Foodies for Dean
Saturday, January 31, 2004
Nominate your favorites....traditional eateries where voters and politicians share meals and issues.

We just saw Gert Clark, wife of Democratic Presidential hopeful Wes Clark, speaking to voters gathered in Florence, SC's Westside Cafe. Is this the friendly, spacious, nothing fancy kind of place where all politicians hunt for votes?

Wes Clark's first appearance after declaring in Little Rock, was in Iowa City's Hamburg Inn #2, a favorite political cafe, for sure, to see all the photos on the wall.

Dean made Hamburg Inn #2, his first stop the day of the Iowa caucus to thank the management and patrons for the "coffee bean caucus" he won.

In New Mexico we have many such cafes, but none more important than "El Comedor de Anayas" in Moriarty, east of Albuquerque. It's been a political schmoozing den for decades. Over enchiladas and coffee a lot of political horsetrading and meeting voters has taken place. The Anaya family are staunch Democrats and have willingly made room to be one of NM voting sites this Tuesday.

So what places do you know about in your city and state?

I know is is not that easy to leave comments here, but you can email us your nominations.

We will announce the results of our poll here. Get your favorite political cafe listed.
Friday, January 30, 2004

Quick what foods come to mind when you think of the seven states holding Democractic Presidential elections on Feb 3rd?

New Mexico is easy=chile pepper everything.

What about Delaware, South Carolina, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Arizona?
What is botox? How does it relate to the deadly food toxin botulism?

Rumors have circulated that John Kerry, allegedly, has had botox injections to clear up his aging brow. He has denied any knowledge of the technique or having had the treatments.

This despite the fact that his outspoken wife, Theresa Heinz Kerry, has boasted of her own success with the cosmetic surgical procedure.

So, for those of you, like Sen. Kerry who are clueless about all this, here is a brief explanation of how botox and botulism are linked.

New Mexico's restaurants figure as caucus voting sites

Albuquerque Journal article (Jan 10, 20040 by Leslie Linthicum) highlights the unusual voting locations around the state, selected by the Democratic party to hold their caucus voting on Feb. 3rd.

The party tried to pick the usual voting venues, but since the caucus replaces the usual primary election, the party had some flexibility.

Among the eateries making room for the voting are:

Cafe Rio in Williamsburg, Iron Skillet truck stop on I-40 in Milan, Miguel's Room of El Comedor de Anayas in Moriarty, Chef Bernie's Fine Foods in Farmington, Martha's Place B&B in Columbus (on the Mexican border) and Rick's Back Door restaurant in Los Lunas
Thursday, January 29, 2004
NOTE from HOME---Yes, Foodie Spouse is back, rested, fed, the cold still in his bones, but, we await the arrival of Gov Dean here tomorrow night for a rally.
The Gov is authentic, down to his toes. He is solid, grounded, pragmatic and effective. He is that rare combo of practical and impassioned.

Lentil soup was the foodie choice in recent days, in the relative cold, with a view towards bolstering our resolve. We know "the real deal" when we see it.
Friday, January 23, 2004

Foodie Spouse stayed here last night in a town once bustling with commerce, fabled for Wyatt Earp, and now a decaying center for meat packing, its multiiple plants staffed almost exclusively with hard working Mexicans hired at low wages to do one of the nation's most dangerous jobs.
30,000 cattle a day arrive here and move out quickly as hamburger and other meat cuts, 24 hours a day, all year long.
Downtown is empty storefronts with plenty of parking--local schools make use of some main street businesses to house the overflow of students. Meanwhile, the parking lot at the outlying Walmart is jammed.
A long time resident, well driller and sometime rancher in his late 70's told FS that the aquifer is being drained at an alarming rate. Within a few years there will be no water either for ranchers who supply the cattle nor the packing plants that rely on it. "There's a dwindling tax base, layoffs are coming due to Mad Cow, none of this is sustainable, " said the man. "It's an economic disaster about to happen."
Wednesday, January 21, 2004

CNN Reports:Quarantine for more mad cow herds
Tuesday, January 20, 2004 Posted: 8:36 PM EST (0136 GMT)

• Special Report: The outbreak in Europe
• Canada nears end of mad cow probe
• FDA:Q&A about mad cow disease

•Mad cow disease was first reported in the United Kingdom in 1986, peaking in 1993 with almost 1,000 new cases per week.
•In 1996, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) was detected in humans and linked to the mad cow epidemic. Eating contaminated meat and cattle products is presumed to be the cause.
•Both are fatal brain diseases with unusually long incubation periods, often lasting years.
Source: CDC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Two more herds in Washington state have been quarantined as the number of cattle linked to a cow infected with mad cow disease increases, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Tuesday.

Investigators are still searching for 58 of the 81 cattle that were the herdmates of a Holstein cow found infected with the disease last month.

The animals were shipped to the United States from a Canadian dairy farm in September 2001.

Agriculture Department investigators believe the herdmates may have shared the same source of contaminated feed that was the source of the disease, properly known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Six American herds have now been quarantined since the first U.S. case of mad cow disease was announced on December 23 in Mabton, Washington.

The news sparked blanket bans of U.S. beef from importers in Europe and across Asia, angering American trade officials.

Mad cow disease first surfaced in the United Kingdom and is believed to come from contaminated feed. The fatal disease is passed from cows to humans through the consumption of beef.

It has been linked to 140 deaths, mostly in Europe.

American officials said at least three herdmates of the infected cow were sent to a dairy farm in Tenino, Washington and another six went to a farm in Connell, Washington.

DNA tests confirm the infected cow was born in Alberta, Canada, more than six years ago. The farm where the animal was born went out of business in 2001. The herd was sold off in several transactions.

The Agriculture Department said it completed on Monday the killing of 129 animals from the quarantined herd in Mabton.

Earlier this month, investigators destroyed some 450 bull calves at a quarantined herd in Sunnyside, Washington.

Consumer and animal-health groups, working with some members of the U.S. House of Representatives, will renew on Wednesday their call for broad prohibitions on so-called downer animals entering the food chain.

USDA recently banned downer cattle -- those that arrive at slaughterhouses unable to walk -- from being processed into meat.

The ban represented a reversal for the USDA and for the U.S. cattle industry.

NOTE FROM THE ROAD--Kimchi and dumplings at a Korean place, Scallions, In Ames, and then fish cakes and fish soup at a Malay Place the following day.
Today's tourist spot--The Harry Truman Library in Independence, MO.
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
NOTE FROM IOWA--Ames and then KS

The final report from FS last night was from the loud, cheering environs of Dean's
last big venue, as he acknowledged his third place finish. A few folks were drinking beer and weeping along the edges, but the main crowd was still up, and clapping . FS talked over the din with one of the career diplomats who resigned from the State Dept under Bush in protest of US policies.

Does the public get most all its info from the opinions and chatter of our media's talking heads? Remember years back when there was no 24 hour tv, no endless yammer, remember that? Anyone?

Eat well and be well.
Monday, January 19, 2004

So there's Foodie Spouse, schmoozing at his now favorite ( and only) hangout in Iowa City, the Hamburg Inn No.2, waiting for his sweet potato pancake order, when he vaguely notices a heck of a lot of Dean stickers, signs, and Dean-encrusted people. Suddenly Zephyr Teachout is at his elbow, taking notes on a napkin--Hello, VT HQ--Can you buy this gal a notebook, already?--and then in walks the former Governor of Vermont, followed by about 50-100 photojournalists.
Yes, friends, Howard wanted to visit the scene of his first Iowa victory, yesterday at the Coffee Bean Caucus. ( Last night at the warmup to the rally, FS had shown the crowd the bean count sign, as well as the mason jar containing the winning Dean beans.) Hugs, photos, laughs with all the staff, ensue. Biggest hug for the Gov comes from Foodie Spouse, finally up on his feet, and noticing what's happening.

Foodie Spouse has hugged the Gov. It happened this morning in Iowa City, moments ago.

Life is good.
Sunday, January 18, 2004

Our reporter, Foodies Spouse, was so jazzed on sweet potato pancakes at the Hamburg Inn No. 2 that he neglected a few details.
The restaurant is famous among pols but the Coffee Bean Caucus is in its first year.
Owners are Dave and Roma Panther, Manager, and Fearless Leader, is Steve Fugate.

Voting began Jan 7, and ended today. 3084 votes cast.

Dean 21%
Kucinich 17.7%
Kerry 13.8%
Edwards 8.6%
Clark 7.1%
Geppy 4.2%
Sharpton 2.4%
Lieberman 1.1%

Undecided (.3%

Bush 12.3%

Results just in from the Coffee Bean Caucus, at the famous Hamburg Inn No.2 , Iowa City, featured in Time Mag when Clark entered the race. Foodie Spouse was there along with Dutch TV and the BBC.

Dean 654
Kucinich 546
Kerry 427
Edwards 265
Clark 219
Geppy 131
Sharpton 74
Lieberman 33

Bush 379

Our guy wins!


Foodie Spouse, a man known to weep over the perfect breakfast, has found one in this upscale university town. He is eating a poached egg with veggie casserole, rosemary/olive oil roasted spuds on the side, and a piece of sublime coffee cake the size of the New England states. And, in the high ceilinged, stained glass, antique quilt-filled environs of The Cottage Bakery and Cafe, a string quartet is playing Vivaldi. FS is inhaling his coffee, it's cold outside, finally, and he is off to do Dean in Iowa City once he finishes eating and wipes his eyes.
Saturday, January 17, 2004

After a good look around the Hoover Presidential Library, Foodie Spouse is hungry. After all Herbert Hoover won international fame for his leadership in coordinating massive relief efforts that first helped feed starving Belgians in 1914 and eventually provided food for 350 million people in 21 countries after World War I.
Normally, a visitor to West Branch would seek out a local cafe or restaurant and have a meal. But this is caucus time, and FS heads to a Kerry gathering he sees about to begin at the Town Hall. He walks past a plaque listing numerous West Branch citizens killed in World Wars One and Two. Then he spots some delicious-looking bean dips and just beyond, a personal favorite, Lemon Bundt Cake! Teresa Heinz Kerry is speaking to a group of about 20 people. FS chows down quietly and reflects that earlier that day he made a Dean convert of a woman who had voted for Bush--"Never again. He misrepresented himself!"--but was leaning towards Kerry this time.
The day before, at Smokey Joe's Coffee Shop in Pella, FS ate a spectacular basil tomato soup that featured tiny cheese raviolis. The high school kid behind the counter was a Dean supporter who wanted to caucus but didn't know where to go. FS spent over half an hour tracking down the caucus site for this young voter.

Bite by bite and bit by bit.

Marian Burros reports in tomorrow's NY Times that the Atkins weight loss people are trying to stress that only 20% of calories should come from saturated fat, such as that found in steak.

So this guy walks into a bar, as the hoary joke goes, and in this case, the guy is Foodie Spouse. Normally, he would rather wrestle greased gators than spend a minute in a smoke-filled environment. But this is for DEAN, dammit, so in he goes. $1 beers at Lucky's, a friendly dive situated pleasantly between the Edwards HQ and a girlie place called the Blue Nude or the Nude Dude
or whatnot. Foodie S. engages some Edwards people in chat, feels them out, and senses , though they do not say so, that they know their guy cannot win past here, if at all, however well positioned, intentioned, etc.
The barkeep says the Dean people are the best, whether best drinkers or tippers FS does not discover, but the waitstaff seems positive on Dean.

Earlier in the day, FS was in search of a towel..draw the veil on the subject of showering over the past five days.... So he is in a supermarket, towel having been located, when he starts lookling for some Iowa beers to bring back to Foodie in NM. Another man arrives at the beer display, notes Dean buttons, and deduces cleverly, " So you're for Dean." "And who is your guy?," asks FS.
"My guy's the one in the White House."
"Ah, " says FS. What ensues is a lively chat that suddenly centers on gun control, wherein Dean comes out smelling good to the gentleman, as Dean favors current Federal legislation and letting states decide the rest themselves.

No one emerges with any Iowa beer.

This morning Foodie S met many of the top stars of The Blog, including a pair from Tokyo, one of whom, Lauren Shannon, is the director of Fujimamas Restaurant and Cafe in Tokyo. Lauren and Tory (sp?) are being followed around in Iowa by a Japanese film crew. So busy was he chatting, that FS neglected to have even a bite of the scrambled eggs and muffins laid out for the bloggers. People from 25 states were represented at breakfast.

There are so many Deaniacs converged that the campaign had to open a new venue, a YMCA camp, for the visitors.

Final note: John Kerry is whipping around Iowa in a helicopter. Dean is on his People Powered bus, with hoards of press rattling along behind. Hmmm...
One woman yesterday commented that she liked the fact that Dean stayed in cheap motels all over the state, not the big hotels.
Friday, January 16, 2004

Foodie Spouse has been briefly reunited with Zephyr Teachout at William Penn U, ( she leapt off the Dean bus and raced across a parking lot,) he has been photographed with Dean, had his arm around him, introduced him to one of the disabled Viet vets from the Oskaloosa coin shop, told him about daydreaming of dancing with Dr Judy and almost getting a ticket, elicited a big chuckle, and also was snuggling up to Judy Woodruff, as she tried to get her mike at Dean's mouth. Evidently she asked Dean the stale horserace question, "The others are moving up, Gov Dean, what do you think?"

BUT FS was right in her ear, in a low voice saying, "You're missing the story,
Judy. The story is all around you, masses of people from all over the country and the world, reenergized, galvanized to work for Dean and for change in this country....."etc etc Maybe she heard him....

Food note---The two guys checking in hordes of CA people just off the train at The Perfect Storm office in Des Moines were delighted when someone delivered them some tasty plates of Chinese food. But FS observed that they took one bite in 35 minutes, they were so busy.
People are working hard.

FS further reports that many Iowans are just waking up to the possibility of what Dean offers, that they feel Clinton betrayed them, that all politicians are alike, and so on. Inch by inch...


The NYTimes reports today that recent SARS cases, traced to people eating civet cat, are few and controlled. But the civet itself is doomed either way. Chinese authorities already have killed the 10,000 caged civets found in the wild animal markets of Guangdong province. This "raccoon-like mammal" is known for its musk-like scent used in perfumes.

