Thursday, January 23, 2020

Bean Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette in the Kitchen

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That's Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Impeach Me If You Can" went up last night.

This is Bean Salad with Balsamic vinaigrette from the Mayo Clinic:


For the vinaigrette:
1.2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2.1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
3.4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
4.Ground black pepper, to taste
5.1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

For the salad:
6.1 can (15 ounces) low-sodium garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
7.1 can (15 ounces) low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
8.1 medium red onion, diced
9.6 lettuce leaves
10.1/2 cup celery, finely chopped


To make the vinaigrette, in a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, parsley, garlic and pepper. While whisking, slowly add the olive oil. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the beans and onion. Pour the vinaigrette over the mixture and toss gently to mix well and coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate until served.

To serve, put 1 lettuce leaf on each plate. Divide the salad among the individual plates and garnish with chopped celery. Serve immediately.

That's in response to Cheryl's e-mail.  She's looking for tomato free salads.  Her doctor's advised her to eat less tomatoes and less potatoes.  I didn't question why and she didn't offer (nor did she need to).  In addition to eating the usual salad you might but without tomatoes, you can also find many salad recipes that do not include tomatoes.  A true Caesar salad, for example, does not have tomatoes in it.

Chery also asked if I could recommend anything for an upset stomach?

I'm not offering medical advice.  If you have stomach issues, you should speak to a doctor.  If you're tummy is just upset from time to time, you can try eating a yogurt or putting a heating pad on your stomach.  You could try increasing your daily amount of fiber -- something most of us should be doing anyway.  Or maybe you're someone whom chocolate works wonders on -- I have a friend who can have a piece of chocolate and it'll knock out a headache in the snap of a finger.  There are many folk remedies and other things you can try.  However, if you're having prolonged and/or repeat stomach issues, you should see a doctor.

  1. Im endorsing the young man from Brooklyn because Bernie is the best candidate. Medicare for All, College for All, a Green New Deal, and much more are revolutionary ideas for our time. We are radical enough to take these challenges on, are you?

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Thursday:
Thursday, January 23, 2020.   War Hawk Joe Biden starts showing the stress as he continues trying to run from his own record, protests continue in Iraq, another protester has been killed, and much more.

Starting in the US where the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination continues.  As Elaine noted in "It cries" last night, when not sobbing on TV, War Hawk Joe Biden can be found these days attacking the press.  Yesterday, he got 'handsy' with CBS NEWS' Ed O'Keefe.

“Yesterday you... accepted Bernie’s apology. Now you’re attacking him... Why wasn’t his apology enough?” CBS’ Ed O’Keefe asked Joe Biden. “Why, why, why, why, why, why? You’re getting nervous, man. Calm down!” ~ is losing it. 🙄

‘What in the hot mess was that?’ Joe Biden gets ‘very close to fully freaking out on’ CBS News’ Ed O’Keefe over question about Bernie Sanders [video] 

Joe Biden is out here attacking reporters like a "rabid dog". Why?

Guess North Korea was correct in its diagnosis when it said, "Rabid dogs like Biden can hurt lots of people if they are allowed to run about."

Looks like CBS News' Ed O'Keefe found out.

WATCH: After a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, reacts to 's question about his ongoing feud with : "Calm down, it's okay."



It's not a good time to be Joe Biden.  Even with all the efforts on the part of the media to spin things Joe's way, the wheels are coming off the cart.  Joshua Cho (COMMON DREAMS) notes:

Here’s something many Americans would be very interested to know: Is a leading candidate in the Democratic primary a liar? And since a strong majority of Americans have consistently opposed cuts to Social Security, the country’s most successful anti-poverty program, Democratic voters in particular might be interested to know if a President Joe Biden would try to cut Social Security.
Former Vice President Biden has supported cuts to Social Security for 40 years, and is on the record for saying things like:

When I argued that we should freeze federal spending, I meant Social Security as well. I meant Medicare and Medicaid. I meant veterans’ benefits. I meant every single solitary thing in the government. And I not only tried it once, I tried it twice, I tried it a third time, and I tried it a fourth time.
When Biden was running for president in 2007, he declared his willingness to oppose the US public when he boasted that he would ignore his advisers’ advice not to “touch that third rail,” and even released a plan to cut Social Security under the guise of raising the retirement age.

So when Bernie Sanders’ campaign released a video of Joe Biden’s statements reiterating his desire to cut Social Security, a program that benefited 64 million Americans in 2019, and is the major source of income for most elderly Americans, shouldn’t media headlines reflect this? And if many of these outlets openly acknowledge that Biden’s claim that the video was “doctored” isn’t true, don’t they have a journalistic obligation not to launder the Biden campaign’s false talking points?

