s skippy the bush kangaroo: January 2009

skippy the bush kangaroo

Saturday, January 31, 2009

b.a.d. days are here again!


yes, once again it's time to celebrate b.a.d., or blogroll amnesty day, for short!

this space, along w/our partners in this endeavor, jon swift and blue gal, are once again rejoicing in the plethora of the cornucopia of the excess of the diversity of diverse voices (and good writing, too!) available in blogtopia, and yes, we coined that phrase!

there is a long and dark history behind the perverse bitterness motivations that bring us to celebrate this day, which involves the severing of links that had been supporting certain people since blogtopia consisted entirely of glenn reynolds, silfay hraka, and megan mcardle working under another name.

we shall not delve into that morass of exclusion here (and markos and duncan shall remain nameless). suffice to say, if you really want to know the skinny behind why we believe liberals should be liberal in linking policy, please read the origins issue over @ jon swift.

tho the original blogroll amnesty day was first bludgeoned upon bloggers on feb. 3, we are taking this entire weekend thru next tuesday to celebrate, connect, rejoice, and generally extoll everyone to link to each other.

the basic rule for blogroll amnesty day weekend is simply this: take a moment to write a post linking to (and pointing out to your readers) 5 blogs w/traffic smaller than yours. this inclusive and magnanimous yet easy-to-do gesture will not only expose your readers to new voices and those voices to new readers, it will foster a sense of community, support and all-around kumbaya amongst the progressive infrastructure.

tho we are happy to point out, one need not link exclusively to progressive/liberal blogs. we highly encourage you to find a sensible rightist blog and link thereto. (ha! that'll keep ya busy for the weekend!)

now, a word about the parameter "blogs w/traffic smaller than yours." blue gal puts it best:

small and newbie bloggers please be aware of the ironclad rule that you are not allowed to make "hey no blog is as small as mine" jokes regarding blogroll amnesty day. the rule is, straight from the queen of the indy blogs herself (ahem), that you are not allowed to complain or mention your blog's low traffic until you have been posting daily for a year. if you're little, link other blogs that are new or still growing their audience, and encourage them to practice their craft daily. then, show them how.
truthfully. not only is the "there are no blogs smaller than mine" joke unoriginal, it's not funny, and is seriously whiny. unless you have a blog with literally zero traffic, which means that even you don't bother to read it, then you can bet there are blogs with traffic smller than yours. be a mensch. find them. link to them. help each other out.

one two more favors: you may write this post any time during this four-day festivus, but when you do, please forward a link of it to us, and we'll happily include it in one of several posts we'll be doing all thu-out the celebration.

also, if you would be so kind, please include a link to this very blog post in your own. last year we actually got a headline @ memeorandum (here), and, truth be told, we're itching for another.

addendum: heavens, as our saintly mother used to say, we'd forget our own head if it wasn't screwed on! we'd be remiss if we failed to invite you to email us for the codes to the above graphic, available in 5 convenient sizes! (well, actually only 4 of them are convenient).

remember, this is a celebration of each other. w/our new president and the new direction in washington (e.g., away from repubbblican corruption and towards democratic corruption), there's a feeling in the air that it's a new day of cooperation and community all across this land. heck, even the gop voted in a black guy to lead the rnc! the times, they are a'changin'!

let's make that change sweep across blogtopia!

and yes, we coined that phrase!

another addendum: we find that blckdgrd celebrates b.a.d. continuously, by having a section of his blogroll titled "new toys." clever! also, mad kane writes one of her famous limericks about b.a.d.! and if you want a less viciously-personal and more dungeons-and-dragons story behind blogroll amnesty day, harken ye to the tale that shamanaqua weaves...
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b.a.d. day sunshine

more celebrants of blogroll amnesty day

shaun of upper left

cujo @ slobber and spittle, who takes issue w/our insistence that nobody complain, because after all, that's what blogging is for, ne c'est pas?

and sungold of kittywampus goes above and beyond the call of duty and finds 10 blogs to highlight
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skippy's saturday nite music club

jefferson airplane - we can be together
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b.a.d. vibrations


zencomix draws a cartoon especially for b.a.d., and encourages you to steal it for your own use

nate @ that's right nate looks forward to feb. 3

as does suze @ two ton green blog

as well as our good friend jill @ brilliant @ breakfast

jurassicpork @ welcome back to pottersville distills our mission statement quite succinctly:

well, actually, this won't be finished until the type a list blogs finally break down and blogroll the two and a half million of us who also have political blogs.
and, william k. wolfrum @ william k. wolfrum chronicles gives us our favorite description of blogroll amnesty day so far:

blogroll amnesty day is a three-day long concert held in the woods of upstate new york. there, like-minded people get together, groove to music, do copious amounts of drugs and learn to live in a communistic setting of peace and sex.

wait, that was woodstock. easy mistake.
don't eat the brown acid, kids.
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let the b.a.d. times roll

even more blogroll amnesty day celebrants:

batacchio posts not only @ vagabond scholar but also @ the blue herald

clark, already posted @ rotus, also spreads the word @ clarkspics.com

and we get an email from nunya @ politickybitch, which brings home the very raison d'etat for b.a.d.:

thanks love, i've been busy checking out the bloggers that other bad bloggers have found. this is kind of fun :)
yes it is, nunya. we have just finished perusing rock star mommy, found via clark's pick's b.a.d. post (referenced above), and we're happy that eveyone else is enjoying the finding of new blogs they'd never seen before!
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but when they were b.a.d. they were horrid

more blogs, more b.a.d....

chuck @ chuck for...

our good friend kiko @ kiko's house

one fly @ outta the cornfield

mike @ tangled up in blue guy

our buddy dcap @ distributorcapny

and our friend melina @ rip coco discusses b.a.d. even tho she's got the flu (and we hope she gets well soon!)
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so b.a.d. it's good

more blogroll amnesty day festivities:

annette @ just my little piece of the world

mike @ mike the mad biologist, who mangles shakespear while he's at it

clark @ rotus, who sucessfully avoids the "no blog is smaller than mine" joke

physioprof @ physioprof

nunya @ politickybitch

and the talking dog discusses b.a.d., but accidentally links to two big box blogs, which shall remain nameless
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breaking! jeff goldstein quits blogging!


as we said the last time he quit, who's going to slap our faces with his cock now?

