Bush in 30 seconds finals - Moveon.org


Fifteen finalists have floated on top over at Bushin30seconds, after a whopping 2.9 million votes have been cast. The creme de la creme as follows (high bandwidth versions):

CHILD'S PAY by Charlie Fisher of Denver, CO.
IN MY COUNTRY by Harry Katatsakis, Derek Rittenhouse, Chris Wight of New York, NY.
POLYGRAPH by Rich Garella, Adam Feinstein of New York, NY.
BRING 'EM ON by Mike Cuenca of Lawrence, KS.
WHAT ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN? by Fred Surr, Ted Page, Janet Tashjian of Needham, MA.
IMAGINE by Mark Vicente of Los Angeles, CA.
HUMAN COST OF WAR by Brian Wilkinson of White Plains, NY
WAKE UP AMERICA by Lisa M. Rowe of Hollywood, CA.
DESKTOP by David Haynes of Dallas, TX. He's probably never seen the Epica award winner with the same desktop concept.
ARMY OF ONE by Penny Little, Nick Green, Michael Stinson, Julie Stigwart of Isla Vista, CA.
BANKRUPT by Adam Klugman, Dave Adams of West Linn, OR.
HOOD ROBBIN' by Nathania Vishnevsky of Foster City, CA
LEAVE NO BILLIONAIRE BEHIND by Andrew Boyd of Brooklyn, NY
BUSH'S REPAIR SHOP by Eric Martin of Silver Spring, MD.
GONE IN 30 SECONDS by Eric Blumrich of Montclair, NJ.

Due to popular demand, they're also adding three new categories for the contest: Funniest Ad, Best Youth Market Ad, and Best Animation. If you register at Bushin30, you'll be able to vote on the finalists in each of these categories starting on Thursday.

Note: If you have problems logging in to vote - do this:

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- as we mentioned in comments earlier. Update: What didn't make the cut The Anti-Defamation League criticizes moveon.org Bush-Hitler ad. "Their lack of descretion cheapens the level of political discourse in America, and their comments explaining it were hardly comforting.". Emphasis mine. The scripts to these ads as follows: Script 1: GRAPHIC: Nazi Flags In A Parade GRAPHIC: Hitler HITLER: (Speaking In German) CHYRON: A NATION WARPED BY LIES GRAPHIC: German Troops Marching GRAPHIC: Hitler In Car In Parade GRAPHIC: German Troops Marching CHYRON: LIES FUEL FEAR GRAPHIC: German Tanks CHYRON: FEAR FUELS AGGRESSION GRAPHIC: German Artillery Firing GRAPHIC: German Planes Dropping Bombs GRAPHIC: German Tanks Firing CHYRON: INVASION GRAPHIC: German Tanks Rolling Down Street CHYRON: OCCUPATION GRAPHIC: Hitler With Hand Raised BACKGROUND: Sig Heil! Sig Heil! CHYRON: WHAT WERE WAR CRIMES IN 1945 GRAPHIC: President Bush With Hand Raised At Inauguration BACKGROUND: Sig Heil! Sig Heil! CHYRON: IS FOREIGN POLICY IN 2003 CHYRON: SPONSORED BY MOVEON.ORG Script 2: GRAPHIC: Pictures Of Hitler HITLER: (Speaking In German) CHYRON: We have taken new measures to protect our homeland, GRAPHIC: Pictures Of Hitler HITLER: (Speaking In German) CHYRON: I believe I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator, GRAPHIC: Pictures Of Hitler HITLER: (Speaking In German) CHYRON: God told me to strike at al-Qaida and I struck them, GRAPHIC: Pictures of President Bush HITLER: (Speaking In German) CHYRON: and then He instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did. CHYRON: SOUND FAMILIAR? BACKGROUND: Cheering German Crowd From RNC.org via comments at Metafilter#

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Comments (7)

  • junyr's picture

    What are we teaching our children?
    Best Youth Market:
    Bring Em'On.

    Also favorites:
    Childs Pay
    In my country

    Jan 06, 2004
  • Dabitch's picture

    There are some good ideas and good lines in there... Overall higher standard than I expected, so I guess all that voting paid off .

    The "In My Country" is a good idea, a bit obvious maybe, but at the end it might have been better with "why should you care? Because you live here"." rather than "because my country is unitedstatesofamerica"... Mebbe.

    Childs play is really nicely done, and focusing on one single issue, making it strong.

    "Americans are dying... For the truth" (polygraph) is a pretty nice line. Another good execution, nicely shot.

    Jan 06, 2004
  • tlevitz's picture

    Concerning the whole Hitler thing, MoveOn (in a mass email today) is asking members to help them keep track of related and inaccurate news stories... they also mention a NY Post editorial comparing candidate Howard Dean to Hitler. Aw crikey... an excerpt:

    "That's why we're asking you to please watch for stories on this as they appear, and let us know. Call the news outlet yourself and give them hell for falling victim to such political baloney. I've attached our statement, which fully explains the situation, below. Then please let us know so we can contact the outlets directly.

    You can help us track inaccurate reporting on this story at:


    Not only is the RNC campaign deceptive, it's also totally disingenuous. Yesterday, the New York Post ran a long opinion column focusing exclusively on how much Presidential Candidate Howard Dean resembles Hitler, even calling him "Herr Howie." Of course, the RNC hasn't issued a condemnation of that. When close RNC ally Grover Norquist repeatedly compared taxing the wealthy with the Holocaust in an interview on NPR, the RNC was muted. And in 2002, the RNC and its allies were silent when supporters of President Bush actually aired TV ads morphing the face of Senator Max Cleland, a triple amputee as a result of wounds sustained in Vietnam, into Osama bin Laden. Given such a transparently partisan track record, the RNC's moral outrage doesn't mean a whole lot... "

    (A) I despair the state of American journalism today and (B) I hate the fact that this is taking the focus off the larger issues. Cheapen the discourse? Ha. That that could be said without a smirk makes me laugh. You can't get any cheaper than either American politics or journalism.

    Jan 07, 2004
  • Dabitch's picture

    I could delete the latter paragraph of my comment (after all I am Root - bow before me!) - but I'd rather not, seems today there is nothing in the Guardian and the page I've linked to, are MIA. I have no idea if someone settled (out of court) or someone jumped the gun. Here's a link at Metafilter about that retrocrush scandal - the FARK link looks like it's MIA as well.

    Back to your regularly scheduled ad bitching. at ease.

    Jan 07, 2004
  • Dabitch's picture

    I've voted so much now I'm feeling dizzy..... The funniest, best animation etc... :))

    Jan 10, 2004
  • tlevitz's picture

    ok, so now they've got themselves a winner. The next logical step is, ta-da! The Super Bowl.
    According to an email I got this morning, MoveOn now needs to raise the 1.6 million to place it and apparently, for every two dollar donation, another two will be kicked in via a matching grant...

    this is shaping up to be a mighty, mighty interesting Super Bowl.

    Jan 14, 2004

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