Tebow Super Bowl Ad – What is the Big Deal?

The most highly anticipated Super Bowl ad prior to the big game was the Focus on the Family clip that included Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and his mom.  For weeks, all the talk has been that this is a Pro-Life ad and that CBS is negligent in allowing the ad to run.  Now that the ad has run, I really don’t see the problem.  My wife and I looked at each other last night and almost in unison said, “What’s the big deal?”  You can judge for yourself.

Planned Parenthood decided to create their own ad with a couple of athletes.  I have no idea if they actually saw the ad (Tebow ad) before it aired, but their ad seems a little out of sorts, in my opinion, but everyone has the opportunity to create their own ad and post it on Youtube.

If Planned Parenthood really wanted to diminish the value of the ad they would have just let it run.  By focusing attention on the ad they guaranteed that millions would be sure to watch it, just to see what all the hubbub was about.  I would say that Focus on the Family really got their money’s worth in advance publicity and continued exposure of the ad on Youtube with over 120,000 hits since yesterday.  Gloria Allred will also push the ad to epic status.  I’m not sure that was what she was going for, but it’s all publicity for her.

An article from Elizabeth Hovde in the opinion page of the The Oregonian newspaper ran last week outlining the “controversy.”  Here is a snippet:

The idea that a mom of a famous athlete is going to be in an ad praising her choice to carry her child to full term has wrongly infuriated some people, including Gloria Allred. The pro-choice heroine and lawyer is busy trying to paint Pam Tebow a liar, saying because the Philippines outlaws abortion, she finds it hard to believe that doctors would recommend the procedure. (Never mind that Pam Tebow was an American who knew that in her home country abortions were routine procedures in 1987. And never mind that plenty of women had abortions in America long before they became legal. Has Allred forgotten her own arguments for and our own nation’s history with abortion? Abortions can be obtained, regardless of the law.)

Allred is threatening to file a complaint with the FTC and the FCC if the ad airs without disclosing that abortions were illegal in the Philippines at the time Pam Tebow made her choice. She is making a huge mistake attacking a woman for making statements that Allred can’t possibly disprove. And she’s revealing herself to be anti-choice in deciding that Pam Tebow’s choice isn’t worth hearing. 

I for one am all for ads just like this one that are tastefully done.  No where in the ad was there some call to action or chiding others for having abortions.  CBS has discretion to accept or reject whatever ad they choose.  They are a somewhat left leaning network in their news division but the marketing people obviously know the makeup of the country and decided to let this ad run.  By rejecting an ad from a gay dating site they also revealed that they knew this would cause problems.  I’d say they made a smart business decision but we’ll see when the ratings come in. 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

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John Stewart Skewers CNN Fact Checking SNL Skit

I just thought this was funny.

Companies Shaken Down by Al Sharpton and His National Action Network

alsharptonThis list is directly from The Electric Stove from Allman in the Morning on 97.1 FM Talk:

Al Sharpton’s platform for his assault on Rush Limbaugh’s NFL ownership bid was the National Action Network (NAN), which is bankrolled by corporate America.

The following companies were identified this year by NAN as sponsors:

American Honda, Anheuser Busch, Colgate-Palmolive, Comcast, Entergy, Ford Motor Company, Home Depot, Johnson & Johnson, Macy’s, PepsiCo, Pfizer and Wal-Mart. Sponsorship reportedly cost $50,000.

NLPC is asking these companies to end their support for Sharpton and NAN. Here’s how to contact them:

American Honda
phone: 1-800-999-1009 (Mon.-Fri., 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Pacific Time)
Fax: 310-783-3023 (24 hours)

Anheuser Busch
email: crg@anheuser-busch.com
1-800-342-5283

Colgate-Palmolive
1-800-468-6502 (Consumer Affairs)
1-212-310-2000 (Corporate Headquarters)

Comcast
Email: complaints@comcast.com
1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278), (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Entergy
1-800-368-3749 x: 4 (Customer Service)
1-504-576-4000 (Corporate Headquarters)

Ford Motor Company
1-800-392-3673 (Mon.-Fri., 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Local Time)

Home Depot
1-800-553-3199 (M-F 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET, Sat: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET, Sun: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET

Johnson & Johnson
1-732-524-0400 (Corporate Headquarters 7:30 a. m.-5:30p.m. ET)
Fax: 1-732-214-0332

Macy’s
Click here for many phone numbers.

PepsiCo
Phone 1-914-253-2000 (Corporate Headquarters)

Pfizer
1-212-733-2323 (Corporate Headquarters)

Wal-Mart
1-800-925-6278 (Customer Service)

 I doubt all of the companies support the actions of Al Sharpton, but they might want to know if their customers object to this support.  I’m sure they throw him some money just to get him to go away – kind of like what parents do with their kids from time to time, “fine, have a piece of candy and go away for five minutes.”

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Cavuto Slams White House Communications Director

I don’t watch Neil Cavuto on a regular basis, but he always seems to cut through the BS and really hit home runs.  In the clip below he slams White House Communications Director Anita Dunn on her dislike for Fox News.

