Somebody’s going to a re-education camp* for this one:
“We should make them all wear oversized ‘Star Trek’ shirts. As a joke.” — the Beijing organizers. pic.twitter.com/KOFqDDpATg
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) November 10, 2014
Half of you will hate it, half of you will love it – and half of you who hate it will be going to see it on the first night anyway, and half of you who love it will be wincing at That Scene (you’ll know it when you see it, trust me). Me? …I’m good, thanks.
So, this ad is a thing of beauty.
So much so, that the liberal group that unwittingly caused it to come into being had to retroactively change the rules to keep it from winning said group’s phony ‘get money out of politics’ contest. You would like to think that doing that would have shamed the progressives involved, but it’s unlikely that it did. What it did do, however, was professionally embarrass some folks among their peers; and that’s nothing to sneeze at, honestly.
This passage from Hot Air sums up the current administration-friendly rhetoric over Ebola and quarantines nicely. Short version: the nurse who went overseas to treat Ebola patients, came back, had a fever, got isolated while they tested her, was released to Maine, and announced that she would be the judge of her own quarantining has just been told by Maine officials that no, they will be the judges. In other words, it’s only going to be voluntary if the volunteer volunteers. Hot Air is exasperated about the right thing, here:
In fact, there seems to be little that the administration and their media surrogates can agree on except for four things:
1. Chris Christie is a terrible person and we shouldn’t do anything he says.
2. Mandatory quarantines are insulting and bad for America.
3. We obviously need to go ahead and do exactly what Christie put in place.
4. But under no circumstances should we call it a mandatory quarantine.
And let me be blunt, for the record: if you went to West Africa to treat Ebola patients, thank you very much. I mean that, sincerely. Good job. Now go get into quarantine. Because – again, bluntly – at this point I don’t really trust medical personnel to make smart decisions about their own health circumstances. And forgive me for saying this*, but I have good reasons for that. (more…)
Come, I will conceal nothing from you: even if this doesn’t actually work there’s still something deeply satisfying about hearing it being said. Partially because it’s all true – African-American voters are getting screwed over by the Democratic party – and partially because the liberal, mostly white, Democratic hyper-partisans are right now discovering that there’s only so much that you can do to a minority Republican politician when he or she is reasonably certain of getting the Republican vote generally.
And make no mistake: Elbert Guillory has ambitions higher than smacking white Democratic politicians right in their bloated senses of condescension and entitlement. Which is fine by me. I do so enjoy seeing a man go about the business of doing well by doing good.
PS: As to the effectiveness of the ad? Beats me: but here’s a cheery thought. The basic message of that ad is not Republicans are swell! or Let me spend the next twenty minutes telling you about the arcane details of regulatory reform or even Here, have some free stuff. It is, instead, one of the most classic of American principles:
Don’t get mad. Get even.
The advantage of a message like that is that the aforementioned principle is very, very easy to implement in this case. Want to send the Democrats a message? Easy: just don’t vote for Kay Hagan. …And that’s it. It’s elegant. I like elegant, particularly when it’s this… stripped of non-essentials.
Via Hot Air.
Interesting point here from Reason on the leaked Marvel Age of Ultron trailer:
The trailer wasn’t supposed to be released this week at all. Marvel had originally planned to release the trailer next Tuesday, in conjunction with a new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, a TV show with close ties to Marvel’s ever-expanding Avengers movie universe. After a low-resolution version of the trailer leaked, some copies were pulled at the request of Disney, which owns Marvel.
…within about two hours of the leaked version hitting the web, Marvel went ahead and posted the official version. So much for carefully stage-managed corporate PR, eh? But this is one of the reasons why Marvel is doing such great business these days. They’re not fighting the fans, not trying to control the crowd. The company is accepting the reality of the Internet—that a leak can’t really be contained—and giving fans what they want.
…and, yeah, Goat Simulator really is as stupid-awesome as it looks.
Although I suspect that people don’t play it for several thousand hours.
Anybody but Pixar, I’d raise an eyebrow.
And Pixar doesn’t quite bat 1.000 these days, at that. Still… not safe to bet that they can’t pull it off.