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First Cuppa Coffee – Friday, February 17, 2012 : Scatological Sports Strategies Edition

Norts Spews…. The local edition of Fox Sports is slated to take it place on local cable lineups starting March 5th.  (We’d link to the SDUT story that appeared in today’s print edition but, alas, it doesn’t show up online.) Fox Sports will be where you’ll find Padres games this summer, and the channel will be available to non-Cox, non-Time-Warner viewers.  The Padres are picking up a largish chunk of money for this new deal, but have yet to indicate whether it will be spent on actual players or the cost of paying off the Moores family interest in the team. And there is also no word on whether Cox channel 56 (HD-1056) will be available to basic cable subscribers. My bet is… not.Lie-O-Meters in action…. The Voice of San Diego has once again elected to fact check statements made my Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio, finding untruths that range from “simply false” to “huckster propaganda”.  We think they should have a contest for readers to pick how many days in a row DeMaio could flunk a Fact Check, starting with his oft repeated list of retired City employees supposedly living large off bad pension deals crafted by the City’s evil unions… The question should be: “How many of those egregious pensions are actually management retirement packages (Not covered by union contracts)?” The answer is, by the way, is that all of Carl’s Top Ten list make the cut. Not a union pension in the bunch.Dubiously Named Awards Department…  City Beat has its “Turds and Blossoms”, which rates and rewards or punishes campaign activity.  They do good stuff, but, ugh, that name… “Turds & Blossoms”, it’s so unfashionable. We’d like to suggest that the scatological reference be replaced with the term “Roger Hedgecock”, who, in just a few short weeks as an op-ed columnist for the SDUT, has established new lows for standards relating to half-truths and outright lies relating to politics.Don’t let the door hit ya on the….   In his latest column, nativitist/white power advocate Pat Buchanan has announced to the world that MSNBC has caved under pressure from what our source calls ‘the liberals and the gays and the blacks and the black liberal gay atheist blacklisters’ and removed him from their lineup.  Which is hardly news, since he’s been gone since October. More proof, as Roger Hedgecock will no doubt soon point out, of the black hand –no racism intended–of Obama in censoring the Truth.No climate change here… The USDA has released its updated version of the Plant Hardiness Zone Map, reflecting the last thirty or so years of data collection regarding temperatures and plant hardiness. It’s an important tool used by gardeners everywhere. Overall, the map generally shows warmer winter low temperatures, so some plants and trees can now survive farther north. The USDA says this map is not a comment on climate change. Just ignore those bananas growing in Ohio….The Simpsons are getting the boot… This Sunday will mark the 500th episode of Fox’s animated series, the Simpsons.  The plot-line for our hapless heroes involves Mayor Quimby announcing the results of a vote to get rid of “Springfield’s un-ending nightmare, The Simpsons,” as the family get kicked out of town.  Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who reportedly has a great deal of experience with being kicked out of places, will make a guest cameo.  No state secrets were harmed in the animation of this episode.Not available in stores…. And with the District Attorney’s ongoing war against medical marijuana, probably not available anywhere…. We thought you’d like some insight into developments in countries where a civilized approach is being taken with regard to THC treatments: “A British drug manufacturer is hoping for a big score from consumers and a green light from the FDA for its medical marijuana mouth spray in 2013.  Seven countries including the UK, Spain and Germany have approved Sativex to treat patients with multiple sclerosis. …”Newt’s California Strategy…  Everybody’s favorite moon commander wanna-be may be down, what with all the ‘Rick Santorum is more than just a dirty word at Urban Dictionary dot com’ stories floating around the news media these days, but he’s far from out.  It’s all about the delegates, not the news stories, and the Man has a plan.  Better yet, ii involves building a coalition right here in California of Tea Partiers and Social Conservatives… add a little pixie dust (also known as PAC Money), and delegates will appear, thanks to our State’s winner take all by Congressional district system.See Ya Tuesday Folks!

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