The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
I guess Audi has written off the free men and women segment.
Yes, I was feeling the blood start to boil until the last 5 seconds, when the green police tagged the 'real' police. Absent that I might just have been e-mailing Audi right now.
All I could think of when they were raiding folks' homes for such idiotic things as compost materials and incandescent bulbs, was at what point would the shooting start? I believe the most colorful remark I made was something to the effect of "I don't f'in THINK so!"
To paraphrase the Colonel from First Blood, if you raid his home for not being green enough remember one thing. Bring a good supply of body bags.
I'm sure most thought this was funny. But I sat there knowing that this is exactly what our "betters" in government want...
EXACTLY what I was thinking...
Just think of Green Police as compost that comes to you...
... and a source of inexpensive (replacement) .40 S&W ammunition.
Lol @ GrumpyOldFart.
Something tells me they would find my gratuitous spreading of lead by the explosion of highly-polluting chemicals to be significantly more troubling than whatever asinine "infraction" it was that they were trying to "arrest" me over.
I started to feel my blood pressure rise throughout the entire bit. Fortunately, though, my six year old niece was watching the game with us, so my most abrasive comment was, "Yeah, come to THIS house and try it!" Un-fricken-happy. And still mad...
...and of course, the cashier initiating the question, "Paper or plastic?" acting as a state agent, would mean the idea came from the State, i.e. ENTRAPMENT. Not that standards of LAW mean anything...
I had a friend, years ago, when things became 'tighter', who stated, "I wonder what I'm gonna do, when they ask, MAY I SEE YOUR PAPERS?"
Funny. I just happened to be texting someone during part of the game and when that commercial came up all I could say was "I could see myself getting into a shootout with the Green Police over something petty."
The FUTURE... is NOW!
Yea, I about hit the fucking ceiling when this came on.
Remember when using plastic was the green idea so that we could save all the trees......
...fact tomorrow. Remember when bicycle helmets and arresting kids for drawing pictures of guns, were considered tinfoil-hat hyperbole? =-O
I think I would discover this was what "the God Switch" was built for.
Kevin knows what I am talking about...
You think that this is a spoof?? WRONG!!!
It can be turned into a money making scheme and criminalise (and I DO mean criminalise) people for "Eco Crimes". Just think - if I had put potato peelings in the wrong bin, I would be fined AND with a criminal conviction so that I could not enter America :
Or if your bin is full, then OF COURSE you cannot use common sense :
And of course, you have to pay to save the planet ...
I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad I am in New Zealand.
I hope everyone is paying attention to what you are saying, here, Phil. It's these lies that will come to America, and soon.
We used to be free in this country, but this...thoughtlessness is being turned into a jack-booted tyranny, and it's happening quickly.
Keep up the shouting, sir. We need it.
I was fantasizing about running over the Green Police electric carts with my SUV at the roadblock. I may have to back over it and spin all 4 tires to make sure the battery ruptures and sprays mercury everywhere.
I just bought a Land Rover, and it's a tank. Think of how many electric carts I could flatten with it.
Not to mention pursuit Segways! :-D
I was trying to remember what those stupid electric unicycles are called!
Did you pay cash?
Heh, I thought the same thing last night. "I wonder which of the blogs will call out that ad first?"
The green police ought to know that airborne lead poisoning will be an occupational hazard...
I also was rooting for the real cop at the end. I wanted him to throw boiling hot coffee in the Green Cop's face.
W. T. F.
Somewhere, perhaps even sitting right next to you, is someone who *isn't* having a blood boiling reaction. Somewhere, someone is applauding, thinking this is just a marvelous idea, and daydreaming of the day when those selfish eco brutes will get theirs.
Somewhere else, in an ad agency that lives in a vacuum insulated echo chamber, a whole bunch of people very badly misread the American character.
"Somewhere, perhaps even sitting right next to you, is someone who *isn't* having a blood boiling reaction..."
And the end result is this; not only will we be forced to kill the Leviathanic assholes who they hire to come kill us, we will be forced to kill those whose, "blood isn't boiling," as you put it.
