Back At It

5 01 2011

Ok, maybe I have the strength.

-Ian

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The Revolution Will be Televised

10 12 2010

I didn’t think it was possible for him to get any crazier, but then

What’s amazing to me is that we’ve already had a couple of incidents of Beck-inspired near bloodshed.  And then Glenn goes on teevee or the radio and makes some quiet noises about how he [cough cough cough] abhors violence, and that’s good enough for the powers that be at Fox and he’s back at it again the next day.

—Jason





Psychopaths Rule Our Discourse

23 11 2010

The Ol’Perfesser:

JUST WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW: North Korea fires artillery barrage on South. If they start anything, I say nuke ‘em. And not with just a few bombs. They’ve caused enough trouble — and it would be a useful lesson for Iran, too. We can’t afford another Korean war, but hey, we’re already dismantling warheads. . . .

What kind of human do you have to be to so causally call for this kind of violence?  Obviously, such a thing would pretty much signal a horrendous and utterly catastrophic turn in the course of human history.  The bloodshed and suffering would be positively incalculable and the United States would be forever remembered as a global mass-murderer. And all that means so little to this insane asshole that he even manages a stab at New START.

The only question is when does Newt hop on board?

—Jason





McRibs

5 11 2010

It’s no surprise that Mitch is acting like the little dog half of the little dog/bulldog combo from the old Warner Bros. cartoons.  The Orange Man is going to be Speaker and wield actual power, but McConnell is still going to only wield pretend power, and it’s obviously driving him nuts.  More interesting has been watching the power dynamic over the past couple of days.  At least to some degree, the Republicans have tried to keep a lid on their satanic glee, but it’s a sad act—a little like a fat, stupid kid who can barely contain his amazement that he’s found his way back into the larder—and before another week or two have passed I have a sense that the mask will have slipped off entirely.

Of course, it’s not as though they’re trying too hard.  No one’s tied Michele Bachmann to a chair.  And handing off Grand Inquisitor duties to Darrell Issa isn’t exactly a subtle move, either.  And, in a way, that’s okay.  Character is destiny, after all, and the GOP’s character is all about grievance and triumphalism.  I’d say that it’s going to be amusing watching the Tea Party people (to the extent that they actually exist) wake up to the monsters they’ve just returned to power, but somehow I don’t think we’re going to have to worry too much about that, either.

—Jason





One Term

25 10 2010

What a complete failure of a political movement.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.):

The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president…. Our single biggest political goal is to give our nominee for president the maximum opportunity to be successful.”

-Ian





Fever Swamps

21 10 2010

There is a lot of talk lately about the return to the fever swamps of the Clinton days after this mid-term, fuck, we’ve been neck deep in the swamp for two years already.

-Ian





Who Can Tell The Difference

21 10 2010

We really are delving into the nether regions of Teh Stupid here.

“On an upcoming trip to India, President Obama will skip visiting one of the country’s most sacred shrines out of fear that wearing the requisite headgear might make him appear Muslim,” Jake Tapper reports.

So the Obama administration has to potentially piss off an ally because his political team knows the mouth breathing fury they will have to face back home if the Kenyan Socialist shows up in the Shrine in the required headgear, making him look oh-so Muslim. This is all just to fucking stupid to deal with any more. Ok, we are back to all recipes all the time.

South Indian shrimp curry
Some of the greatest seafood curries originate along the south coast of India where shrimp, fish and other seafood are plentiful. In this shrimp curry, a fragrant spice mix imparts a deep color and encapsulates the rich flavors of South Indian cuisine.

2 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
1 onion—chopped
2 cloves garlic—finely chopped
1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
2 teaspoons cumin
1½ teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon chili powder
1 cup canned tomatoes—chopped
1 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup basmati rice
16 large uncooked shrimp (prawns)—peeled
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (coriander)
2 tablespoons lemon juice


HEAT the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and cook the onion for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. ADD the garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric, paprika and chili powder and cook, stirring, for a minute. ADD the tomatoes, coconut milk and salt and bring to the boil. REDUCE the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 8 minutes. WHILE the curry simmers, cook the rice (see Cooking rice). ADD the shrimp and cilantro to the curry, cover with a lid, and simmer for another 4 minutes, then stir in the lemon juice. SERVE on a bed of rice.

-Ian