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Saturday, June 27, 2009

mmmmm good

you know i never actually MADE my own. i am fortunate enough though that i live very close to all sorts of asian markets. big and small. there is a rather small one down the street from me a bit. they have home made tofu. you bring your own container. it really is MILES BETTER than the pre-boxed shite (which i do like to tell the truth)

anyway, mark at boing boing

pointed us to this article Do it yourself fresh tofu
Two ingredients and a steamer, and you're on your way to amazing tofu at home.
By Betty Hallock
In the slightly cramped kitchen of Sona restaurant in West Hollywood, chef de cuisine Kuniko Yagi is standing over six bowls of tofu that she has made using three different methods in the interest of soybean curd experimentation.

It's not that she hasn't already discovered a recipe for making her own tofu perfectly -- silky-smooth, creamy and luscious, with the fresh -- really fresh -- flavor of soybeans. But she's making a point. "It seems so simple, but it means you have to get everything just right," she says.

pic from the la times article

these kids ain't half bad (and....

they made me smile)

boing boing

this is SOOOOOOOOOOO effing brilliant!


put down the crack pipe and back away slowly


more ties between white supremacists

and (alleged) domestic terrorists.

they've not been found guilty (yet) but we'll see............

as i've said before and will continue to say, i am WAYYYYYYYYYY more afraid of these types than i am of al qaeda. wayyyyyyyyyyyy

Back to Google News
2 in Ariz. bombing case had ties to supremacists


PHOENIX (AP) — One of two Illinois brothers charged in a 2004 bombing that injured a black city official in a Phoenix suburb had extensive ties with white supremacist groups and once was deported from Canada because of his activities.

Groups that track hate groups describe Dennis Mahon, 58, as a prominent player in white supremacist groups for 15 to 20 years. Less is known about his twin brother, Daniel Mahon, but he also belonged to such groups, federal officials said Friday.

The brothers are charged with conspiracy to damage buildings and property by means of explosive. They were arrested Thursday at their home in Davis Junction, Ill., where authorities say they found assault weapons, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and white supremacist material.

The brothers pleaded not guilty and were in the custody of federal authorities in Illinois. They are scheduled for an extradition hearing Wednesday.

Authorities didn't know if the brothers had attorneys.........

i don't give a shite, i'm NOT going to be politically correct

at all. i don't care. it's an ugly (i don't mean physically) country full of ugly (not physically) MEN. with ugly rules and ugly laws.

they treat women worse than possessions (they have to have permission from one of their menfolk before they can even have surgery and that's just the TIP of the iceberg). they keep 'slaves'. yes, i believe they do. indentured servants who are slaves. foreigners who are lured there by talk of a better life. once they get there, they're doomed to a life of slavery. and camel jockeys (even though they supposedly OUTLAWED the practice, i think it continues) are yet another whole story.

they are a worse than suppressive/repressive society. they also (and there is NO doubt in my mind about this) fund and/or protect terrorists.

they have oil, that's why they are our buds. well they're NOT MY BUDS. eff 'em

Saudis coerced bombing suspects to blame Iran, shield al Qaeda

By Gareth Porter / IPS

When a truck bomb exploded outside a housing unit in Saudi Arabia in 1996, killing 19 US service members, the Saudis quickly concluded that the plot had been carried out by Hezbollah with the backing of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. FBI Director Louis Freeh was prepared to accept the confessions obtained by the Saudis as proof, but the Department of Justice suspected they had been obtained through torture.

Gareth Porter reports that by 2003, it had become apparent that the Saudis routinely tortured terror suspects and coached them into making confessions that would not implicate al Qaeda. By that time, however, Freeh had embarked on a new career as the chief defender of the Saudis’ response to the Khobar plot.

This is the final installment of a five-part series, “Khobar Towers Investigated: How a Saudi Deception Protected Osama bin Laden”. The work on this series was supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism.................


for ONCE the RIGHT decision. now if only they would have ruled correctly in the connecticut douchebag case (although that wasn't the supreme court, it was the u.s. district court of appeals i believe). same thing though. a student's rights were grossly violated. different decision though. avery doninger LOST (how that could have happened, i don't know. we could ask sotomayor though. SHE was one of 'em who made that travesty of a judgement

Student Strip Search Illegal
School Violated Teen Girl's Rights, Supreme Court Rules

Washington Post Staff Writer

Arizona school officials violated the constitutional rights of a 13-year-old girl when they strip-searched her on the suspicion she might be hiding ibuprofen in her underwear, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The decision put school districts on notice that such searches are "categorically distinct" from other efforts to combat illegal drugs.

