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Starbucks Pike Place Roast BzzCmpaign

Bzz is a word of mouth advertising group. In its early days it was micro-progamming on the street in exchange for free products. But the concept worked so well that it has moved mainstream. Now they wish full disclosure to anyone you might influence as well as honesty in what you say.

So, they sent me a 12oz bag of Starbucks Pike Place Roast and a 5oz intro size bag of Caffe Verona ground coffees.Collapse )
In short, it's all good. Both the Pike Place Roast and the Caffe Verona are strong, deep and smooth with a chocolate undertone. Pike has the emphasis on strong, while Verona is more chocolately.

I think I may be living in upside down land

A Tea-bagger Republican wins Ted Kennedy's Senate seat. The Supreme Courts decides that Corporations are individuals who have the right to make all the political contributions they wish. And the Washington Post reports that the National Enquirer is putting in for a Pulitzers Prize for their John Edwards story. Things grow ever more bizzare.

ETA: And it is just a major bummer that Air America Radio is going under and will no longer broadcast. Hope Amy Goodman lands a great new gig.
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e-mailed from Seaman David: Things Only a Republican Could Believe

· Parents who don't want their children to pray in school are Anti-American zealots -- Parents who don't want their children to listen to a speech by the President of the United States telling them to work hard and get good grades are noble patriots.

· Peacefully demonstrating against the country starting an international war is treason -- Showing up with automatic weapons to protest healthcare reform is democracy at its finest.

· Any government official with a desk job should have every action scrutinized -- Any government official with a badge and a gun should never be questioned or disrespected. At all. Ever.

· Questioning the legitimacy of an election because the "winner" was selected by the Supreme Court is sour grapes -- Questioning the legitimacy of an election because the winner (by the largest number of votes in American history) is really a Kenyan born Muslim despite all evidence to the contrary is being a vigilant American.

· Lying about a blowjob is an impeachable offense -- Lying about a war is no big deal, really.

· Investigating a shady land deal involving the First Lady is a matter of National Identity -- Investigating the use of torture at the direction of the Executive Branch is a partisan witch hunt.

· Executing Japanese officers for waterboarding prisoners during WWII shows that we have the moral high-ground on human rights -- Waterboarding prisoners of our own shows that we have the moral high-ground on human rights.

· Sitting two rows in front of Jane Fonda in a 1970 anti-war rally is an OUTRAGE! Shaking Saddam's hand in 1983...meh, not so much.

· Anyone who questions the president during a time of war is giving aide and comfort to the enemy and should be deported...unless the president in question has a (D) next to their name in which case you should undermine them at every turn even if you have to routinely make shit up to do it.

· Socialism, Marxism, Communism and Fascism are all interchangeable words that mean pretty much the same thing.

· Anyone who abuses drugs should be locked up indefinitely...unless they are a popular Republican radio host in which case they need your prayers as they recover from the illness of addiction.

· Health Insurance companies have your best interests in mind and anyone who thinks otherwise is trying to turn America into the Godless heathen nation of Sweden where EVERYONE in the country dies (eventually).

· Obama is an atheist communist Muslim who attended a radical Christian church.

· Believing that human activity could impact the global environment is crazy talk -- believing that an invisible man in the sky personally told George Bush to invade Iraq to fulfill Biblical prophecy is logically sound.

· The media are unquestionably biased against Republicans -- Talk Radio, The Washington Times, The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, Rightwing Blogs, Fox News and NewsCorp are not part of the media.

· The government should have no part in regulating multi-national corporations as they make decisions that impact the lives of millions of people -- Government should regulate individuals by determining who they can marry, what kind of intercourse they can have, what they can smoke, how to manage their pregnancy and how to proceed with end of life decisions.

· Communicating with hostile nations is a stab in the back to our great nation -- Reagan communicating with the USSR during the Cold War was Political Genius.

· Iran is a mortal threat to our nation and anyone who attempts to talk to them is traitorous scum -- Selling weapons to Iran and then funneling the money to start wars in Central America is clearly in our National interest.

