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Allen West and other conservatives are mad at Coca-Cola...
The greatest tool for racists, sexists, and general idiots to self-identify, ever invented.
...that horrifically stupid progression of how Bud can open doors ... has made me to decide to never drink Budweiser products ever again, never listen to the band One Republic ever again, never see another film with Arnold Schwarzennegger again, and I'm seriously thinking I may have played my last game ever of table tennis.
I didn't like the commercial either. It was a bit overwrought for an ad selling sugary, flavored water.
One quibble. Coca-Cola has had a massive presence in emerging markets for 75 years. There's no "opening" needed.
The greatest ad of the night ran only in Savannah.
Definitely worth a watch.
//"overwrought" doesn't even come close.
That's better than most movie trailers.
The greatest ad of the night ran only in Savannah.
And did they finally stop showing those moronic Geico commercials with the tree falling in the forest?
It irritates me to no end that in many parts of the world Coke is still made with real sugar, and here in the wealthiest nation on earth we get high fructose corn syrup foisted on us.
Yes, Coke has long derived the vast majority of its profit internationally. The profit margin on single serve Cokes is orders of magnitude greater than the 2-liter bottles, cases, and fountain drinks consumed in the US. i.e. a Coke costs more than a beer or wine in most European restaurants. And, you usually get one of those old 7 oz. bottles, not even a full 12 oz.
Not only did Coke use "a deeply Christian patriotic anthem whose theme is unity – in several foreign languages," but Leahy noted that the "ad also prominently features a gay couple.
Mexican Coke is available in Costcos and "Throwbacks" of Pepsi and Mountain, which are made with sugar, are available in Targets, WalMarts and most grocery stores.
In the "damn both houses" spirit of OTP thread accord, I feel we should mention the low-burn brouhaha in liberal circles that Volkswagon aired a sexist ad where all of the engineers were old white guys and when their cars turn over 100K miles the engineer gets HIS wings.
People who get sore about the choice of language used to praise their country and what it stands for mystify me.
It's genuinely shocking that a sitting governor and presidential aspirant finds himself or his key defenders writing a sentence like this: "He was publicly accused by his high school social studies teacher of deceptive behavior."
More and more thought, they're painting themselves into a long-term corner. There are 108 "minority-majority" districts -- only 9 held by Republicans. The average red district is 75% white. If those were static values, it would be one thing... but that 108 is bound to grow -- and by most accounts, is growing pretty rapidly.
It is interesting how this has evolved to become a "wedge issue" for the Dems (as has gay marriage really), much like Bush and the GOP used religious issues as wedge issues back in 2004. I don't mean that in a perjorative sense either, its an important issue, but it clearly has the added benefit of fracturing the GOP and/or making them take unpopular stands.
Not only that, but the GOP is losing moderate suburban women (and to a lesser extent, men) who are turned off by some of the racist and xenophobic remarks of some on the far right on the issue of immigration.
Near-term, it's probably a Democratic problem that they've got an increasingly consolidating share of the Latino, Asian, etc demographic tied up within their base -- but cannot really deliver anything except rhetoric to them.
In short, at a state level - the Texas Republican party seems to have developed a manner of approaching the debate such that it doesn't have to kowtow to folks scared of tamale stands... WIthout even looking, I'm betting that a disproportionate share of those 9 GOP-held minority-majority districts are in Texas.
Which I'm sure contributes to Texas remaining such a red state despite the continued influx of Latinos. They aren't pissing them off!
the second they come around on any one of the many popular issues they currently oppose, instead of being the part of obstructionists opposed to everything, they become the party that delivers results the liberals never could
Latino Republican votes seem to have peaked in2000 for GWB and Hutchison, and fallen off pretty hard.
Part of the deal is who is voting in Texas
Minorities are not dumb*. They can see that one party celebrates them and tries and the other party does not appreciate them at all.
I think Pete Wilson was the GOP governor that is popularly credited with causing much of the change.
Prop. 187 in 1994.
Governor Pete Wilson, a Republican, was a prominent supporter of Proposition 187, which ultimately became a key issue during his 1994 re-election campaign against Democratic opponent Kathleen Brown. After facing record low approval ratings during his first term, Wilson trailed Brown in opinion polls by more than 20% early during the gubernatorial campaign. Commentators considered his aggressive support of the Proposition 187 as crucial to his re-election.
I'm constantly taken aback by "moderate" GOP supporters who think that trotting Ted Cruz or Mark Rubio out there will make a difference in the demographics. They don't seem to have grasped that the problem isn't "how do we win Hispanic votes this year," but "how do we modify our national profile such that Hispanic voters in 20 years will be more open to our platform, rather than being 'the new African-Americans.'"
While at the same time, bemoaning that minority voters are racist because they always support candidates of their own color (you know, popular candidates like Michael Steele or Alan Keyes!)
Not to mention that there are an increasing number of Chinese and Korean and Indian immigrants who hear all that venom directed towards non-white "why won't they learn English" Americans and think, "They're talking about us, too, aren't they?"
Not to mention that there are an increasing number of Chinese and Korean and Indian immigrants who hear all that venom directed towards non-white "why won't they learn English"
Despite the fact that so many of my now-in-their 60s uncles and aunts grew up in a household where they had relatives who knew little to no English - they now jump immediately onto the LEARN ENGLISH bandwagon so quickly and easily.
What surprises me, I guess, is how few people who tend to pound the "LEARN ENGLISH!!!" table are so unaware about it... My family's heritage is Polish on both sides -- and both sets of grandparents were bilingual. Historically, this is ALWAYS how things have worked
I'm Irish-American, so basically my more immediate ancestors all spoke English, including my Grandparents who were all born in Ireland+ of course at some point in the 17th or 18th century my ancestors spoke another language before being forced to speak English (in their own Country).
I'm just saying that we benefit from all speaking a common language and that for anyone to really make it in America, they will have to learn English. But I don't think anyone knows that better than the immigrants. They realize they aren't really incorporated in the country if they can't speak English, it's obviously very hard and personal for them that English is a de facto national language. And, for the most part, they came here to be American and that means, has always meant, probably will always mean, speaking English.
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