Drinking the Kool-Aid: A (Partial) 2008 Directory

The listing below includes scores of examples of the use of the phrase “Drinking the Kool-Aid” in 2008. The subdirectory will direct you to the various categories in which they appear.

Kool-Aid Commentary

Q & A: Jim Ardis
Peoria Journal-Star, June 23, 2008

Mayor Jim Ardis has received some criticism lately for his comments regarding the Peoria Public Library’s successful referendum in 2007, saying he wasn’t going to “drink the Kool-Aid” of the 72 percent who voted in favor of supporting a $35 million expansion of the library system.

Ardis said he accepts responsibility for his comments, and he hopes the sometimes confrontational discourse in the past month between the City Council and the Library Board does not hamper future progress for Peoria.

Q: There has been some fervor, it seems, with the “Drink the Kool-Aid” comment you made about the 2007 referendum with regards to voter turnout and those who supported the library referendum. Is there anything you would like to say to set that record straight?

A: I accept full responsibility for that comment and would not use that phrase again in that context. Many people in our community share my vision for enhanced education and I did not mean to imply that those who desire enhanced libraries are (naive) or have been brainwashed.

Drinking the Kool-Aid
by Dave Stewart, Running in the Rain, April 4, 2008

I was sitting with one of my work colleagues today and having a little ad hoc meeting about something interesting (but off topic). At one point I commented, “Maybe I have been drinking the Kool-Aid too much here, but…” and then I was going to prattle off some long-assumed corporate party line, which I wanted to cast doubt on.

Then my friend interrupted me and said, “What does ‘drinking the Kool-Aid’ mean?”

This caused me to stop dead, and then break out in laughter. Not at him … my friend grew up in India, and moved to the US after graduating from college. He has heard several people use the phrase, but didn’t know what it meant. My laughter was based on how deeply this term has seeped into American culture. Then I turned serious, and even sad.

Hey, Kool-Aid: A resurgent metaphor of questionable taste
by Jan Freeman, Boston Globe, March 9, 2008

That sloshing sound isn’t just your imagination: If you follow the news, you’ve probably noticed the risingtide of references to “drinking the Kool-Aid.”

There’s a lot of Obama-flavored Kool-Aid out there, of course – according to Clinton partisans. And there’s Clinton Kool-Aid, too – according to Obama voters (and columnist Frank Rich, who recently told New York Times readers that Hillary’s strategists, early in the campaign, had been swilling the stuff).

Accusations of Kool-Aid intoxication aren’t limited to Democratic campaign rhetoric. Warren Buffett recently said that US banks tripped up by complex investments were now drinking their own “toxic Kool-Aid.” Business students, sportswriters, and Nascar fans imbibe as well.

When the Kool-Aid showed up last month in a Globe story about bread-baking rivalries, though, reader Janice Zazinski had had her fill. “I assume it’s a reference to the mass suicide in Jonestown, and I find it wholly inappropriate and insensitive,” she e-mailed.

She’s right about the source. Jim Jones, who forced hundreds of his followers to drink cyanide in Jonestown, Guyana, 30 years ago, left the language this vivid metaphor for blind faith.

On the road with Obama
by Justin Webb, BBC News, USA, March 3, 2008

Suicide is a serious subject and mass suicide even more so. But we had to laugh (those of us sitting on the press bus inhaling fumes from a dodgy exhaust system) at the start of another day on the road with Barack Obama.

“Oh God,” someone called out.

“They’ll think we did it on purpose if we all die here. They’ll think we drank the Kool Aid.”

That phrase “drinking the Kool Aid” – as well as recalling the drug fuelled days of the 1960s – is associated with followers of a cult leader Jim Jones who were persuaded by him to commit suicide.

They drank bottles of pop (actually Flavor Aid, not Kool Aid, but Kool Aid has stuck) and the point anyway is that the pop was laced with cyanide.

Nine-hundred and thirteen people died and to this day nobody knows why they did it.

How apt that my journey with the Obama team begins with a Kool Aid reminder because that is the charge you hear over and over again now…

But I come away from my days on the road with the Obama team with, if I am honest, a very warm feeling about him and his people. They are pleasant to deal with. They are winning and having fun.

And yet, I read the other day that Jim Jones’ Kool Aid cult began as a struggle for racial equality and social justice.

One account says, “his followers believed their movement was the solution to the problems of society, many did not distinguish Jones from the movement.”

How disconcerting.

On drinking Kool-Aid and other paranormal events
by Ray Unger, Capital Times, Madison, Wisconsin, April 25, 2008

The weird headline above was just to get your attention, so read on. You won’t be disappointed. We’re forced to make decisions about the future with faulty and imperfect information. But guess what? That’s what makes this business so interesting, because we’re always learning new things. And that’s the crux of the above headline. No, I’m not a Jim Jones fanatic – he convinced his followers to take a cyanide-laced drink to commit suicide – hence the expression “drinking to Kool-Aid.”

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Politics

What the big bailout means
by Joseph Farah, World Net Daily, September 24, 2008

Do you think it’s an accident? Do you think it’s just a case of bad management? Do you think the proposed $700 billion taxpayer bailout of U.S. financial institutions just happened? I don’t think so. In fact, I think it’s part of a master plan – one pushing us inevitably, inexorably closer to a closed cashless global economic system of total control. I know. This seems like an extreme statement. It sounds like I’ve drunk deep of the conspiracy Kool-Aid. But let’s take a look at history.

A Recovering Neoconservative
Editorial, The Spectrum, St. George, UT, August 25, 2008

As a recovering neoconservative, I remember well the days when I drank deeply of the Kool-Aid proffered by the various organs of neoconservative propaganda. I childishly glorified every use of U.S. military force, big or small, as evidence of American righteousness and strength, and I eagerly affirmed the wickedness of whoever was on the receiving end of those actions.

Edwards’ betrayal has far-reaching consequences
Editorial, Chillicothe (OH) Gazette, August 20, 2008

What kind of human being cheats on his terminally ill wife, then runs for the presidency thinking it won’t ever come out? The confines of campaign press corps must be like that of a small town. People talk. So why didn’t the press talk to the American voters about the type of man John Edwards really was, instead of drinking the campaign Kool-Aid?

Georgia Crisis Propels a Bad Polish Deal
by Joe Cirincione, The Huffington Post, August 14, 2008

With the exception of those who have been drinking the missile defense Kool-aid, experts agree that long-range missile interception does not work. That is why Congress wisely ordered that no funds be spent on these European bases until after realistic tests can show the weapons can work and the Czech and the Polish parliaments approve any deal. Neither is likely before 2010.

Elizabeth Edwards Drank Her Husband’s Kool-Aid And Became His “Ambition Enabler”
by Bonnie Fuller, The Huffington Post, August 9, 2008

The bigger question is, why did Elizabeth Edwards drink her husband’s Kool-Aid? How could she have possibly believed that her husband’s affair would remain a private matter when he was running for President of the United States?

Repaving claim has council steaming
by Richard Conn, Daily News Tribune, Waltham, MA, August 5, 2008

[Ward 1 Councilor Robert] Kelly then said too often people look to blame the council for problems and leave the mayor blameless. “Keep drinking the Kool-Aid juice, and the Kool-Aid is right around the corner,” Kelly said.

‘RomneyCare’ for US? Yeah, right, WSJ Says
by Elizabeth Cooney, White Coat Notes, July 29, 2008

Wall Street Journal editorial writers sure aren’t drinking the Massachusetts healthcare reform Kool-Aid. No sir. In a withering review, “RomneyCare” gets a going-over because liberals point to the law passed by the state before the former governor hit the presidential hustings as a model for the nation. Mitt is scorned for an op-ed he wrote – also in the Journal – proclaiming the plan a success, though he “should know better.”

The Eco-Nannies’ Energy Plan:Get Off the Grid and Get Off the Planet
by Nick Nichols, townhall.com, Washington D.C., July 12, 2008

[M]any Americans partake of the leftist Kool Aid on energy-no questions asked.

Is Ben Stein Drinking Too Much Hollywood Kool-Aid?
by Mark Skousen, Human Events, June 18, 2008

Has Ben Stein become the modern-day Thorsten Veblen?  The spokesman for “Republicans for Obama”?  Have his years living in Beverly Hills converted him to the Hollywood crowd?

Grassley blasts anti-ethanol media blitz
by Alan Guebert, TH-Online, May 25, 2008

Taken together, the revealing memos are today’s tried-and-true recipe for public policy: A wealthy special interest cooks up a batch of anti-whatever Kool-Aid through careful and creative use of facts. Then media experts like Glover Park carry the Kool-Aid to “elite” opinion shapers – newspaper editors, pundits, Internet bloggers – who dispense it to the thirsty public for free. The masses, looking for a cure to $4 milk and $5 corn flakes, take a sip and, presto, their tired eyes light up with clear understanding and ethanol becomes the worst idea since the pockets in underwear.

Drinking Left-Wing Kool-Aid and Singing “Kumbaya”
by Nick Nichols, Townhall.com, May 24, 2008

Whenever I become convinced that Americans have slurped too much left-wing Kool-Aid, sang too many choruses of “Kumbaya,” and are about to turn the White House over to the wine and cheese socialists, I turn my attention toward the United Nations for a strong dose of “things could be worse,” and I am always rewarded.

CNN military analyst Shepperd on trip to Gitmo: “Did we drink the government kool-aid? – of course”
by Media Matters, May 9, 2008

Summary: In the wake of the New York Times exposé on the hidden ties between media military analysts and the Pentagon, the Department of Defense (DOD) released numerous documents related to the program. One is a June 23, 2006, email containing a report written by CNN military analyst Donald Shepperd about his DOD-sponsored trip to Guantánamo Bay on June 21, 2006. In the report, Shepperd wrote: “Did we drink the government kool-aid? – of course – that was the purpose of the trip, to hear the U.S. government side of the story, the other side is provided daily in the media, some informed, most by those who have never been to Gitmo.”

How Europe avoided our mess
by Robert Kuttner, Boston Globe, April 30, 2008

It is instructive to compare the American financial mess with the economic situation in nations that resisted deregulation. Old Europe tends to get a scornful press in the United States. But Europe is not suffering a financial meltdown today – mainly because Europeans (with the exception of Britain and Switzerland) took only a few sips of the financial Kool-Aid so heavily promoted by US banks.

