WEST COAST AHEAD … When it comes to food, the Bay Area’s long been a leader … Blends used to be the ticket, guaranteeing a particular kind of flavor or taste to a food or drink. But more and more single origin varieties dominate, as in single malt scotches … Even chocolates have succumbed to the craze. Forget the bland blends of Hershey’s or even SF’s own Ghirardelli’s (which is actually owned by the Swiss chocolatiers Lindt & Sprüngli). Try instead chocolate varietals like El Rey’s Caoba from its Carenero line of fine chocolates originating in the northcentral region of Venezuela, traditionally called Barlovento. The name Caoba is one of the trees that have shaded cacao planted in that region since the 1600s … And then there are the prized cacao beans of the Chuao region of northwestern Venezuela, accessible only by boat, and focus of the so-called Chocolate Wars. To learn more about them, read Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light by Mort Rosenblum, who helped us start the old San Miguel Journal here in Telluride back in the mid-‘80s and wrote a column locally for a number of years … Both Dale Stuart and Casey Meshbesher have chocolate websites that tout French chocolatiers Valrhona and Bonnat, as well as Italian chocolatier Amadei, as among the best in the world, and all three have used or are using Chuao cacao beans in some of their products. … In California at Trader Joe’s, they have chocolate tastings, so you can expect the same in Colorado in a few years. And, to be in the know, gourmet chocolates are rated by year, just like wines … For local chocoholics, Patty Denny’s Telluride Truffle appears on Chocomap.com (although the map shows the Society Turn shop on the corner of Boomerang Road and a new avenue that cuts west along the valley floor). Regionally, I’d highly recommend you sample Mouse’s Chocolates over in Ouray (her Coffee Mocha is unbelievable) and my friend Josh Galloway’s new SilvertonChocolates.com (actually located in Durango) has some awesomely delicious gourmet treats (we’ve traded spuds for nibs) … And finally, for mail order of the more exotic (and pricey) imported brands, check out Chocosphere.com in Portland.
OBAMA … What I love about Barrack is what I admire in the Salazar brothers, Ken and John. A deep understanding of realpolitik. So that they stay located in the middle of their constituents – that’s what the constitution meant by “We, the People.” Power is granted to politicians by the people. But in a democracy it’s the people who have the power … So, sure, I was disappointed when Obama renounced public financing. It’s a step back, no question. But a step back to leap ahead. His camp’s no dummys. They’re going to have a war chest this time for any last minute Swift Boat surprise and Barrack will have the bucks to get his rebuttal before the voters.
DANGEROUS TIMES … Iran orders new Russian-produced SA-20 surface-to-air missiles. Israel holds massive war games over Turkey. Bush and the Neocons rattle sabers in public. Those are facts. And, coupled with increasing U.S. and World financial instability, are very worrisome … Undercover, or in the world of what Peter Dale Scott calls “deep politics”, even more worrisome things appear to be going on. These are facts mingled with conjectures. In this arena, nothing is certain … Ray McGovern, military intelligence officer and CIA analyst for 27 years, wants Rep. Conyers to begin hearings on impeachment in his House committee (fact). Why? Because he thinks this administration or its surrogate (Israel) is preparing for the unthinkable – a military strike on Iran (conjecture). And impeachment hearings are the only way to stop the madness (conjecture). This isn’t from some crackpot web blog. It’s in the Detroit Free Press (fact). <www.freep.com> Go to “Opinion” and “Impeach Bush Now” [June 19. 2008] … Recently Defense Secretary Gates fired the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force’s top general. Officially, for security lapses, such as the Minot Barksdale Nuclear Fly-By incident (fact). But many claim that both were part of a separate military chain of command loyal to Cheney, and the missile move was done outside normal channels to prepare for a military strike on Iran (conjecture) … Two months ago mystery man Roland Carnaby was shot dead by police officers after a high speed chase through the streets of Houston (fact). Carnaby, who some say was formerly the CIA's Chief of Station for the Southeast Region headquartered in Houston, may have been involved in contract CIA work conducting security surveys of the Port of Houston and may have discovered that the Department of Homeland Security was tolerating gaping holes in port security (conjecture). Carnaby may also have been investigating the presence of “Middle Easterners” who were conducting surveillance of the Port of Houston (conjecture). The “Middle Eastern” designator is the term used by the FBI for Israelis – typically Mossad agents – in order to avoid “political” problems with superiors (fact). Former National Security Agency analyst, naval intelligence officer, and on-line conspiracy theorist Wayne Madsen believes Carnaby was involved both in heading off a potential war with Iran (by leaking Mossad plans to assassinate Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah just days before Carnaby himself was killed) and in trying to forestall a potential terrorist attack on the port (conjecture). Carnaby, a Lebanese-American, was a classmate of According to Madsen, “Federal agents in Houston fear that 'another 9/11-type ‘false flag' attack is imminent, perhaps as early as July 4” (conjecture). Such an attack along the twenty-five-mile Houston Ship Channel, site of more explosive materials, toxic gases, and deadly petrochemicals than anywhere else in the country, could create an environmental and economic catastrophe that would dwarf 9/11 (fact). CIA officials deny Carnaby was an agent, in spite of substantial evidence to the contrary, which some folks claim was faked (fact).
CAN BUSH SUSPEND ELECTIONS? … Yes, if he declares martial law … In May 2007, Bush issued a major presidential National Security Directive (Presidential Directive NSPD 51/HSPD 20), which would suspend constitutional government and replace it with broad dictatorial powers under martial law in the case of a “Catastrophic Emergency” [note: the nature of a “catastrophic emergency is undefined and left to the president's discretion; clearly it could be war, a 9/11 false flag attack, or even a natural disaster]. NSPD 51 grants unprecedented powers to the Presidency and the Department of Homeland Security, overriding the foundations of Constitutional government. It allows the sitting president to declare a “national emergency” without Congressional approval. The implementation of NSPD 51 would lead to the de facto closing down of the Legislature and the militarization of justice and law enforcement.
THE TALKING GOURD
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