03/17/2012 archive

2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Round of 64 Day 1 Evening

All games on ESPN2.

Time Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
6:30 pm 7 UW-Green Bay 30-1 10 Iowa State 18-12 East
6:30 pm 7 DePaul 22-10 10 BYU 26-6 Mid West
6:30 pm 3 Texas A&M 22-10 14 Albany 23-9 South
6:30 pm 3 Miami (Fla.) 25-5 14 Idaho State 24-7 East

2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Round of 32 Day 1 Evening

Time Network Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
7 pm TBS 4 Indiana 26-8 12 VCU 29-6 South
7:30 pm CBS 1 Kentucky 33-2 8 Iowa State 23-10 South
8:30 pm TNT 3 Baylor 28-7 11 Colorado 24-11 South
9:30 pm TBS 4 Louisville 27-9 5 New Mexico 28-6 West

Random Japan



         The municipality of Nagaoka in Niigata has entered into a sister-city partnership with the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu. Which is interesting, because Nagaoka’s most famous son is Isoroku Yamamoto-commander-in-chief of the fleet that attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

   The mother of AKB48 performer Minami Takahashi-one of the group’s most popular members-was arrested for having sex with a 15-year-old boy.

   The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Consumer Agency will distribute 500,000 leaflets urging people to get rid of non-childproof cigarette lighters.

   Bottom Story of the Week: “Researchers have discovered that a wooden strip unearthed at an ancient ruins site in Ibaraki Prefecture bore a ‘kanji’ Chinese character meaning the unit for a length of cloth, which had been in use in an ancient capital in western Japan.” (via Mainichi Daily News)

Health and Fitness News

Welcome to the Stars Hollow Health and Fitness weekly diary. It will publish on Saturday afternoon and be open for discussion about health related issues including diet, exercise, health and health care issues, as well as, tips on what you can do when there is a medical emergency. Also an opportunity to share and exchange your favorite healthy recipes.

Questions are encouraged and I will answer to the best of my ability. If I can’t, I will try to steer you in the right direction. Naturally, I cannot give individual medical advice for personal health issues. I can give you information about medical conditions and the current treatments available.

You can now find past Health and Fitness News diaries here and on the right hand side of the Front Page.

Tostadas With a Healthy Foundation

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Microwave-Toasted Tortilla Chips

Cut the tortillas in half or into quarters, or leave whole. Place as many as will fit in one layer on a plate and microwave on full power for 1 minute. Turn over the tortilla pieces (they’ll be wet on the bottom) and microwave again for a minute. The chips should be browned and crisp. If they are not, turn over once more and microwave for another 30 seconds to a minute. Repeat with the remaining tortillas until all of them are done. They’ll remain crispy for several hours.

Note: The process will take less time if you air-dry the tortillas on a rack for an hour or so before microwaving.

Barbecued Chicken and Mushroom Tostadas

If you’re cooking for both meat-eaters and vegetarians, make a batch using mushrooms alone.

Crabmeat Tostadas

Give the stove the night off; other than toasting the tortillas, no cooking is required for these light and zesty tostadas.

Vegetable Tostadas With Dark Chili-Garlic Sauce

Seasonal vegetables get a rich, spicy coating in this flavorful tostada topping.

Tostadas With Sweet and Hot Peppers and Eggs

This variation on huevos rancheros makes a satisfying breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Bean Tostadas

Topped with avocado and cheese, these hearty tostadas will please both the vegetarians and the meat-eaters in your household.

This Week In The Dream Antilles: Elephants



A dead elephant in Cameroon

This is beyond profoundly disturbing. It’s about the slaughter of elephants in game preserves in Africa. This story is making your Bloguero sick. Hence, a too brief essay, for which he apologizes, and restraint in writing, so he doesn’t explode in a torrent of expletives.  And, yes,your Bloguero knows this is supposed to be the Friday weekly digest, but because of this story, your Bloguero cannot get his mind around that.

2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Round of 32 Day 1 Afternoon

Time Network Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
Noon CBS 1 Syracuse 32-2 8 Kansas State 22-10 East
2:30 pm CBS 2 Ohio State 28-7 7 Gonzaga 26-6 East
5 pm CBS 3 Marquette 26-7 6 Murray State 31-1 West
6 pm TNT 4 Wisconsin 25-9 5 Vanderbilt 25-10 East

2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Round of 64 Day 1 Afternoon

Connecticut doesn’t have their own channel this year.  They’re still seeded #1 and there is no reason at all that they can’t win another Championship.  On the other hand they only have to advance a single round to beat the boys and remind them who is the true Basketball power of Connecticut.

Realistically, wave goodbye to Prairie View.

All the action is on ESPN2, perhaps I’ll have a chance to wax poetic about the purity of the Women’s game later.

