Wednesday, September 14, 2005
- Bigfoot has been spotted twice in Illinois in recent days, and he's apparently flipping onlookers the bird [BoingBoing]
- UPDATE: Chicago Sun-Times' Carol Marin takes the foie gras kerfufflers to task over alleged city police torture in "Lily-Livered Pols Tough to Stomach." [via Gapers Block] Why Chicago alderman Joe Moore is making a big honking deal about banning the sale of foie gras in da Metropolis on da Prairie:
From the Chicago Tribune: "I have been asked on a number of occasions why I introduced this ordinance," said Ald. Joe Moore (49th). "The answer is very simple," he said. "Our culture does not condone the torture of innocent and defenseless creatures."Well, yes, I suppose...in the sense that "all flesshe is grasse." I've had foie gras; once. Honestly, I'll take deli chopped liver or liverwurst over it any day. In any case, I don't think force-feeding geese until their livers bloat is any worse than keeping antibiotic-and-manure-drenched livestock inside cramped cages until slaughter day; anyhow, I don't hear anyone calling for a Chicago ban on veal.
Moore said he wasn't sure if he had ever eaten foie gras. Of the seven aldermen who showed up Tuesday for the hearing before the Committee on Health, three said they were certain they had never eaten it. In fact, some weren't sure what it was.
"Is this [made] from grass or something?" Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) said he asked himself upon seeing the words "foie gras" for the first time recently.
- This Chicago news story has it all: chocolate, voyeurism, toilets, and a million-dollar lawsuit
- An automated poodle drying oven [via Gizmodo]
- "Chicago Faces An Attack Of The Spiders" [CBS 2 Chicago]
- What Supreme Court nominee John Roberts had to say about the little
criminalgirl that ate a French fry on the subway [Nat Hentoff in the Village Voice]
- George Washington's 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation