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A Dummy's Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin
Mannequin American views and guidelines on marketing/PR trends, news from the world of puppets and ventriloquism, bits of humor and other interesting but useless information. I post every Tuesday and Friday.
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A Dummy's Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American

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"When corporate management becomes sick of the company's marketing campaign, everyone else is just starting to notice it."

Chip Martin

New SFW Playboy Site ... Why?

The new Playboy safe-for-work site, The Smoking Jacket, launched recently ... but why? I'm pretty sure your boss still won't appreciate paying you while you peruse the site ... especially since one of the navigation buttons is "Sex."

So on your behalf, I spent some time researching the site and found a few interesting tidbits, a few chuckles and a lot of attractive women. If you'd like to check it out yourself before your company's HR department blocks it, click here.

Hef Would Love This

From AdRants: Here's a way to convince younger voters to get out and register ... use porn. To get young people to "Enroll to vote," the print ad asks, "I'm legal, how about you?" Accompanying that witticism is an image that leaves no doubt which double entendre the ad's creators were going for.

Dressed in fishnet stockings and a thong, a "barely legal" woman is cupping her breasts and looking into the camera as if you were the only thing she had on her mind the moment the shutter clicked. (By the way ... do you think this appeals to young women voters? Just a thought.)

The ad comes from the Australian Sex Party, an organization which aims to fight for Australian's sexual rights and personal freedoms and urges the government to keep politicians out of the bedroom.  (If our politicians stayed out of the bedroom, newscasters wouldn't have much to talk about.) 

Don't Open That Casket!

I'm a big believer that well organized open houses can be great marketing tools. However ... a "Fun Day" at a funeral home seems to stretch the envelope a bit.

Similar "Failed" Marketing Attempt

I wonder if there was an Open House event tied to this?

When "Chubbies" Just Meant "Large"

Via Copy Ranter: Some of you may remember a bygone fashion era when large boys could find their clothing in the "Husky" section.  Overweight girls were classified as "Chubbies," and Lane Bryant was (still is?) the go-to store for Chubbettes. How times have changed.

Tax Reductions Set to Expire

I seldom post political news here, but today I'm making an exception. The pro-business tax rate reductions enacted in 2001 and 2003 will all expire on December 31st if Congress does not act to extend them. President Obama and some leaders in Congress support allowing those tax rate reductions to expire for all but middle-income individual taxpayers ... in effect calling for the biggest tax increase in American history. 

Under their proposal, effective January 1, 2011:  

  • the 35% individual tax rate will increase to 39.6%
  • the 33% individual tax rate will increase to 36%
  • the capital gains tax rate will increase from 15% to 20%
  • dividends will no longer be taxed at 15% but at the taxpayer's individual income tax rate with a maximum rate of 39.6% -- a 164% increase!
  • The death tax will rise from zero this year to 55% of all estates over $1 million (obviously catastrophic for family farms and businesses).

Wherever you stand on these tax increases, it's important that your Senators hear from you now.  So please write to them in one of their state offices. You can find contact information here: http://www.naw.org/files/SenDistOffices.pdf

Brad Cummings

Canadian ventriloquist Brad Cummings has appeared in Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe and venues throughout North America. He's been on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Furgeson and many others. A seasoned professional, Brad received a standing ovation at this year's International Ventriloquist Convention.

Click here to see a clip of Brad on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Here's Rex, Brad, me and Dale at this year's International Ventriloquist Convention. (I appear to be looking at something more interesting ... probably a cute Mannequin American.)

Posted: Aug 20 2010, 07:30 AM by chip


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