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(Straight)   Happy group of concerned citizens behind $1 million political attack are actually, you guessed it, just posing for a stock photo   (straight.com) divider line 66
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2013-02-09 02:07:01 PM
What's truly amazing is the fact that this bit of right-wing propaganda with China-quality production values did NOT happen in the US.
 
2013-02-09 04:21:03 PM
Congratulations. You discovered marketing.
 
2013-02-09 04:22:13 PM
Because real people can't project that wholesome stock-photo aura.
 
2013-02-09 04:25:58 PM
Does it ever bother conservatives the the only way they can win any issue is through deception and fraud?
 
2013-02-09 04:26:02 PM
The BC Liberals(we don't need to consult with a lawyer to impose these unconstitutional laws)
hate the NDP(money laundering party, but otherwise good'nuf).

Eh, as long as no one is stupid enough to vote in the Conservative party(a bunch of rightwing whackjobs who are stealing the biggest and best assholes from the Liberal party.

/Green party mannnnnnnnnn. Like we have stuff we'd like to do, but them asshole suits keep calling us hippies for not fully conspiring with the corporations aspirations of world domination.
 
2013-02-09 04:29:37 PM

Hollie Maea: Does it ever bother conservatives the the only way they can win any issue is through deception and fraud?


For it to bother them would require a conscience, which, fortunately for them, they lack.
 
2013-02-09 04:30:43 PM
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com


Those people are really concerned about a great many things. (google image search)
 
2013-02-09 04:31:34 PM
I was shocked to learn that the hot chick spamming shoes on my Facebook group was actually a former porn star.
 
2013-02-09 04:34:51 PM

Hollie Maea: Does it ever bother conservatives the the only way they can win any issue is through deception and fraud?


The BC Liberal Party is conservative.

My mind is blown.
 
2013-02-09 04:39:28 PM
I smell a meme.

i915.photobucket.com


/q&d
 
2013-02-09 04:40:35 PM
Concerned Citizen Trolls for B.C.

FTFJim Shepard.

American style attack ads by astro-turfy "citizens" groups are still a relatively novel idear in Canadian politics, one I'm hoping goes away, although I'm not holding my breath waiting for that one.

/A Straight link in my Fark? ^_^ It's more likely than I thought.
 
2013-02-09 04:43:02 PM
Stock photo?  Hardly even that.

We're a group of concerned citizens. Mothers, fathers, retirees, employers and employees.
We come from all parts of BC, but you wouldn't know us.
 
2013-02-09 04:45:08 PM

Karac: Stock photo?  Hardly even that.

We're a group of concerned citizens. Mothers, fathers, retirees, employers and employees.
We come from all parts of BC, but you wouldn't know us.


What is the 'Girlfriend from Canada" equivalent if you happen to BE in Canada, anyway?
 
2013-02-09 04:47:43 PM

quatchi: Concerned Citizen Trolls for B.C.

FTFJim Shepard.

American style attack ads by astro-turfy "citizens" groups are still a relatively novel idear in Canadian politics, one I'm hoping goes away, although I'm not holding my breath waiting for that one.

/A Straight link in my Fark? ^_^ It's more likely than I thought.


I feel so very sorry for your innocent, poutine-eroded souls.
 
2013-02-09 04:51:41 PM
Some GOP-based group recently did the same thing with "concerned business owners"; all photos they used were stock. None of what they presented was real. Not surprising in the least.
 
2013-02-09 04:53:29 PM
Ah-HA! Scandal!

Wait, what? Who cares?

Even in sleepy, milquetoast Canada, this really should be a non-issue.
 
2013-02-09 04:54:18 PM
Compared to similar stories, the fact that they didn't slap up a stolen, watermarked version is really a huge improvement.
 
2013-02-09 04:56:55 PM
They spent $1 million on this attack campaign, but couldn't spring for a non-stock photo?  That's just pathetic and lazy.
 
2013-02-09 04:58:08 PM
Fluorescent Testicle:

Compared to similar stories, the fact that they didn't slap up a stolen, watermarked version and photoshop in the non-caucasians is really a huge improvement.
 
2013-02-09 05:00:36 PM
 
2013-02-09 05:00:38 PM
Seemed obvious that it was fake British Columbians. Not enough Asians.
 
2013-02-09 05:06:49 PM
This means a generic smiling mixed-race woman in a business suit is automatically President and Obama has to pose for GQ answering a cell phone.
 
2013-02-09 05:11:24 PM
i915.photobucket.com


I'm feeling lazy today.
 
2013-02-09 05:23:37 PM
Foreigner problems.
 
2013-02-09 05:24:06 PM

LordJiro: Karac: Stock photo?  Hardly even that.

We're a group of concerned citizens. Mothers, fathers, retirees, employers and employees.
We come from all parts of BC, but you wouldn't know us.

What is the 'Girlfriend from Canada" equivalent if you happen to BE in Canada, anyway?


Florida
 
2013-02-09 05:26:57 PM
The fact that they're crying about corporate funding and calling it 'shadowy' while whining about the use of a stock photo clued me in immediately... I didn't even need to know it was the NDP they were working against.

Yes, there are people with a lot of money who have the audacity to be something other than a hardline liberal so either quit taking boat loads of money from the rich people who are hardline liberals or quit whining when somebody else besides you does it.
 
2013-02-09 05:33:24 PM

Hollie Maea: Does it ever bother conservatives the the only way they can win any issue is through deception and fraud?


Nope, because Lying for the Lord serves a higher principle than studiously following the 9th Commandment.
 
2013-02-09 05:40:33 PM

Lenny_da_Hog: I was shocked to learn that the hot chick spamming shoes on my Facebook group was actually a former porn star.


Is that something like Country outfitters?
 
2013-02-09 05:42:53 PM
FTFA: Then I went to one of the world's most popular image banks, iStock, and punched in the words "happy people". Lo and behold, the same photo popped up.

Or you could just drag and drop it into Google Images. But, you know, searching random stock photography sites is probably more productive.
 
2013-02-09 05:44:10 PM
Five or Six Moms unavailable for comment
 
2013-02-09 05:44:52 PM
Not satisfied with trying to take out guns, now he also wants your poutine

s20.postimage.org
 
2013-02-09 05:47:04 PM
Here's the concerned citizens from a recent Tea Party attack ad

graphics8.nytimes.com
 
2013-02-09 05:47:42 PM
Wait, would anyone mistake that for anything other than a stock photo?
 
2013-02-09 05:49:08 PM
randomjsa:

The fact that they're crying about corporate funding and calling it 'shadowy' while whining about the use of a stock photo clued me in immediately... I didn't even need to know it was the NDP they were working against.

Yes, there are people with a lot of money who have the audacity to be something other than a hardline liberal so either quit taking boat loads of money from the rich people who are hardline liberals or quit whining when somebody else besides you does it.


Are you stroking out, or was that a long series of frothy typos?
 
2013-02-09 05:50:05 PM

Fart_Machine: Wait, would anyone mistake that for anything other than a stock photo?


Conservatives might.
 
2013-02-09 05:58:08 PM
i48.tinypic.com
 
2013-02-09 05:58:37 PM

SN1987a goes boom: They spent $1 million on this attack campaign, but couldn't spring for a non-stock photo?  That's just pathetic and lazy.


They found out the photographers were unionized.
 
2013-02-09 06:02:40 PM

maxheck: randomjsa:

The fact that they're crying about corporate funding and calling it 'shadowy' while whining about the use of a stock photo clued me in immediately... I didn't even need to know it was the NDP they were working against.

Yes, there are people with a lot of money who have the audacity to be something other than a hardline liberal so either quit taking boat loads of money from the rich people who are hardline liberals or quit whining when somebody else besides you does it.

Are you stroking out, or was that a long series of frothy typos?



Nah, that's just what random does. Everytime a conservative gets caught doing something they probably shouldn't, he jumps up on the cross to explain that liberals forced them to and conservatives are just innocent victims.
 
2013-02-09 06:06:49 PM
Perhaps they have something to hide, but my guess is that they're just lazy and cheap, which is even worse.

i agree with that comment.

if regular commercials have disclaimers why not political ones? "these folks are happy because we paid them."
 
2013-02-09 06:18:17 PM
I bet all the women in that photo really love salad.


Mrbogey: Hollie Maea: Does it ever bother conservatives the the only way they can win any issue is through deception and fraud?

The BC Liberal Party is conservative.

My mind is blown.


News Flash! The words "conservative" and "liberal" mean different things outside the United States.
 
2013-02-09 06:23:43 PM

nikku88: Seemed obvious that it was fake British Columbians. Not enough Asians.


My first thought as well...  Although having looked it up they aren't as far off as I'd thought other than Vancouver. (About 10% or 11% provincially, 17% in Vancouver from the wiki, I wonder how many of the 15% of "Canadians" are of Asian origin... Also Blacks are way over represented, but a fine substitute for everything else non pasty.  But I digress)  I guess they have no real interest in the Asian vote anyway... idiots are pushing the mythical idealized pre multi-cultural, conservative suburban dream anyway... And really, who among you give a shiat about Vancouver... It's only 2.3M votes.

FTCCBC..."we want politicians and their policy-makers to continue to treat us like the valuable customers we are."
You, fine voters of BC are not a customer of your government, you are a citizen. Vote like a citizen.
 
2013-02-09 06:24:20 PM
If this upsets you in any way, it's just proof that you're incredibly naive.
 
2013-02-09 06:26:26 PM

fusillade762: I bet all the women in that photo really love salad.


I didn't want to say anything but I think they put the biggest boobs right up front.
 
2013-02-09 06:31:17 PM

fusillade762: News Flash! The words "conservative" and "liberal" mean different things outside the United States.


They sound really conservative compared to the conservatives in the United States.
 
2013-02-09 06:34:58 PM
of course they're happy. They're Canadian.
 
2013-02-09 07:03:17 PM

randomjsa: The fact that they're crying about corporate funding and calling it 'shadowy' while whining about the use of a stock photo clued me in immediately... I didn't even need to know it was the NDP they were working against.

Yes, there are people with a lot of money who have the audacity to be something other than a hardline liberal so either quit taking boat loads of money from the rich people who are hardline liberals or quit whining when somebody else besides you does it.


You have all these opinions about US politics and you're.........Canadian? I should have guessed, Americans are stupid, but not your brand of stupid.
 
2013-02-09 07:03:42 PM

skullkrusher: of course they're happy. They're Canadian.


sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net

/oblig.
 
2013-02-09 07:12:52 PM

sno man: nikku88: Seemed obvious that it was fake British Columbians. Not enough Asians.

My first thought as well...  Although having looked it up they aren't as far off as I'd thought other than Vancouver. (About 10% or 11% provincially, 17% in Vancouver from the wiki, I wonder how many of the 15% of "Canadians" are of Asian origin... Also Blacks are way over represented, but a fine substitute for everything else non pasty.  But I digress)  I guess they have no real interest in the Asian vote anyway... idiots are pushing the mythical idealized pre multi-cultural, conservative suburban dream anyway... And really, who among you give a shiat about Vancouver... It's only 2.3M votes.

FTCCBC..."we want politicians and their policy-makers to continue to treat us like the valuable customers we are."
You, fine voters of BC are not a customer of your government, you are a citizen. Vote like a citizen.


They can't, its a parliamentary system that is so serially corrupt that it reflects the politics of a dysfunctional third world country. People up here can't vote for basic things, have trouble making their voices heard and lack a credible media outlet.
 
2013-02-09 07:21:01 PM

two towns over: sno man: nikku88: Seemed obvious that it was fake British Columbians. Not enough Asians.

My first thought as well...  Although having looked it up they aren't as far off as I'd thought other than Vancouver. (About 10% or 11% provincially, 17% in Vancouver from the wiki, I wonder how many of the 15% of "Canadians" are of Asian origin... Also Blacks are way over represented, but a fine substitute for everything else non pasty.  But I digress)  I guess they have no real interest in the Asian vote anyway... idiots are pushing the mythical idealized pre multi-cultural, conservative suburban dream anyway... And really, who among you give a shiat about Vancouver... It's only 2.3M votes.

FTCCBC..."we want politicians and their policy-makers to continue to treat us like the valuable customers we are."
You, fine voters of BC are not a customer of your government, you are a citizen. Vote like a citizen.

They can't, its a parliamentary system that is so serially corrupt that it reflects the politics of a dysfunctional third world country. People up here can't vote for basic things, have trouble making their voices heard and lack a credible media outlet.


WUT, EH?
 
2013-02-09 07:48:21 PM
I hate this province's politics.

Inept and corrupt NDPers who cozy up to the worst and most corrupt elements of organized labour.  Glen Clarke's deck, bingogate, fast ferries fiasco...all of them hamfistedly lining their pockets and their friends' pockets while pretending to be high and mighty "left wingers" whose shiat don't stink and who care sooooo much about the poor and downtrodden.

Inept and corrupt (but slightly less so than the NDP) Liberals who have mishandled everything from the HST to smart meters to the loss of billions of dollars in film industry work to Ontario and Manitoba.  I don't think they deserve reelection as a reward for a job well done. But who else can I vote for?  I'm kind left with no choice because the third option is...

Conservative Party of BC:  Their "ein volk, ein reich, ein premiere" slogan is a bit of a giveaway on their policy positions.
 
2013-02-09 08:14:58 PM

two towns over: You have all these opinions about US politics and you're.........Canadian? I should have guessed, Americans are stupid, but not your brand of stupid.


He's whatever is required of him for each specific threadshiat. No more, no less.
 
2013-02-09 08:57:23 PM

nikku88: Seemed obvious that it was fake British Columbians. Not enough Asians.


Too many Nubians.

/kidding (?)
 
2013-02-09 08:58:56 PM

two towns over: randomjsa: The fact that they're crying about corporate funding and calling it 'shadowy' while whining about the use of a stock photo clued me in immediately... I didn't even need to know it was the NDP they were working against.

Yes, there are people with a lot of money who have the audacity to be something other than a hardline liberal so either quit taking boat loads of money from the rich people who are hardline liberals or quit whining when somebody else besides you does it.

You have all these opinions about US politics and you're.........Canadian? I should have guessed, Americans are stupid, but not your brand of stupid.


Funny, reading the same post convinced me that he has about the same level of understanding of Canadian politics as my cat.
 
2013-02-09 09:07:42 PM

apoptotic: two towns over: randomjsa: The fact that they're crying about corporate funding and calling it 'shadowy' while whining about the use of a stock photo clued me in immediately... I didn't even need to know it was the NDP they were working against.

Yes, there are people with a lot of money who have the audacity to be something other than a hardline liberal so either quit taking boat loads of money from the rich people who are hardline liberals or quit whining when somebody else besides you does it.

You have all these opinions about US politics and you're.........Canadian? I should have guessed, Americans are stupid, but not your brand of stupid.

Funny, reading the same post convinced me that he has about the same level of understanding of Canadian politics as my cat.


Which lead me to think he was from Canada.
 
2013-02-09 09:21:07 PM
Did anyone else see the Confession at the upper left about loving cock?
 
