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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on July 30 at 8:05 AM

Indicted: Alaska Senator “Uncle Ted” Stevens, for falsifying disclosure forms to conceal gifts from oil-field engineering firm. Stevens has stepped down from several of his leadership positions.

Robbing Peter to Pay for Highways: US Transportation Department proposes raiding mass transit fund for roads as gas-tax revenue falls.

“Extraordinary Disregard for the Law”: Senate Democrats call for resignation of EPA administrator Stephen Johnson.

Sorry: House of Representatives apologizes for slavery, Jim Crow

Oil Prices: Down slightly as demand drops.

Afghanistan: Nearly twice as deadly in the past month as Iraq.

So There: John McCain “understands the importance of the blogs,” reads emails his staff shows him “as the news breaks during the day.Ē

They’re Voters Too: More homeless people expected to vote this fall.

Arctic Ice Shelf: Loses a huge chunk, another indication of climate change.

Recipe of the Day: Tagine-Style Moroccan Lamb with Grilled Apricots and Olive (recipe and photo via We Are Never Full)



2 lamb shoulder chops
1 large onion, cut into thick slices (about 1 1/2 to 2 inches)
10 large whole green olives
2 apricots (you can use dried apricots or other stone fruit like plums if itís not the season)

For Moroccan Spice Mix:
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons coriander
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon chile powder or cayenne
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon tumeric (optional)
1 teaspoon kosher salt

For Couscous
1 cup couscous
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 onion, minced
handful of fresh coriander, minced
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
1/2 lemon
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon of the Moroccan spice mix
1 can chickpeas
1 teaspoon lemon zest


Add all the spices together and mix with a fork or spoon to create the Moroccan Spice Mix.

Rub spice mix generously on lamb and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes using a little olive oil to help it adhere. Make sure to reserve at least one teaspoon of the mix to flavor the couscous.

Heat grill to medium-high and grill chops for at least 4 minutes (perhaps as many as 6 minutes - use ďpokeĒ test to check) per side for a nice medium-rare pink.

After a couple of minutes, oil the onions and begin grilling. These need around five minutes per side and be careful turning them as they tend to separate.

After turning the chops over, add the olives, neatly threaded on some skewers. These donít need that long, they just need to blister a little on all sides.

Remove chops to a plate, cover with foil and allow to rest.

Oil, salt and pepper the asparagus and begin grilling them.

Add chicken stock to couscous, cover and let absorb.

When stock is absorbed, add pine nuts, spice mix, herbs and lemon zest and fluff together.

Remove onions, asparagus and olives from grill. Add all to plate and sprinkle generously with more pine nuts.

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I am sure the homeless will vote, but no one will count 'em though.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 30, 2008 8:18 AM

To make that Moroccan Spice Mix, um, good, take out the nutmeg and powdered ginger.

Posted by I know everything. | July 30, 2008 8:28 AM

The University of Texas Medical School has announced a possible cure for HIV. Dr.Sudhir Paul says he's found the virus's Achilles heel. The virus is killed in animal experiments...killed!

Posted by Vince | July 30, 2008 8:29 AM

Lamb production consumes even more energy per unit than beef production. How environmentally irresponsible of you.

Posted by tsm | July 30, 2008 8:35 AM

Stevens: Poster boy for Term Limits. We need term limits so we can get these mofos out of office.

Posted by Suz | July 30, 2008 8:41 AM

Erica, doesn't it make sense to actually do the morning news in the morning? So it's actually new?

Posted by w7ngman | July 30, 2008 9:10 AM

Vince @ 3: Huh? A search of everything in the world yields zero results. Linky?

Posted by moobs | July 30, 2008 9:13 AM

@ 4, I don't buy that, given that most lamb production is small scale and beef production is industrialized. Gotta keep the big picture in mind.

Posted by Matt from Denver | July 30, 2008 9:16 AM

I'm sofa king glad that Stevens is getting his. What an asshole!

Posted by Mike in MO | July 30, 2008 9:21 AM

C'mon Erica! Do you really believe your own hype? Just because a chunk of a glacier falls into the ocean "Ohhh it has just gotta be global warming!" Geesshhh

Itís hard to ignore the fact that the Green facists like Erica are going crazy, not just in the United States, but around the world. They are increasingly frantic over the opposition being voiced against global warming, one of the greatest hoaxes in modern history.

The Greens have bet everything on global warming as the reason for giving up the use of long established sources of energy such as oil, coal and natural gas. The object has been to slow everything the modern world calls progress.

In India, a spokesman for that nation of one billion people has flatly refused to accept the global warming hoax. China shows no sign of yielding to the global warming lies. The greatest agricultural and mercantile economy to have ever existed, the United States of America, continues to thwart its own growth by yielding to the lies.

Recently the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, said that, ďcoal makes us sick. Oil makes us sick. Itís global warming. Itís ruining our country. Itís ruining our world.Ē

No, what makes us sick is listening to such preposterous lies. A Rasmussen telephone survey taken after Senator Reidís absurd statement found that 52% of voters surveyed rejected his views about coal and oil, double the amount of those who agreed.

What is troublesome, however, is that the same survey found the voters evenly divided on whether global warming exists or poses a threat. Fully 47% of those surveyed believe that human activity affects the climate. Both candidates for President are publicly committed to the global warming hoax by varying degrees.

