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Kool-Aid – Loaded With Salt

I bought a Rubbermaid container  today that I’m going to use for frozen juice, iced tea and the like.  When I got home I noticed that there were two packets of Kool-Aid inside.  I haven’t seen a packet of Kool-Aid in years so I thought I’d check out the ingredients.  I thought I’d see a ton of sugar, but no.  The first ingredient was Citric Acid, the second was Maltodextrin (a faux sweetener like Sweet’N Low) and the third was salt.  SALT!?

This is a photo of the back of the packet:

Corporate food producers use two tactics to make food palatable.  One is to add sugar.  One is to add salt.  Looks like Kool-Aid does both.

Ugh.  What a nutritionally useless (and potentially harmful) drink.


June 25, 2012 at 7:54 PM 2 comments

Conservative Appointees Destroying the Supreme Court

Here’s a short post you’ve got to read:  5 Signs of a Radical Change in U.S. Politics.  This is the conclusion:

Underscoring the point, a Bloomberg poll of 21 constitutional scholars found that 19 of them believe the individual mandate is constitutional, but only eight said they expected the Supreme Court to rule that way. The headline nicely conveys the reality of the current Court: “Obama Health Law Seen Valid, Scholars Expect Rejection.”

How would you characterize a legal system that knowledgeable observers assume will not follow the law and instead will advance a particular party-faction agenda? That’s how we used to talk about the Chinese courts when I was living there. Now it’s how law professors are describing the Supreme Court of the John Roberts era.

When the Supreme Court of the United States doesn’t rule according to legal precedent but according to the political positions of the individual justices, we’re in a world of trouble.

June 25, 2012 at 6:19 PM 1 comment

Fox Propagandizes, Even in Its Chyrons

Check out this photo of screenshots of MSNBC, CNN and Fox immediately after the Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona’s immigration law was announced today.  As you probably know, SCOTUS struck down three of the four main provisions in that law, hardly a win for Arizona.  But, as always, Fox is forever trying to save face on behalf of conservatives:


Fact is, the Supreme Court upheld a part, not parts, plural, of the Arizona law.

This is yet another example of how watching Fox will actually make you dumber than if you didn’t watch any news at all.

June 25, 2012 at 5:10 PM 1 comment

Darling Animal Photo of the Day

Not only is this about a darling baby rhino, but it’s about good news too:

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A rare Sumatran rhino has given birth at an Indonesian sanctuary, encouraging researchers concerned for the species’ survival, officials said.

A baby male rhino was born to Ratu, a 12-year-old Sumatran rhino living at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park, the International Rhino Foundation reported Monday.

With fewer than 200 Sumatran rhinos living in Indonesia and Malaysia, it is one of the world’s most endangered species. Their survival is threatened by loss of its tropical forest habitat and hunting pressure from poachers, who kill rhinos for their valuable horns, conservationists said.

“We are overjoyed that Ratu delivered a healthy calf and are cautiously optimistic that the calf will continue to thrive,” Susie Ellis, the foundation’s executive director, said.

Here’s a video of the little guy playing in water.   So cute!  Listen to his little squeaks.


Bravo!  Fingers crossed that everything goes well.


June 25, 2012 at 4:12 PM 1 comment

Georgia Sheriff Says KKK Outfit Was a “Halloween Costume”

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. —  Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison said he has no affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, despite old photos that surfaced showing him wearing a robe and hood.

He wore the costume to a Halloween party around 25 years ago, long before he took office.

“I don’t deny it wasn’t stupid, looking back now, but there again I say what 21- or 22-year-old in this world hasn’t made some stupid mistakes?” Garrison told Channel 2 investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer, who obtained the photos from a source who wished to remain anonymous.


Check out the photo:

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Someone put an awful lot of effort into putting these “costumes” together if indeed they were for Halloween, which I don’t believe for a minute.  I mean, it’s not like they’re sheets with a hole torn in them for the neck opening.  They have sleeves, what looks like a nice turned-in “hem” around the neck and those hoods. Those hoods weren’t slapped together either.

June 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM 3 comments

Breaking: A Republican Tells the Truth


This weekend, Pennsylvania Republican House Leader Mike Turzai (R-PA) finally admitted what so many have speculated: Voter identification efforts are meant to suppress Democratic votes in this year’s election.

At the Republican State Committee meeting, Turzai took the stage and let slip the truth about why Republicans are so insistent on voter identification efforts — it will win Romney the election, he said:

“We are focused on making sure that we meet our obligations that we’ve talked about for years,” said Turzai in a speech to committee members Saturday. He mentioned the law among a laundry list of accomplishments made by the GOP-run legislature.

“Pro-Second Amendment? The Castle Doctrine, it’s done. First pro-life legislation – abortion facility regulations – in 22 years, done. Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.”


So, Turzai has essentially come clean as to what these new “voter ID” laws are all about, i.e., rigging elections in favor of Republicans.  So patriotic.

June 25, 2012 at 2:28 PM Leave a comment

Bye-bye Democracy

The media is abuzz today about the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning much of Arizona’s immigration law.  I think the more important decision, which isn’t getting near the attention the AZ ruling is, is its decision regarding Montana prohibiting the implementation of Citizen’s United.

This is what Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) had to say about that:

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The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its disastrous 2010 ruling that lifted limits on corporate spending to influence elections. Justices reversed the Montana Supreme Court and struck down a state law. “The U.S. Supreme Court’s absurd 5-4 ruling two years ago in Citizens United was a major blow to American democratic traditions. Sadly, despite all of the evidence that Americans see every day, the court continues to believe that its decision makes sense,” Sanders said.

“In recent weeks, multi-billionaires such as the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson have made it clear that, as a result of the Citizens United decision, they intend to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to buy this election for candidates who support the super-wealthy. This is not democracy. This is plutocracy. And that is why we must overturn Citizens United if we are serious about maintaining the foundations of American democracy.

“I intend to work as hard as I can for a constitutional amendment to overturn this disastrous Supreme Court decision.

“In his famous speech at Gettysburg during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln talked about America as a country ‘of the people, by the people and for the people.’ Today, as a result of the Supreme Court’s refusal to reconsider its decision in Citizens United, we are rapidly moving toward a nation of the super-rich, by the super-rich and for the super-rich. That is not what America is supposed to be about. This Supreme Court decision must be overturned.”

Absolutely.  And, with this ruling, the SCOTUS signaled that they aren’t having any second thoughts about their original ruling two years ago which, in my opinion, will destroy what’s left of our democracy.


June 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM 1 comment

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