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July 14, 2009

Overnight Open Thread – Surf & Turf Edition– (genghis)

Thanks to Maetenloch & Gabe for filling in the last couple of nights despite the fact it’ll take me weeks to undo all the damage they did to the ONT. I told them not to let you stay up late…

Item #1: This is a couple of days old but it’s a follow-up to a post I did a couple of weeks back regarding PeTA’s plan to protest a convention of veterinarians in Seattle because fish will be tossed. (I can’t find the original post right this second to reference but will tack it on if and/or when I do.)

”SEATTLE - A fish flap unfolded in Seattle today as group of half-naked animal-rights activists dressed like fish took on a national veterinarian group that's meeting in Seattle. The activists - members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - wanted the vets to cancel a salmon-tossing exhibition by the popular Pike Place Market fishmongers.”

PeTA’s protest consisted of the always-original tactic of laying on a sidewalk in ridiculous costumes and playing dead which has worked for countless numbers of leftish protest groups going back to the ‘70s and beyond:
”Demonstrators donned fish-tails and shimmery paint to call attention to what they say is the vet group's disrespect for marine life. Some laid topless on the sidewalk and others carried signs that said things like "Gutted Alive."”

There’s a photo included with the article so you can be the judge on how fishy they look. I think they may’ve mistaken mermaids (and in one case a merman) for fish though. And we’re not talking Daryl Hannah circa “Splash” era mermaids either, though I suppose with enough tartar sauce and lemon there might be a workaround here. This also provides me with a chance to bring up one of P.J. O’Rourke’s greatest quotes ever when he was describing animal rights protesters in one of his collections of articles (I forget which one). P.J. posed an interesting philosophical question when he asked: “If meat is murder, are eggs rape?” Profound.

Hey look! More stuff below the fold!

Item #2: Here’s a short article from AFP/Yahoo News regarding attitudes of male office workers in South Korea regarding the attire of their female co-workers.

”Almost three-quarters of South Korean male office workers feel uncomfortable when female colleagues show too much leg or cleavage in the workplace, a survey has revealed. A poll of 1,254 employees by the job portal site CareerNet found that 74 percent of men felt upset with the attire of their female co-workers.”

Meanwhile, a similar number of male office workers in Japan indicated that they would prefer their female co-workers work in the nude while being violated by multi-tentacled anime creatures. But who are we to judge either of these cultures and their ancient history of being really weird. Article found at my pal Phil the News Junkie’s blog.

Item #3: Normally most of us probably agree with Newsbusters’ take on things, but they seem to have their panties in a bit of a wad regarding a sex toy being advertised in prime time the other night:

”It's hard enough watching television with your kids these days given all the Viagra and Cialis commercials, but are we now going to have to put up with ads for sex toys? Trojan's vibrating fingertip massager for women has been around for over a year, as has the commercial for it. However, I didn't expect it to appear in the middle of CMT's prime time airing of "Field of Dreams" Monday night.”

The commercial for the massager is embedded at the Newsbuster’s link. Seems pretty tame to me, but then I’m not the one trying to watch a movie with my kids. And I’m certainly a lot less offended (or maybe disgusted is the word) with the Trojan commercial than I am with the parade of commercials you see during nightly network news broadcasts involving the most disgusting biological functions (Pepto Bismol I’m looking at you). Maybe Trojan’s ads should be shown after 10 p.m., but some ads should simply never be seen. Newsbusters and me will simply have to disagree on this one.

Tonight’s ONT is sponsored by cows,

As well as all that cows do for us:

I’d be derelict in my ONT duties if I didn’t follow up on that with an article titled The Perfect Restaurant Steak. You can argue all you want about your various techniques in the thread, but this is one article that delivers on its promise from the title. Keep in mind that Step 10 (regarding making steak sauce from the pan drippings is optional) but you really don’t want to waste those drippings and you’ve got 5 minutes to kill while the steaks are “resting.” Might as well go ahead and make the sauce (it doesn’t mean you actually have to or even should ruin the steak by pouring the sauce over it…unless you really screwed up the steak.) Instead, change out a couple of ingredients: Substitute the 1 cup of red wine indicated with ½ cup chicken broth & ½ cup Marsala wine and you’ve got a killer Marsala sauce. Just put it all in a storage bowl (the sauce) and dump it over some other dish later.

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