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Help -- what 's the dark brown bread with a fine small golden grain or

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seed in it -- NOT sesame seed -- called?

The seeds in this bread are a mystery -- they're round, like millet seed. Crunchy. The color of pale honey. About the size of a round of 5-mm pencil lead -- too small to be uncooked couscous, for example.

The bread is chewy but not stiff, so not pumpernickel; its crumb is not as coarse as an Italian loaf, its crust not as leathery as a French baguette. It's not sweet-flavored nor does it have the characteristic whang of molasses-sweetened bread; alas, nor does it taste of buttermilk. It may not be a yeast-risen bread, but a quick-leavened bread. I know not, alas. Its color is like burnished leather, or like a chocolate (not fudge or devil's food, but cocoa-powder) cake. Read below the fold...

Rich

Honestly, I can't remember having read a worse column, and from Rich, that's saying something. Every sentence is at best wrong, and at worst an outright lie. Here's a mild example:

It wasn’t until the Joseph Wilson-Valerie Plame saga caught fire in summer 2003, months after “Mission Accomplished,” that we began to confront the reality that we had gone to war in Iraq over imaginary W.M.D. Weapons inspectors and even some journalists (especially at Knight-Ridder newspapers) had been telling us exactly that for almost a year.

Whaddaya mean, "we"? Read below the fold...

Modo

Honestly, I can't remember having read a worse column, and from MoDo, that's saying something. Every sentence is at best wrong, and at worst an outright lie. Here's a mild example:

We dutifully cut back on Starbucks macchiatos, designer water and even Girl Scout cookies, but we keep hurtling down.

Whaddaya mean, "we"?

Oh, and she spends the first six (6) paragraphs bashing who? You guessed it: Read below the fold...

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The Israeli frustration

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The recent outcome of the Israeli election following the Gaza war reflects an Israeli population increasingly frustrated with the inability of its leaders to make Israel into a "normal" state on the terms that Israelis felt were "promised" to them---in a metaphysical sort of way---by their early leaders. I recently read this op-ed piece in Ha'aretz which really puts the frustration into stark terms: Read below the fold...

Citation analysis

Media critiques from CounterPunch and AlterNet, cited in Vyes's famous "Links" section. DFHs!

Why don't we turn the banks into regulated public utilities? Read below the fold...

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President Obama Records an Ode to Tax Cuts

From the BBC:

The tax cuts announced on Saturday are part of a $787bn stimulus plan that Mr Obama signed into law this week.

The plan, aimed at reviving the US economy amid a global economic crisis, is split into 36% for tax cuts and 64% percent allocated for spending on social programmes.

Mr Obama said the US treasury had already begun directing employers to reduce the amount of taxes claimed from pay cheques.

The savings will reach 95% of American families, he said.

"Never before in our history has a tax cut taken effect faster or gone to so many hardworking Americans," the president said.

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Marketing Matrimony

I know $5 million isn't much money these days, but I have to believe HHS could find a better use for it than packaging marriage like processed cheese and selling it to young people. Gannett:

The average age at first marriage is now almost 26 for women and 28 for men. And a growing percentage of Americans aren't marrying at all: Provisional federal statistics released Tuesday report 7.1 marriages per 1,000 people in 2008, down from 10 per 1,000 in 1986.

Faced with such numbers, the federal government is funding a $5 million national media campaign that launches this month, extolling the virtues of marriage for those ages 18 to 30

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Pravda says farewell to L'il Debbie; lambert sheds a single tear [not]

Meet the new ombudsman. Let's just hope they're not the same as the old ombudsman. Read below the fold...

"Fiscal responsibility" I can get behind

Bloomberg:

Most of the savings will be realized from winding down the war in Iraq [with some portion taken out for winding up the war in Afghanistan] as well as increased revenue from Americans making more than $250,000 a year, said the official. The Times said Obama will propose letting President George W. Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy lapse in 2010.

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Crying wolf?

Here? Probably not. Here? Definitely.

Too bad you have to treat everything the man says with complete skepticism, but there you are. Lessons learned! Read below the fold...

Go read Stirling, yet again

I can't find the original of all this, but I think the Obama administration fits very neatly into the analytical framework, which dates from 2005: Read below the fold...

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Sunday Book Review

Tomorrow is Sunday which means its time for Sunday Book Reviews. What are you reading? What books are your all time favorites? Come tell us all about them. Or shoot us some of your own writings!

Also, please share any stories you may have about budget cuts to libraries. According to the Library Journal, PA has proposed to cut the state's library budget in half. Read below the fold...

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Oregon: To Keep Schools Open, Teachers Must Work For Free

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The governor is himself offering to work for free for four days. Oh, and to cut his pay by $5,860 a year. But he wants every teacher in the state's public schools to work for free for five days, or the state will close the schools early this year.
If teachers can be made to work for free for a week, what's to keep the corporations from demanding free labor as part of their entitlement next? Read below the fold...

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Montana wants single payer on the table

Letter to Great Falls Tribune

We should ask Max why he refuses to give single-payer health care a fair hearing. Perhaps because he knows that a well-designed Medicare-for-all plan will "pencil out" far better and be more user friendly and less complex than his plan.

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