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Monday, February 09, 2009

Fear Itself

I recently pounced on a peculiar pro-Obama board called, "The Obama Forum".

Let me tell you, it's a doozy of a place. Like discovering Youtube that first time, you can lose yourselves in there for hours.

Any forum which features a section called "OBAMA NATION WATCH ~ Keeping an eye on our enemies" is itching for an Instalanche, or a Hot Air Ballooning (coinage!). At the very least, they should expect horrified readers wondering what on earth they are banging on about.

The thing of it is, The Obama Forum is clearly a parody site. Clearly.

You know why I know that? Apart from the fact that I have a brain, can use it to think, and I didn't fall out of the turnip truck yesterday or even the day before that, it's evident that what they say is done for effect. Think of it like the Onion, only with less carbonated burps.

The question then becomes, who owns the site, and what is their motivation for maintaining it? I can think of a few reasons.

Let's pretend the moderators are Democrats. They could either (a) want to poke fun at other Democrats who take Obama worship too far.

- or -

(b) Hope those not savvy enough to realise it's a parody site, who they believe would invariably be Republicans or those against Obama, would write-up an outraged piece on it. This would lead the anti-Obama crowd to look doubly stupid, and humourless when someone leaked the truth. The Obama Forum folks could then point and snigger at them because they behaved in the expectedly gullible/paranoid way, and much fun would be had at HuffPo by all.

Now let's pretend the moderators are Republicans.

Most people can instantly come up with many more reasons for this version, all invariably narrowing down to "they want to make Obama supporters look bad".

Additionally, they could be apolitical creatures who just want to have a little fun at the expense of all concerned. In other words, jerks with time on their hands.

I think I like that scenario the best, don't you?

By now, if you haven't clicked on the link above to The Obama Forum itself, you are wondering just how egregious their posts could be. Well, even though it's a parody site (I allege), certain incovenient posts have a tendency to fall off the face of the earthscapade, especially when it relates to anything to do with Barack Obama.

So for your convenience, I've made screencaptures of that one particular thread which first caught my eye.

It's called:

"List enemy license plates here"

I want you to click on the images below so you can read them yourselves. On the off-off-off-chance these are real licence plates, I don't want to contribute to their dissemination on Sundries, capiche?

Plus, I've always liked a slow reveal. It's sexier.







THE MASK BEGINS TO SLIP (Chauffered Mercedes, indeed)



Of course, you could ask why there are very few blogposts exposing this forum, by either gullible righties or appreciative lefties. Good question. I don't know. I did find an article about it on the NoBama blog.

The poor blogger didn't know what to make of the thing.

It could be a parody site…at least, I certainly hope so. If you can stomach it, here’s the link.

The board’s social groups include:

* Black Panther Party (”dedicated to protecting the black race, and the extermination of all whites”),

* Jewish Posters Union (”Any goyim gentiles are not allowed in our group. We are racist because G-d is racist.) ,

* People’s Independence Movement for Progress - P.I.M.P. (”We struggle for the good of all under the principles of Marx, Obama, Mao, Stalin, and Ashley Judd. We plan to lead the U.S.S.A. for the common good of all men, no matter how lazy.)

Dude, get a clue. P.I.M.P. Ashley Judd. 'Nuff said.

Of course, the fact that the owners of this site began it as a parody site, doesn't mean that every one of the 1800 registered users are in on the joke themselves. More than once in a while, you get the sense in a reply that they are down with worshipping Obama.

In a private sub-forum, which is visible briefly to you on registering, you are given the opportunity to learn how to worship the Lord Obama via the:

Temple of Latter Day Universalism ~ A Place Of Worship For OBAMATOLOGISTS

The regulars like to browbeat outraged newbies, most of them Christian, urging them to accept Barack Obama as their saviour.

The Christians in turn claim they have no need for Jesus-Barack; they believe in the real one who died for our sins, who had He lived, would certainly have been a registered Republican, thankyouverymuch.

It's all very amusing to observe these exchanges, in an outer Socratic circle kind of way.

Having exposed this hilarity to you, let me now change gears a bit.

Let me ask any of you out there reading this blogpost if you disagree with me, and think this is a genuine site, and all these outlandish posts are, on the contrary, very real indeed?

Or even better, if you are a Democrat, and had you found a similar forum lavishing praise on Bush (or being patently against Obama), would you automatically think it were real, and it never ever could be a parody?

Because I have news for both sets of people.

You are the kind of person who tends to believe the worst about those who oppose your political beliefs. This makes you weak intellectually, and liable to fall for any hoax, conspiracy theory, or libel out there.

I tend not to think in these terms about those I disagree with, however strongly.

This is why people like me are able to ascertain within a degree of certainty just exactly what is what therefore being less likely to fall prey to these tricks, and look like raving looneys.

My admission is not some pat on the back, even if it may sound it. On the contrary, I am saddened by the need for this ability. For in this day and age, such an ability almost ranks as a gift from God.

The pitfalls, especially for the young or impressionable, are overwhelming at the moment. They are exacerbated on both sides by rank hatred for the opposing viewpoint.

But I have also noticed it doesn't help if you come from or were raised in a closed society, where truth was rarely obtainable, and doubt was your mother's milk. Heck, I too might've come out that way if the Arab street had been my playground. I understand whilst never condoning.

No, the Obama Forum doesn't pass the smell test.

The EightMaps site, on the other hand...well, that's another kettle of fish.

Their goal is to list every address of all the donors who contributed to the anti-Prop 8 campaign in California. Though no one has explicitly given any orders, already there are reports that people are being harassed at their domiciles.

What other outcome could there possibly be, but harassment, repression, or even God forbid, possibly the death of a person targeted by these lunatics?

What other conclusion can there be, other than this group wants to make sure you know your life will be laid bare in future, should you behave the same way again?

Unlike the Obama Forum, the Eightmaps site's intent is crystal clear. That's the one you should fear, and blog about 'til you're blue in the face.

Up and at 'em.

This is no time for giving the benefit of the doubt.

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  • The sadirony of the Prop 8 thing is that it tells us for some folks, the real tragedy of homosexuals being abused or even killed is not that abuse and murder, but the target.

    Sort of like, one might think that blacks, having a history and understanding of how terrible racism can get, just wouldn't ever be racist.

    By Blogger blake, at Mon Feb 09, 05:33:00 am GMT-5  

  • There's the scene in The Simpsons Movie where Homer is exposed on the news as the one responsible for the town being placed under a bubble. Kent Brockman tells everyone Homer's address but that, "this news station doesn't condone vigilante justice," and then a "Get Him!" graphic flashes on the screen.

    The anti-Prop 8 donors thing is the same as pro-Lifers posting abortion docs addresses and names. The spokespeople get on the news and say they "don't condone violence/retaliation" but you can see the implied wink in their statements. (And the brainless Ken & Barbie "reporters" don't think to go deeper and question/confirm their sincerity.)

    One thing which is starting to concern me, referring to partisan blindness, is that I'm seeing conservatives starting to lurch towards the kind of behavior they condemned in liberals for the past eight years. Obama said the other day that people who support his giant spending/govermental waste bill were patriots which, of course, conservatives took to mean he was calling non-supporters unpatriotic. Now there are conservatives out there starting to say they are proud to be unpatriotic. This is not a good sign IMO.

    By Anonymous Starless, at Mon Feb 09, 08:30:00 am GMT-5  

  • As always, I love your profound thought processes. I am disturbed, however, with the blog's end. I must say that there are times Ignorance IS Bliss! Having a gay son, I am a firm believer in the acknowledgement of same-sex marriage and the benefits that come with such a union. But I am appalled that those who have been targeted would use the same tactics to target their moral enemies. I suppose it just proves that we really learn nothing from history except the need to repeat it incessantly because when WE repeat it, the outcome will surely be very different from the last time...won't it????

    By Blogger Caroline, at Mon Feb 09, 10:18:00 am GMT-5  

  • Fear Itself

    The fear tactics of "Eightmaps" will create more backlash then fear. That's the way it always works out, so long as courageous bloggers like yourself bring things up. Mega-kudos

    btw, who is this so-called "Big Chicken"?--maybe he needs some intervention.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Mon Feb 09, 02:15:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I never, and have never, condoned anything like that.

    By Blogger ElcubanitoKC, at Mon Feb 09, 11:29:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "The Obama Forum folks could then point and snigger at them"

    I think it's rather obvious why you don't like the Obama Forum.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Feb 16, 03:03:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Man oh man there is a wild racist on the loose. Someone call the OYB.

    ~Che Guevara

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Feb 16, 03:48:00 pm GMT-5  

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