Saturday, September 10, 2022

Green Chile and Tomato Salsa (Salsa de Chile Verde con Tomate) in the Kitchen

Kat saw this at Parade and passed it on to me:

This chunky green chile and tomato salsa from singer-writer Linda Ronstadt’s new book, Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands (out October 4), showcases Anaheim chiles, a key ingredient in the fare of the Sonoran Desert. “Anaheim chiles are a great border-crossing chile, popular across the Southwest and northern Mexico,” says Ronstadt. “They’re about six inches long and not terribly hot, but deliciously essential, whether fresh and green or dried and red.” She serves this salsa with carne asada (grilled steak).


Green Chile and Tomato Salsa (Salsa de Chile Verde con Tomate)

  • 6 green Anaheim chiles (also called New Mexico or California chiles)
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1½ Tbsp flour


Green Chile and Tomato Salsa (Salsa de Chile Verde con Tomate)

1. Roast chiles, either by holding them with tongs over a gas burner, on a sheet pan under the broiler or on an outdoor grill. Turn them occasionally as they roast until almost completely blackened. Place chiles in a paper or plastic bag, or cover them with a damp towel, until cool enough to handle. Remove skins, stems and seeds. Cut chiles into ½-inch strips, then coarsely chop.

2. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Use a sharp knife to score an “X” in skins on bottom of tomatoes. Boil tomatoes 2 minutes. Use tongs to transfer tomatoes from pot (reserve water). Let tomatoes cool slightly before peeling.

3. Place peeled tomatoes in a large bowl. Mash lightly with a potato masher. Stir in roasted chiles, cilantro, salt and pepper. If salsa seems dry, add a little cooking water.

Linda Ronstadt was one of the biggest performers of the 70s.  Her albums sold in the millions and her tours were standing room only.  She wrote a song or two along the way but she was a singer, and not a songwriter, though she's wrongly lumped into the singer-songwriter genre.  

She started out in the late sixties fronting The Stone Poneys.  They had a big hit with Mike Nesmith's "Different Drum."  By 1969, she was recording solo.  Her solo hits would include "Long, Long Time" (beautiful recording), "You're No Good" (her first number one), "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me," "Somewhere Out There" with James Ingram, 'To Know Him Is To Love Him" (with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton), "Blue Bayou," "Hurt So Bad," "Love Is A Rose," "Don't Know Much" and "All Of My Life" both with Aaron Neville, "How Do I Make You," "It's So Easy," "Get Closer," "The Tracks Of My Tears," "When Will I Be Loved," "Love Has No Pride," "That'll Be The Day," etc.  

She charted on the pop charts, on the country charts and on the adult contemporary chart.

And, moving from food and music, Shannon Jones (WSWS) -- hot off the presses, just posted 13 minutes ago -- reports:

Workers at the Stellantis casting plant in Kokomo, Indiana, struck Saturday morning over contract issues. According to a brief announcement posted on the United Auto Workers main website, UAW Local 1166 is calling for “management to repair, replace and maintain the HVAC systems (something the company promised to do years ago), address other health and safety issues, provide clean uniforms like it does for workers at other plants, and fix some work rules.”

The 1,000 hourly workers at the Kokomo Casting Plant (KCP) produce parts for transmissions and other critical components for Stellantis vehicles. A prolonged strike at the plant, according to Stellantis, the “largest die cast facility in the world,” would impact Stellantis operations in the US and internationally within days.

The UAW, however, has no intention of conducting such a struggle and plans to end the strike as soon as possible. The walkout is being carefully stage-managed by both the UAW International and local to dissipate mounting anger over intolerable working conditions in Kokomo and other plants.

Widely despised by workers, the UAW International is pointing to the strike as proof of its willingness to stand up for workers. “UAW members have made Stellantis their profits, yet the company is indifferent to the working conditions that Local 1166 members must endure.” Local 1166 is also the home local of Shawn Fain, a longtime UAW International rep who is being presented as the official “opposition” to UAW President Ray Curry.

In fact, Curry and Fain are just as indifferent to the conditions of rank-and-file autoworkers, having negotiated years of concessionary contracts, which abolished the eight-hour day, cut wages for new hires in half and sanctioned the horrific exploitation of temporary workers.

By calling the strike this weekend, when no production was scheduled, the UAW has ensured there will be no immediate impact to Stellantis operations. At the same time, the UAW has told other Kokomo-area Stellantis workers not to support the Kokomo Casting workers by joining their picket lines. Union officials at the much larger UAW Local 685 claim their nearly 7,000 members could not join the picket line because they work for the same company!

