Why Whopper Virgins Offend

Thanks to Twitter I became aware of this recent post from the Inquisitr: Whopper Virgins: it doesn’t get much more offensive than this.  I also read about it at the LA Times Blog the NY Daily News.  And oooh, you can also see an introductory slide show at http://www.whoppervirgins.com/.  Neat.

According to the article at NY Daily News:

The burger chain has launched a new, documentary-style ad campaign in which remote villagers in poor nations such as Thailand, Romania and Greenland pick between the twin titans of American fast food, the Whopper and the Big Mac. The name of the campaign: “Whopper Virgins.”

Why do people in “remote” areas need to be exposed to substandard food-like products such as the Whopper and the Big Mac?  Hasn’t the introduction of fast food in foreign countries had a negative impact on overall health?  Why should “poor nations” be targeted by Burger King and McDonalds?  Do they think we’re so dummm as to see it as an altruistic endeavor?  Seeing these people in their traditional garb trying to make sense of a burger just gives me the creeps.  There’s a reason that ground beef is so cheap, right?!  And that’s what we’re unleashing upon indigent populations in remote areas of the world?

My other issue is with the use of the term virgin.   The descriptor is provocative, don’t you think?  Oooo, virgins.  Oooo, I gotta pop that cherry.  Oooo, virgins are so pure and unadulterated.  Virgins are naive and trusting.  Virgins need experience, and there’s always someone there ready to give it to ’em.  Poor virgins don’t know what they’re doing.
“Ooo, so and so is still a virgin?  How sad.”
“Ooo, so and so is still a virgin?  Well not for long, heh heh heh.”
“Of course so and so is a virgin.  S/he is so unattractive.”
“I only f–k virgins.”

Well, that’s exactly what Burger King is doing . . . “f–king virgins.”  Over at Inquisitr, many people who are not opposed to the ad campaign suggest that it’s harmless.  Or that it’s a good idea.  Maybe.  But personally, I think that’s an unexamined opinion.


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Obama Party Tonight

I’m hosting a small election party this evening.  Chili, cornbread, salad, booze.  It is going to be exciting watching all of the election data come in.  Polls start closing at 6pm Mountain time.  I can only imagine that we’ll be celebrating a huge victory – for Obama, Schweitzer, excellent local candidates, and especially celebrating for average Americans like you and me!

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Amy Martin Video Features Missoula and Obama

I found this great video at 4&20 Blackbirds!

This YouTube video is a song by local musician Amy Martin with most of the images coming from Missoula and a few from San Francisco. Watch, listen and enjoy:

Now I’m off to go vote for a bunch of Democrats including President Obama

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John McCain Doesn’t Care Who HE Hurts

How is this acceptable conduct.  How can McCain address reporters and the American public and say that he is PROUD of his campaign or the RNC (who is evidently responsible for the mailer) and these tactics.

I hope people will consider that the conduct that has been displayed by John McCain in this campaign is neither Christian nor Presidential.  If he is elected President, he instantly becomes reflective of the values that you and I supposedly hold true.  I will not stand for a good, honest American and a true Statesman to be called (directly or indirectly) a terrorist.  I will not be part of electing someone who will stoop so low and treat people with so little dignity and respect.  I hope and pray that the “Christian” Right will see through this degrading and erratic behavior that John McCain has continued to exhibit and support the man who has the capacity to bring disparate groups together and lead us to a state of Global Harmony and Peace.

I did receive an e-mail about this today, but my source for the images was Smart, Stupid, Doomed to Fail.  From there you can also watch a news report from St. Louis, Missouri’s KSDK NBC News.  And look at the number of blog posts about this mailer.  People are upset, John McCain, and I am one of them.  I used to respect and admire you.  I thought I could vote for you.  No way.  No how.  Not with a gun pointed at my head.

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Why so Angry, John McCainy?

I was ready for that debate to be over last night.  You?  I was tired of McCain’s anger and defensiveness and Obama’s smugness when McCain went on the offensive.  Why was John McCain so angry?  Why was his goal to rip down Obama’s statements and try and tell us (after the fact) what Obama was REALLY (wink wink) saying?  Why wouldn’t he talk about his own plans and why they’re so great and let Obama do the same.  Why is naysaying, negating, disrupting, etc. the way of political debate?

And why, Senator McCain, are you complementing crowds who yell things like “terrorist” and “kill him!”????  Why are you personally attacking Obama and playing the victim when your policy ideas are criticized????  You can’t be the bully and the victim all at the same time.  Sorry not buyin’ it.

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Abusing the Absentee Ballot?

We have been receiving elections-related correspondence for someone named Aaron France who does not and never has lived at our address. (We are the first and only occupants of our home.) I’ve been growing increasingly concerned about this, as has my husband, but are confident that since we both voted in the primary and have our addresses on our driver licenses, that we’ll be ok to vote on Election Day.

However, we received an absentee ballot for someone at our address. How does this happen? And what is to prevent us from filling it out to our satisfaction and sending it in? Would his absentee ballot be checked and cross checked for validity?

I have contacted Forward Montana for advice and will post my findings here on this blog. Please be aware of this problem and do your best to promote the ethical and legal use of absentee ballots.

Update: It is a relief to discover that this was an honest mistake; the elections office had his address wrong.  I am surprised, though, that they’ll let me walk it over to him and will accept a ballot with an incorrect address on it.  I am sure glad that I called about it!


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Debating the Economy: Who Is the Loser?

It’s confusing at best trying to follow the debate over the economy these days. Democrats blame Bush and his regime; Republicans point out that Congress has been in Democrat control for a while now (though Bush seems to enjoy his veto power) or somehow blame the current situation on President Clinton.  And of course President Reagan (God rest his soul) is still getting cussed for his economic principles.

Who loses when our politicians debate the economy? Yep, you guessed it . . . we do! College professors like me as well as “Joe 6-pack” (which I resemble from time to time).

A top McCain aide is quoted as saying:

“It’s a dangerous road, but we have no choice,” a top McCain strategist told the Daily News. “If we keep talking about the economic crisis, we’re going to lose.”

Is it really fair to title an article that way?  Not really.  Of course if either campaign really spends a LOT of time on the economic crisis, the risks might outweigh the benefits.  Really it probably depends on how well the world and US markets do in this last quarter of 2008.  How low can it go?  Let’s not ask that question aloud.

Anyway, I just think it’s a bit unfair to suggest that McCain would LOSE if he talks about the economy.  Republicans tend to support deregulation and trickle-down economics.  Are they evil for this?  No, it’s their philosophy.  I’m not sure how philosophy in and of itself is evil.  Are the Democrats immune from the “debate” over the current state of the economy?  Surely no one thinks as much.  Our current predicament is wrath inflicted from multiple sources – the “fed,” Wall Street, Main Street, politicians, you and me, bankers, borrowers, and the like.  We’ve been groomed to believe that we deserve to live in $300,000 homes when we can’t really even afford a $100,000 investment.  Our parents bought their first homes when a house cost a couple of years of salary… that is not the case nowadays.

It would be so nice to find some sources out there that were truly objective.  Why does everything have to polarize?  What good does that do?  Are all issues black & white?  Is it all that simple?

If wishes were horses I’d have flown to Pluto by now . . .

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