The reality show that is American politics

Somewhere along the line, the once-boring world of American politics morphed into a basic-cable reality show, and in the process the lines separating fact from fiction and reality from fantasy have gotten a little blurred.

It’s just hard to tell anymore where one world ends and the other begins.
You’ve got comedians becoming senators and senators starring in soap operas and governors — well, we’ve got governors in bad need of governors.

For example, I’m told that people named Jon and Kate Gosselin have become the most famous couple in America. I don’t know when that happened or how I missed it — has anybody broken the news to Brad and Angelina? — but apparently it’s true. The Gosselins are so famous that they’re even exporting their hit reality show, “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” to Britain, which might be karmic payback for sending us Beckham and Posh Spice.

Sadly — and I know this only because of the headlines in a grocery store checkout line — Jon and Kate are heading for Divorceville. If I pieced together the story right, it’s because Jon had a secret affair with a woman named Rielle and there are allegations that they even made a sex tape together.

No? I have the wrong John?

Oh, right, that was John Edwards, the guy who was going to be president, the one with the wife with terminal cancer, the one who talked an aide into pretending to be the father of his love child. Sorry for my confusion — these days you need a scorecard to tell the small-j johns — you know, Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Sen. David Vitter — from the capital-J Johns.

There’s John Ensign, the Nevada senator who stole his best buddy’s wife, gave her back and then allegedly got blackmailed by the cuckolded friend who demanded, well, financial satisfaction. (Ensign’s parents apparently coughed up almost $100,000 for the payoff.)

That scandal didn’t seem to hurt Ensign much in the polls, perhaps because voters in his state have been distracted by the shenanigans of their governor, Jim Gibbons.

Gibbons was kicked out of the governor’s mansion by his wife, who accused him of having a bunch of affairs, including one with a former Playboy model. The little missus apparently got perturbed at that — in his divorce papers, Gibbons asked that his wife be barred from the governor’s mansion because “being in close quarters with such a volatile person was like being locked in a phone booth with an enraged ferret.”

Speaking of enraged ferrets, back to Jon and Kate. They’ve asked the media for time out of the spotlight, although they both say they have no plans to end the lucrative show that brought them and their children such fame.

“That’s the worthless, easy path; that’s a quitter’s way out,” Kate said. “It would be apathetic to just hunker down and ‘go with the flow’. Nah, only dead fish ‘go with the flow’.”

Ooops, I got confused again. That wasn’t Kate, that was the other celebrity mom with overexposed children, cameras in her house all the time and a book contract. You know, Sarah Palin.

I wish I could remember the name of her show. I was watching it just last week — you know, the episode where she’s forced to quit her job and her husband flies in from his role on “The Deadliest Catch” to support her. It’s either the Alaska version of “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!” or “The Real Housewives of Wasilla.”

I’m pretty sure it’s not “The Cougar,” but I could be wrong.

Then there’s reality star Mark Sanford, whom I’m thinking must be in “The Amazing Race.” The guy loves to travel, and he’s good at it. When you think about the difficulty of what he pulled off in the last episode, it truly lives up to the billing of amazing.

First he had to dump his security detail and leave Columbia, S.C., without telling anyone where he was going; he had to hike the Appalachian Trail all the way down to Argentina carrying only a cell phone and a Bible; there, he had to bed a woman not his wife and when he got back home he had to call a press conference to confess it all.

But — and here’s the tricky part — he had to do all that without losing his job.

As governor.

And I hear he pulled it off.

A few more things I’ve heard: Next year they’re holding auditions for the next round of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” It’s called congressional elections.

Producers are also planning Washington-based versions of “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy,” “Weakest Link,” “American Gladiators” and “The Apprentice,” with returning champion Joe Biden.

And stay tuned next week as Puerto Rican spitfire Sonia Sotomayor tries to woo members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on “The Bachelorette,” plus an interview with the wacky winner of this season’s “Last Comic Standing,” Sen. Al Franken.

289 comments Add your comment

getalife

July 9th, 2009
1:40 pm

That is good stuff Jay.

