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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on April 2 at 8:24 AM

Sorry: Jay Leno apologizes, sort of, for asking Ryan Phillippe to give his “gayest look.” Context here.

Soaring: Attacks on US forces in Iraq.

Not Over Yet?: Zimbabwe’s state-run newspaper, after four days without results in presidential election, predicts a runoff.

Relief?: Bipartisan coalition works toward mortgage foreclosure bill in Senate.

Rationed?: Farmers to plant far less corn than needed to meet demand.

Rationalizing?: Bush Won’t boycott Olympics opening in Beijing, because they’re “about athletes, not politics.”

Badass: Gregoire signs nation’s toughest restrictions on toxic toys.

Taxed: New York smokers, who may soon pay nine dollars for a pack of cigarettes.

Approved: Tolls on 520 floating bridge.

Recipe of the Day: Salsa Verde Carnitas, adapted from Simply Recipes by Sheldel Food Journal.

salsa-verde-carnitas-2.jpg

First, make the rub, combining:

2 Tbsp smoked paprika (or to taste)
2 Tbsp sweet paprika (or to taste)
2 Tbsp brown sugar (or to taste)
1 Tbsp toasted cumin seeds (or to taste)

Trim of excess fat:

3 1/2 pounds pork butt (pork shoulder)

Press rub onto pork and refrigerate, covered, overnight.

Put the meat in a large casserole or Dutch oven with:

2 cups salsa verde (recipe below)
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
1 Tbsp fresh chopped oregano (or 1 teas dried)

Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat, cover, and simmer until meat is very tender when pierced, about 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 400F. Remove meat from liquid in pot and put the meat into a roasting pan. With 2 forks, tear meat into large shreds. Roast meat for 15 to 20 minutes until brown and crispy.

While the meat is roasting, skim and discard fat from liquid in the casserole pan. Boil juices, stirring, until reduced to 2 1/2 cups.

Return the meat to the Dutch oven. Stir in:

1/2 cup chopped cilantro. Season with salt to taste and serve with:

Heated corn tortillas
thinly sliced cabbage, very thinly sliced
avocado slices
Cotija cheese, or grated Monterey Jack cheese
Crema fresca or sour cream
Chopped cilantro leaves for garnish

RSS icon Comments

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Come ON! When are you going to slog about Max Mosley, the president of F1 racing (and son of the former leader of the British Nazi Party), who was caught on videotape having a Nazi SM sex party with five prostitutes? FIVE PROSTITUTES! Suck it, Spitzer, you got nothin'.

http://www.gambling911.com/Formula-One-Motor-Racing-Chief-Max-Mosley-Nazi-Orgy-H
ookers-033008.html

Posted by Fnarf | April 2, 2008 9:06 AM
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Posted by Fnarf | April 2, 2008 9:08 AM
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Re: Tolls

I don't think people will like it when I-90 or 522 starts backing up like 520 does...

Posted by TheMisanthrope | April 2, 2008 9:17 AM
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P.S. How about a installing a train to get across before you start implementing tolls? Hrm?

Posted by TheMisanthrope | April 2, 2008 9:20 AM
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We must read the same newspapers, Fnarf! I sent a Slog tip about that on Monday...

Posted by Abby | April 2, 2008 9:31 AM
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Will Clinton supporters find this story as embarrassing as Obama supporters will find it depressing?

Of Obama, Duser said: "I'm not crazy about voting for a colored guy, but that's not why I don't support Obama. I'm not prejudiced. I just like Hillary."

A couple tables over, Jean Fetterman, a foster grandparent, said of Clinton: "Oh, I love her. She's a very intelligent person, and she has her husband who went through this."

She scoffs at the idea of voting for Obama: "I don't want to be a Muslim!" She looks dubious when told Obama is Christian. "Then why did he go see what's-his-name over in Iraq, that Lama?"

Posted by tsm | April 2, 2008 9:40 AM
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@Tsm

Oh my god that was painful to read.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | April 2, 2008 9:47 AM
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I know, BA@7. That would've been a pretty accurate picture of my own Rust Belt home town, too, sadly.

Posted by tsm | April 2, 2008 9:53 AM
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That settles it. I'm riding to a taco truck for lunch!!

Ubi carnitas et salsa
Deus ibi est
Congregavit nos in unum
tacorum amor...

Posted by kinaidos | April 2, 2008 9:58 AM
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mmmmm... salsa verde...


My lunch plans just changed.

Thanks Erica!

^Not sarcasm.

Posted by Mike of Renton | April 2, 2008 10:39 AM
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Hey tsm:

Thanks for following up on Obama's call that we should talk about race. So let's continue the dialogue, okay?

