"A recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control that ranked 47 'powerhouse fruits and vegetables,' kale placed only 15th (with 49.07 points out of 100 for nutrient density)!"
"Let me say this as clearly as possible. Dick Cheney should be forced to stand trial for war crimes. His recent comments have made that point crystal clear. Anybody who can easily dismiss the torture and murder of a human being is an unrepentant sociopath."
"According to Honolulu magazine, the bill for two can approach $1,000. "
"Most schools that play football would save millions of dollars if they stopped playing football. But they aren’t the ones playing on national TV week after week. They aren’t Michigan, where paying Jim Harbaugh $40 million may sound obscene but, in fact, is a very sound investment."
"'We've talked a lot about this flick over the past week, and we simply did not understand why it gives foreigners laughs.'"
"For example, at Luxe Burger Bar in Providence, R.I., Richard Cordeiro’s ‘The Portugese’ was this year’s BYOB Contest. The build: Gold Label beef, fried egg, chorizo links, sliced fried potatoes, creamy goat cheese, caramelized onions and roasted peppers on a sesame bun."
"‘Call it ‘East East Toledo,’ ' he said. ‘Call it anything but ‘Oregon.’ ’"
"But health experts caution against panic. Reaching the ‘epidemic’ threshold isn’t actually that unusual, and it’s too early yet to predict how bad the entire influenza season will be, CDC health communications specialist Erin Burns tells the Post."
But why is DC the only place on the map marked “insufficient data”? Congress can’t even figure out who’s got the flu?
"Anything can happen."
"He's facing lewd or lascivious charges, according to the Bradenton Herald.
"He was also charged with theft because the store couldn't sell the dog beds after that, according to the station."
"‘Massachusetts as a commonwealth has a basic commitment to civic virtues, to decency. These are deep, deep, deep in our soil,’ says the Rev. Nancy Taylor, senior minister at Boston’s historic Old South Church, which stands next to the marathon’s finish line. ‘The death penalty kind of defiles the best of what it is to be virtuous in a civic sense. It kind of starts to wreck the equation.’"
"In this case, OCR clearly states that the ‘previous and current sexual harassment policies and procedures used by the Law School do not, as written and as applied in the two sexual assault cases examined by OCR, comply with Title IX’s requirements.’"
…your odds, Bunky, are probably not too good.
"It's the third straight game in which the Buckeyes are projected as underdogs. Ohio State was an underdog to Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game and to No. 1 Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Buckeyes blew out the Badgers and then upset the Crimson Tide 42-35 on Thursday behind third-string quarterback Cardale Jones."
I’d be a little reluctant to bet against Ohio State myself, but it was a lot of fun watching Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
…I’ve never figured out why more people don’t get hurt by “celebratory gunfire.”
"Tampa Bay area police have reported other injuries in recent years, including a man who was struck in the nose on Fourth of July in 2012 while he was watching fireworks in Safety Harbor [sic]."
"'She was not the least bit irresponsible,’ [Father-in-Law] Terry Rutledge said in a brief interview with The Associated Press."
“…previous messages posted by the hackers suggest that the anonymous media organization is in fact CNN…"
Will hackers make watching Wolf Blitzer your patriotic duty next? The year may be ending but the excitement goes on.
…when “woman drivers are terrorists” would have been the punchline for a joke.
"Two Saudi women, who have been detained for nearly a month after defying a ban on female drivers, were referred on Thursday to a court established to try terrorism cases, according to the BBC. "
But not now. Of course. Stop! DON’T THROW THAT.
"Fully 70 percent of Americans lacked faith in the federal government at the outset of the year, according to an Associated Press poll, yet over 50 percent felt at least 'moderately confident' in their local officials."
"A man hired a crane to lift him up to his girlfriend’s bedroom window so he could propose to her in the central Dutch town of IJsselstein. But the crane fell over and destroyed the house. She said ‘yes’ anyway."
"The longstanding fast food chain claims that each burger will be ‘chock full of lots of vegetables like carrots, zucchini, peas, spinach, broccoli, and more.’"
"These (roughly) $2,500 ceremonies are supposedly about encouraging ‘positive feelings’ on the part of the single brides. It seems more like a makeover though, because there’s an option of renting a ‘decorative’ man, aged between 20 and 70 to pose alongside you if you so wish."
"BRASSTOWN, N.C. — For most of the past 20 years, a live animal has been used in a small North Carolina town's annual New Year's Eve Possum Drop. But this year, following challenges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the organizer says he'll no longer use a live opossum — instead, it'll be a road-kill opossum or perhaps a pot of opossum stew."
"Norse’s research directly contradicts claims made by the FBI and President Obama, who have maintained the attack was carried out by the authoritarian regime."
A Christmas Story, the 1983 version (accept no substitutes), is on our official blog movie list. Not one kiss in the whole thing.
Miracle on 34th Street, 1947 (see above, and beware the 1994 remake), includes a kiss, but it’s right at the end. You can avoid it if you turn the movie off when the little girl runs into the house (you’ll know when it happens). And anyway, the story’s over by then. So, carefully watched, it’s OK.
And Happy New Year.
"Unable to overcome a rash of injuries in both seasons and overseeing a regression in quarterback Jay Cutler after he was signed to a seven-year, $127 million contract in January, Trestman becomes the first Bears coach to be fired after fewer than three seasons since the end of the George Halas era."
"‘I plan to ride the train whenever I come home,’ said Ashley Tetreault, 29, of Queens, N.Y."
"Tuesday night will see lows in the teens. Winds will be gusty Monday night, Tuesday and Tuesday night making wind chills near or below zero degrees, the service reported."
It’s going to be cold here, too. Maybe it’s Oklahoma’s fault.
"‘It’s an oxymoron to have a ‘family vacation’ with two teenagers,’ said Madeline Levine, a psychologist and author of ‘The Price of Privilege.’"
"The inaugural nail drop joins a host of creative New Year's Eve traditions in neighboring towns, such as the dropping of a giant wrench in Mechanicsburg and a huge pickle in Dillsburg."
"‘Now you've got Republicans in a position where it's not enough for them simply to grind the wheels of Congress to a halt and then blame me,' he said."
Guess that’ll show ‘em.
(And other fairly weird stuff.)
And if it doesn't, the top (which is metal) might work as an emergency barbecue grill.
"Some locals backed the move to 'restore public order', but a former French lawmaker, Guillame Garot, said 'this is not France' and one twitter user quipped that next year the fences will be electrified."
We go through this cycle about once every five years:
1) Somebody decides there should be benches on Main Street.
2) Benches get installed.
3) People complain about who’s sitting on the benches.
4) The benches get un-installed.
I’ve never figured out if they save the benches to use in the next cycle, but there’s a significant amount of labor cost nonetheless. These cages sound like a good, economical idea.
Currently, there are no benches on Main Street. I read the other day about a new plan to install some.