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March 31st, 2009:

PATRIOT ALERT# 3 – Louisville Mayor Jerry E. Abramson


As readers of this blog will know, in a great act of corporate branding Kentucky Fried Chicken agreed to pay to fill 350 potholes in Louisville provided they were allowed to paint their logo over them.

Not to be outdone, the radical animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the Mayor of Louisville offering to pay to fill 700 potholes. All they wanted in return was the right to paint an anti-KFC logo on freshly filled potholes. 

Now there is nothing I love more than negative ad wars between corporations. But there is an important principle at stake here. Fried chicken, big business and fast food are some of the most American things there are. And when you combine the three in the form of KFC… well, lets just say, God Bless America! On the other hand, radical, unwashed hippies whining about animal rights when we’ve got a recession on is, well, rather European.

Thankfully, Louisville Mayor Jerry E. Abramson had the courage to stand up for the things that make America great and turn down PETA’s offer.

WAVE 3 TV has the details:

“KFC is a great corporate citizen of ours. They employ lots of people in our town. They do great things for our hometown and we’re glad to work with them on this pothole program. But PETA, ummm… not so much,” said Chris Poynter, a spokesman for Mayor Abramson’s office.

Write Mayor Abramson and thank him for defending the things that make America Great.

Mayor’s Office 
Metro Hall / 4th Floor
527 W. Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-2003

#9. Automatic transmissions


Picture this scenario:

You’re driving through the British countryside looking for the B&B you’ll be staying that night. Like the typical American, you’ve got your map in one hand, a large coffee in another and you’re steering with your knees. Then suddenly, you see the street you’re looking for, but it is coming up fast. You slam on the breaks, and BAMN! The car stalls out because you didn’t have a hand free to downshift with.

Now you’ve damaged your car, spilled coffee all over yourself and stalled out in the middle of the road, all because it is very hard to find an automatic transmission car in Europe.

In America, such a thing would never happen because we invented something called automatic transmission technology.

It is a simple concept really. There is a machine in the car that automatically shifts between the gears, so the driver doesn’t have to. That way the driver is free to concentrate on other, more important things, like talking on the phone, eating dinner, reading a map or watching an in-car TV.

So next time you’re eating chinese carryout, drinking a coffee and talking on your cell phone while cruzing downt the highway at 75 MPH, put your drink down in your cup-holder, and take a minute to think about wheather or not you could pull this kind of driving off in Europe.

God Bless America!

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