[ed. note: he really should have concentrated on blogroll amnesty day instead]

addendum: writing about the demise of pajama media, joe gandelman @ the moderate voice puts together words we'd never thought we'd see side by side in a quote worth remembering:

like so many dreams, it’s gone in the economy’s fetid tsunami.
mmmmm...fetid tsunami. w/a side of humus, please!
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on a b.a.d. day you can see for ever

more blogs participating in blogroll amnesty day:

here's the post from our good friend and partner in this endeavor, jon swift

maru @ wtf is it now?!?

ginger @ the hackenblog

annie @ the virtuous skeptic

brandy @ mou magazine

and bora @ blog around the clock links to a bunch of, in his words, "sciency blog"!
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it's b.a.d. to be first

we're happy to welcome the first blogs to post about blogroll amnesty day!

rena @ peace arena;

james @ the mahatma x files, who introduces six blogs, plus adds his own version of b.a.d. origins;
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Friday, January 30, 2009

skippy's friday nite music club

john mellencamp - little pink houses

from the obama concert two days before the inauguration
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u.s. chamber of commerce

works to kill a "buy american" campaign.
a top u.s. business group stepped up efforts on friday to kill a "buy american" provision that has angered u.s. trading partners, and the white house said it was reviewing its position on the measure. - reuters canada

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 2:59 PM | 1 comments

cost of barely surviving guide

the american institute for economic research released their cost-of-living guide yesterday, which monitors the purchasing power of the dollar over time. some heartbreaking results.

college tuition and fees: 248.4%
televisions: -83.0%
elementary & high school tuition and fees: 234.5%
audio equipment: -45.4%
hospital services, nursing homes, adult day care: 222.6%
personal computers & other information processing equipment: -89.4%

(h/t the consumerist)

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 12:24 PM | 1 comments

must be the cold water

giving the economy serious "shrinkage."
the sharp contraction of the us economy accelerated in the last three months of 2008, with official figures showing gdp shrinking at an annualised rate of 3.8%.

with forecasters already predicting the worst us recession since world war ii, how big a danger is there that the us economy will slip into a depression similar to the 1930s?

the latest figures paint a gloomy picture of the us economy. - the beebs
there are still some who " believe the fundamentals of our economy are strong." but then again, they are the ones who belong (or married into) the royalty of america; the new robber barons.
the average tax rate paid by the richest 400 americans fell by a third to 17.2 percent through the first six years of the bush administration and their average income doubled to $263.3 million, new irs data show. - bloomberg and nytimes
average income - $263.3 million. average income - $263.3 million. let that soak in a bit.

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it's ugly out there

part-time receptionist help wanted gets 3520 resumes in under 24 hours

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stand back, alaska...she's going to blow!

and no, we're not talking sarah the bimbo governor, we're talking mt. redoubt - the volcano!

Redoubt at Sunset
Originally uploaded by jedibob
the alaska volcano observatory said in a statement friday "volcanic tremor" has increased in "amplitude."

..."i would not be surprised to see it erupt at anytime," cervelli said. "we're going to know it when we see it." - cnn
(you can monitor the mountain too, weather permitting. government scientists have set up webcams at two locations, here and here.) - christian science monitor
too bad most americans aren't aware of the pacific ring of fire, as science is such a bad thing to teach these days. they would understand that it's back..and it's baaaaaaaad.

Like, time to get a life insurance quote bad.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 6:50 AM | 2 comments

while the rest of us suffer a downturn

look who is still raking up those profits.
exxon mobile corp. on friday reported a profit of $45.2 billion for 2008, breaking its own record for a u.s. company, even as its fourth-quarter earnings fell 33 percent from a year ago.

the previous record for annual profit was $40.6 billion, which the world's largest publicly traded oil company set in 2007. - yahoo news and wapo

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 6:29 AM | 5 comments

the next catastrophe looming...healthcare

or rather lack there of. lose job...lose healthcare. no money...no doctor access.
the whole world is in recession. but the united states is the only wealthy country in which the economic catastrophe will also be a health care catastrophe — in which millions of people will lose their health insurance along with their jobs, and therefore lose access to essential care. - paul krugman at nytimes
those bankers who gave themselves billions of dollars in bonuses can afford healthcare, but the rest of us can't.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

skippy's thursday nite music club - rip billy powell

billy powell, keyboardist for lynyrd skynyrd, died yesterday @ the young age of 56. latimes:

police received a telephone call at 12:55 a.m. from powell, who complained that he was feeling dizzy and was having a hard time breathing, orange park police chief james h. boivin said by phone.

when police and rescue workers arrived, they found powell in his bedroom with the phone nearby, boivin said. powell did not respond to cpr and was pronounced dead at 1:52 a.m., the chief said.

the cause of death has yet to be determined, but police believe it was heart-related, boivin said.

"he was supposed to have a meeting with his heart specialist" earlier this week but failed to show up, the chief said. "the doctor said he had heart problems."…

powell, who took music lessons as a youth, became a roadie for the band until about 1972, when he helped set up the band's equipment at a school prom. there, he sat down at a piano and began to play a version of "free bird." [ronnie] van zant hired him as keyboardist.

the song featured a keyboard introduction that helped turn the piece into a rock 'n' roll anthem and made powell a star.
here's a live version of that song, done @ the oakland coliseum on july 4, 1977, w/powell's solo @ about 3:00 into it...

lynyrd skynyrd - freebird

(plus the boys really rock out about 8:00 in)

rest in peace, billy powell.
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poster chick for family planning being needed

octo mom. she already has 6 kids. there is no dad involved. she lives with her parents.
the mother in california who gave birth to eight babies on monday has six children already, cbs news discovered. today on the early show, a segment on the now-doubled family aired. they took cameras to the home and neighborhood where the mom lives in a house with her parents, four older sons and two older daughters. - huffpo
sure she has the "right" to have litters of kids, but in this day of dwindling life sustaining resources, she is completely reckless and irresponsible to do so. her swarm of bundles of poop has one hell of a carbon footprint.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 6:41 PM | 4 comments

today's repubbblicans

here's the general feeling amongst congressional repubbblicans on the hill these days:

(thx & a tip o'the kangaroo tail to joe benevides commenting @ 538!)
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mad about latin

mad kane, that is!
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blue gal pipes up, links down

blue gal makes a movie for blogroll amnesty day:

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"oh yeah? well, just for that, we're going to sh*t in our bed again!"

we have to admire today's repubbblican party. in spite of losing all power in washington, in spite of being whupped like a red-headed step child in the last election (and beaten like a dog in the election before that), in spite of all of reality painting huge billboards saying "this is not how to do it" with big arrows pointing down @ them, in spite of having their own website, they steadfastly refuse to change their m.o. and insist on backing policies that have not only failed, but have brought this country to the brink of disaster.

