- April 11: 78,500 Sounds on the Farm puzzles and Sounds on the Go puzzles distributed by Small World Toys. Sold at toy stores and retailers. Knobs on puzzle pieces can come off, posing a choking hazard.
- May 3: 8,800 IQ Preschool Take-Apart Townhouses distributed by Small World Toys. Sold at toy stores and retailers. Small magnets can fall out and, if ingested, can cause intestinal blockages.
- May 15: 58,000 children's necklaces imported by Claire's Boutiques Inc. Sold at Claire's retail stores. Contain high levels of lead.
- May 15: 200,000 children's necklaces, bracelets and rings imported by Spandrel Sales and Marketing Inc. Contain high levels of lead.
- May 17: 1,500 Currey & Company table lamps distributed by Currey & Company. Sold at specialty stores and lighting showrooms and through interior designers. Defective light sockets pose shock and fire hazards.
- May 23: 2,000 ball rattles, wrist rattles and wind-up toys imported by Tri-Star International Inc. Sold at dollar stores in California. Small parts present a choking hazard.
- May 30: 4,500 Eli's small drums and Liberty's large drums imported by The Boyds Collection Ltd. Red paint contains high levels of lead.
- May 31: 2,700 Vivre Royale pine cone candles imported by Royal Products Inc. Sold at specialty stores. Coating and beads can ignite, posing a fire hazard.
- May 31: 1,000 NRS Sea kayak paddle floats. Sold through NRS stores and catalog. The plastic tubes used to inflate the paddle float could break and deflate, posing a drowning hazard.
- May 31: 103,000 children's metal jewelry items distributed by Tween Brands Inc. Sold at Limited Too and Justice stores. Contain high levels of lead.
- June 6: 40,000 Nursery-in-a-Box cribs made by Simplicity Inc. Sold at department and children's products stores. Crib's drop side can separate from the crib, posing the risk of choking or a fall.
- June 7: 500 floating eyeballs made by Gemmy Industries Corp. Sold at toy and novelty stores. Contain kerosene.
- June 13: 1.5 million Thomas & Friends wooden railway toys imported by RC2 Corp. Sold at toy stores and retailers. Surface paints contain lead.
bin Looney & beheadings - titanic PR flare-ups in high chatter week
Although the New York Post dismissed him as “bin Looney,” Osama bin Laden managed to hijack the global political agenda last week with a rant against America that was calculated and effective PR. Republicans were ecstatic dissecting bin Looney’s psycho-political analysis and rambling exhortations because it sounded like he was spouting the Democratic Party agenda, warning about taxes and the evils of sub prime mortgages, encouraging us to embrace Islam as a way to avoid the terror of a recession. All that was missing was an endorsement of Hillary Clinton.
Fred Thompson, new to the Presidential fray, was philosophical about it all, saying that bin Laden “is more symbolism than anything else.” Giuliani and McCain and Romney, sensing weakness, pounced swiftly and mercilessly and by the end of the day Thompson was salivating testosterone like a contender - bin Looney must be hunted down and killed, Thomson and the rest of the pack agreed. After all, bin Laden was controlling the message and demanding media attention at their expense.
It is believed that an American, Adam Gadahn, 28, wrote at least part of bin Laden’s speech. Otherwise known as “Azzam the American,” Gadahn is probably part of Sahab Media, the al Qaeda media arm that is increasingly releasing longer, higher quality videos that are meant to appeal to the M TV masses and counter infidel propaganda. Mainstream media (MSM) always refers to nefarious terrorist web sites where the “chatter” might indicate a new al Qaeda video is about to be released. Annoyingly, MSM does not link to these sites and they cannot be found through a traditional web search.
I did find the site Terrorist Media and that is a revelation. Check it out, sit back and absorb raw footage of mass killings, ambushes, roadside bombs, beheadings and the like. The video of the Mujahideen attack on a supply convoy in Diyla is accompanied by repetitive, hypnotic singing that builds as the gunmen hide in the tall grass waiting for the convoy to come through before they open up with crude weapons and let out with blood curdling rebel yells. It looks like a VNR for the jihad optimized for the web.
This week General Petreaus and Ambassador Crocker will deliver their well scripted reports on the progress of the Iraq occupation to a politically polarized Congress and a highly skeptical public. More than 53% of the American public believes that the General will spin the truth to make things look better than they are, and only 39% believe he will tell the truth, according to a Washington Post poll. MoveOn.org is reportedly taking out an ad in the 9/10 New York Times dismissing “General Betray Us” as a less than credible source, while the White House runs interference. War PR will be ratchetedd up to a high level alert this week.
Rudy Giuliani, who tried to patent the rights to 9/11 and supposedly market tested a new cologne called Terror For Men, will of course take part in 9/11 anniversary activities. Although he is increasingly being criticized for trying to capitalize on the 9/11 tragedy while not being accountable for the toxic clean-up of ground zero and his slights to NYC firefighters, Rudy is adopting the mantle of global warrior tough on terror. Giuliani was a tough prosecutor and a didactic, polarizing Mayor who became a folk hero frozen in time after 9/11. He’s not about to let some two bit terror loon hiding in a Pakistan cave steal his air time.
Mark Rose is editor of PRBlogNews - a web publication focusing on public relations practices in the digital age.
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