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Walk east/drive west

MATTHEW YGLESIAS points out an unfortunately irony in our country’s car-dominated western expansion: the sunbelt cities that offer the perfect climate for walking and other alternative modes of transportation are the same places that have the weakest alt-transit infrastructure. Meanwhile, the most walkable/bikable cities, located primarily in the Northeast, are the ones with the lousiest weather. Hmph.

Arugula

A LOT OF FUSS has been made of Barack Obama’s chagrin at the price of arugula at Whole Foods. For the past couple weeks, arugula has been, for McCain and the right wing of the Republican party, a handy emblem for Obama’s alleged “liberal elitism.” Move over latte, arugula is the new gastronomical weapon of the reverse snobs of the right (who are, as it happens, usually beltway insiders who are pretty well fed on fancy food, but I digress … )

[Full disclosure: Three Roads blog loves the lively and spicy taste of arugula but usually buys it at the local Albertson's, not at Whole Foods, so I'm not in a position to bemoan the cost of arugula. I simply bemoan the cost of everything at Whole Paycheck Foods.]

So if we’ve left the era of the latte-liberal, what’s going to be the catchy, reductive and polarizing term that incorporates the leafy green vegetable known as arugula? Here are some ideas, free for use to all conservatives who frequent this blog (I’m looking at you, John Lofton!):

  • Demarugulas
  • Arugulacrats
  • Liberugulas

Hmmm. As you can see, none of these has the same snap as latte liberal. Maybe it’s alliteration that we need! Ok, here goes:

Arugula ahhh … arugula ahhh ….

I’m stuck. Can anyone think of an a-word that describes people who are left of center? Aristocrat could work, but it’s historic ties are to, I would guess, a more conservative political ideology.

Let me know if you come up with anything.

Questions

 [In no particular order]

1. SHOULD we boycott the Beijing Olympics? Point: China executes about 20 people per day. Counter-point: What a crappy thing to do to the athletes, who have nothing at all to do with China’s human rights record. Plus, we execute people, too. To boycott on that principle would be a little hypocritical, right? Conclusion: Still unsure.

2. WHY did Michael Johns get booted from American Idol?

3. WHY are we still in Iraq? No, really, why? I want to hear good reasons for staying there.

4. WHAT’S UP with that 28 percent that approves of President Bush’s performance? Sub-question: What would Bush have to do to get their disapproval?

5. WHY are you using Evite when you can use Pingg? I can understand using Evite only if you like poorly designed, shaming invitations that are filled with ugly ads.

Also, while I can’t put it into question form, I thought I’d acknowledge how cool it is that Spain recently appointed Carme Chacon as defense minister. Chacon is the first female to become a top defense official—and she also has a bun in the oven.


Quote of the day

It is only a good idea to remove a murderous dictator if this results in, on net, fewer people being murdered. –Megan McArdle

Skiing on the crust

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Mariah skate-skiing atop 2′ or more of snow in Steamboat Springs.

PSA

Via Seth Godin

Hmmm

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