AIDS Activists “Pine” For Dubya?

Remember this sign that appeared in Minnesota a few months ago?


(Photo Credit: Bob Collins/Minnesota Public Radio)

The “culprits” behind it were a group of small business owners who “feel Washington is against them”.

But is it possible that some AIDS activists share the sentiment espoused in the billboard?

Speaking of 43, his fellow Republicans are worried about the potential negative impact of his soon-to-be-published memoirs.

One prominent conservative compared the Bushies’ public-relations savvy to LeBron James.

Ouch…

Spain Wins The World Cup In Spite Of Debilitating Nike Ad

Truth be told, before yesterday the first part of the title was as absurd as “The Red Sox win the World Series” would have been 10 years ago or even “Longhorns top the Sooners” during the early naughts.

Spain’s National Team, La Furia Roja, had a knack for falling flat on their collective face World Cup after World Cup. This all changed yesterday to be sure, after La Furia Roja defeated the Netherlands, who have now lost 3 World Cup Finals (’74, ’78, 10), 1-0.

I believe however that the breakthrough which culminated yesterday began in Euro 2008, which the Spanish won by besting Germany by the same score they beat the Dutch yesterday. That tournament set them on a course of excellence, winning 35 matches in a row until they shockingly lost to the U.S. at the 2009 Confederations Cup held in South Africa.

They then proceeded to breeze through World Cup qualifiers, becoming a favorite to take home the hardware in South Africa entering as the #2 squad in the world according to FIFA. In their first World Cup match, La Furia Roja fell to the Swiss, prompting echoes of “Different World Cup, same old Spain”.

Spaniards readied themselves for another World Cup collapse by their beloved team, blame was sent down bizarre avenues.

Yet, here we are July 12, 2010 and the FIFA World Cup trophy will call Spain home for at least the next 4 years.

A more remarkable feat may be that Spain won despite three of their players’ involvement in Nike Soccer’s “Write the Future” ad (watch it here).

An ad made before the start of the World Cup featuring England’s Wayne Rooney, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Italya’s Fabio Cannavaro, Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba, France’s Franck Ribéry, Brazil’s Robinho and Ronaldinho. To say that the campaign was a poor prognosticator of World Cup success is a vast understatement, a rundown:

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The New Kryptonite

Kryptonite

That’s right, Vicks VapoRub will do to toenail fungus what kryptonite does to the Man of Steel. What Will Muschamp does to offenses throughout the land, but I digress…

According to this piece in the New York Times, rubbing your infected toenail(s) once or twice a day with Vicks VapoRub will em, rub Digger(below) out of your life.

Digger

That screen shot is one of the greatest moments in the history of television advertising.

Houston City Council Reads Last Row!

I only say so because they’re thinking of banning those giant advertising balloons which dot Houston freeways.  The balloons that we’ve blogged about here, “Car Dealerships and their Balloons”.

Here is the story from the Chronicle,
Council vote could deflate advertising practice: City weighs ban on large balloons and similar devices

Here’s the justification for banning these eyesores,

“I call them attention-distracting devices,” said Jeff Ross of the city’s planning commission. Ross said getting rid of them will make Houston more competitive with other cities that have banned them, such as Dallas, Austin and St. Louis.

“They distract the eye, create potential safety obstacles, obscure permanent signage and create visual blight,” said Tommy Friedlander, who chaired Mayor Bill White’s On-Premise Sign Task Force.

Predictably, car dealers are fighting the ban which will beautify our fair city (below). Though, to be sure Lexus dealerships will remain unaffected by the ordinance.

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If you found $140,000 would you turn it in?

Eli Estrada, a California landscaper, sure did according to this story,
“Man Finds $140,000, Turns It In To Cops”.

Despite the fiendish temptation to think of him as “stupid”, this gentleman did the right thing. We all would certainly see it this way if it was our $140K.

A question which arises is: Whould we do this with say a $20 bill? Does the amount of money found determine the “oughtness” of turning the money in?

By the way, the money belonged to Brinks, the security company. They compensated Mr. Estrada with $2000 for his honesty, whether they should have backed up the proverbial and in this case, literal, Brinks truck for the man remains to be debated in the court of public opinion.

I’d say Mr. Estrada deserves his own cheesy Liberty Mutual ad (click here to view).