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Neil Diamond

September 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Tomorrow at this time my wife and I will be seated in Seattle’s Key Arena seeing Neil Diamond in concert. The tickets were an impulse purchase weeks ago. We rarely go to concerts. When we do, we are frustrated, or at least I am, by some aspect of the event. The acoustics, the impossibility of resolving the artist from a great distance, the annoying people next to us. All three. (Van Morrison, November 2006, but that’s another story.) Why, then, are we going to see Neil Diamond? He’s not even in my top ten list of artists. Or top one hundred for that matter. If I could think of a hundred artists. But I have a memory, a faint one now, and because of that memory, we’re going. Read more…

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Categories: Culture, Music, Travel

Sarah Palin, IV

September 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Michael Cooper of the New York Times has been following Sarah Palin around town today as she meets with world leaders in New York. Cooper reports that as photographers were led into a meeting of Palin and Henry Kissinger, they were talking about Georgia, in which context Palin said “Good, good. And you’ll give me more insight on that, also, huh? Good.” Another area of expertise for Kissinger is lying, but she won’t be needing more insight on that.

Henry Kissinger and Sarah Palin together

Henry Kissinger and Sarah Palin

Categories: Politics, Today's News

Chocolate-Mockolate

September 23, 2008 1 comment

There was a report on NBC’s Today Show last Friday with an accompanying print version about Hershey’s’ switch “to less expensive ingredients in several of its products. In particular, cocoa butter — the ingredient famous for giving chocolate its creamy, melt-in-your-mouth texture — has been replaced with vegetable oil.” The report goes on to explain that the “removal of cocoa butter violates the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s definition of milk chocolate, so subtle changes have appeared on the labels of the Hershey’s products with altered recipes. Products once labeled ‘milk chocolate’ now say ‘chocolate candy,’ ‘made with chocolate’ or ‘chocolatey.'”

This is depressing for any number of reasons, but what caught my eye, or ear, was Cybele May’s comment on the show that a “lot of people don’t notice it. The package looks exactly the same. I feel betrayed by Hershey’s. They’re giving me an inferior product and they’re not even telling me … . I call it mockolate, which is basically a fake chocolate product.” Ms May writes the Candy Blog, and has commented at length on the issues. For example, a post last Saturday discusses what wasn’t covered on the Today Show interview.

What is it that caught my ear? Read more…

Categories: Food, Language

Sarah Palin, III

September 23, 2008 Leave a comment

In my first post on Sarah Palin, I made reference to Andrew Sullivan’s series of posts at The Daily Dish on her lies. He has just posted a summary of what he calls the “twelve documented lies that Sarah Palin has told on the public record.” Have a look (by clicking the link or reading below).
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Categories: Politics