Saturday, January 28, 2006

New York Egg Cream

I just made my very first ever Egg Cream. I have heard about them for years, and was on the look-out for Fox's U-Bet chocolate syrup:
History supports Mel Brooks' contention that a genuine Egg Cream begins with Fox's U-Bet Chocolate Flavor Syrup, made with real nostalgia-laced Brooklyn water.
I finally found it in the local Top's supermarket, of all places. I never shop there, and would not have been there but for a gift card that was my company's Christmas bonus last year. Thanks, boss!

I also had to shop especially for whole milk, which has not graced our refridgerator for years, and unflavored carbonated water - seltzer. I have plenty of the flavored stuff, and was prepared to use raspberry, but I only had lemon and cranberry.

From the Fox's u-bet bottle:
DIRECTIONS: In A Tall Glass Pour 1/2 Inch Of u-bet, 3/4 Inch Of Whole Milk, Add Carbonated Water & Mix Briskly.
Now that I have tasted the Egg Cream, I understand.
Think I'll go make another.

Here's my second Egg Cream:

The nice foamy head settled while I ran up to the attic to get the camera.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Don't Talk While The Hand Is Talking

Ms. Hand tells me we're doin' jess fine.

He should play the lottery next

What are the chances that an accidental discharge of a firearm, ostensibly while ejecting the bullet clip, will hit a bulletproof vest hanging on the wall? I think Virginia Delegate John S. "Jack" Reid (R-The Safety Switch Is Off) was pissed at something and decided to squeeze one off.

Shorter George Bush

"There is no connection between Jack Abramoff and George Bush, and if there were it's nothing really, and besides there's no evidence so you can't prove it."

"Just like that National Guard thing."

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Analogy of the Day

In a comment to a post on TPMCafe about the corruption that created Medicare Part D, there's this little bit:
Frankly I'm impressed that the Republicans were able to come up with something so purely awful. Its like they put a bunch of their previous programs in a centrifuge and extracted the highly enriched incompetence to use on the medical system.
Highly enriched incompetence


Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Cream Filberts Forever

I've noticed that a number of searches on "cream filberts" or "creme filberts" link back to my blog. Unfortunately, it links to the top page, and until now one would not find the post without searching. This being a mainly political blog, one might be put off the search.

So for my fellow cream filbert lovers, I have pegged the cream filbert post to the top of the Previous Post list at the right. You won't find good news, though. I have been unable to find the candy in years.

If you find a source, please! let me know - leave a comment.

See also:
On Vanishing Foods
No Cream Filberts To Be Found

Late Update:
Cream Filberts found at Vermont Country Store and Stevers Candy
Cream Filberts are Indeed Back
Better Price for Cream Filberts

Monday, January 23, 2006

Still a bunch of ...

I have had thoughts recently about going back and cleaning up this post, but I just can't bring myself to change it to "jerk" because if the original epithet is good enough for Our Dear Leader, it's good enough for me.

I could keep adding names all day:
Chris Matthews
Michele Malkin
Ann Coulter
All those tiny little wingnut blogger-gnats


No Justice Alito

Here's the text of the email I sent to my senators tonight:
Dear Senator [Clinton/Schumer],

I write to ask you to oppose the Samuel Alito nomination to the Supreme Court. He has shown by his writings and rulings that he will support the expansion of executive powers beyond what is written in The Constitution.

Filibuster if you must!

George W. Bush must not be allowed to swing the court to such an extreme.

Best regards,

Charles Grammer
Okay, it's lame, but it gets the point across, showcases the filibuster point, and then it's done. Let's hope this guy does not get on the Supreme Court. If he does, he will eventually help legitimize the crimes of the worst president ever if and when he is finally brought to justice.

Why do you think he nominated Harriet Miers? To strike down Roe v. Wade? That would have been icing, but the cake is the executive powers thing.

Go here for links to the Senator's official pages. Look for the "send me an email" or "contact me" link.