SAN ANTONIO–Frank Pena doesn’t have much time to chat, because he’s repairing a jet engine. The 24-year-old technician at Lockheed Martin is a big guy, but even he looks tiny compared with some of the engines—from the Air Force’s C-5 to the commercial 727—arrayed in the factory. Pena is here, and not flipping burgers at McDonalds, because of a decision he made when he was a sophomore in high school. He enrolled in the Alamo Area Aerospace Academy.
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ATLANTA (AP) — The youngest daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. hailed the inauguration of the nation's first black president to a new term as one of the achievements made possible by the civil rights struggle her father helped lead decades ago.
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I’ve very happy for Gabby and her family: And this is interesting, at Poynter, ” How AP photographer captured Gabby Douglas Olympics photo: Practice, practice, practice .” However, some of the responses have been unusual. See William Jacobson, ” Saturday Night Card Game (NBC gets an itsy, bitsy taste of its own medicine) .” I posted on that previously: ” NBC Runs Commercial With Monkey Doing Gymnastics Right After Gabby Douglas Wins Olympic Gold Medal .” And here’s this at London’s Daily Mail, ” NBC forced to apologise after ill-timed ad features a monkey doing gymnastics – right after showing Gabby Douglas’ gold medal victory .” (Via Memeorandum .)
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Gabby Douglas’ Mom Talks About the Future
**Written by Doug Powers Successful ad placement takes a page from the three rules of real estate: “Location, location, location” : CBS News correspondent Bob Schieffer was caught off guard Sunday when he made an instant cameo in a Romney campaign commercial airing during his own program. In the commercial, Schieffer — who hosts CBS’ “Face the Nation” — was shown questioning Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod over a barrage of negative ads, especially attacks on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Bain Capital. “Whatever happened to hope and change?” the spot showed Schieffer saying in footage from the program. Schieffer opened a later segment saying he was “shocked” by the ad and distancing himself from it. Schieffer reminded viewers he didn’t give his permission for the clip to be used and has “no affiliation with the Romney campaign.” It’s okay, Bob, most people would never make that assumption anyway. Here’s the Romney ad in question: And Schieffer’s subsequent reaction: Bob hasn’t been that miffed since Mark Block offered him a Marlboro. I don’t know the whole story as far as from where the Romney ad originated. If the time was purchased from some local affiliates there’s not much the network could have done, but if it ran network-wide they had an attention lapse at CBS HQ. **Written by Doug Powers Twitter @ThePowersThatBe
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I’ve been meaning to post on this for a couple of weeks. I was getting a kick out of the Lottery’s ” Luck Has a New Look ” campaign, but then all of a sudden “Lady Luck” stopped slapping the dude at the bowling alley — she blows him a kiss in the revised ad, which totally destroys the kinda film noir styling of the original clip. I just saw the lame “blowing a kiss” version again and decided to check around, so here’s this at the Los Angeles Times , ” New lottery ad glamorizes violence, California legislators complain “: The leaders of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus called for removal of a state lottery television ad that shows a woman slapping a man across the face, saying it sanctions violence. “It is inappropriate for any entity, especially a state-funded Commission, to promote its products through the use of violence,” state Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), the caucus chairwoman, and Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), the caucus co-chair, wrote to the head of the Lottery Commission. The California Lottery’s “Luck has a new look” ad shows a mysterious woman in black — Lady Luck — who walks up to a man playing a new scratcher lottery card in a bowling alley and then slaps him in the face, after which the guy yells “I won.” Lady Luck walks away smiling. The lawmakers note that the Legislature has taken a position against violence against women, but that they believe violence by women against men is also a serious problem. “This commercial glamorizes violence under the auspice of “lady luck” and we find it offensive and counterproductive to society at large,” they wrote, asking the lottery to better scrutinize the content of future adds to prevent “harmful messages that are paid for with public dollars.” Lame. But typical from the utterly neutered world of political correctness, brought to you by the Democrat Party — the party of nanny statism and abject hostility to independent thought and speech.
**Written by Doug Powers Snarlin’ Arlen earned the name on the syndicated Jason Lewis radio show. Apparently Specter was forced to endure the unspeakable cruelty of sitting through two commercial breaks while the host hadn’t yet bothered to mention his score-settling book . Via the Daily Caller, here’s how the conversation ended : “Jason, I have one final comment,” Specter said. “I gave you 10 minutes. You’ve been over every subject except for my book. I’ve listened to two rounds of your commercials. I think it’s insulting. I’ve been in a lot of interviews in the course of the past 30 years and you are absolutely insulting!” Specter’s on-air tirade didn’t stop there. “This is no way to run an interview!” he said. “Listen, I’m talking about somebody who’s civilized!” Specter added. “I told you the last time around I wasn’t looking to sit around and listen to your commercials, and I didn’t want to hang up on you. But I want to tell you this is no way for anybody to run an interview. I’m as experienced as you are, if not more so. And that’s all I have to tell you, so goodbye!” I half expected Specter to say “and what happened to the pictures I was supposed to see this week?” Arlen’s obviously used to the commercial-free comforts of his public television show . Zzzzzzz … Hard to blame the host for going to a couple of breaks. When you interview Arlen Specter, your ratings actually go up during the commercials. (h/t HAP ) **Written by Doug Powers Twitter @ThePowersThatBe
**Written by Doug Powers In an ad set to air during Sunday’s Super Bowl, aliens from outer space want to make sure their tax money didn’t get dumped into the Chevy Volt pit — at least that’s my take on it : Ahead of the big game, Chevrolet has released its upcoming Super Bowl advertisement for the plug-in hybrid on the internet, in which a man in a bathrobe goes out to his garage in the middle of the night and discovers a group of little cone-headed green and purple creatures inspecting a Volt. Exasperated by what seems to be a recurring event, he tells them, “I’ll say it again, it’s electric, but when I need to go farther it uses gas. Please tell me you understand.” Here’s the ad: ***** There were 603 Volts sold in January, so encouraging sales numbers like that certainly justify shelling out the big bucks for some out-of-this-world ad time to attempt a product re-launch during the Super Bowl. It’s not as expensive an ad purchase as it might sound. If the average Super Bowl spot this year is going for $3.5 million, then, according to some estimates, the commercial time was purchased at the total cost of just 14 Volts . The spot would be more effective on a “high tech” level if the ET’s would have ditched their spacecraft in the guy’s driveway and taken the car instead, but even fiction has its limits when it comes to suspension of disbelief. **Written by Doug Powers Twitter @ThePowersThatBe
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Super Bowl Ad: ET’s Visit Earth to Make Sure Their Tax Dollars Didn’t Fund the Volt
If you watched the debate last night, you likely noticed that the audience was eerily silent. They had been asked/admonished by Brian Williams not to be hootin’ and hollerin’ like they have in past debates. Regardless your thoughts on Williams and NBC and the liberal media and their desire to silence the Right, this was a major problem for ONE candidate: Newt Gingrich. It was the rowdy crowd — in both the Fox News debate when Newt took on Juan Williams’ race-related questions and the CNN debate when he lectured John King for the media’s “shameless” use of the interview with his second scorned ex-wife, Marianne Gingrich. Because Newt knows that without the rowdy crowds his campaign suffers, the gentleman from Georgia has decided that if the rules can be HIS rules, then he’s not going to play . Newt Gingrich insists his fans will not be silenced. Mr. Gingrich, a former House speaker, on Tuesday morning threatened not participate in any future debates with audiences that have been instructed to be silent. That was the case on Monday, when Brian Williams of NBC News asked the audience of about 500 people who assembled for a debate in Tampa to hold their applause until the commercial breaks. In an interview with the morning show “Fox and Friends,” Mr. Gingrich said NBC’s rules amounted to stifling free speech. In what has become a standard line of attack for his anti-establishment campaign, Mr. Gingrich blamed the media for trying to silence a dissenting point of view. Sounds a lot like Tinkerbell, who also required audience applause to survive:
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A new ad from UNICEF Sweden is meant to encourage viewers to give gifts of charity during the Holiday Season, but has the punchline and vibe of an Occupy Wall Street propaganda linking Santa Claus to the 1 percent. Could the United Nations Children’s Fund be the latest participant in the War on Christmas? While giving charitable donations in others names as gifts may be a noble gesture, the brash and cold Saint Nick presented in the commercial seems like an odd way to entice viewers to purchase UNICEF stocking suffers such as malaria tablets, rehydration bags and polio vaccines. “I don’t do poor countries,” says Santa in a malevolent tone closing the commercial. He is followed by the UNICEF message “We go where Santa doesn’t — Buy your Christmas gifts at unicef.se.” What Christmas movies do you think this director grew up watching? (H/T: New York Daily News)