Open Thread: Thursday Night Menu

From our Food Goddess, TaMara:

I have some good news and some bad news. Tonight marks our last Thursday Night Menu. That’s the bad news. The good news is I’ll still be food blogging and I’ll still occasionally post full menus. I have at least a dozen recipes in the queue that I want to try out, so there will still be cooking adventures to come. But I have a new project I must put my full attention to for a while and a lot of travel in the coming months, so something had to give and it was the full menus on Thursday.
On the more good news side of things, I have a full year of menus (about 500+ recipes) formatted in a searchable database, if you’d like a copy, send me an email and I’ll send you a copy. So to summarize, the What’s 4 Dinner Solutions blog goes on, but Thursday Night Menus will morph into an occasional full menu here and there. Thanks to John Cole at Balloon-Juice for suggesting the Thursday Night Menu and hosting it and to Anne Laurie for posting it each Thursday. And to all of you for popping in for a look and for those who let me know how the menus turned out at your house. It’s been so much fun.
And in some final good news, tomorrow is Opening Day! Rockies have a home opener while the Red Sox will be on the road. Tomorrow I’ll post the ultimate opening day menu. See you then…
On the final board tonight:

1. Skillet Lasagna
2. Vegetable Sauté
3. Italian Bread
4. Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Pecans

Recipes and shopping list, as ever, at the link.

Note from Anne Laurie: TaMara, I’ll miss looking forward to your weekly menus, but I hope you’ll still drop by here often. Sometime soon (despite the wet snow falling outside right now) we’ll all be trading stories about our gardens and the local farmers markets!

The shock will probably kill you

How this brother keeps a Murdoch gig (via Wonkette) I’ll never know, but I need to read Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine”.

The GOP is anti-democracy: With the GOP, “this whole democracy thing” is “very inefficient,” warned Klein. Republican governors are using “a fiscal crisis as a pretext to do stuff they otherwise want to do … Republicans in Michigan want to be able to unilaterally abolish your town. And how do you know when you’re in a financial emergency? Because the governor tells you … or a company he hires.”

Yes the GOP, the party of big business and billionaires, secretly hates democracy, it’s too inefficient for the rich class.

In the interview, Klein reiterated: The GOP governors’ strategy is a clear example of “disaster capitalism,” the Reaganomics war strategy that has dominated, obsessed and driven the GOP for a generation. Klein warns, “these guys have been at this for 30 years,” it is “an ideological movement … they believe in a whole bunch of stuff that’s not very popular,” like “privatizing the local water system, busting unions, privatizing entire towns. If they said all this in an election they’d lose.”

And that’s why crises are so crucial to the GOP war strategies to take over America: Crises “are very, very handy, because you can say we have no choice. … the sky is falling in.” Then the GOP governors “can consolidate power. We remember this from the Bush administration. They did this at the federal level. After 9/11, they said, we have a crisis, and we have to essentially rule by fiat.”

Florida GOP: The word “uterus” is “inappropriate for children and other guests.”

Hell hath no fury like a vagina scorned.

The GOP is scared of your crotch, ladies. I’m serious.

Last week, during a debate on Florida legislation that would prevent union dues from being automatically deducted from government paychecks, Scott Randolph (D-Orlando) used his time during floor debate to call the GOP out on their hypocrisy. He pointed out that the GOP is staunchly “small government” when it comes to business, but “big government” when it comes to the little guy and their own pet interests — like lady parts.

At one point Randolph suggested that his wife “incorporate her uterus” to stop Republicans from pushing measures that would restrict abortions. Republicans, after all, wouldn’t want to further regulate a Florida business.

Apparently the GOP leadership of the House didn’t like the one-liner.

They told Democrats that Randolph is not to discuss body parts on the House floor.

“The point was that Republicans are always talking about deregulation and big government,” Randolph said Thursday. “And I always say their philosophy is small government for the big guy and big government for the little guy. And so, if my wife’s uterus was incorporated or my friend’s bedroom was incorporated, maybe they (Republicans) would be talking about deregulating.

It’s not like I used slang,” said Randolph, who actually got the line from his wife. He said Republicans voiced concern about young pages hearing the word uterus.

“I think it’s a sad commentary about what we think about sex education in the state,” he said.

He’s right. We all know that. According to the Teabilly Doctrine, the government should be teeny-tiny when it comes to regulating big business. But when it comes to lady business, the government is so fucking big that I wouldn’t be surprised if the military starts forcing women to quarter soldiers in their vaginas.



Here’s what Katie Betta, the Florida GOP spokeswoman — woman! — had to say: (DANGER! SCARY VAGINA AHEAD!!1)

Attention Black Ladies! Stop Having So Many Abortions Already! You Might Abort Our Next “Dear” Leader!!

Not to be outcrazied by Arizona, here comes TEXAS!

Good news, y’all! Life Always, the Texas-based (but not reality-based) anti-abortion group responsible for the black genocide posters (pictured here) which were slapped up all over New York City a few weeks ago, and which prompted this bit of hilarity from Kristen Schaal and Larry Wilmore, are back in business!

An anti-abortion billboard campaign using a likeness of President Barack Obama to target African-American women has angered women’s groups in Chicago.1

Some 30 billboards declaring “Every 21 minutes our next possible leader is aborted” [laying it on a little thick, dontcha think? -ed.] are being placed in predominantly African-American neighborhoods in Obama’s adopted hometown.

They are being displayed for free after the group’s controversial billboards declaring “the most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb” were taken down following protests in New York.

The Texas pastor behind the campaign by Life Always said he wants to “encourage reflection” about the high abortion rate among African-Americans.

“For too long the scourge of abortion has been hidden behind political correctness,” said Stephen Broden, who is African-American.2

“Liberal interests have deceived our women into believing that the answer to poverty is to murder their babies.”

In a statement, Planned Parenthood of Illinois called the billboards “an offensive and condescending effort to stigmatize and shame African-American women while attempting to limit their ability to make private, personal medical decisions.”

(But wait! There’s more!)

Open Thread: NIXONLAND Update

(Ben Sargent cartoon via
Speaking of Republican shenanigans, this week’s NIXONLAND discussion will take place Sunday evening at 7pm EDT, so people have a chance to take advantage of the later sunsets.* Chapters under discussion will be “Trust”, “If Gold Rust”, and “The Presidential Offensive” — closing with the unmasking of a murderous sociopath who ensnared wide-eyed Midwestern innocents into a web of deceit and terror. Also, Charles Manson.
*Stock phrase would be ‘nice Spring weather’ but we’re not seeing much of that here in New England. What’s the weather like in your neighborhood tonight?

So, Apparently I Blew That One

It appears I was wrong to trust Lawrence O’Donnell, who should know better, as he is constantly pointing out his Senate experience, but he flat up lied about Paul and others:

John Cole you are so willfully misled:

1. Senate Resolution 85 is non-binding; it DOES NOT have the force of law.

2. It was passed in less than a minute after introduction, with no debate, and only the title about “condemning human rights violations” was read outloud. Here is the transcript:
Mr. SCHUMER. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of S. Res. 85, which was introduced earlier today.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will report the resolution by title.

The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

A resolution (S. Res. 85) strongly condemning the gross and systematic violations of human rights in Libya, including violent attacks on protesters demanding democratic reforms, and for other purposes.

There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the resolution.

Mr. SCHUMER. Mr. President, I ask the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motions to reconsider be laid upon the table, with no intervening action or debate, and any statements be printed in the Record.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.

The resolution (S. Res. 85) was agreed to.

The preamble was agreed to.

There was no vote in Congress authorizing our military action in a foreign country. Please read the Constitution. If you are required to obey laws, our country must also live up to its end of the bargain and obey its rules.

Rand never voted for ‘resolution 85’. It was passed on motion ‘without objection’ before Rand could even get back to the floor, wasn’t even read, so no one knew what was in it, and was explained away as ‘nonbinding’. Check out the Congressional Record, only the TITLE mentioning NO military action was read, even, before it was deemed passed. Wonder why they did it like that? Maybe because Rand Paul had been the only one to object to extending the Patriot Act for three years ‘by unanimous consent’ the same way? What sort of ‘representative government’ is this?

So there is that.

Mulva? Dolores?

You can not make this shit up:

During last week’s discussion about a bill that would prohibit governments from deducting union dues from a worker’s paycheck, state Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, used his time during floor debate to argue that Republicans are against regulations — except when it comes to the little guys, or serves their specific interests.

At one point Randolph suggested that his wife “incorporate her uterus” to stop Republicans from pushing measures that would restrict abortions. Republicans, after all, wouldn’t want to further regulate a Florida business.

Apparently the GOP leadership of the House didn’t like the one-liner.

They told Democrats that Randolph is not to discuss body parts on the House floor.

Apparently they were concerned about pages hearing the word “uterus.”