Surveying Joe's long history regarding Social Security, Max B. Sawicky (IN THESE TIMES) concludes, "In summary, there should be no doubt that Joe Biden has long advocated cuts to Social Security."  It's a tough time for Joe as his supporters in the media appear unable to carry him across the finish line.  The truth is hurting Joe's chances at (a) fooling the American people and (b) locking down the party's presidential nomination.  Jon Queally (COMMON DREAMS) explains:

After Joe Biden's campaign Tuesday night released an online video accusing the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders of unleashing a "barrage of negative attacks" and "not telling the truth"  about the former vice president's record on Social Security, the hashtag #TelltheTruthJoe began trending on social media and Sanders himself shot back by saying: "Let's be honest, Joe. One of us fought for decades to cut Social Security, and one of us didn't. But don’t take it from me. Take it from you."
Characterizing the Biden campaign video as "the first negative ad of the 2020 Democratic primary," Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir, in a statement, said it was important for people to understand why it was being released now.
Biden, said Shakir, is "trying to distort his decades-long record of proposing and voting for cuts to Social Security benefits for millions of people." According to Shakir, the well-documented history shows that "Biden is no defender of Social Security, and a negative ad won't help him outrun his record."

To again bolster their case, the Sanders campaign released detailed fact sheet (pdf) as well as a new video of their own detailing Biden's long history of calling for Social Security cuts and espousing his willingness—across numerous decades in Congress and during his time in the White House with President Barack Obama—to work with Republicans on the effort. While Briahna Joy Gray, national press secretary for the campaign, noted early Wednesday morning the video had received over 1 million views in a matter of hours since it was released, as of this writing the figure was much closer to 2 million[.]

Joe can't run from his record and it's a very, very sad record.

In 2010, Joe Biden's brother's construction firm received a $1.5 billion dollar government contract to build homes in Iraq while Joe was overseeing the US led occupation of the country.

This is corruption and war profiteering. Plain and simple.

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Biden's brother received 1.5 Billion to build homes in Iraq during the time Joe Biden was Vice President and placed in charge of the reconstruction of destroyed housing, buildings and utilities. The Brother had no experience in these field.

Joe "Hair Sniffing" Biden has the nerve to call videogamers "Little Creeps?" and says "games teach people to kill."

You know what ? No one ever died from  Mortal Kombat. 100,000 civilians died from your Iraq War vote.

Spare us the lecture.

Joe Biden's campaign is based on lies...

Lies that he hasn't been fighting to cut Social Security for 4 decades.

Lies that he wasn't an enthusiastic proponent of the Iraq War.

Lies that he marched in the Civil Rights Movement.

  • NEW: I did a deep dived into  Biden's comments on the Iraq War –  how he defended his vote after the war began.

    In a speech in 2004, Biden defended his vote saying U.S. had to go into Iraq even though there were no WMDs, terror ties, or imminent threat.

    Here for the CNN's look at Joe Biden's record on Iraq.

    Meanwhile, THE ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS has a column by US Senator Lisa Murkowsski which notes:

    As the United States is entering its 19th year of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, the presence of our troops in the respective regions can be out of sight and out of mind. All it takes is some attention, such as a breaking news story, for eyes and hearts to turn back to remembering the dangers our men and women in uniform continue to face. The attacks on U.S. military bases this month reminded the nation we still have troops on the ground and their lives were in imminent danger. 
    In the last couple of weeks, our U.S. Embassy in Iraq was under attack, Iran-backed militias were responsible for the death of an American contractor, and most recently, more than a dozen missiles attacked Iraqi-U.S. bases housing our troops. Out of the roughly 5,000 U.S. troops deployed in Iraq, more than 2,000 are from Alaska. Between the Stryker Brigade out of Fort Wainwright and the Alaska Guard Rescue Squadron from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, our Alaska troops have a large presence in the region and are key contributors in supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in an effort to eliminate the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
     Alaska soldiers were in charge of fence and base exterior security at Al-Asad. The night before the missile attacks, the base commander ordered troops to bunker and lock down the bases. Some units were able to evacuate with their aircraft while others sought shelter in hardened buildings or bunkers. However, many of the Alaska soldiers were to remain on the fence to ensure base security during the attack and sheltered in their vehicles.

    After the attacks, commanders sought accountability of their troops and checked for casualties. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal, or EOD, teams conducted sweeps to ensure no units remained unexploded. Afterward, they began the clean-up process to remove rubble, destroyed buildings and equipment.

    Steve DeVane (FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER) reports:

    Paratroopers from Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division will be protecting the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, officials said.
    The 82nd soldiers will take over security at the embassy in Baghdad from the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response, a U.S. Central Command spokesman said. An element from the division's Immediate Response Force brigade will be assigned to the embassy, according to a statement released Tuesday by the spokesman.

    The statement did not give details of when the paratroopers will go to the embassy or how many of them will go.

    AFP reports on the continuing protests in Iraq:

    An Iraqi demonstrator was shot dead in the southern city of Basra overnight, a security source and the human rights commission said Thursday, the latest in a string of protester deaths. 
    [. . .] 
    It was the second straight night a protester was gunned down in Basra. Female activist and paramedic Janat Madhi, 49, was killed the same way late on Tuesday.
    The deaths bring this week's toll to 12 demonstrators killed, according to the Iraqi Human Rights Commission, a state-funded monitor which reports on protest violence.

    An Iraqi boy cries during the funeral for a  female paramedic and activist,  Janat Madhi Hussein, who was shot dead in

    The young demonstrator was shot dead by unidentified assailants after he left the main protest camp in Basra, a security source said.

    The protests continue in , the security forces are reacting very hard on the people. The number of those who died in demonstrations is increasing.

    Images of the security forces who brutalized the demonstrators on the way to "Mohammed Al Kasım":


    1. More than three months after they began, protests in Iraq have escalated and taken a new turn this week. 

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