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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on August 29 at 7:00 AM

The $50,000,000,000 Question: Bush to ask for a lot more money for a lost cause.

Study: Iraq withdrawal possible in 1 year.

Open Government: State “Sunshine Committee” scrutinizing public records exemptions.

The Winning Ticket: Castro says a Clinton/Obama team-up would be “unbeatable.”

Black Cloud, Meet Silver Lining: Number of uninsured Americans goes up, but the poverty rate goes down.

A Kernel of Truth: Biofuel will destroy us all.

Space Case:
Diaper-wearing astronaut to plead insanity.

Exodus: Thousands flee Kerbala after gun battles kill 52.

Off the Hook, Kinda:
Abu Ghraib Colonel is acquitted on charges he failed to supervise soldiers, still facing 5 years for discussing the case.

It’s time for another recipe from The New Hot Dog Cookbook by Mettja C. Roate!

Hot Dog-Ghetti Dinner

8 small onions, about 1 inch in diameter
1 1/2 cups water
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 # 303 can tomatoes (2 cups)
1 cup spaghetti bends (small curved pieces of spaghetti)
1 package garlic-flavored salad dressing mix
1/2 cup sweet pickle relish, drained
8 hot dogs, cut in thirds

Peel the onions and place them in a saucepan with the water. Boil over moderate heat until the onions can be pierced with a fork. Drain, reserving the water in which they were boiled.

Place the reerved onion water in a 1 1/2-quart saucepan along with the tomato sauce and tomatoes. Bring to a rolling boil, then add the spaghetti. Turn the heat back to simmer and cook for 25 minutes or until the spaghetti is tender, stirring occasionally.

Add the salad dressing mix, the pickle relish, whole onions and the hot dog pieces. Contine to cook over low heat for 10 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.Serve piping hot!

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Shhhhhhh! He’s sleeping!

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1

Uh. Coffeeeee. Uhhhh.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 29, 2007 7:34 AM
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I've gotta wonder if you're holding out the most disgusting hotdog recipe of all time for the end of the week, but then I keep thinking that you can't possibly be doing that--they've all been so bad.

For some truly horrifying recipe cards, circa 1974, check out this archive, which scans and commentary. Definitely worse than the hotdog recipes, I promise.

Posted by Christin | August 29, 2007 7:38 AM
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@2, OH MY GOD!! I just puked in my mouth a little bit. Frozen coffee on a stick!!!

Posted by Just Me | August 29, 2007 7:42 AM
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Jonah wears diapers to bed AND his bed is a crib! heehee

Posted by cyber-rut | August 29, 2007 7:56 AM
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Geez, I meant to write Castro (insane, and dying, dumb i know). Sorry Jonah.

Posted by cyber-rut | August 29, 2007 8:04 AM
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re: Biofuels - So maybe, just maybe, there's no way to support 6 billion people on this earth without destroying the environment? No, that can't be right. Whatever you do, everybody, keep breedin'!

Posted by Levislade | August 29, 2007 8:28 AM
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@ Levislade, remember there is nothing more patriotic than shitting out a dozen children for America!!

Let's see if we can pump the population up to 10 Billion!!!!

Posted by Just Me | August 29, 2007 8:29 AM
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This goes great with Hot-Doghetti:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_Dick

Posted by Mahtli69 | August 29, 2007 8:34 AM
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@6, @7 - Maybe China and India can build a monorail

Posted by Mahtli69 | August 29, 2007 8:35 AM
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Corn based biofuels are a dead end. Hazelnuts are the new hotness.

Posted by dirge | August 29, 2007 8:43 AM
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25 minutes to cook pasta - any pasta? OMG. This has got to be the mushiest, sloppiest mass of goo by the time it's "served" that it can slurped with a straw. Not that I want to.

Posted by QuimbyMcF | August 29, 2007 8:53 AM
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OMG #2, I LOVE candyboots!!! A friend sent that to me a few years ago and I saved it and look at it often. So effin funny.

Posted by monkey | August 29, 2007 8:56 AM
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Levislade @6:

re: Biofuels - So maybe, just maybe, there's no way to support 6 billion people on this earth without destroying the environment? No, that can't be right. Whatever you do, everybody, keep breedin'!

FWIW, nature has already come up with a very effective means of controlling human populations before they overwhelm the environment. It's called war.

...

OK, to answer my own snarky comment, maybe war used to be very effective, but the odd thing about the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century is the combination of historically low warring and historically high environmental degradation.

Posted by cressona | August 29, 2007 9:01 AM
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13cressona-- i'll speak for jzilla or whoever, wrote last week about the great song War On War by Wilco ( WOW says so much with the pretty poetry and the groovy upmidtempo. I'm sometimes transformed to thoughts and regrets of population and mutilation. It's deep stuff, just ask jzilla!

Posted by Garrett | August 29, 2007 9:15 AM
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Biofuels are one of those good things that inevitably end up doing more harm than good.

