Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Incestuous Swamp and Why Rosenstien should be removed ASAP

This is from the Conservative Tree House.   McCabe Fired  Sundance is really doing the heavy lifting.  However,  the more amazing and interesting thing is in the comment section. 

I'll post a link to the comment because it got buried in the zillions of comments.  Here Link

And to be extra diligent, here is a copy of his comment.  

 Read this and 'splain why Rosenstein shouldn't be removed.  The swamp is INCESTOUS. What a bunch of snakes.  I'm of the mind we shouldn't just drain the swamp.....we should nuke it and salt the earth after.


Meet Lisa H Barsoomian

Lisa H Barsoomian a US Attorney that graduated from Georgetown Law she’s a protege of James Comey and Robert Muller

Barsoomian with her boss R Craig Lawrence represented Bill Clinton in 1998 Lawrence also represented
Robert Muller three times
James Comey five times
Barack Obama 45 times
Kathleen Sebelius 56 times
Bill Clinton 40 times and
Hillary Clinton 17 times
between 1998 and 2017

Barsoomian herself represented the FBI at least five times
You may be saying to yourself, okay who cares, who cares about the work history of this Barsoomian woman.

Apparently someone does.
Someone out there cares so much that they’ve purged all Barsoomian court documents for her Clinton representation in Hamburg vs. Clinton in 1998 and its appeal in 1999 from the DC District and Appeals court dockets

Someone out there cares so much that the internet has been purged of all information pertaining to Barsoomian.

Historically this indicates that the individual is a protected CIA operative.

Additionally Lisa Barsoomian has specialized in opposing Freedom of Information Act requests on behalf of the intelligence community

And although Barsoomian has been involved in hundreds of cases representing the DC Office of the US Attorney her email address is Lisa Barsoomian at NIH gov.
The NIH stands for National Institutes of Health.

This is a tactic routinely used by the CIA to protect an operative by using another government organization to shield their activities.

It’s a cover, so big deal right, I mean what does one more attorney with ties to the US intelligence community really matter.
I mean with Trump and his
recent tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum imports,
the border wall,
everything coming out of California,
the Uniparty unrelenting opposition to President Trump,
the Clapper leaks,
the Comey leaks,
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusal and subsequent 14 month nap with occasional forays into the marijuana legalization mix,
and last but not least Muller’s never-ending investigation into collusion between the Trump team and the Russians

Why does Barsoomian, CIA operative, merit any mention
she is Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s WIFE
That’s why.
Barsoomian’s loyalties are tainted.
How could this not have influenced Rosenstein?

This clearly violates the appearance of impropriety attorney’s rules?
Both owe their careers as US attorneys to Muller, Obama, Bush, and the Clintons.
impartiality? that’s impossible.

Rod Rosenstein has no business involving himself in the Hillary Clinton-DNC funded Steel dossier, and the ongoing Russia investigation.

Much less the selection of his mentor and his wife’s mentor Robert Muller as Special Counsel.
The rules of ethics, funny, required his refusal.

Snow Days At Last.. Happy St Pats to everyone.

Finally!!! We get snow.  It has been a long dry spell for us up here in the mountains.   The snow started yesterday and it is again snowing today.  

Yesterday sunrise...sort of.  See the itty bitty sun?

Needless to say we won't be sitting on the deck for awhile.  What to do when you are housebound?
Why....Bake something of course!    Turn on the music and read a book while waiting for the baked goods.

Lately, I have been going through a box of rather old Bon Appetite magazines that have been hanging around for quite some time------>hoarder!  Tearing out the interesting recipes and converting a big stack of mags into a small folder of clippings.  Bye Bye Bon Appetite.   So...I found a recipe for a Banana Cake with cream cheese-sour cream icing.    Experimented with it on the Dumbplumber as the taste tester. He gives a thumbs up.   It is a keeper....the recipe and the husband.

Now that today is St Patrick's day we are going to have a Corned Beef dinner....(as if we need an excuse)  With cake for dessert.    Today is also the celebratory day of  St Gertrude of Nivelles (patron saint of cats).  

So...have Corned Beef. Drink some adult beverages.  Pet your cats or feed the strays outside. They need love too.

Enjoy the day.

Just in case anyone is interested.  Here is how I cook and serve my corned beef.. Roasted Corned Beef with Mustard Brown Sugar Glaze.     I sure wish I could take beautiful photos like Chip.!

banana oatmeal pancakes

Mute sound.

