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September 28, 2007

We Are Not the Huns.

Mike @ 5:49 pm   |  Comments Off on We Are Not the Huns.
Filed under: Advertising,Food

How I Spend My Sick Days.

Mike @ 12:38 pm   |  Comments (8)
Filed under: Morality/Ethics

Dear Mr. Palmer,

I very much appreciated your coverage of the discussion surrounding the proposed “Boston Peace and Heritage Park” proposed by the Turkish American Culture Society of New England in order to subterfuge the Armenian Genocide Memorial. On a local scale, it is remarkably similar to Turkey’s threats of closing its airbases to American aircraft flying over Iraqi “no-fly” zones in 2000 when Congress proposed an Armenian Genocide Resolution.

Clinton killed the bill, of course.

While I do appreciate your and the Globe’s coverage, I do question one of the sentences you used in your article, which reads:

“The Turkish American Cultural Society’s letter now could draw the site into the middle of the 92-year-old controversy.”

To me, the 1915 Armenian Genocide is not a 92-year-old controversy. It’s a 92-year-old fact. The word “controversy” implies that there is something to argue about, or something subjective, regarding the genocide.

The Turkish genocidal campaign which resulted in the massacre of 1-1.5 million Armenians in 1915 is a well-documented historical truth—and historians see a direct link between it and the German engineering of the Holocaust, as Turkey was Germany’s WWI ally and a number of future high-ranking Nazis served in Turkey at the time, including Franz von Papen (Chief of Staff of the 4th Turkish Army later to become Hitler’s vice chancellor in 1933), Lieutenant General Hans von Seeckt (Ottoman General Staff in 1917 later to be a chief architect of the Wehermacht in the 1920s), and most importantly, Rudolf Hoess, who joined the German forces in Turkey as a teenager.

Hitler himself refers to the Armenian genocide in speeches, when in August 1939 he asked this question of his generals (in relation to Poles): “Who, after all, is today speaking of the destruction of the Armenians?”

I understand that the Turkish government may consider the Armenian genocide a controversy, in much the same way Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad considers the Holocaust a controversy.

As Americans, I hope we never question the truth of what really happened.

Thank you again for your coverage of this issue. I look forward to future coverage.

Sincerely,

Mike Hodgson

Not to get all hippy on your asses…

Mike @ 8:45 am   |  Comments (4)
Filed under: Morality/Ethics

GIKKU.COM supports the revolution in Burma.

The protests are peaceful. Note the protective cordone around the Buddhist monks, who are leading the protest.

Next, the army is called in. Shots fired.

Next, here are the fascists murdering a Japanese photojournalist.

Last frame shows him lying dead with camera in hand.

September 24, 2007

Romance and Excitement in Chicago

Mike @ 3:31 pm   |  Comments (2)
Filed under: Advertising,Architecture

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The view from “Le Sheraton”, Downtown Chicago.

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This is the mirror I will have spent 12 hours sitting behind today on the 32nd floor of the John Hancock building.

Sounds maybe, possibly fun?

But maybe, possibly not.

Los Tacos de las Mujeres

Allen @ 11:57 am   |  Comments (2)
Filed under: Food

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“En el comemoration de La Semana de las Mujeres, aquí está una receta para Los Tacos Asado a la Parilla de las Mujeres. Un taco cada uno para Michelle, Brenda, Susan, Jamie, y Tina.”

10 oz. steak of your choice (I used ribeye, but it was a little too fatty)
1 avocados
1 tomato
1/2 large onion
5 tortillas
kosher salt
ground cumin
black pepper
cayenne pepper
adobo garlic seasoning (or garlic powder)
habanero hot sauce
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Pour the lemon and half of the lime juice on all sides of the steak.  Coat both sides of the steak well with the salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, adobo seasoning and cumin.  Let marinate for at least 1 hour.

Smash the peeled and pitted avocado in a bowl.  Chop the tomato and onion finely, and add to the avocado.  Add the remaining lime juice, some salt and pepper to taste, and a splash of hot sauce.  Put in fridge until the steak is done.

Warm up the tortillas in a skillet and wrap loosely in foil.  Put the tortillas in a 200 degree oven to keep warm.

Heat up a stovetop grill on high heat, then turn down to medium high.  Grill the steak for 8 minutes, turning once (for medium rare).  After the steak is done, transfer to cutting board and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.  Cut the steak into large cubes or strips.

“Goce mientras que refleja en la semana de las mujeres!”