Brad Steel

July 9th, 2009
1:50 pm

Well done, Jay.

Divorce papers with: “being in close quarters with such a volatile person was like being locked in a phone booth with an enraged ferret.”

Probably should have responded with being in bed with a drooling weasel.

Rightwing Troll

July 9th, 2009
1:51 pm

If only you knew how unreal “reality” television actually is… I’ve spent the last 5 years working on the set of one of the biggest “reality” shows out there. It’s just really not that “real”…

ByteMe

July 9th, 2009
1:52 pm

You’ve been saving this one up for a while, haven’t you, Jay?

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

July 9th, 2009
1:53 pm

Here are a few Democrat suggestions, Jay:

“Vice Presidents say the Darnedness Things” starring Joe Biden

“The Pretender” starring Barrack Obama

“Survivor” starring Ted Kennedy

“What’s My Line” starring Marion Barry

“Maude” featuring Barney Frank in the starring role

“Extreme Makeover” featuring highlights from Nancy Pelatio’s last seven face lifts

“Discovey Channel: History of the Kl-n” featuring Robert Byrd

“Tax Time from HR Block” – panel discussion featuring Geithner, Daschle, and Sebelius

Jay

July 9th, 2009
1:54 pm

Troll, I’ve often thought that you could build a great movie or TV series around the crew filming a so-called “reality series” like Survivor.

FinnMcCool

July 9th, 2009
1:54 pm

Boy, those Brits will watch just about anything on the telly.

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

July 9th, 2009
1:59 pm

One more:

“Biggest Loser” – Harry Reid

josef nix

July 9th, 2009
1:59 pm

That’s some good fun! Got a whole new respect for ya!

Angry Black Man

July 9th, 2009
2:02 pm

Jay, you forgot to mention all that is Michael Jackson. The funniest yet saddest thing I saw the other day was a news article on Fox News. On my way home from work, I read the story about how a mother was angry about the media coverage that Mike was receiving. Her son had been killed in Afghanistan, and there was hardly any mention of him by mainstream media. I could understand and agree with her anger because I see soldiers returning home from Iraq/Afghanistan on a daily basis, so they’re always in my heart and prayers. However, once I get home and turn on the TV, what do I find on Fox News Channel? Michael Jackson’s memorial service. I guess that’s their idea of fair and balanced.

josef nix

July 9th, 2009
2:02 pm

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

Partisan, but funny!!

Angry Black Man

July 9th, 2009
2:09 pm

Hey Byll, that’s funny. Got any Republican ideas or is that a one-way street only?

Goldie

July 9th, 2009
2:12 pm

Tee-hee– Jay, I do believe you’re filling in for Senator Franken on the comedy circuit now– Excellent analysis of our polilticians these days!

Normal

July 9th, 2009
2:14 pm

Wyld Byll: What Josef said….especially the funny part.
———-
Jay, is stand up taught in journalism school? That was good!

ByteMe

July 9th, 2009
2:15 pm

Do most people (incorrectly) assume these days that Eliot Spitzer was a Republican?

Stan

July 9th, 2009
2:16 pm

Jay
1:54 pm

Great! A “reality show” about…reality shows :)

josef nix

July 9th, 2009
2:23 pm

Jay–congrats on being “fair and balanced” and equal opportunity. Ah wuz impressed, Suh!

Joe Matarotz

July 9th, 2009
2:29 pm

You can’t make this shiznit up. Too funny!

Shawny

July 9th, 2009
2:37 pm

“What’s My Line” starring Marion Barry

Now that is funny. Too many politicians are sleezeballs. Too much of today’s TV is occupied by these idiotic reality programs. I hate all of them. The golden age of TV is long gone, and that is sad.

conservative democrat

July 9th, 2009
2:38 pm

@Angry Black Man,
I’m working on something for the SC governor, “Sanford and Sons” relo to Buenos Aries. But, I haven’t got all the final details yet.

RB from Gwinnett

July 9th, 2009
2:41 pm

“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate City” featuring Ray Neagin.

conservative democrat

July 9th, 2009
2:41 pm

Fox and Friends accused Franken of being a clown. Wouldn’t that be a compliment since he spent most of his life as a comedy writer? I think he’ll be a better senator that he was a clown.

Normal

July 9th, 2009
2:42 pm

Whiner, you still out there? I was perusing e-bay under “war board games” (I collect them) and I saw a game that made me think of you. It’s called “You Must Be An Idiot”. Now, I’m not being sassy, just go into ebay under war board games on paqge 9. I’m serious. Jus’ sayin’

Angry Black Man

July 9th, 2009
2:44 pm

Hey conservative, how about “Magic’s Greatest Tricks Revealed”? You can show how to make people disappear and reappear.

Normal

July 9th, 2009
2:44 pm

Shawny: When I first read that I thought it said “Which Is My Line”…

Angry Black Man

July 9th, 2009
2:46 pm

I think Marion Barry would be better suited for “McGyver”. That’s the only person I’ve seen get out of more sticky situations than Barry.

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

July 9th, 2009
2:47 pm

“America’s Top Dog” – Hillary Clinton

“I know What you did last summer” – Mark Sanford

“Sanford & Sons” – Jenny Sanford

“Branded” – Scooter Libby

“Unforgiven” – President Bush

“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” – Larry Craig

david wayne osedach

July 9th, 2009
2:50 pm

At last Sanford got an overseas vacation out of the deal. You don’t see Argentina crying about that.

DB, Gwinnettian

July 9th, 2009
2:50 pm

Jon and Kate Gosselin

Blessedly, I have heretofore been so thoroughly unaware of this couple that I was not even aware of their last name.

I haven’t a clue what these people do for a living, nor do I care to learn.

Angry Black Man

July 9th, 2009
2:51 pm

Thank’s Byll, now I have to wipe coffee off of my desk and monitor. That Mark Sanford was too funny!!!

Normal

July 9th, 2009
2:51 pm

Wyld Byll go to Hollywood…Now!

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

July 9th, 2009
2:51 pm

ABM – my pleasure

Angry Black Man

July 9th, 2009
2:57 pm

“The Amazing Race” featuring Mark Sanford.

“The Weakest Link” with all of the candidates for Governor.

“Pimp My Ride” w/Oxendine.

“Who Wants to be a Millionaire” w/Senator Jefferson. (I can’t remember his first name)

“Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” starring Hillary Clinton.

“Lockdown” featuring Larry Stevens.

“The Mole” W/Dick Cheney and staff

Matilda

July 9th, 2009
2:59 pm

Hahaha! Funny stuff, Mr. Bookman!

Angry Black Man

July 9th, 2009
3:02 pm

Typed in the wrong person for Amazing Race. Meant to put Barack Obama. Darned hands are faster than the brain.

@@

July 9th, 2009
3:06 pm

I’m only familiar with one reality show, jay — BIG BROTHER!

My all-time favorite contestant “Evil Dick”.

I LOVED THAT GUY!!!!

Get Real

July 9th, 2009
3:06 pm

“Miami Vice”- John Boehner

Jefferson

July 9th, 2009
3:08 pm

Who want to be a Millionaire – Bernie Madoff

Mrs. Godzilla

July 9th, 2009
3:16 pm

Dancing in the Stalls – Larry Craig

DoggoneGA

July 9th, 2009
3:19 pm

Gunsmoke – Dick Cheney

GOP is gone

July 9th, 2009
3:21 pm

I have always been partial to Jon Stewart’s “You don’t know Dick”

AmVet

July 9th, 2009
3:24 pm

“enraged ferret.”

Hilarious! Too bad the line came from a philandering scumbag.

I was doing pretty good keeping up until I got to the Apprentice. To show you how out of touch I am with this tripe, I had to look it up to confirm it had something to do with Trump. (not kidding.)

But isn’t that the point?

This crap is popular beyond measure because the dolts that abound in this country are that manipulated by Fifth Avenue and Hollywood.

