SDB Evening News Reads for 112311: Mac n’ Cheese? It’s whats for dinner…Posted: November 23, 2011
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.
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:
- The market is pricing the euro, not German credit
- Bund yields, at 1.98%, are too low to be attractive
- 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.
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?
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!