In a case that had drawn attention from educators, parents and civil libertarians across the country, the court ruled 8 to 1 that such an intrusive search without the threat of a clear danger to other students violated the Constitution's protections against unreasonable search or seizure.

Justice David H. Souter, writing perhaps his final opinion for the court, said that in the search of Savana Redding, now a 19-year-old college student, school officials overreacted to vague accusations that Redding was violating school policy by possessing the ibuprofen, equivalent to two tablets of Advil.........

Thursday, June 25, 2009



what a pussy!

i'm sorry - i just couldn't help that

via neatorama

i'm liking this

fresh stuff from judith supine in richmond virginia

(Photos by Dr. Bastard)

this dude was recently arrested in connecticut

and i wrote about it here

now the feds have 'em and i couldn't be happier. one more raving whack job off of the street (at least for the time being. they always get let go for some reason or another)

FBI Arrests White Supremacist Blogger Hal Turner For Threatening To Kill Federal Judges

Today, FBI agents went to the New Jersey home of white supremacist blogger/radio host Hal Turner and arrested him “on a federal complaint filed in Chicago alleging that he made internet postings threatening to assault and murder three federal appeals court judges in Chicago in retaliation for their recent ruling upholding handgun bans in Chicago and a suburb,” according to a statement released by the Justice Department. A summary of Turner’s dangerous tirade against the judges:

Internet postings on June 2 and 3 proclaimed “outrage” over the June 2, 2009, handgun decision by Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook and Judges Richard Posner and William Bauer, of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, further stating, among other things: “Let me be the first to say this plainly: These Judges deserve to be killed.” The postings included photographs, phone numbers, work address and room numbers of these judges, along with a photo of the building in which they work and a map of its location........

this is sick-making

it's disgusting and ugly and yet it's also the way things are. apparently the (alleged) perp (who is also his own defense) ignored some rules the court put down. well the judge didn't do any damn thing about it. read the story at the link below. you are NOT going to believe the line of 'questioning' skanda uses

i can't say the woman was raped by skanda prior to this trial (because he hasn't been proven guilty YET) but i sure can say it appears he's raping her again in these court proceedings

Accused Wallingford rapist questions victim

Prosecutor in Seattle rape: 'I can't help but believe he is getting off on terrorizing this woman again'


She remembered his eyes and her fear.

First came his hands and the knife. Then his voice, threatening to end her life and those of her young children. The rape came later.

But, from the witness stand, she said it was Sankarandi Skanda's eyes caught in a bedroom mirror of her Wallingford home that frightened her most.

"As I look into his eyes, I see that he's just full of malicious intent," she told a King County jury. "It was scary, and I was more scared than I'd been since he had grabbed me."

Skanda's eyes followed her Monday, as he tried to watch her face as she took questions from Senior Deputy Prosecutor Julie Kays. Accused of raping the 35-year-old woman after breaking into her home in October, Skanda is representing himself against charges of first-degree rape, burglary and robbery..........

a little tooting of my own horn nere - i was NOT agog

i don't know very much at all about him. i know a couple of things and i didn't like those things at all. then when i heard he was missing and no one knew where he was i rather smacked my forehead and said ''hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm". then they all knew he was on the 'appalachian trail' "hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm". I EFFING KNEW HE WAS OUT SOMEWHERE BOINKIN' SOMEONE (other than the missus that is). i've been on the appalachian trail and i knew damn well governor sanford was NOT on it (yeah, felt it in my bones).

by the way, it's NOT a republican thing. it's not a democratic thing. (although the republicans make a giant stink about the sanctity of marriage and how evil and sinful it is to cheat on your spouse (and most of 'em are doing it any damn way. lyin' weasels and no offense to weasels). it's a person (men usually, unfortunately) of power thing. no one gives a flying fuck if a person of 'lesser consequence' gets caught cheating. it's no big deal. BUT A PERSON OF POWER. wow! we all go apeshite. well, i for one have this theory. what you ask is it? i'll tell you. MOST (not all) MOST men in power have someone on the side

agog indeed. if after hearing the lame-ass excuses about the lame ass gov you didn't get an inkling of what he actually was doing, you are NOT on my christmas card list

SC agog over Gov. Sanford's confession of affair
The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford has always painted himself as a family man, a red state conservative whose annual Christmas cards featured pictures of his wife and their four sons.

