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January 14, 2009

Separated at birth?
Posted by Patrick at 10:50 PM * 54 comments

New Pepsi logo
Dick Cheney smiling

We rest our case.

Comments on Separated at birth?:
#1 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: January 14, 2009, 11:12 PM:

This brings back fond memories of the 1983 worldcon's masquerade. At some point, the diamond-vision screen showed one of the gofers's badge: it spoofed Coke's campaign slogan and said "Cthulhu - It's the Surreal Thing". Kind of ties in with the squamous veep.

#2 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 12:20 AM:

The Onion is running a series of articles in which horrible, horrible things happen to George Bush. (In the last one his brain is invaded by thousands of spider hatchlings.) They all end with "is resting comfortably in Bethesda Naval Hospital."

I wish they'd do a few with Cheney.

No, scratch that. I wish they'd happen to him in real life.

#3 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 12:44 AM:

Is it possible that after the 20th we never have to see Cheney again? Or at least not after his trial is over?

#4 ::: A.J. ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 12:46 AM:

Stefan: The Onion did just run an article about Cheney though:

Vice Presidential Handlers Lure Cheney Into Traveling Crate

I thought it was suitable.

#5 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 12:49 AM:

AJ @ 4... I like the headline to the right of the page.

War on tring may be unwinnable, says cat general.
#6 ::: Deire ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 01:17 AM:

He's smiling? I thought he was trying to crush someone's head.

#7 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 01:20 AM:

Serge, I think you dropped a letter there:

War on String May be Unwinnable

That's from 2005, fer cryin' out loud! How did it get onto the current page you were looking at?

#8 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 01:49 AM:

Linkmeiste @ 7... Oops. And, no, I have no idea how I reached the string war.

#9 ::: Mark ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 07:26 AM:

He's demonstrating the size of container required to hold his memory, conscience, capacity for regret and humanity.

The Rude Pundit, while generally not suitable for quotation here, has been an interesting read lately on the dynamics of Cheney and his puppet's nonstop self-justification tour.

#10 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 08:01 AM:

Bottled in an undisclosed location with classified ingredients that are none of your business! Pop open a can and feel that blast of refreshment in your face. Pepsi: A mandate for enjoyment! Hwaa! HWAAAA!

#11 ::: Eve ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 08:26 AM:

I think the Pepsi logo looks more like an Obama O. Trademark-infringingly close, actually.

#12 ::: Natalie L. ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 09:06 AM:

The News Hour with Jim Lehrer had a long interview with Cheney last night. By the end of it I was pleading with my husband to please make the scary bad man go away.

#13 ::: Angiportus ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 10:07 AM:

The bus tunnel here in Pugetopolis is plastered with gigantic 1-word Pepsi ads. I know the transit system needs all the help it can get, but it still annoys me.
I at first thought Serge's post was quoting something abt. a "war on trig".

#14 ::: Mary Dell ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 10:12 AM:

I don't understand why you've photoshopped the Cheney picture to remove the One Ring he's holding up in the original.

#15 ::: Faren Miller ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 11:01 AM:

I think Cheney will haunt our minds for some time to come, whether or not he ever goes on trial. Reading Alison Goodman's Eon: Dragonbane Reborn a few days ago, I couldn't stop thinking of the evil warlord as the very image of C.

#16 ::: ajay ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 11:03 AM:

A war on Tring? Poor old Tring.

Although I am, as noted before, hesitant about welcoming Cheney's departure, as his replacement seems to be an older version of Richard Wilkins.

#17 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 11:18 AM:

At least I didn't accidentally suggest a war on Frank Thring.

#18 ::: Stevey-Boy ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 11:54 AM:

Will Cheney be at Obama's inauguration?

"Barack, I am your father. Join the Dark-Side and we will rule the world together."

#19 ::: Madeline Ashby ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 12:09 PM:

See, he's always reminded me of a Ninja Turtle, with his sideways-talking mouth. Now if only we could exile him to the sewer...

...And that mutant beach ball is gonna eat us all, I swear.

