Product Placement

We were wondering about that Mad Men track last night: “Between licensing the publishing rights from Sony ATV Publishing and the rights to the master held by EMI, sources estimate Lionsgate spent somewhere in the six-figure range. One knowledgeable source puts the combined sum at around $250,000.” [Forbes, via @pourmecoffee]

Like the Unabomber, our guest columnist will stop at nothing to promote its agenda.

Billboards in Chicago paid for by The Heartland Institute point out that some of the world’s most notorious criminals say they “still believe in global warming” — and ask viewers if they do, too. The first digital billboard — along the inbound Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) in Maywood — appeared today.

The Heartland Institute is widely recognized as a leading source of science and economics questioning claims that man-made global warming is a crisis…

1. Who appears on the billboards?

The billboard series features Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber; Charles Manson, a mass murderer; and Fidel Castro, a tyrant. Other global warming alarmists who may appear on future billboards include Osama bin Laden and James J. Lee (who took hostages inside the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in 2010).

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“Amid a nationwide wave of Tide laundry detergent thefts, Orange County authorities confirmed Wednesday that a Vons in Mission Viejo also has seen the big brightly colored bottles stolen off its shelves.” [LAT, via @pourmecoffee]

Our guest columnist is Bob Morris, Republican representative for the Great State of Indiana, who would like to take back the nasty things he said about Girl Scouts and say some other nasty things instead.

After reflecting on the letter I wrote on February 18, 2012 to my fellow Indiana Republican Representatives, I realize now that my words were emotional, reactionary, and inflammatory. For that I sincerely apologize. I apologize to the Girl Scouts of Indiana and all of the girls and parents of Indiana who are participating in and running their Girl Scout organizations in a way that promotes leadership, community involvement and family values. I certainly should not have painted the entire Girl Scouts organization with such a wide brush.

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Our guest columnist is Bob Morris, Republican representative for the Great State of Indiana, the only member of the state House who refused to sign a resolution celebrating the Girl Scouts centennial.

February 18, 2012

Members of the Republic Caucus

Dear Fellow Representatives:

This past week I was asked to sign a House Resolution recognizing the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts of America. After talking to some well-informed constituents, I did a small amount of web-based research, and what I found is disturbing. The Girl Scouts of America and their worldwide partner, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), have entered into a close strategic affiliation with Planned Parenthood. You will not find evidence of this on the GSA/WAGGGS website — in fact, the websites of these two organizations explicitly deny funding Planned Parenthood.

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HuffPo: “An Arizona Republican fundraiser is offering as a prize the same type of gun used in the attempted assassination of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.” Well, same brand. One’s a Glock 23. The other’s a Glock 19. And they’re not raffling a 31-round magazine.

“A Fullerton man convicted earlier this year for twice ejaculating into a female coworker’s water bottle was ordered Monday to pay the woman more than $27,000 in restitution… The woman drank from the bottles both times, throwing the first one away after detecting an unusual taste.” [LAT, via Dodgerblue]