So when he tearfully confessed a yearlong affair with a woman he visited on a secret trip to Argentina, reaction ranged from embarrassment over his behavior to pity for his family. But there was a common theme: surprise that the man named as a possible 2012 GOP presidential contender had been cheating on his wife.

"I was shocked, shocked," said Tom Daly, 42, a magazine editor in Charleston. "First of all, he's a Republican golden boy and he's a strict, staunch conservative. I'm so shocked. It was something I did not expect."............

not to worry though, faux 'news' is setting us straight (ONCE AGAIN)!!!!

Fox flubs again, declares Sanford a 'Democrat'
Source: MediaMatters.org

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Let's try again

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/24/world/middleeast/24saudi.html?emc=eta1"> Documents Back Saudi Link

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i'm sending from my phone sovi don't know if this will work or not. This is a MUST read
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no, he got total probation

and of course ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASSES. fuck that. the woman was brutally beaten by this thug. why? BECAUSE SHE WAS A BARTENDER AND SHE CUT HIM OFF. the evidence is as clear as a bell. see my original posting for the video (yes, it's ON VIDEO)


i wonder what it would have taken for abbate to do any time? murder? then what would he have gotten? 30 days?

and to judge fleming: in this case you shouldn't care about what or if OTHER PEOPLE drink or over drink. it's abbate that committed THIS particular crime. it's ABBATE THAT MUST PAY FOR THIS PARTICULAR CRIME. (NOT some other drunk sitting at home and not beating anyone up)

Cop taped beating Chicago bartender gets probation

CHICAGO (AP) -- An off-duty Chicago police officer convicted of pummeling a female bartender half his size was sentenced Tuesday to two years probation and anger management classes for the videotaped attack that appeared worldwide on the Internet and cable news channels.

Cook County Circuit Judge John Fleming also gave Anthony Abbate, 40, a home curfew of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and ordered him to perform 130 hours of community service.

"No one in recent memory ... has done more to tarnish the reputation of the Chicago Police Department than Anthony Abbate," Cook County Assistant State's Attorney LuAnn Snow said Tuesday.

Prosecutors had asked for prison for Abbate - he could have been sentenced to up to five years behind bars - but the judge said he didn't see aggravating factors to justify a prison term. The judge said Abbate had a clean record before the incident, did not seriously injure the bartender, and underwent alcohol rehab "and has not had a relapse."

"If I believed sentencing Anthony Abbate to prison would stop people from getting drunk and hitting people, I'd give him the maximum sentence," Fleming said...........

well of course IF they were black

or part black, well then it's not only ok, it's necessary! sure now there's proof nixon said it out loud, how many others are thinking it though and not saying it out loud? answer=probably way more than you or i think

yeah yeah yeah, save all the WHITE babies....to hell with the rest of 'em (that's me being facetious by the way. i don't want anyone coming across that and thinking i'm serious)

On Nixon Tapes, Ambivalence Over Abortion
WASHINGTON — On Jan. 23, 1973, when the Supreme Court struck down laws criminalizing abortion in Roe v. Wade, President Richard M. Nixon made no public statement. But privately, newly released tapes reveal, he expressed ambivalence.

Nixon worried that greater access to abortions would foster “permissiveness,” and said that “it breaks the family.” But he also saw a need for abortion in some cases — like interracial pregnancies, he said.

“There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white,” he told an aide, before adding, “Or a rape.”............

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

as i said, i KNEW she did't fall asleep

i couldn't (but then again i'm a chronic insomniac getting about 2 to 3 hours a night) and i'm not sure anyone could. MAYBE MAYBE and that's a BIG maybe if it were tiny and on one of the fat parts of your arm. BUT NOT 56 EFFING STARS ON ONE'S EFFING FACE

as the tattoo artist proclaimed from the beginning HE WAS INNOCENT. the woman only complained when pops saw her face

Girl who claimed her face was tattooed while sleeping comes clean
Kimberly Vlaeminck, 18, made headlines when she claimed last week to have woken up from a tattoo session with 56 stars on her face. She said she had asked for just three small ones. Turns out though, Vlaeminck was lying. From the Sydney Morning Herald: I asked for 56 stars and initially adored them. But when my father saw them, he was furious. So I said I fell asleep and that the tattooist had made a mistake," Ms Vlaeminck told Dutch TV..........