2013-02-09 09:42:05 PM
Veridian Dynamics
 
2013-02-09 09:52:46 PM

Kibbler: Veridian Dynamics


encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2013-02-09 09:56:45 PM
It's so nice to see US-style politics exported to Canada.  Maybe it will reduce our trade deficit.  As an aside, I was glad to hear that the Republicans are no longer saying that the Keystone pipeline will reduce US dependence on foreign oil as they now recognize Canada as an independent nation.  Instead the Republicans now say that the Keystone pipeline will reduce US dependence on OPEC oil which is accurate only until Canada joins OPEC.
 
2013-02-09 10:14:57 PM

atomic-age: Did anyone else see the Confession at the upper left about loving cock?


WTF
 
2013-02-09 10:15:00 PM

runwiz: It's so nice to see US-style politics exported to Canada.  Maybe it will reduce our trade deficit.  As an aside, I was glad to hear that the Republicans are no longer saying that the Keystone pipeline will reduce US dependence on foreign oil as they now recognize Canada as an independent nation.  Instead the Republicans now say that the Keystone pipeline will reduce US dependence on OPEC oil which is accurate only until Canada joins OPEC.


It makes perfect sense: the Republicans favor a pipeline right through the US so that oil can be shipped to Communist China that also has state mandated abortions. And Obamas against it.
 
2013-02-09 10:36:00 PM

atomic-age: Did anyone else see the Confession at the upper left about loving cock?


Wait, what?

i49.tinypic.com

... Oh wow.
 
2013-02-09 11:31:44 PM

Fluorescent Testicle: atomic-age: Did anyone else see the Confession at the upper left about loving cock?

Wait, what?

[i49.tinypic.com image 621x542]

... Oh wow.


Welcome to Fark Vancouver.

Port cities are notoriously friendly.

/It's the Georgia Straight, innit? Vancouver's preeminent Free lefty leaning paper replete with saucy content.
//I started reading it regularly back in the 80s when it was the only rag in town that ran Groening's Life in Hell strip.
///Later it was one of the first papers outside of Seattle to run Savage Love. Still worth a read although yeah some of those Confessions *are* kinda eye rollers.
 
2013-02-09 11:37:20 PM
Is it bad the first thing I noticed is the size of the melons in the lower right hand corner? Sure, belly is a tad big...but damn.
 
2013-02-10 12:54:28 AM

Mrbogey: Hollie Maea: Does it ever bother conservatives the the only way they can win any issue is through deception and fraud?

The BC Liberal Party is conservative.

My mind is blown.


British Columbia has long been governed by a loose coalition of fiscal and social conservatives who routinely screw it up by getting caught in various corruption schemes and getting turfed out of office allowing the NDP to take the reins for a term or two.

The last time that happened it pretty much killed the party (Social Credit) in the mid-nineties and they decided to co-opt the Liberal brand and after the NDP shot themselves in the foot (again) they found themselves quickly back in power and faked being liberal good enough to win a couple of elections.

Recently they've faked being liberal a little too well, as the right wing of the party has gotten a little restless and the Conservative party has siphoned off support from the middle and that, combined with the usual corruption that they just can't seem to help themselves from doing, has left the NDP leading in the polls and poised to re-take power in the upcoming provincial election.

With a little luck this will give BC a real liberal party that can truly govern from the center. (The Canadian center that is)

/best part ... the ensuing confusion of terms has apparently caused randomjsa to stroke out
 
2013-02-10 09:18:47 AM
Holy fark, did anyone notice the left side column?

1st story:  Confession about loving cock.
2nd story:  Missed connection *yawn*
3rd story:  It's hard to find honest women who like cuckolding.

Seriously?
 
2013-02-10 09:54:28 AM

Jesus Farking Christ: Holy fark, did anyone notice the left side column?

1st story:  Confession about loving cock.
2nd story:  Missed connection *yawn*
3rd story:  It's hard to find honest women who like cuckolding.

Seriously?


They usually aren't.

There's always a pocketninja lurking about.
 
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