I bought dates and figs from the regular store online and they delivered a version that is chopped and nearly dehydrated like raisins. I don't even know what to do with the stupid things. They're not even good for snacks. They indistinguishable. It makes me want to go straight to Trader Joe's and get top versions of the real things. 

In high school I invented a late-night snack. One large pancake smeared with strawberry preserves and folded in half. Pretty good for a teenager. Well ahead of my peers. I made one night after night. I thought pancakes must come from a boxed mix, the product of top scientists and advanced production too far beyond the home cook. No box of pancake mix then no pancakes for me. And it didn't occur to me the strawberry preserves could be anything, peanut butter, chocolate, fruit, berries, honey, any kind of syrup, other flavors of preserves, anything sweet.  I didn't know I could make my own mix from flour or oats or cornmeal or beans processed in a coffee mill or any combination of those, with sugar and baking powder. I was raised to depend on processed food. 

But now I am free. I have slipped the surly bonds of those hoax pantry items.

Seven pancakes, really? I'd rather have two. With an egg and some bacon.

Zahhak: The Legend Of The Serpent King

cat owners

Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe

Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!

Check out all the fake news propaganda sites intensely interested in this, and their various angles expressed in their headlines. There just aren't any unbiased news sources anymore. 

"... I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately."
Why did he wait for 24 hours before McCabe retired?

To draw out all the worst of the operatives intent of protecting McCabe. Tricky, eh?

McCabe: My firing is part of an effort to undermine the Mueller probe. The Hill.

Adam Housley, Fox News Senior Correspondent:
I am told yesterday McCabe felt the heat and went to try and save his last two days and even told some he would take people down with him if he is fired. So ... let's see what comes of this. I know this ... a ton of agents ... a ton ... were watching this very closely.

Friday, March 16, 2018

I never eat food*

...due to profound food allergies, so I don't usually post recipes. But while reading A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain I found a recipe I simply could not pass up. Top notch writing, and the food sounds divine, to wit:

Take a lot of water and add to it a lot of coarse Indian-meal and about
a quarter of a lot of salt. Mix well together, knead into the form of
a "pone," and let the pone stand awhile--not on its edge, but the other
way. Rake away a place among the embers, lay it there, and cover it an
inch deep with hot ashes. When it is done, remove it; blow off all the
ashes but one layer; butter that one and eat.
N.B.--No household should ever be without this talisman. It has been
noticed that tramps never return for another ash-cake.

That's my kind of eats right there, simple, wholesome, high fiber, plenty of carbon - and butter. Mmm, butter...

His pie recipe and description of German coffee are also excellent.  Makes me thankful that I avoid the stuff.

*Not true, I exaggerate a bit. But not by much.

Water use rights..or wrongs.

Reading this article about Who Owns the Water written by The Guardian, a UK newspaper, it dawns on most articles they only post one side of the argument.  Slanted and biased articles as always.

They posit that because the water is running "through"  private property that the water or the right to float down the river or the right to fish in the river belongs to everyone and people  should have the ability to freely use the water as a recreational resource.

Well, they may be correct in that ALL the water flowing through our property, or past our property does not belong to us, the land owners.  However, some of that water actually does belong to us in that we have certain water rights to use, for irrigation or consumption some of that water.  The rest just passes by down stream to flow through/past the next guy's property.  That water doesn't belong to me.   OK. 

So. We don't own the river, per se.  However, we do own the land on either side of the river. We personally own the banks and the land that extends under the water to the MIDDLE of the river.   It is our right to keep people from trespassing on our property and have the right to keep people from damaging our property.  You may have the right to fish, boat, swim IN the water. You have no right to use my land to do it or damage my land either.

View of the river  mentioned  below our deck in Fall

Fly fishing is a big deal in this area.  People come from all over to fish.  It is a good tourist draw and a source of money for the hotels, restaurants, lodges and guides.  They also come from all over to recreational boating and kayaking on the waterways and lakes.  Sounds mean to prohibit someone from having access to fish or for boating doesn't it? isn't mean, it is self preservation by the land owners.

THESE are the real problems and why we don't want you on "our" rivers.

