The Obama Rally Streaker

ObamaAlkiviades “Alki” David is filed under “person,” according to Celebrifi. Born to an “extremely wealthy Greek Cypriot family” in the U.K. during the Tet Offensive (what? You don’t associate years with Vietnam War campaigns?), he’s successfully expanded his family’s fortune and is now a self-confessed “prankster” – and he uses social media to entertain said primate hugging his “Jackass”-loving spine.

The U.K.’s finest tabloid, The Sun, reported back in August that David offered $1 million (£638,700) to anyone who flashed President Barack Obama. David immediately got 150-160 takers. (The original offer was $100,000 (£63,870). He raised it to pay any legal fees the flasher incurs.)

“One million is a nice, round number and that gets people’s attention a lot more,” he said at the time.

 The incident must also be broadcast live on Battlecam, a video-sharing/“take a mirror shot of yourself half-naked” site that’s linked to David’s website FilmOn, and said streaker must have written “Battlecam.com” across his or her chest.

AND SO, yesterday, 24-year-old Juan J. Rodriguez, from Staten Island, New York, was in town for the “Moving America Forward” rally on the 100 block of East Haines Street, which featured The Roots, Mayor Michael Nutter, Governor Ed Rendell and a host of other wacky characters you’ve grown to love. We don’t know if Rodriguez was inspired by all the hope and change, but he definitely got naked, streaked the event with Battlecam.com written on his chest (apparently), was arrested and will now likely win all that money David offered up in August. Gawker notes David has every intention of paying up as soon as he sees the video.-1

We find the whole story to be the perfect metaphor for modern America.

The Philadelphia Police told PW that bail has not yet been set. We therefore can’t give you a final tally on just how much Rodriguez is set to profit off his moment in shame. He’s charged with disorderly conduct, indecent exposure and open lewdness.

Indecent exposure is referred to as a 2nd degree misdemeanor in Pennsylvania. And according to CriminalDefenseLawyer.com, Lewd conduct laws can result in jail time in most states. In Pennsylvania specifically, those found guilty of this crime can be sentenced to up to 12 months in jail with fines and community service depending on the judge. Do we expect the judge to go easy on Rodriguez? Probably not.

Photo: AP

UPDATE:

It’s now being reported Rodriguez was released last night on a $10,000 signature bond. David will have a statement tomorrow on whether this guy will get his cash reward. According to SeerPress.com,

Rodriquez said he took Mr. David’s challenge because his family needs the money, that he believes he did everything required to win the award, and didn’t do anything inappropriate. Rodriquez said he got within ten feet of President Obama, removed all his clothing to show the name of the website written on his chest, and he then shouted the name of the website six times.

UPDATE 2: Rodriguez, that guy’s alright.

“I didn’t do anything that hurt anybody,” he said.

As for people in the crowd who might have been offended, he said he didn’t feel it was a big deal. “It’s just the human body,” he said.

He said he hoped Obama “didn’t take it that harsh.”

“I think he’s a great guy. I think he’s doing a great job for this country,” he said. Rodriguez offered to contribute some of the money to a charity of the president’s choice.

Wonkette: “Juan is even willing to donate some of his winnings to the charity of Obama’s choosing, which of course will be Hamas or maybe Center for Death to America.”

UPDATE 3: Boo.

Washington: A US billionaire has said he won’t pay a man who streaked in front of Barack Obama for a $1 million reward, unless the president confirms he saw the naked dash, a media report said Wednesday.

Alki David, the filthy-rich heir to a shipping and bottle-plant empire, who promised to pay $1 million to anyone who streaked in front of Obama, now says the video of Juan Rodriguez’s birthday-suit sprint at a Philadelphia rally Sunday is inconclusive, The New York Post reported.

“We’re waiting to hear from the president to see if he, in fact, saw Juan Rodriguez during the streaking challenge,” David told The Post. “As soon as we get confirmation, we will make the payment.”

