Daily Archives: September 6, 2014

Remember all that guff about interfaith relations with our peaceful muslim allies?

To the shores of Tripoli

To the shores of Tripoli

Saudis raid Christian church, arrest 28.

This will come as shocking news to Obama when he learns of it in the newspaper, because as recently as the annual White House Iftar Dinner, July 14, 2014, he was still under the impression that Islam was a religion of peace and tolerance:

Tonight, we honor the traditions of one of the world’s great faiths.  For Muslims, Ramadan is a time to reflect and to remember that discipline and devotion is the essence of a life of faith.  And for all of us, whatever our faiths, Ramadan is a reminder of just how much we share.  The values of peace and charity, the importance of family and community — these are universal values.  The command to love one another, to uphold justice, and to care for the least among us — these are common threads in our faith traditions.

If you’re curious, there’s a massive collection of quotes from Obama on the subject of the peaceful, tolerant people of Islam onto internet, including here.

And, just for fun, there’s his 2009 speech in Cairo, where he said, “I also know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.  The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco.  In signing the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796…”

The Harvard grad neglected to mention that this particular treaty, made when we were a weak country with almost no navy, was a bribe to the Barbary nations of Moslem Africa to persuade them to stop preying on our shipping and selling captured American sailors into slavery. The Musslemen broke the treaty in 1801 and resumed their piratical acts, and it took two separate wars, in 1805 and again in 1815 (the War of 1812 distracted us) to crush the fat insects and their pirate navies of the Mediterranean shores.

Interesting that our president would choose the most humiliating incident in our country’s history (at least until Viet Nam) to illustrate the kind of relationship he hopes to establish with our new friends in the Arab world.



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Early-onset Alzheimer’s or just a latent stupid gene activating?

Sardines and bloodworms a la Ducasse

Sardines and bloodworms a la Ducasse

Three-star chef Alaine Ducasse, 58, removing meat, cream and milk from his menus to save the planet.

He said that the decision to opt for lighter, vegetarian-style cuisine was because he believes people should conserve the planet’s precious resources.

‘The planet’s resources are rare, we must consume more ethically and equitably,’ Mr Ducasse told AFP.

Dishes will include black rice cooked in the oven with shellfish, calamari and octopus; Mediterranean monkfish mixed with bulgar and quinoa with shellfish.

Cream is missing from the new menu and sugar will be used as sparingly as possible, according to the chef.

‘My obsession is to remove sugar,’ he said, adding that desserts will also be revolutionised.

‘People ask us for cream or caramel with chocolate,’ he said, adding that he would not give in to such requests ‘otherwise it’s just globalisation. We all eat the same fat and the same sweets,’ he said.

Ducasse also insisted that he would use ‘humbler’ types of fish because they often posed more of a challenge than higher-class fare.

Comparing a sardine to the more prestigious turbot, he said that cooking the former required almost ‘surgical skills’.

‘The humbler the product, the more attention it demands,’ he said.

I’m not one to underestimate the vanity and arrogance (“I will not give in to the requests from my customers”) of celebrity chefs, or the idiocy of their clients, but really, how many times can Michelle and her crowd eat at a Ducasse restaurant to keep the empire afloat?


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This seems familiar from my associate lawyer days

And even the large real estate firm I once worked at



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