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Friday, May 16, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on May 16 at 8:14 AM

Up to 80,000: Death toll from China earthquake keeps rising.

Collapsing: Support for Bush’s war in Iraq, as Congress refuses (for now) to throw another $163 billion at the effort.

Ain’t Summer Yet: Avalanche danger soars in Cascades.

Black Turnout: Could jeopardize long Republican dominance of the South.

Another “honor killing” in Iraq: “My daughter deserved to die for falling in love.”

Still Lying: Everything’s under control, says Burmese government, refusing aid.

Gettin’ Hitched: Ellen Degeneres to marry hottie g.f.

Annoying Framing of a Touching Story: Tutsi woman weaves “peace baskets” alongside Hutu woman whose husband slaughtered her entire family.

Recipe of the Day: Aromatic Braised Chicken with Fried Onions (recipe and photo via Gourmet)



2 1/2 lb chicken thighs with bone, skin discarded
4 medium shallots, quartered
5 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger
2 sprigs fresh curry leaves, leaves removed from stems
1 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns
10 whole cloves
1 (1-inch) piece cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
1/2 cup water
About 2 cups vegetable oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
3 teaspoons all-purpose flour, divided

Toss all ingredients except water, oil, onion, and flour with 1 teaspoon salt in a wide heavy medium pot. Marinate chicken, covered and chilled, 1 hour.
Add water and bring to a boil, then simmer, covered, until chicken is tender, 40 minutes to 1 hour.
Meanwhile, heat 1 1/2 inches oil in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat until hot but not smoking.
Toss onion with 1 teaspoon flour, then fry in 2 batches, stirring frequently (do not let burn), until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels. Reserve 3 tablespoons oil.
Remove chicken from cooking liquid, reserving liquid, and gently pat dry. 3Heat reserved oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then brown chicken all over, about 6 minutes total. Transfer to a platter.
Add remaining 2 teaspoons flour to fat in skillet and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add chicken-cooking liquid (with aromatics and spices) and simmer, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pour over chicken. Top with fried onions.

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real clear head to heads:

National Obama +4.2 Clinton +3.4

[Finally Obama bests HRC.]

Pennsylvania Obama +5.0 Clinton +10.0

[Obama doing well, HRC better]

Ohio McCain +3.4 Clinton +5.4
[Obama loses, HRC wins]

Florida McCain +9.0 Clinton +1.7
{Obama so far behind worthless to put resources in, HRC narrowly wins]

Wisconsin Obama +1.6 McCain +3.4

[Obama narrowly wins, HRC loses. Hmm. Don't like seeing Obama dropping here. Could indicate MN IA also in play]

Right now based on these polls -- an authority often quoted by Obama himself, we know they're just snapshots blah blah blah -- Obama is Not Ahead.

What to do to win????????????????? There's been a campaign now with him in the national limelight for several months. After the convention we only have two months to change these numbers. We need to see some positive movement now.

Oh, yes, he can go work CO NM NV VA NC etc. too. but we want a 50 state strategy right?

Seat FL MI, corral HRC and her folks get 'em on board helping, prevent her from having a power base in the Senate to fuck up his legislation, continue with his change/hope message, unite the Dem. base and reach out. Lay out the 100 days of change agenda and get key congressional leaders on board already. Use the superdelegate desire to hitch to his coatails to demand something of them -- all congressmen/women are supers -- that they bow to his legislative program and say so now.

Btw he will speak at noon today to rip into Bush and lay out his diplomacy + strength approach to foreign policy -- responding to GWB's invoking appeasement/Hitler -- very big opportunity for BHO to reframe it all
and link McCain to Bush.

Hasta lumbago -- ]

Posted by PC | May 16, 2008 8:44 AM

Leave it to the war industry to continually find new ways to freak me out. Apparently, the plan now is to turn our civilian-bombing, puppy-murdering troops into cyborg super-soldiers(!).

How long do you suppose before they realize it’ll be easier to just rip out the soldiers’ brains, lobotomize them, and then transplant them into a suit or armor? Meh, I’d say a year, maybe two.

And why does this all sound so familiar? Oh yeah:

Posted by Original Andrew | May 16, 2008 8:44 AM

C'mon now, even Rwanda has banned plastic bags. What is wrong with us?
The country is clean because of a mandatory policy that sees even government ministers participate in clean-up once a month. Plastic bags are banned. The international business community praises Rwanda's good governance and the absence of official corruption or graft.

Posted by smp | May 16, 2008 8:45 AM

"Honor killings." Another reason civilized society should treat Islam like the plague it is.

Posted by Seattle Crime Blogger | May 16, 2008 9:18 AM

Seattle Crime Blogger: A little hate and genocide to go with your breakfast. Look for it daily!

Posted by elenchos | May 16, 2008 9:30 AM

Soooo, are you saying that you are pro honor killings?

Posted by KeeKee | May 16, 2008 9:34 AM

@6: you seem to imply that "hate" is a bad thing.

Posted by Seattle Crime Blogger | May 16, 2008 9:37 AM

Normally I suggest the clueless should learn to read, but here I think we need to practice our numbers.

Posted by elenchos | May 16, 2008 9:42 AM

@8: Right, because being off by one digit - especially on a blog with as shity a comments section as SLOG - is a world-ending event. Way to answer the question(s).

Posted by Seattle Crime Blogger | May 16, 2008 9:45 AM

And by shity, of course, I mean shitty.

Posted by Seattle Crime Blogger | May 16, 2008 9:47 AM

I'm sure you can pick up a copy of Mavis Teaches Typing for cheap.

Posted by Greg | May 16, 2008 9:49 AM

Maybe I should. Guess my comment board etiquette isn't quite up to speed.

Of course, when you're full of brilliant ideas, the occasional typo is inconsequential in the greater scheme of things.

Posted by Seattle Crime Blogger | May 16, 2008 9:51 AM

Right On!

Posted by Dick | May 16, 2008 10:02 AM

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