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Sunday, October 26, 2008

My already tenuous grasp on reality is slipping. Things that are just-this-side of Eternal Verities are being shaken. I mean, come on ... The SciFi channel, which I got cable years back precisely in order to see, is now full of non-science fiction, like ghost-hunting shows, with nary a meddling kid in sight. It is painful to see grownups scaring themselves like twelve-year-olds on a campout. There is so much paranormal stuff on, that SciFi is making noises about changing its name to "Beyond". Oooooooooh. Beyond. And speaking of meddling kids, Cartoon Network, who brought us Dexter's Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, and PowerPuff Girls is now filling its schedule with decidedly non-cartoon movies. As questionable as it may be to some minds, CN brought anime to the fore here in the US, and some really excellent stuff, too, like Cowboy Bebop, and the two Ghost in the Shell series. Of course they also gave us Milk Chan, the less said about, the better.
Cartoon Network showing not-cartoons. Next they'll be showing WWE Wrestling on Lifetime.
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If racism is defined thusly: "1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race" (Merriam-Webster)+, and many blacks - and their pet white academics "... argue that they can't possibly be racist by definition", what precisely are they saying about themselves?

I'm bettin' someone hasn't quite thought it all through. Maybe someone needs new PR people.
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On an amusingly congruent note, we shopped at a German grocery store last weekend.
ALDI is an interesting store concept, one basic store brand of anything (but actually produced by the name-brand factories, so you get the quality, not the higher price.)
They also carry a few specialty items, special purchases, and fresh produce. We got a cart of groceries for $45.00. Milk is more than a dollar cheaper than anywhere else.
You put a quarter in a slot to unlock your cart, and you begin your shopping. You do NOT have forty-seven different brands of ketchup, just one good brand, reasonably priced. Ditto cereals, cookies canned veg, pet foods...you name it. There are special buys, too: This month, there is a $700 PC, a wooden breakfast nook kit, a $200 gasoline-powered generator. You can purchase your family's groceries for considerably less than even Wal-Mart. You bag your own groceries (bring your own bags, or pay a minimal price for ALDI bags (they refuse to hide the cost of bags in the grocery price). Take your groceries to the car, return the cart its parking area, insert the chain lock- rather like the tongue on a seatbelt- into the slot, and your quarter pops out. Check the locator on the ALDI website, and go to a local one. The food is good quality, and good-tasting.

9 comments:

David The Good said...

Aldi's rocks. We have one around the corner... WAY cheap. I'm amazed by how much I can get there.

Though the flour isn't that great, for some reason. Tastes like baked socks.

The Aardvark said...

And you know this flavor HOW?

David The Good said...

From growing up poor. Something you would NEVER understand, you privileged white male.

Obama '08!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the Aldi tip! Hubby and I gave them a shot this morning, and we loved it.

I mean, spinach for $2 less a bag, canned veggies and frozen goods for about half what you'd pay at bigger named "discount" stores, some of the stuff was even about a dollar less than the generic brands at other stores. We stocked up a bit and still spent less than a normal week's grocery run.

Thanks again.

The Aardvark said...

Excellent!

Cunning Dove said...

"Next they'll be showing WWE Wrestling on Lifetime."
I'm holding my breath in anticipation!!!

I must admit, I became quite the Inuyasha addict after catching it on Adult Swim. Now I just purchase it or download my anime. That way I don't have to watch 15,000 Cialis & Viagra commercials. I'm glad I don't have kids. It would suck to have to give up football & the evening propaganda, I mean, Evening News because of the commericals.

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