Drinking the Kool-Aid: A (Partial) 2009 Directory

The listing below includes scores of examples of the use of the phrase “Drinking the Kool-Aid” in 2009. The subdirectory will direct you to the various categories in which they appear.

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Becoming A Cult Brand
by Richard Linnett, Media Post Magazine, 1 July 2009

How To Obtain a Really Devoted Following

It’s a foolproof marketing technique – turning customers into slavish, unthinking, devoted followers of products. In other words, zombies. It’s a strategy that can create legions of pod people dedicated to a particular brand, leaving all rivals in the dust. The best customer a brand could have is an actual cult follower.

Jim Jones and Kool-Aid

Be careful that a larger brand doesn’t steal your thunder: The Jonestown tragedy in Guyana, in which more than 800 members of the Jones cult committed mass suicide, has forever been wrongly linked to Kool-Aid. The popular phrase “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid,” referring to people who blindly follow authority, is one of the lasting legacies of the Jonestown massacre. And yet the powdered drink that Jones laced with cyanide to kill his followers was not Kool-Aid but a knockoff rival called Flavor Aid, a product of the Chicago-based Jel Sert Company. Flavor Aid still commands a sizeable share of stomach, as marketers like to say. But nobody says “Don’t drink the Flavor Aid,” do they?

Bill Ayers Should Avoid “Drinking the Kool-Aid”
by Matthew Vadum, American Spectator, 19 May 2009

Retired terrorist Bill Ayers, a kind of folk hero among today’s left, had a run-in with Washington Times editorial staffer Kerry Picket.

Picket’s encounter with the would-be mass murderer who plotted to bomb a crowded dance hall at Fort Dix, New Jersey, in 1970, was capturted on video.

The newspaper reported this about the brief interview with the former associate of President Obama:

When questioned by The Washington Times during a lecture on racism, Mr. Ayers went ballistic. “Did you drink the kool-aid over at The Times or are you okay?” he asked. “What I’m saying is … do you actually have a mind of your own?”

Drinking the kool-aid.

That’s an odd choice of words for Ayers. The expression came from the mass murder-suicide carried out by Jim Jones at Jonestown, Guyana in 1978 when Jones forced his congregation to drink poisoned flavored liquid.

Like Ayers, Jones was an America-hating revolutionary Communist. Jones left the U.S. and created what he hoped would be a socialist paradise in the Guyanese jungle. When things went awry, Jones decided it would be better to slaughter his followers than allow them to leave. More than 900 people died.

Jones remained a revolutionary Communist to the end. On an audio recording of the mass murder in progress, he can be heard attempting to reassure his followers: “We didn’t commit suicide, we committed an act of revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhumane world.”

Jones used religion to advance Marxism; Ayers uses the academy to advance Marxism.

Two different homicidal activists sharing a common ideal.

Maybe Ayers’s choice of words wasn’t so odd after all.

Oh mighty iPod Touch, we are not worthy
by Colby Cosh, National Post, 07 April 2009

There can hardly be a less appropriate popular cliché than saying you’ve “drunk the Kool-Aid.” Every time it is used, this phrase at once trivializes the Jonestown mass murder/suicide of 1978 and slanders a beloved brand that had no connection to the killings. Its use is defensible for only one reason: It captures a particular conceptual phenomenon perfectly, and no equally efficient or attractive alternative exists in English idiom.

So: I’ve drunk the Kool-Aid… By which I mean that I bought an iPod Touch a few weeks ago, and have had my first direct experience of the legendary “childlike wonder” inspired by Apple computing products.

Drinking Kool-Aid not all bad
by Susan O’Bryan, Clinton (MS) News, 02 April 2009

Have you heard the phrase, “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid,” a reference urging you not to buy into a set of beliefs? It references back to the 1978 mass suicide by Jim Jones followers, who drank a potassium cyanide-laced concoctions at the urging of their leader. The phrase has come to mean, “Don’t trust any group you find to be a little on the kooky side,” or “Whatever they tell you, don’t believe it too strongly,” according to urbandictionary.com In today’s business environment, it refers to the brainwashing of corporate leaders, poisoning water coolers with company rhetoric. In a gentler tone, it means accepting the challenges a company faces, and being part of the solution, not the problem.

Clever or crass?
by Steve Lundeberg, Albany (OR) Democrat Herald, 29 March 2009

Catchy phrases, even when they’re sort of tasteless, have a habit of working their way into the lexicon; another example is “drink the Kool-Aid,” a term for getting people to buy into one idea or another that comes from the mass suicide at Jonestown.

Now, I’m as sophomoric as the next guy – probably more than the next guy, as the co-workers who sit closest to me would probably attest – and I’ve never been accused of being a paragon of political correctness, but I would never use the term “going postal” or “drink the Kool-Aid.” Mass murder just isn’t funny to me, and neither is roughly 900 people killing themselves, especially when one of them was a loved one of a good friend of mine.

Cliche of the day: Kool-Aid
by Ray Frager, Baltimore Sun, 25 February 2009

…in which we highlight a well-worn, nonsensical or jargon-laden word or phrase that has been infecting the world of sports broadcasting.

Today’s phrase: “drinking the Kool-Aid.”

This description of an uncritical approach to a team can take on different colors, as in someone who is “drinking the purple Kool-Aid” when he takes as gospel anything coming out of the Ravens’ Castle and absolutely believes the team is always headed in the right direction.

In addition to being overused, the phrase trivializes an awful historical event — the mass suicides at Jonestown in 1978. Followers of the Rev. Jim Jones consumed a poison-laced, Kool-Aid-like drink at the cult’s compound in South America, where more than 900 people were found dead.

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Wendell Potter Warns: Co-op Kool-Aid Is Bad for Your Health
by Wendell Potter, PR Watch, 21 August 2009

I’m beginning to think that the Kool-Aid being served at meetings of the Senate Finance Committee’s soon-to-be infamous Gang of Six is coming from either fantasy land or the health insurance industry.

Kool-Aid came to mind as I was reading a story in the Wall Street Journal this week about [Sen. Kent] Conrad’s continuing and naive insistence that co-ops could work. I remembered sitting in a meeting of other insurance company executives a few years ago. A leading advocate of the high-deductible plans the industry is trying to force us all into these days (and out of the plans insurance industry pollsters and politicians say we are all happy with and can stay in-if we wish upon a star), grew so exasperated after failing to convince us that these plans would be good for most Americans, he finally said, “Look, you’re just going to have to drink the Kool-Aid.” It looks as if the Gang of Six is about to offer its co-op Kool-Aid to the other members of the Senate Finance and to tell them to drink up.

Drinking the Kool-Aid: Failing to lead, Hillary follows the President in placating the world
by Michael Goodwin, New York Daily News, 16 August 2009

The video of Hillary Clinton peevishly snapping at a student questioner in the Congo was the meltdown seen ’round the world. But… [t]he real clunker came with her pathetic attempt to compare Nigeria’s corrupt and violent 2007 elections to the contested 2000 American presidential results.

In equating the two, the secretary of state echoes President Obama’s sour apologia tours around the globe. Either he’s writing her speeches now or Clinton’s drinking the White House Kool-Aid. Neither is appealing.

Akron extends buyout deadline
by Stephanie Warsmith, Akron Beacon Journal, 14 August 2009

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic is extending the deadline for the city’s buyout offer to its employees by 10 days. As of the initial deadline Friday afternoon, only 106 employees had signed up… Paul Hlynsky, president of the police union, wasn’t surprised that just over a dozen police officers and firefighters have taken the offer. “We haven’t drank the Kool-Aid yet,” said Hlynsky, whose union has 460 members.

Health care town hall anger continues
by Larry Amon, Baltimore Christian Conservative Examiner,12 August 2009

Arlen Spector like other congressman, recently had a healthcare town hall meeting… One of the comments on Real Clear Politics said that a Spector supporter was a Kool Aid drinker, meaning they would buy whatever the left told him. But who are the real Kool Aid drinkers? So many Republicans and conservatives are getting hope because they see the American people standing up and not taking this socialism lying down so much anymore… Don’t drink the Kool aid! Almost all of the politicians are in it for themselves and have an agenda or will vote for an agenda that in no way favors any Americans.

Fortune Editor Breaks With CNNers On ObamaCare; IDs 5 Freedoms Lost, Inevitable State Control
by Tom Blumer, newsbusters.com, 10 August 2009

Someone forgot to send the CNN health care kool-aid over to the office of Fortune editor at large Shawn Tully in the days leading up to July 24. Tully in turn forgot to toot his own horn, and ObamaCare opponents forgot to take a peek inside what is normally enemy lines to find it.

They Think We’re Stupid, But We Can Count
by Herman Cain, North Star Writers Group, 10 August 2009

[T]he president and the Democrats tried to get us to drink the health care reform Kool-Aid with an overdose of presidential speeches and orchestrated press conferences. But someone had the audacity to actually read the legislation and we discovered that there are two versions of the Kool-Aid, namely, Obama-care and Democrat-care.

At what cost care?
by Kris Hundley, Tampa Bay Times, 02 August 2009

For nearly 20 years, Wendell Potter handled sticky public relations situations at two of the nation’s largest health insurers… In the later stages of his career, Potter, now 58, began having doubts about his chosen profession. After retiring from Cigna last year as head of corporate communications, he decided to speak out…

“I remember being at a meeting where an expert was giving a presentation on these plans to company executives. He was being inundated with questions about how these plans would work for people of modest means or more likely to have illnesses. Eventually the speaker got exasperated and said, ‘This is the model we’re going to, you’ve just got to drink the Kool-Aid and sell this stuff.’

“I knew then that I did not want to drink the Kool-Aid.”

Global warming, George Will and the madness of repetition, or the repetition of madness
by Thomas Fuller, SF Environmental Policy Examiner, 24 July 2009

[W]e live on a small planet, but it has a big atmosphere. We don’t understand how clouds affect temperature. We don’t understand how sensitive our atmosphere is to the changes we are making. It is possible that human actions don’t mean as much on a planetary scale as we would like to think. Maybe it’s not all about us. And while we are straining at gnats and swallowing camels (or the Koolaid dispensed by the prophets we have chosen), we argue the arcana of energy legislation on a national basis while India rejects the idea of putting green technology ahead of economic growth (while China wisely keeps its own counsel).

The Kool-Aid Congress
by Dave Skinner, The Flathead Beacon, Kalispell, Montana, 08 July 2009

Remember Jim Jones, the People’s Temple cult leader (and Communist) who convinced 900 of his followers to drink the Kool-Aid way back in 1978? Well, he’s got to be so proud of our new “people’s temple”. Congress. By a vote of 219 to 212, the U.S. House passed the so-called “American Clean Energy and Security Act,” sponsored by Henry Waxman (D-Hollywood) and Ed Markey (D-Mass)… Two-hundred-and-nineteen Congress cultists have deemed that the American way of life must die. If 60 senators and one president decide that, too, well, we’ll all be offered the Kool Aid on Election Day. I can’t wait to see who drinks it.

Eight Republicans refused to drink the conservative kool aid on the climate bill
by Jean Williams, Seattle Environmental Policy Examiner, 27 June 2009

“Don’t drink the Kool Aid”, is a figure of speech and it means don’t allow yourself to be manipulated and brain washed. The house Republicans are convinced that climate change is not a problem. Therefore, it does not need to be fixed. They are convinced that Friday’s passing of the climate bill is the end of society as we know it. But there were eight brave Republicans who did not agree and cast their vote to pass the American Climate and Energy Security Act.

Mayor disputes Atlanta’s ranking as 2nd least-safe city in U.S.
by Christian Boone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 08 June 2009

Mayor Shirley Franklin disputes a political blog’s ranking of Atlanta as the nation’s second most dangerous municipality, reiterating her claim that the city is “safer now than it hasbeen in decades.”

