I know that Paddy had posted this video earlier on her evening video distraction a few days ago, but I only had the time to catch it and thought it was worth a second glance. Usually commercials, especially in this country, run from stupid to mindless with a skosh of insanity in between. It's no wonder people DVR shows and watch them in time-shifted form. Doing that allows you to skip the claptrap drivel. TV series are filled with worthless insipidness -- necessary to pay for the episodes -- but ads that do nothing but insult the average mind.
Here's an example of a commercial that will surely sell it's product by making you think, feel, aspire to do something great while capturing your emotions.
Where is this kind of commercial, Madison Avenue? This is what Don Draper would be doing if MAD MEN was contemporary.
Warning: This ad has been known to make adult (wo)men sniffle, and good (wo)men great. According to MailOne it has already been viewed over three and a half million times on YouTube, with over 40,000 likes. Thanks Thai phone company True Move H:
Wouldn't it be great to be homeless? Think about it. Seriously think about it. No bills to pay. No property taxes. You get to change your location all the time, so if you bore easily, you're going to be somewhere else tomorrow anyway. Oh, and think of not having to worry about vacuuming or doing laundry. The great outdoors is now your home.
While you're enjoying the outdoor life, you can can be singing that old standard by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson:
Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning,
Gone are the hard decisions like where are we going to spend our next vacation, or if we should buy a hybrid or a gas car when we trade in the SUV. Ah, and to never have to worry again about, "Should we go for Chinese tonight, or Italian?" If you're a homeless dumpster diver, the world of eating is your oyster. The stale, the spoiled and the rancid are at your fingertips. God, what a wonderful life, huh?
Dream it, just don't live it if you're in North or South Carolina. Seems voter registration isn't the only thing the Carolinas have on their mind today. HuffPo, in a story on homeless in North and South Carolina draws attention to how little some cities and locals think about the plight of their desperate neighbors.
Love Wins Ministries, a Raleigh, N.C. church, has handed out sausage biscuits and coffee to the city's homeless for the last six years. But on Saturday, Raleigh police reportedly told members that they'd face arrest under a city ordinance that bans the distribution of food in any of the city's parks without a permit, according to WTVD.
"When I asked the officer why, he said that he was not going to debate me. 'I am just telling you what is. Now you pass out that food, you will go to jail,'" member Hugh Hollowell said, according to the church's website.
Six years this ministry has been handing out food. Now, suddenly the police stop them. It seems these are compassionate people who are trying to help, but like feeding the pigeons in the park, it's a bad idea. They'll just keep coming back and hover around you until you feed them more peanuts of torn slices of stale bread. And with them come diseases -- after all, pigeons are called rats with wings
So it's understandable that the Tar Heels are cracking down on human rats -- the homeless. Don't dare feed them or they'll flourish and multiply.
Well, that's North Carolina. The Tar Heels are struggling with an identity crisis. The can be forgiven for their "Don't feed the animals" policy. They've got bigger fish to fry. Voter suppression. But certainly things are different with their Siamese twin in South Carolina.
They are. Governor Nikki Haley and her band of angels show more compassion.
In South Carolina, the city of Columbia council members recently voted unanimously to criminalize homelessness, giving homeless the option to either relocate or face being arrested.
Oopsy. Seems they've now criminalized being homeless. Boy, the competition between North and South Carolina is heating up. I hear Governor Haley is stepping up legislation for public beheadings if you're found guilty of a second violation of homelessness. I'm not kidding (well only half so). Nothing like shame, guilt and a spectacle to deter homelessness.
What's wrong with these two states, when you're arrested in one for helping the destitute and jailed for being destitute in the other?
If I had Aladdin's lamp for only a day,
I'd make a wish and here's what I'd say:
Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning.
Maybe that last line should be nothing could be finer than to be out of Carolina in the morning. Whatcha think?
How many times a day are we solicited to give a "like," a thumbs up, five stars, a h/t or some other form of acknowledgement? But really, what does that all mean?
Nothing, unless you do something about it. Follow it up with your actions.
Thanks to a site called Upworthy, a perspective was shared with me. Instead of giving them a "like", I'm giving you a thought and a challenge. Here it is in pictures:
Starting to think?
I know you got the message by now. Please pass this around. We need activism, not just thumbs up and a "like." But a like is always appreciated - just more meaningful when it's followed up by action. Have a great weekend everybody. I'll be here. Drop on by.
With a h/t to a dear friend, Aubrey Tadman, a TV comedy writer/producer who's years of making us laugh, opening our eyes, and making us think continues daily. Here's something he sent me:
Blessed are those that can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.
One day a florist goes to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked what he owed and the barber replied, 'Nothing. It's on me. I'm doing community service this week.' The florist was surprised and pleased as he left the shop.
The next morning, the barber went to open his shop and there was a 'thank you' note and a dozen roses waiting for him at the door.
Later a print shop operator came in for a haircut and when he tried to pay his bill, the barber told the printer, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The man was happy and left the shop.
The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a 'thank you' note and a box of crisp, freshly printed business cards waiting for him.
Then a member of Congress dropped by for a haircut and when he went to pay his bill, the barber once again replied, 'Congressman, I cannot accept money from you. 'I'm doing community service this week.' The surprised representative was very happy and left the shop.
The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were twenty members of Congress standing in line, waiting for a free haircut.
That, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between citizens and politicians. Think about that and the effect lobbyists have on Washington the next time you vote. Check out the "friends with
benefits I mean money," that your elected officials keep. Then match that with their voting records. See who's representing your best interests and who's representing their own.
Doesn't seem to be iron clad proof to me, need something more like a dna test. (Tell me that pic doesn't look like an angry orangutan!)
Donald Trump has placed himself in the middle of another controversy involving a birth certificate—this time his own.
In a letter obtained by Yahoo News, the real estate mogul and de facto leader of last year's "birther" movement against President Barack Obama sent a copy of his New York City birth certificate to comedian Bill Maher, who earlier this week made a Trump-like demand to see it.
On Monday's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Maher said he would donate $5 million to the charity of Trump’s choice (Maher suggested Hair Club for Men, among others) if the "Celebrity Apprentice" host could prove he is not the "spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan." Maher was mocking Trump's much-publicized announcement in October that he would donate $5 million to charity if Obama would release his college records.
On Tuesday, a lawyer for Trump sent the letter to Maher with the birth certificate attached, asking the "Real Time" host to make good on his late-night offer:
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