Archive for December 10th, 2010

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12.10.2010 … pets are loving this cold weather and their weak master!

you have got to be kidding:  Christian Extremist Group to Picket Elizabeth Edwards Funeral.

tv, culture, holidays, Christmas:  I just watched this and I have to admit I wasn’t sure what the message was.  At the most basic level, it is saying that Christmas is a cultural holiday, not a religious holiday.  Community – Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas – Video – NBC.com.

holidays, Christmas, Atlanta, Louisville:  Pink pig in Atlanta!!  A Christmas Carol and glassblowing ornaments in Louisville … two of my favorite towns made the list.  Best Southern Christmas Vacations – Photos – SouthernLiving.com.

fast food, KFC, Africa:  Having been to South Africa, KFC is everywhere … even in very small villages.  So this was very ineresting to read.

Of the roughly one billion people in Africa, KFC estimates it currently reaches 180 million.

When McDonald’s Corp. arrived in South Africa in the mid-1990s, KFC worried about the impact the burger giant would have on its business. So KFC began opening new restaurants and remodeling existing ones to make them more modern. By the early 2000s, KFC had about 300 restaurants in South Africa.

KFC quickly outpaced McDonald’s, which has fewer than 200 restaurants in Africa. With more than 600 KFCs in South Africa now, the chicken chain has a 44% share of that country’s $1.8 billion fast-food market, followed by South African chain Nando’s, with 6%, and McDonald’s and the local Chicken Licken, each with a 5% share.

“The KFC brand is highly aspirational in Africa. People will save up to buy the $3 meal, even if only once every three months,” Mr. Warren says.

KFC sells chicken more cheaply in South Africa than most parts of the world because local labor costs are lower and chicken suppliers don’t charge as much, partly because South Africa is a major producer of corn to feed the birds.

via KFC Savors Potential in Africa – WSJ.com.

Boulder, kudos, superlatives: Boulder … smartest city … who would have thunk it.

Colorado was the only state to take two spots in the top 10. The smartest city, Boulder, is home to the University of Colorado, which probably explains the high proportion of degree holders. Five out of every six people in Boulder have attended college. Many other top-ranked schools are college towns; Ann Arbor, Mich. is home to the University of Michigan, Durham, N.C. is home to Duke, and Washington has a handful of universities within city limits.

via Where Are America’s Smartest Cities? – TIME NewsFeed.

politics, Constitutional law, Bush v. Gore,The Supreme Court:

This month marks ten years since the Court, by a vote of five-to-four, terminated the election of 2000 and delivered the Presidency to George W. Bush. Over that decade, the Justices have provided a verdict of sorts on Bush v. Gore by the number of times they have cited it: zero.

Momentous Supreme Court cases tend to move quickly into the slipstream of the Court’s history. In the first ten years after Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 decision that ended the doctrine of separate but equal in public education, the Justices cited the case more than twenty-five times. In the ten years after Roe v. Wade, the abortion-rights decision of 1973, there were more than sixty-five references to that landmark. This month marks ten years since the Court, by a vote of five-to-four, terminated the election of 2000 and delivered the Presidency to George W. Bush. Over that decade, the Justices have provided a verdict of sorts on Bush v. Gore by the number of times they have cited it: zero.

But the least we can expect from these men and women is that at politically charged moments—indeed, especially at those times—they apply the same principles that guide them in everyday cases. This, ultimately, is the tragedy of Bush v. Gore. The case didn’t just scar the Court’s record; it damaged the Court’s honor.

via The ten-year anniversary of Bush v. Gore : The New Yorker.

The five who came down on that side: Chief Justice William Rehnquist and justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

Scalia has become known for telling those who object to what the court did to “get over it.” Toobin argues in The New Yorker’s latest issue that the decision “didn’t just scar the court’s record, it damaged the court’s honor.”

via 10 Years Later: Was The Supreme Court Right On ‘Bush V. Gore’? : The Two-Way : NPR.

 

Steph Curry, NBA, Davidson basketball:  Heal fully, Steph.  I’ll wait til next year to se see you play …

While X-rays showed no fracture and a subsequent MRI showed no torn ligaments, this is the fourth major sprain of Curry’s ankle this season, the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News report. Curry was carried of the floor by teammates and may miss an extended period of time, according to the reports. He is listed as doubtful for Friday’s game against Miami.

via Stephen Curry injured; Radmanovic calls on teammates to practice harder – NBA – Sporting News.

 




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