SDB Evening News Reads for 112311: Mac n’ Cheese? It’s whats for dinner…

Good Evening!

Remember those BEEF! commercials back in the 80’s? They were a bunch of meaty dishes set to a tune from the ballet Rodeo, written by Aaron Copeland. Well someone better tell Pat Robertson that Mac n’ Cheese is not a “Black Thing” it is like all those meaty dishes from those beef ads…it’s whats for dinner.

Robertson: “What Is This ‘Mac And Cheese,’ Is That A Black Thing?” | Right Wing Watch

Pat Robertson continued to amuse on The 700 Club today, asking host Kristi Watts following her interview with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, “What is this ‘mac and cheese,’ is that a black thing?” Watts and Rice agreed during the interview that macaroni and cheese is their favorite Thanksgiving dish. Robertson said that he never had macaroni and cheese and seemed utterly confused as to what it was.

There is video of it at the link if you need to see this tidbit with your own eyes to believe it…

Word from UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi is that the Campus police were told not to use force against students – Sacramento News – Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

As the tent city on the University of California, Davis, tripled in size, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi insisted Tuesday that the school’s police department defied her orders when it used force against students in last week’s pepper-spray fiasco.

“We told the police to remove the tents or the equipment,” Katehi said in an interview with The Bee in her office inside the administration building, which remains locked down to the public.

“We told them very specifically to do it peacefully, and if there were too many of them, not to do it, if the students were aggressive, not to do it. And then we told them we also do not want to have another Berkeley.”

Hey, they didn’t use force, they used a food product!

I am not sure what all this news out of Germany actually means, but there is a big to do over German Bond Auction Fails – Megan McArdle – Business – The Atlantic

…a German bond auction went rather badly today.  In fact, a lot of commentators are using words like “disastrous”.  They sold just over half of the €6 billion they had put out to market, the worst such outcome anyone can remember.  This comes on the heels of a Spanish debt auction in which the yields on their three month notes more than doubled to 5%.  That’s a higher interest rate than I pay on my credit card.
I’ve seen three explanations offered for this:
  1. The market is pricing the euro, not German credit
  2. Bund yields, at 1.98%, are too low to be attractive
  3. European banks are delveraging, depriving the auction of buyers
#2 is actually just a special case of #1–people used to like to buy ultra-low bunds as a safe-haven, and now they don’t.
In an excellent post at The Economist, Ryan Avent offers some wan reason for optimism: “The good news, such as it is, is that the stunning German bond-market failure may shock leaders their into recognising their own great vulnerability and pushing for bold initiatives to slow the crisis.”  But of course, as he goes on to point out, the auction suggests that shocking German and French leaders is no longer enough (France is also under attack, and threatened with a ratings downgrade).
After all, you can view the failed auction as a referendum on the instability of the euro, and hence the German banking system, in which case maybe “fixing” the euro with German guarantees fixes the problem.
But you can also view it as a referendum on membership in the euro, full stop.  The market may be saying that as long as Germany is tied to these other, troubled, countries, their debt looks more dangerous.  In which case, deeper integration doesn’t really help.

I’ll leave the explanations to our resident economist Dr. Dak.

Jon Huntsman has been very vocal today…coming off what some pundits called a good showing on last nights debate.

Huntsman and the GOP Debate on Unwinding Too Big To Fail 

Rortybomb gives a detailed analysis and explanation…check the post out.

Over in Saudi Arabia, Yemeni President Saleh has announced he will step down. BBC News – Yemeni President Saleh signs deal on ceding power

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has signed a deal under which he will step down after months of unrest.

Mr Saleh signed the agreement, brokered by Yemen’s Gulf Arab neighbours, in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Under the plan, he will transfer his powers to his deputy ahead of an early election and in return will get immunity from prosecution.

But protesters rallying in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, said they would reject any deal giving the president immunity.

Well, if he is out of the country, I wonder if the Yemen people will get what they want regarding the president’s immunity.

Let’s end today’s reads with a bang…or maybe a jab with a right hook?

Rocky Balboa Heads to Broadway | Mother Jones

In 2011, the American people witnessed all kinds of previously unfathomable weirdness: For starters, we found out that small albino cyclops sharks really do exist. We saw the ex-CEO of Godfather’s Pizza actually become the front-runner in the 2012 Republican presidential field. The White House told us that an alien invasion was not imminent. And just this week MoJo senior editor Dave Gilson gave us a disturbing, childhood-ravaging mash-up of The Adventures of Tintin and Newt Gingrich.

