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"If you voted this election season, President Obama almost certainly has a file on you."

"His vast campaign database includes information on voters’ magazine subscriptions, car registrations, housing values and hunting licenses, along with scores estimating how likely they were to cast ballots for his reelection."

And though the election is over, Obama’s database is just getting started."

That's how a recent article in the Technology section of the Washington Post begins. Here are a few key excerpts from the rest of the article:

"Democrats are now pressing to expand and redeploy the most sophisticated voter list in American political history, beginning with next year’s gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey and extending to campaigns for years to come."

"The database consists of voting records and political donation histories bolstered by vast amounts of personal but publicly available consumer data, say campaign officials and others familiar with the operation, which was capable of recording hundreds of fields for each voter."

"Campaign workers added far more detail through a broad range of voter contacts — in person, on the phone, over e-mail or through visits to the campaign’s Web site. Those who used its Facebook app, for example, had their files updated with lists of their Facebook friends along with scores measuring the intensity of those relationships and whether they lived in swing states. If their last names seemed Hispanic, a key target group for the campaign, the database recorded that, too."

"To maintain their advantage, Democrats say they must guard against the propensity of political data to deteriorate in off years, when funding and attention dwindles, while navigating the inevitable intra-party squabbles over who gets access now that the unifying forces of a billion-dollar presidential campaign are gone."

“If this is all we do with this technology, I think it will be a wasted opportunity,” said Michael Slaby, the (Obama) campaign’s chief integration and innovation officer."

"Obama was able to collect and use personal data largely free of the restrictions that govern similar efforts by private companies. Neither the Federal Trade Commission, which has investigated the handling of personal data by Google, Facebook and other companies, nor the Federal Election Commission have jurisdiction over how campaigns use such information, officials at those agencies say."

The article points out that the Democrats' data collection operation is "far more elaborate than the one mounted by Obama’s Republican rival, Mitt Romney," and includes the following astonishing admission by Slaby:

“If people (told) us they’re interested in cats, we probably took that down.”

According to the article, the results of the above provided "...an operational edge that helped a candidate with a slim margin in the overall national vote to trounce Romney in the state-by-state electoral college contests."

So as we surrender more and more of our civil liberties ostensibly to enhance our homeland security, it's nice to know that our loss is the government's gain: those in power are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to STAY in power. We knew this was the case, but it's interesting to see exactly how it's being done in today's digital America.

For the entire article, see: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/democrats-push-to-redeploy-obamas-voter-database/2012/11/20/d14793a4-2e83-11e2-89d4-040c9330702a_story.html


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sebekm commented on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 18:38 PM

???

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 18:44 PM

Oh, I get it. If Romney had won - and this article were written substituting the words "Romney" and "Republican(s)" for the words "Obama" and "Democrat(s)" - YOU'D be wearing a tinfoil hat.

Tell it to the Washington Post.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 21:04 PM

Read the article. If there's a "conspiracy theory," it's being advanced by the WASHINGTON POST. I didn't write the article. If you have a problem with their reporting or THEIR FACTS, take it up with them.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 21:23 PM

Good night, Blanche. When you stop spouting nonsense, then your comments will merit debate.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Part I:

Okay – since you appear to be having difficulty in grasping the point of my basic blog post, I’ll break it down in detail. (I accept the possibility that you are just employing your normal tactics toward ideas or arguments you disagree with, but I’ll make the effort just in case you’re not.)

An article published in and consequently implicitly endorsed by The Washington Post - a source I note that you have chosen not to attack or impugn –states the following:

•The reelection apparatchik of the incumbent President has “almost certainly” accumulated a “file” on every person who “voted this election season.”

•These files include “information on voters’ magazine subscriptions, car registrations, housing values and hunting licenses, along with scores estimating how likely they were to cast ballots for his reelection."

•Additional information contained in the files “consists of voting records and political donation histories bolstered by vast amounts of personal but publicly available consumer data” recorded in “hundreds of fields for each voter."

•Each voter’s “database” also includes “lists of their Facebook friends along with scores measuring the intensity of those relationships and whether they lived in swing states. If their last names seemed Hispanic…the database recorded that, too."

•And even though the election is over and the people have spoken,”Obama’s database is just getting started.” “Democrats are now pressing to expand and further build on these files," so as not to permit a “wasted opportunity” to accumulate even more “voter information,” which the article points out the President “was able to collect and use….largely free of the restrictions that govern similar efforts by private companies. Neither the Federal Trade Commission, which has investigated the handling of personal data by Google, Facebook and other companies, nor the Federal Election Commission have jurisdiction over how campaigns use such information.”

•Finally, the article points out that the Obama campaign’s chief integration and innovation officer even admitted that: “If people (told) us they’re interested in cats, we probably took that down.”

If all of this doesn’t sound like a chapter from Orwell’s “1984,” you need to go back and re-read that timeless classic. While you’re at it, go ahead and brush up on “Animal Farm” and “Lord of the Flies” for additional insights.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Part II:

In this world, one is either part of the problem or part of the solution. I always try to work toward the former. I may not always succeed, but that’s my goal. In the spirit of problem-solving, I have two suggestions:

*Whenever you have the desire to pick a fight or you need attention, why not just open a new blog for that purpose? Title it “Let’s Go” or some such. If I have time to waste, I’ll play. Others may want to participate as well. The advantage – and thus the problem-solving aspect of this approach –is that nobody will be hijacking or polluting somebody else’s blog. To me, that seems like the courteous and respectful thing to do.

*Any time those “tons of people” “privately message” you with their comments about my attempts to “bully” people on this site - you have previously called this “whining” - tell them to report it to the site administrator. The management has demonstrated that they are willing to remove comments, censure, put on probation, and ban those who violate the site’s terms and conditions of use. That would seem to be the logical thing to do. However, I would point out that to date, none of my comments have ever been removed for violating the site terms, and I have not been put on probation.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Part III:

Regardless of all the above, have a Happy Thanksgiving.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Go ahead. Enjoy youself.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 10:34 AM

See you later. Time to do stuff in the real world.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM

LOL - one last thing - a correction. Obviously I meant to say: "I always try to work toward the LATTER." You missed this - demonstrating that you probably didn't even read the post before posting your cut-and-paste reply. That shows how interested you are in actually debating ideas.

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 15:56 PM

Sebe. It's over. Your boy lost. Did you get that? He lost and most everything he supposedly "stood" for even while forced to speak "conservatism" as if it were a second lanqage...LOST!!!

IT IS OVER NOW. GET OVER IT.

This sort of rhetoric is pulling us even more apart when we desperately need to work together.

It sounds much like sour grapes. Can we please stop it. At least during the holdays? Puuuuhhhleeeeeeze???!!!

Funkentelecky commented on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 21:54 PM

Brother Jimmy, after the last few years of praising Chief MVB for his bipartisanship and being an Independent it’s very disappointing for me to see you disparage against him when he’s still the same person that we’ve blogged with or against during that time period; however I realize it’s not what you want to hear. Additionally it’s very disappointing to me that you don’t defend his right of free speech and thought to a cyber ghost with 0% credibility. You can see my name and who I’m, Windell McDonald, Chief MVB Michael Sebekm and yourself Jimmy Mack Jimmy Darsey. Who is this cyber ghost that espouses to have all the knowledge in the world and converse to us all like we don’t matter and don’t know anything even though we have a multicultural view of the world because we had to stomp the pavements and or sands of Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Europe and a few more distant places that most Americans can only wonder about. While in the meantime this cyber ghost is depending on BHO’s redistributing of our wealth to pay for their education and depending on Obamacare to pay for their healthcare and then telling us we don’t know what we’re doing in our lives their life is in chaos with BOOM, BOOM, BOOM and expecting my family to subsidize them and their needs which are not God given rights. Politics isn’t a team sport it goes on 24/7 365 and sometimes 366 days a year, we have a country to save!

