the state


-of shopping synergy by jgrimsrud
Monday, 15 February 2010, 15:44
Filed under: -of deals, -of drink, -of harrisonburg, -of jgrimsrud, -of localism, -of sound

i made my regular visit to kroger, mainly to get a new round of homestead milk (i miss the eggnog!), and of course the impending-doom-panic of a snow-inspired grocery run.

the $2.00 bottle deposit may be offputting to some, but not only do i believe it to be worth it, but the bottle return cash i get at the front desk leads me & my 3-year-old across the parking lot to goodwill.  with a few milk bucks in my pocket, we’re set to score some toys & books.  today’s crop included:

two mini coopers, one eric carle book about cats,

a recycled frisbee,

and some amazing books.

(today, i believe the Lord would gather his flock around the water cooler.)

i was thinking of using the latter as freebie giveaways for preacher’s show on wxjm live this thursday night (streaming here). 

but we’ll see if i can bear to part with them…

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-of kids’ shows by jgrimsrud
Friday, 5 February 2010, 16:30
Filed under: -of funny, -of jgrimsrud, -of kiddos

i’ve written & ranted before about kids’ programming in the past, mostly about grumpy old takes on the new (vapid, pandering brain-killers) vs the classic (hilarious, fantastic, subversive gems) in kids’ shows.

i can’t decide if this proves or disproves my theories (that the specialization, in terms of developmental-appropriateness, etc., along with the evolving purposes of kids’ tv time, have led to a present-day situation where most grown-ups wouldn’t want to bother actually spending time with their kids enjoying a program; not to mention the escapist hell of vanilla, straight-edge, politically-correct subject content), but it’s my 3 year-old’s new favorite:

and, there’s pingu:



-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?



-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 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 swearing by jgrimsrud
Tuesday, 12 January 2010, 14:17
Filed under: -of funny, -of jgrimsrud, -of reads

i feel i should post this story for the benefit of those on the losing end of football games this season, and those expecting babies.  as my 3-year-old showed me the other night (of the packers’ loss), there’s no shame in dropping some verbal bombs on the tv.  in fact, it helps (you keep a hand in cold water, that is):

Swearing Is F@#$*% Good for You

this, however, showed that pesky, darker side of science: DARKER LIQUOR, NEVER SICKER.



-of health reform; kids’ stuff by vastate
Tuesday, 15 December 2009, 15:41
Filed under: -of health, -of jgrimsrud, -of kiddos, -of politik

this morning, i was (again) disappointed to hear the latest on congress’ limp-wristed attempts at health reform, and (again) wished pain & suffering on joe the leiberman (ny times story here on how joe is now fighting a medicare expansion he himself suggested; bbc reporting here on real health-care comparisons internationally).

later, my 3 year old and i were watching a schoolhouse rocks collection, and i was (again) shocked at some of the propagandistic schlock they put on that show!  specifically, “i’m just a bill”:

i still have a huge soft-spot for blind melon’s cover of “3 is the magic number,” but when it comes to the health care debate and what it shows of our dear nation’s political process, i hope the kids are studying the simpsons,

Vodpod videos no longer available.

and not cute bits of historical revision (school house).