Recipe Bleg

This is cross-posted at Little Miss Attila’s blog, as she has generously volunteered to lead this effort:

Several bloggers associated with The Cotillion (or “Tiara Media”) have begun a cookbook project. This promises to be the biggest and most luxurious bloggers’ food guide ever, notwithstanding our emphasis on speed, convenience, and how to get epicurean results when you can barely pry yourself away from your keyboard.

But we need your help. We’ll need other bloggers, frequent commenters, website designers, SAH/working parents, writers, and others who are pressed for time to tell us:

• your favorite recipes; and/or
• your favorite season of the year to cook, and why; and/or
• your favorite ingredient, and why; and/or
• your favorite songs to pay on your laptop or iPod while you’re cooking; and/or
• your favorite libation/mixed drink; and/or
• your favorite piece of kitchen equipment–what is the one tool they can pry from your cold, dead hands? AND
• your URL.

Also, please give us your real name, and SPECIFY IF WE CAN USE THIS IN THE BOOK, or whether we need to stick with your screen name.

Please send all your submissions to me; I’ll distribute them to the editors and recipe testers who are working on this book. We’ll need your material (the recipes especially!) by the end of the first week in June, as the book proposal goes out that same month–and the nature of the project will be shaped by your contributions!

Naturally, your blog will get a plug in the book, and you will be linked in the website we’ll be developing in late summer/early fall.

Don’t miss out!

All best,

Joy McCann
Little Miss Attila

Additional note from Deb:

I’d like to see a strong moron presence in this recipe book, so please get in on this, morons.  And try to contribute recipes with an emphasis on speed and convenience.


Wednesday’s Hero: Cpl Markbradley Vincze

Cpl. Markbradley Vincze gives students from al-Raqhaa School backpacks in the Monsouri area of Iraq. Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1-76th FA, 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div., delivered backpacks, soccer balls and notebooks.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Flight 93 Memorial Blogburst #28

Pennsylvanians build an organization to stop the Flight 93 memorial

The following press release was sent to Pennsylvania news outlets yesterday:

Angry over the Islamic symbolism contained in the Flight 93 Memorial Design, which appears to honor both the heroes and the terrorists, a group of concerned citizens asked Harry Beam (Lt. Col. U.S. Army Retired) to lead an organized effort to have the design changed.

Col. Beam said he examined several different factors before agreeing to lead the effort. First, he found that the people making the request are credible. Tom Burnett (father of a Flight 93 Hero) is demanding change to the memorial design. Additionally, Col. Beam states that he has talked to MD’s, PhD’s., Attorneys, School Teachers, Nurses, Pastors, Skilled and Unskilled Workers, Veterans and Retirees who are upset with the actions of the Flight 93 Planning Committee and the National Park Service. Second, Beam said he had to determine the validity of the assertions that there is Islamic symbology in the memorial design. He stated, “I will be the first to admit that several years ago, when I first heard about the Red Crescent, I assumed that it was a matter of co-incidence. After researching the design, I found there are many (8) additional co-incidents which cause one to question the design and the designer.” The fact that the Red Crescent points towards Mecca in the same manner a Mosque would if it were built on the site. The fact that there are 44 glass blocks included in the design (40 passengers and crew; 4 terrorists) are just two more of the eight examples of co-incidence.

The third factor was that the statements from Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) opining on the symbolism issue were not credible. Their opinions, presented to the U.S. National Park Service and the Memorial Project, were contradictory. One SME stated “because the earth is round, you can face any direction and be facing Mecca.” Most 5th graders know that is false. The statement also conflicted with another SME who said “the orientation to Mecca must be exact.” Many mosques do not have an exact Mecca orientation. One of the SME’s was a classmate of the designer, Paul Murdock.

When asked, how do you hope to accomplish your goal of changing an approved national Flight 93 memorial plan? Beam responded “I know that it will be an up-hill fight, but our Flight 93 Heroes deserve a better memorial than one that also pays tribute to the Islamic terrorists”. This will be a massive grassroots effort throughout the country to sway the opinions of the Department of Interior, the National Park Service, the Flight 93 Planning Committee and our lawmakers to change the current design. When people hear the facts concerning the current design, they are angered and ask “How was the fraudulent design approved?” Email and written petitions are being circulated not only locally but throughout the nation. Although we have just started, we have thousands who have signed petitions. We are certain that number will increase. Currently, letters and phone calls are beginning to be made to lawmakers. Congressman Tancredo has asked the National Park Service to change the design and remove the Islamic symbology; we hope to get other lawmakers to support his efforts. This fight transcends politics. It is not a Republican or Democrat issue – It is Americans demanding that our Flight 93 Heroes get a National Memorial that honors their memory – not the memory of Islamic terrorists. Anyone wishing to obtain a written petition or sign an electronic petition, can go to Persons interested in assisting in this effort can contact Col. Beam at

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Props To Hillary

I said last night that from the Republican point of view, Obama should be the preferred candidate to go up against McCain, this fall. Hillary has proven to be a stronger candidate than most of us would have imagined, or as I put it:

She is a ruthless, and determined opponent who fights like a cornered animal when the going gets tough.