oh look look look

unlike what they did to my grinch (jim carey indeed. what a piss poor choice. ok well anyone would have been. the grinch should ONLY be in book form and cartoon form)

i CANNOT wait to see this

first peek down the rabitt hole with tim burton's alice

Credits: Disney

oh the NEW alice in wonderland looks divine!

yeah more on the bacardi ugly grrrlfren thaing

i didn't get the following (although i did get the first explanation emailed to me from bacardi). this one is via

the f word

i took the liberty of posting the WHOLE note. if that offends, i apologize most sincerely

digital) did NOT have to run ANYTHING by SOMEONE at i do wish to say it is VERY hard indeed for me to believe an ad agency (in this case mccannbacardi. i have never in my life heard of such a thing. an ad agency given free reign without having to report back to anyone? hmmmmmmmm again

practices are full of shite! no one in their right mind would run a company (the size of if i am wrong, well then, i apologize to bacardi. i would also like to then tell bacardi their bid-nezbacardi that is) and not insist upon accountability - insist on seeing the designs their ad company came up with.


...........We wish to thank all of you who have written us about a past promotional campaign for Bacardi Breezer.

As a Company and as individuals we are also angered and dismayed that such a campaign was ever created and we have taken immediate action to stop it as it violated our stringent global marketing principles that we firmly support.

By way of explanation, but by no means an excuse, Bacardi never sponsored nor developed this promotion. But we understand it is our brand and our reputation and you are our consumers. We are also embarrassed that we didn’t catch this breach sooner. We have been urgently looking into this matter to make sure this type of activity is never repeated.

What we do know is that a third-party developed and activated this brief campaign in one small market more than a year ago without our clearance. When we discovered this promotion, we instructed our distributor to shut it down as it did not comply with our global marketing standards. We are now urgently looking into the reasons why this program was recently reposted on the internet. In markets where Bacardi does not have a corporate presence, we are represented by third parties; in this case a distributor and its advertising agency, but they must adhere to our stringent marketing principles, which clearly this campaign did not.

When Bacardi found out about this recent reposting, we immediately notified the agency and distributor to shutdown the website.

Bacardi proudly celebrates diversity and we do not endorse the views of this site or the campaign, as it is offensive and completely inappropriate. We sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by this campaign and thank you, our consumers for bringing it to our attention.


Bacardi Limited.........

ok ok ok, i posted the above before reading the below part. i am posting THE FOLLOWING COMMENT in it's entirety as well. if i offend anyone (from the f word or the author of the following comment) i again, most sincerely apologize

................mamaV of mamaVISION blog said:

Hi Rachael: This letter is total and complete B.S!

That renegade agency submitted the Ugly Girlfriend Campaign as their best work to The Cannes International Advertising Festival. Then, they were airheaded enough to twitter about it…hello?

I thought you may be interested in my message back to Hillman that I posted on ShapelyProse:

Mr. Hillman: How did the Bacardi “affiliate” retain McCann Digital for this campaign?

McCann Digital is a highly respected agency, I find it hard to believe they would proceed on any campaign of this magnitude on behalf of an “affiliate” that did not have permission to do so.

Further, McCann Digital Israel is quite proud of this campaign, seeing that they submitted it to The Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival which is going on as we speak.

Do you intend to allow this renegade “affiliate” to tarnish Bacardi’s brand image in this way?

Finally, does Corporate intend on submitting a statement of apology on this campaign, or are they asking you as the publicist to handle the uproar?


PS Perhaps you and McCann Digital Israel should stay off twitter for the time being…your tweets don’t sit too well when the McCann is bragging about the campaign as you are apologizing for it. More here; http://bit.ly/aPsO...............

as i said, i'd LOVE to be part of anonymous

you know, they're the ones that have much to say regarding scientology. they aren't afraid to go after what france calls a "sect", the 'church' of scientology

i sort of feel sorry for the members of this (what i personally perceive to be a cult) 'religion'. when one gets sucked into something like this, that means one is missing a part of themselves. they have a big old hole in their own souls. they're crying out for it to be filled. members of cults do that. pretend they're your friends and family in order for you to get that (false) feeling of security and trust. then again shortly thereafter, my sympathy goes right out the window and i see these shites for who they really are

Scientology: The Truth Rundown, Part 1 of 3 in a special report on the Church of Scientology
By Joe Childs and Thomas C. Tobin, Times Staff Writers


The leader of the Church of Scientology strode into the room with a boom box and an announcement: Time for a game of musical chairs.

