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AdLib On November - 3 - 2009

idea_bulbToday’s another Election Day in America and when I woke up, I realized I didn’t know what to think about it . So I rushed to the TV, turned it on and flipped to one of the cable news channels. Fortunately, there were nice people there who confidently explained exactly what I was supposed to think about the election. This is fortunate as left to my own devices, I would have thought that this election means that it’s Sloppy Joe day at the local Homestyle Buffet.

In case you too didn’t know what you’re supposed to think, this election is definitely a referendum on President Obama and the Democratic control of Congress. Honest. Unless it really is Sloppy Joe Day!

I can see that somewhat skeptical look on your Gravatar so let me explain. Races for Governor have nothing to do with local issues.  I’ve learned from my cable news tutors that people discipline themselves not to act on their opinions about their current governor’s performance in office, the economic conditions in their state or their political leanings, they vote purely as a symbolic gesture, to send a message to Washington…emails and phone calls are just so “nail on the head” and leave nothing to the imagination.

So, even though NJ’s Governor Jon Corzine has presided over one of the most disastrous periods in history for New Jersey (which is like saying someone was the worst perpetrator of an assault against a frequent mugging victim),  even though Virginia leans right historically, even though the 23rd District in New York is a solidly Republican district, the election of a Republican in any of those races can only mean one thing…and no, don’t get out your Sloppy Joe bib…it will mean that President Obama is a bad president. Bad! You are bad, bad President! Now go to your Blue Room this instant, young man!

Now, I must confess that I feel a bit intellectually superior now because, thanks to my unquestionably impartial and incorruptible news outlets, I know exactly what to think about today’s election, especially over those who foolishly think that local elections have anything to do with local issues.

You know…come to think of it… I think I may tilt my head up a bit more as I type so I can look down my nose a bit more at those of you who aren’t as smart-by-assimilation as me. Yeah…that’s better…mmm…unquestioning acceptance of agenda-driven media propaganda…mmm….feels so good…so smart…as smart as eating a Sloppy Joe before a job interview…mmm…job interview day  Sloppy Joes…yummmm!!!!

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. kesmarn says:

    All I can say, AdLib, is: You, Sir, are one helluva fine writer!

  2. whatsthatsound says:

    And if Republicans DO win, Glenn Beck can proclaim that “our long, well, it hasn’t been that long, just a few months actually, national nightmare is over. Democracy has been restored!”

    And Rush can go all Churchill and caution folks that “this is not the end, this is not even the beginning of the end. But it might be the end of the beginning.”

  3. javaz says:

    Looks like the loonies are out in full force at 2 polling places in St. Lawrence County. The police were called due to complaints of voter intimidation by Doug Hoffman supporters.

    Glenn Beck teabags anyone?

  4. KQuark says:

    Great article. I’m originally from NJ so I love a snarky take. All politics are local but of course the media narrative is that President Obama is on the ballot which is utterly ridiculous.

  5. HITO says:

    “…I feel a bit intellectually superior now…”

    You must continue with that endeavor Adlib. Tis inspirational.

    And BTW, I voted straight dem line this afternoon. I ignored the gentleman I work for, who kept advising me of the ills of a pendulum swung to the greatest degree. I believe we need to maintain that dem extreme until the Bush mess is much further along in remediation.

    (Wow, I just typed “Bush” and it posted. Have to remember I don’t need ., ;, spaces, and &*(&*%^^%$ anymore. Very nice indeed. I may have to relearn how to spell Chainey.)

    • bitohistory says:

      You may even use his first here! :-)

    • AdLib says:

      I’ve founded a charity organization that helps rehabilitate former HuffPo addicts (like myself) by helping them relearn how to correctly type “gay”, “eleven”, “Bush”, “Cheney” and many other words.

      We also have Group sessions where we exercise Freedom of Speech without flinching or waiting 10 minutes to see if it is allowed or wiped.

      It’s a process but as we’ll say at the charity, just take things “One Post at a Time.”

      • Kalima says:

        😆 it’s a bit late for me, I quit cold turkey and had the shakes for about 4 months somewhere else, but it was fun at the beginning because most of us had quit cold turkey too.

        After my trip over there yesterday and the consequent bad mood of my computer, I was locked out here for hours and thought the site was down, I have decided that someone will just have to tell me word for word what the “Empress with no clothes” has been saying again.

        I love my Mac and would never put him through the horror again. :)

  6. javaz says:

    It’s that “liberal” media, dontcha know?

    I can’t remember the MSM trying to bring a president down like they are doing now and so soon into the presidency.
    Sure, Clinton was attacked well in advance before even taking office.
    Anyone remember when the Republicans wanted Hillary to debate Barbra Bush?
    The end result was a contest in some magazine for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe, and I forget who won that intellectual competition.
    As for George Bush Jr., well, we all know the press gave him a free pass until late in his second term after allowing that administration to bring this country to its knees.

    The MSM working with the Rush led G-NO-P in wanting our president to fail at this particular time with Iraq, Afghanistan, the teetering economy, high unemployment, an increase in poverty levels, thousands if not millions of homes either foreclosed on or going into foreclosure, a failing infrastructure, an underfunded educational system, an ailing health care industry, and on and on and on.

    Liberal media?
    Yeah, and I’ve got some beachfront property for sale in Phoenix.

    Oh well, time to turn on the tee-vee and hear the in depth discussions about Jon and Kate.

    • bitohistory says:

      javez, I will trade you even for my beach front in Tuk-shon. Or as the Navajo’s called it “the place that is hot” :-)
      Gave this link to Monk this morning. You might like to take a glance at it for AZ. politics.

    • AdLib says:

      I certainly do remember a testicular vacancy sign mosted at all the news networks when Bush was in office.

      How brave, only standing up to attack someone who believes in your right of Free Expression.

      As a whole, with a number of specific exceptions, the media are a bunch of cowardly vultures.

  7. nicole473 says:

    Interesting article on Think Progress:

    As The Media Obsesses Over New York Special Election, It Ignores Leftward Lurch In California Special Election


    • nellie says:

      Thanks for that article. I was really hoping Garamendi would make another run for the governor’s office, but he’ll be much more influential in congress. We’ve seen evidence that the state can bumble along without a functioning governor’s office — courtesy of the Governator. We go broke, but we’re still here.

    • bitohistory says:

      Shouldn’t the story be “Why are the Dems even close in this Upstate district?” The registration is 2-1 for the Goobers.
      Why is Owens even close?

  8. TheLateGrardini says:

    Looks like there are a lot of friendly faces here! Good to see you all.

  9. FeloniousMonk says:

    Well, sporting fans, I’ve got to be a little more productive today, so I’m out for a while. Take care and kick some ass.

  10. BigDogMom says:

    Now, Now Adlib…they have only the best intentions for us, as you know, us ‘little people’ cannot possibly decipher for ourselves the complexity of political sitiuations, ie., the importance of these elections…we do not have the capacity, nor the depth of intellect to ever understand, let alone discect the political ramifications…alas we are a nation of mental midgets…we have ADHD…and they, the MSM are here to help us…..think, I think?

    Great Post!

    • AdLib says:

      Now don’t think so much, they’ll have to prescribe Amnesiatall for you!

      I believe (I was going to use the word “think” but I shouldn’t do that! It’s too scary!) the way the people at the top of corporations, including media corporations, see the masses are as dumb livestock.

      “How do we get these stupid sheep from wandering out of our corral?”

      And that’s what they spend so much of their money and time doing, bombarding the masses through every visual and aural (I suppose “oral” too if you consider pharmaceuticals) way to get those damn sheep to stay in their corral.

      But there will always be people who don’t accept being treated like that and will push back, I think Obama’s election proved that.

      • BigDogMom says:

        I truly believe that Obama’s being elected was a wake up call also, to the MSM, Republican Party and Conservatives…we’re not following the prescribed format anymore…we’re not sheep anymore..we’re, yes, thinking on our own and gathering our own facts, making our own choices on what to and not believe…and it’s freaking them out…so maybe if the keep hammering away at the talking points, we’ll get tired and fall in step…I think it’s having the oposite effect…people are pulling away, not going towards them…what’s the polls say, 19% admit to being a Republican out how many Americans?

      • FeloniousMonk says:

        For some reason your response illicited a memory of “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut. If you haven’t read it, it is the ultimate in rebellion in a true “egalitarian” society.

        • AdLib says:

          Love Vonnegut, haven’t read “Harrison Bergeron”, putting it on my reading list now.

          BTW, I assume you got the Phillip K. Dick reference in the title of this post (“We Can Remember That For You Wholesale”), si?

  11. nicole473 says:

    Ha hahaha……..well done, AdLib! And I love that pic.

    I too grew up with Cronkite, and I still wish for those days in that the presentation of our news was less trivial, less about the opinion of the network/station/newscaster, and more about that thing we used to expect from them……the facts.

    I rarely watch the news anymore, preferring instead to read my fave sites, and form my own opinions. Not a perfect method, but it suits me better than trying to separate fact from opinion and pure distortion on tv-land.

    ps…….I suspect that tomorrow will be a VERY difficult day on HP for liberals. Even one win will cause the trolls to claim victory, and go completely bonkers.

