I’m a little confused

I won’t take credit for digging this one up myself, my friend F posted this on her Facebook & MySpace. I love it and just had to pass it along. It really shows the hypocrisy of the McCain/Palin camp:


Eggplant tagine

Now that I’m coming home relatively later from work, I can only really cook on the weekends. So, usually I like making something big Sunday and eating that during the early part of the week for dinners.

Tonight I made eggplant tagine, coming from a recipe in this month’s Vegetarian Times (they also had a chickpea tagine that sounded good, but I love my eggplant!). I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, but basically, this was what my revision of their recipe was:

2 eggplants, peeled and cut into small cubes
2 yellow onions chopped fine
half a bulb of garlic crushed (they called for 2 cloves of garlic I think, bah humbug that’s nothing!)
a nice amount of coriander, cumin and red pepper flakes
a 28oz can of whole tomatoes (crush them yourself with your hands)
a nice handful of chopped cilantro
I also added a few chopped Serrano peppers to the crushed tomatoes

Method is really easy. In a Dutch oven, just saute the onion & garlic for about 3-4 minutes in some canola oil, just until they start browning slightly.

Pour in your chopped eggplant and let it start steaming and softening. I added some more oil and a little water so the food wouldn’t burn the bottom of my pan as it was cooking. After about 10 minutes of steaming & softening, add the tomatoes and continue to cook for about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and put in the cilantro. Let it all sit and absorb for about a minute.

I had mine over some plain ol’ couscous.

And the Vegetarian Times recipe also had a cilantro-mint yogurt side to go along with it, that I made too. Just use your hand blender (or food processor/chopper) and blend together some Greek yogurt, cilantro, fresh mint and olive oil.

So, the dish actually came out really well and I’ll definitely be making this again. To see a picture, here it is here:

The Sarah Palin Disney Movie

A friend pointed me to this funny video…If you haven’t heard, Matt Damon several weeks ago said how scary it is that Sarah Palin is a heartbeat away from the presidency (and yes, it *is* scary. Thank you Will Hunting!) and that this is all like a bad Disney movie. Check out this funny trailer for what that movie might look like. Sadly it doesn’t embed well (and isn’t available on YouTube). But definitely take a second to watch it, it’s hilarious!
Sarah Palin Disney Movie

Farewell Blue Eyes, Rest in Peace

Well, I’m glad I haven’t had to write up a memorial post for awhile, but I’m sorry about the one I’m writing one up for today. Today, actor, philanthropist and all around great guy Paul Newman died at age 83. I’ll admit that the only films I’ve seen with Paul Newman were The Hustler and The Color of Money (though I just put a bunch of his big films on my Netflix queue). I have known him mostly for all the great charity works he’s done and his commitment for bringing good into the world. And, of course, I love his Caesar salad dressing….so very good. And I will continue to purchase and love his Newman’s Own products that still adorn the grocery store shelves (and still donate profits after taxes to progressive causes).

The best obit I came across today was from the Huffington Post and there’s an excellent slide show on Vanity Fair’s website.

I will leave with some clips that honor Mr. Newman:

from the Newman’s Own website:

Paul occasionally referred to Newman’s Own as the “joke that got out of control” and would express astonishment at its success. Despite this humorous approach, Paul was committed to the company’s business and to providing top-notch quality – he brought all-natural food products to a wide audience long before it was fashionable. And he was one of the greatest recyclers, giving back to charity all the money he earned from the sale of Newman’s Own products.
Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good

Newman’s Own has grown into a powerful and lasting expression of Paul Newman’s generosity. The Company has generated over $250 million in proceeds that have been donated by Paul Newman and the Newman’s Own Foundation to thousands of charities worldwide.

On his interest in philanthropy:

Paul being interviewed on Inside the Actor’s Studio:

Meryl Streep speaks about Paul Newman:

A short clip from The Hustler:

and from The Color of Money

and Cool Hand Luke

and finally Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid:

Obama support in the Philly burbs

I needed to return some clothes to the mall today, at a department store, in the one of the further out ‘burbs of Philly. On the weekends I carry my casual purse adorned with a nice, big Obama button. So, when I went into JcPenney’s today, the girl processing my return commented that she loved my Obama button and always gets happy when she sees people come in with Obama gear. I said something back about how she probably barely sees Obama stuff around there, but actually, she said she’s only seen one piece of McCain gear and mostly Obama gear while she’s working there. As I walked away, I went browsing clothes and overheard the conversation continuing between her, one of the other cashiers and another customer. It seemed that the one cashier has been mostly on the fence, but is leaning more and more towards Obama since she knows that a vote for McCain will be a vote for more of the same failed policies of Bush and more war. The other customer went on about how the Iraq war never should have happened since they didn’t do anything to have us go after them….So it seems, in that area of the ‘burbs Obama support is doing well. I also got a compliment from the cashier in PetSmart on my Obama button.

