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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on May 14 at 8:11 AM

Slowing: Washington State economy, if recent job losses are any indication.

Unity: Both Democratic Presidential candidates return to Congress to vote for stopping deliveries to the strategic oil reserve.

Not enough: Clinton’s 2-1 margin of victory in West Virginia.

In China: Death toll tops 12,000, with 18,000 believed buried in one city alone.

Maybe Now It’ll Be Taken Seriously: HPV puts men at risk of certain oral cancers.

Supporting the Troops: President Bush gives up golf in solidarity with soldiers in Iraq.

Recipe of the Day: Butter-Braised Asparagus and Oyster Mushrooms with Peas and Tarragon (recipe and photo via the New York Times)


3 tablespoons unsalted butter
7 ounces oyster mushrooms, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 1/4 -inch lengths
3 scallions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add mushrooms and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to coat mushrooms with butter. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Stir in asparagus, scallions and remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook for about 2 minutes if using pencil-thin asparagus, and up to 7 minutes for jumbos (until asparagus is al dente).

Stir in peas and tarragon; cover and cook about 2 minutes longer, until peas are heated through and asparagus is tender. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

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If HPV puts men at risk of oral cancer, and the way they get the oral cancer is through oral infection.....
then sadly, I think the more immediate and short-term effect of this will be more asshole dudes explaining that they can't go down on girls because they might get mouth cancer. And the world doesn't need less guys going down on girls, it needs more (talented guys)!

Posted by Jessica | May 14, 2008 8:42 AM

When did we move into bizarro-world, where President Bush is right about the Strategic Oil Reserve and both Democratic presidential candidates are totally wrong? Do these people not realize what an emergency stockpile is for? It makes me crazy.

Posted by Greg | May 14, 2008 8:43 AM

@1: What the world needs is insurance coverage of HPV vaccines for everybody - boys and men included.

Posted by Greg | May 14, 2008 8:45 AM

There are over 100 different varieties of HPV. And not all of them are sexually transmitted. The vaccine is only effective against about 70 strains. So before you get your panties all twisted about "nothing being done about it," maybe you should realize that there's no quick, easy fix.

Posted by Kaktus | May 14, 2008 8:56 AM

@4: Who are you responding to?

Posted by Greg | May 14, 2008 9:13 AM


Posted by Kaktus | May 14, 2008 9:16 AM

Ugh. Why the fuck does Amanda Marcotte always turn everything into a screechy feminist issue? I couldn't stand Pandagon once she replaced Ezra Klein.

Posted by w7ngman | May 14, 2008 9:46 AM

Does anyone else think those gutter cleaning robots in the ads on the side think they look like sex toys for women?

Posted by Mike of Renton | May 14, 2008 10:01 AM

The Chinese government is worried about aftershocks, so they're making people sleep on the streets rather than allowing them to go home (in the cases where they still have homes)? I've never been in an earthquake, but I've always heard that going outside during them is a bad idea.

I wonder which is/was a worse place to be "placed" after a disaster: Post-Katrina Superdome or Jiuzhou Gymnasium?

Posted by Lauren | May 14, 2008 10:36 AM

@9: Trying to go outside during the earthquake is a bad idea. Trying to go back inside after the earthquake is an even worse idea.

Posted by Greg | May 14, 2008 10:55 AM

Do you really think we're in an emergency situation when it comes to our oil supply?? I sure haven't seen any lines at the pumps yet...

Posted by KeeKee | May 14, 2008 11:05 AM

@11: That is exactly my point. We're not in a real emergency right now. A real emergency would be an oil embargo, the kind of thing that would pretty much shut down the U.S. economy instantly if we didn't have a reserve stock of oil to use. Since this is not that serious, stopping shipments to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is useless pandering to dumb voters.

What makes me crazy is that Bush is taking the sensible view, while 97 members of the Senate (including both Hillary and Barack) are taking the dumb view.

Posted by Greg | May 14, 2008 2:04 PM

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