Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Intervention (Sam)

I was flipping through the channels as is my wont (being an obsessive channel changer) and came across the show Intervention on A&E. So I sat and watched two hours, two alcoholics, two interventions, and only one survivor. But this was after some news, with the two children conking out on the couch before 9 (for those considering children, it's something you live for). And with that programming choice in mind, I've decided to have a little intervention here:
Sam is addicted. He's addicted to spending money. He buys influence. He buys prestige. It attracts an unsavory crowd to him that get him to do all kinds of terrible things. For example, he started throwing money out there with this crazy idea that he could help people own their homes. But a lot of the people that helped him do this walked away, letting some of his other buddies shoot thier financial wads. Now, to make them happy, he's going to blow more of his family's money to clean up the mess.
At this point, we begin the actual intervention.
Dear Sam:

You have been our uncle as long as we have lived and we love you. But this obsession with buying stuff for your so-called friends is hurting us. We have seen you rack up incredible amounts of debt trying to "help" people, but all you're doing is enabling them to destroy their lives. And you're tapping into our retirement even. It has to stop. I can no longer be a party to your destructive behavior. Both of the guys that you have been looking at to hang around with the next four years look to be more of the same kind you've surrounded yourself with. But I believe you can change things. Maybe one of these guys might be able to help you. But in reality, you're going to have to help yourself. And we will be here to support you if you are willing to get help. Please take this gift for what it is: A chance to become the beacon of hope you've always tried to be.
Will Sam break his addiction and return to his family, or will he keep denying his addiction until it kills him?

At this point it's a cliffhanger, with the next part of the story coming in 28 days.

20 comments:

Beth said...

The time for intervention was the primaries, and we screwed up with that.

Gayle said...

That's quite an original post, Patrick, and I happen to agree with you.

Uncle Sam seems to have forgotten that we once had a revolution because of taxation. The possibility of another is not entirely out of the question.

Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

I like your perspective. Beth, it's never too late for intervention!

Shaw Kenawe said...

Uncle Sam seems to have forgotten that we once had a revolution because of taxation.

Actually, it was one among many reasons--as is set out in the DoI.

But the reason the colonists objected to taxation was because there was no representation.

We certainly can't say that today, since we have Representatives and Senators in Congress.

The problem is in the differences between the two political parties and how they view government.

The GOP sees government as the problem, not the solution. (Except John McCain is doing everything he can to be elected the head the "problem." Crazy.)

The Democrats see government as so
a force to help people who need it most.

How to reconcile the two?

Not by running around the country inciting people to hate Senator Obama and encouraging your followers to label him "treasonous," or to hear your followers say "kill him!" or call him a "terrorist," and remain silent.

That is what has been heard over the past few days when McCain and Palin have addressed their constituents.

Sounds just exactly like Germany in the 1930s.

Horrible. Horrible. Horrible.

Conservative said...

Shaw Kenawe said...
"Sounds just exactly like Germany in the 1930's.
Horrible. Horrible. Horrible"

"That is what has been heard over the past few days when McCain and Palin have addressed their constituents and to hear your followers say "kill him!" "

"kill him!" ..Where in the world did you EVER hear that?

Patrick M said...

Beth: What PCC said. America's not dead yet.

Gayle: You forgot we also had a war over states rights. One of the bad things that came out of that was more power to the federal government. Not that I'd want to change the outcome of the Civil War, but the states lost some freedom.

PCC: Wait until I get to a Star Wars post related to the election.

Shaw: Do you have any sane sites that you know of that are spewing that crap?

Otherwise, I'd swear you're coming here trying to play the race card just to get your idiot (The Marxist) elected, while no one is really trying to elect the other idiot (McCain) here.

Anybody mention you might just by a wee bit myopic?

Conservative: Have you noticed that Republicans and conservatives keep getting compared to Nazis on a regular basis, even when videos people have made in support of The Marxist seem to have that Hitler Youth flavor to them?

Conservative said...

Patrick said:.."Have you noticed that Republicans and conservatives keep getting compared to Nazis on a regular basis, even when videos people have made in support of The Marxist seem to have that Hitler Youth flavor to them?"

