Monday, September 25, 2006

Your Monday Morning News Update

Posted By on Mon, Sep 25, 2006 at 8:28 AM

-- Is there a more worthless person in this world than Nancy Grace? Seriously. Is there? I can't think of one. Even the people who write "Thorns and Flowers" have some worth, even if it involves unintentional humor.

-- C.T Revere may be right that John McCain is standing up to George W. Bush on the prisoner-treatment issue because of values. However, I am still having trouble respecting McCain because of his snuggling up to Bush during the last presidential campaign. Oh, and for speaking at schools run by bigots. And for supporting hateful crap like Prop 107 and Len Munsil. Seriously, the next time some cretin mainstream media outlet calls him moderate, I may snap.

-- You may now take that bottled water you bought at the airport kiosk on the airplane. Sigh.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Let's Party Like It's 5767

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2006 at 2:31 PM

Happy Jewish New Year, or Shona Tova, as some like to say.

I am a lapsed Jew.

I grew up in a kosher home with religious parents who ardently followed all the traditions and directives without question. Somewhere along the line, both my brother and I failed to move forward with that belief system, which really happened to a generation of us. My brother often lights candles on Friday night for Shabbot. My only Friday night tradition that I do with any regularity is to leave my computer on so it goes through its Norton Anti Virus scheduled program of looking for bad things that may have attacked my livelihood.  

This year Jewish New Year coincides with my sixth anniversary in Tucson. It's hard to believe that I've only lived here six years, but I think surviving six summers is somehow akin to animal years which is why I feel like I've lived here much longer. I think I've been writing Noshing Around for 3.5 years which does not seem like dog years.

Jewish New Year is a time to reflect (I just did), to clean out your closets and in this case, to unclutter my desk. Eat, drink and be merry. Your day of atonement (Yom Kippur) is right around the corner.

Stunning "Thorns and Flowers" News

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2006 at 11:13 AM

OHMIGOD OHMIGOD OHMIGOD. The stupidest feature in one of the worst opinion sections of America actually almost took a hard-hitting position on something today. Almost.

In today's Arizona Daily Star, "Thorns and Flowers" started off in typical fashion by taking an obvious position (Free speech = good! Countries who squelch that = bad!), although it did seem slightly more insane than normal by awarding not just a flower, but a specific flower—"a bouquet with plenty of pink and baby's breath." (I get that the flower recipient, UA prof/writer Elif Shafak, just had a baby. But come on.)

But after that, "Thorns and Flowers" took, well, a POSITION ON SOMETHING!

THORNS, THORNS and more thorns to those involved with the David Duke Web link to Randy Graf.

The first thorn goes to former Ku Klux Klan leader and Louisiana state Rep. Duke, who put a link from his Web site to Congressional District 8 Republican candidate Graf's site. ...

The Arizona Democratic Party made the situation thornier when it e-mailed a press release Wednesday that suggested a Graf-Duke alliance, which was based only on Duke's Web site. 

We can only imagine Duke's motives in adding the link that Graf disavows, but we're fairly confident it was to promote Duke and did not have Graf's interests in mind. Graf is a conservative and has strong beliefs on border security that have been called extreme, but he is not in the same orbit as Duke.

Let's stay focused on the merits of the candidates and the issues—not the actions of an over-the-top, out-of-district racist.

Wow. I mean, wow. They put the smack down on the Dems for publicizing the link (which they probably should not have), and called for everyone to stay focused on the issues.

Of course, this comes from the same chickenshit opinion section that refused to do primary endorsements and seems to be afraid of local commentary, so they're not practicing what their preaching. But still ...

Wal-Mart to Sell Generic Drugs for $4 Prescription

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2006 at 8:17 AM

As someone who intensely dislikes Wal-Mart, I'm kind of curious to see how this new policy will go down. My health insurance has no pharmaceutical drug coverage to speak of. If Wal-Mart can buy in volume, maybe they can afford to sell generic drugs for $4 for a 31-day prescription—which just goes to show you what the mark up price is everywhere else.

Don't get me started. I think our health care is in this mess because the pharmaceutical companies and the FDA are in bed together. He who has the biggest army of lobbyists wins.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Carvel Grand Opening Benefits Tucson Boys and Girls Club

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2006 at 11:48 AM

I received this press release too late to put in the Noshing Around column, but I thought it was worth sharing.

Tucson's first Carvel opens this Saturday at 1150 N. Silverbell Road (corner of Speedway Blvd.). Carvel serves ice cream and sweet treats. If you stop by this Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., 10 percent of the day's sales get donated to a good cause.

On hand will be DJ entertainment, face painting, a guest appearance by Fudgie the Whale, the Tucson fire department and drawings every half hour for a free ice cream cake.

There's also ice cream specials where if you buy a classic sundae, you get the second one for only 34 cents.

According to the press release, the Atlanta-based company has been around for 72 years and is the leader in uniquely shaped cakes including Fudgie the Whale and Cookie Puss. Vincent Bianchi of Bianchi's Pizza owns this franchise location.

Have delicious fun for a good cause ...

Your Thursday Morning News Update

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2006 at 9:59 AM

The space shuttle is home. (YAY!) Richard Branson has pledged $3 billion to combat global warming. (YAY!) Although he looks like a douche in this picture. (YAY!—um, oops.) But on a brighter note, school's getting a hell of a lot more interesting for some students in this country.

Meanwhile, I have this list of things I need to do today. I made it yesterday, and it had 10 things on it. I've been here for more than hour now, and it now has 12 things on it. (I've been busy doing little crap—answering e-mails, etc.—that was not on the list, and while doing it, I've realized a couple other things I need to do.) Isn't that just depressing?

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

We Have (New) Issues

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2006 at 4:12 PM

Hey, everyone: There's a new Weekly out. It's the last one before Best of Tucson(TM) 20! Ain't that just splendid? You can peruse the issue off to your right. Happy reading!

Our World

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2006 at 9:49 AM

So, let's get this straight: The pope says some stupid things about Muslims getting violent ... and as a result, some Muslims get mad and threaten violence?

And in Thailand, a democratically elected (supposedly) government was the victim of a coup ... backed by the king?

And in Arizona, tobacco companies are sponsoring something called the Non-Smoker Protection Act?

Is there any wonder that people use substances to try to have the world make sense?

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