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Rhapsody In Gold

onion ringsThere's a bright side to swearing off meat in one's diet... you very seldom eat fast food as there are few chains that offer any sort of acceptable vegetarian fare. Considering the dismal nutrition, plus the sometimes questionable ingredients they use, it's probably just as well.

I determined a long time ago that fast food companies design their comestibles based on an equation which involves taste, nutrition, and low cost. But you only get to pick two. Guess which two you get in your sack lunch special?

As smug as I may sound about this I'm not impervious to junk food's siren call. As you might know I've spent a lot of time in and around hospitals lately and that means one thing... comfort food. Tragedy seems to increase the metabolism and on those long, weary, depressing drives to and from the hospice I consoled myself with basically the one fast food item that I not only could eat but became almost obsessed with.... onion rings.

Oh. My. Cthuhlu.

After a seeming eternity away from the drive-up window I happily reestablished my gustatory connection with this heavenly nosh. It  had been quite some time since I'd snacked on these greasy treats so it was almost like reuniting with an old friend... one you could eat.

Slathered with catsup and washed down with a chocolate shake they helped me maintain what little sanity I had left at the time. Dairy Queen, she succored me.

The real reason I mentioned this is that I made an onion ring stop at Sonic one evening and was a bit alarmed to learn that they're now selling a Portabello mushroom sandwich. If there was one food item I thought the fast food giants would be unable to process beyond recognition it would be mushrooms. I'm not in any hurry to ingest one of these Texas-toasted treats but at least it's an option the next time a relative steps in front of a bus.


And now our "Chart of the Day":

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Civilians took the brunt of the damage in Iraq because that's who our soldiers were sent to kill.



Republican Job Creation Update

john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #110 in a list of Republican job creation activities since they gained control of the House in 2011. None, sad to say, have yet to result in one, single new job.

(110) 11-18-2011: The House is once again considering the "Balanced Budget Amendment", which sounds almost reasonable until you learn it could cost millions of jobs. Oy vey.

NOTE: As a result of an unexpected wave of enthusiasm the Republican Job Creation update now has its own web site. It will remain on the RP but a web site of its own will raise its visibility on the 'net as we progress towards the critical 2012 elections. And I thank you for your support.


Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies!And what manner of lie is Fox News spewing today? Some nutbag fires a rifle at the White House and Fox News starts connecting him to the Occupy Movement. Turns out, he's just a religious kook. Eat me, Fox.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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