Bring it on!!!
Rosemary Roasted Cashews
Show: Barefoot Contessa Episode: Dinners in the Fridge
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: approximately 3 cups
1 1/4 pounds cashew nuts
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon melted butter
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Place the nuts on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until they are warmed through. Meanwhile, combine the rosemary, pepper, sugar, salt and butter in a large bowl. Toss the warm nuts with the rosemary mixture until the nuts are completely coated. Serve warm.
Cargo planes and trucks in several U.S. cities were inspected Friday after investigators found suspicious packages in at least two locations abroad, said law enforcement sources with detailed knowledge of the investigation.
U.S. officials believe that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, commonly referred to as AQAP, is behind the incident.
One suspicious package, found in the United Kingdom, contained a “manipulated” toner cartridge but tested negative for explosive material, the source said. It led to heightened inspection of arriving cargo flights in Newark, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a UPS truck in New York.
The package had white powder on it as well as wires and a circuit board, a law enforcement source said; someone shipped it from Sanaa, Yemen, with a final destination of Chicago, Illinois. A similar package has been discovered in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, the source said.
The President is speaking on it now.
update: PBS video on the Presidential Presser. (h/t to woman voter’s tweet)
This IndyPosted news blurb has got me remembering how you should never underestimate how low human behavior can go. This bothers me on so many levels that it’s hard to even start with one, but as the mother of two young women, this just terrifies me.
My biggest questions is where did this horrible person learn to do this and is there a hole deep enough where they can let him spend the rest of his life? Perhaps the Chileans could be convinced to re-open that mine especially for him?
A suspicious boyfriend who wanted to find out if his girlfriend was cheating on him treated her like a Taliban prisoner by tying her to a couch in the apartment they shared and started waterboarding her.
Waterboarding is a torture that has been used in the military in which a prisoner’s head is tilted back, covered with cloth before water is poured on the face of the prisoner. Now Trevor Case, 22, is facing charges of domestic assault, false imprisonment, and making terrorist threats
It’s just hard to imagine what kind of combination of genes and upbringing would lead a person to behave like this.
Again, how did he learn to do this?
I’ve gotten in the habit of posting and sharing links in the morning so, here’s some to get your day started.
It’s the 75th anniversary of the National Labor Relations Act. Richard B Freeman, a labor economist from Harvard, has a paper out that argues our labor laws are sorely out of date. Here’s an overview from ECONOMIX
… the percentage of private-sector workers in unions has fallen to 7 percent, down from nearly 40 percent in the 1950s.
He [Freeman] argued that the penalties in the National Labor Relations Act were weak and “have failed to deter firms from illegal actions to prevent unionization.” He wrote that in the early 1950s firms fired about 0.5 workers for every 100 workers who voted in N.L.R.B. elections, but in the 1980s and early 1990s, firms “fired 4.5 workers for every 100 union voters,” with that percentage dropping slightly in recent years.
“Far from a laboratory conditions experiment in democracy,” he wrote, “the N.L.R.B. process turned into the same costly fight between unions and firms that union organizing was before the act, albeit in a different venue with different weapons.” He wrote that the N.L.R.B. process has “failed to make it easy or natural for workers who want union representation to achieve this goal.”
He noted that there was a 20 to 30 percent gap between the percentage of workers who said they wanted union representation and those who had unions – the largest gap among advanced English-speaking countries.
Well, this is no surprise. Here’s the latest Rasmussen. Most every one wants to throw the bums out!
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of Likely U.S. Voters say if they had the option next week, they would vote to get rid of the entire Congress and start all over again. Only 20% would opt to keep the entire Congress instead. Fifteen percent (15%) aren’t sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Of course, the Political Class strongly disagrees. While 84% of Mainstream voters would opt to get rid of the entire Congress, 64% of the Political Class would vote instead to keep them all.
Not surprisingly, 82% of Republicans and 78% of unaffiliateds say dump them all. Despite their party’s control of both the House and Senate, Democratic voters are fairly evenly divided: 44% say it’s better to keep the entire Congress, but 38% would prefer to give all the national legislators the heave-ho.
