29 August 2005

God, I hate these people

Since the beginning of time envy and greed has shaped the world. I suppose it's human nature. But to become civilized we have learned to treat each other with respect, celebrate our differences and live together in harmony, right?

Since I cannot figure out how to seperate my rage this will probably be long and rambling.

Will someone please tell Bush that we know he is a liar? Can we get him a ticket on the clue bus?

We know that his motivation is all for himself and his cronies. None of what he is doing is for the good of the world. What he is doing is all for himself and his "2% of the population friends." And he's doing it by distracting the public with other things. Like not responding to hurricane Katrina and the disasters in New Orleans, Gulfport and Biloxi in the proper manner. And, to deflect the blame, he's pointing fingers at Louisiana's government.

Excuse me? FEMA doesn't fall under Governor Blanco's jurisdiction.

I am constantly disgusted with the Bush administration's spin on their agenda. Every day I read of permanent tax breaks for this industry or permanent elimination of estate tax. Permanent this. Permanent that. Corporate greed run amok. I see CEOs, CFOs and COOs take millions of dollars in bonuses from their struggling industries — ones that they have helped cripple — while they expect the people who actually do the work to foot the bill either through slashing salaries, underfunding pensions or both. I watch as industries are laying off workers who have spent their entire careers building these corporations to magnificent heights have the lives they've planned through retirement crushed by a bunch of greedy, heartless bastards.

The arrogance of these so-called leaders, particularly the self-righteous Dubya and his apparently blind disciples, is embarrasing for us all over the world. Surely they realize that as they have swiftly rewritten laws and regulations to pat the backs and pad the pockets of family, friends, supporters and the wealthy few, that we — the many who realize that what they've done and continue to do is like a cancer upon the health of this country — can and will elect leaders who will reverse their poor, corrupt actions just as quickly. Six years ago, we had a president who couldn't, apparently, keep his pants on. But we were in good shape. We didn't have a $500 billion deficit. We weren't paying $4+/gallon for gasoline.

Hurricane? Save it. If we weren't already wasting lives and money chasing after the ever elusive weapons of mass destruction, we'd be better prepared to care for our own, here on the Gulf Coast, and in New Orleans.

16 August 2005

Who comes up with this crap?

I am driving home from my job in advertising, and I already know the answer to this question: some poor schmuck chained to a desk expected to come up with something "creative" for a moron with a marketing degree that has no idea how to be creative... yet they have the final say, don't they, because they're paying the bills.

No, that doesn't make them smart or creative, but I still have to pay my mortgage.

"Gourmet Combo to Go" is what I just saw on an outdoor board for Krystal. This is false advertising. There is nothing on the menu at Krystal that can be considered "gourmet". KRYSTAL. A dry square bun with a puck of beef, a dry square bun with a puck of chicken and a dry teeny weenie on a bun, slathered with chili and cheese are not gourmet. Even if you throw in the high-calorie, chemically modified, sugar laden, over-iced soft drink and the crappy fries. Not even the ketchup helps.


Just like Extreme Jell-o. What!? What the hell is extreme about Jell-o? A hideous food-coloring combination that resembles snot? I don't think so. What's extreme is that these corporations will stop at nothing to get people to buy their poor excuses for food. Let's see, we're losing marketshare because people are getting better educated about what they eat -- they don't care to eat the by-products of horse hooves.

Hmm. I know! Let's market to people that don't know any better (read: kids) who will help create demand for another few years.

Not cool. Anybody see the segment in the movie "Super Size Me" where we're told about how Sodexho, among others, has successfully filled our schools with crap -- all backed by the major food corporations? And, how about the vignette about the school for problem children, in Appleton, Wisconsin, where the lunch ladies prepare food like they did many years ago? No prepared foods? No convenience foods? No instant-from-the-box foods?

Those kids don't seem to be so problematic anymore. They're not eating chopped, pressed pork lips enhanced for flavor! Or, powdered flakes of so-called potatoes whipped into an unappetizing, oddly-flavored plop. Because their bodies are chemically functioning like they should be, many of the problems with aggression, attention disorders and other maladies have virtually disappeared. They're getting good grades and improving. Guess what? The superintendent says it costs the same to run the cafeteria this way.

Our options at the grocery aren't getting any slimmer, although fewer and further between. I am going continue buying my "Always Fresh" vegetables from Easy-Way. I'm going to buy free-range chickens at the health food store. All-natural beef can come from mail order. And, cooking on Sundays for the week is not a hard thing to do. In the end, I'll eat better and have all the convenience I need from a Tupperware container or FoodSaver bag. And, it'll be gourmet.

04 August 2005

High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Kate Hopkins,, suggests creating a clearinghouse of food and beverages that contain it. Health horrors and corporate greed are debated at

Although I've avoided a lot of processed food in the past, watching "Super Size Me" disgusted me to the point that I went through my entire kitchen to rid my pantry of anything with HFCS in it. I rarely ever eat fast food, and I cook at home rather than eating out. But, there a are still a few things I'll rarely indulge in, like an occaisonal Coca-Cola or Mountain Dew, but most everything else is outta here.

I think it's funny that what used to be regular back in the sixties, is now light. Like DelMonte Peaches, for instance. The "regular" has twice the calories and contains HFCS, while the light version contains sugar, instead. For the last ten days, my nephews-in-law were here for a visit. I wanted to make them a pie and I needed a graham cracker crust. I normally avoid pre-packaged and/or convenience foods, but because I was pressed for time, I considered a store bought graham cracker crust. I found HFCS on the labels for both Nabisco Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crusts and Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crumbs. I gave up and bought berries and natural ice cream.

I'm sure, at least for the moment, our livers are thanking us. Read up on HFCS. It'll change the way you look at shopping for groceries.