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Monday, May 12, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on May 12 at 10:08 AM

$20 Million: Clinton campaign in serious debt.

Nanny State?: City tries to help taxpayers “go green.”

Legal: Out-of-state same-sex marriages in New York.

“Dykes, Whores, or Bitches”: One in three military women experiences sexual abuse.

Sprawl: The real threat to Puget Sound.

Leading: Clinton, in Kentucky and West Virginia.

In China: Thousands dead in major earthquake.

In Burma: Death toll from cyclone raised to nearly 32,000.

Grim: Hundreds evacuated as fires plague Florida.

Grimmer: Fire experts predict a bad year for blazes.

Pandering: McCain to present climate proposal
in Portland.

$3.80: The average price of gas in Washington State, according to AAA.

Eek: Renault plans to market world’s cheapest caróin India.

Eek, Part II: Car sales in China up nearly 18 percent.

Excessively confused: Drivers confounded by HOT lanes on 167.

Recipe of the Day: Italian-Style Pork Shoulder with Salsa Verde (Recipe and photo via We Are Never Full)


Ingerdients for Pork Shoulder:

1 4 to 6 pound bone-in pork shoulder
1 to 2 tablespoon fresh rosemary
1 to 2 tablespoon fresh sage
1 to 2 tablespoon fresh parsley
1 to 2 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 tablespoon ground fennel seed
6 cloves of garlic, mashed into a paste in a mortar and pestle
1/3 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
pinch of peperoncino
1 cup white wine

Ingredients for Salsa Verde

1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon sage
1 tablespoon chives (optional)
1/2 cup of chopped parsley
3 anchovy fillets
1 tablespoon vinegar (white or red wine)
lemon juice + 1 tablespoon lemon zest
salt and pepper
olive oil (enough to infuse the whole thing - about 1/2 cup)

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

In a food processor or blender, add herbs, ground fennel seed, garlic paste, peperoncino and salt and pepper and pulse a few times. Push down any of the paste that may have accumulated on the sides of your blender. With the lid on and the blade going, add olive oil into the mixture so that it all incorporates and makes a paste.

Make 1-inch deep slits all over the pork (even in some of the skin). Salt and pepper your pork all over. Rub the marinade all over the pork and poke some into each slit. Fat side up, place pork in a roasting pan. Cook pork uncovered for 1 hour.

Remove pork from oven and add the wine to the bottom of baking dish. Use a spoon to pick up some of the brown bits. Tent some foil over the pork and put back in the oven, turning oven down to 275 degrees. Cook for 3 to 4 hours on this low setting, about an hour or more per pound. Optional: Every 40 minutes or so, spoon some of the wine/cooking drippings over the pork.

While the pork is cooking, make the salsa verde. This can be made up to one day ahead of time. First, add herbs and the garlic in your food processor or blender. Puree. Scrape the sides of the blender and add the anchovies. Puree again. Scrape the sides. Add your vinegar and lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon (about 1/2 tablespoon). Blend and scrape. Finally, with the motor running and the lid on, slowly drizzle olive oil into the mixture until itís completely emulsified. Give it a taste and season accordingly with salt and pepper. You may desire a bit more lemon juice. Blend again. Voila!

About 40 minutes before the end of the final hour of cooking time, remove the foil from the top of the pork. This will cook the skin a bit more.

Allow the pork to rest 15 to 20 minutes before slicing. Serve with risotto and greens of your choice and top the pork slices with salsa verde.

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I'm a sexist. I'm not ashamed of it. But, you know, can't we all just get along?

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 12, 2008 10:12 AM

Former Republican Rep. Barr to announce Libertarian White House bid:


Posted by Levislade | May 12, 2008 10:14 AM

Hillary will announce on Wednesday that her sweeping vicotries Tuesday totally justify her bid for the Dixiecrat nomination!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | May 12, 2008 10:33 AM

Obama: takes lead in superdelegates.

Obama: down by 36 in WV, 27 in Ky.

from real clear: "Suffolk is out with a new poll in West Virginia (May 10-11) showing Clinton with a 36-point lead:
Clinton 60
Obama 24
Undecided 8
And Research 2000 has new numbers in Kentucky (May 7-9), where Clinton also enjoys a substantial 27-point lead over Obama:
Clinton 58
Obama 31
Undecided 11."

Oh well guess we will have a 48 state strategy and the electoral map expansion does not reach to Ky or WV.

Oh just for old times' sake how's presumptive Democratic nominee Obama doing compared to presumptive loser Clinton in head to heads against McCain??

From realclear:

National Obama +4.2 Clinton +5.1

Wow, Obama's the clear winner yet gets no winner's bounce.

Pennsylvania Obama +5.0 Clinton +10.0

Good, Obama pulling ahead, obviously Clinton would help if VP.

IT's only 21 electoral college votes.

Ohio McCain +3.4 Clinton +5.4

Gosh darn it, Obama still losing despite donning vicor's laurels ......obviously HRC would help if VP as she's more popular than McCain in the buckeye state.
It's only waht, 20 electoral college votes??

Florida McCain +9.0 Clinton +1.7

Wow again, OBama so far behind almost hopeless. Hilldawg sure could though.

Wisconsin Obama +1.6 McCain +3.4
Yup Obama continues to lead in states with a high lutheran scandinavian presence ....WI MN WA etc. Or call it absence of Bunkers and Dogpatchers. Something about tidy upper midwest farmers liking Obama....maybe Jane Smiley can explain it?

Anyhoo ya sure you betcha kind of amazing how he's the clear nominee yet is not getting that huge bandwagon, winner's bounce ...oh well, if no go in Ky WV um AR now FL and OH....maybe it's a 45 state strategy??

Posted by PC | May 12, 2008 10:41 AM

Saturday morning KUOW mentioned that a UW study showed that highway traffic in Washington is down in 2008 from 2006, even though population and jobs are greater. I wish I could find a link.

Anyway, as always, IMHO it's important to note the effect of higher gas prices: less driving and more hunger for transit alternatives. If everyone is going to drive less as prices rise, we hardly need more lane-miles. And the days of cheap gas are gone for good; anybody who says otherwise works for Forbes or the National Review.

Posted by elenchos | May 12, 2008 10:43 AM

Those HOT lanes are a great revenue-generating gimmick on the part of the DOT; a new excuse for ticketing confused drivers and making everyone's lives on the roads even more miserable. I like the part about the transponder just invisibly assessing you fees when you violate, like a bank tacking random charges on your monthly statement.

Posted by Fucking Nanny State | May 12, 2008 10:46 AM

I drove on 167 to get to my mother's house for the holiday yesterday. I honestly could not figure out how the HOT lanes work. Do I need a transponder to get in the lanes at all, or am I OK as a carpool? The signage is no help at all. The only clear message was "don't cross the double white lines." I get that, and could figure out that there were occasional entry and exit points. The price of the lanes was also clear--50 cents in the morning and no fee "open to all vehicles" on the way back last night. But is that all vehicles really, or only all vehicles that have the transponder?

Posted by Cascadian | May 12, 2008 11:08 AM

One in three women in the military is raped. And the military basically does nothing about it. I don't think there is any more to say about that.

Posted by Greg | May 12, 2008 11:36 AM

Actually, they actively discourage filing of charges and bury them most of the time, @8.

It's a brave woman who pushes thru the charges.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 12, 2008 11:40 AM

@8 & 9:
Are you guys like veterans or what?

Posted by KeeKee | May 12, 2008 12:21 PM

No, I read the article, which states that nearly all women in the military experience harassment and about a third are raped. I don't need to have worn a uniform to condemn the armed forces' shitty, shitty system.

Posted by Greg | May 12, 2008 3:16 PM

The cars we should be making are being made in India. Another of the Republican's legacies. We move backward to appease the right wing just when the rest of the world takes off for the future! Shameful!

Posted by Vince | May 12, 2008 3:31 PM

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