Monday, April 16, 2012

Obama Campaign Event Headlined By Convicted Sex Offender

Kristinn Taylor posted at how the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers played a concert at the House of Blues in Cleveland for 1,200 Obama for America phone bank volunteers, according to a story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

...On Sunday, the Cleveland Heights woman joined 1,200 Obama volunteers at the House of Blues to hear the band play a 45-minute set that included its anthem, "Under the Bridge," and "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie." The Chili Peppers had approached the campaign about helping the president's re-election bid while they were in Cleveland.

The free show came just hours after the Los Angeles band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The show mixed the band's caffeinated struts and funk-rooted songs with Obama's campaign themes. It underscored the impact of a heavy-hitting band like the Chili Peppers has on getting the political message out.

The Obama campaign had announced last week that volunteers who signed on to help with a phone bank would get free concert tickets. Most of the Obama volunteers at the show have worked with the campaign for years, staffers and volunteers said. The phone bank last week contacted about 39,000 people, campaign staffers said.

"I was going to volunteer, and they said that I could get tickets to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers, so I said, 'What the heck?"' Cowell said. "I've never seen the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I've heard of them, but I never heard them."

She may have been alone Sunday.

The crowd stood and sang with Kiedis and bandmates Michael "Flea" Balzary (bass), Chad Smith (drums) and Josh Klinghoffer (guitar). The band, formed in the early 1980s, rode the alt-rock revolution to stardom. At every turn, the crowd chanted song lyrics and shrieked the members' names.

Jim ("Hit Back Twice As Hard") Messina, the national campaign manager for Obama, introduced the band, saying the members appeared "because they care about their country."

But Kristinn notes the following:

Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis was convicted in 1990 of sexual battery and indecent exposure against a female George Mason University college student who was working backstage at the Chili Peppers' concert on April 21, 1989 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax County, Virginia.

According to the victim, Kiedis exposed his penis and tried to force her to perform oral sex on him against her will.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Kiedis' 1990 conviction.

Four years later, in 1994, the Clinton administration dropped Kiedis as a spokesman for a campaign to promote condom use produced by the Centers for Disease Control, according to the New York Times.

The Obama campaign recently became embroiled in their own 'war on women' campaign tactic when Democrat advisor and former record industry lobbyist Hilary Rosen attacked Ann Romney, saying of the wife of Republican party presidential front runner Mitt Romney, that she has "never worked a day in her life.

In 2008, the Obama campaign forced the campaign of Republican presidential opponent Sen. John McCain to cancel a fundraiser with Texan Clayton Williams over Williams' remark from 1990 comparing the weather to rape. Williams was quoted as saying, “As long as it’s inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”

To be even more specific, here's a link that details the sexual battery (WARNING - Graphic)

The defendants Anthony Kiedas, John Fruscianti, Chad Smith, and Michael Balzary, appearing as "Red Hot Chili Peppers," held a concert on the campus of George Mason University on April 21, 1989. The defendant [**2] Lindy Goetz/L.G. Management negotiated the contract between Red Hot Chili Peppers and GMU. The plaintiff claims in the Motion for Judgment that after the April 21st concert, as part of her duties as a member of the Program Board, she waited in the hallway of the Student Union Building opposite the room to which the band members were taken after their performance. While she and another female member of the Program Board sat waiting outside the room, Kiedas, Fruscianti, Smith, and Balzary came out of the room and approached them in the hallway. At that time, Kiedas asked if they "were the women sent to suck our d!(ks" Fruscianti and Smith stood on either side, and Balzary stood behind Kiedas. When the two women protested, Kiedas approached the plaintiff as the other woman moved away. Kiedas then pulled down his pants and thrust his penis into the plaintiff's face, poking her in the cheek. The plaintiff claims that Kiedas assaulted and battered her intentionally, unlawfully, violently, and without her consent; and that Fruscianti, Smith, and Balzary aided and abetted in the assault and battery. Count I of the Motion for Judgment also claims that the four band members went to the plaintiff's [**3] car, knocked her to the ground, took her keys, and entered her car to leave without her permission or consent to take the car.

So, who is it exactly who has a War on Women?

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