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Dec

OMG OMG OMG Trader Joe’s is open!

Yes, this line is about 20 people long.


But you probably knew that, if you’re even a casual reader of the Lincoln Journal Star — which by my count has published no less than 10 stories mentioning the possible, impending and actual Coming of Joe since mid-summer.
Sigh. This is called newsroom love. Certain people in the newsroom are overly excited about a certain store they love, and so the paper writes and writes and writes about it. Granted, readers seemed pretty excited about Trader Joe’s too, given the number of breathless comments each two-paragraph update would generate.
I even got into trouble once when Trader Joe’s liquor license was approved by the Lincoln City Council, and I didn’t write about it. I very rarely wrote about liquor licenses being approved, and didn’t think it was newsworthy.
I have to wonder what all the other grocery stores in Lincoln think about all those Trader Joe stories the Journal Star is writing, given that they (the existing stores) are the paper’s bread and butter. And something tells me Trader Joe’s is not going to be a big Journal Star advertiser, since I got my first ad from them in the mail yesterday.
Not that that should influence the editors’ decisions about how much coverage is appropriate for the opening of a “quirky” (their words) California-based store.
Anyway, I ventured into Trader Joe’s today to see what all the fuss was about, and a line stretched from the first checkout counter to halfway down the first aisle. No lie.
I snapped a picture and left. I’ll check it out again when the mobs leave. In the meantime, I’m going to stick to my favorite neighborhood grocery store, Leon’s. Whenever even two people stack up in a line, they call in more checkers. And the money they make goes to local owners. They’re not as hip and trendy as Trader Joe’s, but they’re mine.

3
Dec

UNL study says feral cats should be killed — will UNL kill its colony?

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln study concluded the best way to deal with feral cat colonies is to kill the cats — as opposed to neutering and spaying and nurturing and coddling.
Cat lovers are not happy about the part that explains How to Kill a Cat.
Which begs the question: Will this change the way UNL itself deals with its very own well-known (and in some circles, loved) feral cat colony, which lives in sewers and on the grounds from the Lied Center and Love Library to the Health Center on city campus? UNL’s cat colony even has a volunteer support group: Husker Cats formed in 2008 to raise money to feed, control and “ensure a high quality of life” for the cats.
Meanwhile, over on the more agrarian East Campus, 22 undergrad students in the Wildlife Damage Management class helped write the recent report, which helpfully explains the best way to kill a feral cat: “Proper euthanasia involves a gunshot to the head, chemical injection or carbon dioxide asphyxiation.” If you choose the gunshot method, they advise you to shoot the cat right between the eyes and “angled down so the bullet travels toward the spinal column after passing through the brain.”
If that’s not possible, they say, “a shot through the heart/lung area is acceptable.” Also, they say to “use shotguns with No. 6 shot or larger, .22-caliber rifles, or air rifles capable of shooting 700 feet per second or faster.” (Read it yourself ec1781.)
I think that pretty well sums up the difference between East Campus and City Campus.

3
Dec

Esquire names Ben Nelson one of 10 worst in Congress

Esquire recently named Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson one of the 10 Worst members of Congress list, calling him “the most obstreperous Democrat in the Senate.”

U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson


He is listed right above Rep. Charlie Rangel. Ouch.
Esquire notes that after Nelson “maneuvered for a sweet deal for his home state to have its mandated expansion of Medicaid paid for by the federal government permanently in order to get his vote for health-care reform” (aka the Cornhusker Kickback) he was “stunned to find out that every last person in his home state was horribly embarrassed by his deal.”
Nobody says it better than Esquire, so I won’t even try. Read it here.