Local Campaign Ads

Now that I no longer have cable, I’m so ‘forced’ to watch the broadcast channels.  Admittedly there are a few shows I do watch, and no, one is not ‘Desperate Housewives.’  Besides, this isn’t about any particular television show; it’s about the political advertisements I’ve been seeing.  My gawd – every break had one!  Apparently having cable buffered me from these ….. things.

The one that stopped me dead in my tracks was an ad for Bill Sali in which some guy with plastered down hair did some weird dance. I’m not even sure what ‘the message’ was because I was so horrified at the very childishness of the ad.  From that ad it was no great leap to seeing this behavior from Sali, the bunny ear debacle. The first word that popped into my head when I could think again was “childish” followed by ‘lacking in professionalism.’

Later I found this post by Betsy at ‘Eye on Boise’

Last night at dinner, my 15-year-old son shared his opinion of all the campaign commercials that have been cluttering up the TV airwaves. Most, he said, seem serious and appropriate. But he singled out two that he said rubbed him the wrong way: Bill Sali’s “Walt’s Dance” spot, which features a greasy-haired actor doing a disco dance while a narrator criticizes Democratic opponent Walt Minnick; and Democrat Larry LaRocco’s new ad against Republican Jim Risch, which features a carnival barker’s voice criticizing Risch’s tax policies and a cartoon-like figure of Risch with bobbing head. Both, my son said, “seem really unprofessional and childish – and that’s coming from a child.”

I haven’t seen the Larry LaRocco ad on television, but I did find it on his website. Personally – I wouldn’t classify LaRocco’s ad as childish or even particularly unprofessional.  I don’t like the ‘genre’ utilized in the ad, it’s seems – out of place. It’s not a good fit in relation to the message.  Judge for yourself.

Musical Interlude – Alu

Listening to Echoes last night on KBSU I heard this …..

Her ‘My Space‘ page with a few songs off her second album.

The Ignorance is Just Overwhelming

Reading around the Internet this morning I was absolutely appalled at some of the stories I was running across in which Obama supporters were targeted for some sort of attack which appeared to involve property damage.

This was the first – North Carolina:

Someone slashed the tires of at least 30 vehicles parked outside the Crown Coliseum on Sunday during a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, authorities said.

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating. The tires were cut while people were inside the Crown Coliseum listening to speeches, said Maj. E. Wright of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Then over at Mock, Paper, Scissors a friend of TexBetsy had this occur to her car in Texas:

The Obama bumper sticker was torn off, a 20-lb rock was put through the back window, two Obama yard signs were shoved through the hole in the rear window and “Obama” was badly spray-painted in orange along the drivers side door.

Later this afternoon I found this headline on the Digg bar via the Ashville Citizen-Times

A dead bear was found dumped this morning on the Western Carolina University campus, draped with a pair of Obama campaign signs, university police said.

Maintenance workers reported about 7:45 a.m. finding a 75-pound bear cub dumped at the roundabout near the Catamount statute at the entrance to campus, said Tom Johnson, chief of university police.

A dead bear cub….someone killed a black bear cub to make a point? A racial comment?

Update:  The wonder of You Tube:

Now, I’ve seen many stories of ignorant asses like the Gayle Quinnells on TV, heard the likes of the ‘Jodys from Fenton’ on NPR, but this takes balls doesn’t it? While Obama was in North Carolina over the weekend, he stopped for lunch in Cape Fear area – Fayettesville, NC.

The welcome wasn’t as warm at Cape Fear BBQ & Chicken on Grove Street in Fayetteville, where he stopped to pick up lunch.

When Obama walked in, patron Diane Fanning, 54, yelled, “Boo, socialist! Socialist! Get out of here!”

Another woman responded loudly, “At least he’s not a warmonger!”

As one elder woman said, she doesn’t plan on voting for Obama but she did shake his hand and wished him well – ‘there’s no reason not to be civil.’

It’s gotten out of hand and McCain and Palin don’t seem interested in tamping it down – at all. Someone, somewhere is going to end up getting hurt by these ignorant asses.