Thursday, April 03, 2008

Absolut'ly Anti-American

That's Absolut Vodka's new advertising campaign.

Maybe the Green States should pay in pesos.

HT: Malkin

Just so you know:

French company Pernod Ricard SA, the #2 seller of liquor in the world, announced it would buy Swedish company Vin & Sprit, the owner of the Absolut vodka brand.

That news is only a couple of days old, and came from Oligopoly Watch.


3rd Way said...

What the hell is Absolut thinking? I see them losing more customers than gaining with that ad. It is interesting that the ad is in English, and not Spanish. Who are they marketing to?

The map is essentially the border pre Mexican/American war. I was fascinated by President U.S. Grants comments on that war:

President Ulysses S. Grant, who as a young army officer had served in Mexico under General Taylor, recalled in his Memoirs, published in 1885, that:

"Generally, the officers of the army were indifferent whether the annexation was consummated or not; but not so all of them. For myself, I was bitterly opposed to the measure, and to this day regard the war, which resulted, as one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation. It was an instance of a republic following the bad example of European monarchies, in not considering justice in their desire to acquire additional territory."

Grant also expressed the view that the war against Mexico had brought God's punishment on the United States in the form of the American Civil War:

"The Southern rebellion was largely the outgrowth of the Mexican war. Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions. We got our punishment in the most sanguinary and expensive war of modern times."

In 1879, while in China during his post presidential world tour, Grant told John Russell Young:

"I had very strong opinions on the subject. I do not think there was ever a more wicked war than that waged by the United States on Mexico. I had a horror of the Mexican War, and I have always believed that it was on our part most unjust. The wickedness was not in the way our soldiers conducted it, but in the conduct of our government in declaring was. We had no claim on Mexico. Texas had no claim beyond the Nueces River, and yet we pushed on to the Rio Grande and crossed it. I am always ashamed of my country when I think of that invasion"

Dad29 said...

Maybe that war caused Grant's drinking problem?