I've had a bunch of stuff lined up to do some "meta-physical discussion" (happy, sagefool?), but time constraints lead me to simply do a dump of all the things I've found interesting. So...here it goes---all the shiny stuff that attracted my attention....
I found an interesting post on TalkingPointsMemo.com (via Americablog) about how bloggers aren't always sourced for their investigative journalism by mainstream media.
From my new favorite blog, feministing, I learned of an *ugly* incident at Duke with their male lacrosse team. Apparently, there's another blog that's documenting the whole thing.
I found some livejournal thing that I *think* is by someone who works at Bacaro. (I've only eaten there once but it was *fab.*) I always find interesting things on 27 Views of the Boneyard. This time it was this:
NAIS (National Animal Identification System) might mean the end of our supply of chicken and duck eggs from the Moore's, not to mention their Tamworth hogs. The government wants every animal to be embedded with a microchip and every farmer to have a computerized monitoring system. Please visit noNAIS.org for more information.Ack! I *love* eggs and meat from the Moore's, and if you haven't eaten either, you're missing out. Their pork chops are like T-bone steaks. You'll gnaw on the bone before your done. And their eggs...my frittata were brilliantly yellow and delicious. The farmer's market should be starting up in April. I'll have to pick up some stuff from the Moore's and find out what's up.
I can't remember where I first got the link for design*sponge, but I'm so glad I found it. It's got some of the neatest stuff on it. The first thing that caught my eye was this cool purse by conphorm.
A friend sent me a link to a story in Time that she thought might cheer me up entitled "Republicans on the Run." Frankly the most interesting part of the article are the potential proposals the Democratic party might put forth on the campaign trail.
Indeed, the party's House leaders and committee chairs have begun making plans for their first moves if they take power, Democratic sources told TIME. Those sources said one of the first steps that a newly installed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would take would be to introduce legislation making college tuition more affordable for middle-class families, perhaps through tax credits and lower interest rates on student loans. Democrats would move immediately to tighten port security, seeking to have 100% of incoming container cargo inspected. A Democratic official briefed on the plans said the party would quickly push a bill designed to inhibit future lobbying scandals. The sources said Democrats would push for changes to the troubled Medicare prescription-drug plan, giving more control to Medicare and less to private providers and striking the provision that prevents the government from negotiating prices with pharmaceutical companies.We'll see what happens over the next few months. The 100% container inspection appeals to me immediately. As is the idea of accountability and fiscal responsibility (remember that?) at the federal level.
Administration officials say they fear that losing even one house of Congress would mean subpoenas and investigations--a taste of the medicine House Republicans gave Bill Clinton. "Everything will grind to a halt," one said. That prediction could be a scare tactic designed to get out the G.O.P. vote. But Democrats say that if they are victorious in November, they plan to force Bush to be more accountable, and they intend to dig through records of contracts in Iraq, for homeland security and for the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Democratic Representative Henry Waxman of California, one of the most dogged critics of the Administration, would be in line to chair the House Government Reform Committee and could write witness lists instead of open letters to the West Wing. "Some of these ranking members have had 10 years to think about what they would do," a Democratic official said. If Republicans can't change the course of things soon, the Democrats may have their chance.
Problem is we got a big dang mess to clean up and it seems like emptying the ocean with a teacup.
And finally, after reading about an accident that occurred on my street a few weeks ago, I had another accident happen in front of my house last Friday night. I heard a loud series of crashes and bangs and screeches out front around 2am so I peeped outside Mrs. Kravitz-style and saw a Honda accord that had run into the curb right in front of my house---right where I usually park. But my upstairs neighbor was away for work so I was in the drive that night. I called the police and about *six* showed up to investigate. Eventually, they conducted a field sobriety test---which he failed. He was cuffed and arrested.
I went out the next morning and saw that the guy had *actually* hit the curb in front of my neighbor's house before swerving and scraping all down the side of a car in front of my house and apparently spun around to hit the curb so far perpendicular that it was coming close to reverse parallel. (Hard to describe, really....) When the tow truck started to move the wrecked car around, it was obvious that the front axle was broken. The car that was parked in front of my house was smashed up pretty bad when it was hit. The back, driver's side, *and* front end were all smashed up.
For some reason, my street is the drunk short cut. People are avoiding the main street one block away. Other than the speeding and unusually high traffic at 8am and 2am each day, it's a great neighborhood. I almost wish they'd do some brick work on my street so people would find alternate short cuts.