Thirty-eight percent (38%) of all voters have a favorable opinion of the Democratic Party after its two years of controlling both the White House and Congress. But 53% view the Democrats unfavorably.
As for the party out of power but knocking on the door, just 29% view Republicans favorably, while 54% hold an unfavorable opinion of them.
Okay, this is one of the weirdest headlines I’ve ever read and it’s from AlterNet. Seems like Squeaky Thomas is more off the deep end then we originally presumed.
“Ginni Thomas’ Think Tank Allied With Group That Celebrates Spanish Inquisition”
The Tea Party think tank run by Justice Thomas’ wife counts among its friends the far-right Catholic group Tradition, Family and Property.
FP is an all-male organization that finds its recruits among adolescent boys, whom it trains in the use of the combat regalia of the Middle Ages — maces, crossbows, and the like — according to the late Penny Lernoux’s 1989 book, People of God: The Struggle for World Catholicism. The medieval games in which the boys partake are so brutal, Lernoux reported, that one recruit told her his arm had been broken three times in the exercises.
At the time Lernoux was reporting, recruits were taught to worship not only the Blessed Virgin Mary, the holiest woman in Catholicism, but also the flesh-and-blood mother of TFP founder Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, whom he referred to as Santa Monica. Oliveira, who died in 1995, loved the Spanish Inquisition, he wrote, “because, while it went on, the Catholic Church managed to cleanse itself of heretics.” (Never mind that many of those so-called heretics were Jews who wanted nothing more than to practice their own faith, or people whose politics were inconvenient to the Spanish throne.)
Okay. Tea party on dudes! Still stalking Anita Squeaky?
Well, Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism leaves no prisoners on this thread on Obama on the banking and financial crisis. The backyard bank is looking better all the time. It links to the infamous Obama Daily Show appearance.
I’m so offended by the latest Obama canard, that the financial crisis of 2007-2008 cost less than 1% of GDP, that I barely know where to begin. Not only does this Administration lie on a routine basis, it doesn’t even bother to tell credible lies. .And this one came directly from the top, not via minions. It’s not that this misrepresentation is earth-shaking, but that it epitomizes why the Obama Administration is well on its way to being an abject failure.
Okay, well that was full of truthiness.
The depth of hate expressed to the GLBT community just never ceases to amaze. AC 360 covered this jerk of an Arkansas school official last night, here’s a written version from Politics Daily concerning Clint McCance’s hate speech on Facebook and his apologies on CNN.
McCance, who lives in Pleasant Plains, Ark., 70 miles north of Little Rock, said he was unaware, like many other people in rural America, about the recent rash of suicides linked to sexuality and bullying.“I brought more hurt on them . . . they didn’t deserve that and I do feel genuinely bad for them,” McCance said. He added that he had hurt people on “a broad spectrum” and called his posts “ignorant.”
“I’m not a bad guy . . . not a monster,” he said.
McCance said that his core beliefs haven’t changed about what he reads in the Bible but that he will change the way he acts.
“I’m reaping what I’ve sown,” he said.
He seemed more humble on TV but I wonder how much of it has to do with wanting to stop the hate mail and threats which are also horrible and were extended to his wife and children. I have no idea all what we need to do to educate people on to becoming more tolerant but speaking out has to be one of the first things. If you want to see the CNN story and AC 360 interview you can go here.
Why do people feel that disparaging others is acceptable behavior?
What’s on your reading and blogging list this morning?
Bill Clinton sought to persuade Rep. Kendrick Meek to drop out of the race for Senate during a trip to Florida last week — and nearly succeeded.
Meek agreed — twice — to drop out and endorse Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent bid in a last-ditch effort to stop Marco Rubio, the Republican nominee who stands on the cusp of national stardom.
I had heard rumors the White House was pushing for this but was unaware that former President Clinton was involved. Meek may be the underdog in the race, but pushing Crist to block Rubio is over the top, imho. They’ve been doing this for Lincoln Chaffee’s gubenatorial bid also. Caprio’s losing steam now since he told POTUS to ‘shove it’ and the independent Chaffee’s embracing Obama in TV ads.
Exactly what is going on here?