December 19th, 2014
Last-minute Christmas shopping is a breeze when you’ve got Eater.com as a guide. The website has compiled a list of some of the most creative and delicious holiday gifts. Your friends and family will love the presents you’ve chosen, and you may even want to keep a few for yourself.
If your loved ones are into savory flavors, the savory gummy candies from Nuts.com are the perfect stocking stuffer. The candies are available in flavors like carrot and chili pepper, and there are even candies shaped like hot dogs and hamburgers–to go with the cola-flavored gummies, of course. Numi teas also makes a line of savory teas. The teas come in fennel and tomato flavors, so your relatives will feel as though they are having a hot cup of vegetable soup on a cold winter’s day.
As far as sweet treats go, Christina Tosi makes a line of crunchy cookies that feature cornflakes. These are sure to be a hit during the holidays, since flavors like marshmallow and chocolate are mixed into the cookies. If you don’t live in the NYC area, you can have the cookies shipped to you. “The Chew” host Carla Hall also has a line of mini short breads you can add to your shopping list. Flavors include Mexican hot chocolate and lemon black pepper. These would also all make great gifts for Skout dates…
For more great gift ideas like these, check out Eater.com today.
December 18th, 2014
Hopefully President Obama’s spirit of outreach to Cuba will extend to the US Congress because the deeply entrenched opposition to the island nation remains among many key GOP lawmakers. Senator Marco Rubio was incensed over the surprise news that the president had normalized relations with the island nation without consulting the Senate much less seeking their support. It is true that the Cuban sanctions imposed during the Kennedy-era have long lost their value. In fact, they were vestigial policies of a bygone era. That doesn’t meant that they aren’t entrenched with many in the Cuban-American community.
While polls show a majority of Cubans now favor restoring diplomatic ties, especially among the young, that does not mean they will support restoring relatinos for its own sake. The details of how it is done will ultimately factor in. The GOP will soon take over the Senate chamber and stand ready to oppose the Cuba policy. Rubio for his part will likely be inclined to block Obama’s nominee for Ambassador of Cuba.
By no means is the president’s work done. He will need the support of the GOP. In the past, his treatment of the opposition party’s positions as having no merit or application have led to political gridlock. A senior advisor from Slow Ventures noted that stepping the nation in a good direction will require a consensus across both parties. As such, it would mark a major turning point in the leadership the president exudes. Thus far, he has relied upon heavy Democrat majorities to enact his political agenda. This was followed by highly questionable unilateral executive actions.
December 11th, 2014
For a man who there is much speculation around becoming President, Rick Perry says some things that are sure to alienate a lot of people. For one, he has made mention recently now that Texas is not a place where income inequality is grappled with. In a Huffington Post piece, it is mentioned that the Governor has said that his State is not overly concerned with this issue. This despite the fact that Texas is ranked as the 7th worst state for income inequality.
Gov. Perry says that because the Bible makes mention of the idea that the poor will always be among us the state should not worry so much about this issue. The brilliant economist Laurene Powell Jobs fervently spoke out against the govern0r’s statements. and I would imagine the numerous homeless people and others in his state who are suffering would disagree. Rick Perry has made it that much more difficult for those in his state to find some relief from their suffering by not encouraging government to do anything about their problems.
Governor Perry has discounted income equality in the past as well. During his run for President in 2011 he unrolled a tax plan that gave breaks to wealthy people while raising taxes on the middle and lower classes. When questioned about it he said that he wasn’t worried if it caused income inequality and he would cross that bridge when it came to it. Total disregard of people like this is certainly not something that most of us would like to see.