Torture Report

628x471I’ve downloaded the Senate’s report on the use of torture by the CIA. I’m reading through the summary. It’s about as bad as it could have been – misleading reports of effectiveness, poor oversight at all levels, and a level of abuse worse than many expected.

The terrorism guy from Clinton’s administration, Richard Clarke, as well as people from the FBI (and some I spoke to at security conferences) claimed that standard (non abusive) interrogation techniques were going to prove more effective than the torture. This report confirms.

Kelly’s Chicken Enchiladas

I’m told that this was the backbone of a catering business once run by a friend Kelly. We served these when Alex had his Eagle Court of Honor. Each recipe makes one 8×13 pan.

You can, in theory, substitute hamburger and beef broth for the chicken, but we’ve never tried it.

Enchilada Filling

  • 1 cooked chicken
  • 2 packages of taco seasoning (follow instructions on package)
  • 8 oz. cottage cheese
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup salsa

Mix ingredients. Roll into flour tortillas to make 8-10. Place in 8×13 pan.

Sauce

  • Flour & butter
  • 1 can chicken bouillon
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 1 can green chilies
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese

Melt 6 tablespoons butter, add 6 tablespoons of flour, and make a paste.

Heat the bouillon and add to the paste.

Add sour cream and green chilies, Mix to make the sauce.

Pour the sauce over the tortillas in the pan. Sprinkle the 1 cup of cheddar cheese over the top.

Baking

Bake 1 hour at 350 F.

Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Garnish with lettuce, tomato, and sour cream.

Bourbon Yams

Ingredients:

5 large yams
Cointreau or Triple Sec 1/3 cup
Butter 6 T.
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. bourbon
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/ tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. clove
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tso ground white pepper

Brush yams with vegetable oil. Bake for 30 minutes at 450 degrees.

Cool, peel and cut them into 3/4 inch slices.

Heat other ingredients in a sauce pan.

Layer yams with sauce.

Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees covered.

Take the cover off. Mix gently and put 2 last T butter on top.

Bake 20 minutes more uncovered

Note: This recipe is from the Spinelli/ Moore’s favorite cajun cookbook. They brought this
for Thanksgiving one year and its become a tradition in our home ever since.

Dreaming of Minnesota Traffic

I woke up at 5am this morning and decided there was no point in being up that early. I went back to sleep and dreamed of traffic.

It was snowing and I was in a 2-lane column of stuck traffic when some bozo goes speeding past in the narrow breakdown lane. Then the bozo’s car gets stuck in slushy mess just past where we are stopped. I get out of my car, feeling a sense of justice, and I walk over to the side of their car.

The other side is tipping into this pond that appeared by the side of the road. This being a dream, I give the car a gentle push and it tips right over into the lake.

This being Minnesota, I immediately wade into the lake, help the confused occupants from the car, apologizing the whole time.

It’s a couple of hapless 20somethings on their way to family Thanksgiving. Fortunately I wake up just as their Mom arrives to start yelling at me.

Ebola news of the weird – financial edition

My friend John shared this one with me – a company with Russian connections has spent over $200K to buy the domain name “ebola.com.” That’s weird enough, but a Slate correspondent took the time to dissect the transaction, which involves stock in a “marijuana company” and a seller who also owns “birdflu.com.”

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Inventing Email

Every time people have congregated on interactive computer terminals, someone has put together chat and email systems. The systems we use today are based on “RFCs” – informal specifications developed by a community we now think of as “the Internet technical community.” In other words, no one person invented email. It arose from teamwork and cooperation.

But according to the friends and publicists for VA Shiva Ayyadurai, the community story is wrong. Shiva actually created the whole thing himself in 1978, as documented by many web sites with names like www.inventorofemail.com. Huffington Post recently published a string of blog posts reporting his claim. Huffpost retracted the articles a couple days ago.

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The Imperial Cat

CatDidItI hadn’t realized it, but cats really used to run everything. As with most cases of imperial power, they blew it. 

According to an ancient Chinese legend, the gods originally gave cats dominion over creation. I don’t know if that was before or after Adam and Eve were tossed out of paradise. Cats were even given the power of speech so their commands would be understood by lesser beings (humans, I guess).

However, the cats were about as careless with their blessings as Adam and Eve were. They were too busy sleeping under the cherry trees and playing in the meadows to attend to their serious work.

The gods gave cats three chances to clean up their act. Each time they found cats sleeping and playing instead of keeping the world in order. Finally, the cats admitted that they didn’t really care about running the world, and suggested leaving it to humans to do. The power of speech was taken from cats and given to humans. 

We all know how that turned out.

Apparently our ancient Greek friend Aristophanes used the excuse, “The cat did it,” in one of his comedies.

 

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