Ultra-violence and body counts masked as American heroes.

Mindless trash disguised as compelling drama. And to be perfectly politically incorrect – Tard TV.

And Nielsen knows it has the addicted lamebrains by the short hairs. Nor for this contrarian.

When Comcast calls me and extols the virtue of spending even more money with them, I tell them, “Man you got a helluva job. (In my best Allen Iverson voice I say) We’re talking about TV man! TV.”

We have an unacceptable percentage of the immoral buffoons in government and the entertainment/sports industries that we do, because to that same unacceptable percentage, we are those same immoral buffoons.

But hey! If it makes you fell better, blame the schools. Blame the government. Blame the system. Anybody but yourself/myself/ourselves…

@@

July 9th, 2009
3:26 pm

Addressing your topic downstairs. Kinda weird when one stops to think about it.

Pickens’s pullback could signal shift in the wind

Due to the recession, the entrepreneurial spirit is in flux. What are they waiting on? Stimulus from the government.

From where does the stimulus money come? China.

“While it’s way down from its peak, gas and oil is still way up over the past several years,” said Scott Sklar, president of Stella Group Ltd, a Washington D.C.-based energy consultancy. “China and India are still growing and this really is a supply and demand issue … no one sees energy prices, whether it’s oil, gas or electricity, go lower.”

So while China continues to pollute, we’ll borrow from them to save the planet. Politically speaking, that consists of our government’s corner in the corporate world.

Don Quixote: [about to attack the windmill] Ho, there, foul monster! Cease the knocking at thy craven knees and prepare to do battle!
Sancho Panza: [nearly simultaneously] Your Grace, I swear by my wife’s little black moustache that’s not a giant, it’s only a…
[with a yell, Don Quixote charges off]

Gandalf, the White! (!)

July 9th, 2009
3:37 pm

HEY since Barry’s own staff can’t spell his name correctly, maybe we should all just call him Barry! Barry is such a nicer name the Barrack Hussien! Don’t you agree? Barry…visions of crack pipes maybe? Barry has sucked that crack pipe, had some good weed while in Hawaii! Barrack Hussien…visions or Ragheaded islamofacist terrorist killing innocent Isreali athletes in Munich? See why I am so happy! Call him Barry! That’s what his mom called him, after that loser father of our POTUS walked out on her! When do you think he’ll walk out on FUGLY? Apple falls not far from the tree, just sayin! :-)

getalife

July 9th, 2009
3:39 pm

The Palins.

Now, that is a reality show full of drama.

professional skeptic

July 9th, 2009
3:40 pm

Hey Jay,

How about the reality show that is Georgia politics?

Check it out at Creative Loafing:

http://bit.ly/kDdsO

GayGrayGeek

July 9th, 2009
3:40 pm

Byte Me @ 2:15 – Oh, nay nay, kind person. You must remember that the “Fair [snort] and Balanced [chortle]” network labels all adulterers as “-D”s. Because, of course, no Good Godly Republican’t would EVER cheat on his wife – in diapers, nor in an airport men’s room stall, nor in Buenos Aires.

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 9th, 2009
3:43 pm

DB writes:

I haven’t a clue what these people do for a living, nor do I care to learn.

Amen to that. If all these people (all those Jay mentioned and quite a few more) want to act like damn fools it’s their business. But are they so self-absorbed and narcissistic that they don’t realize that their family and friends (if they have any friends) must be embarrassed and/or mortified by their behavior? …….You’re right that’s a stupid question. No further questions, Your Honor.

ByteMe

July 9th, 2009
3:45 pm

GGG: that’s the point, he IS a Democrat. But most people assume otherwise because of his law-and-order stances and his thinking with things that are below the waste.

Meanwhile, anyone else watching the slow train wreck that is Ensign-Coburn today?

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 9th, 2009
3:47 pm

Mrs. Godzilla

July 9th, 2009
3:52 pm

ByteMe

last I saw the number was 96,000.00…..

she must have been a hell of a woman!!!

AmVet

July 9th, 2009
3:52 pm

One minor correction. I meant Madison Avenue (as in the locale intimately connected with advertising), not Fifth Avenue.

You know, Coke – the Real Thing, Budweiser – the King of Beers and other such mass-consumed unabashed nonsense and lies.

Speaking of which, GayGrayGeek,

Faux News. Now there’s a REAL bastion of credibility…

GayGrayGeek

July 9th, 2009
3:56 pm

AmVet – Faux Noise, with a hap-tip to Olbermann. And, just to tickle USinUK, a repeat: As “Fair” as Simon Legree and as “Balanced” as Blanche DuBois.

TnGelding

July 9th, 2009
3:59 pm

As the World Turns!

Was TV the most harmful invention to social structure ever?

As for the real-life impostors, they’re about like RealityKing.

AmVet

July 9th, 2009
3:59 pm

Hillbilly, since I was 15 I’ve always love that Canadian troubadour.

But alas, all I have of his is the otherwise stellar Gord’s Gold…

ByteMe

July 9th, 2009
4:02 pm

Mrs. G: I like the part where Coburn is claiming he was advising Ensign as his doctor and would not have to answer questions because of that.

Coburn is an OB/Gyn. Can’t make this stuff up.

ByteMe

July 9th, 2009
4:02 pm

Oh, and the $96,000? Came from Ensign’s parents.

Just cannot make this up.

md

July 9th, 2009
4:06 pm

“The Palins.

Now, that is a reality show full of drama.”

More like the sad state of American society. Hate them or like them, this nation has stooped awful low for them to be a story. Once upon a time family was off limits – like it should be.

“Faux News. Now there’s a REAL bastion of credibility…”

Showing your partisanship again. Like Fox is the only one with an agenda…………

@@

July 9th, 2009
4:11 pm

Thanks Hillbilly.

During my more liberal days my brother always called me “His Little Don Quixote”. He’s very much the “Don’t Tread on Me” libertarian type. Today, with a more astute understanding of how things work, I just smile and say “Now that’s not very realistic of you….rather Don Quixote-ish if’n you ask me.”

I had left you Hoyt Axton’s “Mountain Right” the other day but you were gone for the day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeBU0jG6cSY

Put it up after you commented on encroachment on your family’s homestead. Afterwards I did some research to find that Hoyt Axton had died of a heart attack many moon ago.

TnGelding

July 9th, 2009
4:11 pm

@@

July 9th, 2009
3:26 pm

The link you provided didn’t work.

Pickens said he hasn’t abandoned the project. “I expect to continue development of the Pampa project, but not at the pace that I originally expected,” he said.

http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/stories/2009/07/06/daily30.html?ana=from_rss

http://www.thestreet.com/story/10537361/1/t-boone-pickens-wind-farm-blows-away.html?puc=_tscrss

Mrs. Godzilla

July 9th, 2009
4:15 pm

ByteMe

I see its 96M from Mommy and Daddy AND 25M from him.

Damn!

They were both, and Sanford to, living at the DC townhouse of the weird group, “The Family”…….

Mrs. Godzilla

July 9th, 2009
4:22 pm

Actually that whole “family” townhouse situation would be a great reality show.

A bunch of GOP politcos, many with trouble keeping their drawers on,
living in a “Christian” group home.

MTV’s Real world probably would pale in comparison!

AmVet

July 9th, 2009
4:25 pm

No, md. I’m just a bit of an elitist when it comes to entertainment, etc…

You know, why listen to Avril Lavigne when I can listen to Chrissy Hynde? Why drink Buttwiper when I can drink Piraat? Why eat at McDonald’s…well, ever! And why be duped by ABC when I can be better duped by Fox?.

Where to anyone with their eyes even half way open, at least the pretense (notwithstanding their inane catch phrase) isn’t there…

josef nix

July 9th, 2009
4:36 pm

I am always amused in the bashing of Fox, which I do join in myself, there seems to never been any mention of Shepard Smith who has show more cajones that the rest of the network news (PBS the exception) combined when it comes to fair and balanced. Just observin’ how party line we are…

@@

July 9th, 2009
4:37 pm

TnG:

The link works fine for me. It’s from Reuters. Here’s an excerpt:

Construction has ground to a near halt as developers wait for the Obama administration — which has said green jobs and alternative energy will be a key part of its $787 billion stimulus package — to deliver on promises that include allowing companies who build wind farms to collect tax credits quickly, Bode said.

“The capital markets have dealt us all a setback and I’m less aggressive with the Panhandle project than I have been,” Pickens said in a statement. “Transmission issues and the problem with the capital markets make that unfeasible at this point.”

He still expects to develop the wind farm eventually, and said he would take delivery of the 667 electricity-producing General Electric Co wind turbines he had ordered. He aims to use those turbines in smaller projects.

Some in the industry argue that the easiest way to overcome the transmission challenge is to locate wind farms closer to major population centers — namely, along the coasts.

Who stands in the way of wind farms off coastal areas? Countless environmentalists do as well as influential politicians who maintain family compounds there.

There is one scheduled to be built off the coast of Massachusetts. Don’t know if Teddy will have to look at “the eyesore”.

Don’t you find it strange that the vast amounts of money we’ll be spending comes from China who has no intention of spending their wealth on green energy in the near future if ever?

Kamchak

July 9th, 2009
4:37 pm

AmVet

Off topic but…I am spending the summer in the North Carolina Mt’s. and just came across brews by the Highland Brewing Co. out of Asheville N.C. Didn’t see it in Atlanta but then again I wasn’t looking. The Kashmir IPA is most excellent.

I Report (-: You Whine )-:

July 9th, 2009
4:38 pm

How about the “Goofy Adventures Of Brain Dead Barry!-”

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/rids/20090709/i/r3356552547.jpg?x=400&y=340&q=85&sig=_dbUibuGcHSmlg8QoaQV7A–

eewwww!

Adi Amin, er, I mean, Michelle, is gonna kick that………..

md

July 9th, 2009
4:39 pm

Fox is on the outside looking in, whereas GE is on the inside sitting at the roundtable. One is set up for way more shananigans than the other, and most won’t even see it.

getalife

July 9th, 2009
4:40 pm

PAID OFF: Ensign’s Parents Gave Girlfriend’s Family $96,000

That is one expensive affair.

Geez.

md

July 9th, 2009
4:43 pm

96k? – maybe we all need to be finding us a politician.

Scooter

July 9th, 2009
4:47 pm

Wyld Byll, You missed “maverick” with John McCain

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 9th, 2009
4:48 pm

AmVet

If you can, check out Gord’s 4 disc set, “Songbook”. It contains 88 songs and has a real nice booklet that comes with it, in which he writes a little about each song and the story behind it.

@@

I’ve always been a bit of a Don Quixote myself. As my Grandpa always taught us, “it’s not important to always win, what matters is that you stood your ground and fought”. Thanks for the “Mountain Right” posting; hadn’t heard that song in years. Hoyt had some incredible voice control and his Mama, Miss Mae, was a co-writer on Heartbreak Hotel. (The story Hoyt told is that she gave Elvis a writing credit on the song, even though he had nothing to do with writing it, so he could buy his parents a house.)
Reading your comments on the Revolution, you should read up on the Battle of Kings Mountain, the Battle of Cowpens, and the “Over Mountain Boys” (had an ancestor who was one). Might want to also check into the Regulator Movement in NC that predated the Boston Tea Party that we heard so much about in school. Never heard a word about the Regulators in my school career.

Scooter

July 9th, 2009
4:53 pm

“Wonder Women” With Sarah Palin This is fun! Even a dummy like me can this!

Pogo

July 9th, 2009
4:54 pm

Anyone read the one about the white family that had gone to a fireworks display in Ohio on the 4th and as they were leaving were accosted and the father was beaten up and put in critical care in a hospital by about 50 black youths shouting ‘Its a black world!”? Now that is reality. Wonder how much airplay that will get.

