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Posted: Monday, July 30, 2012 12:17 pm | Updated: 12:37 pm, Mon Jul 30, 2012.

A billboard in southwestern Idaho that compares President Barack Obama's foreign policy and the Colorado shooting suspect's alleged crimes, has gained the attention of national news outlets, and the image has gone viral online.

The electronic billboard in Caldwell displays a picture of Obama and James Holmes side by side.

Above the picture of Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater, the billboard says: "Kills 12 in movie theater with assault rifle" and then underneath: "Everyone freaks out."

 

Above the Obama photo, the billboard says: "Kills thousands with his foreign policy" and then below: "Wins Nobel Peace Prize."

Maurice Clements helps run the billboard as an executor for the estate of libertarian Ralph Smeed, who used it to skewer government and politicians before his death in 2010.

Clements told the Idaho Statesman (http://bit.ly/MPwcRn ) the latest message isn't trying to connect Obama and Holmes, but compare society's reactions.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that local Democratic leaders are frustrated by the sign.

“I think even Ralph Smeed would object to it,” Canyon County Democratic Party communications director Judy Ferro said, reports the Press-Tribune. “There’s no factual basis to it at all … it’s just offensive.”

The billboard’s message drew more than 70 comments, most of them critical, on the Idaho Press-Tribune’s Facebook page Friday.

“To the extent that it feeds rage and anger and divisiveness, it’s unhelpful to the public debate,” Canyon County Democratic Party Chairman Bob Solomon said about the billboard. “It’s just going over the top."

Source: Associated Press

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  • inclined posted at 5:17 pm on Tue, Jul 31, 2012.

    inclined Posts: 682

    Colorado’s gunman, is a doctoral student in neuroscience, that’s the field of study encompassing the various scientific disciplines dealing with the structure, development, function, chemistry, pharmacology, and pathology of the nervous system.

    This murder could be about the country, about the characters we are. This man’s life is talking about the system that runs things, all the organs and strings that connect at central.

    “New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said he was told the gunman had painted his hair red and called himself the Joker, but Aurora police would not confirm that.” With the full marshaling of all in his power, this man takes us from the comic, from the Old French reveler, meaning to raise tumult, to the Latin rebellāre to rebel. And whereas Comic Drama, the Comic theater told a story, and had actors, the Comic Opera did it with music,
    this man did it with guns and bullets, and it was no play. It was a madness. Exactly.

    The actual scene, our government, our centers of governing has a joker. Is it the joker, and not batman who would save us all?
    Is this the drama? Is the tragic distinctiveness on our stage? Does this man, this murderer, stand for the vividness, due to the contrast of worlds, the comic and the real, tell us that what we have is not saving us--he is killing us?

    As the story moves forward, we find Bruce Wayne has become a recluse, unwilling to go on without the one he loved(whom he lost in the last film). His friend, Commissioner James Gordon was able to pass the Dent Act and put a thousand of Gotham’s criminals behind bars. But Gordon only did so by feigning Batman’s guilt for Harvey Dent and the Joker’s destruction. So now a lie, instead of the Dark Knight, keeps evil at bay. What are we talking about here, a make believe, or the real?

    In a setting that will no doubt resonate with many Americans, the people of Gotham feel a profound distrust of their leaders—both state and federal. That coupled with pushed class warfare, illegal immigration,
    Obamacare(the cosmic tax), Fast and Furious, Union assault in Mich., increased spending, over 900 new regulations, has fueled comparisons to a Socialist takeover, the Occupy Wall Street movement, and criticism of Bain Capital and its connection with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. With the royal amnesty, our king in effect declared “None shall interfere, do as you please … spoils shall be enjoyed!” and setting up the stage for the royal edict claiming executive privilege defying the Supreme Court, but as the curtain is pulled back, the creator paints a crisis far beyond our current political situation. Like 9/11 in our past, the movie’s darkness is stuff more and more Americans are beginning to touch.

