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Pull Up a Chair

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2011 4:45 am by HL

Pull Up a Chair
Even though I am not a vegetarian, I know we all have vegetarian friends, and sometimes it’s hard to find something good to feed them for holidays…

Max's Vegetarian Shepard's Pie (photo: artcodes)

Even though I am not a vegetarian, I know we all have vegetarian friends, and sometimes it’s hard to find something good to feed them for holidays…
so I looked for the best vegetarian recipes for Easter and found this one.

A rich and creamy vegetarian shepherd’s pie recipe using lots of healthy vegetables instead of meat. A reviewer gave this vegetarian shepherd’s pie recipe 4 out of 5 stars and said, “This was quite good, consisting of vegetables we all like. I think this will become a staple comfort food with us.”

You could also try this vegetarian shepherd’s pie with TVP for a more meat-like dish, or, try this vegetarian shepherd’s pie with lentils.

Ingredients:
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 cup broccoli, chopped small
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green beans
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp margarine + 2 tbsp
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2/3 cup milk or soy milk
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh sage
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 potatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup soy or regular yogurt
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Preparation:

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Combine all the vegetables and steam just until tender. In a large saucepan, combine the steamed veggies, 2 tablespoons of margarine, flour, vegetable broth, soy milk and sage. Cook until the sauce begins to thicken and add a bit of salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.

Boil the potatoes until soft. Drain and mash with 2 tablespoons margarine, yogurt and cheese.

Spread the vegetables in a large baking dish, and spread the potato mixture on top. Sprinkle additional parmesan cheese on top if desired.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly golden.

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If one has vegan friends, it’s possible to omit the cheese or use one of the vegan cheeses…

I found some more vegetarian/vegan recipes here… there’s a carrot cake, an almond cake, four-bean salad, vegan scalloped potatoes and a vegan Easter salad recipe, too.

Late Late Night FDL: When The Bloom Is On The Sage
Beverly SillsWhen The Bloom Is On The Sage, from episode 409 of The Muppet Show.

Beverly SillsWhen The Bloom Is On The Sage, from episode 409 of The Muppet Show.

Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the coffee table, and try to keep the spitballs off the screen please.  This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in.  What’s on your mind?


Ready … Fire … Aim!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Ready … Fire … Aim!
In his latest self-revelatory essay, our resident genius cartoonist tells a tale of triumph over the oppressive forces of consumerism—or at least the security chief at Barnes & Noble. Call it an origin story, as this incident freed the author to fully become the inimitable Mr. Fish.

In his latest self-revelatory essay, our resident genius cartoonist tells a tale of triumph over the oppressive forces of consumerism—or at least the security chief at Barnes & Noble. Call it an origin story, as this incident freed the author to fully become the inimitable Mr. Fish.

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Mortgage Debt Relief For Distressed Homeowners Won’t Hurt Big Banks, IMF Says

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2011 4:43 am by HL

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WASHINGTON — Donors from around the country have donated about $358,000 to the re-election campaign of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the event she attempts…

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama had a message for Congress Friday: his so-called “czars” aren’t going anywhere. The budget bill that passed Congress Thursday also…


Fox Dutifully Adopts GOP Talking Points On Obama’s Budget Speech

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

Fox Dutifully Adopts GOP Talking Points On Obama’s Budget Speech

Following the GOP response to President Obama’s speech on his budget plan, Fox News figures have repeatedly echoed the idea that it was an “excessively partisan” “campaign speech,” along with several other GOP talking points.

GOP Responds To Obama’s Speech: “Excessively Partisan,” All “Campaign Rhetoric,” And More

Ryan: Obama’s Speech Was “Excessively Partisan, Dramatically Inaccurate, And Hopelessly Inadequate.” Following Obama’s remarks, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said that the president’s speech was “excessively partisan, dramatically inaccurate, and hopelessly inadequate to addressing our countries [sic] pressing fiscal challenges.” [The American Spectator, 4/13/11]

Ryan: Obama “Decide[d] To Pour On The Campaign Rhetoric [And] Launch His Re-Election.” From Ryan’s remarks on April 13:

So I am sincerely disappointed that the president had a moment when we were putting ideas on the table, trying to engage in a thoughtful dialog to fix this country’s economic and fiscal problems, decides to pour on the campaign rhetoric, launch his re-election, and pass partisan broadsides against us, making it that much harder for the two parties to come together with mutual respect of one another to get things done. [The American Spectator, 4/13/11]

