I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore!


The recent news has been mind-bogglingly frightful. And then…

Perhaps I subscribe to too many newspapers and magazines. Perhaps 24-hour cable news is too many hours. But, I don’t know about you and, with apologies to William Shakespeare, “there’s something rotten in the state of America.”

A sampling of recent headlines:

And, unfortunately, it’s not just America that’ rotten:

Demonstrations are troubling especially because of how they reflexively insult the memory of the past, and the Holocaust in particular

But back to us, and picking up on the French theme:

(Did I mention that Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, is Jewish?)

(I bet many of them are on this list and in this picture):)

And then this…

(courtesy of Vanity Fair, because The New York Times would never print this headline):

Yay!!! A headline I can believe in!

(Am I allowed to say, “Go, girl?)

But, is Nancy correct? Is the House Minority Leader really a “moron?”

I think so, of course, but I needed confirmation. So, I checked in with Dana Milbank of The Washington Post for fact checking. Milbank’s column, Fact check: Is Kevin McCarthy a ‘moron’?, is too long to reprint in this space so I’ve attached a copy. But I’ll leave you with his conclusion:

Alas, this leaves only one possible conclusion, which I deliver with no elms: Pelosi’s claim earns the rating “mostly true.”

In other words,

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

2 thoughts on “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore!

  1. I echo your top-of-the-page headline except that sadly I HAVE to take it.
    I could turn off TV and cancel my papers but won’t.
    It’s just too unbelievable.


  2. Started to laugh (actually smile) until I realized the truth in what you were writing :(. How sad!

    Hope your trip home was uneventful and all was well. Loved seeing you both – brunch was lovely BUT even more terrific was having you here and visiting :).

    Take care and love, Sue – and Dave too



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