    • AdLib says:

      Those who didn’t experience it, have no reference point to the integrity and respect that real journalists like Cronkite had.

      Today’s young adults just see “on air talent” delivering their slant on the day’s events as news. The elements of opinion and ego have so infiltrated “news” that it is not the same animal it used to be.

      As you say, news today is polluted river that needs to come from many sources and distilled to be pure enough to be consumed.

      Of course, tonight and tomorrow, the mindless trolls will run rampant through HuffPo flinging their poo and outraging Progressives who will attack back and defend the truth, their values and The President.

      And it mot change a single person’s mind, it is another in a series of futile and meaningless battles at HuffPo that HuffPo is drooling over, think of all the traffic and clicks they’ll be getting tonight and tomorrow and how much more they can charge for advertising.

      I can just see Arianna and the hedge fund owners of HuffPo watching their computer monitors tonight at all the blogging mayhem and rubbing their hands as they say the same word in a Mr. Burns voice, “Ex-cellent!”

      • FeloniousMonk says:

        I just thought of it -- Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry” is probably the best review of news ever in a song.

        • nicole473 says:

          Excellent choice!

          “I make my living off the evening news
          Just give me something, something I can use
          People love it when you lose, they love dirty laundry

          Well, I could’ve been an actor, but I wound up here
          I just have to look good, I don’t have to be clear
          Come and whisper in my ear, give us dirty laundry

          Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
          Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
          Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
          Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em all around

          We got the bubbleheaded bleach-blonde, comes on at 5
          She can tell you about the plane crash with a gleam in her eye
          It’s interesting when people die, give us dirty laundry

          Can we film the operation? Is the head dead yet?
          You know the boys in the newsroom got a running bet
          Get the widow on the set, we need dirty laundry

          You don’t really need to find out what’s going on
          You don’t really want to know just how far it’s gone
          Just leave well enough alone, keep your dirty laundry

          Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
          Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
          Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down
          Kick ’em when they’re stiff, kick ’em all around

          Dirty little secrets, dirty little lies
          We got our dirty little fingers in everybody’s pie
          Love to cut you down to size, we love dirty laundry

          We can do the innuendo, we can dance and sing
          When it’s said and done, we haven’t told you a thing
          We all know that crap is king, give us dirty laundry

          • HITO says:

            I love that song Nicole.

            Used to post it over at someHatefulPostersland.

            Someday, I hope to figure out post such things as vids.

            So much to learn…so little time.

            • AdLib says:

              Very easy to post videos here, especially YouTube videos. Just post the embed code from the site or for YouTube Videos, even easier:

              To post a YouTube Video, all you need to do is copy the URL address for the video and just insert a “v” after the “http” in the address (so it reads “httpv”).

              Really quick and easy!

          • BigDogMom says:


        • AdLib says:

          Great choice! I originally tried to include the video in this comment by didn’t realize it was restricted, check it out in Nicole’s comment below.

          Another favorite of mine about tv as a whole, “Jammin’ Me” by Tom Petty:

  12. FeloniousMonk says:

    Morning adlib. Yes, for those of us who remember when news actually gave us the simple, mostly unadulterated facts, these are sad times. Wasn’t Ted Turner even lamenting about the sad state of CNN these days? I miss Chet and David, and Uncle Walter, even if what they brought us wasn’t always pretty. (my entire coming of age started with the Kennedy assassination and went on through the VietNam war era)

    I even have issue with the daily “news” people on MSNBC, because they aren’t supposed to be commentators, but still are, or are being too cute and gossipy, instead of giving me the facts I need. And they’re supposed to be the “evil liberal” channel.

    • AdLib says:

      Indeed, saw Ted Turner talking about that. He’s said repeatedly that selling CNN and his Turner media empire was the biggest mistake of his life. He was originally assured of retaining control but as with all corporate buyouts, there were contractual provisions for them to give him the heave ho and they of course did.

      It is hard to find pure news anywhere. Even MSNBC, the supposed “evil liberal” channel you mention, is promoting today’s elections as a referendum on Obama. Nevermind that Obama’s approval ratings are high in NJ, if Corzine loses it is because all those approving of Obama are unhappy with him.


      And let’s not forget nearly all media outlets keep branding the Public Option as a “liberal” element…despite up to 70% of the nation wanting it and those very conservative and bought-by-insurance-company Blue Dogs as “moderates” who oppose that “liberal” provision.

      With NPR and Bill Moyers as two of the few exceptions, those in the media purporting to deliver news are feeding us pre-manipulated propaganda masquerading as impartial news.

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