A cozy coin and stamp shop in a small Iowa town is run by "the nicest guy in the world." It's the unofficial hangout of a small band of Vietnam vets, all disabled. Foodie Spouse met with them yesterday and got to musing on all the pain and suffering wars have caused to the combattants, on both sides, of course--and the money that the US government continues to spend, and rightly so, on the people who fight these wars and return home alive, if not at all well.

The Iowa caucus is attended by roughly 3% of registered voters, a tiny group of people bombarded by mailings and phone calls. Most Iowans keep their distance from this process, and lie low, as once every four years the circus arrives in their state. FS notes very few bumper stickers, and rarely, yard signs, as if Iowans are too polite to flash their affiliations in your face.

The Dean difference is that more young people, new voters, even high
schoolers, will be involved this time in caucusing and they understand what's at stake extremely well. Whatever the merits of the other candidates, it is unlikely that any of them will have the money and the grassroots momentum to carry the day against Bush & Co., except Howard Dean. It's that simple.

Yesterday FS visited William Penn University, Oskaloosa, a liberal arts school founded by Quakers in 1873. There he went to the library and showed the Head Librarian THE BLOG. Bit by bit by bit, friends...
Thursday, January 15, 2004

Foodie Spouse spent much of his day in this town settled by Dutch immigrants in 1847. The local meat market features real Dutch style specialties, and the town boasts a fine windmill, canals, the whole Nederlands thing.
Democrats were thin on the ground but FS worked his Deaniac magic on a few folks, evidently.

You might have noticed a large yellow blur on your screen during the CSpan coverage of Dean's huge rally in Des Moines last night. Appearing along with Dean, Martin Sheen, Rob Reiner, and Tom Harkin was Foodie Spouse, planted in front of the American flag stretched across the wall, wearing his NM yellow sweatshirt, and waving the NM flag. ( CSpan politely asked him to move once...) After Dean boarded the campaign bus for his last 5 days of touring Iowa before the caucus, FS sought out Sheen and gave him a New Mexico Voter for Dean button, and asked if he could come to NM soon to help the campaign. He said he might. And promptly put on the vivid NM yellow button, instantly registered by Foodie watching at home, who realized that FS had swooped in.

The Intrepid Pair from NM were interviewed by a reporter for French Television and FS also talked with Margaret Warner of PBS.

Now for this food news--evidently there is a good Vietnamese restaurant near Iowa HQ where FS enjoyed paper thin spring rolls with delicate dipping sauces.
And--FS toured the nearby Living Historical Farm and met Emma, the pink-haired head cow.
Wednesday, January 14, 2004

The Intrepid Pair, plus bear, have arrived safely in Des Moines, absorbed into the maelstrom that is volunteers for Dean at HQ. As they crossed into Iowa, they stopped to unfurl their New Mexicans for Dean banner for a photo op, and heard motorists beeping and saw them giving the "thumbs up" sign. ( No alternative digital expressions were recorded.)

Last night Foodie Spouse phoned in from a crowded room at HQ, unable to find words to describe the energy of the Dean vol beehive. FS had already done 2 hours of phone banking. He and Nance were headed out to dinner with a group, then on to a heated Girl Scout Camp, rented by Iowa for Dean to house some of the thousands of out of state vols flooding the city. Sleeping bags and earplugs the order of the day.

Earlier, FS met with execs at the World Food Prize HQ in Des Moines, an organization that awards the following. "The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing -- without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs -- the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world."
WFP is working to make their center a source for info on a wide range of food issues, a showcase for exhibitions and more.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Yesterday Foodie Spouse and Nance survived a stop by a Kansas State Trooper--FS's defense? " I was imagining dancing with Dr Judy Steinberg at the Blogger's Ball. " (Yes, Judy, note the heavy footed reaction to dancing with you. Be warned.) The Intrepid Pair offered the officer a jar of NM salsa after he gave FS a warning, but he declined, as well a professional should. (The Dean angels were hovering overhead.)

Direct from the FS mouth:

Sitting here with ( Howard) Brush (Dean) the bear, our traveling buddy, next to me and Tucker the Wheaton Terrier (tucker means "food"
in Oz-talk) at my  feet with Mark and Liz' dining room laptop.  Practically
every room has a puter, but no TV's in sight.  Lots of puzzles,
games, three kids, guitars, a cello, piano and Duke Blue Devils
scattered around.   Mark, an Australian-American, (naturalizing this
month) went to Duke and Oxford.  Liz, his wife, is still all

This is a Duke and Dean blue family all the way, with the kids, Molly, Spike and Matt, all Vegemite eaters. Mark has put his
work on auto pilot to organize Kansas for Dean.  We are just a mile
from the MO border.  A street nearby runs on the border.

Little Molly and Brush the bear just played "If you like Howard Dean, touch your toes,
clap your hands , etc."