Drinking the 9/11 Kool-Aid
Editorial, The Arizona Republic, April 24, 2008

Politics on the edges has an odd circularity to it sometimes. The extreme right and the extreme left have a way of connecting, almost cosmically. They often link arms against foreign entanglements such as Iraq and the intrusions of the national government into our private lives. For vastly different reasons, they share the (not outlandish) belief that centralized power in Washington, D.C., is a dangerous thing. They just tend to . . . take . . . it . . . a . . . bit . . . far.

Mayoral questions continue to mount
by Daniel Howes, Detroit News, March 31, 2008

Just a week into the Kwame Kilpatrick-as-charged-felon era: The psychic exhaustion dragging down Detroit feels like this consuming distraction has been roiling for six months… How counter-productive will Kilpatrick’s legal troubles be to the city’s economic development efforts, chiefly with outsiders who only know what they read in the papers, see on cable and discern from polls telling him to resign? How many conventions, large and small, will have to say, “No thanks,” and decamp to Novi’s Rock Financial Showplace or Cleveland or Chicago before the mayor and his Kool-Aid Kommittee accept the notion that his credibility is shot, that his liabilities are mounting and damaging the city?

Limping Toward the Finish Line
by Mike Gorski, Seattle Pos-Intelligencer, March 29, 2008

As much as I want to see the nature beauty of the Sequalitchew Creek Canyon preserved, as well as the adjacent habitat included in the proposed 177 acres, I want to see one DuPont working together. I think it is unfortunate that part of the plan is to fracture the town into contrived neighborhood or districts. I think it has had the opposite affect as intended by the New Urbanism Kool Aid drinkers.

Five Years And Still Drinking The Kool-Aid
by Jan Baughman, Swans Commentary, March 24, 2008

When will we break out of propaganda’s spell to the realization that we are not a peaceable nation generously spreading democracy for the good of the world, and recognize that all human beings are entitled to respect and dignity, and not to be treated as dispensable collateral standing between us and their commodities? Not until we, en masse, stop drinking the Kool-Aid and acknowledge that our own country’s values are destroying our quality of life.

Pandering for Cheap Votes
Editorial, Jackson (MS) Free Press, March 19, 2008

Senate Bill 2988, a bill making felons out of employed undocumented immigrants and their employers, is now law. But exactly how enforceable is the law? Mary Bauer, director of the Immigrant Justice Project division of the Southern Poverty Law Center, in Montgomery, Ala., said it pushes the edge of constitutionality.. [E] lected officials seem to believe that if a majority of their voters have drunk the Kool-Aid, they have no choice but to vote for more Kool-Aid.??There is another way: Do the right, constitutional thing, and explain why. Talk up to your voters. Of course, that won’t always bring cheap votes. But, hey.

Media distort climate debate
Waterbury (CT) Republican-American, March 16, 2008

The 2008 International Conference on Climate Change came and went this month without the usual media orgy of fear and loathing about runaway warming. Why? This gathering was staged by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, renowned scientists who believe whatever recent warming that has occurred is statistically insignificant and is more likely the result of fluctuations in solar radiance and other natural phenomenon than tailpipe emissions. Since the NIPCC refuses to drink the global-warming Kool-Aid, the few media outlets that covered the conference treated the event like a freak show.

Spend More on Defense but Purchase Less Security
by Lorelei Kelly, Huffington Post, March 13, 2008

Bribing Poland to take missile defense. This boondoggle spectacular formerly known as “Star Wars” is costing American taxpayers nearly $9 billion dollars this coming year (after more than a hundred billion spent). Its industry makers have cleverly internationalized it – an expansion on the strategy of making sure that some component of your weapon is made in multiple congressional districts. Words fail me. But farce will do. Let me just say that it was like going from drinking the Kool Aid to mixing the kool aid, to being in the kool aid jacuzzi.

I’m Not Drinking the Kook (I Mean, Kool) Aid
by Kim Stagliano, Huffington Post, March 1, 2008

From the NYT: “As states move to require more vaccines for school-age children, an increasing number of parents are saying no to some of the inoculations.”. Moms and Dads are waking up and refusing to drink the Kool Aid offered by their patronizing pediatrician, CDC Pharma shill, FDA schmuck. We have real questions about the safety and necessity of the ever growing American Academy of Pediatrics vaccine schedule.

President Bush Says “No Recession,” So We All Can Relax Now…
by Eric Ames, Investor Centric Blog, February 29, 2008

During a news conference yesterday, President Bush said that the country was not recession bound… I don’t know about you, but I’m just not getting that warm and fuzzy feeling. If you believe President Bush, and you feel good about the country’s economic future, then more power to you. I just don’t think I’m ready to drink that Kool-Aid quite yet.

Governors drink the Kool-Aid: State govs embrace the range of ‘alternative fuels,’ from nukes to clean coal to biofuels
by Tom Philpott, Gristmill, February 27, 2008

The National Governors Association has linked up with “a team of Wal-Mart energy experts” to “green the capitols.” That’s fantastic – and I’m sure it will draw well-deserved huzzahs in certain green circles. But read a little deeper into the press release, and you see what the National Governors Association means by “green.” Turns out that when it comes to energy, the govs love some pretty dubious stuff.

Good news about global warming!
by Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily, January 8, 2008

With that headline, you’re probably expecting me to tell you what is obvious for anyone who hasn’t tasted the global-warming Kool-Aid.There’s no such thing as man-made catastrophic global-warming. Nevertheless, for those who have drunk the entire pitcher of global-warming Kool-Aid, it has become something of a religious experience – complete with its own apocalypse and judgment of non-believers.

Gingrich Out-Greens Al Gore?
by Steven Milloy, FoxNews.com, January 3, 2008

Newt Gingrich has guzzled Al Gore’s Kool-Aid. Now he wants us and the Republican 2008 presidential candidates to drink it, too. The former House Speaker’s latest book, “A Contract with the Earth” co-authored with Palm Beach Zoo CEO Terry Maple, is an appalling paean to environmental naivete and taxpayer-subsidized profiteering.

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Presidential Politics

Same ‘O’ plan as before
by P. Kenneth Burns, politickermd.com, Annapolis, MD, September 22, 2008

Myself along with every other commentator whether they are liberal or conservative has been accused once or twice of not reading what the other guy is standing for.  We are often accused of either drinking the same Kool-Aid as the people we agree with most of the time or having a daily talking points fax which we receive to make sure that the daily spin machine is running smoothly.

Nation dredges up Palin Kool-Aid mix
Editorial, Alaska Journal of Commerce, September 14, 2008

Not since the days of the Merry Pranksters has such a colossal batch of Kool-Aid been stirred up and consumed by the masses of America. This new batch, as potent as any Ken Keesey or the Grateful Dead ever dreamed of, was not concocted by a bunch of hippies in California; rather this recipe is compliments of that grand ole party, the Republicans.

Palin Power: Creating sympathy for McCain
by Jonathan Martin, Politico.com, Washington, D.C., September 13, 2008

Sarah Palin hasn’t just instantly won the hearts of many in the GOP, she’s seemingly spurred the base to finally stick up for McCain, too… For months, it was Barack Obama’s supporters who were regularly derided as “Obamabots” or, more to the point, Kool-Aid drinkers. Any piece that could be construed as remotely skeptical of the Illinois Democrat would draw a storm of comments and e-mails questioning the political leanings, intelligence, sanity or even humanity of reporters.

GOP: Just drink the Kool-Aid
by Angelo Lynn, Addison County (VT) Independent, September 11, 2008

Welcome to the Brave New World where author Aldous Huxley imagined in his 1932 satire that society would prefer to be kept uninformed and live lock-step in a soma-induced blissful oblivion. Well, close enough. The world is the political orbit of the Republican Party in which no one is allowed to speak critically of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and the media, in particular, is not to pursue questions that seek to flesh out her positions or leadership style were she to be catapulted into the nation’s highest office.

Facts in this Republican dystopia (a negative utopia) don’t matter; what matters is that supporters swallow the party script. So, if Gov. Palin wants to keep repeating the lie that she opposed the Bridge to Nowhere and rejects federal earmarks to states, then the party faithful should excuse the falsehood and just drink the soma-laced Kool-Aid.

How Little We’ve Learned From 9/11
by Helen Ubiñas, Hartford Courant, September 11, 2008

Even those who weren’t sure they’d fully swallowed the Palin Kool-Aid said it was going to be tough to overlook her feisty “I Am Woman, Hear Me Bark” narrative – hey, she’s the one who brought up the pit bull reference – and to pull the lever for the other guy.

Put down the Kool Aid, stop the screaming
by Terry Greenberg, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, September 7, 2008

Get a little frustrated come national convention time. People start drinking blue and red Kool Aid and believe everything they hear.

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid, Barack Obama
by Mark Bieganski, Chicago Sun-Times,  September 1, 2008

Storefronts and street corners are lacking the political flare we saw in Denver, but we did come across this store front touting anti-Barack Obama posters.

Critical thinkers vs. Kool-Aid drinkers?
by Ellis Washington, WorldNetDaily, August 30, 2008

Harvard-educated, Kool-Aid drinking Michelle and Barack, as dutiful servants on the liberal plantation, speak the propaganda that their masters have taught them to the letter.

Someone’s drinking Kool-Aid
by Craig Gilbert, Madison Journal Sentinel, August 28, 2008

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson thinks current Gov. Jim Doyle was “drinking some Kool-Aid” when he said earlier Thursday that Barack Obama could win Wisconsin “walking away” in the event of high-turnout election.

When McCain Denies The Obvious
by Steve Benen, CBS News, August 24, 2008

Gary Hart, another Obama supporter, doubts McCain is a new man. “I don’t think you get to be 70 years old and then fundamentally change,” says Hart. “McCain’s gyrations have more to do with figuring out his own party than anything else. … He’s had to sublimate for obvious reasons.”

McCain bats away that notion. “In all due respect to my colleagues,” he says, “They’re drinking the Kool-Aid that somehow I have changed positions on the issues. All I can say is that we all grow. We all grow wiser. And we all refine our positions.”

Young, Educated And Voting For The First Time
by Wanjira Banfield, South Florida Times, Ft. Lauderdale, August 23, 2008

Whether you choose to ride shotgun on the McCain train or lightly sip on the Obama Kool Aid, this presidential election season guarantees to be an active one,  especially among the young folks.

McCain: ‘We Are All Georgians’
TruthDig.Com, August 14, 2008

If there is any doubt that John McCain is gulping down the neocon Kool-Aid on Georgia, one need only read his new manifesto in The Wall Street Journal, where he once again flaunts his Wikipedia-sourced foreign policy expertise.

