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At least one group of researchers says the current swine flu strain isn’t particularly deadly – so far.

Addendum: The researchers may be confident, but Biden wants you to run for the hills!

Uplifting local economic news, however small, is always welcome.  Dazey’s had been forced to close the coffee house due to the economic downturn, and now Marcy Stein is going to open her own business in the space starting tomorrow.  She’ll be open for business at the old Pergamino location from 7 to 3 on weekdays and some shorter hours on Saturday.

There aren’t many businesses opening during these times, and it wouldn’t hurt to give her a jump start tomorrow if you’re in the neighborhood.

Also the media frenzy on Obama’s 100 days.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Stewart on Specter’s principled switch“, posted with vodpod

Four million, most of it going to the state and federal governments.

Addendum: The NCJ Blogthing has a little more information.

I’ll have my analysis and recomendations ready in a day or two, but here is a pdf quick reference guide put out by the Courage Campaign.  Progressive organizations seem divided on all of the props, which isn’t a good sign for them if the conservatives have any significant degree of consensus.  That is, unless the conservatives are on the side of the angels.  Happens sometimes.

Heraldo has some details from the Healthy Humboldt perspective.  It will begin at 6:00 and is currently set for the Supervisors’ Chamber, but may be moved to the gymnasium at Eureka High School if large attendance is anticipated.  I’ll update when I have info.

The pro-choice soon to be ex-Republican Arlen Specter has switched parties.  He was facing a tough primary fight, and the consensus was that he can easily win in a general election if he can survive a primary fight.  So the guy who generated the magic-bullet theory and acted like a cro-mag jerk during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings when questioning Anita Hill has some opportunities to make amends.

Fortunately for the Republicans, Norm Coleman is digging in his heels on their behalf and the Minnesota Supreme Court is indulging him with regard to the delay.

Addendum:  Finally got to read the article linked above.  It seems that Pennsylvania is going through a demographics change similar to that of California’s during the 1990s.  The Republican Party is shrinking, with the residual being hard right and bitter (just like Obama said) making it impossible for a moderate Republican to survive a primary fight (largely the reason Schwarzenegger needed to bypass the primary).  According to the article the last straw, and a classic example of unintended consequences, may have been a poll indicating that 80 percent of the state’s remaining Republicans had positive impressions of the “tea parties” of two weeks ago, suggesting Specter had serious problems as one of the three Republicans voting for the stimulus, even with all the concesssions they extracted for the votes.

Libs might not want to be too sanguine about all this.  With all the moderates bolting the Republican Part, it means the Democrats in office are less dependent on the base for reelection.  Specter is expected to defeat any liberal primary challenge, probably because many liberals will want to reward the switch with the hope of encouraging further crossovers.  Obama’s biggest problems right now are coming from Blue Doggers and DLC types, as the GOP cluelessly slides into at least temporary irrelevency.  It’ll probably ease up when the base gets tired of losing elections and you start reading about RLC’s, or red dog Republicans – a window of opportunity can be lost if the Liebermans, Bayhs, and Specters have their way.

Okay, glass can be half full.  Leave it to me to view the filibuster-proof, or at least filibuster-resistant, Democratic majority as bad news.  Besides, the “don’t cite us” US Supreme Court majority still hasn’t chimed in on the Franken/Coleman race.  I wonder if they’ll be pissed at the Coleman camp for ignoring their admonition and citing them anyway.

Meanwhile, there’s lots of coverage at TPM, including statements from reps of both parties.  Apparently Biden brokered the switch.

Addendum: It was quite an MSM show yesterday.  The Republican response:  “freedom is the biggest tent.”

In between court appearances and breaking in my new laptop at Ramone’s; sitting here in fascination of a painting across the room depicting a naked woman with rabbit-sized ears trying to shield herself from a nearby television with a blank screen.  I guess she’s an elf or something which leads me to believe the painting is about popular culture killing the magic.  There’s nothing on the screen because, well, symbolically there’s nothing on the screen.  Anyway.

I learned this morning that Los Bagels is now open on Tuesdays.  Try the sushi bagel, with wasabi cream cheese, salmon, cucumber, and black sesame seeds.


I’ve been on the road too often lately and my kids, particularly my four-year-old daughter have begun to notice.  That’s a downside.  On the upside, on my trip to the Mendo coast last week I made a couple of discoveries.

My partner and I arrived after nine on Thursday evening.  Most of the restaurants were closed or closing, so we stopped at TW’s on Main Street.  From the outside it looks like any vinyl booth greasy spoon, but their menu advertised their clam chowder which apparently came in first for local tasting.  As there are some dynamite restaurants out there, that would take some doing.  I wasn’t very hungry, so I ordered a small bowl and I wasn’t disappointed.  I don’t know where they got their clams but they were fresh and large.  I can’t vouch for the rest of the food, but for a bowl of chowder that’s where I’ll go.

The real treat came the day following, when we had a late lunch after depositions.  I’d previously noted that Sharon’s by the Sea was having some troubles as the economic conditions cut down their business considerably.  They’re closed due to some tax issues – I’ve never understood the tactic of forcing people to pay taxes by cutting off the revenue which would make it possible.  They serve excellent food and I hope they open again soon.

I hadn’t been to the Warf, another restaurant down in Noyo Harbor, in years.  I wasn’t too impressed the last time around, though their second story room with large windows over the water always made for a nice atmosphere.  Apparently a few years ago it was bought by a Mexican-American chef who has transformed it into a nice-but-not-too-fancy quasi-bistro.  I ordered the fish tacos and they are the best I’ve ever had.  Truly.  Served on thick homemade tortillas fresh from the oven (that’s why the dish takes awhile) with lightly spiced non-breaded grilled fish, cabbage, avocado, and a sour cream-based spiced sauce with just the right amount.  When I asked for salsa for the accompanying rice and beans, the waitress said “I’ll bring it, but you may want to try them first.”  I did and she was right, they were full of flavor on their own.  The prices aren’t outrageous, but they’re a dollar or two above what they might be if the dishes weren’t gourmet.  Strongly recommended.


Just tried the Tea Room out in Shelter Cove yesterday.  I hadn’t been out there in a couple of years.  The Tea Room was the only open place on a Monday afternoon.  The deli has rebuilt after the fire, but they’re still stocking and expect to open in May – at least that’s what the locals told us.  It was my first visit to the Tea Room.  It’s unique.  Not cheap, but not outrageous either.  Great atmosphere, though I wish the building exploited the ocean views with a few more windows.  The turkey soup was refreshing after a long day of inspecting properties for legal cases in a chill which triggered memories of my childhood on the San Mateo coastline.  The service was warm and friendly, and damned if that wasn’t the best tasting cup of Earl Grey tea I’ve ever had.


Okay, I need a mouse for this thing.  I’m too uncoordinated for the finger pad, and I keep right-clicking by accident.

Plus I have to learn how to shut this thing down without being forced to download updates.

Hey, what’s the difference between uploading and downloading anyway?

I’m off to an appointment.  I’ll probably post something later in the afternoon, though the news is overwhelming in its gloominess lately that I’m kind of avoiding it.  I guess consumer confidence is up, but as I’ve said I’m not going to be too optimistic about the economy until I’ve seen the first uplifting jobs report.  Again, jobs aren’t an “indicator” of the economy.  They are the economy.

Taking a break from torture, plague, and the ethnic cleansing of hippies from the subdivisions, and trying not to be redundant with my previous lists here and here.  As before, I make no warranty as to the precision of the quotes.  All are as close to the originals as my memory will allow, unless I’ve googled it.  Name the title, and extra points for naming the characters and actors making the statements.  I’ll list the answers in a few days.  When I have quotations from more than one character, I leave the names unless I think they’re so memorable they’ll give the title away.

“I’ll have four fried chickens.  And a coke.”

“Hello.  My name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my father.  Prepare to die.”

“You gentlemen aren’t really going to kill my son, are you?”

“Mr. President, you’ve got bigger problems than losing me. You just lost my vote.”

“I ain’t fallin’ for no banana in my tail pipe!”

“Well, I still jerk off manually.”

“Well, well, well! Well if it isn’t fat stinking billy goat Billy Boy in poison! How art thou, thou globby bottle of cheap stinking chip oil? Come and get one in the yarbles, if ya have any yarble, ya eunuch jelly thou!”

“Well, all I’m saying is that I want to look back and say that I did it the best I could while I was stuck in this place. Had as much fun as I could while I was stuck in this place. Played as hard as I could while I was stuck in this place. Dogged as many girls as I could while I was stuck in this place.”