You have made a fair point: some HRC supporters are racists!

Take that one named Duser. He referred to OBama as a colored guy. How racist! The correct term is African American. Or, multiracial. Which means saying he's black is okay and and saying he's white is wrong. Even though this is really cultural. Anyway, anyone who notices or says he's a colored guy is a racist. OF course, if the person speaking is a "person of color" and refers to "person of color" that's okay and is not racist. Right?

As to Jean Fetterman, who thinks Obama is Muslim -- wow, you found an ignorant person. The polls show 8 or 10 percent think Obama is Muslim. Yes, you are correct, there are ignorant people in the USA and they say the most ridiculous things.

Now let's look over at another table -- oh lok there's Rev. Wright! He said that the USA government invented HIV. To hurt minorities. The white dominated USA government. Implying: white people are guilty of genocide in regards to HIV.

Boy, what an ignorant person. Okey dokey, that's make ignorant people on both sides.

Oops, Wright's not ignorant, he's a public leader with all kinds of degrees. HE's got a huge platform a webstie and preaches to thousands every Sunday for decades.

Guess it was just a "mis-spoken" statement eh?

Oh he also said the Italians crucified Jesus.

Oopsie again!

Actually it was the Romans who (a) weren't Italians, actually most people in the Italic peninsula at the time couldn't even be Roman citizens, and (b) culturally and nationally the Romans of then aren't the same as the Italians today. You know? Those Catholic Italians today? Catholics being the folk the Romans threw to the lions?

So wowie zowie we gotracist ignoramuses on both sides. Right?

But it's not really equal because....it's Obama's ignoramus who's been preaching falsehoods.

So.....is it still okay to talk about race? Or is it ony okay if you talk about it in a way that certain folks agree with, and if you disagree, you're a racist?

Posted by unPC | April 2, 2008 10:40 AM
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@11: Chill the fuck out.

Posted by Greg | April 2, 2008 10:51 AM
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Hey Fnarf -- thanks for the Mosely tip. I'm a Mitford fan, so found it doubly interesting.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | April 2, 2008 10:52 AM
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@11 - go jump off a tolled bridge.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 2, 2008 10:53 AM
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Mark, I was surprised to hear the Mosley connection too. I wasn't surprised to see the pictures of him spanking hookers wearing Auschwitz uniforms (my first, borken link); he's English after all.

Abby, I suspect we read the same papers all the time, both looking for news about Arsenal, but hoping for different results. Reds are going to shock you today....

Posted by Fnarf | April 2, 2008 11:01 AM
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That's the funny thing about Tottenham fans- Arsenal fans don't feel the need to go trawling the news looking for stories about Tottenham, we have other things to think about... ;)

Posted by Abby | April 2, 2008 11:09 AM
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Late breaking news:
Mayor Nickels is proposing a 20 cent tax on bags at grocery stores and a ban on the foam clamshell containers at restaurants.

Every bit helps....

Posted by Cleve | April 2, 2008 11:45 AM
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I'd like to point out that Leno apologized on April 1st.

Posted by monkey | April 2, 2008 11:53 AM
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Off topic: Wait, it only cost Mosley 2500 pounds to spend 5 hours with 5 hookers? Those chicks totally should've charged him more.

On topic: If there are tolls on 520 does that mean a)People will move to be closer to their jobs b)Eastside companies will re-locate to Seattle c)People will drive either around the top or the bottom of the lake to avoid paying tolls thereby clogging 405 and I-5 even more.

Posted by PopTart | April 2, 2008 12:19 PM
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unPC:

For me at least, the sad thing about that story isn't that there are racist or ignorant Clinton OR Obama supporters per-se, but that, in this day-and-age ANYONE who has the ability to read beyond an eighth-grade comprehension can still believe the things they do!

Granted, a lot of the MSM doesn't help matters by parroting whatever the party line is of those they not-so-objectively support, but it's not like there aren't literally scores of alternatives - heck, www.refdesk.com alone has links to several hundred daily, weekly, and monthly news publications scattered all over the globe.

It's just the notion that there's all this INFORMATION, but people still can't get either their facts straight, or their personal biases straightened out, that simultaneously amazes and infuriates me.

Posted by COMTE | April 2, 2008 1:06 PM
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I can barely hear UnPC's muffled ranting through that white hood.

Posted by still wondering | April 2, 2008 2:36 PM
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UnPC . . . *sigh*

Duser's statement, "I'm not crazy about voting for a colored guy," is not racist because he uses the term "colored guy". It's racist because he is using colour as the sole basis of his judgement of Obama. That's what prejudice IS.

Posted by Irena | April 2, 2008 4:32 PM

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