch in the weeks and months ahead for more on environmental fascism. We’ll delve into, not only the comical inanity of it all, but the very real dangers as well.

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Wal-Mart: Friend or Foe?

Posted by maker on March 16, 2009

(Special thanks to Emerson who contributed the bulk of this article)

Actual Image?

Actual Image?

It is increasingly rare to find a report in the media that shows America’s largest employer, Wal-Mart, or any large corporations for that matter, in a positive or even neutral light.  A loud minority have waged a cultural and public war against Wal-Mart, referring to and viewing it as an evil corporation, a burden on the economy, and even an oppressor of the lower class.  These viewpoints are erroneous and have been disproved by multiple studies showing that Wal-Mart’s existence is very beneficial to our country as a whole, while also providing benefits to millions of individuals, especially the lower class.  Despite what is shown in the media, Wal-Mart has gained the approval of the majority of Americans by being a consistently affordable supplier, employing well over one million Americans, thereby increasing their purchasing power, and (through its prosperity) benefiting the United States and its economy as a whole.

After seeing all the slanted coverage, selective exposés, and ‘evil’ smiley stickers, it would be easy to fall under the assumption that all level-headed Americans must despise Wal-Mart.  However, the not so convenient truth is that the majority of Americans approve of this supposedly cancerous corporation.  A recent Rasmussen poll, revealing that 69% of the adult American public has a favorable view of Wal-Mart, indicates that the vast majority of Americans enjoy the benefits of the low prices and convenience that Wal-Mart provides.  A widely accepted criticism of Wal-Mart is the alleged mistreatment of employees, yet when the Rasmussen survey sample is narrowed to include only employees and family members of Wal-Mart employees, the favorable ratings increase to nearly 80% approval. Wal-Mart’s employees are satisfied with their jobs at a rate far above the average 47% of Americans nationally, as reported by Jenna Bryner of LiveScience.com.  Clearly, Wal-Mart is well loved, despite poor PR, because of its continued offering of an excellent shopping and employment experience.

The oft publicized notion that Wal-Mart is damaging low income workers, families, and communities across America is equally ludicrous.  Wal-Mart is the world’s single largest private employer, giving jobs to nearly two million people.  This alone challenges any notion that Wal-Mart might harm mid to low income people, as they provide these people with jobs to feed their families.  It is estimated that the lowest quintile of American households spend 26% of their income on groceries.  Wal-Mart’s food division posts an average of a 25% discount compared to other large supermarket chains; this percentage saved “is equivalent to a 6.5% boost in household income.” The aforementioned Rasmussen report also reveals that “lower and middle income Americans are more likely to have a favorable view of Wal-Mart than upper income Americans”, which suggests again that Wal-Mart does indeed benefit the lower and middle class.

Too often in today’s culture ‘wealth envy’ hardens society’s views of the successful. However, even with the prevalence of this growing sociological trend it seems odd that a company as universally beneficial as Wal-Mart might be hated.  Because Wal-Mart has been able to succeed, they are now in the position to give generously to various charities and community development programs.  Wal-Mart has given over two hundred and seventy million dollars within the US, making it the “country’s largest donor of cash.” (AP)  Wal-Mart can also be credited with much of the economic dominance that all of America has enjoyed over the past fifteen years, as Wal-Mart and corporations like it account for a large portion of our international financial activity.  Harvard economics professor, Kenneth Rogoff, claims that, “together with a few sister ‘big box’ stores (Target, Best Buy, and Home Depot), Wal-Mart accounts for roughly fifty percent of America’s much vaunted productivity growth edge over Europe during the last decade.”  It is difficult to imagine the privileges and luxuries we as American’s would forego if not for the contributions of Wal-Mart.

Because of innovation and resourceful development, Wal-Mart has been able to grow into a thriving corporation that serves as a haven for many Americans who rely on the company for its affordability, valued employment, and its advantageous affects on America as a whole especially the lower and middle classes.  With growing volatility in the economy, we should be thankful for corporations like Wal-Mart that give us so much for so little, allowing us to enjoy the luxuries we have grown accustomed to, with little sacrifice.  If Wal-Mart were to part from its current ways of operation, the effects on Americans would be difficult to stomach.  For the lower twenty percent the fall of Wal-Mart would effectively mean a 6.5% pay cut, while the adverse effects would ripple throughout the rest of America in varying ways.  It is easy to demonize a company with such incredible wealth and success; however, it is important to not be consumed by resentment or envy towards other’s triumphs.  We must, instead, view the accomplishments of others in a positive way, using them as inspiration for our own pursuits of success.

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