Wednesday, February 14, 2007

House Debate on Iraq War Resolution turns Anglo-American vs. Continental

Of the House debate concerning a resolution to oppose the President’s war plan for Iraq, the New York Times reports: “The debate, which was scheduled to proceed to midnight for three days in a row, was tightly choreographed. Democrats started with the war veterans, leaving many of the fiercest war critics until later. Representative Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio, for example, did not speak until after the dinner hour.”

Earlier in the week this had lead to a fierce secondary debate among members of the House Gastronomical Committee. While some committee members felt that Kucinich is best served with dessert like a good bottle of Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, others felt that his distinctive flavor made him more of a nightcap, like a cognac or a brandy. They were scheduled to reconvene the following morning over breakfast to settle this debate but were ultimately unable to come to a consensus over whether the breakfast should be continental or Anglo-American style. Most agreed that Anglo-American was the politically wiser choice which would allow them to eschew criticism from those who would accuse them of belonging to the east coast elite “hate America first crowd”. However, proponents of the continental breakfast argued that it would be disrespectful to Kucinich, their vegan colleague, to hold this discussion over eggs, sausage and bacon. In the end they were sharply criticized by proponents of both camps for waffling.

Although she did not wish to comment on this rift in the House Gastronomical Committee, Representative Maxine Waters of California, (sometimes referred to as “Sparkling Waters” by those who admire her spunk), leader of the 75-member Out of Iraq Caucus, did make a passing allusion to the gastronomical sub-controversy in her statement that the resolution would be a first step in opposing the “war giant whose appetite cannot be satisfied.”

4 comments:

Robert said...

What a phrase; “war giants whose appetites cannot be satisfied.” A subject for nasty sculpture?

Reminds me of Pieter Bruegel and Goya.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Pieter_Bruegel_d._%C3%84._066.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Bigfishlittlefish.JPG

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Pieter_Bruegel_d._%C3%84._022.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Thetriumphofdeath.jpg

and and and the nasty one from Goya!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Goya_-_Saturno_devorando_a_su_hijo.jpg


You are clearly having fun in "Gay Paris" (trad sense!!) bet you aren't eating eggs, sausage and bacon either. The French probably do some quite good vegetable dishes even for breakfast. Since childhood I have loved French food so I envy you that.

American Politics has to be followed here. We are affected by the out come more than most so your posts are intriguing.

Robert said...

The Tryumph of Death link was missing .jpg should be:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Thetriumphofdeath.jpg

Robert said...

Interesting it has done it again try

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Thetriumphofdeath.jpg

just in case you ahve to put .jpg on the end.

Marisol said...

Good post.