Salad, and leftovers at that.

Another link salad today; it’s been one of those. Got to the gym and did a workout that I should label “the heavy one” — eating low-carb really saps your strength. But I found some links for you.

Mark Bittman is making sense:

Real food solves the salt/fat/sugar problem. Yes, excess salt may cause or exacerbate high blood pressure, and lowering sodium intake in people with high blood pressure helps. But salt is only one of several risk factors in developing high blood pressure, and those who eat a diverse diet and few processed foods — which supply more than 80 percent of the sodium in typical American diets — need not worry about salt intake.

“Fat” is a loaded word and a complicated topic, and the jury is still out. Most naturally occurring fats are probably essential, but too much of some fats — and, again, it may be the industrially produced fats used in hyperprocessed foods — seems harmful. Eat real food and your fat intake will probably be fine.

I know a lot of us struggle with weight here; I certainly do. But I think he’s on to something here. Eat real food. What a concept.

I haven’t had a chance to read this yet, but I will, because it’s been a big story here, about a 90-year-old man who was picked up as a drug mule, headed for Detroit. He was sentenced just a couple weeks ago, and got three years. “A death sentence,” he said. Tell it to someone who cares.

Jack White, beefer. Such an excitable boy.

When are the Republicans going to figure it out? It’ll be a while, I expect, with guys like this.

Almost the weekend.

Posted at 12:33 am in Current events |

40 responses to “Salad, and leftovers at that.”

  1. Dexter said on June 12, 2014 at 2:26 am

    One more beet for the salad: my gawd, Lorde looks like she’s 48 years old.

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  2. Sherri said on June 12, 2014 at 2:42 am

    It’s not just random state legislators that aren’t close to getting it, the group of clowns who want to be the next Republican nominee for President aren’t there either. To wit, Rick Perry at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco tonight:

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  3. alex said on June 12, 2014 at 7:08 am

    And I’d compare Rick Perry to an elephant’s nutsack.

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  4. Alan Stamm said on June 12, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Tossing another leaf into the salad bowl:

    An associate professor of journalism at Springfield College in Massachusetts has “a great and almost entirely untold story about the most important figure of the civil rights era and a maverick college president facing his moment of truth.”

    It’s sizable, in The Atlantic and headlined “How the FBI Tried to Block Martin Luther King’s Commencement Speech.”

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  5. sg said on June 12, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Mark Bittman is so very right and so very wrong.
    He’s right about eating simpler, less processed foods. He’s wrong about fat. The jury isn’t out-we know that saturated fats increase “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.
    A few weeks ago, I got a wake up call. A minor weight gain (6-7lbs)pushed cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels into the danger zone. The irony is I’m a professional cook preparing “healthy” foods.
    I’ve been on the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change diet (TLC for short) for two weeks now. I’ve lost an inch around my waist and have so much more energy.
    Here’s the link for anyone struggling with weight and diet.

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  6. alex said on June 12, 2014 at 8:08 am

    I have no morsels for the salad, but here’s a turd for the punchbowl:

    (A crazy man whining that the local GOP convention was commandeered by leftists; the same convention, mind you, where Richard Mourdock was comparing America under Obama to Nazi Germany. I guess mainstream Teabaggers have become the New RINOs and the True Believers are now somewhere so the far right of them they’re just off-the-charts crazy.)

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  7. beb said on June 12, 2014 at 8:18 am

    alex@3 defames elephant nutsacks. I also hear that slime molds resent being compared to Rick Perry.

    Someone needs to ask these Republican “Christians” who believe in stoning gays why they keep referring back to the Old Testament when Jesus came to deliver a new testament, one that involves forgiveness, restrain, and … not stoning. How can they call themselves Christians when they appear to have never heard God’s message?

    I know it’s a bit rick for an atheist to criticize Christians for their lack of Christianity, but… someone has to.

    Eric Cantor is the obnly Republican Jew in Congress. I’m surprised that no one has suggested that a reason he lost his primary was because he wasn’t Christian enough.

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  8. Basset said on June 12, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Beb, you’re just not a sufficiently true believer and therefore not privy to those conversations.

    Jack White… his office/studio/ugly repurposed industrial building is near where I work and I pass it often, down behind the rescue mission and next door to, or maybe two doors down from, what I’m told is the more upscale of our two best-known local swinger clubs. Whatever he does in there, though, I just don’t get it – guess I’m not hip enough or something.

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  9. Dave said on June 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Alex, I knew it was going to be that guy before I clicked on the link. He should move to Oklahoma.

