Wandering Eye: Not all Maryland crab cakes have Maryland crab, today in asshole bosses, and more

The latest in the ongoing can-there-ever-again-be-a-Republican-president debate is yesterday's entry in WaPo by Dana Milbank, who taps into the wisdom of GOP pollster Whit Ayres to make the point that Republican leaders' views must change if they want to win the White House. It's not just about demographics—Mitt Romney's 17-percent performance among nonwhites in 2012 is only going to get tougher, meaning the GOP's candidate will need to get about two-thirds or more of the white vote to win­­—but about specific issues. In particular, gay rights. "Public opinion has rendered its verdict on the morality of gay and lesbian relationships," Milbank quotes Ayres, and "that opinion will not be reversed. The only question is whether the Republican Party will acknowledge and adapt to this new reality." (Van Smith)


Thought you could trust that your Maryland crab cake is using crab that's actually from Maryland? Think again. A study by conservation group Oceana found that 46 percent Baltimore crab cakes tested weren't using crab meat from the blue crab species found in the Chesapeake Bay, as reported by The Sun. Instead, the crab cakes contained cheaper crab meat from species all around in the world, including those "found in Thailand, Vietnam and other Indo-Pacific countries, as well as around Mexico." But keep in mind, just because a crab cake contains meat from the "Callinectes sapidus" species found in the Chesapeake Bay, that doesn't mean the crab came from the bay. From the February issue of The National Culinary Review: "While Chad Gauss, chef/owner of The Food Market, prefers to use Maryland crab, he notes that crab availability goes from Maryland to Virginia to the Texas/Louisiana/Alabama area to North Carolina to Florida, and finally, to Venezuela. 'We use blue crab all the way to Venezuela. It's the same species,' he says." (Anna Walsh)


Today's Annals of Asshole bosses Award to a Mr. Herry Patel of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, who reportedly introduced an employee of his Days Inn hotel to a WaPo reporter, then fired her for speaking to him. Wyndham Worldwide, which owns the Days Inn chain, of course would never condone such illegality, according to the story. The offending piece was about the minimum wage. Mr. Patel opposes its increase; his former employee, Shanna Tippen, was in favor of the additional quarter per hour she would have gotten had she not been terminated. Of course, the $55-per-night rate one pays there would presume low wages. And with Airbnb helping to keep hotel rates low (the site advertises a "cozy suite" for $60), we should expect any motel/hotel franchisee's rationality to wane still further. (Edward Ericson Jr.)

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