Barack Obama Affirmative Action Candidate
by Allan J. Ashinoff, Conservative Voice, August 8, 2008

It is truly remarkable how far we’ve allowed our societies deductive mental capacity to devolve. Equally depressing is the sheer quantity of unthinking ‘kool-aid’ drinking sheep that have been cultivated in our society. A child could pierce the marketing strategy of the Obama machine yet millions of voting age adults choose to blindly forgo all that is relevant in choosing a leader. Instead they place their hope, not in their own ability, but in an extraordinarily vague representation of ‘change’ that is poised to further expand government, to curtail individual freedom, and to expand economic and social dependence on an all-knowing ruling elite. By today’s media standards, and in today’s society, Jim Jones would have led millions of Americans to a cyanide Kool-Aid cocktail in Guyana rather than the 900 he murdered with his enticing quasi-religious quasi-communist spiel and charisma.

Black conservatives and Obama: Fighting the politics of victimization
by Armstrong Williams, Washington Times, July 21, 2008

By eschewing the usual high-powered law-firm job in favor of community organizing, Mr. Obama further solidified his street credentials. But ultimately, this was not enough. When asked to take the final, incorrigible step of damning America, he refused to drink the Kool-Aid.

Mr. Obama’s refusal to cast his lot in with that of the eternally tormented black victim has turned him into somewhat of a pariah among the black elite.

On Politics: Democrats won’t get White House without real unity
Editorial, Providence Journal, July 1, 200

In New Hampshire and other New England states, Democratic women who supported Clinton in the primaries will probably vote for Obama in the fall, but may not drink the Kool-Aid.

Pa. political establishment unifies in support of Obama
by Thomas Fitzgerald, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 14, 2008

During the primaries, [Pennsylvania Governor Ed] Rendell often said that the media “drank the Kool-Aid” for Obama. He said yesterday that a supporter at one of his own fund-raisers earlier in the week gave him a canister of powdered Kool-Aid with an Obama sticker on it.

“I put some in a glass of water and drank it,” Rendell said. “From now on, Sen. Obama is the greatest American politician who ever lived,” he joked.

Obama’s political team out-organized Clinton
Capitol Hill Blue, May 24, 2008

Washington (AP) – Call them Kool-Aid drinkers. Political romantics. Starry-eyed dreamers.

The Land of Bluegrass, Bourbon and Kool-Aid
by Dana Milbank, Washington Post, May 21, 2008

And yet, take a sip of the Clinton Kool-Aid and listen to Bill Clinton explain how Obama’s status as the presumptive nominee is a media fabrication.

“By their own admission it’s been the most slanted press coverage in American history,” he told a crowd Monday night in Lexington. The former president went on: “Every time you turn on the television and listen to one of the people dissing her, they all have a college degree, they’ve all got a good job, they’ve all got health care and they’re having no trouble filling up their gas tank.” But why would it be in reporters’ interests to declare the race over prematurely? Take a long draft from the cup of Kool-Aid; Hillary Clinton has the answer.

Barack Obama Will Beat Hillary Clinton In The Pennsylvania Democratic Primary
by Christopher McIntosh, Athens (Georgia) Exchange, April 22, 2008

Barack Obama will win the Pennsylvania primary tonight. That’s right, I said will. Now before you accuse me of drinking whatever kool-aid Obama’s been selling (although I do hear it is mighty fine kool-aid) let me explain what I mean by win.

The Democrats’ Lies about the Economy
by Herman Cain, North Star Writers Group, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 21, 2008

The Democrats will not change their talking points no matter how wrong they are. And their supporters and followers have drunk so much of the Democratic Kool-Aid that they would not dare to challenge their leaders on the validity of their accusations. Well, I did not drink the Kool-Aid, so here is the truth. The most egregious part of this consistent Democratic deception is that they never offer a better idea or plan. They just want to raise taxes and get elected by their Kool-Aid drinkers and anyone gullible enough to swallow their persistent lies about the economy.

To help Israel in this election, don’t look for the ‘pro-Israel’ candidate
by Stephen Asbel, Philadelphia Jewish Voice, April 2008

I will confess that I “drank the Kool-Aid,” and voted for Bush in 2004 because of a perception that he would be better for Israel. What a mistake!

Clinton suffers ‘campaign bubble’ syndrome
by Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal Constitution, March 31, 2008

If you’ve been around politics long enough, you know that something very strange happens to people working in a tough political campaign. And that “something” may help explain what’s happening — or not happening — in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Working very long hours side by side with fellow believers in the cause, otherwise sane people can begin to lose a sense of perspective…

In addition, everybody with whom the candidate interacts on a daily basis shares the same little campaign bubble. They all drank the Kool-Aid, and they all liked the Kool-Aid. So nobody on the team wants to be the first to suggest that it might be over, that all that hard work and those long days have gone for naught.

Is Barack The Anti-Christ?
from Queerty.com, March 26, 2008

So, what’s the most offensive part of this? No, not the anti-Christ reference. Nope, not the madrassa or homeboy cracks. It’s the Kool-Aid reference. When will America learn that black people drink things other than Kool-Aid? Like Hennessy.

Barack Obama is the AntiChrist
by Gay Conservative Liberal, March 25, 2008

The Antichrist’s most revealing characteristic is his way with words and his unique ability to galvanize people under a banner of peace, unity, change. People will turn against reason and hoist this figure to power in spite of reason. With words and little substance, Barack has dumbed the election down and reduced the Democratic party to a bunch of smiling, Kool-Aid drinking Change-ists.

The Kool-Aid that Kills – Barack Obama as Jim Jones
by Joshua Frank, Atlantic Free Press, March 20, 2008

Sadly, many have unwittingly gulped the Kool-Aid this year, swallowing the notion that Barack Obama somehow represents a mild, pragmatic antiwar position. Even Antiwar.com’s Justin Raimondo, who usually provides keen insight into our militarized political sleaze, believes Obama may be the real deal.

Jeremiah Wright is Wrong
by Scott Rogers, The Conservative Voice, March 18, 2008

I’ve been writing for awhile now about how Obama’s church and pastor is not a real church. In fact, its more like a racially motivated cult.. I feel bad for those who actually attend this church thinking they are getting a quality sermon every Sunday. I certainly hope they don’t drink the Kool-Aid.

What other things about Obama’s past will now surface?
by Winston Smith, politics.gather.com, March 17, 2008

Now that the Clinton campaign is desperate what new “news” will they bring up about Obama?

The Rev. Wright story somehow was “missed” by the mainstream media, what other things will be brought to light about Obama? Why hasn’t themedia done a better job of digging into Obama’s past? Where they drinking the Kool-Aid too?

Pardon My Assumptions
by Nance Greggs, Democratic Underground, March 16, 2008

According to way too many [writers], all Obama supporters are kool-aid drinking cultists. It couldn’t possibly be the case that millions of Americans have made their decision as to who to support based on reasoned judgment. That particular choice must be dismissed as the ravings of the lunatic fringe (albeit a majority lunatic fringe as of this writing)…

As for those of you who will persist in NOT voting for the nominee because he/she wasn’t your personal choice – well, let me be blunt: You probably aren’t mature enough to participate in the process anyway.  Those of us determined to see a Democrat in the White House come next January will just soldier on without your “contribution” – because calling John McCain’s supporters McSame kool-aid drinking cultists doesn’t win general elections any more than it will win the party’s nomination.

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Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid
by Conservative Belle, March 6, 2008

Supporters of Barack Obama remind me more and more of “Kool-Aid” drinkers, of the Jonestown variety. Look for these to appear on supermarket shelves everywhere.

Keep Despair Alive
by Matt Labash, The Weekly Standard, March 3, 2008

Some people think cults are creepy. But as a child in the seventies, I rather enjoyed them. Whether Jonestowners, the Children of God, or the Symbionese Liberation Army, I always waited for the inevitable plot twist, when whatever had attracted the crazy cultists to each other in the first place – the organic vegetables, the neo-Maoist teaching, the group sex – would devolve into the inevitable Kool-Aid suicide/abduction/bank heist debacle. I came to consider these welcome entertainments. Back then, we didn’t have cable.

Many are now charging that there is a new creepy cult leader on the loose, Barack Obama. On the strength of what? Well, a lot actually. Perhaps it’s that he refers to his supporters – Obamabots, Baracktards, Obamaphiliacs, whatever we’re supposed to call them – as “believers.” Perhaps it’s that other creepy cult leaders, like Oprah Winfrey, have taken up their crosses and followed him.

Of Course the Media Coverage of Obama Has Largely Been Positive
by Jake Tapper, ABC News, March 1, 2008

I can’t believe anyone would even dispute the notion. The New York Times’ Jacques Steinberg takes a look today at the Clinton complaint, with several of the reporters the Clinton campaign regularly cites as filing from their knees disputing the charge, one even saying, “in the conversations we have as colleagues, there is a sense of trying especially hard not to drink the Kool-Aid. It’s so rapturous, everything around him. All these huge rallies.” Um … If you need to try hard not to drink the Obama Kool-Aid, you are in the wrong business.

Friendship in the Fourth Estate
by Susan Estrich, The US Daily, Laguna Niguel, California, February 29, 2008

Is Barack pro-Israel enough? Is he tough enough? Is he substantive enough? What about his past? What about those votes in the Illinois Senate? What exactly has he accomplished? And, most important of all, has he been getting a free ride? It’s not that these questions shouldn’t be asked. They should. But they should be asked throughout the process, not, as is about to happen, in an avalanche, a storm of scrutiny, a blizzard of second-guessing from the very gushers who were, only a few short weeks ago, so busy guzzling Kool-Aid that they didn’t even look to see what it was made of.

Voting for Obama because he’s black: Generic questions deserve follow-ups
by Bill Lowman, Tallahasseee Democrat, February 28, 2008

There are a lot of people drinking the Obama Kool-Aid because they are all thirsty for change, and this current administration has left a bad taste in their mouths.

The audacity of hopelessness
by Frank Rich, Seattle Post Intelligencer, February 25, 2008

Clinton fans don’t see their standard-bearer’s troubles this way. In their view, their highly substantive candidate was unfairly undone by a lightweight showboat who got a free ride from an often misogynist press and from naive young people who lap up messianic language as if it were Jim Jones’ Kool-Aid. Or as Clinton frames it, Obama is all about empty words while she is all about action and hard work. But it’s the Clinton strategists, not the Obama voters, who drank the Kool-Aid. The Obama campaign is not a vaporous cult; it’s a lean and mean political machine that gets the job done.

Forget the Kool-Aid: Obama’s Support is Real
by Steve Kornacki,  The New York Observer, February 21, 2008

Obama, meanwhile, seems to be appealing to what might be called the new “silent majority.” Sure, he’s got his share of stage-rushers and Kool-Aid drinkers, but he’s also appealed to millions of casual voters – the ones who don’t go to his rallies, don’t donate to his campaign, but do show up on primary day and check his name off on the ballot.

Media Start Falling Out of Love With Obama
by Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg.com, February 21, 2008

Over at ABC, “Nightline” anchor Terry Moran [aired] a piece called “Obamania,” a phenomenon as “baffling” to adults as “Beatlemania,” he said. He described “impassioned fans” screaming and tearing their clothes. “Is this a political movement or a personality cult?” he said. He asked if “there’s going to be some kind of reckoning or hangover.” The answer is a qualified “yes” if the media st ick with the developing theme that Obama is akin to Jim Jones serving Kool-Aid to gullible followers in Jonestown.

Obamania: Why I’m still waiting for a leader
by Eric Lukoff, Quendecim, Towson, MD, February 15, 2008

I am an ardent Democrat and I have decided to support Barack Obama. That being said, I have not drunk the Kool-Aid. I find the essence of Obamania to be lacking in a fundamental area. Obama talks a good talk, and I’m not at all accusing him of being without substance. He does indeed lay out his policy positions. And in sum, I believe he would make a good president, and take our country in the right direction. But when it comes to values, I find there is a huge chasm between us.

Electionmania in Calhoun County: Catch it
by Phillip Tutor, Anniston Star, February 8, 2008

Euphoric. Jazzed. Energized. A palpable feeling of emotion and hope. And, of course, change – from Republicans and Democrats, from moderates and conservatives and hard-line evangelicals, even from those drinking the Kool-Aid of the (we hope) now-defunct Ron Paul Revolution.

Don’t be Fooled by McCain as “Moderate” Smoke Screen! 
by Bill Hare, Political Cortex, January 26, 2008

 “If we don’t start warning that the Real McCain is not the Real McCoy, we might sleepwalk into four more years of Republicanism.” Johann Hari’s warning should be evaluated in the wake of the latest example of New York Times Kool-Aid drinking.  It will be recalled that not that many years ago the journal that states it runs “all the news that’s fit to print” got dizzy on Kool-Aid manufactured by noted fraud Ahmed Chalibi, who fed as fact to Time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Judith Miller…

Now we have a fresh Kool-Aid episode at the Times with its endorsement this week of Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination and McCain as Republican standard bearer.  The Times posited that same easily refutable contention that McCain is a sensible talking “moderate” whose refreshing candor is welcomed by independents turned off by the Bush-Cheney administration.

On some points Senator McCain has been indeed been candid, and his comments bear analysis, something we have not been getting from McCain Kool-Aid drinkers at the New York Times and at other strategically important centers of the mainstream media. the New York Timesand other mainstream media elements drink and distribute the Kool-Aid of Judith Miller and alleged “weapons of mass destruction” while currently Senator John McCain is saluted as a force for moderation and a positive image on the American political scene.

Why I Never Drank the Fred Thompson Kool-Aid
by Matt Lewis, townhall.com, January 22, 2008

While my analysis isn’t always perfect, looking back, I think I was right about Fred Thompson’s, chances – especially considering how many people were jumping on the Thompson bandwagon this spring… I agree that Fred Thompson has become a dignified celebrity.  In all honesty, I’ll admit to playing devil’s advocate, a bit, when it comes to Thompson.  When I see everyone else in the movement drinking the Kool-Aid on someone, I get a little scared.

Are We All Drinking Kool-aid?
by Vladimir Val Cymbal, The Conservative Voice, January 22, 2008

I need some help here. Some one please enlighten me. How can “conservative” Republicans put [John McCain], who has voted against the Bush tax cuts twice, voted 50 times for higher taxes, voted at least seven times against repealing all or part of death tax through 2002, sponsored and voted for a bill to raise cigarette tax by $1.10 per pack, said he would not vote for extending the Bush tax cuts, and wants to put all illegal aliens ahead of the line for citizenship, including all those who’s criminal activity can not be 100% verified within 24 hours, at the top of the probable Republican nominee for president?

Not drinking Romney’s Kool-Aid
by Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily, January 19, 2008

I have a feeling there’s been a secret meeting to which I have not been invited. Many of my friends must have attended, because they’re all thinking alike. Suddenly, because Mitt Romney narrowly won one primary in his birth state, he has been crowned, by these friends of mine, as the heir apparent to the GOP presidential nomination. I’m not buying it. I’m not drinking that Kool-Aid. Not now, not ever… I look at the man, and I see the face of disingenuousness. They look at it and see the face of sincerity. I swear I didn’t drink the Kool-Aid. Can they make the same vow?

Ron Paul Enthusiasm and the Traditional Republican
by Glen Chancy, Lew Rockwell.com, Burlingame, California, January 16, 2008

“Why are you folks so dedicated?”. Ron Paul supporters have a reputation of being extremely dedicated. The fevered swamps of online blogs like Red State and others even have pet names like ‘Ronulian‘ to denote the sign waiving, rabid Ron Paul partisans that they claim drink Kool Aid for breakfast and think Dr. Paul is the new Messiah. Ron Paul supporters must, the thinking goes, surely be nuts because everyone knowsthat all politicians are lying snakes in the grass. They must be drinking the Kool Aid. They must be off-their-meds. No other explanation could be possible.

Thomas E. Obama
by Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal, January 10, 2008

What we have just seen in New Hampshire is the biggest media meltdown since “Dewey Defeats Truman.” “Dewey Defeats Truman” is perhaps the most well-known U.S. newspaper headline ever. Polls and pundits predicted in 1948 that GOP New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey would beat President Harry Truman. Back then, in the dead-trees era of journalism, only one paper ran the famous headline. But this is the Internet Age. Today, the media drinks the Kool-Aid of toxic analysis en masse. The socially healthy news is that New Hampshire shows the media still can’t force Kool-Aid down the throats of the voters.

Paddypower caught drinking Obama Kool-Aid
by Vin Narayanan, Casino City Times, January 9, 2008

It doesn’t happen often, but Irish sportsbook Paddypower got caught with its pants down. The popular online betting site decided Senator Barack Obama was a lock to win the Democratic nomination after winning the Iowa Caucus last week and began paying off bets on him Monday – the day before Senator Hillary Clinton won the New Hampshire primary.

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Business

Do You Value Ideas More Than the People Who Create Them?: Why communal creative may not be such a good idea
by Mark Cacciatore, AdWeek, September 24, 2008

Uh, oh. It seems the Open Source Movement has crept into the halls of ad agencies and has now started to shape the way we farm for ideas internally. But instead of user-generated ideas, it is everyone-generated ideas. And this movement has many followers drinking the Kool-Aid.

Mortgage Delinquencies Continue to Climb, Watch Out for Other Loans
SeekingAlpha, New York, NY, September 23, 2008

Unfortunately 13 months ago when we were told “this is just a subprime issue” we repeatedly said subprime is a symptom of the problem, not the problem – it is the tip of the iceberg – we have alt A mortgages, option ARMs, prime mortgages, credit card loans, auto loans, student loans, credit card debt. It’s all coming down the pike. It appears the pike is coming right at us. This is why I cringe each time 1 data point “improves” slightly and all the Kool Aid drinking bulls clutch to it and say “ignore the rest of the data”.

GM’s Lutz: Chevy Volt Will Use GPS To Determine Distance From Home, Adjust Engine Accordingly
Jalopnik, Detroit, MI, September 18, 2008

The plug-in electric extended range hybrid’s computer will then use that distance, along with route information, to determine how long the car needs to run the gas engine to charge the on-board battery pack, allowing the vehicle to truly maximize fuel economy. Even if you’re not drinking the GM Kool-Aid, you’ve got to be wow’ed by a system like that – as long as it actually works.

Getting Suckered by Wall Street – Again
by Bill Saporito, Time Magazine, September 16, 2008

But this time we’ve been fed not one, but a series of promises that aren’t worth the subprime paper they were printed on. First, there’s the one about the price of real estate never going down. It got repeated so often that even banks and mortgage lenders who should have known better started to drink their own Kool-Aid and lowered their lending standards. It was a mantra compounded by the hard sell that real estate agents used all over the country: Get in now, because it’s going to be more expensive tomorrow. Hope you weren’t in Miami or Las Vegas when you heard that.

Panama City Condo Market Analysis
The Panama Report, Panama City, Panama, September 13, 2008

I came from California, where I experienced a real estate “boom” and subsequent bust from 2002-2006. I saw it, I lived it, I drank the Kool-Aid. I also learned my lesson.

The New Kool-Aid Is It’s Cool to Aid
by Neil Cavuto, Fox News, September 8, 2008

Same with this Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac rescue talk. Everyone says it had to be done. No other options. And every smart person says so, and says every person who disagrees isn’t a smart person. So, allow this not so smart person to say, this is all sounding very dumb. Like a nation on Kool-Aid being told it’s cool to aid, and not cool to argue. Better to spend a few billion now to protect trillions later.

Can TRW Automotive Escape the Michigan Mess?
Seeking Alpa.com, New York, NY, September 5, 2008

Europe drank the renewable energy Kool-Aid long before it reached America, and the big car companies have already focused their European and international production on smaller cars that consume less gasoline.

EA Believes Digital Distribution a Long Way Off
by Brad Hilderbrand, The Game Reviews, Phoenix, AZ, August 30, 2008

There’s a lot of talk these days, mostly led by Microsoft and publishers who hate used game sales, about how digital distribution of games is the wave of the future, and soon all our games will come via download.

While this seems like the killing blow for brick-and-mortar retailers, not everyone is drinking the Kool-Aid yet, and at least one EA executive thinks that some companies are a little too quick on the trigger.

Crowd Sourcing Min Day: Call for Ideas?
MinOnLine.com, New York, NY, August 20, 2008

Magazine publishers finally drank the Kool-Aid this year on the power of the crowds. It was long in coming, but blogging, UGC, social networking all underscore the ways the industry learned to embrace not flee the audience. Perhaps it is time that we in the media-watching and events realm took a spoonful of the Kool-Aid as well.

