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Sat Aug 18, 2012 at 04:30 PM PDT

What's for Dinner: I've Got Crabs

by Kayakbiker

Crabs are one of those foods that hold a special place in my life.  They remind me of family and my childhood.  Tonight I will share some tips for preparing and cooking whole crabs with you.  

I grew up on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.  Not long after I could walk my parents placed a crab net in my hands.  That’s a photo of me and Brenda, my sister, after my successful day of crabbing.  As soon as Brenda was old enough, she also became a skilled crabber.  

Brenda and me

What's For Dinner is a community diary on Saturday evenings about 7:30 pm EST where cyber friends get together and discuss food and share recipes. Pull your chair up to the table and leave politics at the door. Pour yourselves a drink and relax.
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We have another bridge problem in the Twin Cities.  Yesterday, a roughly 6 ft by 9 ft by one inch sheet of concrete (1200 lb) fell off an overpass of a structurally deficient bridge and onto traffic below. No one was injured, but two cars were damaged.  One suffered a broken windshield.  Traffic backed up for miles as the bridge was inspected.  

"The main thing is the bridge is perfectly safe," said Dan Dorgan, state bridge engineer. "The structural capacity isn't affected."

That comment makes me feel really safe (snark).

It’s just about one year ago  that the I35W bridge that passed over the Mississippi River collapsed killing 13 people and injuring about 100 others.  This problem with the infrastructure occurs at a bad time for Tim Pawlenty, the clever Governor from Minnesota who thought he would save money by hiring his Lt. Governor, Carol Molnau, to be the Commissioner for the Department of Transportation as well as the Lt. Governor.  Molnau had little experience in transportation; her primary experience, in my view, was voting against legislation for public transportation.

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Good Morning gardeners! Frankie can’t be with us today.  She wrote me a few days ago saying she had some unexpected personal matters that would make her unable to host the Garden Blog today.  She asked me to stand in, and I told her I’d be glad to help out.  Some of us, myself included, look forward to participating most Saturday mornings. If the diary didn’t appear, who knows how many people would be hitting refresh on their browsers repeatedly, perhaps for an hour or more. That won't happen today thanks to Frankie's planning.

I intended to post some photos of my trip to Holland this week so I will do it here in the body of the diary.  Earlier in July, we visited my wife’s cousin in Holland.  I have some garden-related pics below the fold.  

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Wed Jun 04, 2008 at 06:05 AM PDT

I Witnessed History (Photo Essay)

by Kayakbiker

We stood in line for hours to see Obama shatter barriers and make history. I only had to travel a short distance to attend, but I spoke to one woman who drove to St Paul from Duluth (about $60 in gas). I am sure she wasn’t alone.  I heard on the radio as I returned from the  event that the line was more than a mile long. The crowd was different than it was during the previous election; I saw a large cross-section of America, including many minorities.  

This woman brought her daughter to see the event.

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Bush is laying the groundwork for a report to the US public that the surge has been a success. The facts state otherwise, but Bush and his handlers latest spin is that local progress is dramatic and good, but the central government isn't showing the same success.

To make his point, Bush presented his weekly radio address with this goal.  The address was titled "The way forward in Iraq."  Bush cited three examples of progress: Muthannna, Diyala and Ninewa provinces.  Today, the Governor of Muthanna province was assasinated by a roadside bomb.

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UPDATE at end.

Details are beginning to emerge about serious concerns about the safety of the I35W bridge prior to its collapse. Records observed by the Star Tribune

reveal that last year bridge officials talked openly about the possibility of the bridge collapsing -- and worried that it might have to be condemned.

This news is reported in an article titled Phone call puts brakes on bridge repair

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I would like to begin by expressing my heartfelt condolences to Franki and her family. Some of us learned from Franki last Saturday evening,in a post here on Dailykos, that her father had passed away. He was 86 years old and had been ill for some time. She had shared with us two weeks ago news that her father was ill and that his condition was worsening.  

Earlier this week, I received an email from Franki informing me that her father's funeral is today (Saturday) and that she would be unable to host her dairy. She asked me if I would be willing to be a guest host; I am honored by this opportunity to help out.  

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I was watching international satellite TV yesterday morning before work because I’m tired of hearing about the guy with TB. On a news channel I saw a story that was quite interesting. It was about peace: the Global Peace Index. Watching this story, I learned something about the US that you probably won’t hear a lot about from our media.

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The theme for this year’s Minneapolis May Day parade was water. For those of you not familiar with the parade, it’s street theater at its best. During the cold winter months, artists  from the Heart-of-the Beast  Puppet Theater and volunteers make costumes and floats for this annual event. This photo essay documents parts of the parade.

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Five thousand rallied and marched earlier today in Minneapolis. These photos were all taken today at that rally.

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I just read a NY Times article by Burns titled  "Before Hanging, a Push for Revenge and a Push Back." In this article I learned that the US Government’s stated position was to delay the execution of Saddam. Unfortunately, the heavyweights on the US side during this crisis were on vacation.

The American push back was complicated by the absences of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and the top American military commander, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., who were both out of Iraq on leave. The American message throughout was that rushing Mr. Hussein to the gallows could rebound disastrously, as it did.

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George W. Bush is unhappy. He announced today that leaks of the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) are wrong. Those leaks contend that the Iraq war has raised the threat of terror rather than reduced it. Given that the War on Terror is Bush's strong suit, he is fighting back.

To counter this news, which everyone knew already, Bush has agreed to declassify parts of the NIE. Here is the portion he has agreed to release. A friend in the government leaked this to me; it doesn't say anything about Iraq.

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