Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Truth Won’t Come Out On Its Own

Well now, that’s curious.

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In a world that grows curiouser and curiouser by the day, the class paid to be curious grows less curious with each passing year. I remember when every would-be journalist enrolled in J-school aspired to be the next Woodward and Bernstein, investigative journalists par excellence.

the age of the wide tie woodward and bernsteinJust a couple of lucky punk-azz kids in wide ties willing to follow a lead anywhere for fame and fortune

Somewhere around the time of the ascension of Obama the Lightbringer the investigative furor went dormant. Since then the curious class has gone strangely quiet about any subject not pre-approved for investigation. For example, here is a handful of stories that once would have been guaranteed Pulitzer Prize winning material for some hot-shot investigative reporter to pursue in-depth. But oddly, the curious class exhibited no curiosity about any of these things that I find curious.  Not.One.Single.Journalist.

Operation Fast and Furious: The DOJ’s gunrunning scandal

The great “stimulus” heist: in which a trillion dollars was spent without creating one private sector job

Government spying on journalists: several constitutional violations there

IRS scandal: Selective targeting of conservative groups

Benghazi: In a failed attempt to send arms to Syrian rebels, four Americans died because Obama and Clinton refused to send help

Hillary Clinton’s secret server:  a secret email and a home-bathroom-based server used for top secret email, good idea?

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: why did Obama trade 5 high-level terrorists for one traitor?

Solyndra: “crony capitalism” writ large and “green” energy exposed as fraud

The “Wiretap” of Trump’s offices: not even mildly interested, the media simply pretended Trump was lying. Side note: spying on the opposition is exactly the story on which the investigative journalism cult of Woodward and Bernstein was based. Also the story that ultimately brought down a sitting president.

Russian Interference in the 2016 Election: the media’s only interest was in proving it was true. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t, but it took 5 years for that to slip out.

The Ukraine story: the non-scandal request Trump made of the Ukrainian President to launch an investigation of an actual scandal involving Biden and his son Hunter. Used as the basis to impeach Trump after the Russian Collusion story didn’t pan out, nobody was interested in pursuing if this contained more veracity. Odd.

Hunter’s Laptop: Why would this be a thing? Just because he’s a Presidential nominee’s President’s son?

Wuhan Flu origin: let’s just take the Chinese’s word for it, it was a naturally occurring bat-virus outbreak, OK? Case closed. Or is it?

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Then of course there is that little issue of a stolen election. The media has fact checked all allegations of election fraud and found them to be bogus. “Debunked” is the term they like to use when they’ve decided it’s time to shut down further discussion. At that point any non-approved position on said topic will be banned on social media and violators will be deplatformed if they don’t comply. Because that’s the way “journalists” like to apply the First amendment these days.

Nor has any member of the curious class at anytime appeared the least bit curious about how a man who is clearly in some stage of dementia - who alternately yells and whispers inappropriately and is incapable of taking questions off the cuff - got elected in the first place.

So naturally when the infamous J/6 “Insurrection” took place it was just assumed to be Trump’s fault. Not one whit of curiosity regarding who actually might have engineered it and to what purpose.

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To this day there is no curiosity of non-approved topics in the Fourth Estate. For example, they don’t wonder, as we do, what happened to approximately 10,000 invaders from south of our border who were there last week and now are gone.

All of these “issues” just fall down the memory hole and we are sent packing. Or Psaking, as the case may be.

jen psaki pngOn why “migrants” don’t need to be tested/vaccinated for COVID: “It’s not the same thing, they’re not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time”

It’s quite a rabbit hole we’ve got here, and the truth won’t be coming out on its own. Too bad we no longer have a curious class willing to go in after it.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Welcome, Autumn 2021

Autumn Equinox 2021 in the Northern Hemisphere arrives at 3:20 PM today.

One day the summer storm is gathering,

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the next thing you know the Autumn Equinox has arrived

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and with it the passing of the dusty greens of late summer. At first they are replaced by autumn’s radiant display of hues.

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This season of ever shortening days and longer nights requires a sorting down, a retention of bare essentials. Thus all that finery is tossed to the wind, left to crinkle, brown, decay and nourish the barren earth. Their hosts tuck themselves down for a long, restorative rest in order to enable their triumphant emergence, once again, come that forever hopeful spring.

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Be like that.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Taco Tuesday Roundup

I’ve personally had it with Tacos for awhile. They’re messy, refuse to stay in their shell, always require more cheese

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and have no respect for boundaries.

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I guess our “Border Czarina” has had it with Tacos too. I see she had time to toss a coin at a football game (to the “roar” of the non-existent crowd) on Saturday and will be visiting with the gals on The View set for some in-depth political banter later this week, but still can’t manage to visit the mess of Tacos that she and her boss ordered for delivery on the Texas border.

KamalaHarris-1There were more people crammed under one bridge in Texas than there were in the stadium where Kammie flipped us off.

Meanwhile, just across our northern border, another white supremacist pulls off a victory,

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allowing Trudeau Liberals To Win Another Minority Government in Canada’s Federal Election.

trudeau blackfaceTrudeau’s ‘minority’ government, celebrating victory

So all in all, this Taco Tuesday finds the Biden administration fit as a fiddle, with everything pretty much under control.

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Here’s an idea: maybe we can contract with the Taliban to run security for us on the southern border, now that they have adequate fire power (including shoulder mounted surface to air missiles).

taliban swan boatsFYI: these are real pictures, not photoshopped. I know, hard to believe.

They seem to have commandeered their own Navy of Swan boats as well. Clearly they have plenty of time on their hands since the American withdrawal.

taliban swan boats

Somebody should explain to Old Joe that “A well regulated militia, being the best security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed,” applies to our citizens, not our lethal enemies.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Invasions and Insurrections: The Lies Continue Unabated

In Washington this weekend the FBI Threw an Insurrection and Nobody Came, other then themselves.

washington fbi arrests undercover agentCapital Police arresting undercover FBI agent. Good to note all are properly masked-up.

The memes will likely continue for at least another week, as everyone likes to make fun of the FBI.

fbi boyzThat IS a lot of White Boyz, but then who else would you sent to a White Supremacist insurrection? 

The “boyz” might have been put to better use in Texas where there is a real insurrection going on.

usa-immigration-borderHaitian migrants recreating the Haitian shanty towns they left behind 

Then again, I doubt any of them know how to ride a horse,

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which looks to be the only way Texas is currently allowed to deal with their vermin invasion.

And speaking of vermin, even the bees have had it with these migrating hoards: Border Patrol agents had to  rescue a group of migrants from a swarm of bees on Wednesday, shortly after crossing the Rio Grande.

texas bee attackBee sting victim down! Thank goodness she was wearing a mask.

Meanwhile, some people are still brave enough to call a spade a spade:

Former President Donald Trump said the country is becoming a “cesspool of humanity” as the Biden administration scrambles to handle the more than 14,000 mainly Haitian migrants living in a makeshift camp [i.e. “cesspool of humanity”] under a bridge in Texas. 

“​Our Country is rapidly becoming a cesspool of humanity. Murderers, drug dealers, and criminals of all shapes and sizes are a big part of this massive migration​,” the former president said.  - NYP

Border_Migrant_Camp_4Pretty much looks like a cesspool to me.

It’s not like Mr. Trump didn’t try to warn us back in 2015, when he rode down that escalator. Of course the lies began at that very moment and have not abated since.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Pasta Siciliana Mezzogiorno

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‘Tis the harvest season: eggplant, peppers, tomatoes – all at their peak. Here’s a dinner idea using some of them. It’s a concept more than a recipe and can be modified to taste and ingredients on hand. It’s a bit of a mashup of two of our favorite pasta dishes - garlic sausage linguine and penne with eggplant - from The Earle in Ann Arbor. It’s been our go-to favorite since 1980 and until last year was still headed by the original chef and sommelier. But hey, 40 year years on and I guess you have to expect some changes, yes?

We actually made this last Sunday but with another perfect deck dining day on the radar it would be perfect for today as well. For some reason I can no longer recall why we call this pasta dish ‘Siciliana Mezzogiorno’ but is sounds romantic. It requires a lot of ingredients and a fair amount of prep work but if you do all that ahead of time execution is quite swift. 

Let’s start with the mice-on-plates (Mise en place), for the sauce, in no particular order:

ingredients for 2 huge portions or 4 generous dinner size portions

Hot Hungarian pepper slices, 1 small tomato, chopped, 1 small roasted red pepper (jarred is fine) cut in thin strips, 1/2 lb. garlic/Italian sausage – I cooked mine ahead of time, but you don’t have to, just drain most of the fat after browning, 1 small cubed eggplant, peeled or not. Two cloves of garlic or so, minced, pitted Kalamata olives, halved or quartered, sweet red pepper slices, sliced, fresh basil leaves. Raj likes to throw some diced capicola in too if we have them, but we didn’t.

You will also need 1/2 lb. (for two diners) of pasta of your choice, we used spaghetti. Romano cheese and  bread crumbs, I use panko, toasted with a bit of olive oil in small frying pan.

crumbs and romano

Once you’ve done the prep work you can go play for awhile. When hunger strikes put a large pot of salted water on to boil for cooking the pasta and get out a large skillet.

