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September 14, 2011 - Taste Buds
Yippee! It's the Buds' favorite time of year — political ads! Oh joy of joys! In case you couldn't tell, we are being sarcastic. (What? The Buds sarcastic?)
The newsroom TV started blasting out the first of what is sure to be a waterfall of political television commercials earlier this week. As if we needed another reminder that summer is all but over! The mud-slinging in these ads is bad enough. Personally, we prefer the fun, literal mud-slinging at Jamboree in the Hills (another distant summer memory). But the worst part of these ads is the negativity. Most of the ads talk about what "Mr. X" can't do or doesn't believe or voted against. Mr. X likes the color red! Gasp! Mr. X owns a foreign car! Sound the alarm! Mr. X is a Dallas Cowboys fan! Red alert! These commercials are enough to turn even the strongest stomach.
The Buds would like to offer a unique twist to political ads to keep them interesting to the public. Towards the end of each ad, a voice over should start reading off disclaimers like, "Over exposure to this ad may cause extreme headache, drowsiness and nausea," or, "Do not watch this ad while eating, drinking, standing, sitting, squatting, skipping, leaning, cooking or cleaning." It would be just like the pharmaceutical commercials with all the health effects read off at the end but this would be a lot more entertaining. Heck, we'd tune in just to hear the latest "side effect!"
Even though the Buds aren't hypochodriacs, one of them is a germaphobe, so paying little attention to these ads seems like a pretty good idea to us. Our health could depend on it!
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