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Foodie Alert

When I think about the individual flavors of these ingredients — Zucchini, Corn, Basil, Fusilli, Bacon and Parmigiano-Reggiano — my mouth waters.

And then my mind wanders to the ingredients I might add or subtract.  Finely diced kale?  A smashed anchovy?  Diced ham instead of bacon?  Cherry tomatoes?  Maytag blue cheese instead of Reggiano?

Or how about pesto on toast with bacon or ham and tomatoes?  I think pesto and ham (salty) would be great with tomatoes (sweet).  Hadn’t thought of that combo before now.

June 17, 2009 at 8:27 PM 1 comment

No Shame Zone – Neo-Cons Who Screwed Up Iraq Advise Obama on Iran

When will the neocons who invaded and screwed up Iraq be ignored?  Here we have Dan Senor and Christian Whiton, early Bush officials involved in the Iraq disaster, tutoring Obama on how to handle Iran.

Their arrogance knows no bounds.

June 17, 2009 at 6:31 PM Leave a comment

Americans Don’t Trust Republicans w/Reforming Healthcare

Gallup released a new poll today showing that only 34% of Americans think “Republican leaders in congress” would do “the right thing for reforming the U.S. healthcare system.”  Republicans come in dead last — behind every entity involved — including insurance companies.  Insurance companies?  Now that’s bad.

This must be the same roughly 34% who still think George Bush was a great president and who are aghast at the suggestion that Dick Cheney wants us to “get hit again” so he can prove he’s right about the benefits of torture “enhanced interrogation.”

If Republicans fight health care reform, they do so at their own narrow-minded, backward-looking peril.  Then again, they’ve been doing that a lot lately.

June 17, 2009 at 5:07 PM Leave a comment

When Insurance Companies Come Between You and Your Doctor

The big scare line used thus far by those who don’t want to reform health care goes something like this:   “You don’t want the government to come between you and your doctor, do you?”

I do.  I’d rather have the government come between me and my doctor than my insurance company, because I don’t think this would happen if we changed things:

An investigation by the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations showed that health insurers WellPoint Inc., UnitedHealth Group and Assurant Inc. canceled the coverage of more than 20,000 people, allowing the companies to avoid paying more than $300 million in medical claims over a five-year period.

Chief executives of those three companies testified before the Subcommittee on Oversight yesterday.  They were asked if they would stop dropping customers — some of whom pay into their insurance pot for years before filing a claim — without showing “intentional fraud.”  They all said no.

June 17, 2009 at 3:58 PM Leave a comment

Michele Bachmann (R-MN) Advocates Breaking the Law

You know, I just don’t think that’s such a good idea Michele.  What does it say to our kids for God’s sake when a lawmaker advocates breaking the law?

June 17, 2009 at 3:41 PM 1 comment

The Disaster That is the Fox Business Network

Recent estimates are that the nearly two-year-old Fox Business Network pulls in no more  than roughly 8,000 to 20,000 viewers per hour, depending on the hour.  With chaotic, disastrous “breaking news” coverage like this, it’s no wonder.  What a joke:

June 17, 2009 at 1:01 PM Leave a comment

Obama Gets Fox

Obama said this during an interview yesterday with CNBC’s John Harwood:

I’ve got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration…That’s a pretty big megaphone. You’d be hard pressed if you watched the entire day to find a positive story about me on that front.

Bingo.  Interesting too — regarding Fox’s reputation (such as it is and I know they don’t care) — though Obama didn’t name any names, everyone knew he was talking about Fox ahem, “News.”

Back in 2004, when I worked on Outfoxed and then became one of the News Hounds, the notion that Fox was a Republican propaganda tool was taboo.  Now it’s like, duh.

June 17, 2009 at 12:41 PM 1 comment

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