March 31, 2006
That's right, Bitch... it's on it's way
Oh yeah, my problems with my computer have come to an end and soon there will be another installment of SSSSS. It'll be this weekend but just to whet your appetite for yet another nasty bathroom...
You've been patient this long, what's a few more days? Just focus on the inevitable... more pix of a shitty bathroom. Goodie.
Snakes on a Plane... DENIED
While visiting Michelle Collins' You Can't Make It Up earlier today I happened upon a post that had a trailer embedded in it for SNAKES ON A PLANE. I clicked... I begged... I motherfuckin' pleaded to see me some Snakes on a motherfuckin' Plane and YOU TUBE DENIED ME.
I spent an inordinate amount of time being mad at them (and yelling some nasty things that made my computer sad) before I got through to You Tube only to find that the trailer had been pulled by the studio.
In leiu of the trailer, please accept a screen cap courtesy of Tremble.
March 30, 2006
Kinky disses taxpayers and other bizarre things from today...
Let's forget for a moment that it does nothing for CHIP or public education. Let's just focus on the fact that when you rebate taxes, it's always best to pay the rebate to people who actually, you know, PAID THE FUCKING TAXES.
Friends of Homer the Homeless Goose would be honored by your presence at
Homer’s 18th Birthday Bash
Saturday. April 1st
2:00 —4:00 pm
Town Lake at Auditorium Shores
Click here to find out more about Homer. I won't be going (I didn't see the words FREE and BAR on the invite, did you?) so if you do... well, you're kind of a tard. Just for illustrative purposes, here's a pic of Homer with some dirty hippy.
His inaugural guest was Martha Stewart, who I'd love to see interviewed by someone who doesn't understand the concept of 250 threadcount (or greater) bed linens. Seriously, I'm a HUGE fan of grossly uncomfortable situations and the image of Martha having to sit and talk to someone who probably has a can of SPAM in their pantry is (at least to me) very funny in that 'Oh-I-Just-Ran-Over-Your-Kid's-Cat-And-You-Saw-Me-Sorry-About-That' kind of way.
Photodynamic ultrasonic skin softening, photodynamic ultrasonic fat dissolving and weight reducing, photodynamic galvanic skin tensioning, ultrasonic wave cosmetic shovel and skin cleaning, photodynamic galvanic introduction
March 29, 2006
The greatest threat to our children is this...
This is a Treasure Chest Claw Machine and while it's not yet claimed the life of one of our precious tykes, it's well on it's way to doing so. As KARE 11 reports, these machines are luring many children (3 that we know of, possibly many more) into their toy bins.
Devin Haskin isn't the first little boy to find the inside of a toy machine too enticing to resist. When the 3-year-old Austin boy crawled through the discharge chute of a Toy Chest claw machine at a Godfather's Pizza here, he ended up on the other side of the glass surrounded by stuffed animals.
See the how masterfully insidious their plan is? They LURE our young into their clutches with promises of stuffed animals and other enticing prizes. They also take countless tokens from those who are unable to resist their evil pull and are too big to fit through the discharge chute.
Already Congress is gearing up to take action.
... Congressman Tom DeLay (R - Texas) said , "While little Devin was rescued there are others I know about whose time grew short while surrounded by cheaply made plush toys." After a brief pause to wipe away a tear, he continued. "It's time for us to put aside partisan politics and ridiculous investigations and instead focus on the greatest threat to our children, Terrorist Toy Machines."
A memorial fund is being established by the McBlogger crew in an effort ease the pain and suffering of the children who've found themselves victims of these heinous machines. All money donated will go to the fund, minus a small administrative charge*. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to contribute.
*99% of the funds recieved
The War on Easter
Yeah, lots of people are talking about it. Isn't it time you do something?
The most trusted brand in the US?
Oh, I think not...
The Sharper Image, purveyors of crappo consumer products, are advertising their Ionic Breeze air filtration system as coming from the most trusted brand in America. I thought that was Toyota or Honda...
March 28, 2006
As expected, she's gone full tilt bitch about the protesters
It's been a while since last we were in that special land of crazy, where Bush ROCKS, immigrants are losers and we should all be thanking our lucky stars for the Iraqi invasion.
That's right boys and girls... it's time to jump on over to Shelly Country where the flavor is likely to turn you into a headcase desperately in need of lithium.
Today Malkin is all kinds of irritated because the LA Unified School District had (gasp!) STUDENTS WHO WERE PROTESTING THE IMMIGRATION BULLSHIT and LEFT SCHOOL. She's even got a letter that went out from the Admin saying that the School District would be providing extra police patrols '...in the interests of the safety of the students...'
Not suprisingly, Shelly has a PROBLEM with that since these kids are exercising their First Amendment rights to protest ON SCHOOL TIME.
She provides a link to the LAUSD so please click it and tell them thanks for exercising common sense even in the face of criticism from the Shelly the Shrew.
Honestly, I think the main reason I haven't been working on Shelly's whining is that she is SUCH a poor immitation of Ann Coulter, who spent the day talking about how much people love her.
OK, so I lied... it was all about the media and polls and how American's aren't really thinking what the polls say they're thinking. Though people do LOVE HER (according to Ann Coulter).
March 27, 2006
Strayhorn, Bell and Kinky focus on Perry in some insane place
Apparently, everyone who's running for Governor of Texas against Rick Perry focused this weekend on Perry's Trans-Texas Corridor tollway project. This is a terribly boring article with the three of them all attacking Perry (who richly deserves it) at some event near College Station.
"Gov. Rick Perry and his land-grabbing highway henchmen want to cram toll roads down Texans' throats," Strayhorn said in Saturday's edition of the Austin American-Statesman. "In a Strayhorn administration, [the corridor] is going to be blasted off the bureaucratic books."
Where the hell have you been, you senile old bitch? It's not like you haven't been able to say something about this during your tenure as Comptroller.
"We need roads, we all know that," said Bell, a former congressman. "What we don't need is to have our land taken away to benefit private business."
Well said, Congressman. Please wake me when you're ready to make your next measured, non-inflammatory statement. Huevos, hermano... think huevos!
"It's like having Dubai run the ports of America," he said. "It means we'll be paying tolls to a cowardly Spanish company for 70 years."
