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This warrants serious analysis, I suppose: Is It OK To Profit From Cooking Other Cultures' Food?

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From NPR: Recently, we started a conversation about food and race. Specifically, we wondered out loud, who gets to cook — and become the face of — a culture’s cuisine?
Our question was prompted by a recent Sporkful interview with Rick Bayless, who has faced criticism over his long career. Although he is an Oklahoman with no Mexican ancestry, he has become one of the most prominent ambassadors for Mexican cuisine in America.
To be clear, this isn’t about Bayless. (Though the acclaimed chef did hop into the comments section to weigh in.) The question of who gets credit for a cuisine — and how they are compensated and feted — is one that comes up again and again in the food world. We asked readers to weigh in with their feelings about this squishy topic.
As with many things involving race and class in America, there are no easy answers — and we’re not expecting to find any clear-cut ones. We’re more interested in starting a conversation.
Here’s some of what we heard from you (go to the link to see the Tweets).
On one hand, many of you pointed out that cooking the cuisine of other cultures is a tangible way to connect. That’s part of what makes America a literal as well as figurative melting pot. At its heart, food is about identity — about where we came from — which is why the topic of cuisine and who cooks it can be so personal and complicated for some.
Many of you stressed the importance of approaching the cuisine of others with respect. And that means highlighting not just the ingredients, but also the culture behind a dish.
Some of you said what’s bothersome isn’t so much whether a person of one race or ethnicity is cooking the food of another culture. That can be done respectfully. The question, then, is more about opportunity — who has a chance to profit from making a cuisine?
We’re just kicking off this discussion. Over the coming weeks, we plan to keep digging into these ideas of where food, race and culture overlap — and we want to hear from you.
h/t Newsbusters
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US Credit Downgrade is the Constitution's Fault!

That’s what longtime newswoman Cokie Roberts said, yesterday on ABC’s “This Week.”

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Cokie Roberts was the co-anchor of the ABC News’ Sunday morning broadcast, This Week with Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts from 1996 to 2002, while also serving as the chief congressional analyst for ABC News. She covered politics, Congress and public policy, reporting for World News Tonight and other ABC News broadcasts. Now in semi-retirement, Roberts is a senior news analyst for NPR and a political commentator for ABC News, serving as an on-air analyst for the network.
Yesterday, August 7, 2011, on ABC’s “This Week”, Roberts blamed the U.S. Constitution for S&P’s downgrading of the U.S. Treasury’s credit from AAA to AA+:

“[T]he problem that we have here is the Constitution of the United States of America which actually does require people to come together from different perspectives whether it’s divided government or not. We have divided branches of government under any circumstance.”

Hey, Cokie. What you call “divided branches of government” is the Separation of Powers, which precisely was the intention and design of the Founding Fathers for the new America, the purpose of which is to prevent government tyranny.
You think “divided branches of government” and the Constitution are the problem for America’s credit downgrading? You’re an economic and political idiot.
S&P’s downgrading is because of the federal government’s addiction to debt — a national debt that now equals 100% of U.S. gross national product, and a debt with which your grandchildren are saddled.
And if you think the Constitution is the problem, go to China or Vietnam or North Korea where the communist party monopolizes all three branches of government, and see how you like it there. Moron.
See the video of Roberts on NewsBusters.
H/t America Coast2Coast.
~Eowyn

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Tell House Conservatives What's On Your Mind


The radical cynics who insist elections don’t make a difference and that two main political parties are two peas in a pod probably didn’t vote in last November’s mid-term elections either. Even without their votes, the November 2nd elections did make a difference. All you have to do is look at what the Republican-led House of Representatives has been doing.
Here’s what the GOP-led 112th U.S. House of Representatives has done, since January this year:

In truth, the deal that the House made with the White House to cut a paltry $38 billion from the 2011 fiscal year federal budget turned out to be a major disappointment. All the more reason for us to let House conservatives know what we want them to do. Go HERE to take their survey!
H/t beloved fellow Tina.
~Eowyn

Dear tina,

I want to share with you some of the early results of the Spring Issues Survey we sent out earlier this week. Thank you to all those who participated, your input helps us as we start early planning for the next round of elections in 2012. (If you haven’t had a chance to take the survey yet, it is six simple questions that will only take a moment of your time!)
We asked you which two issues facing Congress and our nation right now are the MOST important to you. Unsurprisingly, over 90% of you said that “reducing government spending and balancing the budget” is your #1 priority. Spending by our government is wildly out of control, and despite what Obama and Congressional leaders seem to think- the American people are paying attention!
According to 75% of you the second most important task facing us is repealing Obamacare. The unrestrained spending and unashamed market manipulation contained in the healthcare package Democrats rammed through Congress last year represents not only a tremendous threat to our freedom, but is a looming iceberg for our national economy.
Friends, I agree with you! Those are the two top priorities of all my fellow conservatives in the House.
In answer to the other questions in our survey we found:
  • 76% of you identify as pro-life
  • 45% said that the most important trait for a Congressional candidate is “Experience cutting the size of government,” followed by being a Tea Party member (29%).
  • 77% of respondents said that the federal government’s debt ceiling should not be raised. Another 22% allowed for it to be raised only as part of a larger agreement to significantly cut spending.
Again, thank you to those of you who took the survey. If you missed the first email, but wish to participate, please CLICK HERE to take the survey now.

Sincerely,
Signature
Patrick McHenry
United States Congressman
Honorary Chairman, House Conservatives F

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O'Keefe NPR Sting-Part III: The Soros Connection

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House Votes to Defund NPR

and liberal heads explode


House Votes to Defund National Public Radio
The House of Representatives voted 228-192 on Thursday to deny federal funding to National Public Radio (NPR), stripping the radio network of any federal tax money despite opposition from Democrats. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), would prohibit any federal grants, loans, or direct appropriations from going to NPR or its affiliates. The bill would also prohibit those affiliates from using federal funds to pay their dues or purchase content from NPR.
And liberal heads exploded…check out a few of these choice comments on Huffington Post:
“This is vindictive­ness by a bunch of overreachi­ng Republican­s. All this time wasted by a bunch of controllin­g, simple-min­ded little Republican dictators.”
“You Republican­s have more of an agenda in how you want to tell people how to live than any liberal could ever hope to come close to matching.”
“We need to unemploy the republican­s in the house who think NPR is worth less than the Wars we are fighting. No one should forget that these are the people that started our ride to ruin. If you are serious about America then you can’t be a republican because they don’t like America, they want to destroy it.”

“I mean if the republican­s get rid of, one of the few remaining impartial news companies, who does that benefit? Fox opinion(ca­lled news)? Think about this one folks, if we had a earthquake in california­, that led to a tsunami, which led to our nuclear power plants being in trouble much like in japan, if NPR was gone, then who would we get reliable news from?”
DCG
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Op-Ed : Candidate Obama was the 1st O'Keefe Stunt?

How the mighty have fallen!  The Richmond Times-Dispatch published this masterpiece of satire and Real Clear Politics published the link to it.  The Obamabots  must be howling at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue today.  Enjoy!
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