Eva and I made this salad this weekend for barbecue. It was excellent! It is tangy and refreshing and makes for great left overs. We doubled the recipe and have been eating it for days without complaint. Eva has been making the dish for a while and has added her own twist, using red onion instead of green and adding a couple dashes of Chalula, or another hot sauce of your choosing. Simple and delicicous, this may just become my new summer standby.
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
½ cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 ½ cups frozen corn kernels
1 avocado - peeled, pitted and diced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
6 green onions, thinly sliced
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
Place lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and cayenne pepper in a small jar. Cover with lid, and shake until ingredients are well mixed.
In a salad bowl, combine beans, corn, avocado, bell pepper, tomatoes, green onions, and cilantro. Shake lime dressing, and pour it over the salad. Stir salad to coat vegetables and beans with dressing, and serve.
“Here’s to the best friend I’ve ever had. Could ever hope to have. A girl for whom no man will ever be good enough. I hope you know that I love you and I wish for you nothing but a lifetime of happiness.”—
Fred Weller, In Plain Sight
For Ms. Wong, a gem in a pile of rubble. Happy birthday.
“And as I sat there, brooding on the old unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning —
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”—
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
I just finished the Great Gatsby. It has such brilliant and satisfying closing lines.
“I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.”—
Archbishop Tutu has been active in the defense of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed. He has campaigned to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, homophobia, transphobia, poverty and racism. Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2005, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.
I am off to see him speak this evening. I can hardly wait!
Ugandan Who Spoke Up for Gays Is Beaten to Death [Link]nytimes.com
This no longer breaking news but it is none the less relevent. The law, creating a death penatly for gay people in Uganda, is still being considered by Parliament.
David Kato knew he was a marked man. As the most outspoken gay rights advocate in Uganda, a country where homophobia is so severe that Parliament is considering a bill to execute gay people, Mr. Kato had received a stream of death threats, his friends said. A few months ago, a Ugandan newspaper ran an antigay diatribe with Mr. Kato’s picture on the front page under a banner urging, “Hang Them.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Kato was beaten to death with a hammer in his rough-and-tumble neighborhood. Police officials were quick to chalk up the motive to robbery, but members of the small and increasingly besieged gay community in Uganda suspect otherwise.
“David’s death is a result of the hatred planted in Uganda by U.S. evangelicals in 2009,” Val Kalende, the chairwoman of one of Uganda’s gay rights groups, said in a statement. “The Ugandan government and the so-called U.S. evangelicals must take responsibility for David’s blood.”
Ms. Kalende was referring to visits in March 2009 by a group of American evangelicals, who held rallies and workshops in Uganda discussing how to turn gay people straight, how gay men sodomized teenage boys and how “the gay movement is an evil institution” intended to “defeat the marriage-based society.”
The Americans involved said they had no intention of stoking a violent reaction. But the antigay bill was drafted shortly thereafter. Some of the Ugandan politicians and preachers who wrote it had attended those sessions and said that they had discussed the legislation with the Americans.
“Once poverty is gone, we’ll need to build museums to display its horrors to future generations. They’ll wonder why poverty continued so long in human society - how a few people could live in luxury while billions dwelt in misery, deprivation and despair.”—
Muhammad Yunus, Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism
I am reading Yunus’ first book, Banker to the Poor, right now. Everyone interested in ending poverty should read this book. He turns a lot of age old ideas about banking, non-profit work and economic advancement on their heads and you are inspired to reconsider it all. His unrelenting determination to run Grameen Bank without caving to preconceived banking and social mores is inspiring. Read this book!
“The risks of release outweigh the benefits…Conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored anyway, and there is a real risk that releasing the photos will only serve to inflame public opinion in the Middle East…Imagine how the American people would react if Al Qaeda killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the internet…Osama bin Laden is not a trophy—he is dead and let’s now focus on continuing the fight until Al Qaeda has been eliminated.”—President Obama, in a “60 Minutes” interview, set to air this Sunday. (via thesmithian)
The Truth About American Exceptionalismonthecommons.org
Americans did not become rich because of our rugged individualism or entrepreneurial drive or technical inventiveness. We were born rich. Ann Richards’ famous description of George Bush Sr. as an individual is equally applicable to the United States as a whole, “He was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple.”
When asked to identify the single most important difference between the Old and New World, renowned historian Henry Steele Commager responded, in the New World your baby survived. The New World had an abundance of cheap land which meant the New World, unlike the Old World, was largely populated by self-reliant property owners. Coupled with a moderate climate and rich soil, immigrants could grow all the food needed for their families, livestock and horses. There was plenty of clean water and sufficient free or low cost wood to build and heat one’s house.
The fact that Americans could choose to live on a farm also gave them significant bargaining power with employers. As a result wages in the New World were much higher than in the Old World.
The United States also benefited enormously from tens of millions of immigrants who, through a Darwinian-like process of natural selection, were among the most driven and entrepreneurial and hardy of their native countries. And on the dark side of the immigration picture, we also benefited immensely from millions of involuntary immigrants who provided an army of unpaid labor for southern plantations.
“It is essential that justice be done, and it is equally vital that justice not be confused with revenge, for the two are wholly different.”—
Oscar Arias Sanchez
Osama Bin Laden has been killed and his body layed to rest, but the struggle against extremism continues. The fight justice for all of Al-queda’s victims the world over persists. Let us be measured in our efforts, never becoming avengers blinded by our anger and our fear and let us never become callous about taking a life.