Scooter

July 9th, 2009
4:54 pm

Well,almost.

GayGrayGeek

July 9th, 2009
5:02 pm

josef @ 4:36 – Every Rule Has An Exception. And, for Faux, Shepard Smith is their Exception.

AmVet

July 9th, 2009
5:02 pm

Thanks Hillbilly, ironically (or not) one of the songs listed off to the side of that Gord piece was Green Grass & High Tides. That song MUST be played at eleven! And the lyrics!!!

In a place you only dream of, where your soul is always free
Silver stages, golden curtains, filled my head plain as could be
As a rainbow grew around the sun, all the stars I’ve loved, who died
Came from somewhere beyond the scene you see, these lovely people played just for me

Now if I let you see this place where stories all ring true
Then will you let me past your face to see what’s really you
It’s not for me I ask this question as though I were a king
For you have to love, believe and feel, before the burst of tambourines take you there

{Refrain}
Green grass and high tides forever
Castles of stone, soul and glory
Lost faces say we adore you
As kings and queens bow and play for you

Those who don’t believe me, find your souls and set them free
Those who do, believe and know that time will be your key
Time and time again I’ve thanked them for a peace of mind
That helped me find myself amongst the music and the rhyme that enchants you there

Kamchak, thanks. I am always interested in great new beers and breweries. Thank goodness there are SO many now. After six years I STILL miss Dogwood. Those guys on Logan Circle made some world class ale. And the Thursday night parties!

“Wonder how much airplay that will get.”

In your 1950’s world, Pogo, all the time I suppose…

ByteMe

July 9th, 2009
5:07 pm

Pogo: any news article that has exactly ONE source — and a billion blog entries — is suspect. There are enough news outlets in Akron to warrant more than one source. Why do you think that is? Bias? It bleeds, it leads in local news, so I don’t buy the “bias” argument.

Oh, and you also got the facts wrong, as recounted in the ONE news source.

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 9th, 2009
5:09 pm

AmVet

I’ve always loved Green Grass and High Tides but that’s the first time I’ve ever actually read the lyrics. It makes perfect sense now. I’m probably over Jay’s limit for off-topic stuff so I better hush ’til tomorrow night.

Chris Salzmann

July 9th, 2009
5:14 pm

I Report (-: You Whine )-:July 9th, 20094:38 pm SAID: How about the “Goofy Adventures Of Brain Dead Barry!-”

CHRIS SAYS: Obama has achieved more than you could ever dream of achieving………..in several lifetimes. And his wife is better educated than you will ever be. LOL………that really rankles neocons like you, doesn’t it??? Surprised you haven’t used the word uppity yet.

socialism is da BOMB

July 9th, 2009
5:15 pm

Movie – To Wong Foo,Thanks for Everything!Julie Newmar. Staring Larry Craig,Mark Foley,Barney Frank & Hilary Clinton.

josef nix

July 9th, 2009
5:18 pm

GayGrayGeek

“josef @ 4:36 – Every Rule Has An Exception. And, for Faux, Shepard Smith is their Exception.”

He’s not just THEIR exception, he’s the news “business’” exception. I’ve been paying a lot closer attention to him since the “I don’t give a rat’s a**..” comment on air…like I said, he’s got more cajones than the rest of the broadcasters combined…

Chris Salzmann

July 9th, 2009
5:18 pm

Oh, and you won’t see SNL making a skit of Obama, using Obama’s words verbatim like they did with Sarah Palin. You know, the part where Sarah answers the question about “Putin reari’n his ugly head and about Russia being “here” and Alaska is “here. Maybe Sarah has a future in comedy since she so obviously writes her own lines???

Atlanta Native

July 9th, 2009
5:22 pm

Really great article Jay. We share confusion about the same things for once! Add this to the David Brooks column in the AJC this week and my cultural confusion is summed up.

My niece and nephew, in their 20’s, did not know the meaning of the word “tacky” and had never heard it used. When I look at what Jay just discussed, I see why.

