My family emergency endures, although I'm upgrading its status to that of a less ominous-sounding "situation," which, however, still portends little posting but lots of commuting for the next few days.
Yesterday I forgot to pack a few music CDs as a mental cushion against the mind-numbing hours on the highway, as I doubtless will forget again this morning. This recurrent, self-inflicted misfortune is not altogether without profit, though, in that it does permit, even if rather brutally, some first-hand investigation into the anthropological squalor of AM radio. And based on just yesterday's observations, I'd have to say that the recent election which took place in the real world had no effect whatsoever on the situational awareness of the AM-banded underworld.
I was restricted to only snippets of the ritualistic propaganda out there, since these were all small-town, low-power stations I had on the dial. I'd drive into a blizzard of static, and then make out for merely a few minutes what professed to be some semblance of coherent thought, then I'd lose the station in another Doppler-like blizzard. Nevertheless I managed to audibly unearth what appeared to be a few of the natives' more abiding superstitions.
For example in relation to the myth of global warming, two heavenly high priests were discussing the folly of atmospheric CO2 versus the celestially conspicuous intervention of "solar flares." Elsewhere, some vaguely familiar voice--now "clean and sober for 18 years!" he very much enjoyed saying, and saying--was endorsing Mike Huckabee's judgment that America's most recent tragedy was caused in part by grim and of course ungodly secularists who had stripped public schools of prayer. There was, too, a replay of a Limbaugh show, whose staticky presence in the car allowed me only to learn that President Obama is now corrupting through some sort of union something or other the virtuous essence of ... professional football. The longest of all the assorted segments I heard was that of a two-man seminar--the first, an "economist," the second, a realtor--in which the first guy corrected all the liberal lies about higher tax rates and higher government revenue while the second guy would loop somewhat abruptly to home mortgage rates and how Obama's devastating policies mean you should "lock in" these rates now and the first guy would chant Amen and then the second guy would ask for a recap of the first guy's first point and then the whole unintelligible cycle repeated.
Again, these were just opportunistic observations of the primitive right-wing mind in its natural habitat. My preliminary diagnosis, though, is that the real world has yet to introduce itself there--and if the recent election failed to shake the earth under the right's many villages and hamlets and AM temples of guiding priestdom, I really don't know what could.