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Obama Campaign Also Scraped Users’ Data From Facebook

You are seeing a lot of headlines about how Cambridge Analytica, which worked with the Trump campaign, used Facebook to compile personal information from voters’ profiles and used it to target them politically.

Oh my goodness! Those fascist Trump people, attacking your freedoms by accessing data YOU WILLINGLY GAVE TO FACEBOOK. You know, so you could make everyone watch your kid butcher the piano.

Well, guess what, the Obama people did the exact same thing, only I don’t remember any uproar about an invasion of everyone’s privacy. They were probably hailed in the press as geniuses.

From the Washington Post:

In 2011, Carol Davidsen, director of data integration and media analytics for Obama for America, built a database of every American voter using the same Facebook developer tool used by Cambridge, known as the social graph API. Anytime people used Facebook’s log-in button to sign on to the campaign’s website, the Obama data scientists were able to access their profile as well as their friends’ information. That allowed them to chart the closeness of people’s relationships and make estimates about which people would be most likely to influence other people in their network to vote.

“We ingested the entire U.S. social graph,” Davidsen said in an interview. “We would ask permission to basically scrape your profile, and also scrape your friends, basically anything that was available to scrape. We scraped it all.”

I have some serious trouble with people bitching and moaning about their privacy being violated. I mean, did Facebook come to your house, knock down your door, and confiscate your iPads? What made you think you could trust Mark Zuckerberg with your information?

If you don’t want other people to have private information about yourself, don’t put it on social media. Or at least limit what you put up there. Most people seem to reveal their actual birthdate. One can probably figure out who your parents are and get you mother’s maiden name. Why not just add on the last four digits of your social security number and tell everyone the name of your first pet and your favorite teacher? Oh, those last two items are probably up there too.

Facebook, Twitter, etc., are private companies, not utilities. Maybe try using the phone once in awhile to tell people about your stuff.

The Six Great Ironies of the 2012 Campaign

Several times during this presidential campaign, my head has come close to exploding. I thought I’d share with the things that nearly prompted this catastrophic – for me at least – event.

The intensity of cynicism that has animated the Obama 2012 campaign is unlike anything I have seen in politics. The ability of President Obama and his coterie to say and do anything without being called on it by the mainstream press is one of the most significant and lamentable hallmarks of this contest.

Here are six deep ironies for you to consider.

1. The Obama campaign claims Republicans are waging a war on women, but Obama’s chief campaign surrogate, Bill Clinton, waged a personal war on women his whole life in public office.

2. Clinton is presented by the Obama campaign as the Great Authority on what makes a good economy, when it was his low-income home ownership initiatives and failure to rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that set the stage for the financial collapse.

3. Obama is running on his experience as commander in chief, but in 2008 he believed himself qualified to be president even though he had never run anything larger than a kebab stand.

4. In 2008, President Obama bemoaned attack politics, saying things like this:

The ugly phone calls, the misleading mail and TV ads, the careless, outrageous comments, all aimed a keeping us from working together, all aimes at stopping change.

With the economy in turmoil and the American Dream at risk, the American people don’t want to hear politicians attack each other – you want to hear about how we’re going to attack the challenges facing middle class families each and every day. You want to hear about the issues that matter in your lives.

Today, he brands Mitt Romney a liar, accuses him of having “Romnesia,” claims Romney only likes rich people, sent as many jobs as possible to China, and so on and so on and so on.

5. Obama blames George W. Bush for everything but Lindsey Lohan’s inability to get her life together. But Obama’s chief foreign policy claims are built on George W. Bush’s successes. His withdrawal from Iraq was the result of Bush’s military surge, which Obama opposed, but which turned the tide against Iraqi insurgents. And the killing of Osama Bin Laden was made possible by techniques and military assets created by Bush.

6. Obama’s Iraq success is actually a failure. He trumpets that he has removed all U.S. troops from Iraq, even though he had tried and failed to negotiate a “Status of Forces” agreement that would have allowed some American forces to remain.

Any others that have nearly made your head explode?

Clinton: Your Support “Won’t Amount to a Hill of Beans”

Bill Clinton today informed those who have not contributed to President Obama’s campaign that if they don’t pony up some cash, their support “won’t amount to a hill of beans.”

It appears the email was sent exclusively to those who have failed so far to donate.

Here’s the email:

Keith —

No matter how much you support President Obama, no matter how much you support the smart policies he’s proposing, keep this in mind:

It won’t amount to a hill of beans unless you dig deep and help him win this close race.

Chip in $5 or more right now, before the last and most important FEC fundraising deadline of this campaign:

Thanks for stepping up,

Bill Clinton

The missive is the latest of an increasingly testy set of emails that appear to be getting sent to those who are on the Obama campaign email list but have not contributed.

A recent email from the campaign pleading for money was titled “Listen up” and noted that the contributor hadn’t yet given a dime. Another ordered, “It’s time for you to step up.”

Obama Campaigning Exclusively at Universities

President Obama has begun campaigning exclusively at universities, basking in the warmth of rapturous receptions from impressionable young things while targeting a key voting bloc that backs him fervently but often fails to make it to the polls. Including today’s scheduled appearance at the University of Miami, each of Obama’s last five campaign rallies has… Continue Reading

Report: Obama Donor System Vulnerable

Updated 3:45 pm ET A new report by the privately funded Government Accountability Institute concludes that online safeguards against fraudulent contributions are not being employed by many federal campaigns, including President Obama’s. The report, which you can find here, notes that the Obama campaign does not employ the commonly used Credit Verification Value, or CVV… Continue Reading

Obama Campaign Shifts Into Extreme Attack Mode

With its candidate having been swamped in the debate by an aggressive and articulate Gov. Mitt Romney, the Obama campaign is switching fully into attack mode, moving beyond earlier assaults on Romney’s business record and wealth toward a new drive to destroy his character. Casting completely aside the Obama 2008 brand of a hopeful unifier,… Continue Reading

Is Obama Using SEX to Promote his Campaign?

The people marketing President Obama seem to be selling what everybody on Madison Avenue knows sells better than anything else: Sex. The Obama campaign is being prominently represented by some of the nation’s hottest celebrities. That is, not just the hottest stars in the country, but the hottest looking stars in the country. The old… Continue Reading

Obama Says Jefferson and Adams Were Nasty Campaigners Too

President Obama Monday compared his relentless negative campaigning to that of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, suggesting the accusations lobbed back and forth in the 1800 campaign justified his own resort to the low road. Speaking at a fundraiser Tuesday in New York City, Obama indicated the attacks on Mitt Romney, which independent observers have… Continue Reading

Obama’s “Fat Cats” Sitting Heavily on their Wallets

You know, you really can’t call bankers “fat cats” and wage class warfare and still expect to collect check after check from your former friends on Wall Street and the rest of the fabulously wealthy. The Washington Post reports today that Obama’s contributions from the evil rich folks needed to create a nice early war… Continue Reading

Video || Obama’s Deceptive “Documentary”

Below I offer you the trailer for the upcoming Obama campaign film titled, “The Road We’ve Travelled.” It’s being marketed as a documentary. And that’s the really gross part about it. This is one hundred percent fake and phony. It’s as egregious as campaigning – which frequently is quite rich in revolting things – gets.… Continue Reading

Obama Uses State of the Union to Raise Cash

If there was any question whether President Obama’s State of the Union address was actually a prettied up campaign speech, Obama himself answered it with an email to supporters just before his appearance asking them to contribute to his campaign. The email, titled “Before I speak,” was sent by “Barack Obama” through the campaign email… Continue Reading