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Can You Guess What This Ad is Selling?
A guy in a hard-hat, in front of a new construction site is talking about cereal-- a ten day plan.

In the background, a girder falls, pushed through a narrow, maybe foot wide window opening, falling from the second floor to the ground. I wonder. "What's that got to do with an ad?"

He keeps talking about well the ten day program works, while four or five large drums/barrels are pushed so they fall of the back of a truck, one at a time.

Finally, we see, as he continues talking, as a truck bed is tilted, a truckload of dirt smoothly dumped on the ground.

Well, can you guess the product he's selling?

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He's pushing bran cereal as a cure to irregularity. I broke up laughing at the use of these visual metaphors for taking a dump, cutting a loaf, ie., having a good bowel movement.

So, will this imagery of letting loose work? Are you feeling a little looser, better able to let go of a good donation for the good cause? Can I I use some humor to ask for a contribution to support OpEdNEws? Providing the financial help to keep us running and regular is a very serious matter, but it will help if I can write about it with a bit of light approach. Please demonstrate that it is not necessary to always be serious. Make your contribution today.


The articles we're running today show the level of anger and contempt our writers have for the Whitehouse... and for the Democrats who have enable Bush and his despicable company. When congress returns in September, I hope they will be chastened by the reception they've had from their constituents. I'll be seeing mine on the 30th, when we both speak at a candidate's fundraiser. So far, he's done very well, voting the way I've wanted him to, except on the biggest, toughest one, witholding further funds for the Iraq war. I'm going to tell him it's the only way for the Democrats to regain the respect of the people. My legislator had the guts to serve in Iraq. He should have the guts to pass legislation that will surely put him under fire from the right.


It's interesting to follow Doctor Pete Bagnolo's exploration of how John Ashcroft, who I was no fan of, was so morally superior to Gonzales. Getting back to my opening paragraph, there are different varieties of feces. We have a 14 year old yellow Lab-- a miracle in itself-- and she has accidents in the house. Most of the time they are relatively dry and easy to pick up. Then there are the days when her stomach is off and the accidents are a much looser mess. Thus we have the Ashcroft and Gonzales metaphor. Gonzales is the most ill smelling, filthy mess in recent memory, perhaps all the history of the judiciary. You have to hold your nose and get down on all fours to scrub up this one. And the congress will have to do the same. There's no nice neat way to clean this one up. So far, the judiciary committees have not rolled up their sleeves, put their boots on and stepped all the way into the mess. They must do that, and in a hurry when they get back. They must be prepared to do what it takes, even if the right comes back and tries to bloody them. Our nation's future is on the line-- democracy, integrity, position of power in the world...

Patrick Leahy, John COnyers-- these committee chairs must take bigger risks, get more aggressive, more combative and step up the conflict. Doing little, taking their time is not enough. Bush and his criminal team does not stand still. We see how his appointees are literally causing the deaths of people-- the highly visible miner rescuers, for example, let alone the continued deaths of US troops and Iraqi civilians. How much more chaos can there be than what we saw last week with one terrorist attack killing over 500 and injuring over 1000?

The fact is, the right wingers still surviving in the congress are desperately holding on to the failed idea that it is possible to "win," to achieve "victory."

Their definition of winning, or victory has been such a moving target... but ultimately, if it wasn't such an abomination, such a tragic lie, it would be a joke.

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