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Friday, August 1, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on August 1 at 7:48 AM

Never Mind: Obama isn’t considering former Bush ag secretary Ann Veneman for VP after all.

Oh, Please: McCain accuses Obama of playing the “race card.”

Uh, Keep Focused on That: Conservative Christian group prays for rain on day of Democratic Convention.

Fighting Back: Predatory lenders boost spending in the South, where states have been cracking down on the industry.

Eliminated: 22,000 state jobs in California, in the midst of budgetary crisis.

Also in California: Judge rules cell-phone early-termination fees illegal.

Big Spenders: School workers’ union to drop thousands to ditch current schools superintendent.

Upheld: Airplane cell-phone ban.

Reduced: Iraq tours of duty, from 15 months to 12.

Possible: Rove contempt-of-court citation, according to Pelosi.

So Much for that “Stimulus”: GDP grew just 1.9 percent between April and June.

For All He’s Worth: Tom Cruise named in anti-Scientology suit.

Recipe of the Day: Poulet Nicoise (recipe and photo via Well Fed)

1 chicken, about 3 to 4 pounds, cut into 8 serving pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1 yellow onion, sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 yellow squash, quartered and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/4 cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
5 plum tomatoes, seeded and quartered
1/4 cup dry-cured black olives, pitted
1 1/4 cups chicken stock

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a 5 1/2-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the chicken and brown about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate while you continue to brown the rest of the chicken.

Reduce the heat to medium, add the onion, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the squash, wine, 2 tablespoons of the parsley and 2 teaspoons of the tarragon.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash is soft but not browned, about 5 minutes.

Return the chicken to the pan and add the tomatoes, olives and stock.

Bring to a gentle simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon parsley and 1 teaspoon tarragon. Serve immediately.

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Why even bother reporting anything McCain has to say?

No, seriously. Why?

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 1, 2008 8:14 AM

Doesn't sound very "christian" to wish bad things on others.

Posted by Chris from N.O. | August 1, 2008 8:16 AM

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No, I don't.

Posted by The Incredible Haiku | August 1, 2008 8:16 AM


You have got to be the biggest loser on the face of the Earth.

Posted by Kill yourself. | August 1, 2008 8:22 AM

Praying for rain? Are they operating under the misconception that Democrats are made out of rice paper and cornstarch?

Posted by Lou | August 1, 2008 8:25 AM


You have got to be the biggest hater on the face of the Earth.

Posted by Drink a Rize and call me in the morning. | August 1, 2008 8:30 AM

I'm kind of glad the cell phone ban was upheld. At least there's on place where nobody's yammering away non-stop. And like anybody listens to those reminders to turn their ringers off.

Posted by Ziggity | August 1, 2008 8:31 AM

I know a college history teacher who on the first day of her class-- ON THE HISTORY OF SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES-- had a student object that she was "playing the race card" by focusing on how race was used to justify slavery.

Posted by Trevor | August 1, 2008 8:35 AM

That's a fine-looking poulet recipe, ECB.

Posted by Ziggity | August 1, 2008 8:37 AM

hey, don't shit talk the stimulus >:(

Posted by poor one | August 1, 2008 8:41 AM

Sounds like someone hasn't read very far in his Bible:

Matthew 5:44
"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."

Posted by pox | August 1, 2008 8:45 AM

umm.....given the number of people whos lives have been devastated in the midwest this year because of RAIN I'm going to say yes. Yes it would be wrong. Douchebag.

Posted by Cap'n Grace | August 1, 2008 8:55 AM

What would be funny is if it DID rain in Denver but then as Obama comes on the stage the rain stops, the sun breaks through the clouds and a voice from above sounds from the heavens saying "This is whom I endorse for President" Right afterwards the sky fills with the sound of angels singing.

Could you imagine how the GOP would spin THAT?!?

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 1, 2008 9:03 AM

@13: They would probably point out God's record of murdering innocent children, His blind eye towards greed, lust, and famine, and His endorsement of his own son's death.

