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peter

first or dagnabbit

Sue

::grin::

narciso

It's always an awkward moment, when they ask Brahimi, how did his regime solve their insurgent moment;

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/04/former_guantanamo_de_2.php

MarkO

Everywhere it is peace in our time.

Buckeye

Lurch is Zero2

Jack is Back

They say Brazil is the country of the future and always will be. Can we also say that peace is the future of Israel and always will be?

Jack is Back

The Leland Yee story you won't see on the MSM from NRA News

What a skunk. But I have to agree that for the Dems in 2014 and 2016 he is a sacrifial lamb. The highest ranking Prog unable to defend himself. As they say effluent rises to the top.

pagar e

This ought to make the front page.

http://pamelageller.com/2014/04/sharia-law-nine-month-old-booked-murder-pakistan.htm

"LAHORE: In a bizarre incident, a nine-month- old Pakistani boy has been booked for attempted murder by attacking a police team here.

Musa was produced in court where Additional District and Sessions Judge Rafaqat Ali granted bail to the minor till April 12 and directed the police to “record his statement”.

narciso


Yes, are none, but you know they alway 'let the Wookie win'

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/legitimate-concerns_786501.html#

NK(withnewsoftware)

Well, at least the NYT called that thing 'News Analysis'. The NYT is a laugh riot, best parts? they don't realize they are now self-parody, and two, they don't realize they will be Carlos Slim's galley slaves sooner than later, with no health benefits, no pension, and no future.

Jack is Back

Being and Naziness

Why is this a new revelation about Heidigger? In my student days it was an accepted fact that he was brillant but a Nazi just the same.

Captain Hate

The palis and Lurch deserve each other.

narciso

he was a philosopher, friends and then some with Hannah Arendt, but more importantly he's a fountain of deconstructionism, the tearing down of truth, like his Belgian counterpart
DeMan,

narciso

Some of the wretched spew, directed at Leo Strauss, in the last decade was abominable,

there is the debris of that, in the hatred for Rumsfeld, exhibited in the reviews of Errol Morris' latest, to whom he showed up unarmed rhetorically.

anonamom

Per NPR, the Ft. Hood shooter had been "prescribed a number of drugs."

NK(withnewsoftware)

Ivan Lopez on psych meds? paging Tom Maguire, paging Tom Maguire... Mr....Tom.... Maguire

narciso

Isn't this nearly always the case, they never do solve the problem, they just enbiggen it,

NK(withnewsoftware)

the psych meds or the at home pole dancers?

narciso

Well, the latter is a solution of a sort;

NK(withnewsoftware)

depends on orientation... wait....

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

That pole dancer story was kind of a snooze fest, no?
Not that I could find any pole dancer images that were less mundane.

narciso

that's why I went with Kelly Brook, there were some other pics there as well,

Sue

Enbigen? You're speaking Texan now?

narciso

It's a perfectly cromulent word, Sue,

this has been one of the more surreal weeks, in a while,

Jack is Back

Ah, ha. Typhus outbreak. First since February for me.

Jack is Back

Trying again:

Can someone tell me how Hillary Clinton wil make the politics in Washington "less partisan"?

Well I guess if ObamaCare is now 'settled law' then there is less to be partisan about, eh?

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

--Can someone tell me how Hillary Clinton wil make the politics in Washington "less partisan"?--

She'll reeducate and abolish the vast right wing conspiracy. Presto.

Sue

Cromulent? I think I'm going to have to look that up.

Sue

Less partisan means republicans core beliefs are ideology and democrats core beliefs are proven science. The media plays along and voila republicans need to shut up.

Jack is Back

OT:

According to De Staandard in Belgium, the top ten resrtaurants in the world:

Dit is de top tien van de beste restaurants volgens Elite:

1. Alinea, Chicago, VS
2. DANIEL, New York, VS
3. Fat Duck, Bray, Groot-Brittannië
4. Eleven Madison, New York, VS
5. Le Bernardin, New York, VS
6. El Celler Can Roca, Spanje
7. Azurmendi, Spanje
8. La Pergola, Rome, Italië
9. The Ledbury, London, Groot-Brittannië
10. Osteria Francescana, Italië

We have eaten at 4 of them. And I have to ask if DANIEL is no. 2 what the hell has Alinea done to be No. 1 except it's in Chicago:)

Sue

Narciso,

I don't watch the Simpsons so I didn't get it until I looked it up. Well played!

narciso

It's from a Simpson's sketch, that's what it has come to, every crazy notion is now dogma, no matter how wrong,

narciso

I haven't in ages, but back when it was amusing,

MarkO

Hillary is suggesting that no one criticize her killing of the ambassador.

narciso

Or the reset, or the capitulation to Iran, or the latest Kim princeling,

Beasts of England
...or the at home pole dancers?

