New study documents media’s servitude to government

No wonder Americans are so ignorant about what is going on in the world.

We don’t need a state-run media because our media outlets volunteer for the task.

Wines of California

Wines of California
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Wednesday, June 30, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2005 Edward Sellers Vineyards and Wines Cuvée des Cinq – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles The nose had ripe strawberry and cherry, a little earth, and some toasted herbs at the end. The palate ripe, red fruit, earth, a little pepper, and a good herb finish. (90 Points)

2005 Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had black currant and leather, licorice and cherry, and a little vanilla at the end. The palate had black currant and licorice, cherry and toasted oak, and a good earthy finish. (90 Points)

2008 Melville Pinot Noir Estate – USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Rita Hills – Sta. Rita Hills The nose had cherry and black tea, floral notes and vanilla, and a little cake spice. The palate was rich and spicy, with cherry and blackberry, tea and floral notes, and a very vanilla finish. It was a little hot for my palate. (89 Points)

2007 Ridge Lytton Springs – USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley The nose had spice and black currant, a little tar, and some earth and smoke. The palate was rich and thick, with black currant and cherry, earth and spice, and a very good tar finish. (89 Points)

2008 Honig Sauvignon Blanc – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had melon and fig, a little stone, and some honey notes. The palate was viscous, with lots of melon and citrus, a little wax, and a good stone finish. (87 Points)

2007 Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay – USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley The nose had apricot and butter, peach and nuts, and a touch of tropical fruit at the end. The palate was rich and buttery, with tropical fruit and apricot, a little honey, and a slightly nutty finish. (86 Points)

Nothing but Northwest

Nothing but Northwest
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, June 26, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2007 Amity Vineyards Gewürztraminer Dry – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley The nose had strong aromas of stone, lychee, and pear. There was also a little spice, citrus, and floral notes at the end. The palate was viscous, with lots of citrus and flint. It also had spice and lychee, and some floral notes on the finish. (92 Points)

2007 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley The nose had massive amounts of dark chocolate along with fresh roasted coffee beans. There was also some raspberry and black currant. It ended with some spicy cedar. The palate had lots of sweet dark fruit, with mocha undertones. It finished with a big shot of oak. (91 Points)

2006 Panther Creek Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley The nose had lots of dark, black fruit. It also had some spice, and a little earth. The palate was soft, with bright, red fruit, spice, forest floor, and a very mineral driven finish. (90 Points)

2006 Milbrandt Merlot The Estates Wahluke Slope – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope The nose had raspberry and cassis, cinnamon and roasted spices, and a little vanilla. The palate was soft and juicy, with raspberry and cherry, flowers and spice, and a little vanilla on the finish. (89 Points)

2006 K Vintners Syrah Milbrandt Vineyard – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope The nose had BBQ meat, fresh ground black pepper, a little raspberry, and some sweet cherry at the end. The palate had tobacco and meat, pepper and sweet red fruit, and a perfume finish. (89 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2006 Argyle Pinot Noir Spirithouse – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley The nose had cherry and black currant, cedar and stone, and some spice and earth towards the end. The palate was soft, with cherry and earth, cedar, black currant, and a good spicy finish. (89 Points)

2006 L’Ecole No. 41 Apogée Pepper Bridge Vineyard – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley The nose had graphite and black currant, spice, and a bit of raspberry. The palate had lots of spice and pencil lead, and a nice dose of dark fruit. The finish was a bit tannic. (89 Points)

Primal Pot Roast

For dinner, I made the Primal Pot Roast from The Primal Blueprint Cookbook. The recipe is on page 16.

It was very good, but the one change I would have made would be to replace the beef stock with veal stock. Unfortunately, I was all out. I’ll be making more soon because it adds so much to the dish.

Spill cleanup workers face labor-camp conditions

The invisible victims of the BP oil spill.

Among the many victims of the BP spill are the thousands of cleanup workers hired by the company and contractors to lay boom, operate skimmer boats and comb beaches for oil.

US commander recalled from Afghanistan after mocking Obama

This is how coups start.

The remarks of McChrystal and his aides are indicative of the open contempt with which large sections of the US military command regard the civilian government and the bedrock constitutional principle of civilian control over the military.

Supreme Court backs use of terrorism law against free speech

Goodbye First Amendment.

The case represents further proof that the assault on democratic rights initiated by the Bush administration in the name of a “global war on terror” is being continued and deepened under the Obama White House.

Wines Rated 90 Points or Better

Wines Rated 90 Points or Better Farpointe Cellar Tasted Saturday, June 19, 2010

FLIGHT 1

2005 Rusden Mataro Full Circle – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley The nose had blackberry and blueberry, spice and forest floor, and some vanilla and chocolate towards the end. The palate was rich and juicy, with blueberry liqueur, black, spice, and a nice earthy finish. (92 Points)

2006 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose ripe raspberry and cherry, some smoke and tobacco, and some roasted coffee beans at the end. The palate was full of tobacco and smoke. It also had black raspberry and black currant, and a nice mocha finish. (92 Points)

2007 Herman Story Syrah Nuts and Bolts – USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County The nose had grilled meat and smoke, black currant and mint, and a touch of blackberry at the end. The palate was rich, with BenGay and meat, smoke and blackberry, and a nice cassis finish. (90 Points)

2008 La Curio Grenache/Shiraz The Nubile – Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale The nose had cherry and tobacco, earth and spice, and a hint of vanilla. The palate was soft, with black cherry and earth, spice, and a good cigar finish. (90 Points)

2007 Mauritson Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County – USA, California, Sonoma County The nose had lots of black currant and dirt, some vanilla and and chocolate, and a touch of spice. The palate had lots of dark, sour fruit. It also had earth and spice, and a slightly sweet, oaky finish. (89 Points)

FLIGHT 2

1999 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – USA, California, Napa Valley The nose had powered chocolate, coffee, and licorice. It ended with a little black currant.The palate was very smooth, with black currant and coffee, some licorice, and a vanilla finish. (92 Points)

2006 Rusden Grenache Christine’s Vineyard – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley The nose had cranberry and cherry, and a hint of floral notes. The palate was soft, with cranberry and cherry, and a good floral finish. (89 Points)

Transylvanian Stockpot

For dinner, I made the Transylvanian Stockpot from The Primal Blueprint Cookbook. The recipe is on page 44.

I made a few changes to the recipe. First, I used uncooked polish kielbasa and just fried them up in lard (and left the lard in the pot). Second, I love cabbage so I put more in than the recipe called for. Finally, because of all the cabbage, I used a little more liquid. I added an extra cup of chicken broth, and about 2 cups of water. I wanted the make sure that the liquid completely covered all the meat and vegetables.

Like most traditional stews/soups, this one has everything that makes these recipes so good, and it’s dead simple to make. Lots of fat and protein, and just the right amount of vegetables to round out the flavors. I will definitely be making this again.

Obama’s Oval Office speech: A cowardly cover-up of BP’s crimes

Do you want a short summary of Obama’s speech? It’s business as usual. No one will be held accountable, nothing will be done to prevent something like this from happening again, and those impacted by the spill will get little help.

Obama’s performance was the speech of an individual and a government that are under the thumb of BP and the corporate-financial elite as a whole. It reeked of servility and cowardice before big business and contempt for the public.

Even Robert Reich agrees.

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