“Franklin and [Atlanta Chief of Police Richard] Pennington have been trying to get us to drink the Kool-Aid for 12 months now,” said Randall Cobb, safety chairman for the Midtown Neighborhood Association. “The biggest thing they’re doing is refusing to take responsibility for crime in this city.”

Drinking Nanny State Kool-Aid
by Allysia Finley, Orange County Register, 05 June 2009

To help pay for the estimated $1.2 trillion government health care plan, the Senate is considering levying an excise tax on nondiet sodas and other beverages with added sugar, such as certain juices and sports drinks. The rationale is that since sugary drinks can contribute to diabetes and obesity, a tax would decrease consumption and thereby reduce diabetes and obesity. The federal government, however, is forgetting a previous disastrous foray in nutritional advocacy. Perhaps it should think twice before drinking some more Nanny State Kool-Aid.

White House Spars With British Media Over Detainee Abuse Photos
FoxNews.com, 29 May 2009

Author James Delingpole wrote that Gibbs’ attack reflected the Obama administration’s treatment of Britain, which he says “smacks of a risible ineptitude.” … Delingpole warned that insulting the British press was a big mistake.

“So far, you’ve had a pretty easy ride,” he wrote of Obama’s treatment by the press. “The Obama Kool Aid has proved almost as popular beverage in Britain as it is in the U.S. But just you wait till we start showing our teeth.”

Editorial: Alachua’s financial condition is shameful
High Springs Herald, High Springs, Florida, 29 May 2009

If you were running a multi-million dollar business and had $1.3 million in company savings – money to be used in cases of emergency – you’d probably be pretty happy. But if in the span of three years, you sucked that savings nearly dry – down to $90,000 – we doubt you’d be telling folks that everything is A-okay… But that’s just what Alachua City Manager Clovis Watson Jr. did last week as he tried to explain how the city’s reserves went from $1.3 million to $90,000… [S]hame on the Alachua City Commission for drinking the Kool-Aid that Watson was handing out.

Global Warming 101 for Republicans
The Motley Fool, 25 May 2009

I guess the part of the global warming debate that I don’t care for is that the believers want to tell everyone else what to do, but they don’t necessarily know what they’re talking about… So as far as I’m concerned there is no reason to do anything they say.  They are just some guy with a sign that says the end of the world is coming and then tries to tell me I need to buy a glass of Koolaid.

Sen. Hardy sipping tax hike Kool-Aid
by Chuck Muth, The Nevada Appeal, 08 May 2009

Word on the street is that it’s not moderate Republican senators who are pushing aggressively for tax hikes in legislative negotiations right now, but a conservative Republican state senator who has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and works for a construction association when not in session.

Carson City insiders are saying that Hardy [State Sen. Warren Hardy, R-Las Vegas] has been sipping the Kool-Aid and aggressively participating in those smoke-free back room negotiations to hit Nevadans with yet another huge tax hike before this session is over.

Frederick school board criticized over ‘norms’
by Margarita Raycheva, The Business Gazette, Gaithersburg, MD, 05 May 2009

The Frederick County school board is facing criticism from some residents over the “norms” it adopted in 2007, after taking a fresh look at them two weeks ago.

The norms are a set of rules that address issues related to the roles of public officials on the board, and define the responsibilities and appropriate behavior for members. eventually, board members voted 6-1 to leave the rest of the norms unchanged. The majority of the board stated they already know what the norms mean, and therefore there is no need for clarification.

Board member Donna Crook was the only board member who voted against the norms. Crook, who often is the single minority vote on the board, said she believes the norms were aimed at discouraging difference of opinion among board members.

“The board norms are written in such a way that they encourage group think,” she said. “They want everyone to drink the Kool-Aid and buy into group think. I am not drinking the Kool-Aid, and I am not buying into group think.”

Point Counterpoint: Specter’s Switch Shocks the District
by Victoria Perrone, The Tower, Catholic University of America, 04 May 2009

Senator [Arlen] Specter, like many residents of Pennsylvania, switched his party registration, not just because he was drinking the “Obama Kool-Aid”. Moreover, it is because moderates like Specter have found the Republican Kool-Aid to be stale, expired, and bitter. His change in party will free the Senator to express what he truly believes; for that he will be respected by his fellow colleagues within the Democratic Party.

Out of Touch
by Bob Herbert, New York Times, 01 May 2009

The incredibly clueless stewards of the incredibly shrinking Republican Party would do well to recall that it was supposedly Abe Lincoln, a Republican, who said you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. After awhile, it became all but impossible to overlook the madness of these true believers and the incalculable damage they had done to the country. Voters who hadn’t sipped from the Kool-Aid themselves couldn’t help but recognize that the G.O.P. was bizarrely detached from the real world.

State Senator Likes Orange Kool-Aid
by Dan Cook, Columbia (SC) Free-Times, 29 April 2009,

How does it feel to be labeled a member of Gov. Mark Sanford’s “juice box caucus”? Not too bad, according to S.C. Sen. Kevin Bryant, named last week by Statehouse Report editor Bill Davis as one of the four legislators most loyal to Sanford, and therefore possessing a “willingness to swallow Sanford’s philosophical and political Kool-Aid.” Bryant took the designation in good humor, writing on his blog that he “kind of chuckled” upon reading Davis’ “Juice Box Caucus” article and noting that his favorite flavor of Kool-Aid is orange.

Congress: Treating Americans Worse than Foreign Dictators
by Bob Ellis, Dakota Voice, Rapid City, SD, 25 April 2009

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) really shows his true colors in this hearing with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

The hearings were on the global warming nonsense and the cap-and-trade tax proposed by the Obama Administration that will raise everyone’s electric bills by 40% or more.

Oh, go ahead and drink the liberal Koolaid and believe that “we’re just going after those evil coal-burning companies, not you, our beloved ‘little guy'” prattle. If you think the cost of this tax in honor of a faerie tale won’t get passed on to you, the consumer, have another mug of Koolaid.

Perpetual House-Arrest for Women in Afghanistan
by Jacob Freeze, TPM, 16 April 2009

Although the simple-minded mainstream media have christened some recent legislation on the far frontier of our colonial empire as “the Afghanistan rape law,” it’s worth noting that the same law that legalizes marital rape (specifically among the Shia) also forbids women to leave the house without permission from a male relative. This problem has produced an expectable wave of crazy excuses from Obama’s koolaid-huffing partisans in the blogosphere.

Pass the tea, drink the Kool-Aid
by Susan J. Dames, Capitol Chronicles, 16 April 2009

Hailing Joe the Plumber as an authority on tax policy is kind of like appointing the puffy-shirted FreeCreditReport.com guys experts on the Somali pirate situation. Of course, that’s what the assorted anti-tax and right-wing groups did when they breathlessly begged the man formerly known as Samuel Wurzelbacher to headline their Tea Party protest in Lansing.

And that is precisely why it’s hard to take them seriously… Yeah, forget tea. The GOP is still drinking the Kool-Aid.

Who drank the red Kool-Aid?
by Darrell Laurent, Lynchburg News and Advance, Lynchburg, VA, 13 April 2009

I’ve worked in journalism for more than 30 years now, and have always been taught that news and opinion were like dogs and cats – they can co-exist in the same house, but they are two very different animals… Sure, it’s easy to say that “everyone knows” where Fox and Alternet are coming from, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Fox slips its audience the conservative Kool-Aid with so much skill – not to mention flash and pizzazz – that it is easy for longtime watchers to incorporate it into their world view. (And yes, there is liberal Kool-Aid, as well).

Not wanting to be Gov. Kool-Aid
by Andy Brack, South Carolina Statehouse Report, 08 April 2009

For state lawmakers, this year’s whole legislative session has been worse than a bad April Fool’s joke. If South Carolina would have had just about any of the expected candidates for governor as its real governor now, the General Assembly could have gotten down to real work this session… Instead, we’ve got the Kool-Aid Governor – Mark Sanford, a man so drunk from the font of conservative libertarianism that he has a patented pair of beers goggles that keep him from seeing that thousands of South Carolinians are suffering from fiscal pain.

Black and White and Dead All Over
The decline of newspapers – and what it portends for conservatives

by James V. Delong, National Review, 06 April 2009

Newspapers’ business model depended not only on the ability of the news organizations to monetize their content by attaching advertising to it, but also on the inability of others to do so. When they launched their online businesses, they (with the notable exception of the Wall Street Journal) embarked on a course of business suicide, drinking the “information wants to be free” Kool-Aid and in the process empowering every blogger and aggregator to mediate between the news source and the reader, raking off a cut of revenue along the way.

Politicians make poor prophets
by Nolan Finley, Detroit News, 02 April 2009

The danger of entrusting politicians to shape the vision of the nation’s industrial future is that it’s hard to keep them focused. Take as an example Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s fickleness in prognosticating about the automobile industry. In 2004, the governor’s crystal ball was filled with hydrogen… By 2007, the hopeful hydrogen balloon had deflated, and the governor was drinking ethanol-laced Kool-Aid.

Abstain from swilling project critics’ Kool-Aid
by Keith Kinnaird, Bonner County Daily Bee, Sandpoint, ID, 31 March 2009

The restoration project under way in the Pack River Flats is the probably the best thing to happen in the fading delta’s modern history… But despite media coverage of the project in The Daily Bee, The Spokesman-Review and Sandpoint Magazine, some remain suspicious of the motives behind it… [T]o some people, a conspiracy theory is sexier, better tasting Kool-Aid than the truth.

How would YOU build a budget?
by Tim Miller, Fayetteville (NC) Observer, 30 March 2009

How would you tell the council to handle this year’s budget – and tax rate?  Menu advice for the Fayetteville City Council: Don’t drink the Kool-Aid. OK, maybe City Manager Dale Iman and his staff aren’t putting Kool-Aid on the budget buffet. They’re more likely doing the best they can to project the city’s budget needs for the coming five years.

Human-induced climate change now an unexamined dogma
by Cal Thomas, Syndicated Columnist, Salt Lake City Tribune, 26 March 2009

The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted a “finding” to the White House Office of Management and Budget that will force the Obama administration to decide whether to limit greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act… None of these laws and regulations will be preceded by debate; they will be imposed on us by fundamentalist politicians and scientists who have swallowed the Kool-Aid and declared global warming as fact; end of discussion.

What Rush Limbaugh and I have in common: We both like to talk about Rush
by Julie Mack, Kalamazoo (MI) Gazette, 08 March 2009

Republicans’ propensity to stay on message, usually a strength, has bitten them on the bottom this time. Protestations that Limbaugh isn’t calling the shots is undermined by the impression that they’re all guzzling the purple Kool-Aid that Limbaugh is serving up.

New Green 960 AM host didn’t drink the Obama Kool-Aid
by Joe Garofoli, SFGate.com, San Francisco, CA, 06 March 2009

[Radio host Rob] Redding talks about issues affecting African Americans and riffs on politics and race. “We take issues that get politicized and try to depoliticize them. There’s no sacred cows. Not Barack Obama, not Michael Steele. Not Rush Limbaugh. I’m not drinking the Obama Kool-Aid and I’m not drinking the Michael Steele Kool-Aid.”

Between The Lines: Who’s Leading The Republican Party? Rush Limbaugh and the Resurrection of ‘Massive Resistance’
by Anthony Asadullah Samad, EurWeb, Los Angeles, CA, 05 March 2009

[Y]ou now have Republicans, lead by Limbaugh-who calls himself the “de facto” leader of the party. “De facto” segregation is practiced in America today. It means “separation by social norms and residential patterns.” Even challenging his own elected leader of the party, signaling to the world that the party was just caught up in an “Obama moment” of change when they elected Steele chairman but the rank and file of the party “didn’t drink the Kool-Aid” and is with “the voice” of the party. It’s a strange dance the Republican Party is doing, right now. But it’s one we’ve seen before.