September 21, 2007

Work Meme

Mike @ 6:20 am   |  Comments (4)
Filed under: Advertising

From: Lynn Travers
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2007 9:57 AM
To: Greg Rahal; Janet Cuttle; Kathy Stone
Cc: Mike Hodgson; Susan Abbattista
Subject: Re: Tomorrow’s birthday lunch…

I win!!! hahahahhahaahah

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From: Greg Rahal
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2007 10:20 AM
To: Lynne Travers; Kathy Stone; Janet Cuttle
Cc: Mike Hodgson; Susan Abbattista
Subject: Re: Tomorrow’s birthday lunch…

Topped.

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From: Lynn Travers
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2007 9:57 AM
To: Greg Rahal; Janet Cuttle; Kathy Stone
Cc: Mike Hodgson; Susan Abbattista
Subject: Re: Tomorrow’s birthday lunch…

joseph greg Rahal, joseph greg Rahal…..

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From: Kathy Stone
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2007 9:57 AM
To: Greg Rahal; Janet Cuttle; Lynne Travers
Cc: Mike Hodgson; Susan Abbattista
Subject: Re: Tomorrow’s birthday lunch…

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On 9/21/07 9:54 AM, “Greg Rahal” wrote:

I didn’t touch your email.

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From: Janet Cuttle
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 09:47:17 -0400
To: Greg Rahal, Lynne Travers
Cc: Kathy Stone, Mike Hodgson, Susan Abbattista
Conversation: Tomorrow’s birthday lunch…
Subject: Re: Tomorrow’s birthday lunch…

She’s left the building…
I guess the lower case j in my email was bothering someone to the point of taking action?

Janet Cuttle
Production Supervisor

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From: Greg Rahal
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 12:22:37 -0400
To: Janet Cuttle , Lynne Travers
Cc: Kathy Stone, Mike Hodgson, Susan Abbattista
Conversation: Tomorrow’s birthday lunch…
Subject: Re: Tomorrow’s birthday lunch…

Hey! What happened to “janet Cuttle”?

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From: Janet Cuttle
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 11:51:32 -0400
To: Greg Rahal, Lynne Travers
Cc: Kathy Stone, Mike Hodgson, Susan Abbattista
Conversation: Tomorrow’s birthday lunch…
Subject: Re: Tomorrow’s birthday lunch…

For a small fee…

Janet Cuttle
Production Supervisor

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From: Greg Rahal
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 11:46:48 -0400
To: Lynne Travers
Cc: Janet Cuttle, Kathy Stone, Mike Hodgson , Susan Abbattista
Conversation: Tomorrow’s birthday lunch…
Subject: Re: Tomorrow’s birthday lunch…

Dammit! Got an eye exam at 12:30. Save some fixins for me, please.

–GR

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From: Lynne Travers
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 10:16:48 -0500
To: Users
Conversation: Tomorrow’s birthday lunch…
Subject: Tomorrow’s birthday lunch…

Good Morning All!

I’ve gone ahead and ordered lunch for a noon time delivery to celebrate overdue birthdays from June, August and now September. Most seem to be fans of Picante Mexican, so that’s what we’re having. Of course, we’ll have birthday cake for dessert.

Hope all can make it……FYI—Birthday’s we are celebrating are Steven & Janet (June), Lynne & Al (August) and Sean & Kathy (September).

See you then!

–Lynne

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Just Cuz…

Mike @ 6:14 am   |  Comments Off on Just Cuz…
Filed under: cats,lol*,Morality/Ethics

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September 19, 2007

Will the fabulous ever end?

Mike @ 5:41 am   |  Comments (4)
Filed under: Advertising

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We sure hope not.

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“On Business”

Le Parker Meridien, 56th/6th, NYC

Don’t tase me, bro!

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Filed under: The End Is Near

September 18, 2007

Huevos to the Rancheros

Allen @ 1:09 pm   |  Comments (1)
Filed under: Food

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1 tomato
1 whole jalepeno pepper
1/2 onion
1 garlic clove
4 eggs
1/2 can of refried beans
5 corn tortillas
salt, pepper and cumin to taste

Heat a skillet on medium heat; place tomato, onion, jalepeno pepper and garlic clove in the skillet and roast for 10-15 minutes, until all sides are charred nicely.  Chop up the roasted veggies and place in small covered saucepan.  Bring salsa to a brisk simmer, then add salt, pepper and cumin to taste.  Stir occasionally.  Turn down to a low simmer and cover.

Lightly toast the tortillas in a skillet with a tiny bit of oil, so they get warm and toasty but not crispy.  Heat up the refried beans.  Fry up the eggs any style you want (I prefer sunnyside up). 

Place the tortillas on the serving plate, and cover with the beans, then top with the eggs.  Put the salsa on top, crack some fresh black pepper over the whole thing. 

Open up a frosty Coca Cola, and enjoy.

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