I wrote yesterday about Chrysler Super Bowl ad, which I had read about but not seen. Below is an opinion piece from The New Yorker, by one of their excellent editors, which describes the ad and its missing the target. I am happy that I did not see it, because the short time I have on this earth is surely better used than watching bad advertising.
She also describes the Coke ad that run during the Super Bowl, which sounds better than the Chrysler one. This ad had already caused a stir and made headlines. I had read about panic attacks in the Right Wing media that this commercial caused. When they started turning on Coke, the essence of America, then the apocalypse must be near. I never doubted that these people are stupid fools/idiots/jerks/hypocrits...take your pick.
Of course, some find humor in everything...
Whenever I thought about the guy, I assumed that Mayor Bloomberg might be intelligent. I have discovered that he is not, after reading this quote:
“You have your job because there are young men and women who have been giving their lives overseas for the last two-hundred plus years so that we would have freedom of the press and we go after the terrorists.”
He was attempting, and failing, to defend New York police activities, which targeted anything and anyone connected to Islam. He is, quite simply, a politician pandering to the masses.
I have served in the military overseas—supposedly to make the world safe for democracy and or Coca-Cola—and I have studied history (after the fact). I believe that this guy has never served in the military, at home or abroad. I do not feel that my service gives anyone the right to “go after terrorist” by shadowing mostly innocent citizens. This guy is one more, in a cast of thousands, which is trying to seed fear in an already gun-shy population.
One would hope for better leaders and better government, but that is one illusion for which I do not fall…
The following is a quote from an Amy Davidson piece in the New Yorker:
White said that the relationship began at a National Restaurant Association event, the venue for the harassment claims made against Cain, but noted that she had never worked for him, and had never been or felt herself harassed. But what happened to the women who had come forward affected her:
It bothered me that they were being demonized, sort of. That they were being treated as if they were automatically lying, and the burden of proof was on them. So I felt very bad for them.
Does anyone feel bad for Cain?
There are creepy politicians, and then there is this one. This guy is in a class (not to be confused with "classy") of his own.
Once again, disturbing news for law-abiding citizens that are still foolish enough to believe in government integrity...
I recall during my days of business travel having had a concern that most Americans did not even know was a mattered about which citizens must be concerned. At the time, it was illegal to do business with Libya or any Libya business. How did that concern me? I would have been breaking the law if I stayed in a hotel owned all or in part by Libyans. Of course, I had no idea about the ownership of hotels in which I stayed and never sought the information. I considered that living on the edge (to show you how edgy my life was).
After reading the following article in the New Yorker, I learned that it was okay for the government to, once again, ignore its own laws. Those apply only to stupid, innocent citizens.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.