Archive for July, 2006

You don’t say…

July 23, 2006

Van Halen logoI was at the local Walgreens and saw some guy wearing a shirt that said “Van Halen Kicks *ss”.  Now, whether they do or don’t is beside the point (although I would say they did with David Lee Roth, didn’t with Hagar, and didn’t come anywhere close with that guy from Extreme).  Anyway, what brought a tear to my eye was the fact that he loved his band so much that he was willing to shout it to the world in the form of a T-shirt (and not to mention at the local Walgreens).  You keep on rockin’ Van Halen T-shirt guy at my local Walgreens!

What, me worry?

July 23, 2006

I’m in the middle of reading Al Franken’s book “The Truth (With Jokes)”.  It’s a very enlightening, yet alarming book (and a quick read) on the 2004 election and its aftermath.  One chapter discusses TMT or “terror management theory” on which they have actually done a study.  From the abstract:  “According to terror management theory (J. Greenberg, S. Solomon, & T. Pyszczynski, 1997), one factor that increases the tendency to support leaders is the need to quell mortality concerns.”  Basically, as long as you keep the public fearing for their own lives, regardless of the immediate threat, you can pretty much count on their support come election day.  Edward R. Murrow once said “No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.”  So as we enter this primary and election season, be on the lookout for the “scary” television ads and rhetoric and try to remember why they are trying to scare us.  The full study (37 pages) can be found here