August 23rd, 2004


vegetarian update

The results of a few experiments:

I picked up a little Braun juicer at a garage sale, and did what one does: I tried juicing a bunch of stuff.

1. Carrots -- surpisingly sweet, though I was using organic locally-grown carrots. I've always found grocery store mass-market carrots kind of bitter. I'll do this more, but no more than a couple times a week, lest I turn orange.

2. Parlsey -- very green tasting. Not something I'd drink every day for refreshment, though with the massive quantities of clorophyll, vitamin C etc it's no doubt good. Kind of like drinking your lawn, and doesn't taste as good as munching on parsley.

3. Radishes -- whoa. A shocking pink color, with a head of foam. The taste? Seems to magnify all the reasons people dislike radishes -- kind of skunky, with a slight wasabi burn to it. It was 3pm and I'd last eaten about noon, and all of a sudden I felt uncomfortably full, and got cold sweats, so there's something in it that isn't in the standard nutritional information. Definitely a drink I'd imagine The Grinch drinking.

4. When we can get good ones, everyone in the family likes artichokes. The traditional dip is hollandaise, which is kind of the anti-diet: egg yolks and butter. We generally use mayonnaise, which with egg whites and vegetable oil is kind of the anti-holandaise. I tried something a little different: I blended soft tofu with yoghurt, added some good prepared mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper. The result had the texture of thick ranch dressing and tasted quite nice, though everyone else opted for mayonnaise after trying a couple of artichoke leaves with my stuff. It would probably be a hit on salads, even for people who aren't trying to diet or limit fat intake.

5. We had shrimp & pasta last night. Shrimp is very low fat, but apparently high in cholesterol, and today I don't feel that great -- like fuller than I should for what I ate, and kind of slow and bloated. I'll give shellfish a pass in the future.

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This from joeker, but too good not to repeat.
Note to marketing -- if you're naming a product, google the name first:

PS Where exactly are Shrek's hands in this pic?

I'm On A Swift Boat Straight To Hell

The state of play seems to be this: Swift Boat Veterans For Truth -- even though they've been essentially pre-discredited -- are all people are talking about right now with respect to the election. Democrats fume about the President refusing to denouce the commercials. Republicans say they want to prohibit ALL the third party election ads from 527 corporations. The Republicans blame Kerry for making a big deal out of his military service.

It seems to me that the Republicans are wholly disingenuous on this subject. They say ALL 527 corporations should stop airing ads, that it's a loophole in the campaign finance law, that they've become the new sink for all the soft money donations, and that the work they do is somehow antithetical to the election process. But:

1. I think there's a qualitative difference between the ads put out by progressive groups, and the ads put out by the right. The progressive ads have been very critical of the President, but they're not based on falsehoods, and they're not character assasination.

2. They want it both ways. The Republicans have always defended campaign contributions on first amendment grounds. They fought McCain-Feingold bitterly because they didn't want any campaign finance reform. Now that some progressives have been effective raising funds and airing ads, they want them stopped. Either they were being insincere with their first-amendment arguments, or they're being inconsistent now.

Independent advertising to influence elections is perfectly OK by me. Both sides should do as much advertising as they want, and let their ideas be judged on their merits. The problem is that the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth Ads are patently false and scurrilous. I defend their right to be false and scurrilous, but the President should denounce them as such. Instead, he's letting them do his dirty work, and saying essentially the 527 Corporation ads by progressives are just as bad. Kerry denounced some anti-Bush ads that were over the top.