Hypothetical question

Just as a thought exercise, if you were on a plane crashing into a mountain at 400 MPH and knew you were about to die, would you whip out your cell phone to video record the event?

Oh. Wait.

That isn’t hypothetical.

Still. Would you do it? If so, why? Would you try to upload it to YouTube (or stills to SnapChat or Instagram)? If not, why not?

I don’t understand people. People baffle me. I used to think that was a bad thing.

Now I’m glad.

How many people actually read it?

Indiana’s new,so-called “religious freedom” law, that is.

My father keeps the TV on and tuned to news all day, so I can’t help but hear the whining about the law. And it’s spattered across most of the online news sources I check. Mostly I’m hearing that it allows businesses to discriminate against gays (think gay wedding cakes), or that it was merely sloppily written and might allow such discrimination.

But no one — with the exception of Pence, who offered snippets of the language — is actually quoting the law.

So read it. Including the title cover sheet, it’s less than four pages. It doesn’t mention business conducted between private parties. It does state that the chapter refers to “state action.” That is, it requires that restrictions on religious practices by the state government be imposed only when no other way can satisfy a “compelling governmental interest” and even then must not “substantially burden” the individual.

Unless Indiana has a law that forces nuns to run brothels, bakers to bake groom-groom cakes, or some other dumbass intrusion (and requires you to patronize such), then this law doesn’t apply to businesses and would-be customers.

What it would apply to: One of the better examples I heard today was the Jewish Passover requirement of drinking wine. The person noted that if he provided those four cups of wine to his 20 year old son, he could be subject to prosecution by the state for contributing to the delinquency of a minor [sic]. This law would be an affirmative defense for a required religious practice.

Too bad we have a nation of infants who whine for laws regulating what real adults would consider common sense, and whine louder when the laws don’t discriminate against who they want abused.

Maybe she can get voting listed as an H-1B skill

Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, has all but officially announced a 2016 run the the presidency. Sadly for the hopelessly inept failure, it still isn’t legal to offshore her votes to India. Yet. And the Democrats already have the resident illegal vote pretty much nailed down.

Sheesh. Hillary “What emails? Vince Foster has ‘em” Clinton, Jerry Falw Ted Cruz, an old-fashioned robber baron, a brain surgeon who never read the 2A…

Heck, maybe the Libertarians will run Bob Barr, drug warrior chickenhawk extraordinaire* again.

* So far as I know, while he changed rhetoric, he never properly apologized for the damage he did to individuals and freedom, and certainly never offered — much less made — restitution to them.


The Gun Feed fell for it. They linked to a “Real News, Right Now” piece called Obama, Key Democrats to Introduce Legislation Banning 30 Round Magazines in Video Games.

For those interested, there really was an HR 4783, Promoting Healthy Minds for Safer Communities Act of 2014. In the 113th Congress (the 114th is currently sitting). It was introduced 5/30/14, referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations in July last year, where it died.

All else is satirical BS. When in doubt (did so few notice where this appeared?), do a web search.

Unfortunate ad campaign

Sometimes watching TV is actually worth it. Briefly.

Subaru commercial; theme is mother taking her daughter everywhere — from birth onward — in their Subaru. The ad finishes, “And the back seat of my Subaru is where my little girl grew up.” Cut to view of teen girl.

Interesting choice of words.

I suspect that’s the first and only time I’ll see that ad. And some copywriter and director will be looking for new jobs come Monday morning.

Points missed

[Major chain of over-priced caffeine]*’s “Race Together” campaign has been terribly misunderstood. Darned near everyone is polarizing over whether the campaign itself is racist, or denigrating, or merely stupidly simplistic.

None of the above. It’s marketing genius.

Remember: a prime tenet of advertising is, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.”** Anything that gets a company’s name in people’s faces goes. For the price of a few full page ads, [Major chain of over-priced caffeine] has gotten hoursĀ and column yards of national coverage, with its name and logo splashed over TV screens, newspapers, and web sites. For free. Every retweet is an unpaid advertisement.

Marketing. Effing. Genius.

Someone has a big bonus coming.

(Aside: Faux ran a [Major chain of over-priced caffeine] rant this morning for several minutes. Company’s logo was on-screen almost the whole time — presumably at no charge — and kept repeating the name. But what amused me was that they also showed the “Race Together” quiz that [Major chain of over-priced caffeine] ran in newspapers. All about quantifying how time time you spend associating with people of other races. It was amusing because I tried mentally answering the questions and had to give up because… How the heck do I know? So many friends, ex-girlfriends, extended family, associates, and random strangers on the street are such mongrels that I don’t have any idea how to classify them. I never found any need to do that. Dear Bog, the US Census has 14 different answers for “race,” not counting “other.” To answer [Major chain of over-priced caffeine]’s quiz <i>forces</i> you arbitrarily discriminate.)

* If you know who I’m talking about, my point is proved. If you don’t… Well, I’m not mentioning their name until they send me a check.

** I personally saw this belief exemplified by a telco city sales manager who proudly displayed an above-the-fold half page, continued-inside article about how horrible his company was. When I noted the article was negative (“never do business with [insert company name]”), he replied, “But people will know our name!” Happily, that company went bankrupt after I left and no longer exists.