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday:

Friday, September 9, 2022.  A US journalist who covered Iraq has passed away, more US tax dollars are headed to Ukraine (even more), Moqtada al-Sadr has new suggestions (tantrums) in Iraq, and much more.

Let's start with Jeffrey St. Clair (COUNTERPUNCH) providing an overview of the world today:

+ The White House is preparing another $13.7 billion in “emergency funding” for Ukraine. Emergency? What about Jackson, Mississippi?

+ Bill LaPlante, the Pentagon’s top weapons-buyer, said this week that the US trained the Ukrainian missileers on how to use the Harpoon missiles that sank two Russian warships. This is how it always goes: first sell a besieged ally weapons, then train the foreign troops how to use them, then send military advisors for how to deploy the weapons, then send the CIA to pick targets, then send US troops when all of the above fails, kill tens of thousands of people (mostly civilians), then cut and run before you’re chased out of the country by the very people you claimed you wanted to protect…

+ Zugzwang [tzoog-tzwung]: a situation in chess (and life) in which a move must be made, but each possible one will make the situation worse.

+ September 3, 2022 in America: 127 shooting incidents, 134 injuries, 46 fatalities…

+ Despite the fact that drug use of any kind is rarely  the cause of miscarriage or still birth, prosecution of women who test positive for drugs still happens and it’s likely get even more common in the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

+ Voting is the basement in the abandoned house people keep running into thinking they’ve found the way you, only to find someone in a hockey mask (Pelosi or McCarthy, on any given year) holding a chainsaw to cut off the rest of the Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance and Food Stamps…

+ Goldman Sachs analysts spell out the likely consequences this winter from the NATO/US/EU sanctions on Russian oil and gas: “In our view, the market continues to underestimate the depth, the breadth & the structural repercussions of the crisis… We believe these will be even deeper than the 1970s oil crisis.”

More money for Ukraine and Joe Biden's war of choice while the people in the US suffer.  He's delivered nothing of value to Americans and isn't on course to do so.  But in two years, it'll be time for everyone to whore agin and insist that he (or whomever replaces him on the ticket) will work for Americans.  Honest.  This time.  Maybe this time.

Time does have a habit of running out.  Sooner or later, it runs out for all of us.  Lynn Neary (ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, NPR) reports:

Anne Garrels, longtime foreign correspondent for NPR, died on Wednesday of lung cancer. She was 71 years old.

At even deeper than the 1970s oil crisis.”

More money for Ukraine and Joe Biden's war of choice while the people in the US suffer.  He's delivered nothing of value to Americans and isn't on course to do so.  But in two years, it'll be time for everyone to whore agin and insist that he (or whomever replaces him on the ticket) will work for Americans.  Honest.  This time.  Maybe this time.

Time does have a habit of running out.  Sooner or later, it runs out for all of us.  Lynn Neary (ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, NPR) reports:

Anne Garrels, longtime foreign correspondent for NPR, died on Wednesday of lung cancer. She was 71 years old.

At NPR, Garrels was known as a passionate reporter willing to go anywhere in the world at a moment's notice if the story required it. She was also a warm and generous friend to many.

When she arrived at NPR in 1988, she already had a lot of experience under her belt — including 10 years in television news at ABC, where she was bureau chief in both Moscow and Central America.

Garrels made a strong impression on NPR's Deborah Amos. "She was this glamorous television reporter who came here," she said. "She didn't dress like the rest of us in the beginning. And she'd has this long and remarkable career before she landed here ... She was always braver than me, and I always understood that she was braver than me."

That bravery led Garrels into many war zones. And when it came to covering a war, she was there at the beginning, in the middle of the battle, and at the peace table. She was the kind of reporter who would drive alone across a war zone if that's what it took to get the story.

But in a 2003 interview with NPR's Susan Stamberg, Garrels insisted that she was not a "war junkie." "I didn't set out to be a war correspondent," she said. "The wars kept happening."

Ted Johnson (DEADLINE) adds, "During her career she was honored multiple times for her work, including the the George Polk Award, the 2004 Edward R. Murrow Award, the Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation and the Los Angeles Press Club’s Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism."

Her most acclaimed reporting came during the 2003 Iraq War. More than 500 journalists, including more than 100 Americans, covered the run-up to the war. But once the United States began the all-out bombing campaign she was one of 16 US correspondents not embedded with US troops who stayed — and for a time was the only US network reporter to continue broadcasting from the heart of Baghdad.

With her vivid reports often picked up by other broadcasters, Ms. Garrels — and her safety — became a story in itself.

Once she was home, other reporters interviewed her about her ordeal. She told of subsisting on Kit Kat chocolate bars and Marlboro Lights, bathing by gathering water in huge trash cans, and powering her equipment by attaching jumper cables to a car battery, which she lugged up to her hotel room every night.

Ms. Garrels told Terry Gross, host of the NPR program “Fresh Air,’’ that she had not thought twice about staying in Baghdad. “My gut instinct told me I would be OK,’’ she said, in part because she worked with a very competent fixer.

She admitted to Gross that she had been worried at times about being taken hostage, but she said she was usually so exhausted at night that she “slept like a baby through the bombing.’’

What really scared her, she said, was the thought of not telling a story as well as she wanted to. “I don’t write easily,’’ she said. “It’s a painful process.’’

Years later, Ms. Garrels said in an interview that while in Baghdad she had experienced a crucial reckoning. When the US Marines and some Iraqis toppled a massive statue of Saddam Hussein, the country’s dictator, she quoted somber Iraqis saying that the arrival of US troops had been humiliating and predicting that the Americans would soon be resented. By contrast, she said, the dominant images on television were of jubilant crowds cheering the fall of the statue.

Ms. Garrels’s editors in Washington were watching television and asked her if she wanted to revise her story, given the discordance between her words and the televised images. No, she told them, insisting that her interviews more accurately reflected the moment.

Her version was borne out by other photojournalists on the ground and by an after-action report by the Army, which said that the Marines had more or less stage-managed the toppling of the statue with a small number of Iraqis in an otherwise empty square.

“That was probably one of the most important moments for me as a reporter,’’ she said, as it reinforced her instincts to trust her own reporting.

Peter Maass Tweets:

I wrote a long story for the New Yorker about U.S. journalists hyping the toppling of a statue of Saddam Hussein in 2003 - so I just want to say that Anne Garrels, who died yesterday, was one of the few to get it right. Listen to her dispatch from Baghdad:

Nearly every major US outlet went with the lie and pimped it hard. It's to Anne Garrels' credit that she avoid the pack mentality. Back to Lynn Neary's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED report for this:

As much as Anne Garrels loved Russia, she is probably best known for her reporting during the 2003 Iraq war. She was one of a handful of foreign reporters who remained in Bagdhad as the war began. As she told Susan Stamberg, she used a satellite phone for her reports and went to great lengths to conceal it from Iraqi authorities.

"And then I decided it would be very smart if I broadcast naked, so if that, god forbid, the secret police were coming through the rooms, that would give me maybe five minutes to answer the phone, pretend I'd been asleep and sort of go 'I don't have any clothes on!' And maybe it would maybe give me five seconds to hide the phone," she said.

Garrels later wrote about her wartime experiences in Iraq in a book called Naked in Bagdhad. NPR's Deborah Amos, who also reported from the Iraqi capital, remembered that Garrels sometimes took extraordinary risks to get a story.

In Iraq, the political stalemate continues.  We're basically one month away from one years since Iraq held elections but still no prime minister, still no president.  October 10th was the day some went to the polls to vote.  All these months later, nothing.  RUDAW notes:

The United States has not abandoned Iraq during its ongoing political crisis, a former US official said on Thursday, noting that parties in Baghdad need to reach an agreement to prevent further chaos in the country.

Iraq is in a deepening political impasse triggered by the parliament’s failure to form a government due to disputes between the major blocs of the legislature over the mechanism of its formation.

“A lot of people who have said that the United States has abandoned Iraq, [and] is starting to abandon the Middle East… The United States is not abandoning anybody. They are realigning, not their necessarily priorities, but their main objectives,” Vincent Campos, former public diplomacy officer at the US State Department told Rudaw’s Diyar Kurda on Thursday, adding that Washington constantly conducts an assessment to determine the right level of needed engagement.

Campos emphasized the need for the political parties to affirm their commitment to efforts aimed at the progress of the country and preventing it from sliding into further disarray.

Noted failure Moqtada al-Sadr continues to grow hi manboobs while also attempting to prevent the formation of a government.  He's now calling for Sunnia and Kurds to resign from Parliament and stating that the current prime minister -- his friend Mustafa al-Kahdimi -- remain as caretaker prime minister until early elections are held.

If they are held, it won't be next month.  The government of Iraq has usually maintained that the need between three to six months to prepare for an election.

The Supreme Federal Court, the highest judicial body in Iraq, has deprived the leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, of his last pressure card to dissolve parliament and go to early legislative elections.

The court's decision came after he failed to achieve the dissolution of the legislature by resorting to street mobilisation, that eventually turned violent.

Analysts say that the decision announced Wednesday by the top court, which ruled that it does not have constitutional powers to dissolve parliament, narrows the options for Sadr and forces him to meet his opponents from the pro-Iran Coordination Framework half-way.

The initiative by his ally, Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi, may offer him the opportunity for a political climb-down.

Legal expert Amir Al-Daami told local media, that "the decision of the Federal Court is to the credit of the court, given that it complied with the Iraqi constitution to the letter and did not put itself above the law."

Iraq's top court ruling on Wednesday could be a turning point in the country's 11-month political crisis.

Sadr's bloc won most votes in parliamentary elections last October but he has been unable to form a majority government. His followers stormed the parliament in late July to prevent their rivals from Iran-backed groups from forming the government.

With ensuing rallies, clashes with security forces, counter-rallies and a sit-in outside, the government formation process has stalled.

Moqtada has spent nearly 11 months stamping his feet and he's accomplished nothing.  Well if Joe Biden can fool his supporters, why shouldn't Moqtada be able to do the same.

Anyone paying attention knows that Joe Biden’s accomplishments as president are pretty sparse. The oligarchy allowed his American Rescue Plan stimulus program to go through but then put a stop on Build Back Better or any other legislation that would help the people in a meaningful way. The student loan debt relief plan is a bait and switch scam used against desperate people. Biden brags about allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies but that won’t happen until 2026 and will only be allowed for ten drugs that are to be named later.

What is a failed president to do? His 2022 midterm stump speech had the odd title , “The Continued Battle for the Soul of a Nation.” No one voted for Biden to be the nation’s religious leader, why the reference to the nation’s soul? That use of language is a sure sign that nonsense is being peddled and Biden didn’t disappoint. His failures are the reason he keeps running against Donald Trump instead of in defense of himself.

Because he and the democrats don’t have much in the way of appeals to voters he just shouts Trump’s signature acronym MAGA, Make America Great Again, over and over again. He said MAGA 13 times in his speech. Never before has a losing president or his supporters been elevated to such a level of attention.

Of course Trump differs from most former presidents by claiming that he didn’t really lose and encouraging his supporters to riot inside the Capitol two weeks before his successor’s inauguration. He still says he didn’t lose and is also back in the news after refusing to turn over subpoenaed documents to the National Archives where they belong.

But Trump’s personal foolishness should be a reason for him to be ignored instead of getting more attention. The MAGA distraction exposes the democrats’ weakness, namely living off their decades old reputation as the party of working people when they have had little or nothing to say for themselves in that regard in the Biden, Obama, or Clinton administrations.

The events of January 6, 2021 were definitely a shock to the public at that time but a year and a half of endless news stories and congressional investigations haven’t moved the needle of public opinion very much. Approximately 40% of Americans would still vote for Trump. The people calling Trump a traitor and wanting to jail him are the same people who would never have voted for him or other republicans in the first place. Trump received more than 70 million votes in November 2020, 10 million more than in his 2016 election. There is little reason to believe that those supporters will change their minds. The democrats may get lucky and keep control of congress after the midterm elections but it won’t be because Biden manages to say MAGA in every sentence.

It is a political dictum that opponents should be attacked and not voters. Hillary Clinton’s pre-election remark about “deplorables” didn’t help her get out the vote in swing states where she most needed them. Biden diverges from traditional political discourse out of desperation so acute that he repeats Hillary’s failed course of action.

He is allowed to spew subpar propaganda because he has no opposition within the democratic party. The so-called progressives stand down when they are told to do so. They are window dressing within window dressing who are allowed to post platitudes on Twitter and fool democrats into thinking they have champions in congress. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley can even tell an obvious lie that Biden canceled student loan debt and emerge unscathed. Neither she nor other members of “the Squad” or the Congressional Black Caucus have anything to fear when they go along to get along.

They would think twice about joining in the beat down if they feared the voters. Unfortunately most democratic voters have been indoctrinated into thinking that voicing any concerns with their party leadership will lead to republican victory. Black voters are once again caught in what they see as an insurmountable trap of defending democrats regardless of what they do or fail to do.

But that twisted thinking needs to stop. The liberation movement is uplifted at every possible moment yet its real significance, sustained opposition to political power, is rarely mentioned. There is no reason to accept crumbs and thus continue snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. There is no trap for Black or any other democratic voters if they show some determination to speak out when they are being conned.

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