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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-09-07 02:28 PM
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5. This is often what I have thought:
Edited on Tue Jan-09-07 02:32 PM by rockymountaindem
"I would even say that the Osama bin Laden tape that was released the Thursday before the election was sufficient to swing the election. It was basically a giant mortality salience induction."

For most of the election, I didn't think we had a chance in hell. Then, towards the end, I thought things might work out. But, the night that video came out, showing Osama bin Laden and telling Americans to be afraid, I knew it was over. I've always thought that was the day we lost the election.

This is going to sound silly, but the Bin Laden tape and the color-coded alert system etc. have always made me think of an episode of the New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh that I used to watch when I was a little kid. I hadn't seen it for years, but when they started with the color coded alert system, it immediately came back to mind. The episode was called, IIRC, "King of the Beasties". Tigger found out that he was related to lions, the king of beasts. So, he figured, he deserved to be King of the Hundred Acre Wood. Nobody bought it. So Tigger made a fake Jagular out of a tablecloth, a pillow and a broom that he stole from Rabbit, and used the phantom threat of the jagular to make all the other characters think they needed Tigger to protect them. After all, Tiggers are related to lions, so who better to fend off the Jagular threat? Pooh, Piglet and the others fell right into line and started treating Tigger like a king, even painting the Hundred Acre Wood with orange and black stripes. Rabbit, noticing his missing possessions, figured out what Tigger was up to and set out to expose him. Rabbit started planting evidence of "Jagular" activity all over the wood until Tigger was so wound up worrying about a real Jagular he ended up attacking his own model that Rabbit had stolen back. Thus, the jig was up and Tigger gave up his crown and apologized to everyone.

That color-coded thing is so ridiculous, and was ratcheted up just in time for the DNC and all. With the OBL tape just 4 days before the election, all I could think about was that episode of Winnie the Pooh from when I was a little kid.

On edit: I was right... from the Winnie the Pooh Episode Guide:

"Christopher Robin tells Pooh that he's related to a bear/ Tiger looks through the pictures, and gets upset that he's got no relatives. Eeyore tells him that he's not related to a donkey. Tigger things he might be related to a lion, who's king of the beasties. To prove himself he attacks a pretend Jagular. Tigger proclaims himself Kind and wants to called the 100 Aker Wood Tiggeropolis and paint it stripey. And now he wants everyone to bounce! Rabbit finds out it's a fake Jagular and teaches Tigger a lesson. Upset, he confesses to the gang. Piglet wants to forgive him and they have a kind un-crowning and he feels like a new Tigger! He thinks he may be related to a snake or shark or a hippopotamus, octopus or an elevator... But then he is the only one."
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