Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday Musings on a stick

Go to the fair! Go to the fair right now! But first read this:

In the Washington Post, E.J. Dionne concludes a phoned-in op-ed on health care with the following paragraph:

The road to compromise is not paved by offering premature concessions and vagueness. Having held back, the administration now needs to lay out clear and understandable goals, so it can bargain from a position of strength. Dare one say it? That was Ted Kennedy's way.

Um, yes. Thousands have dared to say it. Democrats have been pimping the guy’s corpse since it breathed its last. Are Democrats aware that the average American moderate didn’t think too highly of the man (what with the manslaughter, serial philandering and not-at-all moderate views?) Nobody is going to drop everything and support health care because Ted Kennedy is dead. This is not your 9/11, guys.


Tony Jones has opinions about the Piper tornado thing. Specifically, he is calling on Piper’s Calvinist friends to call him to account. Fair enough.

Rather, it would be fair enough, if Tony Jones were willing to call out fellow emergent Brian McLaren for celebrating Ramadan. Or for anything at all. Or if any emergent ever took another emergent to task for anything. Ever.

Also, Jones’ mock outrage is (like most mock outrage) a bit opportunistic. He cares not one whit about the question of meteorological fallacy. He simply believes gay people should be permitted to be ministers. Piper doesn’t. As opposed to vigorously defending his theology, he allows Piper’s ridiculous argument to serve as a proxy for a biblical argument.


So yeah, they call them Twin Cities for a reason. Both cities have employed the services of dingbats to serve on their city councils.

Seems Melvin Carter, an up and coming young council member who sharpened his teeth during the 2000 presidential election fallout, had a problem with a candy store employee who was unsure as to whether said candy store’s popcorn contained peanuts. Hair in ass (and ambition on mind), he proposed a bill that would require every restaurant to provide customers with an exhaustive allergy handbook, detailing every conceivable allergen contained in every dish.

Lenny Russo, chef and operator for Heartland, the best restaurant in St. Paul, quickly recognized that this would be the death of his business model (menus prepared daily based on whichever ingredients are fresh). Truth be told, it would mean death to any non-chain restaurant in St. Paul. Could you imagine Bangkok Thai Deli or Hoa Bien trying to maintain such a list?

Fortunately, Russo has an outlet. He blogged to the Star Tribune about Carter’s political maneuvering. Duly chastened, Carter is withdrawing the bill for further consideration. But what if he hadn’t? Businesses shouldn’t have to live in fear of the possibility that some ambitious, ignorant, council member will sell them down the river. This is the quintessential argument for smaller government. Minneapolis and St. Paul are awash with twits like Melvin Carter. It’s best to keep their hands tied.


Yeah, so the wife and I go to the fair on Thursday, hoping to beat the crowds, only to run into the biggest opening day in the history of the fair. On a positive note, I have never seen the Republican party booth so crowded. The back atrium is usually a safe place to scarf cheese curds. Alas, healthcare has people so angry that all the seats were taken.


In non-stick food news, I had a surprisingly positive experience at the Azia restaurant complex on Eat Street. In the past, I have found Azia’s stuff to be overpriced, and their reputation for food isn’t generally great.

Me and a couple of friends met at Azia’s sushi bar (needlessly branded: Anemone). After a couple of cheap apps, we let the sushi chef construct our dinner, with strong (and reasonably priced) results. The tuna sashimi was a bit mealy, and the feature roll was a bit kitchen-sinky, but the yellowtail was a standout, the portions were ample, and the happy hour cocktails are excellent.


musings: over


Blogger Sarah said...

Yeah, is healthcare really driving more people to the fair? I went Friday and although I know the Fair gets busy in the afternoons it was insanely busy. I felt like I couldn't move and I had to leave. Mornings at the fair are still decent though.

I shudder to think with the rate of admission to the fair going up a dollar every year that in 2018 I will be paying $20 just to walk in the gate let alone buy my fried food on a stick.

I'd still go though......

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