Morning Links

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

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  1. #1 |  Lorenzo | 

    So that’s why it’s called “crack cocaine.”

  2. #2 |  Cornellian | 

    It’s a wonder that anyone eats Brussels sprouts. They’re horrid.

  3. #3 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “D.C. tries to avoid a debate over why it plans to screw over small, mostly immigrant cab drivers by backdooring a taxi medallion bill.”

    Taxi drivers and police should merge. It would empower overworked underpaid taxi drivers and give overpaid cops something more productive to do than drive around and fine and annoy people for mostly trivial shit.

  4. #4 |  M | 

    Frosting is nothing. I have a friend who had a bar of soap confiscated for being a liquid a few weeks ago. She didn’t feel like arguing.

  5. #5 |  Bob | 

    Why do they allow people to board planes? People are mostly liquid.

  6. #6 |  Marty | 

    every day I’m grateful that I don’t have to put up with the bullshit that gay people, minorities, airline travelers, and welfare recipients endure. I know they’re coming for me, though…

  7. #7 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    The perpetual meddling of Congress in what should be local affairs has ensured that the D. C. government is even more petty, corrupt, and incompetent that one would usually expect for a city of that size. The simple fact that any decision making can (and all too often will) be second guessed by some bored and restless congresscritter makes anyone with any intelligence or dignity avoid working for the D. C. government like the plague. Consequently any action by the D.C. government is sure to be riddled with cronyism, corruption, and idiocy.

    I feel sorry for the cabbies. I lived in D. C. for a decade or so, and the ones I met were the salt of the earth.

  8. #8 |  KRF | 

    Outrageous Police Story.

  9. #9 |  picachu | 

    True story-my mom tried to make me eat brussels sprouts when I was a kid and I actually threw up on the plate. Since then nobody has fucked with me about brussels sprouts!

  10. #10 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Brussels sprouts are not horrible. They are an excellent base providing a bitter background and great nutrition. Pair them with a sugar (maple syrup) and a bit of acid (balsamic provides both the acid and sugar or top with lime/lemon). Pan fry some bacon and then add sprouts. Heavy black pepper and some salt. Don’t overcook.

    Or braise in some chicken stock.

  11. #11 |  el coronado | 

    Loved the ‘Kim droppin’ bass’ pics. The very very best part, though, is that even **thinking** about such a thing would get you and your whole family killed if’n you lived in NK. Here, we put it on th’ INTERWEBZ!!

    Yeah yeah, I know the country’s going to hell; and everybody but me is wrong about politics, but it’s still GrrrrrEEEATTT!!! to be an American!

    P.S.: note to the Kim famirry of NK: daddy is now s****** c**** in Hell. (and is verry ronery, to boot.) Have a nice day!!

  12. #12 |  davidst | 

    Regarding the school lunch story: what they really need to focus on is total calories (portion size). There’s no reason to make food completely disgusting. Anyway, the real problem is obviously outside of school. There’s no way the kids are getting enough calories, even from bad school lunches, to make them overweight.

    At the end of the day, I think it’s a cultural problem combined with too much temptation and maybe poor education. Honestly, I have to admit I could use some outside assistance myself. I moved to a new apartment and all of the fast food joints on the way home are very difficult to get in and out of during rush hour traffic. I’m limited to a Sonic, a Subway and one of those medium fast “fresh mex” joints which is way too expensive to eat frequently. I’ve lost a couple of pounds as a result!

  13. #13 |  Joshua | 

    I love Brussels sprouts. Try tossing them with olive oil and sea salt and roasting them in the oven until the outer layer of leaves is slightly crisp. They’re outstanding. They shouldn’t be bitter at all.

    My guess is that the school was buying cheap frozen Brussels sprouts and then steaming them into nasty mush. They probably could have gotten the kids to eat them if they had put butter and salt on top.

  14. #14 |  el coronado | 

    Brussels sprouts are the lead menu item at the buffet in Hell. The soundtrack consists of Dixieland jazz, and Barbershop Quartets.

  15. #15 |  jdb79 | 

    Sprouts have received an undeserved reputation thanks to the boomers’ insistence on boiling them until they’re grey, mushy, and fit only for compost. It also doesn’t help that every sprout I’ve had outside of California has been a slightly withered nub, whereas the ones you can pick up in San Diego groceries are at least the size of a golf ball and often much larger.

    Fresh sprouts that are halved, sauteed in a little olive oil, and sprinkled with kosher salt and black pepper are probably the finest vegetable side dish around.

  16. #16 |  Robert | 

    Here we go with the “You just didn’t have them cooked right!” lines.

    Different people have different types of taste buds. Some can hardly taste bitter things while others have an overreaction to them.

  17. #17 |  picachu | 

    Honestly I probably couldn’t give brussels sprouts an honest and fair try now. Its psychological by now. If you think something is nasty for long enough it just is.

  18. #18 |  picachu | 

    el coronado “but it’s still GrrrrrEEEATTT!!! to be an American!”

    Yay us! We’re freer than North Korea!

  19. #19 |  Cyto | 

    I have a hard time believing the LA School lunch stuff isn’t in response to Jaime Oliver’s Food Revolution. His show’s premise… that proper nutrition taught in schools would reverse our obesity trends, spearheaded by scratch cooked healthy meals for lunch. Last season he took on the LA Schools with the help of producer Ryan Seacrest.

    I guess he can put this down as a big fail.

    I always enjoyed his show as an expose on petty bureaucracy rather than a screed extolling the role of government in enforcing dietary habits on its citizens, so for me it is more of a win. Apparently the kids liked the test meals originally presented, but not so much as actually executed in the schools.

  20. #20 |  el coronado | 

    Picachu, you sound huffy and offended that anyone would dare say anything good about the US. Why is that, I wonder? Or did I read that wrong? Were you just simply offended that someone would dare to suggest that the USA was superior to another country, especially one that’s real big on government control (“and free healthcare, too!”), and is not a largely Christian, largely Caucasian nation?

    Noe why would such things bother you, I wonder? think, think…..

  21. #21 |  picachu | 

    No coronado I wasn’t offended at all. I was just messing with you a little. Don’t take it seriously, it just seemed like a pretty good comeback. Merry Christmas brother!

  22. #22 |  Roho | 

    Re: the Cupcakes

    Specifically, the cupcake-in-a-jar in question came from Wicked Good Cupcakes, just south of Boston:

    They now offer a ‘The TSA Stole My Wicked Good Cupcake’ shirt, for anyone traveling soon. Or just grab some cupcakes of your own to smuggle through!