More Randomness

I just spent the evening up to my wrists in onion, jalapeno, and cilantro. Now how am I supposed to get my contacts out without going blind?

Megan Fox is out of the next Transformers movie. There goes the only reason I had for seeing it.

Pakistan blocked Facebook in response for the widespread support for ‘Everybody Draw Mohommed Day.’ I really, really, want to see the Hallmark card for that one.

SciTech Blog wants to know if anything can replace Lost. How about syndicated repeats of Twin Peaks?

Today’s headline in the Huff Post: ‘Palin: Maddow Was ‘Prejudiced’ In Her Rand Paul Interview.’ The headline alone is hilarious on so many levels, I haven’t even begun reading the story.

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More Inane Ramblings

Evidently, somebody’s reading this now, so I’m obliged to produce something on a more regular basis…

1) After seven years of college and $70,000 in debt, I find many economists say a bachelor’s degree isn’t a necessary prerequitite for success. “The notion that a four-year degree is essential for real success is being challenged by a growing number of economists, policy analysts and academics. They say more Americans should consider other options such as technical training or two-year schools, which have been embraced in Europe for decades,” says a recent Associated Press story. As much as I dream of my kids getting a degree and living the cliche’d American Dream, there are plenty of welders, plumbers and ITT graduates making a darn good living. It pays to look at all of your options instead of rushing into college loans with blinders on. Wish someone told me that 30 years ago.

2)  Went to Chinatown’s market this morning to stock up on some fresh groceries, and realized that when it comes to fresh food, they mean business:

Fresh Meat

Another innocent pig runs afoul of the local mob....

3) Keith Olbermann used to do an admirable job pointing out hypocracies of the right-wingers, but lately it’s become tiresome. His nightly ‘Worse Person In The World,” as evidenced by a full-out nonsensical rant aimed at Sarah Palin the other night, has become a tired schtick. It’s hard to take him seriously any more.

4) Did not make the pineapple salsa like I planned. Tried regular salsa first; it took me three tries, but I’m in the ballpark. My cilantro was cilantro, not parsley, and my jalapeno’s were jalapens, not serranos. But I can tell the difference now. I’ll try it again tomorrow.

5) I’m a news junkie – I do a daily scan of at least seven or eight online news sites daily. Yet the only thing I know about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kegan is that she says she’s not gay. I’m relieved, though… the Court would never be able to function if Justice Sotomayor kept having to worry that Kegan would hit on her between cases.

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I just have to get this off my chest…..

Why can’t stores label their produce better? I went down the Chinatown market and the nearby grocery store do buy ingredients for the salsa I plan to make later. The hot/chili pepper containers were not labeled – I don’t know about veryone else, but I can’t be the only person who can’t tell a jalapeno from a serrano. Same things with the herbs – cilatro looks just like parsley, and there’s no tag to help anyone tell them apart. I’m not a professional chef; would a sign or label be too much to ask? Please?

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Just another weekend in Iraq…..

Something tells me the US is either getting out of Iraq too fast, or not fast enough…. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSALS021030

Something's gotta give...

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Education, Country Music and Afghanistan

California college students protesting proposed tuition hikes

Of all the problems associated with the economic downturn, the saddest has got to be California’s proposed 32 precent college tuition hike. Many, many students will be forced to drop out, transfer or rack up frightening loans. Administrators called a protest takeover at UC Santa Cruz ‘futile,’ and they’re probably right. If some students can’t/won’t pay the new tuition, someone else will, gladly. The problem is that they’re forcing middle class and economically disadvantaged (read: minority) students out of top-notch schools to lesser ones, or none at all. There has got to be a better way.

I’m not a country music fan, but it’s incredibly funny how much time and energy people are wasting, hating on Tayor Swift. You would think folks would have something better to do with their time than obsess over a 19-year-old girl. It’s almost creepy.

And elsewhere in the world, violence in Afghanistan has reached its highest levels since 2001. Some 1,500 civilians were killed between January and August this year, according to the United Nations.  It’s an ugly situation, and doesn’t look to get much better for the forseeable future. Hopefully, we can do some good over there.

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Been out of Town….

…. Will add more content momentarily…..

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Hello, Hello……

…. Is anybdy home? Anyone?

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