Friday, July 19, 2019

Fake guacamole

Do you love guacamole?  I do.  I can eat it with chips.  I can eat it with eggs.  I can eat it on toast.  I can eat it by itself, to be honest.

But did you know that sometimes, when we think we are getting guacamole, we may not be?

On NPR's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED today, Alisa Chang discussed this with Javier Cabral:

CHANG: Hey. So I'm kind of flabbergasted because I am guacamole addict. I have eaten buckets and buckets of guacamole over the course of my lifetime. I don't see how anyone can get away with this. How do restaurants even make guacamole without avocados?

CABRAL: Well, the secret ingredient that I'm sure, you know, no taqueria would ever be 100% proud to admit is Mexican summer tender, little squash.

CHANG: Squash.

CABRAL: Squash, yeah, squash.

CHANG: How does that even come close to feeling and tasting like avocado?

CABRAL: Well, the Mexican variety is light in color, almost the color of, like, a nicely, buttery avocado. And when you have a nice, tender one and you blister some jalapeno or serrano chile in the oil a little bit and you blend it, the oil emulsified beautifully into the sauce and with some tomatillos that add, like, kind of tang that we all love and that cilantro that adds that kind of refreshing herbaceousness and the garlic that just kind of seals the deal. And it's pretty scary, to be honest.

CHANG: You mean it's scary how much it does taste like the real thing.

CABRAL: Yes, it's scary how much this fake guacamole tastes like the real guacamole. And I want to make it a point to say that when I'm talking about this fake guacamole, I'm talking about fake - what everyone calls a taqueria guacamole. A taqueria guacamole is different in the sense to your, you know, homemade guacamole that someone makes, you know, with tomato and onions because it's blended up.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Friday, July 19, 2019. Since when is an endorsement from a disgraced general a good thing?

US House Rep and Iraq War veteran Seth Moulton has gotten an endorsement.   Zach Budryk (THE HILL) reports,  "Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal endorsed Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) for president Thursday, citing his 'character' and 'competence'."

Character and competence?  Time to question Andrea Mitchell's for having the disgraced general on as someone to be listened to.  In 2010, Stanley ended his career as a result of his remarks reported in ROLLING STONE by Michael Hastings.  For those who never read "The Runaway General," Stanley's choice may be surprising.  But those of us who read it knew, for example, that Stanley would never endorse Joe Biden -- who he ripped apart in 2010 interviews with Michael Hastings.

At the hear of Stanley's bitching was that he didn't like civilian oversight of the military -- which would suggest he's better suited to a junta.  Tough for Stanley, that's not the way it is in the US.  Again, shame on Andrea Mitchell for trotting this embarrassment out on TV.

Retired General McChrystal endorses Seth Moulton’s presidential bid

NEW: Retired US Gen. Stanley McChrystal endorses Seth Moulton for president; Moulton, a decorated Marine veteran and congressman, has not drawn enough support to make the first 2 Democratic debates.
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Seth looks fat and sweaty in every picture these days.

The disgraced general endorsed him and Seth was thrilled to have it -- which does not speak well of Seth.  Again, Stanley's forced resignation resulted from his attacks on Joe Biden and other civilians providing oversight of the US military.  Stanley couldn't take that.

Seth's either incredibly desperate or he shares Stanley's hated of civilian oversight.

In the end, it doesn't matter.  Seth's campaign is over.  America has rejected him.  They've rejected him so much, in fact, that late night clown Samantha Bee is now making jokes about him.

. didn't make the next Democratic debate, but that doesn't mean he can't be on TV that night!

Once again, Seth has failed to qualify for the debates.  July 30th and July 31st, the Democrats will offer ten candidates a night debating as they attempt to convince voters that they are the candidate who should be president.  Seth failed to make the June debates and he's now failed to make the July debates.

The candidates who made the debate?  From Mike's "Tulsi made the second debates!!!" last night: "The first night, July 30th,  will be Marianne Williamson, Tim Ryan, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, John Hickenlooper, John Delaney and Steve Bullock.  The second night, July 31st, will be Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet, Kirsten Gilibrand, Julian Castro, Cory Booker, Andrew Yang, Kamala Harris, Jay Inslee, Mike DeBlasio and Joe Biden."

Seth's campaign is over.  His insults of Pete Buttigieg probably didn't help him.

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This is why Seth Moulton is getting 0% in the Dem primary

Seth Moulton on Pete Buttigieg (🙄)

I don't know what's funnier -- Seth thinking a winning strategy was playing the bully jock or thinking that as fat as he is today he could still pull off a jock pose.

But he's history even if he can't grasp that.

If you are a sitting member of Congress, he is, and you can't make it on to the debate stage, it's over for you.  This is twice in a row.  His campaign has failed to ignite or inspire.

Maybe he should go on Samantha Bee's show -- it might suggest he's a good sport.

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