Monday, September 25, 2006

Fatwa Fridays!!!

This is too priceless to let slip through the media cracks. It's also testament to how we've lost our sense of humor in this country. Extreme? Maybe. Poor taste? Probably. Funny? Absolutely. I mean hey, the kids get free swords! CNN Reports:

'Jihad' auto dealer ad upsets U.S. Muslims

CINCINNATI (Reuters) -- A car commercial proclaiming a jihad on the U.S. auto market and offering "Fatwa Fridays" with free swords for the kids is offensive and should not be aired, Muslim leaders said on Sunday.

The radio advertisement for the Dennis Mitsubishi car dealership in Columbus, Ohio, has "a whole jihad theme," said Adnan Mirza, director of the Columbus office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"They are planning on launching a jihad on the automotive market and their representatives would be wearing burqas ... ," Mirza said. "They mentioned the pope in there and also about giving rubber swords out to the kiddies -- really just reprehensible-type comments."

Details of the radio ad, which has not yet been broadcast, have been reported in the local media, but officials at the dealership declined to comment about the content of the radio spot.

Read Entire Article Here.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

A Little Excerpt...

Here's a video from our tip to the Mayan Riviera, Mexico. This was taken in Xel-Ha - a water sanctuary where we snorkeled, laid in the sun and swam with sea turtles all day. Oh, and cliff jumped!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Kansas City, Almost Done

The view of the Kansas City Convention Center from my room at the Marriott.

Friday, September 08, 2006

7 More Days...

...and this is where I'll be!

Cancun, Mexico.

Well, actually about 40 clicks south, in Playa del Carmen. All I need to do is fly to Kansas City today, work for 4 days on business, then fly home. After that, it's BEACH AND PYRAMIDS, baby!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

What Happened to Democrats' "Open Minds"?

You know, conservatives are expected to roll over when a movie is made featuring the assassination of President Bush, yet when a television drama attempts to air bona-fide facts about the lead-up to 9/11 that portray Clinton has having done little to prevent the attacks, democrats go crazy.

Welcome to our world, liberals and democrats! For years, us conservatives and republicans have stood by while the mainstream media has trashed, misreported and slandered the GOP. All the while, you told us to have "open minds," for a mind that is not open to one's faults is a mind not worth having, right? That was what you told us.

Now, heaven forbid, a television program wants to tell the story about how twice Bill Clinton had the chance to kill Osama bin Laden, and balked. About how maybe there are other people, people other than George W. Bush, who are responsible for 9/11. But no, the democrats will hear nothing of it. I mean hey, this is an election year!

Just another link in the chain of hypocrisy that will reign if the democrats are allowed to win this November.

UPDATE: Well, ABC caved to liberal, activist pressure. Looks like the left's same tried and true method of screaming and yelling - in the face of contrary evidence - paid off again. We will never get the truth as long as liberal activists continue their reckless intimidation campaigns. Unbelievable.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Gotta Go Potty, Do Ya Katie?

Far from wanting to play into the CBS ratings trap last night, I instead turned on the news this morning to find images of Katie, perched atop some kind of ledge, delivering a horrible intro whilst wearing a "does this make me look fat?" white top and generally looking like she needed to tinkle.

What's that Katie, you have to go potty? Aw, you're such a big girl.

It amazes me that people call her a role model for women. What kind of women? With all of the botox, nips, tucks and slimmed down images Ms. Couric has, my guess would be that she would only serve as a role model for the insecure, vain and misguided. Surely there are better female role models who relied on their wits, intelligence and education to make an impression that would serve as a better role model. Margaret Thatcher comes to mind. Oh wait, she's conservative, and therefore doesn't count in the mainstream press. In that case, it doesn't surprise me that Katie has such appeal. Gag.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Conservative Futurist Goes Global!

Thanks to some fancy linking (wink, Wonkette) - the Conservative Futurist has exceeded 3000 views in the past few days! I know that's small potatoes for the big, cool blogs out there - but for my humble, personal site that was originally intended for family and friends - those numbers ain't bad!

Here's a sample of where my last 50 hits have come from.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Quizno's: You Lost my Business!

DC, I need your help! Link This Blog!

I can't believe I am jumping on this bandwagon, but, here goes...

I support pressuring Quizno's into releasing their nutritional information. While I am asking that we all boycott Quizno's until they agree, please keep in mind that I'm not advocating government intervention. I am instead suggesting that we convince Quizno's to release their nutritional information like every other restaurant under the sun. And we do that using the tried and true method - by affecting their wallet size.

Why? Because Quizno's makes claims like "low carb" and "healthy" without backing it up with facts. It is a chain of lies! Subway can release their information, so why can't Quizno's? After all, Quizno's claims to be the #2 sandwich joint in the nation.

I also must add that I am pained by this decision. I love Quizno's food. But, because of their silence on the nutrition info, I must assume that Quizno's has something to hide - probably the fact that their food is TERRIBLE for you. So, I will no longer eat there.

More info HERE and HERE.

NOTE: I am aware that Quizno's lists nutritional info for TWO of their sandwiches. But that's all. Also, I am aware that Quizno's Australia posts nutritional data, but the sandwiches are different (as are the measurements).

UPDATE: Well, it appears this blog has made it into the "Toasted Subs" franchise message board, because I have been getting upwards of 100 hits per day from that site. I can't read their referring article, but I imagine it contains one of two subjects: 1) That I am out to kill small business owners (which I'm not); or 2) that these franchise owners are frustrated by corporate's decision to withhold the nutrition information - listing my blog as proof that customers are upset. I'm assuming it's the first reason.

I understand that franchises are independently owned and operated, and that a boycott hurts the small business owner. However, I also believe in accountability, and the power of choice held by the consumer.

Franchise owners are aware when they purchase the rights to sell under the Quizno's brand, that they will not be given the vital information that an increasingly health-conscious public demands - nutritional information. The franchisees accept this risk, knowing that it could spell trouble, and begin to sell a product that has potential to be a public relations liability. Also, as a consumer, I have the right to highlight product deficiencies as I see them, until such time as they can be rectified - provided my comments are not libelous or baseless. The facts are that Quizno's does not provide nutritional information and does not respond to customer requests for such information. This is bad business.

Therefore, I leave it in the hands of the franchise owners to send my message to corporate. If customers stop eating at Quizno's, then franchisees should press corporate to give customers what they want (the nutrition info). As a conservative, I truly believe in capitalism and have no desire to put franchise owners in the poor house - you guys are the lifeblood of America. However, you knew the risks associated with selling a product without a vital piece of information. Don't get mad at me because I am calling you out onto the floor for this. Use your collective voices and tell corporate that we want the information now. Or, as a believer in capitalism, I will take my business to those places which respect my wishes as a customer.