Exodus to the great state of denial
by Dave Perry, The Aurora (CO) Sentinel, 19 February, 2009

There’s no reason to be confused about what’s going on in Washington these days with the quick end of the partisan promises, it’s just a serious case of denial… Despite the fact that those who ran the White House and Congress for almost eight long and petrifying years have now proven that they were dead wrong about oh-so-many things, they just can’t believe it. Hence the denial. It isn’t just Republicans, mind you.

There have been plenty of Democrats drinking the tax-cut Kool-Aid for a long, long time. There are a number of them slurping it in Washington right now.

House, Senate negotiators to debate budget
by Dena Potter, News Virginian, Waynesboro, VA, 19 February 2009

RICHMOND – A handful of budget negotiators will decide how to spend more than $1 billion in federal stimulus money after the Senate passed a two-year spending plan Wednesday that is significantly different from a House-approved budget that does not include the windfall… Four Republicans voted against the budget bill. Sen. Thomas K. Norment of James City voted in favor of it, but he warned senators that the stimulus money only put off tough decisions until later. “Anyone who thinks this is any more than a plug in a dike that is seriously leaking, I think has had too much of the Kool-Aid.”

Change, Not Charity: What Ails the New Left-Right Coalition Against Poverty
by Peter Laarman, Religion Dispatches, San Francisco, CA, 18 February 2009

The Poverty Forum’s supposedly cross-the-spectrum plan to reduce poverty runs the gamut-from A to B. While it is perpetually depressing to see the Democrats drinking the Kool-Aid of “No Enemies Among The Privileged,” it actually turns the stomach a bit to see faith leaders who claim to care about the poor slurping up the same reality-free brew.

Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid
by Susan Young, Edge, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 21 January 2009

The Rev. Al Sharpton once said, “George Bush giving tax cuts is like Jim Jones giving Kool-Aid. It tastes good, but it’ll kill you.” Substitute “George” with “Jeb.” When taxes are cut as drastically as they were under Jeb Bush’s leadership, the only beneficiaries are private businesses and the wealthy… If you voted for Jeb Bush and [Florida governor] Charlie Crist, you pretty much got what you deserve. Now, that Kool-Aid doesn’t taste so sweet.

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Obama’s speech to kids: A different angle on the uproar
by Joan Garry, New Jersey Star-Ledger, 08 September 2009

Seems to me that the folks who most need a lecture on personal responsibility are the parents who gave their kids permission to cut school today and miss Obama’s speech. What’s the more mature move for a parent who doesn’t drink the Obama Kool Aid?

Send them to school and let them express their very own points of view after the speech – exerting their right to free speech and ensuring that their voices are heard? Or let them cut school?

Education isn’t socialism
by Marsha Sutton, San Diego News Network, 05 September 2009

I thought I’d seen it all, living through the ugly 2008 national political campaign. But this beats everything and has to win the top prize for the biggest tempest-in-a-teapot drama ever.

The issue centers around a message so innocuous as to be absurdly noncontroversial: stay in school, work hard, take education seriously, be responsible.

Yet superintendents and principals are receiving calls from parents – mostly anonymous, naturally – saying their rights as parents are being usurped and Obama will be attempting to brainwash unsuspecting children. Like you can swallow Kool-Aid through the airwaves.

But who’s drinking the Kool-Aid here? Are there factions of our society that are so abysmally dependent upon others to do their thinking for them that they are blind to the idiocy of this imagined battle for the hearts and minds of “vulnerable” kids?

Have Americans finally realized the Emperor has no clothes?
by Amy L. Geiger-Hemmer, Living Lake Country, 23 July 2009

[I]t looks like Americans are starting to realize the Emperor has no clothes. That many who voted for Obama when he posed as a “moderate,” who supposedly loved his country, have been hoodwinked and are starting to realize such… I am optimistic that Americans are waking up. They are coming out of their Kool-Aid induced Obama comas.

The Obama Kool-Aid wearing off among some Dems
by Steve Adcock, smallgovtimes.com, 18 July 2009

It is not just Republicans, Libertarians and other freedom-loving Americans who are watching with disgust as Barack Obama and our Congress turns the nation into a cesspool of debt and social spending, but Conservative-minded Democrats are growing more than a little nervous about the administration’s tendency to spend money that our nation does not have, and grow government in areas that Americans do not want.

ObamaFail: The healthcare news conference
by Anthony G. Martin, Columbia Conservative Examiner, 13 July 2009

Blaming George Bush for everything has long since gotten old. It has become putrid rotten, and its stench emanates from every pore of Obama’s body. This has definitely become a joke, and Obama is the butt-end of it.

In the news conference he continued to persistently blame ‘the previous Administration’ for all of his woes. That may still work with the kool-aid drinkers who blindly follow him like a Messiah, but to the rest of the country it is clear that this man has trouble accepting responsibility for any of his actions.

She Broke the G.O.P. and Now She Owns It
by Frank Rich, New York Times, 12 July 2009

Those Republicans who have not drunk the [Sarah] Palin Kool-Aid are apocalyptic for good reason. She could well be their last presidential candidate standing.

Palin may just win in 2012
by Arturo Mora, Kansas City Star, 05 July 2009

The adjectives to describe Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s resignation are just too easy to come by, unless you’re one of her googlie-eyed followers who’ve drunk her Kool-Aid. Let’s start with: irresponsible, overambitious, megalomaniac, martyr, and of course, quitter.

The GOP’s Road to Perdition
by Bennet Kelly, Huffington Post, 02 July 2009

I imagine that at the initial GOP strategy meetings in January that they were briefed by pollsters on data showing that nearly 4 out of 5 voters thought the country was heading in the wrong direction; only 17 percent approved of President Bush’s economic policies, 70 percent of Americans believed that the GOP should work with the new President and 66 percent of independents thought the party should move towards the center.

Once the pollsters left the room, my guess is that is when they broke out the Kool-Aid. How else do you explain the party’s decision to block President Obama and label him as a socialist, while calling for continued adherence to the Bush policies that yielded the worst job creation record of any President since Hoover… Kool-Aid appears to be in ample supply, however, as the GOP’s principal response has been to continue to rely on the “S” word, trumpet HMOs and the private sector as the solution to all problems and dismiss the government’s ability to provide comparable care.

NObama, no socialism, no health care reform
by Jung Lee, Alexandria Political Buzz Examiner, 11 June 2009

 “The status quo is broken,” Obama said. “We cannot continue this way. If we do nothing, everyone’s health care will be put in jeopardy.”

Without realizing the issue, one might say Obama is crazy. They will make a follow-up of “what” and “why?” Then, conservatives will argue, it is due to Obama trying to “socialize” America. What does one mean by socializing? A conservative might ask; does Obama want everyone to gather around on porches and start drinking “kool-aid?” Well, the issue over porches might be a little imaginative, rather Obama would want to reform the US into communist country, and yes, there will be kool-aid, and lots of it, political kool-aid, that is. To drink political kool-aid is to follow blindly, like sheep led to slaughter. It is being dazzled by all the wonderful colors and fascinating names such as “lemony-lime, purplely-purple, etc.,” only to have realized the substance is non-existent; nothing more than sugar and colored water. This term was coined off of Jim Jones who led over 900 people to their deaths in 1978 by drinking kool-aid laced with cyanide.

Obama’s Turn: Supreme Court-picking Time
by Jaye Estrada, New University, University of Calif/Irvine, 11 May 2009

It’s that time of the presidency again; it’s Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)-picking time. After Associate Justice David Souter decided that his stay on the Supreme Court would end in June, President Barack Obama is now left with the honorable task of picking a new justice to anger right-wing Kool-Aid drinkers.

This shouldn’t be hard because they’re already building up a campaign to go against anybody whom Obama picks.

Enough With the 100 Days Already

By Frank Rich, New York Times, 02 May 2009

In the current climate Obama mustn’t drink his own Kool-Aid. As the 100 Days rollout reminded us, he remains a master at promoting and controlling his and his family’s image for maximum effect, down to each picture of Bo. The Obama White House has been more adept and broad-based than any of its predecessors at working the media, whether “Access Hollywood” or ESPN, Leno or YouTube, Us Weekly or what remains of newspapers.

Obama’s Finals Week: The World Laughs at His 100 Days of Failure
The Rush Limbaugh Show, 22 April 2009

The director of communications in the White House, not a spokeswoman, but the director of communications, she quit. She resigned the White House. They’ve reassigned her to some other agency. She went over to Commerce committee, whatever, Commerce department. She was the only one that was not part of the campaign. She’s the only one that hadn’t drunk the Kool-Aid. And then you’ve got the suicide today of the CFO over at Freddie Mac. The homicide detectives are on the scene now, the wife phoned in at 4:48 this morning, the cops arrive, said looked like no foul play, looked like it was a suicide, but they’ve got to investigate. Ellen Moran was the White House communications director, outta there, quit. Now, we don’t want to assume what’s going on here, but she was the only one that hadn’t drunk the Kool-Aid. I chronicle all this stuff and I’m in 100% disbelief.

FOB: South Side doctor is one of president’s closest friends
by John McCormick, Chicago Tribune, 14 April 2009

Just six months ago, Dr. Eric Whitaker could go just about anywhere and not be recognized. But his anonymity is slowly slipping away, now that he is known nationally as one of President Barack Obama’s closest friends… “I will plead guilty to having drank the Obama Kool-Aid a long time ago and even, some say, swim in it daily,” Whitaker said.

Gibbs Squirms Over Obama Bow Question from Press
by Bob Ellis, Dakota Voice, 10 April 2009

Watch White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs squirm when confronted about President Obama’s bow to the king of Saudi Arabia. He knows they’re busted, and to his chagrin, even some in the American “mainstream” press aren’t buying it. You KNOW it’s bad when the “mainstream” media isn’t buying the Koolaid.

Tea Parties Will Bring America’s Outrage to a Full Boil
by Andrea Tantaros, Republican Political Commentator, Fox News, 09 April 2009

The fundamental difference between tea totalers and those who are drinking the leftist Kool-Aid is how they view decision-making. The Kool-Aid clan believes that government is better equipped to make choices than a country’s citizens, that they are entitled to our earnings, and that what we get back is simply a giveaway. They feel they know best how to spend it, not us, and simply don’t trust us if left to our own devices.

Newsweek Boss Jon Meacham: ‘I Did Not Drink the Obama Kool-Aid Last Year’
by Tim Graham, NewsBusters.com, 02 April 2009

The Ventura County Star reports that Newsweek editor Jon Meacham spoke at the Reagan Library, and expressed the viewpoint that President Obama should be given a chance to see if his policies will work.

“I’m trying to give Obama some time,” Meacham said, speaking Tuesday night before more than 500 people at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

“I don’t think Obama is a closet socialist I think he’s a very careful man,” he added. “As a journalist, I did not drink the Obama Kool-Aid last year. I think if he walks across the Potomac, his feet will get wet.”

Meeting a skeptical world
G-20 leaders like Obama, but they’re likely to stiff arm him

by Dan Simpson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 01 April 2009

The G-20 sees America — correctly, in my opinion — as the origin of the currently disastrous economic downslide… The Europeans for the most part don’t have this problem. Their banks, for the most part, are still solid, or at least not irretrievably busted. In many cases their problems were caused by the juice boxes of Koolaid they bought from American financial oafs.