obama's stimulus bill passed the house of reps yesterday, w/not a single repubbblican vote. worse, house reps are extolling their senate counterparts to do the same. worse still, rush limbaugh is being hailed as the emerging leader of that party. to us, that's rather like hearing that jon stewart is the de facto head of the democratic party. balloon juice:

apparently the gop (or at least rush), wants rush limbaugh to be the voice of the gop, as he is proposing “his” stimulus package on the pages of the wsj:
[ed. note: here john cole inserts the words of rush limbaugh. we just ate breakfast, so we can’t bring ourselves to do the same. go read the wingnut street journal if you really want to see what viagra boy said]

to put this into perspective, imagine the reaction if rhandi rhodes was penning editorials in the ny times dictating the course of policy for the democrats, and the democrats were embracing her pearls of wisdom. i can’t believe the republicans are going to gamble their future like this, but then again, nothing they do surprises me. and, in fairness, considering i voted for bush twice, i am not really in any position to say the country won’t be stupid enough to fall for this. i am living breathing proof that yes, we are that dumb.
don't be so hard on yourself, john, you eventually came around.

and so is the country. gallup reports just how unpopular the gop is these days:

what is immediately clear from the map is that residents of the united states were very democratic in their political orientation last year. in fact, gallup has earlier reported that a majority of americans nationwide said they identified with or leaned to the democratic party in 2008.

all told, 29 states and the district of columbia had democratic party affiliation advantages of 10 points or greater last year. this includes all of the states in the northeast, and all but indiana in the great lakes region. there are even several southern states in this grouping, including arkansas, north carolina, and kentucky.

an additional six states had democratic advantages ranging between 5 and 9 points.

in contrast, only five states had solid or leaning republican orientations in 2008, with utah, wyoming, idaho, and alaska in the former group, and nebraska in the latter.
fivethirtyeight has the predominantly blue map.

back to the (non) vote: joe gandelman of the moderate voice is not so sure that this move is a wise one for the gopers:

my view: i’ve long argued that perception is reality in politics and in all media. the crocodile hunter had an image easy to immediately grasp by his image and persona which could be captured in quick sound bites and images. obama, hillary clinton and others mastered the art of instant imagery communication as well. hollywood uses “high concept” to market films all the time (in its ads and short tv trailers). the danger for gopers is that they know they already have the choir. will the new, unified gop voting in a bloc convince people who don’t already vote for them that they’re correct or will it turn out to be a merely group reaffirmation exercise that will turn off more voters clamoring for the government to do something?

the bottom line is that nancy pelosi is simply not a household name to many (unless she decides to go on dancing with the stars), except to talk show listeners, political junkies of all ages, journalists and blog readers and writers. the images now out there of the gop are of a party that seems to have adopted nancy reagan’s anti-drug slogan “just say no.” partisans will debate if that’s true or not, but that is the danger of this image — if it looks like the program starts working.

(thanks and a tip o' the kangaroo tail to memeorandum for the links!)
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b.a.d. days ahead

updated! w/logos! & new jokes!


get ready, blogonauts! (and yes! we coined that phrase, too!)

this upcoming weekend we will be celebrating the second anniversary of blogroll amnesty & blogroll bloodbath anniversary remembrance day!

this year our partner in this endeavor, jon swift, will join us in celebrating this blogtopian-wide holiday all next weekend beginning on saturday.

update: we will officially start on saturday, jan. 31. the original blogroll amnesty day is february 3, but we're calling for a four-day weekend! huzzah!

as you may remember, the modus operandus of blogroll amnesty day is to link to 5 blogs smaller than your own, thus introducing your readers to new voices.

and may we stop all the stupid jokes right here, right now: yes, there are blogs smaller than yours, no matter who you are.

mas update: ok, so we can't even stop the jokes before they start. ergo, we will ammend the parameters: if you really don't believe there are blogs smaller than yours, then in lieu of making the stupid joke that there aren't any, ha ha, please link to five blogs with traffic equivalent to yours (or in the same ball park). as long as they represent new voices (new to your readers, at least), you will have satisfied the requirement. just please don't do the stupid joke!!

uno mas update: we also request that, in your post linking to five other blogs, you also link back to our official saturday b.a.d. opening festivities post, which, in all truth, will probably be posted and available sometime friday nite.

and, if you send us a link to your post, we'll make sure to blog about it here!

stay tuned for further updates and a spazzy snazzy new logo...email us for the code for the logos! three five sizes, no waiting!


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from the 'emails we never bothered to finish reading' dept.

i am mr gerald allen, i will like to book reservation for a family of 5 persons that will be coming for vacation in your area on the 16th july to 30th july 2009. if you have vacancy for the specified period, give me the total cost for the whole period of two double rooms and breakfast for 14 nights for 5 guest.
skippy international is big, but it's not that big.
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wall street greed

is destroying our country.
a report by the new york state comptroller revealed that wall street employees reaped an estimated $18.4 billion in bonuses for the year, “the sixth-largest haul on record.” despite billions lost in revenue this year, “wall street workers still took home about as much as they did in 2004, when the dow jones industrial average was flying above 10,000, on its way to a record high.” - think progress
someone needs to post the cities in which these financial terrorists live and have their "communities" shun them...or put them in the stockades for tomato tossing events. shaming...it's way underutilized these days.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 7:23 AM | 1 comments

co-op-erating for the bees

the latest buzz on bees...

Lift Off- Best Viewed Large
Originally uploaded by aussiegall

the co-op today became the first uk supermarket to ban the use of a group of pesticides implicated in billions of honeybee deaths worldwide.

it is prohibiting suppliers of its own-brand fresh produce from using eight pesticides that have been connected to honeybee colony collapse disorder and are already restricted in some parts of europe. - the guardian

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be prepared...

to lie. apparently the scouts don't follow their own oath and rules.

for nearly a century, the boy scouts have worn a self-adorned badge as campsite conservationists and good stewards of the land.

"the boy scouts were green before it was cool to be green," said the organization's national spokesman, deron smith.

but for decades, local boy scouts of america administrations across the country have clearcut or otherwise conducted high-impact logging on tens of thousands of acres of forestland, often for the love of a different kind of green: cash.

a hearst newspapers investigation has found dozens of cases over the past 20 years of local boy scout councils logging or selling prime woodlands to big timber interests, developers or others, turning quick money and often doing so instead of seeking ways to preserve such lands. - seattle pi

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

skippy's wednesday nite music club

if you have any acid, we recommmend you drop it now...

animal collective - peacebone
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the death penalty would be given

to the head of this company if this happened in china.
peanut processor knowingly sold tainted products. the georgia peanut plant linked to a salmonella outbreak that has killed eight people and sickened 500 more across the country knowingly shipped out contaminated peanut butter 12 times in the past two years, federal officials said yesterday.- wapo
i'm not a believer in the death penalty...but i might be convinced for some cases.

