cowgrrrl blues

rants, tall tales, and meanderings from a wander-lust, activist, cowgrrrl extrordinaire

Saturday, April 29, 2006

may day thoughts continued

going along with the spanish national anthem post, i want to comment on monday's events. for those of you who don't yet know, there's gonna be big boycott and protest on monday for immigrants' rights. one of my local buritto places is shutting down "in solidarity." (sweet!) in other good news, the california senate just endorsed the boycott. here's what some of the senators had to say...

Several senators equated the protest with the civil rights movement of the 1960s and other major events in American history.

Segregation was ended in part because of the public bus boycott by blacks in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955, said Romero.

Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, likened the debate over immigrant rights to the fights over slavery, women's suffrage, the internment of Japanese during World War II, and the Vietnam War.

America wouldn't have been created without illegal action, said Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys. "They dumped a bunch of tea in Boston harbor, illegally. God bless them," he said.

...god bless them, indeed! anyone in the local area interested in taking to the streets with me, pull out your white t-shirt and give me a ring. 4pm in union square.

charlie and i are expecting!

being the uber-feminist that i am, there was no way i was going to carry around the little rascal.

chinga tu madre, mr. bush!

the new york times has an article on bush weighing in on the debate about the spanish version of the national anthem. this is what he said...

Asked at a news briefing in the Rose Garden on Friday whether he believed the anthem would have the same value in Spanish as it did in English, Mr. Bush said flatly, "No, I don't."

"And I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English," Mr. Bush said. "And they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English."

...rrriiiight. it must be said that the national anthem is a poor choice for a national song in the first place. anything trumpeting war successes is suspect. the only thing mildly cool about the song is that the tune is from an old pub song. gotta love a bunch of drunks making merry.

second, (more importantly) the last i heard there's no official national language. i'm not sure how singing the national anthem in spanish lessens its value (whatever that value may be)...but what i think would be a great twist of irony would be making versions of the song in native american languages--the only truly indigenous tongues to this land, mr. bush.

the new york times has a link to the audio sample here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

the warrior princess

many of you know that i spent this past sunday at a memorial service for one of my professors. denise morgan passed away earlier this month at the age of 41, leaving behind a beautiful 3 year old daughter and a loving husband. beyond her young age and the difficulty ahead for her daughter, the real tragedy in this story is that the civil rights community has sustained a truly deep loss. professor morgan inspired me (and others) both with her passion for human equality as well as her energy for life more generally. she was brilliant, really...and utterly beautiful. i don't know quite what to write. i just wanted to say, "here was an amazing person."

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

vegan chocolate cake

this is the simplest and most delicious recipe. susie b. makes it the best (uh...'cause it's her recipe). here are pics of the one charlie and i made this weekend sans frosting.

Kristina's Vegan 'Linen' Chocolate Birthday Cake!!!

2 cups sugar (unrefined brown, beet, cane...)
1 3/4 c. flour
3/4 c. cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
Equivalent of 2 eggs (I use two tablespoons of ground flax seeds, mix the powder with water to make a frothy paste and add it right away).
1 c. soy, rice, or nut milk (rice or almond are tastiest)
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. boiling water

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pan, 1 round 9-inch spring-form cake pan (what I use), or one 9X13 square baking pan.

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add egg substitute, 'milk', oil, and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed (or by hand). Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).

Pour into pans and bake for 30-35 for round and 35 to 40 minutes for square pan, or until fork comes out clean (I find it may take longer depending on the oven, how carefully you measured, etc. Each cake I bake comes out pretty different:)

Chocolate Frosting:
1 stick (1/2 c.) vegan margarine
2/3 c. cocoa
3 c. powdered sugar
1/3 c. 'milk'
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Melt margarine. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speeh to spread consistency. Add more milk, if needed. Add vanilla. I refrigerate it a bit and wait for the cake to cool before slabbing it on, then decorate with berries, crystallized ginger, edible flowers, or whatever!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

stormy weather

the snowy pics were taken about 5 minutes ago out my brooklyn window. isn't this how you always imagined spring in new york? the sunny pics were taken about a month ago in california. is anyone seriously questioning why i'm moving back to the west coast?

Saturday, April 01, 2006

screw you, ny times

the cover of today's new york times is just ridiculous. seriously, can the editors be a little more insensitive? of all the horrible things happening in the world at the moment, it's just dumb to dredge up photos from 2001 and put the text of haunting 911 calls on the front page. sure, the story deserves some cover...but why is the darfur genocide in the new york times magazine (safely in the middle of the paper, not catching anybody's eye) while this old but sensational shit is on the front? for those of us (and there are a LOT of us in nyc) for whom these pics represent things we saw with our own eyes out our bedroom and office windows, there is no need to revisit the images. we know what it looks like. at least for me, i wish there was a way to erase that part of my memory. so, i'd just like to say to the editors at the times, thank you for ruining my saturday morning. i'll kindly cancel my subscription.