Windmills for Suckers: Pickens’ Genocidal Plan
by Gregory Murphy, Executive Intelligence Review, August 22, 2008

Billionaire T. Boone Pickens’ boondoggle to create the world’s largest wind farm in the Texas Panhandle, is scientifically and economically worthless. When it comes to wind, it sounds like Pickens and Al Gore have been drinking the same Kool-Aid, but Gore must have had a stronger dose, because Gore’s plan is to convert all of the U.S. energy grid to “renewables” in the next decade.

No Mand’s Land: Don’t drink the Kool-Aid
by Frank Mand, Plymouth Bulletin, Plymouth, MA, August 14, 2008

I think Plymouth has reached a Kool-Aid moment… If you drink the Kool-Aid, that’s what you are going to get: more parking lots, more massive box stores, more pavement and less community involvement.

Just A Tad Bittersweet
by Seth Goldman, The Mission Driven Business, August 6, 2008

Our sales team worked passionately to get these guys (more than 90% are men) to have the same passion we do, and many of our distributors did drink the Kool Aid, or in this case the Honest Ade.

Bookkeeping: Initiating Position in Buckle
istockanalyst.com, August 7, 2008

Buckle (BKE) is a retailer I’ve been watching for most of 2008 – along with Aeropostale (ARO) it’s been one of the few “youth” retailers to do well during the past yea… This is going into the yin versus our typical yang part of the portfolio – i.e. things that should rally when Kool Aid drinkers scream at us about the coming US recovery.

Skype: Recession Medicine?
by Tom Conlon, Popular Science, New York, August 4, 2008

A company like Time Warner can offer a meager discount to the telco with absolutely no improvement in quality. They’ve got us drinking the Kool-Aid believing there’s nowhere else to turn.

The Fastest Internet Ever
by Holly Otterbein, Popular Science, July 28, 2008

Sometimes, what futurist Ray Kurzweil calls the “ever-increasing rate of technology” is scary. (Who, exactly, wants to live forever? Or grant robots the same rights as humans?) But when singularity-the theory that technology will improve exponentially until it reaches a state of unprecedented progress-quickens the Internet’s pace by a hundredfold, I will gladly drink Kurzweil’s Kool-Aid. Scientists from the University of Sydney have inadvertently demonstrated this theory by making the Web 60 times faster than current top-notch speeds, and promising to raise that to 100 times in the near future.

Don’t Drink the Nuclear Kool-Aid
by Amy Goodman, AlterNet, San Francisco, CA, July 17, 2008

We can’t let the nuclear power industry use global warming as an opportunity to sell its insanely expensive and dangerous power plants.

Ask the Experts: Paul Dietrich
Washington Post, July 6, 2008

Since 1945, the average bear market has lasted about two years and knocked the S&P 500-stock index down 36 percent. Now is not the time to drink the “buy and hold” investment strategy Kool-Aid

Nice Day, +30.50 Points In The Virtual Trading Room!
by Larry Levin, Secrets of Traders, June 17, 2008

The trend is DOWN as I have been saying for MONTHS. If you are not short, you should at least be (mostly) in cash. We don’t drink the government Kool-Aid here at Secrets of Traders folks. We certainly do not drink Wall Street’s Kool-Aid either. They can’t BS us. If we drink any Kool-Aid, it’s going to be served with vodka and a nice cigar – not heaping amounts of nonsense and drivel.

Harnessing The Growing Wealth Of Women
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen, Jewish Week, June 11, 2008

Though disinterested in mainstream Jewish philanthropy, several years ago [Alisa Levin] was asked to give a talk to the Women’s Executive Circle, a group within UJA-Federation of New York for female chief execs and managing directors, who give annual gifts of at least $6,000 in their own names.

“I did it because I thought it was good for business. I didn’t think I belonged in a pink ghetto,” said Levin, now a partner in a legal executive search firm. “But I came in and saw what was going on and I ‘drank the Kool Aid.'”

The WhyPhone
by Steve Smith, E-Content Magazine, Wilton, CT, June 2008

I am not the gadget geek my friends and family believe me to be. No, really. As a tech reviewer for a dozen years I remain perpetually cynical toward the hot new media platform toys. Portable digital book readers? I sniffed at them in 1998 and refuse to drink Amazon’s Kindle Kool-Aid this time.

Marketers: Fire Your Pr Agency!
by Uriah Av-Ron, Adotas, June 2, 2008

[H]ere are my reasons why a client should hire a PR agency instead of firing them (or at least the things I try and make sure I provide all of my clients):

1. Objectivity without drinking the corporate KoolAid

Six reasons ‘Lazy Portfolios’ beat market timing
by Paul Farrell, MarketWatch, May 12, 2008

[US Treasury Secretary Henry] Paulson’s credibility’s so bad, the truth is more likely the exact opposite of anything our lame-duck Treasury secretary says. He was one of the architects of the credit meltdown. He was brewing a generic Kool-Aid brew for many years at Goldman. And he’s still doing it for partisan purposes in Washington.

Responding to Concerns That You’re ‘Overqualified’
by Bradley G. Richardson, The Wall Street Journal, April 16, 2008

What’s the real reason you’re not hired because you’re “overqualified?” Your qualifications have nothing to do with it. It’s a way to package the other concerns an employer has about you. Here is what they really mean: … You are set in your ways, will come with baggage and bad habits, and won’t do things our way. We’d rather hire someone whom we can shape and mold and who will drink our Kool-Aid.

Say hello to new Nintendo
From Nex-Gen, April 13, 2008

Since Nintendo made its move from Redmond to the Bay Area, the company’s seen a lot of changes. Today, at a press conf in San Francisco, we got to say hello. Fronting the new team is Cammie Dunaway. She’s been at the Nintendo Koolaid, which is something we’ve all been glugging in recent times.

Now May Be the Time for a Bear Fund
by Robert Frick, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), April 13, 2008

David Tice, the manager of the Prudent Bear fund, says he’d like to be a bull, he really would. But in his view, the U.S. economy is paying for an 18-year-long credit bender, and the inevitable financial hangover will paralyze markets, chop stock prices in half and last as long as the Great Depression. As far as Tice is concerned, however, those Pollyannas have “drunk the Kool-Aid” of blind optimism. But with recession looming, credit markets imploding and stocks sinking fast, now is a good time to ask: Who’s drinking the Kool-Aid, the bulls or Tice?

5 reasons to not buy all the Windows Vista hype
by Triston McIntyre, Vista Blorge, April 9, 2008

Two words – Steve Jobs: There’s no doubt that Steve Jobs is a master marketer. And he also knows good design. But he’s also vindictive, sends his lawyers after people who report leaked information about Apple products, and has hypnotized Apple users into drinking the true-believer Kool Aid.

Dimdim’s No Duh, Recession-Proof Proposition
by Bernard Lunn, readwriteweb, April 4, 2008

Uh-oh, it’s budget time and pennies are tight. Lets see what can we cut? The Expresso machine or the Starbucks expense account? Howls of protest and a sure-fire productivity killer. What about our Webex/GoToMeeting bills? No way, we need that for sales. What if we switch to Dimdim, a freemium, open source-based alternative? … What resonated with me was that they had thought through their proposition for different types of users in a way that made sense for those users and for Dimdim as a business. They have clearly not been drinking the “build a service and don’t worry about monetization” Kool Aid.

Research in Motion (RIMM) Appears Excellent on First Glance
by Trader Mark, Seeking Alpha, April 2, 2008

I don’t own a ton of RIMM [Research in Motion], but Apple (AAPL) should get some nice pin action off this report – most important is that good news is being rewarded in the market and the all important forward guidance (while I believe company specific) should assuage some fears in the near term. Good news has not necessarily been rewarded for the past few months… I continue to take swigs from the Kool Aid while the gettings good!

Signaling the All Clear Horn?
by Chuck Butler, the daily reckoning, April 2, 2008

“Seems the markets are getting all pumped up on the Kool-Aid Big Ben [Bernanke] is serving up. But these are just words folks. We’ll see who’s right and who’s wrong on this. His track record isn’t so good!”

Quit Whining About the Pitch Process
by Phil Johnson, Advertising Age, April 1, 2008

Every business requires some significant risk, whether it’s cash or years of product development. For the agency business that risk comes in the form of the pitch. If you do it right, lots of good things come out of the pitch. In Darwinian fashion, pitches weed out the weak and feeble. They force strong agencies to sharpen their message and thinking. We get to find out how good we are and whether other people will drink our Kool-Aid.

The latest market research tool – just stare at my watch
by Tom Barlow, Wallet Pop, March 24, 2008

Euro RSCG, a company hired by Volvo to determine the market identification of its brand, used an unusual device to penetrate the shield of groupthink: hypnosis… This was not the first application of this technique in the field, though. It has been in use for a long time, but few clients apparently are willing to pay to drink this Kool-Aid.

Scandals highlight juvenile behavior
by Peter Bart, Variety, March 21, 2008

Lately we’ve been exposed to several high-profile examples of adolescent risk-taking which, applied to adults, flies under the name of sheer stupidity. Or arrogance. It was a grown-up who capsized Bear Stearns by drinking the subprime Kool-Aid. Again, it’s a bunch of grown-ups – CEOs no less – who are paying themselves $200 million to $300 million a year (think Countrywide’s Angelo Mozilo) while tanking their companies.

As Alt A Mortgages Breakdown, Ultrashort Financial Not So Cool Anymore
by Trader Mark, Seeking Alpha, March 20, 2008

BUT what do you do when the government will eventually be buying all this paper? (since it is such a bargain and it is only trading low due to inefficient markets not that its purely junk Kool Aid argument). You my taxpayer friends will be paying for the losses, but the markets will scream higher when this day does come as their hands will be washed of this nuclear waste… tough from an investing point to bet either way. But after reading this story, I am going to need to drink a gallon of Kool Aid to keep the faith. Hell, I might need to take a bath in it…

Wake Up! Consumers Don’t Like to Watch Ads
by Sean Carton, The ClickZ Network, March 17, 2008

The recent shutdown of ads-as-content site Firebrand says a lot about what happens when marketers drink their own proverbial Kool-Aid.

Don’t know what Firebrand was? … [I]t was a TV show and a site that showed commercials.