Boehner: Obama Gave “The Most Partisan Speech That I Can Imagine.” While speaking on the April 14 edition of Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham’s radio show, House Speaker John Boehner said:

“We have a plan,” [Boehner] said. “We went to the White House, had a nice meeting with the president and while we had our differences, at least at the White House it seemed that the president understood that we had these challenges. And then he goes out and gives the most partisan speech that I can imagine.” [The Daily Caller, 4/14/11]

Boehner: Obama Was “Giving An Election Day Speech.” Also during Ingraham’s radio show, Boehner said, “Eighteen months before an election, he’s out giving an Election Day speech where frankly he has no plan to deal with our long-term challenges and apparently has no interest.” [The Daily Caller, 4/14/11]

Boehner: “Washington Has A Spending Problem, Not A Revenue Problem.” In his comments following Obama’s speech, Boehner stated:

You are also aware I have been pushing the president for months to engage in this discussion about our long-term fiscal mess. I’m glad that he’s finally decided to engage in it. But there’s been a lot of discussion about the need to raise taxes. And I’ll just say this: we can’t tax the very people that we expect to reinvest in our economy and to create jobs. Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. [speaker.gov, accessed 4/15/11]

Fox Parrots GOP: This Is Not “A Revenue Problem,” It’s “A Spending Problem”

Rove: “He’s Wrong [That] This Is A Revenue Problem. This Is A Spending Problem, And It’s His Spending.” On the April 15 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Fox News contributor Karl Rove stated that Obama is “wrong that this is a revenue problem. This is a spending problem, and it’s his spending.” From the show:

BRIAN KILMEADE (co-host): Here’s what stunned me, and I think it’s essentially for — he’s saying game on.

ROVE: Right.

KILMEADE: Because he said the problem is the rich are not paying enough. Upon further review — and he brought to your years at the White House, the proof of that. But the stats show that revenues were never higher than they were during those eight years.

ROVE: That’s correct. That’s right.

KILMEADE: There has to be a reason.

ROVE: And look, here’s the other thing. Let’s assume — you’re absolutely right. He’s wrong that this is a revenue problem. This is a spending problem, and it’s his spending. He’s increased discretionary domestic spending in two years by 84 percent if you include the stimulus. His budget plan in February has us going — spending $46 trillion over the next 10 years with $36 trillion in revenue. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 4/15/11]

Fox Parrots GOP: “Wow, This Is So Partisan”

Lowry And Schoen Agree: “Obama’s Speech Was Partisan And Corrosive.” During the April 14 edition of Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, National Review editor and Fox News contributor Rich Lowry said that what Ryan had received as “a response” from Obama was “an utterly partisan, corrosive, poisonous speech that was vapid on the substance.” Fox News contributor Doug Schoen responded: “The rhetoric, I’m unfortunately going have to agree with Rich, was over the top. It was too partisan.” [Fox News, America’s Newsroom, 4/14/11]

Johnson: “All Observers Saw This As A Partisan Speech.” During the April 14 edition of Fox & Friends, guest host Peter Johnson Jr. stated that “virtually all observers saw this as a partisan speech. It was billed as a plan, but it turned out to be kind of a full-throated attack on the Republican Party.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 4/14/11]

Carlson Decides: “Wow, This Is So Partisan.” During the April 14 edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Gretchen Carlson responded to Obama’s speech by saying that her initial thought while listening to the speech was, “Wow, this is so partisan.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 4/14/11]

Krauthammer: “I’ve Rarely Heard A Speech By A President [That Was] So Shallow, So Hyper-Partisan.” On the April 13 edition of Fox News’ Special Report, Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer said of Obama’s speech:

KRAUTHAMMER: I thought it was a disgrace. I’ve rarely heard a speech by a president so shallow, so hyper-partisan, and so intellectually dishonest outside the last couple of weeks of presidential election where you are allowed to call your opponent anything short of a traitor. [Fox News, Special Report, 4/13/11, accessed via Nexis]

Fox Parrots GOP: This Was An “Opening Salvo” In The “Presidential Campaign”

Rove: Obama’s Speech An “Opening Salvo” In “Presidential Campaign.” On the April 15 edition of Fox & Friends, Rove said during a discussion with the co-hosts:

CLAYTON MORRIS (guest host): Let’s talk about Medicare and Medicaid for a second. That was a big part of, obviously, the Ryan plan. But you’re — you know what your boss had to go through to try to deal with Social Security. And in an election year, is it an impossibility — is it an impossibility to go after these types of entitlement reforms?

