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YouTube Impacting (Local) New Hampshire Politics

The "YouTubization" of American politics has gone local, and it's doing so in New Hampshire of all places. As if the residents of Manchester, N.H. didn't have enough politicking to worry about already, a city mayoral candidate has attacked his opponent with an online video.

New Hampshire's primary day is Sept. 18 and Manchester Democrats will decide between Tom Donovan, and State Rep. Jane Beaulieu. Donovan has posted a 73-second video on his YouTube channel, criticizing incumbent Republican mayor Frank Guinta for not doing enough to help the city's struggling school district. Guinta made the comments during a recent mayoral debate.

The ad begins with ominous music, and a clip of Guinta from a recent debate. The mayor says he's been focused on lowering city taxes, and fighting crime, and apologizes for not focusing more on city schools. (Watch the ad for yourself below.) The ad later states that three of the city's schools needed improvement at the start of Guinta's term, while now the entire school district is in need of improvement.

Manchester's mayor is also the chairman of the school board, and Donovan has also served on the board, so education is an obvious campaign issue. Guinta's campaign calls the ad a "desperate attack," according to the Manchester Union-Leader.

Rep. Beaulieu tells the Union-Leader she's surprised Donovan would attack the mayor for his comments at the recent debate. She also questions his use of YouTube.

"YouTube? Who watches that? Young people? Those are the people that don't vote," Beaulieu says.

What do you think? Can YouTube make an impact on a local election? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, and watch the ad below.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  August 23, 2007; 3:20 PM ET Ad Watch , Miscellaneous , YouTube
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With the youtube generation, it's only fitting that politicians see it to their advantage. People watch youtube more than they read the newspaper or even watch the news on the television.

Posted by: Erica | August 23, 2007 4:53 PM

You can't force people who don't care about politics to care, but I think it is a mistake to think all young people fit into that category. When you look at what's available on youtube you find tons of political type videos. Through youtube, people who are interested in politics are empowered with having more information and a wider variety of information, causing them to be more active in politics. I think as time goes on, sites like youtube will have a bigger and bigger effect on the political scene, just as bloggers have now become a major political force.

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"YouTube? Who watches that? Young people? Those are the people that don't vote," Beaulieu says

What an ignorant generalization to make about huge chunk of the population. Maybe instead of just assuming young people won't vote. Maybe you should encourage them to do so.

Posted by: Steph | August 24, 2007 5:01 PM

Well i'm am a 64 year women liveing in New Hamshire, And i read the you tube, I find it very interresting, and also think it's time for we the people to take more time in electing the ones , that Will do the peoples work, And put there money where there mouths are, and Stop wasteing our tax money for there pet product's We have not had an honest goverment for we the american working class.

Posted by: daseymaes | August 25, 2007 8:43 AM

One thing that should definitely be added to this article: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtBDxRCl3Rc

This is the first attack ad I've ever seen leaked to youtube before it was released on tv.

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A 2,000 word article, Seven CIA Veterans Challenge 9/11 Commission Report

Official Account of 9/11 a "Joke" and a "Cover-up", appeared today on OpEdNews.

The article details severe criticism of the 9/11 Commission Report by seven CIA veterans and their calls for a new investigation. A brief quote from each of the individuals featured in the article appears below.

Please help disseminate this critically important information.

Raymond McGovern, former Chairman of the National Intelligence Council and 27-year CIA veteran, "I think at simplest terms, there's a cover-up. The 9/11 Report is a joke."

William Christison, former National Intelligence Officer (NIO) and former Director of the CIA's Office of Regional and Political, and 29-year CIA veteran, "We very seriously need an entirely new very high level and truly independent investigation of the events of 9/11. I think you almost have to look at the 9/11 Commission Report as a joke and not a serious piece of analysis at all."

Melvin Goodman, PhD, former Division Chief of the CIA's Office of Soviet Affairs and Senior Analyst from 1966 - 1990, "The final report is ultimately a coverup. I don't know how else to describe it."

Robert Baer, 21-year CIA veteran and specialist in the Middle East, who was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal upon his retirement in 1997, "Until we get a complete, honest, transparent investigation ..., we will never know what happened on 9/11."

Robert David Steele has 25 years of combined service in the CIA and the U.S. Marine Corps. Second ranking civilian in U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence from 1988 - 1992. Member of the Adjunct Faculty of Marine Corps University. "I am forced to conclude that 9/11 was at a minimum allowed to happen as a pretext for war. ... I have to tell anyone who cares to read this: I believe it. I believe it enough to want a full investigation that passes the smell test of the 9/11 families as well as objective outside observers."

Lynne Larkin, former CIA Operations Officer who served in several CIA foreign stations before being assigned to the CIA's Counter-Intelligence Center. There, she co-chaired a multi-agency task force, which coordinated intelligence efforts among the many intelligence and law enforcement agencies. One of twenty-five signers of a letter to Congress expressing their concerns about "serious shortcomings," "omissions," and "major flaws" in the 9/11 Commission Report and offering their services for a new investigation.

