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Once again, I’m sending major thanks out to the Randi Rhodes MySpace page for posting this video of tonight’s SNL show featuring this fantastically nailed performance by Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton.  Best line of the skit (and there were many) was Poehler/Clinton saying, “In conclusion, I invite the media to grow a pair, and if you can’t I will lend you mine.”  (Heck, I’ll loan them mine if they’ll step up their pressure on getting to the truth. ;))  Enjoy the video!

***Added 9/14/08:  Well, it looks like NBC Universal pulled a copyright claim (yes, I know, it’s their right, their property, but…) on all the SNL videos that were posted to YouTube last night.  I hope those of you who headed over here to see it DID get to see it before they were pulled down.  Here’s the SNL web site link to the video where you get to sit through a commercial before watching the skit.  Upside is that it’s high quality and fairly large.  I think I’ve watched the skit about 10 times now, and find something new each time.  I don’t think Fey and Poehler could have possibly done a better job than they did, with their impeccable timing, nuanced looks, and overall out Palining and Clintoning the actual women! 😉 

And for those of you wondering what the heck flerg, flirg (or however you want to spell it) means, here’s what I found, but take it all with a grain of salt, or with… (shame on me ;)).

Again, enjoy the video!

I read these powerful thoughts from the equally powerful and talented Eve Ensler on Jackie Beat’s MySpace blog, and just had to immediately share it with others.

Eve Ensler, the American playwright, performer, feminist and activist best known for “The Vagina Monologues”, wrote the following about Sarah Palin.

Drill Drill Drill

I am having Sarah Palin nightmares.

I dreamt last night that she was a member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and wore the claws of drowned and starved polar bears around their necks. I have a particular thing for Polar Bears. Read the rest of this entry »

Unfortunately I only heard about “A Day Without a Bag(links below for free giveaway locations) just now on the KTLA news. (And no, “A Day Without a Bag” does NOT mean a day without ME! ;)) While advance notice for readers in the Los Angeles area (where today’s event is taking place) would have been ideal, I figured it’s better to get some information out a bit late and possibly reach at least a few folks, rather than not promote this exciting and important event at all. If nothing else this late posting will hopefully raise awareness of the growing movement toward abolishing disposable plastic bags, and of the harmful effects created by them on marine life, our resources, and our environment. Perhaps it might also persuade some of you to not only go a day without disposable bags in your own life, but to also consider creating a similar day community-wide in YOUR neck-of-the-woods…just a thought (hint-hint).

I bought reusable bags at Albertsons (grocery chain) about a year ago for about $1 each, and I have to say they are some of the strongest, sturdiest bags I have ever come across. Not only do I feel like I’m doing my part in cutting down on the waste plastic bags create, but I also get a small rebate each time I shop and use them (something like a nickel). My local Costco also offered appropriately “Costco size” (and we all know how big Costco size items are! ;)) bags in a bunch of either four or six, but sorry to say I don’t remember the cost since I didn’t purchase them at that time. IKEA is also selling their very large bags, too.

I think the only hard part about using reusable bags is actually remembering to take them into the store! Countless times I’ve left them at home after emptying them of their grocery store visit contents, so I have now taken to forcing myself to return them to the car the minute I’ve put the groceries in the fridge or cupboards. Proud to say that it usually works. 😉

Here’s some information about “A Day Without a Bag” on the Heal the Bay web site:

Our holiday gift to the environment! Join thousands of shoppers in L.A. County in giving up disposable bags in favor of reusable totes for 24 hours.

Read Heal the Bay’s Op Ed, “Paper or plastic — better yet, neither“, from last Friday’s L.A.Times

Los Angeles County residents use 6 billion plastic bags each year and recycle only 5% of that total. Instead, they become part of the plastic-dominated litter stream, putting added pressure on scarce landfill, fouling our public spaces, degrading already weakened watersheds and threatening marine life.

Help reduce plastic bag usage this holiday season — and year-round — with the A Day Without a Bag campaign!

