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Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on July 31 at 7:27 AM

Um, So Now He’s a Girl? Or a Baby? Or Something?: Obama’s being “hysterical” and “fussy,” according to McCain camp.

Stepping Down: Scandal-plagued Israeli Prime Minister Olmert.

Surging: Oil prices increase to nearly $127 a barrel.

Relief: Bush signs housing-assistance bill.

Finally: House gives FDA power to regulate tobacco.

Classy: Republican Rep. Pete Sessions defends his Vegas strip-club fundraiser.

Censored: Olympic committee will allow Internet censorship during the Summer Games.

Of Course He Does: Bush threatens to veto pay equity act.

Recipe of the Day: Seaweed Salad with Watermelon Radishes and Garlic Scapes, Grilled Mackerel (recipe and photo via Wrightfood)


1 large mackerel, filleted
1 watermelon radish (or two or three plain pink radishes)
1 small handful of garlic scapes
1 shallot, peeled and diced
thumb sized piece of ginger, grated
3 shiso leaves, cut into thin strips (chiffonade) (if you cannot find shiso, use a mix of basil and mint)
seasoned rice wine vinegar
two of three different varieties of dried or fresh seaweed – preferably smaller species, not the wide sheets
sesame oil

Rehydrate the seaweed according to package directions. If it requires heating (doubtful), then allow the seaweed the cool right down before putting the salad together.

In a small bowl, mix together the diced shallot and grated ginger. Cover this completely with the vinegar. Let this sit for 5 minutes.

Trim up the garlic scapes if required. Using a Japanese slicer or mandoline, slice the radish crossways into very thin slices. Cover with a damp paper towel, to keep them from drying out.

Toss the mackerel fillets in a little sesame oil. Season generously with salt. Preheat your oven broiler to medium/high.

Get a wok hot over high heat. Add a splash of sesame oil. Toss in the garlic scapes, and fry for a few minutes, until they have got a little color to them and are a little softer to bite.

Pop the mackerel under the broiler, skin side to the heat. Cook the fillets for about 5 minutes – or until the skin is nicely colored and the flesh is cooked all the way through.

To make the salad: Mix the seaweed with the radishes and garlic scapes. Add the shiso leaves, and gently toss.

Spoon this out onto plates, and pour over a little of the dressing – making sure you give a decent helping of the ginger and shallot.

Serve the mackerel on the side, with a little pickled ginger and sushi rice.

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McCain is probably not shushing Obama loud enough. Fussy babies like really loud white noise; a hair drier works great. And swaddling. Got to swaddle Barack Obama if you want him to settle down.

McCain's old though. His generation was told to let them cry it out and sleep on the tummy and all that crap. And don't try to tell them different; they get all pissy if you even hint they didn't know how to take care of babies.

Posted by elenchos | July 31, 2008 7:36 AM

McCain's the one with the diaper.

Posted by DOUG. | July 31, 2008 7:48 AM

Whlie the McCain attacks seem mockable to us, fact is, Obama's within the margin of error in polls in key swing states and in striking distance in others.

It all boils down to swing voters in OH, MI, PA, VA.

the McCain attacks do have the effect of shifting the media debate to is Obama a foreigner loving arrogant blah blah blah.

IOW it takes Obama off his message.

To respond Obama need to slam McCain and GOP as bringing Ms. Middle American more economic devastation and gouging by bad corporations, more deficit, moare abandonment of tradit. US ideals/Const., more letting OBL get away, etc. etc.

I'm not seeing this kind of nuts and bolts attack from Obama.

Meanwhile MR. Dick Morris is saying Obama is behind among older women. This is shocking. Of btw don't slam me for what Morris says -- it's either true or it aint' and no one hates HRC more than he does.

It seems to me the obvious solution to get OBama over the top and nail it down is...yup you guessed it....HRC for VP.

Kaine is a first term governor. Biden has no economic credentials and really isn't known and is a lousy debater and campaigner -- he didn't win one primary!

Richardson ditto and I think Obama has NV CO NM anyway.

Bayh of IN -- what a joke. We're going to win Indiana? WTF?

Why is Obama afraid he can't work with HRC? She's too powerful and scary?

Only a wuss would think he couldn't work with her.

The no. candidate with 18 million votes and lots of primary victories is the obvious choice to get that last 5% nailed down in those states we all love to hate out here. We don't want Obama to top out at 46% or to have polls where he does 5% less well on election day than what the polls showed, as ocurred in several primaries.

OK, now everyone attack HRC for being too centrist (like OBama doesn't move to center) for playing old politics of loyalty and payback (like Slog didn't praise Obama for doing the same thing with Gregoire) and for being scandal ridden (like 95% of it isn't concocted by the GOP) and for being a tough bitch who fights like hell (like this isn't what we want in a candidate/leader cuz when it's a guy we just love it).

Bonus: he becomes her boss. Don't you Clinton detesters want him in control of her??

See: Doris Goodwin, Team of Rivals, etc.

Posted by PC | July 31, 2008 8:02 AM

My hatred for the IOC knows no bounds. What greedy little suckers of satan's cock.

Posted by ams | July 31, 2008 8:25 AM

PC you and danielbennetkienneker should hang out and critique each other's ideas - they're frightfully similar.

Posted by Ziggity | July 31, 2008 8:37 AM

Hey, is anyone else having trouble with Slog this morning? My "Add Your Comments" box changed from blue outline, to black outline, now it is back to blue, and when I tried to launch the comments thread for Morning News, instead of launching a new window, Internet Explorer closed entirely.

