Tim Tebow’s Super Bowl Ad

January 27, 2010

ABC News reports on CBS’s decision to air a “controversial” Super Bowl ad featuring Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow:

The University of Florida campus is slowly catching wind of Tim Tebow’s decision to star in a Super Bowl ad slated to air on CBS on Feb. 7, and some say the ad’s message is bound to spark controversy.

The ad spot was purchased by Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian organization that places emphasis on marriage and parenthood.

The Associated Press reported this week that the ad’s theme will be “Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life,” with Pam Tebow sharing the story of her difficult 1987 pregnancy — instead of getting an abortion she decided to give birth to Tebow, the now-famous quarterback who went on to become a Heisman Trophy winner, leading the Gators to two BCS wins.

Full piece here.

I must say that for the first time in my adult life, I’m really proud of the Univ. of Florida and not just because Tim Tebow has done well there.


Air (Death to) America Folds

January 21, 2010

Looks like Air Al Qaeda is toast.

Here’s the announcement, slightly edited by yours truly [my comments in italics/brackets]:

It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of [Billy Ayers and the rest of] our Board, that we must announce [since no one would otherwise notice] that Air America Media is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon, and that the Company will file soon under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to [avoid paying our creditors, steal whatever isn’t nailed down and] carry out an [dis-]orderly winding-down of the business.

The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America’s business. This past year has seen a “perfect storm” in the [dodo and dinosaur] media industry generally [while inexplicably avoiding Rush, Sean, Glenn, O’Reilly and Fox News]. National and local advertising revenues have fallen drastically [coincidentally in perfect synch with our sharply declining listenership], causing many [left/liberal, but not conservative] media companies nationwide to fold or seek [solace in bong hits and] bankruptcy protection. From large to small, recent bankruptcies like Citadel Broadcasting and closures like that of the industry’s long-time trade publication Radio and Records have signaled that these are very difficult and rapidly changing times.

Those companies that remain [clueless] are facing audience fragmentation as a result of new media technologies, are often saddled with crushing debt, and have generally found it difficult to obtain operating or investment capital from traditional sources of funding. [Ironically, for all our efforts to kill capitalism, it killed us.] In this climate, our painstaking search for new investors [with money but not brains to spare] has come close several times right up into this week, but ultimately fell short of success. [Translation: Soros won’t return our calls.]

With radio industry ad revenues down for 10 consecutive quarters [rather an amazing accomplishment when you consider we had zero revenues last year], and reportedly off 21% in 2009 [we made 79 cents!], signs of improvement have consisted of hoping things will be less bad [if Obama gave us a bailout to save us from the predictable consequences of his disastrous economic policies, but alas we were screwed]. And though Internet/new media revenues are projected to grow [for reliable, trustworthy, creative and innovative companies, but unfortunately we are none of the above], our expanding online efforts face the same monetization and profitability challenges in the short term confronting the Web operations of most media companies [who shill shamelessly for obscenely bloated government in general and Obama in particular].

When Air America Radio launched in April, 2004 with already-known [psychotic] personalities like Al Franken and then-[and still-] unknown future stars like Rachel Maddow, it was the only full-time progressive voice in the mainstream broadcast media world [other than NPR, PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the 95% of journalists who voted to nationalize the banking, auto and healthcare industries, quadruple the deficit, undermine our allies, and weaken our national security]. At a critical time in our nation’s history — when [extreme loathing of our country and military masquerading as legitimate] dissent on issues such as the Iraq war were [never in fact but] often [in our sick fantasies] denounced as “un-American” — Air America and its talented team helped millions [and by millions, we mean hundreds] of Americans remember the importance of compelling [delusional unhinged rants in lieu of actual] discussion about the most pivotal events and decisions of our generation.

Through some 100 radio outlets nationwide [and fewer listeners], Air America helped build a new sense of purpose and determination among American progressives. With this revival [and with Soros funneling billions to radical left 527 groups and our government schools’ success in graduating reliably Democrat voters completely lacking critical thinking skills], the progressive movement made major gains in the 2006 mid-term elections and, more recently, in the election of President Barack Obama and a strongly Democratic Congress.

Laws have changed for the better [for Obama-favored constituencies: suspected terrorists with al Qaeda ties, ACORN, SEIU,  illegal immigrants, etc.] thanks to this revival…..but all the same our company cannot escape the laws of economics [despite Obama’s and the Democrat Congress’ efforts to repeal them]. So we intend a rapid, orderly closure over the next few days. All current employees will be paid through today, January 21 [so Obama can count them as jobs saved or created in January]. A severance package [paid by our chump investors’/affiliates’ who would have seen better returns from Madoff] will be offered tomorrow to full-time current employees with more than six months of tenure.

We will strive to assist affiliates and partners in achieving a smooth transition. Starting at 6 pm EST today, we will provide our affiliates, listeners and users a selection of encore programming until 9 pm EST on Monday, January 25, at which time Air America programming will end [with our progressive band playing Nearer my Satan to Thee].

We are proud that Air America’s mission lives on through the words and actions of so many former radio hosts who [in a sane world would be unemployed or in jail, but] are active today in progressive causes and media nationwide [because what this country needs most is more community organizers]. In the years ahead, as we look back, we should all be [embarrassed and humbled, but we will inexplicably remain] proud of our [colossal failure and our] passionate determination to assure that our nation’s progressive voice would be heard loud [very very loud] and clear. Through the [lack of] hard work and dedication of current staff, and those who preceded you, a lasting legacy was forged which will now continue through other voices and venues.

Thank you.

Actually I’m rather amazed they could compose a 600-word press release without blaming their problems on global warming or George W. Bush.

H/t: Daniel Foster at The Corner/National Review Online