Ah, yes… The annual CPAC is finally over, one is left scratching one’s head about why many of these poor people are being allowed out in public by their families, and we can get down to the serious bit, the interesting but meaningless CPAC straw poll, and take a peek as to where our beloved Scott “the best toupee in politics” Walker and his partner, Paul “Haha I still have my own hair” Ryan stand.
Oh dear… Seems the right wing’s alleged darlings, Scotty and Paul aren’t the adored ones any longer. Just 7% for Scott?
Hmm, could the never ending string of secret John Doe investigations into his campaigns that are hurting his popularity? Or is it, as rumor has it, Sara Palin doesn’t like the new hair piece and told him it looked like something she shot in the backyard?
This is a major problem in Canada right now. The two major Canadian railroads have just been ordered by the government to start hauling grain or they’ll face huge fines.
Am I the only one out here concerned about how more and more of our food is being controlled by fewer and fewer people? Over the last 20 years or so, thanks to mergers, buyouts, ‘consolidation’ etc. our food supply has been largely taken over by a tiny handful of mega-corporations, until we’ve reached the point where virtually all of the meat, dairy, vegetable and grain production is controlled, processed and sold by just a dozen or so multi-national corporations.
Interesting item, if, like a lot of stuff over at MJ, a bit misleading and certainly way over the top in turns of trying to generate a ‘sky is falling’ response in the reader.
Yes, it takes a lot of water to get milk. Even more water to make cheese, yogurt, etc. But as several people in the comments section (why do I even bother to read those?) point out not all of the water used in the processing is lost. A lot of it gets re-used, recycled, treated and used for irrigation, etc. of course. In the case of cattle, a lot of the water they drink is re-used when the manure is put back into the fields, etc.
Biggest problem is trying to use a semi-arid place like California to raise a major percentage of our food.
Christian ‘sexperts’ discuss Fifty Shades of Grey and the dangers of erotica and porn (To read the article, click image or here; For a related video, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/35343105576/pat-robertson-baffled-by-fifty-shades-of-grey)
Interesting little article if you jump over and read it. One of the psychologists (I don’t know if she really is one or just claims to be) says "Even though I read the books in a spirit of prayer — literally on my knees — I got pulled into the story." I thought that was rather curious. How does one read a brick of a book like FSoG while kneeling?
Egads… corn futures hit 5.02 before falling back to 4.89. Price is mostly being driven by the crisis in the Ukraine right now, but if the weather stays as uncertain as it has been, I think we’re going to see the market trending up a bit this spring.
Soybeans… I don’t know what’s going on there, and apparently neither does anyone else. I recently read one story that China is expected to seriously ramp up imports of soybeans, and then this morning read another that claims China has a glut of soybeans and is going to cut back imports. So who do you believe?
I don’t think there’s any doubt that they’re trying to do just that. The more main stream republicans are trying to distance themselves from the extreme right and the odd balls it attracts. Sensinbrenner (I’m not sure about the spelling of that and I can’t be bothered to look it up this early in the morning) from Wisconsin was openly criticizing Cruz from Texas during the budget mess, and even Walker has been trying to pull back from some of the anti-union extremists who have been backing his campaign.
Don’t allow this to make you think that they’ve become more moderate. They haven’t. They’ve just figured out that associating themselves with these people isn’t do anything for them. If they thought they could get either money or votes by giving them a platform to vent their own version of crazy, they’d be up on the podium with the rest of them.
They don’t need the glaringly obvious loonies to ramp up the level of ignorance and oddness, though. If you listen to what is coming out of the mouths of some of the ‘main stream’ politicians appearing at CPAC it should seriously scare you.
So, my wife and I go out to dinner tonight with youngest son, who is 27 or so and single. We’re sitting there, me alone, wife next to my son. These two drop dead cute twenty-something young women walk in, squeeze in next to me “Hi Randy how are you doing?” “Oh fine, what’s up with you? Did you get tickets to the concert in Milwaukee?” “No that’s why we’re our tonight. So what are you doing this weekend…”
Meanwhile, youngest son is sort of staring at me like someone dropped a very heavy weight on him from a great height, and I figure as soon as the girls leave Mrs. K is going to be wondering what the hell is going on.
So finally the girls go. And my wife turns to youngest son and says:
"You really need to hang out with your father more often."