If you haven’t precooked your sausage, do it now, and drain the grease (or not). Add a bit of olive oil and the garlic and stir around with the sausage for about a minute then add a bit more olive oil, the eggplant and sauté for a minute or two longer, adding additional olive oil if needed. Add the tomatoes, peppers, a bit of wine or pasta water to keep it moist and cook for a couple more minutes, stir in the olives. Salt, pepper and additional olive oil to taste.

Drain the pasta well, reserving a bit of water, and add it to the sauce in your skillet. Stir to coat the pasta, adding a bit of water if needed, and finish up with the basil leaves, torn roughly or sliced.

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Serve, topping with grated Pecorino Romano cheese, crumbs (and maybe another little drizzle of olive oil because why not?) and you have yourself a dish fit for royalty.

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And because there aren’t enough carbs here, why not serve it with a nice panzanella salad while homegrown tomatoes and cukes are still available? Toss in a few cubes of fresh mozzarella to up the protein content and all’s good.  

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You can modify to taste: zucchini instead of or along with eggplant, sweet peppers subbed for hot (or sautéed and served on the side if not everyone is a chili-head). It’s a concept, not a recipe. But if it’s nice today in your part of the world just get outside and enjoy it, even if you just pick up a pizza.

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As with all good things, it is fleeting.

ETA: Along with a salad this actually made enough for dinner with enough leftovers for another dinner. If however, you are still in the hunger years, it makes enough as they say to serve 2 generously. Oh, and it’s really much better than it looks.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Wait: Isn’t Kamala In Charge Of This Mess?

And now this weekend traffic and weather update from Del Rio,TX:

Expect long delays as traffic backs up at the International Bridge due to deconstruction on the American side.

There should be a deluge of Haitians with widely scattered Mexicans and a few gusts of terrorists throughout the weekend. The extended outlook calls for more of the same with inevitable flooding and no relief in sight. Despite this fact the Federal Government is not expected to declare the area a disaster zone.

When contacted, a spokesmouth for the Administration commented that the visitors were behaving better than the insurrectionists of 1/6, noting that it appeared they were all lining up in an orderly fashion to present themselves to border guards as required prior to entering the already deluged country.

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“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” -  George Orwell, 1984

Meet our new mascot: Aberzombie, the dystopian cat

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Friday, September 17, 2021

“I’ve Got More Brains Than I Know What To Do With.”

Meanwhile, somewhere on Chouteau Avenue in South St. Louis…

brains 25 cents donuts 60 cents a dozen

You can apparently still get donuts for a nickel each but brains will set you back two bits.

Even Homer Simpson can do that math.

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That questionable nutritional choice however might explain Homer’s brain development – or lack there of.

homer_brain_scanHomer gets a brain scan…

And it might partially explain old  “You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent, I’m not joking,” Joe.

joey donutsJoey Donuts

Which in turn could partially explain the brain currently playing a U.S. President on the world stage:

joey homer“I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do, I suspect.” – Joe Biden

Joe Biden: he’s probably smarter than you. And that’s why he’s in charge.

Only a really Big Brain could manage to close Afghanistan’s borders so abandoned Americans can’t get out while opening the U.S. border so illegals and other assorted terrorists can flood in.

calvin more brains than I know what to do with

 

**Truth in journalism disclosure: that brain sandwich in South St. Louis will now set you back $7.29, and escalating by the week. Thank you Big Brain President Joey! You are one dog-faced pony soldier.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Late Summer Souls

 

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I would like to be one of those late-summer souls, pushing on optimistically through concrete, unencumbered by August’s knowledge of declination,

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oblivious of the fractures, decay

marigold breaking-through-concrete

and underlying rot. I would love to push through as the last bloom of the season, luxuriating in the sand’s warmth accumulated over the long summer.

beach pea lathyrus japonicus lake huronLathyrus Japanicus, wild, common name: Beach Pea

But I’m a bit spent for that. I will just sow a few seeds in the sand

wild beach pea Lathyrus japonicus fr Calvert Island

and trust that they will germinate in a better clime. Somewhere, sometime. Because life goes on.

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And we all have to do our part.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Stupidity and Self-Immolation: That Should Do The Trick

“There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.” – Frank Zappa

Good grief California, as an entity you really are as stupid as we make you out to be. If your track record weren’t so bad I’d entertain the concept that the only way your citizens decided to retain Governor Swell-head was due to voter fraud and Dominion machines.

But given that you’ve consistently voted yourselves into fiscal, energy, environmental and moral collapse it’s fairly easy to believe that you did so, once again, on your own.

So thanks for proving that hate is still alive – despite your yard signs to the contrary – and living in your state.

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And that “Trump-hate” trumps everything for some people.

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My deepest condolences to those of you living there who are still sane. At this point I don’t know what else to say. They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

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It seems your state has surpassed insanity and settled for stupidity and self-immolation.

dogbert demons of stupidity