Archive | January, 2006

Could you do the egg bacon spam and sausage without the spam then?

31 Jan

Kid Cuisine. Utah-stylie.

Her ultimate creation – a breakfast dish she dubbed “SPAM-tastic Sunnydogs” – recently earned her the title of SPAM’s “National Kid Chef of the Year.”

Coombs said in September, before winning the Utah State Fair contest that propelled her to the national competition, she spent an entire day experimenting in the kitchen with her father, Nathan – a longtime SPAM lover.

They tried a few different combinations, but ultimately decided on a breakfast corn dog, made with chunks of SPAM that have been dipped in an apple-cinnamon pancake batter. The sunnydogs are cooked until golden and dipped in maple syrup, applesauce or honey.

“I thought no one else would think of corn dogs,” she said. “And after I tried it, I thought it was pretty good. Even people who don’t like SPAM would like these.”

*shudder*

I prefer Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and spam.

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What are you doing Tonight?

31 Jan

On Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 8:30 p.m., the Western New York Coalition for Progress will host a State of the Union watch party at JP Bullfeathers Restaurant, located at 1010 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. Admission is free, but donations to help defray the cost of food will be graciously accepted.

Article II, Section 3 of the United States Constitution holds that the President, “shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” President Bush’s State of the Union speech will set forth his opinions on the economic, social, and political health of the nation, as well as lay out his policy objectives for the upcoming year. image001.jpg

Attendees will watch President Bush’s speech, as well as the Democratic response as a group, after which we will host an informal discussion about the address’ content.

In addition, we plan to play a game of “State of the Union Bingo”, where participants can compete for prizes if enough words or phrases on their bingo cards match up with what President Bush says.

I bought the prizes. Don’t come just for the prizes.

Unhinged

31 Jan

Empathy.

(Warning. Link goes to freeperland).

Cheney to resign?

31 Jan

PoliticsWNY is reporting the following:

Breaking News First: I have an incredible story that I will publish because my military sources are 100%: “VP Cheny is stepping down for health reasons. He will be replaced by Senator Frist.” I am attempting to get further confirmation, Stay tuned ###

UPDATE:

Sources: “The announcement will be tomorrow or very soon in TN.” Stay tuned ###

Discuss.

While we were sleeping

31 Jan

I’m struck by how much freedom and liberty people are willing to sacrifice at the altar of freedom and liberty.

But while we joke (carefully – don’t do it over the phone) abstractly about fear itself no longer being the only thing we fear, actual bad things are happening in Iraq to actual people. And this time, there are faces and voices that are shocking Americans out of one dark corner of their complacency.

Bob Woodruff, ABC WNT co-anchor, and his cameraman were severely injured by a roadside bomb while riding in a lightly armored Iraqi army vehicle in a country that has been occupied by the United States since May 2003. Julie Carroll, a freelance journalist with the Christian Science Monitor has been seen pleading for her life on grainy videotapes, and our super-manly nation, which – God forbid – would never, ever negotiate with terrorists, actually did the precise thing that Carroll’s captors demanded, yet she is not yet released.

Osama bin Laden – our generation’s Hitler, Mussolini, and Tojo wrapped up in one bearded millionaire madman – remains at large, and his latest release on al Jazeera records dropped a couple weeks back. His number 2, al-Zawahiri, dropped his own single a couple of days ago. The title of that single was “Your Drone Missed, Motherfuckers.”

We also know that the agency charged with our protection in the event of a natural or man-made disaster can’t do it’s job. (See Katrina) And isn’t it fascinating how there haven’t been any threat-level color-code movements since Bush won re-election, yet there were many throughout 2004? Strange, that. Conspiracy-minded folk might think that the Department of Homeland Security’s color-coded threat thing was being used for political ends. (And, just for the record, I will forever be troubled by the Orwellian name given to that agency. Why on Earth couldn’t we have opted for a name that democracies give that agency – Department (or Ministry) of Internal Affairs? Why the totalitarian jingoism of “homeland/fatherland/motherland”?)

Iran has (or will imminently have) the bomb and it’s also got a madman who thinks Israel needs to be wiped off the map controlling the button.

North Korea has the bomb, and we all know how even-keeled Kim Jong-il can be.

Iraqis still get blown up in their thousands.

It’s a Hamas administration in Palestinian territories. Suicide bombing gone mainstream.

While we were told that the spike in gas prices was due to supply and demand, Exxon somehow miraculously had a record 4Q 2005, and broke all records for corporate profits in the history of the US with an astonishing $36 billion profit last year – larger than the GDP of just about every country in the world. If what the oil companies were telling us was true, their profits wouldn’t have spiked much at all.

There’s my state of the union, bitches. I’m in a pissy mood about the state of politics in this country, about the graft, cheating, unfair deception, erosion of liberty, and diminution of America’s reputation around the world. These things do matter. Arrogance and lawlessness must be replaced with competence and the rule of law. And to my Bush-worshipping friends, please have the courtesy to admit that you’d be furious about all of this shit, too, if the current President had a “D” at the end of his name.

The New Hampshire primary is 24 months away.

60th Senate District

31 Jan

Coppola received the local IP’s endorsement between mouthfuls of spaghetti parm at Chef’s. Republican Chris Jacobs, a member of the Buffalo School Board, is running as a Republican, and the Conservative endorsement is pending. IMG_0416.JPG

Antoine Thompson, to his credit, has dropped out of the race for the February special election, but will remain a candidate for the September primary; when Coppola is elected (let’s face it – its a predominately Democratic district) he will serve out the balance of Mayor Brown’s term; i.e., about 8 months. That entire time will essentially be a primary race against Thompson.

