Thursday, September 10, 2009

DEFEAT LNTELLIGENCE: Let your voice be heard, support Yosi

Voice your support for Yosi

Don't let a good man take the wrap for the FOX NEWS CYCLE

Write to Rocco Landesman
National Endowment for the Arts
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20506-0001
[email protected]

Likewise the College Art Association should be urged to take a speak up:

College Art Association
275 Seventh Avenue,
18th Floor, New York, NY 10001
T: 212-691-1051 F: 212-627-2381
[email protected]

thanks aden for the info

FUCK YOU GLENN BECK-Instant Karma is coming for your ass---Yosi Sergant, Administration Aide Demoted: Glenn Beck Strikes Again

We can no longer stand idly by and watch this mindless, and fucking unbelievable asshole tear holes in the integrity and dignity of this country. It is time for action. It is time for accountability for all the lies and propaganda dressed up as talking points and political dissent. No more, this is the line and they have crossed it. They have dragged our country back to the dark ages, with all the intellect and reason salem witch trials.

It is time that we get together and we get creative.

Yosi is a great man, he is tirelessly served to better this country; not to profit like these jackals, but to lift america up in it's aspirations and expectations of who we are, and who we can become.

Research and find ways to put in an end to this neo-mccarthyism. If you are a lawyer or know one please help get creative with legal options.

Contact the FCC, and your congressional representative and voice your support for Yosi, and tell them we are not going to allow this any more.

If you know Yosi please send him your support, he has done so much for all of us and he deserves much better than this.

Yosi, I am proud of you man. You have made a difference and brought our country one step closer to that dream of what american can be. This is not over by a long shot. Government needs minds and hearts like yours to keep our country great, and to lift out of the darkness we have been cast in.

Obama has been everything I could hope for as a president but he is only one man. It is hard working, selfless, and passionate people like yourself that bring about the change this country so desperately deserves and needs.

You are doing the things that we all should, and wish we could. You are helping make this country a place we can be proud to love again, not only in it's promises of a better tomorrow but pride we can take for the things that are being done today.

I salute you, and we have your back.

This will be our rallying cry.

You are a voice we need, and a voice we demand.

We will not let it be drowned out by this sideshow carnival barker.

You have done the heavy lifting and allowed us to dream. You have shown me what is possible if you follow your passion, and stay true to your ideals. We are all forever in your debt.

You have played a major role in helping make this country great again. That will in itself while shine on, years after the claptrap and hysterics of this buffoon are nothing more than footnotes in the study of mass psychology and the madness of crowds.

We cannot stand let this injustice and idiocy (or idiocracy) stand.

This is the full post from Huffington Post

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UPDATE: The NEA has updated their statement to emphasize that Yosi Sargent remains with the agency, but in a different position: "As regards Yosi Sergant, he has not left the National Endowment for the Arts. He remains with the agency, although not as director of communications."

Sources familiar with the situation say that the move represents a significant step down and was the result of the controversy. Discussion about his new duties is still ongoing.

Glenn Beck has struck again.

Yosi Sergant, who recently popped up on Beck's radar for his involvement in a conference call on national service, has been asked to resign as communications director by the National Endowment for the Arts, sources familiar with the move tell the Huffington Post.

At issue was an August conference call in which the NEA encouraged select artists to participate in an administration project dubbed "United We Serve" and led by the first lady.

Beck attacked Sergant and the NEA on his Fox News talk show, accusing the agency of propaganda efforts similar to those used by Nazi Germany. And now Sergant has been tossed overboard, making him Beck's second victim in his campaign to rid the administration of perceived radicals, socialists, communists, fascists, anarchists and all other manner of nefarious influences.

Perhaps not coincidentally, both Sergant and Van Jones - Beck's first takedown - have roots in on-the-ground organizing and were tightly connected with the grassroots progressive community.

The NEA wouldn't comment on Sergant's situation specifically, saying that it was a confidential personnel matter.

The White House did not come to Sergant's defense but says it was not involved in asking him to leave. "The White House did not ask for Mr. Sergant's resignation," administration spokesman Shin Inouye told HuffPost.