Oh shit! Kinky that's so fucking clever I damn near shit myself! Am I the only one who wishes he'd just go drink himself to death?
Don't get me wrong, I like ALL these candidates more than Perry who I wouldn't piss on if he was on fire and I'd just had a case of beer. I just think, honestly, that whatever happens in November, TEXAS is going to keep losing.
I don't know art, but I know when it's crap
What could better honor the miracle of childbirth than Britney Spears on a bearskin rug?
A nude Britney Spears on a bearskin rug while giving birth to her firstborn marks a ‘first’ for Pro-Life. Pop-star Britney Spears is the “ideal” model for Pro-Life and the subject of a dedication at Capla Kesting Fine Art in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg gallery district, in what is proclaimed the first Pro-Life monument to birth, in April.
Dedication of the life-sized statue celebrates the recent birth of Spears’ baby boy, Sean, and applauds her decision of placing family before career. “A superstar at Britney’s young age having a child is rare in today’s celebrity culture. This dedication honors Britney for the rarity of her choice and bravery of her decision,” said gallery co-director, Lincoln Capla. The dedication includes materials provided by Manhattan Right To Life Committee.
“Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston,” believed Pro-Life’s first monument to the ‘act of giving birth,’ is purportedly an idealized depiction of Britney in delivery. Natural aspects of Spears’ pregnancy, like lactiferous breasts and protruding naval, compliment a posterior view that depicts widened hips for birthing and reveals the crowning of baby Sean’s head.
The monument also acknowledges the pop-diva’s pin-up past by showing Spears seductively posed on all fours atop a bearskin rug with back arched, pelvis thrust upward, as she clutches the bear’s ears with ‘water-retentive’ hands.
Irresistable force meet immovable object
The NYT has a great article up about the problem facing Texas Senator John 'Corpse' Cornyn regarding immigration. Cornyn, recently voted 'Most Lifelike Zombie', is a proponent of so-called work visa programs with which folks on both sides of the immigration debate seem to have a problem.
Good thing he's not up for re-election this year. Who knows who we might have to had to run against him. So where will Cornyn fall on the issue... with the hicks that make up his base or will he abandon the Republican Party's racist BS and move over to a more Democratic position on immigration?
This weekend... Chopstick environmentalism, Selling parks and Feingold
March 26, 2006
A weekend of protests...
Well, I'm sure you've already heard about the 500m - 750m who marched yesterday in LA to protest the rather illconsidered US House bill that would prohibit and criminalize anyone who aids or shelters an illegal immigrant.
Basically, it's Sensenbrenner's way of letting all the brown people in the US know 'just how he feels'.
This is a bunch of folks in SoCal letting Congressman Sensenbrenner know 'just how THEY feel'.
Yeah, there's been a ton written about this and there will likely be much more. However, one area of protest you're not likely to hear too much about (if anything) is Belarus where police confronted thousands yesterday and today protesting against the election of a tool box by the name of Lukashenko. The election was widely seen as fraudulent and Lukashenko is commonly derided as Russian President Vladimir Putin's puppet. Is it little wonder why the people of Minsk are taking to the streets?
All I did was go to the Travis County Democratic Convention yesterday. Damn, don't I feel like a loser...
March 25, 2006
Amazing expression of religious tolerance, part 2353
Apparently, Mary Winkler had enough of being married to Matthew Winkler, the pastor of Fourth Street Church of Christ in Selmer, TN. Not one to just get up and walk out on her man, she shot him and fled to Alabama with the couple's three children. When apprehended she admitted the whole thing.
Case closed, except for WHY. The locals who went to Winkler's Church were at a loss... but that didn't stop them from talking to NYT reporter Theo Emery (obviously working on his own, In Cold Blood):
"I don't know what her reason is," said Betty Wilkerson, the church secretary. "I know we'll probably find out in the weeks to come. But I'm not going to judge her."
And then there's this...
Mr. Winkler's effusive energy "just wore you out," Ms. Sparks said with a laugh. She said she knew nothing about the family that would have predicted the killing.
"Everything you saw belies what has happened," she said. "It just doesn't go together. There's something amiss, and we don't know what that is."
Still, Ms. Sparks said, it had only been a year since the Winklers had come to town, and it was hard to know if something lay beneath the surface.
"When you get right down to it, we didn't know these people," she said. "But do you ever know anybody? We don't really know what goes on when they go home and close the doors."
March 24, 2006
OH HELL YEAH!
Just when I thought life had lost all meaning, I got this. As the razor blade was hanging perilously close to my wrist, it came to ME. Imagine my happiness, my absolute joy, upon receiving an email from KVUE.
I long ago forgot that I registered for their shitty site so imagine my suprise when I found the following in my home email...
IHOP? Oh, I think IHOPE is far more appropriate. Click here for the location closest to you. Then you to can enjoy whatever the spastics have managed to come up with to fatten us up.
Biden my time watching an asshole...
Sen. Joe 'MBNA's Bitch' Biden is seeking the Democraticnomination for President in 2008. I will be voting in the primaries in 2008 and I will enjoy voting for ANYONE OTHER THAN MBNA'S BITCH. To say I hate this man would be an understatement akin to 'we kinda messed up on the intelligence leading up to the Iraq invasion'. He's absolutely, positively, useless. The single issue Democrats will love him as he'll cater to them and their too God damn stupid to get that while he may limply support their pet cause, he's selling their financial well being down a river.
Jo-Jo, GIVE IT THE FUCK UP.
People of Delaware... this is the best you bitches can do? For fucksake, elect someone who's not going to make it easier for you to be forced into abject poverty.
Sometimes you see something of such breathtaking beauty that you can do nothing other than stop and silently marvel at the sheer magnificence of the creatitivity of which some mortals are capable.
This is that something.
If you, like me, thought the Bedazzler was a triumph of mediocrity then you will love the newest single from Leslie and the Lys. Some would argue that the Bedazzler itself isn't as cretinous as the things that some people (usually in trailer parks) 'create' with it. You should stop hanging out with these people because while the bejeweled sweatshirts and sequined denim jackets are, in fact, quite repulsive, it is the machine that enables them which really deserves the scorn.
