So Does ShePAC’s Viral Video About Bill Maher’s Comments Matter to You?

Yes, we all know about Rush (latest news) and we all know about the problems he is having.

But is this viral video (100,000 views in two days) by ShePac the way to address it? What do you think? Let us know.

We Thought This Video Was Satire But It Was Real: “Hooking Kids on Sex II”

Is this an Onion video? Nope, this is real. It is really real. Yes, they say Vagina Fruit Roll Ups. And did you know that masturbation is the gateway drug of Planned Parenthood? Yes, they do say this. Really they do.

As explained by the YouTube channel of The American Life League

Planned Parenthood exposes children to sexual material in order to seed a generation of sex addicts, who will become future customers for the abortion giant. This report exposes Planned Parenthood's sex-education programs, using images from Planned Parenthood's own websites, social networks, and events.

Daily Kos Founder @Markos Explains to Us Why Racist @CafePress Ad Appeared On Daily Kos

This afternoon @Markos of Daily Kos got back to us with answers and clarifications to why racist "SPICS" CafePress appeared on their site last night. Today @Markos said that Daily Kos will block CafePress as an advertiser for their site. We followed up with questions to him on our site and we are sharing his response listed below. We want to thank @Markos for responding to us.

FYI: Our original post was edited on this comment due to a typo.

So Will You See Will Ferrell in CASA DE MI PADRE?

On March 16, Will Ferrell will play the lead role in CASA DE MI PADRE, a movie that he will co-star with Diego Luna, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Genesis Rodriguez. Ferrell will be speaking Spanish in this new comedy. So, what do you think? Will you see it?

Here is the story:

And the trailer. So what do you think? Comedy that exploits stereotypical Mexican action movies or comedic brilliance?

Daily Kos Founder @Markos Addresses @CafePress “SPICS” Ads: Advertiser Will Be Blocked

UPDATE: @Markos answered our questions aorund 3pm EST on Friday March 9.

Around noon today, @Markos, the founder of DailyKos, commented on our on post about a racist "SPICS" Ad from CafePress, which had cycled into their Google ad stream last night on the Kos site. According to its founder, Markos said that Daily Kos is taking steps to block the advertiser.

We did ask to see if Daily Kos would comment on the other questions we sent to them last night, and if they do, we will share those as well.

UPDATE, 1:30 pm EST: @Markos elaborated some more.

 

 

 

You Knew It Was Coming: Five Walter Mercado Moments to Say HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Happy Birthday, Walter Mercado! Today, the ORIGINAL and the BEST PSYCHIC ever turned 80 years old today (story from our friends at REMEZCLA). Our friends at NBC Latino also wrote a cool piece as well. The native of Ponce, Puerto Rico was and will always be the REAL DEAL to us. We wish him the best in his recovery. To all those episodes where we were transfixed by his astrological brilliance, ¡GRACIAS! y amor, mucho mucho amor.

Some Walter moments for you.

Walter Selling the Psychic Friends Network

 

Walter Discussing AMOR

 

Walter and The Horoscopes

 

Walter on La Comay

 

 

Walter as Shanti Ananda

Who’s Responsible for Racist “SPICS” Ads on @DailyKos Site?

UPDATE, 1pm EST: Daily Kos founder @Markos has told us (see below or click on link) that advertiser will be blocked and he thanked us for bringing this to their attention.

Last night, we reported the news that automated "customized" CafePress racist ads appeared on the Daily Kos website, and that such type of advertising really needed to be monitored by web pages. The fact is, we can get all the "inside baseball" explanations about online advertising that many people are raising: it's not DK's fault, blame Google Ads, blame CafePress for generating the ad, etc. etc.

The fact remains: our staff went to the Kos' site last night (four times) and four times they saw a CafePress product ad that promote racist anti-Latino products with a coupon that promised 20%.

So who is responsible for this?

  • Daily Kos: in the end, the people who own and run the DK site are responsible for the page's content and they are also responsible for the ads that appear there. Daily Kos has no problem promoting how popular they are to advertisers, and it is clear to us that they are part of a larger online ad network that pushes this content out. We have sent DK several emails and tweets for clarification, and we have yet to hear anything, which quite frankly, totally goes against their online vibe. DK and @Markos are known online to be quick engagers and even take pride in their engagement power. Yet as of this morning (after two emails, a few tweets, and several FB wall posts last night), they have yet to contact us. (Ironically, Kos founder @Markos is half-Latino and has also generated a LatinoKos section on the site. So, basically, the message to us is this: Yes, the Latino audience is growing in the US, let's add a section to our page but at the same time let's display offensive and racist ads against Latinos.)

  • Google and its automatic algorithms: Google is a private company, and as such, it has a responsibility to tag ads that might be seen as offensive. Google should know better that ads such as the "SPICS" one from CafePress won't play well on a web page for "progressives." Enough with the automatic and technological systems, where are the actual human Google employees who need to monitor ads like these?
  • CafePress: we have spent plenty of page space the last week covering CP's racist products. They hide under freedom of expression, but in the end, they profit from "SPICS" ads and other offensive products. To us, that is just shifty. CP makes money off of racism. Simple as that. They can spin it all they want, until they actually enforce their own policy and content guidelines, we say #NoMames to them.

So, to all three we say: There Is a Sucker Born Every Minute. Take back the Internet, people. More humans in charge and leave the algorithms to the machines.

No Saturday Night Dates for the Rebels: We’ll Be Watching HBO’s Palin-McCain “Game Change” Movie

This is buzz and then there is white-hot buzz. "Game Change," a new HBO movie that dramatizes the 2008 election from the GOP side, is white-hot buzz.

The movie, which will premiere tomorrow March 10 at 9pm EST. Here is the official synopsis from HBO:

 

Starring Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Ed Harris, HBO Films’ GAME CHANGE follows John McCain’s (Harris) 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (Moore) as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election. Harrelson portrays Steve Schmidt, McCain’s senior campaign strategist.
 
Based on the bestselling book “Game Change,” by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, the film is directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong, whose previous collaboration was HBO’s Emmy® Award winning film, 'Recount.
 
A Playtone Production in association with Everyman Pictures; executive producers, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Jay Roach.