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August 08, 2018, 02:38:10 am suzytr says: Hello, any good churches in the Sacto, CA area, also looking in Reno NV, thanks in advance and God Bless you Smiley
January 29, 2018, 01:21:57 am Christian40 says: It will be interesting to see what happens this year Israel being 70 years as a modern nation may 14 2018
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October 16, 2017, 03:28:18 am Christian40 says: anyone else thinking that time is accelerating now? it seems im doing days in shorter time now is time being affected in some way?
September 24, 2017, 10:45:16 pm Psalm 51:17 says: The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states: “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
September 20, 2017, 04:32:32 am Christian40 says: "The most popular Hepatitis B vaccine is nothing short of a witch’s brew including aluminum, formaldehyde, yeast, amino acids, and soy. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that destroys cellular metabolism and function. Hundreds of studies link to the ravaging effects of aluminum. The other proteins and formaldehyde serve to activate the immune system and open up the blood-brain barrier. This is NOT a good thing."
September 19, 2017, 03:59:21 am Christian40 says: bbc international did a video about there street preaching they are good witnesses
September 14, 2017, 08:06:04 am Psalm 51:17 says: bro Mark Hunter on YT has some good, edifying stuff too.
September 14, 2017, 04:31:26 am Christian40 says: i have thought that i'm reaping from past sins then my life has been impacted in ways from having non believers in my ancestry.
September 11, 2017, 06:59:33 am Psalm 51:17 says: The law of reaping and sowing. It's amazing how God's mercy and longsuffering has hovered over America so long. (ie, the infrastructure is very bad here b/c for many years, they were grossly underspent on. 1st Tim 6:10, the god of materialism has its roots firmly in the West) And remember once upon a time ago when shacking up b/w straight couples drew shock awe?

Exodus 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
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« on: September 19, 2014, 09:53:52 pm »

White House call to end sexual assaults on campuses enlists star power

When President Obama and Vice President Biden urged Americans Friday to end sexual assaults on college campuses, the event included a standard feature for this White House: celebrities.

In a video, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, actors Jon Hamm and Connie Britton and other big names tell their fans to heed the president’s call, suggesting that people need to take responsibility for preventing **** among U.S. college students.

Stars have become an integral part of the White House messaging operation, from urging Americans to eat healthier to decrying the wage gap between men and women. While presidents have hobnobbed with celebrities for decades — Ronald Reagan once brought Princess Diana and John Travolta together on a dance floor — Obama and his aides have taken such relationships to a new level, systematically working with Hollywood actors, professional athletes and music stars to help raise money and promote the administration’s top domestic policy priorities.

The effort amounts to a separate publicity branch for the White House — at no extra charge. After several YouTube stars met with the president in late February to discuss the Affordable Care Act, they created 25 videos touting the law — garnering more than 32 million total viewings.

White House officials see such efforts as a way to reach key demographic groups, especially those who eschew traditional political media. The celebrity push, which encompasses issues ranging from sexual orientation to climate change, is in part an outgrowth of the administration’s campaign to enroll young people, African Americans, Latinos and women under Obama’s health-care law.

“Our purpose here is to meet people where they are,” said White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett in an interview this week. “We’re extremely strategic in how we engage and deploy validators, and we’re very fortunate that people who have tremendous followings across the country are willing to be very effective messengers.”

Republicans, for their part, said it shows how the president is out of touch with everyday Americans.

“For years Obama and the Democrats have seemingly put more time and emphasis on celebrities than their policies and for years we’ve questioned the value in that priority,” said Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski, whose boss dubbed Obama the “Celebrity-in-Chief” during the 2012 campaign. “With 57 percent of the country disapproving of Obama and his policies, it’s a good thing he has celebrities behind him.”

Some Republicans have also blasted the president for spending time on the golf course with professional athletes and for inviting Beyoncé and Jay Z to the White House.

But with Obama now well into his final term, his aides are less worried about whether bringing Hollywood types into his orbit could backfire politically.

Tommy Vietor, who served as the National Security Council spokesman during Obama’s first term, said “there are people who will reflexively attack the president for spending time with celebrities.”

“We were conscious of that during the campaign and the first term,” he said. “But if inviting George Clooney to the White House helps get press attention about Darfur, that’s clearly worth it to the president, and he could care less about cynical political attacks.”

Some of these efforts might take time to pay off. The creators of “Funny Or Die” produced a video starring Kristen Bell, “Mary Poppins Quits,” in favor of raising the minimum wage that received nearly 3 million hits online — yet the issue remains moribund in Washington. And the president’s approval ratings among 18- to 29-year-olds — the target audience for much for this Hollywood-tinged outreach — has dropped to just 43 percent.

Republicans have criticized Obama for his Hollywood connections and his own celebrity status from the start of his presidential candidacy. His 2008 rival, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), ran an ad juxtaposing photos of Obama with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, saying, “He’s the biggest celebrity in the world. But can he lead?”

Last month, Alabama Republican Party chairman Bill Armistead wrote in an e-mail to supporters: “Since 2009, the president has played more than 185 rounds of golf. Expensive vacation homes, fine dining, spontaneous trips, private concerts by the world’s top music artists; Obama’s life seems more like that of a celebrity than a president.”

But Republicans are not immune to the lure of famous people. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) let Kevin Spacey shadow him to learn about whipping votes for the Netflix series “House of Cards,” and he attended the series’ second-season premiere. The party had Clint Eastwood give an unscripted speech at its 2012 convention, regularly features country music stars and NASCAR drivers at GOP events, and calls on famous coaches such as Lou Holtz for pep talks behind closed doors.

Traditionally, presidents of both parties have enlisted celebrities at fundraisers and publicity events. Brookings Institution senior fellow emeritus Stephen Hess, who served under presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon, recalled how Ethel Merman helped raise money for Eisenhower (“probably because her husband was the president of an airline”) and how Democrats such as the Kennedys “had bushel baskets of starlets” in their orbit.

President Clinton appeared regularly with Hollywood stars, including Spacey, director Steven Spielberg and singer Barbra Streisand.

“In the Clinton White House, we sometimes reached out to the entertainment community for private advice,” former Clinton adviser Paul Begala wrote in an e-mail. “I can recall getting thoughtful insights from Spielberg and [director] Gary Ross, for example. . . . But the Obama White House uses celebrity supporters in a more strategic way.”

“Funny Or Die,” a comedic Web site, illustrates the approach. The company’s president of production, Mike Farah, said in a phone interview that the site’s partnership with the administration began when he and others attended a White House meeting around the time of the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

“It just sounded like they needed a touch of help selling this dream,” said Farah, whose firm produced 11 videos in cooperation with Obama aides in the past year and has another set to be released soon. Outside of campaigns, he said, “government, as it’s set up, isn’t really about selling things to the public.”

Farah declined to say how much his company spent producing the videos, saying it folds the expenses into its monthly budget and focuses on producing “funny, topical content that’s relevant.” He added he hopes some of the videos make viewers think about today’s pressing political issues, but added, “I don’t have scientific evidence for this.”

The most successful collaboration so far was arguably an episode of “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis,” a spoof talk show featuring an interview with Obama. The online video has been seen more than 24 million times and drove up traffic to the online federal health-care marketplace by 40 percent in a single day.

Some of the White House’s recruits have been surprised they made the list. Hannah Hart is a YouTube personality with 1.5 million subscribers who came to fame when a friend uploaded a video of her cooking while tipsy in her kitchen. When she got an e-mail inviting her to come to a meeting at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., she recalled her response was, “Is this real?”

Hart has signed up for insurance on California’s health-care exchange and hosted a livestream event on the topic. When she realized she would be sitting across from Obama in the Roosevelt Room, she said, “beads of sweat began to form along my brow.” But she came away impressed with the exchange, posted a couple of videos, and said in an interview that she would be open to doing it again “on issues I feel strongly about.”

On rare occasions, celebrity endorsers fumble their message. Pop singer Lance Bass visited the White House in the spring to discuss health care — and went on a rant after he tweeted an incorrect address for HealthCare.gov. “Grow up people!” he wrote in disgust.

Kimball Stroud, a consultant who helps connect artists to political causes in D.C., said there is typically “a vetting process” to make sure the star in question has a connection to the issue. The White House is “working with celebrities who are social-media savvy,” she said, helping to amplify the message even further.

Many of these stars also help fill Democratic campaign coffers. In March 2013, Obama attended a Democratic National Committee reception at the New York City home of film studio executive Harvey Weinstein that also included stars such as Justin Timberlake and Steve Martin.

In July, he headlined a DNC fundraiser at the Los Angeles home of “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes, which was co-hosted by the show’s star, Kerry Washington. R&B artist Janelle Monae performed at the event, prompting the president to joke that she “can blackmail me at any time” because she has video of him on the dance floor.

DNC spokeswoman Rebecca Chalif said in a statement that star-studded events offer “ways to connect with our supporters.

“Our well known supporters can be an invaluable asset to help us engage voters — especially voters who may not always turn out in midterms,” Chalif wrote.
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