March 23, 2006
Amazing expression of religious tolerance, part 2352
Remember, the Easter Bunny died for your sins.
St. Paul City Office Boots Easter Bunny
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Easter Bunny has been sent packing at St. Paul City Hall.
A toy rabbit, pastel-colored eggs and a sign with the words "Happy Easter" were removed from the lobby of the City Council offices, because of concerns they might offend non-Christians.
A council secretary had put up the decorations. They were not bought with city money.
St. Paul's human rights director, Tyrone Terrill, asked that the decorations be removed, saying they could be offensive to non-Christians.
But City Council member Dave Thune says removing the decorations went too far, and he wonders why they can't celebrate spring with "bunnies and fake grass."
Of course if they were serious about not offending non-Christians, they would change the name of their city to JUST PLAIN PAUL.
March 22, 2006
Amazing expression of religious tolerance, part 2351
Ah, Colorado, home of the fictional South Park and the all-too-real James Dobson...
An elementary school teacher in Bennett, Colorado, has been suspended for showing her class a 12-min portion of the opera Faust, according to reports in the Rocky Mountain News, the Denver Post, and the Los Angeles Times.
Specifically, Tresa Waggoner, a first-year teacher, showed her elementary-school class a section of a video that used sock puppets to animate the opera. The video featured the soprano Joan Sutherland, whom many consider the greatest soprano of her generation. Ms. Waggoner found the 30-year-old videotape in the school library. She had invited singers from Opera Colorado to perform at the school and used the video to prepare her students. The performance was canceled, and no reason was given, according to a spokesperson from Opera Colorado.
Parents accused Ms. Waggoner of devil worship and, in at least one instance, of not being a Christian, as if not being a Christian were somehow reprehensible. In fact, Ms. Waggoner, herself an opera singer, describes herself as a Christian and has two Christian recordings among her credentials.
Ms. Waggoner, the mother of two children, was further accused of being a lesbian aiming to promote homosexuality. Ms. Wagonner says she was - get ready for this - explaining “trouser roles” in opera. (In Faust , a young man in love with Marguerite is played by a soprano.) Other parents complained that the video deals with abortion; Ms. Waggoner says flatly that they lied.
March 21, 2006
French Toast Casserole
Bitches. It's French Toast Casserole. To say this was good would be such an understatement it's not even funny. My first batch DID turn out a little moist (kinda like a dry bread pudding) but still DELICIOUS. I'm trying a new batch this weekend with slightly less custard and will update as necessary. The recipe is after the jump (God bless you, Paula Deen!)
Baked French Toast Casserole with Maple Syrup
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
See this recipe on air Saturday Apr. 08 at 7:00 AM ET/PT.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
User Rating: 5 Stars
1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
8 large eggs
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Praline Topping, recipe follows
Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well. Makes enough for Baked French Toast Casserole.
March 20, 2006
Supporters, like milk, can turn
The SF Chronicle (not the be confused with the execrable Houston Chronicle) has a story up on how Bush in particular, and Republicans in general, are beginning to lose support in California's GOP heartland. Apparently, their staunch supporters are reevaluating their support.
By 'reevaluate' I mean, they're turning on him like milk that's two weeks past the expiration date.
March 19, 2006
Remember when Anne Heche was cool and a lesbian? Yeah, I bet she does, too.
Check out her newest movie on Lifetime...
March 18, 2006
OK, so I'm on a cooking jag...
Honestly, with a Special Session coming up on school finance, we're sooo thinking of more entertaining things to help us pass the time. Until Grusedorf and Craddick are back in the saddle, there's little else to rip on.
Well, that AND this...
Bonus points if you can tell me what it is! I'm posting the recipe just as soon as I make it (sans berries, natch. Well, unless I can find some fortified with nicotine and scotch)
March 17, 2006
The New Republic or SSDD
The New Republic, that ever edgy, always on point mouthpiece for the Democratic Leadership Council sent out their daily digest with not one but TWO articles castigating Sen. Russ Feingold for his resolution to censure the President. The first one is ostensibly a piece about the talking points the GOP will likely use this fall. The author does manage to drill down pretty quick to the real message... that Feingold's resolution hurts Democrats.
Mark me down as someone who thinks all the talk of censure and impeachment--let alone any substantive steps in that direction--is a horrible, horrible idea that could benefit no one but a Democratic presidential contender or two.
So it doesn't help anyone but Feingold? Gee, I always thought that pointing out the failures and incompetence of Republicans, personified by none other than the guy Sen. Feingold is resolving to censure, is always helpful to Democrats looking to differentiate themselves from those same Republicans. One thing that's always bugged me about DLC folks is that they don't understand a simple truth about Americans... people WANT and NEED to see a difference and calling bullshit on bad work is never a mistake. Of course, Democrats need their own positive agenda. Still, to get people to open their ears for that agenda you first have to show the other side is failing. BADLY. The great part about it is that the Republicans are making it extremely easy for us. Nevertheless, the author presses on...
If Democrats edge closer to taking back the House or Senate--and conditions on the ground suggest they're not quite there yet--this could be the thing that prevents them from getting over the hump.
Oh chicken little... get a fucking life.
The next article is more to the point on Feingold as an 'ass' for putting his own interest ahead of 'the party and the country'. Pardon me while I call BULLSHIT on this horrendous piece of commentary.
The nature of the split is obvious. Feingold is thinking about 2008. Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, and other Democrats are thinking about 2006. Feingold cares about wooing the anti-Bush donor base on the web and putting some of his '08 rivals--Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Evan Bayh--in uncomfortable positions. Reid and Schumer care about winning the six seats it will take for Democrats to win control of the Senate.
Reid and Schumer have been consistently unable to swing debate to the Democratic side. Feingold, with one bold act, has people talking. Instead of joining on and following his lead, going on the offensive and keeping the R's on the path of desperation (you know, the one that leads to the constant mistakes for which they are sooo well known), they've decided to deride him as an opportunist. SURE HE IS, just like the author of this shitty piece and the Senators who didn't have the balls to file their own censure resolution first. The only reason HRC didn't file her own resolution is because it would have looked like payback for Bill's impeachment.
In 1994, against the Republican leadership, Newt Gingrich seized the initiative, rallied that base and brought a Republican majority to the House. He had faith in ideas, in the message and in the base to get out and vote. Our leadership, other than Feingold and a few others, refuses to trust the base and instead has embarked on a path that will inevitably lead to the end of the Democratic Party. With 'leadership' like this from our elected leaders in DC (and their apologists) is it any wonder that the base trusts them less and less?
March 16, 2006
After Altamont, you'd think they would have learned
Stones Kill 4 Indonesian Officials in U.S. Mine Protest
Don't hire bikers for security!
Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 02:21 PM
Crazy old bitch...
Yesterday Wonkette had a story up about an op/ed piece written for the 'Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal' by one Adele Fergusen who is one heck of a gal! I was too lazy to blog it last night because... well, I was tired of writing. And I'd had drinks with some great friends. Lot's of drinks. Needless to say, I didn't think it was best for me to write this post through a haze of scotch. That's me, Mr. Responsibility (cohabitating nicely with Mr. Fuck-It-Let's-Have-Drinks)! Always thinking of you!
Unfortunately for my lazy ass, the article dissapeered overnight...
Or, at least the editor thought it did! Thanks to the miracle of the internets and that wizard Wonkette has on staff you can read the piece in it's entirety after the jump. To tempt you, I offer an excerpt...
Remember Ronald Reagan’s story about the kid who had to shovel a huge pile of manure? He went about it with such joy he was asked why and said, “With all that manure, there’s got to be a pony in there somewhere.”
The pony hidden in slavery is the fact that it was the ticket to America for black people.
That's her! Can you believe that nice looking old lady in her sweatshirt would say something like this? Bitch just keeps going and going...
The treatment given President Bush at Coretta King’s funeral was shameful. And these weren’t poor, uneducated black people who “dissed” him. They were among the country’s top-drawer blacks, there to bury black royalty. While Bush got the cold shoulder, former President Clinton was welcomed as if he still held the office.
I've never before seen the phrase'top-drawer blacks'. However, it DOES make think of a phrase I'd LOVE to hear used to describe me... top-shelf fag. Read the rest after the jump! It's HILARIOUS!
Why do blacks continue to support Democrats?
By Adele Fergusen
One of these days before I die, I hope to see a shift in the attitudes of so many of my black brothers and sisters in this great country we share, from perpetual victimhood, to pride in their achievements on the road from slave to American citizen.
Remember Ronald Reagan’s story about the kid who had to shovel a huge pile of manure? He went about it with such joy he was asked why and said, “With all that manure, there’s got to be a pony in there somewhere.”
The pony hidden in slavery is the fact that it was the ticket to America for black people. I have long urged blacks to consider their presence here as the work of God, who wanted to bring them to this raw, new country and used slavery to achieve it. A harsh life, to be sure, but many immigrants suffered hardships and indignations as indentured servants. Their descendants rose above it. You don’t hear them bemoaning their forebears’ life the way some blacks can’t rise above the fact theirs were slaves.
Besides freedom, a job and a roof over their heads, they all sought respect. But even after all these years, too many have yet to realize that to get respect, you have to give it.
The treatment given President Bush at Coretta King’s funeral was shameful. And these weren’t poor, uneducated black people who “dissed” him. They were among the country’s top-drawer blacks, there to bury black royalty. While Bush got the cold shoulder, former President Clinton was welcomed as if he still held the office.
It mystifies me why the black population remains in thrall to the Democratic party. Black parents want a good education for their children yet they are consistently denied two opportunities that have proven enormously helpful in the few places where they are allowed because the D’s oppose them. School vouchers and charter schools.
The teacher unions, among top contributors to the Democratic party, oppose them for fear of losing control of the public schools which continue to turn out kids who have to be slipped through graduation by finding alternatives to standard requirements for learning, and where black kids fall behind whites. And what the teacher unions are against, the Democrats are against. Many a school board member is a Democratic activist there to be on the ground floor against vouchers and charter schools.
In the few places where vouchers to attend private schools and innovative charter schools are allowed, the unions file lawsuits claiming damage to the public schools by diverting the voucher money to poor families and limiting as much as possible the number of students who can attend the charters. They won one in Florida last month.
Sure, the ultimate solution is to jack up the performance of the public schools, but so long as the unions are running the show, that isn’t going to happen. The unions don’t care if you’re a good teacher, just that you’re a member and pay your dues. It is nearly impossible to get rid of an incompetent teacher. Their interest is themselves, not the kids, and their answer to the poor performance of the schools is more money.
Black students regularly trail white students because they get the more inexperienced and less qualified teachers and are plagued by low expectations. Results of the use of vouchers and charter schools have been outstanding, yet the Democrats say no, so why do black parents support them? Why do they act the victim?
Blacks have no Cesar Chavez. Jesse Jackson isn’t going to buck the Democratic Party. Neither is the NAACP. Black parents should confront Democratic leaders at all levels and demand these tools of learning be made available or expanded or don’t count on our vote for your candidates. You’ve let the unions keep your kids down too long already.
(Adele Ferguson can be reached at P.O. Box 69, Hansville, Wa., 98340.)
March 15, 2006
O Lord, Make mine enemies ridiculous
Well, okay, vegans aren't exactly enemies, but ridiculous?
Animal Advocacy Group Offers Meatless Vegan Gonads
Punters attending the upcoming Wildfoods Festival on the West Coast will now be able to add meatless vegan gonads to their menus.
The gourmet treat is being supplied by animal advocacy group SAFE, who are setting up a stall at the event to try and dispel the myth that vegetarians and vegans are dull, boring and lack sex appeal.
"The Wildfood Festival is synonymous with people trying new exotic foods invariably derived from a multitude of animal species. We will tempt people to try a tasty battered meatless 'gonad' instead. It looks and tastes like meat but doesn't requiring killing an animal and is much healthier on the human body," says SAFE's campaign director Hans Kriek.
Tuesday's over : I'm SO drinking right now...
No, seriously, there is a giant scotch at my side. I mixed it with a little Fresca. It's yummy... you'd be drinking to if you'd had to hear Jennifer Gale tonight.
Tom Dynia over at KABBlog has a great post up about Rummy's latest episode of foot-in-mouth disease.
