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January 06, 2007

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don't blog drunk. It makes baby jeebus cry.

well, it's been a long week, smiley. but perhaps some background is called for.

Geico really did just buy advertising rights to the GW Bridge, including "a huge billboard on top of the toll plaza... Geico signs with the company’s mascot, a gecko, on the tollbooths and electronic signs on the approach roads... and costumed gecko mascots will appear at Port Authority bus stations." The Golden Gate Bridge authority really is looking into similar sponsorship deals.

For over a year now New York has given special sponsorship to Snapple, which has become a financial boondoggle. We've got everything from the American Airlines Theater to the ING marathon. And in the news lately, we learned we'll also be getting our garbage trucks sponsored by Glad, and cabbies are about to be force to foot the bill to install TV sets in all the cabs that will play movie trailers and advertisements during taxi rides.

Sometimes it's hard to tell when you're drunk anymore.

apparently I'm not the only one who thinks we're selling our national landmarks cheap -- and note that this isn't the first time the Port Authority tried selling off its assets for much much less than they were worth (5-6x too low in this case, at a loss of roughly $15 million). West Side Stadium, anyone?

Sports stadiums switch sponsors every few years, making it hard to tell what city a game is held in. And my law school alma mater has some donor's name EVERYWHERE but the bathrooms.

It is just part of the cheapening of America. Lady Bird Johnson got Coingress to prohibit most billboards on the Interstates so we could see the flowers, but then they put advertising everywhere else so we couldn't escape it. Personally, I refuse to wear clothing that advertises anything but a couple of local sports teams of which I am a fan.

Gee. Now I'm going to have to spend the rest of the evening preparing my list of reasons to get up in the morning.

'Case it's not obvious, that's dead serious.

I have noticed that in sports stories and in sports broadcasts, the author or broadcaster is almost always careful to give the sponser's name instead of just writing, or saying, for example ``the Fiesta Bowl''. Would they be legally liable in some way if they omitted the sponser's name? Does the sponser acquire something like a trademark? I would have thought that there would be some basic freedom of speech/press argument against any such liability, but perhaps I am just missing something. In any case, I share EP's digust with all this, and appreciate the satire.

I don't know about you all, but I personally feel a little uneasy if I don't see the little ® registered symbol after a proper noun. I want a Name I Can Trust, always.

Great stuff EP.

My life's been basically bland recently. I can't be bothered with anything recently. Pretty much nothing seems important. I've basically been doing nothing worth mentioning.

Pretty much nothing seems worth doing. I've just been letting everything happen without me these days. I've just been sitting around waiting for something to happen, but whatever.

I feel like a fog, not that it matters. I've pretty much been doing nothing , but eh. Today was a loss. I haven't gotten much done for a while.

Males should be allowed to go shirtless at home only - Or vary with places for another persuasive speech topic

We are killing the rainforest

Blame the parents of a murderer parents for the crime

Children in ... fill in the nation of your choice ... are living better

I've just been letting everything wash over me. I've pretty much been doing nothing. I've just been sitting around not getting anything done.

Life is designed by some sort of intelligence, God created life

Sex offenders should be, should not be castrated

Help the homeless down the street and persuade them to look for work

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