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the question raised would be...

why the h**l not?

the fbi was aware for years of "pervasive and growing" fraud in the mortgage industry that eventually contributed to america's financial meltdown, but did not take definitive action to stop it.

"it is clear that we had good intelligence on the mortgage-fraud schemes, the corrupt attorneys, the corrupt appraisers, the insider schemes," said a recently retired, high fbi official. another retired top fbi official confirmed that such intelligence went back to 2002. - seattle pi

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january 28, 1986

remembering challenger.

(front row) michael j. smith, dick scobee, ronald mcnair;
(back row) ellison onizuka, christa mcauliffe, gregory jarvis, judith resnik.

Originally uploaded by famille.sebile

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

skippy's tuesday nite music club

he made quite a splash @ obama's inauguration, so let's take a look at his early work...

pete seeger - waist deep in the big muddy
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the bottom

ain't here yet....
in case you're thinking you missed the bottom of the real estate market, think again. forecasters from beacon economics told home builders last night that the "bottom" might be toward the end of 2011. - laist
i need another bottle o' chuck to wash down this news.

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my special comment

!Special Comment!
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happy birthday
mr. olbermann!**

** my future husband....i'm battling stephanie miller for him.

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say hello

to empire of the senseless.
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we're f***d

where's my 2 buck (plus) chuck? i'm needing some.
the nation's current recession is likely to be the longest since world war ii, and by some measures could be the worst since the great depression, a new congressional budget office forecast said tuesday. - mcclatchy

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i'm tired of talking politics today

Momma Bititi Gives Calf Kiss
Originally uploaded by sfzoo
let's take a little break for some baby giraffe love from the san francisco zoo.
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Football Bad For Brain

A study by the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE) has found enormous damage in the brains of dead NFL players (oh, and they were also retired...not even the NFL will send you out on the field once you've died...well, not since Vince Lombardi retired).

The CSTE has not done any work to determine how much brain damage is caused by watching football, but it seems a pretty fertile field of endeavor if you ask me.
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someone in new york is actually working

andrew cuomo.
cnbc's charlie gasparino just reported that new york attorney general andrew cuomo has subpoenaed former merrill lynch ceo john thain for testimony about merrill's awarding of billions of dollars in bonuses in december. - tpm
at least he's not sulking like a spoiled child about not being picked to be senator.

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note to caroline, gov. paterson and their minions

grow the h**l up.
gov. paterson's decision to go nuclear on caroline kennedy was a hatchet job run by a pricey out-of-state consultant who specializes in political scandals, disgruntled administration sources said. - daily news
the appointment was destined to be a mess—how could it not be? the cast of characters involved in choosing a new junior senator for new york included a lapsed priest, three of the country’s most bare-knuckled political dynasties, and an imperious mayor. add to that a $15 billion budget deficit and a tainted plate of sushi. and start the whole crazy chain of dominoes with a hooker. - new york magazine
would be nice to have politicians who are not emotionally stunted drama queens.

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the most contaminated wildlife on earth

the "southern resident" orcas.
three pods of killer whales in the pacific northwest have now earned the unfortunate title of being the most contaminated wildlife on earth, according to a new study. these killer whales, known as southern residents, live in the coastal waters near the u.s. canadian border and survive almost exclusively on contaminated chinook salmon. the salmon contain high levels of polychlorinated biphenols (pcbs) and other industrial chemicals, which accumulate in even higher levels in the killer whales. - discover

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Monday, January 26, 2009

skippy's monday nite music club

danny kaye, louis armstrong, golden gate quartet, tommy dorsey, benny goodman and lionel hampton - from "a song is born (1948)" directed by howard hawks. written by billy wilder.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:59 PM | 2 comments

don't ad agencies have editors?

is it just us, or do the current spate of commercials for carnival cruise line that shows people having fun in parking lots on dry land seem kind of...oh, we dont' know...counterproductive?

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happy blogiversary

to our good friends @ vidiotspeak!

it's their third blogiversary, and may they have many, many more!

keep up the good work, kids!
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are we clear? kristol!

boo hoo, boo hoo. those crocadile tears we are crying are for bill "sarah palin's hot" kristol, who lost his job today, only 12 months after he should have:

the famous neoconservative published his final new york times column today. scott horton, who broke news on kristol's involvement in the selection of sarah palin, reports on the real reasons the gray lady didn't renew his contract.

the new york times’ decision not to renew bill kristol’s opinion column was because of the conservative writer’s sloppiness and uneven quality, according to a reliable source with first-hand knowledge of the decision. today, the times features a signature kristol piece, discussing the heroic role of conservatism in modern american history and contrasting this with the fecklessness of american liberals. but only the last line is newsworthy: “this is william kristol’s last column.”…

the source makes clear that the decision not to renew kristol’s contract is not related to his neoconservative ideology...

the problems that emerged were more fundamental. kristol’s writing wasn’t compelling or even very careful. he either lacked a talent for solid opinion journalism or wasn’t putting his heart into it. a give-away came in the form of four corrections the newspaper was forced to run over factual mistakes in the columns, creating an impression that they were rushed out without due diligence or attention to factual claims. a senior writer at time magazine recounted to me a similar experience with kristol following his stint in 2006-07. “his conservative ideas were cutting edge and influential,” i was told. “but his sloppy writing and failure to fact check what he wrote made us queasy.”

kristol also regularly commented on political developments in which he was personally engaged—without disclosing the depth of his engagement. the daily beast previously highlighted his deep involvement in selection of alaska governor sarah palin to be john mccain’s running mate. in the campaign season that followed, boosterism about sarah palin became a staple of his writing, even at the expense of his relationship with mccain and leading figures in the mccain campaign. this conduct blurred the distinctions between being an actor on and observer of the political stage, raising some concern among the guardians of the times’ credibility.
but don't cry for bill too much. steve benen reports that bill's going to write...albeit monthly...for the washpost:

keep his career trajectory in mind. kristol, in 2007, wrote misguided, predictable, and dull columns for time magazine. when time fired him, the new york times decided he'd be a great addition to its stable of columnists. now, after a year of misguided, predictable, and dull columns, the new york times has fired him, and ... wait for it ... the washington post is ready to pick him up.

