Friday, April 13, 2007

For once, Cheney told the truth, but...

...but the "moderate" Senate Republicans didn't tell us--until now. This gem from an article in former senator Lincoln Chafee's hometown paper, the Warwick Beacon:
Chafee is troubled by Rice’s message “to do whatever it takes” to get what you want. And he said that is what turned him off from President George W. Bush. He recalled how shortly after Bush’s win in 2000, he and other liberal Republicans had been invited for lunch with Vice President Richard Cheney. Chafee had seen Bush as one who would unite, not divide, the country.

Cheney made it clear that wasn’t going to happen.

“We’re not going to do anything we said,” Chafee said, quoting Cheney.

“That kind of set the stage for my relationship with the president after that,” Chafee added.

Of course it is obvious to anyone with the least bit of awareness that BushCheneyCo did not do anything that they had promised in campaign 2000. But the fact that Cheney actually told this group of senators that they had no intention of doing anything they had promised....well, isn't that interesting? Might things have been different if any of them had told the press at the time that he had said that? We'll never know, thanks to Chafee's party loyalty. Thanks, Linc. Hope you never run for anything again.

So It Goes

Vonnegut has died. There is nothing I can say that hasn't been said better by others. I really liked this tribute video that someone put on YouTube. There's a lot about him on YouTube for those who are interested.

Some months back, I went to take my recycling up to the bins at the nearby public library. They had had a used book sale the previous few days, and the stuff that didn't sell was recycled. So there in the bin was a copy of my favorite book, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (along with several other items that didn't sell.) Well, I couldn't let that happen, so I rescued Rosewater. I already had a copy of my own, but I figured I would pass this one along to someone. My original plan was to give it to the cool guy at the cafe next door because I figured he would know someone good to pass it along to. But I kept not remembering to do that. I recently did give it to a friend of mine and told her to give it back to me if she didn't want it. We'll see if it comes back to me or if she takes it to heart.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


Some wonderful Freeway Blogging in Chicago. Thanks as always to Bartcop, whose link to it said, "Bet you a dollar you can't click and NOT laugh out loud at this truism." And he was right.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Get your soda with sugar, while supplies last

Props to ProJo blogger Sheila Lennon for her post alerting us that for Passover, Coke puts out a batch sweetened with real sugar, not high-fructose corn syrup. She links to a post with more information about it at Off the Broiler. In case you're not familiar with the problems with high-fructose corn syrup, you can read about it from this article at Sixwise, which also gives links to other information.

For those in Rhode Island who want to buy some of the Passover Coke, I found some at the Stop & Shop on Branch Avenue in Providence and the Shaw's off of North Main Street in Providence. I posted a couple of comments on Sheila's blog about my initial unsuccessful searches for it in stores in some of the suburbs. I didn't check any other stores once I found it tonight, but I would imagine that some of the other stores in that part of Providence might have some.

The irony for me is that I actually have almost entirely given up drinking sodas starting last summer, after having been addicted to them for many years. These days I will have one only very rarely. But I bought a couple of two-liter bottles of this special batch and will no doubt drink them. Still not good for me, but better than the regular stuff at least.