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Conservative artist SABO shaken down by Obama’s Secret Service

And he had a message for them to take to the President.

Photo: SABO
Photo: SABO

Yesterday I got a call from SABO. He’s an artist whose work you may know:

SABO with his Hillary Flying Monkeys creation and Samuel L Jackson Drone piece.  Photo: Victoria Taft
SABO with his Hillary Flying Monkeys creation and Samuel L Jackson Drone piece.
Photo: Victoria Taft

 

He said while he was gone Tuesday, the Secret Service paid him a visit. Agents left their cards and claimed they wanted to discuss an issue of ‘identity theft’ with him. I asked him if he knew what they were referring to. SABO said no. I told him to not discuss one thing with the agents without an attorney and tried to see if fellow BlogForce Member Rees Lloyd was in Southern California and could maybe be there.

SABO Photo: Victoria Taft
SABO
Photo: Victoria Taft

 

It turns out maybe I needn’t have worried. SABO was more than ready for them. First, he didn’t let them into his house, but he deployed his Go Pro camera and had The Hollywood Reporter there which reported,

True to his provocative style, Sabo had prepared for the encounter by plastering his apartment walls with posters bearing the name Oswald. The agents, who conducted their interview through the apartment’s windows, snapped pictures of the interior including the rifle against the wall.

I would have advised him against doing that. And maybe this:

One of the agents told Sabo during the interview: “You really need to think about some of this stuff you’re tweeting. It really could be construed in many different ways.”

Sabo responded: “I realize we have a f—head in the White House. And the constitution no longer means sh–. As far as I’m conceded, this is a first amendment issue.”

 

Breitbart establishes official California beach head @BreitbartCA

After recent expansions into London and Texas, Breitbart News establishes beach head in California

Breitbart is here. The news source named for Andrew Breitbart, the California boy who shook up the “media Breitbart is Here postercomplex”, is officially establishing a California bureau. With this bureau, Breitbart’s expansion includes Texas, London, Washington, D.C., and it’s official offices in California. 

From Kurt Bardella’s press release this morning,

 “For years, California has been written-off by conservatives as too far past the point of return, but the truth is every single day there are stories worth telling about the successes of the conservative movement in California and the failures of the left-wing establishment,” said @BreitbartNewsExecutive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon.  “Breitbart California is about telling not just those stories, but showcasing the impact and influence the Golden State has in our culture, technology and economy.  From the growing libertarian movement at the heart of Silicon Valley to a Republican win at City Hall in San Diego, there is a fundamental shift taking shape and Breitbart News will be here to chronicle it.

Not everyone is excited like me.  Wired.com criticized the venture, including the advertising roll out which included some graphic images from the artist Sabo.

Breitbart California

“[T]he new ads don’t seem dangerous and new; instead they play on old sexist tropes,” complained reporter Lucy Westcott. 

Wired, which fancies itself dangerous and new, though it’s been around for years,  also declared conservatism not edgy,

“[T]he controversial rollout of Breitbart’s California operation is another attempt to push the counterintuitive idea that being conservative is an act of rebellion.”

Maybe Lucy longs for being the counter culture like back in the old days. She apparently figures conservatives are such a mainstream in California and American culture,  such as Hollywood, the mainstream newspapers, TV, academia, network news.

The definition of news, of course, is that which is out of the ordinary. If conservatism were de rigueur, I wonder why she took the trouble to write a news post about them.

Welcome, Breitbart. Hope I can help.