Monday, October 23, 2006

"The Stakes"


image©Ryan Kelly

"The US Republican Party has launched a controversial terror-linked TV advertisement to bolster support ahead of mid-term elections next month...Both Osama Bin Laden and his second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, are shown in the commercial, which is entitled "The Stakes".Attributed quotes such as "Kill the Americans" and "What is yet to come will be even greater" are flashed across the screen.Gun-bearing militants in training camps are also shown, followed by the stark message: "These are the stakes. Vote November 7th."

"The Stakes"

The infamous 1964 political ad for Lyndon Johnson suggesting the nuclear annihilation of a little girl pulling flower petals uses the term "The Stakes".

"...The advertisement begins with a little girl standing in a meadow with chirping birds, picking the petals of a daisy while counting each petal slowly. Her sweet innocence and several mistakes in her counting endear her to the viewer. When she reaches "9", an ominous-sounding male voice is then heard counting down a missile launch, and as the girl's eyes turn toward something she sees in the sky, the camera zooms in until her pupil fills the screen, blacking it out. When the countdown reaches zero, the blackness is replaced by the flash and mushroom cloud from a nuclear explosion. The contrast between her sweet innocence and the harsh reality of nuclear war is very disturbing for many viewers.

As the firestorm rages, a voiceover from Johnson states, "These are the stakes! To make a world in which all of God's children can live, or to go into the dark. We must either love each other, or we must die." Another voiceover then says, "Vote for President Johnson on November 3. The stakes are too high for you to stay home."
- from Wikipedia

"Daisy Girl"

Keep in mind that GOP enablers are no longer allowed to use the term "Stay The Course".

Republicans are truelly scared that they're going to have their beloved tax cuts taken away from them. Indeed, The stakes are high.

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