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Good Eats

eggplant parimigianiThere are, generally speaking, three kinds of people who go to restaurants: Those who flow with the trends and seek the currently popular eating spots, those who have found places they love and stick with forever, and those who honestly don't care where they eat. (I am, of course, not including fast food establishments in this list, no matter how "restauranty" their media blitz makes them seem.)

I, personally, am of the "find a good place to eat and keep returning until they torch the place for the insurance money" kind of diner. And since I've found a good place or two to nosh over the years I'd be remiss if I didn't share them. With that in mind I'd like to invite anyone in the Northeast Dallas area, specifically Garland, to visit my three favorite "go-to" dining spots. They're all homey and the food is inexpensive and tasty.

The first is Ernesto's Mexican Restaurant, a dandy little hole-in-the-wall at 1202 Northwest Highway, near Centerville Road.

The second is Vetoni's Italian Restaurant, in the heart of old downtown Garland at 620 Main Street. BYOB, and live music on the weekend.

My third fave is Alfonso's Italian Restaurant at 718 N. Buckner Blvd, suite 222. This one is inside the Loop on the east side of Dallas. The garlic rolls are to die for.

Finally, Kaze, a fubulous sushi and hibachi restaurant just across from Town East Mall at 3919 Pavillion Court in Mesquite. It's a little gem with the nicest hostesses in town.

Bon appetit.


Believe it or not, the impetus for today's darkly-tinged comic was not the recent shooting in Colorado but my reaction to an interview with writer Nora Ephron, recorded several years ago and replayed shortly after her death. In it she admitted to calculating how many meals she probably had left in her life and made the decision to make each of them her "last meal", to make it as enjoyable as possible. Although for her real last meal she requested a hot dog from Nate 'n Al's deli.

I hope she got it.


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Oh, That Mitt.

big fat liarAnn Romney appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" today and when asked about Mitt's tax problems replied:

"We've given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life."

"You people."

Ruh-roh, Raggy.

Video Time!

Here's the lovely Ann Romney putting her big, fat, Italian-leather-clad foot in it on "Good Morning America".

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President Obama's Top 50 Accomplishments

Number 3: Passed Wall Street Reform

barack obamaSigned the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) to re-regulate the financial sector after its practices caused the Great Recession. The new law tightens capital requirements on large banks and other financial institutions, requires derivatives to be sold on clearinghouses and exchanges, mandates that large banks provide “living wills” to avoid chaotic bankruptcies, limits their ability to trade with customers’ money for their own profit, and creates the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (now headed by Richard Cordray) to crack down on abusive lending products and companies.

For the full list of his 50 finest achievements read the Washington Monthly story.


And now our Chart of the Day: Coverage of the Libor Scandal

top 1% of pre-tax income

Larger version of the chart here.

Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation7-20-2012: The House spent the 18th and 19th debating the massive Defense Appropriations Bill. No jobs were created.

For the full 2001-2012 list of Republican sloth please visit republicanjobcreation.com.


Fox News Lies. Dump Fox News

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