January 11th, 2007


I've said before that I have a serious issue with this 'surge' of troops that Bush plans to send to Iraq - and now I hear that he's been here for the entire day, maybe 10 minutes away from where I'm typing this, just down the road at Fort Benning - talking to the very people he's sending to a no-win situation. I wonder how many soldiers I know are going to be deployed, and how many families I know that will be left in their wake. Several live here at the lofts, on our floor even.

I wonder how many of the soldier's faces Bush saw today will remembered by him when they come back home in flag draped coffins.

My stomach is in knots now. Can't tell if I want to scream, vomit, or just cry.
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Recipe Post

Tonight's dinner is Bacon-wrapped BBQ Chicken, Basmati rice pilaf, and a mixed squash sauté. Really easy stuff to make.

Bacon-wrapped BBQ Chicken

This one is a quick and easy favorite. You can prep them ahead of time and freeze the portions individually, then thaw them a day before you plan to bake them. As soon as you get home one hectic day, just preheat the oven, place the chicken breasts in a baking dish, throw them in the oven, and let them bake on their own - no muss, no fuss. The bacon serves two important functions. First, it adds big flavor. Second, it bastes the chicken while it bakes to prevent excessive drying, resuting in a very tender and flavorful entree. I get the fresh, boneless, skinless chicken breasts from Publix that are already marinated in BBQ rub.
    You will need:

  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts, however many you plan to serve, either unadulterated or marinated in BBQ rub or sauce
  • 3-4 slices of bacon per breast
  • Sharp or smoked cheddar cheese, enough to cover each portion, sliced or shredded
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Place a fairly large piece of plastic wrap or waxed paper down over your cutting board, and lay down 3-4 slices of bacon side by side with the edges slightly overlapping.
  3. On top of the bacon, lay one of the chicken breasts crosswise so that the bacon can be wrapped around each piece - and wrap it up in the bacon. When you're finished, throw the paper/plastic away for clean-up.
  4. Place the now wrapped breast with the folded sides down in a baking dish, but don't crowd them. (See image here)
  5. Bake the chicken for approx. 30 minutes or until cooked throughout, then turn off the oven.
  6. Remove chicken from baking dish and drain dish of fat, return to dish and cover each portion with cheese, and return to oven until cheese is melted. (See image of finished dish here)

  7. You can serve this alongside any traditional BBQ fixings you like, or allow to cool a bit and make excellent sandwiches with it. It's also good cold, chopped into pieces, and made into a pizza with a BBQ sauce base, onions, red bell peppers, and more cheese. I've done both, and also had it along with baked beans, coleslaw, and home fries or hashed browns. Be creative!

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Bush would veto Medicare drug price measure, Republicans say

Devilstower @ DailyKos:
Of all the items in the first hundred hours, none seems more sensible than that the government should negotiate lower Medicare drug prices from pharmaceutical suppliers. After all, the government uses competitive bidding for other areas (well, those not related to handing a big check to Cheney's former company, at least). Private insurers negotiate with the drugs companies. The Veteran's Administration negotiates with the drug companies. It's hard to think that anyone would disagree with trying to get the best possible price.

After all, what who would be stupid enough to just pay whatever the drug companies asked? What kind of moron would think it a good idea for the government to pay more than the going rate, causing higher costs and ensuring that programs were able to return less value? This kind of moron.

As promised in the First 100 hours of the Democratic-controlled Congress...

House has approved a raise in the minimum wage to $7.25/hr

Jack Kingston (R-GA), however, didn't have anything positive to say:
During the House debate, Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., said Democrats would celebrate the bill's passage because "it's going to be good politics for them."

But he warned that people would not escape poverty through mandated wage hikes. If, instead, people would marry and work longer hours, "they would be out of poverty," he said. "It is an economic fact."
Funnily enough, in every economics class I've ever taken (and there have been quite a few), this "fact" has never been presented as a way to escape poverty.

But the thing that is so ironic is that this is the same Jack Kingston who, upon learning that the Democratic majority planned on Congress working five days a week, rather than his party's 2 1/2, had this to say:

"Keeping us up here eats away at families," said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who typically flies home on Thursdays and returns to Washington on Tuesdays. "Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families - that's what this says."
Um, yeah.