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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on July 29 at 8:07 AM

We Can Change: High gas prices spur US citizens to drive less.

Banned: Certain toxins in children’s products.

“Serious”: VP talks between Obama and anti-gay, anti-choice Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.

Dozens Dead: In Baghdad and Kirkuk bomb attacks.

Threatened: 2,000 homes near Yosemite.

Passed Over: Justice Department job candidates who failed to pass conservative political litmus test, according to inspector general’s report.

Approved: Execution of Army private for 20-year-old rape and murder; meanwhile, the Army continues to ignore the 2005 rape and murder of Army PFC Lavena Johnson.

Traffic-Circle Murder: Suspect Brown pleads “not guilty.”

Crumbling: One of every four US bridges needs major repairs or upgrades.

Under Wraps
: EPA orders pollution inspectors not to talk to congressional investigators.

Really?!: Seattle ranks No. 18 on list of top tourist cities in the US.

Recipe of the Day: Chilled Lettuce-Buttermilk Soup (Recipe and photo via Hobby Farms)

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Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter, divided
╝ cup finely chopped shallots
2 small heads Boston, Bibb or Buttercrunch lettuce, leaves separated, rinsed and dried
╝ cup chopped fresh parsley
6 cups buttermilk
Salt and pepper to taste
Cayenne or paprika to garnish

Preparation

Pour buttermilk into large bowl or saucepan. In a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add shallots, increase heat to medium-high and sautÚ until softened. Remove from heat and add shallots to buttermilk, stirring thoroughly.

Prepare the lettuce by stacking several leaves and rolling them up together. Slice each roll into thin strips.

Heat the remaining tablespoon of butter in the skillet and add lettuce strips. SautÚ for about three minutes, until lettuce is wilted. Stir lettuce strips and parsley into buttermilk-shallot mixture, then blend with an immersion blender. (Or blend in batches in a regular blender.) Add salt and pepper to taste. Chill at least three hours.

To serve, ladle into chilled soup bowls and sprinkle with cayenne or paprika. Serves 4 to 6.

RSS icon Comments

1

Fuck Obama if he picks Kaine, he may as well pick Dick Cheney as VP at that rate.

But if we have learned anything, who MSM says the candidate will choose is rarely the case. I expect it to be Hagel or Webb.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 29, 2008 8:38 AM
2

People would rather vacation in Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston than Seattle?

Posted by max solomon | July 29, 2008 8:41 AM
3

Oh, I know why Seattle is down so low: I greet tourists at the market by spraying pepper spray in their faces when they look at me. Sorry 'bout that folks!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 29, 2008 8:45 AM
4

Ironic that Erica and the other enviro-marxists want us to drive less, but note our crumbling bridges which are less likely to be repaired since the government is collecting from a dwindling tax revenue from us driving less.

But still, bless her heart for her embellishing the morning news with the recipe of the day.

Posted by raindrop | July 29, 2008 8:49 AM
5

Counter point to the first item:

Value of Life also down. People more miserable.

Posted by TheMisanthrope | July 29, 2008 8:50 AM
6

I fail to see how Kaine is anymore "anti-gay" than, say, Erica's preferred choice for VP.

As for abortion...

"The law in Virginia right now," [Kaine] says, "is that the death penalty is the law of the land for the most serious crimes, and on abortion, the law of the United States is that women have the freedom to make their own reproductive decisions early in pregnancy, and I will honor those laws, If someone says, 'Well, that's wishy-washy,' I say, 'No, it's not -- it's being true to my oath.'

Posted by lol | July 29, 2008 9:03 AM
7

Wow. Morning news is the only post since 5:30 last night. Everybody must be hard at work on their totally predictable CM stories. Save the ink and newsprint. We all know Jonah's will be the only one worth reading.

Posted by Save the Keystrokes | July 29, 2008 9:05 AM
8

From Seattle Metblog:

"The one upside to the Critical Mass fiasco?

So far, no incessant, self-serving whining about the Blue Angels from The Stranger."

Posted by Ziggity | July 29, 2008 9:24 AM
9

Yeah, I can't get all upset about Kaine being the possible VP. He's most definitely NOT a Republican.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | July 29, 2008 9:25 AM
10

Another knock on Kaine is he's a first term governor. What achievements?

On the plus side he helps nail down VA. the realclear poll average has Obama only at 1 point ahead so that's helpful.

Btw it's a comparative contest and the others on the super short list are Biden and Bayh.

Last night cable news (Fox if you can stand to concede some facts they report are right) said Obama is behind McCain among older women. Wow. that's traditionally a group that is more pro Democratic.

And C Mathews made the point the race is a dead heat when you look state by state and look at the margin of error in the polls.

So what VP would help the most in nailing down Ohio Mich Penn Fla Va NV CO NM NH?

I believe if Obama does win in most of those states but loses OH MI Va (for example) then McCain wins the election.

What VP helps the most to win?

If Obama is losing among the older women group, what VP choice helps the most there?

Posted by PC | July 29, 2008 9:58 AM
11

@10 - Gee, whoever could you be talking about, PC? Since you are obviously so unbiased and filled with concern about Obama: the quickest way for him to lose the election at this point is to pick Hillary as his running mate.

Most of us still remember the crap you were spewing a couple of months ago. Why did you decide to drop the "un"?

Posted by Georgia Guy | July 29, 2008 10:32 AM
12

There's something wrong with that PASSED OVER entry....it makes no sense the way it's arranged.

Posted by Hartiepie | July 29, 2008 11:02 AM
13

It's not just Seattle, Fremont's a big attraction, and so are the ferries.

Especially if you're a visiting businessman taking pictures to record the memories for posterity ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 29, 2008 11:03 AM
14

You got ferries in Fremont now, Will?

Posted by Fnarf | July 29, 2008 11:25 AM
15

Why are Gonzales' aides taking the fall for the DOJ hiring scandal? Why not Gonzales? Why not Bush?

Posted by Betsy Ross | July 29, 2008 12:01 PM
16

We got beat out by Dallas and San Diego? WTF?

Ok, kids pack the family truckster we're going to Dallas!

I mean really, has anyone ever been there - the place is a pit. Only Oklahoma City and Detroit are worse.

Posted by Sad Comment | July 29, 2008 1:38 PM
17

So Stranger, how do you like Obama now? He's moving to the center in record speed. And if Kaine is his VP choice I'm seriously considering voting McCain or at least staying home.

Posted by Democrat with no love for Obama | July 29, 2008 1:38 PM
18

hey, we did better on this list:

http://realestate.msn.com/buying/Article_forbes.aspx?cp-documentid=8859436&vv=550>1=35000

highest increases in cost of living!

sweet!

Posted by infrequent | July 29, 2008 1:44 PM
19

The sole reference I could find to Kaine being being anti-gay was this on some random blog called "Pam's House Blend, Always Steamin'" from 2005: "Last week, the Kaine campaign debuted a radio ad, "Weak." As the title would suggest, the spot suggests that Kilgore is "too weak to lead Virginia." Has Kilgore done anything, more than most other politicians, to define himself as "weak?" That's not clear. What is clear is the throwaway line in the "Weak" spot: "Jerry Kilgore is not being straight." The Kaine camp fails to add the obligatory "with voters;" the ad simply observes, "Jerry Kilgore is not being straight," period.

and it goes on to say:
The bottom line is, if Tim Kaine wants to win by equating an effeminate voice with weakness and inability to lead, that's bigoted as well, **regardless of whether his political positions are more favorable to gays than his opponent.**

His sole crime is the use of the words "weak" and "straight," in a political ad? hmmm...

B

Posted by LH | July 29, 2008 11:17 PM

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