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So Big Hollywood has been going after Rock the Vote lately. I’m not entirely sure why, other than that it’s an election year. If the whole ACORN mess taught us anything (and it didn’t), it’s that assholes like those in BREITBART’S CREW just flat-out don’t want more people to vote.
Resident in-house ummmmm artist Alvaro Alvillar went so far as to post this awesome piece the other day, clearly created in the version of MS Paint that shipped with Windows 95. The Big Hollywood position isn’t “Vote!”; it’s “Get smart, then vote.” In this context, Alvillar’s implying that A) young people are stupid, and, B) if you haven’t had the requisite indoctrination, you are not qualified to vote.
Being the crazy LIBTARD that I am, I actually think that everyone has the right to vote, and everyone should be free to exercise it as he or she sees fit. If the self-styled martyrs at Big Hollywood think the voting public is insufficiently educated as to the evils of the NEA, NOW, the SEIU, the United Nations, socialism, and um, “transparency,” and “steal,” that’s not a failure on the part of the voting public to “get smart,” that’s a failure on the part of the BREITBART’S CREW to get their message out without looking like crazy people.
But anyhow, that’s not what this post is about. This post is about Pam Meister, Internet Detective.
Back in December, Rock the Vote came out with a video featuring Eva Amurri and Zach Gilford – who the hell are they, anyway? Guess I’m not young enough to rock — and a bunch of other unknown wannabe actors encouraging young people to “rock the vote” by withholding sexual favors from anyone who dares to believe that a government takeover of health insurance is a bad thing.
Oh yeah, I remember that video. Why are we talking about it now that the health bill is stalled? Whatever. Also, Zach Gilford is fucking awesome. I’m always a little surprised that conservatives don’t give Friday Night Lights more love. It’s about a strong nuclear family with a tough and eminently capable patriarch going around being traditional and awesome, all deep in the heart of red-state country. I guess there’s not enough Muslim-bashing or something.
Traditionally used to sell items like beer and aftershave, sex is now being utilized to encourage citizens to give in to an unconstitutional take over of one sixth of the American economy. Has sex really become that commonplace and tacky?
Yes, sex has become exactly that “commonplace and tacky.” Where has Meister been since, oh, I don’t know, the invention of communication? And I find “commonplace” a bizarre word-choice there. Sex should be… rare? elusive? zah?
Rock the Vote is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Because of their tax status, non-profits are…
…prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.
Basically, what this means is that non-profits can’t come out and say, “Vote for so-and-so,” or “Vote NO on this proposition,” or “Tell your senator to vote yes/no!” However, voter education activities are not prohibited if they are conducted in a non-partisan manner.
Tell me exactly how a group that comes out and tells people to support the current form of “health care reform” is non-partisan.
Happy to oblige! Issues-based advocacy is different from political advocacy, ie, 501(3)(c)s can advocate for health care, but they can’t advocate for Obama. That’s a pretty simple distinction, one that the IRS makes here.
Organizations may, however, involve themselves in issues of public policy without the activity being considered as lobbying. For example, organizations may conduct educational meetings, prepare and distribute educational materials, or otherwise consider public policy issues in an educational manner without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status.
It’s pretty telling that Meister simply can’t fathom a difference between policy and politics.
But, just in case that’s not clear, here’s a quick (obviously incomplete) list of conservative organization with 501(c)(3) status, found after 5 seconds of googling: The Cato Institute, The Conservative Caucus Research Foundation, the American Conservative Union, the m’fucking Christian Coalition. Not to mention the many churches and other religious organizations that advocate against gay rights and still enjoy 501(c)(3) status, or the host of other conservative organizations that enjoy tax-exempt 501(c)(4) status.
Enough tax code, though, things really get good when Meister goes deep cover to expose the LIBTARDS behind Rock the Vote’s insidious efforts to engage young people in the process of governance.