People abuse the access to the river by driving their vehicles over private land, over crop and pasture land. Getting stuck in the soft earth. Leave gates open so that the cattle can escape and create havoc on other people's properties and crops. Creating big ruts that erode the land and banks.  They leave garbage.  They must think that nature is an amusement park and there are people paid to pick up their trash.  They build illegal campfires and damage trees trying to get firewood.

The boats go by at excessive speeds.  Lots of fun for the boaters. They create big wakes washing back and forth between the stream banks causing erosion.  Over and over until the bank collapse. Boaters who decide to randomly get off their boats to take a nature relief break (shit and piss) trample the fragile embankments and habitat.  They leave their (literal) crap everywhere. Garbage again.

Noise. Most fishermen are quietly standing while fishing, however, once  the fishing is over....the drinking and partying can commence!

Look...I have no problem with people enjoying the great outdoors, boating, fishing, kayaking, camping.  It is what WE love to do. It is something that everyone should be doing.  Connecting with nature and getting out of their stilted urban environments.

It isn't the majority of people who are the abusers of the property.  Most serious fishermen and nature loving kayakers are respectful.  It is the ignorant and disrespectful general public that is the problem.  The damage that they do makes it so that we must protect ourselves.  Many of the ranchers  and private owners, have boat access for people they know and for guides that they know are responsible users.

Open to the general public for everyone?  Are you nuts??  Do you want to get shot???

Falcon Heavy boosters land together

You've undoubtedly seen this already but it's too awesome to not at least mention.

Also this.

Live and learn. 

Young people are awesome. They blow me away. I'm humbled.

Next thing they'll be talking about living on Mars. 

Oh, wait.

Have you ever noticed how science fiction prepares us for these things? Everything does start with imagination. Some things are so outrageous, so out there, they must be described as fiction yet they point to the direction of fact. 

A lot of people get their present day political beliefs through their fascination and their embrace of Star Trek. The series describes a society in which nobody has want of anything. Everyone is self actuated. Everyone fits. Everyone is fulfilled. There is no money. The progressives I know flatter themselves with name "progressive." They like the idea of seeing themselves forefront. They have no idea the term originates in the past and is actually outdated. They still like the term.

Science fiction has prepared us for the idea of travel to Mars and now there is serious talk about it. It's not a joke anymore. Carl Sagan wrote in the original Cosmos about Robert Goddard being infatuated with building a rocket to Mars but he knew his idea would be laughed at so he talked about the moon instead. And here we are planning for Mars.

Asimov wrote quite a lot about robots with human appearance. He called them robots not androids. In one of his robot books, I forget which one, at the time I was reading one science fiction each night after work so they all blend together forty years later, Mars is colonized by a few wealthy families with staffs of robots that run their section of the planet. Asimov describes how the remoteness between families affects their human behavior. How their intense isolation from each other makes them all into separate Howard Hughes type personalities, intense germaphobes averse to human contact more at ease with robots than with other people and difficult to self-govern the planet. 

In one fascinating scene, in my opinion brilliant writing, two household robots are in the same room facing each other and a person is murdered between them. This is extraordinary on a planet with so few people. Both robots see the same thing. Both describe what they see with extreme precision. The only difference between them is their angle of observation, and they both apply supremely precise machine logic, and they reach opposite conclusions. They're stalemated. How did Asimov even think of that? I marveled. 

Devin Nunes on Ending the House Intel Probe

This is finally getting really interesting. I hate it when the interviewer rushes the guy along. I realize they must, but pffffft. It's really a crap style.

Matt Damon is pissed and he's leaving you!

The article at Diogenes' Middle Finger is posted by Diogenes Sarcastica™and, boy, is it ever sarcastic. He, or she, begins by reminding we're often told by celebrities they're leaving if a Republican is elected but they rarely follow through and actually move.

And the whole time I was thinking of some of the ones who did renounce their citizenship, Josephine Baker, Yul Brynner, Henry James, Gary Davis, John Huston, Maria Callas, Henry Martyn Noel, Gore Vidal, Terry Gilliam, Oona O'neill, James Carney, Gary Wright, Cince Cate, Harmon Wilfred, Mike Gogulski. And other expatriates too many to mention.

The writer refers to an article on Page Six explaining Damon is fed up with Trump and his supporters that he's moving to Australia. But it also gives him a chance to escape the pile he stepped in with his comments about sexual assault allegations in Hollywood.

He told an Australian crowd that he wants to ban all firearms in one fell swoop just like Australia did.

