It is October 31 and in just 4 days voters will pour into the polling places and hopefully….fairly …elect many people to office. As always lately, daily news media outlets are full of reports about what has happened in the past few hours.
One interesting, (and disturbing) report is that the Obama campaign has kicked several news media off their campaign plane, undoubtedly due to the fact that the three banned papers endorsed John McCain for the Presidency. The Washington Times, the Dallas Morning News, and the New York Post are "out" and they will be replaced by other media "bigwigs" ( the short item reported) and staff from JET and one other specific Black media outlet. It follows recent reports of the Obama campaign banning any further interviews with local stations in both Florida and Ohio after news anchors asked Joe Biden some really tough questions instead of the usual softball ones tossed his way by other mainstream media people. The Obama campaign lawyers have also recently sent threatening messages to some other on-air media outlets regarding their FCC licensing….not even a veiled threat that they will "get them" if they keep on airing certain ads not in favor of Obama. Are we looking at an Obama police state? It surely looks like it is possible. If the Obama lawyers launch investigations in an Obama presidency every time a media outlet reports something other than totally favorable to the messiah….the Dept of Justice will be used as a way to get those who criticize or question Obama.
Along other lines today, Cindy Sheehan, the Iraq War Protester who camped just outside President George Bush’s Crawford, TX property a couple of years back, is running for Nancy Pelosi’s seat in San Francisco. Sheehan’s campaign headquarters were attacked about 3 a.m. on Oct. 30 by unknown assailents. Windows were smashed, a computer was damaged and other acts of vandalism perpetrated on Sheehan’s headquarters. Not so strangely, this attack happened just after Sheehan had a close encounter and serious confrontation with Pelosi on KQED in a public forum broadcast on that outlet. Sheehan’s campaign manager Tiffany Burns made statements that any time Sheehan has had any successes or rise in the polls of voters in that San Fran. district, something bad has happened to Sheehan’s campaign…the latest being the severe attack on her headquarters. It makes Pelosi’s campaign supporters appear to be made up of thuggish goons….(a la an organization that many people in large cities with certain ethnic groups are associated with)…especially those in politics…and other nefarious ties…but it seems strange it happened in that timely manner. Does Pelosi not have any control or guidelines for her supporters, we might ask?
Another news item today reported that the men who put up the effigy of Governor Sarah Palin hanging by the neck at their West Hollywood home, have been forced to remove the so called "art display" because of orders from a city official after so many people in the W.H. neighborhood complained loudly and long-ly about the more than questionable "halloween" decor on that house. Both men had tried to hide behind the same feeble excuse that the artist sponsored by an NEA grant gave when his "work of art" turned out to be an upside down crucifix in a jar of urine titled "P – - s Christ!" Also a number of hanging effigies of political figures have been appearing as part of "halloween displays" around the country including an effigy of Barack Obama hanging from a tree branch—-a display sure to chill the hearts of those who remember lynch mobs. Palin was by far the favorite "lynch-ee" of these gross displays of the worst kind of statements. What have we as a culture come to with such mockery and horrible taste? It is as crude, cruel and despicable as it gets no matter who is the object of the mockery.
One light hearted editorial that made me laugh is one by Jed Babbin, an editor of HUMAN EVENTS. Mr Babbin wrote a piece titled "Election Night Violence" and anyone who wants to chuckle at a great "spoof" should google the article with the author’s name Jed Babbin attached to the title. It is a hilarious send up purporting to be a November 5 call by police squads in New York City when several incidents of violence break out after a close election that Barack Obama has just conceded to the winner, John McCain. The first call came from someone at the New York Times editorial suite where officers found a 60-ish red-haired woman who had attached herself, in the style of the movie, "Alien" to a 50-ish man who was lying on his back on his desk being pounded by the angry female. The woman was screaming "How could you let Americans do this?" as she pummled the hapless man lying on the desk. There were at least 30 other bodies lying on the floor or slumped in chairs. The woman was identified as Maureen Dowd.The unfortunate beating victim was Arthur Sulberger, Jr., publisher of the NYT. Both parties were removed and taken to precinct headquarters for further questioning. Another call came in about another riot at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in the heart of downtown NYC. Officers arrived to find citizens being evacuated from the hotel, where in a top floor suite, fires had been set by a man identified as K.Olbermann. All the revelers in the posh suite had been consuming a volatile mix of Red Bull, vodka, and LSD and Olberman was found screaming that Obama is a false messiah and he (Obermann ) was the true messiah. The evacuees from the scene reported that Olbermann was the one who had set the fires. Officers found Olbermann, dressed in a long purple robe standing atop a pile of NYT and Washington Post newspapers, threatening to pour vodka over them and set them afire. Officers had to use excessive force to subdue and apprehend Olbermann who was demanding to be made anchor of NBC nightly news when he was finally brought under control and arrested, and brought to precinct headquarters.
The whole spoof was written as a direct report from the NYC police commish, Ray Kelly, reporting directly to Mayor Bloomberg about the outburst of election night violence.
Better to google "Election Night Violence" by Jed Babbin and read his own hilarious send-up of a most strange turn of events on Nov 4-5. It is in the same class as spoofs by Will Rogers and Mark Twain when they commented decades ago about thier political happenings.