Think about that one.
Yes, a "bloodletting" will be very necessary
My blood boiled when I saw this, and I thought I was maybe just over reacting... Now I see others feel as I did! The way things are going in this country right now, I'd not be surprised to see something resembling this everyday sometime soon. Wake up people!
It was so over-the-top, I have to expect satire. Though I'm not sure whom they are satirizing - the loony left, or their perception of a paranoid right.
The problem, John, as Phil B. points out above, is that it's too close to what could happen to be effective satire. It is, by appearances, not outside the bounds of possibility, which satire requires to be effective.
Yeah, I cringed at the thought that yes, this is the logical conclusion to where we're headed. And in that context, I didn't think it was funny at all.
I kinda feel bad about owning a VW TDI now. :(
All the better to camoflage your "arsenal"!
Now I have "the Green Police... are buried under my shed..." running through my head.
The sad thing about satire like this is that far too often reality tries to imitate it. (Though in this case, I think the Green Police would largely be incapacitated by lead poisoning before it reached such an advanced state.) That's why I found that ad very, very creepy.
For example, a few years ago, I saw a similar equivalence with one of the bits from Monty Python's The Quest for the Holy Grail. (It's about half way down my version of an überpost.)
My first reaction was, wow, I'd be shooting over that. However, I did find it funny. But I leaned over to my like minded friend and said "Yeah, we're not that far from that" and he nodded knowingly.
Its one thing to find it funny as an ad, while knowing full well it portends the future. Its another thing to find it funny and wish it would happen.
This ad is brilliant satire.
Audi knows that they could not survive a year operating under the regulatory and legal regime portrayed in this ad, which is way beyond even formerly-great britain. If you've spent any time at all listening to greens, the issue is not "this car or that", but "no cars at all".
Those of us who hang out on blogs like SM are touchy because we know this is where we're headed.
This ad is not aimed at us.
It is aimed at the huge chunk of middle Americans who are just kind of going along to get along, nodding at all the fresh, tasty watermelon being served, trying to do the right thing, thinking, yeah, having forests and clean air sounds like a good thing, but without really thinking about the end game.
This is a wake-up call, showing ordinary people being arrested for ordinary things. People who think things like this only happen to scummy drug dealers and pornographers. They never imagine that they're next on the list -- for using the wrong kind of light bulb.
Brave ad, Audi. Bravo!
I have no doubt it was intended as satire. I also agree that it wasn't aimed at the audience of TSM. However, I have to wonder how it played with "middle America." Your vote counts as (1) in favor.
The whole time I was watching this ad, I was wondering "Is this parody, or are they serious?" I was waiting for the punchline... waiting for it... waiting... and then the Audi logo came up, with the slogan "Green never felt so good." No irony, no punchline -- they were serious.
Most real cops I know would be asking the eco freak wannabe how funny he think he'd be walking with that Segway inserted were the sun don't shine.
I was much, much, much more pissed off by the ad for the Census. You know, because the government that can steal money to fund things needs to advertise the services they pay for with your stolen money.
Although to be fair, at least the Census is something Constitutional. Which I can't say abut 90% of the things the government does.
I see what Audi was going for but unfortunatly I find it to close to the truth or at least what some people would like to be the truth to be funny
The nickname of the late '30's-1945 Ordnungspolizei was "Green Police".
Given that the ad does not seem to show disapproval of the Green Police, but rather a way to please them, this is creepy for a company whose address is "2200 Ferdinand Porche Dr"....Hitler's selected carmaker.
I wish I was planning on buying an Audi, so I could change my mind.
I'll see your jaw-drop and raise you a "Holy Shit!"
Ya know, if Audi was trying to sell me a car, they failed. This makes me want to buy an M1114 Humvee with pintle-mounted Ma Deuce - and a long belt... :-P
I'll give you three guesses as to which state you'll see this sort of crap start, and a cookie for which city it comes from.
(Hint: Think left.......far left)
It's now illegal to throw your food waste into the trash in San Francisco.
