The FDA has decided that wooden boards can not be used to age cheeses, and the ruling may extend to imported cheeses. Many European cheeses are required to be aged on wood per the standard of identity, and many small cheesemakers in the US rely on wood aging boards to produce unique cheeses. Artisan cheesemakers are in a panic that their way of business might be radically changed.
When Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) made a thinly veiled reference comparing Eric Holder to George Wallace before a group of conservatives, it may not have occurred him that the attorney general’s sister-in-law, Vivian Malone Jones, was one of the segregationist’s actual victims during the Jim Crow era.
Matt Taibbi notes:
…the Chamber of Commerce disclosed that it will be teaming up with Republican establishment leaders to spend $50 million in an effort to stem the tide of “fools” who have overwhelmed Republican ballots in recent seasons.
He doesn’t hold back on the snark:
To see these same Beltway Svengalis trapped now in this crazy role reversal, denounced by the far right for being the same kind of condescending establishment snot-bags they themselves spent decades trying to find and campaign against - well, that’s just seriously funny.
The situation with Rove is particularly delicious. This is someone who foisted upon the world the eight-year presidency of George W. Bush, a man who couldn’t speak English, didn’t read books or newspapers, and won his second term via the political version of an Inspector Clouseau routine, rallying middle America behind an enraged invasion of the wrong country in retaliation for 9/11.
School Shooting at Arapahoe High School in Denver, slim details emerging in #ArapahoeHigh
The Weld County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to place a statehood initiative on the November ballot, joining three other counties interested in seceding from Colorado.
Yes, they’re still wasting time on this.
The response from those meetings was overwhelming, Commissioner Sean Conway said, with 95 percent to 98 percent of Weld residents saying they felt a disconnect between the rural communities and metro areas of Colorado.
I’m sure there’s no inherent sampling bias there…
You probably already heard about it, but they actually got together and had a meeting about this:
About 50 people gathered in Fort Lupton Thursday to weigh in on whether Weld County should band together with several other Colorado counties and form a 51st state.
The crowd—which was mostly in favor of the proposal—expressed frustration with recent laws that they say don’t take into account the concerns of rural America.
Yes, try not to laugh.
The idea would be a long shot. Both the Colorado Legislature and U.S. Congress would have to approve the move. But Commissioner Sean Conway says he thinks a discussion is important.
“People when they feel disenfranchised and they feel their voices aren’t being heard, that’s a problem in a representative form of government,” Conway said.
Hint: part of being in a democracy is not taking your baseball home when the game isn’t going your way.
Believing they are losing the messaging war with progressives, a group of prominent conservatives in Washington—including the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and journalists from Breitbart News and the Washington Examiner—has been meeting privately since early this year to concoct talking points, coordinate messaging, and hatch plans for “a 30 front war seeking to fundamentally transform the nation,” according to documents obtained by Mother Jones.
A scary group, but if they want to take on their own kind who haven’t completely jumped off the deep end, I guess you can’t complain. The potential conflict of interest with Thomas should be entertaining too.
But the best part is the hashtags.
They’re spending huge piles of someone’s money on a big circle jerk.
Most of this article is nothing new, until you get to this:
FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity, a conservative issue group financed by billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, known for funding conservative causes, are planning separate media and grassroots campaigns aimed at adults in their 20s and 30s - the very people Obama needs to have sign up for healthcare coverage in new online insurance exchanges if his reforms are to succeed.
“We’re trying to make it socially acceptable to skip the exchange,” said Dean Clancy, vice president for public policy at FreedomWorks, which boasts 6 million supporters. The group is designing a symbolic “Obamacare card” that college students can burn during campus protests.
Seriously? You think there’s going to be a college movement to burn “Obamacare cards”? Wow. Talk about living in the bubble.
I also appreciate noting that FreedomWorks has 6 million supporters, skipping over that only a scant few are actually in college.
Some really interesting pockets of The Crazy are cropping up in Colorado:
Deer Trail’s town board will vote Aug. 6 on an ordinance that would create drone-hunting licenses and offer $100 bounties for unmanned aerial vehicles.
“We do not want drones in town,” said Phillip Steel, the resident who drafted the ordinance. “They fly in town, they get shot down.”
Even though it’s against the law to destroy federal property, Steel’s proposed ordinance outlines weapons, ammunition, rules of engagement, techniques and bounties for drone hunting.
Drone-hunting licenses would be issued without a background investigation and on an anonymous basis. Applicants would have to be at least 21 years old and be able to “read and understand English.”