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Girls Just Being Girls -- Packing A Swiffle Wallup

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Now that the Super Bowl is just a distant memory, some of the commercials you may have missed but were produced for that huge audience are finally being seen.

This one's for a new product, especially useful for clean-up chores after a big Super Bowl bash. All those dropped chips and dip, the salted nuts, assorted pizza toppings, and caked on guacamole ground deep into the carpet. Oh, and let's not forget the stale spilled beer smell.

In times like these that a woman could use some help in the clean-up department. And it's not coming from you manly men. Besides, that shit's women's work. No, the only thing you gals need is a Swiffle. It combines the stalwart cleaning abilities of a Swiffer with the genteel sense of a lamenting "sniffle" for being stuck with all the post-party elbow grease and hard work facing you.

Until now you've felt there was no way out, and certainly no help from your dude. Relax. Swiffle has arrived. And it has many everyday uses, not just for post Super Bowl events.  It's tough enough to take on all sorts of dirt, grease and grime. Who knows, one day it could even be used for Congress, especially in the GOP caucus rooms. They're sorely overdue for a deep house cleansing.

Hopefully this light and breezy (doesn't that already sound like a Madison Avenue description?) satire will open some eyes and some minds.

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Right Comment on Right Wing - Just Wrong Commercial

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For those old enough to remember GET SMART, you'll remember the catchphrase, "I just missed it by this much."

I bet that's how MSNBC is feeling today. Earlier I posted a blog on the apology MSNBC made over an offensive tweet someone from the company put out last week stating that they thought the bi-racial Cheerios commercial would perhaps be unsettling to right wing viewers at the Super Bowl. It is called Reince Priebus, RNC Prince of Fools, Pulls Out Secret Card. In in, RNC Chairman Priebus was outraged and offended that the progressives at MSNBC would think that somehow the conservatives in the GOP would be offended by the ad showing that there are happy bi-racial families in this world.

Phil Griffin publicly apologized for that characterization of the GOP's right wing, even called the RNC chairman personally to apologize and also took the additional step by having the author of the tweet fired from MSNBC.

Apparently that wasn't good enough and the Amazing Mr. P. said he was putting MSNBC on notice. He'll be watching them -- (If only he would, maybe he'd learn something).

Well, a few days went by. Now it's Super Bowl Sunday. The Cheerios commercial airs and there's little to no hubbub or fallout over it this day after... Apparently MSNBC was wrong and perhaps they were wrong in making the perceived racist tweet: (via TPM)

Maybe the rightwing (sic) will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,” the tweet read.

So the time of reckoning came and passed. And the reaction to the Cheerios commercial was muted at worst. But...

BUT?

It seems MSNBC got the commercial wrong (Cheerios), but they got the comment right. Turns out it would be a Coca Cola commercial sung in English, Arabic and Spanish that would bring out the right wing wackadoos. In this ad, the song, America the Beautiful is sung in three languages. And the fact that it's belted out in English, Arabic and Spanish seems to have offended the Tea Party dingo birds here on our shores. The cuckoos have taken flight and are outraged. They want to destroy us the way Angry birds do the pigs in the video game.

The sky is falling, according to the Right Wing zealots:

Again from TPM:

Former tea party congressman Allen West even took time to write a blog post during the game to voice his displeasure. For West, the ad started out strong enough.

"Then the words went from English to languages I didn’t recognize," a troubled West wrote, calling it "a truly disturbing commercial."

Okay, now hold on. Perhaps this former Florida congressman didn't recognize the Arabic language, but are you telling me he lives in Florida and doesn't recognize Spanish? What mudhole has he been submerging his head in to avoid the real world?

Michael Patrick Leahy over at Breitbart was offended, too.

Not only did Coke use "a deeply Christian patriotic anthem whose theme is unity – in several foreign languages," but Leahy noted that the "ad also prominently features a gay couple."

Oh, my goodness. Since when did America The Beautiful become a Christian song? And what a shudder it must be to include a gay couple as part of the American fabric. Heavens.

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America The Beautiful is considered an American patriotic song, but it has no ethnic or religious priority. The lyrics were originally a poem written by Katherine Lee Bates, entitled Pikes Peak. The music was composed by Samuel A. Ward from his song O Mother dear, Jerusalem in 1882. Jerusalem? How's that for patriotic America. Jerusalem sounds more Arabic in locale than American.

We are America and we are a melting pot of so many nationalities. Singing this song (which is not a national anthem, just a song) is a tribute to our faith, love and belief in this country. You don't have to be born here to believe in what it stands for. Unity isn't just straight, white, Anglo-Saxon. Sorry all you homophobic, anti-immigrant, right wingnuts -- you're just plain wrong.