Formerly a dour war criminal, now he almost melts into a sticky, malodorous pool of evil as he pretends that Iraq is not descending into civil war.
Tom soooo ROCKS!
Wanna see a REALLY tedious discussion on the next TDP chair? Check out this post and the subsequent comment threads at BOR. To summarize, some don't want Glen Maxey because he's (Oh.My.God!) gay. There are other reasons, mostly specious and altogether silly. It basically boils down to those who win vs. those who want to maintain the status quo. As for me, I tend to vote for success so you know I'm going to Glen.
Oil company exec's came to talk to Senators about the assload of profits they are reaping from low refining capacity. One of the Senator's had the temerity to ask if consolidation in the industry (all the M&A activity that brought us ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco), especially within refining, had played a part. Without so much as a smirk, the oil CEOs said it hadn't. Here's a simple rule... more refineries means that more gasoline is being made. Since 1995 US refining capacity as declined dramatically as operations are consolidated among major refiners and oil companies. Say it with me... LESS CAPACITY, LESS (AND MORE EXPENSIVE) GASOLINE.
I would do the wrap up on the City of Austin endorsements from South Austin Democrats/Texas Environmental Democrats/Capital Area Progressive Democrats but I'm just too shell shocked after seeing Jennifer Gale's rambling performance.
March 14, 2006
A hundred monkeys typing
A hundred monkeys typing randomly will eventually produce "King Lear", or so goes the old theory. Nowadays, of course, thanks to the Internet, we know that to be untrue. Here's some of what they've typed instead:
The belief that the Earth is rotating on an "axis" and orbiting the sun is THE GRANDADDY OF ALL DECEPTIONS IN THE WORLD TODAY...
Launched from its modern founder's deathbed in 1543, the Copernican Revolution ushered in a movement that has totally reshaped and re-directed ALL of man's knowledge.
The Christian Bible (and the Koran!) declare the earth to be motionless. The mathematical Copernican model says the earth rotates on an "axis" (at over 1000 MPH) orbits the sun (at 30 times rifle bullet speed), and is whooshing around a galaxy (at 250 times rifle bullet speed) .....all at the same time.
Over the centuries, superstars in the physical sciences established the Copernican model as an unchallenged fact. This success paved the way for conquest of the biological sciences (Darwin et al). This transvaluation of values and philosophy (Nietzsche et al) then quickly spread to the social and behavioral sciences (Marx, Freud et al), to mathematics (Einstein et al), the Arts (Picasso et al), Education (Dewey et al), and so on through today's media reinforcement of all of the above. ..As the 21st Century gets its feet wet, man's "knowledge" is almost totally secularized and the Bible all but ignored as the source of absolute Truth from God Himself. ..The "sciences" reign supreme, and they do so because of the victory of Copernicanism over the Bible's motionless earth.
A call to Democrats around the US...
It's now obvious that the shitheals in the Senate don't have the will to support their own or to win. The Baltimore Sun has an AP story up regarding the DEMOCRATIC opposition to Sen. Feingold's censure resolution.
You read correctly, Democrats in the Senate are refusing to support Feingold's resolution to censure President Bush over illegal wiretapping. Pussies.
Feingold, a potential presidential candidate, said on the Senate floor, "The president has violated the law, and Congress must respond.
"A formal censure by Congress is an appropriate and responsible first step to assure the public that when the president thinks he can violate the law without consequences, Congress has the will to hold him accountable," Feingold said.
Amen, Brother Feingold!
Apparently the R's are basically daring the Senate D's to support the resolution.
"Some Democrats in Congress have decided the president is the enemy," Vice President Dick Cheney told a Republican audience in Feingold's home state.
President Bush is the enemy? Of free speech, privacy and the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States? Yes, yes, and oh hell yes! Thanks for pointing that out, Shooter! Of course, that's not what the senile old man meant... he meant to conflate the resolution with the war on terror. He missed the target (much like the doves he was hunting in South Texas, WMDs... and Osama) but it was a nice try for our VP, Happy McHappyson. Almost as good as the time 'tardy saw mushroom clouds from Iraqi nukes that, you know, didn't exist.
I couldn't believe people are afraid of these retards... until I read this:
Asked whether he would vote for the censure resolution, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada declined to endorse it and said he hadn't read it.
The resolution drew empathy but no backing from Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Man, is it just me or has Reid's backbone totally turned to Jell-o? Pelosi has been a pretty dependable invertebrate from beginning but Reid's losing his spirit is a new development. It's a shame, really.
Oh, if you want to contact the Senate D's, please call the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
Imagining a better baby bib...
The forum goons at SA were busy reinventing the baby bib... here's a sample of their excellent work:
and my personal favorite
See the whole collection at Something Awful.
March 13, 2006
Of food and disk space...
Just FYI, the coq au vin turned out very tasty. I would enjoy being able to claim ' like everything I cook, it turned out beautifully' but we all know that's not true (or at least I'm sure many of you suspect as much). I'm posting the recipe after the jump...
As for the next installment of SSSSS, I know you're beginning to feel like a 16 year old girl who's just been fucked by a guy and is anxiously waiting for him to call because she thinks the sex 'meant something' to him. It did, just FYI... bragging rights is what it meant. Now go read some Plath, sweets...
Seriously, I'm going to be posting the next installment up soon but there is a little problem with disk space on my computer at the moment. Of course, I will be uploading everything onto the server, unfortunately, I can't load from my camera to the server without the intermediate step of putting them on my computer. Hopefully, I will be able to rectify the situation soon. Until then, just be patient damn it!
3 cups dry white wine
1 cup (about 1 medium) chopped onion
1/2 cup (about 1 small) sliced carrot
1/2 cup (about 1 stalk) sliced celery
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh whole parsley leaves
8 whole black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 pounds assorted chicken pieces (thighs, breasts, drumsticks)
Coq au Vin:
4 slices bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
12 fresh or frozen small white onions, peeled
2 cups (about 5 medium) carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 cup (about 2 stalks) sliced celery
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
1/4 cup unsifted all-purpose flour
3 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound small red potatoes
1. Prepare Marinade: Combine white wine, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, oil, parsley, peppercorns, and salt in a 3-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let marinade cool to room temperature.
2. Arrange chicken pieces in a large nonreactive container and pour cooled marinade over them. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
3. Prepare Coq au Vin: Remove chicken from marinade and pat dry. Strain marinade and reserve liquid; discard the vegetables.
4. In a 6-quart heavy kettle or Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels. Brown chicken parts in bacon drippings in Dutch oven. Remove chicken from Dutch oven and discard all but 1 tablespoon fat. Add olive oil and onions; sauté onions until lightly browned -- 8 to 10 minutes. Add carrots, celery, garlic, and shallot; sauté 5 minutes longer.
5. In a medium bowl, combine the reserved marinade liquid and the flour. Add mixture to the Dutch oven with the chicken broth, vinegar, bay leaf, thyme, salt, and pepper. Return chicken to Dutch oven and cook, covered, for 45 minutes. Add potatoes and cook until potatoes are fork-tender -- about 20 minutes more. Divide the mixture evenly among six serving bowls. Garnish each serving with reserved chopped bacon.
March 12, 2006
I'm making coq au vin blanc and if you're lucky (and this shit ends up tasting good) I might post the recipe later on. So, until then relax and enjoy a few things... namely the next installment of SSSSS.
March 11, 2006
Slobodan Milosevic, the bloodthirsty Serbian dictator who destroyed Yugoslavia in a series of horrifying wars in the 1990s, has been found dead in his cell at The Hague. He had been on trial for a long list of crimes against humanity.
While some may consider it bad form to hail another person's death, I raise my glass high to toast the arrival of this monster in human form in Hell.
March 10, 2006
The Mayor called it... back to the funny...
This is kind of a catch all from the last few days. Honestly, I'm not bitter about the primary, just extremely dissapointed. I wish Team Bell the best of luck. I hope Chris becomes the candidate that many of us want and the leader that Texas so desperately needs.
On that note, first links (and a HUGE shout out) go to Karl-Thomas Musselman at BOR and Tom Dynia at KeepAustinBlue Blog. Both posted primary wraps far better than mine (and written while both were clearly sober unlike the one I did which started the night before and, inexplicably, I decided to post through the haze of a very brutal hangover). Good job, y'all! Wish I could write even half as well.
Gale Norton is leaving the Bush Administration. 200 MM people in the US wonder aloud, "who the fuck is Gale Norton?" The answer, of course, is our Secretary of the Interior. Future plans include writing a book, becoming a BoiseCascade director and 'just hanging with friends at the mall'.
PinkDome has a great video up that's loads of fun, especially for those who (like myself) REALLY enjoy aggies humiliating themselves on camera. Usually you have to sit through an entire football game to see something this amusing.
The AP has a new poll up and it doesn't look good for el Presidente or the R's. This is the kind of comedy I could really grow to love! Watch as they stumble over themselves trying to run aware from the Failure in Chief. 67% of Americans now believe the country is on the wrong track. The mid-terms are going to be fun!
Yesterday afternoon on my way to a meeting I stopped by TCDP to say hello to Patti and Garry. I also dropped off my precinct convention packet because I'm such a good Democrat. Or maybe because I was too lazy to drop it in the mail. AT ANY RATE, while there I overheard this story on the radio about a guy suing a woman over child support. You'd think he was suing her to help pay for the child he's raising. You'd be wrong.
Apparently a court ordered Matt Dubay (see picture below... doesn't he look like Anthony Michael Hall did in Six Degrees of Separation?) to pay child support when his ex popped out a puppy. So, he filed a suit claiming that she lied to him about a physical condition that kept her from getting pregnant and demanding that court ordered payments stop. Matt, we here at McBlogger salute your effort to avoid responsibility and think you're a swell guy. With a giant cat and bad haircut! Yeah, just swell!
March 09, 2006
I wish I could quit ewe
Enough of this electoral bullshit. Let;s get back to the sort of stuff that made this country great. The Old West. Where men were men. And the sheep were afaid.
A Mesa Fire Department battalion chief was placed on administrative leave on Monday after being arrested in a bestiality case.
Police say Leroy Johnson went to a residence and knocked on the door of a home where a 13-year-old girl was staying home alone this weekend. When she didn’t answer, he went into the back yard, police said, and took a lamb into a nearby barn.
"One could certainly ascertain that if you're in a barn and in a secluded area with a lamb and you’re behind her and your pants are down by your ankles, then an unnatural sex act is probably occurring,” said Lisa Allen of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office.
March 08, 2006
So, my guy lost...
... and it's HELLO, GOVERNOR STRAYHORN!
Last night around 9:00 as the results kept coming in I made a comment to Hank Gilbert, our EXCELLENT candidate for Ag Commissioner, that I was watching the Texas Democratic Party commit suicide. Our hopes for the down ballot and for making massive strides in bringing people back to the Democratic Party by showing we know how to fight (you know, by electing a fighter) were dashed last night as hundreds of thousands made their choice a nebbish from Houston. Sorry, I don't have to be nice or support ANY Democrat who votes like a God damned Republican. Oh yeah, that BK Bill's going to haunt him forever.
My hopes for an invigorated coordinated campaign at the state level were thoroughly dashed last night. Now we'll have to work even harder to elect these guys while fuckwit blathers on about the 'new mainstream'.
Many Bell supporters read this because I get your fucked up emails. Screw you. You gave up a golden opportunity to really gain this year and change the debate. You did it by believing lies and going with the 'safe' choice. In a four way race there is an 75% chance Bell will come in third (and probably 20-30% chance we'll come in fourth). You're an idiot if you think we didn't just hand this race over to a Republican.
Like many Democrats I'll sit out the Governor's race. I feel bad for the Bell staff, many of whom I like. I wish your boss sucked a little less, but there you go. As for you 'on the fence Democrats' who made their decision based on those shitty mailers and the newspaper endorsements, have fun blockwalking for him. I'm not lifting a finger and will instead be working hard for real Democrats.
March 06, 2006
OK, quit bitching! Here's something new...
For the next few days the crew here is going to be non-existent.... we're helping make sure that grassroots Democrats win in the primary. So, please bear with us since posting activity is going to be light. I will be back, probably on Thursday, with a new installment of SSSSS.