The Obama straddle on Af-Pak
by Peter Feaver, Foreign Policy, 29 March 2009

What Obama committed the United States to do — for the narrowest of counterterrorism objectives — is build up the governance structures of Afghanistan and Pakistan with a massive influx of economic aid. I believe that Obama’s straddle is a shrewd one in the short term. The right can largely applaud the substance, and they have. “All Hail Obama!” says Bill Kristol, and “hats off to President Obama for making a gutsy and correct decision,” says Bob Kagan – the last two you would accuse of being kool-aid drinking Obamacons.

Cacoethes Scribendi: Hypocrisy, Is It The New Kool Aid Flavor?
by Troy Stoffer, Politics.Gather, 26 March 2009

Last week President Obama spoke of the need for immigration reform that would again grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Yet the silence from the Kool Aid drinking followers of the President was deafening. Why would someone oppose amnesty when proposed by Bush but yet support it when proposed by Obama? … The only question that I have for those incapable of being honest with themselves is what flavor is the Obama Kool Aid?

‘Left’ Obamites Prefer Kool-Aid to Struggle
by Glen Ford, Dissident Voice, Santa Rosa, CA, 11 March 2009

[Linda] Burnham[‘s article “Notes on an Orientation to the Obama Presidency”] claims that many on the Left “were taken by surprise at how wide and deep ran the current for change.” Either she’s talking about herself, or she hangs around a very cloistered crowd. Or, more likely, Burnham is conflating the word “change” with “Obama” – an effect of drinking too much Kool-Aid. In either case, none of it applies to folks like us at Black Agenda Report – and there are a number of others on the Left – who more than five years ago understood both Obama’s mass appeal and the mass desire for real change, and feared that one would thwart the other.

Voters’ Obama Folly Coming Home to Roost
by Kyle-Anne Shiver, American Thinker, 11 March 2009

It’s only been 7 weeks since the man whose resume fits nicely on the back of a postage stamp became the most powerful human being in the universe. As Presidents go, Barack Obama has proven at least one thing true: change is like the flip of a coin. Change can bring the best of times; change can bring the worst of times. And anyone over the age of twelve ought to have known that. Instead, 52% of the American electorate has run around like a bunch of howling ninnies for the past year chanting like a horde of Jim Jones’ followers, who can’t get enough of the poison kool-aid.

So much for progressive enlightenment.

Peace through begging
by Ellis Washington, WorldNetDaily.com, 07 March 2009

Let’s look at the Middle East and the Muslim terrorist group Hamas, which rules over the Gaza Strip as a fanatical regime. Obama and Hillary want to give “the Palestinians” $900 million to rebuild Gaza. This is beyond the pale. Even the most faithful Kool-Aid drinkers of the left took pause at this astonishing announcement, for they rightly understood that Israel had just fought another bloody war with Hamas, which is still firing rockets at Israel right now.

This says it all: When Obama speaks, markets tumble
by Sharp Sticks, DC Examiner, 27 February 2009

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has been keeping a list of the stock market reaction to President Barack Obama’s attempts to pull the U.S. economy out of recession. Apparently nobody’s drinking the Kool Aid. Bottom line: If he really wants to stimulate the economy, President Obama would stop talking.

Forget right and left: it’s the control freaks against the rest of us
by J.D. Tuccillle, Examiner.com, San Francisco, CA, 26 February 2009

Pundits and politicians are playing the usual games with labels. President Barack Obama and his supporters are adherents of the “far left”; economists opposing the stimulus bill are partisans of the “extreme right.” It’s Team Blue vs. Team Red, with everybody expected to swallow the Kool-Aid proffered by one side or another. And it’s all so pointless.

Advisers, adopt Obama’s tone
by Evan Cooper, InvestmentNews.com, 25 February 2009

Whether or not you agree with the president’s policies – and many advisers don’t – it’s clear that Barack Obama’s public persona and tone are in sync with the current mood of the country… I’m talking about the president’s style and tone, not necessarily his policies. You may think highly of the substance of that program or consider it Democratic Kool-Aid, but let’s leave substance aside for the moment and just talk about the way Mr. Obama delivers his message.

On the Right Side: Obama well on his way to ignominy
Editorial, Oneonta (NY) Daily Star, 17 February 2009

Move over, Jimmy Carter. You’ve got someone on the fast track to replace you as the worst president in the history of our nation. And he’s done all this in only 28 days! First of all, he’s arrogant. Going around, still in a campaign mode, blaming Republicans for blocking progress, … chid[ing] Republicans by saying on one of your campaign stops, “What do you think a stimulus is? It’s spending. That’s the whole point!” This, of course, earned him a few chuckles from his “Kool-Aid” crowd.

Gregg’s withdrawal leaves Washington and N.H. reeling
by Lisa Wangness, Boston Globe, 14 February 2009

In the circus of New Hampshire politics, Judd Gregg has always been the political equivalent of a Congregational church steeple: straight, angular, sober, constant… This was the man who brought the political world to a halt late Thursday afternoon, announcing a radical change of heart about joining President Obama’s Cabinet as commerce secretary just days after he said he would… “This is my question: what did he learn that finally made him say, ‘I can’t drink this Kool-Aid?'” said Jim Bird, a middle-aged engineer sitting a few seats down the bar. “What did Judd Gregg learn, and when did he learn it?”

Abler Minded: Success or failure
by Pete Abler, The Lake Country Echo, Pine River, MN, 11 February 2009

On January 28, the House of Representatives passed their version of the economic stimulus bill. The package, totaling $820 billion plus, certainly reflected President Obama’s philosophy that a nation in crisis has to move beyond stale political arguments… There are far too many of us lining up to drink the Kool-Aid without even asking for meaningful, logical explanations of how this is going to work. The only believable explanation I’ve heard so far is this stimulus bill won’t work by itself. We are going to see many more expenditures, more legislation, and be subjected to much more pain before it’s all over.

The “Bipartisan” Spending Bill Hasn’t Changed Much
by Vincent Gioia, Right Side News, Kennesaw, GA, 09 February 2009

The three Senators, Maine Senators Collins and Snowe and Pennsylvania Senator Specter, who crossed the aisle in perfidy claim that the bill has been improved; perhaps they say so because tax payer funded contraception has been removed and the total “stated” expenditure is reduced about $100 billion. However more likely is that these masquerading Republicans actually sympathize with the give-away program to finance socialist institutions and also drink the Obama Kool-Aid.

The Annals Of Terror Law:
Legal Analyst Cohen Lambasts Former Bush Administration Officials On Terror Law Comments

by Andrew Cohen, CBS News, 02 February 2009

Not content with the evident suspicion and anger they wrought upon America’s diplomatic efforts to wage war on terrorism, not satisfied with their thematic assault upon the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, some of the very same Bush Administration officials who helped craft and then market the most odious terror-law policies of the pastseven years now are warning President Barack Obama that he dare not change them… For example, longtime Bush official Marc A. Thiessen apparently is still drinking the Kool-Aid even though the rational world has long since recognized the poison within it.

“Pop” Goes the Obama Balloon
by Liz Peek, Financial Columnist, Fox News, 02 February 2009

President Obama seems to have imbibed just a bit too much of his Kampaign Kool-Aid. When he promised a new era of cooperation and consensus building in Washington, he actually believed it. By the way, didn’t we all?

Stop Shoving Obama Down Our Throats
by Chris Adler, Human Events, Washington, DC, 27 January 2009

If I believed the idol worship of Obama was the best way to create airlift for the Gross Domestic Product, I would head straight for Kool Aid River and have myself baptized… Our greatest concern for social unrest may be down the road. If the Obama agenda being lubricated by Kool Aid turns out to be an abysmal failure, criticism of him will be inevitable, and if that happens, some of the chief carriers of the Kool Aid in the mainstream media will attack the critics and accuse them of trying to undermine America’s first post-racial President.

Obama’s Inner Circle: Church Discussion Takes a Look Inside
by Raanan Geberer, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 26 January 2009

Many members of the audience had questions about the Obama administration in general. One person asked whether people could become so enchanted with Obama that they could “drink the Kool-Aid,” or see him as a charismatic leader and follow him blindly. The Kool-Aid reference is to the late Rev. Jim Jones, who was so charismatic he was able to convince his followers to commit suicide by drinking poisoned Kool-Aid.

Johnson reminded the group that Obama has always said, “Change comes from the bottom up.” Still, Johnson said, all leaders need to be periodically reminded of this fact. “If the Kool-Aid becomes tainted, it’s because we let it become so.”

Last Man Standing Assaulted by Kool-Aid Drinking Drive-By Media
by Rush Limbaugh, RushLimbaugh.com, Sherman Oaks, CA, 23 January 2009

The Drive-Bys are reporting on my failure to drink the Kool-Aid when it’s their job to do exactly what I am doing. It is their job to be skeptical.

Republicans Must Turn Down the Kool-Aid
by David Limbaugh, Town Hall, Washington, DC, 20 January 2009

It’s going to take real courage the next four years for Republicans to swim against the tide and oppose Barack Obama — in whom so many have placed their hopes, almost to the point of idolatry. But if Obama governs in a way that’s consistent with his promises, the country’s future security and prosperity will depend on spirited opposition.

Bush’s Farewell Address: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
by James P. Pinkerton, Fox News, 15 January 2009

As for the economy, Bush felt the need to defend his bailout program, even as Republicans, no longer “drinking the Kool-Aid,” are rising up against it.

The Bullet or The Bullet: Killer Cops Make Cop Killers
ThugArmyLife.com, 13 January 2009

The cold, hard reality is this: IN AMERICA, BLACK LIFE MEANS NOTHING. Nothing that is, unless you’re an entertainer or sports figure. But the average brother or sister? Forget about it. Don’t the “Obama-era” euphoric kool-aid fool you. Racism still exists in the country, and the struggle did not magically disappear once he got elected.

The Case for the Bush Presidency
by Alex Altman, Time Magazine, 06 January 2009

It’s not drinking the GOP Kool-Aid to say that much good has been accomplished on Bush’s watch – just as it’s obvious that this press release carefully sidesteps the Administration’s calamitous failures, from the economy to Hurricane Katrina. But whether this review of the past eight years spurs applause or outrage, anyone attempting to take stock of Bush’s policies should know which ones he’s putting on his résumé.

Richardson, Clinton and me: It’s just got to stop
by Hal Brown, Capitol Hill Blue, 04 January 2009

While it would disappoint me if something untoward turned up about Barack Obama along these lines, it wouldn’t surprise me. You don’t have to be a cynic to wonder how a reasonably honest person could get as far in politics as he did without slipping up just once.

Having to be a Boy Scout? Hell, he’d have to be a saint, and I haven’t been drinking that much Obama Kool-Aid to believe there isn’t some Whitewater-like incident we’ll learn about down the – uh – river.

Back to the Top

Business

Drinking the Kool-Aid
by David Lavenda, Fast Company, 17 September 2009

This is the first installment in a series of “mini-articles” that examine the top major mistakes startups and small companies make.  This post looks at how blindly following a company vision cause a young/small company to do the wrong things. It also offers some suggestions about how to avoid this mistake.

Several danger signs of “drinking your own Kool-Aid” are the following phenomena:

Early on, company leaders do not participate in day-to-day planning meetings (or planning meetings don’t exist in any structured manner). Developers work according to general visionary statements, and fill in the gaps themselves.

Product direction changes on a  (too) frequent basis, often without any sort of due process.

Falling prey to “drinking your own Kool-Aid” often leads directly to other cardinal mistakes, including not validating the market, not working with customers early on, and overestimating the offering’s uniqueness in the market. These will be covered in the next post.

How to Spot Social-Media Snake Oil A Few Tips for Spotting It in the Wild
by David Armano, Advertising Age, 16 September 2009

How do you separate the social-media snake oil from the vinegar? It’s not easy, but here’s a few pointers:…

4. Social media will save you. No it won’t. Anyone framing social media as the solution to the world’s problems is either drinking Koolaid or looking to make a buck.

