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December 14, 2010 Leave a comment

View from Madison Park

It’s not every day that Gail makes the Seattle Times. Yesterday was such a day, so I am taking note. And the front page no less!

Well, okay, it was just the front page of the local section. And you had to turn to the continuation inside to find her. But she was there. See for yourself, in the online version. At a party I attended this evening, two people who had taken the trouble to turn the page came up to me to say they read about her.

The article describes our neighborhood’s newly established “snow brigade, complete with drivers and walkers willing to fetch groceries and prescriptions, shovel walks, drive homebound residents to warm shelters and even walk dogs. It’s the only organized neighborhood effort in Seattle, city officials say.”

What does this have to do with Gail? Although she didn’t initiate the brigade, she presides over the Madison Park Community Council (as president, though the article describes her as “chair”), and so the brigade is part of her bailiwick. This led the Seattle Times writer to interview, and quote, her.

Let’s hope the snow brigade sees limited duty this winter.

Categories: Family, Today's News

Elena Kagan, II

May 10, 2010 Leave a comment

[Doug Mills/The New York Times]

Last night, in anticipation of Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court this morning, I wrote expressing my disappointment. Three hours ago, Obama made the expected announcement. I’m still disappointed. Let me link to, and quote from, some blog posts this morning that help explain my disappointment.
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Categories: Law, Politics, Today's News

Chocolate Gourmet

December 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Controlling Coconut

In the NYT last month, Marian Burros had her annual list of ten recommended ideas for food gifts available online or by mail order. (To my immense annoyance, I can’t only find a link at the moment to an all-text version of the article, here. What I’m not seeing is the version with a photo of each recommended item and a link to it. In any case … ) One of the items was an “assortment of aptly described ”damn good cookies” with silly names: overprotective pecans, material macadamia, chubby wubby chocolate, etc.” from Chocolate Gourmet in Chicago. On further investigation, I learned that Chocolate Gourmet offers three lines of product: cookies, truffles, and rugelach. Moreover, by ordering the show them you care more assortment — or the still larger show them you care a lot! and show off assortments — you can get samples of each of the different cookies, truffles, and rugelach they make. They can all be viewed by going to the site and clicking on any of the cookies. For instance, go here, and once there, click on any item to read more about it.

We didn’t want to be show offs, so we ordered show them you care more for my parents. Based on their response, and the pointlessness of showing off to ourselves, whom we already care about a lot, we ordered the same package for ourselves. It should have come Wednesday, but the snow in the midwest must have delayed it. Tracking on FedEx showed that it arrived in Indianapolis Tuesday night and didn’t leave until late Wednesday afternoon. Fortunately, it arrived Thursday morning, so we have been able to enjoy its offerings through the weekend.

We’ve had other chocolate around the house. Perhaps for that reason I have confined my research to the damn good cookies rather than the ugly truffles or the rugelach. I’ve tried them all now. My favorites are the controlling coconut, described at the website as “crisp coconut encrusted cookie rolled in powder sugar.” They are probably the simplest of the bunch, but sometimes simple is all one needs. Honorable mention to overprotective pecan: “cookie coated pecan halves and bittersweet chocolate chips.” The chubby wubby chocolate might be a little too rich for me. They are “bittersweet ganache sandwiched by two soft, bittersweet chocolate cookies each studded with bittersweet chocolate chips.”

The only truffle I can remember trying so far is the hairy coconut: “creamy coconut ganache encased in white chocolate and rolled in toasted coconut.” Excellent. I have somehow resisted the gordito picante, whose description is the most intriguing: “smooth cinnamony Mexican chocolate warmed with chili spices and surrounded in milk chocolate and toasted corn tortillas.” Tonight.

If you’re looking for a New Year’s treat, give them a try.

Categories: Today's News

Who Knew?

November 19, 2009 Leave a comment

We spent 23 days in France, Italy, New York, and Chicago, and now I discover that if I was looking for great theater, I could have stayed here. The weekly Escapes section in tomorrow’s NYT has an article praising Seattle theater. As one example, Brian Colburn, the new managing director of the Intiman Theater, says, “One of the reasons I came to Seattle was because there’s a theater scene here unlike most other cities. There’s probably as much theater here as in the city of Los Angeles, but the population is one-sixth the size. You can walk from theater to theater here, meet friends or colleagues at a cafe.”

It seems we have good art, music, and food too, all in a beautiful setting. Maybe we should try being tourists here for a week or two.

Categories: Theater, Today's News

Disingenuous Gingrich

August 20, 2009 Leave a comment

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It’s hardly news that Newt Gingrich is disingenuous. Well, let’s just call him a liar. But I don’t know why the NYT feels an obligation to print his lies in when he writes a letter to them. Paul Krugman, in a column last week on the health care “debate,” wrote:

Right now, the charge that’s gaining the most traction is the claim that health care reform will create “death panels” (in Sarah Palin’s words) that will shuffle the elderly and others off to an early grave. It’s a complete fabrication, of course. The provision requiring that Medicare pay for voluntary end-of-life counseling was introduced by Senator Johnny Isakson, Republican — yes, Republican — of Georgia, who says that it’s “nuts” to claim that it has anything to do with euthanasia.

And not long ago, some of the most enthusiastic peddlers of the euthanasia smear, including Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, and Mrs. Palin herself, were all for “advance directives” for medical care in the event that you are incapacitated or comatose. That’s exactly what was being proposed — and has now, in the face of all the hysteria, been dropped from the bill.

Yet the smear continues to spread. And as the example of Mr. Gingrich shows, it’s not a fringe phenomenon: Senior G.O.P. figures, including so-called moderates, have endorsed the lie.

In a letter to the editor dated August 14 (the day of Krugman’s column) but printed today, Gingrich responds, in part:

I have always been a vocal proponent of proper end-of-life planning — and an equally vocal opponent of government intervention in the most sacred of moments.

Gundersen Lutheran Health System in Wisconsin gets it right. Ninety-plus percent of patients complete advance directives with their doctors, nurses and families. Gundersen offers this because it is good for patients, not because of a government directive.

Government intervention in the most sacred of moments? Government directive? What the hell is he talking about? How does a provision in a bill that would have Medicare cover voluntary consultations between individuals and their doctors about end of life care, including a discussion of living wills, qualify as either? The very features Gingrich praises at Gundersen would be funded, if the individual chooses. How can that not be good? But of course this isn’t about what’s good. It’s about doing whatever it takes to poison the political atmosphere and ensure that no bill passes. Like lying.

Categories: Lies, Politics, Today's News

Do I Feel Lucky?

July 30, 2009 Leave a comment

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I haven’t posted a Ted Rall cartoon in over three weeks, so maybe I can get away with posting one again. His latest is above.

Um, do I need to explain anything? You see, there’s Skip Gates. And Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge Police Department. You know them. And there’s this famous movie, Dirty Harry, with Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan. In the movie, well, see for yourself in the clip below. The key lines start at 1’35”, but the entire clip is useful for context.

George Tiller

May 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Dr. Tiller was murdered this morning while serving as an usher at his church in Wichita, Kansas. I urge you to read the stories that hilzoy has collected in a recent post, describing late-term abortions performed in situations where the alternative was worse. See also a story Andrew Sullivan posted earlier tonight from a reader describing a case in which a late-term abortion wasn’t performed.

Yet we have such people as Bill O’Reilly to thank for describing Dr. Tiller as Tiller the Baby Killer who “”destroys fetuses for just about any reason right up until the birth date for $5,000.” See here for more on how O’Reilly has campaigned tirelessly for over four years against Dr. Tiller.

Categories: Today's News