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I will never understand conservatives’ singular obsession with Michele Obama’s efforts to fight back against childhood obesity.  Imagine if Laura Bush were the one make a friendly suggestion to choose an apple instead of apple pie?

Well, Ted Cruz is here to assure the middle school demo that he’s gonna make us eat up all them fatty foods.

Let me say something to the school-aged kids here. When Heidi’s first lady, French fries are coming back to the cafeteria.


Here’s something for a somewhat gloomy day (damn you, Powerball). It’s a sad story, but the music will haunt you.  Read the whole article, it’s fascinating.

Dan Dzula first heard Connie Converse’s music on NPR in 2004. It was an amateur recording, taken in someone’s kitchen, but he felt an intense emotional connection to the woman behind the song. It was unlike anything he’d ever experienced before. 

“I had a very instant read on it,” Dzula remembers. “Her music was so wonderful to me that it just seemed obvious a record would come out soon.”

At the time, Converse was what the music industry calls “undiscovered talent.” She had never released an album, never signed to a label, never even really performed in public. Dzula, a music producer and recording artist making his living in advertising, was sure a record label would snatch her up in no time. When time passed and no album came out, Dzula realized hecould produce her.

There was just one problem: nobody knew where Connie Converse was.

And nobody had for a long, long time. One day, she had just packed her life into a Volkswagen bug, sent goodbye letters to her friends and family, and was never heard from again. That was in 1974. She had recorded the tape Dzula heard back in the 1950s.


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Hmm, sounds Muslimish – bomb it!

via Balloon Juice


Just sayin‘ :

Hampton Creek CEO Josh Tetrick told Quartz that the … word “just” in the “Just Mayo” name is intended to mean “guided by reason, justice, and fairness,” not as “simply” or “only.”


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nzgnu7-benson.fearCivil society in this country has gone nuts:

Schools in Augusta County Virginia will be closed on Friday after a calligraphy lesson prompted a disturbing anti-Muslim backlash.

The controversy started when a lesson in World Geography class asked students to try to copy an example of Arabic calligraphy. The phrase was a statement of Islamic faith but the students were “not asked to translate the statement or to recite it.” Rather, the purpose of the exercise was to give students an “idea of the artistic complexity of calligraphy.”

The class covered a variety of religions including Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism.

Some students refused to complete the assignments and several parents protested at a meeting earlier this week. Kimberly Herndon, the parent who organized the protest, called the lesson “indoctrination.”

“She gave up the Lord’s time. She gave it up and gave it to Mohammed,” Herndon said.

Other parents called for the teacher, Cheryl LaPorte, to be fired

The attention resulted in “voluminous phone calls and electronic mail locally and from outside the area” to the school district. A statement from Augusta County Public Schools said the decision to close the schools was based on the “tone and content” of the communications “based on the recommendations of law enforcement.”

So, in response to a simple calligraphy class, we get what were probably threats of domestic terrorism against the school?

Tell me again who are the extremists?  It’s hard to keep track these days.


I can generally understand why the media has to report it when Trump calls for crazy things like “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” or says things like “the truth is that men are tired of liberty.” (Oops, that last one was someone else.)

But really, newspeople?  

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I have a pretty typical party-line view of most vehicles for female objectification in pop culture.  I.e., I think it’s shameful how women are held to ridiculous standards of beauty.  However, I sometimes come across a feminist critique of something or other that makes me wonder whether any praise for female beauty is objectionable because we’re not appreciating someone in the same breath for other laudable qualities.  Check out this article.  Am I off-base in being puzzled?

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