David Miscavige had kept more than 30 members of his church's executive staff cooped up for weeks in a small office building outside Los Angeles, not letting them leave except to grab a shower. They slept on the floor, their food carted in.

Their assignment was to develop strategic plans for the church. But the leader trashed their every idea and berated them as incompetents and enemies, of him and the church.

Prove your devotion, Miscavige told them, by winning at musical chairs. Everyone else — losers, all of you — will be banished to Scientology outposts around the world. If families are split up, too bad.

To the music of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody they played through the night, parading around a conference room in their Navy-style uniforms, grown men and women wrestling over chairs...........

Death in slow motion: Part 2 of 3 in a special report on the Church of Scientology

By Thomas C. Tobin and Joe Childs, Times Staff Writers

The night after Lisa McPherson died, the leader of the Church of Scientology sent word for one of his top lieutenants to wait by a pay phone at the Holiday Inn Surfside on Clearwater Beach.

When Marty Rathbun answered the ringing phone in the lobby, David Miscavige let him have it:

Why aren’t you all over this mess? The police are poking around. Do something.

“Yes sir,” Rathbun said.

McPherson, a 36-year-old parishioner in apparent good health, had spent 17 days in a guarded room at the church’s Fort Harrison Hotel. Scientology staffers tried to nurse her out of a mental breakdown, but she became ill. She drew her last breaths in the back seat of a van as they drove her to a hospital in the next county.

Her death on Dec. 5, 1995, triggered nine years of investigations, lawsuits and worldwide press coverage. Alive on the Internet, it stains Scientology’s reputation still...........

Scientology: Ecclesiastical justice, Part 3 of 3 in a special report on the Church of Scientology

By Thomas C. Tobin and Joe Childs, Times Staff Writers

The four high-ranking executives who left Scientology say that church leader David Miscavige not only physically attacked members of his executive staff, he messed with their minds.

He frequently had groups of managers jump into a pool or a lake. He mustered them into group confessions that sometimes spun into free-for-alls, with people hitting one another.

Mike Rinder, who defended the church to the media for two decades, couldn't stomach what was happening on the inside.

The tactics to keep executives in line "are wrong from a Scientology viewpoint,'' said Rinder, who walked away two years ago. "They are not standard practice of Scientology. They are just not humanitarian. And they are just outright evil.''............

shields up!!!

the funny part is these folk ain't embarrassed about the world seeing them even after they say shite like this

the even funnier part is burton keeps getting re-elected (so who's fault is it hmmmmmmmm?????????)

Welcome to the Terrordome

Bubble Boy Burton at it again


If one Congressman had his way, the floor of the House of Representatives would be sealed off from you, me and all our terrorist friends.

Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) wanted to enclose the House galleries "in a transparent shield" to fend off evildoers ... or, you know, anyone who doesn't agree with what Congress is doing, or that even larger force of Satan -- the media.

Before you start laughing and think this is a joke, stop. He really did propose it.

"What this bill does is it would authorize a study to look at enclosing the chamber, the gallery chamber, with Plexiglas so that somebody can't throw a bomb down on the floor and kill a lot of us," Burton testified before the House Rules Committee...........

Monday, June 22, 2009

best line from true blood last night

you ask?

well i shall tell you

jason went off to that i hate vampires religious cult camp for leaders. we got to see him play religious sports with his shirt off (oh my goddess. i don't usually get the vapors, my oh my oh my)

anyway, because of his athletic prowess, he (jason) sort of pissed off this other jock at the camp.

cut to the evening and a meeting/dance/c&w concert type deal. after the hoe down, the lead religious dude and his dutiful mrs (who i think has the hots for jason AS DOES THE LEAD RELIGIOUS DUDE) anyway i digress..... call jason up to the stage to do a little role playing. the mrs is to play a fang banger and jason is to portray what he is turning into - a cult member zealot. anyway, the mrs puts some fangs in and jason goes nuts, sees his ex-grrrlfren (that wicked crazy biotch whose name i forget) staking the vamp lafayette used to get his "v" from and flips. he (jason) grabs the flag and snaps the wooden pole in half and stomps over to the mrs screaming DIE DIE DIE. everyone (after their initial shock) claps and whoops it up and all is well

cut to jason (in a towel) brushing his teeth. the jealous jock dude pops in and says.....

hey, what the fuck was up with you snapping that pole and doing all that muslim buffy with a dick shit?