There's this temptation to think that we can replace 100% of our oil/gasoline consumption with biofuels and continue consuming at the same levels. Even if we just about plowed over the whole planet, we couldn't do that.

So that's where the technological deus ex machina comes in. "Oh, just wait. The technology for biofuels is still in its infancy. We'll be able to produce biofuels much more efficiently in five or 10 years." Well, they've been saying that for five or 10 or, goodness knows, 20 years now. And I'm sure they'll still be saying it five or 10 or, goodness knows, 20 years hence.

And you know there's always going to be some freeways supporter who plays the biofuels card in response to the argument that we can't build any new freeways with global warming the way it is. It doesn't matter how bogus this biofuels argument is, it doesn't matter how effectively you discredit it, it won't go away because someone can always say, "Biofuels are the fuel of the future."

This is just one of many reasons the Sierra Club is delusional to think that if we just kill this year's light rail/roads joint ballot, a single light rail ballot measure will rise phoenix-like to take its place and emerge victorious. But it's pretty obvious already that the bulk of the opposition to the joint ballot has anything remotely to do with the Sierra Club's absolutist, no-compromises argument.

P.S. to Garrett @13. I'll have to find that song.

Posted by cressona | August 29, 2007 9:23 AM
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By the way, I will allow that plug-in electric vehicles look a lot more promising and scalable than biofuels. Now, if that electricity is coming primarily from coal, then we're totally screwed.

Posted by cressona | August 29, 2007 9:27 AM
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Quick correction to my comment @15: But it's pretty obvious already that the bulk of the opposition to the joint ballot has nothing remotely to do with the Sierra Club's absolutist, no-compromises argument.

Posted by cressona | August 29, 2007 9:30 AM
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By the way, I will allow that plug-in electric vehicles look a lot more promising and scalable than biofuels. Now, if that electricity is coming primarily from coal, then we're totally screwed.

The advantage of going electric is that the power source becomes modular and can be tailored to regional needs. Cars in the Southwest can run on solar while cars here in Seattle can use hydropower. Maybe wind is well-suited for a particular area.

And it's still worth it even if we don't get clean, renewable sources going right away. By going electric, cars won't be dependent on any single source, whether it be oil from Saudi Arabia, Ethanol from Iowa or coal from Illinois.

Posted by Aexia | August 29, 2007 10:12 AM
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Maybe wind is well-suited for a particular area.

The plains states.

However, @cressona's first comment. War rarely serves as effective population control because it eventually ends, at which time there's an inevitable baby boom. Scarcity of food and common diseases (dysentery and the like) are far more effective methods of population control. You can thank petroleum for enabling even the poorest of the poor not to die of starvation or preventable disease.

Posted by keshmeshi | August 29, 2007 10:29 AM
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Cessona@15 - on what basis can you use the word 'inevitable'?

Current approaches to generating biomass to make into biofuels are certainly not sustainable - largely because they are dominated by extremely inefficient ethanol production from corn. But (and here comes the deus ex machina) there actually are advances being made technologically, which have the potential to be completely sustainable, if not beneficial.

Algae has great potential as a biomass source. It needs a very small footprint, and be cultured on non-arable land. It takes wastewater and cleans it and scrubs CO2 from smokestacks. And it uses much less water to grow than leafy crops. It also can be modular and distributed.

Posted by boydmain | August 29, 2007 11:28 AM
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There's only one acceptable recipe for hot dogs:

Hot dog + bun + your choice of fixings

Anything else is vomit worthy.

Posted by keshmeshi | August 29, 2007 1:01 PM
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The picture's kinda sick. Somebody rescue that puppy!

Posted by Bauhaus | August 29, 2007 1:43 PM
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@17 - you know, it's very rare that the Sierra Club - especially the Ex Comm and the Transportation Committee - every get such a massive lopsided vote on anything.

The fact that both are dead set AGAINST the RTID/ST2 package says something.

They ran the numbers trying to give the best possible pro-enviro result from transit with the least impact from the roads portions and the numbers just always add up to net increase in global warming and net increase to pollution to streams and wetlands no matter how you slice it.

It's bad, Cressona. Period.

Don't worry, ST2 will be back. They already do have a Plan B in the works, they just want you suckers to think they don't so you'll vote for new roads we don't need while bridges we need repaired don't get fixed or funded.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 29, 2007 2:18 PM
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oh, and @13 cressona again ... I think you meant mass scale disease.

More people died from disease during WW I and WW II and Korea than died from combat or incidental killings from things.

War is very ineffective.

Earth is prepping the bird flu epidemic as we speak, making it less effective (currently 80 to 100 percent lethal) until it reaches the peak death of 20 to 40 percent that allows it to spread rapidly and wipe out billions of people.

Mother Nature doesn't play around.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 29, 2007 2:30 PM

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