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Badvertising colorado shooting james holmes libertarianism obama billboard - 6469006080
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Maurice Clements, who commissioned this billboard outside Boise, ID, to honor the memory of Libertarian Ralph Smeed, says his group is angry at President Obama for not bringing the troops home:

We're all outraged over that killing in Aurora, CO, but we're not outraged over the boys killed in Afghanistan.

After criticism mounted, however, Clements softened his stance.

That's a technique of trying to make a point, and maybe it was poorly done.

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Oh, Shell. You should know better than to encourage the trolls Internets to caption your images of wildlife for a new ad campaign.

(Don't miss the highlights.)

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Chicken wings are as American as apple pie, cheeseburgers and fireworks, but as a back drop to All-American outfitted Old Navy mannequins? No thanks.

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From the same company that brought you a sandwich with a "bun" made of fried chicken, comes another offering which breaks all conventions of burger construction. The video is self-explanatory.

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Mr. Lean tells America how to get that Baywatch bod. Don't hassle The Hoff.

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Even the GOP understands the need to appeal to minority voters, so in October 2011, it launched RNClatinos.com, a Spanish-language site where "Republican National Committee can connect with Hispanic voters, and Hispanic voters can hear Hispanic Republican leaders."

Problem is, the top left corner of the site featured a stock photo of Asian children. (The photo was taken down earlier today after U.S. News & World Report's Washington Whispers blog got wind of it.)

Whatever -- photo or not, Obama still maintains a 43-point lead among Latinos.

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Father's Day probably isn't cause for celebration in the Draper house, but if so, it's hard to imagine pot painting is on the agenda.

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Right-wing, anti-science think tank the Heartland Institute has unveiled a new billboard campaign in its hometown of Chicago that compares those who believe in global warming to the Unabomber, Charles Manson, and Osama bin Laden.

From the group's website:

What these murderers and madmen have said differs very little from what spokespersons for the United Nations, journalists for the "mainstream" media, and liberal politicians say about global warming.

It continues:

The people who still believe in man-made global warming are mostly on the radical fringe of society. This is why the most prominent advocates of global warming aren't scientists. They are murderers, tyrants, and madmen.

Really?!

Thankfully, spot-on analysis by The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan wins the day:

In some ways, this is an almost perfect illustration of what has happened to the "right." A refusal to acknowledge scientific reality; and a brutalist style of public propaganda that focuses entirely on guilt by the most extreme association.

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Badvertising billboard prom queen - 6137185280
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When Texas high-schooler Brandy Day suggested to her mom that they rent a billboard to help along her campaign for prom queen, she never imagined her mom would spend more than $1,500 on newspaper ads, fliers, a customizable outdoor display sign at a local taqueria, and -- the nail in her prom queen coffin -- a "pink rotating outdoor" billboard. "I was joking, but she took me seriously," she said. "When she texted me a pic of the billboard and the newspaper, I was shocked."

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Never mind the crippling 1896 depression -- William McKinley's 1896 presidential campaign posters featured him standing atop a giant gold coin so heavy it required 10 blue-collar men to hold up.

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Looks like the folks at Belvedere Vodka have been getting high on their own supply. How else would one explain this awful, rape-appropriating ad they just released on Facebook?

The sobering responses to the copy from distraught vodka drinkers helped the LVMH brand quickly come to and pull the ad. "We apologize to any of our fans who were offended by our recent tweet," Belvedere wrote. "We continue to be an advocate of safe and responsible drinking."

Can't wait for their next tweet wherein they tell anyone who still has a problem with the ad to go have a drink.

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Reebok Germany recently came under fire for appearing to promote infidelity in an ad targeting CrossFit gym patrons.

After a boycott threat from an anti-cheating website, the company released a statement saying Reebok "does not condone this message or cheating in any way."

The ad has since been removed. 

Copyranter notes that this is not the first -- nor likely the last -- sexist ad approved by the marketing knuckleheads at Reebok Germany.

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