S. Weasel chimed in (in the comments):

I hate myself for even forming this thought, but I think I’m actually starting to admire Hillary for this display of pugnacious stubbornness.

Hillary is getting some grudging respect others from on the right, this morning, too. Lisa Schiffren at The Corner, and Michael Goldfarb from The Weekly Standard are two conservative pundits who can’t help but admire her pluck.

Lisa Schiffren:

It is clear that Obama can’t win the Reagan Democrats — for reasons that are cultural rather than specifically racial. The consensus on cable is that there will be massive defections of Hillary voters to McCain in November if Obama is the nominee. What is astonishing is that Hillary Clinton can win them. She has transformed her image pretty thoroughly from the Wellesley bluestocking who will tell us all what’s good for us, to a much more down to earth seeming champion of the little guy. (Image. Not policies.)

Michael Goldfarb:

Hillary Clinton’s convincing Pennsylvania victory is the third consecutive back-to-the-wall big-state win she’s managed (following on Ohio and Texas seven weeks ago). She’s done this despite being outspent by Obama, and with most of the Democratic establishment and the media rooting against her. In all, about 16 million people have voted for her so far in this nominating contest. That’s the most votes any presidential candidate has ever gotten in any primary cycle of either party.

So some grudging respect is in order. Some gratitude, too for the favor she’s doing McCain.

Stanley Kurtz is calling her “McCain’s Stalking Horse”:

If Hillary can’t win the nomination—and it’s clearly very, very hard for her—she’s basically a stalking horse for McCain. She’s preparing the demographic ground for McCain, by getting white working-class Democrats used to (if you will) not voting for Obama. And she’s softening Obama up for McCain, prodding at and exposing her fellow Democrats’ weaknesses. The only way she can stop the super-delegates’ drift to Obama is conclusively making the case that she’s more electable. Given the fall-out from Bosnia, on top of her negatives to begin with, she’s probably never going to be strong enough to do that. And as long as Obama just seems sort of weak—but not catastrophically so—I think super-delegates will perversely be more inclined to declare for him quickly. They’ll want to protect him and stop the nomination race before even more of his vulnerabilities become evident.

As fun as this drawn out primary fight has been, I think I’d like to see it wrap up in Obama’s favor quickly myself.

But that does not seem to be in the cards.

Cartoon via Funnies.

Exit Polls Show Party Switchers In PA Leaned Toward Obama

That would put the lie to the effectiveness of Operation Chaos:

About half the party-switchers had been registered Republicans, while the rest had been unaffiliated with either party or were voting for the first time in Pennsylvania.

Most of those new Democrats were mobilized to come out for Obama, and they were nearly one-fifth of Obama’s supporters. Even the former Republicans favored Obama over Clinton, largely invalidating rumors that Republicans would vote strategically in the Democratic primary in support of Clinton, hoping she would be easier to defeat in November.

I don’t think Rush can go on his show tomorrow and say that Operation Chaos has “met and exceeded expectations”. Unless many of those polled were just dinking around with the exit poll questioner. Which is a distinct possibility. Another one is, many Republicans are looking at Obama as the candidate who would be easier to beat in November.

The supposed Obama Republican, or “Obamican”, I sense is an urban legend. Or I should say, farce.

What few there are, I believe are statistically insignificant. But liberals love to pretend, as S Weasel points out in her hilarious post about “pro gun” ‘Duck Slaying Moonbats’ of The American Hunters and Shooters Association.

The choice facing Republicans who wanted to enter the fray, was, “Do we vote for Hillary and help prolong this crazed raccoon fight for awhile longer, or do we help knock her out once and for all”?

I think the latter choice is the saner one at this point. She is a ruthless, and determined opponent who fights like a cornered animal when the going gets tough. She would be harder than Obama to beat at this point in the general. Obama has gotten some damaging media attention in recent weeks and the hits just keep coming. Every day must be like Christmas for the RNC’s opposition research team, when it comes to Obama. Most of the dirt on Hillary is already out there, but new things are popping up about Obama every other day.

Republicans who voted for Obama, I believe did so for strategic reasons.