Chuck Norris Channels Ronald Reagan in Pro-Romney Video

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In one of the oddest "celebrity" endorsements we've seen in a while, Chuck Norris and his wife, Gina, talk about a "growing concern." According to the Chuck and Gina, America is under attack and may be lost forever if we don't change the course in which we are headed.

That course change Norris advocates is a vote for Romney. As explanation for why Obama won in 2008, Gina says 30 million evangelical Christians stayed home on voting day which is why Obama won by 10 million votes. Are we to assume that all evangelical christians are republican. Maybe most are but her statement is a leap in logic.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 5-12    
Topic: Celebrity, Political



Obama Enlists Harold and Kumar to Promote Convention

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Yesterday President Barak Obama enlisted some help from Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) in a video hyping the Democratic National Convention. In the video, Obama can be seen making a call and saying, "Hey, this is Barack. Listen, I need to know if you're on board. Cause I'm counting on you. Everybody is. We have to get this right. So there's a lot at stake here. Just remember that I'm trusting you on this, and I'll see you then."

The scene then shifts to Cho and Penn sitting on a couch, eating junk food and watching TV. A voiceover at the end promotes Penn as host of convention coverage which begins September 6 in Charlotte, NC.

We suppose presidents today have to do whatever they can to reach the public but enlisting a couple of stoner characters to hype viewership for a presidential convention seems to devalue what should be a moment of supreme political importance.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 4-12    
Topic: Political



Sarah Silverman Offers to Get Romney Backer's Rocks Off

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I never really thought of Sarah Silverman as being all that sexy but after watching her offer to "scissor" Vegas casino big wig and Romney backer Sheldon Adelson "wearing a bikini bottom through to fruition," my opinion may have changed a bit.

In a video (very likely NSFW), Silverman, who is a staunch Obama supporter, along with Barnacle Studios and the Jewish Council for Education and Research is urging Adelson to give the $100 million he has offered to Romney to Obama instead. And she's offering to get Adelson's rocks off if he agrees.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-17-12    
Topic: Celebrity, Political



Condom Brand Helps Sluts Unite Against Rush Limbaugh

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With a new campaign that unapologetically leverages the Rush Limbaugh situation, Sir Richard's Condoms offers support for the "Sex-Positive movement" in the form of an online "Slut's Oath" and 24 slutty, free-for-the-taking avatars. The campaign is created by advertising agency TDA_Boulder, Boulder, Colo.

Visitors to the slutsunite.org are invited to take and to tweet the five-part oath:

- "I believe that sex represents more than just the creation of children.
- "I believe it is an enjoyable, healthy and a profound part of the human experience.
- "I believe that the responsible use of birth control is an essential component of a mature, civilized society.
- "And if these beliefs make me a slut in some people's eyes, so be it.
- "I will stand united with my fellow sluts, now and always."

They can also select as their own any of 24 ready-made avatars, such as "In Sluts We Trust," "My Dad Is A Slut," "Slut Is My Co-Pilot," "Lil' Slut," and "I Think Therefore I Slut."

by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-12    
Topic: Brands, Online, Political, Racy



AshleyMadison Offers to Buy Rush Limbaugh's Canceled Ad Inventory

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As you may have heard, many advertisers have pulled their schedules from Rush Limbaugh following the host's commentary on Sandra Fluke. Never one to shy away from controversy, dating site AshleyMadison, which enables hooks ups for married people, has offered to buy Limbaugh's canceled inventory for three months.

Of the offer, AshleyMadison Founder and CEO Noel Biderman said, "We do not believe Mr. Limbaugh should be penalized for expressing his opinion, especially in America. We are offering to step up and fill the void left by the corporations who have pulled their advertising. Rush has always been a controversial figure and we have always been a controversial service so we can relate."

Biderman sent a letter to Rush Limbaugh's business development director, Michael Soifer, with the offer. The letter, in full, is below.

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by Steve Hall    Mar- 6-12    
Topic: Brands, Political, Radio



Social Networks to Play Increasingly Important Role in 2012 Election

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Just as it did four years ago, digital media will play an integral part in the upcoming 2012 Presidential election. A new study and infographic from Digitas finds 61 percent of social media users expect candidates to have a social media presence and 38 percent say candidate information found on social networks will influence their vote.

Unsurprisingly, younger folks (18-34) were most likely (51%) to say social networks will influence their choice of candidate.

Eighty six percent of social media users own mobile phones. Of these, 24 percent aged 18 - 34 feel it's important to receive information about presidential candidates on their mobile phones. The study also found that 88 percent of social media users who are registered voters have mobile phones.

The survey was conducted online with the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Digitas from September 21 - 23, 2011 among 2,361 U.S. adults aged 18 years and older, 1,701 of whom are registered voters.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 1-11    
Topic: Political, Research, Social



Occupy Wall Street Explained by Carlos Mandelbaum

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You may remember a persona named Carlos Mandelbaum who did a series of videos entitled Carnival of Ideas. His videos touched on various topics including branding and other far reaching topics. When we viewed the recent OccupyWallStreet commercial we saw a man who looked strikingly familiar but we simply couldn't place him. Come to find out, after receiving an email today, it was Carlos Mandelbaum, himself, who made an appearance in the OWS commercial. Or, more correctly, David Intrator, the man who created the Carlos Mandelbaum character.

Now, Intrator, a New York-based brand consultant, can be seen in a Truthdig interview in which he better defines what the Occupy Wall Street movement really is about and why it's an inherently conservative movement.

I, for one, appreciate his succinct description of the movement.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-26-11    
Topic: Political, Video



Fear of Dictatorship Used to Urge Democratic Vote

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To urge Tunisians to get out and vote, Memac Ogilvy Label Tunisia created a banner for Engagement Citoyen with the image of ousted President Ben Ali. Ali is not well loved making the presence of the wall hanging was very offensive to residents. So offensive a few of them ripped it down. Only to reveal the true purpose of the poster.

Underneath the image of Ali was the statement, "Beware, dictatorship can return. On Oct 23rd Vote." Check out the video below.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-26-11    
Topic: Outdoor, Political



Did You Know? America is the Last Great Hope For Mankind

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Who knew political campaigns would ever escalate to the epicness of most movie trailers? And like most movie trailers, these new ad make you want to immediately rush out and vote for whomever is behind the ad whether or not you even know the candidate... or have read the reviews.

The latest entrant into the Epic Presidential Commercial category is Rick Perry, who like Tim Pawlenty, has gone epic with his new television commercial. The first half trashes Obama. The second half pumps up Perry as the savior of "the last great hope for mankind."

For pure epicness, we prefer the Pawlenty spot. But Perry's is more grounded.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-22-11    
Topic: Political



Russian Women Disrobe in Support of Putin Presidency

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Last week, a video was floated to YouTube that hypes an army of Russian women willing to tear off their clothes in support of Vladamir Putin running for the Russian presidency. While Putin, who has already served two terms, hasn't declared he's running, that hasn't stopped these women, referred to as Putin's Army, from asking other women to post their own videos of themselves tearing off their clothes. Reportedly, the best tearing video will win the woman an iPad2. Some reports claim women are also being urged to kill something or someone to win the contest.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-18-11    
Topic: Cause, Political, Racy, Strange








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