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2012-07-09 11:26:39 AM
farking public records, how do they work?
 
2012-07-09 11:27:55 AM
Streisand.
 
2012-07-09 11:41:39 AM
This from the same crowd who has lionized this douchebag:

media.salon.com

Karma? How does it work?
 
2012-07-09 11:44:11 AM
Not cool.
 
2012-07-09 12:02:26 PM
how does that saying go again? oh yes!

well, if they've got nothing to hide then they've got nothing to fear.
 
2012-07-09 12:06:20 PM
James O'Keefe much?
 
2012-07-09 12:14:20 PM
Republicans whose homes have been videotaped say they understand that politics is a contact sport and that every public utterance they make is fair game.

Yeah, tell that to George "Macaca" Allen. Still, the behavior in the article seems really creepy.
 
2012-07-09 12:21:20 PM
Cool story from Obama's biography that always makes me chuckle: When Obama was running for Senate, Alan Keyes hired some douche to follow him around and catch him doing or saying something Keyes could use against him. For three days, this guy followed Obama, never being more than 10-15' behind him. After the guy followed Obama into the men's room of some hotel where he was giving a speech, Obama turned right around and walked into an area he knew where the press was waiting.

"Hey, guys--this is Jason. My opponent hired him to shadow me until the election. Why don't you ask him what he's supposed to find out?" And the press descended on the guy like a swarm of locusts and lambasted Keyes in the press the next day. The guy never followed Obama again.
 
2012-07-09 12:28:42 PM
After looking at a couple of the videos linked in TFA, I don't see the point. So, they're videos of the outside of politician's homes. What's that supposed to prove? That politicians have nice, large homes? Does this surprise anyone?

However, the "Where's Mike" campaign sounds funny and effective. Drive-bys of people's homes? Not so much.
 
2012-07-09 12:41:21 PM
Republicans are worried about people following them around with a camera, while Democrats are worried about people following them around with a Kalashnikov.
 
2012-07-09 12:43:20 PM
Meh, these guys usually vote gleefully for domestic spying and other similar bullshiat for national security reasons. I'll be damned if I'm going to feel sorry for them ending up under a microscope.
 
2012-07-09 12:44:12 PM
I wonder how many of these Republicans support publishing the names and addresses of Doctors who perform abortions...
 
2012-07-09 12:44:37 PM

DjangoStonereaver: Karma? How does it work?


Like this?

www.myqwip.com
(click to vote in new window)
 
2012-07-09 12:44:59 PM
In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil's might,
Beware my power, reality's light!!!
 
2012-07-09 12:45:27 PM

brigid_fitch: After looking at a couple of the videos linked in TFA, I don't see the point. So, they're videos of the outside of politician's homes. What's that supposed to prove? That politicians have nice, large homes? Does this surprise anyone?

However, the "Where's Mike" campaign sounds funny and effective. Drive-bys of people's homes? Not so much.


Maybe they're trying to catch them jerkin' it.
 
2012-07-09 12:46:35 PM
The is the sound of the violin I play for their tears.

That was it.
 
2012-07-09 12:48:43 PM
There here LIBBY LIBS...and their so-called 'rights'...which they just MAKE UP out of thin air to suit their radical socialist agenda...just LOOOOOOOOVE to talk about the so-called but non-existent 'right to privacy.' This right just doesn't exist, folks. It isn't there. EXCEPT IN MY CASE because I am important. Similarly, I believe 100% in the second amendment. I don't think there should be ANY restrictions on carrying a gun ANYWHERE, at ANY time. EXCEPT IN CONGRESS because I am important.
 
2012-07-09 12:48:48 PM
Doesn't seem very classy.
 
2012-07-09 12:49:22 PM
While sitting outside a politician's home and broadcasting video is creepy, the article just didn't bother to see who's behind it. How hard would it have been to call up some of the opponents of the people running against to see if they are indeed financing this sort of surveillance, and if so, what they hoped to gain from it.

Of course, we know why Republicans aren't videotaping they're opponents: they're too busy taping other things:

Former GOP city chair busted for videotaping naked boys
 
2012-07-09 12:50:03 PM
They don't like bright lights, never feed them after midnight and do not get them wet. It voids the warranty and gets them pissed. Oh yeah and never ,ever, ever quote them to themselves. It opens a singularity into another dimension and causes instant Alzheimers.
 
2012-07-09 12:50:12 PM
Here's a thought. In an age when political reporters and media fail at nearly every chance to ask policy makers real questions about what they are doing with their taxpayer-funded salaries. It leaves it up to other people to do it.
 
2012-07-09 12:52:38 PM
Tracker videos can pay huge dividends. Remeber this guy?

origin.arstechnica.com

It's gonna be a wonderful thing when he loses again in November.
 
