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You are The Boss… which team would you hire?

Someone posted this on Newsweek after an article reporting on Sen. Chuck Hagel’s comments that Palin isn’t qualified.

With America facing historic debt, multiple war fronts, stumbling health care, a weakened dollar, all-time high prison population, skyrocketing Federal spending, mortgage crises, bank foreclosures, etc. etc., this is an unusually critical election year.  The idea of “leadership” must be broadened from mere “experience” to include knowledge, learnedness and insight.

Let’s look at the educational background of your two options:

Occidental College – Two years.
Columbia University – B.A. political science with a specialization in international relations.
Harvard – Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

University of Delaware – B.A. in history and B.A. in political science.
Syracuse University College of Law – Juris Doctor (J.D.)


United States Naval Academy – Class rank 894 of 899

Hawaii Pacific University – 1 semester
North Idaho College – 2 semesters – general study
University of Idaho – 2 semesters – journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College – 1 semester
University of Idaho – 3 semesters – B.A. in journalism

Now, which team are you going to hire ?

McCain is bad but Palin is pitiful. She has the resume for the night manager at a fast food restaurant. This shows very clearly that the republicans do not have any ethical and moral standards. They’ll promote anyone for office if they think it might give them a chance to maintain power.

September 18, 2008   No Comments

Dream Kitchen

As long as I’m jabbering with no purpose today, I thought I’d share a picture of my dream kitchen that I stole from the New York Times. Hold up your hands if you hate HGTV. I don’t get cable anymore. I turned it off because it seems stupid to pay for endless infomercials. Back when I surfed the channels of nothing, I grew to despise HGTV and similar channels. First of all, they’re really commercials masquerading as entertainment. Secondly, like all commercials, they want you to buy over-sized extravagant garbage that you don’t need. It’s more than don’t need. It’s garbage that weighs you down like cement overshoes. Here’s a picture of a kitchen that I love:

Misato Hamada Kitchen

Misato Hamada Kitchen

Look at the simplicity and character of this kitchen. As far as the eye can see, there is no granite countertop. There are no hideous kitchen cabinets. I love it.

August 5, 2008   No Comments

Mr. Zojirushi

What’s in my Mr. Zojirushi today? Veggie Miso Soup, Lentil/Brown Rice/Celery/Cabbage/Onion/Cranberry/Walnut Salad, Udon Noodles/Ginger/Shirataki Mushrooms and Black Grapes.

Mr. Zojirushi has become a bit of a cult. Look at all the good food people are putting in their Mr. Zojirushi Bentos on Flickr.

August 5, 2008   No Comments

Portion Control from Mr. Bento

Mr. BentoAre you horrified by how big people are getting? Being OCD in every bad way possible, I find myself watching men I pass and counting how many have jumbo breasts. I don’t remember any other time in my life when so many men were sporting boobs. I’m not talking about a little softness. I’m talking about full blown racks of boob. This is not a good thing and it’s probably a bad introduction to my topic of portion control.

When American companies first tried to market food to Japan, the Japanese didn’t want it. I remember the cookie story. Think about the last package of cookies you bought in a snack shop. It was probably a large package containing two jumbo cookies. This is what Americans seem to like. They want big. It can taste like buffalo butt road kill but if it’s big, we’ll buy it and eat it. When this same type of cookie was marketed in Japan, the Japanese wouldn’t buy it. After a bit of cultural education, the American company returned to the Japanese market with little cookies about the size of a half dollar. Bingo! They flew off the shelves. The Japanese concept of portion is very different from our own.

Many years after the cookie marketing success, our criminal fast food companies may have had their way with Japan’s concept of portion control. They are becoming super-sized. Japan has one of the best health care systems in the world and they are attacking the bulge. From the Wall Street Journal Health Blog:

Anyone with a weight-related medical concern and whose waist is bigger than the acceptable size –- a rigorous 33.5 inches for men and 35.4 inches for women –- must lose weight, according to a new law. Otherwise, they face compulsory diet advice and follow-up visits for three to six months. For some perspective, the average male waist size in the U.S. is 39 inches, while American women average 36.5 inches.

I love this idea. I don’t think it could ever happen here but it’s needed much more here than it is in Japan.

Mr. Bento BoxI’ve found a simple way to benefit from the Japanese concept of proper meal portions. It’s Mr. Bento from Zojirushi. Mr. Bento is an insulated stainless steel jar lunch box containing perfectly portioned microwaveable plastic containers. If you follow the Amazon link, you’ll see it’s a bit pricey but you can get it for much less on Ebay. When I use this bento box system for my lunch, I’m able to effortlessly maintain control of my diet. The containers are the right size. Mr. Bento does not allow you to pack American size portions. It’s small, efficient and keeps food either hot or cold. It’s ideal for the bicycle commuter. It fits perfectly in a student back pack. My typical lunch in Mr. Bento is rice, Miso soup, and two containers with fresh raw fruit or vegetables. It works. It’s easy.

June 27, 2008   No Comments

Turkish Food – YUM!

A good friend of mine just started a blog about turkish food. This blog is worth watching as it develops. I’ve tasted her cooking and, as they say, it’s to die for, so, take a look now and then to see what goodies develop on About Turkish Food.

May 15, 2008   No Comments

Aunt Bessie’s Mash Van part deux – Artfest 2008

The previous inconsequential “mash cone” post is bringing in hundreds of pageviews per hour. Who woulda’ thought? I’ve been joking with a couple of friends that I should post something about sex and mash cones but I think that would be to obvious. I’ve decided on the following instead:

Aunt Bessie’s Mash Cone Revealed

The blog-o-sphere was shaken yesterday with reports of a new British Food trend; Aunt Bessie’s Mash Cone. The repulsive treat, a scoop of mashed potato in an ice cream cone soaked in gravy and topped with peas and a glistening stick of sausage, however, was not actually meant to be eaten. It was an art project from the recently completed ArtFest 2008 in Port Townsend, WA. The mixed media event is a pacific northwest tradition enthusiastically attended by hundreds of women and a few men every year. The teacher of the “mash cone class” commented that the idea of the Dada-esque creation came to her while coordinating rides for her son’s soccer league. After many attempts with a variety of media she settled on two raw materials; Jimmy Dean Sausage and Swanson TV dinners. She went on to say that the mashed potato from the latter had a consistency that was perfect for her assemblage.

Seriously, here is a picture of Aunt Bessie’s Mash Van. Check out the slogan: “Nice and Creamy, Warm and Dreamy.”

April 10, 2008   2 Comments

Mash Cone from Aunt Bessie’s Mash Van

Mash ConeSausage, mashed potato, gravy and peas on a cone is disgusting. This seems to be the spring food treat in the UK.

April 9, 2008   2 Comments