Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD ”WebMD Expert Column, “The Truth About Kale: Nutrition, Recipe Ideas, and More”
I had always wanted to try kale, and while I’d eaten eaten it in some dishes at Life Alive, it was Cate Stillman’s Fall Cleanse that gave me the impetus to prepare it. Now I juice it and make a salad with it. I’m addicted to it and can’t get enough. May I recommend it to you?
I’ve never liked the civil liberties implications of the JTTF pulling out the firewalls between federal, state, and local law enforcement. I thought it emboldened state and local law enforcement to act beyond its typical restraints. I’m surprised to learn of Portland’s decision five years ago, and it seems all-too-convenient to me that this is where the FBI has concentrated its efforts.
I’m finding myself amazed by the thin skin of ice on the mill pond by the post office. While the nights have been that cold, the days have not been. Garrison Keillor suggests that it’s probably a good thing we apparently have no memory of the seasons, regarding each successive change with wonder. “Have you ever seen such colors?” we might ask, regarding autumn leaves. “Look! It’s snowing!” we shout, as we feel a childlike giddiness come on.
Take some time to look for such moments to come.
Thanksgiving may be a time to give thanks for our blessings, but in Washington the resurgent Republicans are jettisoning compassion. They have the same old leaders—and their passion hasn’t changed. It isn’t about offering a hand to the afflicted; it’s about handouts to the connected.
Republicans have continued their strategy of obstruction in the lame-duck session by opposing the New Start treaty, opposing repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” opposing immigration reform and even opposing appropriations for the current year. Their passion is focused on one goal: extending the Bush tax cuts for those earning more than $250,000 a year. Forget about deficit reduction. According to the GOP, tax cuts for the wealthy—which will cost an estimated $700 billion over the next decade—need not be balanced by spending cuts.
At the same time, the GOP is willing to filibuster to block extending benefits to the long-term unemployed—the families of some 2 million workers—which expire at the end of November. The Republicans won’t sign on, they say, unless there are domestic spending cuts to offset the benefits. So much for holiday cheer.” —
Are there no foreclosure proceedings? Are there no food pantries?
(Make the GOP read Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.)
Don’t touch this junk.
Today, a Facebook friend asked if there were a “charity registry” to which she could direct guests of an upcoming wedding in lieu of traditional gifts. This morning’s service was about “Life after Shopping,” so I knew I had to post what I had discovered.
It may very well be that the FBI successfully and within legal limits arrested a dangerous criminal intent on carrying out a serious Terrorist plot that would have killed many innocent people, in which case they deserve praise. Court-approved surveillance and use of undercover agents to infiltrate terrorist plots are legitimate tactics when used in accordance with the law.
But it may also just as easily be the case that the FBI — as they’ve done many times in the past — found some very young, impressionable, disaffected, hapless, aimless, inept loner; created a plot it then persuaded/manipulated/entrapped him to join, essentially turning him into a Terrorist; and then patted itself on the back once it arrested him for having thwarted a “Terrorist plot” which, from start to finish, was entirely the FBI’s own concoction. Having stopped a plot which it itself manufactured, the FBI then publicly touts — and an uncritical media amplifies — its “success” to the world, thus proving both that domestic Terrorism from Muslims is a serious threat and the Government’s vast surveillance powers — current and future new one — are necessary.” —
Greenwald raises four important questions about whether Mohamud would have engaged this plot without FBI encouragement.
I’m thinking now of the near universality of this holiday in the US of A.
Enjoy this time with family and friends.