(it was REALLY very funny)

my question is;

i reallyyyyyyyyyyyyy like the hbo true blood series A LOT

i got the first 7 (or is it 8) books by charlaineharris but i didn't get very far in book one.

BUT i am devouring EVERYTHING laurell k hamilton has written. i'm on the fifth anita blake book.

now answer me this. i believe all of those hamilton books were written WAY before the sookie story (at least on hbo, as i have said, i didn't get very far reading them). hasn't the sookie story line taken (appropriated?????) an awful lot of the blake shite (i'll give you 'glamoring' for one and vampire rights for two but there really are so many more similarities. hmmmmmmm that's all i'm sayin')

i HOPE and PRAY this reporter is being funny


speaking of domestic terrorists

how can we stop them when members of our own government don't have the stones to condemn them?

no one is saying you have to say you are pro-choice. we just want you to say you're AGAINST MURDERING DOCTORS

Violence-Abetting Anti-Choice Fanatics: Now in Congress

Posted by: Jill

This is pretty scary: An anonymous Republican senator has put a hold on a resolution condeming clinic violence. Apparently this guy can’t even bring himself to declare that killing doctors is wrong. The resolution in its entirety reads:

Whereas Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas was shot to death at church on Sunday, May 31;

Whereas there is a history of violence against providers of reproductive health care, as health care employees have suffered threats and hostility in order to provide crucial services to patients;

Whereas the threat or use of force or physical obstruction has been used to injure, intimidate, or interfere with individuals seeking to obtain or provide health care services; and

Whereas acts of violence are never an acceptable means of expression and always shall be condemned:..............

i must warn you

this is real. very real.

this is NOT easy to watch

these are our brothers and sisters fighting for their freedom and fighting for democracy

domestic terrorism

sara is saying it so very much better than i

(and i'm not naive. i know there are LEFT wing terrorists as well. it is my belief they are few compared to the wing-nutters)

9 Conservative Myths About Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism
By Sara Robinson, Campaign for America's Future.

It's been a wild couple of weeks for those of us in the wingnutology business. Our services have been in tremendous demand as the mainstream media try to sort out the meaning of what Scott Roeder and James von Brunn did.

I've done an average of one radio show every day for the past two weeks trying to help various lefty talkers around the country make some sense of it all; and I'm generally gratified at how seriously people are starting to take this.

At the same time, I'm also appalled (though, sadly, hardly surprised) by the conservative mythmaking that's going on around the very serious issue of right-wing domestic terrorism. So it's obviously time to pull together another "Firing Back" piece to give progressives what they need to separate fact from fiction when these talking points start flying.

I've actually had every one of the following myths pitched to me by on-air interviewers, phone-in callers and/or online commenters over the last two weeks. Most of them have come up over and over, which suggests to me that you're likely to encounter them, too. So let's walk 'em through:.............

i don't know if i've ever reviewed

anything here (as in a PRODUCT review). i may have, especially on my craft blog. i know i've written about movies or books. let me tell the ftc, (and it's painfully obvious) i have NEVER been compensated for a product whether i've written about it or not.

i'm honest to a fault. if i don't like something, you'll know about it. if i do like something you'll know about it as well. i won't lie

FTC to monitor blogs for 'false claims,' payola

Associated Press -- Savvy consumers often go online for independent consumer reviews of products and services, scouring through comments from everyday Joes and Janes to help them find a gem or shun a lemon.

What some fail to realize, though, is that such reviews can be tainted: Many bloggers have accepted perks such as free laptops, trips to Europe, $500 gift cards or even thousands of dollars for a 200-word post. Bloggers vary in how they disclose such freebies, if they do so at all.

The practice has grown to the degree that the Federal Trade Commission is paying attention. New guidelines, expected to be approved late this summer with possible modifications, would clarify that the agency can go after bloggers — as well as the companies that compensate them — for any false claims or failure to disclose conflicts of interest.

--Remainder of article continues below--

FTC plans to monitor blogs for claims, payments

Can you trust that online review? FTC prepares to crack down on bloggers compensated for posts

AP News..................

because i DO try to be fair, i'll post this email

i got it yeterday (but just read it now). (corbin & associates is a marketing firm by the way)

see the posting from yesterday to understand this posting today

Dear A Rose is a Rose:

Thank you for taking the time to post your story on Bacardi Breezer.

