Farewell To The King

Nooooooooooo, say it ain’t so!

Burger King Kills Off King Mascot Commercials

Burger King has decided that putting a creepy plastic mask on a robe-wearing human body isn’t good for business. After declining sales, the world’s second largest hamburger chain has decided to end its advertising campaign featuring the King mascot and instead focus its advertising on the food itself, beginning this week with commercials for its newest avocado and cheese-bearing product.

Since advertising firm Crispin Porter + Bogusky began working with Burger King in 2003, the King has been at the forefront of their campaigns. In the “Wake Up With the King” series meant to sell the chain’s new breakfast sandwiches, for example, unwitting customers wake up to find the silent mascot lurking outside of their windows or next to them in bed. We’re guessing that the narrator’s raspy voice also didn’t help “appeal to [the] broader audience” Burger King spokesman Miguel Piedra says the brand wants to attract.

See also:
Burger King Mascot to be Retired
Burger King mascot out, California Whopper in: Fast food company to focus more on menu items in ads
Anarchy in the BK: Burger King mascot dethroned
Burger King Dethrones Its Creepy ‘King’ Mascot
Burger King Mascot Gets the Boot From Fast Food Giant
Burger King retires its royal pitchman
Farewell To The King: California Whopper, Not Mascot, Will Star In BK Ad
Burger King Fires the “King”Burger King Retires Creepy, Mute Mascot
BK drops the king, adds guacamole
Creepy mascot, we hardly knew ye!
An Open Letter to the Deposed Burger King, From Fork in the Road

Okay, so The King was a little creepy, but the commercials were awesome, cult classics! At least he wasn’t boring like showing 30 seconds worth of retouched pictures of highly stylized food that looks absolutely nothing like the mangled, defective product you actually get in the store. Boo, the King will be missed.

/I mean, damn, first McDonalds wipes out Ronald McDonald and now Burger King kills off The King, what is the world of Big Burger coming to, how long will it be before Wendy’s takes Wendy out back and shoots her too?

Kryptonite For The Economy

/Michael Ramirez

See also:
Is Obama anti-business?
Obama is Anti-Business
U.S. Business Groups Air Policy Concerns
Chamber of Commerce: Obama Polices are a “General Attack” on Free Enterprise
Obama, Big Business Trade Blame on the Economy
Obama’s stimulus fantasy
Letter: Time to go after Obama for his anti-business policies
Big Business Versus Obama
BIRNBAUM: Obama’s bogus pro-business credentials
Editorial: Obama should listen to business leaders

Who knows more about private sector business and the economy, Obama, who’s never held a real private sector job in his life, or professional business people, who actually create private sector jobs?

/the simple fact is that Obama doesn’t have the cure for this ailing economy, Obama is the disease that’s killing this ailing economy

Heavy Meddle

This is your government going way too far.

BofA Urged by Regulators to Revamp Board of Directors

Federal officials have pressured Bank of America Corp. to revamp its board by bringing in directors with more banking experience, as regulators place the bank under increasingly heavy government scrutiny.

The move represents unusual influence by the federal government over the workings of a financial institution in which it doesn’t own a stake. It’s particularly significant because many of the bank’s woes stem from its purchase of Merrill Lynch & Co. — an acquisition that was completed after heavy prodding by federal regulators. The Merrill deliberations were the beginning of regulators’ deepening involvement in the Charlotte, N.C., lender’s day-to-day operations.

The moves underscore the balancing act faced by the federal government as it tries to steer the banking sector through its crisis while also involved in a broader pattern of engagement in the operations of individual U.S. banks.

On May 7, a week after the Bank of America board named Walter Massey to replace Chief Executive Kenneth Lewis as chairman, Mr. Massey unveiled a committee to recommend changes to the board’s structure and size. The committee would also oversee the bank’s response to a federal “stress test” that showed the need for $33.9 billion in additional equity.

Prior to those moves, federal banking regulators — the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency — had signaled to the bank’s leadership that such steps would be well received by the federal government. Government officials also suggested that the task of reshuffling the board be led by independent directors, and that the board needed more members with banking experience.

See also:
WSJ: Gov’t pressuring Bank of America board change
Pressure is increasing on Bank of America’s Lewis
Regulators urge Bank of America board overhaul
Bank of America Under Pressure

So, after bullying Ken Lewis into buying Merrill Lynch for much more than it was worth, which got Bank of America into financial trouble in the first place, now that same government is trying to tell BofA who can be on their board of directors. Nevermind that Bank of America shareholders just elected the board of directors at their annual meeting on April 29th. The government has absolutely no business sticking it’s nose into the internal affairs of a publicly traded corporation that it owns absolutely no stock in. And I don’t care that the government has loaned Bank of America money either, money that, by the way, Bank of America hopes to repay within a matter of months, that doesn’t make the government a shareholder, entitled to make decisions about who should run the company.

This big brother government interference in the private sector just has to stop and the sooner the better, before Obama and company get more than just there noses into the corporate tent. Hopefully, Bank of America will just say no and not cave in to the government pressure or maybe it will take a shareholder lawsuit to rebuff the nosy camel. In any case, someone needs to put their foot down while there still is something resembling a private sector and free markets.

/seriously, government encroachment like this should scare the [expletive deleted] out of everyone who still believes there is such a thing as capitalism