This is nothing new. And don't forget to throw in "racist" they love to call us that.

Toad734 said...

By "helping people" do you mean lopsided foreign aid to Israel, billions in Iraq, billions in oil and ag subsidies, etc.?

shaw kenawe said...

To conservative and Patrick:

Here's where it's being reported, among many other outlets:

http://tinyurl.com/3trnmh

By Dana Milbank
Washington Post, Oct. 6, 2008

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- "Okay, so Florida, you know that you're going to have to hang onto your hats," Sarah Palin told a rally of a few thousand here this morning, "because from now until Election Day it may get kind of rough."

You betcha. And the person dishing out the roughest stuff at the moment is Sarah Palin.

"I was reading my copy of the New York Times the other day," she said.

"Booooo!" replied the crowd.

"I knew you guys would react that way, okay," she continued. "So I was reading the New York Times and I was really interested to read about Barack's friends from Chicago."

It was time to revive the allegation, made over the weekend, that Obama "pals around" with terrorists, in this case Bill Ayers, late of the Weather Underground. Many independent observers say Palin's allegations are a stretch; Obama served on a Chicago charitable board with Ayers, now an education professor, and has condemned his past activities.

"Now it turns out, one of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers," Palin said.

"Boooo!" said the crowd.

"And, according to the New York Times, he was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, 'launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol,'" she continued.

"Boooo!" the crowd repeated.

"Kill him!" proposed one man in the audience.

Beth said...

That is terrible journalism Shaw to be sure, to put that quote from some idiot in the audience like that is terrible. But I truly doubt that Palin was trying to incite violence.

Jennifer said...

It's ironic you mentioned Intervention......I couldn't sleep and I ended up watching the same shows last night...I wasn't expecting a memorial at the end, that's for sure. I've watched the show before and I've never seen someone actually die.

I love this post! A totally different perspective on "Uncle Sam." I think the canidates think they are doing a good thing by "bailing" us out. Hello? McFly? Have you listened to public opinion? More debt? Yeah, just what we need!

Mike's America said...

Hmmm... Shaw distorting a Palin rally? I am SHOCKED! Does anyone suppose Shaw was also indignant at the movies where President Bush was assasinated?

Yeah, right!

Patrick M said...

Toad: You know what I mean. So I'll ignore the cut-and-paste.

Shaw: Hopefully somebody smacked that asshole in the head. Bit to the point. My question was "Do you have any sane sites that you know of that are spewing that crap?" and all you can get is some inbred cocksucker yelling shit at a rally. This is seriously a case of Palin Derangement Syndrome with you now.

Beth: I'd call the guy in the audience an asshat, but I don't want to insult asshats.

Jennifer: After listening to the debate I surspect we're headed toward the latter episode's route no matter which candidate we get burdened with.

Mike: The most interesting part was Shaw's failure to provide a real example when I asked. That would be like someone at an Obama screaming "Kill Whitey." Wait, that was Rev J Wright. :)

Shaw Kenawe said...

Hmmm... Shaw distorting a Palin rally? I am SHOCKED! Does anyone suppose Shaw was also indignant at the movies where President Bush was assasinated?

Yeah, right!
--Mike

This is the central problem with Mike and his fellow travelers.

What is happening at the Palin mob gatherings--angry thugs shouting "treason!" "traitor!" "kill him!"--is real, and has been recorded on video, on audio, and in the print media. The mob incitement by the Ms.Pitbull IS REAL.

The film you speak of, Mike?

THAT. IS. FANTASY.

It's called a movie. Those are actors in a movie performing a script someone made up. That stuff didn't REALLY happen.

Now do you understand the difference?

And for Patrick and anyone else who think mob incitements are exaggerated, here are more reports:

Crowds at Palin Rallies Say "Sit Down, Boy!" (to a black sound man) and "Kill Him!"

In this morning's Washington Post, Dana Milbank reports on the typical scene at Sarah Palin rallies, and to put it mildly, it's not pretty.

Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her "less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media." At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down, boy."
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Coming on the heels of John McCain whipping up a crowd of supporters who called Obama a "terrorist," and Sarah Palin getting her audience to yell "Kill him!" (apparently about Obama), we now find out that Sarah Palin's mob of supporters yesterday turned on a black journalist and yelled "racial epithets" at him while telling him to "sit down, boy."

