Not Exactly an Endorsement – It was barely four years ago that Mel Gibson revealed himself to be an Anti-Semitic jackhole. His lunatic rants were all over the entertainment news wires. TMZ published his arrest report, Gibson went on the typical apology tour, about which I am calling bullshit (Booze will lower inhibitions and allow one to say things that are already in his/her heart, but it won’t plant the most vile of thoughts there.)
Now about 40 months later (less than half the amount of time it took for the Holocaust… you know just to add some perspective) this filth spewing, ignorant racist (I know: redundant,) Holocaust Denier has a big budget movie from a major studio. The trailers are all over the television and the net and I can’t look at his repugnant mug without wanting to change the channel.
An Endorsement – The Wet Martini, also known by its proper name, Martini, is a beautiful drink when well made. Sadly, we got sold on the notion that a dry martini has virtue as opposed to being what it is: a big glass of cold gin. Go to a good bar and ask the bartender for a real martini (you’ll know it’s a good bar if the bartender smiles with delight at the prospect) with Hendricks, or Bluecoat American Dry and a dash of Fee Brothers’ Bitters.
Not Exactly an Endorsement – Television Commercials for Anti-Depressants are clearly designed by some people who’ve never dealt with clinical depression. Attempting to make someone who suffers from this disease feel even worse in an effort to sell more of your drugs may not be equivalent to emotional blackmail but it’s not far behind it.
An Endorsement – Buying the Suit/Dress/Whatever and then find the event later. Maybe you host a cocktail party yourself and invite your friends to drink in all of their semi-formal finery. Maybe you gather your friends for a night of fancy drinking just cause, or maybe you just attend one of the hundreds of charity galas held in every metropolitan area every year. Get the threads, the event will come or you can make your own.
Not Exactly an Endorsement – Professional Football Quarterbacks who consistently blame their teammates when things go wrong. I’m not naming any names, cough, cough, Peyton Manning, but I am pretty sure that every time it happens butterflies lose their wings, puppies get stomach aches, and maybe a large woman gets ready to sing.