Posted by PopTart | July 31, 2008 8:58 AM

I'm surprised that ECB didn't include this story about Bush threatening access to the pill that even I am finding stupid and obnoxious.

Posted by raindrop | July 31, 2008 9:02 AM

@7- pretty old news, but yes still obnoxious.

Posted by ams | July 31, 2008 9:05 AM

Obama's being hysterical because of the menses. I have good information from my source on this one.

Posted by Greg | July 31, 2008 9:13 AM

It's become obvious that the GOP's only hope for a McCain victory is to (A) raise the taxes bogeyman and (B) engage in character assassination against Obama. Hey, it worked well enough against Al Gore. Anything to avoid discussing the actual issues facing this country. It's a farce, but it just may work.

But y'know, if we are going to have a nasty, little game of character assassination, why not embrace that and go on the offensive? I was switching around the TV last night and happened upon "Larry King Live." There was right-winger Ben Stein stating as a given what a great man of character John McCain is. And there was left-winger Paul Krugman letting that statement go absolutely unchallenged.

You want to talk about character and values? John McCain cheated on his first wife, who was disabled. He ended up leaving his wife with whom he had--what? three children?--for another woman. This is the man you want to hold up as a model of all-American character and values?

I'm not saying the Obama campaign itself should play as dirty as the McCain campaign is all too happy to. But that doesn't mean everyone else who supports Obama can't.

Posted by cressona | July 31, 2008 9:16 AM

No report on the decapitation on the Greyhound bus in Manitoba?

Posted by mackro mackro | July 31, 2008 9:29 AM

Wasn't sure if this was worthy enough of a tip, but here's a link to Michelle Malkin's latest, I got it originally from the National Review:

Posted by PopTart | July 31, 2008 9:34 AM

Wow, @12 . . . I knew she was crazy, but the comments section in that is unbelievable! Closing streets is "dictatorial coercion"? What the fuck does that even mean?

Posted by Ziggity | July 31, 2008 9:36 AM

Yes, only women are hysterical and only babies are fussy. McCain couldn't have been calling him, you know, just hysterical and fussy.

Posted by w7ngman | July 31, 2008 9:41 AM

the mccain camp meant upity. he's being upity. that's the proper term for what they're upset about.

Posted by douglas | July 31, 2008 9:59 AM

I think what McSame says Depends on how angry he is.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 31, 2008 10:01 AM

A lot of this stuff is just thinly veiled racism, sexism, and homophobia. Obama's uppity, and he doesn't want to bomb the whole world to smithereens without at least trying to talk it out first so he's basically a girl, and he dresses well so he must be gay. Even the conservative allergy to taxes is selective and tinged with racism: taxes to pay for police and military and roads that cater to single-occupancy SUVs are worth paying for. After all, the suburban segregated way of life is worth protecting. But all of those icky social programs that help black people are socialism. Mass transit is only used in cities, and you know who lives in cities.

There's enough small-minded bigotry that this strategy might work, but no one should mistake it for anything like a principled difference in political opinion.

Posted by Cascadian | July 31, 2008 10:33 AM
Um, So Now He’s a Girl? Or a Baby? Or Something?: Obama’s being “hysterical” and “fussy,” according to McCain camp.

And this is what it takes to get Erica behind Obama. Someone accuses him of having a vagina, suddenly she's an Obamaniac.

Posted by Judah | July 31, 2008 10:37 AM

Now here's the news item of the day that leaves me scared shitless:
Gallup Daily: Obama 45%, McCain 44%

That's the closest McCain's been in a while according to Gallup.

Responding to (un)PC @3. I wish you had as much passion and concern for the fate of your country as you apparently do for Hillary Clinton. I have no problem with Hillary as veep, but the VP speculation is just another beauty contest and a gossip-fest that continues to keep this campaign from being about actual issues.

Posted by cressona | July 31, 2008 11:00 AM

Malkin? really? wtf. Why the fuck would any body care what that little bitch thinks?

If you have to follow postings on the Far-Right the least you could do was pick someone with a little bit of intelligence.

Posted by down low | July 31, 2008 11:17 AM

When Malkin starts summering in Iraq outside the Green Zone is when I give a flying F what she thinks.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 31, 2008 11:59 AM


If you want to understand unPC, realize she only cares about her beloved white race, not any country.

Posted by elenchos | July 31, 2008 12:02 PM
Posted by matt davis | July 31, 2008 12:12 PM

@23: My 'favorite' part is the credit card bit. And by favorite I mean 'the part that makes me want to vomit the most.'

6. Credit Card Tracking – Here’s another provision that will collect a huge amount of private information for the government. Deep inside the bill is a program requiring banks to to track, aggregate, and report information on all credit and debit card transactions to the IRS. FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey had this to say about it: “This is a provision with astonishing reach, and it was slipped into the bill just this week. Not only does it affect nearly every credit card transaction in America, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, but the bill specifically targets payment systems like eBay’s PayPal, Amazon, and Google Checkout that are used by many small online businesses. The privacy implications for America’s small businesses are breathtaking.”

Posted by Greg | July 31, 2008 12:25 PM

Re: Surging Gas Prices due to increased gasoline usage caused by lower prices.

The Stranger was right! People can be taught! Or, maybe not.

Posted by TheMisanthrope | July 31, 2008 12:38 PM

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