· George Bush kept the nation safe after 9-11 (NOTE: the Anthrax attacks, the DC Sniper and Hurricane Katrina don't count. Also, the fact that 9-11 happened on his watch despite receiving a security briefing specifically warning of the attack doesn't count either.)

· Social Security, Medicare, public schooling, public libraries, fire departments, police departments and the US Military are as American as Apple Pie -- Universal healthcare is DEATHPANELSOCIALISM!!

· George W Bush is a regular 'ole Texas rancher just like you and me despite the fact that he was born in Connecticut, attended two Ivy League schools, bought the Crawford ranch just before running for president, sold it immediately after leaving office and is terrified of horses.

· The two guys at the center of the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals are trustworthy voices in discussions of current national policy and should be taken at face-value.
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Fired up and Ready to Go!

Great speech at the Target Center. I was thinking of trying to drag myself out to it, but fortuately the crowds were huge early on and I could safely stay home and watch on tv. Thanks and blessings to those who camped out all night and stood in blocks long lines to scream for change. I heard what I wanted to hear. He came out looking like he was ready to rumble (sans the leather coat and cig, of course) and promised that "They can't stop us." Make it so. Yay team. (Go Gophers and Twins also!) I'm sorry I'm not feeling up to going out. It would be a lovely day to be on the streets of the warehouse district.
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Shocked by Fox News! Delighted with Begala & Blumenthal

I was distracted and didn't realize that I had the tv on Ch 9 until I suddenly attended to the story on Obama's speech. It seems that the healthcare debate has reached a turning point, at the moment Wilson opened his mouth on the house floor. Gulp. Apparently, a healthcare bill is now inevitable and it's all his fault because his behavior was disgraceful. I don't know what I expected them to say, but that wasn't it.

Begala has a lovely piece on CNN
Commentary: Obama lucky with his enemies
by Paul Begala

I particularly love the conclusion:
In an important new book, "Republican Gomorrah, Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party," journalist Max Blumenthal reports how a party once epitomized by honorable conservatives like Bob Dole, George H.W. Bush and John McCain has come to be dominated by extremists, lunatics and just plain creepy people.

Blumenthal says, "The GOP has become subsumed by dysfunctional personalities with no capacity for restraining themselves, either from acting out hysterically or from their most devious urges. For these internally conflicted figures, who will continue to produce new and increasingly bizarre scandals, right-wing political crusading is simply a form of self-medication."

Contrast the Republican rogues' gallery of Wilson, Sanford, Boustany, Duvall and Palin with the faces of the Democratic Party: the Obamas, the Bidens, the Clintons and Justice Sotomayor, and ponder how truly blessed Barack Obama is by the quality of his opponents.

I love it. That's just choice. And gee, he didn't even mention Ms Bachmann, inspiration to seed artists throughout the state. And lest I forget which scandal goes with which name after the link has gone away:

Wilson: the Rep from SC who called the President a liar during a joint session. He just couldn't control himself, he explained. This from a retired Col. who served decades and retired from the reserves to the CiC on the House floor, no less. And a Birther to boot.

Sanford: the Gov of SC who has the amazing ability to be solitary hiking in the Mountains while actually running off for five days. To Argentina. At taxpayer expense, some say. But hey, this wasn't some cheap affair, he was truly in love.

Boustany: The solemn doctor who delivered the GOP response to the speech, Lord Boustany, oops just Rep Boustany (LA)--he got a refund and they were convicted of selling fraudulent titles. Turns out that he needed a career change from heart surgeon, there were repeated malpractice suits and one finding of substandard care by the Review Panel.

Duvall: The CA State Senator who sat at a hot mike and bragged about bedding two lobbyists with extreme disipline. A real blow to those who were so proud of his 100% voting record on family values, of which he was a loud and renown champion.

Palin: Good Ol' Sarah "Death Panels" Palin, who was unleashed upon our poor country right here in our rivertwin cities. This woman just can't be parodied. And, sadly, I don't think she can be forgotten.

I actually made it to the fair.

It is a wonder to me just how delighted I was to trundle in through the main gate with a majority of the kids and all of the grandkids. They were a glory of tie-dyes. We hit the Education bldg first off and something about Toni's dark hair mingling with Anika's blond tresses reminded me vividly of going there with my mom, so long ago. It's my favorite activity at the fair and Anika was in fine form, so it was about perfect. By the time they could drag me out, Corwin had to dash off for his meeting, so Dee and the little ones drove him in and headed home for a nap. The girls took Anika on a whirlwind tour, ending up with Midway games. Toni outdid herself and Anika ended up with a huge selection of stuffed animals, most of which had names and personalities by the time I caught up with them. Since Dee is fabulous, I had Anika's lunch in my stuff and met up with them just as she remembered it and wanted it. Then the ladies headed home to prepare for 3-day fest fun.

A new feature of the fair for me this year was people saying: "M'am, can I help you sit down?" The answer to that question is always yes. If people around you are concerned and think you should sit down, then you probably should. I pushed myself way too hard. I was totally caught in the moment and not thinking about my lungs at all. But it was delightful. I made cornhusk dolls with a charming elderly gent and a sweet young pre-teen girl leading the show. I mistook a blue change button and had a sparkfilled healthcare argument with a dedicated GOPer. I was quite surprised by his views and I could tell that some of my points were unexpected for him. His wife calmed knitted non-stop. We acquired a small crowd, but nobody said anything. When we were shaking hands at the end, I finally noticed that his button was put out by the GOP and it was complaining about change, not endorsing it. It's probably just as well, though. If I had known, I would never have bothered to talk to him about it and it was probably good for both of us. I am so sick of the GOPers that I interact with on the net, that I feel no connection to them at all. Talking in person got past that. And I met a lovely woman who was one of eleven kids, the survivors and off-spring scattered all over MN and beyond, so they meet at the fair. I found a five dollar bill and was quite upset that I couldn't find the owner. I asked five or six of the most likely candidates, but they all said no. Finally a little old lady hobbled over and told me to sit down with her and have a cigarette. When I finished it, she pointed out that I'd been sitting with it, where I found it, for about half an hour. If the owner hadn't come back to look by now, he never would. She clasped my hand and told me that I was very sweet, but that I should accept that the money was meant for me and that I should enjoy it. What a delightful woman, she made me feel a lot better and I took her advice. The fair is always a poignant reminder of how wonderful Minnesota folks are.

I hit the traditional haunts. Science and Technology was called the Eco Building this year. The 4H bldg was buzzing and filled with kids learning different things. The free trolly was handy. The seed art in Horticulture was fabulous. So impressive. The butter carvings looked luscious. The Miracle of Birth was a wonder. So much cute. I arrived at the FFA room at a really slow time. The teenage pair of workers were truly delighted to have someone come by. They weren't a couple and the atmosphere was getting pretty thick by the time I happened along, so I received their best tour-guide efforts. I heard quite a bit about the future of farming. I have to admit, I loved their passion and had sympathy for their social akwardness, so I stayed quite a while. (Until I could capture them another target, actually. The room reeked of cow and most people steered clear of the doorway.)

I hit all the tv stations and NPR. A lovely elderly couple, dressed in fancy cowboy clothes decorated with a fine collection of fair pins, saved me a seat at the Chanel 4 six pm newscast, just in case I showed up, which was so sweet. Our end of the bleachers didn't get any of the food samples, but we got the CDs from the featured musical group, Marcoux Corner, an a Cappella group. I won a large french fries, but I'd already shared one with the girls and had eaten a ton of them. I started to give it away, but then thought of bringing them home to Salli. What was another two pounds with all the junk I was already carrying?