The campaign you are referring to ran in 2008 for two months in Israel. Even though Bacardi Breezer is not sold or distributed in the United States, we immediately notified the appropriate Bacardi affiliate and had this website shut down.

Bacardi proudly celebrates diversity and we do not endorse the views of this site. We sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by this site and thank you for bringing it to our attention.

Sean-Patrick M. Hillman

Executive Vice President


and here is my answer;

mr hillman, i know the campaign only ran in israel. are israeli women different than american women?

is your firm affiliated with mccann digital in ANY way? did your firm approve that ad campaign?

oh and two months is two months too long. to me that is hardly immediate. i truly appreciate your apology although i believe it's of course for pr purposes and NOT because bacardi (and yes, SOMEONE actually from bacardi had to have approved that ad campaign) offended every single women on this earth in this cosmos

no, i won't be drinking bacardi and i'm going to ask every single person i know to NOT drink it either.


a rose is a rose (who is a woman and was highly offended by that ad campaign)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

i am going to ask you NOT to ever buy bacardi again

EVER. i pledge i NEVER EVER will. EVER

this not only perpetuates stereotypes but is insulting and evil.

there are far far far better rums out there anyway. myers, mount gay and goslings to name just three.

i don't think i'd personally use the services of mccann digital but i'm going to make sure they know how i feel about this

Boycott Bacardi

Many commercials use misogynistic messages and stereotypes to promote their product, especially products geared to men such as beer. As it turns out, advertisements targeted for women can be equally offensive and ridiculous. Take, for instance, the advertisements for Bacardi Breezers stating that the must-need accessory for a woman is an ugly female friend so they can seem more attractive in comparison................

Bacardi Ad Uses Misogyny To Sell Alcohol To Women

By Margaret
A disgusting new promotional site for Bacardi Breezers says all that women need to be more attractive is to find an more unattractive female friend to stand next to.

According to Copyranter, Israeli ad agency McCann Digital launched the "Get An Ugly Girlfriend!" site in Hebrew and English along with a Hebrew-only facebook group to promote the fruit-flavored alcoholic beverages........

Want to look hot this summer? Bacardi suggests getting an “ugly girlfriend”

I’m a teetotaler for various reasons* — at 30, I’ve never even been drunk if you can believe that — but even if I were the most raging of party girls, Bacardi’s new “Get an ugly girlfriend” ad campaign wouldn’t convince me to buy its line of fruity Breezers.

Remember the discussion the other day on how the beauty beast pits women against each other? This is a prime example. The campaign suggests that women — that is, attractive women — accessorize themselves with an “ugly girlfriend” in order to make themselves look better at the mall, the beach and other social situations. The four “ugly girlfriends” featured on the campaign’s minisite are equal-opportunity offensive, including fat, thin and disabled women..............

Take Action Against Bacardi & McCann Digital for "Ugly Girlfriend" Campaign

by Jen Nedeau

As you may have read about in yesterday's Friday Femme Fatale, McCann Digital, a large advertising agency, has just put out this rather sexist campaign on behalf of Barcadi titled the "Ugly Girlfriend” campaign.

From Women's Media Center:

McCann Digital has teamed up with Bacardi Breezers to target their beverages to women, who “want to look amazing this summer” by accessorizing with “an ugly girlfriend.” Of course, there are different options – and each is ripped apart by describing different woman as having, “97 kilograms of femininity, strength and double chins,” “rubbing thighs,” and “drooping breasts.” Apparently, having them by your side will make you, “the most desirable piece of meat on the grill.”

It’s not clear what overly sweet wine coolers – it really just seems to take a very nauseating, pointless dig at women – displaying blatant misogyny and using it to sell their products to women themselves........

Summer's hot accessory: Ugly girlfriends!

Forget hitting the treadmill or the tanning bed in hopes of looking hot this summer, because Bacardi has discovered a secret shortcut to sexiness: An ugly female friend. If you make your beach premiere with an unattractive pal in tow, you'll look fantastic ... in comparison!

Such is the advice given in an ad campaign (via Copyranter) recently launched in Tel Aviv for Bacardi's girly Breezer drinks. The official Web site is in Hebrew, but -- lucky for us, and too bad for Bacardi -- the ad agency has an English version on its site...................