Gray Flannel Dwarf

11/14/2005

The two-headed donkey.

(Title comes from a cartoon attached to this article from The Economist):

Two-Headed Donkey

My response to a DKos post entitled ‘A Redder Shade of Blue‘:

If you look at the right, it’s moving further and further from centre towards its extreme. GOP players like McCain, Chafee and Specter attempt to bridge divides and make calls for a more normalised stance on things, and they are called splitters, RINOs, what have you.

By that rational, it seems only obvious to me that as today’s neocon controlled GOP shifts more and more to the right that the alienated moderates and indeed, those “middle of the road”ers that exist — even though the “middle” has shifted far to the right — will make a move towards identifying with the Democratic party.

People can talk with derision about the DLC and bemoan the shifting face of the Democratic party, but until the Democratic party starts winning elections again, it doesn’t seem to me that the prerogative should be pushing a 100% blue-blooded agenda.

This doesn’t mean someone has to necessarily be a fan of the DLC, but perhaps efforts should be made to at least take advantage of new blood into the party before shooing them off.

You’re right, in one aspect, illustrating the dangers a party takes when bringing on a new faction, a la the Christian Right. However, it’s something of a false analogy. The Christian right is an ideological sect, which can’t truly be compared to a more middle of the road, populist block.


cswiii @ 4:17 pm

Pumpk’ed

The guy through whom I did my financing for my old townhouse sends out bi-monthly-ish “Hey, I’m still here for all your loan needs!” postcards. They’re still making their way to my new house because the post office is still forwarding on stuff to the new address, 8-10 months or so later.

The postcards this guy sends out — and I’ve seen others do the same thing — are something akin to this, each one having a recipe on it. This is done for obvious reasons of course — “Ooh, that looks good, I’ll hold on to this!”

Well, now that I live over 300+ miles away, it’s not likely I’ll be using his services anymore, but regardless, the recipe on a recent card we received, for a chipotle pumpkin soup, was attempted last night at our house… and it was good.

We tried it out, to see if we thought it would be a good idea to make at the yearly Thanksgiving beach excursion. Wife thought it was slightly too spicy. But that’s because I put three chipotles in, rather than the two for which the recipe called. Also used dollops of sour cream instead of creme fraiche because I couldn’t find the latter in any stores around here (I miss you, Wegmans), and that worked just fine. Also, it called for putting everything in the blender on puree. I don’t have a blender, but chopping the caramelised onions up in a veggie dicer was good enough.

I’ll post the recipe here sometime. Fantastic stuff! Until then, you’ll just have to be tortured, awaiting the recipe — I couldn’t find it anywhere online.


cswiii @ 11:32 am