Archive for February 21, 2011
But, who am I to say? It’s the “Political Event of the Year!”
The “VIP Level” ticket (below) cost $2,012.00. The “Patron Level” (nice way to put it) cost $212.00.
With prices like that, you mean to tell me this is “grassroots” stuff?
ActBlue as raised $132,000 (as of 2-21 @8:52 p.m. ET) for Wisconsin Democrats in the last three days:
America — listen to this, and I mean LISTEN:
(P.S. Remember when wingers cried and cried about not having enough time to read bills?)
This would be Rush Limbaugh talking about Michelle Obama today: Dare I Say This: It Doesn’t Look Like Michelle Obama Follows Her Own Nutritionary, Dietary Advice.”
(“Nutritionary?” Is that a real word?)
Far as I know, this is the last live video anyone has captured of Rush Limbaugh. Talk about nutritionary, check out his fat sweaty self:
Chicago goes to the polls tomorrow to elect a new mayor. With that in mind, here’s the tweet of the day from DownWithTyranny:
It’s going to get a whole lot worse around here before it gets better.
This is crazy: Santa Barbara County, California exports 99% of what it grows and it imports 95% of the fruits and vegetables it consumes:
If ever there was a group of Americans that should be able to eat locally with neither effort nor sacrifice, it’s the 425,000 residents of Santa Barbara County, about 90 miles north of Los Angeles. Santa Barbara County grows commercial quantities of more than 50 vegetables, everything from artichokes to zucchini. Apples, peaches, oranges, lemons, and melons are among the more than 25 varieties of fruits raised there. There’s beef, pork, and chicken. All of which can be washed down with a terrific bottle of local pinot or chardonnay.
Given this abundance and a year-round mild climate, it didn’t surprise me to learn from David Cleveland, a professor at the University of California Santa Barbara who gave a presentation at the institute, that Santa Barbara ranks among the top 1 percent of American counties for agricultural production, with annual sales of $1.2 billion. Nor did it surprise me that 99 percent of what is grown in Santa Barbara is exported: a box of Santa Barbara mandarins currently sits on the counter of my Vermont kitchen.
But then Cleveland dropped a statistical bombshell: In this land of plenty, overflowing with all manner of great local food, fully 95 percent of the fruits and vegetables consumed in the county are shipped in from elsewhere. “Picture two produce-laden tractor-trailers passing on the highway,” he said. “One bringing food into the county; the other hauling it out.”
This illogical and wasteful system is in part responsible for a couple of other counter-intuitive statistics that Cleveland presented. Nearly 40 percent of households in the county are “food insecure,” meaning that people have trouble affording food. Even with all those healthful fresh fruits and vegetables growing beside its roads, Santa Barbara’s obesity rate is in the top 20 percent of California counties. About 8 percent of children there are overweight and 53 percent of adults.
We have so much work to do to get things right around here.
Let’s see. The RAND Corporation is part of the ruling class (to say the least) and it has hundreds of friends in high places. RAND Corporation executives probably hobnob with the Koch brothers so chances are good the Tea Party masterminds won’t send a memo out to their minions telling them to have a fit about this ridiculous, wasteful spending: RAND Received $7.4 Million Congressional Grant to Study Military Chiropractic Care.
Is the effectiveness of chiropractic care still in doubt? I thought we’d moved beyond that.