Starbucks and Christmas

The latest tempest in a teapot is about coffee or, rather, coffee cups. Some folks are upset that Starbucks is using plain red cups during the holiday season this year.Starbucks_Red_Holiday_Cups_2015


If anyone is really bothered by a plain red cup, I suggest that he do what I do and buy his coffee from a shop that sells good coffee in the first place.

UPDATE—Speaking of coffee cups and Christmas, check out the selection available at The Hogewash Store.

Mmmmm, Shrimp Vegetable Deluxe

Mrs. Hoge and I dined on Chinese food this evening. If your ever in Westminster and want a good Chinese meal, Mrs. Hoge and I both recommend Forbidden City in the strip mall on the SW corner of Route 140 and Englar Road.

UPDATE—Mrs. Hoge’s fortune cookie read, “Your winsome smile will be your sure protection.”

Pepper Potts and Poverty Voyeurism

My former codefendant Michelle Malkin has a post up at NRO that looks at recent bit of photo-op activism by Gwyneth Paltrow. (H/T, Instapundit) It was a bit of agitation for “improved” SNAP benefits by posing with a haul of “poverty” groceries: seven limes, a tomato, one head of garlic, a bunch of scallions, bags of brown rice, black beans and peas, a package of corn tortillas, one avocado, a yam, an ear of corn, a dozen eggs, and bunches of kale, lettuce, and cilantro.

Even some lefties have been complaining about Paltrow’s inadvertent mockery of their attempt to draw attention to their cause of expanding the SNAP program, but given the life the actress leads which is so disconnected from the real world … this sentence from Ms. Malkin’s article puts things in perspective.

OK, it’s not as painful as her last $5,200 Thermage session in Santa Monica, but still, she really, really does feel the agony of the ordinary.

$5,200 would go a long way toward feeding a lot of needy families via Carroll Food Sunday or thousands of other such community efforts around the country.