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Egg noodles in soy broth

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I have to make this. Just check out the ingredients:

1/3 cup soy sauce, more to taste
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar, more to taste
A few drops dark sesame oil
A squirt of sriracha or other Asian chile-garlic sauce
1 pound egg noodles, preferably fresh (I used 9 ounces of fresh angel hair pasta)

The recipe post also has photos.

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7 April 2009 at 12:04 pm

Posted in Daily life, Food, Recipes

Value of this blog

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7 April 2009 at 11:51 am

Posted in Daily life, Technology

Why it’s very difficult to respect the GOP

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Just read this.

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7 April 2009 at 11:47 am

Posted in Congress, GOP

Why are Army recruiters killing themselves?

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Usually the soldiers selected as recruiters are the very best available. Yet… Mark Thompson reports in TIME:

When Army Staff Sergeant Amanda Henderson ran into Staff Sergeant Larry Flores in their Texas recruiting station last August, she was shocked by the dark circles under his eyes and his ragged appearance. "Are you O.K.?" she asked the normally squared-away soldier. "Sergeant Henderson, I am just really tired," he replied. "I had such a bad, long week, it was ridiculous." The previous Saturday, Flores’ commanders had berated him for poor performance. He had worked every day since from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., trying to persuade the youth of Nacogdoches to wear Army green. "But I’m O.K.," he told her.

No, he wasn’t. Later that night, Flores hanged himself in his garage with an extension cord. Henderson and her husband Patrick, both Army recruiters, were stunned. "I’ll never forget sitting there at Sergeant Flores’ memorial service with my husband and seeing his wife crying," Amanda recalls. "I remember looking over at Patrick and going, ‘Why did he do this to her? Why did he do this to his children?’ " Patrick didn’t say anything, and Amanda now says Flores’ suicide "triggered" something in her husband. Six weeks later, Patrick hanged himself with a dog chain in their backyard shed. (See pictures of suicide in recruiters’ ranks.)

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now the longest waged by an all-volunteer force in U.S. history. Even as soldiers rotate back into the field for multiple and extended tours, the Army requires a constant supply of new recruits. But the patriotic fervor that led so many to sign up after 9/11 is now eight years past. That leaves recruiters with perhaps the toughest, if not the most dangerous, job in the Army. Last year alone, the number of recruiters who killed themselves was triple the overall Army rate…

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7 April 2009 at 11:37 am

Can US courts free Guantánamo prisoners?

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Interesting article in the Washington Independent by Daphne Eviatar. It begins:

In what’s being called the first major challenge of the Obama administration’s detention policy, lawyers on Monday filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case of Kiyemba v. Obama, in which a Court of Appeals ruled that federal courts do not have the power to order innocent Guantánamo detainees released into the United States.

The significance of that ruling goes far beyond the now-notorious case of the 17 Chinese Muslim Uighurs directly involved. At its core, the petition asks the Supreme Court more broadly: does a federal court have any power at all over innocent prisoners of the “war on terror”?

In the Kiyemba case, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that even though the government had no grounds to continue to hold the Uighurs, imprisoned for more than seven years, the federal courts had no authority to order them released into the United States, either. Their lawyers say that makes their right to habeas corpus — confirmed by the Supreme Court last June in Boumediene v. Bush — meaningless.

“What happens in a habeas case is the judge orders the jailer to release the prisoner,” explained Sabin Willett, the lead lawyer representing the Uighurs. “But there’s no sovereign [government] the court can order except our own. Now the DC circuit is saying the court can’t even do that.”

The result is that not only are these Chinese Muslim dissidents still stuck at Guantánamo Bay, but the Obama administration has used the Kiyemba ruling broadly to argue that all habeas corpus proceedings brought by prisoners approved for release should be halted because the courts have no power to release the men from prison anyway. In other words, when it comes to innocent men imprisoned indefinitely at Guantanamo, the judiciary has no role to play at all.

What’s more, the Obama administration has been using the latest Kiyemba ruling to seek a ban on all lawsuits brought by former Guantánamo prisoners claiming constitutional violations by U.S. military officials, claiming that the D.C. court ruled that prisoners a Guantánamo Bay have no due process rights…

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7 April 2009 at 11:32 am

Gates is on top of the "jobs" argument

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Very good report by Spencer Ackerman in the Washington Independent, which begins:

Defense reporters these days have a number of anecdotes that they believe reveals Pentagon chief Bob Gates’ true colors. Some like his April 2007 press conference, where he anguished in public about ordering 15-month tours for soldiers in Iraq; between the lines it was clear he really, really didn’t want to do it. Others look to his firing decisions: axing Gen. Peter Pace as Joint Chiefs chairman in June 2007; Adm. Fox Fallon as Central Command chief in March 2008; the Air Force leadership in June 2008. I think mine might have come yesterday in one very tiny section of Gates’ defense budget press conference.

Recall that Lockheed Martin, manufacturer of the F-22 Raptor jet, began portraying the plane as a jobs engine earlier this year. It set up a Website,, to serve as a public entrance-point for that campaign — Lockheed Martin representative Rob Fuller said it was for providing information to the F-22’s supplier base — complete with a claim that axing the Raptor meant the loss of 95,000 jobs. Not everyone found the claim plausible.

Yesterday, Gates very subtly signaled that he didn’t either. In response to a question from, I think, Yochi Dreazen of The Wall Street Journal, about the economic impact of his program cuts, Gates gave a far different jobs total than Lockheed provided, and was ready with a counterargument:

One of the concerns is particularly with respect to the F-22. Well, employment — direct employment, according to the numbers that are available to us on the F-22, is about 24,000 this year. It’ll decline to 19,000 in ‘10 and about 13,000 in FY ‘11. The last F-22 rolls off the line toward the end of 2011.

But the joint strike fighter, the F-35, in ‘09, already has 38,000 people working in direct employment. It will go to 64,000 in FY ‘10 and 82,000 in FY ‘11. So — and these decisions on shipbuilding, I think, do a pretty good job — I think — of taking care of the industrial base there and trying to even out things in terms of employment and the workforce.

Why’s this important? It shows that …

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7 April 2009 at 11:29 am

Gay marriage legal now in Vermont

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Good news from Andy Birkey at the Washington Independent:

The Vermont Legislature voted Tuesday to allow same-sex couples to wed in that state, overriding Republican Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto. Vermont is the first state to allow same-sex marriage by legislative approval and the fourth in the nation overall — after Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa. The law will take effect Sept. 1.

“This historic vote in the Vermont Legislature reminds us of the incredible progress being made toward equality. Less than five years ago, lesbian and gay couples began marrying in Massachusetts. Now, with the Iowa court decision last Friday and today’s vote in Vermont, there will be four states recognizing the right to marry for loving, committed lesbian and gay couples,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

“The struggle for equal rights is never easy. I was proud to be president of the Senate nine years ago when Vermont created civil unions,” said Vermont Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin in a statement. “Today we have overridden the governor’s veto. I have never felt more proud of Vermont as we become the first state in the country to enact marriage equality not as the result of a court order, but because it is the right thing to do.”

Now let’s watch the divorce rate in Vermont. According to the religious right, which opposes gay marriage, the divorce rate should now climb, since gay marriage destroys traditional (man-woman) marriage.

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7 April 2009 at 11:25 am

Posted in Daily life, Government

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