Misternaxal has a journal posted at BOR that EVERYONE should read regarding the 50 State Strategy of Howard Dean ( I prefer Every Race, Every Cycle but that's just me being a dick) vs. the same-old, same-old bs from the leadership in Congress. Here are some choice bits...
I would be more likely to lend more weight to Pelosi's and Reid's concerns if they were willing to make verbal contracts or sign physical contracts saying that they would throw the weight of their respective caucuses behind this 50 State Strategy for 2008 after taking a more conservative approach to the 2006 midterms.
They won't do that, however, because they have the same fault many of our elected Democrats have: They can't see the forest for the trees.
And here's the one that really got me since I was one of the many in 2004 telling the DNC fundraisers in Austin to fuck off.
Ann Richards made a comment on Friday night that hinted at where she falls on this issue, and it's definitely not on the side of Howard Dean. When this topic came up in the Q&A, she said "I said to Howard 'come on, Howard! We're not going to win Texas back this year. Take our money and go spend it somewhere that matters. We'll take our own state back eventually.'"
Uhm, Ann... pull head out of ass. We're doing it now. Now is the time to make tremendous gains against the Republicans in Texas and the nation. If you can't get on board with this then maybe you AREN'T the Governor we thought you were. We love you, Ann... so quit stumbling and get behind us!
PLEASE take a look and really think about why it's important that we never stop fighting, even the battles we think we'll lose. It only hurts us when we don't try and I'm sick of losers telling us differently.
March 05, 2006
Decisions that are easy...
For me, voting for Bob Gammage was like breathing. I saw what happened in 2004 and I know 2006 is going to be even better. When Democrats really fight, take the R's head on and go on the offensive, they win. Bob's that kind of guy. Still, as Sharonk over at DailyKos reminds us in her EXCELLENT post, there is a very pragmatic reason to make Bob the candidate against Rick Perry.
Here's an excerpt...
The Republicans talk a lot about creating a favorable environment for business in Texas. Sounds good, right? However, when they say this, what are they really saying? What does our purported "favorable business environment" translate into for the average person working in Texas?
Not much. According to a study using the Work Environment Index (WEI).--"the first social indicator that ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on the basis of conditions experienced by people who work for a living or are looking for work"--Texas ranks 50th, next to the bottom, with only the workers of Louisiana, on average, experiencing a more dismal outlook.
Very nicely done, SharonK!
March 04, 2006
FINALLY, someone puts the asshole in his place
You may have heard of Fred Phelps, the nutter who runs the Westboro Baptist Church. In fact, I'm almost sure you have since he's so well known for his rampant homophobia and defective mind. Just in case you think this guy is really a rational person, here's the pic on his website
Seriously, this is the best they could do? I know the guy's crazy, but they couldn't have spent a few bucks and taken him to Sears for a slightly better photo?
Recently, Crazy McCrazyson has been going from military funeral to military funeral protesting, natch, 'fags'. Keep in mind, these are US troops who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country (not to mention that they're doing their job even if a crazy fuck lied to them (and us) to get them to do it. So far, none has been identified as homosexual. Still, the Bitch Reverend From Hell goes to their funerals and protests. That's about to come to screeching halt.
On Friday the Governor of Oklahoma signed a bill into law specifically preventing protests like Fred's at military funerals.
I do have to say, I'd like to see these guys just beat the shit outta Phelps.
March 03, 2006
Amazing expression of religious tolerance, part 2350
Who would have thought that we'd hit the religious trifecta today?
Nevada National Guard Sgt. Patrick Stewart gave his life for his country when the Chinook helicopter he was in was shot down in Afghanistan in September.
But those wishing to honor Stewart, who should have his name on the memorial wall at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, 34 miles east of Reno, would have a difficult time doing so.
The space reserved for Stewart, right next to Chief Warrant Officer John Flynn, his comrade from Sparks who also died in the attack as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, is vacant.
Stewart was a follower of the Wiccan religion, which is not recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs for use in its cemeteries.
That's funny, I thought the First Amendment was supposed to get the goverrnment out of the religion-recognising business.
Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 02:01 PM
Amazing expression of religious tolerance, part 2349
Did you even know a school could disown you?
Brokeback Mountain actress Michelle Williams has been disowned by her former school because of her role in the controversial gay cowboy romance. Williams, who attended exclusive Santa Fe Christian School in San Diego, California, has been blasted by the school's headmaster as "offensive" for acting the long-suffering wife of a homosexual ranch hand, played by Heath Ledger. Jim Hopson has branded the Oscar nominee a poor role model, and hopes his education establishment won't be linked to the film's themes. He tells the San Diego Union Tribune, "We don't want to have anything to do with her in relation to that movie. Michelle doesn't represent the values of this institution. Brokeback Mountain basically promotes a lifestyle we don't promote."
Of course, if I didn't want to have anything to do with the movie, I probably wouldn't be whining about it to the media. I guess that's why I'll never be headmaster of an exclusive fristian school.
Amazing expression of religious tolerance, part 2348
Something new from the Show Me Something Stupid State
Missouri legislators in Jefferson City considered a bill that would name Christianity the state's official "majority" religion.
The resolution would recognize "a Christian god," and it would not protect minority religions, but "protect the majority's right to express their religious beliefs.
The resolution also recognizes that, "a greater power exists," and only Christianity receives what the resolution calls, "justified recognition."
State representative David Sater of Cassville in southwestern Missouri, sponsored the resolution, but he has refused to talk about it on camera or over the phone.
Possibly because the first question might be "Have you ever heard of the Constitution, you fucking fuckwit?"
March 02, 2006
A Note from the Chair and KatrinaGate...
The Chair of the Texas GOP is a nutter... in her most recent email missive to the Republican faithful in Texas (and me... HAHAHAHA), Tina talks about the size of government continuing to grow. She makes no mention of the fact that in Texas:
Tina, seen here with hot, hot hubby Reginald 'Smiley' Bathwait
like to conveinently forget lots of things (like the fact that Rick Perry is an incompetent loser).
The scene on the national level is mostly the same when it comes to control and Tina, again, forgets that (Tina, if you're looking for someone to blame my advice is to seek out a mirro)r. She then goes on to talk about the ballot initiatives that R primary voters (read: people who live in trailer parks and believe that Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson ACTUALLY converse with God) will decide on next Tuesday. Among them is 'Protecting the integrity of our elections'. The translation from republicanese to English is 'Keep the Blacks and Hispanics from Voting'. Tina's a real sweetheart; still fighting for a poll tax DECADES after the SC says you can't charge one. You read the whole letter after the jump.