On the way back, I stopped at an Obama headquarters that, interestingly, is only a block from my former workplace. The HQ was packed with volunteers and I stopped in to see about getting a sign. The volunteer I spoke with said that, interestingly, they’re all out of all their Obama gear and all the other Obama HQs in the ‘burbs have run out of gear too. So, luckily I just have an Obama sign from the primaries that I’ll use for now, but I think that they’re out might be a good sign.

Finally, I stopped at our local Acme for groceries and as I was getting a shopping cart, I ended up having a brief discussion with two people about the debate last night and they both thought Obama did so much better than McCain (well, considering my neighborhood will probably go for Obama about 98%, I wasn’t surprised). And of course there was a table of people registering voters and I stopped to ask how well they were doing, and they said they have registered a few people today.

So, a morning of what would have been boring errands ended up going pretty interesting.

Here’s a picture of my magic purse:

Local voter intimidation…

Pandagon posted an article today via the Philadelphia City Paper, Voter intimidation tactics are afoot at Drexel.

So we begin the voter intimidation….from the article:

The student Democrats at Drexel University in Philadelphia are reporting that fliers are being strewn around campus telling students that if they have outstanding warrants or tickets and try to vote, they’ll be arrested.

Here’s an image of the offending piece (sorry about the image size):

It’s really such an obvious sounding ploy, at least to me, of some McCain supporter trying to scare potential voters. I’m glad it’s getting attention and news about it is starting to circulate.

Old School Nickelodeon

There’s so many clips of old school Nick shows on YouTube and it’s really cool watching them. I don’t know what kind of crap is on Nick these days, but I know it’s nothing like what was on when I grew up in the 80s and 90s.

Remember You Can’t Do That On Television? Actually, Alanis Morrissette was on there for a brief time too.

Here’s a 3 part clip from their episode called Divorce:

and their Malls episode…damn I loved this show 😉

and their locker jokes:

I also found a clip of Out of Control, the show that originally aired in 83/84 but was also rerun ad nauseum in the early 90s, probably because Dave Coulier was on Full House at that time.

And one of Bill Cosby’s Picture Pages:

And an episode of that show Today’s Special about a mannequin that came to life.
This episode is called A Visit To The Opera:

Pinwheel intro

And some clips from Belle & Sebastian:

Some Clarissa Explains It All


Welcome Freshman

Salute Your Shorts


I have been drinking plain ol’ black tea lately. I guess I’m finally weaning myself off coffee everyday and switching things up. There’s such a whole world of tea that I haven’t gotten into, but I can see how people can get really into it. Right now I’m having a plain ol Tetley Breakfast Blend one.


I had to buy a watch today, I haven’t used a watch in years. I’ve been relying on my cell phone or computer for time when I’m away from home, generally, and I decided that now that I’m working in town I needed one to check the time with the train and such.

I didn’t want one that was too flashy or too expensive. I eventually ended up getting one at Boscov’s, which was also where I found a pair of khakis for a very nice price.

The new job has been mentally exhausting so the blogs won’t be coming as much.

If you think E-Harmony ads are bad…

A few weeks ago I was looking to see if there were any people satirizing those cheesy E-Harmony ads on YouTube and there weren’t any really wonderful ones. Well, today in my recommendations, they recommended all these TV ads for a dating service called Together Dating. The ads here are all from the ’80s. So, the ads are bad and I guess they’re professional matchmakers? They say they are professionals at “introductions.” Still, it’s an interesting history of dating services. Here are their ads.

The first one is really creepy. So, are those kids getting married by age 16? They look about 10ish? Hmm….

The mustache guy is creepy and check out everyone’s hair…you can tell how dated this is!

Look how sad all these people are. Boo hoo!

This one isn’t too special:

I love how they both wear yellow shirts in this one:

Check out the car phone!

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