As I get older, I look back at my veneration of the Boomers and the messages in the music I worshiped and see what it has wrought in our culture and hang my head at what we have become. I understand the many indefensible positions our country had taken – Viet Nam, segregation, etc. – and am thankful not to live in that world. But as the pendulum has swung back and forth politically, socially there has been nothing but a slippery slope. And I hang my head at the small part I took greasing it. Now we are reaping what we sowed.

AmVet

July 9th, 2009
5:23 pm

“I’ve always loved Green Grass and High Tides but that’s the first time I’ve ever actually read the lyrics.”

A little secret? Me too.

Good karma…

And for what it’s worth (Hey! A Buffalo Springfield reference!) I always look forward to your musical contributions, Hillbilly…

josef, Shep is a diamond in that FN rough. I ALWAYS liked him. But his work in NO on behalf of those suffering people on the causeways, etc. after Katrina damned near brought tears to my eyes. A genuinely good guy…

socialism is da BOMB

July 9th, 2009
5:23 pm

So You Think You’re Smarter than a 5th Grader-with Obozo

josef nix

July 9th, 2009
5:24 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe–had ancestors at King’s Mountain and Cowpens…Granny’s DAR connection on her mother’s line…she also was DAR on her father’s line…did you catch the PBS special on them?

socialism is da BOMB

July 9th, 2009
5:24 pm

What’s My Line(or can you read a teleprompter?)- Obozo as host

RW-(the original)

July 9th, 2009
5:25 pm

Funny stuff, Jay B. Not quite as big a belly laugh as I got downstairs when I read that you bought the UN climate report 95%, but nice nonetheless. Kudos.

josef nix

July 9th, 2009
5:28 pm

Am Vet…I didn’t mean to overlook Shep and Katrina…thanks for the reminder…have to bow to Anderson Cooper there, too…

I Report (-: You Whine )-:

July 9th, 2009
5:30 pm

CHRIS SAYS: Obama has achieved more than you could ever dream of achieving………..in several lifetimes. And his wife is better educated than you will ever be. LOL

Obozo has had more GIVEN to him then I could ever hope to have given to me, yes, you are correct.

And his wife is a BushHog, just sayin.

socialism is da BOMB

July 9th, 2009
5:31 pm

Old Tv Gameshow- To Tell The Truth, Staring__________________(enter politician of choice)

socialism is da BOMB

July 9th, 2009
5:33 pm

EXTREME MAKEOVER-Michelle Obozo (would take 4 episodes)

I Report (-: You Whine )-:

July 9th, 2009
5:34 pm

Then again, I could never cause unemployment to go to ten percent or have China replace the United States as the new world superpower, so I guess you have a point about “achievements,” Chrissy.

But his wife is still an Amazon.

socialism is da BOMB

July 9th, 2009
5:38 pm

“Life and Times Of Judge Roy Bean” Staring – Sonia Sotomayor

Redneck Convert

July 9th, 2009
5:39 pm

Well, I’ve heard of $50 and $100 and even $1000, but I’ve never heard of a romp in the hay that cost $96,000. It cost so much the guy had to ask his parents to chip in. I reckon the women down here in GA just don’t measure up to the women up there in Washington. I hope this Ensign was plumb wore out by the time it was over.

Have a good night everybody.

socialism is da BOMB

July 9th, 2009
5:40 pm

UN-RealWorld-Obozo’s view of it!

Scooter

July 9th, 2009
5:41 pm

socialism is da BOMB,
“The Little Rascals” With Barack Obama. I had to do it ya’ll. Please don’t throw any shoes at me. The devil made me do it!

RW-(the original)

July 9th, 2009
5:42 pm

Shep Smith went right along with the usual MSM stooges during Katrina and went a long ways to keeping relief out of the city since they couldn’t very well send in volunteers with food and water while the media was reporting, falsely, that mass murdering gangs were on the rampage everywhere. Then they got to turn around and blame the Bush administration for not knowing the media was lying.

socialism is da BOMB

July 9th, 2009
5:42 pm

Scooter – Thats Otay!