This morning Tucker twice carefully stole the top
slice of my precious NM whole grained bread from my sandwich.  Liz
said she forgot to warn me about this.  They were advised by the dog
trainers to saturate bread with chile pepper, and Tucker steals even
more slices.

Howard Dean is the Dick Vermeil of Presidential candidates...both
are inspiring, popular and unconventional. ( Vermeil has a huge wine cellar, but doubt if HD does.)

Yesterday, we stopped in Pratt for film.  It had a beautifully
restored art deco movie palace and one irresistable antiques mall on
Main Street.   Jon, former art teacher, and Marsha, the owner, listened
carefully about Dean.  Jon voted for Shrub once, won't do it again.
Marsha wants change, agreed to keep  Dean  info cards for her
counter.  I bought a wonderful Chiquita banana doll, with a fine discount, perhaps thanks to the Dean connection.

Tomorrow morning, the promised land, Iowa.

Monday, January 12, 2004

(Opening paragraph only)

Troops Disperse Iraqis Rioting for Food

Jan 12, 6:01 PM (ET)


KUT, Iraq (AP) - Ukrainian soldiers fired into the air Monday to disperse hundreds of Iraqis who rioted for jobs and food as a second southern Shiite Muslim city was rocked by unrest - a barometer of rising frustration with the U.S. led-occupation in a region of Iraq considered friendly to the Americans.


Foodie Spouse reported in last night from Pancake Road in Liberal, Kansas. No sign of either Dorothy or Toto, but Foodie S and traveling Albuquerque Deaniac friend, Nance, made contact with potential Dean supporters in a local park. The motel they settled into was oozing delightful curry aromas but no dinner invites were offered to the Intrepid Pair, alas.
More as it happens. On the agenda, Iowa food sites, Dean people, and involvement in The Perfect Storm.
Sunday, January 11, 2004

from today's New York Times

Who Was That Food Stylist? Film Credits Roll On

What about the Romanian Army liaison aide and the person described as the food stylist? (Both were named at the end of "Cold Mountain.")

In fact, while questions are being asked, here are two more. Is there a difference between the second second assistant director and the third assistant director, and do all these assistants really have to be named? (The answers to those questions, producers say, are "not much" and "yes.")

"I think it's monstrous," David Thomson, the critic, said. "It's one of those signs of the decadence in our film business altogether."

Mr. Thomson, author of the New Biographical Dictionary of Film, said he still kept his seat until the bitter end, when the house lights come up and most everyone has left, "but only for professional reasons."

"I find it a horrible bore," he said. "Honestly, if you train the horses, you don't need your name up there."

In the early history of motion pictures, credits were nearly always at the beginning of movies and were handed out so sparingly that they rarely took more than two minutes of screen time.

Friday, January 09, 2004
Lunar New Year House Parties for Dean

Foodies, check out background on Chinese New Year foods, the Kitchen God, et al.

"Sushi" is with rice, the raw fish alone is known as "sashimi."

Since sushi-eating has become an issue in the campaign, we thought we would include some links on the subject. Dean's opponents have tried to characterize his supporters disparagingly as "sushi-eaters," but according to his actual supporters, many have never eaten the stuff. So we here provide some information for the sushi-clueless of the Dean world.


According to the Sushi World Guide, which reports on all things sushi, Texas has 74 sushi restaurants to Vermont's 10. Now we realize that the Bush's Texas is way bigger and more populated than Dean's Vermont. But if you look at where the restaurants are concentrated you will see that the Bush base of Houston has way more sushi eating opportunities than Burlington, 19 to 4.

The list for Texas is too long to post here but you can search the names and addresses for Sushi in the Lone Star State and all other locations worldwide by clicking here.

Here are Vermont's by the way:

Koto 792 Shelburne Road, South Burlingtno, Vermont 05403 Burlington, USA/Vermont
Loong Chats Kitchen 169 Church Street, Burlington,VT 05401 Burlington, USA/Vermont
Sakura 2 Church Street, Burlington, Vermont Burlington, USA/Vermont
Sushi Bar CLOSED ! 2403 Shelburne Road ,Burlington, VT 05482 Burlington, USA/Vermont
Sushi Yoshi 1807 Killington Road, Killington, VT Killington, USA/Vermont

WE ARE DEAN FOR AMERICA : Some reactions of Dean supporters to the right wing "Club for Growth" ads running in Iowa that attempt to portray Dr. Dean's voters as an out of touch with mainstream America who are:

New York Times-reading,
left-wing freak show"

Yep, That's me!

But we have a Subaru and a VW Bug (green)...
I prefer mochas, read the NYT times on-line every morning(at least the head-lines..).

Just my ears are pierced, We do love sushi - seeing that Mad-cow has started here in Washington State, that's not a bad idea...
Don't see many Hollywood films tho' mostly films from overseas.

