Monday, October 29, 2007

Bush Bumper Stickers

I've done a load of advertising copy writing in my career, and one of the exercises I like to put myself through when first encountering a product, is to see how many bumper stickers I can come up with that tell the product's story. If you can state a story in that short little slab of paper, then you are way ahead of the game.

So...I admire people when they can do bumper stickers well, especially when it's about George Bush. I found this list over at the Eden Lunch blog, on this post. Evidently this list has been making the email rounds but I've never seen it. So to preserve it in all of its short-n-sweet perfection, I offer it to you now (with my favorite in bold):

  1. Bush: End of an Error

  2. That's OK, I Wasn't Using My Civil Liberties Anyway

  3. Let's Fix Democracy in this Country First

  4. If You Want a Nation Ruled By Religion, Move to Iran

  5. Bush. Like a Rock. Only Dumber

  6. If You Can Read This, You're Not Our President

  7. At Least Nixon Resigned

  8. George Bush: Creating the Terrorists Our Kids Will Have to Fight

  9. Impeachment: It's Not Just for Blow jobs Anymore

  10. America: One Nation, Under Surveillance

  11. They Call Him "W" So He Can Spell It

  12. Jail to the Chief

  13. No, Seriously, Why Did We Invade Iraq??

  14. Bush: God's Way of Proving Intelligent Design is Full Of Crap

  15. Bad President! No Banana

  16. We Need a President Who's Fluent In At Least One Language

  17. We're Making Enemies Faster Than We Can Kill Them

  18. Is It Vietnam Yet??

  19. Bush Doesn't Care About White People, Either

  20. Where Are We Going? And Why Are We In This Hand basket??

  21. When Bush Took Office, Gas Was $1.46

  22. Pray For Impeachment

  23. What Part of "Bush Lied" Don't You Understand?

  24. 2004: Embarrassed, 2005: Horrified, 2006: Terrified

  25. Bush Never Exhaled

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Robert Miley: Release The Fear

In September, BlogCatalog invited bloggers to Blog Against Abuse. BlogCatalog, in association with Copywrite, Ink., also invited any blogger who participated in this campaign to submit their post for consideration in a Blog For Hope Post Competition.

Well, my post about Robert Miley, a Phoenix artist who uses art to help abused and at-risk children, won first place in the competition!

I sincerely hope that, as a result of this post, Robert Miley will be asked by more schools and institutions to implement his Release The Fear workshops. Congratulations to Robert for the years of effort he has invested in this program and in helping to heal the wounds caused by abuse.

Important Links: Robert Miley's Website, Release The Fear Website

Cross-posted at Omyword.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Is it Possible? Another Positive Development?

I can't believe it, actually. Here I am, all mopey-like, believing that the world is coming to an end, that the neocons will have it all to themselves, that the rest of us bloody puffters who care about stupid shit like people being killed and countries being occupied, will just melt into oblivion, that run-on sentences will go unpunished...

Oh, I'm sorry. Got a little carried away.

Here is my Second Positive Post in a Row. A freakin' record for me.

The city of Philadelphia, where I was born, where I first got felt up, where I first tried semi-dangerous drugs, the city my parents left behind when they went to "God's Country" (Arizona), yes, that city...has had the best idea ever: 10,000 Men. They are recruiting 10,000 men, mostly African-American, to create a presence on every street in the city, as a deterrent to crime. Holy Shit that's a good idea.

In corporate America, we called it "Getting buy-in." Or some shit like that. I'm surprised we didn't give it an acronym, like GBI. Basically, if you get your customer, or your team members, or your employees, or your neighbors, to personally buy in to whatever you are promoting (um, like peace), then you will be successful. If not, you're fucked.

Read about it HERE.
Visit the website HERE.

You just don't know how happy this makes me.

"When we're together, we have power. And when we have power, we can make decisions."

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Do They Have Sniffer Dogs to Handle This Kind of Threat?

Just when I've given up, just when I've decided that the little guy (or girl) will never vanquish the big guy, I read something like this.

Now, what are our American brand of warmongering, neocon fascists afraid of, hmmmm? Spiders? Bill O'Reilly's Butt Vibrator? Liberal Bloggers? Oh yeah, that's right, Teh Gay People. They are afraid to touch Teh Gay People. Shall we mail every member of the Bush administration his/her very own Gay Person?

No. Many of them might like that.

Condoms? Dutch Farm Animal Porn Mags? What? What can we send them?

Can we fake the second coming? Can we have Jesus show up according to some scripture we flog out of that poor raggedy-ass abused book, Teh Bible? We know he has to be white, and have stigmata, and all that. Maybe have him descend from the sky down into the Senate chambers?