ROVE: We are not yet in an election year. We’ve got a year-and-a-half before the election. This is my big complaint about the president. He had a chance to be a bold leader and say, let us come together and find ways to get this done. And instead, he said, opening salvo, presidential campaign. I got to go to the fundraiser in Chicago, but before I do, let me take a lot of vicious slams at the Republicans, so we have no chance at all of constructive action. And, look, he wasn’t serious. He has a commission chaired by Joe Biden, who couldn’t keep awake during the presentation. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 4/15/11]

Krauthammer: “We’re A Year-And-A-Half Away From Election Day And It Was Supposed To Be A Speech About Policy.” From the April 13 edition of Special Report:

KRAUTHAMMER: But we’re year-and-a-half away from Election Day and it was supposed to be a speech about policy. He didn’t even get to his own alternative until more than halfway through the speech. When he did he threw out numbers suspended in midair with nothing under that with all kinds of goals and guideline and triggers which mean absolutely nothing. The speech was really as it was attack on the Ryan plan. [Fox News, Special Report, 4/13/11, accessed via Nexis]

Napolitano: “I Think We Just Witnessed The Kickoff To The President’s Re-Election Campaign.” On the April 13 edition of Fox News’ Glenn Beck, guest host and Fox Business host Andrew Napolitano said to guest Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), “Senator, I think we just witnessed the kickoff to the president’s re- election campaign. What do you think?” [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 4/13/11, accessed via Nexis]


Detroit Sends Layoff Notices To Every Public School Teacher

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2011 4:41 am by HL

Detroit Sends Layoff Notices To Every Public School Teacher
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Less than a year ago Louis Marinelli was touring the country on a bus fighting against same-sex marriage, working for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), one of the largest anti-gay marriage groups in the country. Now Marinelli has defected from NOM and is advocating for marriage equality alongside the very same people he’d sparred with for years.



Odd jobs: Getting by in America’s new patch-work economy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

Odd jobs: Getting by in America’s new patch-work economy
Now that most of America’s social safety nets have either already disappeared or are currently in the process of getting shredded really fast, then pretty much all that we have left now are bragging rights for having created the largest number of corporate billionaire robber barons ever in the history of the planet — and […]


Stop the Insanity

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

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Trump Reluctantly Agrees U.S. Should Help Japan?s Tsunami Victims Because He?s Such ?A Nice Guy?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

Trump Reluctantly Agrees U.S. Should Help Japan?s Tsunami Victims Because He?s Such ?A Nice Guy?

A new PPP poll out today confirms the startling findings of previous CNN and NBC/Wall Street Journal polls that twice-bankrupted, birther-obsessed reality TV star Donald Trump is currently leading the GOP presidential field. PPP found Trump with an astonishingly strong nine-point lead over his nearest competitor, Mike Huckabee.

Trump has so far made his way as a theoretical candidate while offering few policy positions, aside from a dogged focus on Obama’s birth certificate and a commitment to sticking it to China, Columbia, and Japan, which he claims are “screwing” America somehow. This problem is so severe, Trump nonsensically argued last night on Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show, that he could solve much of the country’s debt and deficit problems by simply being tougher on these countries. But Trump said he reluctantly agreed to make an exception for helping Japan after the tsunami, even though they treat Americans “like a bunch of dopes”:

TRUMP: No, it is. But we are losing so much money. Every country we deal with virtually we are losing money. When Japan had its horrible accident, they said to me, what do you think? I said, you know what? They’ve treated us like fools for many years. But still, we should help them. Aren’t I a nice guy?

HANNITY: You are a nice guy.

TRUMP: But they treated us like fools for years and years and years. They treated us like a bunch of dopes. But you know — [shrugs].

Watch it:

As the Smoking Gun reported earlier this week, despite claiming to be an “ardent philanthropist,” Trump may be the country’s “least charitable billionaire.” His foundation — to which World Wrestling Entertainment has donated more money than Trump himself — has given out just $3.7 million since 1990, “pitiful when compared to the philanthropy of other high-profile tycoons.”


CR confusion

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

CR confusion
The amount of confusion and misinformation spewed by both the mainstream media and the right blogosphere was higher than usual in the last couple of days. Quin Hillyer does a valiant job of explaining how budgeting works and trying to set the record straight:

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“How Do You Get Rid of This Guy?”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 16th, 2011 4:31 am by HL

“How Do You Get Rid of This Guy?”
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