AND I'm even a soccer(playing)mom too!
Posted by Michele in Mukilteo at January 9, 2004 01:51 AM

Let's see --

I drive a Ford pickup and and a tractor...
I don't drink coffee...
I've given up on US sushi after being spoiled in Japan...
Can't afford the NYT (and then there's the recycling)...
Body piercing? Only if you count thorns and splinters...
Hollywood? Not so much...
Freak? only a failed, over the hill freak.

Posted by marc in MD at January 8, 2004 09:52 PM

I prefer Tea
I'd never eat sushi in a landlocked state
I drive a 91 Chevy Lumina APV
I have no body piercings
Didn't Paris Hilton get better ratings than Bush?
I am the anti-freak show

Remember name calling is the first sign of desperation....
-Bryan in VT

"If you assume that there's no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things, there's a chance for you to contribute to making a better world. That's your choice." (Noam Chomsky on Human Freedom)
Posted by Bryan in VT at January 8, 2004 09:41 PM

latte-drinking, -- never had coffee in my life! Dr. Pepper? Now we're talking!
sushi-eating, -- never had sushi in my life!
Volvo-driving, -- never driven a volvo! I drive a Geo Prizm.
New York Times-reading, -- I read Cooking Light.
body-piercing, -- Just one hole in each ear.
Hollywood-loving, -- I do love a good Ang Lee movie and King of Queens.
left-wing freak show -- I wear Eddie Bauer clothes, for god's that left-wing?
Posted by lisainsandiego at January 8, 2004 09:41 PM

I'm a tax-paying, Diet Coke-drinking, barbecue-eating, minivan driving, internet reading, sunscreen wearing, church loving, left-wing Texas mom working to elect Howard Dean so we can take back our government from the wacko special interests. Guess I don't fit the stereotype. Neither does my 73 year old Cadillac driving, Air Force veteran father in Kentucky.
Posted by Dallas Mom at January 8, 2004 09:41 PM

I prefer regular coffee to latte's.

Sushi is an acquired taste, and I'm not quite there yet.

I don't drive a Volvo and don't know anyone who does.

I can't read the New York Times -- it takes too long. Besides, they are anti-Dean and their reporting is shaky of late.

Body piercings? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

I hate 97.5% of the crap that Hollywood passes off as movies.

Left wing? I'm a moderate Independent who has voted for Republicans and Libertarians as well as Democrats.

Freak show? The only freak show I've seen lately is a President misleading the country about fictional weapons of mass destruction and a shaggy old man in a dirt hole being touted as the biggest threat to the world since Adolf Hitler.

Freak show? Nope. Sorry. I don't watch Fox News for that.
Posted by Robert in Wi at January 8, 2004 09:42 PM

Let's see...
My taxes are higher,
The government is running record deficits,
I prefer Pepsi,
I love red meat,
I drive a Pontiac,
I'm able to read and don't get my news from my advisors,
Phobia of needles,
Lastly, someone needs to tell them Arnold is from Hollywood
Posted by jdent2600 at January 8, 2004 09:46 PM

Poem: "Dean Freak Mother" HA!!

I'm a simple rural Mid-western mother
With a Christian Dream of Holding Hands
With all the sisters and the brothers
Son who is twelve, daughter who is eight
PTA-going, mini-van driving,
Dean Freak Mother!
Award-winning teacher
Dedicated, passionate citizen-creature
Dean Freak Mother!
Latte making, cookie baking
holding hands with my fellow Americans
Dean Freak Mother!
Taking action in the name of our American diversity
Standing at the side of all the "Others"
Dean Freak Mother!!
My children - media conscious:
Able to spot the lies without my proddin'
Lookin' to me for hope in a real democracy
Dean Freak Mother!
Responsible, Credible,Compassionate and Powerful
Unstoppable and Prayerful
Dean Freak Mother!!
Posted by Dean Freak Mother at January 9, 2004 08:59 AM

Common Sense believing
Navy veteren standing
Homeless shelter volunteering
Bush not understanding
Church going
Corolla driving (40 MPG)
College tuition paying
property tax bill rising
Dean Supporter
Posted by Tim from Killington VT at January 9, 2004 09:18 AM

I'm a:

college ed for my kid saving
state-rights supporting
tap water drinking
Ford truck driving
Nation reading
average dressing
TV watching
middle of the road American Patriot
for Howard Dean
Posted by anon at January 9, 2004 09:25 AM

I am a

'85 Chevy van driving
Church attending
Basketball practice shuttling
Family supporting
Coffee (plain, cheap) drinking
God loving and practicing
a better life for my children wanting
middle-aging :(
plain and simple American for
Howard Dean

and I love this campaign
Posted by Carol in KY - first post!! at January 9, 2004 09:32 AM


Ken Lay-coddling,
Faux News-watching,
Free Republic-reading,
Bill of Rights-trampling
Right-wing freep show.

