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The Quiet Storm
October 31, 2008 @ 20:40
It's been interesting to listen to American conservative talk radio over the past few days.
Mental midgets like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are telling Americans not to believe the polls which have Barack Obama way out in front.
Their strategy is elementary. They want Republicans to get out and vote. You know the deal, it's difficult to get people to get out and vote at the best of times, but when they think the outcome is a foregone conclusion it's even worse.
Limbaugh and Hannity know the polls are correct, but they're so desperate to push their perverted agendas, they'll like to their listeners, tell them the polls are wrong, and hope they'll get off their fat asses and maybe close the gap.
But it may all be a waste of time.
I spent Wednesday, Thursday and the better part of Friday at a conference in Toronto. It was the Corus Entertainment Leadership Conference and a good measure of it dealt with this rapidly changing technological world and the importance of radio and television to be connected to their audience through the "new" media.
Encourage collaboration with listeners and viewers. Encourage them to be part of the process by actually contributing content.
One of the most compelling panels involved four people under 25 years of age. They called it the "Net Generation Panel" and among the group was a 22 year old woman named Rahaf Harfoush from Toronto, who's a new media strategist.
She's just a kid, but she has big clients all over the world who depend on her to come up with ways to connect them with potential customers.
But right now she's reaching the end of a three month hiatus. She has spent the last three months in Chicago working on Barack Obama's New Media Team, and apparently it's been a smashing success that could very well provide the margin of victory.
It's every simple. When it comes to new media, Obama has clobbered John McCain.
It's not that McCain's team ignored the web. They used it, but as you might expect, they used it like a 71 year old man would use it compared to a progressive 47 year old.
McCain used it, but he didn't take full advantage of it like Obama did. And part of Obama's strategy was to hire some brilliant young minds like our own Rahaf Harfoush.
A gang of kids went Chicago and set up a social network that could very well blow the doors off Tuesday's election. They set up a network that challenged young Americans to take an interest in this election.
Much like it is in Canada, it's been difficult in the United States to get 18-24 year olds to become involved in the process. A lot of them don't vote because they're turned-off by politics. They tend to lean left, but only a small percentage are inspired enough to actually go out and cast a ballot.
This year could be much different.
Tens of millions of young Americans have been reached through Obama's on-line social network which has encouraged them to stand up and be counted this time. It's an historic election featuring two distinct candidates and "net" generation has apparently bought in.
If the response to the network is any indication they will come out in droves on Tuesday night in numbers that that have never been realized before.
Not only that, but these are people that haven't been counted in the polls. They don't talk to pollsters, and often aren't even asked. So come Tuesday, it could be overwhelming, which in way, makes Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity correct.
The polls aren't accurate. Obama may have an even bigger lead than they indicate.
October 31, 2008 @ 20:39
Not to repeat myself, but I have to say it again. I may be a Canadian conservative, but that doesn't put me anywhere close to an American conservative.
A Canadian conservative is a lot more in common with an American democrat, and I guess that's why I hope Barack Obama wins the election on Tuesday.
I think he's the right guy at the right time and he'll represent a refreshing change from eight ridiculous years of George W. Bush.
Having said that, I'm worried. I'm worried that the world's self appointed greatest democracy could come crashing down Tuesday night. Not from a literal standpoint, but more symbolic.
Anybody with a brain knows the fable that is the United States of America, all the crap about it being the world's greatest country and a beacon of hope and prosperity.
It's far from the world's greatest country, hell its doesn't even come close to Canada but the average American has eaten the bullshit so long, they won't even take the time to look at their northern neighbours and appreciate how much better off we are
Maybe on Tuesday, when everything they apparently stand for explodes, it will make a few million people wake up.
I have a feeling that the upcoming American election could reduce the United States of America to nothing better than a banana republic. I have a feeling the election could be "influenced" and Americans blacks will be the target.
If you thought voter irregularities in 2000 and 2004 were bad, you haven't seen anything yet. I fully expect that heavily populated African American areas of the United States will experience "problems" on Tuesday night. It will difficult for these people to cast ballots with anything and everything thrown in the way to prevent them from voting for Barack Obama.
The United States is poised to experience the largest African American voter turnout in its history and it simply won't be tolerated and everything possible will be done to prevent these people from voting. Hell, there was already evidence of it in advanced polling.
There will be excuses and cover-ups and propaganda to cover it up, but I truly believe it could happen.
The so-called greatest country on earth, the world's so called ultimate example of freedom and democracy could be so blatantly exposed on Tuesday night it may never recover.
October 31, 2008 @ 19:02
A Neighbour John Halloween
October 31, 2008 @ 19:01
Category: Neighbour John
Today With Neil Morrison
October 31, 2008 @ 19:01
Neil's chick, Halloween, cell phones and Obama..
Today With Craig And Matt
October 29, 2008 @ 15:39
Today With Curtis Bray
October 29, 2008 @ 09:00
October 28, 2008 @ 08:20
This posting proves I'm not always against the McGuinty government.
Even though he's built his empire on a stack of lies, and most of what he says can't be trusted or believed, from time to time he does come up with something rational.
Like a cell phone and GPS ban which will be introduced in the Ontario legislature today.
The proposed legislation wants to get people away from one hand driving and the distraction of looking away from the road while tending to other business.
Some might argue that all forms of telephone calls and global positioning should be banned, but at this point, that's unrealistic. We've crossed the line.
Too many people depend on constant communications in their jobs. We've established new standards and to take that completely away at this point would be too damaging.
Unfortunately, in this new world of multi-tasking, over work and horrendous expectations, to take phones out of cars completely at this point would put too many people at a disadvantage.
That's why the McGuinty government has taken the measures they have. A compromise that will take gadgets out of your hands while driving, but still allow you to communicate.
It makes sense.
October 28, 2008 @ 08:17
Today With Jeff McArthur
October 27, 2008 @ 12:11
Boys weekend, the dollar and Toronto streets.