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Walmart Replaces Mike Rowe as Narrator in Iconic Commercial. Why?

As somebody who studied marketing and wanted to be a copywriter, I love advertisements. I watch them consciously, which is a little weird.

One of my favorite ads in recent years in Walmart’s “I am a Factory” Ad narrated by Mike Rowe. (Even though I am generally opposed to buying a product based on its source for nationalistic reasons.)

Yet, late last year, Walmart re-uploaded the ad. And the ad isn’t narrated by Mike Rowe anymore.

Here is the original:

I asked Mike Rowe on Twitter about it, and will report back if he responds:

Monday Links

the majestic

Reason: Destroying Latin America: Journalist Mary O’Grady on Populism, Protectionism, and ProhibitionA Bribery Ban Backfires

WSJ: Microsoft to Invest in Barnes & Noble’s Nook

DCist: Obama Makes Romney Jokes, Kimmel Makes Fat Jokes At White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Hayek: The Spencer Myth | No option?

To see the op-ed about stupid Harvard undergrads, click here.

Goldberg: Top five cliches that liberals use to avoid real arguments

AdAge: Freelancers’ Stock Rises on Madison Avenue

Weekly Standard: Obama campaign takes on Tea Party

HotAir: Twitter eats itself?

Deadspin: Dear Abby: Cleveland Sports Have Created An 8-Year-Old Psychopath

If there is a silver lining, it is this: as long as you stay in Cleveland, the kid will learn to accept losing teams. They always do.

Bloomberg: My Life in Private Equity

 Your daily moment of Zenn

The Brooklyn Nets

Washingtonian: The healthiest (and scariest) things on Chick Fil A’s menu (phase 2 of the war on Chick-Fil-A?)

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EPJ: My Speech Delivered at the New York Federal Reserve Bank by Robert Wenzel

HotAir: New source of climate warming: Wind farms

Above the Law: Kid Posts Take Home Exam Question On Message Board Looking For Answers, Finds Only Ridicule

BoingBoing: Where electricity comes from

Great Lakes Brewing Company: 18th Largest U.S. Craft Brewery

Fairfax Police Chief: Drones ‘certainly’ coming to skies over Beltway

AEI: Science and the Republican Brain

Heaton reviews the WHCAD

Yahoo: How a Former Currency Strategist Went from $150K/Year to Serving Lattes at Starbucks

Monday Links

navy memorial

Landsburg: Best Negotiator Ever

CafeHayek: But He’s OUR Leader Exploiting OUR Economic Ignorance!

Bullshit: Supreme Court Refuses to Hear NYC Rent Control Case

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Reason: Republicans Know More Than Democrats, Says Study | Here’s the quiz. I was 100%

CSMonitor: Wal-Mart shares drop on New York Times bribery allegations | Not that this doesn’t happen, in say, Maryland

FamousDC: ABC Ventures Into the RNC War Room [Video]


Bloomberg: Argentina goes rogue again

Weekly Standard: Take my Congressman, please

WSJ: GM to add 600 China dealerships

It was great seeing Lewis Black this weekend at JEOPARDY!

NYDailyNews: 2 Cuban actors in Tribeca Film Festival movie about defecting disappear after landing in Miami (h/t the Eye)

Gizmodo: Iran Cracks US Stealth Spy Drone’s Secrets, Shows Proof

Lifehacker: Top 10 Clever Tricks Built Right Into Gmail

Check out my review of Ms. Remorse, a great book written by a colleague of mine.

i09: Behold the water slide so dangerous it was shut down immediately

Cincinnati.com: Skyline Chili co-founder dead at 88

Freakonomics: Does Eating Local Hurt The Environment? (VIDEO)

WaPost: Friends remember Marine killed near their SE hangout

Fishbowl: Arianna to Mayfield, Ohio?

FamousDC: Metro To Spend $15,000 on Trust Fall Exercises

BoingBoing: Logical Fallacies Poster

Eater: Taqueria Nacional Will Indeed Move to T Street This Fall

National Journal: In Nothing We Trust

I now own a bike

This is my new bike

Inspired by two of my co-workers’ recent bike purchases from Walmart, I decided to join the club and save money and live better buy buying a bike from Walmart. For the past 6 months my girlfriend Mary and I have discussed purchasing bikes, but we’ve never followed through (which is my fault.)

Unlike my colleagues, who had to commute to the Commonwealth of Virginia to have access to the awesomeness that is Walmart, I live relatively close to one. However, since I drive a small Honda Civic, getting a bike back home seemed a bit difficult, so I took the Richmond Highway Express bus (for $1) one stop to Walmart and went a searching for a new bike.

The problem is that Walmart doesn’t carry all of the same bikes in its stores. For 98 cents, you can have them delivered, but one would expect the true shipping price is built into the online price and why they don’t advertise all bike prices online — they vary from store to store. That makes sense. So, I did some advance research and used my Walmart app appropriately.

