the state


-of really great tacos. by jhumphrey
Monday, 29 September 2008, 13:10
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the presence of a taco bus in harrisonburg was a big relief. seattle is full of them – they sit alongside roads, randomly change locations to avoid zoning rules, and dish up short menus to lines of folks all day long.

moving back to the valley, i was doubtful that harrisonburg had escaped the fried bean plate o’ muck of most “mexican” food restaurants around town. (come on, you know exactly what i mean…).

however, on my first trip to the hallowed sharp shopper upon returning to town, i passed the lovely, florescent, taco bus placed outside of quick market and deli (and mi mercadito).

silver-dollar soft tacos, excellently charred meat, carrot relish, and fresh-chopped cilantro.  top it off with green or red salsa, and that’s what it’s all about.  those over-sized plates of slop and cheese disappear quickly from the list of “good mexican” food.  you can go next door and grab a limón jarritos for good measure.

and with a super-special, now-open-for-business $1-a-taco deal, ¡que rico!



–of civil disobedience by jgrimsrud
Monday, 29 September 2008, 13:01
Filed under: -of jgrimsrud, -of politik

¡hit the streets! or the hilly-mountains…

but ¿would you march to sonorous tones and fiery shouts of al gore?

actually, i don’t know many folks who would march to anyone these days…  but, maybe if there were a new infernal noise brigade, we could manage it.



so deep…. by jgrimsrud
Monday, 29 September 2008, 12:47
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as john steward so deftly pointed out not so long ago (see 2:55), the republican party’s recent discovery of sexism doesn’t smell quite right (here’s another clip on the state of stink!).

of course, conservatives who support women in leadership will see feminism through the lens of culture war: feminist liberal elites attack ‘traditional’ family and culture. sarah palin is a strong woman, a fighter for the righteous american mom/family.

in a different campaign, i think this argument could ring true.

but i have to agree with post-palin republicans (i’m with you dick morris!) that the sexism is pretty deep and twisted. because, for all the fanfare and the maverick, straight-talk hoopla, the mccain campaign has been using sarah palin as their very own beauty queen, controlling her image and persona like a jealous husband. they’ve found some major traction, since the anti-sex right possesses a raving sexual imagination. and a moose-killing, baby popping, book-burning power-wife can get plenty of american motors running…

but, i think sarah palin is a lot less dumb than many folks give her credit for (???–may i eat my words thursday night).

¿so why isn’t she angry about the way her handlers are treating her?

this sexism is so deep, it makes my head spin…
oh, and, ¿why is michael vick in jail?

update:  here is an interesting piece that sums up the vp race.  fareed zakaria says that it isn’t necessarily sexism keeping palin locked away w/in the campaign (it’s “common sense”!!).  maybe, but it was blatant sexism to bring sarah palin into this position in this campaign, and that’s offensive no matter how little i may respect her as a candidate, a politician, a mother, etc.



verrry interesting. by jhumphrey
Saturday, 27 September 2008, 18:42
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-of politik by jgrimsrud
Monday, 22 September 2008, 20:35
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a theatre full of the concerned and interested got a taste of dick clarke sunday night in harrisonburg.  obama campaigners directed traffic; brown folks were, generally, well, whereabouts unknown.

hmmm… not here, either.

so, with a dwindling window to register voters, is the obama campaign reaching out to latino voters?

also, recent rains have spurred healthy, green growth in area lawns and pastures, as well as thickets of competing campaign signs.



–of the valley by vastate
Monday, 22 September 2008, 20:02
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hmmm…where shall we begin?

this is a fledgling project by some folks in harrisonburg.  the state will attempt–er, ¡excel! at disseminating news and opinion relating to music, the arts, politics, gossip, food and wine, vice and virtue, religion, and other important and frivolous stuffs.

we’ll try to ramp up our bloggers’ learning curve, so ¡stay tuned!