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  10. Dorothy said on June 12, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Speaking of leftovers (cuz this might be a leftover topic, or a thread heist…) I’m interested in knowing if anyone else is watching the new Fargo series on F/X? Mike and I are fascinated by it. We record it and watch the next day. Boy oh BOY is Billy Bob Thornton great! As is Martin Freeman. But the other actors are top notch, too. The gal who plays Molly the cop is my favorite. Colin Hanks is fine in his role too. And Bob Odenkirk as the chief of police is delightful in a dumbass sort of way. Next week’s series finale is 90 minutes – for those of you still recording on a VCR! (Two of my siblings still do, which just astonishes me.) I resisted the idea of this being a series because I loved the movie so much. But this show stands on its own merit and then some.

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  11. Jolene said on June 12, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I like that show too, Dorothy. Am a couple of episodes behind, so need to catch up through OnDemand.

    Speaking of salads, WaPo has a gallery of summer salad recipes. Most look really good, and a few recommend novel combinations of ingredients.

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  12. Charlotte said on June 12, 2014 at 11:31 am

    My definition of “real food” — when there’s no label to decipher.

    OKay you media people out there — I watch very little live TV, and almost no new coverage, but yesterday I flipped the TV to CNN while I was trying to find the Stanley Cup and the Red Sox games to DVR, and they were showing the footage of those Vegas killers writing in their death throes in the Walmart aisle! On television! Real people really dying. I know they were horrible, but I *don’t want to see that!*What possible justification is there for showing that? I’m never going back to live tv again … ugh.

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  13. Sue said on June 12, 2014 at 11:32 am

    So I clicked on Nancy’s link that led me to “Oklahoma Tea Party Candidate Supports Stoning Gay People to Death” and got a load of the picture of the candidate.
    Oh My Gods!!! A GINGER!!! You know, one of the ones who have no souls! Who used to be killed in infancy because they were considered products of unclean sex, spawn of Satan etc.! Who supposedly turned into vampires when they died!
    But that was all so long ago. Enlightened people don’t think that way anymore and these days there is no discrimination against, no misconceptions about, and no problems being a redhead/ginger/carrot top/Weasley/ranga/lavahead/Raggedy Ann-Andy/Wendy. So he should be safe.
    I mean, “Kick A Ginger Day”, was way back in 2008.

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  14. brian stouder said on June 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I remember a semi-jokey/mean-spirited saying; something like “stuck out like a red-headed step-child”, or “about as popular as…” etc

    Never made sense to me.

    ‘Course, when I was a kid, we commonly repeated “polak” jokes.

    Our anti-immigration/nativist/know-nothing brethren wouldn’t have to look too far, to find when their ancestors were the despised and/or maligned ones

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  15. Sue said on June 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    You’re right Brian.
    He looks … Irish. And you know what those people are like.
    He might even be Catholic but Catholics don’t reflexively quote the bible. But if he is, you know what those people are like too.
    Or you did, 50 – 100 years ago.

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  16. MichaelG said on June 12, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    The 86 year old lady across the street does a thriving business in drugs. She buys and sells pharmaceuticals. The cops know about her and stop by every now and then to tell her to cool it. She’ll do so for a couple of days, then it’s back to business as usual. There is a steady stream of cars briefly parking out front – as many as a dozen or so an hour during peak times. It’s fun to watch the hesitant newbies. I just marvel at the whole thing.

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  17. MichaelG said on June 12, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Hey, hey, easy on that Irish stuff.

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  18. Sue said on June 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    MichaelG, I know what those people are like because I’m Irish.
    And German. And you know what THOSE people are like.
    But at least my hair only showed a little red in the sunlight.

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  19. Dexter said on June 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Dorothy, do you really want this? Really? Dorothy? Do you really want this? Alright.
    That elevator scene surprised me and shocked the hell out of me!
    My friend Ron says this is the best show in television history and it blows “True Detective” ( the last one with Woody and Matthew Mc last spring) totally away. I like it also, I love it. Allison Tolman is Molly’s real-life name, nobody knows much about her, but she has people Googling her now, and a lot, after this Fargo series.
    Malvo (Billy Bob) is a psycho, true, but Lester is even worse for his deceit and cunning and total bullshit and cruel manner. Questions to worry about…will something happen to Molly’s baby? Who dies first, Lester or Malvo? Either, or neither? Biggest dumbass of the entire Bemidji scene has to be Chief, played by Bob Odenkirk, who is such a great character actor. I have no idea what will unfold, but I hope that fuckin’ Lester dies a slow painful death!