Is that REALLY someone you want picking the leader of the free world?

Posted by Ziggity | August 1, 2008 9:11 AM

"And now the creator of the universe has endorsed Obama to be OUR President. But let's look at Gods record shall we?

God told Joshua to kill countless people.

God's own appointed leader of Isreal, King David committed audulty...with a woman.

God blinded Saul on the road to Damascus to manipulate Saul and forced him to change his name to Paul. You know who else changes their names after conversions? Muslims!!!

Can we trust God to tell us who to vote for? I think the record speaks clear as to God's judgement"

"I'm John McCain and I approve this message"

Posted by Republican National Committee | August 1, 2008 9:17 AM

There was also this headline in today's Times:

Slain woman had protection order

Posted by Greg | August 1, 2008 9:23 AM

@13 - You had me rolling!

@14 - You totally wrecked it.

Posted by DanFan | August 1, 2008 9:25 AM

#5 is funny

Posted by MEC | August 1, 2008 9:42 AM

@16 Begging once again the question, what the fuck use are protection orders? They seem to be like waving a red flag in front of a bull. "Protection order? I'll show you a protection order with this 9mm handgun bitch." I am so mad at the system, yet I can't figure out how it could be fixed. Please tell me for every one of these horrible deaths there are 5 other women who were kept safe by a protection order.

Posted by PopTart | August 1, 2008 10:19 AM

@19, I don't have any statistics to show you, but I think they do work most of the time. Most abusers are not prepared to go the whole nine yards and carry out a murder-suicide. They may be angry, but they're not looking to die. A little reminder that the force of the law is against them is usually enough.

Sadly it sometimes is not.

Posted by Fnarf | August 1, 2008 10:22 AM

protection orders work based on the premise that people who get one filed against them are rational and want to avoid the wrath of the law. the catch 22 is anyone who needs a protection order probably isn't rational enough to respect the law.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 1, 2008 10:23 AM

The rain it falleth on the just
And on the unjust fella;
But more upon the just, because
The unjust stole the just's umbrella.

Posted by Bruce | August 1, 2008 10:29 AM

Obama has the ability, as the black candidate, to play the race card in such subtle ways that when anyone calls attention to it THEY are blamed on playing the race card. This is happening over and over and over again.

Posted by raindrop | August 1, 2008 10:34 AM

We won't support spine-less NO-Bama and will re-defeat him in November!!!

Posted by clintonsarmy | August 1, 2008 12:08 PM

So, Obama points out and plays up the positive fact that he could be the first African-American President and some how this is playing the evil "race card".

This is just a sad example of typical GOP negative politics. You find your political rivals strengths and attempt to slime and slant them as negatives.

Posted by Sad Comment | August 1, 2008 12:08 PM


Posted by clintonssarmy | August 1, 2008 12:09 PM

Got an email fr. some asian organization saying they got email fr. Obama's half asian sister and urging us to vote for him. Ha what a load of crap about Obama not playing the race card. Two thirds of asians in the primary did not vote for him. Now he's gonna use his asian sister to gather support and that's not playing race card?

Posted by angryaznchic | August 1, 2008 12:12 PM

@27: The only thing dumber than you believing something somebody claimed somebody else said in an email, is somebody here believing you.

Posted by Greg | August 1, 2008 1:02 PM


So? Was it a problem for Chelsea Clinton to campaign on behalf of her mother to try to win over the youth vote?

Posted by keshmeshi | August 1, 2008 1:11 PM

A terrorist walks into a bar. He sees McCain sitting on a bar stool, and sits next to him, and orders a drink.

McCain turns to the terrorist and says "We don't get many terrorists here in this bar."

The bartender says to McCain "Hey, Gramps, better check your medications, you're wigging out again, ain't nobody here but you."

Posted by obamacounterinsurgency | August 1, 2008 1:20 PM

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