Daily Archives: January 11, 2007

Peggy Yvonne Middleton aka Yvonne De Carlo, 1922-2007, pseudo-Nubian thespian

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Yvonne De Carlo, 1922-2007

Yes, people, Yvonne De Carlo. Forget about the freakin Munsters, that was just three cheesy years of kitsch.

Yvonne De Carlo made her bones by being as close to a black actress as America could tolerate in the 40′s and 50′s. She appeared in The Ten Commandments and various other “desert” movies, wearing scanty tops and translucent pants.

It got pretty hot in the desert.

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Hemp shoes: giving new meaning to “drug runner”


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one of Saucony’s “vegan” shoes

That’s right: vegetarian shoes. No leather….like my old Converse All-stars, I guess…..

do they make ‘em for bowling?

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Bush re-nominates failed enviro-smashers

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Susan Dudley Do-Wrong

Good to know that our president puts so much stock in protecting us.

President Bush re-nominated a veritable rogues’ gallery of anti-environmental figures to key posts in federal agencies. These nominees have records so bad that they couldn’t pass muster with the last Congress.

Given the paucity of coverage on this in the mainstream media, perhaps it’s worth a moment to remind us just who these nominees are, and why they couldn’t get clearance even from last year’s Republican-controlled Senate.

Perhaps most notorious is Susan Dudley, nominated as head of the regulatory office of the White House Office of Management and Budget. This is one of the most obscure yet powerful jobs in Washington. The person in this position can, largely without public scrutiny, interfere with actions of agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, and become a conduit for industries seeking to avoid federal health, environmental and safety standards.

These industries couldn’t have picked a better champion than Dudley, a true anti-regulatory zealot. As director of regulatory studies at the industry-funded Mercatus Center, Dudley was like a wrecking ball out to smash key safeguards. She opposed, for example, EPA attempts to reduce smog, clean up gasoline and keep arsenic out of drinking water.

Bush is gonna recess-appoint these creeps, cause they aren’t gonna get confirmed. Again.

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Get a room, Condi, and a job. UPDATE: OUCH !

Last I looked, the Middle East, Korea, South America, and some other places could use your love a little more than these guys:

In comments overheard on an open microphone between morning television interviews, including one with Fox, the top U.S. diplomat said: “My Fox guys, I love every single one of them.”

But Rice told an aide that when she was next in Iraq she would like to do a “one-on-one” interview with CBS “The Early Show” anchor Harry Smith.

You might want to watch yer back….

Republicans in Congress who do not want to be quoted tell me that the State Department under Condoleezza Rice is a mess.


Hawaii Democratic Congressman Neil Abercrombie, the outspoken new Chairman of the powerful House Air-Land Subcommittee, has gone on the record with a highly personal attack on Bush’s Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Abercrombie referred to Rice as “the most overrated underperforming individual in executive authority that I have ever seen” in an interview published this week in the “Honolulu Star Bulletin.”


DUDE: All you
needed was a sap to pin it on, and
you’d just met me. You thought,
hey, a deadbeat, a loser, someone
the square community won’t give a
shit about.

Well? Aren’t you?

Well. . . yeah.

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John Hammond on tour, new album

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John Hammond and Dobro

If you like blues, you oughtta know this guy. Lay your money down, it’ll never be better spent. I haven’t heard the new album, Push Comes to Shove, but I gare-on-tee it. Some of the tour is multiact events.
1/7/2007 The Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield CT
1/23/2007 B.B. King’s Blues Club New York NY
1/26/2007 Regattabar Cambridge MA
1/27/2007 Newport Blues Cafe Newport RI
1/30/2007 Ramshead Annapolis MD
1/31/2007 The Barns of Wolf Trap Vienna VA
2/6/2007 Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Seattle WA
2/7/2007 Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Seattle WA
2/9/2007 Yakima Valley Museum Yakima WA
2/10/2007 Mississippi Studios Portland OR
2/11/2007 Eden Hall Gleneden Beach OR
2/17/2007 Ellington Fellowship Playhouse Lynchburg Va
2/18/2007 Mountain Stage Charleston WV
2/19/2007 B and O Station Youngstown OH
2/21/2007 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland OH
2/22/2007 The Ark Ann Arbor MI
2/23/2007 Canal Street Tavern Dayton OH
2/24/2007 Columbus Blues Alliance Worthington Oh
3/8/2007 Snail Pie Lounge Glenville PA
3/9/2007 Sellersville Theatre 1894 Sellersville PA
3/22/2007 The Bayou Mount Vernon NY
3/24/2007 Chocolate Church Arts Center Bath ME
3/29/2007 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis MN
3/30/2007 Shank Hall Milwaukee WI
3/31/2007 Schuba’s Chicago IL
4/7/2007 (Private Event) Memphis TN
4/27/2007 Merlefest Wilkesboro NC
4/28/2007 Merlefest Wilkesboro NC
6/30/2007 Blues From the Top Winter Park CO

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Chrysler: the guys you’d trust to build your car ?

