Bad political optics 101 or level one

Re: Bad political optics 101 or level one

Postby fishandchips on Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:16 pm

There are a few politicians seeing the bad optics of the exercise-apology from White House, and uproar from NYC mayor!
Large quote from the article about the uproar/apology:
April 27, 2009, 10:36 am
White House Apologizes for Air Force Flyover
By A. G. Sulzberger AND Matthew L. Wald

But the exercise — conducted without any notification to the public — caused momentary panic in some quarters and led to the evacuation of several buildings in Lower Manhattan and Jersey City. By the afternoon, the situation had turned into a political fuse box, with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg saying that he was “furious” that he had not been told in advance about the flyover.

At 4:39 p.m. Monday, the White House issued an apology for the flyover. Louis E. Caldera, director of the White House Military Office, who served in the Clinton administration as secretary of the Army, said in a statement:

Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision. While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it’s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.

The mission on Monday, officials said, was set up to create an iconic shot of Air Force One, similar to one that was taken in recent years over the Grand Canyon.

When President Obama learned of the episode on Monday afternoon, aides said, he, too, was furious. Senior administration officials conveyed the president’s anger in a meeting with Mr. Caldera on Monday afternoon.

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Re: Bad political optics 101 or level one

Postby guitarblues on Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:49 pm

Someone's had too many bowls of sugary cereal to allow their own GI Joe photo moments to happen. Agree with pysanky--White House staffer could have arranged a blue screen stationary photo shoot.
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Re: Bad political optics 101 or level one

Postby CielOnTap on Tue May 19, 2009 3:29 pm

Italian Premier passed a law that gives him legal immunity while in office. He was involved in a case that alleged he was protected in keeping his assets due to someone's dishonesty. Except that now, another person in the case has been sentenced and the Premier is being asked to leave his job.

2009-05-19 14:13
Mills 'perjury' in Berlusconi case
Lawyer lied to give premier 'impunity', court says
(ANSA) - Rome, May 19 - British corporate lawyer David Mills committed perjury in two trials relating to Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, a Milan court said Tuesday.

Releasing its motivation for its February conviction of Mills, the court said the lawyer acted ''as a false witness...to allow Silvio Berlusconi and his Fininvest group impunity from the charges or, at least, to keep their huge profits''.

Berlusconi reacted by saying he would report to parliament on the case. He did not say when.

Tuesday's court statement came in explanation of a February bribery conviction for Mills, who was sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

The statement sparked renewed calls from small opposition parties for the premier to resign.http://www.ansa.it/site/notizie/awnplus/english/news/2009-05-19_119367618.html
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Re: Bad political optics 101 or level one

Postby pysanky on Tue May 19, 2009 5:08 pm

Watch promises during Italian election campaign. Enough unhappy voters to want change? Also, those earthquake people need housing before weather turns to winter near end of year.
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Re: Bad political optics 101 or level one

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:41 pm

U.S. military is racking up another incident in its world-cop gone bad reputation. This occurred one week after another incident in Afghanistan involving US military led to accusations of attacking local people.

Swedish charity says U.S. troops stormed Afghan hospital
Sep 07, 2009 09:37 PM
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

KABUL – The U.S. military faced more criticism in Afghanistan as a charity accused American soldiers of storming through a provincial hospital, breaking down doors and tying up staff and visitors in a hunt for insurgents.

Critics say such heavy-handed tactics violate international principles and threaten to undermine support for the war against the Taliban. The American military said it was investigating the allegation, which comes on the heels of a furor over disputed reports that up to 70 Afghan civilians died in a NATO airstrike in the country's north last week.

Civilian deaths and intrusive searches have bred resentment among the Afghan population nearly eight years after the U.S.-led coalition invaded to oust the Taliban's hard-line Islamist regime, which was sheltering al-Qaida terrorist leaders.http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/692127

There is a video embedded in the article. Have a listen and determine whether internationally provided health facilities should exist in areas of conflict. The person in the video points out serious issues caused by the search. Will the military pay for the damaged areas in the hospital and apologize to hospital staff? Also, a question of ethics arose due to the military's request to be informed about Taliban patients coming into the hospital.

Wouldn't the military have someone as a liasion officer to forestall such incidents from happening and ruining any chance of communication/cooperation?
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Re: Bad political optics 101 or level one

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Sep 28, 2009 6:46 pm

Right hand and left hands don't know what the other one is doing. Police and community council cannot help a family over 10 years of "yob" behaviour. Shame, shame, triple shame. Credibility to apply any common sense is gone for lack of interest in the family, prioritizing be darned.

