Los Angeles Area Burger Roundup

From Serious Eats:

Although I live in New York City I spend quite a bit of time in Los Angeles, which gives me the chance to explore all that the City of Angels has to offer in the way of hamburgers. And that is an awful lot. As a friend who lives in L.A. stated, “NYC has pizza; we have burgers.” Indeed, the proliferation of burger spots across the L.A. landscape is heartening for any lover of America’s favorite sandwich. I have recently reported on the Apple Pan, Pie N Burger and Fred 62, so here is a quick roundup of some other burgers that I have tried in L.A.

I’m so jealous of the burger joints on the west coast. Hell, I think the nearest Fatburger from Boston is in New Jersey.

McCain Finds it Tough Without Palin

From Reuters Blog:

PHILADELPHIA – Republican presidential candidate John McCain cut short his first public appearance without running-mate Sarah Palin after chanting supporters of Democratic rival Barack Obama interrupted his speech.

After lunching with a roundtable of women at Philadelphia’s Down Home Diner, McCain shook hands with supporters and strode up to a podium to deliver a statement. But as he spoke, chants of “Obama, Obama, Obama” filled the room.

Reporters craned forward trying to hear the Arizona senator. Unfortunately for McCain — and possibly overlooked by aides who planned the event — a section of the diner opened up to a market where a crowd had gathered behind a cordon.

A large contingent of Obama supporters showed up, mixed with some who had bumper stickers reading “Democrats for McCain”.

“It’s time to leave the talk behind and start shaking up Washington and fixing our economy, taking care of the problems facing our families. We’re going to give a tax cut to every family with a child,” he said.

His words were barely audible.

Embrace the Pig

From Talking Points Memo:

Let’s face it. Lipstick on a pig is a classic American phrase. And there’s just no better way to describe the McCain-Palin ticket. The ‘Reformer’ whose whole campaign and senate office is run by a crew of high-rolling DC lobbyists? The earmark slayer whose state this year got ten times more earmarks than any other state in the country? Whose city when she was mayor got twenty times as many? The whole operation is just one big bamboozling lie. And lipstick on a pig is just using good American English to explain it. If McCain and Palin don’t like it they should have thought of that before they decided to run as frauds.

In case you’re looking for background on this…

Obama at a rally was discussing McCain’s policies as being the same as George Bush’s only packaged differently. He then said “You can put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig”.

McCain’s campaign, having no real answer about how his policies differ from Bush’s, blasted back that Obama was referring to Sarah Palin and demanded an apology conveniently forgetting that McCain had used the same metaphor when talking about Hillary Clinton’s healthcare plan.

From what I saw of the RNC, the Republicans right now are desperately trying to separate themselves from, well, the Republicans. Bush’s ratings are so low that his appearance at the RNC, via satellite, was shorter than most commercial breaks. The only chance McCain has against Obama is to convince people that he isn’t like Bush which will be difficult to do considering that he has supported Bush 90% of the time. His campaign’s main strategy at the moment is to keep the Democrats mired in defending themselves from this kind of ridiculousness and at the moment it’s succeeding.

All is Right With the World

The mailman just came with my copy of Anathem (and Book 2 of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman ) so I’ll stop complaining.

I’m actually surprised at how fast it came. According to the tracking info, it was shipped yesterday and arrived a day later. Not bad since I had it shipped with their free super saver shipping.

I just weighed the book and it is slightly under 3lbs (2lbs 13.5oz) which means that not only is it going to be a bitch to read while glancing at the glossary and the timeline but I may end up with a hernia carting it back and forth to work.

McCain’s Integrity

From Andrew Sullivan:

For me, this surreal moment – like the entire surrealism of the past ten days – is not really about Sarah Palin or Barack Obama or pigs or fish or lipstick. It’s about John McCain. The one thing I always thought I knew about him is that he is a decent and honest person. When he knows, as every sane person must, that Obama did not in any conceivable sense mean that Sarah Palin is a pig, what did he do? Did he come out and say so and end this charade? Or did he acquiesce in and thereby enable the mindless Rovianism that is now the core feature of his campaign?

So far, he has let us all down. My guess is he will continue to do so. And that decision, for my part, ends whatever respect I once had for him. On core moral issues, where this man knew what the right thing was, and had to pick between good and evil, he chose evil. When he knew that George W. Bush’s war in Iraq was a fiasco and catastrophe, and before Donald Rumsfeld quit, McCain endorsed George W. Bush against his fellow Vietnam vet, John Kerry in 2004. By that decision, McCain lost any credibility that he can ever put country first. He put party first and his own career first ahead of what he knew was best for the country.

And when the Senate and House voted overwhelmingly to condemn and end the torture regime of Bush and Cheney in 2006, McCain again had a clear choice between good and evil, and chose evil.