two nice european wines

     A few weeks ago I tried and enjoyed la Vielle Ferme 2008, a Cote du Ventoux red; found it at  Just Grapes downtown Chicago for a reasonable $11.99. Yesterday, well yesterday I was in the Wine Discount Center on Elston and found the same vintage for $6.99! This is my find of the year, two months in. You will not find a better quality wine anywhere in the U.S. for that price. If you are in the area, stop buying that crap Barefoot stuff, spend a dollar more, and buy it by the case, what a great daily house wine. Another good deal there is the Olivares Altos de la Hoya 2008.  apparently it recieved a 91 rating by International Wine Cellar, and at $8.99 a bottle, also unbeatable- except by maybe the aforementioned French red. Finally, a bit of serendipity- the guy helping me decide (Rob) turns out to be a DLI alum, from 1970- a Chinese linguist who also worked for NSA!

This is why we need to change ALL the rules

     Alaskan politicians are so outraged that they have to report lobbyist-bought meals costing more than fifteen ($15) dollars that they are floating the thought of not reporting any meals by lobbyists. Or better yet, raising the ceiling on the dollar amount, so that these bribes disappear. Some of the gems straight from their mouths include Eagle River Republican Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom’s comment: “I mean, sometimes you can’t get an appetizer for $50. 

     Really? Think she is the only one out of touch? Try this bit of sophistry:  “Is a meal unethical? No. Should it be reported? Well, maybe. If you spend $100 bucks on a meal, I think people have a right to know. But if you’re just sitting down to a meal with somebody, what’s the big deal? It’s nothing unethical,” said North Pole Republican Sen. John Coghill.

     Nothing unethical? So when Exxon sits you down and buys you a plate of crab legs and a bottle of wine, its all good?  Thank God we can take Jack’s word on that.  These politicians have a bigger sense of entitlement than Tiger Woods! They make Marie Antoinette sound like a close cousin.

     The only one to be commended is Mike Doogan, a true voice in the wilderness.

      The people of Alaska have one of the highest rates of education per capita in the United States. It would be wonderful if we used those smarts to send these royal fools (of whichever party) packing.

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