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If It's Brown, Quaff It Down.

hot chocolateEvery winter I wait with gleeful anticipation for the time when the temperature drops into the single digits for extended periods of time. I long for days of brass monkey-shriveling cold, possibly accompanied by the kind of inclement weather that requires teams of mutant Mongolian sled dogs to deliver my goat cheese and sun-dried tomato pizza.

Because that's when I break out the hot chocolate. OMChtuhlu, THAT is how I measure my happiness. Is there anything better on a cold day than a mug of steaming hot Hershey's? (Except, perhaps, Morena Baccarin in an undersized Snuggie playing Twister over your entire body.)

This winter, though, I managed exactly two cups of hot chocolate. Two freakin' cups. I don't care what the climate change deniers say, this is a serious indication it may be time for the Koch brothers to start playing human centipede with Al Gore's adumbrate keister.


trufflesSpeaking of Earthly Delights, this is what's left of the box of hand-made truffles Beloved Girlfriend made for me with her own three little hands for Valentine's Thingy. (Click for larger picture)

I wuv my BG, who understands that my earlier salacious reference about Morena Baccarin was purely in jest. Right? Right?


Note 1: "The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make that Ten. the tweets of Steve Martin." I mention this book only because it was fun to write the title.

Note 2: While I'm shamelessly shilling for the gods of comedy: "2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America" by Albert Brooks.

Note 3: White supremacy-championing, Hitler-excusing, Mexican soccer-hating, Palin-promoting, homophobic blowhard Pat Buchanan's vow to spout total gibberish over the public airwaves as long as our boys were in Afghanistan has, sadly, been cut short by the feminazi bean-counters at MSNBC who today gave him his walking papers and, presumably, a map to the Fox News human resource department.

Note 4: 25% of the world's prison population are American citizens. We're locked away in record numbers for the benefit of corporations, to work as their slaves for pittances. Decriminalize drug laws now.

Note 5: Speaking of which, Portugal decriminalized drugs in 2007 and the results have been a resounding success.


And now our Chart of the Day: Value of high flavanol-containing foods. (This is why you need to eat your chocolate... or plums dipped in chocolate.)

flavano chart

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Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation2-17-2012: The House will presumably vote on and pass the payroll tax extension today. Then they'll leave town for ten days in order to celebrate Presidents Day. Cushy gig.


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Today's Google Chow.

Reporter: Do you like the same things?
Him1: No, and we're very happy.
Her 2: No, and we're very unhappy.
Reporter: What kind of things do you like?
Him1: Re-engineering low-energy appliances for the third world.
Her 1: Searching for new vertebrate species.
Her 2: Toddlers and Tiaras.
Him2: Jersey Shore.