There is a bit more non-sympathetic sentiment I think will enjoy. It's harsh.

There's a lot at Diogenes' Middle Finger I think you'll enjoy.

The next item down is Barack Obama paying respect to Stephen Hawking in typical Obama fashion. With a picture of himself.

The post before that is "Even Democrats are telling Hillary Clinton to shut up."

The post before that is Maxine Walters responding to Trump's attacking her I.Q. with a letter published on a parody site from her doctor filled with amusing misspellings and grammatical errors.

And the post before that is "Liberals lose their poop over first female CIA boss."

You'll like it.

Daikon greens

Today a young woman delivered a very large shipment of groceries ordered online. Among the fresh vegetables are two large daikon radishes with their tops. Had I picked them out myself I'd have chosen segments, not entire daikon radishes and I wouldn't have chosen ones with their green tops.

What's a guy to do?

Ask the internet. [daikon tops, edible?] Turns out they are.

YouTube [cook daikon greens]

Dashi pack. I don't have those. But I have the ingredients that go into them. And I already have dashi pre-made to use in miso soup. In fact, I used some today. I like the instructions, "Don't boil too much." 

Americans are so concrete. They'll want the exact number of minutes. 

That was lovely.

The next video uses the ingredients I use for nearly everything. Except they don't list fish sauce. All these ingredients flavor napa cabbage very nicely. And that convinces me this will work. And they'll most likely go well together, napa cabbage and daikon tops. 

I'm not a dandelion salad and carrot top eating kind of guy, but these videos make daikon tops seem not so bad.

I think this is how cooking got started from beginning of time. Humans as scroungers tried everything that they could with every part of every plant they encountered. From root to seed, they made tea, cut up and fried, baked, threw on the fire, ate raw, fermented, steamed, boiled, broiled, braised, and at every stage of plant development from germinated microgreens to seed pods and fruit.

And at each phase they go, "You know, were it not for the hallucinations and that one sudden death accident, with a little soy sauce, this wouldn't be too bad. Lets try drying and smashing the stems next time." 

Massive Layoffs To Hit Tomorrow, VA Secretary Shulkin & Chief Of Staff Gen. John Kelly FIRED

So that would be today then. This item was seen at originally reported at the GateWay Pundit reporting by Lucian Wintrich

Someone anonymous speaking on the record said the layoffs will not just affect senior officials but entire teams.
“Many staffers were being told not to come to work tomorrow, they are still finalizing the full list of people who are out.” 
Lucian Wintrich says the press will spin this  as a president in scandal while it's actually just President Trump streamlining his administration with individuals he feels are best for the job to push his agenda robustly as possible.

Wintrich writes more mean stuff about Shulkin, you should read it. It's fun.

This too is mean, but I like it when public officials get axed. They get to comfortable and complacent and arrogant in their lofty positions forgetting they work for the public and not the other way around. I'm enjoying seeing this president who just doesn't give a f about public employees' precious careers. It's a big part of the reasons why Trump was elected, after all.

The news commenter site has a list of links in bullet points to related previous articles. The first one is

* "God punished me, I guess": John Kelly riffs on his transition from Homeland Security secretary to Trump's chief of staff.

Now that's twice as funny. Mostly likely a career enhancement. It makes him available for CNN commentator with increase in pay.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Cat's Meow

"Can I help you little man?"
"No I think I am here to help you. I am here to replace the gardener who is busy. My name is Ed. Are you the Blond?"
"I am sorry little boy. The Blond is a figment of your imagination. Now why don't you run along and write some fan mail to someone who is interested. Oh and one more thing."
"Stop staring at my tits."
"I can't help it they are at eye level."
"Well cut it out. It's all fun and games until someone get's their eyes poked out."

Whose that Girl?

She was famous for popularizing something that led to one of President Bill Clinton's most disquieting habits. And no it was not blow jobs. That was Nancy Reagan.

She was married to a famous funny man who discovered one of the seminal Motown groups in the 1950's long before Berry Gordy. She was often on his show but hat her one career.

Whose that girl?

Sister-in-law gets her citizenship

Did you have to take a test?

Yes. History and civics. Things like who was president in 1800. Who takes over if the president dies, and then if the vice president dies.

Now you can forget all that stuff.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

To my brother I go, James, this is a big thing. He goes, I know. I completely forgot.

What a dope.

I Know!

How can you forget something so important?