Cloture

31 Jan

The Alito vote will, indeed, go to the full Senate for consideration. A cloture vote (to end debate on the nomination) passed.

President Bush will get his second nominee to the Court.

This is the insult added to the injury of Kerry’s 2004 loss.

The jurisprudential landscape may forever be altered, and my concern at this juncture in American history is that individual liberty and privacy rights will be sacrificed for almost seemingly endless executive branch authority. N.B: I’m not accusing anyone of pushing this policy, and I’m not saying the court will knee-jerkedly do the President’s bidding. I’m saying I have concern about it. About what?

The authority to kidnap and torture whenever it deems necessary; the authority to wage “preemptive” war (pre-war) without legislative or public vote, debate, or approval; the ability to regulate and legislate abortions, even in cases of rape or incest; the ability to roll back other 14th Amendment jurisprudence that helped mid-20th century courts do what elected officials didn’t had the morality or testicles to do legislatively. Like end segregation. Like ensure equal treatment of women and minorities.

A court that ignores the very nature of our common law heritage – a heritage that doesn’t slavishly follow codification, but interprets law and, Chief Justice Marshall said in Marbury v. Madison in 1803, “It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is”.

When Ruth Bader Ginsburg was up for nomination, she didn’t have to be coy or hide her views on civil rights. She was able to be forthcoming, because she was for civil liberty; not for the preeminence of the state over civil liberties. Think about why Alito and Roberts wouldn’t answer a straight question about their views.

But ultimately, hope and pray that neither you nor anyone you love ever comes to rely on a right you take for granted today, which may be revoked tomorrow in the name of conservative judicial activism.

But until that sort of shit happens, people will continue to be apathetic and thank God that Bush won’t take away their SUVs or some such idiot black helicopter nonsense.

And for the rest of us, we need a laugh. If you don’t already own it, please for the love of God go out and buy David Cross’ album “Shut up you Fucking Baby” and listen to it. And if you’re a cheap bastard, email or IM me and maybe I’ll make you a copy.

Nouveau Riche

30 Jan

Tom Reynolds makes a nice living (with bennies) off the taxpayers’ dime; about $176,000.

But that doesn’t mean he can’t live like a millionaire.

  • More than $180,000 in lodging, golf and food expenses at the famed Pebble Beach golf resort in California.
  • More than $75,000 for beach resorts in Florida, most of it for expenses at the exclusive Ocean Reef Club in the Keys. Reynolds is not a member but has been a guest, Brady said.
  • More than $23,400 for stays at Las Vegas resorts, including Caesars Palace, the Bellagio and the MGM Grand. The cost included $875 for a helicopter tour.
  • Must be nice, right? But why? Why does a Republican congressman from suburban/exurban Western New York need to fundraise so aggressively in such wonderfully exotic locales? Pebble Beach, Florida, and Las Vegas are not, last time I checked, in New York’s 26th Congressional District.

    “Donors aren’t going to show up for the same old chicken dinner at a restaurant in Washington,” said Brady, Reynolds’ former chief of staff, who now works for him as director of strategic communications at the National Republican Congressional Committee. “We’ve had to become more creative to come up with events that donors want to attend.”

    It’s all about the fun. And the access. The access is nice, too.

    Reynolds has been especially successful. So far in the 2005-2006 election cycle, he has taken in $1.2 million and spent $820,516, or about 68 percent.

    Anything wrong with that?

    The fundraising trips are legal. In fact, party leaders encourage both Republicans and Democrats who want to get chairmanships and leadership jobs to raise money to help others get elected to Congress.

    But the trips also underscore how lawmakers are able to use campaign committees to pay for posh travel. And none of the campaign finance reform proposals unveiled by lawmakers so far would eliminate this perk.

    Reynolds’ annual fundraisers include golfing along the northern California coast; fishing in Key Largo, Fla.; and staying at some of Las Vegas’ most celebrated casinos.

    “Luxury resorts, fancy meals, exclusive golf resorts and junkets — all on someone else’s dime,” said Connor Williams, spokesman for Campaign for a Cleaner Congress, a liberal group that is critical of corporate lobbying. “When a lot of western New Yorkers are facing tough times, Tom Reynolds is letting influence peddlers show him one heck of a good time.”

    I have one request of Mr. Reynolds.

    If you’re going to spend hundreds of thousands of your PAC’s dollars to wine and dine a bunch of lobbyists, maybe just once drag their sorry asses to your own district, and drop a couple hundred thou in the fightin’ 26th.

    In contrast, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., raised $251,555 for her leadership committee, PAC to the Future, and spent a little more than that by dipping into cash she had raised previously, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

    Hardline 1/29

    30 Jan

    WNYMedia.net taped my call-in to Professor Hardwick’s show. (WMA).

    And here’s a link to my “website of the week”: Craig’s North Coast

    Filibuster

    30 Jan

    Senators Kennedy and Kerry will be leading an effort to filibuster the vote on Alito’s nomination.

    It was suggested to me in an email that Kerry will be kicking off the filibuster by reading, verbatim, from his prenuptial agreement with Teresa Heinz-Kerry….

    …and that the reading should be good for at least a week.

    UPDATE: Lots of discussion, so bumped to the top for convenience.