But the NEA did provide this statement:

"On August tenth, the National Endowment for the Arts participated in a call with arts organizations to inform them of the president's call to national service. The White House office of public engagement also participated in the call, which provided information on how the Corporation for National and Community Service can assist groups interested in sponsoring service projects or having their members volunteer on other projects. This call was not a means to promote any legislative agenda and any suggestions to that end are simply false. The NEA regularly does outreach to various organizations to inform of the work we are doing and the resources available to them."

[UPDATE: The NEA adds this line to the statement: "As regards Yosi Sergant, he has not left the National Endowment for the Arts. He remains with the agency, although not as director of communications." Sources familiar with the situation say that the move represents a significant step down and was the result of the controversy. Discussion about his new duties is still ongoing.]

An artist on the call recorded it and gave the recording to Beck, who played it on air as proof of a government conspiracy to co-opt arts organizations and warp the minds of Americans. "Your government is trying to trick you, use your tax dollars to change your mind. It's called propaganda. The people involved in the conference call, including the White House, knew that this was on the fence if not outright illegal," says Beck.

Sergant has a long history with the Obama campaign, having led the media effort for Shepard Fairey, the artist behind the iconic "Hope" portrait that Obama has credited with helping him win. (See this L.A. Weekly profile to get a feel for Sergant.)

On Sept. 1, Beck came after Sergant. After claiming that Nazi propaganda was based on America's early 20th-century progressive movement, Beck says that the progressives are at it again

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a public-private partnership created in 1993 with a mission similar to one Obama pressed during his campaign, during which he repeatedly promoted national and community service.

For Beck, however, the service promotion is a specter of totalitarianism and he interviewed an artist who said that he was uncomfortable working in coordination with the White House.

The Washington Times editorial page also came after Sergant, asking if the NEA had invited artists to be on the conference call.

"The NEA didn't invite...We were a participant in a call. It was a third party that did the invitation," Sergant told the conservative page.

The Times published an invite that Sergant had sent out, saying it had caught him committing "official dishonesty." It's a nice gotcha, but would the Bush administration have cut such an aide loose?

Sergant didn't return a call and the NEA declined to comment further. Press officers with the Corporation for National and Community Service didn't immediately return calls.

Sergant is, by all accounts, a highly-talented grassroots organizer and promoter, but communications director for the NEA is a position that requires a high level of political dexterity: the arts agency is constantly under fire from extremist activists who see it as propagating a liberal, libertine agenda. The day the culture war is finally declared over, there will still be skirmishes over the NEA.

Beck, however, is now trolling for bigger fish. Shortly after taking out Van Jones, he sent a note to his followers instructing them: "FIND EVERYTHING YOU CAN ON CASS SUNSTEIN, MARK LLOYD AND CAROL BROWNER."

UPDATE: The initial story about Sergant and the NEA conference call first appeared on the conservative blog Big Hollywood, which is run by Andrew Breitbart, a friend and ally of Matt Drudge, who runs the Drudge Report. Breitbart first ran a blog post by the artist later interviewed by Beck.

Ryan Grim is the author of This Is Your Country On Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America

Joseph Goebblestein?

More viciousness from Glen Beck. Friend of the Show and my former roommate, Yosi Sergent, has fallen prey to the Crying Man. Low-hanging fruit, indeed (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Wilson shouts 'you lie' at Obama, then apologizes...Joe Wilson you are a fucking idiot

Rep. Wilson shouts to Obama during speech: 'You lie'

fuck you kudos go out to all the fucking douchebag republicans tweeting during the speech

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Republican House member shouted "You lie" during President Obama's health care speech to Congress on Wednesday, and members of both parties condemned the heckling.

Rep. Joe Wilson shouted "You lie" after President Obama denied health reform would cover illegal immigrants.

After the speech, South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson issued a statement apologizing for his outburst.

"This evening, I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the president's remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill," the statement said. "While I disagree with the president's statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the president for this lack of civility."