by way of ben armbruster, we see that the politico's mike allen reports:

progressives will delight when they get to the italic note at the end of bill kristol's column in the times today say, "this is william kristol's last column." his one-year contract was up. sources tell playbook that he's now beginning a monthly column in the washington post.
...in any other field, outside of conservative political commentary, kristol's record would be nothing short of humiliating. he's been wrong, not only in his predictions -- you'll notice, for example, that john mccain was not inaugurated last week -- but in his analysis of most policy issues. and perhaps more importantly, as we discussed this morning, kristol has a nasty habit of publishing columns with demonstrable, easy-to-notice factual errors, which the nyt had to run a series of corrections to address…

in most careers, falling up isn't this easy. if you keep getting fired for poor performance, it's usually difficult to find new companies willing to pay you to do the same job.

kristol has obviously developed quite a racket. nice work if you can get it.
addendum: where the hell did big hollywood get $100,000?

on sunday afternoon weekly standard editor and new york times columnist bill kristol — in an email exchange with big hollywood — agreed to debate matt damon on his hollywood home turf after being informed the 38-year old actor ridiculed kristol in an interview in the miami herald…

as the sponsor of the event, big hollywood is offering $100,000 to damon (or to the charity or carbon credit of his choice) to publicly debate kristol at a mutually agreed upon time, date and venue.
if there is a god, damon will immediately agree to the debate, and demand to see the guarantee of $100,000, thus making big hollywood look small...

(thanks and a tip of the kangaroo tail to memeorandum for the links! except possibly the link to big hollywood, because now we feel so dirty...)
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early b.a.d. behavior

kudos to drinking liberally in new milford who has already begun celebrating blogroll amnesty day.
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we couldn't have said it better ourselves...

we agree w/ian welsh over @ firedoglake:

geithner becomes treasury secretary

the senate has passed him through. i'm sure he will do as good a job for obama as he did for bush, bernanke and paulson.
we want to know, if we "forget" to pay $30,000 on our income taxes, can we still get a cabinet post?
posted by skippy at 5:33 PM | 2 comments

and if finding a job isn't sucky enough

if you used monster.com to hunt for a new job, kiss your privacy buhbye.
last friday, monster.com announced that their database had been attacked, and that account names, passwords, email addresses, and phone numbers had been stolen. unfortunately, they haven't sent out email alerts to anyone—they just put the announcement up on the security section of their site. - consumerist

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 12:13 PM | 2 comments

treatment for one rattlesnake bite = $150,000

or about one day's hospital treatment...oh, and like millions of us...no insurance to pay for it.
even though she has spent much of her life searching for holistic methods of healing, when charlene penner was bitten by a rattlesnake, she knew she had to get to a hospital fast.

penner was soon immersed in some of the most vexing problems facing the country: the escalating costs of medical care and the millions of people with no insurance to pay for it.

penner's chance encounter with a snake resulted in medical bills totaling more than $150,000, most to cover the equivalent of about one day's treatment at a hospital. - sandy eggo union tribune

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:37 AM | 2 comments

hoppy australia day!

australia day, also known as anniversary day and foundation day, is the official national day of australia. celebrated annually on 26 january, the day commemorates the arrival of the first fleet in 1788, the unfurling of the british flag at sydney cove and the proclamation of british sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of australia. - wiki

Truly Australia (II) :: HDR
Originally uploaded by Artie | Photography

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a financial terrorist sells his $13 million mansion

for $10.
yes...$10. to his wife.
housing prices are falling around the country, but this one sounds hard to believe: a seaside mansion on jupiter island in florida, bought for more than $13 million five years ago, was just sold for $10.

the seller, according to county records, was richard s. fuld jr., the former chairman and chief executive of lehman brothers. the buyer was his wife, kathleen.

...it is possible that he is now transferring properties because of his fears of investor lawsuits or a possible bankruptcy, lawyers in florida said. - nytimes

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 9:04 AM | 3 comments

citigroup can go to hell

and they don't need the taxpayer funded corporate jet to get there, either.
beleaguered citigroup is upgrading its mile-high club with a brand-new $50 million corporate jet - only this time, it's the taxpayers who are getting screwed. - nypost and think progress.
can we get our $45 billion dollars back?

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 8:30 AM | 2 comments

honey laundering....

Honey Bee Macro on Onion Flower C95-4-11-08_8255
Originally uploaded by Cap001.

a sticky situation for consumers.

concealing discoveries of contaminated imported honey is immoral, unethical and often illegal -- and it happens far too often, u.s. honey producers say.

"it doesn't take a wizard to determine whether there are bad things in the honey we handle, nor a hero to do what it takes to keep it from our food supply," said mark brady, a texas beekeeper who sits on the national honey board.

"if we buy chinese honey, as we do far too often, we know it may contain chloramphenicol or some other antibiotic that is illegal in any food product," said brady, who produces about a million pounds of honey a year. "to find it and not report it is criminal." - seattlepi

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 8:11 AM | 1 comments

ceos suck the life blood

out of american companies...and suck american workers and taxpayers dry.
just when you thought the greed and outrageous behavior of corporate america could get no worse, the leaders of companies have sunk to a new low: they are using workers' pension money to fund ceo pensions. no this is not a joke.

the evidence is laid out today in the wall street journal by reporters ellen schultz and theo francis. these two reporters have done an excellent job covering pension issues: more than two years ago, they clearly laid out the evidence that it was ceo pensions, not workers' pensions, that were causing headaches for corporate balance sheets. - working life
this is "old news" true...but where is the coverage of this instead of the 24/7 coverage of the murderered little girl in florida? which story is more important for americans to know about? how our country and economy is being strangled to death by greedy ceo's and corporations or if a young, attractive mom strangled her daughter in some town in florida?

(h/t to tasini's diary over at the great orange satan.)

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

skippy's sunday nite music club

we've featured my chemical romance before, but we like my chemical romance...

my chemical romance - helena
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environmental news story sunday

for those stories that usually don't make it to the front page...but perhaps should.

fish warnings you probably don't know about. florida's efforts to warn about mercury levels are not reaching far. the florida department of health has literally hundreds of advisories about how much fish is safe to eat, based on what kind and where it's caught. but researchers who tested mercury levels in about 600 women in the panhandle found that more than two-thirds knew nothing about the warnings. - jacksonville.com

natural gas in water wells has n.y. officials on alert. natural gas levels found in four water wells in dimock township, pa., could indicate a broader, potentially dangerous problem related to drilling operations to tap the gas-rich marcellus shale formation. - binghampton pressconnects

recyclers ready for tons of tvs after switch to digital. the switch to digital television signaling could create an environmental nightmare across the nation as consumers get rid of their outmoded analog tv sets - with components, which contain lead and mercury, ending up in landfills here and in third world countries. - kalamazoo gazette

coal trying for slice of stimulus package. coal company officials and their supporters in congress are working to increase the industry's already large chunk of the economic stimulus package. - charleston gazette-mail

honey bees could be in short supply. honey bees used for crop pollination are taking a beating due to a variety of factors, some of which are not fully understood. - chico enterprise record

japan launches satellite to monitor greenhouse gases. japan launched a satellite on friday to monitor greenhouse gases around the world in the hope that the data it gathers will help global efforts to combat climate change. - reuters

deadly storms in western Europe. more than a dozen people, including four children, have been killed since friday in spain and france, where winds of up to 100 miles per hour have torn roofs from buildings, blown down trees and power lines and whipped up huge waves. -international herald tribune

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 3:08 PM | 2 comments

did you know...

that if you delete a blog from your blogger account, blogger won't let anyone else use its url?

it's true. i committed blogicide a couple weeks ago. four and a half years' worth of posts -- gone with one click of the mouse. you try to go to my old site now, this is what you see. and it isn't just that blog. dbk committed blogicide, too, and this is all that remains of his old site.

i think it's kind of cool, actually. it's like having your uniform number retired. my only regret is, when i wiped out the medley, i wiped out not only my own posts but those of my co-bloggers as well. that does stick in my craw a little. however, that's what you get when you burn a bridge in blogtopia.

at any rate, that blog had to go. it had run its course, and was becoming too much of a drain on my personal life to justify continuing it.

as for me... i'm still here.


posted by Jim Yeager at 9:14 AM | 4 comments

happy robert burns day

to my favorite great scot (that isn't single malted)

happy haggis partaking, crrrrrrrrrrrraig ferrrrrrrrrrrguson!

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 1:52 AM | 3 comments

Saturday, January 24, 2009

skippy's saturday nite music club

how many other highways have hit songs named after them? an ode to santa barbara's lone highway....

america - "ventura highway"
(although...a bit of it is knowns at the hollywood freeway...but that doesn't have the poetic ring..)

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:22 PM | 2 comments

oh, great! now we'll have to change our name!


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another crisis for obama to deal with

a chicken wing shortage...just at super bowl time. omg! culinary chaos could reign supreme.
restaurant owners across the country are facing a major dilemma: demand is up for buffalo wings, but supply is low. the lack of poultry is so bad in new york state, some owners are calling for a wing boycott on monday, january 26th - kwes newswest 9

the demand for the spicy little guys is way up but the supply is equally way down, partly because a major source of buffalo wings- a poultry farm in texas- recently filed for bankruptcy, blamed on the economic downturn. so now there may not be enough chicken wings for superbowl sunday. - wpec 12

a poultry producer's reorganization has contributed to a chicken wing crisis ahead of super bowl xliii, suppliers in chicken wing capital buffalo, n.y., say. - marketwatch
now...to put a positive spin on this...it could have been worse. the buffalo bills could be playing in the big game and believe you me...buffalo n.y. without buffalo wings when the bills are playing could get pretty ugy. perhaps they could get jessica simpson to do a public service spot re: this looming crisis as she would gladly give up her share of buffalo wings...as she "doesn't eat buffalo."

i'm sure that the steelers might end up eating cardinal wings, instead.

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forget the franken veggies....

the franken fish, cows and pigs just might be on their way to a grocer near you.
fast-growing salmon. pork containing heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. these are two examples of products you might see in your local supermarket soon -- animals developed not through conventional breeding but through genetic engineering.

on jan. 15, the u.s. food and drug administration decided how it will regulate genetically engineered animals, for the first time paving the way for such animals or their products to be sold as food and medicine. the agency has decided to categorize genetically engineered farm animals, also called transgenic animals, as an "animal drug." they will be held to the same requirements already existing for conventionally bred animals treated with hormones or antibiotics. (in the case of transgenic animals, the "drug" is a snippet of dna.) products derived from them or containing them as an ingredient will not necessarily require labeling. - latimes
excuse me....will not "necessarily" require labeling? hello? they better dang well label the food they mess around with. stop already with the engineering of fake food...concentrate on engineering some better levees, eh?

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 1:16 PM | 1 comments

question of the day...

awol's been outta here for, like, four whole days now. shouldn't i be undergoing some really horrible withdrawl symptoms or something? 'cause i'm doing just fine. not what i was expecting -- though i'll take it...


posted by Jim Yeager at 10:46 AM | 2 comments

Friday, January 23, 2009

skippy's friday nite music club

via john cole @ balloon juice...

maceo parker - pass the peas - live!

maceo was james brown's saxophonist in the 60's, and has gone on to funk across the world.
posted by skippy at 11:59 PM | 1 comments

and you lost

president barack "to the future" obama left no doubt who's in charge today @ a meeting w/repubbblicans concerning his proposed stimulus package. politico:

president obama listened to republican gripes about his stimulus package during a meeting with congressional leaders friday morning - but he also left no doubt about who's in charge of these negotiations. "i won," obama noted matter-of-factly, according to sources familiar with the conversation.
this is a good thing. as marlene phillips sez @ huffpo:

i'm all for cooperation between the two parties. in order for our government to function effectively, it's vital that members of both parties work together. but i've also been concerned that the calls for bipartisanship might drown out the loud and clear message sent this past november, that republicans had their chance and now change is required. i was also concerned republicans would continue on as if they still were in control, business as usual. i wasn't sure speaker of the house nancy pelosi or senate majority leader harry reid would stop them.

i'm not worried anymore.
nor are we.

of course, the hardly-ever-right wing is all full of the vapors @ the idea of the winner being so disrespectful to the losing side.

gee, that's never happened before, has it?
posted by skippy at 6:43 PM | 3 comments

say hello

to let's try that again.
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the economy is drying up

in more ways than one....

the drought is withering california’s $36 billion-a-year agriculture industry, the biggest in the u.s. crop losses from the water shortage total $308.7 million as of dec. 17, the california department of food and agriculture estimates.

shawn coburn, who needs more water for his 1,500 acres of almonds and 300 acres of wine grapes in firebaugh, 150 miles
(240 kilometers) southeast of san francisco, is among those who may have to close down if the weather doesn’t improve.