Tech Q and A: New Cat in Town
by Guy R. Briggs, Fox News, 01 September 2009

I had the opportunity to install and play with Snow Leopard, the newest release of Apple’s OS X operating system… Snow Leopard works great. Everything snicks into place, like the gears in a Porsche transmission. It seems to run faster than its predecessor. I’m unabashedly more of a Windows guy than a Mac guy, but this new OS has me just about to reach for the Kool-Aid.

Hussman: Investors Guzzling Kool Aid
by Julie Crawshaw, Moneynews.com, 17 August 2009

John Hussman says if you look carefully at the economic data that shows improvement, and adjust it to reflect the impact of government outlays, it’s hard to see anything other than continued deterioration in private demand and investment.

“What we do see is a government that has run what is now a trillion dollar deficit year-to-date, representing some 7 percent of GDP,” Hussman writes in a note to investors.

“That sort of tab will undoubtedly buy some amount of Kool-Aid, but it has been something of a disappointment to watch how eagerly investors have guzzled it down.”

Three Nintendo Titles Have ‘Potential’ To Sell 10 Million Units
by Mark Barley, Cinema Blend, 10 August 2009

They must be serving some serious Kool-Aid over at Nintendo these days. The company’s president, Satoru Iwata, stated in a recent investors’ Q&A that three Nintendo Wii titles released this year have the potential to sell 10 million units each.

The Times and Allison
Journal Editorial Staff, Winston-Salem Journal, 08 August 2009

The Journal has long written about the fascination that John Allison, the chairman of the board of Winston-Salem’s BB&T, has for Ayn Rand, the late novelist whose book Atlas Shrugged is eerily prescient with its depiction of a government takeover of private industry… “Under Mr. Allison,” [Andrew Martin of the Times] wrote, “new executives were handed a copy of Atlas Shrugged.” One analyst said that BB&T employees “drink the Kool-Aid. If they don’t drink the Kool-Aid, they don’t work at the bank.” … Whether one attributes the bank’s success to its own brand of pragmatic independence, Ayn Rand, or an abundance of caution, it’s making it. Perhaps other banks could use some of the BB&T “Kool-Aid.” We suspect Allison would be glad to serve it.

Stock Trading Slowdown Is Steepest in Two Decades: Chart of Day
by Kayla Carrick, bloomberg.com, 24 July 2009

Stock trading in the U.S. hasn’t slowed this much midyear in at least two decades, causing some investors to worry that the steepest Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rally since the 1930s will fizzle… “People haven’t really drunk the Kool-Aid yet,” said Michael Mullaney, who manages $9 billion for Fiduciary Trust Co. in Boston. “I’m not expecting us to break out of any range anytime during the summer. Before we go gung-ho bullish on the marketplace, we’re going to have to see volumes improve.”

Will Airlines Really Use Social Media for Consumer Interaction?
by Timothy O’Neil-Dunne, T2Impact.com, 12 July 2009

Everyone is all a-Twitter these days, wonderful and wild stories are circulating of airlines being eagle eyed and capturing and more importantly responding to messages that are dealing with real time issues via Twitter, FB or blogs… OK everyone. Stand back. Get your noses out of the Koolaid trough. Take a deep breath… Is there anyone out there who honestly thinks airlines are going to have armies of people who are sitting around waiting to read every Tweet on some little problem?

Bing: The Promise Of The Next Act
by Chris Copeland, SearchInsider, 10 July 2009

At the end of “Casablanca,” Humphrey Bogart’s character, Rick, utters the famous line “I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship.” And in those words, we find the current feelings from advertisers towards the newly credible Microsoft search entry, Bing. So far, the data is good… I recently spent a day being served up a weird mix of Kool-Aid by the individuals tasked with creating and selling the latest, and to date, greatest effort by Microsoft in the search space. The Kool-Aid was spiked with a heavy dose of caution. Every positive data point was met by a word of caution.

Microsoft Partners Expect Windows 7 Services Bonanza
by Kevin McLaughlin, ChannelWeb, 07 July 2009

For Microsoft partners, Windows 7’s arrival couldn’t come soon enough. Even fervent Microsoft Kool-Aid drinkers admit that Windows Vista was a disaster, and the result has been a surprisingly large swath of customers that are still using Windows XP, a wobbly geezer of an OS that’s nearly eight years old and is increasingly ill-equipped for the challenges of modern computing.

Kool-Aid and GDP -The Delusion of Economic Activity
by Steven Hansen, SeekingAlpha.com, New York, 03 July 2009

We continually confuse Gross Domestic Product – GDP – with the economy. GDP simply does not measure all the elements… In 1Q2009, the economy was falling at an annual rate of 15% – almost three times faster than GDP. And notice the difference in the direction of the curves in 1Q2009. The GDP was less bad but economic activity was much worse… We are a nation of Kool-Aid drinkers. How much thought do you give to comparing the economic data? Because the data is put together using different methodologies by different groups, it does not necessarily correlate – which is what you are looking for to confirm trends.

Can Skin in the Game Fix The Financial Sector?
by Ezra Klein, Washington Post, 22 June 2009

I don’t tend to think of myself as particularly friendly to the Wall Street version of events over the past few years. I’m more one of those pitchfork-types that the president warned about. But for all my populist rage, I give the bankers this: They believed their own hype. There were a few sober moments where some CEO or another marveled over the apparently unsustainable boom. But these guys all owned stock in their companies. They all had skin in the game. They didn’t just drink the Kool-Aid. They crashed through the wall and screamed “Oh Yeah!”

Which is why I’m fundamentally skeptical of proposals to right the financial sector by forcing institutions to own a piece of the financial products they put together.

Home Depot Calls a Bottom
by Alyce Lomax, The Motley Fool,11 June 2009

Home Depot can say that it believes the worst is over, but the fact that management pointed to certain “economic indicators” as proof should certainly make you wonder if it’s simply drinking the same Kool-Aid as the folks who keep pointing to the flimsy, maybe even imaginary, “green shoots.”

At WWDC 2009, a Few Bad Apples
by Tom Conlon, Popular Science, New York City, 10 June 2009

Now that I’ve had a day or two to digest the rapidfire assault of product updates that was the Apple WWDC 2009 keynote, I must admit I’m less than thrilled with what went down. Sure, I may have drooled on my keyboard just a bit as I followed live blog coverage of the pep rally. But now that the Apple Kool-Aid has finally worn off and I’ve returned to my normal crotchety self, I can’t help but feel disappointed–perhaps even a little incensed–by this most recent Steve-free Apple hoedown.

What really goes into the bag: behind the movie ‘Food, Inc.’
by Krista Simmons, Los Angeles Times, 07 June 2009

Eaters are hard-wired to crave the elements in fast food — the menu items satiate our three basic needs for sugar, fat and protein. The problem is that “we want it faster, fatter, bigger and cheaper,” says Polyface Farm owner Joel Salatin, who’s featured as a successful model of farming in the film. Salatin doesn’t tipple the industrial Kool-Aid; he raises many types of livestock without the use of pesticides, fertilizers or growth hormones at his farm south of Washington, D.C., including “salad bar beef” — cattle that graze on a variety of grasses and native forage.

Washington Drinking the Kool-Aid of Incompetent Economists
by Howard Richman, SeekingAlpha.com, New York, 07 June 2009

After we suffer through a currency crash a few years from now, we will not be able to afford to buy imports from abroad. We will have to pay for our imports through exports, but we will have very little industry left that is capable of generating exports or producing the things that we import. It is truly amazing that Washington is drinking the kool-aid of incompetent economists and committing economic suicide.

Testing the Water
by Patrick J. O’Hare, Briefing.com, Burlingame, CA, 26 May 2009

We’re not entirely sure what to make of the market’s nonchalant read of [recent] headlines. We won’t go so far as to say the market doesn’t care, so we’re left to deduce that the market simply doesn’t consider these developments either threatening or surprising.

After all, North Korea has always played the part of the petulant, global neighbor; Ecuador has been drinking Hugo Chavez’s Kool-Aid for a while; China’s U.S. investment dilemma is nothing new.

Schork Oil Outlook: The Perverted Notion That Rules
by Stephen Schork, CNBC, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 11 May 2009

The Street is drunk on its own Kool Aid and now has convinced itself the recession is over. despite the fact the White House’s chief economist does not expect positive job growth until 2010.

Business reporters confess news sins while U.S. economy collapsed
by John Tomasic, The Colorado Independent, Center for Independent Media, 27 April 2009

 “We drank the Kool-Aid,” said Jane Bryant Quinn, personal finance columnist for Bloomberg and Newsweek. “We believed that free markets were the best kind [of markets].” She said it had become “unfashionable” over the last three decades to write about regulation, so they didn’t.

“We could say things were risky … but we never said ‘Where’s the Fed?'”

Nortel Has a Future, Insider Writes
Billing & OSS World, 22 April 2009

Not everyone is down on Nortel, so maybe you shouldn’t write off the bankrupt Canadian telecommunications giant just yet. That’s the opinion of David H. Burton, on his blog “Random Musings.”

Burton says he has worked directly with some of the Nortel’s developers, and writes, “…they believe in this company and the products they are producing. These guys aren’t just drinking the koolaid, they’re serving it.

Bullish Until 4 PM
by TraderMark, ForexHound, 20 April 2009

Drinking Kool Aid, chewing red pills so I forget about fundamentals… bullish until 4 PM or S&P 870 breaks as support. Still thinking this seems like a set up to trap longs but will humor it… I am selling some Lennar (LEN) exposure as well. Anything jumping like mad I am selling some off in pieces. I replaced the long exposure with ETFs that I can get out very quickly once the euphoria reverses. While I am drinking Kool Aid, I am standing by the door listening for the siren of the cops to close down this party.

Lennar: Rebuilding a Position on Bad Earnings
seekingalpha.com, 01 April 2009

Apparently there are still some people who actually believe new home builders will be reporting halfway decent earnings – Lennar (LEN) is down 13% Wednesday to the $7.50s. I am not really sure whom these people are but I assume they have red mustaches from the Kool Aid they are drinking. Again, for us – this is a trading vehicle; when Kool Aid is heavy in the air we sell it, when reality hits we buy it… and keep repeating it.

Financial hangover from college Kool-Aid
by Sherri Dauskurdas, “Outside the Loop,” Business Ledger, 01 April 2009

It just costs too much. Plain and simple, that’s the problem with higher education today. It costs too much to attend and the jobs it prepares for often don’t reap the salaries to make it worthwhile… [W]ith an economy that’s tanking, people are rethinking their investment in higher education, and the traditional colleges and universities had better watch out. Community colleges, trade schools, professional education and career centers all should experience renewed interest from young students. They offer lower costs, shorter time frames and often a solid network of interested employers. And the businesses they represent could wake our listless economy from its stupor. It’s time to start drinking from a different jug.

Am I really one of them? A review of the MacHEADS documentary
by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun, 25 March 2009

If you’re a veteran Mac user, and particularly if your loyalty traces back to the earliest days of the Mac, the documentary film MACHEADS is about you. Perhaps the wackiest of the lot is a bearded man wearing a t-shirt bearing an image of Steve Jobs… [T]his guy says, “Steve knows what we want, and we agree with him,” proudly embracing the stereotype of the Kool-Aid-drinking Mac fanatic. Yikes.