Bullied mother kills herself, daughter
2 hours, 27 minutes ago

LONDON (AFP) - Police apologised Monday for failing to help a mother who killed herself and her disabled daughter by setting fire to their car after years of abuse from a gang of youths.

Fiona Pilkington pleaded for police assistance as she and her family suffered 10 years of torment and violence at the hands of the gang in Bullwell, an inquest into their deaths heard.

But their requests to officers and local authorities were not given priority, and their bodies were found in their burning car near their home in October 2007, the court heard. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/090928/world/britain_crime_police_family

So how could a bullied family have gotten that much needed "priority" attention to their case? The police did not seem to know a pattern when it presented itself, nor the fact that the family was targeted.

The Liverpool police who have so much time as to actual commit burglary could be asked to help resolve the case and penalize the youth that terrorized the family in Burwell. Sorry from Burwell authorities is not going to be enough after the two residents died.
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Re: Bad political optics 101 or level one

Postby burnt fare on Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:51 pm

Imagine how a community could be a better place if other neighbours looked out for each other and could shame the youth into true remorse. Basically no one wanted to be in the family's place nor risk protecting them. Agree with the shame part on the police, on the politicians but most importantly, on the individuals who bullied the family. Hard labour alone would not be enough to get their minds straight about right and wrong.
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Re: Bad political optics 101 or level one

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:03 pm

Anti-Olympic signs could mean jail: rights group
Last Updated: Sunday, October 11, 2009 | 4:48 PM PT
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A proposed B.C. law would allow municipal officials to enter homes to seize unauthorized and possibly anti-Olympic signs on short notice, civil libertarians say.

Violators could be fined up to $10,000 a day and jailed up to six months, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association said Friday.

The proposed law was introduced Thursday as a bill to amend the Municipalities Enabling and Validating Act.http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/10/09/bc-anti-olympic-sign-law-bccla.html

The association is suspicious of the timing of the provincial bill's introduction so close to the Olympic games, which have been planned for years.

"We've seen them timing things so that they don't put in place laws that are special to the Olympics until the last minute," Holmes said. "And part of that leads to the suspicion that they've done it in a calculated and deliberate way, to remove the ability of the courts, and people who might want to take it to court, to have their rights protected."


Honestly, it is one thing to have unauthorized signs subject to quick removal but entering homes? Passing a law against free speech even if it involves protesting the Olympics?

Somehow this proposed bill seems like a trial run for future "amendments" that allow more reasons to enter without a warrant or an invitation into one's residence.
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Re: Bad political optics 101 or level one

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:39 pm

More favouritism to Conservative Party ridings for infrastructure funding? Who will the riding constituents vote for in the next municipal election?

G8 money lands far from meeting site
By Heather Scoffield, THE CANADIAN PRESS
Last Updated: 27th October 2009, 2:46pm
OTTAWA — A $50-million federal fund set up to build infrastructure for next June’s G8 summit is being spent partly on projects that are far from the summit site and with tenuous links to the high-powered meeting.

Industry Minister Tony Clement announced the low-profile fund last February, explaining that the fund was being “provided for G8 Summit related infrastructure, including a G8 Centre in Huntsville.”

Huntsville, Ont., will host the meeting. The town of 18,000 is in Clement’s riding, about 215 kilometres north of Toronto, and is best known for being at the heart of prime cottage country for Toronto’s wealthier class. http://www.lfpress.com/money/2009/10/27/11543801.html
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Re: Bad political optics 101 or level one

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Oct 28, 2009 1:59 pm

How to show one's immaturity 101:

Innocuous letter or gubernatorial prank? [Updated]
October 27, 2009 | 5:36 pm
It reads like an innocuous letter from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, explaining why he vetoed a wonky piece of legislation that would have made changes to “infrastructure financing districts.”

But hidden in Schwarzenegger’s text is another message: an obscene phrase apparently directed at the bill’s author, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), who ridiculed the governor earlier this month. The phrase, “F--- You,” is spelled out by the first letter of seven consecutive lines along the left margin.

Schwarzenegger has been a prankster at least since his bodybuilding days, when he persuaded competitors that they should eat huge amounts of food -- ice cream, ground nutshells and salt, for example -- that made them sick, according to two of his biographers. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/10/innocuous-letter-or-gubernatorial-prank.html

How many bars of soap will be needed to clean future attempts at putdowns in government correspondence? It seems that the governor is trying to assure himself of a witty footnote in state history.
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