Art Pottery, Politics and Food
Friday, May 13, 2005

Looking at a wire service photo of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meeting with Kantathi Suphamongkhon, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand in the Office of the Secretary of State today, I thought to myself, “Jeez, Condi, wear a slip or some panties.”

Image: Reuters
Miss Mehlman Screamed:

The good people at Media Matters posted this curious frame grab acquired during Monday's fiendish air attack by the (snicker) "papercup" Cessna 150 and her student pilot.
Golly, it seems Roger Ailes' pod people, in their always facinating alleged news crawl, noted the evacuation of the Republican National Committee without mentioning that the Democratic National Committee was also evacuated.
Perhaps the amusing mental image of RNC Chairman and reputed closet homosexual Ken Mehlman in a frenzied scream-filled dash to the comforting embrace of a Capitol Hill policeman filled the empty minds of the FOX poddies as it currently fills mine.

On Wednesday, Wonkette posted this image of the Bicyclist-in-Chief returning to the White House long after Monday's Cessna crisis clutching a, no doubt well-thumbed, copy of Tom Wolfe's trashy I Am Charlotte Simmons.
Aside from Wonkette pointing out that Bush media shill Elizabeth Bumiller reported the President reading this book more than 3 months ago in the New York Times, I'm wondering if the Secret Service should allow our fall-prone leader to attempt to read a book while bike riding.
Perhaps the reason Mr. Bush was kept in the dark, while the First Lady and Nancy Reagan huddled in a bunker, was to prevent the dangerous bike teetering the introduction of a 3rd element (bike ride, book, attack on Washington) into the President's walk-and-chew-gum thinking could potentially create.

Image: Media Matters, Wonkette
Thursday, May 12, 2005

Raw Story reports Larry Flynt has the Bolton goods:

Bolton participated in paid visits to Plato’s Retreat, the popular swingers club that operated in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Modified Image: AP,
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Van Gogh's
White House Evacuated

Auvers-sur-Oise was shaken today when a small plane made of Legos entered White House airspace.
Van Gogh was bike-riding when the incident took place.

Image: Google, Lego
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
A "Sniff" of Radiation

The brand new Huffington Post reports exclusively on a new book that claims the Saudi princes have rigged their oil production infrastructure with conventional and dirty bombs as a scorched earth last resort for Familia Bush’s best hand-holding chums.
According to Secrets of the Kingdom: The Inside Story of the Saudi-US Connection:

The Saudi Arabian government has in place a nationwide, self-destruction explosive system composed of conventional explosives and dirty bombs strategically placed at the Kingdom’s key oil ports, pipelines, pumping stations, storage tanks, offshore platforms, and backup facilities. If activated, the bombs would destroy the infrastructure of the world’s largest oil supplier, and leave the country a contaminated nuclear wasteland.

The Huffington Post has a nice layout and, over the last two days, has included several stories that imediately caught my interest.
Best of luck even if I was snubbed by their blogroll.

Though I’m exhausted from a day in this year’s all bloom and color garden, I though I’d extend a warm and cheery hello to the various G-men terror sniffers lurking here of late.
From an article on the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs:

To combat terrorism on the Internet governments can use ‘sniffers,’ people who sift through the information on the Internet and monitor the information passing between terrorists. Another strategy to combat terrorist uses of the Internet, such as data mining, is to simply remove information from the Internet.

Of course ordinary Americans are not terrorists or are we?
Could,,,,, and, all who have visited this blog in the last few days, just be looking for explosive spice combinations similar to my exotic usage of Achiote in yesterday’s delicious Pork and White Corn Stew?
I wonder?
I doubt the President’s security people screened the thousands of screaming kerchief-wavers and apparently one lone Georgian grenade tosser greeting Mr. Bush during his ongoing visits to the former authoritarian Soviet-block nations in a manner similar to that used in Danville, ILL or Oshkosh, WI.
Have we all, and I include you government sniffers in the term “all”, grown so weary of freedom that we can tolerate these authoritarian encroachments upon it?
It is sad and, I have to admit, a little intimidating to see Internet protocol addresses emanating from the Executive Office of the President or the DOD’s Advanced Research Projects Agency showing up here on my miniscule chunk of web space.
Unless, of course, the intention of these governmental and military sniffs, all along, is to intimidate little bloggers across America.
I say to all of you sniffers and fellow Americans that a focus on real bomb-toting digital terrorists might bear more defensive fruit than my mad but tasteful postings here at the intersection of sensitive art, food and political interests.
Just a thought.

This years' garden includes:
Siberian Iris or Iris Siberica,
An Ageratum hybrid called Artist Purple,
A Salvia Guaranitica called Black & Blue,
Osteospermum Ecklonis or Sunscape Daisy,
the Vinca Titian Lilac
and a gorgeous Carnation-like Marigold hybrid called Inca II Orange.

Modified Image: The Huffington Post
Monday, May 09, 2005
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,
adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

On the left is the President at Andrew Air Force Base on June 1, 2004 and on the right is the President today in Moscow as the Putins struggle to contain laughter.
Them umbrellas is so dang tricky!

Photos: Reuters
To Pork Or Not To Pork...

With hypocrisy afoot among the lust-filled stalwarts of the marriage sanctity set caught dabbling with old skanks and underage boys on both imperial coasts, I thought a unique recipe could transport our minds from pork’s odious verb form to its yummy and often fork-tender noun usage.
This dish, a slow-cooked stew, is made deliciously flavorful with the addition of the Mayan seasoning Achiote (ah-chee-OH-tay) made from the seeds of the Annatto (Bixa Orellana) a shrub indigenous to the Caribbean and Central America.
Achiote might be found in larger American groceries with diverse ethnic products; however, I found it in one of the small Latin groceries that have appeared within the last few years here in the metropolitan Cincinnati area.
Several companies distribute Achiote to markets across the US; however, I prefer the liquid or paste product marketed by El Yucateco of Eagle Pass, Texas.
If you are using the paste be sure to dilute it with a little, vinegar, olive oil or chicken stock and a dash of salt before incorporating it into your preparation
I love Achiote with Chicken but God made this seasoning for Pork.
You will love this dish!

Pork and White Corn Stew

2 Cups of fresh White Corn kernels (approx 6-7 ears)
½ lb. of cubed Pork
Tbsp Flour
½ Tsp Sea Salt
¼ Tsp ground Black Pepper
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Yellow Onion, peeled and chopped
4-5 cloves of Garlic, peeled and minced
1 8oz can of diced Tomatoes, drained
1 Tsp Achiote
½ Tsp ground Cumin
2 Serrano Peppers, chopped (optional)
1 29½ oz can Chicken Broth
1 Cup Water

Heat Olive Oil in a large pot.
Combine Flour, Sea Salt and Black Pepper and dredge cubed Pork in this mixture. I like to dump the dry ingredients into a large sealable plastic bag, add the stew meat, seal and shake. Be aware I always keep a hand firmly holding the seal as I shake the bag…there’s nothing nastier than a kitchen covered in flour and raw pork!
Slowly add floured Pork cubes to the hot Oil and brown all sides…about 5 minutes.
Add chopped Onion, drained Tomato and chopped Garlic to the browned meat.
Cover with Chicken broth and the cup of Water.
Cover and simmer on low heat for 1 hour.
Pork should be fork-tender and break apart easily.
Add Corn, Peppers and diluted Achiote and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
Serve Pork and White Corn Stew by itself or ladle over rice.

Image: Google

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