Apple Takes The Lead With iPhone 3.0
by Marin Perez, Information Week, 18 March 2009

Sure, the iPhone 3.0 update gave Apple’s smartphone some features cell phones have had for the last five years, but I still think the update helps Apple jump into the lead of the high-end phone market. It’s developers, developers, developers… My main beef, and the reason I won’t drink the Apple Kool Aid, is that background processing is a key part to true mobility. The app Locale uses the GPS chip running in the background to determine where you are, and adjusts your ringer accordingly. This type of software isn’t possible with the iPhone 3.0. Admittedly, it’s not the most important app out there, but it points to an unnecessary limitation that developers have.

Oh, ComcastComcast Shares Subscription TV Kool-Aid
by Wayde Robson, Audioholics Online A/V Magazine, 18 March 2009

Comcast COO Steve Burke did an interview with TechFlash.com to air his views on the future of the bundled subscription TV model… It sounds like Mr. Burke is intoxicated with Comcast flavored Kool-Aid.

Apple TV to be games machine: Cease my fluttering heart
by Nick Farrell, Fudzilla, 16 March 2009

Maker of expensive exploding laptops and gizmos, Apple has applied for a set of patents which has got the Jobs’ Mob koolaid drinking press all a flutter. It seems that the makers of the iPhone have filed a set patents for a Wii-style wireless controller that looks to be made for the Apple TV.

Extreme PowerPoint Makeover: Transform Your Data-Driven Presentation Beyond Bullet Points
by Cliff Atkinson, marketingprofs, 10 March 2009

So you’ve drunk the Kool-Aid and you subscribe to the idea that your presentations need to “tell a story” and “be more visual.” But how exactly do move beyond bullet points when your marketing content is dense and data-driven? How do you translate dry and sometimes dull information into something that’s compelling to your audience?

Columnist sips the Pollan Kool-Aid
by Steve Cornett, AgWeb.com, 09 March 2009

Did you see that George Will has bought into the Pollan Premise … that holds that food is too cheap in the United States? Will is usually a careful thinker and reporter. His column last week is testimony to just how persuasive Michael Pollan’s arguments are. Somebody better get busy presenting the other side of this story, because now we have both our new president and a leading conservative thinker playing footsy with a most radical concept.

Mortgage hawks swoop in touting unhelpful relief
by Merry Ann Frisby, tallahassee.com, 07 March 2009

I’ll bet that the mortgage lenders who refuse to take bailout money will also refuse to participate in government guidelines. Many of these banks do not have toxic assets; they made loans based on a reasonable formula. They did not drink the Kool-Aid.

Accountability is key, says Ann Arbor developer Shaffran after predicting this economic mess
by Paula Gardner, Ann Arbor (MI) Business Review, 05 March 2009

When the stock market dropped below 7000 this week, I finally had to take a deep breath and admit to Ed Shaffran, “You told me so.”. Shaffran is the first person who personally predicted this economic mess to me, and it was years ago… “People were drunk on the Kool-Aid, thinking it was never going to end,” Shaffran said.

Las Vegas is still a good investment
by Tim O’Callaghan, Las Vegas Sun, 02 March 2009

For many of us calling Las Vegas home, it is no surprise that Forbes magazine named it America’s “emptiest” city. A part of Las Vegas’ unprecedented growth was built on speculation – that is speculation the building boom would last many more years. Many people speculated by buying multiple homes in hopes of flipping them for a nice profit. How could they resist, drunk on the Kool-Aid whipped up in the sink of the media-spun hyperbole? The house- and land-flipping overinflated the values of real estate, whether commercial, residential or otherwise.

Universal Phone Charger — So What?
by Tom Conlon, Popular Science, 02 March 2009

In February, seventeen of the world’s biggest, big-boy cell phone manufacturers got their Voltron on, banding together under the flag of the GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association) to promise universal handset jack-ability by 2012. Ever since then, I’ve read countless articles by tech writers praising this announcement and heralding it as the long-overdue end to that proverbial bottom drawer full of old, outdated chargers we all supposedly keep. But I’m not drinking the GSMA’s Kool-Aid.

Bank Tests Ignore Black Swans, Rely on Grey Goose
by David Reilly, Bloomberg Press, 27 February 2009

Investors expected the government to be a bit more intense in tests of the nation’s biggest banks… Sadly, that’s not the case. [T]he biggest lesson, though, is that banks, like plenty of other companies, will get drunk on their own Kool-Aid. And regulators are supposed to be the ones who abstain.

Reality check for graduates
Editorial, Charlottesville (VA) Daily Progress, 23 February 2009

Columnist Ellen Goodman today talks about one of the byproducts of the financial crisis: the redirecting of young people away from a Wall Street career… Edwin T. Burton, visiting professor of economics at the University of Virginia, has encountered the phenomenon mentioned by Ms. Goodman… “The great cultural tragedy, at least for me as a professor,” he told The Daily Progress, “is [that] many of my students in the last 15 years drank the Kool-Aid. They went up there for money.”

Mortgage relief rules
by Howard Dicus, KGM89, 19 February 2009

I’m still trying to understand the new mortgage relief plan. It’s very, very complicated, and some of the complexity is yet to be revealed – some of the rules aren’t even worked out yet, though the plan is supposed to start in early March.

This is what I’ve got so far:… Having a second mortgage does not disqualify you from getting help, thus giving a special break to consumers who drank the Kool-Aid when banks renamed second mortgages “home equity loans” to encourage the false sense that the money was yours to take and not the bank’s to lend.

Alacra Puts its Finger on the Pulse of Business Information
by Michelle Manafy, EcontentMag, 18 February 2009

For decades, the fee versus free debate has carried on-with content industry players digging in deep at each end of the spectrum. Yet a more moderate model seems to be emerging: freemium. While not an entirely new concept in other sectors, traditional content players have only recently begun to leverage the business model in which the owner or service provider offers basic features to users at no cost and charges a premium for supplemental or advanced features. The term, which combines the words free and premium, was coined by Jarid Lukin of Alacra in 2006 after venture capitalist Fred Wilson developed the concept. With the launch of its Alacra Street Pulse product this week, the company is drinking its own catchphrase Kool-Aid.

Gateway UC7807u: 13-Inch Notebook a Respite for Thin and Light Wallets
by Bryan Gardiner, Wired News, 03 February 2009

Long before everyone started gulping down netbook kool-aid, there existed a perfectly tenable option for mobile fetishists: The 13-inch notebook. Indeed when compared to their slightly smaller (yet increasingly popular) cousins, these perky little compacts still tend to offer a more satisfying blend of power and portability.

Bartz Says ‘Gut’ Against Microsoft Search Deal. Nicely Played …
by John C Abell, Wired News, 15 January 2009

It could be that freshly-minted Yahoo CEO Bartz still hasn’t drunk the Kool Aid when she says things like she’s in no hurry to sell the company’s search business to Microsoft — and that her “gut” tells her it isn’t a good idea anyway.

How the Federal Government will Lose in 2009
by Rob Viglione, Seeking Alpha, New York, NY, 09 January 2009

Clearly, I doubt the capability of the Federal Reserve, Congress, and Obama to “fix” the economy; rather, I strongly believe they are destroying it by forcing us all to drink this Keynesian Kool-Aid.

CES 2009: Summing up Ballmer’s first keynote [day 2]
by Andrew Nusca, ZDNet Blogs, 07 January 2009

As for Windows 7, the big debate is, “will it win over WinXP users?” As I type this on that very OS, I can say that my heart had little flits of excitement for what’s to come – the strong focus on “intuitive” features is quite reassuring. No one wants innovations that aren’t useful in a big way, which has been Microsoft’s problem in the past. If the company keeps that mindset without drinking the Kool Aid too much (newsflash, guys: If I have to use IE to get all this functionality, it ain’t gonna happen unless you really show up Firefox and Chrome), they’ll be in good shape, economy be damned.

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Sports

Spiked Blue Kool-Aid: Kentucky Wildcats Fan’s Optimism Crossing the Line
by Ric Roberts, Bleacher Report, 21 September 2009

Let me start out by saying that I am a former student of the University of Kentucky and would like nothing more than for them to win every game in every sport, especially football (unless they play my beloved Ohio State Buckeyes).

Forecast drinks the Kool-Aid, picks Saints as league’s 3rd best team
Season Preview/Predictions that will go wrong

by Ralph Malbrough, WWLTV, New Orleans, LA, 10 September 2009

Ah, predictions. I always dread this column and if my editor could find my previous season preview columns you’d know I couldn’t possibly be any worse the last few years at this. Ever since the Saints signed Drew Brees I’ve been not only drinking the Saints Kool-Aid, I’ve been mixing it and giving it away each August since 2006.

Farinella: Kool-Aid Tasting Sour
by Mark Farinella, Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, MA, 09 September 2009

I’ve got to admit, I had been drinking the Kool-Aid throughout the preseason. I was fully buying into the notion that the Patriots were totally stocked and ready for another run at a Super Bowl… Then, suddenly, I realized that my Kool-Aid had the distinct taste of asparagus.

UM’s Triumphant Return: Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid
The sobering truth is the Hurricanes aren’t that close to the top of college football

by Todd Wright, NBC Miami, 09 September 2009

‘Canes fans and alumni across the nation are pronouncing a return to prominence… And it’s even easier to be blinded by the calm in the eye of the storm, Jacory “B. Kool” Harris… So we let Cane Nation celebrate for a whole 24 hours with a freshly won AP ranking and by getting drunk off the Jacory B. Kool-Aid. Oh, it’s so sweet, like mama used to make.

For Raiders, A SuperTanker Full of Kool-Aid Won’t Fix Davis’ Mess
by Mike Bullock, RealFootball 365, 01 September 2009

Late August used to mean the coming of the Autumn Wind, the sound heard round the NFL that had opposing teams shaking in their cleats. Not so long ago, the Oakland Raiders had a winning all-time record against EVERY other team in the league… However, this is a new era, one marked by double-digit blowouts, embarrassing errors in fundamentals, terrible play calling and some of the worst mismanagement in professional sports history. So, what’s a Raider fan to do besides continue to guzzle the Al Davis Kool-Aid by the gallon every Sunday? Pray Al steps down.

Kool-Aid break
by Peter Schmuck, Baltimore Sun, 29 August 2009

For some reason, I woke up this morning wearing my patented Jim Hunter rose-colored glasses, took a big swig of orange Kool-Aid, and tried to see light at the end of the looming string of 18 consecutive games against the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays and Rangers — all teams that are in the hunt for the postseason.

Dan Mullen brings new offense to Mississippi State
by Chris Talbott, Associated Press, 12 August 2009

[Mississippi State] has built an advertising campaign around [new football coach Dan] Mullen, trying to “Spread the Excitement,” and it seems to have worked. Season ticket sales set a record, more than 31,000 attended the spring game and players have clearly sipped the Kool-Aid Mullen is offering.

TCU aims for Mountain West title, fifth straight bowl
by Larry Young, Houston Chronicle, 11 August 2009

“You should never take away from what’s been accomplished but we have to go back to the beginning,” Patterson said. “We’re not drinking our own kool-aid.”

New season on the way for Hoosiers
by Carey Fox, The Brazil (IN) Times, 07 August 2009

Pardon me while I drink from the glass of Koolaid that is annually passed out to media when they check out the opening day of Indiana football practice.

Training Camp Opens, WR Preview
by Nate Wilkinson, Stripe Hype, 30 July 2009

The [Cincinnati] Bengals are trickling into training camp with the HBO and NFL cameras documenting every move… Maybe I’m drinking the Kool-Aid again, but I believe the Bengals could have the best receiving corps in the league if everyone stays healthy.

Now it’s OK to be skeptical about O’s rebuilding
by Peter Schmuck, Baltimore Sun, 28 July 2009

If you’re an Orioles fan who has stood fast with Andy MacPhail’s rebuilding program for the past 26 months, it’s OK to be a little scared right now… These are not happy times, so I’m not going to sprinkle Orange Kool-Aid on you and tell you it’s raining. Right now, it’s probably starting to taste more like yellow snow.

