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Monday 15 March 2010

Phase Four

on 15 Mar : 07:45  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Always We Begin Again
Wednesday 17 December 2008

Wednesday's Wiki

on 17 Dec : 18:46  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
I spend a lot of time reading Wikipedia. It's easy to do while I talk on the phone at work all day. I can literally spend hours going from entry to entry via links in each. So like today, I checked out the Andrew Jackson entry which was interesting. Jon Meachum has that new book out about Jackson and he's been on lots of the news shows hawking it so I thought it might be interesting to get some quick info.

So, to let you know how deep and far you can go and lose your way, this is one of the crazy places I wound up.

Yoo-hoo.

History

Yoo-hoo originated in New Jersey in the 1920s, when Natale Olivieri sold "Tru-Fruit" soft drinks in his small store. Olivieri discovered a process to produce a chocolate soft drink that would not spoil. The name "Yoo-hoo", already being used for Olivieri's other fruit drinks, was applied to the chocolate-flavored drink as well.

Yoo-hoo would soon begin to be bottled by a major bottling company and to be sold in supermarkets.

Sources in the beverage industry claim that Yoo-hoo owes its famously open-ended shelf life to a steam sterilization process that takes place after the bottles or cans are filled and capped. As long as it is sealed, Yoo-hoo cannot go sour.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Yoo-hoo went through a large promotional campaign that included Yogi Berra and the New York Yankees officially sponsoring the drink. The image of Berra drinking a bottle of Yoo-hoo while wearing a suit, in particular, became famous. The ads featured Berra holding the bottle next to his face and saying with a smile, "It's Me-He for Yoo-Hoo!"

Also during the '50s, B.B.C. Industries took over Yoo-hoo. They held ownership until 1976, when it was bought by Iroquois Brands. Yoo-hoo was sold again in 1981 to a group of private investors, which in turn sold Yoo-Hoo to Pernod Ricard in 1989.

In 2001, Pernod Ricard sold Yoo-hoo to Cadbury-Schweppes, with production responsibilities falling to CS's Mott's group, and marketing and advertising responsibilities under Snapple. This led to an increased awareness of the once popular beverage.

The soft drink company's headquarters are in Rye Brook, New York, with plants in Carlstadt, New Jersey and Opelousas, Louisiana.

Yoo-Hoo apparently owns other chocolate drink brands, including Choc-Ola, Brownie, Cocoa Dusty and [Chocolate Soldier.[citation needed]

In May 2008, Cadbury-Schweppes split into Cadbury plc. and the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, of which Yoo-Hoo is now part.

I never knew it couldn't spoil if it is never opened. NEAT!

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Liberals Get Short Shrift Again

on 17 Dec : 17:04  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
This is perhaps not Goddard's point but this is exemplary of why I am only still cautiously optimistic about the Obama Administration at this time.


Obama's Team of Rivals
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Apparently, President-elect Obama took Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals very seriously. Of the eight Democrats who ran against him for president, four have now agreed to join his administration: Vice President-elect Joe Biden, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Gov. Bill Richardson and Gov. Tom Vilsack.

Those left out: Sen. Christopher Dodd, John Edwards, Mike Gravel and Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Obviously, there can be no place for John Edwards, and perhaps, Gravel is a bit loony at times but Dod and Kucinich are deserving and able.
Monday 10 November 2008

Barack Obama is so great.

on 10 Nov : 19:40  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  

Howard Dean To Step Down As DNC Chair

on 10 Nov : 13:23  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
From Huffington Post:

After four years at the helm of the Democratic National Committee, Howard Dean is preparing to relinquish his chairmanship.

Dean, who has been serving in the post since 2005, has said in the past that he would serve only one term, though his successful work with the Obama campaign had led some Democrats to wonder whether he would stay on into the next administration. This won't be the case, officials at the DNC confirm. He will serve as chair until his term ends in January. The party will settle on a new head when it hosts a meeting during the week of Obama's inauguration.

The article goes on to explain how its really not his choice and I could easily get the feeling this is simply Emanuel's revenge for Dean having stood up to him over the 50 State Strategy.

The night of the election, Chris Matthews was interviewing Governor Dean and Matthews asked if Dean had gotten any thanks from Obama for laying the groundwork for using the internet and the 50SS. I blurted out that Howard Dean was John The Baptist and Obama was Jesus. Right after I got it out, Matthews made the same exact comparison.

As far as I'm conerned, Howard Dean should receive a major amount of credit for Barack Obama's election. I'm not saying ALL the credit or that Obama owes Barack Obama BIG TIME. I'm just saying, Obama ran on some of the framework that Dean built.

If Obama should want to make Dean a part of his cabinet, I'd be willing to start saying the Pledge of Allegiance again.


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Wednesday 05 November 2008

Living Through History

on 05 Nov : 01:38  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
In all my life, I can think of only two historic events that had to do with my country and were overwhelmingly positive. That is, I can only think of two before tonight.

The first would be the moon landing. That was July, 1969 and I was about to turn four. I have not remembrance of it per se but it was in my lifetime.

The second would be the Berlin Wall coming down. That was in November of 1989. At that time, I had no inkling of what that meant but I remember listening to Tom Brokaw describing it and feeling like it was a good thing.

Now, I can add November, 2008 to that list. That was when an African-American, for the first time in our nation's history, was elected President of the United States.

At this late hour, it is difficult to encompass the enormity of the event with a simple blog post. Suffice to say, I'm proud of our country for having taken the leap. I'm proud to have cast my vote for Obama after supporting him for the last few months.

Now, two or three generations have something positive with which to define themselves as Americans. For the two positive historical events prior to tonight they can be matched, even outstripped by the tragedies of the dual assassinations of MLK and RFK, the Nixon resignation, the Iranian hostage situation, numerous scandals in Washington, OJ, Challenger and 9.11.

This puts one in the positive column for sure.

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Tuesday 04 November 2008

Election Night '08

on 04 Nov : 16:13  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
This is kind of a big deal y'all.

Friday 31 October 2008

Spreading The Word

on 31 Oct : 19:27  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Even if one person reads this and it makes them go on the correct date, it's worth it.

Pesky Fly had this up...

from Kerry Hayes, Obama Memphis Campaign.......

There is a rumor circulating among Democrats today that the Shelby County Election Commission has extended voting--to November 5. People are taking this rumor VERY SERIOUSLY, even though it is OBVIOUSLY NOT TRUE. If we let this persist, we are going to be complicit in one of the great Democrat voter suppression tricks that the Republicans have ever played. This must not stand!

YOU CAN ONLY VOTE TUESDAY. NOVEMBER 4 -- YOU MUST VOTE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4. Don't let history pass you by, and for crying out loud, don't be tricked by the GOP into losing your voice!

Please, have this announced at any meeting you attend, at your place of worship, or anywhere you can help spread correct information about voting. You can ONLY vote on Tuesday, November 4th in Shelby County. If you know people in the media, pass this on to them, help us get the word out to protect everyone's vote.

Ben Ferguson Gets Schooled

on 31 Oct : 19:11  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  

If you've ever listened to Ben the Worm in the mornings on WREC, you know how he is the king of ultimatum choices when pretending to "debate" his listeners.

It feels good to see him handed his hat and revealed for the goof he really is.
Wednesday 29 October 2008

Hey, McCain's Drowning! Throw Him This Boat Anchor!

on 29 Oct : 13:58  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Thursday 23 October 2008

How's It Gonna Be?

on 23 Oct : 17:55  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Since the last debate and during the ensuing increase in Senator Barack Obama's leads in most of the polls, there has been a undeniable sense of disbelief around our house. It is defined by the political realities about the election actually dovetailing with our political beliefs and hopes.

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After nearly nine years of the country appearing to have lost its collective mind, we are excited by the alien concept of the nation's course going the way we want. The appearance is that Americans have awaken from a dream in which an ugly-minded, reality-shunning fratboy is the guy most of us wanted to hand the reins of power, in which the reaction to the worst mainland attack on US soil is to pursue an ideologically-driven cabal's empirical desires to take over Iraq.

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Conversely, we are still gun shy. Unwilling to accept the presidential race as "over" with, at this writing, 11 long days for anything and everything to happen that would be the one little Obaman annoyance that would turn an awakened nation from reality back to the self-destructive madness of a GOP wet dream of deregulation and war on demand.

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There was a New Yorker piece by David Sedaris that (humorously but vulgarly) expounds on undecided voters.

Excerpt...

I look at these people and can't quite believe that they exist. Are they professional actors? I wonder. Or are they simply laymen who want a lot of attention?

To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. "Can I interest you in the
chicken?" she asks. "Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?"

To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.

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And while that piece is more about those voters still undecided, it sort of sums up how I've thought about the whole of the general election since McCain started negative campaigning and generally just allowing all those on the right to willingly lie on his behalf.

The position is common. McCain is a good man who was an inspirational hero but has sold his soul to Rovian devils in the hopes they will do whatever is necessary to win him the White House. To think that I used to say all the time that if it came down to McCain and Hillary, I'd write in Howard Dean again.

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During the primaries, I was a disinterested bystander. There was no one I was particularly interested in supporting beyond pulling a lever. I was certain that Hillary would be the nominee and she would probably go on to win the nomination.

It wasn't till Obama gave his speech in response to the Reverend Wright situation that the wife and I sat up and took notice. That speech was the most thoughtful and adult presentation I had seen in many years. It showed that Obama, in my opinion, was something special and, yes, inspirational.

Although my support hasn't been financial or in manpower like I had hoped it would, I have endeavored to make sure that most everyone I'm in contact is at least registered to vote and knows where to go vote. It's a little anti-climactic since we know that McCain will solidly win Tennessee as it stands right now. With all these battleground states leaning Obama and with his campaign trying to make inroads into places like
Georgia and Kentucky (!), it would be so delicious to see it be close or even flip. Hey, we can dream, right?

I'm especially excited about (knock wood!) having a leader who speaks in a positive manner. He finds the similarities. He highlights the commonalities. He appeals to what is good in us not to our negatives.

Consider...

There are no real or fake parts of this country. We are not separated by the pro-America and anti-America parts of this nation – we all love this country, no matter where we live or where we come from. There are patriots who supported this war in Iraq and patriots who opposed it; patriots who believe in Democratic policies and those who believe in Republican policies. The men and women from Virginia and all across America who serve on our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America – they have served the United States of America.

We have always been at our best when we've had leadership that called us to look past our differences and come together as one nation, as one people; leadership that rallied this entire country to a common purpose – to a higher purpose. And I am running for President of the United States of America because that is the country we need to be right now.

This country and the dream it represents are being tested in a way that we haven't seen in nearly a century. And future generations will judge ours by how we respond to this test. Will they say that this was a time when America lost its way and its purpose? When we allowed the same divisions and fear tactics and our own petty differences to plunge this country into a dark and painful recession?

Or will they say that this was another one of those moments when America overcame? When we battled back from adversity by recognizing that common stake that we have in each other's success?

This is one of those moments. I realize you're cynical and fed up with politics. I understand that you're disappointed and even angry with your leaders. You have every right to be. But despite all of this, I ask of you what's been asked of the American people in times of trial and turmoil throughout our history. I ask you to believe – to believe in yourselves, in each other, and in the future we can build together.

It is painful to have to include a caveat before this statement but, if this thing comes off the way it should and the way Obama supporters want it to come off, it will be the most positive historic event I have seen in my lifetime. Of course, there are examples of positive historic events like the fall of the Berlin Wall but I had no personal investment in that event.

This is huge, folks. It makes no sense that there are still Americans who are so willing to undermine it.

The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment—this was the time—when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals.

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How's it going to be?
Monday 20 October 2008

This Is What We're Dealing With

on 20 Oct : 19:47  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Thursday 16 October 2008

Comments Turned Off Again

on 16 Oct : 14:18  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Sorry! Had to turn them off because we were getting more and more pornbots coming through.

I wish I knew more about this crap so I could keep them out but for now we'll just have to keep them off.

The Management
Tuesday 07 October 2008

1971

on 07 Oct : 11:18  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Thursday 02 October 2008

Republicans Can't Manage Money

on 02 Oct : 19:45  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
This is the most telling chart I've ever seen about the national debt.

From ThinkProgress:

The Swamp reports today that “on the last day of September, the national debt hit $10 trillion plus,” as the “gross national debt as a percentage of the gross domestic product has, under the Bush Administration, hit a 50-year high. The debt grew the fastest under supply-siders Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush:

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The debt was $5.7 trillion when Bush took office; the bailout legislation passed by the Senate last night would raise the debt ceiling further to $11.315 trillion. The Wonk Room has more.

Damnit, people, they will drive us to ruin trying to make millionaires or billionaires of all their buddies.
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