January 19, 2008

You're welcome, Keith

Perhaps due to some horrible sin committed in a previous life, I'm blessed with a glut of comments sent by particularly virulent right wingers who've developed an unhealthy obsession with sharing their overly simple-minded views and expressing often mindless anger over the fact that anyone disagrees with them when Rush Limbaugh himself told them so.

These strokers feel a deep need to display their truly amazing ability to ignore and distort reality to fit in with their quivering fear of anything new or different and of the changing world around them.

Hell, the future alone scares the hell out of them, being populated in their fevered minds with various boogie-men ranging from people with skin darker than theirs (also covers immigrants), to secular humanists, to "islamo-fascists", to the convenient catch-all "evil-doers" with hundreds of various objects of suspicion and hate strewn in between. They've bought into the Bush fear program, hook, line, and sinker and proudly display their fear of (hatred towards) things they only pretend to understand and their belief that the opinions they spent 3 seconds arriving are chiseled in stone.

I've long believed that these represented only a handful of blowhards out there that truly enjoy trying to spar with me. (Even though I've long ago gotten bored to death with it.) I had to trust that there are a whole gang of progressives and yes, liberals, lurking out there, despite the fact that they they've apparently all had their keyboards confiscated.

Unfortunately, these fine folks of the Democratic/liberal/progressive stripe apparently are extremely timid and can't quite muster the gumption to actually comment, or perhaps they don't feel the need to offer an opinion if they're largely in agreement? Maybe they think I suck too, who knows?

I have no idea why those who might be inclined towards my point of view rarely comment, and I can only speculate. But I always knew they were out there. (Trust me, this is going somewhere.)

At any rate, Keith Olberman, whose top rated and growing "Countdown" program is a powerhouse on MSNBC, has published a couple books in the recent past. One is a compilation of perhaps the most popular feature of his nightly show, entitled, "The Worst Person in the World, and 202 Strong Contenders".

The second and most recent, "Truth and Consequences: Special Comments on the Bush Administration's War on American Values" is a collection of his "special comments", written whenever something particularly inexcusable or appalling is done by a government official (not exactly rare these days). And trust me, Olbermann does not exactly hold back in his venomous and rightous condemnations of the Bush gang.

This book has been firmly lodged in the best-seller category since it's release. But tonight on his show, Olbermann decided to share something he felt to be very interesting. Book sellers apparently have the ability to track which metropolitan areas are selling the most copies of any given title.

Here's the results for Olbermann's decidedly liberal, Democratic leaning book.

Well look at that will ya? Firmly tied for second place in the entire country for selling more copies of Olberman's collection of strident anti-Bush rants is our good old Quad Cities.

Progressives. I know you're out there. I can hear you breathing.
Stand up and be counted.


At 1/19/2008 9:35 AM, Blogger Matt said...

he's a classy, intelligent man.

curious though - how exactly were the figures presented? some sort of sales per-capita figure? our area outdoing locales such as san fran, chicago, or NYC in outright net sales can't be what the numbers presented. was there any elaboration?

at any rate, it's always nice to counter the traditional stereotypes of iowa via something like this on national TV.

At 1/19/2008 12:46 PM, Anonymous sueshedap:puhleeze said...

Sorry Dope..haven't had time to peruse lately....working on a "grass-roots" effort to scrap the NAIS...(See Sept. 2007 edition of Hightower's Lowdown: The lunatic National Animal Identification System
This is the Marx Brothers,
bumbling around Animal Farm!)

There is a "tide" that is sweeping away our freedoms and opportunities this country offered to even the "little guy". We all better get more informed and paying attention and yes, stand up and speak out.

Wish Olbermann was on "free" tv....will just have to check these books out at the local library and of course will probably be put on some list of "potential troublemakers".....

At 1/19/2008 7:38 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Good question. Unfortunately, I didn't catch the exact methodology that was used for this list, and I deleted the show from my computer, so I can't go back and check. (I had a feeling I should have kept it.)

I've tried to find the transcript, but can't find that portion of the show anywhere.

Obviously though, it's not based on total number of books sold or as you say, the list would be all large cities. It's most likely based on the number of books sold per capita.

In other words, the Quad Cities (and the others tied for 2nd) must have sold more copies of Olbermann's book in relationship to their population than any town in the U.S. except Youngstown, OH.

At 1/20/2008 7:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This book likely has sold 563-copies if Youngstown, Davenport and Evansville - are leading the way.

How about LA, NY, Chicago?

At 1/21/2008 8:08 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 7:59

Since you insist on commenting without bothering to read what you're commenting on or any of the previous comments, I guess I'll have to point out that these figures are obviously not based on sheer numbers of copies sold.

They're based on number of copies sold per capita, or per thousand population.

I'm not sure where you'd find the total number of copies sold in the country. But I'd guess a title that's spent a few weeks in the NY Times best seller list might have sold a few more than 563 copies.

After trying to find sales figures for books, I've found that it's nearly impossible, if not impossible to do so. Apparently the publishers are the only ones that have a handle on those numbers and they don't publish them that I'm aware of.

Suffice it to say that you could probably add a few zeros to your figure and it might be more accurate.


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