It just slipped my mind. We planned a trip to Ukraine but her visa was nearly expired. If we went then she'd not be able to come back. So we cancelled the trip and pursued the citizenship. It cost $400 to apply. She's very happy about being an American citizen.


 I get all verklempt. She's holding her proof of citizenship. Today. Just now.

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Here are the politicians that took dirty, bloody money from opioid tycoons

The reporting is the work of Ethan Barton writing for Daily Caller.  I saw the item on IOTW who is more interested in having us know Democrats received $110,000 more than Republicans did.

Incidentally, IOTW stands for I Own The World. Their excerpt promises but not not deliver, "these are the people who accepted..." I wanted to see names. Instead they excerpt the preachy part about OxyContin being opium-based and the company's owners being billionaires who paid off politicians and the difficulty of tracking the exact amounts because the activity is dispersed through fronts and at the state level.

But that's okay, the link to Daily Caller does name names and when you see them, if you chose to click over, you'll be surprised. I cannot ethically list them here that would be ripping off Ethan Barton's work,  I can say the piece is more interesting than I had imagined. They have a lot more good useful information than just the names. Ethan Barton describes the legislation these contributions affected and the social damage that resulted from that legislation.

I can say something personal, as I was reading what oxyContin is, a pall fell over the whole room that I'm in and I was suddenly drenched in palpable dread as suppressed memory bubbled up I was put back twenty years to darker place, to my worst weeks on earth. My own doctor prescribed some kind of opiate, a weird drug different from the others. It had to be kept refrigerated, in a small brown bottle, something about it was liquid. The memory is liquid. I forget how it was taken. Probably like cough syrup.  I recall thinking, good, at least I can be high and out of it through all this, but that didn't happen. The drug was a disappointment. It did not relive any pain, and it did not relieve diarrhea. It didn't do anything. It was just trouble to deal with so I didn't finish the bottle or renew the prescription. It was not addictive. Too not fun and totally useless for that to happen. I think my family doctor thinks in terms of what drugs he can prescribe that will help. While my thinking is how much of the medical world can I avoid. We're at odds that way.

Bernie Sanders attends anti-gun rally accompanied by armed guards

A national school walk-out was staged yesterday by students, organized by advanced Democrat planning committees, protesting gun violence across the country. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders joined the students in Washington D.C.

Bernie Sanders was unarmed, of course, while his tax-funded guards accompanying him were heavily armed. Now, for a pubic figure, what is there to fear in an anti-gun protest by high school students, some crackpot with a gun?

This isn't even hypocritical by liberal thinking. Of course famous people need protection but everyone else does not. So, bust a move on legal gun owners and their lobby, and not on crackpots. Or characterize all gun owners as crackpots.

*Whispers* Someone circled these guards' butts.

Benjamin Glaze gets Katie Perry cooties

This is stupid.

I saw it half a dozen times, so apparently it's a thing with right wing blogs. They're eager to point out the (hypocrisy, is it?) of an older woman kissing a young unwilling guy contrasted with #metoo.

Pound me too.

It's not just right-wing blogs. When you search YouTube [Katie Perry] all you get is this. If you want her song videos, you have to ask specifically. I didn't recognize her as last call night crawler glam dominatrix street whore. We know her under a different hair color and length, different costuming and different stage behavior.

Because of this, commenters call Benjamin gay. How rude. The guy wanted his first kiss to be real, not ghoulish make-up slathered and goth costumed insincere on stage as performance with bugs flying all around. Maybe that part was imagined.

Hillary Sunset Boulevard parody

Seen on Instapundit in a post linking to another post by Jonah Goldberg titled Still Not Ready For Her Closeup. Ed Driscoll added this Funny or Die video to support Goldberg's points.

(The coding is copied from Instapundit and pasted here. Clicking should take you to Funny or Die)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Still burnin' after all these years...

Went back over this evening, the fire is still going, I loaded another quarter ton of semi-rotten willow oak onto the coals. Someday one small part of that acre will be slightly less littered with windfall. Which reminds me -- I did turn several pieces out of that wood, and here is one of them:

It's got it all goin' on, natural edge, curly grain, prominent medullary rays, some bark inclusions, nice shape, thin walls, what can I say - that tree provided me with some great raw material. 

But as we were discussing earlier, hearing one's voice as others hear it can be, shall we say, interesting. Back in the '90s, when people heard me talk they would say "You should be on the radio". Not sure if they were saying that I had a face made for radio or that my dulcet tones deserved a wider audience, but that's neither hear nor there. I finally decided that the next time someone said that I would return volley with "Works for me, how does one get such a job?"

Eventually I was at a party in a nearby university town and true to form, someone said "Blah blah radio blah blah" and I said "Fine, hook me up". Turns out the woman I was talking to had connections at the local radio station and the woman she referred me at the station asked "Do you have any demo tapes?" Sadly, I didn't so my brilliant career in radio and doing animation voice-overs was ended before it began.

But at that party I also met an attractive woman with curly hair, and when we were introduced I learned her name is Yonat. Hmm, being the half-witty guy that I am the first words out of my mouth were "Yonat from around hyeah, are you?"

You want to know what's funny? No? Well I'll tell you anyway - she still speaks to me, twenty years on, and has even bought furniture that I built. So you just never know how one's career will go - but for me, it has never been in radio.

Battle of the Century

YouTube [laurel hardy pies]

I intended to include this with the 50 ex-Obama administration officials form anti-Trump think-tank. But I forgot. I was going to say, luckily we have video of their first meeting.

I'm not big on pie fights. But this one seems to be an archetype, and it goes on for three minutes with lots of imaginative touches. Did they really deliver pies by truck like that, or is that another thing just made up for the sequence? Because someone always has a convenient pie in their hand. And check out the clever legerdemain of switching the banana.

Larry Kudlow replaces Gary Cohen as White House National Economic Council director

According to Fox News.

From what I know of him, he's always been reliably fair to Trump on air, if not actually supportive of his policies.

What a difference it makes having people working with you instead of against you. When I read comments online referring to White House instability, and that turns out to be quite a lot, I realize I'm reading someone who doesn't appreciate the usefulness of a good shakedown. They're only jobs, after all, not knighthoods. I think Kudlow is an interesting pick.

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking passed. There are tributes all over the place.

Tender and sensible and mature and respectful, all over the place.

He's been a favorite subject for the goofballs at for the irony that's inherent in his being. They'd photoshop him in ridiculous gags for as long as I've been aware of the site. Flying across the moon silhouetted in his electric wheelchair as the boy on a bicycle with E.T. in the handlebar basket, for example.

It's mean. And it's cruel. And it's also having fun with someone you deeply respect and love, acknowledging the harsh reality of their existence. It's addressing reality face to face, and being silly with it.

It's like me going down the basement steps with friends for cards taking them awkwardly like Hillary Clinton and saying "Run, Forest, run!" And everyone cracking up at the cruel reality. On the street I complained to a friend, "As I walk everyone passes me, a blind woman tapping a cane passes me, a baby in a stroller passes me, and old woman in a walker passes me, Stephen Hawking passes me and flips me off in the distance." And the guy busts a gut right there on the sidewalk visualizing that ridiculous combined cruelty.

Incidentally, at that particular basement card game I was not playing. Neither was Jiva, our Hare Krishna friend. The rest were engaged in their game, silently dealing the cards. I was talking and I didn't think anybody was particularly listening. Nobody was responding to me, but I kept talking, filling the silence. I had no one''s attention. I was telling them about my deaf friends who played this same game of Hearts. A bit like Bridge. They did the same thing after the deal of passing their worst card to the player to their right for one deal, then pass the worst card of the deal to the player on their left for the next deal. So they don't piss off the same guy repeatedly. While this was going on I got to the point in my story about the deaf guy complaining about the bad card he was passed and whereas I told my story in my usual voice, I switched to an unmodulated louder deaf voice to imitate my friend accurately. "Hey! You. give. me. da. black. bitch!" Rather harshly. I was only being accurate. But the relative silence was broken by the entire basement of players and observers bursting out laughing. They pushed away from the table and bent in their chairs. Jiva was especially amused. I turned red as a beet because I was not trying to be funny. I was trying to make my story authentic. For some reason me imitating the way the guy sounds was hilarious to them. My embarrassment at accidentally betraying my friends made it doubly funny to them. They're all just really stupid bastards. There wasn't anything funny about it. Making fun of my own absurdity was one thing but making fun of someone else is another. I felt very small. That showed me how cruel humor is. Insouciant cruelty is funny. And all that makes them no less empathetic. They laughed so hard they had to re-deal the hand.

