The Banana Peel of Destiny – James Howard Kunstler

Is this the beginning of the big slide?

“For those of you interested in the reality side of things, here’s the scoop: The price of oil is going to go way up, and way down, and way up again, and way down again until everyone is too broke to ask for any, and companies are too ruined to go get it for them, and governments are too broken to interfere in the process.”

via The Banana Peel of Destiny

The Truth About GOP Hero Ayn Rand | Tea Party and the Right | AlterNet

From Alternet: “For good measure, Rand dismissed the feminist movement as ‘false’ and ‘phony,’ denigrated both Arabs and Native Americans as ‘savages’ (going so far as to say the latter had no rights and that Europeans were right to take North American lands by force) and expressed horror that taxpayer money was being spent on government programs aimed at educating ‘subnormal children’ and helping the handicapped. Needless to say, when Rand told Mike Wallace in 1953 that altruism was evil, that selfishness is a virtue, and that anyone who succumbs to weakness or frailty is unworthy of love, she meant it.

via The Truth About GOP Hero Ayn Rand | Tea Party and the Right | AlterNet.

Jerusalem fartichokes

I learned this the hard way, and so did Leif, who accompanied me on a long jog after I had lunched on Jerusalem Artichokes.

Didn’t take long to confirm that this easiest vegetable to grow has one major drawback:

“There is a reason why these vegetables are known as fartichokes. The cause is something indigestible called inulin. In 1621 the writer John Goodyer wrote, ‘…in my judgement, which way soever they be drest and eaten they stir up and cause a filthie loathsome stinking winde with the bodie, thereby causing the belly to bee much pained and tormented…. more fit for swine, than men.’ The last bit is a bit harsh. Wind is a small price to pay for the enjoyment of Jerusalem artichokes.”

via THE GREAT BIG VEGETABLE CHALLENGE: J is for Jerusalem artichokes, roasted..

The more I think about it, the righter I get

Really, people, Saturday Night Live is an American sacred cow that needs to be sacrificed yesterday.

I can’t count the number of hours I have spent sitting through commercials hoping it would live up to the hype and the illegitimate legend.

Lorne Michaels deserves his own wing in the Hall of Infamy for the lameness he has wrung from talented people over 30-some years of underachievement.

Why is this not Item #1 in the national entertainment conversation?

Saturday Night Live is the worst “great show” in the history of television.

Prove me wrong. I dare you. This show has resulted in more disappointment than any 90 minutes in a century of American media.