    With this shooting in Colorado, the most disturbing parallel of the shooters life, and of the film’s message, is the betrayal or apocalyptic havoc of the film’s villains. We are with greater probability that the nature of the lie working in this country is on a plane beyond the imagination of the movies. That the possible darkness we really have in this government, is so convoluted, so great a tangle, like all the neurons in the brain, is nearly too great to undo. He got away with it. “In a recent article in the Journal of Theoretical Biology, two mathematicians and a physicist use a mathematical model show how the "destructive agents" (which they aptly call "Jokers") can help people avoid the tragedy of the commons. What's the tragedy of the the commons? It's when people try to make the world a better place, but doing so is costly. Free-riders can enjoy the benefits of a better world without paying the costs of helping to create it. So free-riders out-compete everyone else, and all are the worse for it.” Here is the twist that makes the joker the hero, the savior. These people are writing about sharing the wealth, the Socialist, welfare state heaven on earth.

    We are made aware that our president’s own journey, contrary to the movie’s hero, was political and ideological. If you listen to Michelle, his coming to our world was a spiritual thing. And before Batman can save Gotham, his own dead heart had to be quickened. He’ll have to find fear again, that surge of adrenaline that comes with holding life dear. In that newness of life, he may be able to inspire new faith in the people of Gotham—faith strong enough to prevail against the forces of chaos that would dismantle all they hold dear.

    But, Joker is strong. His power is great. Americans are confused, sadly. We don’t know when we are watching a movie or dealing with the real world. This killer made an indelible scar on our psyche. Maybe all this does relate to a darkness past pop and pop corn? The people killed, and their families, know a darkness in new dimensions.

     
  • inclined posted at 5:01 pm on Tue, Jul 31, 2012.

    inclined Posts: 682

    Colorado’s gunman, was a doctoral student in neuroscience, that’s the field of study encompassing the various scientific disciplines dealing with the structure, development, function, chemistry, pharmacology, and pathology of the nervous system.

    This murder could be about the country, about the characters we are. This man’s story is about the system that runs things, all the organs and strings that connect at central.

    The gunman had painted his hair red and called himself the Joker. With the full marshaling of all in his power, this man takes us from the comic, from the Old French reveler, meaning to raise tumult, to the Latin rebellāre to rebel. And whereas Comic Drama, the Comic theater(and they had actors), the Comic Opera did it with music. This man did it with guns and bullets, and it was no play. It was a madness. Exactly.

    The actual scene, our government, our centers of governing has a joker. Is it the joker, and not batman who would save us all? Is this the drama? Is this tragic distinctiveness on our stage? Does this man, this murderer, stand for the vividness, due to the contrast of worlds, the comic and the real, tell us that what we have is not saving us--he is killing us?

    As the story moves forward, we find Bruce Wayne has become a recluse, unwilling to go on without the one he loved(whom he lost in the last film). His friend, Commissioner James Gordon was able to pass the Dent Act and put a thousand of Gotham’s criminals behind bars. But Gordon only did so by feigning Batman’s guilt(for Harvey Dent) and the Joker’s destruction. So now a lie, instead of the Dark Knight, keeps evil at bay. What are we talking about here, a make believe, or the real?

    In a setting that will no doubt resonate with many Americans, the people of Gotham feel a profound distrust of their leaders—both state and federal. That coupled with pushed class warfare, illegal immigration, Obamacare(the cosmic tax), Fast and Furious, Union assault in Mich., increased spending, over 900 new regulations, has fueled comparisons to a Socialist takeover, the Occupy Wall Street movement, and criticism of Bain Capital and its connection with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. With the royal amnesty, our king in effect declared “None shall interfere, do as you please … spoils shall be enjoyed!” and setting up the stage for the royal edict claiming executive privilege defying the Supreme Court, but as the curtain is pulled back, the creator paints a crisis far beyond our current political situation. Like 9/11 in our past, the movie’s darkness is stuff more and more Americans are beginning to touch.

    With this shooting in Colorado, the most disturbing parallel of the shooters life, and of the film’s message, is the betrayal or apocalyptic havoc of the film’s villains. We are with greater probability that the nature of the lie working in this country is on a plane beyond the imagination of the movies. That the possible darkness we really have in this government, is so convoluted, so great a tangle, like all the neurons in the brain, nearly too great to undo. He got away with it.

