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Six Degrees of Obama

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From Shakesville:

"Briefly, my opinion is that it was an ill-considered statement that warranted an apology, irrespective of intent. FWIW, I don't think she intended to suggest anything nefarious, but it was not a particularly sensitive example to use to make her point, and careless in its disregard of the history of violence against black leaders. It was inevitable, and of course not unreasonable, that people would consider her competitor Obama within the frame she built, to upsetting results, even if she didn't specifically mention him."

So the new rule is Hillary (and Bill, her surrogates, etc.) cannot mention anything that someone might possibly, in some bizarre fashion, connect in some offensive way to Barack Obama within six degrees of separation?

We have a new game for the media and OFB to play!

She says "We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California."

Assassinated - black leaders have been assassinated - Obama is a black leader - she was talking about assassinating Obama

The first player takes quote out of any statement by Hillary, Bill, or any Hillary staff member or prominent supporter, and the second player has to link a word from it to Barack Obama in an offensive way within six links.

Hillary says* "This is all a big kabuki dance"

Dance - racial sterotype of black people being good dancers - Obama is black - Obama danced with Ellen Degeneres on her show - Hillary is saying Obama is a good dancer because he's black.

That was too easy. Let's try something harder:

Bill says* "The media is trying to gin up a controversy"

gin - cotton gin - picking cotton - black slaves picked cotton - Obama is black - Bill is making a derogatory reference to Obama

See how fun and easy it is?

(*Not real quotes)

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

"Buenas noches! It is wonderful to be here," Sen. Hillary Clinton said this evening after touching down in Puerto Rico.

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“I don't belong to any organized political party. I'm a Democrat.” - Will Rogers

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Submitted by Davidson on

Obama took part in a sketch in which Hillary Clinton was referred to as a "witch" and since there's a history of women and girls actually being burned alive due to misogynistic hysteria he must apologize for implying she should be killed off by an angry mob of bigots.

Honestly, that actually made sense compared to that Shakesville post.

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Submitted by vastleft on

Inside the cover of the game, look for a section called "Clinton Rules/Obama Rules."

Subsection 7 is quite clear: "Attempting to hold Obama responsible even for the actual meaning of his statements and actions is unacceptable.

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Submitted by Davidson on

Damn you, Clinton/Obama Rules! Damn. You.

Seriously, this all seems like some really bad After School Special on the dangers of following the crowd, "But TV Tells Me So!"

Submitted by lambert on

It's fun for the whole family!

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by FlipYrWhig on

Isn't a black leader. She can't compare him to Jesse Jackson, because that's marginalizing him, and she can't compare him to Martin Luther King, because he was assassinated, and she can't compare him to RFK, because RFK was assassinated like, um, some black leaders were.

Also, she shouldn't compare him to Ronald Reagan, who was shot, or Gerald Ford, who was shot _at_, and especially not William McKinley. To be safe, let's throw Julius Caesar in there.

Oh, and Sarah Vowell, who wrote a book about presidential assassinations.

Submitted by lambert on

I'm really not sure about the name of the game, and I'd like to suggest a little tightening of the rules. I really think this one can propagate if slightly refined....

I see how the idea of transformation comes in, with "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," or any transition between named nodes in a network, but "Six Degrees" is really about people, and this is about words.

May I therefore suggest a name (and title) change?

Since this game is a lot like word golf, where "in which one word is turned into another through a process of substituting single letters," may I suggest Obama Golf?

The rules are simple, and any number can play: To win, change an innocuous Hillary statement into a wankfest-worthy statement in the fewest number of strokes:

0. She says “We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California.”

0. Assassinated

1. black leaders have been assassinated

2. Obama is a black leader

3. She was talking about assassinating Obama

Three strokes, total. ("Teeing up" the initial trigger word does not count as a stroke).

The nice thing here is that it deconstructs and parodies the way these hate memes are engineered and propagated.

Oh, and there's also the subliminal calling out of class in "golf" ;-)

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by vastleft on

Myiq, if you like the idea, perhaps you could do a new post with the new branding?

Maybe we could offer it as a two-pack with W.O.R.M.

0. Two-pack
1. Tupac...

Welcome to the eggshell walk. Call it a "two-fer," instead.

Submitted by lambert on

I'm ready to turn on the might propagation floodgates, but I don't want to do that without your blessing.... And today is the day to do it.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by FlipYrWhig on

Sounds a little like "teufel," which is German for Devil, so you're obviously saying Obama is a German devil. Observers said some might take offense at that.

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Submitted by vastleft on

0. Flip
1. Flip Wilson
2. Geraldine
3. Flip/Geraldine is black
4. Obama is black
5. I'm accusing Obama of being a cross-dresser!

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

Played

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Playa (Hip-hop slang for and guy who sleeps around)

Hip-hop is a form of music associated with black people

Obama is black

FlipYrWhig is suggesting that Obama is cheating on his wife!

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“I don't belong to any organized political party. I'm a Democrat.” - Will Rogers

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Submitted by FlipYrWhig on

Also, "well" reminds people of Baby Jessica's unfortunate accident. So I'm pretty much suggesting that he might end up at the bottom of a well. I apologize for being so insensitive.