Nov 26, 2015

Target Store Trolled by Fake Black Friday Ads Deals

November 26, 2015 - Offline trolling? That's what one prankster did to Target recently with printed fake ads for fake (and very funny) Black Friday deals.

"Target has been totally played by an offline troll," reports AdWeek. "Jeff Wysaski, a comedian known for his work on Pleated Jeans and Obvious Plant, this week put his design skills to work and created a slew of Black Friday fliers, placing the poster-style ads at a local Target. (It's unclear which location had the honor of housing Wysaski's handiwork.)"

Fake Star Wars Toys at Target by Jeff Wysaski
Exclusive (fake) Star Wars toys!
View all of Wysaski's fake Target fliers at the Obvious Plant Tumblr blog.

More of his wackiness can be seen at his Pleated Jeans Twitter feed and at the Obvious Plant page at Facebook.

My favorite faux Target item has got to be the "Chewbacca toilet scrub brush." The brushy part of the item looks like the Star Wars character Chewbacca. It's one of three items on a full page of "exclusive Star Wars toys," and the scrub brush promises to "trick the kids into doing their chores!"

But there's the falcon, which I also love. No, not the Millennium Falcon of Star Wars, an actual real falcon. A bird, not a space ship. An actual spoof-by-troll falcon, actually, that Wysaski said would be given away free on Friday only to shoppers who spend $75 or more.

Wysaski posted his fake adverts next to real Target fliers on a poster board in the store. I don't know how long they stayed up, but I'd be willing to bet that none of the employees noticed for quite a while. After all, the best fake looks real, and Wysaski's work is tops.

Aug 25, 2015

Trump Deports Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos From Press Conference

August 25, 2015 - Univision anchor Jorge Ramos was kicked out of Donald Trump's press conference in Iowa this evening (video below). Ramos just would not shut up, and persisted on asking a long drawn out question even though Trump had called on another reporter to ask a question. Ramos was clearly out of order deliberately disruptive.

Univision anchor kicked out of Trump press conference
The moment of ejection!
The Washington Post reports this:

"Two minutes into Donald Trump's news conference here Tuesday night came the question he tried to silence.

"Mr. Trump, I have a question," said Jorge Ramos, the top news anchor at Univision and one of the country's most recognizable Mexican-Americans, as he stood up in the front row of journalists.

"Excuse me," the Republican presidential front-runner told Ramos. "Sit down. You weren't called. Sit down."

Ramos, holding a piece of paper, calmly tried to ask Trump about his plan to combat illegal immigration. "I'm a reporter, an immigrant, a senior citizen," he said. "I have the right to ask a question."

Trump was having none of it, however, and motioned for a bodyguard to eject him. However, just a few minutes later, Ramos was allowed back into the conference and to ask questions.

Aug 17, 2015

Hillary Clinton's Emailgate Becomes Nixonesque

Nixon and Hillary by Tricky Dick, Icky Hill
Image Credit: Tricky Dick, Icky Hill
August 17, 2015 - The Hillary Clinton email poop gets deeper. 
Major news media are reporting today that at least 300 emails, sent through then-Sec. of State Clinton's personal server, could contain many more sensitive items than previously acknowledged.

"The State Department said in a court filing on Monday," reports the Wall Street Journal today, "that reviews from five intelligence agencies had so far identified 305 emails—or about 5% of the emails reviewed so far—for further review and consultation into whether they contain classified material. In all, the department is combing through about 30,000 emails turned over by Mrs. Clinton."

Aug 11, 2015


August 11, 2015 - For months, Hillary Clinton has insisted there were no classified State Department emails on her own email server. But the FBI now says at least four "classified" emails have been found on that server, and at least two are highly sensitive and classified as "Top Secret." Was she lying? Or is she simply incompetent?

Hillary Clinton said no sensitive information was contained in any of the emails she sent during her tenure as Secretary of State. "I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email," she said at a news conference on March 10, 2015 at the United Nations. "I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material."

But, apparently, H. Clinton was not aware of how materials passing through her server were classified. If so, that indicates gross ignorance or callous disregard for protocol and security. Or, perhaps, she's just stupid.


On the evening of August 11, reports National Journal, "Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley released a memo from McCullough that adds new detail to the previous finding by the intelligence IG and the State Department IG that at least four of Clinton's emails contained classified information."

Jul 31, 2015

Chicago's Death Spiral Economics (Video)

"Get out!"
July 31, 2015 - Chicago is drowning in massive, fatal debt. It is doomed, to be blunt, with no chance of recovery. "Since 1927," says our video guide Stefan Molyneux, Chicago has "gone Left, and they have had Democrats rule the city for almost 90 years." Like the Democrat/Socialist-dominated state legislature in Springfield, the Chicago City Council just doesn't have the collective brains or will to pull out of the long-running cyclical orgy of spend and redistribute.  

Detroit vs Chicago: "The difference between the two cities," Molyneux points out, "is that Chicago’s debt and unfunded liabilities are more than three times higher than Detroit’s were when the city declared bankruptcy in 2013."

In this new video (below), Molyneux presents the case for declaring Chicago to be in a death spiral. It is 37 minutes of evidence, presented with occasional insertions of snark and dark humor.

"Under a near crippling amount of debt and unfunded liabilities, Chicago lawmakers recently moved towards pension reform - but were denied by the courts who deemed the reforms to be in violation of the Illinois constitution.

"On May 12nd, 2015, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Chicago’s credit rating once again, which means that in less than two years Chicago’s credit rating has dropped seven notches under the rating agency. Moody’s also announced major downgrades for the Chicago Board of Education and the Chicago Park District debt - reducing the bonds to junk levels.

"On July, 28th, 2015, Fitch Ratings followed by downgrading the Chicago Board of Education’s credit rating and also noted a negative outlook for the CPS which means that further downgrades are likely in the future.

"Chicago joins Detroit in the illusive group of major cities with junk bond ratings from major institutions, which carries with it incredibly serous financial repercussions and increases the costs of borrowing.

Do you live in Chicago? Time to think about moving. Before it's too late.

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