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A new Muppets movie

I love the Muppets. I wish they’d bring the TV show back:


I might have mentioned before that I have an idea for a home improvement product with real potential, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to market it. (A lawyer friend even wrote up a non-disclosure agreement for me so I could shop the idea around.)

However, this morning I talked to my old boss, the management consultant. He told me to stay away from those patent companies (“They’re all crooks”) and that no major company will entertain ideas from outsiders because they don’t know what their own people might have in the pipeline, and they don’t want the potential legal exposure. But he does know someone in a related industry “as honest as the day is long” who might be willing to offer some direction, and that he would call him next week.

So who knows? I’ve done patent searches, I can’t find anything like this. I’ve seen a commercial product that’s somewhat similar, but not the same.

But clouds got in my way

Interesting article about clouds and the people who collect their images.

For Philly foodies

On Saturday, June 11, A Full Plate Café will be hosting its 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off at Liberty Lands Park in Northern Liberties from noon–3:30 p.m. Professional and amateur teams will compete in three separate categories of chili: classic red chili, white chili and vegan chili

Beginning at noon, cook-off competitors will be serving up tastes of their creations, accompanied by A Full Plate Café’s sides including regular and veggie hot dogs, baked potatoes, nachos and corn bread. Soft drinks will also be available for purchase as well as brews from Chili Cook-Off sponsor Philadelphia Brewing Company.

All guests will be given a wristband, a spoon and a ballot in order to vote for the People’s Choice winner, which will be announced at 2:30pm.

Think the secret family chili recipe has what it takes to take the crown? Those interested in competing must register before Friday, June 3, at 4 p.m. Entry forms are available at the cafe. Or t o register a team ($25) contact info@afullplate.net or call (215) 627-4068. Team themes, decorations and costumes are highly encouraged.

A Full Plate Café’s First Annual Chili Cook Off
When: Saturday, June 11, noon-3:30 p.m.
Where: Liberty Lands Park, 3rd and Wildy Streets
Cost: $10 adults, $5 kids under 12, Free kids under 5.
More Info: www.facebook.com/event

Praying away the gay

Honest to God, it boggles the mind to which some people have twisted the ideas of a Jewish carpenter from Nazareth, essentially setting themselves above the law on anything they see fit:

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Georgia, Amanda Booker claims that a sheriff’s department forced her to see “ex-gay” therapists paid by the county rather than take her to mandated psychiatric treatment.

The Georgia Voice reports on the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Georgia against the Bartow County sheriff’s department and others charging violation of constitutional rights.

“Booker alleges in the suit that after her family called the Bartow County Sheriff’s Department in April 2010 to have her committed to a psychiatric hospital due to her drug addiction, the deputies ignored a judge’s order to take her to Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital in Rome, Ga,” reports the Voice.

Instead, the lawsuit alleges that Booker was taken to a different hospital after she began having seizures. Lt. Mark Mayton of the Bartow Sheriff’s department began to harass Booker about her lesbian relationship in the hospital, the suit charges, and upon her release from the hospital, Mayton transported her to his friend’s home in his personal vehicle, where Booker remained for up to one week.

Later, according to the lawsuit as reported by the Voice, Mayton took Booker to the private residence of self-described “evangelists” Chris and Donna McDowell. The couple received $600 in county money to attempt to “convert” Booker from being a lesbian.

The suit seeks an undetermined amount of jury award for the damages Booker claims she suffered from the false arrest and harassment.


Red Cross workers are striking here and in NJ. The national Red Cross has traditionally been an organization that pays extremely well at the top — and very poorly at the bottom. Biggest complaints: understaffing and unsafe working conditions.


Keep this woman away from my Liberty Bell.

Oh, and “Restoration” is a fundie dogwhistle. They believe this was a Bible-ruled government that has been corrupted by commies and hippies, and that the “right” people will restore it to its former Godly glory.

Chris Christie

One of the stupider things he’s tried to do — and that’s saying something:

NEW YORK, NY – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is threatening to throw in the towel on the nation’s first-ever effort to cut climate pollution from power plants. That news is drawing sharp reaction from “green” groups in the tri-state area.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, commonly known as REGGIE, is a cooperative effort by New York, New Jersey and eight other states to reduce carbon emissions. Gov. Christie is threatening to pull the Garden State out of the program by year’s end because he says it doesn’t work. But Jackson Morris, senior policy adviser with the PACE Energy and Climate Center, says there are plenty of people with new jobs and lower utility bills in New York and New Jersey who would beg to differ.

“REGGIE has put a price on carbon and delivered thousands of jobs and saved millions of dollars for energy bills in both states under the program.”

Morris disputes Christie’s claim that the agreement has failed to reduce emissions, but he does agree that work still needs to be done to ensure that carbon caps are set at the most effective levels. He says the feds are already reviewing that aspect of the program.

Dave Gahl, policy director for Environmental Advocates of New York, says what’s happening in New Jersey echoes previous efforts, funded by conservative organizations, to try to get other states to pull out of the ten-state organization.

UPDATE: Hmm, maybe I’m wrong. Sounds like Christie’s at least put some thought into this, and admits that climate change is man-made — which indicates he won’t be running for president.

Corporate campaign cash

We need a constitutional amendment:

A ruling by a federal judge in Virginia makes it legal for corporations to contribute directly to candidates for federal office in a case likely to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.


Yeah, but America’s different!

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