Archive for September 6, 2011
I got a letter from Chuck E.
Cheese Schumer today:
No Chuck. The guy you want me to fight for began his presidency with Rick Warren’s invocation and last week he dissed the EPA.
I’m thinking Obama’s the one who might need a firewall.
Texans: When will you learn that voting for a Republican means that you’re voting against your own self-interests?
According to KVUE-TV, the state of Texas, under Gov. Rick Perry, cut state funding for the volunteer fire departments that protect most of the state from wildfires. Firefighters have actually been dipping into their own pockets to fight fires.
Volunteer departments that were already facing financial strain had their funding cut from $30 million to $7 million. There are 879 volunteer fire departments in Texas; 114 are paid fire departments, while 187 departments are a combination of volunteer and paid.
At a press conference Monday, Perry promised to seek federal disaster relief and said that FEMA would be in the state by Wednesday.
While the Texas governor has been highly critical of FEMA in the past, he dodged questions from CBS’ Erica Hill on Tuesday’s ‘Early Show,’ insisting that now was not the time to worry about reforming the agency.
So this is the same guy who once wanted to secede from the nation and now wants to drown the federal government in the bathtub but he’s going to accept aid from FEMA?
What a blazing, pants on fire hypocrite.
Mitt Romney unveiled his “Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth” today. (See it (pdf) here.)
Check out this graph that you’ll find on p. 15:
Note the righthand column — where the majority of the jobs lost are noted. Gee. Obama was president in 2007 and 2008? Who knew?!
What a sleezebag.
OMG. My husband and I finally, finally, FINALLY made it to Pizzeria Locale today for lunch. Though we finished eating three hours ago, I’m still in heaven.
Pizzeria Locale is operated by and located next to Frasca Food & Wine, at 1730 Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado. Frasca is arguably the best restaurant in Colorado and unquestionably one of the best restaurants in the country. Check out their “Press and Awards” page.
Pizzeria Locale opened about a year ago after a delay due to problems getting a gigantic Stefano Ferrara pizza oven shipped from Italy and installed in the kitchen, which is open and visible from all the tables. It might be more accurate to call the oven an inferno because the temperature inside hovers around 800º.
The decor is calming — white tiled floor, gray walls, dark wooden chairs and a huge fresh flower arrangement filled with orange, purple and pink flowers in the middle of the space.
My husband and I ordered the Marechiaro salad for starters and after roughly adding up the anticipated cost of the meal, we decided to share. salad to share. It was of impeccably clean, fresh Escarole, tuna, shell beans, thinly sliced mild green olives and capers slathered in lemon juice. I tasted a hint of olive oil though that wasn’t in the description. Given that we both ordered pizzas with cheese, we thought the light, fresh salad would be a good complement. It was. (Remind me to puy beans and capers in salads!)
I ordered the Mais pizza and my husband ordered the Quattro Fromaggi. The Mais consisted of sweet and crunchy corn kernels mixed with creme fraiche, salty prosciutto, and buffalo mozzarella. The Quattro Fromaggi was of buffalo mozzarella, Fontina, Parmigiano-Reggiano and ovinsardo cheeses.
The 12″ pizzas arrived on large dinner plates, the crust lightly charred and smelling wonderfully of flour and yeast and salt. One touch and my fingers melted into the pillowey yet firm softness. One bite and my mouth was practically having an orgasm at the mixture of crunch (corn), silky cream, and salty, chewy (prosciutto). It was an absolutely perfect combination and I’m already dreaming of having it again.
My husband loved the Quattro Fromaggi. I tasted it and while it was delicious, I tend not to like to eat a lot of one thing that essentially has so few disparate flavors, so, that’s just me.
Anyway, I can’t think of anything negative to say about the service. It was timely but not hurried and as a matter of fact, I liked that our server kept an eye on us but didn’t continuously interrupt, wondering, “Is everything OK?” or “How does it taste?”
The only “problem” is that the place is e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e. Along with the pizzas and the salad, my husband had a glass of wine and a glass of lemonade. I had an iced tea. The tab? $57.00. Yikes! $57.00 FOR LUNCH?!
Sadly, I think I’ll be dreaming of my next Mais pizza for a long time.
Oh, and P.S. The music was kinda loud but it was old 60’s and 70’s stuff so I loved it.
Seattle, Washington, September 4, 2011:
A group of citizens visit an Obama 2012 campaign office to make it clear that they will only donate and volunteer for the campaign when President Obama stands up to Big Oil and denies the permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
I just saw this and I couldn’t resist putting it up, even though Labor Day 2011 is behind us, because it’s so damn true: