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Women Power, Not Horsepower



The "making of" this Fiat ad drives me crazy -- totally amazeballs as my kids would say. If you start watching it, you won't stop. So here's four minutes of mind boggling fun, beautiful women and some vastly creative and talented body artists.

This is a country of ingenuity and imagination. We need to provide for the education as well, so we can develop and generate creative minds and a more productive future. Let the GOP know that we're not going to allow them to cut education funds. After all, we want to go forward, not backwards. Who'd want to see a commercial done this way for a horse and buggy?

Red Neck Haven

And in a related matter, Good Ol' Texas, that state that keeps on giving, has provided us with some body-painting related fodder from their franchised Red Neck Haven Restaurant. Seems body paint isn't enough of a "cover up" at their establishment, so they've decided to ban female servers who just cover their breasts with body paint. In the HuffPo article about Redneck Haven Restaurant or as the locals were calling it, the Redneck Breastaurant:

A Lewisville, Tex., restaurant must decide what their breast move is after the city banned it from allowing their waitresses to wear body paint while serving food.

After complaints to police about the waitress' attire (or lack thereof) at Redneck Heaven restaurant, the city council voted to change an ordinance so that it's now illegal for women to cover their breasts with just body paint, according to KDFW.

So, I guess what's good enough for a television commercial, the naked body-painted Fiat women, isn't up to your high standards to serve you a beer and nachos in a facility that you must be 21 or older to enter. Ah, Texas, you just have too much time on your hands and you're going to use it to minimize women's rights of all kind.You find the female body is yours to control. Just how much longer before rape becomes decriminalized? You've taken women's rights almost totally away with your GOP forced anti-women's reproductive rights measures.You're shutting down legal abortion clinics. Now you're targeting adult eating establishments? When do you drop the charade and go with having women legally declared sex objects or banning them outright?

Oh, and while were on the subject of controlling bodies, how about looking into regulating places that serve food that can kill?  Doesn't the epidemic of obesity concern you at all?

greasy burger

Redneck Heaven patrons may no longer be able to see women with no clothes on, but they can still tuck into one of the restaurant's signature "Border Patrol Belt Busters" or chomp down a "Double-Bubba Pounder" Nolan Ryan Burger.


Video Overnight Thread- Coffee Powered Car




Video Mid Day Distraction- Bicycle made from recycled car parts




Howard Dean while on the air (he's fine): "We just got hit by a car..."


Wow, talk about news as it happens!


"We just got hit by a car... sorry...uchh! I'm gonna have to goodbye, say goodbye. We just got hit by a car... Everybody's fine … but it's gonna be a bit of a struggle."

Thankfully, nobody was hurt. Let's hope nobody "feels it" tomorrow.

Audio here.

(And yes, I'm thrilled to pieces to be able to post that photo again, why?)


Quickie: Obama campaign mocks Mitt Romney's hypocrisy



Today's Quickie:

Via LiveWire, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina:

“Any time Romney trying to say someone’s out of touch is a little difficult when he’s shopping for car elevators.”

But at least he wears studied-casual pressed jeans and Everyman USA-rolled-up sleeves.

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?


Anti-Gov. Scott Walker protester has car horn muted: "Not free speech"


Corporations are people, but apparently car horns aren't, according to a Milwaukee County judge.

A man named Azael Brodhead drove by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's house every day for weeks and leaned on his car horn, flipped the bird from his sun roof, and shouted "Recall Walker!" He claimed it was his First Amendment right to be able to do that.

Then he got in trouble.


Last week, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Mary Kuhnmuench found there was no precedent for horn-honking being constitutionally protected political speech.

He was fined $166.20.

The good news? He still drives by every day and shouts, "Recall Walker!" ... but his horn remains silent.

Honk if you love Azael Brodhead.


Wealthy insurance cheaters call their Porsches and Cadillac Sevilles "farm vehicles"


Yesterday I posted nauseatingly visual proof of why the rich don't deserve more tax cuts. Today I have more, via the L.A. Times.

It appears that some of the wealthier drivers among us are claiming their luxury-mobiles as-- wait for it-- farm equipment in order to get lower insurance premiums. Yes, they want insurance companies to believe that their Porsche Carrera, Mercedes, or BMW is being used to haul fertilizer to those corn and/or wheat fields between mansions, just to get a discount.

And who can blame them? Gas is expensive these days, and poor things gotta fill them gas-guzzling tractors convertibles.

Then, after a hard day's work, they roll their zippy little roadsters onto their shiny new car elevator, right next to their Caterpillar Cadillac, and press the up button to keep it safe and sound inside the villa where no dirty farm worker or gardener can get their grubby little hands on 'em.

It turns out that some drivers of these cars are perpetrating an insurance fraud — claiming them as farm equipment to harvest hefty discounts on insurance premiums. [...]

"Honest people end up subsidizing the insurance premiums of dishonest people," said Robert U'Ren, senior vice president of Quality Planning.

He said the improper application of the farm-use discount is a money-saving move that's done by both dishonest policyholders and insurance agents. It results in about $150 million of unpaid premiums annually.

So once again, we taxpayers are subsidizing those who continue to get breaks, while those who really need them are being forced to bear a burden that they can't afford, and that eventually could even do them in.