Word on the street (well, at Perez Hilton) is that Betsey Johnson may be designing an affordable line for Target or H&M.  That would be sooo cool and fun.  I heart BJ!

That is all 🙂

Pareene at Gawker brought the news today that Sparks, the caffeinated malt beverage that was like orange vodka RedBull with a little more umph, is no longer.  Gawker Link

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This post is dedicated to Jaime, one of the few people I know who actually liked Sparks (or at least drank it enough to convince the rest of us that he did).

The title says it all.  Check it

In our sue-happy country we like to think that we have rights over everything, including ideas (read the chapter on plagiarism in Days of War, Nights of Love if you want to know more about my views on that).  Sure, we should be protected from people trying to blatantly steal or take credit for our work, but where do we draw the line when it comes to derivative art?  It’s usually flattering and can bring more attention to the original.

The makers of Bambu rolling papers are suing a New York artist for his rendition of Barack Obama on a t-shirt that looks a lot like Bambu’s iconic rolling paper ads.

Bambu original ad:

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Seamus McGovern’s Obama shirt:

Seamus McGovern - Love Fatigues

Check out this link for more details on the suit.  I get that they don’t want someone else making money on an image that could be argued is very close to their own, but they’re suing because the shirts might “subject Bambu to criticism and scorn insofar as Defendants are depicting President-elect Barack Obama smoking marijuana, and such depiction is likely to confuse the consuming public into believing that the offensive advertising emanated from Bambu.”

What?!  It’s a funny shirt, people! And seriously, I don’t care what public figures did in their past or what they do in their personal lives.  Smoking a little pot is the least of our problems. Let’s talk about the horrible, messed up stuff that some of them do while in office and with our tax dollars.

On a side note, President-Elect Barack Obama is pretty freaking cool.  Never before have I seen so many people make/wear shirts with the face of a candidate or president on them!  I have a very cool Brooklyn Royalty one!

Some wack jobs who named their kids Adolf Hitler Campbell, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell are upset at a ShopRite store because they refused to make a cake that said “Happy birthday, Adolf Hitler.”  The store says it’s inappropriate.  Little Adolf is turning 3.

Unfortunately, I think this is real.  I was sort of hoping it was an Onion article, but I guess there really are crazy people like this out there.

Thanks to feministing.com for the heads up on this one.  Samhita pretty much summed up my thoughts of disgust, so I’ll leave it at that.

…BURGER?!

Remember when Gap used to have a fragrance called Grass?  Well it looks like Burger King is the next in line to market a non-traditional scent with their new FLAME.

I think the best part is the tagline – “Fire Meets Desire” – ha!

Hey, who knows.  I like the smell of SPAM in the morning (mmm! don’t knock it til you’ve tried it!) so maybe they’re onto something.  And I was always one of those weird kids who liked the smell of gasoline (yeah yeah, that might explain a lot) so maybe there’s a market there?