Today’s Contests

Time Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
11 am 5 South Carolina 23-9 12 Eastern Michigan 23-8 West
11 am 8 West Virginia 23-9 9 Texas 18-13 West
11 am 2 Maryland 28-4 15 Navy 18-13 South
11 am 8 Kansas State 19-13 9 Princeton Record East
1:30 pm 1 Connecticut 29-4 16 Prairie View 17-15 East
1:30 pm 7 Louisville 22-9 10 Michigan State 20-11 South
1:30 pm 1 Stanford 31-1 16 Hampton 26-4 West
1:30 pm 4 Purdue 24-8 13 South Dakota State 24-8 West
4 pm 6 Arkansas 23-8 11 Dayton 23-6 South
4 pm 2 Tennessee 24-8 15 UT Martin 23-8 Mid West
4 pm 6 Rutgers 22-9 11 Gonzaga 26-5 East
4 pm 2 Kentucky 25-6 15 McNeese State 26-7 East

The Wearing Of The Green

The Wearing Of The Green
O Paddy dear, and did ye hear the news that’s goin’ round?

The shamrock is by law forbid to grow on Irish ground!

No more Saint Patrick’s Day we’ll keep, his color can’t be seen

For there’s a cruel law ag’in the Wearin’ o’ the Green.

I met with Napper Tandy, and he took me by the hand

And he said, “How’s poor old Ireland, and how does she stand?”

“She’s the most distressful country that ever yet was seen

For they’re hanging men and women there for the Wearin’ o’ the Green.”

So if the color we must wear be England’s cruel red

Let it remind us of the blood that Irishmen have shed

And pull the shamrock from your hat, and throw it on the sod

But never fear, ’twill take root there, though underfoot ’tis trod.
When laws can stop the blades of grass from growin’ as they grow

And when the leaves in summer-time their color dare not show

Then I will change the color too I wear in my caubeen

But till that day, please God, I’ll stick to the Wearin’ o’ the Green.

You can listen to it here.

Punting the Pundits

“Punting the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Punting the Pundits”.

Michael Moore: The Purpose of Occupy Wall Street Is to Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street. What other political movement in modern times has won the sympathy and/or support of the majority of the American public-in less than two months? How did this happen? I think it was a revolt that has been percolating across the country since Reagan fired the first air traffic controller. Then, on September 17, 2011, a group of (mostly) young adults decided to take direct action. And this action struck a raw nerve, sending a shock wave throughout the United States, because what these kids were doing was what tens of millions of people wished they could do. The people who have lost their jobs, their homes, their “American dream”-they cathartically cheered on this ragtag bunch who got right in the face of Wall Street and said, “We’re not leaving until you give us our country back!”

By purposely not creating a formal, hierarchical organization with rules and dues and structure and charismatic leaders and spokespeople-all the things their parents told them they would need in order to get anything done-this new way allowed people from all over the country to feel like they were part of the rebellion by simply deciding that they were part of the rebellion. You want to occupy your local bank-do it! You want to occupy your college board of trustees-done! You want to occupy Oakland or Cincinnati or Grass Valley-be our guest! This is your movement, and you can make it what you want it to be.

Frances Fox Priven: Occupy! and Make Them Do It

The spring months are likely to see the expansion of the Occupy movement. Evicted from the little parks where they were encamped, the activists are joining housing occupations and other protests against predatory banks, student protests against rising tuition and debt, and labor strikes and protests against lockouts. This is big news in American politics because we have not seen a protest movement with this much imagination, energy and traction for a long time

But as the 2012 elections draw nearer, the protests will be shadowed by the unfolding campaigns. After all, most Americans think of elections as the very heart of American politics. Accordingly, there will be lots of exasperated advice to the protesters: at least for now, they should work for the election by joining the ranks of volunteers registering voters, ringing doorbells and staffing the campaign offices. And, of course, they should refrain from attacks on Obama. After all, think of how bad things would be with Romney as president and Tea Party Republicans controlling both houses of Congress. The Supreme Court could become even worse, to say nothing of the danger of another war.

Lance Tapley: Silencing Occupy: Big Protests Are Planned. Will Suppression Follow?

Get ready for the protests. Get ready for the warm American spring – and maybe a hot summer and fall. Vast economic inequality has not disappeared and, in a presidential election year, the supremacy of money in politics will be extravagantly displayed.

But if you protest, also get ready for “free-speech zones,” “pop-up” restricted areas, National Special Security Events, and – with the signing on March 8 by President Barack Obama of HR 347 – a suddenly sharper federal anti-protest law. Despite American constitutional rights to speak freely, to assemble, and to petition for redress of grievances, suppression of protest is just as American.

HR 347’s title, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, suggests court-house landscaping, but its true impact cuts much deeper. Without debate, it flew through the Senate with unanimous consent. In the House, only three members voted against it, all Republican, most notably presidential candidate Ron Paul. The brief debate featured jokes about the Super Bowl.

Emily Douglas: Women’s Rights, Another Round of Defensive Victories

In recent months, a bubbling stew of Republican extremism, tone-deafness and rank misogyny aimed at a series of poorly chosen targets (Planned Parenthood, Sandra Fluke, breast cancer activists who also use birth control) have turned pro-choice women into a potent and wide-awake political force. A DCCC appeal decrying the “war on women” raised over $1 million. In last week’s cover story, Elizabeth Mitchell reported that Planned Parenthood drew 1.3 million new supporters in 2011 and raised $3 million in the wake of the Komen controversy alone. Viewed one way, what should be happening is happening: women are waking up (E.J. Graff), making their displeasure known, and wielding political capital accordingly (Irin Carmon). The attacks on birth control are turning off independent and moderate women, who are now taking a second look at the once-beleaguered president. And Obama will be ready for them: he is staking his re-election in large part on women voters.

Moments like this are clarifying, and can act as a teaching tool. Americans, who strongly support access to birth control and the birth control coverage mandate in specific, are catching on to Republican hostility to a key tenet of contemporary American culture. The attacks on birth control are demonstrable proof that the religious right, including the Republican presidential candidates, intends, at root, to re-impose archaic sexual mores and roll back the clock on women’s equality. It is about women, not about unborn babies. Irin credits the amped-up outrage to the “growing realization that these aren’t isolated incidents, but rather systematic attacks based on a worldview that is actively hostile to female self-determination.”

Marian Wright Edelman: Giving Jailed Juveniles A Second Chance at Life

Edwin Desamour was driving with his 3-year-old son in their Philadelphia neighborhood recently when the little boy looked up and said, “Daddy, look at the moon! I want to go there!” So this father did what many parents would: He bought his son books on science and space voyages and encouraged him to believe that his dreams can come true.

Edwin’s son has been blessed with a vastly different childhood than Edwin had. Edwin grew up poor in a violent neighborhood in Philadelphia, surrounded by drugs, guns and crime. At age 16 he was convicted of a homicide. The time he spent with his father as a teenager came when they were assigned to the same cellblock in prison.

Edwin was caught up in dangerous surroundings he didn’t choose, and his violent actions as an adolescent resulted in terrible loss. But he matured in prison and became determined to earn parole so he could return to his old neighborhood and make a difference in the lives of other young men. In 2007 Edwin founded Men in Motion in the Community, an organization that provides positive role models for at-risk youths. It teaches them that there are consequences to their actions, and it helps youths avoid violence.

Barbara Ehrenreich: Rediscovering American Poverty

How We Cured “The Culture of Poverty,” Not Poverty Itself

It’s been exactly 50 years since Americans, or at least the non-poor among them, “discovered” poverty, thanks to Michael Harrington’s engaging book The Other America. If this discovery now seems a little overstated, like Columbus’s “discovery” of America, it was because the poor, according to Harrington, were so “hidden” and “invisible” that it took a crusading left-wing journalist to ferret them out.

Harrington’s book jolted a nation that then prided itself on its classlessness and even fretted about the spirit-sapping effects of “too much affluence.” He estimated that one quarter of the population lived in poverty — inner-city blacks, Appalachian whites, farm workers, and elderly Americans among them. We could no longer boast, as President Nixon had done in his “kitchen debate” with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in Moscow just three years earlier, about the splendors of American capitalism.


On This Day In History March 17

This is your morning Open Thread. Pour your favorite beverage and review the past and comment on the future.

Find the past “On This Day in History” here.

March 17 is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 289 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this day in 461, Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.

Much of what is known about Patrick’s legendary life comes from the Confessio, a book he wrote during his last years. Born in Great Britain, probably in Scotland, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was captured and enslaved at age 16 by Irish marauders. For the next six years, he worked as a herder in Ireland, turning to a deepening religious faith for comfort. Following the counsel of a voice he heard in a dream one night, he escaped and found passage on a ship to Britain, where he was eventually reunited with his family.

According to the Confessio, in Britain Patrick had another dream, in which an individual named Victoricus gave him a letter, entitled “The Voice of the Irish.” As he read it, Patrick seemed to hear the voices of Irishmen pleading him to return to their country and walk among them once more. After studying for the priesthood, Patrick was ordained a bishop. He arrived in Ireland in 433 and began preaching the Gospel, converting many thousands of Irish and building churches around the country. After 40 years of living in poverty, teaching, traveling and working tirelessly, Patrick died on March 17, 461 in Saul, where he had built his first church.

First St. Patrick’s Day parade

In New York City, the first parade honoring the Catholic feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is held by Irish soldiers serving in the British army.

Early Irish settlers to the American colonies, many of whom were indentured servants, brought the Irish tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s feast day to America. The first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade was held not in Ireland but in New York City in 1762, and with the dramatic increase of Irish immigrants to the United States in the mid-19th century, the March 17th celebration became widespread. Today, across the United States, millions of Americans of Irish ancestry celebrate their cultural identity and history by enjoying St. Patrick’s Day parades and engaging in general revelry.

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