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!"
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).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.
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.
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."