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Monday, April 19, 2004

Wow...Bosox take 3 out of 4 from the damnedyankees, A's win, Giants lose to the hated dodgers...what an emotional roller coaster. FIghting in Iraq seems to have abated somewhat and we can only hope this is due to the violence being meted upon terrorists by our troops. Of course Spain's new government cannot wait to get her troops out of Iraq. Apparently the lessons of 700 years of Islamic rule over the Iberian peninsula have been forgotten.

What is really the most galling about the Spanish decision is that it comes just as it appeared some Euros had the whole equation of islamic fundamentalism figured out. I was glad to see President Bush issue a statement that "he regretted" the removal of Spanish troops from Iraq. In diplomaticese, thats the equivalent of "you skirts can hide behind us for now but if islamic bombers keep hitting you in Spain, don't come sniveling to us for help." Even Jean "effing" Querry has denounced the Spanist decision. Of course that is as of this posting. By the time you read this, Querry may well have changed his decision.

If you are anything like me, (and a good deal of you must be or else what in hell are you doing reading my blog?) then you read any account of the fighting in Iraq you can get your hands on. I am much tempted to just starting posting links to some of the better ones but then again, how much easier can it get than they already make it at freerepublic? Freepers consistently post the latest news from literally thousands of sources. You can't find a better source for breaking news anywhere and that includes Drudge.

Speaking of Drudge, the man has done an incalculable service in exposing the amorality of IMPEACHED ex-president Clinton and that more than anything else is what has so polarized the country. I see the leftist, handwringing apologists and their enablers in the media continually refer to President Bush as polarizing. I beg to differ for Mr. Clinton was truly the polarizing agent. His adherence to abhorent moral relativism and continual glib lies serve to alienate the country still. What has the left to be angry about? That President Bush won the election in 2000 despite not receiving the popular vote? Tough, it's called the Electoral College and is provided for in the Constitution, perhaps some leftists would benefit from reading that document.

There in essence you have distilled the polarized segments of the American Electorate. Half of them are angry because their President was IMPEACHED for lies, immoral behavior, perjury and obstruction of justice and they can't understand the Constitution. The other half are angry because the first bunch is so dimwitted and obtuse, they can't possibly understand the concept of a Constitutional Republic and yet they persist in undermining that Republic. Hijo le mano...

Last week being Easter, we had a leg of lamb roasted to perfection by my lovely and talented bride. Now thats a recipe for another time. What I want to detail here is the accompaniment of lentil stew. Saw this dish on Emeril Live one night and it looked delicious so I had to try it. It was absolutely wonderful and we been making it here ever since. Being as we have had a bit of a Mediterranean theme here today, discussing the Spanish, and since the birth of the Catholic Church was in the Mediterranean Basin, I thought it an appropriate side dish for an Easter Sunday menu and reproduce the recipe here courtesy of the Food Network. This also accompanies Chicken and Fish nicely...

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 1/2 quarts chicken stock
2 cups brown lentils
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
1 pound red skin potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons chopped lemon zest
12 ounces spinach leaves, picked and cleaned
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup chopped mint
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

In a large pot heat oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, cook, stirring for 30 seconds. Add the chicken stock, lentils, and tomatoes, and then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the potatoes, cook uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the lemon juice, zest, and spinach. Simmer for 2 minutes or until the spinach wilts. Fold in the mint and parsley. Adjust the seasonings. Serve with crumbled feta. Good Eatin' on ya!!!


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