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Archive for December 12th, 2008

Friday cat-blogging: Megs

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Megs: still in entryway, still confused. Possibly getting a little annoyed.

Written by LeisureGuy

12 December 2008 at 9:29 am

Posted in Cats, Megs

Improvised pasta sauce

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Last night I had half a dozen Roma tomatoes that were becoming aged. I had just bought some miniature wagon-wheels pasta, so I thought I’d throw together a quick sauce. So:

A good splash of olive oil in the 2-qt sauté pan, into which I put 3 or 4 anchovies. I cooked those over low heat until they came apart. As they cooked, I added some crushed red pepper, oregano, and basil.

Once the anchovies had disintegrated, I added 5 minced cloves of garlic that had had their 15 minutes of rest after mincing. I sautéed that until the garlic just started to brown and become fragrant, then added the chopped Roma tomatoes (unpeeled, unseeded). A little salt, a few grindings of pepper, and I let that simmer until the pasta was done, at which point the sauce was thick and fragrant.

It was quite tasty, and I had a bit left in the pan. So this morning I heated it up, then added a couple of eggs and scrambled the eggs with the leftover sauce: very tasty indeed.

Written by LeisureGuy

12 December 2008 at 9:27 am

Posted in Daily life, Food, Recipes

New rule guts Endangered Species Act

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This is a travesty—similar to the GOP practice of putting in charge of agencies exactly those people who oppose the agencies’ missions.

In a move environmental groups says strikes at the heart of the Endangered Species Act, the Bush administration on Thursday announced a new rule that would let federal agencies decide on their own whether their projects harm endangered species, instead of requiring them in many cases to get a second opinion from federal wildlife experts.

Opponents said the move destroys the checks and balances that have helped the government save hundreds of species from extinction under the 1973 law.

Conservation groups argued the changes were illegal and threatened to file lawsuits to get them thrown out. They also said they hoped President-elect Barack Obama would take steps after he takes office to limit the effects of the rules and start a new process to rewrite them.

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12 December 2008 at 9:18 am

US ally in Afghanistan destroys war-crimes evidence

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The US has a long way to go to get back its reputation. Being silent and, in effect, an accessory to war crimes is not the way to go. Take this example:

Seven years ago, a convoy of container trucks rumbled across northern Afghanistan loaded with a human cargo of suspected Taliban and al Qaida members who’d surrendered to Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, an Afghan warlord and a key U.S. ally in ousting the Taliban regime.

When the trucks arrived at a prison in the town of Sheberghan, near Dostum’s headquarters, they were filled with corpses. Most of the prisoners had suffocated, and others had been killed by bullets that Dostum’s militiamen had fired into the metal containers.

Dostum’s men hauled the bodies into the nearby desert and buried them in mass graves, according to Afghan human rights officials. By some estimates, 2,000 men were buried there.

Earlier this year, bulldozers and backhoes returned to the scene, reportedly exhumed the bones of many of the dead men and removed evidence of the atrocity to sites unknown. In the area where the mass graves once were, there now are gaping pits in the sands of the Dasht-e-Leili desert.

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Written by LeisureGuy

12 December 2008 at 8:53 am

Friday cat-blogging: Megs

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Megs in the entryway, looking around and wondering—where she is, why she’s there, what she was doing…

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12 December 2008 at 8:45 am

Posted in Cats, Daily life, Megs

Bettie Page, 1923-2008

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Bettie Page has passed away. Coming of age in the 50’s, I must have been dimly aware of her influence (through those incredible science-fiction magazine covers, with scantily clad nubile females being rescued from drooling tentacled monsters by heros fully clad in spacesuits and wielding ray guns—the females were not infrequently modeled on Bettie Page).

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12 December 2008 at 8:43 am

Posted in Daily life

Response to readers

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Many thanks to you readers who responded to this post. I do know that my liberal political view doesn’t fit with some readers, and I have tried to keep political posts to a minimum. The problem is that a lot is going on in politics now, and a lot of that is important. For a while there was the election throwing up news, and now there’s the transition and the last-ditch destruction by the Bushies (the various terrible changes they are making in regulations, the latest being the gutting of the Endangered Species Act).

Because so many of those issues are interesting (to me) and affect us, I do find myself drawn to them. I try to avoid the obvious—no blogging about Rod Blagojevich, for example: not because he’s a Democrat, but because that news is widely touted. I would rather discuss the less evident news—for bad Democrats, that includes the defeat of “Dollar Bill” Jefferson and the fact that Silvestre Reyes (Democrat chairman of the House Intelligence Committee) still seems to be of the opinion that torture is good. (Reyes is, as I’ve pointed out, not very bright.)

So I’ll try to emphasize the non-political posts, but things are still hopping in the political world, and it is that world, after all, that we are depending on to deliver us from the devastation of climate change. I’m not hopeful.

Written by LeisureGuy

12 December 2008 at 8:38 am

Posted in Daily life, Government

Floris London Elite

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Another fine shave, using the tools shown. The Gillette Aristocrat’s a nice razor.

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12 December 2008 at 8:26 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

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