Noted by Some Guy from Seattle
…and it occurs to me, all of a sudden, that what I’m holding is a great big basket of carbs. Except for a can of Spam and a half-dozen eggs. But by then, there is somebody behind me in line and I don’t want to go back and buy broccoli because I would lose my place. Partly. Not partly lose my place, I mean.
So I get a chocolate bar from the chocolate-line rack instead.
We are running out of chocolate and so we need to eat as much as possible while we still can.
"It has been instructive during the last six years to watch President Obama and most Democrats evolve from Executive power critics to Executive power apologists, just as it has been instructive to watch many Republicans evolve from Executive power apologists (or quiet fence-sitters) to Executive power critics. It has also been instructive to watch President Obama’s transformation, in less than three weeks, from an irrelevant lame duck to an overbearing threat to our constitutional order."
"In the end, the family member who often suffers most in a divorce is the dog, say several experts."
"All you’ve got to do is attach a tablet to the free-standing iCPooch, which is a rectangular box with a dispenser. Not only does it let you and your pet get some FaceTime, but the app even lets people control when their pup or kitty gets a treat."
"The earlier plan would have only allowed attacks on Taliban if they threatened US forces or gave direct support to al Qaeda."
"The Wayne Township Fire Department snapped pictures and videos as the squealing piglets were rescued and ferried to safety along an assembly line. The porkers were taken to the Indiana State Fairgrounds to spend the night before continuing their journey."
"The question is: Why is Congress taking up a weaker case by arguing that President Obama is unrestrained by law in the domestic context while ignoring the real problem of presidential overreach in the realm of national security? Congress ought to insist on its constitutional role in the area of national security, beginning by voting up or down on legislation to authorize military action against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)."
"The worldwide combined average land and water temperature for October clocked in at 58.43 degrees Fahrenheit—the warmest recorded October since record-keeping started in 1880. "
"Nearly half of Americans do not support President Barack Obama’s plan to take executive action on immigration, a new poll finds."
“Nearly half” is the new standard now? We need to go back and revise the pipeline vote. the NSA vote, the…hey, that probably reverses some of those elections the R’s recently “won,” too.
"The White House is exasperated with the major broadcast networks – ABC, CBS and NBC -- for skipping out on President Barack Obama’s Thursday primetime address on his executive actions on immigration."
"And this is before he does anything. This is pre-emptive high-sterics, the warm-up pitches, as it were. The really unmoored rhetoric is just now being uncrated and dusted off, as the Republicans once again try to conjure up a Watergate of their very own. (They've been mad for one for over 40 years.)"
It’s going to be written about endlessly for weeks, maybe months. No escape.
"So I watched in barely concealed glee on Tuesday evening as the Mary Landrieu Preservation Act of 2014 sank to the bottom of the oily muck in which it belongs. Give ol' Dead Career Walking her due, though. She went down in a towering blaze of pure bullshit. She cited the '40,000 jobs,' which, once again, is accurate only if you count temporary workers and itinerant strippers."
"(Reuters) - President Barack Obama might be open to using the Keystone pipeline as leverage with Republicans if they cooperate on other aspects of his long-stalled domestic agenda, such as investing in infrastructure, closing tax loopholes or reducing carbon emissions."
We give up. We have no position on this particular pipeline but how authorizing its construction is compatible with reducing carbon emissions escapes us.
Also, we find it somewhat amusing a theater in England devoted to reproducing an authentic Shakespearean experience is now selling (or renting) videos of its productions that can be purchased (and streamed) online. That said, if they will except money instead of pounds (pounds of what?) we might try one or two ourselves. Those Brits do know how to do the Bard.
"In Newark, New Jersey, a hospital dealing with a space-crunch and staff anxiety moved its Ebola operation out of its main building and into a mobile medical shelter ordinarily used during natural disasters. In Dallas, Texas, three hospital systems pooled resources to create a treatment center in a defunct intensive care unit sitting empty since the spring. In Kansas, a hospital hastily built walls and hung plastic sheeting to create an isolation suite. A New York City hospital put together one unit, decided it wasn't optimal, and is finishing work on a replacement."
"The use of lasers in military settings is the subject of a specific treaty, namely the Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons, to which the US has been a signatory since 2009.…[but] it appears that while blinding someone is a no-go, setting someone on fire might be okay."
"Speaking to hundreds of information technology professionals, security expert Reg Harnish did not once mention ‘malware.’ Nor did he delve headlong into the complexities of firewall protections. Not one of his eight pieces of advice had anything to do with technology."
"To help make the science more accessible to the public, Micropia assembled a 'Kiss-o-Meter' - a machine and multimedia display that records people kissing. Depending on how long the couples kiss on camera, the display rates the affectionate act from an average 80 million bacteria-and-above exchange as a 'steamy kiss,' down to quick smooch registering only about 1,000 bacteria transferred as 'prude.'"
"The GOP-led House voted on Friday to approve the Alberta-to-Nebraska pipeline — but Cyril Scott, president of the Rosebud Sioux tribe in South Dakota vowed to block it.
“"Scott has threatened to close Rosebud's borders if any attempt to build the pipeline is made."
Like today. Yesterday, I woke up with quite a substantial list of things to do and managed to avoid all of them. Every one. I figure today would be a perfect day to celebrate. Declare a holiday. There was a a holiday last week but it came on a Tuesday. What’s the point of Tuesday holidays unless you take Monday off too? I didn’t take last Monday off, but I could take off today.
Plus, it’s raining. Who could do anything on such a rainy day? What do you want, wet feet? It’s barely above freezing out there. I’m staying here.
"President Obama once declared that an influx of illegal immigrants will harm ‘the wages of blue-collar Americans’ and ‘put strains on an already overburdened safety net.’"
"The newspaper reported that Wehby, who like most Republican candidates campaigned against Obamacare, called Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and inquired about the unfilled position of director of the Oregon Health Authority."
"BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — President Barack Obama reiterated his desire not to send U.S. combat troops to fight Islamic State fighters, but said there are always circumstances where the U.S. might need to deploy ground troops."
Ballet slippers on the ground. See? No boots.
"Already, we are in the midst of what could be the longest streak of consecutive chocolate deficits in more than 50 years."
"He pledged that he and his fellow Republicans would combat the White House 'in any way that we can' in the next Congress and signaled that a primary weapon will be using spending bills to limit funding of the Environmental Protection Agency, which wants to reduce carbon emissions."
"Since last week, many Republicans have been feeling singularly nostalgic for November 1928, and with good reason. It’s the last time that the party won such commanding majorities in the House of Representatives while also dominating the Senate. And, let’s face it, 1928 was a good time."