    In a recent article in the Journal of Theoretical Biology, two mathematicians and a physicist use a mathematical model show how the "destructive agents" (which they aptly call "Jokers") can help people avoid the tragedy of the commons. What's the tragedy of the the commons? It's when people try to make the world a better place, but doing so is costly. Free-riders can enjoy the benefits of a better world without paying the costs of helping to create it. So free-riders out-compete everyone else, and all are the worse for it.” Here is the twist that makes the joker the hero, the savior. These people are writing about sharing the wealth, the Socialist, welfare state heaven on earth, and those that oppose.

    We are made aware that our president’s own journey, contray to the movie’s hero, was political and ideological. If you listen to Michelle, his coming to our world was a spiritual thing. Before Batman could save Gotham, his own dead heart will have to be quickened. He’ll have to find fear again, that surge of adrenaline that comes with holding life dear. In that newness of life, he may be able to inspire new faith in the people of Gotham—faith strong enough to prevail against the forces of chaos that would dismantle all they hold dear.

    But Joker, au contraire, is innately strong. His power is great. Americans are confused, sadly. We don’t know when we are watching a movie or dealing with the real world. This killer made an indelible scare on our psyche. Maybe all this does relate to a darkness past pop and pop corn? The people killed, and their families, know a darkness in new dimensions. Get out the theater America. Now!

     
  • heatherfeather posted at 9:20 am on Tue, Jul 31, 2012.

    heatherfeather Posts: 297

    Oh well, Idaho isn't Obama country. This might offend the 14 people statewide who plan to vote for him, but the rest of us don't care, nor do we care about what people in New Yawk City think.

    I doubt Obama will even visit Idaho this year.

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 6:24 am on Tue, Jul 31, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Liberals are just morons.
    Today, blobhama'sad had his Justice Dept found out: they protected the Black Panthers who influenced elections with baseball bats.
    Course, no communist will have a THING to say about that....cuz it's so "equal".....
    Liberals are POISON to America.

     
  • yarply posted at 3:26 am on Tue, Jul 31, 2012.

    yarply Posts: 485

    I have noticed when children and criminals get caught doing something wrong they say after after denial is,, well so and so did it too.

    Well so and so started it. He did it too. Drooling yet?

     
  • area man posted at 8:45 pm on Mon, Jul 30, 2012.

    area man Posts: 78

    Yeah, stupid people will do and believe in anything so long as it suites their petty little ideas. This billboard ad is right up there with the UN black helicopter ad that was there years ago. Forget the fact that the teabagger types were the ones telling liberals that they'er un-American for not supporting Bush Jr during the run up the the War in Iraq...talk about a mass murder of American soldiers over a war under false pretenses. There is your true war criminal along with D!ck Cheney.

    If not soon satisfied and have not fully gotten their way,, starts gibbering ,drooling and having hysterical fits. If people holdout long enough they may throw themselves down on the ground and kick their feet.Typical.


    Yep, judging by the zealot who put this ad up and the teabagging supporters I would say that it is true.

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 7:26 pm on Mon, Jul 30, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    I LIKE the message because it is TRUE.

     
  • yarply posted at 5:21 pm on Mon, Jul 30, 2012.

    yarply Posts: 485

    To the extent that it feeds rage and anger and divisiveness,

    So who exactly is it enraging and making angry, and causing to be divisive?
    Oh you mean the emotionally out of control communist liberals who when ever they see, hear or read about something which is contrary to their world view and insulting about their god, throws a temper tantrum, sends hate mail, threats. If not soon satisfied and have not fully gotten their way,, starts gibbering ,drooling and having hysterical fits. If people holdout long enough they may throw themselves down on the ground and kick their feet.Typical.

     
  • yarply posted at 4:57 pm on Mon, Jul 30, 2012.

    yarply Posts: 485

    Sheesh... Sorta rough on Holmes. He hasn't even been convicted and he is being compared to a mass murderer.

     
  • ccryder posted at 3:38 pm on Mon, Jul 30, 2012.

    ccryder Posts: 5

    they should of put holder's picture and name along with oboma's. then the picture would be almost complete.

     
  • Keven Johnson posted at 12:50 pm on Mon, Jul 30, 2012.

    Keven Johnson Posts: 1253

    Ms. Ferro and Mr. Solomon, somethimes the truth stings..... but it's the truth nevertheless.

     
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