3 Responses to “ The Obama Rally Streaker ”

  1. blatant bribes says:

    The 101 Dumbest Moments In Business 2003 EDITION Whiffed pitch No. 6: blatant stereotyping. By Mark Athitakis April 1, 2003 (Business 2.0)– GRAND PRIZE WINNER, DUMBEST MOMENT OF 2002 In September, insurance company AmeriChoice brings trucks to blighted neighborhoods in New York City and gives away coupons for free chickens as an incentive for the underprivileged to switch their Medicare coverage. New York state senator Carl Kruger files a complaint with the state attorney general. The 101 Dumbest Moments In Business 2003 EDITION –

    2009 2010
    Philadelphia PA Mayor Nutter received two years in a row $60,000 in checks to help keep open and operate the city swimming polls. These checks came from AmeriChoice Health and on the surface seems like fine gifts. Yet,they are Bribes non the less, these checks come from a company who receives all its money from the Federal State Governments as a vendor for Medicare Medicaid services is not allowed to offer bribes inducements,kickbacks and money gifts of any kind in order to promote its share of the market place. This is also not allowed as a use of your taxpayers dollars, yes it happens. Americhoice Health has a long history of corruption Yet,it seems to be protected by those who are responsible to over see their actions why is that? Sorry must apologize just received a notice that AmeriChoice Health was under the impression they thought they were suppose to have started their very own stimulus and economic program package and the one they implemented, they had no idea it violated the Stark,Health and Kickbacks laws.

    Among its provisions, the anti-kickback statute penalizes anyone who knowingly and willfully solicits, receives, offers or pays remuneration in cash or in kind to induce, or in return for: A. Referring an individual to a person for the furnishing, or arranging for the furnishing, of any item or service payable under the Medicare or Medicaid program; or B. Purchasing, leasing or ordering , or arranging for or recommending purchasing, leasing or ordering, any goods, facility, service or item payable under the Medicare or Medicaid program. Violators are subject to criminal penalties, or exclusion from participation in the Medicare and Medicaid rograms, or both. A violation of the anti-kickback law is a felony offense that carries criminal fines of up to $25,000 per violation, imprisonment for up to five years and exclusion from government health care programs.The federal anti-kickback statute, 42 U.S.C.§ 1320a-7b(b), prohibits individuals or entities from knowingly and willfully offering, paying, soliciting or receiving remuneration to induce referrals of items or services covered by Medicare, Medicaid or any other federally funded program.

    Since all Ameri-Choice checks come from the United Health’s home office they should be held equally responsible for any bribes, kickbacks, Stark, Fraud and inducements violations that may have occured. Federal and State Governments have developed such a depended position with this company, guess the laws and rules no longer apply for them. Protected vendor status sure, politics sure, limited government budgets sure, Federal and State officals looking the other way sure, and rather then stop these activities a strong desire not to rock the boat exists. The Government created this monster and now they don’t know what to do about it, like shooting yourself in your own foot etc. Tons of money to advance their national growth, its market positions, tons of money for political donations, tons of money to send 75 millon back to its home office from New York state alone, tons of money to suppot National TV shows, tons of money to pay hugh State fines, tons of money to hire the very best law firms, tons of money for hugh salarys and bonuses, all done on the back of the American taxpayor, you see this company receives all its money from the Federal State governments.

    PS In New Jersey Licensed Agents were fired for refusal to deliver bribe checks.

  2. cookie says:

    This was an interesting story. If he doesn’t get paid the million, then “Mr Billionaire” is a liar
    and a cheat (which he might be anyway) If he does get paid the million, then people will be
    lining up to do this stupid stunt. The idea of stripping naked in front of the leader of the
    free world is truly horrifying.