1. BYOB
Show your support for A Day Without a Bag by shopping exclusively with reusable totes. Join us on Thursday, December 20th at a bag giveaway location or a participating retailer (see “In-Store Promotions“) to receive a free reusable bag.

If you miss the free giveaway, you can purchase reusable bags online (see “Buy Reusable Bags“). Then, make it a habit to BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) when shopping anywhere, anytime!

2. Get Informed
Discover why we should make every day A Day Without a Bag. Come to one of our bag giveaway sites and find out how to reduce plastic bag consumption and adopt sustainable practices year-round, or learn more now (see “Learn More” sidebar at right).

While this video is geared toward a particular area of Australia, the first two minutes hold some very powerful universal images and statistics showing the damaging effects of plastic bags on our environment and wildlife. Please take a couple of minutes to watch it…thanks!

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9/14/07

Statement from Bill Belichick

New England Patriots

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has issued the following statement.

“I accept full responsibility for the actions that led to tonight’s
ruling. Once again, I apologize to the Kraft family and every person
directly or indirectly associated with the New England Patriots for the
embarrassment, distraction and penalty my mistake caused. I also
apologize to Patriots fans and would like to thank them for their
support during the past few days and throughout my career. ”

“As the Commissioner acknowledged, our use of sideline video had no
impact on the outcome of last week’s game. We have never used sideline
video to obtain a competitive advantage while the game was in progress.”

“Part of my job as head coach is to ensure that our football
operations are conducted in compliance of the league rules and all
accepted interpretations of them. My interpretation of a rule in the
Constitution and Bylaws was incorrect.”

“With tonight’s resolution, I will not be offering any further
comments on this matter. We are moving on with our preparations for
Sunday’s game.”

Yeah, Sunday’s game against my San Diego Chargers, a team whose fans just HAVE to be wondering how much (if any) of Bill’s “interpretation of a rule in the Constitution and Bylaws” might have had to do with the Patriots win over the Chargers in that heartbreaking January 14th, 2007 AFC Divisional Playoff game. Nothing we can do about that now, but we can look forward to our Bolts knocking some sense into Tom Brady come Sunday night. I’ve read portions of a North County Times article over and over again to try and understand the point Brady was weakly making, and all I continue to come up with is that he feels you can do whatever you want, right or wrong, not worry about repercussions, and just go along your merry little way.

“I don’t think this is a concern of anybody,” Brady said during a conference call with the San Diego media. “It’s certainly not a concern of mine. I don’t think anybody cares too much about what people say or what people do. It’s probably more flattering to us than anything.

“People sometimes, when they think we have everything figured out, maybe it speaks to our preparation so I’m actually flattered by it.”

Flattered? Did he actually say flattered? Perhaps dear Tom has been sacked one too many times (Go for it, Merriman!), and his gray matter has begun seeping out in large portions. If the Michael Vick debacle didn’t show you that people DO take notice, and people DO care about the actions of others, Tom, then you really are more clueless than anyone imagined. So much for role models, eh? Say LaDainian, mind showing him how it’s done? Thanks. Perhaps you can don one of Belichick’s infamous hoodies, Tom, and do as Dennis Dillon of Sporting News suggested to Belichick.

Shame on you, Bill Belichick. You need to put a zipper on that hoodie so you can hide your head — and hang it.

Guess NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision doesn’t quite agree with your “I don’t think this is a concern of anybody” logic, either, Tom, since he handed down fines and the loss of draft choices to your team.

New England coach Bill Belichick was fined the NFL maximum of $500,000 Thursday and the Patriots were ordered to pay $250,000 for spying on an opponent’s defensive signals. The commissioner also ordered the team to give up next year’s first-round draft choice if it reaches the playoffs and second- and third-round picks if it doesn’t.

“This episode represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid longstanding rules designed to encourage fair play and promote honest competition on the playing field,” Goodell said in a letter to the Patriots.

While I do appreciate the tough position Goodell has been in this year from Vick to this situation, I tend to agree with Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune, regarding the fact that monetary fines for those in the NFL really means diddley-squat.

