June 4, 2008

Your UN Dollars Fighting Hunger!

At the world hunger meeting it's hard to go hungry: Leaders feast on Italian fare during hunger summit

Menus at food summit feature Italian specialties The luncheon menus for the U.N. Food and Agriculture summit in Rome feature Italian specialties:

Vol-au-vent (pastry puffs) with corn and mozzarella
Pasta with a sauce of pumpkin and shrimp in cream
Veal rolls with cherry tomatoes and basil
Spinach Roman-style
Fruit salad with vanilla ice cream
White wine from Orvieto

Cheese mousse
Pasta with vegetables and cherry tomatoes
Chopped beef
Butter beans
Pineapple with ice cream

Zucchini pie
Parmesan Risotto
Ragout of veal with legumes
Sauteed potatoes
Lemon mousse with raspberry sauce.
Pinot Grigio

The excuse:
"Leaders can eat what they want as long as they take decisive action to deliver the policies and the aid in agriculture that is needed to ensure that poor people who are suffering from high food prices are helped," said Alexander Woollcombe, a spokesman for the British aid group Oxfam.

The rationale:
"It's pretty standard stuff," said FAO spokesman Nick Parsons, describing the meal as "pleasant, light and nutritious."

My alternate menu: Their livers with fava beans and a nice Chianti.
Decor? Heads on pikes by candlelight.

Via House of Eratosthenes

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The proper wine is critical, for You know how it is with me baby / It takes a whole lot of medicine / For me to pretend I’m somebody else. --Randy Newman

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at June 4, 2008 9:00 AM

Consuming a meal without a fine wine is so uncivilized(!). These types of events tend to steam me.

Posted by: feeblemind at June 4, 2008 9:43 AM

Eat The Rude: Lecter '08.

Posted by: Rich Fader at June 4, 2008 10:18 AM

Yes, indeed, the better menu would be their livers with fava beans. Wine from a box. And as Jack Reacher would say, then we piss on the graves of their ancestors.

Posted by: askmom at June 4, 2008 1:59 PM

Don't eat them! Turn them into biofuel instead.

Posted by: Roderick Reilly at June 4, 2008 2:39 PM

It may be a little difficult to follow, but bear with me....

Look, I know I shouldn’t be so sanctimonious about the inherent weakness of the human condition when it applies to victims of borderline personality disorder and the conservative right, which is the same thing. Lord knows they have a vast plethora of silly or otherwise stupid raison d'être to ingest whatever is handed to them, no matter how ludicrous and irrational, even those of them too dim to come up with a justification that rings factual next to their fallacious twaddle. Some of them even mull over their respective condition as a illness, like hairy knuckle syndrome or elephantiasis, which, like the religious right, is caused by parasitic worms. Scientists and all other rational people say that we should circumvent these people/worms, and prescribe for those unfortunate enough to surrender to this brain debilitating condition increased roughage, avoidance of moldy political rhetoric, and to not eat or otherwise pay attention to any pinhead who goes on about other disorders as patriotism or other molasses-based (textured) feeds. It must be said, however, that once the victim succumbs to this “compost”, absolute avoidance of GOP Polio is unattainable at this time. After doing everything "right," imbibers, child molesters, and people with just casual acquaintance with GOPeer “thinking” will still have increasing diminished realistic thought capacity

Posted by: Carl Gordon at June 4, 2008 5:59 PM

Didya know all those big words before Gerard pissed you off, Carl, or did you have to blow a lot of time on Freedictionary.com to paste this rant together?

Wheel of Fortune is always in reruns somewhere on the dial. Go now, before you hurt yourself, to the entertainment configured for you by your Hollywood Overlords; patriotism is a subject no amount of purchased vowels can make you fit to discuss.

Posted by: askmom at June 4, 2008 7:28 PM

Carl seems to have a lot of time on his hands. Why do I have a feeling that there isn't a Mrs. Gordon?

As for this mighty U.N. panel, I would suggest they eat the same food and under the same conditions that the U.N. imposes on others:

-Moldy wheat or corn
-Rice so old that it resists expansion while boiling
-Force them to stand for hours in a crowd while bags of grain are tossed into their midst to be fought over
-Have a Somali-type technical spraying .50 caliber rounds at them while they eat
-Allow U.N. troops to mingle among them, raping and molesting as they see fit

Posted by: Sacred Trust at June 4, 2008 7:33 PM

Give them a break. They are studying hunger, and man, those menus make me ravenous.

Posted by: Freddy Hill at June 4, 2008 9:36 PM

carl gordon = cheese mousse

Posted by: chipper at June 5, 2008 11:00 AM

Sounds like Carl was using a thesaurus when he should've been using a dictionary. Actually, the farther in you get, what it really sounds like he could use is a therapist. They can do wonders with medication these days, Carl.

Do I need a raison d'etre to ingest a candy bar from the vending machine? Or should I just go for it?

Posted by: ak at June 5, 2008 1:51 PM

They had to finish their legumes, or they couldn't have any desert.

Posted by: Dennis at June 6, 2008 8:29 PM

Four legs good. Two legs bad.

Posted by: Kevin Bove at June 7, 2008 10:02 PM
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