First Cuppa Coffee – March 22nd, 2012: Induced Fantasies Edition

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Slumming for meatballs...  The next time you’re “slumming” around North Park—or whatever neighborhood CityBeat writer Amy T. Granite lives in, be sure to bring along a  stash of meatballs to throw at her house. Writing under the moniker of “Grubby Bitch”, she “discovers” OB’s Poma’s Italian Deli this week and proceeds to get all weak kneed about their eggplant parm subs. And she rambles on about the roast beef “mayo-bomb of a sandwich”. But somehow she fails to notice the best meat ball sub in all of western civilization. I may love me some politics, but dem meatballs are primo. Failing to notice them is like driving along Abbott Street & not seeing the beach…

Your arm is buzzing…   Cell phone maker Nokia has proposed patenting a design for tattoos that vibrate when someone calls or texts you. It would even warn you when your cell phone battery is about to die. The tattoo, which would also comes with a stick on version, would be made with ferromagnetic ink and able to detect a magnetic field generated by your phone in order to “transfer a perceivable stimulus to the skin.” It could assign different ringtones to different contacts in your address book, vibrating differently based on who’s calling, or whether you’re getting a text, email or news alert.  There was no mention of what happens should you fail to pay your bill on time…

The kids are all right…  Boing Boing’s chattering about the latest Big Thing for Teens and Tweens today: sewing. That’s why my daughter wanted and got the sewing machine last year.  It’s more than simple DIY, according to the article.  There’s this whole dimension of technical and geeked-out practices. One of the really interesting things about sewing is how much technical knowledge and engineering knowledge it requires. We’re talking 3-D here, algorithmic thinking, even sewable lights, motors, and temperature sensors.  And I thought my daughter was just making anarchist flags…

The kids are not all right…  Right wing fiend Ann Coulter went on Fox Spews yesterday to announce:

“So maybe it’s time to start imitating liberals in another way and go after the Obama children. By the way, that has been done grotesquely and viscously over the years by the left.”

Really?  Here’s a Media Matters report on the positively scummy things that prominent righties have said in recent years about kids who are unfortunate enough to have Democratic politicos as parents… all the way back to Rush Limbaugh’s comparison of Chelsea Clinton with a dog.

Gas pressure blues…  The latest GOP Presidential campaign meme is to blame Obama for the high price of gasoline.  It’s “drill, baby, drill” time all over again. So along comes the Associated Press with a not so GOP friendly fact check that looks to establish a relationship between domestic oil production and pricing going back over three decades.  The AP found “no statistical correlation” between domestic oil production and gas prices.  Which brings us around to a quote from Mr. Etch A Sketch: “I’m very much in favor of people recognizing that these high gasoline prices are probably here to stay.”  Mass. Gov Mitt Romney, 2006

Don’t make me laugh…   At a town hall in Michigan on yesterday Mitt Romney claimed that the economic policies of former President George W. Bush and then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson were responsible for keeping the United States out of a full-scale depression.  Despite a Secret Service test for hallucinogens in all the food and beverage served to the former Massachusetts Governor during the day, none were detected.

Won’t make me laugh…  Women frustrated with various GOP politicians’ attempts to restrict, legislate, or prohibit birth control and other measures related to health are responding by voicing their anger in a very public way: on politician’s Facebook pages.  Some of the postings are serious and others are satirical; all reflect a high level of anger and frustration.   Sample postings, courtesy of Talking Points Memo:

 Dear Doctor Governor-I have an issue with my vagina. I’m having a terrible flow and cramping. This happens every month. I’m not sure if it is related to the lack of an ultrasound or the lack of a pill (I know one is mandated but my poor addled lady brain can’t wrap my head around this issue). I’m guessing that it may be the ultrasound since I heard the men folk on the teevee telling us that contraception and the like is one step from abortion. What do I do Dr. Gov? Should I come to your office for the exam?

 I am so happy to hear that you are an expert on women’s health…’cause you know, who can afford doctors nowadays? Anyhoo, I got my period for years and years… with no problems, and then suddenly it stopped! Should I be worried? Does the fact that I’m in my 50’s have anything to do with this situation?

 And then there’s:

“I just called your office, and they wouldn’t let me schedule a pap smear,” a posting on Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s Facebook Wall reads. “I’m confused, aren’t you taking care of all this now?

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avatar judi Curry March 22, 2012 at 8:47 am

Hi Doug. It is almost impossible for me to leave the house in the morning until I have read your column. Thanks for giving me my caffeine intellectually! I love your column.

