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Please watch this ad.  Notice the shattered glass over both President Barack Obama's and Senator Chuck Hagel's faces.  Near the end of the ad, the glass over Senator Hagel's face suddenly explodes.

In the wake of the violent tragedies our country has suffered in a Connecticut elementary school, a movie theater, Virginia Tech, and during a meet and greet with Congressman Gabby Gifford, this ad intimidating a US President not to nominate a US Senator with violent imagery is "not a responsible option."

The message is clear, and it's terrifying.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

    by CIndyCasella on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 12:09:06 PM PST

  •  Transcript for those that can't watch? (2+ / 0-)
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    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 12:17:50 PM PST

  •  Committee of Israel placed the ad. I had to... (5+ / 0-)

    watch it twice to see who sponsored the ad.
    Hard-right pro-Israel groups seem to be leading the charge against Hagel.
    What's up with the shattered glass?
    I would prefer a Dem. to be nominated Sec. of Defense, but Hagel stated in the past: "I'm a US Senator, not an Israeli Senator." I like that honesty.

    I share a birthday with John Lennon and Bo Obama.

    by peacestpete on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 12:43:32 PM PST

    •  Even if you do (0+ / 0-)

      his "Jewish lobby" comments are cause for concern.  Not "Israeli lobby", "AIPAC", "Israel lobby", nope .. "Jewish lobby".  At the very least, he should explain that.

      "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

      by TLS66 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 02:42:49 PM PST

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      •  That said (1+ / 0-)
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        the ad is bad.  They could have made their point that Hagel was unacceptable to them as SoD without this.

        "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

        by TLS66 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 02:46:47 PM PST

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      •  I think he definitely misspoke there, but the (1+ / 0-)
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        reason I'm drawing attention to this particular ad is the violence.  Broken glass with the President and Senator's faces also in pieces showing through the shards, then the explosion of glass at the end over Hagel's face, with puffs of smoke.  It's appalling.

        Hagel, was right to be against the Iraq War, as was Obama.  Hagel also wants us to use detente with Iran, as did Obama, which is why he won the Presidency.  Indeed, most Americans think talking is preferable to bomb, bomb, bombing Iran.

        Hagel has been a Senator for a long time, and the majority of his colleagues think he is pro Israel and defintely not anti-semitic.  

        That one slip is not enough to rule him out as Secretary of Defense.  

        Chuck Hagel Anti-Israel Charge Is 'Extremely Stupid,' Nebraska Rabbi Says

        Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

        by CIndyCasella on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 02:59:25 PM PST

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        •  I'm sure an explanation (0+ / 0-)

          that he misspoke would go a long way.  There are reasons to oppose the appointment, but his stance vis-a-vis Israel is not one of them.  The only reservation I have about Hagel is that he's a Republican and I think we really need to stop sending the message that Democrats are weak on defense. Do you see GOP presidents appointing Democrats to tradionally "Democratic" slots such as Education or HHS? I'd like to see General Wesley Clark as SoD. He's a Democrat, and no one could question his pro-Israel bona-fides.  The man is partially Jewish himself and even boasted of a long rabbinic lineage.  And yet, he can also empathize with the Palestinians.

          "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

          by TLS66 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 03:11:55 PM PST

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        •  Iraq war vote? (0+ / 0-)
          Hagel, was right to be against the Iraq War...
          http://en.wikipedia.org/...
          Voted for the Iraq war
          Voted for the Patriot Act
          Voted for the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts
          Voted for No Child Left Behind
          Voted against Bush’s Medicare prescription drug bill
          Voted against McCain-Feingold
          I think he warned against the war but voted for it. By 2005 he was openly against the war and voted against the surge.

          http://www.sourcewatch.org/...

          On August 18, 2005, Hagel became the first Republican U.S. senator to publicly criticize the Iraq war and to call for withdrawal. He has compared the war to Vietnam, openly mocked Vice President Dick Cheney's assertion that the Iraqi insurgency was in its "last throes," and called for a withdrawal of troops to begin "within the next year." [1]

          In November of 2005, Senator Hagel made a much-publicized statement saying "To question your government is not unpatriotic -- to not question your government is unpatriotic." This was in reference to the increasing amount of debate surrounding the Iraq War, and his assertion that the United States should withdraw its troops.

          In December of 2005 in reference to Bush the GOP and the Patriot Act's erosion of civil liberties, Hagel made a much-publicized statement saying "I took an oath of office to the Constitution, I didn't take an oath of office to my party or my president," [2]

          On Friday, July 28, 2006 Hagel made another public statement against the war when he referred to it as "an absolute replay of Vietnam." In an interview with The World-Herald, Hagel stated that the Pentagon is wrong to increase the number of American troops Iraq. He also said that American soldiers had become "easy targets" in a country that has turned into "absolute anarchy."

          Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

          by Just Bob on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 08:40:34 PM PST

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    •  That's a feather in his cap as far as I'm (2+ / 0-)
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      concerned. If the Israeli right and the neo-cons are against  him, then I'm for him.
      The other thing I know about him is that he cares about the troops and veterans and won't be carelessly jumping into wars and getting a bunch of them killed.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 03:44:01 PM PST

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    •  That's the Emergency Committee for Israel (0+ / 0-)

      Emergency Committee for Israel uses CommitteeforIsrael - dot - com as it's url.

      http://www.sourcewatch.org/...

      The Emergency Committee for Israel is a nonconservative front-group "committed to mounting an active defense of the US-Israel relationship by educating the public about the positions of political candidates on this important issue, and by keeping the public informed of the latest developments in both countries. Join us to help support Israel and her many friends here in the United States." [1] They operate out of same office as the ‘Committee for the Liberation of Iraq'.
      There's a typo there. It should read neoconservative rather than nonconservative.

      If you follow the links from that article you'll see how vile they are. I'm not willing to bring that here directly.

      Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

      by Just Bob on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 09:00:55 PM PST

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  •  Those Emergency Committee for Israel A$$h0les (1+ / 0-)
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    Wikipedia even has an entry:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

  •  I Think it is Misleading to Call This a "DC TV Ad" (2+ / 0-)

    I agree with you that the ad is reprehensible -- for some reasons in addition to the ones you gave. But I don't understand why you called it a "DC" TV ad. It clearly is not the work of a DC government organization or citizens group.

    I live in DC, but I don't watch local TV very often. But, I'm guessing that you saw the ad on a DC station or web site of a DC station and that is why you said it is a "DC" ad.

    I'm not trying to be picky or over-sensitive, but I think it is worth making the point that this ad was paid for by a pro-Israel group, that is probably national, and that the ad may well be running in other TV markets. Clearly, it is aimed at a conservative audience sympathetic to the current Israeli government. The reason it would be airing on a DC station is to reach the suburban (particularly VA) TV markets.

  •  that and it doesn't really make any fucking sense (0+ / 0-)

    hey, does the committeeforisrael run ads all the time, or are we truly in some freakish hell?

  •  Those RW groups know nothing about decency (0+ / 0-)

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 04:43:36 PM PST

  •  Chuck Hagel is not an option (0+ / 0-)

    because he's a Rethug.  That's all that matters to me.

  •  First Bibi trying to interfer with our (1+ / 0-)
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    Presidential election and now this?

    Unacceptable.

    "On this train, dreams will not be thwarted, on this train faith will be rewarded" The Boss

    by mindara on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 07:29:37 PM PST

  •  I agree that this ad is frightening. Truly. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 10:43:05 PM PST

  •  The Secret Service and the FBI need to step in. (1+ / 0-)
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    That commercial is a threat and an incitement. That shattered glass at the end looks like a bullet hit it.

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