the state


-of taxes, mcdonnell by jgrimsrud
Saturday, 30 January 2010, 16:57
Filed under: -of jgrimsrud, -of politik

our esteemed governor-to-be looks to be a rising star in the teabagger-cum-republican movement.

bob mcdonnell believes in the campsite rule (just like dan savage!), and pledges to leave this darn commonwealth a nicer, cleaner spot than he found it, which evidently means stopping tax adjustments, as suggested by outgoing tim kaine,

McDonnell, who will succeed Kaine on Jan. 16, promised to work “in a bipartisan fashion” with House and Senate money committee leaders to make the cuts necessary to balance the budget, but he added that “it is bad economic policy to increase taxes on Virginians” during a recession.

in favor of cutting program funds (i.e. local teachers, etc.).

the state of oregon has a different idea: raise taxes on the wealty, & large corporations:

Oregon voters bucked decades of anti-tax and anti-Salem sentiment Tuesday, raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy to prevent further erosion of public schools and other state services.

The tax measures passed easily, with late returns showing a 54 percent to 46 percent ratio. Measure 66 raises taxes on households with taxable income above $250,000, and Measure 67 sets higher minimum taxes on corporations and increases the tax rate on upper-level profits.

The results triggered waves of relief from educators and legislative leaders, who were facing an estimated $727 million shortfall in the current two-year budget if the measures failed.

so, bob mcdonnell, can we clean up our campsites just like those oregonians?

or will moderate “democrats” give you another pass on your pseudo-populist hypocrisy?

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-of salinger by jgrimsrud
Friday, 29 January 2010, 11:51
Filed under: -of jgrimsrud, -of reads, -of the outside world

another bit of sad news came this week: the death of jd salinger.  i immediately thought of the onion, who just ran an obit:

“Bunch of Phonies Mourn J.D. Salinger”

but the news made me think of this gem:

“Search For Self Called Off After 38 Years”

The search initially showed great promise, with Speth’s early discovery of his uncle’s old Doors records and a copy of The Catcher In The Rye. Over the next two decades, however, the “leads just petered out.”



– of zinn. by vastate
Friday, 29 January 2010, 1:38
Filed under: -of civil rights, -of human rights, -of jhumphrey, -of politik, -of reads

r.i.p.



– of the new guard. by vastate
Thursday, 28 January 2010, 8:53
Filed under: -of eats, -of jhumphrey, -of localism

we’ve posted about our small obsession with under-the-radar, pseudo-restaurant, dinner parties before.

(we’re hosting one for Friendly City Co-Op in Feb…)

so, i was particularly keen on this:

sounds a hell of a lot better than cuchi guidos to me…



– of bitters. by jhumphrey
Sunday, 24 January 2010, 21:29
Filed under: -of drink, -of jhumphrey, -of politik

and, to top it off, even if we wanted to drink away our tears at the state of the nation, we can’t.

or at least it’s more difficult to obtain the necessary ingredients for a manhattan.

the bitters are suspended.

thanks to the recession, which has reached trinidad & tobago, production of angostura bitters has been halted:

glad we picked up a super cheap bottle (randomly) at teetotaling sharp shopper a few months ago.



-of cash by jgrimsrud
Saturday, 23 January 2010, 1:51
Filed under: -of civil rights, -of jgrimsrud, -of politik

just read it.

the court’s blow to democracy — the new york times

one handsome activist.



– of dance entertainment. by vastate
Thursday, 21 January 2010, 18:12
Filed under: -of film, -of jhumphrey, -of kiddos, -of sound

the most requested video around these parts today:

gregory hines, sammy davis jr., tap dance-off…does it get better?

well.  along dance-theme lines, this was also popular among the 3 year old set:

isn’t that soundtrack (to 1985’s white nights, featuring mikhail baryshnikov, helen mirren, gregory hines, and a pre-blue velvet isabella rosallini) fantastic?  sort of a passionate russian tom waits.  it’s vladimir vysotsky.  here’s more of the bard: