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Destructive Ignorance

We are days away from the election and I must say I am buzzing with anticipation. I think I’m going to follow in tangobaby’s lead and vote early. Hopefully without all the delays and judges and petitions and things.

I am not writing to tell you about my desire to vote early, however, I am writing to express my complete disgust with many people’s lack of desire to critically analyze the presidential candidates. I am not here promote one candidate or another, but to urge you to find out the facts about the matters that concern you most and please don’t base your decisions on the results you got by adding letters to the names of candidates.

“I can not vote for the Obama Biden team because it’s like voting for Osama Binladen. See if you change the B with an S in Obama, it becomes oSama and then insert the insert NLA after the”i” in Biden and it becomes biNLAden for OSAMA BINLADEN”

That is part of an actual email chain that I managed to get onto. It is disturbing to me that this person is less than the usual seven degrees of separation from me.

Please don’t let yourself be caught up in non-sense because it is very likely distracting you from the things that should actually be upsetting you. Imagine if you will, what we might be missing while we are caught up in conversations about anagrams and lipstick.

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The day to day

There are so may things about life right now that are tiresome and even more things that are wonderful. I think I’ll ramble on about the wonderful for a bit.

My two obsessions right now are the kitchen and the camera. My husband recently commented on the fact that the tripod has become a permanent fixture of the kitchen. I spend what free time I have cooking and baking and then taking pictures of my creations. I am getting a little bit better about posting things to Flickr so you should visit there sometimes.

Thursday is our second date with Mariquita Farm and her wonderful Mystery Box. I love the Mystery Box for two reasons. The first is that it leads us to an increase in our vegetable consumption, which is always a good thing (not to mention these are locally grown and organic!). The second and perhaps most exciting reason is the challenge to use up all this produce.This is not an easy challenge since there is A LOT of produce in this package (well considering there are only two of us) and some of this stuff I have never even heard of, let alone met in person.

Some of the highlights: an all vegetable Shepherd’s Pie (filled with chard, turnips, carrots, shallots, rapini, leeks, fennel, spring garlic and topped with sweet potatoes) and Meyer Lemon Crème Fraîche Pasta with Rapini. I still have a couple of turnips and a bunch of parsley left over that I need to work with and there was one vegetable that was entirely too bitter for me to use, but ultimately it was a success and I’m going to do it again. The challenge this go-round is that my partner in crime will be traveling a lot which means there will only be me to feed. I guess that means I’ll have to figure out some good recipes for freezing.

On a slightly unrelated note, my dear friend wrote an amazing post about her 5th graders perspective on politics. I think this might be the best article I’ve read on politics this election season.

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The unintended consequences of war

Apparently the Israeli/Lebanese war is causing sky rocketing pirces in the cannabis industry.

Boosted security on the Lebanon frontier brought a drastic reduction in drug smuggling, with the cost of cannabis in Israel up eight-fold, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported on Tuesday

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If not for your health, then do it for the gas

As our recent history shows, Americans in general don’t seem to get angry about much other than rising gas prices. Perhaps the additional cost of hauling their oversized butts around will encourage them to lose some weight since the looming onset of cancer, heart disease and diabetes does not seem to be doing the trick.

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The right thing

As I am sure you have heard by now, Zacarias Moussaoui’s life was spared and he was sentenced to life in prison. I believe the jury came to the right decision because while he may have been privy to the 9/11 plots, he made no actions in the attacks. If we start killing people for conspiracy, then hell – I could have been sent to trial for a “what-if”conversation I had last night. It seems many Americans today still want so much to see someone pay for what happened, but killing a man who was not there definitely would not have been the answer, so for this I breath a sigh of relief. Besides, aren’t there already enough folks paying for this every single day?

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Utah got something right

As you may or may not already know, Utah is one of the most conservative states in the nation. In the last presidential election, Bush took a higher percentage of votes in Utah (71% to be exact) than in any other state. A refreshing political change came to Utah in 2000 in the form of a Democratic Mayor named Rocky Anderson. He has done a good many things to help Salt Lake become a more pedestrian and bike friendly city, he has been supportive in equal rights movement for the gay community, he has attempted to bridge the communication gaps between members of “the” faith, and non-members, the city has seen a reduction in serious crime rates under his watch, and he has taken many steps to help revitalize the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, etc., etc.. While all of these things (and many more!) definitely impress me, I found it very moving and extremely brave of him when I read that he called on the people of Salt lake to “vigorously protest” the war in Iraq during President Bush’s visit there last Monday. Good for you Rocky!

In other Utah news, did you hear about the SWAT team making a mess out of a private rave? Reminds me of a time years ago when they sent the SWAT team after the pot smoking hippies at the Sunday drum circle in Liberty Park and a riot nearly ensued. (This last story was also the work of Mayor Andersons, just a gentle reminder that no one is perfect.)

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New Banksy Installation

Banksy is “an ingenious and dexterous culture jammer, adept at hacking the art world and rewriting its rules to suit his own purposes” (wired) and he also has a number of amazing new pieces on the Palestine/Israel separation wall. If you haven’t seen his work before you can find his website here and a pretty extensive collection of photos of his work here.

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