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January 26, 2006
And the fun begins....

So, new Conservative minority government in the House. It pains me to say I think it's the best of both worlds. The Liberals needed to go, but I despaired at the idea of a Conservative majority, and its right-wingnut "moral" agendae. This, however, will be interesting.
Or so I thought. Until I read this item: "The Canadian government will defend our sovereignty," from the words of the Harpinator. That's right -- let's spend $5.3 billion defending something that doesn't need to be defended. Hey, here's a better quote, right from the Conservative web site: “As Prime Minister, I will make it clear to foreign governments – including the United States – that naval vessels traveling in Canadian territorial waters will require the consent of the Government of Canada,” said Harper.
It feels so good to be in the select group of nations that other countries snigger at when their leader speaks.

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Posted by Lincoln at 02:12 PM
Groupies Love the Coq

From Fark, I finally got around to reading the CNN 2005's 101 Dumbest Moments in Business. Lots of errant stupidity, but the best item was this:

In July, Burger King launches an ad campaign for its new Chicken Fries featuring a faux heavy-metal band called CoqRoq. initially features photos of female fans captioned "Groupies love the Coq." After the captions are removed, Burger King spokeswoman Edna Johnson tells Advertising Age that they were written and assigned randomly by computer software that has since been disabled.

Burger King's marketing team are, IMHO, a little retarded. Lots of people went gaga over their bizarro "Subservient Chicken" campaign, but I don't quite get it -- the product tie-in is pretty tenuous in both cases, and seems to be more of a "create a intarweb phenomenon" than a "sell more sandwiches" approach.

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Posted by Lincoln at 09:12 AM