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Ettore Boiardi — Chef Boyardee — was a real person. I guess I knew that, though I was too young to have seen him in the commercials (click the picture for a YouTube).

I gather from paddling around the web that he was a famous and splendid chef, and his mass-produced food was actually very good — when he made it.

He sold the whole outfit to a food conglomerate in 1946, though, and that must have been when some accountant cried, “wait! This food needs more suck!”

Canned pasta. Yuck.

He’s the reason I never voluntarily ate pasta (or anything pretending to be Italian) until I was in my twenties and tripped over the real thing.

My chicken has a black eye. And a bloody comb. And a couple of scabby patches on the side of her head.

It looks like she flew full-tilt into the mesh and rode it down on her face. The two don’t fight, beyond a little belly bumping, so that’s surely exactly what happened.

Eh. She’ll be fine. Both well otherwise.

And about this Journolist thing. The attempted spin seems to be “who’s surprised that lefty opinion writers have lefty opinions?” Not so fast, sonny. There are many delightful nuggets in there.

■ The Listers are such utter douchenozzles.

■ They weren’t sharing opinions, they were building consensus on how best to spin — warp the reporting of — news for partisan advantage.

■ If I employed any of those bozos, I’d be pissed. They are paid for original work, not copypasta. Though all their bosses are liberals, so they’re only going to be pissed at the embarrassment.

■ How many more people are going to wreck their careers before it is generally understood there is no such thing as off the record??? I knew it in the days when ideas were written on paper. Didn’t you? Now that words fly around at the speed of electrons, no one should EVER type ANYthing he wouldn’t want to see under a blinking siren on the Drudge Report.

This scoop must be a godsend for Tucker Carlson, working to get a new site off the ground. So I totally understand why he’d dribble it out day by day. But I do so wish this one had gone down like the CRU emails dump — released in one big go for busy webmonkeys to crawl all over.

Breitbart offers a $100,000 reward for the archive and doesn’t get it? And Tucker does? I wonder how much he has and from whence it came.

Hey, I got a fabulous spotted dick for anyone Lister who leaks the archive to me.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 22, 2010, 10:58 pm

Not to mention the fact that we all got snookered by the NAACP on this Sharrod tape incident. Breitbart was showing the membership of the NAACP wildly cheering a story about a black woman busting a cracker, then sitting silently when she told them that she realized it wasn’t about race, and they successfully turned public opinion into believing it was an attack on that particular woman, not an eyebrowraiser about them cheering a white guy getting screwed.

Just try to tell me that the spinmeisters aren’t working overtime on the left…..

Comment from Allen
Time: July 22, 2010, 11:09 pm

I think the Journolist thing has been hilarious. What a bunch of maroons. Bwahahaha, sure you’re going to keep a secret with 400 people knowing it.

I’m just curious as to who sold ’em down the river. Probably some other young punk who felt like he wasn’t being taken seriously enough by the clique.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 22, 2010, 11:27 pm

That would be my guess as well, Allen.

That said, while I’ve enjoyed a good chuckle over the exposure of these imbeciles, the fact remains that they’ve more or less pwned the meejah – both here and in the USA.

Which means only the ‘vast Right wing conspiracy’ will ever get to hear about it and business will cary on regardless.

It’s a bit like the CRU debacle. They get away with it because the rest of us are too damned busy makng a living to organise against them.

Ack! Don’t mind me… I have fleas and I’m grrrrr-ouchy 😉

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 23, 2010, 12:30 am

Fleas? He just wrote out a check to the UK version of IRS.

Fleas are the nicest thing going on for Uncle B at the moment.

Comment from Allen
Time: July 23, 2010, 12:36 am

Look on the bright side Uncle B, they’ve fouled their own nests so they might as well look for a new career.

As for Jones, Mann, et al., no one will touch them. Sure they still have their jobs but no one will cite them seriously ever again. They’ve corrupted the data sets. Their proposals will get the “hmmm, this isn’t quite what we’re looking for,” response.

The Journolisters, are in the same boat. They corrupted the ideal, so the others will have to distance themselves.

It boils down to two devestating questions within the peer groups.
1. Are you sure the data set is accurate?
2. Is your opinion based on your own information?

Comment from Pavel
Time: July 23, 2010, 12:56 am

Sadly true, Uncle B. This will all be ancient history in a couple news cycles. The lefty media will go on with nary a blip, sanitize the libs, demonize the conservatives.

Had I known there was spotted dick in play, stoatie, I would have gladly fabricated some archives for you. My deadpool picks continue to have the bad taste to stay alive, and I am totally committed to sending you a photo of the prize with Pikes Peak and our lovely foothills as a backdrop.

Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: July 23, 2010, 1:45 am

Pavel sez>

My deadpool picks continue to have the bad taste to stay alive, and I am totally committed

to picking a candidate whose close enough for me to bump off, so’s I can publish a photo of said dick near the Chesapeake Bay rather than that lilliputian Pike’s Peak knob in the ground.