So I was certain the B3ta members would drag out their old satire tributes and possibly come up with some new ones. I expect this tribute collection to grow larger as the day passes. They keep 13 to a page, I think, maybe 17, some fixed number, however many tributes there are here when you look, if you choose to, there won't be any before the announcement.

Impressive how many are based on Christian belief when so many members, so many British, and Hawking himself are atheist. To suggest his spirit is now released from the daily torture of his body runs contrary to his own disbelief in eternal spirit.

Example: by member killa 1980

Killa 1980 chose a font to show him speaking with synthesized voice. So even in death he's still crippled 

Kinpira Gobo, burdock

Burdock root and carrot. I never heard of burdock and I wanted to watch videos of how it is cooked. Apparently it's used a lot medicinally. You can buy a lot of health products for various things. But in the U.S. the root is not a common food item. So, to buy some to try it you must go to an Asian market. In Denver, people mentioned it in reviews of Asian markets.

I'm showing this video for only one reason. The mother cracks me up. The son asks her, "Did you learn cooking from someone?" Expecting her to say she learned from her mother she says instead, "I went to a famous cooking school for awhile." For some reason that strikes me as hilarious. Her sons did not know that about her.

"Mum, did Nana teach you how to cook?" (Of course she did) "No. Nana was a terrible cook. I attended Le Cordon Bleu. See my knife kit?"

The taste is described various ways, earthy, like truffles. It sounds interesting.

Judging by YouTube videos, the westerners have it all wrong. They're lost. 90% of the videos are about foraging wild burdock, how to identify the plant, and how to dig out the yard-long root. At tremendous expense of energy they dig around the plant's root. The gardens with burdock did not prepare the soil with harvesting in mind, and the roots are all wonky, short, and scraggly.

Grown commercially in Japan, the ground is first prepared to be loose very deeply to assist the root-pulling at harvest, sometimes the roots two yards (meters) long. Straight as swords. Being obsessive compulsive maniacs, naturally, they try for three-meter roots. But with the soil prepared properly, the harvesting is easier than shown in all the other videos by western farmers and foragers. This video is the closest I found. 

It's similar to daikon farming and harvesting. (Sound of the machine. Turn down volume) 

I want to try it. Maybe it'll block antioxidants, whatever those are.

25 most popular icebreaker questions

Based on four years of data. Posted by Clair Lew on Signal v. Noise.

Wow, those are pretty good. I wouldn't have thought of those.

The list doesn't have:

* Say, have you had any unusual dreams or out-of-body experiences lately?

* They always have mild jalapeños in little tins. Like what is even the point?

* Have you ever buried a pet in your back yard?

* Ever try throwing away a beat up old garbage can? They won't even take it.

* Ever find a dead bird?

* My mum said if throw up again and not spit up in the bucket she's going to make me clean it up myself. And I'm all, how am I going to do either of those two things?

* Ever wreck a car?

* Did you know the history of yeast in beer and the history of bread are together? That tells you our early ancestors were very careless.

* Like Chia pets. You can tell that whole thing was discovered by accident.

* Ever hear of a fish called candiru? It can put you off the idea of swimming in the Amazon permanently.

* Whoever invented contact lenses was insane.

* Ever do something stupid and ended up with the fire department at your house?

* You outpaced me with your superior mobility.

* What are you going to do with that?

* So why do you have a handcuff key there on your keyring with your regular keys?

* Ever been sued?

* Ever see anything so weird it's like this doesn't even compute?

* Did you know they make powdered peanut butter?

* I checked out a book from the library on speed reading but I had to return it before I was finished.

* So I checked out another book on improving my memory but I forgot where I put it and they made me pay for a book I can't even find.

* Did you ever very nearly actually kill someone?

* Some innovations are no good, like those disposable cameras. I shot the whole roll and dropped it into the trash bin and that's the last I saw of it.

* Have you ever been fired from a job?

* What was the worst thing you ever stole?

* Did you ever go to confession and make something up because nothing was really that bad?

* I was always crap with mechanics. I thought if something rattled loose on my car it could then rattle back tight. I thought mechanical things miraculously healed themselves like your body. I had to have it explained to me that doesn't happen. Imagine my distress.

 * I thought if I could just swing a rope around over my head hard enough I could take off like a helicopter.

* Do you think if you  jumped out of a speeding car then the car would keep going and you would be separate and it'd be like jumping off the porch? No problem.

