Archive for March 2009
Some leftover duck fat from braising the duck legs.
Heated that, added:
1 chopped yellow onion
1/2 chopped celery root
4 minced garlic cloves
I sautéed that for a bit, then added:
1 bunch of greens: looks like young red chard, more leaves than stalk
1 glug of pepper sauce
hickory smoked salt
1/2 cup white wine
juice and zest of a Meyer lemon
some shredded cooked pork shoulder—about a cup
I put the lid on, and I’m letting it simmer for 25 minutes.
UPDATE: Delicious! The celeriac was a nice touch.
This graph is from an interesting post by Paul Krugman, but I was fascinated to see that you can tell when FDR took office. He was elected, as you know, at the end of 1932, and he took office in late January of on March 4,1933. [Correction from comment. - LG] Can you find that spot on the graph?
But of course, Right Wingers will tell you that FDR made the Depression worse. Some will even say that FDR started the Great Depression.
There’s a growing notion that companies that are too big to fail should not be allowed: if they’re too big to fail, they’re too big to exist. Kevin Drum explores specifically the idea of limiting the size of banks. Very interesting—read it all.
In February, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) criticized the fact that the stimulus package provided funding for “volcano monitoring.” Ironically, last week, Mt. Redoubt in Alaska erupted, spewing gas 11 miles into the air and sending ash toward Anchorage. In an impassioned floor speech yesterday discussing the “importance of volcano monitoring,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) — who introduced legislation funding volcano monitoring — took a minute to criticize Jindal’s ignorant remarks:
MURKOWSKI: I think we’re all aware that there has been some recent comments made about federal spending for volcano monitoring and the suggestion perhaps that this might be wasteful money — that we don’t have any need to be monitoring volcanoes. And I can assure you, Mr. President, that monitoring volcanoes is critically important to the nation, to the world, and particularly to Alaska right now where we are being held hostage by a volcano.
Curiously, Murkowski voted against the stimulus package that provided funding for volcano monitoring.
ThinkProgress story by Satyam Khanna:
Last week, a Spanish court said it would consider opening a criminal case against six Bush administration officials “over allegations they gave legal cover for torture at Guantanamo.” Yesterday, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Doug Feith, one of the officials implicated in the complaint, went on Fox News to defend himself in front of torture advocate Bill O’Reilly.
Feith argued that the charges that he helped approve torture are completely bogus. “I’m being criticized for a position that I never advocated. And so the facts are just wrong,” he said. Feith said he was simply giving “advice” to President Bush and had no role in “directing” torture policy:
FEITH But there’s also a broader point of principle here, which is what the Spanish authorities are considering doing is indicting people, former U.S. government officials for giving advice to the president. And the idea that a foreign official can disagree with advice given to the president, they’re not talking about action. And they’re not even talking about directing people to take action. They’re talking about people who were advising the president on policy and legal questions.
“This is an effort to intimidate U.S. government officials,” Feith alleged. Watch it:
But last year, Feith himself bragged in an interview with British law professor Phillippe Sands that he played a pivotal role in ensuring that Geneva protections against “outrages upon personal dignity” did not apply to detainees:
I asked Feith, just to be clear: Didn’t the administration’s approach mean that Geneva’s constraints on interrogation couldn’t be invoked by anyone at Guantánamo? “Oh yes, sure,” he shot back. Was that the intended result?, I asked. “Absolutely,” he replied. I asked again: Under the Geneva Conventions, no one at Guantánamo was entitled to any protection? “That’s the point,” Feith reiterated. … “This year I was really a player,” Feith said, thinking back on 2002 and relishing the memory.
Indeed, Feith’s arguments became official U.S. policy with the signing of a presidential memorandum on February 7, 2002.
Feith’s knee-jerk denial that he pushed for torture is nothing new. “We took an extremely strongly pro-Geneva Convention position in the Pentagon,” he said last April. Speaking with O’Reilly, Feith also made sure to go after Sands. “What’s going on in Spain is implementing, essentially, an, idea that a British lawyer has been proposing, a guy named Phillippe Sands, who wrote an extremely dishonest book on the subject,” he said.
Lawmakers are making another push to strengthen protections for credit card holders, hoping they will have a better chance of success this year because the economic crisis has put the financial industry on the defensive.
While the House passed legislation last year putting restrictions on the credit card industry, a similar measure in the Senate proposed by Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., never even made it out of the Banking Committee, where he is chairman.
Dodd already has made more progress this time around.
The Banking Committee on Tuesday voted 12-11 to approve a bill (S 414) that takes aim at several practices that consumer advocates consider predatory — and that the industry defends as necessary to ensure the wide availability of credit.
The bill would do the following: …