Monday, June 26, 2006

gave the informer their shoe sizes

* FDL:
"General Dynamics’ ties to the federal government were further strengthened as former Attorney General John Ashcroft’s lobbying firm, The Ashcroft Group, was recently hired by GD"
(and jayt has apparently developed some skill in the fitzing dept. yay, jayt!)

* wapo via kathleen:

(Jim) Wright, who was charged with 69 violations of House rules for his financial dealings before he resigned in 1989, said Congress is in worse shape then ever, an institution poisoned by greed, graft and payback. "I was very foolish believing . . . that I would shock and shame people by just giving up my job," Wright said in a recent interview. "I thought I would shock them into getting rid of that syndrome of mutual destruction."

Congress did change, he said: It has become even more toxic and mean-spirited. Republicans, Wright said, "are intent on trying to destroy not just an opponent's argument, but intent on destroying their opponents, your reputation, your name." It's true for some Democrats as well, he said."

i soooo didnt care about politics in 1989. i dont even know who jim wright is. oh to be able to afford apathy again.

* greenwatch:
"Apparently rushing to lock in a long-sought goal before the fall elections, GOP congressional leaders may bring to a vote within weeks a proposal that could literally wipe out any federal program that protects public health or the environment--or for that matter civil rights, poverty programs, auto safety, education, affordable housing, Head Start, workplace safety or any other activity targeted by anti-regulatory forces."
* whitney:
"Congress is now full partner in Bush’s Iraqi slaughterhouse. Whatever happens in Ramadi, we hold them equally culpable"
more tears at more war crimes.

* nyt:
"The men are accused of conspiring to blow up buildings and to provide "material support" to Al Qaeda. The indictment suggests that they mostly sought support from the fake Qaeda agent.

In one of the first acts, the court papers say, the conspirators gave the informer their shoe sizes so he could buy them military boots. Later, the documents continue, Mr. Batiste gave the informer lists of other items needed for the proposed war like uniforms, binoculars, radios, vehicles, bulletproof vests, machine guns and $50,000 in cash.

The suspects received their boots, the indictment says, but it does not make clear which other items were delivered."
i just wanna cry.


oldschool said...

that jayt guy also posted an excellent recipe for saturday night pizza on another thread. See Sat June 24 "Pull up a Chair" comment 87.

What a Renaissance man this jayt is. I gotta read more of his stuff.

(A recipe for pizza that works for Chinese food too?) Priceless.

lukery said...

i actually prefer friday night pizza. has jayt got a recipe for that?

oldschool said...

Well, considering that jayt, the week prior, posted a lasagna recipe which works equally well for chicken alfredo, and that his pizza recipe works for chinese food too, I have no doubt that his Saturday Night Pizza would work on Friday night.

And in case you missed it, here it is:(wouldn't cut & paste be a nice addition to Blogger?)

1. Take one round 16" baking pan and spray lightly with PAM. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees..

2. Set table for: one if you're a realist, two if you're an optimist (I choose 2) with tablecloth and a few spring flowers in a vase. Pour two glasses of wine (after consulting Graham Kerr cookbook: Pizza = red wine).

3. NOW, race to the grocery store for extra fresh ingredients.

4. Check tomatos, mushrooms, onions, peppers, cheeses, spice and pastry aisles.Try to find soemone who can explain why some tomatos, which are indeed properly round and properly red, are better than other tomatos, which are red and round too, and don't seem to be causing any tomato-related problems there in the produce aisle. Take a moment to ponder whether or not you really want to become a produce snob. At meat counter, look closely both at fresh sausage and fresh hamburger.

5. Wait calmly for that moment of clarity wherein you realize that this nonsense isn't gonna happen. Ahhhh.

6. Head back to the deli aisle and purchase one strawberry cheesecake. Leave grocery store.

7. Return home, remove place settings - drink one glass of wine. Clean PAM off of pan. Call Domino's Pizza, order to taste. Set timer for twenty minutes, turn off oven. Drink the other glass of wine. Clean and replace glasses, lug bottle back to your computer. Knock on the front door means it's done. Ignore timer.

8. Tip generously.

Enjoy! (but save room for cheesecake).

{as noted earlier, this works just fine for Chinese food too}

lukery said...


btw - what do you mean by "(wouldn't cut & paste be a nice addition to Blogger?)"?