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September 18, 2009


CO2 is good.  It feeds us.

Get up to speed on this; energy footprint is a useful metric. Carbon footprint is so 20th Century.

BB Key

Bertha Lewis CEO of ACORN will be on C-SPAN Washington Journal in 15 mins.


You betcha about Costco--best place especially to get tenderloin, a great choice for a crowd as it takes only 25-30 minutes to cook and most people like it.

Costco also has wonderful produce--largely because of volume and turn over..Michelle setting up buying coops for the poor at big box retailers would be so--infra dig though.

I called that notion of yet another farmer's market--but this one in front of the WH her Marie Antoinette move and I'm sticking with it.

Her husband's not the only one in the family with a tin ear.


Milbank also notes that the prices charged only make sense for the sort of Dual Income No Kids (or one kid) type family that might well be working nearby.

I simply can't buy that. There's all this argument that folks can't afford to eat healthy. I'm sorry. Have you SEEN the type of stuff people have in their shopping carts? The preprocessed heat and eat stuff that an awful lot of people buy is ATROCIOUSLY expensive. Learning to cook would be a HUGE money saver.


If you ever get a chance to get a steak for Butcher Boy, don't miss it. I don't even like steak and Butcher Boy steaks make my mouth water. It's a whole different steak (and you certainly pay for it)


Learning to cook would be a HUGE money saver.

Feed a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime. People abuse what they don't work for.


Po, food in DC is very cheapo. Yesterday the WaPo had an article about how much the supermarkets have cut costs. Milbank was talking about the $20/lb organic arugula at the market where Michelle was shopping. At Costco, she could have bought a week's worth of greens and fruit for a family for 4 for about that much.
For much of the summer the best cherries were no more than $1.99 /lb. I have never seen anything like that before.


BTW, organic which adds nothing to nutrition or flavor adds a great deal to cost and will of course if more widely practices so reduce forest land and cut into land available for residential use that it is a disaster for the world's poor.


More WH fun with MO and BO

Dave in OC

Anyone read "The Last Centurion?" Funny, Ringo wrote that when the Red Witch seemed a lock (it often takes 1-2 years to go from finished manuscript to in the bookstores) but it is almost prophetic. Organic is the eugenics of the late 20th early 21st centuries! These asshats really can't stop themselves can they?

Semantic Putz
Feed a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.
Build a man a fire, he's warm for a day. Set a man afire, he's warm for the rest of his life.

organic which adds nothing to nutrition or flavor adds a great deal to cost

So there must be something even more retrograde which could be made even more expensive. I suggest:

Imported! (ooh)
Canadian! (aah)
First Nations! (ooh)
Vegetables! (hooray!)

Collected using time-honored techniques, wisdom passed down through the generations, from the idyllic time before the imperialist white man (boo) and his factory farming (hiss).

-basically we pay some Canadian eskimos or whatever they have up there to walk around picking weeds, then sell it to yuppies for...I dunno...$50/lb? [$50/kilo. Has that EuroCanadian/narcotics panache, and it's almost twice as much. Good idea.]


You forgot the classic quote:

"She left the produce with an aide, who paid the cashier as Obama made her way back to the limousine."

Paying for shit is for the little people ...she sneered, climbing back into her limousine.


Hey, look what we missed by being in DC on Thursday LAST week.

Had to check my sign. It is green. How appropriate.


bgate--each vegetable wrapped carefully in the quivat (musk ox undercoat).


She spoke of the global reach of her cause: "The first thing world leaders, prime ministers, kings, queens ask me about is the White House garden."

Now that's funny.


I live in the best of all possible worlds. We have a Costco and an awesome farmer's market, which is quite substantial.

What we've found is that Costco is good for the standard stuff. The farmer's market, though, gets the Asian vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, and fruit that is wonderful. Pluots for $2.00/lb beats any market in the area, and most of the prices are very reasonable compared to the markets.

This particular market works because we get farmers from down to San Diego and Calexico all the way to Bakersfield. There is a circuit they do in greater Los Angeles.

One thing I noticed with Costco, though in the past several months is that meat has gone bad well before the expiration date. I think some of the large packers may be playing games to cut costs, or perhaps Costco themselves may be reducing refrigeration bills.

I wonder if Michelle has ever been to Costco, or if Barack knows the price of a gallon of milk?


what is that flower thing on my post?


I think some of the large packers may be playing games to cut costs, or perhaps Costco themselves may be reducing refrigeration bills.

Could be. Those open freezers they use for the meat just don't seem cold enough. I myself don't shop there (too far to drive for my tight schedule) but my parents do, and solve the problem by freezing all the meat immediately.


"The first thing world leaders, prime ministers, kings, queens ask me about is the White House garden."

Boy is she dim. What do you suppose their people prep them on, Michelle? Or do you think they actually follow your activities on their own?

Semantic Putz
what is that flower thing on my post?
I'd guess it's a new feature that shows that your comment was accepted.

I have never had a problem with CostCo meat, but then I generally never leave meat in the refrigerator for more than a day or so without freezing it--The CostCo I use is next to the Pentagon and probably carries more specialty and luxury foods than any of their other stores--They are the only place where you can buy chocolate replicas of substantial size of the Pentagon and Capitol. They use them at parties, surrounded by mounds of fruit or topping large sheet cakes. They have a whole case full of tenderloin and fabulous wines.
Produce includes big boxes of hard to find and generally expensive chanterelles.
While my local wine shop carried more exotic cheeses, my CostCo has cases of it, generally imported from Europe (where the EU heavily subsidizes its production)--mostly Spain, Ireland, France and Britain.
And the freezer case has boxes of fancy appetizers that need only go into the oven--All the Embassy chefs shop there.


Sally Quinn and Richard Perle and others whose names are familiar to you also shop there where WaPo reporters used to hanf out under the prior administration whenever they wanted to talk about how people were cutting back because of the awful Bush economy..One of them interviewed me and I told her the Bush economy was great; I thought those stories stupid; most of the rich people I knew shopped there because they were smart.



"The first thing world leaders, prime ministers, kings, queens ask me about is the White House garden."

They're hoping she's been feeding Barack lots of meals from that lead-tainted plot?


One of them interviewed me and I told her the Bush economy was great; I thought those stories stupid; most of the rich people I knew shopped there because they were smart.

That's funny, clarice. My parents were so thrilled to be able to buy good wine and good meat and fish in the same place for cheap. "It's the Bush revolution!" my dad said when he first discovered it. (My mom pouted.)


"Feed a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime. People abuse what they don't work for. "

Feed a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man to fish, and you won't see him on weekends.

Frau the Schnauzer

"The first thing world leaders, prime ministers, kings, queens ask me about is the White House garden."

Why does this make me think of Bandini and night soil?

Clarice is so right about organic. (And everything else, come to think of it.)


Awm shucks, frau...

Frau the Schnauzer

OT - From the great NY constitutional scholar and reigning congressional fat head, Jerry Nadler:
“Today’s Republican Amendment is in blatant violation of the Constitution’s prohibition against Bills of Attainder. Congress must not be in the business of punishing individual organizations or people without trial, and that’s what this Amendment does. Whatever one may think of an organization, the Constitution’s clear ban on Bills of Attainder is there for the protection of all of our liberties.”

Shouldn't Jerry be ashamed to use the word "blatant"?


A caller to Rush today is pointing out that the EPA is beginning a systematic review of producers of organic products, the result of which is likely to put many of them out of business.


Today’s Republican Amendment is in blatant violation of the Constitution’s prohibition against Bills of Attainder. Congress must not be in the business of punishing individual organizations or people without trial

Without trial? Congress hasn't given me billions of dollars, and I've never even been put under arrest!

Help, I'm being oppressed!


You know how it's very trendy now in High Society types to drink coffee from those organic coffee beans from malaysia that have been run through the digestive system of a ferret? Or the organic coffee beans in Southern India that have been run through the digestive system of a monkey? And that folks are paying top dollar for such stuff?

Well yesterday on the bike path up here (it's Blueberry Season) came upon dozens of patties of Bear scat that was rich in Blueberry's and of a very pretty dark blue color. Do you think there's a top dollar market there in trendy DC for blueberries that have been run through the anus of a Grizzly? I suspect we could call them "Yogi-Berry's", but am open to suggestions from the JOM brain trust. Plus it's a Green Job (well, Blue Job actually) but I still think we could get Federal Funding for it.

I need a business partner. Dr J, any wine casks of yours that might do well fermenting Yogi-Berry's? Or Hit, you know how to HomeBrew beers don't you? Opportunities knocking!


Messrs. PUK and Ballard always provide my investment advice, daddy..I'll get back to you on this promising sounding offer as soon as I hear from them.


..am open to suggestions from the JOM brain trust

Turn around at the first bear scat patty? Never bike without a Remington 700?


daddy, I'm rendered speechless -- and that's hard to do! I wonder what yeast would work for this purpose.


The only thing funnier than liberals' obsessions with farmers markets is wingnuts' obsession with hating them.


