Oyster Roundup – Doritos, Cocktails, a Bitter Pill and more…
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It doesn’t seem possible that a company which has always been known for its progressive leanings, and whose slogan was “don’t be evil” could be supporting a project like The Pebble Mine. The first hint should have been the Google logo plastered next to the Fox one at the GOP debate last week. Then, The Huffington Post broke the bad news in their article featured with the scarlet front page banner simply stating – Google Goes Red.
The shift in political strategy comes as Google faces a serious antitrust threat, punctuated by a high-profile hearing on the company held Wednesday afternoon in the Senate. But Google’s investment in the infrastructure of the conservative movement goes much deeper than what’s been reported this summer.
The company known for its progressive politics is now giving money to the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Republican Governors Association, the GOP firm The David All Group, Crossroads Strategies, the Republican Attorneys General Association and the Republican State Leadership Committee, among others.
Yup, not only the virulently homophobic Heritage Foundation, but the Koch-funded climate change deniers we wrote about at the Mudflats who have made it their personal mission to promote misinformation about the Pebble Mine project, encourage support of it, and petition Senator Maria Cantwell to revoke her “No Peblle” stance. These people are bad news. Why Google chose not political neutrality, but to financially support several of the most loathsome institutions I can think of, I don’t know. But I do know that I got rid of my gmail account, and my default search engine is now Bing.
Here’s a bit of information (in case you missed it) from the “political-horror-comedy-news” genre. A recent Marist McClatchy poll asked some questions about head-to-head matchups against Barack Obama in 2012. There’s no gentle way of putting this, so I’m just going to rip the Band-Aid right off:
The biggest gain came for Palin, the former Alaska governor who hasn’t yet announced whether she’ll jump into the fast-changing race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
After trailing Obama by more than 20 percentage points in polls all year, the new national survey, taken Sept. 13-14, found her trailing the president by just 5 points, 49-44 percent. The key reason: She now leads Obama among independents, a sharp turnaround.
Some progressives are cheering an Obama-Palin match-up. Others think that just having her in play, however remote the chance she’d ever get elected, is too much. With current members of the GOP field clobbering each other (and themselves) with 2x4s, those candidates who haven’t yet declared (like Palin, and NJ Governor Chris Christie) may feel emboldened to step up to the plate.
Then again, if you believe the recent CNN poll, Palin is tied in the field with Ron Paul and Herman Cain at a feeble 7 percent. So, what do we know? Not much…
After God expressed his displeasure, via earthquake, that Virginia and the surrounding environs have not legalized same-sex marriage, and that EPA Head Lisa Jackson had not invoked 404(c) of the Clean Water Act and stopped Pebble Mine, (hey, it’s as good as any theory) there were several large cracks that appeared on the Washington Monument. Until today, nobody had taken an up close look. But when you need someone to rappel down the face of a 555-foot high marble monument, who do you call? That’s right – a Denali Park Ranger will lead a group this morning as they check out the damage. Some of the cracks, which all appeared to be located in the top 100 feet of the world’s tallest obelisk, were 1/4 inch wide, and allowed daylight to shine into the interior of the monument. The monument is structurally sound, but no word yet when tourists will be allowed back in.
It’s always a tense moment when the Google alert set for your name pops up with new material. It could go one of two ways. This time it went the good way, and I discovered a lovely little blog that is currently reviewing Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin. It put a smile on my face, so I just wanted to say thanks to Bodie Parkhurst at Magic Dog Press for taking the time to read, reflect and review.
Here’s the thing: had this been a hatchet job, I would not be writing this. Had this been a hymn to Sarah Palin I would not be writing this. But this book is something else entirely–I found myself understanding Sarah Palin better as a person. I found myself thinking about the person Bailey portrays in the beginning of her campaign for governor, the source of her appeal for Alaskans, her commitment to serving the people. I felt sad as he chronicles how that person, and that team of volunteers, lost their vision, and got caught up in the very things they swore to oppose in the beginning.
This is a book worth reading, not only because Mr. Bailey has a unique perspective, but because his observations beg discussion not only for what they say about Sarah Palin and her team of core supporters, but because of what they say about the rest of us. I’m going to be blogging about this for a few days–I hope you enjoy it; and I do suggest you buy the book.
Last year, snack food devotees mourned the loss of Morrie Yohai (90), inventor of the Cheez Doodle. This week, Arch West, founder of Doritos takes his place in the pantheon of late great snack food icons. He was 97. In what seems like a fitting gesture, his family will sprinkle Doritos at the grave site in Dallas during the service on October 1. “He’ll love it,” said daughter Jana Hacker of Allen, Texas.
If you’re looking for something to do Friday, October 7, check out the latest fun from the Alaska Conservation Alliance. From 3-7pm, at Bernie’s Bungalow you can tip back a cold one and play with caulk. It’s almost impossible not to write “wackiness will ensue.” There will be a demonstration about best practices in energy efficiency, a caulking demonstration, and a chance for you to participate in a “Caulking Art Contest.” You will need to register for the contest in advance, as I’m sure it’s not a commitment they want non-designated drivers making at the spur of the moment. For more details on the event, and to register for some fun with caulk, click the link in the title.