Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Truth...sort of.

You perhaps have seen one of these "Dear Me" anti-smoking TV commercials that have been running lately:

You know, with the poor addicted smoker guy (or gal) who write themselves a letter about how much smoking has jacked up their lives and how disgusting they've become, etc., and which at the end declares that "no one can make me quit but me."

That is the key phrase, right one can make me quit but me. Only ME. Back off, would be helpers, I'm flying Han Solo in this endeavor!

So, am I the only one who finds it ironic that at the END of the commercial they throw up a screen which reads "Get coaching from someone who can HELP. 1-800-QUIT-NOW."?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"Here's your U.S. Prime beef, ma'am." "Yes, but is it Angus??"

Introducing new ANGUS Third Pounders at McDonald's!

These bad boys aren't made of just any ol' type of beef...oh no. These are made with Angus, baby. ANGUS ANGUS ANGUS! Notice the word in the ad with the largest font. That's right...


Right about now you may be asking yourself, just as I have...what in the world makes Angus so special, anyway? What IS Angus? According to Wikipedia, the bullet-proof authority of everything:

"Angus cattle is a term that refers to two Scottish breeds of cattle. Black Angus refers to the predominant colouring amongst the original Scottish Aberdeen Angus population. Aberdeen Angus is the original name of the breed, which was developed in Scotland from cattle native to the counties Aberdeenshire and Angus.

During the latter part of 2003 and the early part of 2004, the American fast food industry assisted in a public relations campaign to promote the supposedly superior quality of beef produced from Angus cattle ('Angus beef')."

So in other's just a type of cow of "supposedly superior quality". From Scotland. Angus is just the name of a stupid county in Scotland. It would be analogous to plucking a few bovine beauties from over yonder in Roosevelt and touting them in Europe as 100% Grade-A DUCHESNE beef! Not that Aberdeen Angus crap you can get at the local market. DUCHESNE!! Oh yeah.

Methinks we are being duped by McDonald's and the boys. Hitler's right hand man, Joseph Goebbels, said that "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." Am I comparing McDonald's to Nazi's? Yes. :) No, I'm not. What I AM saying, however, is all you really need to know about Angus beef...sweet, sweet Angus that you can GET it at McDonald's.