Money? Roger, it means nothing. It’s the NFL.

I won’t say he totally blew it, but after discovering Belichick, who personifies the latter-day, Paul Revere-less Patriots (coincidentally, they play host to the Chargers on Sunday night) had been cheating, he should have gone Samson on the Philistines with the jawbone of an ass.

Fines are not fine in 2007.

So Sunday night’s Chargers-v-Patriots game will be interesting on many fronts. Have to say it would be a lot more fun if it was a home game for the Chargers and we got to see how SD fans would express their thoughts on the cheating scandal. Oh well, either way it’s bound to be a good game. Think I’ll go with what Tony Moss of Sports Network predicts for the game.

OVERALL ANALYSIS

Many will give the Patriots the advantage in this matchup of talented teams. First, because of the homefield factor, and second, because Belichick is twice the tactician that Turner is. But don’t let last week’s dominant performance against a mediocre Jets team fool you. With the new pieces on offense and Seymour and Harrison missing on defense, New England is not as good in Week 2 as it will be in Week 16, giving a San Diego club that basically had no turnover from last year’s 14-2 unit the edge. The Chargers win this battle, though things could be very different when and if these two meet in the postseason.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Chargers 27, Patriots 20

Have a great football weekend, everyone. And LET’S GO CHARGERS!

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PS Leave it to the Daily Kos to post this delightful (yet somehow all too believable) item about a possible “back up” job for Bill Belichick.

Happy Earth Day, everyone! I suppose this is a post I should have made prior to Earth Day so that you could use the resources to plan your own Earth Day events, but better late than never, right? I’ve compiled a list of web sites that offer great ideas on how you can help make EVERYDAY Earth Day, and also where you might find an event in your area. I also want to share a great article I read about “living” roofs, and thankfully Sunset magazine has the story available online. It’s a very interesting read and even if you don’t have your own home whose roof you could turn into a “living” roof, I would highly recommend taking a look at the article to read how local governments and community members are taking the initiative to create environmentally friendly, money-saving green roofs in their cities.

  • EarthDay.gov: US Government web site for Earth Day, which has a link to some fun activities for kids.
  • Earthday Network: EDN seeks to grow and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable planet. We pursue these goals through education, politics, cultural events, and consumer activism.*
  • Eaves of Grass: Fascinating article from Sunset.com on “living” roofs…check it out! 🙂
  • Envirolink: The Envirolink Network has served as the online clearinghouse for environmental information since 1991. this website compiles a comprehensive list of Earth Day events occurring in 2007, regardless of size, geographic location or organizational affiliation.*
  • Greenroofs.com: Our Mission is to facilitate information, and as “The Greenroof Industry Resource Portal,” Greenroofs.com serves an important role as the information database and clearinghouse for the green roof movement worldwide. Founded in 1999, the website has evolved to better reflect the needs and desire of our ever growing readership while continuing to provide an interactive platform of greenroof learning. We launched our news magazine-typed format in May, 2003, and website-wide access is always free!*

  • Whole Earth Weigh-In: This great idea via Whole Foods Market, actually started April 1st but you can access their program guide online and use it anytime. Here’s the introduction, “Shed some pounds and take a bite out of global warming! Our “diet” plan is not for your waist, it’s designed to help you reduce your carbon dioxide load. April is Earth Month, a perfect time to start making choices for a healthy planet. Our simple steps will show you just how easy it is to lose C02 weight, reducing your carbon footprint.”

*Italicized sections were taken directly from the corresponding web site.

Hope you found some interesting information in the links above. To wrap things up here online (before you head off to do YOUR part for Earth Day 2007), I’ve got a video clip for you from this week’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Keep in mind, it IS shown on HBO, which means language and content might be a bit much for some. (Not me. ;)) The commentary on the environment is near the end of his New Rules, and can be found in print on The Huffington Post blog. Enjoy, and again, HAPPY EARTH DAY! 🙂

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