“what are we going to do to keep those trees alive?” said coburn, 40. “i don’t know. the drought will put me out of business.” - bloomberg

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:23 AM | 2 comments

proud as a bitch

politickybitch is not embarrassed by her president anymore.
posted by skippy at 9:50 AM | 1 comments

say hello

to dirty hippy lawyer.
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get your war off

via galloping beaver, we find that that, as of 1/20/09 the brilliant toon get your war on is no more.


talk about mixed emotions! while we are going to miss gywo immeasurably, the reason for the toon is himself gone, and we are ecstatic!
posted by skippy at 9:22 AM | 2 comments

thank goodness andrew cuomo didn't get that senate slot

he's hard at work looking into merrill lynch.

the hits keep coming for john thain, whose stellar reputation has been badly
tarnished by the collapse of merrill lynch and some questionable decisions. the
latest: new york attorney general andrew cuomo has opened an investigation into
thain's decision to pay billions of dollars in bonuses days before the closing
of its sale to bank of america and the disclosure of $1 billion in operating
losses for 2008, according to the financial times. - fierce finance

mr cuomo will “examine closely disturbing reports of what appeared to be large,
secret last-minute bonuses”, a person familiar with the investigation said. - financial
thane's nickname was supposedly "mr. fix-it." i think he needs to change that to "mr. spend it."

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

skippy's thursday nite music club

beyonce & a whole bunch of celebs - america the beautiful

from the obama inauguration
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their fingers were "lip synched"

whether you loved or hated the classical music played at president barack obama's inauguration, what you heard was a recording made two days earlier unless you were sitting within earshot of the celebrated performers. - ap via yahoo news

[ed. note: we tried to work in a joke about yo-yo-milli-vanilli, but couldn't]

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:56 PM | 1 comments

note to obama, gavin, et al.

in-fra-struc-ture. or else we'll be leaving our hearts in the ash pile that used to be the city.
san francisco must upgrade its emergency water system to avoid a catastrophe like the fire that devastated the city after the 1906 earthquake, according to a report to be released friday.

improvements to the system - a network of pipes and storage facilities - won't be cheap, according to the report, which estimates that $86.7 million is needed to rehabilitate and replace facilities such as pump stations and tanks. an additional $13.3 million is needed for pipeline improvements, and a whopping $332 million more would be needed to expand the system to the west and south areas of town, the report concludes. - sfgate

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:41 PM | 1 comments

baghdad by the channel

santa barbara. we're fighting mad here. this "drill baby drill" stuff just really chaps our hide and it means "war."
a dozen state legislators have challenged a proposal to drill for oil off the coast of santa barbara, saying it could set a precedent for more drilling along the 1,100 miles of california coastline. - forbes

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:37 PM | 0 comments

the dean of american politics

our good blog buddy john amato of crooks n liars has a great clip of howard dean giving a speech at the netroots nation inaugural party which john attended earlier this week.

tho most of blogtopia and yes, we coined that phrase, credits dr. dean w/the 50-state strategy that allowed obama to win (fair and square) the presidency, dr. dean congratulates all of us in this speech for our work which, indeed, in our opinion, we all share.

but dr. dean goes on to point out that we've still got lots of work to do. it's an exciting and inspiring speech, and we urge everyone to listen to it.
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while working folks are suffering....

bank of america this week continues to make job cuts in corporate and investment banking areas, including operations positions, and could start making reductions in the consumer banking unit next week, sources told the observer....the bank said in december it plans to eliminate up to 35,000 jobs as part of its acquisition of investment bank merrill lynch & co. - charlotte observer

others were wallowing in excess.
when john thain became merrill lynch’s ceo in early 2008, he hired michael s. smith design to revamp his office suite, spending approximately $1.22 million according to documents. - cnbcand the consumerist.
let's start calling john thain what he really is.....a financial terrorist.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:06 AM | 2 comments

skipping peanut butter

luckily for our namesake, skippy peanut butter, as well as all other national jar brands, is apparently safe from the current peanut butter salmonella outbreak, and there is no recall. but the health care examiner suggests you err on the side of jelly caution:

seriously what about skippy? at this time, according to the fda, there is no indication that any national name brand jars of peanut butter sold in retail stores are linked to the pca recall. still i'd be wary at least until the fda identifies more data and reports to the public. the fda notes that it will be able to release a report sometime next week.

so avoid anything with peanut butter in it at least for now. and if you have products in your cupboard that have been purchased since september, just do the prudent thing and throw them out.
the fda page warns only of recalls of parnell's pride, peanut corp. of america, and george w. bush king nut.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

skippy's wednesday nite music club

usher, shakira & (of course) stevie wonder - higher ground

from yesterday's inaugural concert
posted by skippy at 11:59 PM | 1 comments

say hello

to the liberal life of a navy wife.
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life is like a stupid movie

we can't recommend the curious case of benjamin button. tho the acting is uniformly good and it's overall a beautiful picture to look at, about halfway thru one begins to realize that it's pretty darn pointless.

or, as funny or die says it better:

The Curious Case of Forrest Gump - watch more funny videos
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say hello

to mo rage.
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irony is alive and well...

and karma is as much of a bitch as ever, too.

there's this google map with a slew of red arrows pointing to the addresses of people who supported proposition 8 in california floating around the internets. and a lot of these people don't like it one bit:

..."some gay activists have organized web sites to actively encourage people to go after supporters of proposition 8," said frank schubert, the campaign manager for protect marriage, the leading group behind the proposition. "and giving these people a map to your home or office leaves supporters of proposition 8 feeling especially vulnerable. really, it is chilling."

so chilling, apparently, that supporters have filed suit in federal district court in sacramento seeking a preliminary injunction of a state law that requires donors of $100 or more to disclose their names, addresses, occupations and other personal information. in particular, the suit seeks to stop the final filing for the 2008 election, which is due jan. 31. that filing includes donations made in the closing days of the campaign, when the proposition surged to victory...

i personally condemn the intimidation of those who supported prop 8 where they live. there's zero justification for any of that. all the same, i don't feel one damn bit sorry for them. they asked for this...


the election law in question, the political reform act of 1974, was approved by california voters as proposition 9, and gay rights advocates say there is rich irony in supporters of proposition 8 opposing the earlier ballot measure.

"they believe in the will of the people if it's in tune with what they believe," said jennifer c. pizer, marriage project director with lambda legal, the gay rights legal organization, in los angeles...

and now they're getting exactly what they asked for.

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posted by Jim Yeager at 6:07 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

skippy's inaugural nite music club

plenty of music in dc tonite:

barack and michelle will make their first stop this evening at the neighborhood ball, where the lineup includes mariah carey, jay-z, beyonce, alicia keys, will.i.am, stevie wonder, faith hill, shakira, and mary j. blige. the equality ball at the mayflower hotel will feature entertainment by cyndi lauper, melissa etheridge and rufus wainwright. lou gossett jr. will serve as host at the purple ball, where performances by il divo and peter cincotti will entertain the likes of tim robbins and susan sarandon, john cusack, ed harris, ashley judd, patricia arquette, brendan fraser, and josh lucas.

but in a reminder that the recession is having an impact on just about everything these days, the people's ball at the grand hyatt slashed prices over the weekend, and both the veterans ball at the st. regis and the american music ball at the marriott wardman park hotel were cancelled altogether. no need to worry about the performers scheduled for the latter: george clinton, ben vereen, and peter paul & mary (minus mary) are expected to put in appearances at the heroes ball instead.
and in honor of president obama and his parties tonite:

ac/dc - big balls
posted by skippy at 11:59 PM | 1 comments

drinking inaugurally

we have just returned from the monthly drinking liberally gathering which is held in santa monica. of course, this particular meeting was more joyful and celebratory than most.

and we must report that there seemed to be four or five times more people there than usual. this month drinking liberally was joined by moveon.org and dfa in advertising this meeting to gather the crowd.

and boy, were those people happy! tvs all over the bar were tuned to various inaugural balls as democrats and liberals partied hearty to enjoy their victory.

and yes, this is a victory. it was a long time comin' (eight years, to be exact) and we deserve to savor it.

as one speaker, tad, said tonite, it was very apropos that the party was held on the corner of lincoln and grant, for it was abraham lincoln and ulysses s. grant that were probably most responsible for the abolition of slavery, which eventually led to today's wonderful event.

but speaking of wonderful events, and we hope we aren't telling tales out of school, our wonderful co-hosts for these gatherings, the beautiful mary and the lovely d-day, announced their engagement @ tonite's party. congrats, kids! marriage is a wonderful institution, if you find the right person to get institutionalized with.
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don't let the door hit your ass on the way out


the end of an error
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fire it up

from rx of the party party

barack obama - fire it up
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thumbs up mr. president!

Originally uploaded by ☞ John McNab

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Monday, January 19, 2009

skippy's monday nite music club

we saw these guys on snl last weekend...

fleet foxes - mykonos

to us, they sound like 'hippie, stills, nash & young.
posted by skippy at 11:59 PM | 1 comments

a day in the life

our good friend robert morgan fisher forwards this to us...


sgt. barry's hopey hearts club band, from vanity fair
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you know if it was shown on showtime, alice pieszecki would be behind the reverend flashing her boobies

hbo, while broadcasting the pre-inaugurations festivities from dc yesterday, failed to include openly gay bishop gene robinson's prayer @ the lincoln memorial. tho hbo sez it wasn't to blame, still pam's house blend can count the grains of salt in the wound:

i thought i'd run some reactions from the blogosphere...

lisa derrick of la figa:

i got off of the plane from la to dc, rushed to my friend's house, ordered chinese take out, tuned to hbo--and wtf?! they edited out bishop robinson! no bishop robinson?! why? we can speculate, they can prevaricate, but they did this, and it sucks, and if this is act symbolizes the opening of obama's administration, as handled by corporate media, america, we are fucked.
jim burroway, box turtle bulletin:

[b]y pointing out that rev. robinson's invocation would come at the start of the hbo-aired live concert in front of one of america's best-loved memorials, this high-profile announcement was portrayed as a separate-but-almost-equal bookend to warren's invocation at the capital steps.

well, except it turned out not to be nearly so equal. in yet another deep insult to injury, hbo did not air rev. robinson's invocation. the salve to the gay community meant to calm the outrage over warren's selection was for naught.
mike tidmus:

could it be that the american media has finally decided these public events should be 100% secular? don't count on it, friends, because you know as well as i do that pop-pastor rick warren will be front and center and at full volume to kick off president-elect obama's formal inauguration on tuesday.
dan savage::

when you're throwing folks a bone it's a good idea to make sure they can, you know, see the bone.
more at: joe.my.god, good as you, queerty and many more.
pam also has a youtube of the rev. robinson's prayer, courtesy of christianity today.
posted by skippy at 10:47 AM | 2 comments


Tomorrow George W. Bush will cease to be President of the United States. It seems almost like a miracle that the worst president of my lifetime and possibly of all time will finally be gone. I cannot express what an enormous sense of relief and hope I am feeling right now, but I expect a lot of people are feeling it too, so there is less a need to express it precisely than to share it.

Tomorrow, when my wife gets home from work and before we go to one of our weekly poker games, I'll pull the cork on the '85 porto I brought back from Portugal in 2003 and we'll drink a toast to the end of the horrible nightmare of George Bush and his co-conspirators, thieves, liars, and murderers all. I look forward to an Obama administration. It can't be any worse than the hell we all just went through.

Tomorrow George W. Bush will cease to be President of the United States. Wow. I love that sentence.
posted by DBK at 8:03 AM | 4 comments

Sunday, January 18, 2009

skippy's sunday nite music club

buddy guy & carlos santana - drinkin' tnt n' smokin' dynamite
posted by skippy at 11:59 PM | 3 comments

scheudenfrade is sweet

we remember how depressed we were when awol was declared the winner in 2000, and again in 2004.

and, god forgive us, we are beside ourselves w/glee in the knowledge that all the hardly-ever-right wingers will be doubly depressed on tuesday.

molly ivors discusses such winger's depression over @ whiskey fire:

so the youngster has spent the last two and a half months eating applesauce and whimpering, by his own admission. he is crushed because he's never lost anything before, because obama turned out to be the real deal, because the inauguration is being (gasp!) covered on tv, because most people are ecstatic, because he and his wingnut friends will have to find real jobs.

i especially like his tacit admission that, had mccain been elected, he would have "obsequiously concur[red]" in everything that came from the white house. instead, he gets to "respectfully disagree," presumably by boogeying down his own bad self to "barack the magic negro" and implying that the new president has, i dunno, shady land deals or dead interns or industry connections or some damn thing.

but at least cupp'll always have the fox news building. "(which, by the way, is the only refuge new york republicans have. walking into fox is like slipping into a warm bath.)" you know, scientologists say the same thing about the celebrity centre in la.

look, kid. american turned away from your way overwhelmingly, and for very good reasons. stupid wars, torture, a destroyed economy, gajillions of dollars just gone missing, outed cia agents, dead americans, dead iraqis... i could go on like this for days, but you get the point. maybe instead of sobbing into your beer you should think a bit about why people are so happy, so optimistic, so ready to roll up their sleeves and bust ass to save our nation and world.

and here's a hint: it doesn't have one goddamn thing to do with you, twatwaffle.
and we must needs stress that the only reason we are feeling so good about others feeling so bad, is because those self-same others, for the last 8 years, have made a point of telling the world how stupid liberals were and how perfect their political agenda was.

so, basically, we are saying: suck on it, wingers. you lose.
posted by skippy at 8:03 PM | 0 comments