Ex-Drug Sales Rep Tells All
by Marcus Baram, ABC News, March 13, 2008

To sell their drugs, pharmaceutical companies hire former cheerleaders and ex-models to wine and dine doctors, exaggerate the drug’s benefits and underplay their side-effects, a former sales rep told a Congressional committee this morning. Shahram Ahari spent two years selling Prozac and Zypraxa for Eli Lily. Drug reps develop a positive view of their drug and a negative view of the competitors, according to Ahari. “You drink the Kool-Aid. We were taught to minimize the side effects and how to use conversational ploys to minimize it or to change the topic.”

Top 10 Linux Desktop Hurdles
by Matt Hartley, WebEx, March 10, 2008

Hurdle 2: Mobile device support is a joke. This one is undeniable, unless someone has been drinking from the Kool-Aid again. Pick up any casual mobile phone, PDA, Blackberry, or PocketPC. Now find a simple means of getting it to sync with your Linux distribution that does not require a ton of tweaking.

Can Dell Help Staples Overcome Flat Sales by Working Against the Channel?
Channel Insider, March 4, 2008

We all know how Dell has been trying to court the channel.bDell sees the channel as a way to move the company’s products out to more and more businesses, especially the SMB (small and midsize business) market. And some VARs have been drinking the Dell Kool-Aid and are moving Dell’s PCs and accessories at a decent clip, oblivious to the fact that Dell plots against them

Hiring dishonest cyborgs in today’s workforce
by Nick McLain, Martinsville(IN) Reporter-Times, February 20, 2008

I’ve taken personality tests before. I took one at a big-name retail outlet during college. It asked questions like, “Do you always show up to work in a good mood?” Anyone who answers “strongly agree” to that question is kidding themselves. If they aren’t, I want to have some of their Kool-Aid. There are many days we don’t show to work in a good mood, but we drag ourselves in anyway.

Employee Owners: What Flavor is Your Kool-Aid?
by Simona Covel, Wall Street Journal, February 12, 2008

Employees at ESOP companies tend to be an enthusiastic bunch. Actually, that’s somewhat of an understatement… I often found myself thinking, “What kind of Kool-Aid are these people drinking, and where can I find some?” Most people I interviewed were charged up about their jobs and companies and thrilled to own a piece of the business. What do you think? Will employees automatically be more engaged in their company if they own shares? Have you worked at a company where you where the Kool-Aid wasn’t to your liking?

Microsoft Kool-Aid and the cloud
by Phil Wainewright, ZD Net, February 8, 2008

Responding to my recent assertion that Microsoft’s software-plus-services mantra is bunkum, Gianpaolo Carraro – the company’s chief thinker about SaaS architecture – wonders if he’s drunk too much Kool-Aid. All that Kool-Aid that Gianpaolo is drinking gives him the illusion that the cloud is something that exists out there, beyond the existing desktop and enterprise infrastructure. In today’s connected world, the cloud is everywhere, and it allows software providers to retain responsibility for running and maintaining software wherever it needs to be in the connected cloud to deliver applications and services to users.

Drink the Kool-Aid: DOT holds PPP summit
Land Line Magazine, February 8, 2008

The U.S. Department of Transportation held its fourth annual summit this week aimed at bringing local, state and federal officials together with private investors to talk about public-private partnerships. “These tend to be cheerleading sessions,” OOIDA’s Mike Joyce, associate director of government affairs, told Land Line. “It’s a big cheering session for PPPs, tolling and privatization. They try to get state officials to attend and they try to get them to drink the Kool-Aid and tell them their solution to transportation problems is tolling, congestion pricing, and public-private partnerships.”

Buffett sees “poetic justice” in “toxic Kool-Aid”
by Adam Pasick, Reuters, February 7, 2008

Warren Buffett sees more than a bit of irony in the woes of the U.S. financial sector, especially banks who designed and sold complex financial instruments that have since gone sour.

“It’s sort of a little poetic justice, in that the people that brewed this toxic Kool-Aid found themselves drinking a lot of it in the end,” he said.?The Berkshire Hathaway CEO also played down worries about a credit crunch by saying that recent interest rate cuts mean low-cost funds are readily available.

Looking a Gift Dog in the Mouth
by Nick Welsh, Santa Barbara Independent, January 31, 2008

READY, FIRE, AIM: Voodoo economics is hardly new, but it used to be the exclusive domain of starry-eyed Republicans who never recovered from having read Milton Friedman in their youth. But now members from both parties are dishing out the Kool-Aid. I’m referring to the so-called economic stimulus package, in which the president and Congress have decided to jumpstart the economy by raiding $150 billion from the federal treasury and distributing $1,600 in tax rebates to every family of four, assuming, of course, the parental units are legally entwined in holy matrimony.

Death to the glossy display!
by Jason D. O’Grady, ZD Net, January 21, 2008

I’ve been gushing about the MacBook Air to anyone that will listen for the past week, but I have to admit that now that I’m back from Macworld Expo the Kool Aid is starting to wear off. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t canceled my order or anything, but I’m really becoming troubled by Apple’s move exclusively to glossy displays.

Give Me Some of That New-Time Religion
by Debbie Galant, Baristanet, January 15, 2008

Apple CEO Steve Jobs gives his keynote address at MacWorld Expo today (noon, Baristaville time), and for much of the geek world, it’s as eagerly anticipated as a papal Christmas address. Over the past year, the Baristanet staff went 100% Mac, and 50% iPhone, and I have to say, it’s sort of becoming a religion. Or as singer-songwriter John Mayer said, accompanying Steve Jobs keynote last year, when the iPhone was introduced, what Jobs does – making people happy – is “the opposite of terrorism.” Sure, I’ll drink the Kool-Aid.

What a Waste of Research Funding: Looking for Information Already in Plain Sight
by Alberto J. Ferrer, Advertising Age, January 11, 2008

“When targeting multicultural audiences, be relevant,” read the headline of an article on AdAge.com (01/02/08). It was referring to findings from a study commissioned by a general market media company to look into how ethnicity impacts consumer behavior and receptivity to advertising… In the past, I’ve been critical of these general market media companies’ attempts to retain their splintering media dollars by selling to clients an expertise the agencies lack. I’m also critical of the clients who drink that Kool-Aid and put their multicultural marketing dollars at these agencies.

Engadget Swallows The Intel Kool-Aid on UMPC and MID
by Warner Crocker, GottaBeMobile.com, January 10, 2008

Those of us following the UMPC space since its inception have been saying for some time that the current MID promise is what UMPC should have been all along. In fact it was. Engadget should have dug a little deeper before drinking the Kool-Aid on this one. The handwriting has been on the Internet wall for quite some time and in much more depth.

eProspector Announces Record Growth
by techLINKS, January 2, 2008

Net Sales Solutions, Inc., a 9 year old sales and marketing solutions company, announced today that it’s flagship solution eProspector has helped the company increase revenues threefold this year and secure its 600th customer license… Tom Griffin, Chairman of Net Sales Solutions, Inc. commented, “We’re very excited about our continued revenue and customer growth.  We closed the year with the largest order in our history, representing 100 customer licensed locations that will implement over the next six months. But perhaps most gratifying for us is that our own solution generates all our leads and sales. This is truly a testament to its own success and proof of results. As they say, we are drinking our own Kool-aid.”

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Sports


Houston Texans Examiner: The Return of Ocho Stinko
by Alan Burge, Houston Texans Examiner, September 21, 2008

For those of you holding out hope that the Texans somehow had a chance to pull this one out late, I would advise putting down the Battle Red Koolaid. That 12-point deficit could have just as well been 22 with as poor as our quarterback played on Sunday.

Cubs’ playoff chatter no matter … yet
by Mike Downey, The Chicago Tribune, September 18, 2008

The first playoff series will begin at Wrigley Field (unlike last year’s) and that since Carlos Zambrano’s no-hitter, a whole lot of disciples of the Cubs cult are drinking the “this is the year” Kool-Aid again.

UCLA’s Savage has huge potential
by Kevin Pearson, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, CA, September 17, 2008

“[Darius Savage] fits the bill, no question,” UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said. “If he’ll really work at this and drink the Kool-Aid, (and believe) that this is what he wants to do, there is no question he can play beyond (UCLA), because he has the God-given gifts to go and play at that next level.”

Bills Keep Head And Heart In Game, Pull Out Late 20-16 Win Over Jags
by Jim Cwierley, Niagara Falls Reporter, September 16, 2008

After the Bills dismantled the limping Seahawks, people around here were drinking some mighty strange Kool-Aid. What I heard around town this week was “playoffs this” or “division title that,” especially after Pats quarterback Tom Brady went out for the season. It was Kool-Aid laced with a healthy dose of optimism, and perhaps something a bit stronger.

Can the `Canes win the ACC?
by Shandel Richardson, Ft. Lauderdale, Sun-Sentinel, September 8, 2008

I haven’t had a glass of Kool-Aid in years. I’ve grown to prefer Crystal Light, the raspberry lemonade flavor.

But today I’m going to take a sip of some sugar-filled, ice-cold Kool-Aid because I’m drinking what the Hurricanes are selling. Because I’m going old school, I may even have an Oatmeal Pie and chili cheese Frito’s, too.

Extra points: Who spiked the Lions’ Kool-Aid?
by Brian VanOchten, Grand Rapids (MI) Press, September 7, 2008

It seems the preseason Kool-Aid might’ve been spiked. There’s an awful taste in the mouths of Lions fans after sitting through that humiliating loss to the Falcons – of all teams – in the opener.

Like It Is : Hogs need to bear down, or long season awaits
by Wally Hall, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, September 7, 2008

All indications were there for months that this could be a very difficult season [for the University of Arkansas] – only seven senior starters – but Bobby Petrino’s success at Louisville gave pause, and people waited to see if they wanted to at least taste the Kool-Aid.

Don’t be fooled by Lions’ 4-0 preseason mark
by Rick Jakacki, Port Huron (MI) Times Herald, September 7, 2008

If you’re a Lions fan, you’re either drinking the team’s Kool-Aid and believe the unbeaten preseason is a sign of things to come, or you’re both skeptical and realistic about the perennial bottom-feeder.

Who drank the Clemson Kool-Aid?
by Ken Burger, The Charleston (SC) Post & Courier, September 6, 2008

Looks like we all took a swig of that Clemson Kool-Aid last week, falling for all the hype that surrounded the Tigers coming into the season.

Picked to win the ACC and poised to present itself as one of the premier teams in the country, Tommy Bowden’s Clemson club fell flat on its collective face against Alabama in the season opener, 34-10.