I did a little searching before I left and saw that the Walmart NEXT bikes actually got high ratings from consumers. I was kind of interested in this fixie, but the colors and the hills around my house ultimately put the kibosh on that. If I lived downtown that might have made a little more sense. Similarly, since I’m not Owen Wilson in Wedding Crashers, a true “cruiser” was out the question. You can see downtown Washington from the hill behind my house, and it’s steep as hell. I need gears, but I don’t need a mountain bike.

With seven speeds, the NEXT Avalon seemed like a good hybrid, and nearly 90% of buyers on Walmart agreed. And it was made in China.

So, for roughly $140 — I bought a 1 year insurance plan, a lock and an air pump — I got a decent, light aluminum bike. When I was lacking a car for a few weeks in St. Louis I got a mountain bike at the Sports Authority in Brentwood. I was in much better shape then, and the ride to the Chase Park Plaza was much easier. Sadly, after a popped tire, I let the bike fall into a state of disrepair and eventually trashed it after I moved to D.C. (It didn’t help that I could only store it outside in Old Town Alexandria.)

As I left the store, I realized the tires needed some air, so the pump was a good purchase. As I biked up out of Walmart’s parking lot, I realized I am horribly out of shape. My legs burned. I guess that’s a good thing.

Aside from the tires, the brakes will need some tuning. Riding down Route 1 from Walmart is pretty much a big hill. I hit close to 35 miles per hour on the way down, and with inefficient brakes, that was a nightmare.

Adding to the frustration, Route 1 doesn’t have continuous sidewalks from Walmart to the intersection of Route 1 and Huntington Ave, so I had to cross the street a few times and ride through grass. So, avid bicyclists, I sort of feel your pain.

I only say sort of, because I still hate most bicyclists in D.C. — I bought the bike for convenience and exercise, and the occasional beer and grocery run. Even though I was plowing down sidewalk and grass on Route 1, I still managed to observe all traffic laws, which govern bicyclists and cars nearly in the same way in Virginia and the District. I stopped at all stop signs, stop lights that were red, and crossed only when I got the go ahead from the sign. And until bicyclists start paying for roads like car drivers do, I don’t think transportation policy should treat bicycles and cars as equals.

That said, I understand the mentality of bicyclists that traffic law shouldn’t apply to them. I mean, who wants to stop at traffic lights or stop signs? If I could be exempt from the laws in my car, I’d love it. It would make my commute and my errands that much quicker. However, cyclists are bound to traffic laws for the same reason cars are. Namely, mayhem on the road would be in nobody’s interest.

And to you critics of buying bicycles at stores like Walmart, I see no problem with it. I got an excellent bike for the price I paid and for the purpose I wanted it for. I see no reason to pay more for another bike at a local cycle shop because a.) I can tune it myself (because I am not an idiot), and b.) I don’t need an expensive bike.

If you are racing in the Tour de France, a professional cyclist, or an uber commuter, I get why you’d buy a performance bike elsewhere. I’m none of those things, so a Walmart bike is fine for me.

Similarly, many people decry the fact that Huffy bikes are no longer made in places like Ohio. Frankly, I could care less where the bike is made. Most people only subscribe to this idea nowadays because modern bikes don’t live up to the nostalgia of their more simplistic (and still likely foreign made) childhood BMX one speed bicycle. If trade can bring me a similar bike for a lower price, I’m happy to pay it.

Also, frequent cyclists might also be interested in Walmart’s good selection of bike related goods, too. 

Thursday Links


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CBS Detroit: Lawsuit: Student Needs Guinea Pig For Support

Reason: Come Back, Technology, All is Forgiven: A Libertarian Repents

Reuters: WTO dents U.S. ban on clove cigarettes

Yahoo: Greece shaken by retiree’s suicide in central Athens

Scene: Ohio Won’t Execute People For Awhile

DCist: Twaggin: Marion Barry Wins Democratic Primary, Proceeds to Blow Up Twitter

STLToday: Ellisville again delays vote on Walmart (Walmart = good, TIFs = Bad)

Roll Call: John Boehner Likely to Stay Neutral in GOP Presidential Race

Bloomberg: Apple’s War on Android | KFC’s big game of chicken

OpenMarket: In defense of pink slime (Come on, people, it’s not Soylent Green)

Travel Channel: Virginia’s Wine Country

Examiner: Barry: ‘We’ve got to do something about these Asians coming in’

WSJ: Inside AT&T’s Strike Boot Camp

Atlantic: The Strange (and Formerly Sexist) Economics of Engagement Rings

GenderGapPolitics: Obama believes women should be admitted to Augusta

DailyCaller: Va. school teacher thinks ‘Republicans are stupid’

DailyCaller: Maybe Ryan Gosling shouldn’t have saved that woman from a cab

NyMag: Ryan Gosling Actually History’s Greatest Monster

Texts from Hillary Clinton

CNN: U.S. Coast Guard to sink Japanese boat washed away by tsunami

WaPo: The Watergate Exxon’s famously expensive gas

Lifehacker: How to take the fun out of hangman

Bing has a rewards program

Ouch: Baltimore Orioles lose to community college team

i09: One of history’s most violent explosions may have been caused by trees

WSJ: Killing Coal

Shelby Steele: The Exploitation of Trayvon Martin