Australian blogger Hugh Atkin recently found the following un-aired footage of Sen. John McCain during the Republican National Convention:
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My heart lets out a tiny squeal of joy when I read Women Against Sarah Palin, a blog where women can vent their despair, defiance and outrage at the selection of the Alaskan governor for Republican VP candidate. Check out the 100,000 and counting responses of women across America.
One succinct example:
Palin is pro-coathanger. I am not.
Joanie D., 42, Washington DC
The Atlanta Critical Mass ride last month received a lot of attention because city police shadowed the slow-rolling gathering and ticketed cyclists out of the blue. That sucks, yes, but turn your eyes for the moment toward New York City, where police and Massers have never really had a peaceful go of things.
A video recorded during Friday's Critical Mass in the city shows cycle-riding revelers pedaling through Times Square. Fun and games until a police officer pushes you off a bicycle for no reason.
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According to Gawker, who gets the thanks for the video:
City Room reports that the unidentified officer was puts on "modified assignment" while they investigate; the AP says they also took away his badge and gun for now. (He should be fired.) Meanwhile, Gothamist reports that the cyclist was arrested and held in jail while being charged with assault.
In less than a decade, Pabst Blue Ribbon has gone from dying, old brand, to hipster dive bar icon.
In addition to being cheap, PBR is popular because the brand connotes an anti-corporate , anti-establishment ethos.
To its fans, PBR is the cool antithesis of Budweiser. Bud spent $1.35 billion last year begging Americans to drink its beer. PBR is a little company embraced by savvy young people who reject and resent being targeted by cheesy ad campaigns. PBR's popularity is a small triumph for authenticity over marketing.
In his new book Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are, author Rob Walker explains that PBR's status as an unmarketed beer is the result of, you guessed it, clever marketing.
From yesterday's New York Times review of Buying In written by Farhad Manjoo:
Like some kind of small-scale National Endowment for the Arts for young American outsider culture, Pabst paid the bills at bike messenger contests, skateboarder movie screenings, and art and indie publishing get-togethers. At each of these events, it kept its logo obscure, its corporate goal to always look and act the underdog, to be seen as a beer of social protest, a fellow dissenter against mainstream mores.
Pabsts campaign was designed to push beer without appearing to push it.
As for the actual beer it turns out Pabst doesn't even brew any.
In reality, Pabst Blue Ribbons anticapitalist ethos is, as Walker puts it, a sham. The company long ago closed its Milwaukee brewery and now outsources its operations to Miller. Its entire corporate staff is devoted to marketing and sales, not brewing. You really couldnt do much worse in picking a symbol of resistance to phony branding, Walker writes.
Sen. John McCain is about to announce his running mate, according to the Washington Post.
I'll mail $5 cash to the first person who correctly guesses the identity of McCain's running mate AND the city from which McCain makes the announcement.
Make your guess in the comments section below.
Memphis police director Larry Godwin has sued to uncover the names of anonymous contributors to a blog harshly critical of the Memphis Police Department.
The lawsuit asks AOL to produce all information related to the identity of an e-mail address linked to MPD Enforcer 2.0, a blog popular with police officers that has been extremely critical of police leadership,
I don't know much about the Memphis Police Department, but it looks like its leaders have adopted Chinese Communist tactics to bully its force into silence. This only makes me more inclined to believe the nastier allegations on MPD Enforcer 2.o.
I hope the bloggers identities are kept mum. Imperfect as anonymous blogging is, blogs like MPD Enforcer and, closer to home, Dekalb Officers Speak, provide important information about otherwise opaque institutions.
American lawmakers waste our time and money on banning baggy pants.
Russian lawmakers waste their country's time and money on this b.s.:
Russian lawmakers last month gave broad approval to a broad "concept for the spiritual and moral education of children," including plans for curfews, bans on "emo and goth" fashions in schools and censorship of text messages.
For the record, I'd be totally fine with a global ban of My Chemical Romance.
Never let a reporter film your Nazi-themed, S&M orgy.
From The Guardian:
The News of the World chief reporter, Neville Thurlbeck, told the high court today that he needed to film the orgy involving motor racing boss Max Mosley because of the "very, very high" standard of proof required by his newspaper.
George Bush was arrested for cocaine possession in Augusta.
(Tip o' the crack pipe to Rogue109 at Peach Pundit)
Obama wins. So reports the Associated Press.
The AP tally was based on public commitments from delegates as well as more than a dozen private commitments. It also included a minimum number of delegates Obama was guaranteed even if he lost the final two primaries in South Dakota and Montana later in the day.
The 46-year-old first-term senator will face Sen. John McCain of Arizona in the fall campaign to become the 44th president.
Don't let the fact that Obama's been ahead in the delegate count since February distract you from the enormity of Obama's win. He bested his party's most experienced and powerful political operation.
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