Saturday, May 30, 2009


Mojito time?

fluorescent flower

Green Blueberry


Peony, early today...anticipation.

Later today...appreciation.


He's President and he gets to...yada yada.

Tit for tat may seem childish but is actually a highly effective strategy for maximizing the outcome of a prisoner's dilemma-type game.

I've heard a lot of the following type sentiment when it comes to the latest opening on the Supreme Court:

Obama is the President and he is free to choose who he wants. All Senators should vote based only on the qualifications of the candidate.

I am all for this idea, so long as both sides play by the same rules, but do they? Senator Obama didn't, so he has no rational expectation for the qualification standard being used here.

Senator Obama voted No for both of these gentlemen. A quick analysis of why he did this.

Did he think they were unqualified? No.

He was vague as usual, but did mention the the changing ideological face of the Supreme court. So, ideology is fair-game--at least when practiced by Democrats.

So, if Republicans think that Judge Sotomayer will change the ideology of the court (in a bad way) they should be free to vote against her, even if they think she is qualified.

I think we can go even further than this. I don't think President Obama voted against both Roberts and Alito because they would change the ideology of the court: They didn't replace liberal members of the court. I think he was more interested in maintaining his ideological purity in order to win the Democratic party's nomination. He couldn't very well vote to confirm while Clinton voted against.

So, we have Obama's standard: Vote your political interest. Republican Senators, do what the President did--vote whichever way makes you look good to your voters.

It is nice when self-interest and justice are so well aligned.

Update via Instapundit:

First President in US History to Have Voted to Filibuster a Supreme Court Nominee Now Hopes for Clean Process

Some trainings this week

There were a couple of others, but I didn't save them...Which is really too bad since I blazed on one of the ones I lost.

I have been running (when our schedules mesh) with a younger and more talented runner, but he is just getting back into it, so I will be able to keep-up for a little while more.

nutting lake 3.54 26:39:00 7:31:42 28-May-09

home 4 miler 4.28 33:44:00 7:52:54 25-May-09

Affy loop 5.2 38:50:00 7:28:05 29-May-09

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tandoori Chicken made at home

--Prepare chicken by removing all skin and then rinsing under cold water. The best parts to use for this dish are legs and thighs.

--Sipe the meat with a sharp knife. This gives an attractive look to the dish and allows the spice to penetrate.

--Rub the meat with plenty of dry tandoori masala powder mix. You should be able to find this in any Indian market or easily on-line. Feel free to modify the powder mix by adding what you like, for instance--Cayenne powder if you want more heat.

--Place the meat in a bowl and add enough buttermilk or plain yogurt to coat the chicken. Cover and refrigerate until ready to grill.

--Grill just as you normally would for chicken using charcoal (best), or gas (if you must).

--Garnish with slivers of onion and small wedges of lime.

Oven Method:

If it is Winter or you just do not want to grill, the recipe can be done in an oven. Just coat the marinaded meat in bread crumbs and place them onto an oiled cookie sheet. Then spray the top of the meat with Pam, and place into a 375F oven. Once there's good color on the chicken (around 40 minutes) turn the pieces over and cook an additional 10-15 minutes.