"A SLUG TALES Insider Newsletter"
Vol. 10, #1 Special 100th Anniversary of the February 1989
Flyer Sled Issue
B U S H R E V E A L S P L A N S F O R E C O N O M Y :
W I L L T H E F U D G E H I T T H E F A N ?
(Washington, NNS) Speaking to both Houses of Congress and a national
television audience, new President George Bush unveiled his proposed
budget and reiterated his strategy for dealing with the nation's
economic woes. With his patented karate-chops-on-valium gestures,
Bush said, "We're dealing with this problem -- we all know it's a big
problem -- it's a real bugger. I've got ideas, good ideas -- people
around me, the best people -- they're all thinking, looking at this in detail."
The President included a note of caution: "We've got more Will than
Wallet -- and yes it's a nice Wallet: a good, simple American wallet --
but we've got to understand that the wallet is empty." "Sure," he
continued, "we made promises to do things during the campaign -- and
we will be doing things, good things -- and we'll be making more promises
to do things in the near future, too. But what you have to understand as
I extend my hand to Congress and to you my fellow Americans across this
Great Country -- you have to understand it's one, yes, only one, empty
The President touched on other familar themes:
- "People ask me why America doesn't help the homeless. People
see the homeless on city streets and they're afraid. They don't
look right, and they don't smell right. We promise a bold new
program for the homeless: we're gonna help them with their
personal hygiene and provide them with cellular phones so
that -- even right there on the sidewalk -- an employer can
call them and offer them a job."
- "The federal government needs to help with child care, not
just another federal windfall for the bureaucrats. We need to
remember that many of America's young are cared for by relatives
and through church programs. For that reason, we're proposing a
reduction in Red Tape Restrictions that stop kids in day care
from participating in programs that can actually help support
the cost of their own care! No longer will the government stop
kids from going on field trips to airports to sell flowers and
the works of religious thinkers such as the Reverend Moon to
travelers too busy to stop on the way to the airport."
On a related topic, economists are skeptical of President Bush's
plan to deal with the nation's deficit. While this program has been
described widely in the media as "complicated", a closer examination
reveals that a simple and innovative idea is at its root. The Bush
Administration is decrying what it refers to as "the persistence of money."
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THE BUSH BUDGET, CONTINUED
The Bush plan involves trying to short circuit the dangerous process
where the government simply prints more money in order to cover for deficit
spending. Economists have long identified this as the primary engine of
inflation in the economy. The administration proposes to abolish small
denominations of paper currency, substituting a new type of coin for the
familiar one, five, and ten dollar bills.
Taking the "sandwich" concept of the today's coins one step further,
the new coins will combine a metallic surface with a solid core of pure
milk chocolate. "Instead of printing millions of dollars with no value
beyond the printing on paper, we'll restore the concept of an intrinsic
value to America's currency." And, it is reasoned, since the coins will
be, according to a Treasury Department spokesperson, "really tasty", large
amounts of currency will be taken out of circulation annually by hungry
citizens, reducing inflationary pressures.
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Roger Locust Amherst III
....It doesn't look too good for the nomination of John Tower as
Defense Secretary. One barometer of just how bad things have gotten
is that journalists have abandoned their former description of the
diminutive Tower and now refer to him "Quart-size" rather than "Pint-
size".....While no official statements are available, there are
indications of just how bad things look for Boeing during pending
FAA investigations of a series of accidents and revelations of
botched wiring in the company's commercial jetliners. In FAA memos,
for example, Boeing's 747 jetliner is referred to by the code name,
"Pinata".....Trouble in New England: A disoriented Governor Michael
Dukakis recently tried to retract his announcement that he would not
be seek another term as Massachusetts' governor. It appears that as a
joke, staffers told Governor Dukakis that as "runner up" in the U. S.
Presidential election he automatically became Prime Minister of Canada.
In a scene described by Dukakis staffers as, "ugly, real ugly," Dukakis
was denied entry at the Canandian border. Staff conceded that they
planted this notion in the Governor's mind, "but, hey, the guy was really
bummed out -- how were we to know he'd take it seriously.".... Over at
the Department of Health and Human Services officials are looking about
desperately for Something they can do to mollify the Fundamentalist Right
in its anger over HHS nominee Louis Sullivan's wavering position on the
abortion issue. Word is that the FDA will respond to Right Wing
concerns that the government has made birth control too accessible to
teenagers by pulling some contraceptives from the market and approve a
new Child Resistant Cervical Cap....At the Democratic Convention, the
phrase of the moment was "Where was George?"; during the Bush transition
the phrase has been, "Where is Dan?", referring to the Vice President-Elect.
