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This little ad has everyone up in arms.  It’s an Absolut ad they ran down in Mexico.  If you know anything about pop culture at all, you know that Absolut has some pretty cool ads.  They have different versions of their bottle in different forms like Aboslut Picasso or Absolut Impressionist.  And they also run ads asking you to imagine an Absolut (version of the) world/time/place.

This map has cause all kinds of havoc here in the US.  Mostly people are offended that Absoult would advocate (and they’re not by any stretch) a border change in the US.  I don’t know.  I look at this as an American and I think it’s funny.  I don’t feel threatened by this at all since, although I’m not a military strategist, last time I checked Absolut didn’t have an army.  And I can see how from a Mexican perspective, this really would be the Absolut world.

I wonder though, how many of the people who are really upset by this map ever knew about this reality?  You’ll notice that Texas, California, the Utah territory and the New Mexico territory were in the possession of…. guess who?  That’s right.  Mexico.  I wonder if the highly offended know there’s a historical basis for this map.

But you know, this is just par for the course.  Of course, being witty, salient and good looking readers of this blog, you keep up with the affairs of the nation.  And you know that right now the pols are embroiled in the outrage du jour.  Apparently Obama said poor people in PA were bitter that jobs were gone and the government wasn’t helping them. 

Clinton jumped on immediately and took the brown nose position of saying she didn’t know anyone bitter in PA… that everyone she meets is hard working and she can’t believe anyone would disparage the good honest people of PA.  This makes me think everyone in PA is sitting around in their top hats and monocles drinking champagne like they’re at a marble and tile salesman convention.  The McCain jumps in and says Obama is out of touch.  And oh yeah… that Obama is elitist…  and forgets stuff and he’s old. 

Amazing how anything can be spun and anyone can find a reason to be outraged.  The great (at least better than Phil Collins) lyricist Sting wrote “This place has changed for good, Your economic theory said it would, It’s hard for us to understand, We can’t give up our jobs the way we should.”  And like the coal workers in England, the rust belt workers are pining for jobs that have long vanished in industries that have long been declining and disappearing.  It’s not a stretch to me that people might be bitter. 

Perhaps its an unfortunate word choice… no one likes actually being called bitter, true or not.  But aren’t we all a little tired of the constant fake outrage?


Written by arnold

April 14, 2008 at 11:28 am

Posted in Politics

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  1. Re: the political outrage du jour, I’m surprised you’re focusing on the “bitter” angle. What leapt out at me was the comment that bitter people cling to their religion.

    Here’s the quote: “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

    So if you’ve got nothing else, you turn to religion and/or guns? Or wait…is it religion and/or anti-immigrant sentiment? Hmmm….

    As to the map, Absolut should have published one showing all the Native American tribes instead. 😉

    Peggy C

    April 15, 2008 at 3:34 am

  2. Yeah, I did hear that. I think again it’s word choice. If you read the quote with an elitist bent, it still doesn’t fit in with everything else Obama’s been saying all along, my perception of his character or with his upbringing. If I change the word “cling” to a synonym like “cleave to” or “hold on to” then it makes sense in the context of the three things I listed above.

    I’m not ready to label someone an elitist based on a single speech that may be mean different things to different people depending on what kinds of connotations certain words have for them (ie, “cling” meaning a childish grasp rather than a holding closer to heart). And of course, it’s different to try and apply reactions to a situation like he’s describing to well to do, affluent Americans in cities. My guess is there’s may be a difference in how we decide to cope.


    April 15, 2008 at 10:08 am

  3. But don’t some people (often those who aren’t exposed to other religions or cultures) cling to their religion, or to a specific view of “outsiders”? It’s a rather boneheaded thing to say on the campaign trail, but that doesn’t mean it’s not actually true.

    the kyle

    April 16, 2008 at 4:31 pm

  4. I like these quotes from the debate earlier tonite:

    “The problem that we have in our politics, which is fairly typical, is that you take one person’s statement, if it’s not properly phrased, and you just beat it to death, and that’s what Senator Clinton’s been doing,” Obama said in the debate in downtown Philadelphia.

    And the Hilary goes on to beat it to death some more…..

    Clinton, who has eased off her public criticism of Obama over the remarks in the past two days but launched a television ad in Pennsylvania assailing them, said they were “a fundamental misunderstanding of religion and faith.”


    April 16, 2008 at 10:59 pm

  5. Hey-are you like, going to drop me a line? I don’t have your IM or cell number-so try me at or Perhaps my work email is filtering out your emails. Are you a subversive?

    Spontaneous Person

    April 17, 2008 at 7:24 pm

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