It really makes me sick, what’s coming for public employees. Kiss those pensions goodbye, it’s not as if Obama’s going to help.
Even though the owner of my favorite local bistro assures me the seafood they serve is safe, she’s not sure where it’s from. I know she’s only repeating what her seafood purveyor tells her — and he’s only repeating what the fishermen are telling him. All I know is, I’m still not ready to eat anything from the Gulf:
A New Orleans law firm is challenging government assurances that Gulf Coast seafood is safe to eat in the wake of the BP oil spill, saying it poses “a significant danger to public health.”
It’s a high-stakes tug-of-war that will almost certainly end up in the courts, with two armies of scientists arguing over technical findings that could have real-world impact for seafood consumers and producers.
Citing what the law firm calls a state-of-the-art laboratory analysis, toxicologists, chemists and marine biologists retained by the firm of environmental attorney Stuart Smith contend that the government seafood testing program, which has focused on ensuring the seafood was free of the cancer-causing components of crude oil, has overlooked other harmful elements. And they say that their own testing — examining fewer samples but more comprehensively — shows high levels of hydrocarbons from the BP spill that are associated with liver damage.
“What we have found is that FDA simply overlooked an important aspect of safety in their protocol,” contends William Sawyer, a Florida-based toxicologist on Smith’s team. “We now have a sufficient number of samples to provide FDA with probable cause to include such testing, really. They need to go back and test some of their archived samples as well.”
Letting speculators drive up oil prices, why, it’s the American way!
Little Feat with one of my favorite Lowell George songs:
Even Pat Buchanan. Another great Anne Lamott column:
I have the teeniest suspicion that some of you out there might not be heavily into Christianity, so perhaps I should begin by saying that right now it is Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, which is the day that John the Baptist baptized Jesus, after which Jesus walked in the desert for 40 days mulling things over. So during Lent one is supposed to mull things over just like Jesus did.
Catholics are big on giving things up for Lent, but we Protestants mostly just mull. So I personally get to mull over my craziness and my pathological self-justification and my profound lack of willingness to forgive.
As I said to an audience in Indianapolis, I am not one of those Christians who is heavily into forgiveness. And someone later asked me, “What kind of Christian are you?” and I said, “I’m the other kind.”
So during this Lenten season, I have to deal with all the rage I feel against Republicans. I asked my friend the priest if it was a problem for Jesus that I hated the Republicans and he said, Oh no, Jesus hates them too. But I thought that despite what this holy man of God said I should take a look at my incredible anger at the Grand Old Party, as I believe it is called.
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Thanks to Lady Soul for all the magic you’ve brought for so many years:
It was so windy that, when I finally went out to clean off my car, the snow was all blown away. Yay! (Plus, my walk and driveway was already clear, thanks to my landlords.)
P.S. The beef stew is fabulous. I do love me some root vegetables!