David MacMichael, PhD, former Senior Estimates Officer at the CIA with special responsibility for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the CIA's National Intelligence Council. Prior to joining the CIA, he served for four years as a civilian counter-insurgency advisor to the U.S. government, and prior to that was a U.S. Marine Corps officer for ten years. One of twenty-five signers of a letter to Congress expressing their concerns about "serious shortcomings," "omissions," and "major flaws" in the 9/11 Commission Report and offering their services for a new investigation.


Travel restrictions on there way unless we do something about it.

This is unreal! Now is the time for us to coalesce with groups and people far and wide. We need to become a major voice.

A hearing is set for tomorrow on a proposed rule that in effect says that you will not be able to fly on commercial flights without first getting government permission.

"If you can, please attend the TSA hearings on Thursday (Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H Street, N.W. beginning at 8:00am). If you can´t attend in person, you have until October 22, 2007 to submit written comments through the Docket Management System . The docket number is TSA-2007-28572."

Here is the notice of the hearing which explains the proposed rule:

And here is an article that gives background on this odious proposal:

The Nightmare of DHS´s *Secure Flight*
by Blue Patriot Woman
Mon Sep 17, 2007 at 10:34:23 AM PDT
Buried in the September 5 issue of the Federal Register, was a notice that this Thursday, September 20, the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) will hold public hearings on their ¨Secure Flight Plan.¨
Come with me into a nightmare world where American citizens will have to obtain permission from the government before they can travel by air in the U.S.

Your government (meaning the Department of Homeland Security) is up to no good.

Beginning in February 2008, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will implement their ¨Advance Passenger Information System (APIS),¨ the gist of which is that you will need permission from the United States Government to travel on any air or sea vessel that goes to, from or through the U.S. The travel companies will not be able to issue a boarding pass until you are cleared by DHS. This applies to ALL passengers, US citizens and visitors alike. And how do you get said permission to travel? That´s for your government to know and you to never find out.

Now TSA proposes to do for domestic travel what APIS will do for international routes. That´s what I said: the new TSA rule would require that you obtain PERMISSION to travel within the U.S.

Here is the summary of their proposed rules, which seem so reasonable, couched as they are in the blandness of governmenteez [emphasis added].
The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to assume from aircraft operators the function of conducting pre-flight comparisons of airline passenger information to Federal Government watch lists for international and domestic flights.
This rule proposes to allow TSA to ... receive passenger and certain non-traveler information, conduct watch list matching ... and transmit boarding pass printing instructions back to aircraft operators.
TSA would do so in a consistent and accurate manner while minimizing false matches and protecting privacy information.
Right. And I have a bridge in Brooklyn...
We propose that, when the Secure Flight rule becomes final, aircraft operators would submit passenger information to DHS through a single DHS portal for both the Secure Flight and APIS programs. This would [result] in one DHS system responsible for watch list matching for all aviation passengers.
Don´t you feel great knowing that your government will use economies of scale to protect you?
Edward Hasbrough states that these rules are more insidious than merely complying to demands for ¨Your papers please.¨ He states, The proposal ... require[s] that travellers display their government-issued credentials not to government agents but to airline personnel (staff or contractors), whenever the DHS orders the airline to demand them. But since the orders to demand ID of [certain passengers] will be given to the airline in secret, ... travellers will have no way to verify whether ... demands for ID are actually based on government orders.
Think about that: you will not be allowed to verify if the person demanding your papers is actually authorized to do so. In addition, the airlines or their contractors (or sub or even sub sub contractors) have the right, under the proposed rules, to do anything they like with your personal information including:
keep copies of your passport ... as long as they like, use it, publish it, broadcast it, sell it, rent it, or pass it on to whomever they please.... [T]hey would have no obligation to get your permission for any of this.
Aside from the privacy issue, this is the DHS. Their past performance is an indication of future returns and we can look forward to true travel nightmares beginning February 19, 2008. Just think about the mess that occurred when CBP demanded that travelers to Canada and Mexico have a passport. Multiply that by orders of magnitude to imagine what travelers will be facing.

If you can, please attend the TSA hearings on Thursday (Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H Street, N.W. beginning at 8:00am). If you can´t attend in person, you have until October 22, 2007 to submit written comments through the Docket Management System . The docket number is TSA-2007-28572.

The Identity Project at Papers Please is working to prevent your government from robbing you of your right to privacy in your movements.


The fact that 7 former CIA agents have come out and questioned the official story of 9/11 is a big deal and everyone needs to know. Likewise when TSA and DHS decide that we need their permission to travel in this country we know it's time to act. Please tell them they are violating your Constitutional rights.

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