After being through so much, we’re almost at the end of the year. 2011 can’t possibly get any weirder now, can it?

Oh, yes. Yes it can. The Los Angeles Times‘ “Culture Monster” reported on Tuesday:

Sylvester Stallone is getting back in the ring with Rocky Balboa one more time — but not as a star. The actor is co-producing “Rocky: The Musical,” based on the Oscar-winning 1976 movie that launched his career.

The star appeared alongside his co-producers, the Ukranian boxing stars (and siblings) Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, at a press event in Hamburg, Germany, where the musical is set to open in November 2012.

Inspired by the box office success of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” and surely not intimidated by the troubles that musical encountered along the way, Stallone and company are reframing the underdog boxing tale as a love story between Rocky and Adrian…”Rocky” purists shouldn’t fear — hits from the films, including Gonna Fly Now” and “Eye of the Tiger,” will be included in the show…The world champion Klitschko brothers will help train the performers in boxing maneuvers.

Okay, can you see a number with Rocky singing as he gets ready for the big fight? I can’t. But since this musical is a German take on the Oscar-winning movie, maybe it will have an early German Expressionism feel to it, sort of like those marvelous silent films….or maybe it will just be a pumped up version of Dieter from the number one hit show in Germany:Sprockets!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone! May you get stuffed on turkey and punked out on pumpkin pie!


29 Comments on “SDB Evening News Reads for 112311: Mac n’ Cheese? It’s whats for dinner…”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    I don’t know if anyone watches this show Walking Dead Is Dead Wrong on Emergency Contraception. Stick to Zombies. » Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union

    The Walking Dead is a show on AMC that follows a group of Georgia residents trying to survive a post-zombie apocalypse. As a zombie show, The Walking Dead deals with a few less-than-realistic storylines. But what got many of the show’s fans in a tizzy the other night, tweeting and blogging about the episode’s ‘highly inaccurate’ story line? It wasn’t an argument over zombie kill tactics, or love-triangles, or if zombies like chicken (they do) — many fans were angry that the show’s female lead, Lori, took morning-after-pills so she could ‘give herself an abortion.’

    WHAT?!

    Lori taking the morning-after-pill, commonly known as emergency contraception, to end her pregnancy by inducing abortion would be just as effective as cutting a zombie’s finger off to kill it.

    Wow, is Bachmann a fan of the show? Is this where she is getting her information.

    I wonder if you pull off a zombie’s finger…does it fart?

    • dakinikat says:

      lol … why is it when people get nervous about things they invent monsters?

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        I think stories about monsters (movies and tv shows too) seem to reflect the people’s fear. Like tales of Grendel, dragons, Frankenstein, Dracula and Godzilla, people need something tangible to fight. Fear or that feeling of uncontrollable doom that comes with bad economies, unemployment, nuclear accidents, bad weather, death, etc. are things that can’t physically be battled. (At least that is what I think…)

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Well I don’t know, but in Italy, it looks like villages are getting ready to become independent states: Euro Crisis Prompts Italian Village to Declare Independence | Europe | English

      Italy’s tough austerity drive includes plans to force local authorities to merge, in a bid to rein in public spending. The tiny village of Filettino faces such a prospect – but its mayor is fighting back. The town is bidding to become an autonomous principality with its own currency. And it might just stand a chance.

      Deep in the rugged mountains east of Rome lies the quiet village of Filettino.

      Not much has changed here for centuries. But the 554 residents are now part of a revolution in the making; Filettino is trying to break away from Italy.

  2. northwestrain says:

    Mac & Cheese — part of a “plate lunch” in Hawaii — along with potato salad.

    Moms know what Mac & Cheese is — well 99% of US moms anyway.

    How dumb is Pat Robertson??? Real dumb.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Bachmann may have leaked classified info during debate last night.

    Americans probably had no idea that six of Pakistan’s nuclear sites had come under jihadist attack. That is, until Republican presidential candidate spilled the beans on national television Tuesday.

    During the CNN-hosted Republican presidential debate on national security, Bachmann, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, revealed that 15 nuclear sites in Pakistan were vulnerable to attack, and attempts had already been made on six of them.

  4. dakinikat says:

    NickKristof Nicholas Kristof
    MT @weddady: State Department is kindly invited to inquire about @monaeltahawy, a US citizen beaten & arrested in #Egypt

    • dakinikat says:

      NickKristof Nicholas Kristof
      Mayday! Mayday! Mona is a US citizen. US Embassy in Cairo, you listening? RT @monaeltahawy: Beaten arrested in interior ministry

    • dakinikat says:

      Mona Eltahawy
      monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
      Beaten arrested in interior ministry
      33 minutes ago
      Mona Eltahawy
      monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
      Pitch black, only flashing ambulance lights and air thick with gas Mohamed Mahmoud #Tahrir
      3 hours ago

      • dakinikat says:

        NickKristof Nicholas Kristof
        RT @ShinJeisan: @NickKristof @memexoxo has contacted the embassy and says the embassy is aware and is sending someone now

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Mona is out:

      Mona Eltahawy
      monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
      The past 12 hrs were painful and surreal but I know I got off much much easier than so many other Egyptians.
      11 minutes ago
      Mona Eltahawy
      monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
      .@Sarahngb is coming to kindly take me to the hospital. Besides beating me, the dogs of CSF subjected me to the worst sexual assault ever
      17 minutes ago
      Mona Eltahawy
      monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
      My right hand is so swollen I can’t close it yfrog.com/kg19hhuj
      28 minutes ago

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
        Military intelligence blindfolded me for 2 hrs. Didn’t want 2 go with them but 1 said I either go politely or else. 3 hrs later,
        8 minutes ago
        Mona Eltahawy
        monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
        The whole time I was thinking about article I would write; just you fuckers wait.
        8 minutes ago
        Mona Eltahawy
        monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
        @Okwonga Not SCAF but riot police
        11 minutes ago
        Mona Eltahawy
        monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
        #Egypt must be free of those bastards
        12 minutes ago
        Mona Eltahawy
        monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
        God knows what wuld’ve happened if I wasn’t dual citizen (tho they brought up detained US students) & that I wrote/appeared various media.
        12 minutes ago

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
        The past 12 hrs were painful and surreal but I know I got off much much easier than so many other Egyptians.
        17 minutes ago
        Mona Eltahawy
        monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
        On sexual assault and said would investigate it and said they had no idea why I was there. Then who does??! WTF!
        18 minutes ago
        Mona Eltahawy
        monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
        Another hour later I was free with apology from military intelligence for what CSF did. Took pics of my bruises and recorded statement 1/2
        19 minutes ago
        Mona Eltahawy
        monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
        Instead, blindfolded me for 2 hrs, after keeping me waiting for 3. At 1st answered Qs bec passport wasn’t w me but then refused as civilian
        20 minutes ago
        Mona Eltahawy
        monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
        Didn’t want to go with military intelligence but one MP said either come politely or not. Those guys didn’t beat or assault me.
        22 minutes ago

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
        Yes sexual assault. I’m so used to saying harassment but those fuckings assaulted me. #CSF
        26 minutes ago
        Mona Eltahawy
        monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
        They are dogs and their bosses are dogs. Fuck the Egyptian police.
        29 minutes ago
        Mona Eltahawy
        monaeltahawy Mona Eltahawy
        5 or 6 surrounded me, groped and prodded my breasts, grabbed my genital area and I lost count how many hands tried to get into my trousers.
        32 minutes ago

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        I know, right? At least she is out of custody…and safe.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Yemen president agrees to step down

    SANA, Yemen — After more than three decades of autocratic rule, President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed an agreement on Wednesday that immediately transferred power to his vice president, bowing to unrelenting street protests and raising hopes for an end to a political crisis that brought this impoverished nation to the brink of collapse.

    If the agreement holds up, it will make Mr. Saleh the fourth Arab leader to be forced from power this year by popular uprisings that have shaken the Middle East and North Africa. But the deal offers no guarantee that it will restore calm to a nation fractured by 10 months of political instability and suffering from a power vacuum that groups linked to Al Qaeda have exploited with increasing boldness.

    Troubled by the collapse of security, the United States, other Western powers and Persian Gulf leaders had aggressively pushed for the agreement, even as protesters argued that it would preserve the status quo by keeping the country’s elite, including members of Mr. Saleh’s family, in power. On Wednesday, some of the movement’s leaders indicated that they would not back down without more fundamental changes.

    It remains unclear how the country’s interim leaders will resolve a bitter three-way power struggle between Mr. Saleh and two rivals — including a renegade general who commands well-armed defectors — that has largely eclipsed the popular protests.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    I’ve never heard of mac and cheese for Thanksgiving, but most of the Italians I know have pasta–usually lasagna.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    MA gov. Patrick signs transgender equal rights bill.

    http://www.mass.gov/governor/pressoffice/pressreleases/2011/111123-transgender-bill.html

    Now if only we could extend equal rights to women!