Archive for June, 2005

tiger sushi

June 25, 2005

Nothing says Sushi like the Mall of America. But seriously, it was pretty good. A neat little glass fishbowl in the middle of all the hordes of lower life forms shuffling about. Lots of finger pointing and screwed up faces looking in as we enjoyed surprisingly good sushi. J.R. our sushi chef helped make things even better. We were there celebrating a friend’s 40th birthday and he helped to make it really special.Tasting the octopus (I’m not up on the Japanese names — yet) and this amazing clam before he made us our rolls was a real treat and made me very comfortable ordering everything. I’ve only had sushi a couple of times and I plan on making it a regular dinner item from here on out. Simply amazing flavors.

I’ve been to Origami in Minneapolis and a place in San Francisco that I can’t recall the name of. It’s been too long to really compare the sushi, but we had a lot of fun, ate great sushi and were treated wonderfully by the staff (and especially J.R.) lsat night.

We’ll be back soon.

thimerosal coverup: abc news

June 24, 2005

ABC News has pretty much always sucked, but this maneuver really pushes them off the edge. This is getting quite a bit of play in the alternative press and we’ll see how far it goes.Essentially, RFK Jr. and bunch of other people are upset that the drug companies have poisoned us and our children with a preservative containing mercury (thimerosal) in our inoculations. ABC had a story in the can that was harsh towards the CDC and the drug companies. The night before it was scheduled to run, someone high-up in the Disney food-chain killed it. After hundreds of angry calls and emails, they re-edited the piece and ran it as a defense of thimerosal, as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. responded, shocking “even people who were already cynical about the journalism on network news.”

corn

June 19, 2005

Just spent a half-hour getting the almost 3-year old to go to sleep. He’s suddenly acquired an unnatural fear of corn.His 5 year-old brother has vowed to eat any that might sneak into their room tonight.

That is all.

just imagine what they could do if they actually spent some time chasing criminals

June 18, 2005

According to an article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, More than 10,000 motorists were ticketed for not wearing seat belts in a statewide enforcement campaign, the state Department of Public Safety said Thursday.This was part of an organized attempt to crack down on non-seatbelt wearers in the state. I wear my seatbelt, and have since the day I crashed in the 1966 Mustang 17 years ago. I think people are silly not to wear their seatbelts, but to do this campaign is an enormous waste of time and energy. The Office of Traffic Safety says 82% of people in Minnesota wear their seatbelts, but that they won’t be happy until it’s 100%. Good luck with that and the thieves and child-abductors will I’m sure thank you for the effort while they go about stealing your cars and neighborhood children.

How about catching some real criminals and stop harassing commuters. As our highways fill in this state the last thing we need is 10,000 addtional stops for seatbelt violations. I’m not against the seatbelt law, especially when it comes to children who can’t weigh the odds and make good decisions, however I am against these concentrated efforts to screw with the citizens who can. If they’re speeding, pull them over. If they happen not to be wearing their seatbelts give them another ticket.

This is an expensive undertaking. The radio and television advertisements (I saw them behind home plate at the Twins games — the Twins aren’t doing this for free) were played with such ferocity, it simply couldn’t have been strictly PSA-based. Assuming all of this was gratis, (which it certainly was not) we’re only talking about $1 million dollars in fines — likely not enough to pay for the ad agencies creative involved. In these tighter times for police budgets do we really need such expenditures?

No. No we do not.

news media coverage of abductions definitely biased

June 16, 2005

I’m not a big fan of USA Today, but this piece doesn’t paint a flattering picture of our news media. And, well, I can definitely get behind that.

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