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They see the tomato…

June 18, 2008

In a fairly engaging 2004 version of The Manchurian Candidate, war hero (Or is he? Only Manchurian Global knows for sure…bwwwaaahhhhaaha) Raymond Shaw, now turned politician by his unscrupulously manipulative Senator mother, is brainwashed, and his implanted memory control is activated by the sight of a tomato. As soon as a tomato is set before him, Shaw recites the script of his courageous rescue of the lost platoon that got him the Medal of Honor and launched his political career. Each time he recites the account verbatim, and once activated, he does whatever Evil Mumsy says.

As an interesting point of trivia, Meryl Streep studied Hillary Clinton’s speech and mannerisms for her role as Senator Eleanor Shaw.

The movie prompted the addition of a new word to my lexicon of cultural algorithms: Tomato-head; or, in active context, “He sees the tomato.” It’s amazing how many tomato sightings we’ve had this year. 

Warming to global warming?

Warming to global warming?


  Do I have to use my mother of five voice?









Ready to lead!









 We’re winning (you fill in the blank)










Truth is so inconvenient…








 Liev Schreiber in The Manchurian Candidate                     






Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels wants a gun-free city…











and Coolidge wouldn’t look twice at a tomato.

  1. June 18, 2008 4:08 pm

    I think the official word is that we are supposed to be afraid of tomatoes now.

  2. June 18, 2008 4:11 pm

    Yes, they are on the terror watch list. AlGore says global warming causes salmonella, so it is a true red alert.

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