So, in rebuke to the critics like Reince Priebus who felt so outraged that their constituents would be offended by a racially questionable statement regarding Cheerios, here's the Coca Cola commercial in full -- let's see now who apologizes for their racially and sexually insensitive comments that this commercial is either un-American or un-patriotic.

C'mon Mr. RNC Chairman. Stand up for your bigot membership now. Let's see who goes on "double secret probation."

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Chris Christie Makes Surprise Appearance -- At A Roast Without The Beef

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Gotta love the big guy in New Jersey. He's not hiding in the face of all the troubles he's brought down on the state. His political ambitions are in shambles. As a matter of fact, there are so many state and federal prosecutors in New Jersey now investigating him that it's become a cottage industry -- the number two largest employer in New Jersey. How long until Christie proclaims this was his plan all along to boost employment in the Garden State?

Evidently he was invited to a roast. Boy what a surprise he got when he showed up and they weren't serving a roast but rather holding a comedy roast for football great, Boomer Esiason. Christie took the opportunity, ham that he is, to try to make light of the crises that garnish his plate at the Trenton Governor's mansion. Talk about embarrassing.

So, for some awkward moments and some self-deprecating humor, I proudly present Governor Chris Christie in what may turn out to be a long line of striped suits -- or maybe the the new ones might be orange jumpsuits and have the words "New Jersey State Correctional Institution" on the back. So with no further ado, I give you possible future inmate NJ386574:

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Sidelining our football Heroe$ for life -- with Brain Injury, w/o Benefits

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Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site.

Sean Morey, ex-NFL and dedicated to the Brain Injury Field. Photo, NPR.

Sean Morey, ex-NFL and dedicated to the Brain Injury Field. Photo, NPR.

It's GAME DAY! Lots going on in Jersey, but this evening it's all about brawling and strong-arm attacks in the stadium rather than the State House. 

Anyone else secretly hope they pull dear ole' Keith Olbermann back in to Fox to call the Super Bowl, and he tweaks and goes into a full-on Christie Tirade? Please, sports gods. That dedicatedly bombastic man was about the best Politics Announcer liberals could have hoped for in the heyday!

[KO is apparently very disgruntled about The Media getting special transport into Jersey though - a psychiatrist couch might be needed to unpack that one.]

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While we are cheering the best tackles, glorifying in finger foods and being FANS - it's good to be an American. There is an issue that needs to be brought up right next to the foam fingers and stadium profits however - the epidemic of Brain Injury.
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And how many started in Pee Wee?

The NFL players have strong feelings, as you might imagine. NPR shared glimpses into the rough and tumble journey of Vince Lombardi trophy winner Sean Morey.

Morey is among dozens of retired NFL players who have agreed to donate their brains for medical research when they die. He hopes his brain might provide some answers.

Rocking graphic from BreakingMuscle dot com.

Rocking graphic from BreakingMuscle dot com.

The answers to the questions he wants sooner that that include why his daughters will have lifelong pictures burned in their minds of an enraged, often unrecognizable father ... who was not the man their mother married.

Cara Morey has watched her husband turn into someone she doesn't recognize. "He gets a look in his eyes that you're pretty sure you've never met this person before. ... It's very scary. It's a type of rage that I had never seen, and I don't think anyone should ever see, and I don't think my girls should ever have seen it."

Defensive lineman Mike Lodish, formerly a Bronc(!), has taken the field in more Super Bowls than any other player since we started charting -- seems like he might know from the career where getting hit in the head is in your job description. Deadspin shared his rawly honest ten cents.

People that I've talked to about me being on the list to sue the NFL say things to me like, "You knew what you were getting into." Let me explain something to you: The hell we did. The hell we did. I knew orthopedically that I would have issues. I didn't care. But no one ever told me if I get a concussion and I go back in and show my boys that I'm a tough son of a bitch that I'm going to mess myself up even more. No one ever told me that. No one ever told me that that could possibly lead to CTE that could possibly lead to suicide. No one ever said, "If you have multiple concussions, Mike, you could risk killing yourself at a much earlier age, because your mind is quirked."

This is no short term problem,  pardon the pun, yet the corporatist NFL has NO intention with being saddled with permanent doctors tabs for their used-up players ... an attitude so unappreciated by pigskin legend Vernon Davis that he publicly shamed the Suits during Gridiron High Holy Week.

See if you're as impressed as I was. Footage from Yahoo dot com.

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Video- President Obama Honors the 1973 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins

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Live Streaming Video- President Obama Honors Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins 2:00p EDT

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Video- The Daily Show: Jon Stewart Reviews the Super Bowl

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