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  20. Basset said on June 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    As Joel Salatin said in more or less the same words… if it’s handed to you through a car window, it’s not food.

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  21. Dorothy said on June 12, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I don’t want to spoil it for Jolene who is behind on the episodes, but Dexter, wasn’t BBT MESMERIZING in that elevator scene?! His eyes! His whole face! My husband said “I cannot see any other actor doing that part. Period.” Have to agree.

    I’m never one for ranking a show higher or lower – I like to appreciate each on its own merits. I loved True Detective too. Both were the kind of shows that you could not turn off once you started watching it. Last night when we were watching Tuesday’s Fargo, we really only wanted to see half of it. Forget that. Had to watch the entire thing. Then it gave me bad dreams.

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  22. Sherri said on June 12, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    RIP, Ruby Dee.

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  23. Dave said on June 12, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Bad dreams, Dorothy? Oh, between that and the blood, although I enjoyed the movie, another reason I probably won’t ever watch it. I don’t deal well with that anymore. I do understand how those shows suck you in but I can’t watch them. As for my wife, there’s no way, she gives me grief (occasionally) about the shows I do watch (and she won’t).

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  24. Dorothy said on June 12, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Not bad dreams so much as unsettled dreams. You’d have to watch the episodes, Dave, to know why it is so unnerving. Funny but I didn’t have bad dreams after seeing a character have his eyes gouged out in another popular show about two weeks ago. And that was probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen on t.v. It was disgusting and shocking and I was immediately sorry I hadn’t averted my eyes. When it’s a good story, compelling and giving you something to think and talk about, I can watch just about anything.

    I don’t think I’ve mentioned this yet here, but a couple of weeks ago I auditioned for Dayton Playhouse’s FutureFest shows. And to my absolute delight, I was cast in one of the six shows! We only do one performance – and my show is one of the three that is a “seated reading” instead of a full production. I don’t have to memorize lines. But the one we’re doing is quite compelling and tells a good story. It’s set in New Orleans and I play one of the two sisters who run a laundromat that their mother owned before she died. My character spent time in prison for killing her husband. It’s really fun to be involved in something so brand new, and also great to meet new people. I have moved four times in 12 years and each time it seems to get harder to make new friends. Doing theater has been a godsend in that regard. Even if I’m not besties with anyone, I get out of the house and have something fun to look forward to for rehearsals. No one where I work has been terribly welcoming, magnifying my feelings of really hating my job. Theater is saving me from feeling isolated here.

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  25. Judybusy said on June 12, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Great news about the theater, Dorothy! Fear of not being able to re-build a network of friends is a factor which has kept me here in the Twin Cities. (Minnesota is notorious for freezing out newcomers. Most of my friends and my wife are “immigrants” to the state. So I kinda assume it’s similar elsewhere, even though I’ve been told by every newcomer native Minnesotans are pretty superficial compared to other locales.) So good for you for living life fully.

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  26. brian stouder said on June 12, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Dorothy – good to hear!

    And I suppose, ideally, theater’s most ideal purpose is just that, for all of us

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  27. Jolene said on June 12, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    It’s just harder making new friends as you get older. I read the weekly online chats conducted by Carolyn Hax, one of the Post’s advice columnists, and she says that she gets a huge amount of mail about people feeling disconnected and finding it difficult to make new friends at new jobs and in new cities.

    There’s no time after college or maybe a tour in the military when you are swimming in a sea of people of similar age and interests, all of whom have been taken out of their former networks and have lots of time and opportunities to form new ones. Later, there are ways to connect with people (e.g., the parents’ group at your kid’s daycare, a church, a neighborhood watch, whatever), but they are more constrained and require more effort.

    Good for you, Dorothy, for having, as Garrison Keillor says, the strength to get up and do what needs to be done. Especially these days, with so much engaging data streaming into our homes, it’s all too easy to plant yourself on the couch and stay there.

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  28. Sherri said on June 12, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Fargo has been great, if a little bloody. The acting has been wonderful, from Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman to Alison Tolman and Keith Carradine. Keith Carradine’s interaction with Billy Bob Thornton was really good this week. Wonder if we’ll ever find out what happened in Sioux Falls?

    I binged on the second season of Orange is the New Black this past weekend, and it has a marvelous arc with Lorraine Toussaint, one of my favorite actresses. I think the second season is even better than the first.

    Speaking of great acting performances, if you’re not watching Orphan Black, you’re missing an amazing acting job by Tatiania Maslany, who plays multiple characters so well that you honestly forget it’s the same actor.

    Finally, my daughter turned me onto a delightfully weird podcast, Welcome to Night Vale. It’s done in the style of community radio updates for the small, strange desert town of Night Vale.

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  29. brian stouder said on June 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Speaking of community updates, there’s this bit, about not one – but TWO! nuclear weapons that crashed into the ground in Cooz’s neck of the woods, two months before I was born:

    the lead:

    On a January night in 1961, a U.S. Air Force bomber broke in half while flying over eastern North Carolina. From the belly of the B-52 fell two bombs — two nuclear bombs that hit the ground near the city of Goldsboro.

    A disaster worse than the devastation wrought in Hiroshima and Nagasaki could have befallen the United States that night. But it didn’t, thanks to a series of fortunate missteps.

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  30. Bob (not Greene) said on June 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    @brian, speaking of cooze, we haven’t heard from him in a couple of days. I hope the Person County GOP didn’t finally just snap and snatch him.

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  31. Jeff Borden said on June 12, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I was thinking about what Pilot Joe said the other day about how he’s tired of people blaming Bush the Lesser more than six years after he left office and then I read all the horrible, terrible, no good news about what is going on in Iraq. . .things smarter people than Bush, Cheney and the rest of the ferociously incompetent administration said would never happen.

    We may well wind up with a heavily armed (with American weapons, natch) state run by al Queda.

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  32. Dave said on June 12, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Brian, that is frightening. Had they gone off, it could have led anywhere, including blaming the Russians. That was four days after John Kennedy’s inauguration into office. Think of what could have come from that and what the conspiracists could have conjectured every since that day. Wonder what the government told the farmer who owned the field?

    Dorothy, congratulations on your role. Wish your job was going better, our youngest son is now working at a job that isn’t going so well and we’re concerned.

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  33. Deborah said on June 12, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I too was wondering about Coozledad. I expected to hear from him about the Cantor loss since he’s so close to Virginia. Hope he’s OK.

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  34. Dexter said on June 12, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Professor Borden, I am incensed and outraged at Obama for his answers and declaration that “NOTHING is off the table.” He’ll do anything, I am positive, to protect that embassy in Baghdad, the one built by slave labor and ended up with some sort of exponentially outrageous over-budget costs to construct. If anyone wants to get the hot skinny on this story, follow Richard Engel over at NBC. He is the go-to expert, having lived in Iraq for a decade during the war.
    Of course, had Saddam been allowed to be the strength of the Sunnis, none of this bullshit would have gotten off the ground.
    Old 41 Bush knew all this, but then the neocons captured the White House in 2001-2009 it seemed , and madness ruled the administration.

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  35. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on June 12, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Cooze, be well.

    (I know “grace and peace” strikes you as insincere, and I mean it.) But everyone’s entitled to some time off online, as long as it isn’t in a hospital. Cub Scout Day Camp this week has me less virtual than usual, so here’s hoping Person County Democratic Youth are having a week-long campout or something like that.

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  36. Deborah said on June 12, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Little Bird had a friend over for dinner tonight, we had grilled peaches with a dollop of goat cheese, sprinkled with chives and on a bed of greens along with grilled sausages. For dessert we had grilled strawberries on vanilla ice-cream with a splash of balsamic vinegar. Very good. This friend, who lives a couple of blocks from us told us they’ve been filming Longmire scenes on her street. I missed the first two episodes on TV so I’ll have to catch up on On-demand.

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  37. Sherri said on June 12, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Mountain lions occasionally wander into towns. This time, the mountain lion was wearing a GPS collar, so we know that the cat spent 9 hours hiding out in a hedge near a busy street before wandering down a few blocks to the park where he was spotted (and the police called).

    (That corner where the kitty hung out was about a mile from my old house in Mountain View.)

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  38. Judybusy said on June 12, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Deborah, I will have to try grilling fruit now!

    I’ll be offline the next few days, off to a bed and breakfast stay in the charming town of Lanesboro, MN. I also hope Cooz is OK!

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  39. Deborah said on June 12, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    If you haven’t had grilled fruits, you should try it. I’m not exactly sure what it does to the fruit, carmelizes the sugars and gives it a bit of a smokey taste or something. It’s delicious. I never thought that balsamic vinegar would taste good on ice cream, but it is believe me.

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  40. Dorothy said on June 13, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Thanks for all the good words, friends. And re grilled fruit – we made grilled pineapple last week or so and it was really good. Fresh pineapple from Kroger’s produce section, along with grilled eggplant. But grilled peaches with goat cheese? Oooh Deborah thanks for the suggestion! That’s next…!

    Cooz please surface and raise your hands so we know you’re okay.

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