Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Who's Feeding the Senator?

Monday, August 8, 2011

The mystery surrounding Senator Addison Mitchell Abraham Mordichai McConnell, Jr.’s Chinese food is deepening. I first saw the New York Times headline “Deal Was Forged Over Choices and Chinese Food” last Tuesday. Then, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday that “ Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell and his staff, cramming down Chinese food Saturday night,” put the finishing touches on the budget deal. That placed the comment in newspapers throughout the country, as an on-line search will immediately reveal. My efforts since then to identify the source of the Chinese food, however, have not succeeded. In spite of the widespread coverage of this meal, no one is willing to name names. Several telephone calls and e-mails to the Times reporters only evoked the suggestion that I ask the Senator’s office, which I did by a telephone call and e-mail on Friday. Now, I find reason to believe that there is more cooking here than moo goo gai pan. It seems that McConnell is married to Hsiao Lan “Elaine” Chao, born in Taiwan, who was George Bush the Lesser’s Secretary of Labor. Her father, who was educated in Red China with some leaders of the present regime, is a very wealthy businessman engaged in Chine-US trade. McConnell’s office confirmed that his father-in-law gave the couple a gift of about $20 million in April 2008. Is it possible that McConnell’s meal came directly from Beijing with the intention of further crippling the American economy for the benefit of you-know-who? Or, is it sufficient for the Commies to enrich McConnell to the point where he can afford to pay for Chinese takeout on his own?

I, on the other hand, paid for my own shrimp fried rice at 69 Bayard Restaurant. Although the temperature was only 87̊, it was enough to deter me from exploring. 69 Bayard’s airconditioning was in splendid shape, keeping the room in the low 60s. I drank two glasses of hot tea, in fact. The restaurant’s decor continues to evolve. Not only are the walls entirely covered in paper money, mostly pictures of George Washington, but now all the bills seem to be written on with thick markers, with messages of all sorts. Is this legal? Well, United States Code, Title 18 - Crimes and Criminal Procedure Part I - Crimes Chapter 17 - Coins and Currency § 333 calls for a fine and/or imprisonment to whoever “mutilates, cuts, defaces, disfigures, or perforates, or unites or cements together” any US currency “with intent to render such [currency] unfit to be reissued.” You be the judge.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I sent Senator McConnell’s office another e-mail inquiry about the source of his Chinese food yesterday, but still no answer. I think there’s another angle worth exploring. Jim Backus, an actor best known as the voice of Mr. Magoo, allegedly died in 1989.

You be the judge.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Senator Magoo’s self-reported personal wealth was estimated to be as high as $32,756,000 in 2009, but at least $7,102,036. What I like about the guy is, while he graduated law school in 1967, every job listed in his official biography, starting while he was still in law school, was in the public sector – chief legislative assistant to US Senator, deputy assistant attorney general, judge-executive Jefferson County, US Senator (since 1985), and now he has a ton of money. Is this a great country, or what?

The power of suggestion worked today. In the morning, I conferenced (discussed the progress of) cases for a judge. One of the cases was a trip and fall on the sidewalk in front of Great N.Y. Noodletown, 28 ½ Bowery, so I went right there for lunch. I had been disappointed there before (November 24, 2010, February 3, 2010), and wanted reason to upgrade my opinion. It was not to be. I wasn’t very hungry and had dinner plans, so I only ordered duck rolls (2 for $4) and boneless sea bass rolls (2 for $4). The duck rolls were very greasy, in a wrapper, slight amount of cold duck (not the beverage) in the center, almost as much duck fat. By contrast, the boneless sea bass rolls were very good. The two cigar-shaped pieces of fish were fried with a rice flour coating. Fortunately, I ate and enjoyed them last.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cousin Bill is busy at work, it appears. The southern tip of Columbus Park, bordering on Worth Street, held two basketball courts and an exercise area that, when busy, resembled the graduate division of the University of Attica. A few days ago, heavy equipment starting tearing up the surface of this playground. So far, there is no indication of what will be installed here. It may just be a refurbishment or a new installation, such as a hotel room simulation for Dominique Strauss-Kahn to pause in and seek relief on his way to Criminal Court across the street.

Not long after I visited New Bo Ky Restaurant, 78-80 Bayard Street, on April 16, 2010, it was closed by the Board of Health. Now, with its “A” rating prominently displayed in the window, I returned, and ordered country style chicken on rice ($4.50), which came with a small bowl of tasty chicken broth. The chicken stopped there, however, because the bird lying on the mound of rice was duck. I like duck so much that I ate what was served. Of course, it is near-impossible to get duck in Chinatown without much fat, even if they call it chicken.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Alan Heim, our Ambassador to Hollywood, taking advantage of his sojourn on his native streets of New York, came by for lunch again. And again, as I had with other good company, I led him to Xi An Famous Foods, 67 Bayard Street. Today, I had ox tail with hand pulled noodles ($7.50), a small, but delicious chunk of bony meat. This meant an entire week for me without breaking new ground, but I have not abandoned my mission. As eagerly as Mitt Romney moves away from what he zealously advocated in the past, I shall move towards new Asian restaurants in the greater Chinatown area in the future.

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