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Last night I watched the entire lineup of MSNBC's  evening shows, which included The Ed Show, Chris Matthews Hardball, Countdown with Keith Olberman, The Rachel Maddow Show and Lawrence O'Donnel's The Last Word. I topped it all off with the Daily Show.  I also watched Morning Joe in the early morning.  The issues were mostly the same, the usual big news of the day, that looped from show to show, each host with their take on them and mostly the latest expose's on the Tea Party Candidates.

The biggest news was Rachel Maddow's information about the Pakistani raids and the threats made back and forth between Pakistan and our military which was hard news and informative.

The rest was the about the behavior of the Dems campaign ads and the Tea Party candidates as they stand today with the latest outrageous bullshit that they are performing.

I also saw Ruppert Murdock in front of Congress along with Mayor Bloomberg calling for Immigration Reform.  President Obama at a backyard barbecue, Meg Whitman denying her part in hiring the undocumented along with her husband Dr. Harsh?   Carl Paladino threating to take out a reporter from the "Post" That was really enlightening, having been a New Yorker most of my life.  And of course the latest rants from Christine O'Donnel's demented mind and her resume of lies that are posted and revised from Princeton University to Oxford, etc. Most Tea Party members wouldn't know what either of those institutions are and I wonder why she would bother to  use them since a lack of any education is a plus in this group.

I know there was more, but my brain could no longer withstand or compute what seemed to be a never ending stream of outrageous information that was offered up as something to think about before the "big vote" in November. So instead, I decided to go a different way and try to figure out  what the hell is the game here?  I found myself calling out at the TV, nasty and inappropriate comments even at the Dems.  

I had a restless sleep and woke up achy  with a  headache.  What is the game? Are we the United Morons of America, manipulated over and over by their side and our side by greater minds than ours that do nothing but try to confuse the issues, focus on the bullshit and bring us to the  part where our brains are simply "pulp" ?  It's a circus out there... is it entertainment or  our lives?  Does it matter who gets in or not?  I don't know anymore. "Yes it does " some of you will say.  I know that I will vote this year for anything that has a donkey attached to it.  We have plenty of assholes in that group too, but I saw a red Pie poll early yesterday morning  on the Morning Joe Show, I think, it's all a blur now, but it said that 76% of all Republicans polled agree  with the "Tea Party"  on some level.

Originally posted to stiffneck on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 04:46 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn, papicek

    "Let them eat cake" M.A.

    by stiffneck on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 04:46:50 AM PDT

  •  No. (4+ / 0-)
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    bustacap, BFSkinner, ericlewis0, Dbug

    Liberty, Equality, Opportunity.

    by Troubadour on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 04:50:11 AM PDT

  •  False equivalency between MSNBC & Fox, IMO. (0+ / 0-)

    I ♥ President Barack Obama.

    by ericlewis0 on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 04:56:59 AM PDT

  •  TV is the problem. (8+ / 0-)

    Commercial programming is the filler between commercials, the sponsor/boss of TV. Read political commentary and news on the internet and you can read them at your own speed, not the speed of people talking slowly enough for all the United Morons of America to understand.

    Stop watching TV and your outlook on life will improve.

    I voted with my feet. Good Bye and Good Luck America!!

    by shann on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 04:58:42 AM PDT

    •  I agree with this (2+ / 0-)
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      papicek, stiffneck

      I only watch the news on tv once a week or so now. Maybe just Rachel's show because I like how she really checks up on things.

      The only daily shows we watch are Daily show & colbert because Jon & Steve tell it like it is, it seems more real than comedy to me.

      But like you I watched most of them last night. I was cooking a more complicated dinner and had tv on in the kitchen.  

      I found myself wondering what most regular people are thinking and doing. We are the ones who pay attention so what about the rest?

      I think of my kids 28 & 31 who both have kids, work full time and don't watch any news, they barely have time to breathe after work, homework with kids. If they do watch tv its to relax not stress out. They tell me all the time politics is too stressful for them. At least they vote, and they have me to influence them on who.

      So what about the rest of america that is like that? Who influences them? Their parents like me? Sound bites online? Friends?

  •  Nope, but (0+ / 0-)

    you were correct on one count

    I don't know anymore

    http://progressivesponsor.com Wooohooo! Alan Grayson IS my Congressman

    by YaNevaNo on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 05:17:08 AM PDT

  •  Just you. (0+ / 0-)

    Oh. Wait. There was a diary I was supposed to read?

    Regards,
    Corporate Dog

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    We didn't elect Obama to be an expedient president. We elected him to be a great one. -- Eugene Robinson

    by Corporate Dog on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 05:34:00 AM PDT

  •  Here's what i see and hear, focused on the (1+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock

    "How and not the Done" and the I'll show you by ignoring.

    The supposed democrats are not running on the accomplishments, of Obama, they are owning what done.  its running from his record, but for certain, supposed supporters there, not happy because they didn’t get Obama to do exactly what they wanted.  Obama got it done, (with what he was oppsed by, to get it done) and what he could get done and the professional Left, are steady whining about how it was done, NOT what was done?

    What got done is good, (not the best) so instead of being happy about that, they are STUCK on the how and have not played on the done, but on the HOW?

    The how is not the DONE, so run on the done!  No they want to cry and whine about he didn’t do this the way we wanted and he didn’t do it the way we say he could have.  We’ve lost because instead of being happy about the done, they are staying on the how and ignoring all accomplishments, it’s like.  You didn’t do like we want, so we’re going to ignore what got done and punish, you... by displaying 24-7 how dissatisfied with what got done and give you no cover, we’ll show you Obama.