Is Fox News really biased outside of the opinion shows?  I hardly think so.  The  fact that more Americans trust this network to give them the real story shows that they are on the right track.

Let’s examine the opinion shows:

  • Glenn Beck – Somewhat conservative but very independent thinking.  He’s no Republican.
  • Bill O’Reilly – I can’t tell what his leanings are – he really seems independent to be, but I know most lefties will disagree.
  • Bret Baier– Independent and balanced.
  • Greta Van Sustren – Independent and balanced.
  • Sean Hannity – Conservative and very right leaning.  Very biased on the right.
  • Geraldo Rivera – Liberal.
  • Sheppard Smith – Liberal, very biased on the left. 

Where is the vast right wing bias?  Even with the opinion shows thrown in, I don’t see the big deal. 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Black Players May Boycott Rush’s Rams

rush_cigar1Being from St. Louis, I am always curious what is happening to our local teams.  I don’t happen to be a Rams fan, but I always want them to do well.  The family that owns the team has been looking for a buyer since the death of Georgia Frontiere in 2008.  They just don’t have a passion for an NFL team.  Strange but true.

The Rams have been a dog of a team for several years going through coaches and players like poop through a goose.  Now a group headed by Dave Checketts and radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is exploring buying the beleaguered Rams organization.  Speaking as an NFL fan this seems like a great match.  Checketts owns several sports franchises including the St. Louis Blues Hockey team.  Limbaugh is a long time NFL fan and regularly takes up broadcast time during the football season discussing games.  Both of these guys probably have a better handle on running a team than the collective knowledge base of the current ownership AND coaching staff.  From the team results for the past several years I think my comments are justified.

When I heard the rumors that Rush might be part of a group to buy the Rams, I knew there would be some kind of “controversy.”  It seems a group of black players has issues with a possible sale to Limbaugh.  From Sports Illustrated online:

Mathias Kiwanuka loves his former defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, but the Giants’ defensive end says he will never play for Spagnuolo’s Rams if Rush Limbaugh purchases the team. Kiwanuka and the Jets’ Bart Scott made it clear Thursday that they would never play for the Rams or any team owned by the controversial conservative radio host.

“All I know is from the last comment I heard, he said in (President) Obama’s America, white kids are getting beat up on the bus while black kids are chanting ‘right on,'” Kiwanuka told The Daily News. “I mean, I don’t want anything to do with a team that he has any part of. He can do whatever he wants, it is a free country. But if it goes through, I can tell you where I am not going to play.” Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/morning-jolt/10/09/friday.10.09/index.html#ixzz0TXXWKeTL

So much for everyone getting along.  Mr. Kiwanuka, if you are that short sided, stay in New York. 

I say “Go for it,” Rush.   Don’t worry about the whiney fringe that doesn’t understand the economics and business side of professional sports.  It’s results on the field that count and if you have an involved ownership that has the best interests of the team as the primary motivation, who cares who writes the checks.  The Rams need all the advise they can get.  Last time I checked they were 3 and 17 in their last 20 games.  Sounds like overhaul time to me.

I wonder if Rush will have to stop rooting for his beloved Steelers.  We’ll see.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

The Angry Mobs Are Taking Over!

I just had to post this.  Brings perspective to the idea that “Angry Mobs” are taking over the Town Hall meetings.

I guess the marching orders from the liberal groups and the DNC is that these citizens are uninformed by the usual “right wing” characters: Rush, Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, etc., etc.  I expected something more original from the left.  Same old stuff – demean the protesters, call them bigots and racists and get your buddies in the media to help spread the lies.  Guess that’s just wishful thinking on my part to move past the tired old tactics.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

John Hughes: A Film Genius For Our Time

ferrisAs we all come of age, there are certain movies that define that point in time.  Some movies come and go, but others seem to stick around forever.  John Hughes was one of those rare geniuses of Hollywood that made an indelible mark on film making.  Unfortunately he has passed away way too soon at the age of 59.

Those of you who don’t know the work of John Hughes you have either been sleeping for 25 years or don’t watch movies.  Either say, maybe this list will ring a bell:

  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Home Alone Series
  • Vacation Series
  • Breakfast Club
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Weird Science
  • Uncle Buck
  • Great Outdoors
  • Planes, Trains & Automobiles
  • Etc., Etc., Etc.

I thought I’d depart from the regular politics to post a few video montages of his work.  The first highlights some of the best movie moments, the second is set to Baba O’Riley.

I have no idea if any of his files earned an Oscar, but I doubt it.  It really doesn’t matter – they were all great films.  A true test of a great director is if his or her films are still showing up on cable and in the rental bin.  You can’t turn on the TV any week and not see one of his movies playing .  You just have to stop and watch.  

I didn’t realize it until I looked at his body of work that I’m not sure I would have a vocabulary if not for John Hughes movies.  My favorite line? 

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
– Ferris Bueller

Of course, this is just my opinion.  Feel free to share your favorite line. 

Rob’s Rant