We need to remember from the last election that the public doesn't associate the left with religion. This is big because religion and values (values almost sounds like religion these days) are the stallion legs running political power. The right knows this. Fox news definitely knows this.
The right cleverly chose words to describe this case which happen to be synonymous with those of the abortion debate: pro life, murder, evil. The strategy seems to be resonating with their listeners.
You see it doesn't matter what the issue is as long as religion can snuggle between the rhetoric. If religion is embedded long enough into our debates at the dinner table, which sadly are inspired by traditional media propagating the propaganda, then come election time religion carries that much more weight.
This is weight the dems want on their back but haven't figured out how to get it there.
Update: Mainstream headlines that reference God or religion in regard to the Schiavo case here, here, here, here.
I recently wondered why we use Guantanamo Bay as a detention center being in Cuba and all. Found some interesting stuff:
"U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay was established in 1898, when the U.S. obtained
control of Cuba from Spain at the end of the Spanish-American War, following the 1898 invasion of Guantánamo Bay. The U.S. government obtained a perpetual lease that began on February 23, 1903 from the newly independent Cuban state. The terms hold that the U.S., for the purposes of
operating coaling and naval stations, has "complete jurisdiction and control" of the area, while the Republic of Cuba is
recognized to retain ultimate sovereignty. A 1934 treaty reaffirming the lease granted Cuba
and her trading partners free access through the bay, modified the lease payment from $2,000 in gold coins per year, to the 1934
equivalent value of $4,085 U.S. Treasury Dollars, and added a requirement that termination of the lease requires the consent of
both the U.S. and Cuba governments, or the abandonment of the base property by the U.S. With over 3,000 U.S. troops, "Gitmo" is
the only U.S. base in operation on Communist soil, as of 2005."
Has Easter been in March before? Can Easter just be on anyday? A lot of people are saying the Easter Bunny wants more of a primetime slot and is battling it out with Jesus for the winter stakes.
Actually I just did a google search and instead of being a simple first sunday of the month or something the rule is:
"Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first ecclesiastical full
moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox; this particular ecclesiastical full moon is the 14th day of a
tabular lunation (new moon); and the vernal equinox is fixed as March 21."
Some context: "First, the growing power of weblogs when compared to the mainstream media. As the chart above shows, the most influential media sites on the web are still well-funded mainstream media sites, like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN. However, a lot of bloggers are achieving a significant amount of attention and influence. Blogs like bOingbOing and Instapundit are highly influential, especially among technology and political thought leaders, and sites like Gizmodo are seeing as much influence as mainstream media sites like MTV.com. A note on counting: Some organizations with multiple domains or highly syndicated strategies like the Associated Press and Reuters, are underrepresented in this chart, given that their impact is not easily countable using our methods. An interesting statistic to note is the current placement of subscription sites like WSJ.com (the Wall Street Journal). While the WSJ has begun to offer some content outside of its subscriber-only site, the policy is clearly costing them some influence and attention in the blogosphere, as bloggers find it difficult to link to articles in the subscriber-only sections. Also interesting to note is that even though The New York Times and The Washington Post require free registration to view the articles, bloggers are still linking to the stories. In addition, sites like the NY Times have worked out ways for links from bloggers to continue to be valid even after the article goes behind a paywall."
"Typically Gen Yers appear poised and self-confident.
After all, they were protected from having bad feelings about
themselves by parents and teachers allergic to the idea of little
Johnny ever feeling as if he was a failure. Their self-assurance can
grate on managers and supervisors.
But beneath their poised, confident exterior, there often lies a mass of doubts about work."
Hey Barbara, in your "understanding Gen Y on your way to work" talk, you might want to at least add a bit of grease before fitting us into your cookie mold. I mean the precise reason for why you have to now advertise/market to us Gen Yers in an interactive way under the social media blanket is because of our individuality.
We shot Tribe TV last week at the Alameda Flea Market in front of about 8,000 people. The first band was a bit too metal loud for a the nine o'clock 55 year old demographic and we almost got kicked out. One partner had cleared our being there, one hadn't, words were exchanged, spit was flying, tempers fuming and we had to promise that our second featured band would be more appropriate.
"Bat Makumba" came on to save the day. Families were dancing with their little ones, people were smiling and I've got a reason to root for Brazil now in world cup soccer. I've been bumping their brazilian funk tunes for the last week. Definitely would recommend buying a cd and designating it my Friday transition to weekend mode official CD.
I suppose I'm a country boy by nature so I feel the need to detach myself from chaotic city life here and there by escaping to twin peaks. By no means a secret spot but a respite from utter immersion nonetheless.
I seem to have a different metaphoric intake of the view each time I go. Attesting to the fact that I work in tech my metaphors seem to ever increasingly incorporate websites. Yesterday I said 'this is the site map of the SF Bay area website, it all suddenly becomes clear".
Fact: I work at tribe.net as a marketing manager Myth: All marketers are sleeze balls
Before I got a job as a marketing consultant at tribe.net I sort of viewed my personality traits as these idiosyncratic mystical me's. I would hear my friends say "he's funny" or "he's this or that" but I never analyzed how my traits could be channeled for productive purposes.
Things sort of change when you get a job. I say the vague term job because I don't know for sure if this may apply in different industries. The vets see you coming into the "job factory" and want to figure out which assembly line you fit. "He seems to schmooze pretty well...got some charm...that'll take him places".
The mystique suddenly gets compartmentalized. Spontaneous wit and charm that once was a great asset to have at the Friday night party is now an asset that needs to be optimized for upward mobility or the sale. The proverbial game face is encouraged without the huddles or locker room pep talks.
This being said I feel pretty fortunate to working at a start-up where I think individuality and innovation are lime-lighted. I guess it's just an observation worth noting for me having personal qualities evolve from amusing entertainment to ammo for survivability.