I didn't know that was an option.

Beasts of England

@JiB: I've eaten at two of them. Interesting to see the French Laundry drop to number 55. Are there really fifty-four better tables than Keller's flagship? I'd have to taste it to believe it; but I'd be willing to try. ;)

Jack is Back

BoE,

Consider them the Visting Danglers:)

Jack is Back

BoE,

French Laundry has always been a outlier to the Euros because it doesn't conform to their idea of classic culinary but rather relying too much on California produce. Call it penis envy but it is there. Plus Keller is not liked in Europe. Most of that listing is crap to begin with because Bocuse and Ducasse are not even considered. Much less Helene Derozze.

Pathetic ratings but I had to post for the gourmand that populate this joint.

Beasts of England

Thanks, JiB - had not heard that about Keller's reputation abroad. Last time I browsed the Guide Michelin I noticed that the French Laundry and Per Se were well reviewed. I like the guy's style and he's an interesting cat. I was standing with him and two others at an event and one rube asked him if he were called 'Tom' or 'Tommy'. He said 'Thomas' and walked away. Priceless.

Jane

Jib, Beasts, given your experience, what makes them top 10?

Jack is Back

Well, remember there are more American's visiting Napa then Euro's. The measure has always been that it is too easy to grow wine in California where in Spain, France and Italy it is hard because of the ancient terroir.

MIchelin uses USA based foodies for their edition over here and vice a versa for Europe. The best restaurant I have ever eaten in was in Mrs. JIB's home town of Brasschaat named Bellefluer which had 3 stars but is no longer there. The chef/owner would come to your table (one of only 9) talk to you about what he had in the larder and kitchen and how he would like to prepare it for you. You had a choice his way or some variations you could suggest. He was open to all reasonalble changes and additives. Incredible cooking since it was actually custom made. 2nd has to be DANIEL which every foodie in the world should experience.

Jack is Back

Jane,

Everything you don't get at your local best eatery. The ambiance, the welcome, the presentation of staff, the table setting, the location of each table to each other, the wait staff and their knowledge (none of those restaurant's staff write down your order, they remember it), the way you are constantly served without being interrupted, the courtesy, the length of receiving your order course by course without feeling you have been waiting or rushed, the quality of the food and presentation, the fact that the wine is served before your food arrives (VERY DAMN IMPORTANT), the amount of time you are allowed to enjoy your meal without someone asking if its OKAY, the understanding that you are there to enjoy your meal and not learn about how the waiter is going to school and hasn't decided if psychology or art history is the right choice for study, the way you end your meal course by course without having to wait and wait and wait for the next one, the way it ends with perfect appreciation for the fact you have spent an hour and half savoring a meal and not impatience, waiting or worry.

Beasts of England

Impressive, JiB.

@Jane: Without getting too flowery in my assessment, there is, of course, the food. Not only fresh and perfectly prepared, but pleasing presentations and the interaction of the ingredients with the focus of the dish - something that challenges the diner, without being different for different's sake. Service is a huge factor to me: seamless, without being overbearing. Other tangibles include linens, silverware, crystal - ambiance of the room.

It's a nuance that is readily debatable. But, JiB and I certainly agree, Daniel should be on the bucket list for anyone who loves food. It's that simple.

Jane

Interesting. Mr Left's son is a chef at top restaurants in NYC and I am always fascinated by the criteria. I never feel like it is beyond me, but maybe it is.

Miss Marple

Hillary has a new hairdo. I think she looks like Phyllis Diller.

peter

just think, some hairdresser got paid around $500 for that

Beasts of England

I doubt that, Jane! Fine cuisine is such a pleasure and I'm always amazed at how they pull it together day in, day out; every cover, every time. Truly a gift...

