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February 03, 2009

You're Nobody Until You've Been Banned in a Muslim Country

This is interesting news. Ever wonder why an Islamic Government might have a problem with the content here at the AoSHQ? I mean, yeah, I can understand banning the Jawas, what with their irrational need to NOT be killed by some of the nuttier adherents of the Religion of Peace, but why ban Ace?

Then I had an epiphany. This might be why we're banned in Turkey. Or maybe this. Possibly this.

(all links SFW, unless you're working for PETA)

I need to apologize to my co-bloggers. My pork obsession has deprived the AoSHQ of badly needed ad revenue at the same time PJM is throwing all their bloggers to the wolves and circling the financial wagons. I'm sure that Turkish readers would have been good for another $3 or $4 a month in ad revenue. I swear I'll make it up to you guys. Will you take a check? Oh yeah, and you might want to wait a week or two before cashing it.

Hat tips all around to The Jawa Report, Instapundit (Amazon link), Hot Air, and AoSHQ regular Murph in Nevada. Other bacon-related news in the extended entry:

News Release
Brooks Reynolds – 515-865-8078
Mindy Toyne - 515-371-4742
Jeff Bruning - 515-554-9535

Second Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Grows To Accommodate Demand
Event celebrates bacon with 7 course menu, lecture, bacon eating contest & more

January 14, 2009 (Des Moines, IA) – Organizers of the first ever Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival were blown away last year when the 180 person event sold out over night. This year’s event, presented by metromix, will accommodate 280 bacon lovers and offer at least 13 varieties of bacon for sampling.

“We were overwhelmed by the response to our inaugural event last year.” Said Brooks Reynolds, whose passion for bacon was the driving force behind the creation of the event. “We want to accommodate all bacon fans by increasing the capacity this year. It thrills me to know how many true bacon fanatics are out there!” he added.

At least 13 different bacon purveyors will be on-site at the event sampling their bacon including Vande Rose Farms, Iowa Farm Family, Hormel, Tiefenthaler Quality Meats, Applegate Farms, Coastal Vineyards from California and Django.

Last year, the guest who traveled the longest distance to attend the event was a man who goes by Mr. Baconpants from Pittsburgh. This year he will return with a film crew to document the event for his website dedicated to “all things bacon” Other websites who have featured the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival include and Jeff Bruning, co-owner of the High Life Lounge and el Bait Shop was also interviewed on Sirius Satellite Radio and several other national radio shows as the event struck a chord with many bacon fans.

The Second Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, presented by metromix, will be held on Saturday February 28 at the High Life Lounge and el Bait Shop – 200 SW 2nd - Downtown Des Moines from 10am – 4pm. Cost for the event is $32.50 and space is limited to 280 bacon fans. Entry fee includes a commemorative t-shirt, bacon bracelet, a menu of 7 bacon items, one free drink, unlimited samples at the Bacon Showcase, and a seat in the “Baconology part II” lecture.

February 28 is the eve of National Pig Day, which was started by Texas art teacher Ellen Stanley in 1972 to honor and give thanks to “our most intelligent domesticated creature.”

Schedule of Events [Bacon Showcase open throughtout event]
10:00 a.m. Registration - Bacon Bloody Marys are served
11:00 a.m. Bacon Invocation
11:15 a.m. 1st Bacon Lecture “Baconolgy part II”
12:30 pm. 2nd Bacon Lecture
1:00 p.m. Frozen Hosen on the patio [Free Beer on the patio while it lasts!]
2:00 p.m. 3rd Bacon Lecture
3:30 Bacon Eating Contest

Menu (will be served in a flighted fashion throughout the day)
Bacon & Egg breakfast sandwich
Bacon Lettuce & Tomato sandwich
Bacon Cheeseburger Slider
Bacon wrapped Hot Dog
Candied Bacon Ice Cream
2 additional items, which will be revealed the day of the event
What – Second Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival presented by Metromix
When – Saturday, February 28 10 am – 4 pm
Where – el Bait Shop & High Life Lounge – 200 SW 2nd Street – Downtown Des Moines
Cost - $32.50 Entry includes a commemorative t-shirt, bacon bracelet, a menu of 7 bacon items, unlimited samples at the Bacon Showcase, a seat in the Baconology part II lecture and one drink. All entrants will also be eligible for bacon prizes.
Registration – Space is limited to 280 participants. Tickets are only available at
Website –
Sponsors for the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival include Metromix, Pabst Blue Ribbon, In Any Event, NCP Investment Banking, el Bait Shop & Pearl Vodka.
Café Di Scala will be hosting a bacon inspired dinner on Feb. 25th. Chef/Owner Tony Lemmo will be serving a five course meal that will tantalize your taste buds. Pearl Vodka and Templeton Rye will be serving a bacon themed cocktail to go along with Tony's menu. Seats are limited to 40 people. Please respond to this email if you would like to attend. Seats are $75 per person.
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Brought to you by the Iowa Bacon Board – Brooks Reynolds, Marshall Porter, Seth Hall, Kevin Tiffany, John Tiffany, Jeff Bruning, Mindy Toyne and Brad Proctor.

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