In our weird new world, where hope and wishful thinking are the same as accomplishment in the confused minds of many – obviously including the Nobel Prize folks – it’s worth recognizing real accomplishment. For example, comedian Al Franken is cashing in on his election to the Senate by renting out the list of donors who contributed to his campaign. According to a listing in the 9-28 issue of Direct Marketing News, the trade journal guys like me read, we can rent the list of Franken’s donors – all 40,029 of them – to send those people whatever mail-order offers... continue reading
Turn on any network last week and you saw famous people making excuses. It didn’t matter if it was Hollywood morons defending a rapist, David Letterman pretending he was a victim for treating his staff like a harem, or Barack Obama denying responsibility for the failed Olympic bid. It looked like some nightmarish recast of an awful Family Circus cartoon with all of the major characters shouting “Not Me” with their hands fully in the cookie jar. And the traditional media celebrated the excuse-filled comic atmosphere. First came the surprise arrest of Hollywood icon and long-time jailbird Roman Polanski. After... continue reading
The president’s a real comedian. I’m not referring to the performance on Letterman as much as I am at the G20 Summit, where, humorously, he spoke of his determination to prevent and prohibit the “reckless risk-taking” that he asserts brought about the banking crisis and crash of the economy. What’s hilarious is his omitting any mention of his own reckless risk-taking, on such an epic scale it makes what went on over on Wall Street seem a penny ante poker game. He, the Reckless-Risk-Taker-In-Chief, lecturing anybody about such sin is sillier than John Edwards giving a speech on family values... continue reading
Gee, wasn’t it Obama who swore to end the influence of lobbyists in government? So we should believe that Al Gore is not a big, fat lobbyist. It is pure coincidence that the start-up electric car company Gore is invested in and backing got a $529-million U.S. government “loan” to further development of its intended super fuel-efficient hybrid cars. The first of those cars, humorously called the Karma, will sell for about $90,000. Later the company hopes – Obama’s favorite strategy – that it will be able to build a more affordable $40,000 version, but there aren’t even any plans... continue reading
Somewhere in our office are old bumper stickers proclaiming: “Proud Member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.” They are relics of another time , when Bill Clinton was president , his wife Hillary had shown her political acumen doing health care amateur hour and the White House needed someone to blame for the president’s , um , domestic problems. Cue conservatives , the most popular villains for liberals and media types this side of Nazis. (Actually , they think we are Nazis , so demonizing us is a two-fer.) With the Lewinsky scandal creating a firestorm for Bill , Hillary went... continue reading
Nar -cis -sism – noun 1. inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity - In mythology , Narcissus was the guy who fell in love with his own reflection. In 2009 , he’s the president of the United States. Instead of adoring his own image , Obama loves to hear himself talk – about himself. In just 41 speeches this year , Obama has talked about himself nearly 1 , 200 times – 1 , 198 to be exact. (That breaks down to 1 , 121 “I”s and just 77 “me”s.) And that just includes 34 weekly addresses and... continue reading
I’m in the advertising business, so it’s not all that easy to show me a sales pitch I’m shamed by. But I found one over the weekend, while I was wandering around in a middle-class shopping mall in Jacksonville , Florida . In front of a store, a huge sign stopped my wife and me in our tracks. I said: “It has come to this.” The sign made this offer: “Get Everything. Pay Nothing.” Seeing that sign depressed me. Seeing lots of other people see it and fail to recoil in horror or at least burst out laughing depressed me... continue reading
Bruce Springsteen once wrote: “From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come).” I doubt he expected that story of love gone wrong would become ideal political commentary for the group known as ACORN. The small scandal showing an embarrassing video of Baltimore ACORN staffers giving tax advice on how to set up a brothel for underage girls is now national news. This story has everything you could ever want – corruption , sleazy actions at tax-funded organizations , firings , government ties , sex , hookers. It is a network news director’s dream. Imagine the ratings! Only almost no one... continue reading
Here’s a number you’re not likely to hear from the nightly news: According to the CNW Marketing Research Automotive Consumer Spending & Attitudes Survey of 9/09, one in six people who traded in their car during the cash-for-clunkers program already regret their decision, mostly because of the new or higher monthly car payments and insurance costs they’re burdened with. Under normal circumstances, only about 6 percent of new car buyers express such regret a month or two after their purchase. That means nearly 300 percent more new car buyers pushed to purchase by cash-for-clunkers are remorseful and unhappy with their... continue reading
“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact,” said Sherlock Holmes. This explains, I guess, how so many independent voters, moderate Democrats and even moderate Republicans were deceived by the Obama who campaigned for the presidency. The outrageous, obscenely anti-American radical Van Jones has been driven from the White House, tail tucked between his legs, and, yes, that’s something to celebrate. It suggests there is limit even to what President Obama can get away with. It should encourage opposition to other such far-left ideologues, czars with criminal or Communist backgrounds, and policy experiments promising the destruction of entire segments... continue reading