Danube on iPad

This "peace process" charade has been going on since Nixon-Kissinger.

peter

I've eaten at both Blue Hill restaurants. I thought they were a little over the top. The one in the village was too cramped and the one in Pocantico Hills was too pretentious.

narciso

Yes, but no one really took them serious, until Camp David, which was really about Adham pushing Sadat out of the Soviet orbit,
which has now come full circle, as we've driven Egypt into the embrace of Sochi Bear,

what is the favorite dish at Daniel?

Jack is Back

narciso,

DANIEL is constantly changing. Very innovative cuisine. Top on seafood. Not a caviar guy but they have an impressive menu for that. Whatever you get, you have never had it that way before and that is why I like the place. Its like going to one of those Iron Chef competitions except your meal is the winner everytime.

Beasts of England

Golf Digest is taking some flak for using a picture of Paulina Gretzky (Wayne's daughter) on their cover. Very few women golfers have ever had their own cover photo. And while Paulina is engaged to tour player Dustin Johnson, she's no elite golfer. Mark me down as offended...

narciso

Her golfing skill, was not the point of the exercise, I reckon,

Threadkiller

I'd like to see her on the back nine...

Jack is Back

Frederick and I inside the kitchen of DANIEL last August:

40 line cooks. There were 10 trainees watching. 3 majjor stations: Appetizers, Entree's and Deserts. Most impressive display of culinary arts I have ever seen.

BTW, our friend Lexi Thompson is tied for the lead at the Dinah Shore aka the Nabisco something or other. She is not 20 years old yet. Go Lexi!

Beasts of England

I typed 'offended', but I'm pretty sure I meant 'jealous'.

Jack is Back

Think about that photo if you are inviting girls into golf: Terrible grip - right hand strong, left hand weak. The stance is too neutral for the iron she is playing. The ball is too far back. Her posture too upright etc. etc. Phony photo just for the boobs.

Beasts of England

Terrible grip, JiB. First thing I noticed...

Danube on iPad

Two mighty good-looking young men there, JiB.

As Michael Wilbon pointed out today. Golf is neither a PGA, LPGA or USGA magazine. It is a profit-making publication trying to sell magazines. Anybody who wants to put Nancy Lopez (only lady golfer I can name) on their cover is free to do so.

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

I look for Dustin Johnson's game to plummet soon.

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

No offense JiB, but if I never hear the term "foodie" again it'll still be a little too soon.

Next on my list any movie or TV show with this bit of dialogue; "Let's do this...."

Jack is Back

DoT,

I agree. That is why Time and Newsweek always put a photo of HIllary looking like a 40 year old harlot on their cover because it sells to people like DuDa, BuBu, KaKa and Dana:)

Jim Rhoads f/k/a vnjagvet

Ms. Gretsky needs some leg development exercises. She looks to me to be somewhat anorexic with a bit of augmentation up top. Of course, her dad never appeared to be a particularly impressive physical specimen. The best hockey player I ever saw, though.

Threadkiller

Terrible grip, JiB. First thing I noticed...

Holding the wrong shaft?

Sue

How does Tampa Bay keep a major baseball team there? They have a good team but their seats are practically empty.

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

She's going for the thigh gap, JimR. These days it's a must. :)

Jim Rhoads f/k/a vnjagvet

I wonder if JIB thinks those pins can be a sufficient base for good golf shots, Ig? Her arms look a bit underdeveloped as well. I am sure she is a lovely girl, though.

They

peter

A friend of mine used to be the executive chef at Daniel. He gave it up for a more family oriented lifestyle. In order to be one of those world class chefs, you're putting in 18 hour days, six days a week.

narciso

I think he was inspiration of sorts, for vince flynn's term limits;

http://babalublog.com/2014/04/04/leahy-the-leaker-was-his-nickname-helping-dictators-was-his-game/

Jack is Back

Peter,

Absolutely right. Not a profession for a family man. It is a tortuous experience for a world class chef. Just the planning is enough to make you give it up.

My problem with the Gretsky girl is that as America;s most up and coming female golfer, Lexi Thompson, takes the lead in the ladies first major, we have a lady who knows zip about golf and probably couldn't break 100 on a real tournament course gets this kind of billing becauwe of what? Her father was a hockey player.

At least Jessica Korda doesn't depend on her father Petr to get her exempt on the tour. She earns it.

