Since Rupert Murdoch bought the Wall Street Journal, I no longer pay any mind to anything that it prints because in my mind, it ranks with the lying machine Fox news, another media entity in the Murdoch stable of propaganda. President Obama has said it himself that he sees making the government smaller and more efficient, he even spoke of getting it back to the size of Eisenhower’s era which I find to be unrealistic, we are greater in numbers than back then, we need more service personnel to help us navigate through the regulatory needs of the 21st century. The Wall Street Journal no longer exists as a source of news for me, it is useless as a factual journalistic tool.
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I just had the pleasure of watching the first 60 second ad produced by the “not coordinated with Stephen Colbert Colbert Super Pac” going after Romney, essentially since Romney believes that “corporations are people too, my friend”, then his tenure at Bain Capital and the way he bought up companies only to chop them up and dispose of the parts that weren’t useful, makes him a serial killer. It was funny because in Jon Stewart’s view, you can take the argument to its twisted logical conclusion. It is going to be aired in South Carolina and I sincerely hopes that it gives the residents of South Carolina pause and makes them think a bit as to, if Romney’s view of what is good for his wallet is necessarily good for America as a whole.
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It seems to me that Europe has set itself up to be like a United States of Europe where as in the U.S, each state needs to live within their own budgets, they are not allowed function with deficits, only the federal government can because the federal government has the power to print the U.S dollar. It seems that the Eurozone has a choice, either remain in the model that closely resembles the Articles of Confederation, which we rejected because it did not work for us, or they can become more politically united and make their economic unity stronger. The European Central Bank will need to be perhaps given political power as well because as it seems now, each country’s sovereign debt is getting more and more expensive to finance and there is very little time left before that become unmanageable. I know that as a bloc the Eurozone makes sense as a economic trading and purchasing market, the centralized monetary unit streamlined everything for the Eurozone and made trade more efficient but something has to be figured out quickly or this year and next will be unpleasant.
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I have been lacking in culinary inspiration lately and I’ve been dreading the afternoons because it is the same question, what do I make for dinner? At 3:00 it’s dinner time for Rex and Jack, Jack tears into his bowl whereas Rex likes it when I hold the bowl for him and hold off the little brat from trying to sneak in and steal some morsels from Rex. My husband who never minds cooking, will often cook some pasta, steak or a hamburger. I always make sure that we have vegetables prepared, either sautéed with onions and garlic or gratineed with cheese. The challenge is often with my daughter, she is not exactly the fan of the left-over. I, on the other hand, love having left overs because that means one less meal to worry about. The issue isn’t the cooking, I enjoy cooking, the issue is the daily chore of thinking of something new to cook and feed the child who has eaten everything in your culinary repertoire and wants new choices. I do have to be honest, there are the days when I wish that they would simply open the refrigerator and make a sandwich or a salad. I know that it is my job as Maman to cook and feed the family, but there are days when I just don’t feel like it.
Tonight however, the hubby asked for a meatloaf, we went food shopping, picked up the onions, garlic, parsley, zucchini, sweet sausage and ground beef and I was set for dinner. Came home, unloaded the car and started the prep work for the meatloaf. I got two heads of cauliflower for the ever present side dish. The plan for the cauliflower is simple, trim the heads into tiny florets and trim the stems as well so that everything is small and uniform, dice two onions, mince five cloves of garlic and sauté everything together. Once everything is tender and slightly caramelized, I add salt, pepper and turmeric and it is done. Back to the meatloaf, mince several cloves of garlic, chop a whole bunch of parsley and dice three onions, sauté the onions and garlic until soft and translucent and add it to the bowl with the parsley when the onions and garlic have cooled. At this point, I add the ground beef, the sausage, an egg and salt and pepper and I get all messy and mix it all together. I put it all in a pan and form it into an oval, I put several slices of bacon on top of the formed loaf and put bread crumbs on it. I add tomato sauce all around the loaf and sliced zucchini in the tomato sauce. Bake it for an hour and dinner is done for tonight and a few more nights thereafter. The daughter pronounced the meatloaf a success, hooray for Maman!
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Commented Jan 14, 2012 at 21:00:05 in Politics
“I have been waiting for an article like this for awhile because it backs up and explains what I have been trying to articulate for awhile about how much the wealthy cost us as a society. I have maintained since Bush pushed his infamous tax cuts that he was siphoning off our nations wealth upwards and justifying it using Milton Friedman’s economic theories or better known as supply side economics. We have had a decade of hard core Friedman economics and we haven’t seen any job growth until President Obama came into office and passed the stimulus act, unfortunately it wasn’t big enough and that was only known after the fact, it is only been the past six months that we have seen positive job growth in the private sector unfortunately it has been offset by lay offs in the public sector, which I blame on short sided demands from the GOP who do not regard public jobs as viable jobs. Hopefully, we will see more of either the Progressive caucus’ American Jobs bill or President Obama’s Job bill to continue the uptake of employment.”
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“I realize that President Obama ran in 2008 and that streamlining government was one of his campaign promises. He has been busy since January 2009 and his dealings both with the blue dog democrats and republicans have been a struggle at best, yet the Affordability Patient Act was passed, the Lilyledbetter fair pay act was signed, DADT was repealed, the Dodd-Frank bill was signed, higher efficiency emissions standards, the past three years have hardly been boring. I find it so interesting that President Obama in an election year seeks to regain the power that was last held by President Reagan from this congress who has been decidedly unaccommodating. Yet how will the republicans phrase there no to the President and the public? They make no bones about their love of smaller, more efficient government, so how will they deny President Obama?”