Redeem Team looks unbeatable – they’re not
by Mike Celizic, MSNBC, August 14, 2008

If this team really wants to be the Redeem Team, the last thing it can afford is to start thinking it’s as good as the sportswriters are saying they are. The United States lost its spot atop the hoops world because it believed itself to be unbeatable. The only way it will get back to the top is to keep drinking Krzyzewski’s Kool-Aid and keep thinking every team they play is the one that can knock them on their well-compensated butts.

Notre Dame’s 2008 Schedule Is an Improvement in Itself
by Mark Allen, Bleacher Report, Menlo Park, CA, August 13, 2008

Say what you like and drink all the Irish Kool-Aid you can, but the fact of the matter is USC is still a much better team than the Irish will be in 2008. 38 points better? Time will tell, but for now we will call this a draw compared to the USC team the Irish faced a year ago.

Drink the DH Kool-Aid. Drink It, I Say!
by Brad Finn, Bleacher Report, Menlo Park, CA, August 12, 2008

On Apr. 6, 1973, Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees became the first designated hitter in Major League Baseball history… It’s been 35 years. It’s time to get over it. All you National League fans and so-called baseball “purists”, please take your seat at the table and drink the Kool-Aid. It’s surprisingly refreshing.

I’m Drinking the Kool-Aid
by Steve Kim, MaxBoxing.com, August 11, 2008

Many of the message board denizens – and more than a few of my esteemed colleagues -have come out recently, vociferously speaking out against the proposed matchup between Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao that would take place on December 6th. But guess what? I actually like this fight. Yeah, I said it.. Yeaaaahhh, I’m drinking the Kool-Aid all right – a big 44-ounce, Super Big Gulp serving of it.

Accentuate the Positives
canalstreetchronicles, August 8, 2008

Reggie Bush: Maybe I’ve been drinking the Kool Aid here, but I really think this is going to be the year. Try some, it’s delicious!

Nugs will win 48
by Aaron J. Lopez, Rocky Mountain News, August 7, 2008

After scanning the 2008-09 schedule, I’ve come up with 48 wins for a Nuggets team that won 50 last season but lost starting center Marcus Camby in a cost-cutting move this summer. Most of you are probably thinking I’ve had a few too many shots of the blue-and-gold Kool-Aid, but the Nuggets remain loaded with talent.

My prediction: SEMO will be improved – 5-7
by Tony Carrig, Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau, August 6, 2008

Maybe some Redhawks Kool-Aid was slipped into my water Monday during the football media day but I predict 2008 will be better for Southeast football than 2007.

Giants’ magic is a mirage for Eagles
by Dan Dunkin, PhillyBurbs.com, August 3, 2008

Being close to Super Bowl-caliber is a relative term in today’s NFL. It’s a diluted league leading to delusional fan thinking, though I think Eagle Nation has had its fill of green Kool-Aid in the Andy Reid era and is finally sobering up.

The Jason Taylor Trade: After Further Review
by Rich Tandley, Bleacher Report, Menlo Park, CA, July 22, 2008

With things settling back to normal at Redskins Park as the grind of training camp sets in, it’s a good time to take one last look back at the trade that brought Jason Taylor to Washington.The more I think about it, the more I like it. I’m not yet drinking the Kool-Aid, but it’s better than I thought it was at first blush. What I like is that it makes the Redskins better right now.

Catching up
by Mike Wells, Indianapolis Star, July 13, 2008

I’ve gotten emails asking if I’m ready to drink some of the Kool Aid the Pacers are serving up since sending Jermaine O’Neal up to Canada and acquiring seven players in a two-day span. [but] I’m not ready to gulp, let alone sip, any of the Pacers Kool Aid.

Sports Fodder: Drinking the Pack Kool-Aid
by Joe Santoro, The Record-Courier, Gardnerville, NV, June 27, 2008

Yes, we’re drinking the Wolf Pack basketball Kool-Aid. But why not?. his year’s team returns players with 67 starts, 3,034 minutes and 988 points scored from a year ago. Toss in five talented freshmen and players like Malik Cooke, Ray Kraemer, Lyndale Burleson and Richie Phillips who are ready to explode and, well, pass the silver and blue Kool-Aid.

University of Michigan buries scrutiny of athletes’ academics
by The Ann Arbor News, June 15, 2008

In fact, U-M’s top leaders – including Provost Teresa Sullivan and President Mary Sue Coleman – have no interest in talking to people who ask hard questions. Unless you’ve drunk the Everything’s OK Kool-Aid, you’re viewed as an adversary.

A Crosby and Ovechkin rivalry could save the NHL
by Brian Fitzsimmons, Pro Fantasy Sports, Gardner, Kansas, April 18, 2008

Here’s to hoping Philadelphia doesn’t drink too much of the Cinderella Kool-Aid.

Seven In A Row? Are We Drinking the Kool Aid?
by Anthony Amobi, Oriole Magic, April 9, 2008

Well, we all may be drinking the Orange Kool-Aid, or we may be cautiously optimistic; however, the Baltimore Orioles are on a roll.

Extending an olive branch to NBA fans
by Bill Simmons, ESPN, April 4, 2008

[W]hen [Jimmy] Dolan hired Isiah [Thomas] and the Knicks immediately destroyed their cap space in 2004 with the Stephon Marbury trade, every Knicks fan on the planet was chugging the Jimmy Dolan Kool-Aid (maybe the second worst Kool-Aid ever made other than the fabled Jim Jones Kool-Aid) and believing the Knicks were relevant again.

Sunday Morning things
by Adam Morris, Lone Star Ball, March 30, 2008

I may be drinking the Kool-Aid, but I’ve gone from, at the start of the spring, thinking 74-77 wins, to thinking this [Texas Rangers] team should win 79-82 games.  Coming out of spring training with only one significant injury, and with the front three of the rotation looking healthy, gives me some optimism.

Go Davidson!
by Bomani Jones, College Basketball, March 30, 2008

I have no real dog in the fight in the Kansas-Davidson game. I’m OK with Kansas, and I’ve been sipping the Stephen Curry Kool-Aid for the last week and change. The more televised games he plays, the better.

Parcells drinking Ryan’s Kool-Aid?
Most Valuable Network, March 26, 2008

By now, you’ve probably heard about how spectacular Matt Ryan’s Pro Day was (even though it really wasn’t). Can’t say the same for your beloved Miami Dolphins. Like most of the rest of the league, they are sipping that maroon and gold colored Kool-Aid.

Hawks still have job to do, on and off ice
by Barry Rozner, Chicago Daily Herald, March 13, 2008

If you’re not drinking Blackhawks Kool-Aid, spending a game night at the UC is like going out of your way to tell an Iowan you think ethanol’s overrated.

Back on top and with company
by Adam Gold, ACC Hoops, March 4, 2008

Carolina is back where they belong (someone said that to me earlier, so I just decided to go with it), a final (hopefully) look back at a championship and what’s in the Kool-Aid in Foxboro?

Super Bowl game day: what did they say?
Upstream Analysis, Critical Mention, MME Research, February 6, 2008

An analysis of the nation’s television from Thursday, January 31, through Sunday, February 3, found that the top 25 sound bites were shown 588 times. The most frequent included “very tough words to back up,” “as long as I’ve got the ring at the end of the day,” and “swallowed a healthy dose of the Bill Belichick Kool-Aid.”

Can You Say Upset? Don’t Laugh: Giants Can Be Champs
by Mike Vaccaro, New York Post, January 22, 2008

The first reaction, for those who do not bleed Big Blue blood, for those who do not drink blue-tinted Kool-Aid, is a good, loud scoffing. The Giants? You think the Giants have a chance to beat the Patriots? In the Super Bowl? For real?

Dare we talk dynasty?
by Mike Woods, PackersNews.com, Green Bay, WI, January 20, 2008

The Green Bay Packers will be the team of the next decade. As is always the case there is a degree of consternation among those who imbibe in the Green and Gold Kool-Aid, fearing if the Packers fail Sunday in their quest to reach the NFL’s Promised Land when they square off against the Giants in the NFC Championship Game, they may never see this opportunity pass this way again.

Subtraction by Division
by Thomas Boswell, Washington Post, January 4, 2008

After everything the Redskins have surmounted this season, the least we can do is drink some Kool-Aid with ’em. In the spirit of the season, why not spike it too?

The Butler Did It: New Year’s wish list
by Dylan Butler, Times Ledger (Astoria, NY), January 3, 2008

I wish I would drink the Kool-Aid at St. John’s and believe that the men’s basketball team at my alma mater was actually turning a corner. Sadly, they are not. And I’m not a Kool-Aid fan, either.

Time to come clean on five poor predictions
by Jeffri Chadiha?, ESPN.com, January 3, 2008

The San Francisco 49ers will win the NFC West: Yes, I drank the Mike Nolan Kool-Aid. Heck, the way that proclamation reads, you’d think I had that Kool-Aid piped into me through an IV. I’m still baffled that Nolan has struggled so mightily in San Francisco – he’s a bright guy who grew up watching his recently deceased father coach the 49ers – but at this point my befuddlement doesn’t matter. He’s presiding over a team that produced a 5-11 record this season and is clearly regressing.

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 Culture

Taking the fear out of living
by Stephanie Ramones, Daily Free Press, Boston University, September 22, 2008

Two years ago, at an Anthony Robbins event, thousands of people walked on hot coals to demonstrate the power of fear. You might remember Tony Robbins from the movie “Shallow Hal” as the tall guy that hypnotized Hal to see only the inner beauty in people. He really exists, he’s really that tall and even though he doesn’t hypnotize everyone he meets in an elevator, he teaches millions of people how to master their emotions. Before you tell me to wipe the Kool-Aid off my chin, there’s a lot wecan learn from him. Between the economy, elections, weather and exams, we have more than enough to be afraid of. You’ll agree then that turning fear into power is a useful skill.

Why the Playstation 4 Won’t Have Blu-ray
by Don Reisinger, CNET, September 16, 2008

I know Sony zealots will probably scoff at the very thought of Blu-ray not being included in the Playstation 4 because of their belief that so much of Sony’s future is tied to Blu-ray, but I’m not willing to sip the Kool-Aid.

PAX 2008: Top Five Surprises (In a Good Way)
by John Funk, WarCry Network, September 8, 2008

I’m not ready to drink the Kool-Aid just yet, but if there was a game that might lean me towards plunking down the cash for a PS3, LittleBigPlanet is it.

