16 ounces of pasta cooked, drained and set aside to cool.
1 cup of Italian salad dressing
1 medium red onion sliced into rings
3 chopped tomatoes
2 chopped cucombers
2 chopped green peppers
1 carrot (shredded or chopped)
When pasta is cool, mix with other ingredients in a large bowl. Cover, place in fridge overnight to allow it to chill and marinate.
This is a really good recipe and you can also add shredded cheese to it or, Renata's favorite at the Fourth of July, some corn kernals.
Let's turn to the economy. This is disturbing:
The Associated Press - - 5 minutes ago
NEW YORK - Citigroup, still partly owned by the government after a rescue during the financial meltdown, is giving raises to top executives that could amount to millions of dollars and using stock to get around a cap on cash pay at bailed-out banks.
Citigroup's Pandit Takes $1 in Compensation for 2010 New York Times
Citi chief to draw full pay again in 2011 Financial Times
We bail them out -- that's you and me, our children and our grandchildren -- and its bonus time for a company that is not out of the woods. Why do we do these bail outs? People are hurting in this economy and this is what we're doing?
Why the hell didn't the White House put in strict guidelines? Because they just love to see us taken to the cleaners? That's certainly how it looks.
It would be so nice to have someone in the White House who knows what they're doing. Maybe Bill Clinton was the exception and we won't see anyone else capable of managing the economy again? I have no idea. But Barack mocked the Clinton era when he ran for president. I don't know anyone who wouldn't trade the economy of those times for the one today.
Liz Peek's latest column on the economy is up at wowOwow and this is the opening:
About the only thing that Americans seem to agree on these days is that the health of small businesses is important to our future. It is therefore noteworthy that a new government study from economist Mark Crain of Lafayette College shows that the cost of federal regulations is stifling our smaller companies. Crain reports that compliance with the gazillion rules and regulations handed down by our nation’s bureaucrats are much more burdensome for companies with fewer than 20 employees than for their larger counterparts. Specifically, Crain says that little firms spend $10,585 per employee to meet federal regulations, compared to $7,755 per employee for the largest businesses.
That’s a pretty heavy load to lift. The breakdown includes more than $4,000 in environmental costs, $781 to comply with OSHA charges and in excess of $4,000 per employee to comply with economic costs. Crain, who updated a report first issued in 2005, estimates the total cost of the nation’s compliance with federal regulation at $1.75 trillion. By the way, that is up nearly 50% from (a recalculated) $1.172 trillion in 2005. The perception that government regulators have been slacking off over the past decade is pure fiction. At a time when many small businesses are struggling, having the government continue to ladle on regulatory costs seems nuts.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday: