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    Sep 02, 2015, 02:22PM
    Cops shoot people. Some are black. Were the blacks supposed to be immune or something. Besides, blacks shoot blacks, so something or other was a failure. Any ideas?
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    Sep 01, 2015, 07:45PM
    To sum it up, the article could have been written with one sentence: "Try putting salt on the tomatoes in your next BLT, because tomatoes really call for salt."
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    Sep 01, 2015, 07:40PM
    For starters, thanks for the shutout Russ. Your readers would probably have been interested to know that the award show tweet of mine you referenced pretty much went viral. The retweets were off the charts. No, it certainly wasn't your run of the mill VMA tweet. Okay, as for the article, this is something that belongs on a personal blog, alongside your cats pics etc. Whew,talk about amateur hour. Having read many hundreds of food-related articles, I can safely say this was easily the worst I've ever read. It actually explains how to make a crappy BLT, which is not easy to do. What would make it crappy is the Miracle Whip he suggests, unless you enjoy a sweet salad dressing on the sandwich rather than Hellman's mayo. He uses the terms "Miracle Whip" and "mayo" interchangeably, essentially conflating one with the other. Wrong. Miracle whip is not mayo,nor does it even claim to be. Chefs don't keep this in their kitchens, while actual commercial mayo like Hellman's is commonplace in them. Laughably, the writer says that he spreads the abomination on the bread, and then puts the lettuce down first, because the Miracle stuff is the "dressing" for the lettuce. Oh really? Then mustard must be the "dressing" for a ham and cheese. Anyway, as you should put mayo on both pieces of bread, this advice is even more absurd. Why should you toast the bread lightly? Medium is no good? No explanation is offered so I'm confused. The bacon advice he gave was good - pros do cook it in the oven, but it is easy to burn that way so it's probably not worth it for the home cook. No one is going to go out and look for the brand of bacon he uses to make a BLT, so that was unhelpful. As for the tomatoes, putting salt on them is a good idea, so at least he got that thing right, using 1500 words. He was even wrong about the lettuce because if you want crisp, as he says he does, you go with iceberg. You nailed it in saying that he is writing like it was 20 years ago.I wonder where he lives if he thinks Americans don't celebrate their food? Around here every other restaurant is southern cuisine with fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits etc. The farm to table movement is huge, and that's all about celebrating local food. Sounds like he lives in a bubble.
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    Sep 01, 2015, 04:44PM
    Thanks Russ. Now I can't get Billy Crystal in Princess Bride out of my mind MLT Mutton, lettuce and tomato. I'm also want bacon now but I'm always in the mood for bacon.
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    Sep 01, 2015, 03:58PM
    You know, if it were 500 words, without the rhapsodies of his garden, that'd be fine. But more than 2000 words? The Federalist is better than that.
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    Sep 01, 2015, 03:24PM
    I appreciate you reading that so I didn't have to. Agree with you about Mollie and Tracinski writing about politics. Both are quite good.
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    Sep 01, 2015, 01:24PM
    Respectability politics is not even a matter of concern here. All that matters is defining and enacting an effective strategy. All the rest is just superfluous fodder for endless essays.
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    Sep 01, 2015, 01:20PM
    Since when is chanting "Pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon" and bum-rushing the stage of a political candidate in order to take over his rally civil? A sit-in is civil. A march with chants for justice and equality is civil. BLM 's actions would be considered anything but civil if perpetrated against them and their position. You can keep blathering about "respectability politics" all you want or you can respond to my questions and comments, but stop trying to change the topic to fit within your narrow view.
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    Sep 01, 2015, 01:19PM
    Wonder why you thought this question is relevant? They could beat up people too,as part of their protest, and that wouldn't be worse than shooting people.Doubt that would be good strategy either.
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    Sep 01, 2015, 11:18AM
    BLM is civil. They have a different relation to respectability politics than the CRM. If you don't know what respectability politics is, Texan, you can google.// Rabelais, in your opinion, are chants worse than shooting someone to death? I'm curious why you seem so obsessed with the first while largely dismissive of the second.
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    Sep 01, 2015, 10:53AM
    I get it! CRM failed because it didn't wipe racism out completely so now it is a good idea to chant about the pigs and killing them. This must be what it takes not to fail again, as failure is anything less than absolute perfection.
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    Sep 01, 2015, 09:01AM
    Disagree. Gerwig's Brooke is a caricature representative of the Age of Ambition—if she seems unrealistic, cartoonish, or just too manic then it's a symptom of her symbolism: the character needs to carry more weight than most. What we lose in accurate depiction we gain in insight. Brooke is a car accident: you don't want to look, but you have to.