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In case you haven’t heard, Idaho is now famous for more than just potatoes and “I da ho”, now having a sex scandal to call its own. Senator Larry Craig was recently exposed to have plead guilty to lewd conduct in a bathroom while making a stop at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. How this happened in June and is only reported now is beyond me, but I’m glad to see major news outlets grill a man whose appearances at my high school were frequently key noted by anti-sex tirades and arguments for why motorcyclists shouldn’t have to wear helmets (an unrelated pet peeve of mine). You can read more about the incident at Slate where they kindly post the police report and engage in some amusing commentary about Craig’s foot tapping in the bathroom.

-Minneapolis Airport Lobby, 12:30 pm

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All this steak talk has inspired me to bring to the table one of the hottest foodie topics right now: the pairing of food with cocktails. Here’s a great drink our resident mixologist has sacrificed an afternoon of work to bring you…the Basil Mojito. (Yes, we merely replaced mint with basil).

Ingredients:

Bacardi Limon (Regular Bottle or Handle)
Basil Leaves
Limes
Club Soda
Sugar

Method:

In a rocks glass, drop in 1 quartered lime, a small handful of fresh basil leaves, and one large tablespoon of granulated sugar. We prefer to do the whole thing in a big punch bowl, in which case you multiply all the ingredients by 10.

With a muddler, or a wooden spoon, muddle (i.e. “smash”) the hell out of the ingredients. The sugar will help macerate the lime and get all the juice out, and result in a nice layer of thick greenish syrup on the bottom. For the glass, fill with with ice and proceed to pour in Bacardi Limon light rum until there is only a half inch left of room left. Mix using a shaker or a pint glass. Top off with a splash of club soda, stick in a straw and enjoy. The straw will stop the basil from getting stuck in your teeth. If using the big punch bowl, just pour in the whole handle of rum and add a 12oz bottle of club soda. Mix.

If you really want to impress , slice a cucumber into thin wheels and use as a garnish on the side of the glass. Make sure you fill your glass with ice before every refill.

Warning: This drink will make your guests VERY sociable, and you’ll truly be damned at just how much quasi-straight liquor you can actually drink. It’s really quite remarkable.

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The state of New Jersey is worried kids are abusing bathroom privileges during school hours, therefore The Garden State is thinking of instituting scheduled bathroom breaks.

Many moms and dads argue their kids should be able to use the bathroom whenever they want, but some [New Jersey] schools have instituted strict guidelines and protocols limiting bathroom access.”


I know New Jersey isn’t technically in Brooklyn, but I would like to discuss this topic as it is near and dear to my heart. For so many years I felt trapped in the classroom as I dug deep into my soul trying to determine the perfect moment to ask permission to use the lavatory. But the truth is, there never is a perfect moment. Not in Catholic school anyway. Many of those teachers would rather see you wet (or soil) your pants than see you walk out of the room during one of their lectures. Luckily, a few of them got to experience that. And unluckily, so did I. I got to witness others go through the horrors of wetting (and soiling, unfortunately) in front of their peers, that is. (I just wanted to clarify.) Therefore, I strongly encourage children to freely use the bathroom when necessary, without feeling like they’ve committed some misdeed.

“Mike Yaple, a spokesman for the Jersey School Boards Association says this has become an issue because ‘sometimes the bathroom breaks can be abused – sometimes kids will walk the halls, disrupt other classes, go out and smoke, or sometimes even cheat on a test.'”

Ah yes, the ol’ cheat in the bathroom scam. Can’t say I haven’t tried that one before. So I can see why a teacher might feel hesitant in letting a student out during a test. But other than for that reason, I don’t think a child should be restricted from using the restroom during class hours. Unless they’re doing drugs, or performing swirlies on a helpless nerd. But even then, who are we to interfere with the middle school circle of life? Kids will be kids.


I think New Jersey should maybe focus their energy on cleaning up the state, not on figuring out a suitable bathroom schedule. (Living in an apartment that’s surrounded by garbage trucks and the Gowanus Canal, I feel as though I’ve earned the privilege of calling out other stink infested areas.)

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