All of the local "food court" daytime lunch areas have people standing in front of the trash/recycling areas. Their job is to take your garbage from you and hand sort it into the proper bins. Otherwise, people might be getting tickets for putting their plastic spork or their leftover burrito into the trash, which would be bad for business.
Yup. And not just in San Francisco. Seattle goes even further.
When you buy your shotgun shells, make sure they have PLASTIC hulls!
if you didn't realize this was satire when the green cop targets the cop cop, your detector is broken. up to that point though, the two shooters i was watching the game with were all looking at each other with wtf and don't start the revolution without me expressions.
This commercial makes me think of zombies coming to get me... Green police might get dispatched in the same way. Please note, I don't want to hurt anyone, I'm just afraid of zombies.
About half way through Barb asked, "Why is it that just white guys are getting in trouble?"
Don't you know it's axiomatic that white men are evil? :-P
Actually, white men are the last demographic that can be ridiculed and demonized without a backlash of "RACIST!" or "SEXIST!" or whatever. After all, everybody knows that white males of EUropean descent are: stupid, evil, lazy, exploitive, greedy, homophobic, racist, fundamentalist, . . . . Did I miss anything?
HEY!!!! That's Euro-Nordic Testostero American to you buddy!!
Judging from commercials, you could add: bumbling, incompetent, clueless.
I just got around to watching this, and two things come to mind:
1. I'm with Kevin, there'd be blood shed
2. Audi just lost any chance of ever seeing a dollar of my money.
Add to that what somebody had the other day about how much money Audi gives to various greenie and progressive causes...
Does anybody know which advertising company came up with this?
I'd like to know because... well, I'd just like to know, OK?
Yes, Venable Bells & Partners from (where else) San Francisco.
From the link above:
If Venables Bell really wanted to twist the knife, though, wouldn't they point out that an Audi designed for ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel would probably emit less pollution than the city-owned hybrid SUV Newsom is currently being driven around in?
So, Lefties consider the commercial a critique, because it implies that we aren't going far enough, fast enough, to do any real good, while non-Lefties view it as the authoritarian thuggery that it is. Am I getting that right? If so, it reminds me of Obama's big problem. His core-support, the Lunatic-Left, are pissed at him for "not being the President we all hoped he could be" and taking us down the road fast enough. The rest of us lie in a range from I-told-you-so to "I can't fucking believe it; he did what?!?", and are gradually growing more pissed at him every week that passes. So, like everything else involving socialist idealism; no matter how it's done, nobody is happy.
My Ram's got 345 horsepower and a curb weight of 5,700 pounds.
Think Segway pancakes...
Get a grip people, it was a silly commercial with a ridiculous over the top satire on those who look to 'green' everything. Your paranoia is a bit much.
Oh really? It's only paranoia when they aren't out to get you. Scroll up to Phil B's links, too.
What part of "It's now illegal to throw your food waste into the trash in San Francisco" is it that sounds like paranoia? Because, last time I checked, if it's actually happening, it's not paranoia.
Ah, I see some are being fitted quite well to the eco straitjackets.
Pay a little extra and you can get yours tailored! A bit more, and they'll line it with hair.
In Durham it is now illegal to throw your plastic bottles into the regular trash. They have to be recycled. By law.
San Fran-freakshow isn't the only bastion of bat-shit crazy in America, I'm sad to say.
I recycle plastic bottles the same way I recycle paper and cardboard: in a _very_ hot 55 gallon drum. It has a blower to inject air at the bottom and the fire in that baby gets hot enough that a goodly portion of the barrel glows red. I figure some time in the future the CO2 will end up back in the ground. ;)
I visit the transfer station about 4 times a year to get rid of bottles, cans and that small amount of garbage I can't burn.
Well, well, well. It appears that Cambridge, Massachusetts is getting closer to this "ideal" than any other place in the country. (Here is a direct link to the report from the Cambridge Climate Commission for those ideologically incapable of accepting facts stated by conservative sources.)
Still think it's paranoia, Regular Dude?