Next up, of course, is a link to the same damn AP/ LATimes story about Katrina that everyone else has. Just please click on it and watch the damn videos... so much for 'no one foresaw the collapse of the levee's'.
You actually WANT to read it? I was kinda kidding, dipshit... OK, here you go... no fucking links though! I'm not driving traffic to the fucking TX GOP. Fuck them and feed them fishheads!
Government Growth - An Olympic Sport
By Tina J. Benkiser
Watching the Winter Olympics, I am reminded of the pride that Americans take in cheering our athletes to victory then watching them stand on the top dais while Old Glory is raised and the world listens to the Star Spangled Banner. While this display of national symbols moves us, some to the point of tears, many fail to recognize that the substance behind the symbols - our very freedom - is being eroded in Olympic proportions as we allow government to grow like a cancer, eating away at our rights.
(bitch is CRAZY, isn't she?)
As Americans and Texans, we must understand that government is accountable to us - the people. We created our government, it did not create us. Government’s purpose is to help us live together in an ordered society, but it should do only what people can’t do for themselves. Otherwise, government becomes an avalanche of inefficient, ineffective bureaucracy that can’t be removed by voters as it rushes downhill to the lowest common denominator, entangling itself in issues that it has neither the capacity nor the right to address.
(kinda like Teri Schiavo, no?)
Every generation must learn to love, protect, and defend freedom; our time is now. In the upcoming Primary Election through four ballot initiatives, Republicans will have the opportunity to ask the Texas Legislature to protect the integrity of our elections, to protect our private property rights, and to protect us from oppressive growth in government. Texans should demand no less.
The first ballot initiative is whether the Texas Legislature should enact legislation requiring that voters provide valid photo identification in order to cast a ballot in any and all elections conducted in the State of Texas. Since the vast majority of Americans support requiring a photo id to vote as did the bipartisan 2005 Commission on Federal Election Reform, it should be a no-brainer. If we fail to protect the integrity of our elections, freedom will fail. We must speak loudly on this issue, and then perhaps the Texas Legislature will pass reforms to better protect the ballot.
(Gee... certainly smells like a poll tax)
Another initiative is whether the Texas Legislature should place on the next Constitutional Amendment election ballot a proposition to protect private property from being taken for economic purposes. We were justly outraged when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that property can be taken from one and given to another who may make more money from using the property and thus pay more taxes. This direct assault on private property rights is indicative of increasing judicial activism in our country. While the Texas Legislature passed some protective measures, our Texas Constitution needs to reflect the importance of private property ownership, which is key to protecting our civil and religious liberties as well.
(uhm... yeah. You might want to talk to dear old Rick Perry about this. ED is a BIG part of his TransTexas Corridor)
The remaining two initiatives deal with controlling the growth of government and making it accountable to the people. The first asks whether every governmental body in Texas should be required to limit any annual increase in spending to the combined increase of population and inflation, except for additional spending authorized by a vote of the people or for official state of emergencies declared by the federal or state government. Simply put, the government should live within its means or explain why it can’t, then appeal to voters for an increase.
In addition, voters are asked whether, in order to address the inequity of homeowner’s property taxes increasing at a rate far above the rate of inflation, the current 10% cap on the rate of increase of appraised value for all homesteads shall be reduced to 5% or less. These types of control on government growth will help Texans keep more of what they earn. After all, people generally make better decisions about their money than the government does.
(schools and poor kids be damned!)
If enacted, these measures will help reform government. These initiatives will allow “we the people” to speak with one voice - government must be accountable to us. As the party of Ronald Reagan, our Republican leadership can desire no less.
With athletes giving their all to compete for the gold, it is clear that the Olympic spirit is alive and well as is patriotism. Let’s hope that patriotism is more than sport but is grounded in principles as well. As our national symbol - the mighty eagle - soars high above the ground, let us rise to be worthy of the lofty ideals on which we the people established our government.
(Ugh... could she BE more tiresome?)
Tina J. Benkiser
Republican Party of Texas
Junk food is good for you
Especially if you're a bear.
The cities of Southern California are being invaded by increasing numbers of black bears, who eschew the nuts, berries, and triple-lowfat-skim-decaf-lattes favored by the trendier elements of the area's human population in favor of dumpster diving at McDonalds.
In certain areas, such as Los Angeles County, Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Lakes, civilization creates conditions in which bears are more numerous near cities than in the wild.
Skilled opportunists, bears eat almost anything people consume, including pizza, fruit, hamburgers and sweets. As suburbia pushes farther into wild lands, the abundance of easy calories from rubbish, fruit trees and pet food has fundamentally changed the nature of California's bears.
"Bears with access to human food get bigger; females hit puberty quicker and have more cubs," said David Graber, a senior science advisor for the National Park Service.
For example, unlike wild bear food such as acorns and berries, garbage is high in protein and fat, which is why bears crave it. Fatter female bears produce more embryos, and many bears in Southern California are having litters of two or three cubs, compared to one or two naturally, said Kevin Brennan, a wildlife biologist for the state Department of Fish and Game.
A 2003 study of black bears in the Sierra Nevada found that those in urban areas and eating garbage weighed as much as 30% more than bears in wilderness areas. They also were significantly less active — restricting their range from about 150 square miles to just a few blocks in urban neighborhoods. The study was published in the Journal of Zoology
March 01, 2006
Something to kick start the day!
Safe for work, kittens, though why you'd be reading this from a computer that your boss can monitor is beyond me. You never know when I might post something like this...
UPDATE - GalvestonLawyer Blog has endorsed Bob! Read the terrific article here!
UPDATE - Missed this... Tom Dynia, a well known (and respected) Democratic operative in Travis County endorsed Gammage as well on the KAB Blog.
Nightmares for a week...
Pink Dome has a post up about Karl 'ButterTroll' Rove's obsession with Hillary Clinton. Gross, right? Of course it's really disgusting when you pair the story with a graphic generated by a demon at PD labs...