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Monday, September 06, 2010

On This Labor Day

As tradition here on the Fuhrman imperium dictates, I'll be laboring on Labor Day.  I will be sinking fence posts (along a boulder-strewn shoulder of an abandoned turnpike; wish me luck).

Unlike those whom the holiday is intended to honor.  Union members.  They'll be sitting on their asses, gaining weight, doing nothing except drinking beer, and watching the parade go by.

A metaphor.

As I Suspected

You know that anti-Morgan Griffith newspaper ad that - in reality - did the 9th District Republican challenger to the feckless and detached Democrat incumbent, Rick Boucher, more favors than harm?

This one?

In critiquing it, I wrote the following:
"First off, do you get the impression, based on the fact that the attack is so generic, that the NRDC drew up this ad with the intention of plugging a politician's name - any politician from anywhere in the country - in the wording and have the message remain the same? The intent being to use the ad in newspapers across the U.S. and simply change the name of the target. There's nothing specific to Virginia, or especially Southwest Virginia, here. It could easily have read: Every Republican in the country is for creating jobs - in China."

I could also have added that the ad is unbalanced, poorly focused, drab, uninformative, and unappealing. But we'll save that for later.

As to my point about it being way too generic, we learn this in today's Roanoke Times:
The ad was purchased by the Natural Resources Defense Council's Action Fund and the Blue Green Alliance. The ad, featuring pictures of windmills bearing Chinese script, said Griffith "wants to block clean energy legislation that will create thousands of jobs in Virginia" that can't be outsourced. Otherwise, it suggests, those jobs will go to China.

It ran Monday in The Roanoke Times. The cost of the ad would be in the $5,500 range, according to the newspaper's ad rates, which are published online.

NRDC Action Fund Director Heather Taylor said the group placed the ad in 19 congressional districts where challengers had signed a no-climate-tax pledge.
The environmentalists did exactly as I had surmised. They had some ad agency produce a generic attack ad and simply had a politician's name plugged in, depending on the ad buy.

Now there's a marketing contrivance for the history books.

I sure hope the NRDC and this Blue Green Alliance, whatever that is, didn't pay a whole lot for this stratagem. I have news for them: I could have done better with my laptop and PagePlus while sitting on the toilet. On a bad day. 

You go, guys.  With enemies like you, Morgan Griffith is sure to be victorious.

We Make Progress

In small increments ...

Altered Movie Poster Puts the Spotlight on a San Francisco Agency’s Gun Ban

This will be allowed by the authorities to be displayed on Metro buses:


I feel the need to thank the liberals in San Francisco for upholding both the 1st and 2nd Amendments to the Constitution.  But then why was there even an issue in the first place?

Nice plot line in that poster, by the way.  Diminutive young female, (minority-looking; nice twist) presumably alone in her home, facing that which no defenseless person ever wants to face - a violent criminal breaking down the door.  But - lo! - she's heavily armed!  With double-ought!  Kinda changes circumstances for her, doesn't it?

Reminds me of that line:

"When seconds count, the police are only minutes away."

Reminds me too of this poster I came upon a while back.  The ultimate in feminist chic:
As they say: When double-ought buckshot isn't readily available when the backdoor crashes in, 30 rounds from a 7.62 rapid-fire rifle will serve.

She looks pretty darn imposing, if you ask me.

Photos courtesy of the New York Times and A Human Right.

Time To Clean House

It pains many of us to attack the man who was so right on the War on Terror and on tax cuts.

It's just that he was so wrong on everything else that mattered.


I knew, the day I first heard Bush's term "compassionate conservatism," back when he was first running for office, that we were in big trouble. As it turned out, compassionate conservatism was nothing more than liberalism in a ten-gallon hat.

* That's one of the reasons why I voted for the black guy in the 2000 Republican primary. 

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See also "Republicans Revolt." They'll be given one last chance to get it right or the GOP is toast.

Quote of the Day

Jim VandeHei, executive editor, Politico:

"Not a single Democrat has run an ad in support of the health care bill since April."

If only they'd listened to the people at those raucous town hall meetings.