Will Ferrell’s Old Milwaukee

I had heard that there was a Will Ferrell commercial for the greatest beer company ever: Pabst! Pabst Blue Ribbon! Okay: Pabst Brewing Company. And it does just so happen that Heineken sucks. Anyway, one of Pabst’s worst beer offerings is Old Milwaukee. This video consists of a number of these Will Ferrell/Old Milwaukee commercials. Unfortunately, they are all video recordings of TV screens. But they’re pretty well done. And the commercials are really funny.

This is the Super Bowl commercial, which I also think is hysterical:

China Owns America! In Republican Ads

Debbie Spend-It-Now Ad

Laura Berman over at The Detroit News doesn’t like Pete Hoekstra’s dumber than racist “China owns America!” commercial:

With his controversial new Super Bowl commercial and website, Pete Hoekstra seems to think he’s got the advertising instincts and guts of Chrysler’s Sergio Marchionne.

My instincts say he’s as tone-deaf as the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which boldly cut out money to Planned Parenthood, and then reversed itself once angry women unleashed a 72-hour deluge of Facebook fury.

On Sunday night, Hoekstra’s campaign unveiled a “Debbie Spend-It-Now” attack ad, which deploys an astonishing array of cheesy Chinese stereotypes to make sport of Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

I’m certainly on board with Berman’s analysis of the commercial and how it doesn’t appeal to anyone other than the racists already planning to vote for Pete Hoekstra. But the article seems to accept the premise of the ad that China owns most of our government debt. But it doesn’t. The total foreign owned debt is 32%. For China, it is 8%. The majority of our government debt is owned by… Americans.

So Pete Hoekstra’s “Doesn’t California look like China?” commercial is not only offensive and ineffective, it is also just factually wrong.

The Reasonable Conservative

David FrumLiberals like David Frum—they think of him as the Reasonable Conservative. But like any conservative, that doesn’t mean much. Yesterday, he wrote an excellent review of racist pseudo-scientist and conservative apologist Charles Murray’s (“Blacks are poor because they’re dumb!”) Coming Apart. (Sorry: I just can’t bring myself to provide a link to this fucktard’s book.) Frum savages the book and the author.

But as I said: Frum isn’t that reasonable. Murray writes in his new book that it isn’t unreasonable to hold ideological positions on issues that are resistant to data or facts. He provides such a list of positions. Frum counters:

As a matter of fact, if you announce that there can exist no possible information that might change your mind about abortion, the death penalty, marijuana, same-sex marriage, and the inheritance tax, then yes you are an unreasonable person—or anyway, an unreasoning one. I’ve changed my mind about same-sex marriage as experience has dispelled my fears of the harms from same-sex marriage. If somebody could prove to me that marijuana was harmless or that legalization would not lead to an increase in marijuana use, I’d change my mind about marijuana legalization. And so on through the list.

In a general sense, you have to applaud Frum: thanks for being reasonably open-minded. However, it is clear that Frum needs an overwhelming amount of evidence if it is going to cut through his ideology. It has been decades since social scientists have known that same-sex marriage is not harmful to society. And if Frum still thinks that cannabis is some kind of dangerous drug, he has a Teflon coating regarding facts. (Note how cannabis must be “harmless”—a claim that cannot be made of any human activity including water drinking.)

Beware the Reasonable Conservative because if you look close, you will find him neither reasonable nor conservative.

Fat Men Can’t Run

I keep seeing this clip of Ann Coulter saying that if the Republicans don’t run Chris Christie, Romney will be the nominee and they will lose:

But when I see Christie, I am appalled.

It isn’t that Christie is fat. I understand. A person’s weight is largely determined by their genetics. I’ve seen this in my own life: other than a variation of two pounds, my body wants to weigh what it wants to weigh. Ezra Klein discussed this in an article at the end of last September: Chris Christie is not too fat to be president. But I think that while Christie might be able to be president, I’m not sure he could run for president.

It is that Christie is extremely fat.

He seems to be at least as obese as Orson Welles at his largest. And running for president is by all accounts a grueling endeavor. I really wonder if he would be up to it.

As to Klein’s point that obese people don’t really die earlier than other people (Welles made it to 70): I don’t think that’s the point; could he manage to walk 10 miles a day or work 20 hours a day? And as to Klein’s point that weight is genetic: yes and no. I don’t think anyone should be held responsible for being, say, 50 pounds over weight. But when they get to the point of a Chris Christie—or Orson Welles—it is more than just genetics. I don’t know what’s going on with Christie. In Welles’ case, his habitual use of speed when he was young undoubtedly contributed to the problem. Regardless, I doubt either man could, at 50, put in the hours and miles required to run for president.

And hopefully Ann Coulter is right.