Hey Idahoans, That Obama/Holmes Billboard is Extremely Offensive

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On Franklin Road and North 21st Avenue in Caldwell, Idaho, this little sign above exists. Even though it really bears no repeating, here's what it says.

On the left is a picture Aurora shooting suspect, James Holmes - the man behind the largest mass shooting in American history - and a count of the number of his victims. We all freaked out, yes. On the right is a picture of our President, Barack Obama, with a statement that reads, "Kills thousands with his foreign policy... Wins Nobel Peace Prize."

We'll give you a second to take that all in. Phew... okay. Let's talk.

The billboard is sponsored by the Ralph Smeed Foundation, named after a late Idahoan libertarian activist. Maurice Clements, a member of the Foundation, told the local paper that the message was about reaction: "We're all outraged over that killing in Aurora, Colorado, but we're not outraged about our boys in Afghanistan."

We've seen some racy shit in the past four years but, whoa, this one hits a whole different level - i.e. the level where your President is compared to a suspected cold-blooded murderer. Nonetheless, we have to give credit where credit is due. Since Obama entered the Oval Office, yes, there have been thousands of deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, including our soldiers, enemy targets and citizens. Yes, drone attacks have spun out of control and the remote control killings of innocent people have been heavily reported on. Yes, he did win a Nobel Peace Prize upon arrival in Washington. And, yes, we are outraged about our boys in Afghanistan.

But, regardless, making a connection between the foreign policy of the United States of America and the massacre of twelve people at a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises is downright idiotic. It is an amateur attempt in political criticism, in which the absurd six degrees of separation is pulled out to receive shock value. 

It's like the 'Bush is Hitler' signs of yesteryear or the Stalin/Mao/[insert dictator here] billboards of Obama - the fringe that do actually believe that bullshit need hyperbolic narratives to explain points that cannot explain in coherent sentences. Here's how we can explain it to them: Barack Obama is not like James Holmes. James Holmes is like James Holmes and Barack Obama is like Barack Obama.

Ironically, above the billboard is the message, "Making Statism Unpopular." Luckily, anyone who disagrees with that statement is caught on what looks to be two cameras dangling from the bottom of the sign. Big Brother is watching you, Idaho. And only you.

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dudesaprilcat
dudesaprilcat

Ever conflict we are involved it was inherited from the last administration. I knew when Obama said he'd get us out of Iraq right after he took office wouldn't happen because he wasn't aware of everything envolved and what it would take to pull out. Bush went in and destablized an already shakey area of the world and put us in a position that when we do pull out it's going to blow like a powder keg. I'm not going deeper into this but don't put blame on the administration when the middle east was started by the prior administration and it wasn't for Terror but for oil. Look at the company that got the contracts to go in to take over the oil fields there and look who the cabinet members were.

Unique
Unique like.author.displayName 1 Like

Who cares what you think of a sign. People are dying daily because of Obama's foreign policy and you're offended by a billboard!?! GO FUCK YOURSELF!

azledner
azledner like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @Unique in a war he didnt start asshole. Bush got thousands killed but you don't say anything about that fucktart. Get a brain and then have an opinion because you're uninformed and an idiot.

uscitytraveler
uscitytraveler

 @azledner Bush didn't get a Nobel Peace Prize and Obama has actually started 3 wars. looks like you may the uninformed one

sugarplumfairy32
sugarplumfairy32

 @Unique i adore obama.. maybe it's the novelty of having a truly intelligent president for the first time in this millenium.. not really sure.. btw, you're an idiot..

sugarplumfairy32
sugarplumfairy32 like.author.displayName 1 Like

unfrkingbelievable...  someone in caldwell, idaho has more money than brains..  def not a democrat..

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