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Post No. 1707
03/21/2008 10:49 AM
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Down the hatch!

Oh, I love Indian food...curry, chutney, chickpeas, tomatoes, garam masala...exotic flavors to be sure. Strangely enough I was once served a little dolop of apple chutney to accompany my order of "bangers and mash" (Irish-style saugsages and mashed potatoes) in a Burlington, VT pub....but it was delicious. (Now if a musician could just release an album of Celtic/Indian fusion I'd be all over that).
And Aaron, you told me what a bialy was but what is a knish? Is it anything like "pierogi"? (polish pasta pillows often stuffed with mashed potatoes and cheese...Burlignton's City Market Co-op makes good peirogis from time to time).

Food is quite a passion of mine - along time ago I thought I wanted to be a chef...but I've also had thoughts of becoming a priest. I also tried to make homade orange juice once but I just couldn't concentrate.
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Post No. 1706
03/20/2008 10:25 PM
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Food for Thought

Indian food is one of the world's finest cuisines. The middle east also has some great dishes. Now, how's this for a segue...

I just received this CAMERA email alert today:

National Public Radio continues its lopsided coverage, presenting minimal reporting of Israel's chief concerns, amplifying Palestinian grievances and omitting essential information.

In Brief

NPR coverage of the March 6 terrorist attack on the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva and reporting the following week are a reminder the tax-supported, listener-funded network continues to merit its nickname "National Palestine Radio" in tilting toward pro-Palestinian perspectives. Israeli murder victims are nameless and faceless, while a segment on March 14 is devoted entirely to the personal grievances of Palestinian Zadune Saida, inconvenienced by checkpoints. Israel is given two sentences to respond to a litany of distorted accusations.

Omitted throughout the same period is any reference by NPR to the daily anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric by Palestinian factions and others in the Arab world and by Al Jazeera television.

A detailed analysis, as well as biographies of the 8 young yeshiva students killed by an Arab terrorist, are below.

I forget the exact facts but I remember reading that some of the higher ups at NPR are Arab Americans and this probably accounts for their bias. Nevertheless, this is a public radio station for all Americans, and this bias is intolerable. I have stopped contributing to NPR and would encourage everyone else to do the same. Yes, they do have some very good programs, but just as I wouldn't support a station that was anti black or anti Arab, I won't support one that is anti Israel. They also have had reports that I found were anti Orthodox Jewish.

I wish I had some food I could throw at them right now! about a knish? No, better yet, a stuffed derma dripping with brown sauce!

Whoops, there I go again with violent imagery.

Post No. 1705
03/20/2008 07:08 PM
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Food and music

Food! To name only one, discovering the Indian cuisine for me was like discovering a great composer: its enormous diversity, in vegetarian meals as well as in meals with meat or fish; its tastes, spices that somehow are always still distinguishable (is that a word?) even though many may have been used to create a certain blend, in fact, it was as striking as listening to the Kodaly cello solo sonata for the first time - what a new world opened up! Sounds, colours, timbres I'd never before imagined! I just had to buy the score (even though I will never be able to play it, at least I'd learn to read it). Just like I got myself Indian spices and a cookbook and ventured out.
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Post No. 1704
03/20/2008 06:38 PM
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Food glorious food

Some people love to talk about food. My father is one. He will talk with someone about a restaurant and what "wonderful" pasta they make, or about how they take this vegetable and mix it with that. He can go on for several minutes.

Since I was a kid I always found that strange. What is food? Food is something you eat. If you serve it, I'll eat it. That's about the extent of it for me.

Don't get me wrong...I like a good steak as much as the next guy. Especially when it is cooked to the point where the redness is just about gone, and it sits in a tasty sauce that is a mix of blood and fat. Add to that a touch of garlic, and a few sauted onions, and you're really getting there. Throw in a few mushrooms, nicely browned, serve it fresh off the broiler and whamo shazam! I WILL eat it!

But I still don't care all that much about it.

Post No. 1703
03/20/2008 06:35 PM
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Post No. 1702
03/20/2008 01:49 PM
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Would you like fries with that?

Have you ever packed yourself a lunch for work but found it not to be enough to satisfy or satiate you untill dinner? (whenever that may be for you)
I have, and that happened today. But luckily - I just got finished eating some left-over fruit I happened to find in our conference room - a basket of three, ripe, round pears. (I only took one). Let me tell you - I've had pears before, but this one was perhaps THE BEST pear, or peice of fruit in general, I have ever had. The taste was superb, the texture was just right, the color was a vibrant, lime taste dlike a cross between a mango and an apple whch had been dusted with cinnamon. Of ocurse I was extremely hungary at the time, but eating this pear was an incredibly enjoyable experience for me....I'm definately going to eat more pears from now on.

But I wonder just how much we take the time to NOTICE our food in general? We're always so busy fromday to day but do we have time to notice the texture of the bread encasing our sandwhich? the nuttiness of the sauce on our sesame noodles we might purchase from our local co-op? The diverstiy of flavors which flow into your mouth just from one roll of sushi? The numrous colors of veggies in a stir fry? The way cream cheese spreads off of our knife onto a toasted cinnamon-raisin bagel? Or how the flesh from a nicely, baked portion of fish or a crab cake flakes onto your fork?
(hmmm...might there be things to appreciate in Fast Food dishes as well, despite the obvious heatlh risks? I used to be a fan of McDonald's Filet-o-fish sandwhich, until I worked at the restuarant and learned it's the most caloric sandwhich on the menu...but I loved the combination of the soft bun, the crispy fish patty, the nutty, orange-coloured American cheese, and the tangy tarter was the perfect way to eat fast food and still keep my Fridays in lent meat-free....but I digress. Fast food is part of my past. This food left me...and fast)!

Whoa - that had to be the longest sentence in parenthesis ever.
But for now - eat your pears and take time to say "thank you" for your's a gift from God (made from the hands of your nieghbors) as well as something which satisfies....That's a good combo there' And as we all learned from eating out: combo meals are good.
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Post No. 1701
03/20/2008 01:17 PM
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Rabbi Lederman Stikes Again!


I had 12 bottles of whiskey in my cellar and I was instructed by me wife to empty each and every bottle so I proceeded with the task.

I withdrew the cork from the first bottle and poured the contents down the sink, with the exception of one glass which I drank. I extracted the cork from the second bottle and did
likewise, with the exception of one glass which I drank. I then withdrew the cork from third bottle and poured the contents down the sink, with the exception of one glass which I drank.

I pulled the bottle from the cork of the next, and drank one sink out of it and threw the rest down the glass. I pulled the sink out of the glass and poured the cork from the bottle. Then I
corked the sink with the glass, bottled the drink, and drank the pour. When I had everything emptied I steadied the house with one hand, counted the bottles, corks, glasses and
sinks with the other, which were twenty nine, and put the houses in one bottle, which I drank.

I'm not under the affluence of incohol, but thinkle peep I am. I'm not half so thunk as you might drink. I fool so feelish I don't know who is me, and the drunker I stand here the longer I
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Post No. 1700
03/20/2008 01:03 PM
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Edward wrote:

So exactly what message does this bit of humour convey? That violence is ok if you laugh about it? Who told you this joke or where did you get it from? I dont think I quite get this one. If you ask me, I think I like Rabbi Lederman's jokes a little better.

I find this set of questions fascinating. Not so much because of what they ask, but what they say. I suppose a question is a window into the mind of the asker. It is a clue as to what they think, or what they wish to know. (Sorry if I am getting too deep, but it's Holy Thursday, there's no one around, and I don't have much to do.)

Let's look at this line by line:

So exactly what message does this bit of humour convey?

The fact that one would ask this question shows that one lacks the background to understand the joke. There is nothing wrong with that. We all are lacking in certain types of knowledge, and many jokes presuppose certain common understandings. For instance, I had a Puerto Rican roommate once who didn't find the Marx Brothers funny at all! He said, "What is so funny about this stupid guy who insults everbody?" I realized that he just didn't understand the humor. He lacked the necessary context.

That violence is ok if you laugh about it?

I wonder where Edward is coming from on this. Is he a pacifist that finds all violence distasteful, including self defense? Or does he find violence is sometimes necessary but does not believe it is something to ever laugh about. Does he find Tom and Jerry and The Roadrunner cartoons equally offensive? Or is it the ethnicity of the actors in this joke that offends him? Or could it be that he just didn't read the joke carefully enough to realize that the Israeli was acting in self defense and actually ends up saving the lives of the two American reporters? It is very hard to know why he finds this objectionable.

Who told you this joke or where did you get it from? I dont think I quite get this one.

This is the most hard to understand of all. Why does it matter who told it to me? Perhaps this is a search for context. He may be wondering if the person who told me this joke is someone who he would not like, in which case his negative reaction would be justified. Or maybe he would be someone who he would respect, in which case then he might have to question his own take on the joke.

If you ask me, I think I like Rabbi Lederman's jokes a little better.

Now we move from questions to a statement. This statement indicates that he likes another person's jokes better. Yet even here he hedges his bets a little by saying he likes the "a little" better. This could mean A) that if it turns out that the joke actually is a good one, he only liked Lederman's jokes slightly better, so he did not totally reject the humor, or B) he actually liked Lederman's joke "a lot" better, but in an effort to not be offense he inverts the adjective.

Anyway...I think I beat this horse to death. (Sorry if that violent image offends anyone out there. You never know...there might be a PETA supporter in the audience. Ha! I finally found a way to bring PETA into the guestbook. PETA. PETA. PETA. If I keep repeating it, maybe when someone is doing a search on PETA they will end up here.)

But what I am really getting to is that the middle east is like a kalaidascope. The images keep moving around and changing. They change even more the more you know. All kinds of strange combinations come up. And everyone sees it differently. Even the same person sees it differently as time goes on.

Visit Israel...Kalaidascope of God!

Post No. 1699
03/19/2008 05:58 PM
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summers coming

summer time and ill be in the states in just 12 weeks

Post No. 1698
03/19/2008 05:41 PM
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Another cool site

of a journalist I greatly admire: javascript:setsmile('')

Post No. 1697
03/19/2008 04:51 PM
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Post No. 1696
03/19/2008 03:40 PM
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Keeping 'em Honest

I think they picked Dan Rather and Katie Couric for that joke because they are known as "leftist" reporters, but, frankly, they could have picked other reporters from all over the political spectrum.

I never knew about Cool site. Here is a clip from it:

COMMUNIQUE: 11 March 2008
Contrary to media spin, recent events are not part of a "cycle of violence".

These cartoons from The Times of London are indicative of many media's widespread misconception that Israel and the Palestinians are involved in a "cycle of violence" where both sides act in a "tit for tat" manner. The reality is quite different. Referring to the weekend's horrific terrorist murders of eight young students, the Jerusalem Post's editorial eloquently explains:

That the vicious assault has been widely reported and understood this weekend as the purported latest round in a "cycle of violence" is evidence of a failure to recognize what is truly at stake here.

It has been suggested repeatedly in international coverage of the attack that Israel must have known something like this would happen in the wake of the IDF's operation in Gaza earlier in the week. Attack, it has been said, begets counter-attack, begets reprisal, begets revenge, and on it goes.

In truth, however, there is no cycle of violence. There is no spiral of attack and counter-attack relentlessly unfolding here.

What we have, rather, on the one hand, is a sovereign nation's desperate effort to live in its homeland, seek peace with those of its neighbors who will partner it, and defend itself against those who seek its destruction. And, on the other, we have the forces of militant Islam, firing rockets across Israel's sovereign borders, murdering Israelis wherever they can be found vulnerable, indoctrinating their people with a vicious intolerance of Jewish historical rights in this region, and simultaneously spreading a perverted interpretation of Islam that purports to require each and every believer to carry out personal jihad in the name of God against the infidels - be they Jews, Christians or unbelieving Muslims.

Some media went as far as to suggest that this so-called latest "cycle of violence" began with the death of a Sderot student in a Qassam rocket attack, escalated to extensive IDF military operations in Gaza and culminated with the Jerusalem terror attack. How can the media ignore the thousands of rockets and mortars fired from Gaza over a continuous period of years and the recent escalation caused by firing of Iranian-made GRAD-type Katyushas into the city of Ashkelon?

Post No. 1695
03/19/2008 03:22 PM
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beat me to it

Haven't seen Rabbi Lederman's jokes yet, but as for this joke, I figured the fact that these reporters' names sounded very familiar to me (who never watches US TV) most probably meant that I had seen their way of reporting being butchered at OpinionJournal / or even for obvious reasons.
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Post No. 1694
03/19/2008 02:04 PM
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You have to know the context to get the joke.


Post No. 1693
03/19/2008 09:45 AM
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So exactly what message does this bit of humour convey? That violence is ok if you laugh about it? Who told you this joke or where did you get it from? I dont think I quite get this one.
If you ask me, I think I like Rabbi Lederman's jokes a little better.
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Post No. 1692
03/19/2008 09:23 AM
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Humor with a Message

Dan Rather, Katie Couric, and an Israeli sergeant were all captured by
terrorists in Iraq. The leader of the terrorists told them that he would grant
them each one last request before they were beheaded.

Dan Rather said, "Well, I'm a Texan, so I'd like one last bowlful of hot
spicy chili." The leader nodded to an underling who left and returned with the
chili. Rather ate it all and said, "Now I can die content."

Katie Couric said, "I'm a reporter to the end. I want to take out my tape
recorder and describe the scene here and what's about to happen. Maybe someday
someone will hear it and know that I was on the job till the end."

The leader directed an aide to hand over the tape recorder and Couric
dictated some comments. She then said, "Now I can die happy."

The leader turned and said, "And now, Mr. Israeli tough guy, what is your
final wish?" "Kick me in the ass," said the soldier." - "What?" asked the
leader? "Will you mock us in your last hour?" "No, I'm not kidding. I want you to
kick me in the ass," insisted the Israeli.

So the leader shoved him into the open and kicked him in the ass. The
soldier went sprawling, but rolled to his knees, pulled a 9 mm pistol from under
his flack jacket, and shot the leader dead. In the resulting confusion, he
jumped to his knapsack, pulled out his carbine and sprayed the terrorists with
gunfire. In a flash, all terrorists were either dead or fleeing for their lives.

As the soldier was untying Rather and Couric, they asked him, "Why didn't
you just shoot them in the beginning? Why did you ask them to kick you in the
ass first?"

"What?" replied the Israeli, "And have you two assholes report that I was
the aggressor?"


Post No. 1691
03/18/2008 10:25 PM
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I shot the violist, but I did not shoot no bagpiper....

Oh yeah, I've heard of Mactalla mor...played them on my show a few times. As bagpipe-led Celtic rock bands go they're allright, but I know of better bagpipers: namely American-born Mike Katz of Scotland's The Battlefield Band, and indpendent, Irish Uillean piper Danny McLoughlin from NYC. He just recently released a solo album entitled "Darkwood" and it's a recent favorite of mine. McLoughlin also plays a mean pennywhistle. I found the album on CDBaby. com, a favorite site of mine to find new music.

Well that's all for tonight, I'm tired.

Post No. 1690
03/18/2008 06:34 PM
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No idea how I got here: recently, maybe via a hint of yours?, but it was worth while!
I also really like this odd, very virtuoso trio Triology - , I remember on one of their albums they have some things Irish, I think it was on Who killed the Viola Player?

O'LN McCello
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Post No. 1689
03/18/2008 06:27 PM
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New Directions Writers Festival

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Post No. 1688
03/18/2008 05:16 PM
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Day tripper, day tripper yeah.....

The life of Richard Brautigan sounds like it was quite he was one of those Jack Kerouac or Hunter S. Thompson road warrior American literary figures....i like that kind of adventurer personality...perhaps i long for that since I lack a little bit of independence in the Winter months and can only ride the bus. During spring, fall and summer i can ride my bike, but I'm still a beginning rider; haven't taken it very far. It's one of those Worksman adult trikes with the metal basket int he back, I've done some shopping with it a few times since recieving it as a birthday gift.
I'll keep to my oriingal topic now that I've talked about bikes so as not to look ADHD.

So I admire traveling poets and minstrels, touring musicians and theater troupes...they may not make much money, but they're getting themselves out there to practice their craft for people, try new foods, (new drinks which sometimes happens), make new friends...this all leads to memories and those lead to an increase and experience and a decrease in ignorance. I like people like much so I want to be one myself.

But for right now I'm pretty much stationary here n good ol' Chittenden County, VT. I do theater around the area, as well as volunteer for different festivals such as the recent Irish Festival.

ajnd yes, LN Cello, i played in a ceili. That does sound alot like cello, doesn't it? it's pronounced "kay-lee", and it's the Irish Gaelic word for a Celtic musical gathering or jam session. In Scots Gaelic, it is spelled "ceilidh" but means the same thing. (In both Ireland and Scotland, the word "seisun" meaning "session" is sometimes used).
Coincidently, someone did bring a cello to the Irish fiddling workshop I sat in on; it was a little girl and she was cute. From what I heard, she played pretty well and kept up with the higher-pitched fiddles in the room. But it would be awesome to get a bunch of cellists together and hear them play jigs like "Drowsie Maggie", or "The Irish Washerwoman" all in unison. The only low-end instruments you hear in traditional ceilis are the bodhran or guitar, so a cello would be a nice touch... or at least after a few shots of whiskey it would be, who knows?

I admire
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Post No. 1687
03/18/2008 12:55 PM
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Literary Rock Star from

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Post No. 1686
03/18/2008 12:45 PM
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Leave dem fish alone!

Trout Fishing in America
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Author Richard Brautigan
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Novella
Publisher Delacorte Press
Publication date October 12, 1967
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 112
ISBN ISBN 0-385-28860-3 (hardback edition) & ISBN 0-395-50076-1 (paperback edition)
Preceded by A Confederate General From Big Sur
Followed by In Watermelon Sugar
For the band, see Trout Fishing in America (band)
Trout Fishing in America is a novella written by Richard Brautigan and published in 1967. It is technically Brautigan's first novel; he wrote it in 1961 before A Confederate General From Big Sur which was published first.

Trout Fishing In America is an abstract book without a clear central storyline. Instead, the book contains a series of anecdotes broken into chapters, with the same characters often reappearing from story to story. The phrase "Trout Fishing in America" is used in multiple ways: it is the title of the book, a character, a hotel, the act of fishing itself, a modifier (one character is named "Trout Fishing in America Shorty"), etc. Brautigan uses the theme of trout fishing as a point of departure for thinly veiled and often comical critiques of mainstream American society and culture. Several symbolic objects, such as a mayonnaise jar, a Ben Franklin statue, trout, etc. reappear throughout the book.

The cover of the book is a photograph of Richard Brautigan and a friend identified as Michaela Le Grand, whom he referred to as his "Muse." The photo was taken in San Francisco's Washington Square Park in front of the Benjamin Franklin statue.

Apollo 17 astronaut Jack Schmitt named a crater explored in the Taurus-Littrow Valley on the moon "Shorty", after the character in the book.

Post No. 1685
03/18/2008 11:53 AM
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Let's see, over the weekend some of the guestbookers here played the cello, but Edward, you played in a ceili ... hey, at least, tell us how to pronounce this!
Thinking about it, we oughtta have a cello ceili. And it will feel like we are in cello cielo! Yay!
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Post No. 1684
03/18/2008 09:17 AM
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Breadish and Puppetish

I remember the Bread and Puppet theater! They were a major voice of protest in the 60's. I thought they were a San Francisco or New York thing. Had no idea they were from Vermont. Although it does make sense. I just ate some Irish soda bread. Nice raisins!

Anyway, you don't have to actually go to the Northern Kingdom to make up weird stories about it! You can probably do a lot of research on the web. I bet any Vermont library would have books and other resources.

Back in the 60's there was an author...Richard Bradigan?...I don't anyway he wrote a book called something like "The Art of Trout Fishing in America", but it was really a collection of bizarre little stories about hippies in America. It had a homespun quality with an edge. I could see you doing something like that.

As for getting one gets paid! As they say: JUST DO IT!

Post No. 1683
03/18/2008 08:18 AM
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but whats this have to do with the Musishians

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