I appeased the dogs by collecting a Sweet Martha's cookie pail full of dog treat. Dropped corndogs, cheese curds, assorted street finds, and filled to the brim at the end with pork chop bones, many with large chunks of meat. It took several hours for the two of them to work their way through it all and by that time, they had known my exact whereabouts for hours and had worked off their anxiety by knawing on all the bones. It was a rare long absence for them, but the treats worked like a charm. The only sour note all day long was during a seemingly endless wait downtown for the 11 bus home. This gorgeous young man sat down next to me on the bench and asked if he could come home with me. The shocked disbelief on my face was probably answer enough, but I heard myself saying that none of my kids were home, so there wouldn't be anything for him to do. He was even more embarrassed than I was and quickly fled, but it freaked me out. Over the years, I have brought home more kids than I can count, but there was something different about this. He wasn't in danger and seeking help. I don't know what he wanted. I just hope it wasn't a Tarot reading. But something about it was too weird for me, so I didn't talk to anyone else. But still, a fabulous day at the fair. And even though I be paying for it physically for a while yet, I am really happy I managed to go.
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More adventures with Facebook

On one of LauraJean's posts there was a lively disagreement about the liberal bias of media and global warming. One woman seemed a typical dittohead and being unable to support her position with facts or reason, she had descended to vitrol and insults by the time I happened upon it. I snapped and responded with: "Heather, you sound nuts and your grammer is bad. Get a clue." The moment I saw it, I noticed "grammer" which made me laugh enough to reset my mood. Later, clearing out my e-mail, I find notification for a fb msg:

Stupid Lib!
(Heather Lorraine Rosenow)
Thanks for tour idiot comment fatty! Go hump a tree!

A number of responses leapt to mind. I considered LOLing it, because I actually had. But I made two posts to another thread which I had gone to for the express purpose of LOLing Larry for his Lutheran comment without managing to do so. So if he didn't get one, why should she. He was wry and gentle, she was petty and meanspirited. But you gotta love that her short response actually contains a grammar error and typo. I checked out her bio and was amused to discover that she considers herself a big fan of PETA2, mentioning it numerous times, and also of Sarah Palin. I noticed that she was the kids' age and decided not to bother to respond. When I clicked back to close the page, I noticed the title line and discovered that I have no self-control today. I couldn't resist. I fired back this response:

You are certainly welcome. You richly deserve that and more. And allow me to commend you for the excellent job you have done of Liberating your Stupid! You are a truly fine warrior for Stupid Lib. Pushing your white hood up in your icon photo was a brave choice. Have fun teabagging.

No good will come of this. She'll probably arrive on my doorstep and shoot me. But I just could not resist. Maybe if I hadn't been wondering what that white thing on her head was... But worst of all, a horrible thought struck me while I was writing this. I clicked over to fb to grab the quotes and noticed my own icon. A shot from the wedding of me and Martin which is cropped kinda funny. She might think that I'm the one in blue. That thought killed the humor for me. That's very different then. But, too late, I've already responded and even once was too much. Barney Frank is right about trying to argue with these people. Studies have demonstrated that offering facts and evidence contrary to their opinions actually increase the strength of their beliefs. It's a pointless exercise. (And it annoys the pig...) Better to just say "Here's your sign." and move on.

Somewhat to my surprise I find that she did respond:

Heather Lorraine Rosenow
Ha ha ha...when Obama is taking 60% or more of your paycheck from you because your dumb lazy fat fucking ass voted the Natzi in, then you will be begging to tell me how right I am with my opinions. Also, when you get on his health care plan, (which he wont let the American public read any of what is in the GOD DAMN bill) I hope you will be happy with dying instead of getting help how you would on the healthcare plan how it is today!!! I've never come across a smart liberal yet. None of them can stand up to me on current goverment issues and win in a debate. So you just keep being a lazy American...I hope the immigrants you don't mind paying for spit in your face someday!!! Burn in hell bitch!!!

She then proceeded to block me, presumably to avoid any response. giggle. Well, that was easy.
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