I am SEIU, and I am an Amercan…

Worth at least a chuckle… thanks to BigGovernment:

I Am an Amercan

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I am the target audience

There has been endless blabber going on about Audi’s “Green Police” super bowl commercial designed to attract attention to its new A3 2.0 TDI.

I usually would consider fellow Northwest resident, columnist, and left-wing greenie, David Roberts, to be of the same worldview on, well, anything.  However, in his latest Grist column, I agree with his closing paragraph…

Anyway, not to overthink it (ahem), but the ad is not just another pot shot at greens. It’s an appeal to a new and growing demographic that isn’t hard-core environmentalist—and doesn’t particularly like hard-core environmentalists—but that basically wants to do the right thing. Audi’s effort to reach them, however clumsy, is actually a bit ahead of the curve.

Yes, I am the target audience of this ad (if that’s an accurate translation); and I would hardly call it clumsy.  It made me laugh out loud!  And, unlike many other ads (US Census Bureau, I’m looking at you), I remembered who was selling what.  The riff on Cheap Trick’s “Dream Police” was brilliant, too.

Look, I’m in favor of conservation, I recycle to keep the regular “garbage” output to a minimum, and I try to simply use less of anything that I must.  Not because of some moral authority; mostly because it’s practical.  And I want my kids to have the same shot at fishing and hunting that I had growing up.  I want them to have the same or similar air and water quality I enjoyed.  I want logging companies to keep up the great work they’ve been doing with one of our many great, renewable and sustainable resources here in the Northwest.  And, I would really like to get out of my old 90s Ford clunker into a new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid!

Audi is a bit rich for my blood, and I would much rather buy an award-winning American vehicle that is not only a hybrid, but is also more survivable than a hatchback.

Still, the torque those diesel engines put out are amazing, and, well, Audi makes some amazing vehicles, period, but I digress.

Anyway, I part company with David on his insistence in calling those of us limited-government types, “teabaggers.”  Which is rather ironic — though not surprising — considering his opening whine line…

Is it me or were the Super Bowl commercials this year unusually ugly, misogynistic, and, worst of all, unfunny?

Meh, some were, but mostly just you, David.

So-Called Stab Proof Knife Debuts in UK

It’s scarely been 11 years since the UK banned the personal ownership of firearms.  Since then, naturally, only the criminals have the guns now, violent assaults skyrocketed, and knife attacks increased, as well.  Rather than help restore the part of what made Great Britain great, some industrial designer decided to cash in on the gelding of the citizenry and has introduced so-called “stab-proof knives”.

It was invented by industrial designer John Cornock, who was inspired by a documentary in which doctors advocated banning traditional knives.

Cornock, 42, from Swindon. England, said that the knife will cut vegetables, but will make it almost impossible to stab someone to death and will reduce the risk of accidental injuries.

Ah, yes, if only they could introduce soft, rubber knives that could still cut a roast.  Nothing like addressing the symptom and not the sickness… only consumer choice will determine if this is truly what the public wants.

Good Riddance

Rosie O’Donnell says she’s abandoning her blog:

“When I started to blog, no one knew what a blog was,” O’Donnell tells PEOPLE while cutting the ribbon at the brand-new Maravel Arts Center Monday. “Then it got so commonplace, it was kind of being used on entertainment shows as edited pieces. I was like, ‘It’s not worth it.’ It wasn’t providing the joy that it used to.”

Translation:

I quickly discovered that all of my crazy was available for people to easily pick at online, espeically my hare-brained 9/11 Trutherisms.  I don’t like people questioning my sanity, or, quite frankly, holding me to any account.  That’s why I almost ate Elizabeth Hasselbeck on The View; she questioned my authori-tay!!11!!!ELVENTY11!

And people didn’t know what a blog was back in 2006, 2007?  That’s the earliest “posts” I can find of yours, Ms. O’Donnell.  Hell, all your close pals at Huffigton Post knew what a blog was at least a year sooner!  Glenn Reynolds has been running Instapundit since 2001.  The logest running weblog can be claimed by Rupert Goodwins of ZDNet UK…  de’s been posting since 1996!

Goodbye, Rosie. I’d say, “don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out,” but it probably will anyway.