2012-07-09 12:55:14 PM
I think a lot of that goes over the line, but I'm hardly sympathetic to the Republicans.

"People in glass houses..."
 
2012-07-09 12:56:19 PM

Lionel Mandrake: I think a lot of that goes over the line, but I'm hardly sympathetic to the Republicans.

"People in glass houses..."


Need tax cuts?
 
2012-07-09 12:58:21 PM
Got a beef?
Talk to O'Keefe.
 
2012-07-09 12:58:22 PM
I think it's fine to tape them at public speaking events because the GOP does a lot of saying crazy things to their base and then saying something else to the independents but this isn't right.
 
2012-07-09 12:58:33 PM
Great, we can't get an entire damned room full of the media to ask a single actual policy question at like 99% of presidential press meetings, but we've got people creepily videotaping the private residences of political candidates for the benefit of stalkers and potential assassins.

Glad everyone's got their priorities in order and everything.
 
2012-07-09 12:58:41 PM
Given that the Republican party is the party of high morals, they shouldn't have any problem being followed 24/7. After all, as the party of morals, they would never do anything wrong. Ever. So, they should have no issue with this.

Unless they have something hide.
 
2012-07-09 12:58:45 PM
I think taping the private homes of politicians who have not made their homes an issue is pure douchbaggery. Now, if you're trying to prove the politico lied about something, that's fair game. If you're trying to ask a question on the street, I think that's fair game as well. But just following somebody around with a camera? That's creepy.

Yes, as public figures, they should expect to be in the public eye. Yes, if they are out in the street, they shouldn't expect more privacy than any other person walking around. But it's still really creepy. It's not behavior that we expect from other members of society. It seems like intimidation. It doesn't help elevate the level of political discourse.
 
2012-07-09 12:58:57 PM

moops: Tracker videos can pay huge dividends. Remeber this guy?

[origin.arstechnica.com image 300x246]

It's gonna be a wonderful thing when he loses again in November.


How's he polling right now?
 
2012-07-09 12:58:58 PM
Trust me, 47-49% of them are absolutely not taking a critical read of the words coming forth from their diabolical shiat-strewn mouths.
 
2012-07-09 12:59:47 PM

Wyalt Derp: Doesn't seem very classy when Dems do it.


FTFY
//O'Keefe point already in
 
2012-07-09 01:00:00 PM
How long until the election? I don't know if I can last that long with this level of stupidity. And it's only going to get worse.
 
2012-07-09 01:00:02 PM
I believe the appropriate line is "If you have nothing to hide then why would you object?"

In a very real way, though, we are ensuring that future elected officials will be from the bottom of the barrel. A combination of intense scrutiny, public outcry over "perks," and purity tests are setting up a future where Michele Bachmann would be the reasoned, erudite statesman.
 
2012-07-09 01:00:03 PM
If a single one of them voted for the Patriot Act, they can suck my ass.
 
2012-07-09 01:00:49 PM

quizzical: I think taping the private homes of politicians who have not made their homes an issue is pure douchbaggery. Now, if you're trying to prove the politico lied about something, that's fair game. If you're trying to ask a question on the street, I think that's fair game as well. But just following somebody around with a camera? That's creepy.

Yes, as public figures, they should expect to be in the public eye. Yes, if they are out in the street, they shouldn't expect more privacy than any other person walking around. But it's still really creepy. It's not behavior that we expect from other members of society. It seems like intimidation. It doesn't help elevate the level of political discourse.


but the GOP says that it's ok for the cops, the military and for corporations to follow us around/track our movements. why is it wrong to follow the GOP's own agenda and track their every movement? this is the sort of thing they want to have happen to all of us.
 
2012-07-09 01:00:54 PM
This is just a continuation of the "if it's legal, it's moral" attitude that's been waxing in politics for at least 25 years. Continuous stalking will soon be standard practice, and will be superseded by even more morally dubious methods.

Not attacking a candidate's wife or children? Those are social norms. It'll change too, if people tolerate this race-to-the-bottom garbage.
 
2012-07-09 01:01:51 PM
The tactic stinks of desperation. If you can't convince the voters that your policies are better, stalk the opponent at the grocery store.

/goes for both sides
 
2012-07-09 01:01:55 PM

Weaver95: quizzical: I think taping the private homes of politicians who have not made their homes an issue is pure douchbaggery. Now, if you're trying to prove the politico lied about something, that's fair game. If you're trying to ask a question on the street, I think that's fair game as well. But just following somebody around with a camera? That's creepy.

Yes, as public figures, they should expect to be in the public eye. Yes, if they are out in the street, they shouldn't expect more privacy than any other person walking around. But it's still really creepy. It's not behavior that we expect from other members of society. It seems like intimidation. It doesn't help elevate the level of political discourse.

but the GOP says that it's ok for the cops, the military and for corporations to follow us around/track our movements. why is it wrong to follow the GOP's own agenda and track their every movement? this is the sort of thing they want to have happen to all of us.


If they've done nothing wrong, they've got nothing to worry about, right?
 
2012-07-09 01:03:09 PM

qorkfiend: Weaver95: quizzical: I think taping the private homes of politicians who have not made their homes an issue is pure douchbaggery. Now, if you're trying to prove the politico lied about something, that's fair game. If you're trying to ask a question on the street, I think that's fair game as well. But just following somebody around with a camera? That's creepy.

Yes, as public figures, they should expect to be in the public eye. Yes, if they are out in the street, they shouldn't expect more privacy than any other person walking around. But it's still really creepy. It's not behavior that we expect from other members of society. It seems like intimidation. It doesn't help elevate the level of political discourse.

but the GOP says that it's ok for the cops, the military and for corporations to follow us around/track our movements. why is it wrong to follow the GOP's own agenda and track their every movement? this is the sort of thing they want to have happen to all of us.

If they've done nothing wrong, they've got nothing to worry about, right?


exactly!
 
2012-07-09 01:04:36 PM
These are the people who think you should have to be drug tested to recieve food stamps.

These are the people who think a woman should need to undergo a painful and unnecessary ultrasound before getting a LEGAL abortion.

These are the people who think walking into a machine that strips you of dignity and has not been tested for harmful radiation is something you need to do "for freedom".

These are the people who believe in no knock warrants.

These are the people who think Hispanic people should carry their citizenship documentations at all time.

These are people who support warrentless wiretapping.
 
2012-07-09 01:04:54 PM

czei: While sitting outside a politician's home and broadcasting video is creepy, the article just didn't bother to see who's behind it. How hard would it have been to call up some of the opponents of the people running against to see if they are indeed financing this sort of surveillance, and if so, what they hoped to gain from it.

Of course, we know why Republicans aren't videotaping they're opponents: they're too busy taping other things:

Former GOP city chair busted for videotaping naked boys


I would attempt to try to turn it on them. Maybe go outside and give stump speeches to those video taping, or just put up posters either positive for you or negative against your opponent. Maybe get your 12 son to run around the house naked with the curtains down and then arrest them for creating child porn. Do like Boogie nights and stand naked in front of a window with a huge fake-one in between your legs. Get some people to fake a zombie attack on the house. Put a fake body bag in the trunk of your car and pull it into the house. Sneak out of the house in a spider man costume.

I am sure there are some farkers out here with more devious minds than mine that can devise some other ways to make this backfire.
 
2012-07-09 01:04:54 PM
I'm surprised that the Democrats don't hire Robin Leech to do a show on The Cribs of the Rich and Criminally Republican. These men and women of the people wage class warfare on the poor, the middle classes, even the detested upper middles (Democrats, at least) with impunity. Showing those houses which are visible from the road and thus conceivable to the masses might help to inform the general public about the masses and the classes.

It's not as if we haven't seen all the houses owned by Al Gore, the Kennedys and whatsit there, John Kerry. It's not like the wealth of the former Mrs. Heinz hasn't been made an issue.

It's not like Senator George Allen hasn't pointed out the trained Macaques working for the Demo-Fat Cats to his adoring and like-minded langue-de-bois talking public.

You make class an issue, it cuts both ways. You yammer on about limousine liberals and eventually your love of private jets, low interest loans to buy yachts, and free helicopter travel will eventually trip you up. Whine too loud about being at the back of the plane and people might get the idea that you are easily accustomed to a First Class, Free Ticket lifestyle.

That's when the class warfare goes bad by turning from the many with nothing to the few with everything to lose.
 
2012-07-09 01:05:09 PM
www.omdoubleg.com
 
2012-07-09 01:05:15 PM
images.cheezburger.com
 
2012-07-09 01:07:00 PM
As much schadenfreude as this is delivering to me, this goes to far and should stop.
 
2012-07-09 01:11:33 PM
Aren't these the people that gave out the personal contact and address information of congressmen that supported Obamacare, and encouraged their violent, unhinged constituents to show up at their homes and children's schools?
 
2012-07-09 01:13:45 PM
You'd think Republicans would be fond of creepers, since they blow shiat up.

download.gamezone.com
 
2012-07-09 01:15:31 PM
They're upset because people have put up cameras covering their front yards? Why? The campaign stalkers are just looking out for them by donating surveillance cameras. That way if some batshiat insane Obama backer decides to vandalize their house there's sure to be evidence that can get the SOB convicted.
 
2012-07-09 01:16:08 PM

soy_bomb: The tactic stinks of desperation. If you can't convince the voters that your policies are better, stalk the opponent at the grocery store.

/goes for both sides


It goes for both sides? So you are also against the tactics used by GOP hero O'Keefe? Or is this ok when "your team" does it?
 
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