    They whine about, he could of done this, every argument is about what could of happened and we’ll show him, we won’t get excited about nothing and we refuse to talk up what got done, when we run away from his accomplishments (our accomplishments, owning) and run from supporting him, he’ll either be the puppet we want and do what we want, the way we want, or he’ll lose and losing will make him see it our way, the fight in the media and on the blogs is, we’ll show you Obama, we’ll sit on our hands and not be happy about nothing done.

    The price is being paid for not doing it too the extreme, like the extreme left wants, even the democrats in Congress are not running on what they actually got accomplished.

    But who really loses, the very extreme left will lose and all others on the left and Independents, as Obama loses and then they’ll blame Obama and not them selves.

    This is my biggest complaint with the progressive party, we’ll show you Obama, we’ll ignore and say nothing positive and be happy about nothing done and complain about How it was done, while depressing the left.

    •  The Left Has No Means of Informing the Mass Elec- (2+ / 0-)
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      bustacap, papicek

      torate. Only the party does.

      After 2 years of presiding, the mass electorate thinks the Administration raised their taxes, and a large fraction of them think he gutted the finest health care system in the world.

      Among many other false thing most or a significant fraction of voters think about the Democratic record.

      That's not the fault of the left. We don't have the power to make or break such basic awareness of the record of Democrats.

      Many voices not just the left have been warning about the messaging strategy of this President and frankly the entire party for his whole admin and really 30 years.

      But on the Democratic Ship of State, the lookouts are called whiners as we repeatedly plow into the rocks.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 06:14:20 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  and yet... (0+ / 0-)

      for all your complaints about the left, it's that actions of democratic officials themselves which have driven all this discontent. Landrieu pimping for big oil. Ben Nelson speaking at The American Enterprise Institute on behalf of the wealthy. Harry Reid caving on recess appointments.

      And that's just this week.

      Never mind Blanche Lincoln, Lieberman chairing a committee even though he campaigned against democrats, Max Baucus and his crew sabotaging the president's own policy proposal, the hollowness of Dodd's Finreg bill, the white house on DADT, the rank cowardice of middle class tax cuts, etc, etc, etc.

      I understand the dynamics of trying to govern in Washington as well as most everyone, and for the longest time I gave the white house some slack. I still do, considering the quality of many of those "democrats" he has to deal with. I understand that the white house can't afford to get too far ahead of the electorate. I understand that proposals, as they move through the legislation process, move from the left toward a centrist position which can actually be enacted (so why start off with a centrist proposal?). I understand full well that we're not going to get everything we want.

      We all know that any stripe of republican is worse than most any democrat.

      I get it. We all get it.

      But let's face it, damned little of what the left wants is being seriously considered at all by the representatives people here are asking us to support. This, while Biden tells us to "get it in gear" and "buck up." I believe that if you support someone, they should make an effort to actually perform, and if you possess some ideological basis for being on the left, they haven't. Every time I hear that I need to buck up, I wonder why they haven't on my behalf. For all your going on about "accomplishments," remarkably little has actually been done by these "democrats."

      Think of me as a whiner, and you miss an important distinction. Fuck whining. I'm totally pissed off, and I believe in accountability.

      So you may have a problem. (Maybe not. I think the left is going to turn out in full force in November - it's the centrists and conservadems who will sit this one out. That's my take. These democrats have amply demonstrated the "democrats can't govern" adage.) But let's just say for the sake of argument that people like me stay home on election day and we get to say hello to speaker Boehner, and the US goes in the toilet as a result. Let's just say, for the sake of argument, that the center sort of turns out (because they have no ideological drive to do so), that the left doesn't (because we are not effectively represented), and we lose. Let's just say that the democratic party, whose center has no core of belief that they don't borrow from either the left or right which they can offer voters finds out that it can't win without the left's support, without the left's voice.

      I'd say that's a lesson well learned, and clears the way for better democrats to take their place.

      In the meantime, as I've already told the DNC, I'll pick and choose which democrats get my support, and the rest can go to hell.

  •  Step Away From That Copy of the Constitution, (1+ / 0-)
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    bustacap

    and stop imagining that our system of government is what's perfect about America while it's the 1/3 billion people that are what's wrong with America.

    1/3 billion people representative of all humanity; vs. one system of government.

    All the advanced democracies lead the US in many measures of opportunity and well-being, and none of them use our system of government. None has the kind of media environment that we do.

    Coincidence?

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 06:10:39 AM PDT

  •  Psychological warfare (1+ / 0-)
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    bustacap

    Conservatives can only win elections by lying. Just vote against your best interest and you will feel better. They do this in every country,
    http://www.harperindex.ca/...

    American Heart Association: Diet Soda can cause type 2 Diabetes. "Circulation" July 23, 2007. Read it for yourself.

    by jeffrey789 on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 06:39:29 AM PDT

  •  No, however, there are at least 59 million people (0+ / 0-)

    who are. As the famous Daily Mirror headline asked in 2004 when Bush was re-elected: "How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB?"

  •  There's no conspiracy. (0+ / 0-)

    It's psychological warfare because that's how you win political and electoral confrontations.  The other side, understandably enough, really does want to win.  What's been in question for many years is whether our side wants to win.

    The most impressive thing about man [...] is the fact that he has invented the concept of that which does not exist--Glenn Gould

    by Rich in PA on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 06:48:00 AM PDT

  •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

    But you left out bigoted and greedy

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