* If you jumped inside the middle of  speeding box car, you'd be separate and the train would move under you and all around you and you'd land at the back of the boxcar.

* If you were in an elevator crashing down you could jump in the last second and save your legs from being crushed by your own weight.

* What was your worst lie that will be the thing that sends you to hell?

Whose That Girl?

She was most famous for playing a sweet girl who feigned to like dick in a James Bond related flick. I always got the feeling that she was hot but she always kept herself under tight wraps.

Who's that cheeky lass?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Git 'er done

Yesterday's sleet and snow are but a memory and today I set about accomplishing some actual work. Perhaps I overdid it - who knows. Started by sorting through the stacks of enormous pieces of black walnut, white oak and red mulberry I have collected in the last couple of years, sawed up some decent pieces and produced a lot of scrap. Usually I toss my scrap into the fire pit that is located where I cut down a large silver maple a few years ago, but since I was producing so much nice dry flammable scrap I had a notion to return to the scene of a fallen willow oak that I sawed up a couple of years ago. It's down the road, over at a friend's house, and chunks of it have been lying around, rotting, growing colonies of ants for two or three years now. Last year when I tried to clear some of it I got more ant bites in one afternoon than I have gotten in the rest of my life, and I have been bitten by ants way too many times. I told my friend I would continue to clear the downed wood and bamboo, and since she is out of town I thought today would be a good day to get some work done over there.

So I whipped out my Peavey, well, technically it's a cant hook, and rolled some of the largest pieces towards a makeshift fire pit over there, and that was fine, as they were enormous and there was no way I was going to attempt to lift them, but then I started picking up and carrying large pieces. I try not to lift anything over a hundred pounds as I read above that limit one's aorta can burst. Aorta know better as a burst aorta is what my father died of. I don't have to follow all the family traditions, just sayin'.

So I built a nice heap of chunks of dry hardwood from here, rounds of the soggy willow oak from there, added some gasoline, tossed a match and jumped back. I like living in the country, what can I say?

The air was cool, I overheated while I was working, and the fire was hot. Had it all goin' on.


President Trump, most flexible president in U.S. history

Joy Behar

A onetime comedian person who used to be somewhat funny. By dint of consistency crystalized then ossified to a right-wing obsession.

Why the reversal after all that reliably consistent ragged effort? Did she realize Pence just might be president and behave the only way she understands presidents behave, vindictively? 

Her employers realized a good portion of her audience is Christian. I'm guessing.

I just now realized, ping, like that, she had her surgeon install permanent bitch smirk. 


Here's another opportunity to flog a book that seems ridiculous but was actually incredibly helpful. Carol Maggio's Facercize. Come to think of it, Maggio resembles Behar just a bit. 

Believe it or not, this book lifted me from permanent Bell's palsy. I fell on my face. Smack! Straight up face plant onto a hard surface. Full force right on my face.

 It was like cosmic punishment because the night before I was joking around and imitating my poor departed Nana admonishing me as five-year-old not to make faces. In a creaky old woman's voice I joked, "... or your face will freeze that way!"

And what do you know, my face did freeze that way the very next day. Painfully so. Who knew my dead Nana was so mean? My left eye closed, it felt like I would loose a tooth, blood all over the place, half my face unable to move. I wore an eyepatch for months due to air making it water. And even today my nose still runs whenever I begin eating.

I bought this book and did all the exercises throughout the day. Day after day, week upon week. With no result whatsoever. I had to actually find the muscles inside to tweak. I couldn't feel them. I'd tweak the unaffected side then try to match it on the dead side. It took months but I found them, one-by-one, and when I did find them I tweaked the living shit out of them to exhaustion. So I could find them again. Day by day I steadily built up. I used Maggio's book to develop my own exercise that I could do any time anywhere constantly throughout the day habitually. 

Tweaking my own face all day long.

Finally, after half a year of this,  people began to notice and gave feedback about my face being healed. Even as I could still feel one side heavy and lumbering and unresponsive and the other side natural, with tremendous imbalance between sides. I could smile at children again without producing a frightful twisted sneer instead of a natural smile. 

Then a friend laughed at me and said, "There's that mischievous smirk of yours."

"I'm smiling, you asshole!"  

Apparently Bell's palsy is common. I don't know why this book isn't more famous for this one benefit alone. It helped me tremendously.