Posted by Seabiscuit for Dean at January 8, 2004 09:51 PM

"The words coming out of George Bush's mouth at any moment may have been written over a latte!"
This is how the Blog for America (scroll down to the January 8th posts and comments)summed up the tempest in a coffee mug over Republican attempts to smear Dean supporters.

Where can a guy write a State of the Union speech?
By Francine Kiefer The Christian Science Monitor
WASHINGTON - IN the weeks leading up to the president's first State of the Union address, chief speechwriter Michael Gerson has been in need of a quiet place to think.

His West Wing basement office - coveted as it may be for its proximity to power - is not it. Cramped, windowless, and loud, it is hardly conducive to the inspiration a presidential wordsmith needs to help set the country's course for the next year.

So Mr. Gerson wanders. He steps across West Executive Avenue to a cavernous office in the Old Executive Office Building, which is part of the White House complex. Or after hours, he goes to the near-empty Starbucks on Pennsylvania Avenue, where, alone and anonymous, he scribbles on a yellow legal pad.

Thursday, January 08, 2004

A Chinese waitress, 20, who works in a restaurant where civet cats are served is apparently the second confirmed case of SARS in a week. Click here to read more about this.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Are we back in junior high with this Club for Growth ad? ( C for G beings to mind the slew of spam we get every day, aimed at increasing our member, etc..)
Anyhoo--this stuff is funny/absurd/nuts, and also false, particularly re government expanding--hellooo???--have these people checked our govt spending and Homeland Security employee list lately?
Still---in the main it attacks intelligent people. People who read, drive safe cars, wear sensible shoes, have knowledge of the wider world, etc. It is part of the anti-intellectual tone of this country.

Watching and listening to the scientists and engineers who put us on Mars is like a fresh ocean wave. Smart people. Articulate people. Practical, problem-solving people. Boo! Bet there are acres of empty latte cups all over
the Jet Propulsion Lab.

But I digress....

How do we bloggers respond to this nonsense? Is laughing enough? Pls advise.

BTW I drive a 1978 Volvo, ate sushi last week, do not drink lattes, wear a wide variety of shoes, all much better looking than B'stocks, have NO piercings, and watch all manner of films.

Why do I support Dean? Fiscal conservatism!
Pragmatic problem-solving with people at the center.

Must go organize my Meetup stuff.

Posted by foodies for dean at January 7, 2004 03:55 PM


Hmmm...stereotype checklist for Patty in VT:

Who's the real Starbucks drinkers? Click my name to find out! Here's an excerpt of the relevant DailyKos diary entry:

As noted by Atrios, there are exactly two Starbucks retail locations in the state of Vermont.

Let's do a little more research here.

There are 395 locations in Texas. There are nearly 200 times as many Starbucks locations in Texas.

Even when you work this out on a per-capita basis, there is one Starbucks location in Vermont for every 307,000 Vermonters, versus one Texas location for every 53,987 Texans. In other words, there are over five times as many Starbucks locations on a per-person basis in Texas than there are in Vermont.

Since the market would never lie to us, we can safely assume who the real latte-sippers are.

Posted by maxomai at January 7, 2004 04:24 PM


* Tax-hiking?

If it improves the lives of those less fortunate than myself, CHECK!

* Government-expanding?

Again, if it improves the lives of those less fortunate, CHECK!

* Latte drinking?

Hmmm...well, I ~am~ rather fond of Starbucks Mocha Valencia...Hell, I'll own it. CHECK!

* Sushi-eating?

Only veggie sushi. In their haste it seems they breezed right past "meat-eschewing" -- of course that assumes they even know words like "eschew"...
Anyway: CHECK!

* Volvo-driving?

Yeah -- what of it, punks? My priority is the safety of my children -- how about YOU in your gas-guzzling Republican SUV's that roll over on an icy road if you look at 'em crosseyed? Don't your "family values" dictate that you show concern for your *family* when purchasing a car? Or is that all just a buncha holier-than-thou talk? Yeah. I thought so. I *love* my Volvo and I drive it with pride, knowing that the workers in Sweden who built it did so with full health care coverage courtesy of the very socially responsible government there.

* New-York-Times-reading?

Hey -- at least WE can READ, unlike our pResident. I read the Times. I also read a lot of other things -- like Tolstoy's collection of articles called "Patriotism - Slavery of Our Times" - you should check it out, Club for Growth.

By the way -- been meaning to ask you -- growth of what? Sub-dermal fungi? Heh.

* Body-piercing?

Hmmm...maybe if I was 20 years younger. But I'll be generous and offer up my tattoo as a substitute stereotype instead. {grin}

* Hollywood-loving?

That's a very odd criticism. Aren't your beloved icons Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, and Charlton Heston products of Hollywood? I'm not too keen on them if that's what you meant...

So, I guess the bottom line is that, for me anyway, your stereotype comes close to fitting. I'm just not sure what your point is with all that. :-P

Posted by Patty in VT at January 7, 2004 02:34 PM



LA Times 1/7/04 By Nick Anderson and Janet Hook

DES MOINES — Howard Dean's economic policies — as well as his "latte-drinking, sushi-eating" supporters — will come under a round of withering fire starting today from a group that supports conservative Republican candidates.

The Club for Growth, an organization that is an advocate for tax cuts and other conservative causes, will begin airing in Iowa today a TV ad attacking the proposal by the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination to repeal all of the tax cuts enacted under President Bush.

The ad features a husband and wife and opens with an announcer asking, "What do you think about Howard Dean's proposal to raise your taxes by $1,900 a year?"

The husband replies, 'Well, I think Howard Dean should take his tax-hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading … "

The wife jumps in: "Body-piercing, Hollywood-loving, left-wing freak show back to Vermont where it belongs."

Steve Moore, president of the Club for Growth, said of the ad: "What we're trying to show is Dean is supported by the cultural elite and not by anyone with middle-American values and finances."

Dean's campaign dismissed the ad as a fundraising ploy to stir up GOP activists. A spokesman for the campaign also asserted that there were far more sushi restaurants, Volvo dealerships and Starbucks outlets in northern Virginia, where Moore and many prominent Republicans live, than in all of Iowa.


‘Famous Dave’ Anderson brings pluses and minuses to BIA job

Anderson, who announced Monday that he was resigning as chairman of the board of Famous Dave’s of America, lacks government experience, but his entrepreneurial background could be a valuable asset at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

By David Knutson/St. Paul Legal Ledger
December 16, 2003

As he prepares to take control of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, observers say Dave Anderson will find no shortage of problems.

Anderson, the restaurant entrepreneur who started the Famous Dave’s of America Inc. barbecue-and-blues themed eateries, was finally confirmed for the post by the full Senate last week. He will serve as assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs under Interior Secretary Gale Norton.

On Monday, the Eden Prairie-based company announced Anderson would relinquish his post as chairman of board while running the agency.

A Minnesota native, Anderson is a member of the Chippewa and Choctaw tribes and an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Lake Superior Band of Ojibwa in Wisconsin.

He’s served state and national commissions dealing with Native American issues, including the National Task Force on Reservation Gambling in 1983, the Presidential Advisory Council for Tribal Colleges and Universities in 2001 and the American Indian Education Foundation this year.

But, as Lawrence noted, he lacks any previous government experience.

“It will be a problem from the standpoint of the bureaucrats in Washington who will run end-runs around him,” said Mike Fairbanks, a retired BIA superintendent who served in Michigan, Colorado and South Dakota. “If he gets good assistants to handle the daily affairs, then I think he will be able to make things happen.”

About Dave Anderson • Age: 50 • Born: Chicago, May 1953. • Home: Lives in Edina with his wife, Kathryn.
Two sons, James, 26, and Tim, 19.

• Education: Master's degree in public administration in 1986 from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

• Business: Nine years after the first Famous Dave's barbecue opened in Hayward, Wis., the publicly traded chain now includes 87 restaurants in 23 states. Anderson stepped down in August as chief executive officer of Edina-based Famous Dave's, although he will retain majority ownership in the company.

A former chief executive of the Lac Courte Oreilles tribal enterprises, Anderson also founded Grand Casinos Inc. with partner Lyle Berman.

• Government: Anderson, who would oversee about 10,000 Bureau of Indian Affairs employees, has served on the National Task Force on Reservation Gambling, the Presidential Advisory Council for Tribal Colleges and Universities and the American Indian Educational Foundation. He also founded the LifeSkills Center for Leadership,
a program for at-risk Indian youth.

• On the Net:
LifeSkills Center for Leadership:

Bureau of Indian Affairs:

Sunday, January 04, 2004

Here's a first hand report and reactions.
Friday, January 02, 2004

Though many foods are associated with the New Year in Japan, none is as important as "mochi." In its simplest form, mochi is plain pounded rice molded into small cakes. The rice cake embodies the good essence of the rice spirit and symbolizes good fortune in the coming year.

Mochi is made from a highly glutinous type of rice that must be pounded into a paste. This calls for strong well-motivated people who swing large wooden mallets onto the rice placed in a mortar. Pounding the mochi has become as important a Japanese politician's ritual as is kissing babies to American pols.

You may have read that the Japanese see a rabbit, not a "man" in the moon. You may not have realized that the rabbit is pounding mochi.

Lobster and fish are also served at the New Year, along with oranges, fish eggs and beans. Another key item is renkon, a white radish with holes carved in it which assures the eater the ability to see into the future.

Thursday, January 01, 2004
WHAT'S COOKING FOR YOU IN 2004? Open thread.

What were your favorite food experiences of 2003?

Favorite foodie stories?

Most memorable Dean experiences?

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