[Ads-l] Iowa notes

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Sun Jan 31 14:38:48 UTC 2016

I.  Perhaps "cartel" is the dirtier word than "cabal".  Iowans think of OPEC's oil cartel, which brings Americans high gas prices ... oh, that's no longer true, now that Obama has made the US the largest producer of oil and gas in the world.  And non-Iowans think of the ethanol cartel. 

II.  Jon, is this the first installment of your Iowa Diary?


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Since the capture of El Chapo in Mexico, Ted Cruz has taken to referring to
"the Washington cartel."  That's his term for the cynical, corrupt,
Obama-dazzled centrist and left-wing malefactors who've wrenched  this
country from the hands of the good, God-fearing people. He's accused Donald
Trump of being "paymaster of the Washington cartel."

The expected word here might be "cabal," but people would think he meant
cable TV.
So, good choice, Ted!


The voiceover singer in a  Huckabee ad (or a fake Huckabee ad, or a
self-spoofing Huckabee ad - it's no longer possible to tell) croons that
"This circus, it's gone coo-coo-ca-choo."  I suppose that means "cuckoo,"
but Urban Dictionary gives teh back story.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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