Aw hell, help me here. We have to be as creative as those women from Thailand and their panties.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Outrage Fatigue: What a Great Term

The first time I heard the term "outrage fatigue" on this great post on the SuicideGirls website, I jumped up and down yelling, "Yes! Yes! That's how I feel! I am FUCKING OUTRAGED and TIRED of being that way!

But when I clicked through on the link, it was to this Onion story, which I enjoyed immensely. But their definition of outrage fatigue is more like, "I'm tired of being outraged, so I'm not going to be outraged anymore."

Man, If only I were that lucky. If only I could just let go of my anger and shrug my shoulders and watch my country (and other people's countries) going down in flames. Unfortunately, I am that proverbial water barrel under the roof drain. I'm so full of anger, brimming to the edges with it, that it takes only one drop for me to overflow, to spew my rage all over the petunias one more time.

What do I mean by one drop? Oh, one more little bending over routine by the Democrats in Congress, or, um, one more time that we actually give Bush more money to continue this freakin' war, or maybe that recent article about how many dollars Hillary has accepted in campaign contributions from the oil industry and Wall Street, which means when she gets elected we'll be in Iraq for FUCKING EVER!!!!!!!!!! Those kinds of little droplets.

Friday, October 19, 2007

French Rail Strike - My Experiences

Some of you have probably heard about the "big strike" here in France, of the rail workers, and other unions sympathetic to the strikers, such as the electrical workers. The issue is in regards to a special retirement feature for only these workers, which allows them to retire around 55, versus having to wait until they are 60 like the workers in the public sector. I was aware that the strike would be happening and since I don't commute to work and since the grocery store is downstairs, I didn't pay much attention. There's a protest about one thing or another happening regularly in Paris so I've begun to tune them out.

But this week I've had a friend visiting me from New York who is here in Paris on business. He's staying at the Hotel Beaugrenelle, where I stayed more than 16 years ago when I was working on a joint marketing agreement between Honeywell Bull in Paris, my company near Washington DC, and an Israeli company. The hotel still has a teeny weenie lobby, which looks like a grand ballroom on the hotel's website. I had to smile at that. They must have used quite the wide-angle lens for those photos.

If you look at the map of Paris, I live in the top right-hand corner of the city and the hotel Beaugrenelle is in the bottom left, so it's a two-train Metro ride, with many stops, probably a half hour trip altogether.

On Wednesday afternoon I offered to go to my friend's hotel, pick him up and bring him back to my neighborhood via the Metro. Then we could eat at my favorite little secret restaurant, where Antoine, the owner, treats us like kings and queens. I had no trouble getting over to the hotel around 5:30 PM, even though it was rush hour and the trains were pretty packed.

We had a wonderful dinner. Then at around 9PM, I wrote down both the train line numbers, the direction my friend needed to take for each train, and the stops where he had to exit, and walked him to the Metro station and waved goodbye and then walked home. When I got home I opened my news reader and saw that the strike that was supposed to be only on Thursday, had started Wednesday night at 8PM. I worried that I had thrown my friend to the wolves and that he wouldn't know how to get home. Here's the interesting thing...he made it home just fine. Two main cross-town Metro lines were running on schedule. He didn't have a problem.

The next day was the official strike but I stayed home because I had lots of blogging work to do. But my friend Karl went out in the afternoon and said the Metro was open and people were going in and out of the station. Later that evening he went out again and was able to take Metro trains everywhere. The only thing that he noticed was that the trains ran every half hour rather than every 5 minutes.

This morning, I was supposed to go back over to my friend's hotel and meet him for lunch before he caught his plane home. In my feedreader, I read that the rail strike "shut down France" and I wondered which part of France they were talking about. I also read that the unions had decided to continue the strike into today. I shrugged my shoulders and went out the door.

My first train was in the station within 2 minutes and I noticed on the board that the next train would be arriving 3 minutes after mine. Everything was running fine. My next train was the same. My return trip at 2PM was uneventful.

Soooooooo....I'm not sure what effect the strike actually had?

Meanwhile, Sarkozy, to whom the strike was directed, was out of town. Plus, he and his wife announced their separation. So, it seems like this strike thing was just a little gnat that he flicked off his shoulder while focusing on other things. We shall see.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Bonnie Raitt and No Nukes

Please sign the petition here.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Amazing Graphical Representation of Mind Boggling Facts

Many thanks to Arthur for sending this to me. I spent quite a bit of time on this website before I actually was able to absorb what I was looking at. I've copied one example below. There are many more that will blow your mind.

Depicts nine million wooden ABC blocks, equal to the number of American children with no health insurance coverage in 2007.

With figures drawn for scale reference:

Partial zoom:

Zoomed closer:

Detail at actual size: