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A Rant I Forgot Yesterday

So I got so worked up complaining about Fox and their coverage yesterday that I totally forgot to complain about Wal-mart. While I’m already against shopping there for various reasons, I have a new reason to greatly dislike them. It’s only November 4th and they’re already advertising for Christmas.

I thought we had an unwritten understanding with retailers that they wouldn’t start this nonsense until after Thanksgiving.  When did the day after Halloween become the start of the Christmas season?? I’m making a vow to not shop for Christmas before Thanksgiving and to shun retailers that try to shove it down my throat before then.

If we don’t stop this now, they’ll be trying to advertising Christmas the Tuesday after Labor Day in ten years.

Insane People Don’t Get Joke

So David Letterman is catching hell from a vocal minority of insane people who have turned a tasteless joke into one about child rape.  Don’t believe me, check out their site here.  How many of these people stand up and are offended when Rush Limbaugh makes crude jokes about women? How many are offended when Bill O’Reilly’s “reporting” drives an insane person to shoot a doctor in church?

I have no problem if you think David Letterman is an asshole and want to boycott his show and advertisers now.  Just be honest about it.  It’s not because he made a joke about a 14 year old (which he didn’t), it’s because he made fun of  Sarah Palin.

If anything, Republicans should hope and pray that Sarah Palin vanishes. Most centrists in the country are afraid of politicians like her. I might have voted for McCain if he picked Tom Ridge or another reasonable person as his running mate. Palin was the final nail in his campaign.

Yahoo, Superwhore of the Interwebs

Or How we Escaped L.A. and Fell into Big Trouble in Shitty Movies

I still use Yahoo!for my e-mail because of a long history and someone has stolen my user name on Gmail. That being said, I occassionally pick up on the news from its main page and scan to see if the world has exploded outside my office. Today, I was looking at the main news area (right in the middle of the main page) and Yahoo is whoring it up for what looks like the most insipid movie so far this year… Fool’s Gold staring acting poison Kate Hudson and Matthew “Still Not Wearing a Fucking Shirt” McConaughey.

Yahoo just seems to keep sinking into the realm of dumbed down pop culture trash that makes Paris Hilton a star, Britney Spears headline news, and the crisis in DarfurIraqElectionsinformerYugoslaviaIslamRunAmokKenyaExploding enough to put even the most informed and interested Americans to sleep immediately. In trying to be giant interweb whores to everyone, they seem to make no one truly happy.

But getting back to Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn should be spinning in her grave for the horrible horrible movies her daughter has made in recent years. One can only hope that her father Snake Pliskin can put a stop to her madness and save us all.

An Open Letter to Ford/Mercury

Dear Ford (and Mercury too),

I’m in the market for a new car and decided I kind of liked the hybrids you’re offering.  Now, due to the styling I like the Mercury Mariner better than the Escape.  I’m sure that’s ok since it costs more.  Like most Americans, when I go car shopping the first thing I want to do is drive the car.  This is especially true of a hybrid vehicle.  My wife and I recently shopped the Prius and the Civic hybrids and the way they drove made us decide on the Civic (like a real car instead of a semi-retarded space egg).

However, when I called my local Mercury dealerI was told that there were no Mariner Hybrids on the lot, nor would there ever be. I was told I could order one if I wanted.  Now, silly me but this doesn’t feel like a company that has a strong comittment to its hybrid technology.

I wrote Ford and two days later got this canned response back…

— 

Dear Martin,

Thank you for contacting the Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship
Center regarding your interest in purchasing a
Mercury Mariner Hybrid.

Please be advised that if you would like to purchase a new vehicle
directly from the assembly plant, we recommend you to contact our Marketing
Department at:

Mercury:
1-(888)-566-8888

Moreover, please be advised that the Sales Department of your local
dealership is in the best position to advise you of vehicle pricing or
availability.  Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealerships are independently
owned and operated and as such, set their own prices for vehicle sales.  To
locate a Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealership, please visit:

If you have any other inquiries, please feel free to contact us and we
will be happy to address them for you.

Sincerely,
Phebe
Customer Relationship Center
Ford Motor Company

So, the factory can’t tell the dealers to carry the hybrids but the dealers claim they’re not shipped any to carry.  Sounds like a load of bullshit to me.  Needless to say, I won’t be buying a Ford or Mercury product, despite my willingness to consider an American manufacturer after years of avoiding them like the plague.  Kudos Ford, way to drive away a customer.

Sincerely,

Mr. Bitter