Stars: They Are Just Like Us, Except for the Terrible Footwear
by Nathalie Atkinson, National Post, September 03, 2008

I’ve been waiting for celebrity fashion’s other shoe to drop, and it has. It wasn’t so long ago that the style on display at the Toronto International Film Festival’s parade of premieres was a low-key affair. I fondly remember the year Robin Wright Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer casually wore simple little black dresses. But since the early naughts, celebs have gotten drunk on the fashion industry’s Kool-Aid.

Drinking the Slow Food Kool-Aid
by Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, September 2, 2008

Lots of folks at the Taste Pavilion were quaffing artisan beers and organic wines this weekend at Slow Food Nation, but even more were drinking the Kool-Aid that seems to have fueled America in the last few weeks.

Shikago Slow Down
by Andie Thomalla, Gapers Block, Chicago, IL, August 13, 2008

Shikago, the chic Asian restaurant on the first floor of 190 S. La Salle, opened around this time last year to overwhelmingly positive reviews from serious amateurs and semi-serious professionals alike. I admit, I drank Kool Aid (not literally – I think I drank water and black tea) and was happy to count it among my favorite downtown eats, even if I didn’t get there as often as I would have liked.

Facebook: I Drank the Kool-Aid
by Laura MacCorkle, Crosswalk, Chesterfield, VA, August 11, 2008

You see, after resisting going with the flow for a coon’s age, I finally caved in and joined Facebook last week. Yes, I drank the Kool-Aid… I’m going to take it one day at a time. And go for much smaller sips. Otherwise, I’m going to have a permanent Kool-Aid mustache above my upper lip. And unless you’re 8 years old, just got released from an hour-long Sunday School class and are standing in line with your plastic cup at the giant Igloo dispenser, then no one looks good with that.

Grow local farms
Editorial, Buffalo News, August 10, 2008

New Yorkers, especially Western New Yorkers, can be proud to say that this is a part of the world where we grow the grapes, not where we drink the Kool-Aid of industrial farming propaganda. Over at the University at Buffalobased Regional Institute, policy analyst Peter Lombardi sees a healthy, and wealthy, future for upstate New York agriculture.

New(s) Media?
by Steve Kalb, New Haven Independent, July 28, 2008

Cell phone companies think I’m really going to watch TV on my cell phone? Who spiked their Kool-Aid, and with what?

How can so many accomplish so little?
by Richard Lake, Press & Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton, NY, July 27, 2008

Is the living creature, ourselves, whom we call human, so bent on self-destruction, on proving ourselves right or superior, so determined to leave monuments to idiocy, so unbelievably stupid as to make the anthill and beehive our only models of intelligent survival, destined to prove ourselves capable of species-, community-, worldwide suicide and fratricide?

Why don’t we all simply drink our enhanced Kool-Aid and stop the charade?

Prime suspect
by G.A. Benton, Columbus (OH) Alive, July 24, 2008

Subway is clearly better than most fast-fooders. It wisely uses in-store baked bread and a smart lineup of texture- and flavor-enhancing fresh veggies on its built-to-order sandwiches. But anyone who expects to get a mouthwatering, foot-long munch featuring top-notch prime rib meat for a measly $7 has been sniffing the Kool-Aid powder.

Super bad: Even Will Smith can’t save ill-conceived ‘Hancock’
by James Verniere, Boston Herald, July 1, 2008

The first unmitigated disaster of the 2008 summer-movie season, “Hancock” may not knock Will Smith off the King of Fourth of July throne he’s been keeping warm for several years.

But it’s going to make it tilt a bit… Don’t drink this Kool-Aid.

God Don’t Like Ugly – 2005 Subaru WRX STI: Real Tuners Recognize The Beautiful As Does Stephen NG With This Widebody ’05 Subaru WRX STI
by R.C. Faderoga, Import Tuner, June 27, 2008

When the car rolled out of the production lines, these AWD nerds along with several newbies in the game, immediately drank from the WRX STI Kool-Aid mix and the car was an instant hit.

Web 2.0: Oh, Yeah
Coolest Gadgets, June 25, 2008

I’m as guilty as everyone else. I’ve tasted the artificial fruit flavor of the Web 2.0 Kool-Aid and I loved it. I’ve evangelized every new service and site into oblivion.

‘Indiana Jones’ to open strong, but will it stay hot?
by Russ Britt, Marketwatch, May 21, 2008

Fans also will have to digest the fact that in this fourth installment, Jones discovers he has a love child. And they’ll need to buy the concept when it’s all said and done, their swashbuckling hero will have had a close encounter with aliens.

“Drink the Kool-Aid, jump the shark. This movie does it all,” said Bob Strauss, film critic for the Los Angeles Daily News, of “Indiana Jones’s” believability. “I can’t say I like much of it.”

Darwin’s Kool-Aid
by Matt Barber, Town Hall.com, April 14, 2008

If you happen to be one of those evolutionary fundamentalists who were “randomly selected” to evolve with a built-in blindfold and earplugs, and you’re comfy with your very limited worldview, be afraid of this film [Ben Stein’s Expelled] – be very afraid. However, if you’re willing to have your eyes opened and are interested in looking at all the evidence, then suck it up, wipe away that Darwinian Kool-Aid mustache and hang out with Ben Stein for a night. What do you have to lose?

Cloverfield 2-Disc Special Edition DVD Review
by Prairie Miller, News-Blaze, April 7, 2008

Whether you’re thrilled or turned off by the Manhattan monster freakout fare that is Cloverfield, will depend on how up close and personal your taste is in disaster movies, and your queasy threshold for a hand-held camera jogging along on a bumpy ride after the mayhem and taking it all in. In any case, the gruesome gore and nonstop hysterical mass panic are exceedingly in-your-face, no matter how close or far way you’re sitting. So if that’s your cup of virtual Koolaid, dig in for the intense eighty minutes duration with sweaty palms and clenched teeth.

A Pessimist’s New Earth
by Erin Gates, Huffington Post, New York, NY, March 31, 2008

My not-so-secret vice happens to be all things Oprah. Her show, her magazines- I drink the Oprah Kool-Aid and then I go back for refills.

Falsifying Matter A review of Hocus POTUS, by Malcolm MacPherson
by John G. Rodwan, California Literary Review, March 31, 2008

The plot of Malcolm MacPherson’s Hocus POTUS concerns efforts to make things appear to be something they are not… In the novel, set in May 2003, newly appointed [US Ambassador to Iraq] L. Rufus Taylor “did not know the first thing about reconstruction or nation-building or even management; he did know what he didn’t know, and everybody knew it.” MacPherson calls those working with Taylor and willing to endorse fraudulent WMD “Kool-Aid drinkers.” They accept delusions as they submit to their leader. This might have worked better if he didn’t repeat the Kool-Aid line several times in the novel.

Famous Galactica Fans Plug New Season
by Sonia Zjawinski, Wired Network, March 28, 2008

Celebs, they’re just like us! In a new 20 minute promo for the upcoming season of Battlestar Galactica stars gush about what makes the show so awesome. the stars start throwing back the Kool-Aid a bit too hard as they proclaim the special f/x on the show the best ever. Um, are we watching the same show?

Take Cover: How a Cover System Spoiled Uncharted
by Aaron Linde, Shack News, March 17, 2008

Last week I finally bit the bullet and purchased a PlayStation 3 along with Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. That game is undoubtedly the prettiest belle at the ball and quite a joy in the gameplay department, so much so that I’m actually finding myself drinking Sony’s Kool-Aid, waving a banner for the HD revolution and preaching about set-top boxes and such.

Catholic News Agency introduces “With Good Reason” column
Catholic New Agency, March 12, 2008

Catholic News Agency is pleased to announce that it has added Fr. Thomas Berg, LC, as one of our featured weekly columnists.  Fr. Berg’s column, “With Good Reason”, addresses a variety of issues at the intersection of ethics and culture.  Here is how Fr. Berg describes his column, and why he calls it, “With Good Reason”…. The American democratic experiment cannot long survive awash in a cultural Kool-Aid of poorly reasoned assertions about morality, politics, and culture that lead to poorly reasoned (or unreasoned) behavior.

Music: Drink the Kool-Aid: It’s all you have to do to join the St. Bernadette cult
by Dan Barry, Hartford Advocate, March 13, 2008

Saying that Saint Bernadette took the stage with their community’s support is an understatement: as I looked around the pizzeria, I could see members of Elvis McMan, Dogs of Winter, and even Bret Logan nodding their heads to Bernadette’s tunes. One surmises that Saint Bernadette is establishing an obsessive cult. Count me in.

It’s good to be Bostonian
by Robin Alberts-Marigza, The Tufts Daily, March 6, 2008

So I like to think I get around… Boston, that is. Every weekend I try to do something new in Boston… Usually I share my exploits after the fact. You know you have to taste the Kool-Aid first before you can expect anyone else to get onboard.

Parting from pod mates is such sweet sorrow
by Herb Benham, Bakersfield Californian, February 15, 2008

We’ll probably never seen each other again. She was Jenny, a woman who, until very recently, sat next to me in a cubicle at work. Our cubicle, or pod as they are called (that makes us pod people) had two men and two women. We were a balanced pod and would have come to each other’s defense had an occasion demanded it. Pod people have that look in their eyes that makes you wonder when and where they had their lobotomies. They will drink the Kool-Aid, but only after politely offering it to their neighbors.

George Romero Interview – Diary of the Dead
by Adam Rosenberg, Underground Online, February 12, 2008

“All the zombie films for me have grown out of observations of what’s going on out in the world,” Romero explained to the group of journos huddled around the table in a small conference room. Singling out the so-called blogosphere as a particular source of today’s concern, he continued, “any lunatic out there can throw up a blog and get a million followers. If Hitler was around he wouldn’t have to go into the town square; he’d throw up a blog. [Peoples Temple founder] Jim Jones? All of a sudden there’s a million people drinking Kool-Aid.”

Scientology Recruitment Video Leaked; Population Feels Sudden Urge to Get E-Metered
by Jen McDonnell, dose.ca, January 15, 2008

Psst…Tom Cruise. Your crazy is showing! A Scientology video, reportedly used for recruiting purposes, has been leaked on the Web and it’s proving the creepiest, oddest way to waste nine minutes of your thetan-plagued life.. Cruise attempts to convince potential candidates to drink the Kool-Aid by depicting Scientologists as the saviors of humanity.

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Originally posted on July 25th, 2013.

Last modified on December 29th, 2021.
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