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Coca-Cola Tries to Become a B-School Case Study Again

Posted by V the K at 3:58 pm - July 26, 2017.
Filed under: Pop Culture

Hey, Remember when the Coca-Cola company decided to discontinue a successful product in favor of a new formulation? Yeah, pretty much every human being knows how that turned out… except for the current executives of the Coca Cola company.

On Wednesday, Coca-Cola announced plans to stop selling Coke Zero in the US in August, replacing it with a beverage with a different recipe, design, and name: Coke Zero Sugar.

“It is a reinvention of Coke Zero,” CEO James Quincey said in a call with investors.

Coke Zero Sugar is already a major hit outside the US, with growth figures reaching the teens. In the US, Coke Zero sales grew 3.5% in 2016, compared with Diet Coke’s drop of 1.9% in the same time period.

Maybe it will work this time. Personally, I never cared for Coke Zero. I did like Pepsi One and Pepsi Max, but those, of course, have been discontinued.

Minneapolis Tries to Out-Portland Portlandia

Posted by V the K at 3:43 pm - July 26, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

The electorate that gave us Jesse Ventura, Keith Ellison, Al Franken, and Amy Klobuchar is lining up behind a Minneapolis mayoral candidate whose platform includes disarming the police.

State Representative and Minneapolis mayoral candidate Raymond Dehn is calling for major policing changes, proposing to take away guns from the majority of officers.

Dehn is one of several candidates running to beat current Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges in the fall. He recently won the support of voters at the Democratic Farmer Labor convention and now his call to disarm police of their side guns is garnering major attention.

“I’m not saying they don’t have access to that, just like they have access to more lethal weapons in their cars, I would believe they would still have access to their guns in their cars,” said Dehn.

He would be open to officers using other means to protect themselves like a night stick or pepper spray.

The disarm the police plank is precisely what the #BlackLivesMatter hate group has been demanding. Who wants to bet that the police unit charged with mayor’s personal security will continue to carry sidearms?

Trump’s thing with Sessions is weird

President Trump continues to take pot shots at his own appointee, Attorney General Sessions. First, we have to admit where Trump is right. Here’s one example:

Why didn’t A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got big dollars ($700,000) for his wife’s political run from Hillary Clinton and her representatives. Drain the Swamp!

It’s true.

  • The FBI and DOJ leaderships are indeed politically corrupted. Trump probably hired Sessions to clean them up.
  • Andrew McCabe is indeed a raging Democrat whose wife takes money from Hillary.
  • Special Counsel Mueller does hire only strict Hillary partisans, and looks to be going out of control. (He was supposed to deliver a timely report on 2016 election interference. It looks like that won’t be happening.)
  • Former FBI Director, James “Leaker” Comey, probably was a “fixer” for the Clintons as I explained at length, awhile back.
  • Sessions should indeed be focused on these matters, and on the government leaks (which are probably related to these matters or a good entrance into them) – NOT marijuana.

But, given all that…Why doesn’t Trump just fire him? And don’t say “loyalty”.

The only answer I have thought of yet, is if Trump is afraid that he won’t be able to get a decent replacement for Sessions through the Senate. And it has been a joy, sort of, to see Senate Democrats suddenly rush to Sessions’ defense – after having painted him as a racist during his confirmation hearings.

Having said that: Trump’s public humiliation of his own Attorney General is unseemly and unhelpful. He should either fire Sessions already, or straighten him out – in private.

Wednesday feel-good movies

They’re short, I promise. 😉 Here’s President Trump saying recently, “In America, we don’t worship government; we worship God”. (If you’re an atheist or agnostic, focus on the first part: “We don’t worship government”.)

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Today’s world is a titanic struggle between those who worship government and those who don’t. I’ll never forget the 2012 Democrat convention, where delegates cheered and defended the neo-fascist slogan, “Government is the only thing we all belong to.” What’s above is the opposite.

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Hyperbole Everywhere

The new Democrat rhetorical style is to shout hyperbolic accusations while insisting they are not being hyperbolic.

John McCain voted yes on the idea that the Senate should have a debate about how to fix Health Care… again. To Democrats… who aren’t being hysterical at all… this means everyone will die.

 If the House bill – or any variant of it – passes, thousands will go bankrupt or die. This is not hyperbole. This is real.

Yes, it is no exaggeration at all to say that if Obamacare is ever repealed or replace with anything other than Government-Run Bureaucratic Health Care (i.e. Single Payer, i.e. VA healthcare for everybody, i.e. Charlie Gardcare), we will go back to the Dark Days before 2010, when American Health Care looked like this.

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The Pride of the Senate

Posted by V the K at 9:03 am - July 26, 2017.
Filed under: 2018 Elections

The US Senate prides itself on being ‘the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.’ The man in the picture below is the junior senator from Minnesota. (He once said he was happy when gay people were murdered.)

Additionally, this august body includes Senator Dick Blumenthal, who lied about his Vietnam military service (he had none) and that he was captain of the swim team at Harvard. He wasn’t. Also, there’s Senator Elizabeth Warren who lied about being an American Indian in order to advance her career. It also includes Senator Kamala Harris who started her political career as the sidepiece to California Assembly Speaker and San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, who appointed her to political boards in exchange for her… um… services. And then there’s Senator Patty Murray, who praised Osama Bin Laden for building day care centers and whose college major was … I am not making this up… “recreation.”

And previous senators included Ted Kennedy, re-elected six times by the people of Massachusets after leaving a woman to drown in his Oldsmobile after drunk-driving off a bridge. Senator Kennedy also notoriously made a “waitress sandwich” in a DC restaurant with another Senator – Chris Dodd of Connecticut, who was subsequently drummed out of the senate for being on the take with Countrywide mortgage.

Not to mention, the membership of the US Senate included a real-live actual former Ku Klux Klansman, Robert Byrd; who was an elected member of the United States Senate for over half a century? (Hillary Clinton praised Grand Kleagle Byrd as a “friend and mentor.”)

So, why not Senator Robert “Kid Rock” Ritchie? Yes, there will be better people running. This guy for example perhaps. But the notion that electing Kid Rock would bring down the standards of the US Senate is laughable.

(A version of this post appeared on Ricochet yesterday)