According to Ayeroff’s TimeWarner bio, he is “Co-Chairman of Rock the Vote, a non-partisan, non-profit organization he founded in 1989 in response to a wave of political attacks on freedom of speech and artistic expression. Rock the Vote is dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and helping young people realize and utilize their power to affect change in the civic and political lives of their communities. To date, the organization has registered more than a million young people to vote.”
Take a look at Ayeroff’s campaign contributions for 2008 – nary a Republican in sight. And back in 2007, following the Dixie Chicks brouhaha and their subsequent sympathy win at the Grammys, theNew York Times said that “Ayeroff, a longtime music executive and an academy member, said the resounding endorsement of the group reflected the fact that the academy represents ‘the artist community, which was very angry at what radio did, because it was not very American.’ Mr. Ayeroff said he voted for the Dixie Chicks in at least one category.”
What, voting with your wallet is un-American? And since the government doesn’t control radio – yet – it’s up to radio stations to decide if they want to play music from a particular group or not. Besides, when’s the last time we heard from the Dixie Chicks? Is Ayeroff still a big fan? Inquiring minds would like to know.
Actually, it’s hard for me to think of an issue I care less about than Ayeroff’s ties to the goddamn Dixie Chicks. And his personal political contributions are evidence of what, exactly? That he’s a Democrat? That disqualifies him from running a charitable organization the simply registers people to vote (in a highly-regulated and non-partisan manner), how?
I won’t belabor the point by rehashing all the googling Meister does for various RtV board members. One’s Linked-in profile says she’s in favor of high-speed rail! Quelle horror! One advocates against coal power! Hitler!
One was… present on election night?
In the question and answer portion of the bio, Smith is asked what the “biggest explosion you have ever seen/caused” is. Her answer? “Rallies, spontaneous dancing, and other expressions of pent of hope and fear and frustration and happiness on Election Night 2008… I was at the White House.” So, was she amongst the mob who was screaming at George W. Bush “na na hey hey goodbye” and people saying such tasteful things as “you can suck my **** Bush“? That certainly gives Smith her non-partisan props, wouldn’t you say?
She was in the same room as people who said mean things about Bush. We’ve uncovered something big, here, guys. Get Glenn Beck on the phone!
I just want to address one thing really quickly:
How can a group whose stated mission is “is to engage and build the political power of young people in order to achieve progressive change in our country” possibly run a “non-partisan voter registration campaign”?
RtV has registered millions of young conservatives. RtV holds events at the GOP conventions, has young Republican street teams, and conducts polls on the issues important to young Republicans.
Dr. Ted Baehr, who has a Juris Doctor, and so does not actually meet the conservative definition of “doctor,” has some startling evidence that, despite all indications to the contrary, people do not like movies with sex and violence in them.
This evidence is provided by… his own research company.
Once again, Movieguide® Magazine’s Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry shows that moviegoers prefer movies with no explicit sex, nudity and foul language. This was especially clear in 2008. Movies with no foul language, sex and nudity averaged significantly more money at the theatrical box office in America and Canada than movies with some or a lot of such vulgarity, sex or nudity.
The highest grossing movie of 2008 was The Dark Knight, which made over twice as much as the highest grossing family movie, WALL-E (which still had some robot lovin’).
But let’s say, for the sake of argument, that I buy his numbers. What the fuck is Big Hollywood getting at here? They’ve repped tirelessly for Gran Turino, and, lest we forget, here’s this nugget from the Male-Gigolo-in-Chief himself, anticipating an ultraviolent ol’ time at Watchmen.
As someone proudly “aroused by the look of vengeance, and by the stylized application of physical power,” — which in non-elite terms probably means: kicks unholy ass — Friday can’t get here soon enough.
Suddenly Big Hollywood is against violence in movies? Zah?
Chuck DeVore is running for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat in 2010. Chuck DeVore is pissed off that the California Energy Comission is proposing enery efficiency rules for plasma television which, by DeVore’s own numbers, use 4 times as much energy as even the inefficient old-skool CRTs.
I’m sure Chuck is gonna rake in the primary votes by posting on crappy blogs about issues no one cares about.