From the Washington Post:
Worse, Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her "less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media." At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down, boy."


How would you guys feel if people were screaming that about Palin or McCain as Joe Biden gave his stump speech?

Patrick M said...

I stand by my comments. The few idiots should be booted, because that's not why the overwhelming majority are there. I'd have a problem with any candidate if it were either the majority of their followers or a significant influence in their lives, like a KKK member or an unrepentant terrorist (Like Bill Ayers, for example).

Shaw Kenawe said...

I notice, Patrick, that you are silent about the Palins' association with the antiAmerican Alaskan Independent Party,whose founder, Joe Vogler once said:

The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government...and I won't be buried under their damn flag...

I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions.


Palin's complete dealings with the group isn't entirely clear, and unfortunately we can't ask Mr. Vogler about it since he was murdered in a plastic explosives sale gone bad," but we do know this: Sarah Palin probably attended the AIP convention 1994, the McCain campaign admits she attended in 2000, and as governor, Palin taped a welcoming message to them in 2006, saying:

"Your party plays an important role in our state's politics. I've always said that competition is so good, and that applies to political parties as well. I share your party's vision of upholding the constitution of our great state... So I say good luck on a successful and inspiring convention. Keep up the good work, and God bless you."

Patrick M said...

Shaw: I see you like to paste the same shit in all the conservative sites you visit. I investigated, found there was nothing significant to report on, and moved on.

And while I don't agree with the aims of the AIP myself, and not their dead idiot leader, I understand the sentiment and desire to not be chained to an ever-growing Washington monster. If I remember correctly, we fought a war over this subject 150 years ago.

Bullfrog said...

I have 2 toddlers, and can relate to the joy of sending them off to bed for sure. It's also comforting to know there is at least 1 more person in the world afflicted with Obsessive Channel Change Syndrome (OCCS?).

As for "addicted Uncle Sam" I totally agree, and find the subject of the last 8 years of economic policy conspicuously absent from discussions about President Bush. GW is alot of things, but it takes alot more than a tax cut to make a person fiscally conservative.

There is no difference between a tax and spend politician and one that borrows and spends, which apparently is the Prez's preference.

shaw kenawe said...

Shaw: I see you like to paste the same shit in all the conservative sites you visit. I investigated, found there was nothing significant to report on, and moved on.

This is why I call the conservatives dishonest.

You call it "shit" when I show you that the Palins were very, very involved with the Separatists in Alaska, AIP.

Palin herself gave them a blessing and told the Separatists they were "doing good work." Those are her words. Not mine. But, perhaps, they are "shit."

Afterall, she's actually encouraging treason. Really. And her husband was involved with this group until 2002.

Now Barack Obama was 7 years old when Ayers acted like a dumbass fool. He doesn't do that anymore. By the time Obama met him, he had educated himself and made himself a contributing member of his community.

That doesn't excuse the crap he committed two generations ago, but it shows that Obama was NOT involved with someone advocating terrorism in the present--Unlike the Palins who are very much associated with what many Americans would call traitors--the AIP. And as recently as 2006, Sarah Palin thought they were, doggone it! really, really good folks.

Call it shit. I call it dishonest.

Patrick M said...

Shaw: So I'm dishonest when I do the research, including the exact quotes you used from Sarah's video welcome address she gave to the AIP (I did watch it), and come to a different conclusion than you?

After doing the research, Sarah's association was minimal, her husband was a member for a while, and the AIP does appear to work within the law to attain their goals. And other than the questions raised by this association, she comes away clean in the association department.

Compare that tho the myriad associations of The Marxist, which include a terrorist whose group did blow up shit. And that's the worst, but not only questionable one.

If the McCain/Palin ticket does get elected, I'll do a post on the AIP specifically. But there's not really anything to go after here, other than an interesting discussion point.

Oh, and I call it shit because you did cut and paste it in here, on Mike's America, and other places for no other reason than you've become a partisan hack instead of a thinking person. So shall we visit the honesty question?