Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Miss USA, USA In Debt, Secondhand Stuff, Funnies

Miss USA Almost Lost Her Tiara

I had no idea there was some issue with the Miss USA, Tara Conner. But trust CNN to be on top of the right story. So while the killings go on in Iraq and the US sinks further in to debt and the quagmire in Iraq continues, we hear that the latest Miss USA (don’t they all look like they all came off some assembly line?) has issues with very un-Miss USA like behavior. Not to worry Donald Trump rides to the rescue.
Atrios blogged about it, casting a critical eye on the sorry state of our media. As usual the comments on the post were interesting, one comment is reproduced below...

A tempest in a C cup.
Vanessa Williams | 12.19.06 - 11:30 am

Oh That Little Piece About The US Debt..

From this report that was quietly released on a Friday..

Despite improvement in both the fiscal year 2006 reported net operating cost and the cash-based budget deficit, the U.S. government’s total reported liabilities, net social insurance commitments, and other fiscal exposures continue to grow and now total approximately $50 trillion, representing approximately four times the Nation’s total output (GDP) in fiscal year 2006, up from about $20 trillion, or two times GDP in fiscal year 2000.
As this long-term fiscal imbalance continues to grow, the retirement of the “baby boom” generation is closer to becoming a reality with the first wave of boomers eligible for early retirement under Social Security in 2008.
Given these and other factors, it seems clear that the nation’s current fiscal path is unsustainable and that tough choices by the President and the Congress are necessary in order to address the nation’s large and growing long-term fiscal imbalance.

That was too depressing no?

Colbert On Dear Leader And His Iraq Misadventure..

"American people, you should be ashamed! The president went and bit off a big piece of the Middle East and, like an eagle, brought it back to the nest and he's regurgitating it back into your mouths! Why won’t you swallow?!!
When history looks back at the actions of this president and the decisions he made regarding this war, you will go down as the most incompetent American people of all time. Deal with it!"
---Stephen Colbert

Ten Friends Decide To Live For A Year Buying Only Secondhand
These people haven't bought anything new in 352 days -- and counting. These 10 friends vowed last year not to purchase a single new thing in 2006 -- except food, the bare necessities for health and safety (toilet paper, brake fluid) and, thankfully, underwear, and maybe socks (they're still debating whether new socks are okay).

Everything else they bought secondhand. They bartered or borrowed. Recycled. Re-gifted. Reused. Where? Thrift stores and swap meets, friends and Dumpsters, and the Internet, from Craigslist to the Freecycle Network, which includes 3,843 communities and 2.8 million members giving away stuff to one another.
Guess what? Some people hate them for it. What does that say about us? I grew up in a family where we could only manage month to month and never had enough to splurge on clothes and extras. We had to make do with less.
When people voluntarily want to do that, why does it bother anyone? Cos some people think we are the land of the “shopping addled must keep up with the joneses maxed out credit card shopping is patriotic" types.
They second handers may be taking some of this a bit too far, but their choice only affects them and none of us, so let them be. Maybe there is a lesson here for the rest of us.

Lost In Translation.

From the folks at moronland, slogans lost in translation, some of them below.

  • When Parker Pen marketed a ball-point pen in Mexico, its ads were supposed to have read, "It won't leak in your pocket and embarrass you." The company thought that the word "embarazar" (to impregnate) meant to embarrass, so the ad read: "It won't leak in your pocket and make you pregnant."
  • Clairol introduced the "Mist Stick," a curling iron, into Germany only to find out that "mist" is slang for manure. Not too many people had use for the "Manure Stick."
  • Coors put its slogan, "Turn It Loose," into Spanish, where it was read as "Suffer From Diarrhea."
  • Colgate introduced a toothpaste in France called Cue, the name of a notorious porno magazine.
  • Frank Perdue's chicken slogan, "It takes a strong man to make a tender chicken," was translated into Spanish as "it takes an aroused man to make a chicken affectionate."
  • The Coca-Cola name in China was first read as "Kekoukela", meaning "Bite the Wax Tadpole" or "Female Horse Stuffed with Wax", depending on the dialect. Coke then researched 40,000 characters to find a phonetic equivalent "kokoukole", translating into "Happiness in the Mouth."


Asha said...

20yr old Miss USA had some parties! Scandolous!!HA!!
They just want some publicity.What's new with Trump?!:D

Maggie said...

Oh Miss USA, for shame for shame. Drinking! At least she wasn't caught with Paris Hilton wearing no panties!

The deficit scares the bejeezes out of me. Especially with the boomers coming on retirement.

The 10 friends thing is pretty cool. At least in their idea. I wonder why people get so upset?

Sanjay said...

@Asha.. We like our beauty queens pure n simple.. heh!

@Maggie.. lol .. that would have caused ppl to have a stroke eh, being like Britney.

Agreed about the deficit.

Shionge said...

Totally agreed with you Sanjay, Ms USAs came out from the same mould it seems and trying to generate news all the time.

By the way, no more leftovers but would love to buy you some when you visit Singapore :D

Sai said...

First of all why should a beauty queen be a role model for young teens. Why this hypocrisy of her being virginal/simple? Let her be...there are more important issues on hand!!!! Jesus Christ speaking of misplaced priorities!!!!

Sai said...

I am freaking out about the deficit.

Carrie said...

I love what Colbert said because he so right.

Doesn't it seem like the media is always trying to find something to talk about other than the mess we are in?

I love that last bit. I was laughing so hard at work. (It is funny how you leave the funny stuff for the end of your post.)

Draw Circles

Sanjay said...

@Shionge..ya :)Thanks, If I visit Singapore I will take you up on that.

@Sai. I agree its hypocrisy.

@Carrie.. Yep thats our media for ya. The funny stuff is at the end, so I don't depress everyone. :)

Aditi said...

Didnt know abt miss usa.. i guess we learn something new everyday!!
funny publicity bloopers..

Nabeel said...

I guess now she knows that beauty on the inside matters too.

Dan said...

Miss USA Almost Lost Her Tiara

Actually, she probably wouldn't have missed it. The last time I saw her it appeared she lost everything except the tiara. ;)

deepsat said...

looks like Miss USA is still retaining her crown though!! i believe Trump would have played wid his hair to sort out things!!

loved those funny stuff!!!


Ash said...

"A tempest in a C cup"


Keshi said...

Just who does Trump think he is? Beauty Queen paramedic? LOL!


Teri said...

Didja see what Rosie O'Donnell said about Trump? “He’s the moral authority? Left the first wife, had an affair, left the second wife, had an affair, had kids both times, but he’s the moral compass for twenty year olds in America. Donald, sit and spin, my friend.”
He's suing her:

Dan said...

I think I would have had the grandmother go through the x-ray next to verify that her skull was indeed empty.