As for the Journolisters, they are the outcome of Harry Pollitt’s admonition to young communists to infiltrate rather than join the party. We are still fighting the Cold War, and the dead bastards are doing pretty good for being dead.

Comment from tawny
Time: July 23, 2010, 12:23 pm

There is something very wrong about these pictures … don’t diss da stoat


Comment from Pablo
Time: July 23, 2010, 1:08 pm

Breitbart offers a $100,000 reward for the archive and doesn’t get it? And Tucker does?

Breitbart knew the story was coming (and rescinded his $100K offer) before Daily Caller ran it. They might be conspiring, him and Tucker. I hope they’ve got tons of it because Journolist is my new favorite show. It’s sort of like America’s Got Talent, only with venom instead of talent.

Comment from Bob
Time: July 23, 2010, 3:58 pm

If you’re going to keep poultry. You’d better get some epsom salts.

It’s good for flea bites too.

Comment from Sockless Joe
Time: July 23, 2010, 7:08 pm

I highly recommend the “DC Morning” email from Daily Caller. “Jim Treacher” (aka Sean Medlock) is apparently writing the headlines and summaries for all the featured stories.

Comment from bad cat robot
Time: July 23, 2010, 7:15 pm

Anybody have Daniel Schorr in the Dead Pool? He’s mumbled his last mumble. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/entertainment/2012430977_apusobitschorr.html

Comment from JuliaM
Time: July 23, 2010, 8:33 pm

Took a trip to Woburn Safari Park today – quite a few ‘fancy’ chickens wandering the petting zoo area, who were very appreciative of the remains of my hot dog bun. So much so, the ladies hitched up their feather petticoats and flat out galloped up a steep incline towards me, leaving the poor cock in the dust. They then mobbed him for most of the bread that landed near him.

It seems Women’s Lib really took off in chickenworld…

Comment from JuliaM
Time: July 23, 2010, 8:35 pm

And when it comes to the Dead Pool, ZsaZsa Gabor is beginning to look like a safe bet. Dahlink…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 23, 2010, 9:21 pm

I second that, Joe — I look forward to DC Morning every…well, I get it in the afternoon, of course. *Has* to be Treacher.

My chooks are wild for bread, JuliaM. Which I probably shouldn’t give to them, on account of it’s pretty much empty calories for chickens. But, what the heck.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 23, 2010, 9:36 pm

Ever tossed bits of fried chicken into a chicken coop? Did that once as a kid, the birds went wild for it….

And no, I’ve never done it since…..

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 23, 2010, 9:45 pm

If everyone has the same stories with the same perspective that doesn’t exactly encourage competition, does it? Sort of makes you see why these bozos in the legacy media are doing so poorly.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 23, 2010, 9:51 pm

Careful with rye bread and chickens. Or anything, we gave some to our ducks that had gone a little moldy and they freaked out and died 🙁 Ergot.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 23, 2010, 10:17 pm

Ergot! Wow! That’s pretty exotic.

Strictly white bread, I promise.

Oh, there’s nothing they like better’n a bit of meat, Scoob. I doubt chickens get many hotdogs in the wild, but they like them fine.

Comment from Pavel
Time: July 24, 2010, 1:24 am

Pikes Peak would SO kick Chesapeake Bay’s ass in a fair fight, EW1(SG). It would throw its mighty granite boulders into the Chesapeake, and the bay would only be able to squirt back.

Comment from Pupster
Time: July 24, 2010, 4:03 pm

I like Chef Boyardee. It may be an acquired taste, as my early attempts at feeding myself leaned heavily on my ability to use a can opener.

Comment from Bill (still the .00358% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: July 24, 2010, 10:00 pm

The problem most people have with Chef Boyardee stems from improper preparation.

You’ve got to heat it to 200ºF first, so it sears your taste buds…

Comment from Anonymous
Time: July 25, 2010, 3:41 am

No, its still awful, overcooked pasta, nasty grainy faux meat, and sweet, nasty sauce.

Interesting to see Boiardi was a real guy, makes me figure that’s what they based the plotline of Ratatouille on.

Comment from Chicken farmer
Time: July 25, 2010, 4:10 pm

I’d advise checking your chook closely. If she’s got mites she’ll scratch and bruise herself whilst trying to alleviate the constant itching. The mites take up residence in the insertions of the feathers.

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: July 25, 2010, 4:42 pm

I used to work at the livestock auction – I’ve seen the cows that go into “meat” products. Bleeac, I raise my own. No Chef B for me.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 25, 2010, 5:43 pm

Thanks, CF. I’ve been checking inside the house and the corners of the perch for dormant mites in the daytime, and spraying every months or so when I do the extra good clean, right down into the nooks and crannies.

As for checking the chooks themselves, they’re at that flighty age and are hard to handle by myself. People tell me they’ll mellow when they reach laying age; I hope it’s true.

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