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I'm more committed than ever to putting a Democrat in the White House (especially after watching those fools debate last night), but the person I vote for is going to be held to John Edwards' standards and will have to uphold his principles and ideals. I am a progressive who wants the kind of radical change Edwards was pushing for. Centrists need not apply.
John Edwards dropped out of the race today. So. Sad.
For the first time since I voted for Nader in the primary all those
years back, my head and my heart were aligned when I chose my
candidate. (I've already voted for Edwards via absentee ballot and don't regret it.)
I now fall into the very undecided camp and I know that
whomever I vote for it will be a trade-off. In the end I will vote the
party line, but Hillary and Barack, if you are reading this: you are going to have
to work hard
for my vote. All the pundits this morning are speculating as to whom
Edwards' voters are going to support and I can honestly say Hillary and
Barack, you probably won't know (because I won't know) until I cast my
vote. I dare say I am not alone. (P.S. I don't mean to imply that I will pick a Republican. I mean to say that it will be a gut-wrenching decision until the very end.)
Here in California it seems like every other TV commercial is for
either Clinton or Obama. I have never been one to warm to the idea of
political commercials and while I was frustrated that Edwards didn't
have the money to make these expensive media buys, in a way, I was
happy he didn't. He could never compete financially with the two
celebrity candidates, and that for me was one of the things that drew
me to him. Funny thing though, both Hillary and Obama's ads have
adopted softer tones. They speak slowly, in hushed voices, and instead
of spewing their campaign messages, both are now espousing Edwards
messages of "standing up for people," that there are two Americas, and health care for all.
Ironically, John Edwards gets more coverage today than he has his entire campaign. I wonder if today is the first day that people are finding out that he was the first Democratic candidate to put forth a health care plan and the first, despite his initial vote for the war which he apologized for, to ask Congress to withdraw funds for it?
Today is a sad and frustrating day for me, but one thing's for sure: I will always be proud that John
Edwards was my candidate for president of the United States. He would
have been a great one. I hope he gets his chance again. I hope America will be America again. Come November, we'll see.
A sunny kabocha squash. I feel more awake already.
...especially when I only got about 5 hours of sleep the night before. All day long my planned chicken karaage and vegetable tempura dinner loomed ominously. Whattheheckanutcrack was I thinking?
Once my visiting sister and I got home from errands and picking up Bunny from school, I didn't even want to think about making a complicated dinner. We lazed the afternoon away but then, around 4:00 I got a second wind. I decided to suck it up and get dinner going. And once it got going, it just rolled right along.
The veggies are channeling Bell Biv Devoe saying, "Do me, baby." Kabocha doesn't need to be peeled before cooking. (I ended up using only about half of the veggies I cut. I'll do something with the rest of them later in the week. The kabocha lends itself to miso soup, so that will be lunch one day this week.)
Before we get into this week's meals can we please talk about Rock of Love II for a minute? (Spoiler alert: stop reading and skip to menu if you don't want to know who got voted off last night.) Is it wrong that I am starting to feel a little possessive of Bret Michaels? When I see him talking to skanks like Daisy (Is she even legal? Please.) or that hideous French stripper, I just want to pull him aside and yell, "Run! Run away, Bret!"
Last night's episode was a gem. The "strollerderby?" Brill. I felt so dirty laughing so hard. How cute was Baby Bret? Didn't it look just like him: the glasses, the hat, the baldness? I am going to miss zee Fronch tranzlations, but Angelique and her fake-ass li-- everything had to go. Kristy Jo: discuss.
Okay let's get back on track with this week's meals. The [*] indicates that the item is local (grown or raised within 100 miles of me). I strive for at least one item in each meal to be locally sourced. Thankfully, I live in Northern California so it's not too hard.:
Mexican Monday: Will not be Mexican. My sister is supposed to come over so I plan to break out the deep fryer again and make chicken* karaage and vegetable tempura with kabocha squash*, Japanese eggplant*, sweet onions*, and asparagus (so NOT local).
Tuesday: This. And corn on the side. (The cabbage and organic beef are local to me.)
Wednesday/Sandwich night: Portobello "burgers" with garlic* aioli* (local eggs & olive oil) and all the fixins*.
Thursday: This. (But with a whole, cut-up kosher chicken because I like parts.) And salad*.
Friday: "Picnic in the Living Room Family Movie Night"—not sure yet.
Saturday: Dinner out to celebrate Alisyn's birthday* (The restaurant is known for using local products.)
Sunday: Salmon, mashed cauliflower* with goat cheese*, salad*.
I'm also going to try the almost no-knead bread recipe (from Cook's Illustrated) this week. I wasn't too impressed with the no-knead bread recipe that had everyone going crazy nuts last year. I love to knead, so we'll see how the "almost no-kneading" goes. Color me skeptical.
A squeeze of lemon and a scattering of dried chilis made mine perfect.
Sunday night dinner after a long, long day away from the house. Two girls fresh from a bath. A pot of soup. And silliness.
The recipe is from Jamie Oliver. (P.S. Soon we have to discuss his new show which I adore.) As I was frying the fragrant mix of fresh garlic, ginger, chili pepper, lemongrass, and lime leaves with a little cumin thrown in, J. noted, "Our house smells like a hippie house." Which in J.-speak is a compliment. I would make this again, but would definitely add more broth next time. I also used brown basmati rice which was delish.
When I read Kat's post this week (and saw the pictures), I knew exactly what I was going to making for Friday night's picnic-in-the-living-room dinner: Bibimbap (Korean mixed rice bowl). (This is why I always ask you guys what you are cooking!)
A quick trip to my local Korean market was all that I needed to collect ingredients for my bibimbap, but it can also be made with ingredients you find at your local grocery store. It's a rice bowl topped with a little meat and lots of veg and can really be tailored to your fancy. Want it completely vegetarian or vegan? That can be easily arranged.
One thing I would recommend, however, is that you seek out the vinegared chili paste (kochujang) that give the dish its spicy kick. If you don't have a Korean market near you, you can find everything you need at kgrocer.com or koamart.com. (for example: vinegared kochujang or kimchi--I've tried it, it's very good)
My eye is on South Carolina today. Knowing that John Edwards won't win the primary (but will win delegates), leaves me to focus on what's going to happen with Hillary Clinton.
For a long time now, we at MOMocrats.com (andothers)
have been sharing post after post and poll after poll which shows that
John Edwards is the only candidate who can beat ANY of the Republican
front runners come November. So why doesn't this matter to people who
are going to vote for Hillary or Barack anyway?
If you are going to vote for Hillary Clinton, especially, please consider this, and my favorite quote:
By February 6, Democrats are likely to be stuck with the two weakest candidates. As Marc Cooper wrote here,
once Hillary locks up the nomination, the rumors about Bill will come
fully unzipped, diminishing her chances in November. Meanwhile, Obama's numbers among whites are dropping,
largely because of Billary's attacks, whether you consider them to be
coded racist appeals or merely color-blind Rove-ian hit jobs.
If I didn't know better, I'd say that by cutting off the race's
possibly strongest Democrat--first from media coverage and now from
polls--the corporate media could be misleading us toward another
And if you are going to vote for Hillary, you had also better start donating money to Huckabee's campaign.
My strong feeling about why Edwards is being ignored is that people
are so wrapped in picking a historic candidate they can't pull
themselves away from that circus to consider all the candidates and
where they stand on the issues. "Do we pick the woman or the mixed-race guy?"
This isn't "The Price Is Right." People don't have to pick between the
Mustang convertible or the trip to Sandals. There is another option out
there, and that option can beat McCain. And Romney. And Giuliani. And
Huckabee. And Paul. Isn't that something to consider when picking a
As Leslie Savan implies in her column, I sincerely hope that Billary
continues to show her true colors by continuing with the smear campaign
we all knew was coming. Because lately, it doesn't seem to be translating into votes. Clinton=smarmy. If you don't believe that, read this latest display of slimy behavior.
What won't Hillary do to win this race? Oh boy, I sure hope we have a
chance to find out. Keep it up, Hillary. Let's see where your loyalists