January, 2010 Monthly archive

[h/t] Heath

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This was classic Obama, and it’s really amazing and fresh.

Please take the time to watch it, or read it.

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I found this pretty easy, but I am a junkie.

What’s depressing though is what Jonathon Chait points out:

Relevant fact: only 26% of Americans know that it takes 60 Senators to break a filibuster. Perhaps that’s why President Obama went out of his way to point it out in last night’s speech.


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Beej and myself (Choof in there somewhere …) representing Juice.

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I recently accepted a new work schedule, which I just started this week: Sun->Wed, with Thurs optional depending on workload.

On typical workdays, my breakfast consisted of a (free) piece of fruit (thanks, Intel!) and coffee, which for a breakfast lover like myself, is pretty sad.

To me, breakfast is the ultimate playground for innovation. It’s that time in the morning when you’re peaking in your fridge and pantry, dreaming up an ultimate combo. With an extra day off, it gives me an extra opportunity to create said combo, and I definitely delivered today.

Inspired by a recent NYT article about turning dinner into hash, I decided that last nights shredded beef I made for tacos was definitely making it into some hash. In fact, I decided this as the beef was finishing up last night, which placed somewhat of a damper on my tacos, as dreams of beautiful hash danced through my head.

So, without further ado, I present spicy shredded beef hash.  I apologize if the pictures are a little blurry, but I was shaking with anticipation.  Let’s be honest here: you’re lucky I stopped to take any pictures at all.

Lord knows how many calories are in this, but I do know one thing: I don’t care.

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Wake Up, Freak Out – then Get a Grip from Leo Murray on Vimeo.


I won’t claim to be able to support any of the scientific claims in these videos, but I wholeheartedly support the sentiment.

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Intitial first reactions:

  • I was surprised at how he captured the audience at the end.  You could hear a pin drop in those last paragraphs.
  • I loved the smack down on the Senate:

I know it’s an election year. And after last week, it is clear that campaign fever has come even earlier than usual. But we still need to govern. To Democrats, I would remind you that we still have the largest majority in decades, and the people expect us to solve some problems, not run for the hills. And if the Republican leadership is going to insist that sixty votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town, then the responsibility to govern is now yours as well. Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it’s not leadership. We were sent here to serve our citizens, not our ambitions. So let’s show the American people that we can do it together. This week, I’ll be addressing a meeting of the House Republicans. And I would like to begin monthly meetings with both the Democratic and Republican leadership. I know you can’t wait.

  • I loved how he gave credit to the House for passing so many bills. It subtly highlighted how the Senate is responsible for so much gridlock
  • I would have liked a more detailed explanation of what is in the health care bill. It seemed like a great opportunity to clear up some confusion.
  • I was surprised when the Republicans didn’t stand for a lot of things in this speach. Reducing deficits? Tax cuts? Enforcing immigration laws? Really? You don’t like that?

I’d call it a success.

Now go check out Nate Silver’s list of House Democrats at risk of voting no on the Senate version of the health care bill. If you see your Representative, make a phone call.

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Removed, event over.

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If I told you how many times a day I watch this video…

Oldie but soooo goodie.

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Sorry, I had to. Source of the image and other related humor can be found at jezebel.com

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I have no idea why this is stuck in my head, but it is. Now you’re infected.

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If you guys are interested, Engadget is doing a live blog of today’s Apple event. It’s all but certain that their new tablet will be announced today, which a lot of people have been waiting patiently for. Other speculation suggests that the iPhone will be coming to Verizon today, as well as a new version of iLive. Click on the image above or this link to watch (read?) along.

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No relation to Nelly Furtado. Actually, I’m not 100% sure about that. Based on their music, I’m assuming they’re not related. I’ll make this one short and sweet. I went on a downloading spree the other day, and downloaded roughly 350 albums. This is one of the first ones I’ve listened to, and the entire album is unbelievable. The album has a raw, yet refined sound to it. It’s pretty much the perfect fusion of blues and jazz guitar played in almost a bluegrass/slide strumming patern.

When I listen to this song, I picture : Myself (for some reason), grabbing my own ass cheeks, biting my bottom lip, snarling my nose, strutting down a crowded street and nodding my head at nearly every girl I see. Can I get an “Ay Bay Bay”?

Tony Furtado – Fat Fry on the Hog Farm

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Reading liberal blogs these days is a lot like reading advice columns:  Obama shouldn’t have done that.  Obama should do this. I can’t believe Obama did that!  FIGHT, BARACK, FIGHT!!

One thing that I’ve learned about Barack Obama, though, is that he never punches when you want him to.  He sits back, takes punches, amasses criticism, and right when you can’t take it any longer, right at that exact moment when you feel like the whole world is coming down around him…POW!!  He smokes you right in the jaw.

Remember Hillary Clinton?  Jeremiah Wright?  John McCain?  Those health care town hall meetings?


It’s the rope-a-dope writ large.  Let your opponent creep on in, take up all the oxygen, and then right when they think they got you, you hit back and you hit hard.

Bottom line?  Hold your judgment until after the SOTU.  We’ll see where we stand then.

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