Recession + Obesity = High Waisted Fashion Trend

SkirtAs this Wikipedia entry on Fast Fashion illustrates beautifully, the fashion world is not typically a friend to your figure or your wallet. Nonetheless, by some cosmic fluke, the present prevailing fashion trend of high waisted skirts can be both.

Many Americans are finding themselves short on cash in the present economy. Many Americans are also a little heavier than they were a few years ago. Not to worry. For once, good can come of this situation. You see, skirts that once fit nicely around your hips in as per that early-2000’s trend will now fit snugly around your waist and be miraculously trendy. And you don’t have to spend a dime.



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Palin Criticized Unfairly

This week Sarah Palin was in the news for resigning from the Governorship of Alaska. If you’ve watched television in the past three days you’ve probably seen much mockery about Sarah Palin’s invocation of the federal government’s Department of Law, because DUH! it’s called the Department of Justice.

Her full quote was:

“I don’t think it will be the day after day after day of ethics violation charges that are frivolous, that are ridiculous. I think on a national level your department of law there in the White House would look at this, the things we have been charged with, and automatically throw them out, not make somebody hire their own personal attorney to get out there and fight.”

All over twitter, blogs, MSNBC, and Facebook people mocked Palin as ignorant.

One Daily Kos author wrote:

True, this was not the first sign of Palin’s extremely limited, ahem, knowhow about these matters (and everything else outside moose hunting, running for beauty contests, winking at the audiences, making babies and shopping at Neiman Marcus)

I think that many of these critics are latching on to this comment because it fits very well into the Sarah Palin is an ignorant yahoo story line.  Unfortunately, this time it seems that Palin made a simple and quite understandable mistake.

Mark Tushnet at Balkinization explains:

The liberal blogosphere is getting all snarky about Sarah Palin’s reference to the “department of Law” in Washington. I’d just like to point out that it doesn’t take much (a Google search) to discover that the Attorney General of Alaska runs the state’s Department of Law. Surely a governor is entitled to describe the legal office associated with the executive branch as the branch’s department of law. Emphasis is mine.

There are many much more serious issues than this and given this logical explanation for Palin’s comment, it seems like this would be a great time to drop it.

Here’s the google search that Tushnet refers to:

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Hillary Clinton has a USA elbow sling

As you may have heard, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broke her elbow three weeks ago.  What you probably haven’t heard is that her sling has the official Great Seal of the United States, specifically the coat of arms.

This thing:US-GreatSeal-eagle.svg

According to wikipedia:

The Great Seal of the United States is used to authenticate certain documents issued by the United States federal government. The phrase is used both for the physical seal itself (which is kept by the United States Secretary of State), and more generally for the design impressed upon it. The Great Seal was first used publicly in 1782.

The design on the obverse of the great seal is the national coat of arms of the United States.[1] It is officially used on documents such as United States passports, military insigniaembassy placards, and various flags. As a coat of arms, the design has official colors; the physical Great Seal itself, as affixed to paper, is monochrome.

It’s also on her arm sling see:

With President Zelaya of Hondurus

With President Zelaya of Hondurus

Zoom on the sling:

zoomedMakes me wonder, are those arm slings available publicly? Is there other clothes branded with the coat of arms?


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Funny Ad Juxtaposition: NOW 31 and Indie Passion

Sometimes google ads make for funny ads.  How many people who are reading Indie Passion are going to buy NOW music 31? Also, I didn’t know that NOW: That’s What I Call Music was still selling albums.  I guess $11.99 is cheaper than 20 singles, but I imagine that most people never actually liked all of the songs on NOW. Either way, this ad is on the wrong blog.

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Pool Kicks Out Black Kids. Explains that the problem was their “complexion”

Wow. A pool in philadelphia kicked out 60 African-American campers whose camp had paid $1900 for them to swim there once a week.

The swim club, The Valley, explained in a prepared statement that the kids were kicked out because:

“There was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club,” John Duesler, President of The Valley Swim Club said in a statement.

That was a prepared statement, not off the cuff. I guess we can give Mr. Duesler props for being honest?

NBC Philadelphia reports:

“I heard this lady, she was like, ‘Uh, what are all these black kids doing here?’ She’s like, ‘I’m scared they might do something to my child,'” said camper Dymire Baylo

“When the minority children got in the pool all of the Caucasian children immediately exited the pool,” Horace Gibson, parent of a day camp child, wrote in an email. “The pool attendants came and told the black children that they did not allow minorities in the club and needed the children to leave immediately.”

This does not sound like a story that belongs in the year 2009.  It’s incredible that children, parents, and club attendants all acted in such a racist manner.  I guess they should add something about preserving their “complexion and atmosphere” to their rules.

This makes me wonder if today racism is worse in the suburbs, which remain mostly white, or in the inner city where racism is often masked by concerns about “delinquents” and “criminals.”

Gives you something to think about.

In a later report club president Deusler claims that the decision had “nothing to do with race.”  But refused to be interviewed and the club didn’t allow media on their property.  I’m guessing they’re having an emergency board meeting tonight.

You can view that report here:

Luckily, a local boarding school for children of low-income and single family homes has stepped in and offered the use of their pool for the campers.

Additionally, Senator Arlen Specter has spoken out about this and is speaking with the parties involved:

“The allegations against the swim club as they are reported are extremely disturbing,” Specter said in a statement. “I am reaching out to the parties involved to ascertain the facts. Racial discrimination has no place in America today.”

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Marc Dreier explains his descent into crime

Marc Dreier (who has too many vowels in his name), a formerly successful attorney, has written a letter explaining how he went from being a smart successful professional to a fraud who stole millions (billions?) from his clients. It was written for the judge in his case, and released for public consumption. It’s about three pages and worth a read.

Personal Letter From Marc S. Dreier to Jed S. Rakoff

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John McCain Contradicts Himself on Twitter

On Twitter, John McCain decides to declare his support for democracy in Honduras and China.

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Thirty two minutes later, he decides that he only wants democracy in China.

Twitter 2Two quick comments:

1) It is NOT clear that Zelaya was in violation of his country’s constitution, and the military was certainly not carrying out orders from any governmental institution. McCain is not just wrong, he’s also contradicting most world leaders.

2) Whatever happened in Honduras, it was anti-democratic. So we should continue to stand up for human rights and democracy, except when inconvenient? That’s not what McCain has said before.

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