Thursday, March 15, 2007

Bush & Cheney Are a Joke--Literally

The Manhattan Mini-Storage Company likes to push the envelope with their ad campaigns. Last August they mounted a campaign that poked fun at both Queer Eye For the Straight Guy and Brokeback Mountain. There was some discussion about it on Joe.My.God at the time. Not everyone was thrilled with the depiction of the "queer guy" (a pink polo and over-waxed eyebrows) but mostly it was in good fun.

Their most recent campaign popping up on the sides of phone booths and in subway cars pokes fun at the current presidential administration. The ads are funny but also shocking in a way (which I guess is the point). To mount this kind of campaign Manhattan Mini-Storage has to make a lot of assumptions. They have to assume that it is so safe to joke about the administration's incompetence and extreme conservative positions that people will actually reward them for it with their business. Considering their target market (Manhattanites) they are probably right. But I thought it was a sad sign of the times that our administration is so far out of touch with the American people that it's become a joke. But I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Click on the images to enlarge. You will notice the file in the Bush ad reads "War Decisions" and the button the lapel in the Cheney ad reads "I 'heart' Haliburton."

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At 5:39 PM, Blogger Joshua said...

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At 5:45 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Verizon pulled their ads from Ann Coulter's site because of her hate speech, not her political views.

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At 8:26 AM, Blogger Donnie said...

These ads are great! I loved them both...especially the Cheney ad. Kudos to Manhattan Mini Storage. :)

At 4:04 PM, Blogger Todd HellsKitchen said...

Yes, I noticed these ads myself!


At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Manhattan Storage is trying to appeal to the HateAmerica Leftist Liberals in New York. Who Cares/

At 8:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Most codes extend their definitions of treason to acts not really against one's country. They do not distinguish between acts against the government, and acts against the oppressions of the government. The latter are virtues, yet have furnished more victims to the executioner than the former, because real treasons are rare; oppressions frequent. The unsuccessful strugglers against tyranny have been the chief martyrs of treason laws in all countries." --Thomas Jefferson: Report on Spanish Convention, 1792.

As a student of law I feel obligated to point out that a dislike (however extreme) of two people does not constitute anything even vaguely resembling proof of hatred for an entire country; it doesn't even rise to the level of reasonable suspicion. Hating this president - or any president - is not in any way equivalent to hating America.

Many of us feel that being a strong supporter of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the well-being of our men and women in uniform is a sign of love for this country, not the reverse.

Many of us believe that truth and justice are - or at least should be - the American Way, and that those who recklessly endanger the lives of CIA operatives in order to try to suppress the truth, who try to circumvent or abolish citizens "right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury... to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence" are perfectly acceptable targets for ridicule and loathing.

Many of us think that "cruel and unusual punishments" should not be inflicted on anyone by our government, let alone on citizens. Some of us believe it is very important that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Many of us think it is crucial that "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Many of us want our "purple mountains majesty" to be unobscured by smog and to retain some of their trees. Many of us want decisions about our environment to be made based on science and fact, with public health and safety in mind rather than corporate bottom lines.

Many of us are seriously pissed off that neither our President-select nor our Vice-President act like they agree with us. So many of us, in fact, that the writing is literally on the wall.
- Bryndis Tobin

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Benjamin Franklin, 1755

"Well I'm not going to point out any moral/ I'll leave that for yourself/ Maybe you're still walking, you're still talking/ you'd like to keep your health/ every time I read the paper/ that old feeling comes on/ We're waist deep in the big muddy/ and the big fool says to push on." - Pete Seeger

At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well put Mr. Bryndis Tobin! You wrote elegantly what I was thinking! Let's impeach the pretenders and their minions, too!

At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your kind words, and for having the courage to speak up!

I hope it is not too ungrateful of me to make one correction to your otherwise delightful comment:
Ms. Bryndis Tobin

At 2:44 PM, Blogger BigAssBelle said...

hate america leftist liberals? good god. there is no such thing as a leftist liberal any longer. there are no right wing nut jobs. there are just american citizens, all of us in the same boat, wholly fucked over, abused, lied to, robbed, betrayed, encouraged to turn on one another and then mocked by a band of criminal thugs and murderers masquerading as elected officials. the more we fight among ourselves, the more likely they are to be able to continue to instill abject terror (and thus control) in the people, to murder at will, to invade, occupy, and destroy other lands in the interest of corporate profits.

it's not just new york, michael, though folks here are still having a hard time believing we've been lied to on such a scale. we are the buckle on the bible belt and still want to believe the best about people, much to our detriment.

thanks for posting these. it's pretty sad, really, when the misdeeds of an administration become fodder for advertising. but they are funny in a sad, tragic, desperate way. sigh.

At 2:44 PM, Blogger BigAssBelle said...

and ms tobin, you rock, honey.


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