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Sunday, July 16. 2017
Heard my first cicadas of the summer yesterday - just a few, and just for about an hour or two, but these are probably early risers - first emergers from the soil, practicing playing their instruments. Maybe this will be a good year for them.
It means that in a few days we will be hearing the remarkably loud raspy buzzing from the tree-tops on every hot sunny day - the characteristic sound of high summer in New England, until replaced by the more refined Katydid's evening song as late summer comes.
We have both 13-year and 17-year cicadas - that's how long the two species live as larvae underground, sucking on tree roots, before they emerge to mate, breed, and die.
Their life is a metaphor.
Cicadas are edible, but I don't know anyone who eats them regularly except birds who have great sport chasing them when they fly from tree to tree. We often find their empty exoskelatons attached to tree trunks - as they grow, they crawl out of their old coat.
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U.S. Success in Iraq War Could Hurt Democrats
The Petraeus Report Worries Party Analysts
WASHINGTON — As public opinion has swung increasingly against the war in Iraq, leading Democrats have seen little risk in demanding a withdrawal of American troops, buffeted by polls that show as many as seven in 10 voters are on their side.
What if the military situation in Iraq turns around?
That's the question facing the party's lawmakers and presidential candidates as Congress eagerly awaits a progress report next month from the American commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus.
Some political analysts say the Democrats have nothing to worry about. They argue the strength of public opinion against the war, combined with the inability of the Iraqi government to pass key legislation, have left the party on safe political turf in calling for an American exit.
Others are advising caution, warning that Democrats could lose the high ground if they are perceived to be ignoring evidence that President Bush's troop "surge" is achieving success.
"The Republicans will exploit the hell out of that," a Democratic political consultant, Daniel Gerstein, said.
The party, he said, now has a considerable advantage heading into 2008, due in large part to the war and to the unpopularity of the Bush administration. Mishandling the Petraeus report could put that in jeopardy, he said.
"If we don't handle a shift in the facts on the ground in Iraq well, some of that advantage will erode, the Republican position will be strengthened, and we'll have more of a jump ball, at least in the presidential election, than it's shaping up to be right now," Mr. Gerstein said.
Such concerns were underscored this week after the Democratic House whip, Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, told the Washington Post that a positive report from General Petraeus could split the party's caucus and prove to be "a real big problem for us."
In criticizing the administration, leading Democrats have generally tried to avoid language that Republicans could attack as overtly defeatist. As one Democrat who has recently turned against the war, Mayor Koch, put it: "Obviously, everyone who is interested in the country is going to be very happy" if America were to prevail.
The party's top presidential candidates — Senator Clinton, Senator Obama of Illinois, and a former North Carolina senator, John Edwards — have all vociferously called for an end to the war, often trying to one-up each other on their anti-war credentials.
None have shown any indication that an encouraging outlook from General Petraeus would change their positions.
While unlikely, significant progress in Iraq would require a different line of thinking, a retired Air Force general who is advising Mr. Obama, Major General Scott Gration, said.
"Obviously if it's very clear that the al-Maliki government is making significant progress, that we're turning the tide, it would be crazy not to readjust," General Gration said, adding that he was not speaking for the Obama campaign.
The Bush administration has said General Petraeus's briefing next month should not be viewed as a decisive and final evaluation of the surge, and foreign policy analysts expect him to report some level of progress on the military front while saying it will take more time to fully secure key areas.
Supporters of the war have seized on a lower death toll among American troops in July, as well as an op-ed article in the New York Times by two policy analysts at the Brookings Institution who had previously criticized the administration's strategy, Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack. Reporting on their recent visit to Iraq, they wrote of significant military progress and high troop morale, advising Congress to stick with the surge into next year.
Some analysts predict that while Democrats may welcome achievements in security, they will zero in on political reconciliation efforts, where the news has been almost uniformly negative. "The military gains can't last without political stability," the president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, Leslie Gelb, said.
To other political observers, American opposition to the war has hardened to a point where it is unlikely, if not impossible, to change. "The jury is in," the editor of the Cook Political Report, Charles Cook, said. "I think the American people have made a decision on what they want to do in Iraq, and it's not stay."
The diminished credibility of the Bush administration in the eyes of many citizens also may temper any good news that General Petraeus delivers. "It better be believable," a Democratic strategist, Robert Shrum, warned. "My guess is positions will not have changed."
