Archive for January 14th, 2008

14
Jan
08

Dear Peyton Manning

Try fewer TV commercials, sponsorships and media hype. Feel free to mix in a little more practice and a little more concentration. No excuses, and you got beat by a team that suffered more injuries than yours.

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14
Jan
08

America’s Team (Uh, No)

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14
Jan
08

Today’s Suck Corporation: Ford!

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You see that car up there? I own one. A 1965 Mustang coupe. In the same nasty poppy red, too, but mine is very faded and waiting for a paint job. Why am I telling you about the fact that I have one of the only objects of lust that is able to compete with most teen-aged boys’ fantasies? Because I cannot make a calendar out of it. I first heard about this on Dvorak Uncensored. Now the story is beginning to take on a life of its own. The gist of it is this: The Black Mustang Club has been using Cafepress to gin up all kinds of schwag for their passion. Mugs, shirts, and calendars. Since Ford has dropped to number 4 in sales rankings, their lawyers are a little bored. So Ford lawyers sent an injunction warning(warning: link is swamped, try the cache) to BMC saying that the calendars are copyright violations. That’s right… Ford’s lawyers contend that it is illegal for you to take a picture of your own car, to put in a calendar that supports your own Ford fan club.

I may kinda get the whole “using our trademarks and copyrights to support a money making venture”. But not to the point where you are killing the very people who are still supporting you. And if one follows the lawyers’ thought process, would I be unable to put a picture of my Mustang in the paper if I decided to sell it?

14
Jan
08

I Can Has Nukz?

Israel’s Prime Minister Olmert told a powerful parliamentary panel on Monday that Israel rejects “no options” to block Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, a meeting participant said. “Israel clearly will not reconcile itself to a nuclear Iran,” the meeting participant quoted Olmert as telling the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. “All options that prevent Iran from gaining nuclear capabilities are legitimate within the context of how to grapple with this matter.”

Okay, The thought of Ahmadinejad holstering up a few nukes scares the willies out of me. But what does Israel say to neighboring Arab states that have the same concerns about Israel? There’s no “proof” that Iran has nukes. There’s no “proof” that Israel does, either. There’s whack jobs in Iran, there’s whack jobs in Israel. So Israel wants to be able to use a military option to curtail a nuke program in Iran since they feel threatened. And why do we all flip out when Iran feels threatened by Israel’s program? Is this a case of pot, kettle, black?