Since we are going waaay OT, I offer you this gem: The left ends up relying on truth and information too much


Dr J,

Continue thinking about the Yeast. I'm off on another bike ride in a moment, and since it's just becoming Salmon Berry Season up here (a small red berry) I'll have my eye peeled for that scat this afternoon. Might just make a nice Claret.

TC on another thread indicated he might join me in Providence one evening for a drinking bout, the JOM inaugural of "The Order Of The Green Girdle." With a couple bottles of recycled Yogi-Berry's and Salmon Berry's, I can't imagine but that it would be a fine occasion.


Dr J, Only daddy, Soylent,hit or bgates can do justice to that article. I'm laughing too hard to even try.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

When I was a young Navy wife with two small children to feed, I always shopped at the Navy Commissaries because there was no sales tax on nonfood items and because the meat was the best and the prices were the cheapest.

But even the Navy played games with prices. The 32nd Street Commissary, which serviced mostly enlisted personnel stationed in San Diego had the best prices. Go over to North Island on Coronado where you have lots of retired senior officers and higher ranking flyboys, the prices were sometimes double. Or you could go to Mirimar, which catered mostly to mid-ranked officers and the prices would be somewhere in between.

If I wanted higher quality wines or fancy gourmet foods, I'd head to North Island, but for everyday food for the kids, I couldn't beat 32nd street with its mac and cheese at 6 cents a box if you bought a case.


Hi, I'm Andrew Sullivan. When I want to put something in my mouth that's gone through the anus of a bear, but I decide to skip it and have some blueberries, I choose Yogi-Berries.


Q: Do they taste good?

A: Does a bear sh*t in the woods, and leave undigested berries in it?


(saxophone/guitar intro)
Hi, I'm Kenya. I don't give my girls much time to eat, but my tax advisors turned me on (giggle) to a nutritious snack they want to eat as quickly as possible.

Bear Ass Berries.

Act now, and some of the proceeds from each box will be donated to Feed the Children
...who I Keep Chained to My Radiator, when they're not Turning Tricks to Raise Campaign Funds for my Boyfriend the City Councilman (D).

Remember, when you want a treat, think of me, and Bear Ass.


I'm sorry for that last post.

Lord, please forgive me, and please feed all the starving pygmies in New Guinea.


With Yogi-Berries.


Lord, I apologize again....


Geez, here I am trying to make my own humor like a sucker, and DrJ just kills with a link.

Here's a quote from the San Francisco paper about what the most passionate people on the left are doing these days:
Of course, the base might already be trying to infect their friends.

It's an interview with a phenomenally sharp mind, pictured in a red t-shirt with a white chicken on it, advising progressives that they haven't done enough to paint their opponents as "the forces of dissolution and societal collapse".

No, it's like the late-night comics' dilemma: I just can't find any material there at all.


LMAO!! daddy and bgates, you both rock.

When Clarice hears from PUK and they put something together, I want to invest. I am sure it will become the hottest thing in San Francisco!


I don't know if I would advertise the terroir, though Yogie Berries undoubtedly would be earthy.


EVERYBODY - stop whatever you are doing right this minute and get over to Drudge.

I can barely type this I am laughing so damned hard!!! I am gonna be all wee-wee'd up.

Original MikeS

Selling Bear shit in D.C. sounds to me like trying to sell ice cubes to Eskimos. I do understand that there is a difference between imported organic bear shit and the local bullshit grown by D.C. lobbyists and politicians, but neither appeals to a simpleton like me.

Original MikeS

A courageous woman.
I'm thinking the "bondage belt" will catch on better than the floral apron.


Did bgates hack into Drudge?????


How can you think such a thing, cc?

Now, to make sure Michelle sees that!

Rick Ballard


Any chance of rounding up a quart of Grizzly's Choice straight from the Alaskan wilds organic blueberries to send to Michelle as a gift? (Remeber to use water from a clear glacier fed stream for a qucik rinse before packing them - wouldn't want to pass up a chance to send along a little giardia as well).

FedEx overnight for delivery, of course. I want them to arrive as fresh as they were when they were picked.


Excellent idea Rick!


Aha! All the chichat about bear scat and bull sh!t and organic markets is really secret code for "bear market" and "bull market" strategeries.

Who do I email to get the decoder files?


One of the local talk-radio hosts, Vickie McKenna, referred to Michelle's belt as a bondage belt, too. Maybe she reads this blog.

I thought it looked like a suicide belt.


Er, suicide *bomber* belt, of course.


Sorry, for slacking off on my JOM fashion duties. It has been a beautiful week here for golf and a hard week to keep up with prolific Tom's fabulous threads. But back to Michelle's threads:


After hoping someone had advised her that she shouldn't wear belts under her boobs. THE AMMO BELT IS BACK. (I get the feeling that her assistant sneers "Let's see if she will wear this?"...lol)


Ann, we've been dying for you to appear. The belt that drudge featured and the skirt that goes with it is even more remarkable. PUK has a shot upthread.


Would you wear this to a Medal of Honor ceremony?



Well, Michelle did!!! Always thoughtful, Michelle looked like she stepped on an IED, herself. At least, she left the ammo belt behind!



Thanks. I am so ashamed that Drudge beat me to the double belt strapped look. So I feel a need to outdo, exceed, make up for my lack of attention: :)


Friday Night, Fashion ICON, Snark Remark goes too....?

Sorry, call me a racist, but I just couldn't reduce the size of that picture! Especially, after her award winning Oscar performance of we need health care for The Movement today. Here if you can stand it: Michelle Obama: US Health Care Is 'Unacceptable

Sue The Skinny Bastard

Who the hell dresses this woman? Is everyone afraid to tell her what she really looks like? Does she believe her own press? I know, we should submit her name to the show "What Not To Wear" and let them help her.


She has on a belt OVER the sweater?

O.K., I mean, I certainly don't have the fashion sense of a chihuahua, but, C'mon.


She always does this,Po. Obviously she is self conscious about her butt and instead of wearing some sort of constructed jacket, she wears sweaters with a belt right under her boobs..something some stylist obviously suggested she do because anyone else in their right mind would tell her it isn't working.


I don't envy here. Ot os very hard to go from an ordinary life to one where you are always in the spotlight, often photographed from unflattering angles and criticized whatever you do, but she seems to be in thrall to some fashionistas hellbent onhaving her set some fashion trends and she is not suited physically to do that.
A visit from designers like Herrara or La Renta could provide her with safer, more flattering garb, but that would take some sort of honest appraisal of who she is and what she can hope to do.

I feel she is growing increasingly frustrated by the constraints of living in the WH.


*envy HER. It id**


Heh *It iS***


Michelle, don't listen to the haters.

Here you go, honey.

(I like the version in the little radio widget on the right side of that page.)


Sue The Skinny Bastard, (I still crack up everytime I see you post your name!)

Anyways, I have been reading Michelle Malkin's new book and she has documented how Michelle and Valerie Jarrett repackaged the University of Chicago Medical Centers plan to dump (outsource) low-income patients from the medical center to other facilities by guaranteed "free" shuttle rides to and from the outside clinics. Clearing out the poor freed up room for the insured (i.e. rich) patients. Malkins blog keeps reminding everyone of what happened to a young kid named "Donatae". Donatae's mother had sought emergency treatment for him after a pit bull tore off his uppper lip. Michelle and Valerie's hospital gave the boy a tetanus shot, antibiotics, and Tylenol and shoved him out the door. The mother and son had to take an hour bus ride to another "Hospital" for surgery.

Think about that while you watch the video I posted above of how grateful Michelle Fashion ICON, careless, mean, anti-American partisan was that she knew her child would be taken care of because she knew the right people.


As always,I'm late to the discussion, but I have to ditto Clarice's comments about the Pentagon City Costco. It is fabulous. And it is always crowded. Now that I know that the DC chefs shop there, I will be taking a closer look at the contents of my neighbor's basket as I stand in the long check-out lines. And I will be looking for the lovely Clarice, of course. *grin*

One of my sons lives a block off Hwy 1 in Old Town Alexandria and I spend lot of time there since the new baby arrived. BTW, Clarice, if you ever need rice cereal for babies, the people at the Pentagon Costco are very helpful. They don't carry it on the shelves, but they will make it for you. I think I offended them when I turned down the offer. Truly a lovely place to shop.


Glad you think so, Holly. I am always amazed by how much easier it has made life for owners of small restaurants and diners who no longer have to order thru middle men. I go on a business card and see them going thru their shopping lists..and then there are nuns who appear to be shopping for some institutions , military folks stocking up on party supplies of which there must be a thousand a day,and chefs or others buying for their offices.It's always jammed but the checkers always seem pleasant and not frazzled by the steady stream.

I don't need rice cereal but what a nice offer! Their coffee's great, too and their tuscan olive oil and the house balsamic vinegar..

Would ya' look at this?

Heh, g&g, it's dress up Barbie time.


Kim, maybe the Barbie doll is the wrong reference. What about the Bratz doll(s)?

The eyes blink, though.

Yeah, who knows; certainly not a Bilo Baby.

Strawman Cometh

Feed a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime sits in a boat and drinks beer all day.

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