More Compassionate Conservatism

People affected by offshoring should “stop whining.”

(via InformationWeek)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue is promoting overseas outsourcing of jobs as a way to boost the economy and even increase employment–a stance that rankles jobless white-collar workers, particularly in the flagging technology industry.

Donohue acknowledged the pain for people who have lost jobs to offshoring–an estimated 250,000 a year, according to government estimates. But pockets of unemployment shouldn’t lead to “anecdotal politics and policies,” he said, and people affected by offshoring should “stop whining.”

Maybe someone should offshore Mr. Donohue’s Job…

All about the Reagans

(via Joe Bob’s Week in Review)

The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project has spent the past three years planning to get the $10 bill changed to feature Reagan instead of Alexander Hamilton. Meanwhile, Representative Jeff Miller of Florida introduced a bill to put Reagan on the half- dollar coin, domain of JFK, while Representative Dana Rohrabacher of California wants to put him on the $20 bill, currently occupied by Andrew Jackson. There’s even been discussion of replacing Benjamin Franklin on the hundred-dollar bill, because he’s “not a president,” raising the specter of “The Reagan” being the preferred currency of drug dealers. It would be especially nice if the reverse side featured Bonzo.

20 Questions with Cory Geryak

(via Satellite News)

Check out 20 Questions with Cory Geryak.

Cory Geryak is the cinematographer (and other assorted credits) for Future War (immortalized by Mystery Science Theater 3000 in episode 1004).

Heres a sample:

15. When did you become aware that FW was selected for an MST3K episode? What was your reaction? The reaction of your fellow crew members?

I found out that it aired on MST3K through the internet. I was thrilled! It is the only way that the movie is remotely watchable, so I’m grateful that MST3K made it somewhat entertaining.

Chocolate Waffles With Poached Cherries


(Prep and cooking time 1.25 hours)

  • 2 pounds fresh cherries, rinsed and pitted
  • .75 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • .5 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • .25 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • .25 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • Cooking oil spray
  • Powdered sugar

In a 3- to 4-quart pan over medium heat, stir cherries, .5 cup granulated sugar, orange juice, lemon juice and vanilla bean until cherries are juicy and sugar is dissolved, 3 minutes. Adjust heat to maintain a simmer; stir occasionally until cherries are soft, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat; if making up to 2 days ahead, cover and chill (reheat before serving).

Meanwhile, in a bowl with a mixer on low speed, beat mascarpone, cream, vanilla and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar until soft peaks form. Cover and chill up to 2 days (if needed, whisk to thicken before serving).

In another bowl, mix .25 cup granulated sugar and the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. In a bowl, beat egg to blend with milk and butter. Stir into flour mixture until evenly moistened.

Turn a waffle iron to high heat; spray both sides lightly with cooking oil spray. When hot, add about 1.25 cups batter; close iron and cook until waffle is well browned, about 9 minutes. Remove waffle; keep warm on a baking sheet in a 200 F oven up to 15 minutes. Repeat to cook remaining waffles.

Place a waffle on each of 6 dessert plates; sprinkle with powdered sugar. Top with cherries and juice (discard vanilla bean), then mascarpone cream.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition information per serving: 632 cal., 10 g pro., 33 g fat (20 g saturated), 78 g carbo., 3.7 g fiber, 376 mg sodium, 110 mg chol.

Yet Another Bush Joke

(via Musings of a Philosophical Scrivener….)

How many members of the Bush Administration are needed to replace a lightbulb?

The Answer is SEVEN:

  1. one to deny that a lightbulb needs to be replaced
  2. one to attack and question the patriotism of anyone who has questions about the lightbulb,
  3. one to blame the previous administration for the need of a new lightbulb,
  4. one to arrange the invasion of a country rumored to have a secret stockpile of lightbulbs,
  5. one to get together with Vice President Cheney and figure out how to pay Halliburton Industries one million dollars for a lightbulb,
  6. one to arrange a photo-op session showing Bush changing the lightbulb while dressed in a flight suit and wrapped in an American flag,
  7. and finally one to explain to Bush the difference between screwing a lightbulb and screwing the country.

Elvin Jones Dies at 76

(via NYT)

Elvin Jones, whose explosive drumming powered the John Coltrane Quartet, the most influential and controversial jazz ensemble of the 1960’s, died yesterday in Manhattan. He was 76 and lived in Manhattan and Nagasaki, Japan.

Mr. Jones’s death, which came after several months of failing health, was announced by John DeChristopher, director of artist relations for the Avedis Zildjian Company, maker of Mr. Jones’s cymbals. Mr. Jones continued to perform until a few weeks ago, often taking an oxygen tank onto the bandstand.