What Makes the Majors Major
by John Paul Newport, Wall Street Journal Life & Style, 15 July 2009

Why does everyone get so worked up about majors? And who says they’re majors in the first place?

I remember pondering these issues back when I first started paying attention to golf as an adult, before I’d drunk the Kool-Aid.

Generally mismanaged: Hendry is seeing his chemistry experiment backfire
by Nick Friedell, ESPN Chicago, 01 July 2009

It’s worth pointing out that while most [Chicago Cubs] fans were furious about the [Mark] DeRosa deal, they were willing to give [Milton] Bradley a chance because they believed that [Jim] Hendry and [Lou] Piniella knew what they were doing. They knew Bradley came with a reputation, but many fans drank the Kool-Aid and figured that Bradley would give the team an edge that they had been missing in the postseason.

Thursday Notes: Former Lions Drinking the Honolulu Blue Kool-Aid
by Sean Yuille, Pride of Detroit, 11 June 2009

Some former Lions players made predictions about how many games the team will win next year: Greg Landry: 8; Charlie Sanders: 9; Lem Barney: 10. The Kool-Aid is being served everywhere it seems like.

Objectivity vs. Kool-Aid, What it means to be a Broncos Fan
by John Bena, Mile High Report, Denver, CO, 08 June 2009

Sports are a funny thing. Few things in life generate the passion that being a true-blue fan of a team does. Doesn’t matter if it is college or pro; engross yourself in the fandom and watch out, strange things will happen… They say we’re a cult. That whatever I say, and the other contributors, you’ll follow. You ‘drink the kool-aid’ and come back and ask for more.

In the tank for Kobe v. Lebron
by Josh Salerno, Canon City Daily Record, 24 May 2009

Jeff Van Gundy…

Ugh!

Seriously, what’s in the water out in California.

I wasn’t buying the whole Kool-Aid drinking thing out on the West Coast, but Hollywood is officially Hollyweird. I’m sold on that, and Thursday’s Western Conference Finals game between the Nuggets and Lakers, Van Gundy proved the smog does, indeed, make people there dunderheads.

. While everyone’s drinking the Kool-Aid with Van Gundy, the NBA may get the best finals of all: two Cinderella’s battling over a single slipper.

Without Yao, Rockets have foot in door against Lakers
by Mike Freeman, CBSSports.com, 11 May 2009

Yao [Ming] simply isn’t as critical to the Rockets as some people believe… Go ahead, Yao apologists, drink up the Kool-Aid.

Gulp, gulp, gulp.

The Rockets were on the verge of elimination. Then, Yao got hurt. Again.

Now that Yao is gone this series is far from over.

Pioli’s First Draft is already a success
by Jeremy Hanson, Arrowhead Addict, 10 April 2009

The Scott Pioli era signals a fresh, new, and long over due, start for the Chiefs. As a life long [Kansas City] Chiefs fan, I am truly excited and rejuvenated for the upcoming year. If you accuse me of drinking the Pioli Kool-Aid, you would be correct… I already know that we are a better team as a result of this draft even before our first pick is made. Kool-Aid anyone?

AU FOOTBALL: Tigers kick off spring practice

by David Morrison, Opelika (AL) Auburn News, 25 March 2009

“(The players) were on the Kool-Aid. The adrenaline was pumping,” [Auburn Wide receivers coach Trooper] Taylor said after practice. “They’re excited about the change.”

Friday The 13th – Danger In Our Future?
by Renny Vandewege, Big Red Network, Nebraska, 13 March 2009

File this one in the “highly unlikely” category. But what if we were under major NCAA violations? Would you think of our program, our AD [Athletic Director], our coach differently? I admit that I drink the red koolaid at every possible occasion. I seriously doubt that we are cheating majorly. I think the rule book is so thick that at some point we have to commit minor violations. Nearly every program does.many quite often. But I am talking about the major, FSU-esque type of penalties. Could that be us? I would still support my program to the fullest but I don’t want to imagine what would happen to Husker Nation if the NCAA revealed major violations to our program.

Jim Schwartz’s Decision
by Brendan Monaghan, Bleacher Report, San Francisco, CA, 10 March 2009

By now we’ve all heard about the new chess playing head coach named Jim Schwartz. The media and fans from all over have anointed him as a guru, the next Bill Belichick-savior of the downtrodden 0-16 [Detroit] Lions.

I too have drunk the Kool-Aid. This guy has all the makings of being great and, as a Bears fan, I am happy to welcome him to the NFC North, which must become the dominant, hard-nosed, and defensive-minded division it has been in years past.

Day of bad karma should not be end of Jackets’ season
by Doug Smock, West Virginia Gazette, 06 March 2009

SEMIFINAL FRIDAY at the West Virginia Conference tournament is usually one of the best sports nights of the year in our fair capital city. It’s just so stunning that it will take place without West Virginia State. I readily admit that I ingested the Kool-Aid on this bunch. This appeared to be coach Bryan Poore’s best Yellow Jackets team yet, had won 18 in a row after a loss at Shepherd and often looked like the greatest show on Earth along the way… But Wheeling Jesuit, the freshman-loaded No. 9 seed, wrecked that scenario. Or State fumbled it. Take your pick.

Sage Rosenfels? No wonder Vikings can’t win
by Mike Vandermause, Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette, 01 March 2009

Is that the best they could do? That was my first reaction last week to the news that the Minnesota Vikings traded for quarterback Sage Rosenfels. Pardon me while I attempt to stifle a chuckle. Nothing personal against the 31-year-old Rosenfels, but if the Vikings think this is the guy who will carry them to an elusive Super Bowl championship, they have been drinking too much purple Kool-Aid.

A Raiders Nation Divided?
by Matthew LaChiusa, Bleacher Report, San Francisco, CA, 19 February 2009

Six years of losing seasons has exacted a toll on long-time [Oakland] Raiders’ fans, erupting into a civil war among the Nation. The split is easy to observe with one half sipping the “Silver and Black Kool-Aid” doled out by Al Davis while the other “camp” wishes the old man would go find a porch to crawl under and die… Whichever ways Davis breaks out the Kool-Aid and who drinks it, the hard truth remains that the Raiders Nation cannot afford to support a losing organization in hard economic times.

The Yankees are really owned by Alex Rodriguez, not the Steinbrenners
by Mike Lupica, New York Daily News, 09 February 2009

The real owner of the Yankees isn’t anybody named Steinbrenner, not anymore. The man who really owns the Yankees now, in all the big ways, is Alex Rodriguez… “The amazing thing about Alex,” an American League manager said Sunday, “isn’t that the Yankees traded for him in the first place. It’s that they re-signed the guy after he walked away from them the way he did. Because that means they drank the Kool-Aid twice.”

Amped-Up Amponsah Lifts Indians to Win
by Matthew Stanmyre, The Washington Post, 07 February 2009

Kwasi Amponsah scored a game-high 29 points and made several critical plays to propel Gar-Field to a 73-61 victory over visiting Hylton in a game that lifted the Indians into a tie for first place in the Virginia AAA Cardinal District… “These kids have worked and worked,” [Gar-Field Coach Andy] Gray said. “They drank the Kool-Aid. They listen to what we tell them. Even the things that we don’t do well, they’re trying to get better at. They’re not afraid of anyone.”

Betting Preview Steelers vs Cardinals Super Bowl Odds
by Glen McNeil, Sportsbook Betting Promotions, Las Vegas, NV, 30 January 2009

Betting Preview Steelers vs Cardinals Super Bowl Odds: I just don’t see a high-scoring game… Now – if you think they are going to put up 30+ points on the Steelers, your [you’re] drinking way to much Kool-aid.

Forman: Memo to Phillips – Sign Fitz
by Matt Forman, Daily Northwestern, Evanston, IL, 27 January 2009

Yes, Jim Phillips, please sign Pat Fitzgerald to a contract extension… Fitzgerald is loyal to NU. He bleeds purple. He does things the right way. Maybe most importantly, his players drink the KoolAid. No matter how hard we try to push them off it, they believe in the “We’re 0-0, just looking to go 1-0 this week” mantra. It makes no sense, but they buy in. That’s the sign of a leader.

Step Away From The Andy Murray Kool-Aid; Picking a Winner In Roddick-Djokovic
by Michael Mulraney, Bleacher Report, San Francisco, CA, 26 January 2009

Put away the Kool-Aid and keep it deep in the fridge. Andy Murray lost last night after losing a five setter to Fernando Verdasco. Murray played with inconsistency and at times didn’t go for the big shot. so don’t get swept up in the Murray Kool-Aid Express until he wins a major. Then Roddick goes home with him as Novak pursues two straight Australian Open titles.

The Detroit Lions’ Kool-Aid Is Tasting Good Right Now
by Chris Augdahl, Bleacher Report, San Francisco, CA, 23 January 2009

Is it me or is the Detroit Lions Kool-Aid tasting pretty good right now? … Keep up the good work [head coach Jim] Schwarz and crew and Lions Fans fill up your glasses with that Honolulu Blue Kool-Aid its tasting good right now!!

A little purple kool-aid for everyone! Drink up! Drinking the purple Kool-Aid
by Mark Burlet, Examiner.com, 17 January 2009

I can’t claim to be the biggest Ravens fan in the world, but I do know that whenever this town is ready to throw a party, I’ll be there. And for that reason, I’ll go ahead and drink the purple kool-aid this week.

For the love of the game
by Darrell Waltrip, foxsports.com, 12 January 2009

You know folks, it’s not that far away until we leave for Daytona. I think it’s going to be one of the most exciting Speedweeks that we have ever had. No, don’t worry. I don’t have my rose-colored glasses on and I haven’t had too much of the Kool-Aid. I am just looking at this from the perspective of the race teams and actually, from the race fans, I hope.

National Spotlight: JB with Marbury
by Jonah Ballow, Timberwolves.com, 05 January 2009

In all reality, the team where [New York Knicks star Stephen] Marbury lands is actually not the story. At times, the media will jump at the chance to criticize an athlete with a controversial history (see Terrell Owens). While the criticism is sometimes warranted, not all circumstances are alike. Maybe, I’m just drinking the proverbial Kool-Aid that Marbury is spitting out. Maybe not. Who was the team that traded for Marbury with three years left on a monster contract? The Knicks. The franchise has decided to move in a different direction, they now owe it to Marbury and its fan base to reach a final agreement.

Falls boys cagers get second win vs. Comets
by Frank Aceto, Cuyahoga Falls News Press, Ravenna, OH, 04 January 2009

Akron — Most people probably drank the stuff when they were kids. Cuyahoga Falls head boys basketball Rob Slone would like his players to taste a certain famous artificially-flavored drink again. “I’m still trying to get the kids to drink the Kool-Aid,” he said.

Come again?

“It’s about getting them to believe in themselves,” Slone explained. “They don’t know what they can do unless they taste it.” It looks like they’ve taken a couple sips of it lately. That’s because the Black Tigers won their second consecutive game after posting a 58-46 win over the Coventry Comets Dec. 30 in Akron… Maybe this Kool-Aid stuff has something to do with it.

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Culture

Social Net… Working
by Don Jergler, Realty Bites, 18 September 2009

Be warned: this is one of those stories. I think writers who put the words Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or MySpace in a story, have pretty much drunk the Kool-Aid and jumped on the bandwagon. Much like using stomach-churning clichés, writing about what everyone else is writing about is considered a kind of uninspired shortcut to coming up with a story people are likely to read. Anyone got one of those giant swizzle sticks and a large pitcher?

Drinking Accor’s Kool-AID
by Dorinda Elliott, Conde Nast Traveler, 18 September 2009

I’m going to sound like I’ve drunk the Kool-Aid, or worse, that I’m on somebody’s payroll, but I swear to you, Accor, whose Sofitel and Novotel hotels cater to business travelers, really gets the idea of sustainable development.

Blip.tv: A 21st Century NBC?
by Christine Beardsell, ClickZ, 08 September 2009

Blip.tv has caused quite a stir in the press and in new media circles recently. In addition to announcing an impressive list of new distribution partners, its dashboard redesign has quickly become the Swiss Army knife for independent content creators looking to launch a show, seek out an audience, and ultimately find brand partners.

Last week, I talked with cofounder and CEO Mike Hudack about what he’s most excited about, what’s in it for the brands, and who the enthusiasts are…

CB: In a recent article, a reader commented that you are “drinking your own Kool-Aid” and that you should “take a ride to Middle America.” Do more people just need to try Blip.tv? Or is Middle America not ready for it yet?

MH: I’d be disappointed if people didn’t think I was drinking my own Kool-Aid. I run a startup. I have to drink the Kool-Aid, and so does everyone who works here.

6 pop-culture icons that should crash into my house
by Andy Seifert, Chicago Decider, 13 August 2009

Kool-Aid Man?

Give credit to the big red jug: He has cornered the “crashing through the wall” market to the point that he probably wants to sue Oscar Mayer for stealing his bit. Watching a childhood friend make his trademark “Oh yeah!” entrance would be top-10 moment in the life of anyone who grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons, and his disposition suggests he’d be willing to pump his sugary drink into the plumbing so I can shower with Roarin’ Raspberry Cranberry. Having Kool-Aid Man around the house could also answer one of life’s pressing existential questions: What happens to Kool-Aid Man once someone drinks all of the tropical Kool-Aid within his giant pitcher-face. Death? And if so, would you have to bury the pitcher-carcass?

Penn & Teller won’t drink ‘organic Kool-Aid’
by Robin Shreeves, Mother Nature Network, 09 August 2009

The duo are more than just a bit skeptical of the benefits of organics… On their Showtime series, Penn & Teller: Bulls*@t (pardon their language), the illusionist duo make fun of those who have “drunk the organic Kool-Aid” and call into question just about every claim organic supporters make.

This woman is not going to Blogher
by Theresa Carter, The Local Tourist, 22 July 2009

I love social media; I drink so much of the Kool-Aid I’ve stopped patching the wall that little bugger keeps busting through. Ah, see, there I go – if you’re not in the social media world you may not know that “drinking the Kool-Aid” means that you’ve become an evangelist who tells anyone who will listen how great it is.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
by Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 14 July 2009

Harry is better than ever, a triumph of visual wonder and emotional storytelling. Only Muggles, who wouldn’t know Slytherin from Gryffindor, will dismiss it as kid stuff for the multitudes who drank the Kool-Aid of J.K. Rowling’s seven books.

He’s Out of Our Life
by Robert Anderson, Movie and TV History Examiner, 08 July 2009

Motown’s 25th anniversary was celebrated in part on a television special in the Fall of 1983. My college roommate was not alone in feeling excited about the show, as it promised a special appearance at the end by Michael Jackson who, at that time, was the biggest superstar in the world. I myself was nonplussed about the whole spectacle, because while I enjoyed Jackson’s music I hadn’t exactly drunk the Kool-Aid regarding his fame. Come to think of it I had likewise failed to drink the Kool-Aid regarding the “second British invasion” then underway.

Quincy Jones Remembers Michael Jackson – As He Really Was
Fishbowl LA, 02 July 2009

Music producer Quincy Jones hasn’t swallowed the cult of MJ Kool-Aid. In [an] interview with Details about his deceased friend, Jones talks candidly about Jackson’s skin, his kids, and that damn chimp.

Drinkers of the Kool-Aid
by Oliver Kamm, London Times, 08 June 2009

Every now and then one or other of my colleagues will quite suddenly receive a deluge of irate emails (at least two or three in one go) exposing this newspaper’s and that journalist’s unthinking acceptance of the structures of state power. It’s an occupational hazard of being a serious journalist that at some point you’ll be targeted by a weird, cult-like organisation called Media Lens, whose supporters write in high dudgeon from the comfort of their bedsits about parts of the world they’ve never visited.

The Milwaukee Kool-Aid Acid Test
by Tim Carrithers, Motor Cyclist, 03 June 2009

I have tasted the Milwaukee [Harley-Davidson] Kool-Aid and it is good. [W]hether this thing ever measures up my current rendition of real life, the old Kool Aid still tastes pretty good. Some things never change.

Kennedy named Harbormaster
by Cynthya Porter, Winona (MN) Post, 17 May 2009

John Kennedy doesn’t see his newly dubbed title of Harbormaster as an accolade for himself, he sees it as a nod for Big Brothers Big Sisters, an organization he founded in the Winona Community… When asked if he had anything to say, Kennedy used the opportunity to continue the message he had been delivering to the council, extolling the importance of a strong youth mentoring program in the community. He thanked current council members for their work, joking that they had obviously “drunk the Kool-Aid” and were pouring themselves heart and soul into the organization as he had. Kennedy joined Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA), through which he was assigned to help a Big Brothers outfit in the nation’s capital. The experience, he said, was life-changing. “I saw firsthand what Big Brothers Big Sisters is all about,” he said. “That was where I first ‘drank the Kool-Aid.'”

`Star Trek’: Are the hardcore fans onto something?
by Ted Anthony, AP National Writer, San Francisco Chronicle, 06 May 2009

It took just a few seconds of footage – a single trailer, dropped from the heavens with great fanfare – for the hue and cry to rise on Trekmovie.com, the top fan site for J.J. Abrams’ new “Star Trek” movie. By the hundreds they weighed in, a contentious cacophony that would have jammed even Lt. Uhura’s comms system.

Those fans who loved the trailer unequivocally were dismissed as undiscerning Kool-Aid drinkers. Those who dismantled it point by point were whiners.

I’m telling your mother
by Solomon Jones, Philadelphia Daily News, 02 May 2009

One of the best things to ever happen to technology is the Internet… Unfortunately, the Internet also affords anonymity to knuckleheads who want to say things to other people, but are afraid to do so directly. These Internet abusers are frequently copycats, so when one of them begins spewing hate-filled comments, others tend to pile on. This creates a cultlike atmosphere that would do Jim Jones proud. But instead of living in compounds and drinking Kool-Aid, the anonymous online critics who travel in megabyte-driven packs live in chat rooms and drink Hater-Aid. Under the protection of clever and not-so-clever pseudonyms, they crucify each other on blogs, in comment sections, and on social networking sites. No matter how many ground rules are set, they skirt them, convinced that their vitriol is required reading for the masses.

Understanding Evolving Online Behavior
by David Weinberger, Web 2.0 Journal, Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, 17 April 2009

John Horrigan of Pew Internet and American Life, gives a “non-Koolaid” presentation. He says that about 12% of Internet users have a blog. The percentage of people doing some form of content sharing is not increasing much at all. The demographics says that 18-24 do the most sharing, and then it goes down in pretty much a straight line.

On Movies: Action pic ‘Watchmen’ really something else
by Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 08 March 2009

‘Here’s the thing,” says Zack Snyder, on the phone from Los Angeles, just before what he calls his “boutique-y” little picture, Watchmen, blasted into theaters this weekend.

“You can say whatever you want about Watchmen, but you have to admit that in some ways it’s something else,” he says… The “what else” of Watchmen is both a subversion and a deconstruction of the genre, with a band of “masks” doing ugly stuff in a world on the edge of Armageddon.

“This is the mythology we’ve been fed. We’ve been told to shut up and drink the mass-culture Kool-Aid,” Snyder says. “Watchmen at least gives you the chance to look into the bowl before you drink it, and see how it’s made.”

Blipster: Drinking the Animal Collective Kool-Aid
by Scott Sterling, Los Angeles Metromix, 27 February 2009

“Sorry about last time,” muttered David Portnoy, better known as one-third of the band Animal Collective onstage at the Henry Fonda during the middle of his band’s triumphant show on February. 26th. It was obviously in reference to the L.A. shows AC had to cancel back in January due to illness, but the sold-out crowd paid little attention to his off the cuff apology. Shows as fantastic as the one the band put on that night are well worth the wait.

Drink the Kool-Aid with Craig Ferguson
by Melissa Arseniuk, Las Vegas Weekly, 21 February 2009

I don’t know what it is about Scottish expats, but they’re a funny bunch.

Granted, my experience with Scotsmen is basically limited to the immigrant doctor who would often prescribe me “a wee bit ‘o penicillin” as a child, the alcoholic landlord I endured while living in Australia a few years ago and “Late Late Show” host Craig Ferguson, who returned to Vegas for an eight-night stand at the MGM Grand last night… The man was born to perform. While it’s not clear what kind of crazy Scottish showbiz juice they were serving overseas, Ferguson obviously drank the Kool-Aid.

Snuggled up, ready to refresh
by Jason Ashley Wright, Tulsa (OK) World, 03 February 2009

As far as I can recall, I’ve never been in a cult… [T]here was this one time in band camp – kidding, it was vacation Bible school – that the class leader kept encouraging, “Drink the Kool-Aid.” But I’m pretty sure that was merely for refreshment. Anyway, I’m slightly concerned that friends in one of my social circles have succumbed to the Snuggie. It’s not a cult in the Branch Davidian or Jim Jones sense, I reckon, but it easily falls into the category of TV pop-cultural phenomena. Seeing as how the letters C, U, L and T are in that category Well, I just think it bears watch, maybe even a “Dateline” special… I, however, refuse to drink the Snuggie Kool-Aid. Sure, it’s comfortable – “ultra-soft, thick, luxurious fleece,” the commercial states. I’ve never used “fleece” and “luxurious” in the same sentence before, but OK.

TELEVISION REVIEW | ‘LIE TO ME’

For TV’s Newest Crime Fighter, the Lips May Lie, but the Face Tells the Truth
by Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, 20 January 2009

During the past decade, Fox has rarely been the place to go looking for the lessons in collectivism manifest on series like “The Unit” and “Lost” and “Law & Order”. The latest addition to the stable is the human polygraph Dr. Cal Lightman… Lightman has his own minions, and thus his own devotees, the people who work for him in his all-white-and-steel, airy-truth-palace of an office. Chief among them is Gillian Foster (Kelli Williams), a behavioral analyst saddled with the task of speaking in earnest exposition and made not to drink Lightman’s Kool-Aid so much as gulp it from the tap.

‘Twilight’ Boys Do VMan Magazine
TheInsider.com, San Francisco, CA, 13 January 2009

Striking curious poses in black and white with their fake vampire teeth in place, the boys of Twilight flaunted their tweenaged hotness. In case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve drunk the Kool-Aid and am totally on board with this whole teenage vampire phenomenon so come along and get giddy with me,won’t you?

Supersisters Weekend Roundup
PBSParents, 10 January 2009

Okay, wondering whether you should drink the koolaid and give in to the High School Musical frenzy? Check in with PBS Parenting Expert Diane Levin and get a take on how to handle the pressure on little girls to grow up way too fast.

Chewing the fat
by CE Skidmore, Glens Falls (NY) Post-Star, 09 January 2009

I have decided to embark upon a weight loss journey. Not a mere diet, but a lifestyle change. I have joined a weight loss support group. I won’t say which one, partly because newspapers have strict policies on preferential treatment of advertisers. Aside from that, I’m not sure if said support group is a bit like Fight Club, wherein the first rule dictates that nobody talks about it or, perhaps, more like Vegas where what happens there, stays there… Needless to say, I have thoroughly imbibed the Kool-Aid … that is, assuming that the Kool-Aid is sugar-free with some sort of redeeming fiber content.

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