Wilson also called the White House to apologize and spoke with Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who accepted the apology on the president's behalf, according to a senior administration official.

"We can disagree without being disagreeable," Emanuel said to Wilson, according to the official. "That was the point of the president's speech."

The outburst came when Obama denied that proposed health care legislation would provide free health coverage for illegal immigrants. Immediately, Wilson shouted, "You lie!" Watch the outburst and the chamber's response »

The outburst caused Obama to stop and look toward the heckler. "That's not true," the president responded. Fact check: Will reform plan cover illegal immigrants?

Behind him, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared shocked and turned toward the outburst as Vice President Joe Biden looked down and shook his head. Loud boos echoed through the chamber immediately after the outburst.

While it was the most attention-getting, Wilson's shout wasn't the only demonstration of displeasure made by Republicans during the speech.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, wore a sign around his neck that said, "WHAT BILL?" And when Obama asked Republicans to share their health reform ideas with him, a small group raised up a stack of papers above their heads.

After the speech, Republican Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate defeated by Obama last year, called Wilson's outburst "totally disrespectful" and said he should apologize.

Appearing on CNN's "Larry King Live," he said there was "no place for it in that setting or any other and he should apologize immediately."

Other Republicans also criticized Wilson, along with the expected Democratic condemnation.

"It was crude and disrespectful," said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, a top Senate Democrat. "I think the person who said it will pay a price."

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, called on Wilson to go to the floor Thursday and apologize.

She said Wilson's comment and other GOP tactics "strike me as odd. ... The minority leader has to get control of his conference."

But Jackson Lee described Wilson as "a likeable guy, seemingly reserved" and said it was "rather surprising" when saw who shouted the comment.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina, echoed the sentiment.

"I was always taught that the first sign of a good education is good manners. I think that what we saw tonight was really bad manners," he said. "And, having a spirited debate is one thing, exercising bad manners is another. That was beyond the pale -- and I would hope that he would publicly apologize on that same floor to the president of the United States for that insult."

Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan and ranking Republican on the Ways & Means Committee, told CNN Radio he wasn't happy with the outburst.

"I don't advise that. ... I think it's important to listen as respectfully as possible," he said.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, also denounced the heckling.

"Certainly, I respect the office of the president, and I think that's not the kind of thing that is appropriate in that kind of setting especially," he said. "I don't know who said it, but my sense is most people don't think it was a good idea it occurred. And I happen to be one of those."

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told CNN affiliate WIS-TV in Columbia that he, too, was disappointed.

"The president's combative tone did not justify a member of Congress shouting out, 'You lie,' " said Graham. "Our nation's president deserves to be treated with respect. It was an inappropriate remark, and I am glad an apology has been made."

South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler took it further.

"Once again a South Carolina Republican has embarrassed our state," Fowler's office said in a statement that referred to S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford's extramarital affair.

"Never has any member of Congress shown such disrespect for the president during a speech," Fowler wrote. "One would think that as a member of the military, Joe Wilson would have more respect and patriotism than he displayed tonight. When Congressman Wilson insulted President Obama, he also insulted the American public. Joe Wilson is a poor example of a statesman and an American. He owes an apology to the president and the American people."

The Democrat hoping to unseat Wilson in next year's midterm elections also quickly seized on the Republican's outburst.

"Rep. Wilson's behavior tonight exemplifies everything that is wrong in Washington," Democrat Rob Miller said in a statement provided to CNN. "Instead of engaging in childish name-calling and disrespecting our commander-in-chief, Joe Wilson should be working towards a bipartisan solution that makes quality, affordable health care available to each and every South Carolinian."

After the speech, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, tweeted that it was the "biggest" disappointment of the evening.

"Biggest disappointmnt of evening, the total lack of respect shown by one member for the President," she wrote. "Never acceptable to behave like a jerk."

Wilson, who has served five terms, represents the state's 2nd congressional district, which includes the state capital, Columbia, and stretches to Beaufort and Hilton Head Island.

even if this is meant to be ironic...

it still fucking sucks...

sorry dude, friend request denied.

beverly kills, jesus.