MSNBC = Free Ads for Clinton Network

FirstRead has done it again. They’ve posted another Clinton ad with transcript. That makes for the 3rd one this week. Please note that they have not posted video or transcripts for Obama, Huckabee or McCain, even though ads for those three candidates are available on their sites and YouTube.

UPDATE:  FirstRead finally posted an Obama ad.   Go on over and see it.  It’s regarding Clinton’s desperate plea for more free publicity debates.  Hey, while you’re at it, why don’t you go on and see all the wonderfully racists comments MSNBC also approved. Color me shocked.

Now, all they have to do is just post Obama’s other two ads, and the ones from McCain and Huckabee then maybe they’ll make back some bits of your credibility.  Or maybe they  can just gush some more over their Valentine’s Day gifts from Clinton.

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2007 Environmental Youth Conference

Driving down Broadway in Lincoln Heights, I noticed this billboard (PDF) on a bus stop. It wasn’t there last week, when we went to Ikea. If you clicked the link it had all the same info as the bus stop. It was for the 2007 Environmental Youth Conference hosted by the City of LA. It’s on Dec. 8th at the LA Convention Center. It tells you to call a 213 number or visit milliontreesla.org. Since this is the City of LA we’re talking about, I decided to forgo the chance of being led on a phone circle jerk and hit the Million Trees site. What I found was a link to the flyer.

I’ve been searching around the internet since I got home and I can’t find a thing on this. I mean, topics of discussion or anything. When you get to City’s website, you actually have to type in the conference name. Then it takes to a generic “youth” page, with this blurb:

The 2007 Environmental Youth Conference Climate Change: How it impacts us now How we can make a difference.

The search on the City’s site just takes you to more City pages that have nothing to do with the conference itself. Which leads me to wonder 1) what exactly is going to be there and 2) exactly what kind of outreach is the City doing on this? The billboard/flyer tells you nothing except basic facts. In the search on the site, you find a link (PDF) to An Environmental Affair newsletter. I don’t know who or where this newletter is distributed, but I know that I didn’t not receive on in the mail or on my front porch. It isn’t until page 6 that you get to the blurb on the conference:

Environmental Youth Conference The City of Los Angeles invites city youth agest 12 – 21 to be a part of the environmental youth conference at the LA Convention Center. Enjoy a fun-filled event and learn about climate change, environmentally friendly practices and “green” careers. The event is free of charge.

Insult to injury, you learn in the last sentence that you have to hit, you get guessed it, milliontreesla.org.

Now it shouldn’t be this difficult, but even going to the Calendar of Events on milliontreesla.org is enough to want to put a fist through your monitor. Type in Dec. 8 and click on the link to the event. Guess where it takes you? Go ahead. Yep…right back to the homepage for milliontreesla.org.

Since it’s obvious the City doesn’t want the general public to know what they plan on doing to our youth, it is only my assumption that they’re going to eat the bad kids, therby teaching the good kids how to reuse and recycle, ending discipline problems and hopefully raising test scores across LAUSD.

Tooth Tunes

Because I love a parade and I have kids who were driving me nuts, I thought it would be a good idea for us to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. I have never seen it before and can say that I will never watch it again. There were commercials every 3 minutes and the first hour was an ad for Broadway musicals.

Since I don’t watch TV, I don’t get to see commercials which makes me happy. What makes me sad is when I see commercials for dumb products. Which leads me Tooth Tunes.

You’re appalled too. I know. I watched this thing with my mouth open. Stupified that someone figured that toothbrushing was so incredibly boring for kids that having crappy music blasted into your head would solve the problem. You know you fully expect some Hasbro proproganda PR:

We know…getting your kids to brush their teeth can be a daily battle. Not any more! TOOTH TUNES is a revolutionary toothbrush for kids that makes brushing their teeth fun and entertaining.

Your kids will love brushing their teeth to hit songs from some of their favorite artists. As sound vibrations stream from the bristles through their teeth, they hear the music in their heads. But, when they take the bristles off their teeth, the music stops playing in their head. So they’ll actually want to keep brushing for a full two minutes!

A look at the website for this year’s Pet Rock shows kids rockin’ out while brushing their teeth. Quickly scrolling through the artist list makes me happy that the Disney channel is banned in my house and we don’t listen to commercial radio.

Look, I have a toddlers, 2 and 4 and while they both love to brush their teeth, keeping them still is my biggest challenge. The little girl just wants to look at herself in the mirror and the little boy has to close the toilet lid, then get in the tub. If I get music involved, that just means that not only will they want to brush their teeth 40 times a day instead of the usual 10, but they’ll never stay in the bathroom!