Brother Jimmy, correct me if I’m wrong the President won the election; however he didn’t get a mandate and he said he would work across the aisle again. John Boehner reached out with the olive branch and said that he could get more revenue to the feds without raising taxes on the top 2% by capping the top earners deductions at $50 Thousand which would supply over $100 Billion per year and over 1 Trillion in ten years to the feds. BHO said the math doesn’t work and the middle class will not shoulder the burden of more revenue to the feds by allowing the top earners these tax cuts. In 2010 BHO said the economy is too weak to end the cuts and in 2012 it’s just as weak as before, so tell me why the President would rather raise the taxes on the top 2% which would supply 71 Billion of revenue to the feds each year and over $700 Billion in ten while also stifling about 50% of Small Businesses from creating jobs. Of course Donald Trump, Warren Buffet and the big boy from Microsoft and others, this tax wouldn’t affect them at all and I say again what about the job creators in Small Businesses, does the President hate rich people enough to stagnate American job growth, because the revenue he seeks can be given to him spend in another way without the tax raise on the top 2%. What say you?

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Nov 22, 2012 at 08:33 AM

Well, Funk, I ain't a disparagin nobody. You and Sebe's horse LOST. Yet you both fail to talk reconciliation even tho your politcal lifeboat is rudderless and all you have left is whine, whine, whine... And since when am I, Jimmy Darsey, expected to live up to your or anyone else's expectations? You take yourself waaaaaaay toooooo seriously here Funky. Your self-righteousness is nauseating particularly now on Turkey Day.

So you go ahead with your right wing quest to muddy the water rather than to correct the course for Ship America.

I have yet to see any signs or words regarding RECONCILIATION in any of you right wing dead enders rhetoric.

So, Funk, at the risk of not living up to some right wing delusional standard you have set for me on these pages, why don't you and the rest of your ever dwindling crowd try something more substantial, like whispering secrets up a dead mules ass? There is infinitly much more progress to be made doing that particular activity then what you are doing now.

Enjoy your turkey day, Funk. Watch some football. Take a nice nap. Try to avoid Leave it to Beaver reruns on the T.V. channel and try to think of other R words like Reconcile rather than regret, retro and rage.

up2sumptin commented on Thursday, Nov 22, 2012 at 08:58 AM

Hey now, we all need to get along. John 13:34-35

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Nov 22, 2012 at 09:37 AM

Happy Turkey Day, Up2! Of course, you are right about we all need to get along. But these right wing comments cannot be allowed to stand. It is a 'swift-boat' tactic that Rep.'s employ all the time and I for one do not intend to EVER put up with it or just let it go. Unfortunately in todays world I believe we (I) have to meet like with like. Otherwise the monsters take over.

timeontarget commented on Thursday, Nov 22, 2012 at 11:44 AM

sebekm I appreciate your having posted this blog. I don't see it the way Jimmy and that woman sees it.

You are rendering a service to this medium and tho you and I have some grave differences on certain matters I think you bring more of "substance" to this blog site than most.

Basically I could be classified as a right winger although I'm not always that way.

The two party lock on the primary ballot is the thing which has made our congress dissfunctional and the Democratic party willingness to trample the constitution during Obama's tenure has brought us to the brink of the downfall of America.

May we all have a joyous Thanksgiving.

God Bless America.

GOD HELP AMERICA

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Nov 22, 2012 at 14:26 PM

TOT: Sebe, I think, KNOWS that I am not disparaging him as Funk put it, and as you Also now also seem to believe.

For the record: You and your ilk, MUST I SAY IT AGAIN...!!!!????...LOST. End of story. Shut down the whining and namby pamby woe is us schtick. Yall will get another spin at the wheel. But you lost this one, and you do have a lotta work to do to become relevant to voters , ifn you can do it.

Ain't nobody 'trampling the constitution here.' All I see is here is a bunch of sore LOSERS.

Dem's da breaks TOT. Suck it up and SHUT the ^%$# up. You and all the other conservative now need to ponder and give serious thought to which particular VALUE that you have so long endorsed... so that you can perhaps again become more palative to the masses.

Other wise...you fellas can kiss the baby.

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Nov 23, 2012 at 07:22 AM

correction: "give serious thought to which partcualar VALUE that you have so long endorsed TO NOW FORSAKE...so that you can perhaps again become more palative to the massess. Yall gotta 86 something.

timeontarget commented on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 08:19 AM

Jimmy Mack, You are a talented writer, unfortunately you continuously stoop to foul mouthed comments such as the first line of the fourth paragraph above.

A post such as that greatly diminishes the value of this site.

Such as that is why so few people even bother to read the Courier blog site.

Many people have told my that.

sebekm commented on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Good comments. I don't believe I've beeen disparaged. We have our differences, but at the end of the day, we're all on the same team. We all have a vested interest in the success (or failure) of this country.

And - Jimmy - "it" is NOT over. The point here is not the election, but the future. My objective in the main blog post was to point out the extent to which data collection by government entities (and yes - the President's reelection apparatchik IS a government entity) is exploding and how a prominent "watchdog of democracy" - The Washington Post - merely reports the relatively unfettered and unregulated collection and use of personal data on what they suggest is "every voter" in a matter-of-fact manner as if it's the way things are supposed to be. And a leader of the data collection pack states that: "If this is all we do with this technology, I think it will be a wasted opportunity.”

Let's face it, folks - if it was a Republican operation which was the subject of the Washington Post article, the Democrats/liberals in this country would be howling to high heaven about violation of civil liberties and intrusion of government into the "private lives" of "every voter." But because it's an Obama operation, the press and Mr. Obama's disciples give it a pass.

Regardless - thanks for your comments, and I hope you've had a great Thanksgiving holiday. And speaking of the Thanksgiving holiday, I've crafted a little "food for thought" regarding this holiday we celebrate every year. I'll post it after completing this comment. I hope you find it interesting.

All the best and take care.

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 15:30 PM

Chief, I’ve been waiting on your response before addressing Brother Jimmy’s response to my post. Jimmy was right about how you felt about his response to you on your blog as you have just acknowledged. This is how I felt about it and my intent was to criticize him constructively with respect; and I think I did that. His support of the Cyber Ghost with 0% Credibility, unfounded demonization of you was a bit much for me.

Brother Jimmy, you said a lot of things that are 100% not me, untrue, and unfounded. I think you missed the point completely in your last sentence here.
Enjoy your turkey day, Funk. Watch some football. Take a nice nap. Try to avoid Leave it to Beaver reruns on the T.V. channel and try to think of other R words like Reconcile rather than regret, retro and rage.
That comment was an example of how you attempted to portray me which is untrue also. I posted an attempt to Reconcile and Compromise with the President, and I don’t understand how you missed it see it here:

Brother Jimmy, correct me if I’m wrong the President won the election; however he didn’t get a mandate and he said he would work across the aisle again. John Boehner reached out with the olive branch and said that he could get more revenue to the feds without raising taxes on the top 2% by capping the top earners deductions at $50 Thousand which would supply over $100 Billion per year and over 1 Trillion in ten years to the feds. BHO said the math doesn’t work and the middle class will not shoulder the burden of more revenue to the feds by allowing the top earners these tax cuts. In 2010 BHO said the economy is too weak to end the cuts and in 2012 it’s just as weak as before, so tell me why the President would rather raise the taxes on the top 2% which would supply 71 Billion of revenue to the feds each year and over $700 Billion in ten while also stifling about 50% of Small Businesses from creating jobs. Of course Donald Trump, Warren Buffet and the big boy from Microsoft and others, this tax wouldn’t affect them at all and I say again what about the job creators in Small Businesses, does the President hate rich people enough to stagnate American job growth, because the revenue he seeks can be given to him spend in another way without the tax raise on the top 2%. What say you?

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 15:30 PM

And here are some additional facts that I forgot to add which I have said time and again, the 71 to 86 Billion of revenue that the Feds will get from raising the taxes on the top 2% is spent in 8 days which would not burden the middle class or reduce the annual deficit. Remember how Democrats called the Bush tax cuts for the rich only, if they were only for the rich why is the President trying to keep them intact for the middle class. If he’s really concerned about the deficit he should let all of them expire and get around 240 Billion per year and 2.4T of revenue in 10 years to throw down the drain. Instead he is not reconciling and compromising.

This can be figured out by keeping a watch on all the networks and conducting your own research; it is there for the taking. Happy Thanksgiving Holidays to all!

sebekm commented on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 16:55 PM

Well said, Funky. We'll wait for Jimmy's reply (and perhaps for others to attack or obfuscate). Until then - Happy Thanksgiving to you, too - and to all who visit here.

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 17:00 PM

Tot: Ones mind is a terrible thing to waste. Foul Mouthed??!! The webmeister would strike me down if I crossed that line. However, you have shown the way YOUR mind works and it appears to be one of the wasted ones.

Funk:..."What say you?"

I say: Funk you are an anomaly as it pertains to the right and that you are devolving into a burgeoning spin Doctor for Conservatives. Merely bringing up your "documented" yet tainted "facts" regarding our President is...well...quite frankly ridiculous. i.e. "does the President hate rich people...?!!!!" Naw my man Funk, he hates white people don't ya know! He's a muslim and a manchurian presidential imposter bent on ruining America, right? I care not for your line of 'thought' Funk.

I am hopeful that better minds than those on this board, including myself, will find a way to avoid the oncoming fiscal cliff. But...if those on the right adopt your spin on things then we will be in world of Ka-ka.

uh-oh, I just got foul-mouthed again. Sorry Tot.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 17:18 PM

"...and that woman sees it..."

TOT - you sly devil. A reference to Bill Clinton? I LIKE IT!

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 15:17 PM

And TOT: I doubt that it is I, JimmyMack, who "is causing so few people to read the Courier Blog site."

Since when did you get annointed to be the one to quantify blog activity?

The only real thing I DO KNOW, TOT, is that every time I read one of your postings my I.Q. drops 20 or more points.

up2sumptin commented on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 16:18 PM

I'd like to teach the world to sing
in perfect harmony
I'd like to buy the world a coke
and keep it company.....

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 14:15 PM

"...until they get action out of the webmaster..."

Yes - he HAS acted, hasn't he.....

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 at 17:00 PM

Each case is considered on its own merits. Since you seem to want attention, I'll give you some.

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Dec 01, 2012 at 16:45 PM

Funk:..."What say you?"
I say: Funk you are an anomaly as it pertains to the right and that you are devolving into a burgeoning spin Doctor for Conservatives. Merely bringing up your "documented" yet tainted "facts" regarding our President is...well...quite frankly ridiculous. i.e. "does the President hate rich people...?!!!!" Naw my man Funk, he hates white people don't ya know! He's a muslim and a manchurian presidential imposter bent on ruining America, right? I care not for your line of 'thought' Funk.
I am hopeful that better minds than those on this board, including myself, will find a way to avoid the oncoming fiscal cliff. But...if those on the right adopt your spin on things then we will be in world of Ka-ka.

Well Brother Jimmy it’s becoming a norm for you recently to attempt to paint me as something that I’m not, and please don’t spin a legitimate question of mine as fact in regards to the President hating rich people.

a•nom•a•ly
əˈnɒm ə liShow Spelled [uh-nom-uh-lee] Show IPA
noun, plural a•nom•a•lies.
1.
a deviation from the common rule, type, arrangement, or form.
2.
someone or something anomalous: With his quiet nature, he was an anomaly in his exuberant family.
3.
an odd, peculiar, or strange condition, situation, quality, etc.
4.
an incongruity or inconsistency.
5.
Astronomy . a quantity measured in degrees, defining the position of an orbiting body with respect to the point at which it is nearest to or farthest from its primary.

As you can see, once again you use a word that describes you much more than me, and you also refuse to address any issues that I present directly just like the Cyber Ghost with 0% credibility. I didn’t say anything about him being a Muslim or a Manchurian imposter; however his policies are putting the country in a world of hurt.

President Barack Hussein Obama is a Phony in Chief and a liar; how about debating me on this fact, my brother?

http://community.coastalcourier.com/b...

Let’s debate this lie and go on to the Benghazi debacle that the media didn’t cover!

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Dec 02, 2012 at 19:51 PM

Hi Funk. Please forgive me on how to talke to a Conservative. Firewalls being up and all, I doubt either of us will meet in the middle.

I stick with my anomaly definition.


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