Tell that long tongue liar… sooner or later

February 17, 2008

Five cent tour for Patsaks:

If the Democratic leadership continues to hide behind sorry excuses for neutrality and fairness, card-carrying Democrats across America may become disillusioned with the Party. They know Barack Obama is a man that can win the presidential election. They know that he comes to the American people with more than a message of hope; he is a man of action. Democrats need their Party leaders to come out and lead the victory march- carrying the Illinois prophet on their shoulders.

Obama wins hearts and minds

The popularity contest has been decided; Barack Obama has won the heart of the American liberal. And he will make headway with disappointed conversatives and the religious right as well. No one can deny the upper hand of the silver tongued prophet from Illinois. His message of hope has gone as far to even touch the hearts and inspire the imagination of Europeans and other observers.

It has been a long time since the American people were this excited about a Party nominee, presidential election or about a presidential candidate. Americans and the world want an American president that brings empathy, courage, will and justice to the presidential office. Barack Obama appears to have all that and much more.
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Yes, we can- to the cause of Freedom.

February 15, 2008

This patsak will finally admit that for nth time, I have viewed will.i.am’s video for The Yes We Can Song. Based on an inspiring speech by Senator Barack Obama at a New Hampshire event, the video amplified the inspiration and it has went viral at warp speed.

The video is a masterpiece. It’s from the heart. It’s art. will.i.am, front man for hip hop phenomenon Black Eyed Peas and Director Jesse Dylan are media masters- will’s success in music already says as much. As a musical artist, will has demonstrated a strong feel for the pulse of a generation several times. The video has the the ingredients to move people to action. In my humble opinion, you can’t get better viral than this.

will.i.am schools Ogilvy – all of the big ad agencies, in fact. Naturally, Republicans and Hillary Clinton are not very happy about this triumph.

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Senator Obama, a Democrat, served eight years in the Illinois State Senate and since 2005 as a U.S. Senator for Illinois. Among his many achievements, he was the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review. As everyone knows, Obama is running for president and Obama’s candidacy for president is endorsed up and down from celebrities to senators including Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA). Described as a socialist by the right and all talk by Hillary Clinton, “the Illinois prophet” speaks clearly and down-to-earth with powerful words and wisdom like a Baptist minister.

What is surprising is that his mix of spiritual and political message does not seem to be offending liberals. Often quoting the bible by verse and number, he is an evangelist that speaks often about human dignity, empathy and compassion for our fellow man- not to mention the possibility of change, of healing America and repairing the world.

Yes, we can.

Here’s the message that I left on that blog:

I’m going to suspend my disappointment, suspicion, disillusionment and hesitation. will.i.am gave something strong from his heart and from his hope. We all need to give something strong from our heart and hope- if we are to change.

That change must be that we will join together in a common cause and hope as one people and one nation to further pursue the cause of Freedom.

This does not mean that I or you should abandon what we believe as individuals to be true, good and beautiful.

We must follow our conscience, each of us, but we must also work together and speak together because there are things that we can agree upon and accomplish together.

And, together, we can believe again that we are one people, one nation and one will for a common good, for a DREAM, and a freedom that embraces responsibility.

Here’s something from my heart and my hope to you…

Yes, we can.

Stan Faryna
Editor-in-chief of “Black and Right: The Bold New Voice of Black Conservatives in America” (Praeger, 1996)
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Thomas Sowell, Media, Politics and Idiocracy

February 13, 2008

Five cent tour in Bablion:

Things have changed; the Press has a new role in society- Media for advertising and marketing. As Thomas Sowell notes, The Press is not doing it’s duty. The good news is that New Media has replaced the advertising Media machine for unfiltered viewpoint and opinion.

The internet is a marketplace of opinion and views where people tell it like they see it and offer their personal opinion. Blogging and social networks are an example. And that thing that was The Press has become something else, an advertising Media machine. Soon enough, I regret that we all may be assimilated and retasked to the greatest unintended integrated marketing strategy ever. Unless we can keep the high ground of New Media.

Thomas Sowell on Media and Politics

Thomas Sowell writes this week about the Media and Politics. He makes an excellent example of Geoffrey Dawson at The Times of London in the 1930s. Dawson, Sowell explains, “filtered” the news in an effort to encourage peace after so much pain from the First World War, and thereby, unintentionally, downplayed the dangers of Hitler.

Sowell reminds us that journalists have a duty to tell the public “the truth as they see it and to offer their honest opinion as to what it means.”
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Filantropica and Business in Bucharest

February 10, 2008

Five cent tour for Patsaks:

Youtube link and my take on the award-winning Romanian film, Filantropica (2002), directed and written by Nae Caranfil. If you ever thought to do any kind of business or investment in Romania, watch this movie three times.

On the radar, G7 leaders, bankers and statesmen try to find the right words for their concerns about a global recession. Problems in the U.S. property market do not just hit home; the impact is global.

Perhaps, a reason for some to think about making their investments in a low cost labor market such as Romania.
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General Motors, a Mercedes Truck, and Love

February 8, 2008

Five cent tour for Patsaks:

Youtube clip (link) and my take on the award-winning Serbian romantic odyssey, The Red Colored Gray Truck.

Ebay and General Motors will get some mileage out of their plans to converge GM used car sales on Ebay Motors. But how come it took so long for them to figure this one out?
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Cammie Dunaway and The E*TRADE baby

February 5, 2008

Five cent tour for Patsaks:

Youtube clip (link) of the E*TRADE baby and my take on the value of online strategy helps advertisers digest the high cost of a Super Bowl ad placement

Cammie Dunaway, former Yahoo! CMO and now head of marketing for Nintendo Americas, takes online strategy fifty yards down the field for a touchdown.

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Cammie Dunaway and marketing

Cammie Dunaway, former Yahoo! CMO and Nintendo strategist, believes marketers must rethink what they have been doing. Her advice: understand the consumer as an individual, integrate marketing strategy, and use more online media. User engagement and customer behavior are important in getting it right. Pushing information to a general audience is outdated.

The proliferation of media, Dunaway believes, has helped marketers remove the guessing from previous marketing strategizing. Most of all, she explains, it provides “the ability to really get to the right consumer at the right time with the right message in ways that you couldn’t in the past.”
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Another great movie from Emir Kusturica

February 2, 2008

Five cent tour:

Youtube clip (link) of a German trailer for Emir Kusturica’s award-winning movie, Life is a Miracle. And my take on how the ass saves the day.

Steve Ballmer: Will his stubborn vision revitalize Microsoft by taking over Yahoo. Or is he just an ass?

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Emir Kusturica

Today, I saw yet another fantastic movie by Emir Kusturica, Life is a Miracle (2004). Here’s a German trailer for the movie:

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The orignial title is Zivot je cudo. This is the third movie by Kusturica I’ve seen. The other two were Underground and Black Cat, White Cat. Having enjoyed three of Kusturica’s movies, I’m grateful to my friend, Mihai Coman, for introducing me to Kusturica’s work.

A great and dramatic story that finishes with a happy ending- it can feed that faint spark of hope inside of me. That is important to me. Because I too need fuel, sometimes.

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