So tell me oh Great Erica? When the United States is in economic shambles and everyone is living in poverty trying to achieve your Green goals, what will you say then? Do you realize the total cost to everyone? You do realize the folly in your efforts? If China and India refuse to play the game, and simply ignore any efforts we do here, what overall effect on the world is it going to have? Their populations and "footprint" dwarf any efforts we will try.

But you'd rather make all of us have to suffer by enacting legislation and policy that makes my 100 years of existence on this rock more difficult than it needs to be.

Nice of you Greens to feel you are so superior over me.

Thankfully the world is beginning to recognize that we've had the wool pulled over our eyes. More and more people are simply laughing at the concept of global warming.

I think it is time you woke up too.

Posted by Erica is still an eco moron | July 30, 2008 9:22 AM
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 30, 2008 9:25 AM

@10 you are fucking dumb.

Posted by Lobot | July 30, 2008 9:27 AM

@8 - a Cornell study concluded that producing 1 kg of lamb protein consumes more fossil fuel than most other meats. The most responsible choice, incidentally, is chicken, at least by that particular metric.

Posted by tsm | July 30, 2008 9:30 AM

@10: What he said. Good job.

Posted by raindrop | July 30, 2008 9:38 AM

@13. That's because lambs are big-boned. We should just genetically re-engineer them so they have no skeletons.

Also, rabbit is much cheaper than chicken. And tastier.

Posted by Ziggity | July 30, 2008 9:50 AM

Depends on where your lamb comes from. New Zealand lamb uses far less carbon even after flying it here, because it has virtually zero carbon inputs when it's being raised. Fertilizer, supplements, irrigation. You can also avoid these things by buying organic free range at your farmer's market.

Posted by Fnarf | July 30, 2008 9:56 AM

I suggest a Pinot Noir or a Zinfandel to serve with the lamb.

Posted by raindrop | July 30, 2008 9:58 AM


Yeah, you can get it for free at the Woodland Park Zoo.

Posted by keshmeshi | July 30, 2008 9:59 AM

@ 13 - Having quickly perused it, I can counter-argue that the occasional lamb, if purchased from a small farmer who raises it on small pasture without sending it to a feed lot, isn't so bad for the environment. Same if I purchase my beef and pork that way, and especially if I don't eat meat every day. (Once or twice a week ought to be all anyone eats.)

Posted by Matt from Denver | July 30, 2008 10:03 AM

@ 16, do you have any links about that? I live in lamb country and want to know more about that kind of thing (carbon inputs especially). My google-fu is kinda inaccurate for some reason.

Posted by Matt from Denver | July 30, 2008 10:07 AM


Count down to manufactured outrage and a slew of posts from the usual suspects in 3...2...1.

Posted by Blue Angel | July 30, 2008 10:08 AM

Unless you are living in a tent off the grid somewhere, robbing dumpsters for all food, like that guy on Colbert 2 shows ago, as an American you are directly and indirectly consuming about 100,000 x more energy than you would have to consume in order to be pure and "not contributing to global warming."

Even if you are vegan don't drive and vote green etc.


Missed news item of the day:

WTO Talks Break Down!
Where is the death to WTO celebration, hmm?

India and China swung their weight around to stop rules that might take away their ability to "protect" their ag producers from foreign competition.

This mainly hurts other smaller ag nations that may be even poorer.

Woo-hoo, less trade & more extreme poverty for the poorest of the poor around the world!

And best of all -- this enables China and India to protect their "sovereignty" against sovereignty-destroying int'l bodies (where every nation gets a vote) trying to set up global rules for all. That is just one more step toward One World Government. Yuck! Lou Dobbs would not approve.

Great precedent -- can't wait to see how China and India react when the world asks them to agree to universal enviro regulations needed to stop climate change. Fortunately, this will be a precedent that lets them say "no, others polluted their way to wealth, we will too!"

Posted by PC | July 30, 2008 10:09 AM

Remember it's the spices that make BBQ not cause cancer from the carbonization of the meat.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 30, 2008 10:38 AM

Good catch on the WTO, PC. And the hidden part was that also kills 1 million H1B, T1, and T2 visas for India and China in the USA.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 30, 2008 10:41 AM

#10, oh my god, you're right. *Liberals* are the ones that want to slow world progress by finding sustainable energy sources to meet ballooning energy needs from China and India in the face of peak oil, while *conservatives* are the ones that want to further world progress by clinging to a dwindling yet profitable resource. How could I have been so blind?

Posted by w7ngman | July 30, 2008 10:41 AM

@21 - blue angels are Thursday. Today's Wednesday.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 30, 2008 10:51 AM

@ 15: I'm sure sewer rat is even more carbon friendly.

Posted by Mike in MO | July 30, 2008 10:54 AM


As long winded and full of yourself as you are, the only argument you make for your position is to repeated say that global warming is a lie. Kind of light weight don't ya think? Oh, I am sorry but that is part of the problem, you don't think. And just because you're proud of yourself for finally cyphering your way through Glenn Beck's book doesn't automatically mean you have a valid point to make. But I am sure that their are some right wing tools here that would gladly pat you on the back with a "way to go skippy."

Posted by Sad Comment | July 30, 2008 11:18 AM

@28. not only is that the only (seriously lacking) argument made, but the post then rambles on all about the economic concerns. to me, that clearly indicates where this person is coming from. what do the economics of the matter have to do with weather or not global warming is occurring?

Posted by infrequent | July 30, 2008 11:57 AM

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