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

Best chef I ever knew, and he could have turned an old pair of my logging boots into a feast, was a wild man. Couldn't keep a sous chef cause pots and pans were constantly flying in the kitchen.
Total maniac, but a bit of a genius.

Danube on iPad

"Let's do this...."

Home Depot. Guy needs to be shot.

Danube on iPad

"...gets this kind of billing becauwe of what?"

Because the publisher figures it's a good way to move magazines.

sbw

Cromulent? A well-worn word around here.

An active part of my lexicon.

Jack is Back

Off to the ktichen in the dreams of foodies {that one was for you, iggy]

Slaap lekker, tots morgen, goede nacht.

Clarice Feldman

Inn at Little Washington should be on that list.

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

The thigh gap obsession, below, which I have just learned is already passe;

now overrun by something called "the bikini bridge gap", which is apparently the gap formed by ones pelvic bones jutting past your tummy leaving a gap under the bottoms of your suit, as pictured;

The gal in the purple has an admirable bikini bridge. The poor girl on the right really shouldn't be let out in public without a poncho on....or something. What was she thinking?

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

Amusing story about the origins of the bikini bridge gap.
Started out as a prank/satire of the thigh gap obsession but soon morphed into a real obsession when people started reading about it.

Threadkiller

What was she thinking?

"Let's do this..."

Threadkiller

The Trivago torso-man is to me as William Devane is to Danube.

DrJ

The Trivago torso-man

I had no idea that gorillas (mostly) could shave.

Beasts of England

I agree, Clarice - it's wonderful! Blackberry Farm, as well.

Beasts of England

@Ig: I've never heard of a case where a top-flight chef was not a maniacal pot tosser. From my experience, some of it is ego (all ginormous), some of it is a creative bent (demanding perfection) and some is to keep the kitchen staff in line.

DrJ

BoE, you've not met any of the top-flight Japanese chefs. A friend of my ex's family, Shizuo Tsuji, had a very successful cooking school in Japan. He placed his chefs at the best places around the world (Paul Bocuse included). We were privileged to stayed in one of his Honolulu flats when we visited.

He traveled with a retinue of chefs -- about a dozen of them. None of them threw pots or pans. And they were magnificent.

One of the joys of my life was relishing an eleven-course Chinese meal he and his chefs served my then-mother-in-law for her birthday in spite of the fact that she was Japanese. The food was magnificent, the waiting was unobtrusive but attentive, and we spent about three hours in wonderful conversation with great food, good company and superb vino.

Jane, do try it some time.

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

Ok, who is the Trivago* torso man and how does William Devane differ from DoT?

*DocJ will appreciate my spellcheck suggested "trivalent" instead.

Beasts of England

Very true, DrJ. Those I know are here in the US. I've heard that the French can let loose, too, but I have no direct knowledge.

I would love to try some of the high-end places in the Pacific Rim. Having lived in Okinawa for a few years, I did enjoy some of their cuisine, although I doubt we ever tried anything terribly exclusive - other than a few Kobe beef places.

Threadkiller

"Hate" is a strong word that I don't normally use and I have misapplied it here.

I should have said he bothers me.

I also should not have spoken for Danube, other that I know he dislikes Devane's commercials.

Threadkiller

An interesting tidbit: Devane's dad was Roosevelt's chauffeur. Roosevelt signed the EO to halt private holding of gold. Devane is pimping gold.

Danube on iPad

I had never been exposed to the torso person.

I hate no one. My heart is filled with love for all people. If it is necessary that I shoot some of them to death from ambush for the benefit of mankind, my motive will be precisely that all-encompassing love.

For what is love? Love is the morning and the evening star, the eternal, glorious music-maker.

KA-POW!

Beasts of England

Interesting circumnavigation on gold, TK.

Looking around the webz, it's cute to see the leftists embracing the right of large corporations to fire employees at will. Wonder how long that'll last? Something about chickens and roosting...

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

The Youtube comments definitely come down on the side of annoyance for torso guy.

I liked Devane in a Psych with Carl Weathers a year or two ago. Otherwise he can be a bit irritating.
I always get him mixed up with William Daniels. I think Daniels' best performance was getting shot by Lee Marvin in Point Blank. :)

Danube on iPad

Not the carnal, but the divine love.

Nytol.

Bori

Terrible grip - right hand strong, left hand weak.

Looks like a perfect grip to me.

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

I'm a turnin in myself.

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