This is Bistek al la Mexicana a common dish found many places. There are several places I get this some better than others but all real decent! Kind of a tomato based sauce with generally pretty tender pieces of beef and a fair amount of it. The rice is pretty generic but the frijoles can be something else. This also includes as many fresh made in front of you tortillas you want and brought to you with a smile. Something like this costs around 50-60 pesos or $3. The squeezed as you watch orange juice is 20 and brings the price up a bit but worth it. Nothing in the States I've ever had compares to this not even close plus it'll cost 7-10 smacks. I don't know what I'm going to eat when I return. It will be an adjustment as I do this so much that is go into Puerto Vallarta on the south side and have me a excellent lunch with "real" Mexican food not the slop I get back there. I do not plan on eating out much at all only at maybe three select places. Pricey yes but worth it because it's so good. I threw away so much money last summer eating way overpriced shitty food. Several times the food got thrown away as well. The whole of Mexico is an eating machine I tell you. I'm gonna miss this.

I feel good and and think the higher temps and humidity contributes to that. It's the same every time. After a month or two you realize and say " Hey I feel pretty damn good!"

Just as important I believe the food made fresh with wholesome fresh ingredients as well contributes to that. Get off the bus in town the food smells everywhere make me hungry just like that.


From The Halls Of Montezuma To The Set Of Meet The Press

Something I don't do often enough is to read Digby.

I don't know why, she is freakin' awesome, now that we know she is a she, I can say that.

I am going to link to her piece on what is being called our War On The Press.

That is perfect framing for what she nails as what has been going on in Left Blogistan now for years.

You see it, I see it, everybody sees the horseshit that passes for journalism in this country.

And they do have an army.

There are so many right wing shills that get paid to force feed the American public a constant diet of misinformation that it is mind boggling.

People like Jonah Goldberg.

Where in the Hell did this bumbling idjit come from and just who in the world thinks he is a serious journalist?

Yet there he is, in my local paper, on the editorial page.

Have you ever actually read one of his pieces all the way through?

I have, and it was pitiful. I was embarrassed that the premier regional newspaper felt obligated to even print it.

Key word, obligated.

So much of the misinformation and omission of real news today is rampant because of obligation.

Obligation to a paycheck, an ideology, to access.

This last little item is the core problem I have with the press and their five year old mentality that if they are mean to a politician, then that politician will cut off their access for information.

Make no mistake that this is exactly what the Bush administration has done in the past and does not bother to hide that is it's main way of keeping the press on message .

True investigative , adversarial reporting in this country is on life support.

Instead we get National Enquirer quality news that absolutely has no true value. Who gives a fuck if Barack Obama doesn't wear a God Damned lapel pin flag?

Do you?

I sure as fuck don't care.

What about say, the politicalization of our Justice Department that gets any investigation of Republican wrong doing swept under the rug and democrats targeted and prosecuted with falsified evidence and witness testimony?

Hear anything about that after the local forecast?

Me neither.

Make no mistake that what should be on every front page of any reputable newspaper in this country will not be published.

Hundreds of Republican shills have taken over the nations airwaves and we have bitched, moaned and complained about it for years.

I don't even bother to watch television anymore and the only thing a newspaper is good for is wiping windows and masking off parts I don't want over spray to get on when I am painting something.

It is the reason Blogs have exploded on the scene, exploded.

Five years ago I had never even heard of a blog, hell, four years ago.

The citizens of this country have wised up to the bullshit artists and have taken to sorting out what is real news and when it is being ignored.

The New York Fucking Times and the Washington God Damn Post have certainly seen the effects of this on their bottom lines, so has the Los Angeles Bought And Sold Repeatedly Times.

When I have to go completely outside of my own country to get an unbiased account of what is really happening in the world around me, there is only one word that describes that condition;


Do me a favor in the comments, let me know where YOU go to get your news.

Cross Posted at Ornery Bastard


  1. I skim the NY Times on line and sometimes the WaPost. I go daily to "Make Them Accountable" on line because it is a good cross section of news and views. Then I try to cross check any of those things I read by looking at various blogs in an attempt to find confirmation or denial. Sometimes I'll run an item through "Ask.com". Often I send links to friends and ask and listen to their opinions. This process isn't cut and dried - it varies with the item, of course. Sometimes I even go to the library for research. Sometimes I go with my 65 year-old gut.
    But I don't watch local or national news on the tube or any of the numberless talking head shows.
    All of the above to say that I depend largely on the internet.
    By the way, like your blogs.
    Enjoy the pictures on Outta the Cornfield.
    And offer best wishes about your dad.

  2. hey friend show me some love and give me two clicks to help me get on the cover of the san francisco deli magazine


  3. considering i work for a news organization (not in news) -- i KNOW how bad it is

    i dont even believe my own product

    i will skim cnn.com, the nytimes.com, watch msnbc -- but mostly lefty blogs and the BBC

  4. I listen to Air America on XM during my workday, and get the remainder of my news from Huffington Post and POAC. . .