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Chrysler Imperial

Sorry, but I don’t want to drive a car built by people whose idea of established science is reflected in this crap:

Chrysler’s chief economist Van Jolissaint has attacked European attitudes to global warming, describing climate change as “way, way in the future, with a high degree of uncertainty”.

He was particularly critical of the recent Stern Report on climate change, which was commissioned by the UK government and calls for urgent action to tackle the problem.

His words are in sharp contrast to the green image that the US car companies have been trying to promote at this year’s Detroit motor show.

Mr Jolissaint was speaking at a private breakfast where the chief economists of the “Big Three” US car firms presented their forecasts for auto industry sales this year.

Most of the audience – which was mainly made up of parts suppliers – seemed to nod in agreement with Mr Jolissaint.

Uncertain magnitude

Mr Jolissaint, a Chrysler veteran who was recently appointed the chief economist for the German-US DaimlerChrysler Group, said that since he started spending more time at the company’s corporate headquarters in Stuttgart he had been surprised by European attitudes towards global warming.

In response to a question from the floor, he said that global warming was a far-off risk whose magnitude was uncertain.

So, I guess this guy represents the “Detroit” attitude.

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Oops, killed the wrong Muslims again.

US military attack on a village in a sovereign nation belonging to the Arab League, kills only residents, not al-Qaeda.

NAIROBI, Kenya – None of the top three suspected terrorists in Somalia were killed in a U.S. airstrike this week, but Somalis with close ties to al-Qaida were slain, a senior U.S. official in the region said Thursday.

A day earlier, a Somali official had said a U.S. intelligence report had referred to the death of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed — one of the three senior al-Qaida members believed responsible for bombing U.S. embassies in East Africa.

But U.S. and Ethiopian troops in southern Somalia were still pursuing the three, the U.S. official said Thursday

Another neocon fantasy about saving the world, gone awry. Machine-gunning villages? Has the whole world gone crazy? Where is the outrage? Where is the UN?


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Why we call them wingnuts:

Here is a suitable example: Joshua Trevino, who gets paid by some people who must be even stranger than he, to sit in a building in San Francisco and conjure up rosecolored visions of failed European wars of empire, and try to sell them as solutions to the mess in Iraq, which was created by the same delusions. Anybody who cites the Boer War and Algeria is not in any way thinking about spreading freedom. Or success, for that matter. In fact, these are exactly the kind of wars that broke the empires of Britain and France. Just so you’ll be aware. You can read about em.

Now, having set the scene, you think about applying THESE ideas to the conflict in iraq:

In assessing manning needs for Iraq, one would do well to look to prior conflicts of similar nature. One might look to Algeria, where the Morice Line offers an instructive example of just how a hostile border can and should be sealed; and one might look especially to the Boer War, in which a fractious, semi-fanatical culture was slowly ground into submission by an occupying force — several years after the seeming success of the initial invasion. If it sounds familiar, it should: and so the means of victory there offer an instructive thought experiment for Iraq today.

Make no mistake: those means were cruel. I have stated previously that I endorse cruel things in war — to eschew them is folly. The British achieved victory over the Boers by taking their women and children away to concentration camps, by laying waste to the countryside, and by dotting the veld with small garrisons in blockhouses at regular intervals. The men who remained were hindered in their movements by the wire stretching from blockhouse to blockhouse (a phenomenon that the Morice Line experience has shown would be massively more effective now); they could either surrender or die. Absent women and children, the rules of engagement were lax. From implementation to victory took under 18 months. To accomplish this required over one-quarter million soldiers.

What is this guy smokin? Would you pay somebody to come up with stuff like this?
Is this your homework, Larry…I mean, Joshua?
I’m nominating Trevino for the 2007 Mrs. Jamtoss 5th Period Award.

(h/t to Atrios)

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Bush cites “outside expert” advice. Oh?

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“outside expert” found lurking in West Wing

Bush is not heeding the advice given by ANYONE. Not even the American Enterprise Institute. Not the generals. Not the Iraqi people. Not the American people. Not the Congress.

Who are these outside experts, Mr. Bush?

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Jay’s Cheesesteaks in San Francisco wins Veggie Award?

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Jay’s, winners of Proggy Award

According to the award statement (these are anti-animal cruelty folks):

San Franciscans looking for a hearty sandwich without any cruelty or cholesterol know to head to one of Jay’s Cheesesteak’s two locations. (Jay’s doesn’t have a Web site…) The fine folks at Jay’s offer a mouth-watering vegan version of a pepper steak sandwich, made with seitan instead of cow flesh. What’s seitan? Jay’s has anticipated your question and put a sign in its window explaining this delightful food (a savory meat replacement made of wheat protein—very healthy and very tasty!). Jay’s also offers a slew of other creative, delicious vegan sandwiches that are perfect for enjoying with a side of piping-hot garlic fries. With more and more local and national restaurants offering delicious vegetarian options, it’s a better time than ever to be an animal-friendly diner!

On the other hand, reviews from “meatgans” are “not so much….”

553 Divisadero, between Fell and Hayes, in Hayes Valley. Good luck.

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