One analyst argued that anti-war sentiment is so strong that a positive report from General Petraeus would actually help Democrats in 2008, because by prolonging the war it would keep Iraq as the dominant political issue in the general election campaign. "Exactly what the Democrats want. They'll never admit it," the director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, Larry Sabato, said. "It means that, one way or another, Bush can continue to fight his war until the last day of his administration, thereby nearly guaranteeing that the Democrats will win in 2008."
BY RUSSELL BERMAN - Staff Reporter of the Sun
August 3, 2007
You win, BD. I won't comment on anything, anywhere, any more.
CAIR Executive Director Placed at HAMAS Meeting
The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Nihad Awad, participated in a three-day summit of U.S.-based HAMAS members and supporters in 1993.
Until now, he had been identified only as Nihad LNU (last name unknown) in FBI reports and analyses. The meeting occurred in a Philadelphia hotel in the wake of a White House ceremony formalizing the Oslo Accords, a peace deal with the potential to end the decades-old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
CAIR, which touts itself as America’s premier Muslim civil rights organization, was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the terror support trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and five of its officials. Omar Ahmad, who founded CAIR with Awad in 1994 and was previously identified as attending the Philadelphia meeting, also was named as an unindicted co-conspirator.
The FBI already had wiretap warrants on several people who wound up organizing the 1993 meeting and agents listened in on the meeting itself. They concluded the two-dozen men present were HAMAS members or supporters. Transcripts and FBI analyses released since then show the meeting sought a strategy to kill the peace accord, which threatened to marginalize the Islamist movement. The group also discussed ways to improve HAMAS fundraising in America.
According to FBI reports, the men tried to hide their true agenda, agreeing not to even say the word “HAMAS” - but to call it “SAMAH” its reverse - even in their private conversations. Most of the participants were identified through surveillance and an examination of the hotel registry. But until Thursday, the identity of one person at the meeting – Nihad LNU - remained a mystery.
Awad was asked about the meeting during a 2003 deposition for a civil lawsuit. He initially said he didn't think he had attended the Philadelphia meeting. When pushed he replied, "I don't remember." Nor did he remember whether he was invited.
Previously available evidence shows Awad was at the 1993 HAMAS meeting. He can be seen on videotape the following summer, acknowledging “I am in support of the HAMAS movement” during a seminar at Miami’s Barry University.
(more scat on this)
Habu recommends those of you who have friends involved with CAIR to leave the USA most ricky tick
At the risk of hijacking the comment thread with stuff related to the original post... I don't recall hearing a single cicada yet this summer. We have more cicada killing wasps than I ever recall seeing. More of 'em than you can shake a stick at.
If those cicadas every do come out this summer, they're in for a hard time.
When my brother and I found all the cicada exoskeletons hanging on the side of the garage and decided to hang them on each other's backs one day, well, Mom just about came unglued.
It's the one thing I miss about Texas besides the girls, the noise of the cicada in summer time.
Adult Cicada Recipe
Adult Cicadas can be eaten as well as Cicada Larvae You should pick mature femalesyou’re your dish. Adult Cicada males have hollow abdomens and not much of a meat, but the female Cicadas are filled with lots of fat. Before you start your cooking you need to remove all the hard parts: wings, legs and head. These parts don’t contain much of the meat either but may be very sharp, so its best to get rid of them.
You will need: two tablespoons butter or peanut oil, one and a half pound of cicadas, two serrano chilies, raw, finely chopped, one tomato, finely chopped, one onion, finely chopped, one and a half table spoon ground pepper, one and a half table spoon cumin, three table spoon taco seasoning mix, one handful cilantro, chopped, Taco shells, Sour cream, Shredded cheddar cheese, Shredded lettuce.
All you need to do now is:
1. Heat the butter or oil in a frying pan and fry the cicadas for 10 minuts, or until cooked through.
2. Remove from pan and roughly chop into 1/4-inch cubes/ Place back in pan.
3. Add the chopped onions, chilies and tomato, season with salt, and fry for another 5 minutes on medium-low heat.
4. Sprinkle with ground pepper, cumin and oregano to taste.
5. Serve in taco shells and garnish with cilantro, sour cream, lettuce and cheddar cheese.
In addition they can be mixed with sour creme in a dip and served with Vienna Sausage and crackers.