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avatar editordude March 22, 2012 at 9:01 am

Warning: Dave Maass over at CityBeat has picked up on Doug’s threat of a meatball attack on their foodie: “Oh damn. @OBRag calls for a meatball attack on @SDCityBeat food writer @saysgranite obrag.org/?p=56961″

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avatar OB Joe March 22, 2012 at 9:04 am

Yur nut an OBcean if ya hav’nt tasted Poma’s meatball san’wich.

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avatar Molly March 22, 2012 at 9:02 am

Are you kidding? A food writer missed Poma’s meatball sandwich? OMG! I’d said a ‘pink slime’ slip is in order.

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avatar Molly March 22, 2012 at 9:03 am

Oh, btw, that pic of the guy with his cellphone strapped to his head is hilarious. That’s worth a cup of coffee all by its self.

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avatar editordude March 22, 2012 at 9:07 am

Now this: saysgranite Amy T. Granite
“Bring it. RT @DaveMaass Oh damn. @OBRag calls for a meatball attack on @saysgranite obrag.org/?p=56961″. Twitter meets blog.

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avatar Anna Daniels March 22, 2012 at 10:05 am

I was starting to get antsy this morning waiting for my First Cuppa. Who knew it would come with a side of meatballs. Let’s hear it for Albondigas Thursday.

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avatar Bud Pillsbury March 22, 2012 at 10:30 am

When Obama took office the average price of a gallon of gas was $1.83.

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avatar Frank Gormlie March 22, 2012 at 10:55 am

So? I remember $4 a gallon gas during the Bush regime.

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avatar Bud Pillsbury March 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Me too but I don’t remember the AP writing a similar article under the reactionary neoconservative oilman Bush regime. Guess things are different when there’s an incumbent democrat running for reelection. Funny how just 15 days ago Obama was saying oil is “a fuel of the past” and today he gave a speech in front of a NM oil derrick touting his work to get American oil fields pumping. Their internals on gas prices must be horrid.

Oil is ‘the fuel of the past,’ says President Obama (3/7/12)
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/oil-fuel-past-says-president-obama-212950677.html

Obama talks oil in NM’s oil patch (3/22/12)
http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/politics/obama-makes-speech-in-nm

So if Romney is an etch-a-sketch then Obama must be a weather vane and a shameless one at that. Oh yeah, Poma’s Pizza Sub is the bomb. Why no mention?

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avatar doug porter March 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm

A regular gallon of gas peaked at $4.11 on July 7, 2008 during the Bush Presidency. The price proceeded to fall over the next six months due to the near collapse of the world economy, you know, the one that Mr. Etch A. Sketch says is Obama’s fault, even though he wasn’t President yet.
BTW, I googled your sentence; nice job of cutting and pasting from Newt Gingrich’s fundraising letter.

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avatar Bud Pillsbury March 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Maybe the price also fell because of…

Bush lifts executive ban on offshore oil drilling (7/14/08)

Democrats to Let Offshore Drilling Ban Expire, Conceding Defeat in Battle With GOP (9/23/08)
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,426764,00.html

Not sure what you mean about Mittens (not a fan) faulting Obama for the collapse of the world economy. That’s news to me but Obama did play a role in the subprime mortgage mess so maybe that’s Mitten’s angle. He should stick to hitting Obama over his record as president.

Oh, not sure what sentence you’re talking about. The $1.83 one was lifted and changed a tad from here (bottom of the article)…
http://sweetness-light.com/archive/ap-lies-more-drilling-doesnt-cut-gas-price

Strange that you attack the supposed source (Gingrich) while ignoring the fact that a gallon of gas was $1.83 when Obama took office. I did a google search on “obama on gas prices 2008″ and found this gem (note all the broken promises in the first vid) …

Obama 2008 Ads Focused On Gas Prices
http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/obama-2008-ads-focused-on-gas-prices

Too bad Bush and McCain didn’t have the AP to help them deflect blame for high gas prices.

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avatar OB Mercy March 23, 2012 at 9:21 am

Said in my best Homer Simpson voice…..MMMMM…POMAS MEATBALLS!!

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avatar Shelly G March 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Hey Doug, throwing meatballs is a serious threat these days. If you wanna write about them, hey go for it. Looks like Amy tried another fabulous dish there and was going to go back for a meatball. Or better yet, she probably makes better ones herself! Don’t hate!

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