Another Green Annoyance

In Spokane County, Washington (way north of me) they have another law banning something for green reasons. You won’t believe what it is. Soap!

The quest for squeaky-clean dishes has turned some law-abiding people in Spokane into dishwater-detergent smugglers. They are bringing Cascade or Electrasol in from out of state because the eco-friendly varieties required under Washington state law don’t work as well. Spokane County became the launch pad last July for the nation’s strictest ban on dishwasher detergent made with phosphates, a measure aimed at reducing water pollution. The ban will be expanded statewide in July 2010, the same time similar laws take effect in several other states.

But it’s not easy to get sparkling dishes when you go green.

Many people were shocked to find that products like Seventh Generation, Ecover and Trader Joe’s left their dishes encrusted with food, smeared with grease and too gross to use without rewashing them by hand. The culprit was hard water, which is mineral-rich and resistant to soap.

I plan to be back in Vegas before the law becomes statewide. Of course, I could always buy soap in Portland, but they are probably dumb enough to adopt the same law. Some of the laws they have up here are really annoying. Politicians seem determined to out stupid each other.

Did You Know

I ran this before on the old blog. This is how fast things are moving in society. What they used to call Future Shock. Some of it sounds disturbing, but the truth is, it means all kinds of possibilities. Not all of them bad. The world we know is changing around us by the second and it will not be the same 10 or 20 years from now. It’s hard to predict at this stage whether it will be better or worse.

I prefer to be optimistic even though times are bad now.

Marx Would Be Proud

So now Obama is firing the heads of companies when he likes. Just like some dictator in a Banana Republic. So much for free enterprise.

The Obama administration asked Rick Wagoner, the chairman and CEO of General Motors, to step down and he agreed, a White House official said.

On Monday, President Barack Obama is to unveil his plans for the auto industry, including a response to a request for additional funds by GM and Chrysler. The plan is based on recommendations from the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, headed by the Treasury Department.

The White House confirmed Wagoner was leaving at the government’s behest after The Associated Press reported his immediate departure, without giving a reason.

Of course, this is what happens when you accept government bail out money. They can push you around. But they also have that bill to do this to any company they like. They’re determined to rule the land in an autocratic fashion (no pun intended).

This is part of why the government is so hot to push stimulus on everyone. They want us to be dependent on them so they can start barking orders. Obama’s only been president for two months and his power grab is a thing to behold. Watch for my new Big Hollywood post that gets into it more.

You have to wonder what this “restructuring” will involve. My guess is they will force the companies to only make “green cars”. Which only a portion of the public will want to buy. Watch.

American Idol Recap

I didn’t write about Idol on Wednesday because I had to Tivo it and watch it the following day. So I decided to wait until the results show.

Overall, this week surprised me because it was Motown week and I expected Lil Rounds to steal the show. Instead she did a decent, but pretty safe version of Heatwave. I was actually a little bored by it.

A couple people flatlined, and as usual, one of them was bumped. I pretty much expected Michael Sarver to leave this week or the next. Not that he’s bad, but he is so outclassed by the others. This was his week.

I really expected Megan Joy to be in the bottom 3, but she wasn’t. Scott MacIntyre and Matt Giraud were. They shouldn’t have been except I think Scott has been kind of the same for the last several weeks. He always does a good job, but his performances are always kind of similar. I think that’s what hurt him. Giraud is excellent singing Marvin Gaye, but with so many good talents this season, someone had to be there.

The standouts for me on Wednesday were Allison, Adam and Danny in that order. Both Allison and Adam got standing ovations from Barry Gordy and Smokey Robinson. Adam did a slow version of tracks of my tear, done in a Chris Issack/kd lang kind of drag. But to me Allison’s version of Papa was a Rolling Stone was the best. She is unbelievably good for a 16 year old, or a 30 year old. Whatever. She’s awesome.

Danny is always great. Just a very professional singer who knows what he’s doing. And is extremely good at it.

Anoop was good, showing his range. Kris was also very good. Megan was ok, but the judges were very critical of her. I was surprised when her name wasn’t called for the bottom 3 because I thought Matt was really good. This show is about popularity as much as talent, so we’re starting to see who’s more popular.

I loved the Motown medley the American Idols sang last night but was let down by the Joss Stone/Smokey Robinson duet because the song was pretty bland. Robinson is one of the best lyricists of his generation. Compared to his classics, the song last night was a joke. And the Stevie Wonder medley sung by Wonder himself was also a let down because the songs in the medley were not his best. The last one was one I haven’t even heard before and it was dull. Ah well.

Wednesday night’s show was pretty damn good. Really outstanding television and Smokey Robinson was a great coach.