#20 ::: rm ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 12:24 PM:

Obamalooking Pepsi is this year's Crystal Pepsi, I guess. Their marketing people like the poetics of "change" campaigns.

Also separated at birth are some of the drystone walls in TNH's Particles and the walls of the Bluegrass region of Kentucky.

#21 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 12:32 PM:

You rest your case? (I assume you mean a case of Pepsi.) Too bad it can't be "rested" (from, say, four stories up) on Cheney's face.

#22 ::: Neil Willcox ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 12:54 PM:

From the Tring wikipedia page linked to above:

The 2nd Lord Rothschild also released the edible dormouse into Tring Park.

From the Edible Dormouse page:

The edible dormouse lives in continental Europe and was accidentally introduced to the town of Tring, England through an escape from Lionel Walter Rothschild's private collection in 1902. As such, the edible dormouse population, now 10,000 strong, is concentrated in a 200-square-mile (520 km2) triangle between Beaconsfield, Aylesbury and Luton. Though regarded as a pest by some, in the United Kingdom the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 prohibits certain methods of killing and taking of this animal. A licence may be required for their removal, advice on which can be obtained from Wildlife Management and Licensing.

Clearly the Army of Cats is being held back by pro-Dormouse animal rights legislation.

#23 ::: Matt ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 01:05 PM:

I don't mean to be that guy, but did you consult the Necronomicon before posting, just to make sure the smiling image of Dick Cheney propogated to thousands of screens does not unleash some otherworldly horror from the netherworld?

#24 ::: Claude Muncey ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 01:49 PM:

The 19th century drystone walls made by Chinese laborers in the Sierra gold country persist as well. There is a 75 foot high stone retaining wall built by Chinese Central Pacific RR workers for the original transcontinental rail line that still exists -- though that rail route is no longer in use. I am trying to find confirmation that is is drystone, which was used commonly by those workers along that route.

#25 ::: David Manheim ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 02:23 PM:

Am I the only one who thinks that, everything else aside, Pepsi must be wasting way their time on unimaginative and probably ridiculously expensive branding issues?

#26 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 02:23 PM:

from the wilds of Europe comes a faint and isolated voice...

Pepsi has a new logo?

#27 ::: Tracie ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 02:25 PM:

Deire #6: He's smiling because he's trying to crush someone's head.

#28 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 03:55 PM:

Tracie #27: No, he's smiling because he just has.

#29 ::: Steve C. ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 03:58 PM:

"And this is the size of my conscience."

#30 ::: Joe McMahon ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 05:23 PM:

No, I think that's "This is how much I care."

#31 ::: Joel Polowin ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 06:20 PM:

"Come here, little country. I have some nice candy for you."

#32 ::: Mez ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 08:05 PM:

There are convict-built colonial walls still extant in Australia — often the oldest surviving European features in an area, like Towrang Stockade on the Great South Road (brochure list to avoid direct PDF). Some of them are drystone.
The Old Great North Road (page on the New South Wales (NSW) State Government Department of Environment & Climate Change site) has some lovely examples. For more photos, see the photo gallery on the Australian Federal Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage & the Arts, and more general info and pictures at the The Convict Trail (Great North Road) on the Wollombi Valley community site.

#33 ::: dakine ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 08:27 PM:

it takes a tough man to run a tender country

#34 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 08:48 PM:

dakine #33: it takes a tough man to run ruin a tender country.


#35 ::: WereBear ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 08:50 PM:

It takes a tough man to tenderize a country.

#36 ::: affreca ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 11:00 PM:

Pepsi is also rebranding Mountain Dew (again) and it is now Mtn Dew. I am sad (and an addict, so I'll still buy it).

#37 ::: John Fiala ::: (view all by) ::: January 15, 2009, 11:40 PM:

Pepsi? Is that what that is? They've got billboards all over the Denver area, and none of them make any sense at all.

#38 ::: rm ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2009, 01:07 AM:

I guess they are rebranding Mountain Dew as a text message. I hate text messaging.

dey cll it dat mtn dew
+dem dat rfs it r few
IL hush ^ my mug f u fil ^ my jug
W dat gd old mtn dew

#39 ::: Tehanu ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2009, 01:19 AM:

Matt #23: Dick Cheney IS an unearthly horror from the netherworld.

#40 ::: albatross ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2009, 08:37 AM:

Cheney on Jan 21, ideal world:
"Say, I thought this plane went to Wyoming. What's this about The Hague?"

Though cross-threading with the open-thread, I like thinking about the mirror-universe versions of these. The goateed Cheney from the other side is a persistent voice of decency and reason, widely hated by the right for his strong support of gay rights and opposition to torture, and is most famous for arguing strenuously against a low-budget invasion and occupation of Iraq. (But mirror-universe Colin Powell out-argued him.)

#41 ::: Dan Layman-Kennedy ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2009, 08:41 AM:

Dick Cheney smiles. He smiles and veins turn to ice. He smiles and heads bow down.

No doubt can cross his mind.

#43 ::: cgeye ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2009, 11:59 AM:

There's a play I listened to last year whose first scene had W in a Netherlands hotel room... nummy.

#44 ::: Sara E ::: (view all by) ::: January 17, 2009, 02:09 AM:

Please, dear God, make the scary bad man go to JAIL!

(It's not going to happen, but still, I can dream, can't I?)

#45 ::: Faren Miller ::: (view all by) ::: January 17, 2009, 11:15 AM:

While watching Blazing Saddles for the umpteenth time on TV last night, I realized the entire political vision has now come true: dimwit governor, evil adviser (with presidential aspirations for the dimwit), and now the new black sheriff in town! Even one bespectacled gal protesting the sheriff's blackness reminded me of Sarah Palin. Topic for future dissertations - "The Political Prescience of Mel Brooks"??? (This *was* back in the Seventies.)

Really, though, it's yet more evidence that truth is at least as strange as fiction. Well, maybe not the total silliness at the movie's end....

#46 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: January 17, 2009, 11:45 AM:

Faren Miller @ 45... But who is Madeline Kahn's modern counterpart?

"Is that a ten-gallon hat, or are you just enjoying the show?"
#47 ::: Paul A. ::: (view all by) ::: January 18, 2009, 09:10 AM:

Linkmeister @ #7 & Serge @ #8:

I also saw the "War on String" in the sidebar when I went to that page. It was part of an advertisement for merchandise featuring headlines and images from popular past Onion stories.

#48 ::: odaiwai ::: (view all by) ::: January 18, 2009, 11:24 AM:

Faren Miller #45: I just wish that the presidential band would play "He rode a blazing saddle" instead of "Hail to the Chief" when he steps up to take his oath.

That, and push Rick Warren off the stage.

#49 ::: odaiwai ::: (view all by) ::: January 18, 2009, 11:38 AM:

me @48: I don't mean that the presidential band should should push Warren off the stage. I meant that Obama should give Warren a shove once he's spewing his hate.

Warren: Now, about Gay People, *gollum* let us tell you about teh Gay People...


Warren: Aaaarrrgh!

#50 ::: Faren Miller ::: (view all by) ::: January 18, 2009, 11:40 AM:

odaiwai (#48): Amen!

#51 ::: mythago ::: (view all by) ::: January 18, 2009, 04:27 PM:

What? The new logo is SO clearly a Voltorb.

#52 ::: R.M. Koske ::: (view all by) ::: January 19, 2009, 09:41 AM:

#26, abi -

I live in Atlanta*, so I had exactly the same reaction.

*Corporate home and birthplace of Coca-Cola. Georgia is one of the places you may run into someone using "Coke" as the generic word for a soda of any kind.

#53 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: January 19, 2009, 11:35 AM:

mythago, #51: To me, it looks like a Republican Pac-Man. You know, wrapped in a flag.

#54 ::: Erik Nelson ::: (view all by) ::: January 19, 2009, 10:35 PM:

We already know what Pepsi is. So why does changing the logo actually accomplish anything?

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