“Look Doris, someday you’re going to find that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn’t work. And when you do, don’t overlook those lovely intangibles. You’ll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile.”

“Well I don’t want Fop, godammit! I’m a Dapper Dan man!”

Elliot: “He’s a man from outer space and we’re taking him to his spaceship.”
Greg: “Well, can’t he just beam up?”
Elliot: “This is REALITY, Greg.”

“Don’t you think one of the charms of marriage is that it makes deception a necessity for both parties? May I ask why a beautiful woman who could have any man in this room wants to be married?”

“Dave, my mind is going! I can feel it! I can feel it!”

“I run my unit how I run my unit. You want to investigate me, roll the dice and take your chances. I eat breakfast 300 yard from 4000 Cubans who are trained to kill me, so don’t think for one second that you can come down here, flash a badge, and make me nervous.”

“So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.”

“It could be worse. A woman could cut off your penis while you’re sleeping and toss it out the window of a moving car.”

“You homo sapiens and your guns.”

“I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your house on the day of your daughter’s wedding.”

“I am not a gun.”

“Of course, you can say it backwards, which is dociousaliexpilisticfragicalirupus, but that’s going a bit too far, don’t you think?”

“Oh, him? He’s harmless. Part of the free speech movement at Berkeley in the sixties. I think he did a little too much LDS.”

“You can’t just take people away like that. Do you hear me? He was a good man, a good person. It’s not fair! We are not just helpless children! He had a life! Do you hear me? I mean, do YOU hear ME? What’s the matter with you?”

Joe Oramas: Hey, Olivia, you got a garlic press?
Olivia Harris: No.
Joe Oramas: How can you not have a garlic press? (don’t cheat and hit the links!)

“It was as though this plan had been with him all his life, pondered through the seasons, now in his fifteenth year crystallized with the pain of puberty.”

Zip: Figures. We finally get a chick in the band, and she’s a lesbian.
Bobby: How do you know?
Zip: I asked her if she wanted go out with me, she said No.
Bobby: Zip, this town’s full of chicks who won’t go out with you.
Zip: Yeah. Lesbians, all of ’em.

Character 1:  “Whatcha hit him with?”                                                                                                              Character 2: “Hit whom?”                                                                                                                               Character 1: “Whom”? Are you a northern boy? What’s a northern boy doing down here?

“Ah, Herr Bartlett. And Herr MacDonald. We are together again. You’re going to wish you had never put us to so much trouble!”

“The question is whether you were lying then or are you lying now… or whether in fact you are a chronic and habitual LIAR!”

Diana Christensen: Hi. I’m Diana Christensen, a racist lackey of the imperialist ruling circles.
Laureen Hobbs: I’m Laureen Hobbs, a badass commie nigger.
Diana Christensen: Sounds like the basis of a firm friendship.

“I wouldn’t put on an electric blanket for any reason. First, I’d be worried if I get electrocuted. No, I don’t trust technology. But I mean, the main thing, Wally, is that I think that kind of comfort just separates you from reality in a very direct way.”

A national medical emergency has been declared following 20 confirmed cases of swine flu around the country, including an outbreak in a New York City school.  So far the symptoms have been mild, with only one hospitalization, as opposed to Mexico where dozens have died.  So far no explanation for the difference.

I’m wondering if we were hit with it last week.  Both of my kids came down with fevers which knocked them out for a day or two.  Other kids in the community experienced the same.  I had a sore throat and some fatigue, but I can’t say I was feverish.  My mother was laid out and had some of the other symptoms.  This is about the time of year community members come back from Mexico.

Just being paranoid.  Putting it all in perspective, on average about 36,000 die of flu complications every year, usually the elderly, very young, or those with immune deficiencies.

But if this indeed the end and you survive it, will you end up in Boulder or Las Vegas?

Addendum: Do you really think this announcement will quell the conspiracy theories?

Second addendum: The EU is now warning its citizens against travel to the U.S.

The stock market has the flu.

And some in Mexico are blaming Smithsfield factory farms for the crisis.

Third addendum: Right wing conspiracy number two – the swine flu is part of a plot to jam Kathleen Sebelius through to head up the Department of Health and Human Services.


April 2009