  3. Can you feel the Love says:

    United Health Group Defrauded 100 Million Americans Posted on January 13th, 2009 by iwaller
    An investigation begun by New York’s Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo said the company Ingenix, a research firm owned by UnitedHealth Group deliberately shorted reimbursements on out-of-network health insurance claims for Americans to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars! Ingenix claimed it relied on ‘independent research from across the health care industry’ to determine reimbursement rates. However, UnitedHealth Group and its company Ingenix manipulated the health care claims presented by millions of Americans having health insurance and shorted their reimbursements between 10% and 28% of what the coverage should have paid. Instead, UnitedHealth Group, pocketed the millions of dollars it shorted Americans. UnitedHealth Group provides health benefits to 26 million Americans. Nearly all health care insurance companies in the country were using the same low reimbursement rates. Some of the largest health insurance companies who utilize the same Ingenix system are United Health Care (owned by UnitedHealth Group), Aetna, Cigna, Wellpoint/Empire BlueCross BlueShield and Genix. These companies are currently under investigation in New York suspected of participating in the same reimbursement fraud. How ironic UnitedHealth Group’s mission statement says in part: “We seek to enhance the performance of the health system and improve the overall health and well-being of the people we serve…We work with health care professionals to expand access to high-quality health care so people get the care they need at an affordable price.” Rather than anyone going to jail, UnitedHealth Group settled with the New York Attorney General by agreeing to pay $50 Million as the settlement to be used to establish and create a new database to determine rates for patients who choose physicians outside of the insurance giant’s network. Little good this does for the millions of Americans who were ripped off by these insurance scumbags. “This is a huge scam that affected hundreds of millions of Americans [who were] ripped off by their health insurance companies,” says Cuomo. “This was unethical, and it robbed vulnerable patients of insurance reimbursements they deserved.” Cuomo is now investigating other insurance companies that use Ingenix’s database. There may be millions more on the line as well. Of course, as is the corporate way of the guilty, UnitedHealth Group stated “We respectfully disagree with the New York Attorney General’s findings that we manipulated data … (or that our ownership of Ingenix was a conflict of interest.) We agreed to his settlement because it was an effective way to address any perceived conflict of interest.” The American Medical Association, represented by Dr. Nancy Nielson, president-elect of the AMA stated “there is a profit motive for keeping reimbursement low.” ”It is shocking and unacceptable for an insurance company to hide behind a shroud of secrecy”. Nielson also said “It is another example of UnitedHealth playing by its own rules.” This is not the first time UnitedHealth has been involved in legal action. In 2000, the AMA filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York over the exact same reimbursement issues. In May of 2008, Oxford Health Insurance, Inc, a unit of UnitedHealth Group, had to refund $50 million to small business customers in New York to settle claims it overcharged for health insurance policies back in 2006. More trouble from the past, when former CEO, William W. McGuire, M.D. was charged with securities fraud by the SEC. Mr. McGuire ultimately found guilty, had to repay $468 million as a partial settlement of the prosecution. In summary, I am of the opinion that corporate America is as corrupt as anywhere on earth. CEO bilking millions in golden parachutes and executive compensation, while American citizens fund their luxurious lifestyles with hard earn money, simply to be overcharged, cheated and ripped off by the rich and powerful. The UnitedHealth Group scam, is no different that the crooks on Wall Street: AIG, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Citigroup, and other corporate manipulators such as Shell Oil, Exxon-Mobile, and so many other financial and energy leading companies. The free market system is over in America, thanks to corporate greed which took its roots during the Reagan trickledown economic philosophy. Corporate America cannot and should not be trusted and the federal government is almost in the same boat. Disdain for hardworking Americans by the Wall Street and Corporate America is so prevalent, they no longer tried to hide. The ‘haves’ continues to increase the divide between the ‘have not’s. Americans, Republicans and Democrats, should be outraged and the raping and pillaging of their money by Corporate America. We must begin to demand a government that works with incorporating fines and bringing to justice those criminals who rob, steal and cheap on a national basis from hard working citizens. None of the men leading these companies have gone to jail. Where is the justice for middle American who pays the bills for these outlaws?

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