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September 2008



Public Service Announcement

I just watched a Simpsons re-run called Mona Leaves-a. Now I know that the Simpsons is a cartoon and I don’t expect writer Joel H. Cohen to care a bit about the scientific accuracy of… anything. Still, for anybody watching who thinks “The Simpsons” is an historical document, I thought I’d pass on this useful […]

Proposed Bailout


Sec. 10. Increase in Statutory Limit on the Public Debt. Subsection (b) of section 3101 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking out the dollar limitation contained in such subsection and inserting in lieu thereof $11,315,000,000,000. [That’s eleven trillion, three hundred fifteen billion dollars]

Do we really have the money lying […]


George Michael has been cautioned for drug possession after being arrested at a notorious meeting place for gay men. The 45-year-old pop star was reportedly caught with a small amount of cannabis and crack cocaine on Hampstead Heath in North London. It is the fourth time in three years that the pop star has been […]

Your Sunday Pot Roast

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has a planned billboard campaign proclaiming “Say ‘No!’ to Pot… roast.”

Now is the perfect time to run our billboard warning folks that pot roast is far more hazardous to their health than that other pot.
Dude, smoking dope might make you forget where you put your car keys, but eating meat is linked to all kinds of killer diseases. Meat is often loaded with drugs, pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics. The consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy products has been linked to heart disease, strokes, obesity, diabetes, and various types of cancerÖnot to mention other hazards, including E. coli, salmonella, and listeria. Yummy.

I guess they’re saying you should get baked, not roast. Regardless of your feelings about getting high, or eating beef, or eating beef while high, it’s a clever ad that makes its point with some fun.
But naturally, some people had a different take

Not everyone agrees that the comparison is fair or even accurate, as Humboldt County Farm Bureau President Jim Regli points out. ‹She‰s misrepresenting the whole issue,Š he said. ‹She‰s scaring the public (and) if she‰s trying to make pot OK, it‰s not — there‰s a lot of severe consequences to that.Š

Um, Jim — you may be an expert on beef (or you may simply have self-interest), but you’re clearly not an expert on pot, so stick to talking about what you know.