Many of you may already have served one or more of the wonderful dishes by Chef Cacada.
It it only by coincidence that the Chef Cacada has a Cicada recipe given that his fame and name derives from his famous chicken recipes...thus the name Cacada which comes from Ca Ca da'l 'do .. the well known chicken sound.
Don't let the loons at USDA find out you can eat Cicadas they will mandate if for school lunches.
If I have butter, serrano chilis, sour cream, cheese, and spices, then I am not yet hungry enough to eat cicadas. I could live off of everything in your recipe except the cicadas for months, probably years, before I even looked at a bug as food.
The Eastern Cicada Killer (Sphecius speciosus) offers this unusual way of preparing her favorite dish for the kids:
"Once mated, females find an appropriate area, often a well-drained slope near a woodlot, and build a burrow up to three feet deep (not a typo). Our colony is in a border of fist-sized rocks on top of sandy soil next to a sidewalk. Burrows may have several branching nest chambers. In each, the female will place one or two paralyzed but living cicadas on which she will lay her eggs. Eggs are always laid under one of the second legs of the cicada, apparently the best spot for a little wasp larva to start eating."
I had a dog during the last 17 year outbreak that thought there was nothing finer on the walk than to snack on cicadas. She just about rubbed her nose raw before they subsided. The vet said atleast she got alot of protein!
Interestingly, no cicadas here, but ten miles away in the county seat, they're everywhere. We had our 17-year cicadas in Indiana back in 2001. All summer, the local TV stations and radio stations ran recipes.
The "loud raspy buzzing" brings back the feeling of jubilant youth, un-tethered and flying through the humid summer air on wheels or on feet. It was a glorious age in a glorious season in a glorious world of mysteries.
Same as usual here in the Carolinas. The cicadas are so loud you can't hold a normal volume converstion in their presence. But our cicada killers are having a lot of fun:
First photo is of Cicada molting. Taken in shade garden under 125 year old live oak in my front yard.
Man, you get a bunch of them singing in the evening, it is absolutely deafening.
We've already had our Cicada event (the 17 year event if I remember correctly). I saw a few shells, but not nearly as many as some I know. I'm starting to feel like I missed something!
I get a chuckle when I see Habu pop up in some of these old posts' comments. I haven't seen that crazy ol' coot around the normal haunts in a long time. Perhaps he's on his meds.
I wonder if cicadas could be silenced, at least temporarily, by a particular frequency from a sound generator.
Then again, mating seems to be fairly high on cicadas' bucket list, so probably not.
Our dog day cicadas are singing, so you might see one of these big, scary-looking gals buzzing around:
Cicada Killers- B-52 of the bug world. Leave them alone- they're eating cicadas, and they aren't interested in humans. They are clumsy flyers and might buzz into you by accident, but they are not aggressive, and rarely sting unless stepped on or grabbed. They are saving the trees by thinning out the cicadas, so let them do their job
Just curious BD, did you originally post, and repost when you heard your first cicadas of the season? If so, the varying dates would be interesting. I have no doubt the changing dates are caused by global warming.
I haven't heard any yet this year. Some years they are as early as late June.
I do not dine on cicada. There are finer things in the garden: tomatoes, lima beans, corn and more. The squash and cucumbers have been in the diet plan for some time now and in some number.
The cicadian rhythm section has been abuzz here with their blaring announcement of mid-summer. The heat seems to bring them out. They are quiet today with the rain.
Thankfully this is not a year of hordes of the red eyed 17-year Magicicada. When the 17-year army emerges and each of them begin to exercise their tymbal, the sound is deafening; it sounds like Them!
How are our friends. the gypsy moths, doing in New England and the Northeast these days?
I heard cicadas for the first time this season, just this morning. I'm surprised they'd appear at the same time up there and down here.
Interesting. I was in Denton on Independence Day and the cicadas were in full chorus. Now back in NH, but I have not heard them yet. I'm a little north of BD though.
The sounds of summer are here with us tonight. Yes Them!
In Texas, copperheads lay invisibly under trees waiting to dine on cicada that fall to the ground.
Just heard cicadas in Holdrege last night for the first time this year.
I'll have to pay more attention to the details when my sons catch them. I counted about 20 species in OK. I had no idea. I'm sure they aren't all around my part of the state, though.
There are so many here right now it's like a plague. We watched a couple of them hatch in a jar the other day.