Morning Reads for Tuesday, April 10

Good morning! Here’s a delightful profile of Taqueria del Sol’s chef Eddie Hernandez (including the secret ingredient in the chain’s addictive and perfect cheese dip).

  • Meanwhile, what has the south done to arroz con pollo? MADE IT EVEN MORE AWESOME, that’s what.
    • Fun fact: we are a big chicken & rice family. Scott Peacock’s recipe, made with short grain rice, is a family staple, but we’ve been experimenting with C&R recipes from around the world, including one Spain, Finland, and Atlanta chef Asha Gomez’s spectacular version that I am pretty sure I’ve linked to before.
  • ICE is doing roundups in Glynn County.
  • The transit conversation in Cobb County is just getting started.
  • Russia’s influence on the NRA may be deeper than originally believed.
  • Speaking of Russia… here’s a preview of Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony.
  • Huh. I wonder if the federal deficit hitting the $1 trillion mark in 2020 will impact that election cycle? What was it that Carville said all those years ago…?
  • The DOJ approved a massive Monsanto-Bayer deal.

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Baker
Baker

Monsanto-Bayer is not good news. Have a real hard time believing this will not lead to a ton of monopolistic behavior, conscious or not.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Really wish the Democratic Party would adopt some more anti-monopoly planks to their platform. As we’re seeing with the backlash to Sinclair, there’s certainly an appetite for it among the electorate.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Besides the mountains of lobbyists, campaign contributions, and other corporate influences involved, it seems like an easy fix.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Yeah, should probably do something about that, too. A real “drain the swamp” message would involve:
– Campaign finance reform
– (At a state level) laws limiting corporate expenditures on political campaigns and to PACs
– (At a federal level) push for Constitutional Amendment overturning Citizens United
– Trust-busting and stricter FTC scrutiny of proposed mergers

bethebalance
bethebalance

Just delegating better standards and procedures to the FTC would be a good start for the business swamp creatures. Real campaign finance reform…might require battle with every toad, snake, and gator.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

TPP would been something. Bi-lateral agreements don’t present a united front. History may well determine that the US rejection of TPP was seminal event in China dominating the northwestern Pacific.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Michael Cohen is absolutely stupid enough to have a bunch of incriminating information on his computer in a folder titled “Totally Normal, Innocent Stuff. Nothing Criminal Here!”

Ellynn
Ellynn

Why we mess around with funding our infrastructure, China funds not only theirs but other counties – for their benefit.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-09/china-s-belt-and-road-gains-momentum-from-kunming-to-mombasa

It’s all art of the Silk Road project. It also fits in their 2025 plan.

https://www.bloomberg.com/quicktake/china-s-silk-road

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

It’s almost as if we need an international coalition to combat the rising economic influence of China and grapple with complex issues of Chinese trade. A partnership of nations across the Pacific, perhaps? But where would one find one of those?

xdog
xdog

Here’s a perky piece of propaganda I posted last year. Warning, cute kids ahead.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0lJc3PMNIg

“The Belt connects the land
The Road moves on the sea
The promise that they hold
Is joint prosperity
We’re breaking barriers
We’re making history
The world we’re dreaming of
Starts with you and me.”

Benevolus
Benevolus

Reminds me of back when I was a volunteer for Howard Dean, we used to play this song at events:
https://youtu.be/pPR-HyGj2d0

xdog
xdog

Solid anthem but I can’t see anyone ever thinking of Patti as ‘perky’.

Ellynn
Ellynn

So China announce this morning that it’s going to remove restrictions on American car companies building cars in China, and 12 hours later Ford make a huge announcement (with a target date that fits in nicely to the ‘Made in China 2025’ plan.

http://www.financialexpress.com/auto/car-news/ford-china-unveils-5-new-models-with-plans-to-launch-50-new-or-redesgined-vehicles-by-2025/1128373/

Benevolus
Benevolus

These ICE raids are really unfair. Why are we not targeting the law-breaking employers? Those are the guys that are screwing up the competitive environment, risking the health and safety of their workers, and not paying taxes.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

*cough* ’cause they’re white *cough* *cough*

chefdavid
chefdavid

I think I found where we can get a good deal on a bullet train. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/forgotten-grumman-tlrv

augusta52
augusta52

With the unseasonably cold weather—snow for that matter—in much of the US east of the Mississippi, would it be too much to ask MLB in future years to start the season around April 15, instead of late March or early April? Maybe we could get by with “only” 140 or 145 games a year?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

They started early this year because the new CBA has more off-days built into the schedule after years of complaints by players. While you could get them on board for a return to the 154 game schedule, I think you’ve got a better shot of getting Republicans on board with climate change legislation than you do of convincing ownership to cut off 5% of the season.

augusta52
augusta52

Andrew, thanks for clarification on the off-days with regard to the baseball season—seems like I have been used to Mondays and Thursdays being “off days” for play, though not necessarily for travel. Reminds me of old Augusta story on the Masters—every few years, Easter coincides with the Masters (the tournament traditionally ending on the second Sunday in April). Legend has it that in days of old, some Augusta preachers were upset about the Masters being played on Easter Sunday—blasphemy in their view. Clifford Roberts, the long time chairman of the club (1934-1976), reportedly an atheist, supposedly said something to the… Read more »