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Imagine Mike McCarthy saying “join white Americans for Mitt Romney today”

Just saw this video by Coach Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears. He’s speaking for African Americans for President Obama Today (that’s what he speaks, not sure if that’s the official title of the group).

Isn’t it the President’s job to understand and unite all Americans under one flag – not just one demographic or the other? We do all occupy the same country, right?

I’m just trying to imagine Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy asking me to “join him and all white men for Mitt Romney today.”

Man, I wonder if the NFL is calling Coach Smith right now.


Don’t miss the avengers marathon – may 3rd

AMC has a cunning plan. What better way to spend 12 hours than in a dark theater with a bunch of sweaty geeks munching popcorn, drinking warm soda and watching all of the Marvel Avengers tie-in films before the premiere of the new Avengers movie?

On May 3rd, you can do just that. Select AMC Theaters around the country will be screening, in the following order:

Iron Man
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man 2
Thor (in 3d)
Captain America (in 3d)
The Avengeres (in 3d)

The Avengers will screen at midnight on the 4th, so I suspect, depending upon the theater, that the marathon will start around noon on the 3rd. Make sure you check to see if it’s playing near you. I’m quite sure it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (of some sort, anyway…).



Fill out your Corbis PhotoVS image bracket to win up to $7K in prizes

If you have a chance, make sure you submit a bracket in the Corbis PhotoVS shootout. It’s like March Madness with professional photographs – and the final bracket is determined by you, the voter.

PhotoVS takes 32 of our favorite images from across Corbis’ diverse and deep inventory of images and placed them in a bracket tournament in which our users, contributors and customers will vote to determine their final ultimate favorite image.

Users will first complete their version of the bracket – predicting which images they think will win each contest until they have a final winning image. They have until midnight on March 18th to submit their brackets.

Then for the three weeks to follow, voters will vote on each round (five, in total) until they have determined their favorite image of the original 32 selected.

The three people who submit the brackets with the highest points gained (most likely, predicting the most correctly), can win up to $7,000 worth of prizes – including a one-year OnDemand: Royalty-free subscription and a fully loaded Mac Airbook with Adobe CS5.

And for those who vote, Corbis is giving away 20 $50 gift codes to in each of the five rounds.

This one looks especially fun for marketing people, photographers and designers.

My personal favorite is the kid with the gun and the backpack that says “Let’s go to school.”

What’s yours?



Is Rush Limbaugh really the issue? (Hint: no.)

It fascinates me that so many people want to make the current discussion going on around Capitol Hill about Rush Limbaugh calling a woman a “slut” when the real conversation is glaringly obvious:

Regardless of your opinion of Rush Limbaugh, do we really all need to pay for the contraceptives needed by all those enjoying casual sex when we, as a country, owe more money than any other human our country in the history of the planet?

Seems like there’s all sorts of choices that could be made on an individual responsibility level on this one.


You owe it to yourself to act on principle

This past weekend, I attended the Washington State Republican Party Caucus.

To be sure, I have never affiliated myself with the Republican Party of any state. But I’m a political junkie, and I’ve never had the opportunity to attend a caucus before.

One of my majors from the University of Wisconsin – Madison is a political science degree major. I completed my marketing majors so I could get a job, but my real passion – my hobby major – is politics. So I couldn’t pass up this chance to see how it all works.

There isn’t much to a caucus. You find the people in your precinct, and the precinct captain leads a discussion around  the state and national party platform, then a quick one about some specific issues and finally, he leads the vote for the delegates who will represent the precinct at the County convention.

The first woman who was asked to make her case for why she wanted to be a delegate opened by saying, “I support Newt Gingrich, but I don’t think he’s going to win, so I would vote for Mitt Romney.” She then proceeded to receive a near-unanimous vote to represent the precinct.

I was shocked, impressed and bemused on several levels. I couldn’t help myself. I had to make the point.

“Why would you all send someone who just said they are neither courageous nor principled to represent you at the convention? This is exactly why Mitt Romney is leading in the polls.”

I went on to point out the symbolic nature of a Romney voter being unprincipled, since the major stumbling block for him is that he can’t get conservatives motivated or excited to vote for him. The only case his surrogates continue to make is that Santorum and Gingrich are “unelectable.”

The second and last delegate the group selected made a point of saying she would support Romney. The case she made for him was that people who think he can’t connect with voters are wrong. She had just seen him speak the day before, and she watched him shake hands and make eye contact with people, and she knows he can connect.

Again, I was impressed. Mitt Romney’s troubles connecting aren’t because he can’t shake hands convincingly. The people he can’t connect with are conservatives, and the reason he can’t connect is because he doesn’t understand, nor can he articulate, the philosophy. That’s why he can’t connect.

So, for those of you in Washington State Precinct LFP-1056, rest assured, we’ve got our best people on the case.


New Ramona Falls is on its way

This morning, my friend who used to work with Brent Knopf while with Barsuk Records emailed me this link today.

When I opened it, I found my prayers had been answered. Ramona Falls, who’s first album, Intuit, had come out over three years ago, is finally ready to release the follow-up, called Prophet.

The first song off Prophet is called Spore, and it’s a great follow-up to the songs from Intuit.

Brent Knopf is normally one third of the band Menomena, but when he goes solo, he works on Ramona Falls.

I can’t wait to hear the entire new album – due out May 1, and I hope there’s a tour that will go along with it. Last time I saw them was at the Crocodile, and they were great.

Take a listen to Spore here (but if you’ve never heard them, I recommend listening to Intuit first – you can check out the song “I Say Fever” down below):

And “I Say Fever”:


Did you see Thomas Dolby on the Grammy’s?

I just purchased my tickets to see Thomas Dolby play at the Showbox on 1st Avenue in Seattle. I’ve seen him live several times, and I think he puts on a great show.

When I asked my friend if he wanted to go with me to see him, he responded with:

“Did you see Thomas Dolby on the Grammy’s?”

Surprised, I said “no.”

So he sent me this link… from 1985, when Thomas Dolby played with Herbie Hancock, Howard Jones and Stevie Wonder.

It was so painful, I almost felt bad about buying my tickets.

– My name is Jon Friesch, and if you can, I would recommend going to see Thomas Dolby if he comes to your town (despite this video).

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