Following the Vice President's first trip abroad (where it is said he
made a favorable impression on Fidel Castro), the White House is continuing
its campaign of High Visibility with a surpise announcement. According to
Spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater, Quayle's
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ROGER LOCUST AMHERST'S CAPITOL CHATTER, CONTINUED
staffers were flipping through the channels one afternoon, saw promos for
Pat Sajak's evening talk show, and were bowled over by the resemblance
between Sajak and Quayle. When Sajak's staff contacted the Vice President's
office to try and book Quayle on the talk show, staffers arranged instead
for the Vice President to assume the emcee duties on the daytime "Wheel",
which Sajak left when the talk show began....
R I C K C A R A F E ' S "N E W " - T R I T I O N
(Editor's Note: SUBLIME SLIME is pleased to welcome Rick Carafe, best-
selling author and founder of the school of Client-Centered Nutrition.
Best known to the reading public for his book, "Peak Potential: Conquering
Caffeine Deficiency", Mr. Carafe is a mainstay on the talk show circuit and
known as "The Nutritionist to the Stars".)
Few of us think about it, but the Produce section of today's
supermarket is truly a Modern Miracle. You can find virtually
anything you desire, no matter what the time of year or whether you
want apples, avocados, or kiwi fruit. Of course, this is primarily a
tribute to modern refrigeration and our ultra-modern worldwide transportation
But, increasingly, food scientists are uncovering a dark side to the
Abundance in the Aisles of the local Produce Section. That winter-time
peach from Chile may taste sweet, but did you know that most fruit orchards
in that country are planted on abandoned strip mines and smelting operations?
What about the recent cookbook from the Philippines that identified the two
most characteristic spices in Philippine cuisine as MSG and DDT? And, Juan
Valdez notwithstanding, how does it feel to know that those bananas shipped
to your supermarket from Panama are grown on plantations where your guarantee
of wholesomeness is the smiling face of Manuel Noriega?
It doesn't take Geraldo Rivera to know that toxic wastes and
pollution are a big problem in this country -- but how do you think
that Third World countries deal with today's sophisticated pollutants?
Did you know that in parts of Africa multi-national corporations have
convinced governments that the correct translation of "PCB" is "fill
Like everything else, good nutrition is a trade-off. The variety of
fresh fruits and vegetables is a dietary plus -- so how can we avoid these
pitfalls? Food scientists tell us it is unreasonable to expect that toxic
chemicals can be detected or removed from food products. Today's industrial
poisons are toxic in such small amounts that it just isn't practical.
So, like it or not, toxic pollutants are there in your shopping basket.
The best defense, I'm convinced, is to acknowledge this and to prepare food
in such a manner as to deactivate these chemicals. This will require a
change in how you prepare familiar fruits and vegetables. But in every
kitchen in America the tools are present which can reduce or eliminate
these poisons from your family's diet!
So listen carefully.
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RICK CARAFE'S NEW-TRITION, CONTINUED
The keys to a toxic-free diet are two simple words -- it's almost
too simple to be true. Deep Frying. Yes, deep frying. Steaming, baking
, boiling, and other less radical food preparation techniques just aren't
Tough on Toxics. In order to really Cook every square centimeter of food
which might hold dioxin, you've got to plunge that banana, apple, or
peach into 400 degree oil and keep it there until it smokes.
A lot of people won't approve of this advice. They'll say, "But,
Rick, it's so much trouble." I say, "Yeah, but the benefits are yours."
They'll say, "Rick, it's so messy, I'll get oil all over everything."
With a little practice you'll be able to deep fry a week's worth of
fruits and vegetables in a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon, recycle
the oil to the crankcase of your Toyota, clean up with paper towels,
and still have time for a little romance with your partner before
Sunday dinner. Sure, it's work: but what's more important than Quality
of Life? Catch ya next month....
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FOOTNOTES FOR HISTORY
(Official transcript of conversation between President Ronald Reagan and
President-Elect George Bush moments before the Bush inauguration.)
REAGAN: Well, George, it looks like it's a Kinder and Gentler Nation
for a few years, eh? I couldn't be prouder of you....
BUSH: OK: it's over, Old Man -- you can head back to California.
By the way, Barbara sold that dog of yours for medical
experiments. Here's your cut, it comes to twelve bucks --
minus my take and Barb's dry cleaning bill.
SUBLIME SLIME is the insider newsletter of Slug Tales. It is published
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of Bothell, Washington.
(c) 1989, Stephen McCallister
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