Archive for February 14, 2012
What’s with countries who don’t do what we want, dammit:
Hat tip to dogs everywhere.
Woohoo! A Trader Joe’s is coming to Boulder, Colorado.
Trader Joe’s will open its first Colorado store at Boulder’s Twenty Ninth Street in 2013, officials with the California-based grocer announced today.
The 14,000-square-foot store will be built at 1906 28th St., where Applebee’s currently operates. The store is expected to open some time in 2013, officials said.
It is not clear when the Applebee’s will close, or whether it will relocate.
According to a news release, the new Boulder Trader Joe’s store “will feature a festive décor that mixes traditional Trader Joe’s elements such as cedar covered walls and Hawaiian motifs, combined with a local flair that includes art celebrating the neighborhood.”
And we think the traffic on 28th Street is bad now… Just wait.
Oh, and good-bye to Applebee’s. I don’t think I’ve ever had such awful food. A “French dip” I tried to eat there consisted of slices of grayish gristle in a dough bun accompanied by
au jus a bowl of grease. Ugh. Just thinking about it makes me sick.
Ah yes, the brainwashing begins:
The Iranian Threat to New York City? How long before we start hearing about mushroom clouds?
Debbie Stabenow’s taken her biggest lead yet in 4 polls of the Michigan Senate race PPP has conducted dating back to December of 2010. She now leads Pete Hoekstra by 14 points, 51-37, and has an even wider 17 point advantage over Clark Durant at 50-33. In 3 previous polls Stabenow led Hoekstra by an average of just 7 points and on the most recent one, in July, her lead was 9.
What’s interesting is that Stabenow’s approval numbers have barely budged at all over the last 6 months.
Hoekstra appears to have been damaged by his controversial Super Bowl ad. 54% of voters in the state were familiar with it, and within that group 45% said it made them less likely to vote for him compared to only 16% who considered it a positive and 37% who said it didn’t make a difference to them either way. Independents said they were turned off by it and he’s gone from leading with them by 6 points in July to now trailing by 4 points.
Here’s Hoekstra’s ad:
So, yo, pundits, attack ads don’t “always” work.
Good job voters.
Starting in August, women in the U.S. will get free birth control from their health insurance.
The exceptions are women who work for a religious organization–such as the Catholic Church–allowed to opt out of mandatory coverage.
Many people are aware President Obama last Friday had to backtrack some–and broaden the new coverage regulation in order to allow other kinds of religious employers–such as a hospital or non-profit–to not provide the coverage. In the compromise, those women workers still get the free coverage–directly through their health insurance carriers.
That compromise was good enough for many Catholic organizations–not the Catholic bishops–and now, not good enough for a handful of Senators who want to ban the coverage for any kind of religious employer and–taking it MUCH FURTHER–allow any employer not to cover contraception if it violates the employer’s moral or religious beliefs.
How about letting a woman decide if she wants to use birth control?
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. — much mentioned as a possible GOP vice presidential candidate and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., have an amendment that would allow any employer to deny birth control coverage if it runs counter to their religious or moral beliefs.
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., has an amendment–tacked on to the Transportation Bill, for heaven’s sake– to let health insurers have the right to ban coverage on conscience grounds.
Yeah guys, doooo iiiiiit.
I mean seriously. It’s 2012. Do Republicans really think this is a winning issue? Really?
For a party that claims (emphasis on claims) to be obsessed about perfection when it comes to all things voting, Republicans really know how to screw up ah, voting:
Pressure Mounting for GOP Caucus Reconsideration
Pressure is on the Maine Republican Party to reconsider its weekend declaration that Mitt Romney won the state’s caucuses.
The Maine GOP announced Saturday that Romney narrowly edged Ron Paul, 39 percent to 36 percent, in a nonbinding presidential preference poll taken during the caucuses. The margin was fewer than 200 votes.
A number of communities were not included in that poll because they had not held their caucuses in time. Washington County Republicans postponed their caucuses, originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11, because of a pending snowstorm and will now meet this Saturday. Other communities across the states also have caucuses scheduled for this weekend and later this month.
All along, state GOP officials said communities knew that their votes would not be included in the final results if they did not hold their caucus by Feb. 11.
However, a review of the town-by-town results released Saturday by the Maine GOP suggests that some communities that had caucused prior to Feb. 11 were not counted. Nearly all Waldo County towns held caucuses on Feb. 4 but those towns were blank in the results released by the state party. Additionally, Waterville held its caucuses ahead of time but were not included in the results.
Over the last few days I’ve read some tweets and seen some headlines speculating that the Maine GOP essentially rearranged the deck chairs so that Romney would “win.” Given the info above, maybe they did.