U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the files released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks indicated U.S. authorities knew about widespread torture and ill-treatment of detainees by Iraqi forces, yet transferred thousands to Iraqi custody between early 2009 and July 2010.
"The files also allegedly include information on many undisclosed instances in which U.S. forces killed civilians at checkpoints and during operations," Pillay said in a statement.
Okay, Kyle e-mailed with a food question and noted he might need to send it to Third but thought I might have a slow day and need a topic instead? Actually, I like the topic (pizza) and we are trying to blog about different things so that the WikiLeaks coverage C.I.'s doing in the snapshots has a chance at a wider than usual audience.
So pizza it is.
First, basics, then fun. You can buy an instant mix at most grocery stores for crust. (Often by Jiffy.) If you use that, mix according to directions but put in a cold oven (with dish covered) for an hour. The crust is better if you allow it to rise for an hour. Then put the crust in a pan, add sauce, cheese and anything else you might want. If you want a shorter way, many stores now carry pizza crust already cooked. You can also buy a cheese pizza and add your own favorites to it.
Those are the basics.
What Kyle wondered was what was everyone's favorite pizza?
Swiping from Third to save time on links,
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess, and Ava
Jim states he will eat any pizza but his favorite is meat lovers "and it's not a pizza unless it has at least three meats on it. At least three." Donna likes a plain pepperoni pizza best while Ty swears by either pepperoni with black olives or Canadian Bacon with black olives. Jess doesn't eat meat and his favorite pizza is vegetarian or veggie lovers. Ava likes black olives, onions and mushrooms best.
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude
Rebecca votes for Italian sausage "in the balls, not the ground meat which just doesn't do it for me. No offense, but plain sausage and hamburger pizza always look like a Totino's pizza to me and I wonder why anyone would pay for that."
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man
Anchovy is Betty's pick. She bemoans the fact that you can get a to-go pizza with anchovies less and less around the country and often just buys a frozen cheese pizza, puts anchovies on and cooks it herself.
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review
C.I. listed anchovy as well. When told Betty had also picked it, C.I. stated, "Betty's the only one I eat it with. Most people I know can't stand it. I'll go with whatever anyone else wants, it's not that big of deal to me. But if I'm asked what my favorite is, it's anchovy. And Betty and I have a blast eating an anchovy pizza."
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills)
Kat says the only pizza for her is the surpreme. "And I hate how when you order that at some places it becomes a major cost increase for every little ingredient. I like the variety of it and how pretty much everyone gets something they want. Now if I'm eating with Jess or with my friend Toni, they're both vegetarians, I'll get the veggie lovers which is like a surpreme with just vegetables. I love that one too."
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Pepperoni and onion. And he's got a story. "Laverne & Shirley was on during the daytime growing up and I'd usually watch that. I was raised by my grandparents and two meats on a pizza costs more so we'd hear about that. But one day Laverne's eating a pizza and it's her favorite, pepperoni and onion. So I throw that out the next time and, sure, onions we can have as an extra topping, the place didn't even charge for those. So we had that and it was really good. Now I never tried her milk & Pepsi drink but Laverne did know her pizzas. It's still my favorite."
Mike of Mikey Likes It!
My son loves Canadian Bacon and pineapple best and ham and pineapple second best. We were at a pizza buffet when he was in elementary school -- after one of his games or one of his brothers or sisters -- and he tried it on a dare from other kids. It immediately became his favorite pizza. He didn't remember that, by the way, until I jogged his memory on the phone. (He says it was after one of his game and he's probably correct since the other kids on the team with us were his age.)
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz)
Elaine likes mushroom and onion: "And not chopped onion. I want it to be half rings or rings. I like them to be a little black in places from the cooking. They taste so good. With Mike, we usually get a pineapple and Canadian Bacon pizza, large, just for him and he and I split a medium. We may have a meat put on it sometimes, other times we don't. For myself, I'd just order mushroom and onion."
Ruth of Ruth's Report
Ruth states she'll eat whatever but notes that on her trip to Japan two summers ago, she was exposed to eel and squid as toppings "and they taste wonderful. I got back here and the next time we ordered pizza, we tried to order that thinking we had just never been exposed to it but it was available here. Turns out it is not available and you should have seen the people at the counter look at us like we were crazy. If you ever get a chance, both are wonderful toppings but I especially loved the squid. Here in America, I will eat anything as a topping. Except sun dried tomatoes. They never really cook and they are always soggy."
Wally of The Daily Jot
Ham and pineapple. When told that Mike said that and Canadian Bacon and pineapple, Wally said that was his other favorite but traveling all over the country with Ava, Kat and C.I. (speaking out against the illegal wars), he gets to sample a lot of pizzas "and there's a real move to stop the Canadian Bacon at some places. I know Dominos, for example, just does ham now but there are others around the country who also are starting to drop Canadian Bacon in favor of ham as well.
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ
Marcia says, "When I was a kid, I loved hamburger. That's all I would eat and refused requests to try anything else. Now that I'm older, I've really fallen for pepperoni and my favorite is pepperoni and Italian sausage. But, now that I'm older, I'll eat anything on the pizza. If I'm out with a group of friends, we'll usually each pick an ingredient and end up with multiple toppings."
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Bacon and ham is Stan's choice. He states he will eat any pizza -- "even plain cheese, but if I'm the one ordering, I'll order bacon and ham. I really love that. Afterwards, it's probably ham with onions or ham with olives -- green or black or both."
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
Isaiah states the most important thing is he has to "have a flat crust. I also prefer spinach or one of the California type toppings because traditional pizza leaves me with heart burn about an hour after I eat it. I cannot eat pepperoni at all because I will be waking up with my throat on fire all night from the heart burn."
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub
Ann said anchovy. I told her that was Betty and C.I.'s pick as well and she noted "great minds." How difficult is it for her to get an anchovy pizza, I asked noting Betty's remarks. "There is one and only one pizza place in our city that we can get an anchovy pizza at. It doesn't deliver and it's half-way across town. So most of the time when we have pizza, I go with a second or third choice. Betty's right, it's getting impossible to get an anchovy pizza. I noticed that about seven years ago when I ordered one over the phone and the guy said something like, 'We have to open a can for that and it's not worth it to us to open it for just one pizza.' I don't know if they bought these huge bulk cans of anchovies or what. But that was the start of the end of anchovy pizzas in our city."
I'll go with an economic tip. My favorite pizza 'ingredient' is black eyed peas served with pizza. Not on, with. How come? Spinach is too soggy and doesn't really seem to work. Salads are great but often kids will forgo them. In my house, everyone would eat a helping of black eyed peas with each slice of pizza they had.
Why is that important? We had eight kids -- and some, like Mike and his brothers, were big eaters. We couldn't afford eight to sixteen pizzas every meal when we had pizza. Serve a vegetable your kids will eat with the pizza and then they'll get the nutrition from the vegetable plus the vegetable will help fill them up. It's a pizza expander or helper, if you like.
And if you're a parent, you know what I'm talking about or are slapping your head right now and saying, "Of course! That's what I need to do."
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Tuesday: