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Did you know that ingesting mercury is a doubleplusungood thing to do? Not exactly a shocking revelation, is it? Thanks to the EPA — and the decline of coal — we’re doing a lot less of it today than we were 20 or 30 years ago. The largest single source of mercury in our diet? Tuna fish, particularly canned tuna. Since that accounts for about 40% of our exposure, it’s gonna be a long time before it drops to second place, but things are getting better, and doing so faster than expected.

As reported in Scientific American, a study released in November of last year showed researchers were surprised to find the concentration of mercury in Atlantic Bluefin Tuna declined by 19% in less than nine years.

Most of the mercury contamination in the North Atlantic comes from coal fired power plants in the US. Due to both the reduction in coal use, and tighter regulation on the contaminants they release, the researchers expected to see a reduction, but “’We could as easily have expected it to take a century’ for the fish to show signs of recovery,” study co-author Nicholas Fisher explained.

Real world results, benefiting every consumer, everywhere, from regulations forcing big corporations to behave like good neighbors. Well, better neighbors than they previously had been, anyway. Who’da thunk it? Not our current POTUS, to be sure, considering who he named to be the head of the EPA.

So today, in celebration of the demise of Big Coal (because even D. Orangefuehrer ain’t bringing those coal jobs back), we make:

Marinated Tuna Steaks!

No longer doubles as a thermometer.
No longer doubles as a thermometer.

Today’s recipe is, other than the marinating time, quick and easy; perfectly suitable for a weeknight when you don’t want to fuss. Still, it brings plenty of flavor, with a delightful blend of sweet from the orange juice & Hoisin sauce, and savory from the garlic. You’ll enjoy this one.

Ideally, cook on a gas range, to avoid using power from coal.

Drinkage: Well, it’s FISH, so white wine seems the obvious choice. A glass or two of a nice Chardonnay while it marinates would be about right, I think.

Difficulty: 2/10

Time: 10 minutes prep, ~ 30 minutes resting, 10 minutes cooking: 50 minutes total.

Serves 3.

WHAT YOU NEED!

Ingredientses.
Ingredientses.
  • 3 (4 ounce) fresh tuna steaks
  • 1⁄4 cup orange juice
  • 1⁄4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon OR lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves, minced (can use less if you hate flavor)

WHAT TO DO WITH WHAT YOU NEED!

  • In a bowl combine all marinade ingredients until well blended.
  • Place the tuna steaks into a large ziplock bag.
  • Pour the marinade over the tuna steaks and turn to coat.
  • Refrigerate 15 – 45 minutes (turning a couple of times during chilling).
  • Preheat a pan over MEDIUM-HIGH heat.
  • Remove the steaks from marinade and place on a plate.
  • Season lightly with freshly ground black pepper on both sides.
  • Grill the steaks for 4 – 5 minutes per side or until rare or medium-rare (DO NOT overcook the tuna or it will be dry!).

Serve, as shown, with some stir-fried vegetables in a ginger-garlic sauce, like this one. (Or use the packet that came with your pre-cut veggies, why the hell not.) Some rice would do nicely as your starch, and you have a full meal, on the table in under an hour. What’s not to like?

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  • Villago Delenda Est

    I approve, and my cat approves. Muchly. Hugely. Bigly.

  • memzilla Ω

    …researchers were surprised to find the concentration of mercury in Atlantic Bluefin Tuna declined by 19% in less than nine years.

    “AND WE’RE GOING TO FIX THAT.” — Scott Pruitt, Twitler’s EPA Chief

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨
    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      That’s the good ol’ days when merikka was very, very great! Bigly fires. We don’t see harbor fires like that anymore. Terrible. Sad.

    • msanthropesmr
    • Amy!

      In the late sixties and seventies, my family used to go to Akron (where all my parents’ relatives lived) for summer vacation. To this day, the smell of burning rubber evokes “end of road trip, start of fun time with cousins!” to me.

      I have my doubts that the assholes fucking up our environment are doing from some misplaced scent-generated nostalgia.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Hey! We need to make more Trumpkins! More leaded gas/paint, coal burning and brain altering petrochemical swill for everyone!

    Tuna steaks s’okay but I like(d) Tuna Sushi better, but the last time (five years ago) I had it I felt really guilty due to overfishing thanks to Sushi and haven’t eaten it since.

    • PerSister Big Puppy

      I’m with you. Not the sushi thing (sushi rates a Yuck from me) but the overfishing thing. I live in Maine where fishing is a significant industry and I still can’t figure out what’s OK to eat despite quotas and limitations.

      My solution is to eat fish when I eat out. That way I’m sort of supporting Maine’s fishery.

  • Michael R

    If you need more Mercury , here’s a seldom played number that verges on power pop :
    ( also remember to listen to this once in a while :
    Flaming Groovies – Shake Some Action – also 1976 )

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CeO8I0cwQo

  • msanthropesmr
    • Have you heard of their cover band? Canned Clam Cult

      • msanthropesmr

        Oh yeah – I’ve heard their original
        “You monster”

      • Latverian Diplomat

        It’s a fine line between not fearing the reaper and losing the will to live.

  • Up In Smoke O’hontas

    I sense an appropriate amount of seething anger, with just a hint of salty snark. Well seasoned, Pink.

    • Pinkham’s Law

      Thanks. I just couldn’t do the OTT rage this week. Good to know I didn’t get too calm.

  • msanthropesmr
    • BosGrl

      I love how they are threatening any Repub that doesn’t vote with them. Seig heil!

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Sieg heil!”
        — Nazi Spelling Nazi

        • BosGrl

          I’m always afraid to do HTML.

  • Shibusa

    I’m going to try this one. Also good is the Union Square Cafe’s famous tuna burger. Helps to have a food grinder attachment for your Kitchen Aid…

  • eggsacklywright

    I’m tired of chardonnay. Have a nice New Zealand sauvignon blanc instead.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      I’m drinking the last of a Pinot Gris that tastes like (I imagine) diesel fuel.

      It was cheap, but unfortunately, sometimes you only get what you pay for.

      • Go with Thunderbird

        • Latverian Diplomat

          I had a liquor store owner explain to me once that winos drink that fortified wine stuff because it’s cost effective from a getting drunk standpoint, but easier on the stomach than liquor.

          I guess the idea being, if your stomach outlasts your liver, you win?

      • eggsacklywright

        Best domestic P. Gris I’ve tasted is Eyrie from Oregon. Alsatian style. Around 16 bucks.

        • Latverian Diplomat

          Yeah this….was not that.

        • Liberoid Ron

          It tastes like wet dog?

    • Anna Elizabeth

      I’ve never been able to acquire a taste for white wine. I tend to just buy a nice Red and be gauche.

      Payday, maybe I’ll get a nice Shiraz or something. :)

      • eggsacklywright

        The right wine is whatever tastes best to you.

        • Anna Elizabeth

          Well said. :)

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Varietal rosé has apparently become a thing. I was grossed out by white zin at an early age, so it took a trusted waiter to get us to try it, but so far we’ve had rosés of syrah, merlot and pinot gris, and they were pretty good. Not expensive either.

        And now having been on-topic: I spent the day detangling my ribbon yarn so I can finish crocheting a basket for paper recycling.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bcd08f1d164b5a2f1f6ee7af74912d8a9516c068733f4e0cb078dd198eeff498.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c53e7b235b56d8b552dfbd2c35538f2672692773b6b86fb60f0fabbb65cbc609.jpg

        • Anna Elizabeth

          Oh, that looks marvelous! :) Nicely done.

          I’l have to try the rose’, a merlot rose’ sounds like a good choice.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            It’s ribbon interfacing I got super cheap and a ball of heavyweight hemp chord. It turns out if you use a hook the size of a baseball bat it goes really quick :)

      • I am suddenly reminded of the second James Bond movie, From Russia With Love. It was supposed to be a sendup of the first one, but nobody got the joke, despite the fact that Bond figures out who the bad guy is because he has red wine with fish — and only RUSSIANS DO THAT!

        • Anna Elizabeth

          SWeet! XD It’s been way to long since I saw that one. :)

  • Michael R
    • Latverian Diplomat

      We’re back on American Substandard Time again, aren’t we.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “They took the mercury out of the tuna and put in our vaccines!”
    — Dr. Jill Stein, probably?

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Do sea cows hold up signs that read “Eat mor toona” ?

    • Seek

      Wow man, that’s deep.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    ot: White Supremacist enough for you?

    https://twitter.com/SteveKingIA/status/840980755236999169

    • Treg Brown

      Some people are just hell bent on being the fucking worst.

      • BadKitty904

        And/or being dumb as a sack o’ wet dirt.

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        Look, there are those who think civilizations survive and prosper according to their values and ideals, and there are those who think it’s about “white babies”.

        You and Steve King, a sitting Congressman, just disagree.

      • BosGrl

        Just added you on Twitter ;)

        • SeekingResistanceBarbie

          Likewise.

      • PerSister Big Puppy

        I like your response. I’d like to be as outspoken on Twitter as you are.

        And I also want to know how you were able to post Steve King’s post and your reply. I think I’m a #dumbass because I can’t figure it out.

        • Right click on the time stamp of the tweet you want to post and copy the link then past direct into the “reply” panel or open the tweet and just copy the address.

          When you past into the “Reply” wait a few seconds for Disqus to get the link before posting.

          Warning! sometimes you may not see the tweet as others do

          • PerSister Big Puppy

            Thanks! I’ll give it a try!

    • SayItWithWookies

      Steve King still can’t understand why the US ever gave up that profitable and labor-saving institution of slavery.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Perhaps, Estevan, perhaps…we take the best of multiple civilizations and create something new and better than all of them.

      But you lack the vision for that. So sad.

  • Fartknocker

    This combined with some artichokes from Costco makes an excellent side dish with tuna steaks. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/602ab7d54cf81a550ad41dc4ec6e688f5a339c536df59502fb92e82f628fb6f5.jpg

    • Latverian Diplomat

      The biggest challenge is finding virgins willing to work the kill floor.

    • snark-lurker

      you & LD are sick. me like

    • proudgrampa

      YOU MONSTER!!

      • Liberoid Ron

        No, it’s okay, it says ‘100% clam free’ right on the tin.

        • proudgrampa

          Oh. Well, that’s different. Never mind.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨
    • Why, “mushrooms”. What am I missing?

      • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

        Kept in the dark and have shit thrown on them (I presume, by the 1%), perhaps.

        • Carpe Vagenda

          and def not getting laid.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      I saw that earlier today, and henceforth I’m going to use “mushrooms” for any shitferbrains who shows up here and calls me “snowflake.” They find a term they think is hilarious, and repeat it ad nauseum, so I’m going to start doing the same thing.

  • Persistent Demme

    Thanks!
    Libtard from CA will make Seared Tuna with this recipe.

    OT: I have to ask.
    Did anyone see the series, “The Young Pope?”
    Someone I met last night, who didn’t see it, but read “really good reviews,” (eyeroll), said it was “anti-catholic.”
    I didn’t think it was, but I’m not Catholic. (So maybe others would see it differently.)
    Great cast, and acting.
    Weird, wonderful, and surreal. I really enjoyed it.

    (Not gonna lie, Jude Law’s butt and incredibly beautiful face had me transfixed.)

    • Anna Elizabeth

      You had me at Jude Law’s butt. :D I’ll have to take a look, or 2.

    • UnsaltedSinner

      I thought it was pretty good, but I did ask myself if the slow, almost dreamlike pace and the occasional bouts of Italian dialogue would scare away US viewers.

  • Liberoid Ron

    That first pic reminds me that I haven’t made the sushi rice yet. My trip today got cancelled (the BFF is a senior tax preparer which means he’s working 13 out of every 14 days cuz understaffed) which means I can’t stop at the Chinese grocery for take-out sashimi. Feh.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨
    • yyyaz

      To share tuna recipes, obvsly.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        What’s tuna code for again?

        • Destruction of the American ideal and its replacement with gun free but free sex democracy

          • Latverian Diplomat

            I can see why they shortened that up, then.

  • Anna Elizabeth

    Raw Tuna is so beautiful. Now I want to go to a sushi bar.

  • Groundloop

    Bottled lemon juice?!?!?!?!?!??

    YOU MONSTER!!

    • Carpe Vagenda

      My market has organic lemon juice without that oxide stuff in it, and it’s pretty awesome.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      The bottle is a plastic lemon shape, that makes it OK, right? :-)

      • Well, it does come with added phthalates

        • Groundloop

          Easy for you to say.

          • proudgrampa

            Phthufferin’ phthuccotash!

        • Latverian Diplomat

          I always though Phthalates was an Ancient Greek playwright.

          • shaar dula

            Ya he was related to Ekonomikrisis and Edifis. His mother’s side was serious overachievers.

      • Liberoid Ron

        That’s how you tell it’s authentic!

    • Pinkham’s Law

      *bows*

    • shaar dula

      canned clams, bottled lemon juice, what will they invent next?

  • memzilla Ω

    Perhaps next week, we could have a delicious pie recipe suitable for all our Rethuglican Congresspeople.
    . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b01e03bec87286060ab22a8789704dd28bf319f3799cdee0e8d7dafa74bfb98c.jpg

    • veska

      That’s easy – 1 pre-made pie crust, 1 can of Redi-Whip. Spray Redi-Whip over pie crust. Apply liberally to GOP rep’s face.

      • memzilla Ω
        • veska

          Nope! I’m not big into movies, only watch a couple a year.

          • Pinkham’s Law

            You need to see The Help. N E E D . T O ! ! !

          • Up In Smoke O’hontas

            Read the book. It’s pretty great too, also.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    I bought some Girl Scout cookies today. Good and good for you (*) and for a good cause.

    (*) Would you believe, not that bad for you? :-)

    • Anna Elizabeth

      Aww, enjoy your sweets in moderation, and that you’re helping a cause. :)

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Eating for mental health is also healthy eating. :-)

        • Anna Elizabeth

          Roger that, Affirm! :D

    • snark-lurker

      abtholutely awthum

    • RobKanC

      I bought two packs and *sniff* hid them from my wife and *sniff* pigged out on it alone. Does that make me a bad person?

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Just don’t tell her you’ve been cheating with a secret sweetie.

  • Nounverb911
  • Nounverb911
    • Robbertjan Brandenburg

      These were pretty much my marriage vows. Yes we are divorced by now.

      • idiotboy

        No vows, 30 years and counting.
        Wife IS counting my heartbeats however. With a gleam in her eyes.

    • Liberoid Ron

      ‘I’m a man. But I can change. If I have to. I guess.’

      • “And if the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy. Keep your stick on the ice.”

    • proudgrampa

      OOOOOOH. This is SO me!

  • Nounverb911
    • Martini Ambassador

      Holy Hathor, this is my marriage.

      I kid, I kid. Mostly.

  • BosGrl

    I think even I can do this without screwing it up. Thanks Pink!

  • BadKitty904

    I love to sing-a
    About the moon-a and the tuna and the spring-a,
    I love to sing-a,
    About a sky of blue-a, or a tea for two-a,
    Anything-a with a swing-a to an “I love you-a,”
    I love to, I love to sing!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj1FifK3bbg

    • proudgrampa

      “Drink to me with thine eyes and I will pledge with mine…”

      • Liberoid Ron

        ♫ Drink to me only with thine eyes
        And I’ll drink to yours with wine… ♫

        • proudgrampa

          We should start a garage bad-lyrics band…

    • data_ninja

      One cannot go without the other https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3P3yYfliVo

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    Another case of a Libtard trying to cram something delicious and healthy down my throat:
    “3 fresh garlic cloves, minced (can use less if you hate flavor)
    Grill the steaks for 4 – 5 minutes per side or until rare or medium-rare (DO NOT overcook the tuna or it will be dry!).”

    For spite, I’m going to use ZERO garlic cloves, and cook for 15 minutes per side. Take that, Libtard snowflake!

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Garlic is the new Arugula?

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        I’ll wash it all down with a nice glass of white wine!

        • BosGrl

          Elitist! Mountain Dew!

          • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

            It’s got wot plants crave!

          • Latverian Diplomat

            At least it wasn’t swarthy wine.

    • RobKanC

      Just like dear leader Donnie says, if it ain’t well done, it ain’t worth eating.

      • BosGrl

        My MIL used to say “It’s fine! It’s just a little crispy!”

      • Latverian Diplomat

        “Duh. It’s right there in the name. Done well.”
        — Donald Trump, amateur philologist

    • And then use ketchup?

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        I’ll show those coastal elites!

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    As a newbie I am a bit confused how went from the revolution and dystopian world views to cooking fish.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Wait until we break out the canned clams and tell you all about the gay refugee hugging!

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        I am Dutch. We married them just to piss of the rest of the world. The gays that is. Clams are served fresh. People advocating canned ones are shot on sight.

        • snark-lurker

          are you wearing pants right now?

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            barely.

          • proudgrampa

            Uh, what is going on here?1?

          • snark-lurker

            shirly you donut need to ask that

          • Undocumented Skwerl!

            Somebody in the room put on pants.

          • Liberoid Ron

            I THOUGHT I felt a disturbance in the Force. I assumed it was acid reflux.

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          Welcome home!

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            We do need some more orange in that case.

          • Whereas Britain needed more Orange (William, another great homosexual King)

        • BosGrl
          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            We eat herring raw so we win the fish eating contest bare handed.

          • BosGrl

            You win most of the contests bare handed. I was in Amsterdam for my honeymoon and I still dream about it :)

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            Good to hear you had a good time. Do hope the dreaming had more to do with the fact that you were there as newly weds. ;)

          • BosGrl

            Wedding = great
            Honeymoon = pretty good
            Marriage = ugh

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            Welcome to the world of the divorced or soon to be!

          • BosGrl

            I’ve been divorced so long we are friends again :)

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            That’s always a nice moment. I am there luckily.

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg
          • Carpe Vagenda

            Hey, splain me something. Somebody retweeted a picture this morning of turkish people making orange juice in protest and drinking it. My question is, whu? The only message I can pull out of that is “We will squeeze you and then guzzle your vital fluids.” I suspect that’s not what they intended.

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            To paraphrase John Cleese on Fawlty Towers excusing Manuel saying never mind him, he’s from Barcelona, I would say: Never mind them, they’re Turkish.

            But good for them they finally got something healthy inside of them instead of the constant hate pouring in from their fascist government.

          • Sophia

            My best guess. Turkey & the Netherlands have a political skirmish going on now. Orange is the national color of the Netherlands so it probably was something to do with crushing Netherlands more than drinking Orange Juice.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            Yeah, I got the Orange reference, but it seems a bit oblique. It also seems like Erdogan is rolling the dice that if he can tip the balance and get more Putin-affiliated nationalist governments elected he’ll get some table scraps.

          • Sophia

            You got your Erdogan and your Geert Wilders. Your Turks, your Kurds and the mess in Syria. Votes coming up on March 15 & April 16th. People who can vote in both countries plus whatever the hell else is going on I don’t know about (probably plenty.) So lets stir the pot and see what we can fuck up. Putin’s probably saying “here put some vodka in that damn orange juice.”

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            Dutch satirical TV did just a excellent piece on this. Made a five second lame joke followed by: Ok, the Turks are not very good at this without free press. let’s move on to the next topic. That must have hit harder than a 50 minute item.

          • UnsaltedSinner
          • snark-lurker

            UNCALLED4!

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            That’s disturbing.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        YOU MONSTER

    • Liberoid Ron

      It’s easier to cope with a dystopia if you’ve had a high-protein meal.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        fair enough.

    • snark-lurker

      this is normal esp on weekends

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        Spoken like every cult ;)

    • SeekingResistanceBarbie

      This is a mommyblog and recipe hub (see red tabs above article).

    • RobKanC

      Even revolutionaries gotta eat, Comrade!!

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Just don’t order the veal. Seriously, it’s a whole thing.

        • RobKanC

          What. Baby cows raised in cages not good for ya?

          • Pinkham’s Law

            Babby cows raised in cages not good for the babby cows.

          • RobKanC

            yeah but they are delicious.

          • Latverian Diplomat

            It seems…counter-revolutionary.

    • Blacktop Autumn

      It’s not my revolution if I can’t dance (and eat fish).

    • snark-lurker

      srlsy… Did you see the rules for leftrad no-comments allowed?

    • Carpe Vagenda

      First, we talked about the revolution and dystopian world views. Then, we talked about the fish.

      • SeekingResistanceBarbie

        Who knows what tangent we’ll explore next? It’s part of the charm.

        • Undocumented Skwerl!

          I vote for vaginas at a 10-degree angle. That’s a good tangent no?

          • Carpe Vagenda

            How acute of you.

          • Undocumented Skwerl!

            Well, I’d never want to be accused of being obtuse!

          • Carpe Vagenda

            Right?

          • snark-lurker

            will you plz sine fot this case of Vulvateen?

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        But we are going to slap republicans with fish right?

        • Carpe Vagenda

          Not me personally, and our local expert appears to be away addressing some personal issues.

        • SeekingResistanceBarbie
          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            Read me mind.

          • SeekingResistanceBarbie

            Well, you’re all right, then!

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            Can I be your Ken?

          • SeekingResistanceBarbie
          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            As long as you wear those leg warmers I can see us totally hitting it off.

    • SeekingResistanceBarbie

      Usually we stick to the topic, more or less, and our Editrix rewards us with an Open Thread, usually the last post of the day, so we can run amok. Weekends are a little more free-wheeling.

      • Liberoid Ron

        Gee, it doesn’t sound funny at ALL when you put it like that.

        • SeekingResistanceBarbie

          (hangs head in shame)

          • snark-lurker

            there there. you meant well

    • Undocumented Skwerl!

      We are a recipe blog.
      And after dark we turn into a drunken snark mob that eats canned clams and worships the Dark Lord.
      We are all things to all peoplez, but nothing to them. We are a mystery wrapped in an enigma, pan-seared and baked at 425 degrees!

      • Anna Elizabeth
        • snark-lurker

          donut you mean “a” igneous?

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Quoting Rainbow Dash, my Dear. :)

        • Carpe Vagenda

          rock on!

          • Anna Elizabeth

            I always rock on. I wrote 1000s of poems, and poems could be turned into rock music. About rocks.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            No schist.

            :)

          • Anna Elizabeth

            XD I’d love to do a Maud Pie cosplay at a con. See for how long I could go absolutely straight-faced.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        Bat-shit crazy is what I always was looking for in friends!

      • sgt. jmk of the résistance

        Canned clams?!?!?!?! YOU MONSTER!!!11!!

        Had to be done.

    • Bill D. Burger

      Too much mixing cooking and food with current social and political matters often results in a total nightmare, so we try, and sometimes fail, to do it.

      http://images.thehollywoodgossip.com/iu/s–ZKrManZ5–/t_teaser_wide/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_75/v1479858419/twerky.gif

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        Try this instead:

        One of the classic recepies that get forwarded by mail over and over again to me is the following. It’s usually in Dutch, but I’ve translated it:

        Get yourself a duck of about 1.5 to 2kg, and two large bottles of Scottish whisky, bacon strips and a bottle of olive oil.
        Put the bacon around the duck, and treat the inside with pepper and salt.
        Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 180 degrees Celcius.
        Fill a large glass with whisky.
        Drink the whisky while the oven is preheating.
        Put the duck on a fireproof platter and fill out a second glass of whisky.
        Drink out the second glass of whisky and put the duck in the oven.
        After 20 minutes, put the oven to 200 degrees celsius and vill 2 glazzes of whisky.
        Drink out the glazzes and pick ub the piecez of the first glazz
        Fill anozzer half glazz and drinkit.
        After halven our, open the ovven to cheq the duck.
        Fetch the burninjury oindmend in the bathrthroom and pud it on the ubber zide of the lef thand.
        Vill anozzer two glazzez of whiskey.
        Open the ovven after the first glazz izz embdy and biggub the bladder.
        Pud the oindmend on the inner zide o the righdhand.
        Biggub the dug.
        Biggub the dug again and use a towel to rrremovve the oindmend from the dug.
        Degreaze th hand with visky and biggub the oindmend dube whisj is laying onthe ground.
        Clean ub the brokan glazz and put the dug bag in the ovven.
        Pig ub the dug and open the ovve firs.
        Open the segond boddle of bisk and pud id straight ub again.
        Get ub from the fllloorr and puz the bagon under ve cabined.
        Geddub again and siddown aniwey.
        Pud the boddle on the flooj.
        Dring fromve boddle since the glazzez are borken or unreadjable.
        Switch ovv the ovven, gloze your eyez, and ffffall over.

        • Pinkham’s Law

          I have made a similar repice onec otr twioc3.

        • Bill D. Burger

          Ever since Granny Burger’s exciting days in the kitchen, we’ve always just laughed and said FUCK COOKING.

          http://pic.epicfail.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/cooking-fail.gif

        • Up In Smoke O’hontas

          I’ll try this recipe. What’s the worst that can happen?

    • Yr. Gma

      This mommy blog is also a recipe hub.

  • Anna Elizabeth

    OT – Here is Anna’s idea of Heavy Metal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSCdvj4tAFg

    • Liberoid Ron

      I miss flying. Not that I ever got to fly anything even close to this level of performance. Stupid diabeetus. <sighs>

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Near-sighted, BiPolar, PTSD. I can dream tho. :)

        If I were in the USAF, I’d want to be in the 67 TFS. “Fighting Cocks”. Can you imagine?

        “Darkstar, Cowgirl. Engaging Bandits on 345 from Bullseye. Cocks in!”

        and~

        “Darkstar, Bandits splashed. RTB at this time, Cocks out.”

        XD

  • shivaskeeper

    I drove all the way to the coast in my diesel truck rolling coal the whole way to harpoon a dolphin for this recipe.

    Substituted the tuna safe dolphin and I am not impressed. Will not make again.

    • Pinkham’s Law

      Well played! Well played, indeed!

  • I just wish Porbeagle shark was common enough so we could have steaks of that …

    • BosGrl

      I hear they are selling shark at the Walmart.

      • Shark is pretty much off the menu over here in the UK because of severe limits due to overfishing.

        Porbeagle is (mixing species) the wagu beef of sharkmeats.

        And I live in Cornwall whose unofficial motto is Kober, Sten en Pesk (Copper, tin and fish)

  • Martini Ambassador

    Yum! I haven’t had not-out-of-a-can tuna in an age. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Tonight I made a chicken pot pie, with the stick and crust made from scratch. It was a bit of work, but good for a rainy Sunday. And the wine was white, an inexpensive but cheerful Vouvray.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/370abf0c8c6dbe250b2498570caec9c40bc66f8264d1673beb81406126331c19.jpg

    • snark-lurker

      shure, rub it in

    • BosGrl

      My lunch consisted of a handful of Starburst.

      • proudgrampa

        I just had a chocolate tootsie-roll pop.

        • Liberoid Ron

          So how many licks DOES it take to get to the centre?

          • proudgrampa

            I usually bite through the candy shell before too long, because I’m just that impatient.

          • Liberoid Ron

            Then they’re right, the world may never know.

    • Shoto
      • Up In Smoke O’hontas

        Represent!

  • VERY interesting tweet from Preet Bharara
    https://twitter.com/PreetBharara/status/841000145630175232

  • Left Coast Tom

    Drinkage: Well, it’s FISH, so white wine
    seems the obvious choice. A glass or two of a nice Chardonnay while it
    marinates would be about right, I think.

    With the hoisin marinade I think I’d suggest something more Alsacean, a Pinot Gris or even a dry Riesling, something with the acidity to cut through the spice.

  • IOnlyLikeCats

    Unless there are potatoes, peas, or squash in the stir fry that is not technically a full meal.

    • With fish you need mushy peas

      • Left Coast Tom

        …as what, spackling material?

      • Pinkham’s Law

        That looks like one of the things people point to when complaining about British food.

    • Pinkham’s Law

      This is true! Which is why this sentence [fragment] was in the post! “Some rice would do nicely as your starch, and you have a full meal,”

      Ppppppphhhhhhbbbbbtttt!

      • IOnlyLikeCats

        No, you need two starches. One has to be a fruit or a starchy vegetable (rice is a grain). Do I have to get out a nutrition plate?

        • Yr. Gma

          Rice is a grain, but it’s pretty damned starchy when it boils over on the stove.

        • Pinkham’s Law

          Eh. Close enough for Government work. Especially THIS government!

        • Carpe Vagenda

          White rice is a grain that’s had everything but the starch buffed off it.

  • weejee
    • Neither were Sapphire and Steel
      https://youtu.be/_gjHmEUiaxo

    • Panika MCD

      you overcooked it. it’s now dry and wrinkled!

      • weejee

        Although I hesitate to mention it, but they can still play a wee bit. Well Papa John maybe not so much, but they gave a great show here a couple weeks back.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          I got to work with Papa John Creach back in the day- what a fun show. And I saw him with Tuna a few times.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      They wanted to call their band “Hot Shit” but the record label said “I don’t think so.”

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara
    • anon_the_great

      Not true

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        When I was younger I got that high quite regularly.

    • Panika MCD

      I prefer the Townes Van Zandt high.

    • UnsaltedSinner

      And did you remember to put those weeds we like on your shopping list?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu2_KAxnFcU

  • Jamoche

    http://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/California-to-fight-if-EPA-eases-emissions-rule-10995367.php?t=6f1c777e4a

    The Trump administration is expected to start rolling back tough limits on carbon pollution from cars and trucks this week, and may be considering a plan to revoke California’s authority to set its own pollution standards for vehicles, a linchpin of the state’s effort to battle climate change.

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is pushing the move to weaken emissions standards, siding with auto manufacturers that argue vehicle fuel efficiency standards put in place by the Obama administration will cost billions of dollars. On Thursday, he said he would move “very, very soon” to roll them back.

    If that happens, California will probably exercise its special authority, known as a waiver, to keep the current vehicle emissions standards in place, laying the groundwork for an extraordinary tug-of-war between the state and the federal EPA.

    Because of the state’s formidable market power, the waiver threatens to undermine the Trump administration’s plan.

    I’m sitting in the middle of a major metropolitan area looking at blue skies. This was astonishing to my brother’s best man, whose trip out here was probably the first time he’d ever been more than a few miles outside the DFW area. The California waiver was put in because of LA smog – remember that? Been a while since LA smog jokes were common.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Maybe Trump should take a trip to Jina to see what it looks like when you don’t have any environmental regulations in place. The smog was so think in Beijing the other day people could barely breathe.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Well, that’ll teach everyone he ever wanted respect from to want nothing to do with him.

    • TJ Barke

      Lots of morons these days think smog was a myth. They have no idea the progress that was made that they’re trying to tear down.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Memories are short, and no one bothers to study history.

        We’re doomed because in the aggregate, we’re morans.

    • Yr. Gma

      I remember it well. Let that orange fuck try to fuck with us.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      New York, too. I grew up in Manhattan, and when I was a kid my dad used to joke that he didn’t trust air he couldn’t see. We also used to be what they call a clean harbor, because the water was so polluted that if you brought your ship in the barnacles would die and drop off.

      • sgt. jmk of the résistance

        Last time I drove the offspring to Newark Airport, we went around the city, and you could see all of Manhattan sparkling in the sun. He was astonished when I told him you could barely see the skyscrapers from the Throgs Neck when I was a kid in the 70s, and when he looked up pictures of Manhattan from pre-EPA days on the Google Machine, he could barely believe it was the same city.

    • Scrofula

      OK, first all you elitist Bay Area types–your smog just blows into the Valley here, where it sits in our permanent thermal inversion, and gives the kids here the highest asthma rates in the country. Seriously, during my pharm intern, the hospital damn near kept albuterol in a water cooler.

      But anyway, I thought that with, like school textbooks, the sheer size of the CA market meant it essentially determined emission levels for the country.

      • Jamoche

        Still better than it used to be, and it could’ve gotten worse – I do remember blue skies in DFW, with the surrounding counties complaining that it just blew their way. Well, now there’s enough of it that it doesn’t all blow away.

        • Scrofula

          It’s definitely better, I just get really annoyed with folks in the Bay who think they solved everything cause they bought a Prius, and people in the valley all drive tractors.
          Smog still exists, guys, and it kills kids here.

    • Liberoid Ron

      In 1970 Car Craft magazine ran an article on air pollution from cars, because of the emission controls coming in to use on the new models. In the course of the article they mentioned that Lake Erie was ‘irretrievably polluted.’ And yet today one can swim in it quite safely, though bacteria in farm runoff does make that risky after a heavy rain. This is what happens when you stop using fresh water as an industrial toilet.

      • LucindathePook

        I swim in it all the time. Well, summers. It actually is the most prolific of the Great Lakes for varieties and number of fishes. Biggest problem from runoff is the fertilizers bring algae bloom to the western basin, which is shallowest.

        • Left Coast Tom

          Having family in southern Michigan, I’ve considered a trip that would combine Ohio’s Lake Erie islands with a MI visit. I haven’t done that, because of the unpredictability of the blue-green algae blooms caused by agricultural runoff in the western lake – I’m not flying across the country to stay at a lake where I can’t swim.

          • LucindathePook

            Well, the blooms are fairly confined to late summer and not an ongoing thing by any means; the bad Toledo one was result of very unusual weather pattern. The islands and coastline are great for far more than swimming–in fact, South Bass beach is all rocky but there lovely tent camping just above it.

        • Liberoid Ron

          Yeah, not even the zebra mussels have been able to clean THAT up.

    • Courser_Resistance

      I heard grumbles from Denver Mayor Michael Hancock last week about pulling back on environmental regs that cleared up Denver’s winter ‘Brown Cloud’. He basically said, “We’re not going back”

  • bookish

    http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/democrats-trumpcare?google_editors_picks=true

    Democrats are betting on health-care being as politically toxic to the G.O.P. as it has been for them over the past seven years. “Public sentiment is against blowing up the Affordable Care Act,” Chris Van Hollen, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told Politico, before adding, “That’s going to become clearer and clearer.” Jettisoning the “Make America Sick Again” slogan, Schumer and his Democratic peers in the Senate have already branded the House bill introduced last week as “Trumpcare”—a harbinger of the messaging strategy the Democrats plan to employ in 2018. Or as Rep. John Larson of Connecticut laid it out to Politico: “If you want a check on Donald Trump, just look at what’s happening with the Affordable Care Act and elect Democrats.”

  • Nounverb911

    Trump tells all in this weeks episode of trumps favorite newspaper the ‘National Enquirer’.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c2868517c39b7ad850ba6f53366c867d82cd49635b276c80b4fb0550d308678f.jpg

    • Liberoid Ron

      Like Donnie’s cleaned anything since military school.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        He probably bought off his fellow cadets to avoid latrine duty.

        • Nounverb911

          By giving them swirlies?

          • Villago Delenda Est

            He probably hired other cadets to give the latrine cadets swirlies. I can’t imagine him getting his hands dirty.

          • shivaskeeper

            I can. But only if there was no chance of any sort of retribution. He is just about the classic bully.

        • Scrofula

          But his hands are the perfect size to snake the drains.

    • Scrofula

      The Enquirer–finally some relief from Biased Fake News!

  • eyelashviper
  • Bill D. Burger

    Mrs. Burger’s philosophy on the best cuisine for many decades now.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1d45cb5f3937c643eb6789560d4bc2aaca751d3a70a41cb38546d38c420469dc.jpg

    • Nounverb911

      My dad: Honey what are making for dinner?
      My mom: reservations.

    • msanthrope

      Amen to that brother! If Mr Anthrope isn’t cooking, we’re not eating!

  • Michael R

    I know this is not a good idea , BUT

    What if democrats voted for Trump health care plan ,
    under the premise that it’s terrible and could turn everyone against them ,
    destroying the party .

    • Blacktop Autumn

      Then they’d blame us too.

      Nope, if they pass it it’s on them. No Democratic input, and it’ll hang them.

      • Michael R

        It is a stain that never comes out .

      • snark-lurker

        i think the gop/tRumP base is immune to mian culpas

        • Liberoid Ron

          Let them keep thinking they’re always right as long as they’re no longer able to fuck over the country. I can live with that.

    • Scrofula

      Fun but too risky–no guarantee we’d be able to rebuild it.
      Although . . . what if it was replaced with single-payer?

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Nope, they should stay the hell away from this trainwreck

    • Pinkham’s Law

      Let it be Republicare, dragging the GOP down like a millstone.

    • Shoto
    • shivaskeeper

      The only thing Dems should vote on for that piece of shit it to ensure any repeal bullshit takes effect immediately. No after the midterms or the next full cycle. No more letting these fucks do the damage but put the results off until they are reelected.

      It’s cruel and it sounds wrong, but it’s their pattern. Do the damage, bit make sure the damage does not manifest until they have won another cycle. That has to be stopped.

  • Pinkham’s Law

    When y’all are having as much fun in the non-comments as you are today, I know I did something right. *pats self on back*

    • Scrofula

      Well, then, how about defending fuckin Hoisin sauce with tuna steaks? Like ketchup on a well-done steak!
      Sorry, keep patting, good job!

    • Carpe Vagenda

      *Pats you on back*

    • shivaskeeper

      No need to pat yourself. I’m sure everyone here will line up to do it for you.

    • Martini Ambassador

      Damn, I was gonna go for the more in-vogue crotch-region grab. I’m always doin’ it wrong :-(

  • Bill D. Burger
    • Pinkham’s Law

      I respect the Hell out of his creative cursing. He could teach a Doctoral course.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Yeah, he’s awesome. :D

        Once, I was semi-flirting with the staff at the anime store, I mentioned that if I watch ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, I take on Chef Ramsey’s accent. The cutest clerk answered back “So do I. Now GET OUT, you Fucking cow!”

        XD

        • snark-lurker

          WhELL!

        • MizzMazz

          Gah, I still speak with my ex’s accent at times. Gotta tell ya, people treat you better if they think you’re a Brit.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            XD I should try that, maybe a posh accent…

          • MizzMazz

            Watch a lot of BBC, hang around ex-pats, have your ex-husband correct your speech, find out what slang terms work here (many don’t) and just color it enough. Watch Absolutely Fabulous, if for no other reason, it’s good fun.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            XD

      • MizzMazz

        And yet when you watch other videos of him teaching his kids how to cook, or the one with the scrambled eggs, he can be so gentle and kind. Cooked professionally myself, and yes, we cuss a lot, but not as much as when I became a Teamster working for UPS.

    • Robbertjan Brandenburg
  • Zippy W Pinhead

    Needs moar Jessica Simpson

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      Upon careful consideration, I admit I must concur.

  • Anna Elizabeth

    It’s 71F here today. I think I’m going to see if the little store has Sunblock. :)

    • Jonny On Maui

      MsMLG has the right of it. If sea turtles were carnivorous there’d be no going in the water.

      Po’olenalena Beach today. About 80 deg. F. Visibility medium for snorkeling. Going back in soon.

      • proudgrampa
        • snark-lurker

          i know. sum people are just mean

          • proudgrampa

            Yup. They are!

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        we’ll be in the 90’s this week…

        • Left Coast Tom

          Is Arizona habitable?

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            It’s gorgeous this time of year. In the summer we just hide from the midday sun and use lots of AC, as God intended…

          • Left Coast Tom

            Has anyone suggested to Arizona’s wingnuts that if they avoid the midday sun their brainpans might not cook? AZ went from R+9 in 2012 to R+4 in 2016, seems like a proper brainpan preservation program might complete the transition.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Hey, sounds lovely!

        I got the last bottle of Sunblock they had, and it was on winter clearance. :)

        I got honked at by men 2 or 3 times. Once was on the first major crosswalk going out, which is *also* the merge ramp from a major highway. I appreciate if they think I’m cute in heels, but maybe not honking a horn when it makes me wonder if I’m facing sudden oncoming traffic would be better.

    • Jack Tenhet

      Upper 60’s on the coast, but Mississippi humidity is a bitch and a half. Still not used to the humidity here.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      We finally got winter in Chicago, consequently I decided to give myself a break and ruin my 15-day streak of meeting or beating my walking goal. Too damn cold, and since we haven’t been able to whine about the weather all winter I figured I’d better get it in today or lose the opportunity.

  • William
    • eyelashviper

      Good to see ya!!

      • William

        Hey! Miss ya!

        • eyelashviper

          Are you at FON at all? I found it, saw a few of the group there. Also too, this is a very good place to be, and Rawstory, also too.

          • William

            FON?

          • eyelashviper

            Freak Out Nation, where a lot of Alan.com folks also hang out..

    • An Outhouse for the Resistance

      That used to be my nym. Then I switched to the museum quality antique.

  • IOnlyLikeCats

    I have almost finished explaining 1) why I won’t stay in Canada illegally and 2) my educational goal and employment opportunities (I was not exactly, completely honest but whatever, close enough) but I still don’t understand what they mean by “the purpose of your studies”. Could they have been any more vague???

    • BosGrl

      Maybe they mean your major? Or if in grad school, your thesis? That’s not quite the same as your educational goal. “The purpose of my studies is to investigate the mating rituals of canned clams using observation and lab analysis to discover their preferred means of contraception” – or whatever.

    • proudgrampa

      “The purpose of my larnin’ is to larn sumpin’.”

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      To further the goals of the Canadian Empire!!!

      *too subtle?

    • Sophia

      So I don’t spend the rest of my life flipping burgers at McDonald’s for minimum wage? I hate playing the game of vague, I’m not good at it.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      “To identify vulnerabilities in the system”? No?

  • bookish

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2017/mar/12/mick-mulvaney/fact-checking-white-house-attack-nonpartisan-cbos-/

    As the Congressional Budget Office prepares its assessment of the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the White House is already casting doubt on the agency’s credibility.

    During a segment on ABC’s This Week, White House Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney pointed to the CBO’s track record on the ACA as evidence that the agency isn’t capable of assessing a large piece of legislation.

  • It’s excruciatingly depressing that good regulation aimed at conserving the environment is politically opposed by half of our political establishment.

    • IOnlyLikeCats

      Why protect the environment? I’m sure rich people can find a way to buy it off. /s

  • Courser_Resistance

    And of course, I *just* bought salmon. And could have bought tuna steaks instead. Oh well, I don’t know if I can do rare tuna. I’ve been able to get raw fish down when I’ve had to (social pressure to go to a sushi restaurant), but I can’t say that I enjoy it.

  • Michael R
  • Shibusa
  • memzilla Ω
  • Blacktop Autumn
    • IOnlyLikeCats

      You look great! My sisters would force you into makeovers and keep you in the bathroom for three hours until they were finished (it’s a high compliment from them).

      • Blacktop Autumn

        Where do you live? Haha.

        Getting my girlfriends around here to help has been extra hard.

        • IOnlyLikeCats

          You say that, but once you’ve been in a hot, stuffy small bathroom (hair dryer/flat iron) for an hour and your hair is only half-done and they plan to do big things with your face, you will be begging for mercy. If you want, I can have them recommend some online tutorials.

          • Blacktop Autumn

            Nah, I’ve got plenty of those. I just need to get one of them pinned down on a night that isn’t “out.”

            It’s almost like teachers drink like fish or something. ;-)

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Wish I could just come over. I *live* for makeovers. :)

            Seriously tho, Lipgloss, a little eyeliner and shadow, you have great face, you don’t need much. It’d be a crime to cover those freckles.

          • Blacktop Autumn

            I do need to cover some acne scars and what’s left of my beard shadow, but I do agree. I have good skin. :-D

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Yeah, it’s not hard. Try loose powder, blend with a brush, then pressed powder.

            If that doesn’t cover, you might need a Foundation. I recommend Maybelline Fit Me! I use 220, but they’ll have one that matches your tone.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d16e896f1420477c709e1e714de9d1959e6d98b48dd03a22bf6b0ca0260b8692.jpg

            Me, atm. The Foundation has sunblock, so it’s “white” in sunshine, flash, or strong light. I haven’t been able to cover my acne scars that well except with liquid Milk of Magnesia, and I’m out. I try to emphasize my eyes and lips to compensate.

          • IOnlyLikeCats

            I see a lot of recommendations for green foundation because it covers up the red. Of course, that depends on the type of scarring.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            I have lesions, pits. Milk of Magnesia covers, or Kat Denning makes foundation that fills, but Kat’s is like $35+ a bottle. Fit Me! is $6-7, and I use almost 2 a month.

          • Up In Smoke O’hontas

            Hun, you’re blessed in that dept!

    • Anna Elizabeth

      Girl! You look great! :D

      Work those freckles, I’m envious of your skin. :)

      • Blacktop Autumn

        They’re apparently a thing with HRT, I have them on my arms now too.

        I am NOT complaining. Haha.

        • Anna Elizabeth

          Neither would I, they are so cute!

          My Baby Girl will start her HRT soon, she has an intake appt. this week. I’m hoping to move in this direction this year.

          • Lance Thrustwell

            Who’s My (Your) Baby Girl?

          • Anna Elizabeth

            My best friend, she’s practically my daughter, a Transwoman about 20 years younger. She even calls me “Mom” now. :)

            She’s the me I was at 20, except not angry. :)

          • Lance Thrustwell

            Oh ok gotcha.

          • Up In Smoke O’hontas

            Prolly not angry cuz she haz an allie :-) way to bring her up!

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Thank you. :) I am not modest about this, I saved her life. :)

            She also saved mine. :)

          • Blacktop Autumn

            HRT is a life saver, for real. So much of the cloud cleared.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Baby Girl needs it now.

            If my fam hadn’t been so “co-operative”, I could have started 2 years ago. At least I’m free of them. I need to get past moving expenses, and save up to get to the Gender Center to intake. It’ll be some months, that’s just how it is.

          • Jack Tenhet

            Glad you’re free of them. You really don’t need toxic people in your life, even if they are “family”. Had to cut off my entire biological family myself for different reasons.

            Sorry you’re having to wait so long for HRT. I’m pulling for you.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Thank you. :)

            It took way to long, but I’ve cut ties to those abusers. Whatever happens, I’m free. :)

          • Jack Tenhet

            Nothing’s more important than being free to be who you are. What’s the point of life if not that?

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Precisely. My New Year’s Resolution for the past 3 years has been like the X-Men: “Live Free or Die”.

          • Jack Tenhet

            Right on! The opposite of freedom is death and death of the spirit is the worst kind of death. You’ve got a lot of spirit, kindness, intelligence and beauty, don’t let anyone make you feel any different.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            :) Thank you, Sincerely.

            I hit rock bottom in January, but I’m back in the fight again. Standing or moving forward, there’s Not One Step Back anymore.

          • Jack Tenhet

            Hey, no need to thank me for anything.

            I’m sorry you hit rock bottom. I’ve been there myself for different reasons and I can respect that you got back up and got into the fight. Keep moving forward, even if it’s just one small step at a time. I always remind myself that one tiny step forward is still moving forward and that is what life really is anyway.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Agreed. :)

            And with some help from my friends, it’s been more like 100 steps forward lately. :)

          • Blacktop Autumn

            Watch out for the clinics. Gatekeeping is a thing.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Will do. Thank you for the heads up.

    • Jack Tenhet

      You look very nice! :)

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Lookin’ good!

    • WomanInThePersistence

      Very pretty!

    • Blacktop Autumn

      BTW, patching for the lazy eye, but it’s useless without glasses. :-D

      • IOnlyLikeCats

        Don’t worry, same here (except I had a real [disposable–ow] patch in kindergarten because they wouldn’t let me use the pirate patches).

    • BosGrl

      <3

  • Gregory Brown

    I like to marinate them in pineapple juice and fresh ginger.

  • Lance Thrustwell

    And how are they with ketchup? Those are nice on fish sticks.

    • proudgrampa

      Do you like fish sticks?
      https://youtu.be/ADGWPorwkYg

      • Lance Thrustwell

        Who doesn’t?

        • IOnlyLikeCats

          *raises hand*

        • Pinkham’s Law

          Heathen! (I like them, also too.)

  • Jack Tenhet
  • Shibusa
    • IOnlyLikeCats

      My Gift of Prophecy tells me he’ll escape to Ecuador and will die some years later under fishy circumstances.

      • Up In Smoke O’hontas

        Only if it Filet O’ Fishy.

    • Bill D. Burger
      • BosGrl

        Disease and illness are weaknesses in Drumpf World.

  • Résistance Land Shark Ω
    • Anna Elizabeth

      Damned right.

  • shaar dula
    • BosGrl

      Happy Holi :)

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      Happy Holi! That looks like such fun!

  • Jason

    OT I’m new here to disqus, allow the vetting to begin. Walk the wonkette gauntlet.

    • Shoto

      Pants are optional, but canned clams are mandatory. At least that’s my understanding.

      • Up In Smoke O’hontas

        You got it backw…wait. No, you got it right.*
        *YOU MONSTER!

      • Jason

        Good damn thing. The pants I mean the clams well……

        • Shoto

          I’m just trying to adhere to Wonk Policy. Or maybe it’s The Law? I dunno…

          • Jason

            I shall too then

      • Lance Thrustwell

        you MONSTER

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      Did you bring enough dick jokes for everyone?

      • Jason

        A few

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      Do you have any of those cakes we like?

      • Jason

        I gotta get them place your order.

    • Jamoche

      Save yourself from needing barrels of brain bleach – go to that menu by your name and pick “Hide Images”.

      • Jason

        What for?

        • Jamoche

          Naked Donald Trump. If someone replies with it, don’t say I didn’t warn you :)

          Also, when the threads get really long, having all the media auto-show will slow it down or even crash it. Disqus sucks.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            Jamoche speaks the truth.

          • Jason

            Oh ok I thought it was a dig. I’ll try to figure all this out. It’s gonna be a minute.

          • Jamoche

            Nah, we’re a pretty friendly group (except for trolls). We just tease like siblings :)

          • Jason

            That’s cool, I am trying to follow your advice having troubling finding it.

          • mancityRed6

            the little down arrow thing to the right of your user name, click that and then click “hide media”

          • Jason

            Thanks.

          • mancityRed6

            just remember, canned clams are bad and read the rules for commenting even though comments aren’t allowed.
            https://wonkette.com/592365/rules-for-commenting-radicals-the-lion-killer-update

          • Jason

            I shall look it over but you don’t have worry about me messing around with anyone.

          • Jamoche

            Up at the top of the comment section, next to your name, there’s a popup menu arrow. I mistyped before, it’s Hide Media.

          • Jason

            I believe I found it thanks.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            Really. Do it.

          • Jason

            I did.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            You don’t know how happy you will be. Really, naked Donald Trump is horrifying.

          • Jason

            Oh I can eww never mind. Thanks for the tip, btw.

          • Jason

            That does help thank you. Any more tips I would appreciate it.

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω
      • Jason

        Ah yes the wonkette toddler.

      • Lance Thrustwell

        Our once and future queen! Or president would be acceptable.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        May I be Captain of HRH’s Guard? I could rock the uniform. XD

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        Send her munee

    • Shibusa

      I hope you like puns.

      • Jason

        Yes been reading here for a while. I get it and like it. So when I signed up for discus I knew where to head.

      • Jack Tenhet

        Here’s “hopun”.

        • Jason

          I see what you did there

    • WomanInThePersistence

      Welcome! Our basic number-one most important rule is “Don’t be an asshole”. You have yet to show any assholish tendencies, so enjoy!

      • Jason

        That is my face right there. I don’t plan on being an asshole unless I have too.

        • WomanInThePersistence

          My avatar is also my face. I am an adorable 13 pound Yorkie mutt.

          • Jason

            Touche, I just meant because I’m not anonymous, I feel like that will keep me from the really stupid shit.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            Not being stupid will keep you from the really stupid shit. And most of us at one point or another have posted pictures of ourselves. There was one epic thread that featured many of us doing so. It was lovely.

          • Jason

            By stupid shit I mean like being mean and arguing over pointless stuff.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            That works for me.

          • Villago Delenda Est

            Canned clams is NOT stupid shit!

          • WomanInThePersistence

            YOU MONSTER!

      • Jack Tenhet

        But I’m an asshole and that’s never been a problem. Iz Confuzed!

        • mancityRed6

          that’s not to say we don’t keep an eye on you.
          wait, maybe they’re keeping an eye on me, too.

          • Undocumented Skwerl!

            Plus nobody can read his comments because they are visible only to us sentient spam-bots.

          • snark-lurker

            we are all being watched

          • mancityRed6

            not me, I have tape over my webcam.
            clear works just as good, right?

          • WomanInThePersistence

            I just wear Groucho Marx glasses whenever I fire up the tablet. Hides my identity nicely.

          • janecita
          • Jack Tenhet

            I thought we all had eyes on us? Do we not all own microwaves? We’re not savages yet, are we?

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        It’s actually quite easy to comply, as comments aren’t allowed.

        • WomanInThePersistence

          I, myself, wouldn’t dream of commenting.

    • janecita

      Did you already get the traditional chant?
      One of US, One of Us!!!

      • Undocumented Skwerl!

        will betray you to Pinto Pilot and you will be crucified on Mt. Vernon!

      • Jason

        No I didn’t so thank you

    • proudgrampa

      You KNOW you’re not allowed to comment here, right?

      • Jason

        Yes I know I’m so ashamd

        • proudgrampa

          Well, that’s all right then. We’ve all made that mistake…

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    Do you know what it feels to be seen a foreigner while born in the Netherlands?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7RApof8Yjs

    But some of them are critical and have a different approach

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9GAF4by5LQ

    • WomanInThePersistence

      Sadly, these videos are not available in my country.

    • janecita

      I can’t watch them. I’m assuming they are terrible.

  • Shoto

    Here’s a little afternoon tune, for your dining and dancing pleasure.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=RDrk7_dXIKt0Y&v=1rxYw7Y45Eo

  • Résistance Land Shark Ω

    Trump faces mounting calls to produce evidence of wiretapping claim (CS Monitor)

    Several other top lawmakers have joined McCain in the call for Trump to back up his accusations. The Senate Judiciary Committee has asked for the Trump’s administration to provide “copies of any warrant applications and court orders – redacted as necessary … related to wiretaps of President Trump, the Trump Campaign, or Trump Tower.”

    https://i.imgflip.com/1la458.jpg

  • Anna Elizabeth
  • Résistance Land Shark Ω

    How’s that Kansas “Libertarian Utopia” workin’ out for ya?

    Not only have Kansans been forced to endure cuts to Medicaid reimbursements, infrastructure projects, higher education and a range of other public services, but we also have the third-highest taxpayer burden in the region (it would cost each taxpayer $6,500 to cover the state’s debts and obligations) and the third-smallest relative reserve fund in the U.S. According to the most recent data from the Pew Charitable Trusts, Kansas only has $35 million in reserve funds — enough to fund the government for two days. The national median is 29.2 days.

    For a state that advertises itself as a bastion of low taxation, isn’t it odd that Kansas has one of the highest sales tax rates in the Midwest?

    http://cjonline.com/opinion/2016-10-04/editorial-misdirecting-blame-kansas-budget-crisis

    • proudgrampa

      Kansas has sure gone downhill.

      They haven’t had a hit since 1982:

      https://youtu.be/W2azO25JtFo

      • Supposedly they charted with this in 1986, but I’ll be damned if I remember it. In any case, your point still stands. This blows harder than the hair dryers needed for those ‘dos.

        https://youtu.be/rQnltsBiwHM

        • proudgrampa

          No way that was a hit!

          I am jealous of the hair, though.

          • It apparently charted higher than their previous hit from 1983, “Fight Fire with Fire”, which I do remember. Wikipedia could be lying though. Been known to happen.

    • mancityRed6

      they also voted to allow concealed carry on state universities’ campuses.
      KU was looking at spending more than a million on security for Allen Fieldhouse and the football stadium. but now a gun rights group (maybe NRA, not sure) is suing/wants to sue so that people can conceal carry into a packed basketball arena where the seats are bleachers and you get about 16″ to park your ass.

      I keep wondering why in the hell I came back here.

      • snark-lurker

        is voting rights working there?

        • mancityRed6

          you mean by not allowing their right to vote? of course, it’s working perfectly.
          Kris Kobach is doing a wonderful job of enforcing voter laws. He’s even brought something like…um…4 or 5 cases to trial.

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        What in the holy fuck are you gonna do in a packed basketball arena? Shoot yer truck nutz off?

        dumbasses.

        • mancityRed6

          them there peoples with the t shirt guns, you never know.
          you just never know

    • Rachel Book Harlot

      I feel like we have so many test cases/failed experiments in these states that can be used to show that Republican policies simply do not work.

    • yyyaz

      A lean, mean, death machine.

    • Shoto

      It’s (arguably) fair to assert that Brownback is the stupidest, mouth-breathing moran governor in the country.

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        Paul LePage of Maine LIBELZ!!!!!111!1!!

  • Jack Tenhet

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR1bWhdoIXM&index=4&list=RDp4ovLrvq2do

    It’s one of those days! Need some Nina time!

  • Hiya, Florida Man. What ‘cha up to? Trying to burn down an Indian-owned establishment because you’re pretty sure they are Ay-rabs? How’s that workin’ out for ya’?

  • Jack Tenhet

    Now a little Bill Wither for a nice Sunday evening vibe.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIdIqbv7SPo&list=RDp4ovLrvq2do&index=5

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    My challenge today is one-crust chicken pot pie using GBBT rough puff, something I’ve never made.

    • Rachel Book Harlot

      I’ve been so lazy lately. I’ve ordered out 3 nights in a row.

  • Anna Elizabeth

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJlN9jdQFSc&index=77&list=PLgA_QpnjZQyy6LAbGAB11g3AXcjVAK_8K

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etYHWZyRSMU&index=101&list=PLgA_QpnjZQyy6LAbGAB11g3AXcjVAK_8K

    I am not a Christian, but the church has some awesome music. I also too wonder if the more hateful people that justify their abuses in the name of their Lord ever think of these particular songs?

    • Jack Tenhet

      I agree with ya. I don’t generally like country music but I’ve always liked Johnny Cash. I love this song, the cover he did of Hurt and many other.

      Here’s another song along the same vein by White Buffalo

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXwgShqzVas&list=RDjXwgShqzVas

      • Anna Elizabeth

        I like this. :)

        Here’s a fave from Johnny Cash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OcoDIrbMtY

      • janecita

        My husband loves his version of Hurt. I’m a NIN girl myself, so I don’t dig it as much.

        • Jack Tenhet

          Love me some NIN too! “Closer” is great. Nothing really tops the original “Hurt”.

      • Liberoid Ron

        It’s really unfair to characterise what the man did as ‘country music.’ That might have been where his roots were but as his career progressed he was regularly transcending genre boundaries. Heck, he was on Top 40 rock stations as much as he was on country ones, by 1970.

        • Jack Tenhet

          I saw a lot of what he did as more bluesy than country. You’re right though, he really defied genre.

    • MizzMazz

      Even Trent said he did a better job of ‘Hurt’ than 9 Inch Nails.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        It’s an amazing performance.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aF9AJm0RFc

        • MizzMazz

          True story (I think I told you this one). I would go to work in my old Econoline in the middle of the night in the dark, and this came on the radio. It was a haunting moment. The song never ceases to move me.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Johnny poured a lifetime into this song, small wonder it effects us all so strongly.

    • WomanInThePersistence

      I really love this one.

      https://youtu.be/6gQKaUHAQsI

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    I’ll have to make this – sounds good. And I like a good slice of fish flesh.

  • Gosala

    In case anyone is following the saga of my conversations with my congress critter’s minions, here is the email I’m sending as a follow up to our last phone call

    Corey,

    Thank you for calling. I hope you found our conversation as enlightening as I did.

    I think Everglades restoration is a worthy and important project, but I hope you understood my point that by itself, it is not enough.

    Sea level rise, left unaddressed, will undo all the Congressman’s good efforts. It threatens the coastline, property values and infrastructure. It will displace people from their homes. As I mentioned, if the rise is 6 feet by 2100 (as many experts think it might), my home will be beachfront property. I live near FSW; so you can see why I am concerned.

    More than this, rising sea levels mean salt water intrusion into the estuaries and the Everglades upsetting the ecological systems and the tourist fishing industries that depend on them.

    Salt water intrusion also threatens our drinking water because our limestone bedrock is porous.

    We can already see the effects in the king tides that are increasingly affecting Miami and other cities on the east coast.

    Florida officials have begun to speak out and act. Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties have joined together in a regional compact. According to the Huffington Post (“Florida Republicans Challenge Climate-Denying EPA Chief,” 3/10/17)
    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Rep. Carlos Curbelo both expressed the importance of understanding and addressing climate change to the state of Florida.

    So, if Congressman Rooney is serious about the Everglades, and I think he is, he really needs to take leadership on climate change as well.

    This will become increasingly important as the administration continues to defund NASA, NOAA and the EPA.

    I promised to send you some materials on climate science to show you that sea level rise and climate change cannot be dismissed as “always happening” or “having happened for centuries” and therefore, somehow, unimportant.

    For my money, the easiest and quickest way into the subject is a pair of books “Climate: A Very Short Introduction” and “Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction” both by Mark Maslin and avaliable as ebooks from Amazon for a few dollars. The pair can be read in an afternoon and provide a very solid, nontechnical background.

    Also a good nontechnical introduction, though considerably longer is “The Discovery of Global Warming” by Spencer Weart and available at the website for the American Institute of Physics. ( http://history.aip.org/climate/index.htm )

    It’s particular value is its historical perspective. Many of the myths about climate change that are still around were once respectable science. They were investigated according to the scientific method and discarded as inadequate.

    (Speaking of debunking climate myths, Skeptical Science provides an encyclopedic reference. https://www.skepticalscience.com/ )

    More technical, but still aimed at citizens and policy makers are a pair of reports. One from the Royal Society, “Climate Change: Evidence and Causes” ( https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/projects/climate-change-evidence-causes/ ). The other from the AAAS, “What We Know” ( http://whatweknow.aaas.org )

    Of course, if we’re talking about policy makers, which Mr. Rooney is, I have to mention the IPCC Summary for Policy Makers.( http://ar5-syr.ipcc.ch/topic_summary.php )

    All three (Royal Society, AAAS, and especially the IPCC) address not only the physical science of global warming but also the social, economic and political consequences.

    All of these are, of course, from a global perspective. FGCU has a center devoted to environmental issues in southwest Florida. It can be reached through its website: http://www.fgcu.edu/cese/

    I’m sure the scholars there will be happy to work with the Congressman to answer any questions he might have.

    That’s a lot of info, I know. Maybe too much. If so, I’m sorry, but I am passionate about the subject.

    I’ll call back in a couple of weeks to see where we are.

    Again, thank you for calling and thank you for listening

    Gosala

    (You didn’t think I’d use my “real” name on Wonkette, did you?

    … Silly)

    • Jack Tenhet

      I use my real name. I’m an idiot.

      Keep digging at your congresscritter though. Great work and great info.

      • Gosala

        The more you say that’s your real name, the less I believe you!

        But thanks.

        • Jack Tenhet

          Meh! I get that though. Like how you should never, ever trust anyone who constantly says “trust me!”. It’s so blatant it’s practically a bad Jedi mind trick.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      TL;DR

      So going to pretend climate change is not real, man made or not.

      • Gosala

        It’s hard to say. On occasion he has said that it’s real, but he won’t call it climate change or football warming. At other times he’s “not a scientist.” And at yet other, other times “it’s been going on far centuries. ”

        Frankly, I think he’s trying to duck the issue anyway he can, which in turn makes me wonder about the real reason he is so adamant about Everglades restoration.

        I get cynical: qui bono ?

    • WomanInThePersistence

      Very well written. Keep at it!

      • Gosala

        * blushes *

        Thank you.

    • proudgrampa

      Nice, but I guarantee the 99% of your congress critter’s minions won’t read it.

      “It’s too HARD!!!” in a whiny voice…

      • Gosala

        Here’s where I have the advantage. The congress critter hooked me up with this particular minion as being able to answer my questions on global warming. (Scroll down in my comment history to see the chronicle). So he’s rather on the hook.

  • Resistance Fighter Astraea

    OT moved on to Mass Effect 3. It was very upsetting to lose Shepard’s awesome scars :(. Now I have to get them back.

    Have some fight music.
    https://youtu.be/PPpva82rHlo

    • Thiazin Red

      The transfer from 2 to 3 was a bit wonky both times I played them, and I had to play around with it a lot to make Shepard’s face look right. Even after all that, my red haired Shepard spent 3 with blond eyebrows.

      I just decided that she must have been dying her hair this whole time and was interrupted in the middle of it when shit went down.

  • Undocumented Skwerl!

    I just saw a tweet from Steve King:
    Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.

    Is it authentic?

    https://mobile.twitter.com/SteveKingIA/status/840980755236999169?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

    Apparently so: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/03/12/gop_congressman_steve_king_tweets_white_supremacist_rhetoric.html

    • Sophia
      • Anna Elizabeth

        How’d war work out for the Nazis last time, eh?

        • Liberoid Ron

          I think we missed a few. Hafta clean ’em out next time.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Affirmative. Fear, hate. Seems to be the only things some people have. What a fucking waste.

      • Undocumented Skwerl!

        Now that’s an endorsement! I will now put King in White Supremacist category until he denounces white supremacy.

    • BosGrl

      Someone lower down or on the other thread said that they are finally being honest.

    • Jack Tenhet

      Nazi Eugenics is alive and well. Maybe they’ll bring back phrenology too.

      • Liberoid Ron

        I knew you’d suggest that by your Bertillon measurements.

        • Jack Tenhet

          Well, phrenology is my last best chance for being gauged as “superior”. I lose out in every other metre.

    • Other Chris

      The fact that this caveman son of a bitch has authority in this country makes me ashamed to be American. It pisses me off whenever he’s given a platform

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        That is what I tweeted back at him–how ashamed I was that he’s in Congress.

  • Rachel Book Harlot

    This looks so yummy.

  • janecita

    I’m so making this on Tuesday! Hopefully, it will be a snow day here.

  • MizzMazz

    Since people have started posting music, here’s one I want to share, H/T to Nate Hevenstone from Freethought Blogs:

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/natehevens/2017/03/12/first-aid-kit-plays-you-are-the-problem-here/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exsaCN4c5dc

  • Jack Tenhet

    Something a little heavier. Some Roger Waters for the resistance.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDFTHiJR63U

  • Anna Elizabeth

    Somehow, I have always known. When I was 8, I read a child’s history of the Second World War. When I got to the chapter on the Holocaust, I took the book to Mom & Dad with one question: why?

    They could not explain. In the privacy of my room, that 8 year old swore to die on their feet.

    And so I shall. Know this, haters, GOPers, Fascists, “Christians”. This woman, Transgender, Bisexual, Liberal, Feminist, has spent her life at war, hated, used and abused by her family and society at large.

    I’m still here. It’s a Good Day to Die, every day is a Good Day to Die.

    And the day is not over yet.

    • Jack Tenhet

      Damn right! We all die but how many of us live?

      • Anna Elizabeth

        *nods* I’m living now, free and happy. I’ve lived more since I came out than these animals will ever know.

        • janecita

          Girl, why are you making me cry?

          • snark-lurker

            YOU STOP THAT RIGHT NOW IT IS CONTAGEOUS!

          • Jack Tenhet

            I’m not crying! It’s the onions, I swear!

          • janecita

            Damn onions cutting ninjas!

          • Anna Elizabeth

            here’s my current anthem:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6-82HTc6O8

        • Jack Tenhet

          A little Solomon Burke for you and for all of us to keep in our hearts. “None of us are free if one of us are chained.”

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFkmRp_G2uo

    • snark-lurker

      plz count me among your BFFs

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Will do, thank you. :)

    • William
      • mancityRed6

        yes

      • Rachel Book Harlot

        Wow. That’s extremely powerful and gut-wrenching.

    • MizzMazz

      My Dad used to refer to people who did crimes, murder and such hateful things as ‘animals’. Little me told Dad that animals didn’t do that shit to each other, just humans did. I got a spanking for mouthing off to Dad, but it’s true – we’re the only animals that do that shit to each other for stupid reasons.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        There seems to be a flaw, deep inside each member of the human species.

        I submit that if we don’t soon find a way to overcome that flaw, then extinction is not just inevitable, but justified.

        • MizzMazz

          I’m old, bitter and cynical, but I like to think there is enough good in us to overcome those flaws. I’ve been wrong before. I hope I’m not wrong this time, but never have I been more filled with doubt.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            I think there is still hope, and still a little time.

      • An Outhouse for the Resistance

        Some animals eat each other. That’s probably not a stupid reason though.

    • Yr. Gma

      Hear, hear! You go girl! We are right there beside you.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Thank you, I mean it. :)

    • Liberoid Ron

      I prefer the Discworld dwarfs’ battle cry – T’dr’duzk b’hazg t’t – ‘Today is a good day for someone else to die.’ Goes well with General Tacticus’ ‘It is always useful to face an enemy who is prepared to die for his country. This means that both you and he have exactly the same aim in mind.’

      • Anna Elizabeth

        I like that.

        But, I figure these haters have a whole nation of cowards, and I got *me*. Not giving up, but I gotta be a realist. Realistically, with these numbers – a correlation of forces that is adverse in the extreme, as the Red Army would put it – I can only hope on going down hard, making it expensive for them.

        • Liberoid Ron

          Tch. I prefer to act like I can’t lose. Amazingly, it seems to work. Especially when dealing with these cowards – they’re blustering because, deep in the empty caverns of their black hearts, they’re pretty sure they lost already but can’t admit it. Gives you one HELL of an advantage. <grins>

  • janecita

    Since we are posting songs.
    https://youtu.be/NUTGr5t3MoY

  • Paul Ryan explains transparency on his website (blockquoted so you don’t have to go there):

    This is regular order. This is how the system was supposed to work, unlike the way the Democrats did it. Let me step back.

    “We spent January to June of 2016 designing this plan where every House Republican participated if they wanted to in how to design this plan. That gave us the Better Way agenda. It was basically modeled off of Tom Price’s legislation. And then, we introduced it to the country in June of 2016, and we all ran for election saying here is our plan to repeal and replace.

    “Then, we win the election. Then, we proceed to work with the Trump administration, our Senate counterparts and the House Committees to take that plan and translate it into legislative text. Seven member meetings in February alone inviting feedback and explaining provisions to any House Republican who wants to see it.

    “Then, you introduce it on Monday. The committees mark it up on Wednesday. Ways and Means, Commerce, now coming to Budget week 2. Week 3, Rules Committee and the floor. That is regular order. That’s as clear and transparent as it can ever get.”

    If they’ve had this since last year, why is this the first time anyone has seen it? Because TRANSPARENCY! You keep it in the dark for over a year, only letting other Republicans see it, and you fail to give out any specifics at all for over a year. Hell, just last month the only thing Trump had to say on the matter was, “it’s complicated”, and this is after they had been working very closely with the Trump administration, too! Wow. It’s a great thing they weren’t keeping everybody in the dark!

    • Other Chris

      Fuck him.

      • MizzMazz

        But with a rusty fork or a desiccated porcupine.

        • WomanInThePersistence

          You win extra points for ” desiccated porcupine”.

          • MizzMazz

            I wouldn’t put a living breathing porcupine through that sort of thing.

          • Well, of course. That would just be cruel.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            I wouldn’t either. But desiccated? I’ll think about it.

          • MizzMazz
          • WomanInThePersistence

            They aren’t just cute, they’re Adorable! It’s the mohawk.

        • TJ Barke

          Or a pineapple.

          • MizzMazz

            Backwards, of course. >:)

        • Villago Delenda Est

          The desiccated porcupine is doing it with votes, of course.

    • natoslug

      I’m thoroughly convinced that Republicans have no interest in democracy. They realized they could get shit done — sure, it’s evil shit, it’s vile shit, and it is the shittiest of shit that could ever be shat — if they reverted back to autocracy. If only we could convince a majority of Americans in the states that apparently are important in this not-democracy to vote for the pro-democracy party.

    • TJ Barke

      That’s not how it works. THAT’S NOT HOW ANY OF THIS WORKS!

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Where’s the step where the bill was locked in a basement room of the Capitol where even Republican legislators were either not allowed to see it or were only allowed to see it and not ask for a copy?

      • “The plan has been on file at your local planning office on Alpha Centauri for decades!”

        • WomanInThePersistence

          “Beware of the leopards”.

    • An Outhouse for the Resistance

      All I heard was repeal and replace. That’s all they ran on. There were no other details.

    • Sophia

      Close. I think what they did was take an old half assed plan that wasn’t selling out of the cupboard, dusted it off. changed a few words and tadda a new health care plan. Oh yea Step 5 of a Better Way was 5)House Republicans plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), no plan there.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Better_Way

  • Lamashtar

    My spouse just sent me a recipe for Irish Coffee cupcakes, which will actually get you drunk: http://www.europeancuisines.com/irish-coffee-cupcakes

  • janecita

    A very feminist song, sang by a man, for my Latino peeps.
    https://youtu.be/4iW6wf2g7lA

  • Anna Elizabeth

    This video helped me get through the holidays just past when mom died, but I realized that I am now free:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkIYtrawOKo&index=4&list=PLgA_QpnjZQyzzgCKjokpQXhcix1SjHxsC

    ~Oh, this time
    ~I can make it Right
    ~With One more Try

    • MizzMazz

      I have lost count of how many times this show and these characters have made me feel like everything will be okay. Grew up with this, and they are family to me.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        And me. Kirk and Spock taught me courage, steadfastness, determination. Picard was a better father to a lonely and frightened teenager than that molester whom has his name on my birth certificate.

        TNG kept me alive, I couldn’t commit suicide until I had at least seen the new episode.

        No kidding, I try to live my life so that I could stand tall in front of Jean-Luc Picard, no shame or regrets.

        • MizzMazz

          Kirk, Spock and McCoy are the trifecta of a great human being to me. Heart, brains, compassion, and the urge to be better. Jean-Luc Picard was all of that in one, plus his love of literature. The show had its flaws, but nothing really compares to it as far as seeing humans in all their potential.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Indeed. For all the cheesy episodes and bad makeup, Trek has always been about being the best people they can be, improving yourself as a human being.

            Hopefully, the Human Adventure *is* just beginning.

  • WomanInThePersistence

    In time for St. Patrick’s day.

    https://youtu.be/WxxQOGGl2Jc

    • MizzMazz

      My ex is a green card holder from England. I wonder if he is safe? what this guy is saying is right on; you’re OK if you’re white.

      • WomanInThePersistence

        I like that he’s very definately rejecting white privilege.

        • MizzMazz

          it was back in the early 90’s, and believe me, going through the green card process was awful enough being white people. I can imagine how much worse it was for a person of color. All I got was treated like a criminal for marrying an English dude so he could stay in the country, and yes, I knew what he wore to bed, and yes, I cooked his fucking Irish fry up every morning.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            Ah, those sneaky Brits. Running away from their British hellscape. And getting fried breakfast.

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        My BIL is a naturalized citizen from China. And no, I don’t believe he is safe anymore.

        • MizzMazz

          I hope for the best for you two. We ran into trouble in Vancouver airport back in the 90’s, and this kind of shit became real for us. Those were happy days back then; we had no idea that things would get this bad.

        • WomanInThePersistence

          Naturalized citizen, he should be safe.

          Wtf happened to my country, that I am talking like this?

  • natoslug

    I am yet again disappointed by the lack of a really great canned clams recipe.

    • YOU MONSTER!!1!!11

    • mancityRed6

      step 1, look at cans of clams in the grocery store.
      step 2, walk on by.

    • Rick Hill

      Those are locked forever in the Wonkevault. Only to be opened in the event of nuculer winter, in order to feed the starving survivors. Only they, truly deserve it.

    • proudgrampa
    • Pinkham’s Law

      I dare not go there. The Ubertrout sanctified it as sacred ground.

    • Rasilom

      I honestly not think of a single time canned clams are acceptable. For the love of FSM it taked 10 min to steam 2lbs of fresh steamers. Add to (Insert recipie calling for canned clams instead of canned clams) and it suddenly tasted 10 times better.

      • shivaskeeper

        Fresh clams, like Steamers or Razors are for eating. They tend to cone out all kinds of chewy/rubbery if you were use them in something like white clam sauce for linguini. That’s where canned clams come into the picture.

        And to head it off before it starts, yes I an A MONSTER.

        • Rasilom

          Yes, you are a MONSTER!!! But we love you anyway.

  • Rasilom

    I do like me some tuna steaks. I like to do a quick blacken on mine in a cast iron pan. While the steaks are resting I deglaze the pan with 2oz of whiskey. Turn down heat add butter and fresh mangoes to the sauce. To plate put down some of the mqngo on the plate. Then the steak. Lay fresh cilantro on top of the steak then pour sauce on top. It is to die for. On a side note I dont have a gas range but 90% of our power is hydro so all good there!

    • Anna Elizabeth

      That sounds lovely! :)

    • beingreleased

      You can save money by using Dial soap instead of cilantro, which tastes the same to me.

      • Rasilom

        To be fair I always thought dial soap paired better with canned clams.

        • Résistance Land Shark Ω

          YOU MONSTER! No soap deserves that!

        • Gosala

          YOU MONSTER!!1!!1!

          Though, to be fair, I’ve heard that to some people cilantro does taste like soap.

          It’s genetic, I understand. Like my reaction to cucumbers, which taste like pure bitterness plus stink bomb.

      • Yr. Gma

        Another example of that cilantro taste gene thing again,

    • IOnlyLikeCats

      If you added mango to this recipe it would actually be a full meal.

  • janecita

    Have any of you guys watched “Trapped?” I’m so invested in this show, it’s not even funny!
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trapped_(Icelandic_TV_series)

  • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend

    Y’all are my family. Goddamnit, I love you!

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Aw shucks, man.

      • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend

        That’s as close as we’re ever gonna get motherfuckers!

        • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend

          LMFAO

          • WomanInThePersistence

            You ok?

          • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend

            Unusually fucked up but will be alright tomorrow.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            No shame in that. Just take care of yourself.

    • Rick Hill

      Can I borrow some money?

      • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend

        Have you got change for a fiver?

        • Liberoid Ron

          I could change it into a quarter.

    • efoveks

      I love you back!

      • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend

        Can we come together for all mankind?

        • Up In Smoke O’hontas

          That sounds dirty. I like it. But still dirty.

          • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend

            Think of saving the planet, it makes it more paletable!

          • Up In Smoke O’hontas

            Dirty works for me, but I can lie back and think of climate change if that’s your incestuous bag…I’m cool like that.
            *cough*

          • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend

            Alright, you beat me.

          • Up In Smoke O’hontas

            Story of my life…

      • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend

        wanna go out?

        • efoveks

          Where to?!

    • Sophia

      If Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend is our family name you better tell me how to pronounce it. I think I must be adopted.

      • Liberoid Ron

        I think it’s pronounced ‘Mxyzptlk.’

        • Sophia

          Gee thanks

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      Cool, so Xmas at your place next year? I promise to help with dishes, but I don’t know where any of them go, so I better not… I can bring the yams, but I’ll just burn them again…I’ll bring a 6er to share, but I’ll drink 10, so stock up on the good stuff, would ya? Oh, and could you be the executor of my will? Don’t worry, that tax stuff will all take care of itself after Donald gets my letter…

      • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend

        You and me should get together and create the new world together!

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Just got back from a local club meeting. Two things:

    1. Golden State Wonkers, please support AB 14, the California DISCLOSE Act. Enough with sneaky corporations hiding behind PAC names like “America for Americans,” “Americans for America,” and the like.

    2. I am going shamelessly to humblebrag that I was civilized and did NOT bitch-slap the woman at said meeting who was wearing a “Bernie really won” T-shirt. Christ, that’s as bad as Donald’s claim that he would have won if not for illegal voters FFS! Pretty sure I did roll my eyes, however. Think I’ll wear my “Don’t blame me – I voted for Hillary” shirt next time.

    • proudgrampa

      But hey, no one’s gonna donate to a PAC called “Corporations for Corporations.”

      • msanthropesmr

        How bout “FUck the poor?” DOnations just pour in.

        • proudgrampa

          Hmmm. Didn’t think of that…

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      Humblebrag away. Bernie or busters earned nothing but sideeye at best.

    • Snopes Shop

      “Bernie really won” WHAT?

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Puff pastry pot pie progress: bottom crust is in the oven, filling (which is delicious btw) is cooling.

  • Michael R

    This is not for everyone but it is really one of a kind and worth it

    https://s14.postimg.org/j3vfjyosh/fleabag.jpg

    … and if you didn’t enjoy that here’s my dog of the 2000’s – Fleanne
    ( flying over the dog park fence )

    https://s29.postimg.org/wn46godhz/fleanne_jump.jpg

    • msanthropesmr

      You lost the tether on that doggie. Surprised didn’t go to the moon.

      • Michael R

        She never got to do the Macy’s Parade .

        • msanthropesmr

          :(

    • WomanInThePersistence

      What a lovely girl. Fleane, I mean.

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      Helium filled dogs can be a real pain in the ass. If the tuna aren’t using all the heavy metals maybe we can finally keep our hounds on the ground.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    BTW, this recipe looks delicious. I hardly ever do tuna steaks but I might try this one.

    • Pinkham’s Law

      tanks 4 the vote of confidence!

  • Thiazin Red

    The only way to cook tuna is with very high heat to put a sear on the outside, and no more.

  • Treg Brown

    Thanks Business Insider. This was helpful!

    The short answer to how she paid it off is “She Had the Money.”

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/28fa11b4b9e831773000e9b38983e8e0d6e40bad0ab19069f360272a4a29b68f.jpg

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      hashtag headdesk

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        Also, pretty sure this is describing my daughter’s roommate.

      • Up In Smoke O’hontas

        Why didn’t I think of being the recipient of wealth?!? Gah! It’s so simple!!

    • Thiazin Red

      Step one, when being born choose to be born to people with money to buy you property.

      • Treg Brown

        Yup.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        It always boils down to choose the right womb to fall out of.

    • Jenny

      If I can have parents and grandparents to supplement my standard of living and give me a good paying job to pay off my expensive education, than anyone can!!!

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Now all I need is someone to give me a condo that I can rent out, and then let me move in with them and live there for free.

        • Sophia

          Better get busy pulling up those bootstraps and get on the hunt. It ain’t going to be easy finding those people

        • Up In Smoke O’hontas

          Dude! It was right there in front of your face this whole time!!

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            The funny part is that this method is how I bought my first house. I moved in with my parents and worked two jobs. Why can’t everyone just do that? What? Some people have a spouse or children, and that wouldn’t be convenient? Not everyone is close (geographically or emotionally) to their parents? Sad!

            I’m now thinking that my parents sucked because they didn’t buy me my first house, and THEN let me move in with them so that I could rent out the house. That would have been WAY easier.

          • Up In Smoke O’hontas

            Mr Hontas aquired the empire we have today in much the same way, except we have a duplex in a very accessible part of town.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            Bootstraps!!! I was also lucky in that my parents lived in an area that was just starting to boom, but really, it was all because I’m a genius, and I didn’t get any help from anyone.

          • Up In Smoke O’hontas

            Bein’ smrt is a good plan. Go with it, I always say!

    • msanthropesmr

      She didn’t – short story there.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      This is being ripped to shreds all over the ‘Tubes today.

      • Thiazin Red

        I have to assume they published it for clicks and controversy, they had to know how privileged and clueless it sounds.

    • Sophia

      Why didn’t I think of that? Hey Mom….!!

    • Michael R

      The rent on whatever this is would have to be 6000 a month .

      • Up In Smoke O’hontas

        So, step 4. PROFIT?

    • Shoto

      If you’re unable to invoke the “I’m rich” clause, you can always take hostages. Allegedly.

    • ONE WEIRD TRICK!

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Cool- my puff pastry is puffing!

    • WomanInThePersistence

      Yay!

    • Sophia

      That’s a good sign.

      • Liberoid Ron

        I dunno, depends on that it’s puffing ON, if you ask me.

  • I am getting ready to make Cheddar and Sage Waffles, with hashbrowns and bacon, because I’m a grown-ass adult and can have waffles at whatever fucking meal I want. Especially savory ones.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Mmmmmm (waffles AND cheese AND bacon!)

    • Sophia

      Yes you can! I love eating a farmer’s breakfast for dinner. Enjoy

      • Liberoid Ron

        How does the farmer feel about it, though?

        • Sophia

          If you have a proper farmer’s breakfast there is enough food there for you to share.

    • Thiazin Red

      That sounds good. Breakfast dinner is alright with me.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      Breakfast for dinner is awesome, and anytime is the right time for Waffles. I have my friends on the lookout for a good waffle iron for me. :)

      • MizzMazz

        Brinner! Waffle irons are good for so many things.

        • Anna Elizabeth

          Yes indeed! XD

  • geoffalnutt

    You mean…I can finally take my tuna to the theme park without worrying that he’ll set off the metal-detector? Hooray!!!!

  • Sophia

    I love random text messages from my son. “I got acupuncture today.” That’s all it says, no why, no reason for it , nothing. It’s like he thinks he’s a celebrity on Twitter or something.

  • Thiazin Red

    I went and saw Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, and have reassessed my opinion of Josh Grobin. I still don’t care for the music of his that I’ve heard, but I will concede that he has a pretty voice and is a good actor.

  • memzilla Ω

    Next on the Trumpcare agenda: calling Fake News on the Congressional Budget Office showing that 15 million people will lose coverage, and that 99% of us get worse coverage for much more money. BEFORE THE CBO REPORT COMES OUT. This is their long game: convince us that nothing is true, that truth is unknowable, so why bother trying to figure it out.
    . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6369abd674a0785b063977d5f2ea1f9e97074e2a35e9f91b2bef7e5cdd19a2be.jpg

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara
    • Michael R
      • Anna Elizabeth

        This is the best thing that has ever been created on earth.

        • Michael R

          That was from a TV show called ” Lady Dynamite ” ,
          another worthwhile thing that is hard to describe,
          I don’t know anyone who saw it .

          • Anna Elizabeth

            It looks good. I have some import DVDs from a show that’s like a demented and pornographic Japanese SNL. Some complicated title, I’ll have to unpack that box.

          • Michael R

            Lady Dynamite isn’t about what you see here , but I dare anyone to watch this movie …

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTAoxSspBJE

          • Anna Elizabeth

            BWA-ha-ha-ha! I want to see the whole movie, now.

            I used to work in an anime store, you cannot frighten me with Japanese Cinema. XD

          • Ωbjectifier

            I luv me some Maria.

      • Moebym the Persistent Returner

        It’s not too far off the mark from actual Japanese TV shows and commercials.

      • Penny Dreadful Says Resist

        What the even?

  • Suse
  • Reality Kills

    Great tuna! Donnie is still a moron! Hope we learn from this one but I think is too late. I really fear the future.

  • Moebym the Persistent Returner

    Seeing a photo of raw tuna makes me crave sushi and sashimi again, though the tuna steaks look delectable, and pose a much smaller risk of food poisoning.

    • boll ocks

      I have never gotten food poisoning from raw tuna, and I live in colorado- not known for its fresh seafood. But 24 hour taco stands have gotten me more than once…

      • Suse

        I couldn’t eat Chinese food for 15 years after a poisoning incident that nearly did me in.

    • ZangoCrudmonger

      IIRC, sushi grade fish is flash frozen to kill parasites. This article says tuna is exempt, but I’d suspect where ahi is concerned, it’s been frozen. https://www.continentalcarbonic.com/dry-ice-sushi.html

  • Reality Kills

    Chronophobia is on.

  • Reality Kills

    President Bannon is going to fail. Destroying the European Union is not going to work. The Union has avoided centuries of wars. Keep pushing.

    • Suse

      I still think we should pitch in for a PI to tail him and get some serious personal dirt to take him down.

  • Résistance Land Shark Ω
    • A_Changeling

      Without reading, the answer is no,

    • Sophia

      There is no reason for trump

    • Yr. Gma

      Can unicorns dance on the head of a pin?

  • Gosala

    Republicare means an age tax

    http://leftwingnation.org/watch-this-brilliant-aarp-ad-trashes-trumpcare-in-just-one-minute/

    Call your critter: no age tax.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Lord, are progressives finally getting the hang of the language thing? “Age tax” is brilliant!

    • georgiaburning

      AARP was bringing that up last week.

  • Michael R

    Tee hee

    The U.S. House Intelligence Committee is calling on President Donald Trump to produce evidence by Monday that the phones at Trump Tower were wiretapped during the presidential campaign.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/monday-deadline-looms-for-trump-to-provide-proof-of-accusations-obama-tapped-his-phone/

    • Suse

      Also, too, he has to answer for his breaking of the emoluments thing next month, per MSNBC’s Ari Melber.

      • Gosala

        Oh, for a thousand upvotes if true.

    • Liberoid Ron

      House Intelligence Committee: ‘Put up or shut up.’
      Donnie: ‘Make me.’
      This ought to be fun.

  • memzilla Ω
    • DainBramage

      I hear he’s also taking credit for being Tolkien’s inspiration for Saruman.

      • Gosala

        Can’t beat evil, so might as well join it and get whatever we can get

        Sounds about right

    • Rick Hill

      I’ll buy that last one…

    • 3FingerPete

      He did invite a tie that covers his dick. There’s that.

    • Gosala

      I’ll give him the stealing fire if he’ll take the punishment: having his liver eaten every day forever.

      Prometheus libelz!

    • Rick Hill

      Forgot “Helped save Fredrick Douglas’ career”

  • memzilla Ω
    • Scrofula

      My new job in the IRS basement has me looking at a thousand returns a day (on a full day). A whole lotta people are making way less than 30k. Also, too. At least people filing on paper, man, the country is broke.

      • Yr. Gma

        Well, I guess the idiots who voted for Fat Orange will wake up when they get their insurance premium bill (unless they are already in a coma, in which case they’ll die faster.)

        • TJ Barke

          No, it’ll definitely be liberal’s, black’s, muslim’s, immigrant’s and democrat’s faults.

          • Scrofula

            Right, cause they’re mooching, not the old white people.
            So far, only about 1% of my returns include an actual payment; the majority are claiming EIC and Childcare credits. You know, handouts.

          • TJ Barke

            Only counts as handouts when it goes to blacks and liberals.

          • Scrofula

            Trump filers DESERVE their handouts for just being old and poor.

          • TJ Barke

            Yeah! Nobody else could possibly deserve their handout.

          • OrG

            Don’t forget the queers.

          • TJ Barke

            Of course, thank you.

      • boll ocks

        The people of this country are broke. The country itself seems to be cranking out expensive airplanes and bombs just fine.

  • *sigh*

    Fareed Zakaria asks Kremlin spokesperson if the Russian ambassador had any meetings with Hillary’s campaign similar to those with Trump’s. Wingnuts are ALL OVER his vague answer:

    “Well, if you look at some people connected with Hillary Clinton during her campaign, you would probably see that he had lots of meetings of that kind,” Dmitry Peskov told CNN “GPS” host Fareed Zakaria. “There are lots of specialists in politology, people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.”

    Here’s an inflammatory take at The Hill, complete with stupid comments, and CNN’s more measured take, which doesn’t even feature the full quote in all of it’s sad, “some people” handwavium.

    Favorite comment? This gem: http://disq.us/p/1gxt69i

    “Didn’t the Kenyan’s intelligence chief just recently say there was no collusion with the big bad Russians on Trump’s part?”

    Nope. That isn’t what he said at all. He said that, at the time he left office, he had not seen any evidence of collusion, but noted that some might have come to light since he left the government. But, you just keep on believing that both sides do it, and Hillary is the most corrupt because of “some people”.

    • Scrofula

      FFS she was the goddamned Secretary of State. Of course she met with Russians, and her staff, and they later became part of her campaign.
      Goddammit Fareed.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        It’s amazing. They’re actively going to resist saving us because it would mean owning their fuckup. Although how that still shocks me after Iraq I couldn’t say.

    • Liberoid Ron

      “Didn’t the Kenyan’s intelligence chief just recently say there was no collusion with the big bad Russians on Trump’s part?”
      I don’t recall either Michael Gichangi or Major General Kameru weighing in on this.

  • A_Changeling

    It’s no joke that European servings are different from American. I made the Shepherd’s pie again today, 3 aluminium trays of 4 servings each. I checked the recipe and it says it serves 4 to 6. Wow.

    I always assumed fresh tuna is expensive because the only place I ever ate it was at my rich ex’s parents’ (you can’t swing a cat without hitting a lake here so we have a lot of local fish). I’d like to try this though so I’ll go to the better people’s grocery store and see if I can afford it. I’ll have to translate the recipe for myself so I can as well share with other SI types:

    3 (~100g) fresh tuna steaks
    1 1⁄4 dl orange juice
    1 1⁄4 dl soy sauce
    1 tablespoon Hoisin sauce
    1 tablespoon lemon OR lime juice
    3 tablespoons oil
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    3 fresh garlic cloves, minced (can use less if you hate flavor)

    • Rasilom

      Pro tip. When swinging cat try not to get it wet in one of the lakes. That would piss it off.

      • A_Changeling

        I did consider that, but I think you’ve probably lost it by the swinging part anyway.

        • Rasilom

          Truth is truth.

        • Gosala

          Swinging a cat
          Skinning a cat
          Killing two birds

          Phrases that should be banned.

          • A_Changeling

            But swinging a møøse is hard. To say nothing of killing two with one stone.

          • Gosala

            To say nothing of chocolate moose, Swedish style

            https://youtu.be/EMkZg6uG8uU

          • geoffalnutt

            Sneak up behind it…and swing it by the tail.

    • Scrofula

      I’ll take your deciliters, but Jebus “aluminIUM” is annoying.

      • A_Changeling

        I agree. I just try to be consistent. I try to stick to the British spelling where I know the difference so I’m not all over the place, and that’s what I was taught.

        • Scrofula

          I mean the pronunciation. An extra U is no big deal.
          Although many British terms are superior, like “lift” or “flat” or “hoover”, there are a few like “petrol” and “trousers” that aren’t.
          (I don’t remember what my point was)

          • Gosala

            Remember the brits did not suffer through the great u shortage of the 1780s.

            That’s why they have honour, colour, aluminium where we have color, honor and aluminum

          • Scrofula

            And O the songs to the lost U’s, still sung on the 4th of July.

          • A_Changeling

            Both petrol and gas are kind of puzzling to me. Good thing I don’t drive (also because I’m the worst driver ever). Some things are just such Britishisms (like “tea” for a meal) that I won’t go there. But the more vowels the more it makes me feel at home…

            Vokaaleja ei voi olla liikaa.

          • Liberoid Ron

            Latin: petra oleum [rock oil] became petroleum.
            The distilled product was, in French, essence de petrol. The French shortened it to essence, the English shortened it to petrol. Gasoline might be related to an Irish brand name for the stuff, Cazelene. Which goes to show. Or something.

          • Scrofula

            En tiedä mitä olet sanomassa

  • Suse
    • Sophia

      Hahaha. Needed that.

    • Martini Ambassador

      The sound of the little hooves* scuttering on the floor totally makes this.

      * Hooves are what pigs have, yes? Clearly, I’m not a farm girl.

      • Liberoid Ron

        Trotters. For some reason.

  • Michael R

    Ukrainian attorney calls for probe into text message
    claims that Paul Manafort ‘knowingly’ had people killed

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/attorney-demands-probe-claims-paul-manafort-people-killed-article-1.2994924?cid=bitly

    • A_Changeling

      If he didn’t do it knowingly, then that’s ok, right?

  • Juan de Fuca
    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      Can I puke now?

    • janecita

      Lol, some of those girls are topless. Good paint job though!

  • memzilla Ω
    • OrG

      Sorry “genius” this is your baby.

    • Panika MCD

      there’s nothing to fix in the AHCA bill. they could just help is amend the ACA.

    • shivaskeeper

      No. Hell no. Hell, fuck no. Fix it with single payer or don’t do shit. Let them own it. Do not give in to the temptation to soften the blow. Yes it’s the kind and decent thing to do, but they are still going to blame you when the damage is done.

      They are going to blame you whether you help or not, so keep your fingerprints off of it and let them explain how they managed to fuck everyone over. If you cannot defend yourselves from this the GOPers and this self inflicted shitstorm, you need to get the fuck out of office to and let someone competent be elected.

      • Sophia

        Problem is: Democrats seem to like shooting themselves in the foot a lot.

        • shivaskeeper

          We try to soften the blow. That is admirable, but it just gets you crushed a little slower. The GOPers need to own this 100%. They control everything right now and they keep screeching about their mandate. They them own it.

          I have been saying for a long time the only thing the Dems need to do here is make sure none of the damage gets put off until after the 2018 or 2020 cycles. If the GOPers want to hurt people, make them do it before they go up for reelection.

          • Persistent Demme

            But that’s the catch 22.
            The Dems don’t want anyone to hurt.
            (And the damn GOP knows it. In fact, they count on it.)
            Aaaargh!

          • shivaskeeper

            It sucks. It does. I don’t really want to see anyone suffer. Especially the folks who didn’t ask for this. The ones who did ask for this on the other hand need to suffer so they can possibly learn. The only way they will ever even come close to anything like empathy for someone else is to be forced into the other persons shoes. No more bailing them out from their own stupidity, greed, and hate.

            Let them suffer the consequences of their beliefs and actions and they just might get it. Just like every hard core conservative or libertarian I have ever known that railed against things like disability until they got hurt and needed it. After that they tended to become champions of the program.

            Some of them will not learn. They are too invested in their hate. Fuck them. Write them off as lost and move on, but the rest that can learn? Well they need to and they need to learn the hard way.

            The GOPers are going to play hard ball on this and everything else they can. You are right in that they will rely on the Dems to bail them out. We cannot. We will be blamed for whatever happens anyway. If we help them pass it we will catch the shit when people lose health care. If we fix it and it costs money we’ll get the blame for tax and spend. It we go hands off and let it go through on the timeline the GOPers want, their constituents will keep their insurance until after the midterms and they will get reelected. If we are hands off, it’s on them.

            100% hands off. They have the numbers, let them pass it. Unless it’s actually fixing the current law or single payer the Dems should not help them.

            Edit for spelling

          • Persistent Demme

            Thanks for this.
            I totally agree.
            If the idiots that voted for him suffer, maybe, (and that’s a big maybe), some of them will learn.

    • Liberoid Ron

      This is dumb even for the GOP.

    • TJ Barke
  • Gosala

    Look up how many people are at risk for losing their health insurance in your district here

    http://acasignups.net/17/03/06/updated-how-many-could-lose-coverage-your-congressional-district

    Find your congress critters, their field offices and their committee appointments here

    http://www.connectingcongress.com/#/representative-data

    • Blacktop Autumn

      Oh look, 50,000 in our district and yet Mike Bost has been MIA for a good while.

      Fucking coward.

      • Gosala

        Don’t let him hide. Call him. Write him. Visit his office. Call him out to the media.

        Is there an indivisible group near you? Or people for the American way? Or ACLU? Or League of Women Voters?

  • Panika MCD

    I know it would have been bettet had I started this last night, but what’s the minimum amount of time I need to let my olive oil infuse?

    • Amy!

      Depends on what you’re infusing with, and how strong you want the taste to be.

      So put your herbs (or spices, or whatever) in, but in a cool (ish) and dark (ish) place, and then taste it every once in a while. Garlic might take a week, or you might want something with just a delicate hint and strain and use it after a couple days or something. If it’s not ready when you try it, put it back and let it go longer. If it does get too strong, mix it with some quantity of not-infused oil, and make a note that you should take it out sooner next time.

      Most things should have a fairly good (but not overpowering) taste after a week or so.

    • janecita

      I usually let it infuse for at least 2 weeks before using it. I use rosemary.

      • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

        Did Rosemary give her conscent?

        • janecita

          Of course! She is quite the little vixen!

        • Liberoid Ron

          Sage question, and asked just in thyme. Did you get a full or a parsley answer?

      • Panika MCD

        this is with garlic, pepper and italian seasoning. it’s for salad dressing.

        • janecita

          Give it at least a week, if you wait less than that it will be flavorless.

          • Panika MCD

            we’ve donr way less before…

  • Sophia

    Yea sure, I bet that’s why Trump called. Good Luck my ass.

    Two days before U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was fired, President Donald Trump tried to call the high-profile New York prosecutor in what a White House official said was an effort to “thank him for his service and to wish him good luck.”

    But a U.S. law enforcement official said Bharara declined to take the call, placed on Thursday, saying he did not want to talk to the president without the approval of his superiors.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/trump-tried-to-call-new-york-prosecutor-bharara-before-firing-him-officials/

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Today Bharara tweeted “By the way, now I know what the Moreland Commission must have felt like.”

      The Moreland Commission was set up to investigate corruption in Albany. It was shut down by our regrettable DINO governor when it started to investigate corruption in Albany.

      There are folks who think that’s a real interesting analogy.

      • Very interesting, indeed. He was also working on a case involving alleged Russian mobsters in NY. Convenient, da?

        • Carpe Vagenda

          And Trump Tower was in his purview. As well as the investigation into Fox and whether they illegally kept payments to women Ailes harassed from the shareholders and board. You know, the network purge fan Hannity works for. Only the other purged attorneys weren’t personally asked to stay.

  • janecita
    • And it will go on hurting so many people who actually DIDN’T vote for this jackhole.

    • Sophia

      They will never get beyond “I got mine screw you” will they? I just don’t get it, sigh.

      Each month, shots for her severe asthma cost $3,000. Quarterly injections for knee pain cost $3,200. Medication for depression costs $900. She has had seven back surgeries, two shoulder surgeries, and two knee surgeries since 1985. The largest public health programs in America – Medicaid and Medicare, which aid the poor and the elderly – paid for nearly all of it.

      “I’m all in favor of repealing it,” she said about Republicans’ push to do away with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare. But, she said, when you talk about cutting Medicaid: “I don’t agree with that at all.”

    • Carpe Vagenda

      You know.

      Janice Phelps, a 60-year-old disabled factory worker in Evansville, Indiana, knows how expensive healthcare is.

      Each month, shots for her severe asthma cost $3,000. Quarterly injections for knee pain cost $3,200. Medication for depression costs $900. She has had seven back surgeries, two shoulder surgeries, and two knee surgeries since 1985. The largest public health programs in America – Medicaid and Medicare, which aid the poor and the elderly – paid for nearly all of it.

      I just read that. And unless there’s some rhetorical subtlety there that’s escaping me, what I learned from reading is that Janice Phelps, a 60-year-old disabled factory worker in Evansville, Indiana, takes asthma and pain management meds which cost well over over twice the income cutoff for Medicaid Expansion eligibility in Indiana.

      And that Janice Phelps, a 60-year-old disabled factory worker in Evansville, Indiana, hasn’t paid for any of it, let alone the depression meds or the eleven surgeries, for 35 years.

      Which leads me to the conclusion that Janice Phelps, a 60-year-old disabled factory worker in Evansville, Indiana, knows fuckall about how expensive healthcare is.

  • Nounverb911
  • Nounverb911

    The trade war with Mexico is getting ready to start….
    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/841076523033608193

    • Liberoid Ron

      This is starting earlier than I was expecting. But I’ve been expecting it. And this little economic war is NOT one the US can win.

  • Nounverb911

    If your obelisk lasts more than 4 hours, please call your architect.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/262b5a7ef40e3c8a4d06ae84e50051e1fc903a3a200c05966a321089797ac27b.jpg

  • Suttree

    Looks like a tasty recipe. You cannot go wrong with tuna. I made Lizzie a delicious curried lamb stew this weekend.

    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      Lamb stew recipe or gtfo. Am preparing lamb burgers tonight. But now it seems like kind of lame. Oh, and Mrs. Itt is allergic to curries, is there a substitute?

      • Suttree

        It’s weird. I was drunk. But anywho. Lamb, beef base, tomato, onion, carrot, turnip, sweet potato, parsley, green onion, and a whole tiny jar of red curry paste. I only used half of it before I added the whole can of coconut milk. It needed to be spiced up after, so we added the other half of the curry paste. Also too curry powder, cumin, and coriander powders.
        ETA: Creole seasoning also too. Because of course. I don’t cook anything without adding creole seasoning.
        ETA again: Massive amounts of garlic and ginger.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Canned clam juice?

        • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

          Did anyone notice how many times MONSTER came up on SNL last night?

      • Suttree

        A substitute for curry? What ingredient bothers Mrs. Itt? My goto is always creole seasoning. Different curries have different ingredients. SO you could probably make your own curry that doesn’t have whatever bothers her?

        • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

          Cumin, oddly enough. She went to Morocco a couple of years ago and it was tough.

          • Suttree

            You can always make your own curry powder sans cumin. I love cumin soo much! My apologies to Mrs. Itt. But just make your own curry without it. If you buy whole coriander and cardomom seeds and toast them before blending, either with a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle, you can still have a tasty curry.

      • Gosala

        Lame libelz!

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      Lamb stew, preferably with brown (non-tomato) based gravy. Recipe, please.

      • Suttree

        Eh, I used tomato and coconut milk and red curry. I was drunk. Don’t judge me!

        • Résistance Land Shark Ω

          Interesting combo …. no judgement.

          • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

            Sounds deslish, though.

          • Suttree

            I had used a similar recipe for a chicken curry about 8 years ago. I found the recipe on Epicurious. I just adjusted it to what Lizzie was hankering for. Tadaahhhh New recipe!

        • WomanInThePersistence

          Lovely! It’s hard to go wrong with those ingrediants.

    • WomanInThePersistence

      I’m so pleased, because you seemed uncharacteristically nervous. I bet it was delicious.

      • Suttree

        I had never cooked a lamb stew before! I did it though. And it was awesome!

    • Liberoid Ron

      ‘You cannot go wrong with tuna.’
      ‘I made Lizzie a delicious curried lamb stew this weekend.’
      Am I the only one seeing a major discontinuity here?

  • Ugh. I am dragging my feet on EVERYTHING, today. I did do laundry. It’s done, and I’m sitting here on the computer allowing the wrinkle guard to babysit it. I need to make dinner. Maybe play some Zelda. But, this time change bullshit is knocking me the fuck out!

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      I blame time-travelling Obama.

    • shivaskeeper

      Sometimes doing fuck all is what you need to do.

    • Gosala

      Celebrate success, however small. Yay!, laundry is done!

      Many’s the day I’ve done less than that.

  • I’m sitting here waiting for the painkillers and the antibiotics to work and get rid of the !”%&$”$364)^$£{?>”^ – ing gumboil that blew up this morning …

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      You’re allowed to use bad words here. If you can’t, you’re in the wrong fucking place.

      • The bad words are not strong enough

        • Résistance Land Shark Ω

          ouch. That sucks. Feel better.

        • shivaskeeper

          That is when you coin new words. It helps. Or reach back into the mists of time and pull out some of the archaic words. Either way.

        • Liberoid Ron

          Sometimes OLD bad words are stronger. Like, aroint thee, thou mickle pustule! A pox upon thee and thy progeny, o foulness! Get thee hence, before mine wrath consign thee to the foulest pit of Tartarus!
          Reminds me, I need to download a decent copy of The Canterbury Tales.’ Chaucer was the very leg joints of pollinating insects when it came to Middle English profanity.

      • snark-lurker

        fuckin-A fuckin-rite

      • Up In Smoke O’hontas

        I will prescribe bad words. Dash it all, I’ll make up bad words for this situation! Flatherbuncked is all you need. Apply liberally, of course.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      I’m somewhat afraid to ask what a gumboil is? An inflamation of your gums?

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        DO. NOT. GOOGLE.

        You have been warned.

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          Normally the first thing I do when I’m warned, is fly to the Googles, but this time I think I’m actually going to heed the warning.

        • Moebym the Persistent Returner

          I did, and it’s not as bad as I had feared. I’ve seen worse pictures.

          • Résistance Land Shark Ω

            I just ate, though.

        • Gosala

          Not so bad to read about. Basically a variation on an abscessed tooth.

          Pretty shitty to live through though.

      • Nockular cavity

        “Thanks for the gumboil, Mickey!”

      • A boil but in you mouth, essentially an inflamed infected pus filled lump

        Fuck! how did Steve Bannon get in my mouth????

        • Liberoid Ron

          Glad you can find some humour in it. Why do things in the mouth hurt so damned much?

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          Sounds about as fun as an evening at Mar-a-lago listening to Trump tell you how the supermodels wanted to bang him back in the 1980s.

    • Gosala

      Shit. That sounds bad. We’re here with you if you need to bitch. We’re here if you don’t. We’re invisible, but we’re here.

    • WomanInThePersistence

      That sounds awful.

    • Sophia

      Hope the painkillers kick in soon.

  • Marcia Huston

    that tuna looks so good–just marinate and eat it raw!

    • Liberoid Ron

      Or save time and just eat it as is. Sashimi gave me a new appreciation of tuna which the canned stuff can no longer satisfy.

  • House0fTheBlueLights
    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      Are those flying dicks?

      Sorry, sorry, I’ll just be on my way.

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        No, no, no ….. salted rat dick stew has a RED TOMATO base.

        geez!

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        They were supposed to be bees…

      • WomanInThePersistence

        I’m trying to figure out a Peter joke.

    • Suse

      Pretty! What’s inside?

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        Chicken and veggies in cream sauce.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      Lovely indeed! :D

  • WomanInThePersistence

    So I am super happy right now. I just got back from walking my dog, and we had a marvelous time. I love my neighborhood soooooo much. I always have treats in my pocket and give them to little kids to give to my dog. The kids love that, as does Thor. The little kids in my neighborhood are Indian, Hispanic, black, white, etc. And we met up with them all. The kids tell Thor to sit, and then give him a treat. A good time is had by all. I swear to god/dess, I’m soooooo giggly. I’m just a big puddle of sparkly love. I really needed this.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      Dogs and cats both are awesome. :)

      I keep meeting new neighbors with dogs, and it leads to friendly interactions most often. :)

      • Suttree

        So, we were out to dinner on Friday, and a friend of Lizzie’s had a big deal about meeting a possible SO and meeting with their kitty. I thought that it was adorable. On the way home from Brooklyn this evening I was thinking about all of my long term relationships of my adult life. All of them were cat lovers. And I thought about it. I had no idea that they were cat lovers when I met them. We all must smell alike or something. :)

        • Scrofula

          Then again, the relations I’ve had also had cats, but that’s part of the key. When my ex’s notoriously edgy cat took a nap on my lap, it was like, GAME ON.

          • Suttree

            When I lived in NOLA I had an on again off again GF for 6 years. We were OFF at the moment. But she called me because her cat was sick and she needed a ride to the vet. I had not spoken to her in months. But the fact that Ruby the cat was sick made me take off of work in the middle of the day. I didn’t talk to the ex until the next week when I took her and Ruby back to the vet. We put her down together. Then we went out again for a few more years.

          • Scrofula

            Even in death, the way to a woman is through her pussy . . . cat.

        • Anna Elizabeth

          Both my ex-GFs last year were pet people, and this new guy I met has a dog. :)

          It just seems to be how things work out. I love when a date’s dog or cat likes me, you can feel the date relax and look at you in a new way. :)

          • WomanInThePersistence

            If your wee beastie likes a new person, well, that’s a game-changer.

          • Suttree

            I always get the thumbs up because I can walk into some strangers house and Cat Whisper. I have magical talents!

          • Liberoid Ron

            Pets are often a better judge of people than humans.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Indeed. :) And I genuinely adore animals, it seems to work out. :)

    • snark-lurker

      i too like a colorful hood

    • Suttree

      Hehe! That is adorable!

      • WomanInThePersistence

        It’s aThorable. Sorry. I really am super cheerful right now. It’s been a weird day, and I needed this.

        • Suttree

          Yay! It’s good to feel cheerful. I had a slight drunken breakdown yesterday while watching a movie. Lizzie held me and made me know that I was loved. I woke up today and cooked her breakfast and smiled stupidly.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            You two are sweet.

          • Suttree

            She is sweet. She knows that I have a past. And I let her know when my PTSD is kicking in. She is the kindest most beautiful woman ever!

          • WomanInThePersistence

            You are sweet too. And love is a beautiful thing.

          • Suttree

            I want to build a house for her. I am just not capable at the moment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEnfy9qfdaU

          • WomanInThePersistence
          • Liberoid Ron

            Smiling stupidly is a well-known indicator of love. That’s just science.

    • Scrofula

      Walking a cute dog in public is the only way for certain awkward ugly dudes to talk to women.

      • WomanInThePersistence

        Nobody with a cute dog can be ugly. Or awkward. That’s just science.

        • snark-lurker

          i diff to begger with that opinion.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            Well, I’m not a dude. Perhaps my control group is too small.

          • snark-lurker

            i donut have pets but i live with a cat, 2 dogs & 1 boid–a cockateel(?) i think

          • WomanInThePersistence

            Therefore you are cute. And loving. Again, it’s just science.

          • Ω cynmac will never surrender

            Science fact. My BF has two cats that he rescued as feral kittens. They are also black cats, which are discriminated against. The children don’t like that they don’t photo well in selfies. Some people have superstitions.

          • Emilycsadowski

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            On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
            !du350c:
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          • Ω cynmac will never surrender

            I’m with snarky. There was a dude who was taking his aggressive dog to various dog parks and siccing the dog on little dogs. Until he got to our park. One little dog had to be rushed to our 24/7 vet emergency room – $1500 vet bill. People in the park confronted the guy, took pictures, called the cops. He fled and has not been heard from again. After we hit the news, it turns out that we were the third park this asshat had invaded. One of the other ones was in Atlanta and the Atlanta cops are not as responsive. The other park is on the far edge of our town and not as populated. I live in a small town adjacent to Atlanta that is our county seat. We are 3 miles square and the cops generally arrive less than five minutes after being called. The aggressive dog policy is posted with a direct phone number to the cops, which most people have programmed into their phone. We even have a yahoo group dedicated to the dog park! He messed with the wrong people.

    • Moebym the Persistent Returner

      I met a number of young children – and even a dog – at my open house today. One of those kids was a baby of not more than maybe six or seven months who was not only well-behaved, but who loved to smile his toothless smile, much to my delight and that of the other agent.

      It always does the heart good to see kids laughing, playing, and being curious about the world.

      • WomanInThePersistence

        It does. Seriously. It’s a very nice day here in Portland, and seeing all the happy small children gave me life. I know most of these folks by sight, but still….sometimes you just need to get out and connect. At least I do.

    • Sophia

      Kids and pets is a fun combination.

  • memzilla Ω
    • snark-lurker

      like a rooster takin credit for the sun commin up

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Ayup.

    • Reximus

      or like “a man born on third base spending his life trying to convince the world he hit a triple”

    • Red Bird Ω

      Now that’s a subtweet. Ouch.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Poor tuna. Detoxified just in time to go extinct.

    • Only an inedible fish would have such insight.

  • Résistance Land Shark Ω

    Trump health bill: Winners and losers (BBC)

    Losers:
    Rural: Another group that would lose under AHCA is people living in rural areas, where the cost of coverage tends to be higher due to fewer hospitals and insurers. Research shows that health insurance premiums are typically more costly in rural counties and states. Rural residents also rely more heavily on public insurance than those living in cities. While Obamacare took local healthcare costs into consideration, tax credits under the Republican plan are the same as in states like Alaska and New York. If premiums grow faster than inflation over time, the proposed tax credits will grow more slowly than those under Obamacare, according to Kaiser. Medicaid cuts could also be harmful to rural hospitals, which are already struggling to keep their doors open.

    • Scrofula

      Maybe the GOP KNOWS that keeping rural voters poor and pissed off is the key to keeping their votes.

      • Rick Hill

        I’m thinking that trump has them all believing that he really will fix everything and give them the pony he personally promised each and every one of them.

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        Until the checks bounce. Then all those 2nd Amendmenters will be on him like a pack of rabid chihuahuas.

  • A_Changeling

    Re: canned clams (always apropos?): it always amuses me because ex-Scientologists call Scientologists clams. Apparently, according to Hubbard, we were clams at some point in evolution, and we still get flashbacks.

    From Operation Clambake:

    The clam’s big problem was that there was a conflict between the hinge that wanted to open and the hinge that wanted to close. … Hubbard pronounced, by asking a pre-clear to imagine a clam on a beach opening and closing its shell very rapidly and at the same time making an opening and closing motion with thumb and forefinger. This gesture, he said, would upset large numbers of people.

    ‘By the way,’ he warned, ‘your discussion of these incidents with the uninitiated in Scientology can cause havoc. Should you describe the “clam” to some one [sic], you may restimulate it in him to the extent of causing severe jaw pain. Once such victim, after hearing about a clam death, could not use his jaws for three days.’

    • Scrofula

      Sometimes when I’m really stoned watching Adult Swim and eating CheezyPoofs, I am a kind of filter feeder.

      • nightmoth

        I cannot lie: I like crumbs.

    • WomanInThePersistence

      Well, the Scientologists are MONSTERS. for real.

    • snark-lurker

      sounds fucked up to me but i am a idiot

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        No, my first response was, “what the ever-living fuck is he on about?”

      • WomanInThePersistence

        Nope. You’re not.

    • Liberoid Ron

      Bivalve libelz!

  • Kiri the Paid Protestor
  • Rick Hill
    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      Loved. Scrubs. Loved, loved, loved. Dr. Cox, most of all. My idol.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKK55a6C_Ps

      • shivaskeeper

        People are bastard coated bastards with bastard filling.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTbgvYPVdXE

        The best.

      • You know, I never really got into this show, for some reason. On the surface, it was the kind of thing that would be right up my alley. Same with Family Guy, but I hate that show with the passion of 1,000 burning suns.

        • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

          Interesting. I intensely dislike Family Guy. And anything to do with Seth McFartland. Cosmos was OK but mostly thanks to Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    • Red Bird Ω

      Sorry but no. Obama doesn’t have “the gap”.

  • Rick Hill

    I’m wondering about the current economic climate. I am thinking that the trumpazoids are pretty positive, now and are likely spending beyond their means. Maybe a bump now but as the everything starts tumbling down and they have to draw back just to pay off their cards it’s going to hurt even more.

    • shivaskeeper

      This is me feeling sorry for them. Oh wait. It’s not. It the other that’s the opposite of that.

    • snark-lurker

      and then, a big med. in$ SUPRISE!

    • Suse

      They will buy houses they can’t afford with the big balloon mortgages that will return soon since the GOoPs are making the banks great again.

  • Reximus
  • Anna Elizabeth

    Watching “Age of Ultron” – Natasha flirting with Banner is awesome.

    “He’s also a huge dork. Chicks dig that!” XD

    Believe it boys. :)

    • Suttree
      • Anna Elizabeth

        Yep. That’s my girl. :D She’s why I don’t notice the Chris Evens and such in the movies.

    • TJ Barke

      Not in my experience.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Sweetie, you just gotta keep moving forwards. You can do it. I was so lonely a couple years ago, technically an old Virgin, no prospects, no chance.

        Now, I’m dating, having fun, getting lots of attention. This new guy? He’s cute, but he was super shy on his approach. He was cute shy tho. Dorky shy. :) I took care of that. Took him to bed that first day.

        Not saying you are LGBT or anything. Just that if *I* can turn it around, anyone can. :)

    • IOnlyLikeCats

      I can’t watch because if Natasha was dating anyone it’d be Clint or Captain America. Also because I have heard about her arc in that movie and am not amused.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        I’m still only partway through it, this is my first viewing.

        I dunno, neither Cap or Hawkeye are *my* type, I can see Natasha wanting Banner.

  • Résistance Land Shark Ω
  • i have started season 2 of Man in the High Castle. it’s excellent, but also fucking depressing

    • Suttree

      I still want to watch that. Lizzie just doesn’t seem interested though. She just watched season one of The Expanse and True Detective with me though. I guess I will have to watch it alone.

    • Suse

      The first season was really good (and depressing).

    • WomanInThePersistence

      I won’t do the Amazon, until they stop advertising on Breitbart. But I’ve heard this is a great show.

      • Michael R

        I wasn’t aware they were still doing that ,
        A petition to get Amazon to stop advertising on Breitbart has 548,678 signatures

        https://actions.sumofus.org/a/amazon-stop-investing-in-hate

        • SeekingResistanceBarbie

          Done.

        • WomanInThePersistence

          Thanks for sharing that. I am not brilliant with the links.

    • That’s why I haven’t started watching it, yet. I’m *this close* to giving up on Legion and The Expanse, though, so that will free up some time, what with Grimm ending, Gotham and Lucifer on hiatus, and Emerald City and Timeless likely cancelled.

      Don’t bother with Making History or Time After Time. They aren’t very good.

      • i hope timeless doesnt’ get cancelled. i really like it. it’s stupid and ridiculous, but fun

        • I like it, too. According to the showrunner, it has not been cancelled, but NBC has asked that they re-pitch the show for a second season. It isn’t unheard of, but series that have done this in the past have usually not fared very well. (Buck Rogers, anyone?)

          • The whole Rittenhouse thing is still overly unexplained and, so far at least, way too complicated. but I have hopes for it

          • I was very impressed that the writers managed to not only tie up most of the loose ends of this season by giving us closure with the most visible bad guys, but also tack on that amazing hail, Mary pass of a cliffhanger in the last ten seconds. Like you say, it’s a sappy little show, but it’s the good kind of sap.

          • I also love Lucy’s mom. she was Green Arrow’s mom on Arrow for a couple of years and was great on that. i totally never saw that reveal coming,

      • Me The People

        There is some real shit coming out on Netflix these days. Van Helsing (the series) – that’s 12 minutes I’ll never get back.

        • That’s actually a Syfy series, and I couldn’t agree with you more. BUT, it has been renewed, for some reason. Meanwhile, Incorportated is gone, even though it kinda’ won me over in the last few episodes. . .

          • Me The People

            I see – well, curse Netflix for buying it then.

    • TJ Barke

      It was less depressing prior to november 9th.

      • OrG

        It did seem more fictiony.

        • Me The People

          There’s also a UK show about German Nazis ruling Britain – ‘SS GB’. Seems like escapism to me, also almost like a kind of denial of our current reality.

          • Suse

            I just ordered the book by Len Deighton.

    • Penny Dreadful Says Resist

      It is so good, though.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Marinate, but not in the fridge. You want the steaks at room temp when you throw them on a hot griddle, so you don’t have to overcook ’em in order to warm the interior. 2-3 minutes a side does the job.

    • Brad H

      Even less if you just want a sear (which is how I’d recommend cooking a really good ahi steak).

  • pgjack

    Tuna are still being exterminated by overfishing. Some do appear on the SeaFood Watch program’s green list, troll or pole caught Skipjack or albacore, but the rest are definitely at risk. If you really consider yourself to be concerned about the Earth please check the SeaFood Watch site before you go shopping. Bluefin tuna from anywhere should not be eaten. If you say you like them so much that you don’t care if you drive them to extinction stop pretending to be environmentalist.

    • WomanInThePersistence

      Hmm…interesting.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot
      • Blacktop Autumn

        Best. DS9. Episode. Ever.

        • Anna Elizabeth

          “Scotch.”

          “Death to the opposition!”

          And my word, Captain Solok was *the* biggest asshole. I mean, all Vulcans can be assholes, but Solok was….if being an asshole was like being artillery, Solok could put a payload in orbit with one powder charge.

        • It took me SO LONG to get into that series. When it was all said and done, it wound up being amazing, despite Bluebeard’s obvious contempt for the source material. I’m still pissed that they never did a TV movie or something to tie up the whole Sisko thing. . .

          • Anna Elizabeth

            DS9 would have done well with an 8th Season.

            In Star Trek Online, there is a story where the Dominion Fleet of 2000+ ships is finally released from the Wormhole, and they don’t realize that the war has been over for 60 years….

            Let’s just say that the 25th Century C.O. on DS9 owes my character a *bigggg* favor. :) It was incredible.

          • Oh, wow. You know, I’ve had that game on the PS4 for a long time, but I’ve never played. That sounds like fun!

          • Anna Elizabeth

            I play a little at least every day. There is a lot there for a Trekkie to love. :)

      • Shibusa

        Is that Eric Trump?

    • Juan de Fuca

      *Walks into kitchen. Throw’s away entire stash of Bluefin I refinanced my home for*

    • Suttree

      Yellow fin is just as tasty. I rarely eat seafood. But when I do it is generally of the crustacean variety.

      • Blacktop Autumn

        I mostly just roll with farm bred salmon. Yeah, they dye in pink, but I live in the Midwest and I’m limited to when bluegill and bass spawn for fresh fare.

      • Juan de Fuca

        I love yellow fin but only sashimi style, with shoyu/soy sauce and wasabi.

        True story – when I lived in Western Oz, yellow fin was so easy to catch, it was considered a “junk fish” because of the other types easily available. I literally used to have Aussies dropping off whole yellow fins at my house because it was either I take it or they were using it for bait. My mother-in-law from Hawaii (where I first learned to love Ahi tuna) came to stay with us and a local mate dropped one off. She said, “Wat? They just drop ‘dem off like that over here?” Yes, Mom, they do :-) She didn’t believe it until she saw it.

        Now I’m back to paying 20-something dollars a pound for it. The good ol’ days…

  • Gosala

    So, Joni Sledge, aged 60, passed away today. While I’m not a fan of disco, this is an exception

    https://youtu.be/dYLk34GCXbo

    • WomanInThePersistence

      We are family.

      • Gosala

        We are

    • Wild Cat

      I’m thinking back to the ’70s reaction against Disco. I think it was a sign that the ’60s generation, in general, were not the tolerant types once they got what they wanted. It faced the same white backlash that rap eventually would.
      Likewise, white liberation music—punk—was also marginalized.
      Maybe Disco sucked. It had good production vales, and I think it may be a key to modern electronica, along with Krautrock and funk (both also ignored or marginalized).
      I’m rambling because I’m old, farty, and senile, but when I think of the feces that got AM/FM airplay in the 1970s and what didn’t, you could sense the creeping Reaganism, racism, and anti-intellectualism.
      I didn’t realize it back then. I was young and life (and old age, even) offered hope.

      Fuck you all, racist fascists!

      >end of rant<

      • Me The People

        Sister Sledge and Chic for example – it’s just great music, and some of the best, meanest basslines of any music.

      • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

        You’re not that old if you’re so wrong about the 60’s generation. I am a child of the 60s, grew up in Berkeley, went to Berkeley in its heydey, and my cohorts are as idealistic and openminded as ever. We wanted to change the world, even with our music. We followed the bland, white soft-rock elevator music by embracing the gnarliness and sexuality of Elvis and R&B. We had the Beatles, the Stones, the Kinks, the Yardbirds, Motown, the breakthrough rock & roll.

        Then electronic music became possible. The Moog synthesizer–I remember seeing my first one, back in the late ’60s. (I was a musician in those days.) So of course disco came along, but suddenly, instead of rawness and authenticity, we were faced with glitter, cocaine, and shallow amorality and a “let’s party endlessly” mentality replacing the “we can change the world.” You are right, it was DISCO that was the harbinger of the 80s. But we still listened, we still enjoyed it.

        And yes, just as you say, as electronic music became more and more sophisticated, disco yielded to the uber-electronic music of the 1980s. Again, though, another tech breakthrough drove music of the 1980s–MTV and the dominance of the music video. So we did get some cool surrealism and Devo and the like, but black artists, rap music, and punk was never allowed. “Video killed the radio star” was an actual thing. We got a lot of bright bubble-gum rock instead. Punk and rap were marginalized by the domination of “broadcasting” and the values of the CEO’s at Viacom.

        Finally, though, “Straight Outta Compton” hit like an asteroid, with, as you remember, endless, endless censure from the older white folks, but Will Smith made hip-hop okay, and then people started being exposed to rap music. None of this was “opposed” by the 60’s generation.

        The thing to understand about the 60’s, is that there was a generation just before, just a few years older, who supported Nixon, who were uber-conservative, who hated us, who hated everything about us, our filthy “free love” and our fights for women’s rights and civil rights and diversity, who condemned the 60’s music as dangerous, condemned the partying and drugs of the 1970s and whatever it was they condemned in the 1980s. They’re the people who support Fox News and Trump now. They’re awful. I truly believe that we true children of the 1960sstill believe in diversity, we still like punk and rap and R&B, and we voted for Hillary, in one last shining moment of hope. We still believe we’ll triumph over Trump.

        That’s my two-cent version of it, so who knows. >shaking fist, coughing fit, then a nice glass of Pinot Grigio<

        • I have known any number of ex-flower children who grew up to abandon all that they stood for in the 60s. In fact, I’d say I’ve known a fair number more who abandoned them that stuck to them. I have absolutely no doubt that many were in it for all the right reasons, but there were also those who were in it for no other reason than their parents hated it, and it gave them the chance to rebel with the bonuses of sex and drugs. (And, yes, the ones who rejected the entire worldview from the start, like my parents, have also become Trump voters, also, too.)

          More power to those who were in it for all the idealistic reasons, but as with anything, the purists are usually outnumbered.

          As with the whole plasticy sound of the 80s. The ones who were doing it right were actually making a statement about society as a whole — and those were the ones who often blurred the lines between punk and New Wave. For every Buggles or Ivan or Siouxie Sioux, however, there were a million Stacy Qs and Tiffanys. And there were a lot of acts that just got unfairly lumped in with the fakers, too. Poe’s Law existed long before the internet.

          • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

            Well, that’s certainly true. I’m just being a silly Berkeley idealist. You’re right. Also I was trying to express that the bubble-gum rock was what was being played on MTV, but there were fantastic groups absolutely going for punk, New Wave, etc. etc. Blondie, Ramones, etc. But you’re right, there are purists, but there were also quite a few non-purists. Living in Berkeley gave kind of a warped view, too. You’re right.

          • I would have loved to have been there. Alas, I am stuck with memories of going to school with yuppie larvae who just didn’t get, you know, like, why everybody was so upset and shit. Meanwhile, they thought that something like “Beds Are Burning” was an actual dance song.

          • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

            It really was something. *reaches for ear trumpet with shaky hand

      • From the liner notes of the recent lavish boxed set of Grace Jones’s first Compass Point release, Warm Leatherette

        In 1979 as a backlash to the chart dominance of the Bee Gees, CHIC and Donna Summer, the all-singing, all-dancing machine music had been discredited in the popular imagination thanks to high-profile incidents in the US such as DJ Steve Dahl’s now fabled, “Disco Demolition Night” at Chicago’s Comiskey Park Stadium. During the intermission of a twi-night double header baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the White Sox, a huge pile of disco records were covered in lighter fluid and then set ablaze in the middle of the playing field. Anyone who brought records to the game to be burnt were allowed in for a mere 98 cents. The field ended up completely trashed and the White Sox were forced to forfeit their second game. The event made the international news.

        It was emblematic of the fact that throughout the more conservative swathes of America, Disco music became reductive shorthand for all that encapsulated the other not just within music, but in the wider community: black, gay, Hispanic, Jewish. And so, it became an easy target for Middle American prejudice. Disco now sucked, it was time to move on. “Disco got a terrible reputation,” Grace Jones wrote in her autobiography, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs. “Like it was anti-music, but its beginnings were in many ways more radicalized, inclusive and open-minded than rock. It was a much an assault on the corniness and narrow-mindedness of rock as punk. Where it ended up was the fault of the white, straight music business, which drained it of all of its blackness and gayness, its rawness and volatility, its original contagious, transgressive abandon.”

  • Blacktop Autumn

    Just in case you thought the right was ever for small government. Here’s what they forced free states to do.

    “In response to the weakening of the original fugitive slave act, the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 penalized officials who did not arrest an alleged runaway slave, and made them liable to a fine of $1,000 (about $29,000 in present-day value). Law-enforcement officials everywhere were required to arrest people suspected of being a runaway slave on as little as a claimant’s sworn testimony of ownership. The suspected slave could not ask for a jury trial or testify on his or her own behalf. In addition, any person aiding a runaway slave by providing food or shelter was subject to six months’ imprisonment and a $1,000 fine. Officers who captured a fugitive slave were entitled to a bonus or promotion for their work.

    Slave owners needed only to supply an affidavit to a Federal marshal to capture an escaped slave. Since a suspected slave was not eligible for a trial, the law resulted in the kidnapping and conscription of free blacks into slavery, as suspected fugitive slaves had no rights in court and could not defend themselves against accusations.”

    I fucking love being a licensed history teacher.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugitive_Slave_Act_of_1850

    • WomanInThePersistence

      I fucking love that you are.

      • Blacktop Autumn

        I like to pull this one out on the “War of Northern Aggression” types. ;-)

        • WomanInThePersistence

          Good.

        • Wild Cat

          Go after Morris Berman, of “Why America Failed.” Confederate apologist. Pseudo-leftist loon who believed HRC was the anti-Christ.

          • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

            I love how they all live in a stable, prosperous country, with beautiful roads and highways, bridges, safe airways, safe food in their grocery stores, drinkable water coming out of our taps, electricity, DSL cables, TV, safe streets, afe medicines, doctors and hospitals, firefighters and police, schools and libraries, a safety net, a mighty armed forces protecting us. We’re America, not Somalia. Somalia failed. We haven’t and it’s an appalling lie that these asshole racists/misogynists/bigots are spreading, and the lack of basic brute cognition necessary to go along with it is horrifying.

    • shivaskeeper

      I glanced at the article. I didn’t see which states proposed the bull first. My bet would be South Carolina, just because when it came to slavery and fucked up laws that the rest of the country was supposed to abide by SC was the king of them all.

    • Gosala

      As my History of Constitutional Law professor remarked: either side will argue states rights or federalism as it advances their interests. Principle has nothing to do with it.

      Bless his Marxist heart!

      • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

        I know, hubby is a lapsed lawyer and he’s always looking at things in the most neutral way possible. But one side argues states rights as a means of enslaving their fellow human beings, and the other as a means of ensuring health care for their fellow human beings. Principle has a lot to do with it.

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      I love you for being a history teacher too. This was one of the worst things they ever did.

    • Oh, but the Affordable Care Act is the worst piece of legislation, EVER:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEGpriv2TAc

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Government so small it will fit into a vagina.

    • Makes the Quakers that much more bad assed

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    U.S. beating up on Canada 8-0 so far. With a win, the U.S. advances to the next round along with the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and either Venezuela (if they beat Mexico) or ??? (if Mexico wins, which may involve having MIT explain the World Baseball Classic’s tiebreaker sytem).
    Right now, though, the hot bandwagon is Team Israel (which is mostly made up of players who are not Israeli but qualify as “heritage” players). They’ve managed so far to beat the #3 (Korea), #4 (Taiwan), #5 (Cuba) and #9 (Netherlands) teams in the world. They play Netherlands again early tomorrow morning, then have a showdown with #1 Japan for a spot in the championship round.

    • msanthropesmr

      GO SPORTS!

    • WomanInThePersistence

      So this is a baseball thing?

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        Yeah. It’s actually been pretty good. Today’s Dominican Republic vs. Colombia game (in Miami) had a definite feel like a soccer match instead. Lots of guys playing for pride, some playing to get another look by Major League Baseball, and some just playing because they can’t quit the game (two of Canada’s relief pitchers are basically giving it one more go because they want to play until someone rips the uniform off of them).

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted
      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        I particularly like they have a full-sized Mensch on a Bench that travels with them and sits in the dugout (they tried to buy him a plane ticket for the trip to Seoul, but ended up having to check him as luggage instead).

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    I can’t afford groceries but just found out the ex and the whore are about to take their THIRD international jaunt in the past, what, 8 months? Oh, but it was just SO unfair for him to not get part of the house which MY inheritance pays for. Rage stroking over here and there is neither chocolate nor liquor in the house.

    • WomanInThePersistence

      Well, shit. And breathe. I wish I could make things better for you.

    • Suse

      I am pissed off in solidarity. Hugs.

    • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

      Goddamn, that pisses me off to no end. Hugs, and golden retriever dreams

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      Horrifying, I’m so sorry. You’re the better person. May chocolate be upon ye in abundance. And liquor.

    • Ugh. Sorry to hear it. That is reprehensible behavior of the highest order.

    • Panika MCD

      Callie says:

      you want some HEB treats? I have some to share! I do bot know why Disqus makes me sideways. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f8e52bebf8e97aa18872ac64d12c162a89b08547ba806d65e4e95efc85041562.jpg

    • suziq

      Is the house thing a done deal or can you get a better lawyer? The better lawyer usually wins but you got a great case. In my opinion never having been a lawyer.

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        It’s done. It was a four year slog and he just outspent me, plus he doesn’t have pesky things like a conscience or guilt to bog him down.

        • suziq

          Sorry about that. Maybe some day he will get what is coming to him but best to let it go because you are the better person, with a conscience and everything. At least it was “just” a house, and money. My sister’s ex is super-crazy and turned her son against her so that he won’t speak to her any more. She is (was?) the best mom ever, and my kids readily agree with that. And when they were first getting a divorce he went and “consulted” with all the good divorce lawyers in the area so when she went to talk to any of them they said they couldn’t represent her. Nice guy, huh? Living a good life is the best revenge, and obviously you are so much better off without him!

          • House0fTheBlueLights

            Yeah, thanks. One of the hardest things I ever did was not turn the kids against him. However, he’s doing it himself, by trying to turn them and the rest of the family against me. The kids are hanging in there, but my MIL just wrote him out of the will, lol. You reap what you sow.

    • Ω cynmac will never surrender

      Psychically sending you both liquor and chocolate. That is what I had for dinner. A glass of wine and a handful of mini Cadbury eggs. They were on sale, 3 bags for $6. I loaded up.
      In January, the court ordered sale of the marital property closed and I got all my money back plus. That did not sit well with the EX-HB#2, but he could kiss. my. ass. His last gripe was having to move all out all his shit that he was storing in the garage. My stepson helped him and probably got an earful of whine. They both have trucks so it couldn’t have been THAT bad.
      Anyhoo, he’s in the sunset. I haven’t talked to Ex-HB#1 since he married Stepmom after living with her since 1998. My daughter doesn’t even share news any more.
      Life is good.

  • Suttree

    So on the way home on Friday. I bought a bag of candy. Why is some weird German Pooh Bear eating the Flying Spaghetti Monster? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ecdce54b23d1aaaf52c4596536b813eb459f69f8958c88a5c371a0ca8154c80f.jpg

    • msanthropesmr

      I bough Haribo COla Flavored thingums yesterday. WEird…..

      • Suttree

        We were at Karaoke a few weeks ago. A Japanese lady brought some hard candy that was fizzy and tasted like soda. It was fucking awesome! I cannot find it any where.

        • msanthropesmr
          • Suttree

            I used to frequent an Asian store to buy spices. One time I was thirsty and bought a can of Bird’s Nest Cola. It was as gross as you can imagine. Slimey, chunky, and fizzy all at once!

          • msanthropesmr

            Salted Plum Soda. Tastes like an IV drip.

          • SeekingResistanceBarbie

            I live in the International District so there are several Asian markets in the area. One day I visited a large one near my house and had absolutely NO IDEA what the majority of products were.

          • Suttree

            We stopped in the Korean market before we met up with friends. I want 1 million dollars to buy every weird thing in there that has no English words on the packaging!

          • msanthropesmr

            Pro Tip:
            Mr. Squid advertises (in english) as being “Tasty” and “fun”
            It – in fact – is neither.

        • Ω cynmac will never surrender

          There is a Japanese store here in ATL called Tomato which has no sign. You have to know about it. They have all the authentic stuff I remember from my youth on the AFB. My kid loves it. You have to know about it and “enter in rear” of a restaurant, that is the front, so to speak.

      • Me The People

        Think ‘band aids that have been peed on by mice fed on flat, unbranded cola’.

    • i has a confused. and will never eat this

    • Me The People

      They mis-spelled ‘horrible’.

    • Shibusa

      If you’re ever in a really foul mood, read the reviews on Amazon for the Haribo Sugar Free Gummy Bears. They never fail to make me laugh out loud.

    • Suttree

      So I have looked at Google images and cannot find that this bag actually exists!

      • Panika MCD

        I found it.

        • Suttree

          I found it. But not the one with weird Pooh Bear.

          • Panika MCD

            go to the images. and it’s not a weird bear, it’s the same bear on every bag of Haribo Gummie Bears.

    • Begin Anew Day

      That bear is having sex with FSM.

      How either gets to it without genitalia is the real question.

    • May his noodly appendages fill me and sate me, ramen.

      • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

        Hail Marinara, full of garlic, the noodles are with ye.

    • Panika MCD

      ahem. that’s the Haribo Gummy Bear. how have you never seen it? Haribo or GTFO with your gummies which will give everyone the squirts.

      • Suttree

        Ahhh. That explains……. um something…… :)

  • Reximus

    Texas men would face fine for masturbating, need rectal exam for Viagra under proposed law…Department of State Health Services to explain the rules in an illustrated booklet titled “A Man’s Right to Know.”

    http://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-legislature/2017/03/12/texas-men-face-fine-masturbating-need-rectal-exam-viagra-proposed-law

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Rectal exam for Viagra? Say wut?

      Oh, I get it. “If you’re a bottom at any time…”

      • Panika MCD

        bill deadline was Friday. I suspect this is not the only parody bill, but I’m going to try to cover that hearing.

        • Ω cynmac will never surrender

          Please do and report back.

          • Panika MCD

            I don’t usually cover House hearings. my guess is that this won’t be referred to State Affairs to get the attention it deserves.

    • Blacktop Autumn

      Haha, I think one of my fondest memories is talking about cancer in a unit to freshmen sped kids and watching my co-teacher pull up a video on a prostate exam so we can make them squirm.

      Watching them was pretty funny, particularly since I could be like “Hey, don’t knock it…” ;-)

      But, honestly, I agree. Rectal exam for boner pills all around!

    • Panika MCD

      I heart Rep. Farrar–and not just because her COS’s office is inside a giant safe.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      BWA-hahaghaha

    • Meanwhile, a federal judge has temporarily blocked Texas from enforcing a rule requiring fetal remains from abortions and miscarriages to be buried or cremated.

      TEMPORARY???????

  • A_Changeling

    Reading this story, this stuck with me – Paul Manafort’s daughter texting her sister:

    “Do you know whose strategy that was to cause that, to send those people out and get them slaughtered,” Andrea Manafort supposedly wrote to her sister, referring to their father.
    “He has no moral or legal compass,” she added.

    What is it like to know, and accept that about your father?
    And what is it like to know that about your father, but still help him, like I assume Ivanka does? She could have chosen to be a normal person, like Manafort’s daughters seem to be, but she chose to be her father. I’m thinking of the video from the Maddow Azerbaijan story that she shot of herself for facebook, all pretty and aspirational and Instagram-ready, showing the Caspian sea in the background, probably knowing that she was there for the purpose of laundering money for terrorists.

    • TJ Barke

      Differing brain chemistry causing a lack of empathy?

      • SeekingResistanceBarbie

        Possibly inherited? Or the result of a creepy childhood? Those pictures of her with her father when she was a young girl are creepy and repulsive.

    • WomanInThePersistence

      Having a dreadful father can happen to anyone. Abetting their disgusting choices, well that’s a different thing entirely. I saw “Hitler’s Children” recently, and cannot imagine knowing that your father was a true monster. My father was an awful person, but at least he didn’t actively participate in a genocide.

      • SeekingResistanceBarbie

        I’m pretty sure my father had a personality disorder. He was a disgusting human being and I never saw him again after I finally moved out on my own. On the other hand, I didn’t stand to inherit millions of dollars.

        • WomanInThePersistence

          When my father lay dying, me and my brothers had a genial little argument about him – psychopath or sociopath? We decided on psychopath, because he genuinely enjoyed seeing people suffer. That’s a sad legacy to leave.

          • Scrofula

            Jebus folks. Sorry about all that.

          • SeekingResistanceBarbie

            Thanks. It’s OK now.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            That’s very kind. And I got better. Mostly by cutting him out of my life entirely. My brothers did the same.

          • SeekingResistanceBarbie

            Same here, although, sadly, my brothers were in denial about the extent of his pathology.

          • Ω cynmac will never surrender

            My brothers were oblivious also too, until I went to college. Then they had to devise their own exit plan. One brother took out student loans rather than ask my dad for money. After watching the first two of us go through hell prying out monies. And my dad insisting on him going to med school instead of clinical psych. Now he’s a Phd and works at the CDC as an associate scientist in public health. He’s plotting a course back to academia since Tom Price.

        • Ω cynmac will never surrender

          My dad has set up a trust fund. But we have worked out a truce, so that’s good. Because we have sparred in recent years at a few family dinners. The alternative has become the two of us going to sportsball games together. If he has concerns later, I hear about them from my mom.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            That is good. It’s always better to have a truce when possible.

      • Yr. Gma

        My father was insane, diagnosed with papers, even. (Well, both my parents were, but that’s another story.) He caused grief and suffering all around him but on a very small scale. I was lucky to get away from him on a regular basis as a kid and eventually his visits had to be monitored. I have no argument with Manafort’s daughter. She is speaking out as much as she can, and it probably took a long time for her to get to this point, to recognize what her father is. Ivanka may be on that journey. We don’t know. But it is so very easy for a father to warp a child’s thinking, and not all of them come through it to the other side.

      • Ω cynmac will never surrender

        Yeah, I had to apologize for my father a few times. Or rather, people looked at me like I should apologize. They’d say “is that YOUR dad?” and I’d shrug and simply say “yeah”. I had that down by age 11.

    • Scrofula

      They’ve been so cloistered they have no alternative. What’s an heiress going to do, disown her father and lose her allowance, start working at McDonald’s?
      My sister had a roommate in college who was some foreign Ambassador’s daughter. She didn’t know how to change a roll of toilet paper.

      • OrG

        She could find a room mate in Brooklyn,become a waitress and start a cupcake business.

        • Ω cynmac will never surrender

          And keep her horse in the courtyard?

      • shivaskeeper

        That’s not just the rich. I had many a Private living in the barracks that had never done laundry, or cleaned a bathroom, or changed the TP, or anything domestic until they joined the Army and were forced to,

        Hell, I had Soldiers that would buy new clothes instead of washing the ones they had.

        • Scrofula

          Well, yeah, true for many teenagers.
          Just trust me then, she was cloistered!

          • shivaskeeper

            Fair enough.

          • Scrofula

            She also had good weed and E, and was hot, so I forgave her for being clueless about everything else.

          • shivaskeeper

            Also too, fair enough.

        • OrG

          Yeah,years later I kinda resented my Mom because I didn’t know how to do laundry.

          • shivaskeeper

            I can sort of see the laundry because your dumb teenage ass is going to fuck it up and break the machine or something. I just have a hard time picturing a parent or guardian cleaning the skidmarks out of the toilet for an 18 year old.

          • OrG

            You can also fuck up your clothes if you don’t know ..oh ,how soap to put in,or don’t wash colors with whites in hot water etc. I learned,now I’m an expert.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            So teach the little guy. If you do it when they are young, they will charm future partners and/or drill sergeants. This is worth it.

          • Ω cynmac will never surrender

            Or like me, your mom can put you in charge of the laundry for yourself and your three younger brothers. And since we went to private school, this meant ironing as well. At age 13. I did Ex-Hb#1’s shirts until he had the nerve to complain and I made him send them out. Same with the spawn when she was 11 and bitched at me because she wanted one specific shirt and it was dirty. She hadn’t put it in the hamper. I ain’t psychic.
            It’s great to only have to do my own for the past decade.

          • Shanzgood

            My son has been doing his own since middle school.

        • WomanInThePersistence

          I remember having to teach a fellow college student (male) how to do laundry. It astonished me that he didn’t know this basic life skill.

          • Ω cynmac will never surrender

            I avoided the on campus laundry rooms. Georgia Tech in 1979 was seven guys for every girl. Not only were the guys clueless about laundry, they, being nerds, would forget about it and leave stuff in the washers and dryers, molding. As a freshman, I went once, just once.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            Ugh. And the thing is that this is not difficult.

        • Ω cynmac will never surrender

          Ex-HB#1 would go buy new underwear if he ran out while I was on a business trip. With a washer and dryer right there.

        • natoslug

          Regarding buying rather than washing — during airborne school in the 80’s, there were nowhere near enough washers to do your laundry. If I had the money, I probably would have bought new fatigues. Instead, I had to settle for washing them in the shower, “drying” them in my room, and spending the entire time at Ft. Benning slightly damp and smelling of decomposing wood chips.

          • shivaskeeper

            Done that at many a training site. Some out of the field for a day to do laundry and all the washers are coin op ones and the PX is closed and the change machine is empty. Great times.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Yeah, not so much. I have a certain amount of sympathy for her for having clearly had her psyche damaged by having a father who validates himself by grotesque inappropriate lechery and negging.

        But. I don’t think that an attractive young woman with degrees from some of the best, most expensive schools in the country and no student loans, with a millionaire mother, who was pursued for a full-time job at Vogue by Anna Wintour (who hates her dad), couldn’t have had an extremely nice life without her father’s money.

        • Scrofula

          Yeah, I wasn’t being sympathetic. I just mean in general, for like third-world strong-arm leaders, you can’t exactly leave.
          But yeah, fuck the Trump kids. She can hire a “life coach” if she doesn’t know how to buy groceries.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            I mean, surely there’s an Anne Frank or Ayn Rand quote for this. (nk – I read an article today about the Democrats running her brand and how their new target market is middle class wingnuts in coastal states).

          • Scrofula

            Yeah, they would do that.
            “Melania’s been hiding in her gilded tower because liberals are so mean, it’s EXACTLY like hiding from Nazis in an attic.”

      • Ω cynmac will never surrender

        I had a friend whose roommate tried to iron pantyhose. Because she washed them and they were wrinkled. Dumass.

    • shivaskeeper

      one thing I don’t see mentioned about Manafort here is that he was a huge lobbyist for various Religious Right groups. that’s where he got his start.

      • SeekingResistanceBarbie

        Not surprised. Religious Right groups are another bunch of grifters.

      • I am willin to bet at this point that Religious Right groups themselves have a few fingers in Russian pockets.
        Or vice versa.
        Otherwise I cannot for the life of me explain why having a president tied intimately to a foreign family and they being okie dokie with it

        • Shanzgood

          Well the Russians do hate the gays enough and enjoy recently legalized domestic abuse so they’re hunky dory on the social issues there.

          • Make America Russia Again!
            Srsly. If they love it so much why don’t they just move there? HUH?????

          • yyyaz

            Which is all part of Putin’s new “conservatism,” a rebranding aimed specifically at fostering chaos in every liberal democracy on earth.

          • One way to distract your people by how you are robbing them blind: Sow discord everywhere else

        • shivaskeeper

          Putin is as ass the LBGT’s. That’s all they need. They can justify it with anything they want. That he’s God’s chosen, that he’s a good Christian cause he says so, or even that God can use an unsaved man to do his bidding.

          The truth at the bottom of it is Putin hates the gays just like they do. The Religious Right has had a boner for Putin for years. He’s so accepted in the halls of Congress because enough of our Congesscritters come from the same background and churches.

  • Me The People

    Betdime here- see yous later!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Night!

    • shivaskeeper

      Night.

  • Begin Anew Day

    I have yet to see a recipe with Spam cooked on an out of control dumpster fire.

    What gives? These dumpsters are perfectly good heat sources, going to waste.

    • Scrofula

      Too much of that toxic soot taste though. Definitely carcinogenic.

      • msanthropesmr

        Its like retsina

        • Scrofula

          Ah, so like Laphroig sort of?
          But I like that stuff.

        • Yr. Gma

          I like retsina. With a little moussaka. Delicious.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            I wonder if that correlates with liking gin. I’m really not a pine person.

          • Scrofula

            Gas station gin with artificial juniper berry flavor. Helps mask the industrial ethanol additive flavor.
            Served hot and straight.
            Made me the broke basement-dwelling man I am today.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            I like Hendrick’s, because not so junipery, and also epic ads.

          • Scrofula

            Unknown to me. I stick to the bottom shelf near the anti-freeze.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            Lots of foofy botanicals like cucumber juice and rose water, and way too spendy, unless you get it as a gift and are not a gin person, in which case you’ll always have gin.

          • Shanzgood

            Yum!

      • Begin Anew Day

        With donnie running the White House like it is a meth soaked dirt track race course Cancer just doesn’t seem like a big problem anymore.

        Yeah, I’m jaded.

    • Panika MCD

      it would be very instructive for our future. but you should always get the dumpster fire under control before you cook over it or find one that already is.

      • Begin Anew Day

        Saint Julia Child told us that a Great Cook must be FEARLESS!

        I’ll bet the producers od her show made her cook with that electric range because she would have been DEMONIC if she had a gas stove.

  • Suttree

    Ok. I’m going to bed. I’ll catch y’all when I wake up at 4 A.M.

    • shivaskeeper

      Night

    • Anna Elizabeth

      Sleep well! :)

    • WomanInThePersistence

      Sleep well.

    • Jonny On Maui

      See you around 10 pm tonight!

  • Anna Elizabeth

    OK, I *gotta* have a toy or a model of the Hulkbuster. That is Bad ASS! :D

    • Panika MCD

      what is this Hulkbuster you speak of?

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Sorry, from “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. It’s an add-on for the Iron Man armor. What a tremendous scene. :)

        • data_ninja

          Didn’t it also have a very small part in Iron Man 3 (near the end)?

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Possibly, I literally don’t recall. I’ve only seen it once, in theatre.

  • Gosala

    Good night Wonkers. I leave you with this amazing performance.

    Mendelsohn violin concerto in E minor. Hilary Hahn and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Mesmerizing and the most Jewish performance of a beloved classic. Funny how Mendelsohn’s jewishness has remained so hidden, but listening to this, it now seems essential.

    The first movement is marked “with feeling, ” and it is that is spades.

    https://youtu.be/o1dBg__wsuo

    • Anna Elizabeth

      I adore Hilary Hahn! IMHO, the finest violinist on the planet.

      • Gosala

        I haven’t heard her before, but this one performance opened up more than I have had opened in many years.

        So I’ll give you that she is brilliant and a genius.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Oh, interesting. Could you maybe expand on what you experience as specifically jewish about it?

      I’m kind of ignorant about classical music (I know this because I went to see PDQ Bach twice and I was sort of chuckling about stuff that had the rest of the audience wetting themselves) so I’m interested in how people who know more perceive it.

      • Gosala

        Hard to explain, really. It’s in the ear. The rhythms, the harmonies. There’s an echo of klezmer in it (sort of like the echo of English country music in blue grass).

        It also seems to me that the key of E Minor is a key of yearning, of reaching out in the hope that something transcendant will reach back.

        But maybe a musiccologist could explain it better. I am but a humble listener and my reactions are largely intuitive.

        But there is also this: Felix Mendelsohn was the grandson of Moses Mendelsohn, a leader in the Jewish reform movement, which was born of the brief hope that the Jews could join the larger European culture and be both European and Jewish. (A hope that was betrayed in WWI and its aftermath)

        It seems to me, somehow, that this performance perfectly expresses that hope. Somehow it blends perfectly a Jewish sensibility with a European taste.

        Does that help?

  • Nounverb911
    • data_ninja

      Now that is awesome.

  • Nounverb911
  • Nounverb911
  • Nounverb911
  • ok, I said I was gonna do it and I have.https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5c84dce14a0deb999a1b66719e0450544d97c18d640c88f71d186e3f70be5974.gif
    May whatever deity that may or may not exist have mercy on what is left of my soul parts.

    • Bill D. Burger

      And he has the brain to match!

      • He dances.
        I just hadda do the douchebag photoshoot smirk. HAD TO.

        • WomanInThePersistence

          And of course I had to look. That’s a part of my brain now permanently damaged by bleach.

    • Panika MCD

      A plus.

    • Shanzgood

      He always forgets leg day.

    • Alan

      That’s disturbing.

      • Sorry. I tried really hard to find better legs for him. But this is what the google offered.

        • Alan

          No worries, he’s disturbing in any incarnation.

  • IOnlyLikeCats

    My landlords asked me out for dinner tonight and it was really sweet but they are terrible tippers and they were very taxing on the server’s attention so while my landlady was filling out a rewards card application I ordered a dessert and made sure my tip brought the whole thing to 50%. The server thought I was getting cash back and they don’t have a place for you to input a number, just a wheel thing so there was a lot of scrolling.

    My blood sugar is already super high (I ate a full burger, a milkshake, and two containers of fries for reasons I will never understand— the words “everything in moderation, including moderation” did occur to me a couple of times, however) and now there is fudge and oreo and ice cream in my freezer staring at me. I cannot begin to think how much tea and walking I’d need to undo this.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Your penance: celery and water for the next two days.

    • Yr. Gma

      Yes, I understand that idea–moderation should be practiced in moderation.

    • you is good people, Ms. Catz

    • Panika MCD

      went to visit Prima Momma yesterday and her feet were purple becausr she was at a memorial service the night before “and they just left all those cookies and punch right there!” as if they had twisted her arm or something.

      • I know she has some issues, but I do love your momma stories XD She reminds me of every fiesty ol’dame I ever wanted to be

        • Panika MCD

          she’s no Dama. her mom was the very definition of “When I Am An Old Woman, I Shall Wear Purple”. Dama also too had the best phantoms. Prima Momma doesn’t hallucinate…yet.

          • I am ok without hallucinations but oh yes, there shall be purple. SO MUCH PURPLE

          • Panika MCD

            but without the hallucinations you don’t get:

            me: Dama, it’s 1 am. who are you hollering at now?

            Dama: oh, he’s gonna kiss me now? OKAY! Blaaaaaa *closes eyes and sticks tongue all the way out*

            there’s also too the best lame party line ever, but that will have to wait for when I’m not typing on my phone.

          • Ooooooo find a computer fast cause now I wanna know XD

          • Panika MCD

            we’ll do it as the poll q tomorrow night.

      • IOnlyLikeCats

        One time (back when I was a fundamentalist Christian) I was really hungry and craving sweets and after my friend convinced they weren’t for her birthday, offered me cake pops she’d brought for the class. I got anxious and ate seven.

      • Ω cynmac will never surrender

        Purple is not good.
        Update – My BF’s mom is still in the hospital. They keep having to try different methods of dialysis. She is not eating and is refusing a feeding tube. When we were visiting her in last week, her arms were all purple with fluid. They were sending all her meds through a central line. It is sad that she is towards the end. I don’t understand why they don’t just “call it” and send her to hospice. They did call a death watch while we were there but she rallied.

        • When my mom was dying, she refused the tube and all and it drug on for about a week. At one point when she was still semi lucid, she sat up and yelled “This is fucking bullshit that it takes so long to die!” Then nothing for another day. It was…not the most happy thing ever in the history of forever.
          But looking back now, that was a totally mom thing to say

          • Shanzgood

            (((Hugs)))

          • Thank you :snuggle: It is still twingy 2 years in.
            Mom and I were tight so I knew very intimately the amount of pain she was in, constantly. But still…

        • WomanInThePersistence

          That does not sound good. All my sympathy to you and BF. May you all find peace.

          • Ω cynmac will never surrender

            BF was not happy that I masqueraded as his wife to get services at the hospital. But we really needed to have a doctor explain the status, and not take his mother’s garbles. I bought a car from my brother when we got back and it has a handicap plate. So I gave BF the hangtag and told him that if anyone questioned him to tell them that it’s his wife’s. I would collaborate. That made him happier. And I’ll go back to TX with him, no problem.

          • You is good people, Cyn :hugs: Being the rock is never easy

          • WomanInThePersistence

            You have to do what you have to do. And I’m sorry to hear you’re dealing with all of this.

        • Panika MCD

          this is her being bad about diabetes. if you aks her about it, she’ll tell you she was always into savory foods so she doesn’t understand how she got diabetes…as if that somehow negates her having diabetes.

        • Panika MCD

          hoping you and yours get some peace.

    • Gosala

      No good deed goes unpunished

      — Murphy

      • Jonny On Maui

        Murphy was an optimist…

        • data_ninja

          Murphy’s Golden Rule: Who ever has the gold makes the rules.

          • Ω cynmac will never surrender

            My dad says that! I counter with “cash talks and BS walks”.

  • Reximus
    • WomanInThePersistence

      Pleasant dreams.

  • boyblue123

    Hourly corruption alert:

    Looks like Roger Allies personal lawyer is going to be in charge of the “investigation” into Fox News

    https://twitter.com/mlcalderone/status/841098366549401600

    • Liberoid Ron

      Good thing there’s no conflict of interest here, eh?

    • Ayep.
      One wonders why he was so suddenly fired now..HMMMmmmm

      • boyblue123

        nothing to see…move along, move along

    • yyyaz

      Of course he is. Someone remind me why Bormann wasn’t appointed as chief judge at Nuremberg.

    • Scrofula

      Anybody know what THAT was about? I mean, the investigation of Fox execs?

      • Over the harassment stuffies with erm…forget her name. The blond one who isn’t Greta.
        Something about how they pressured people to not report and whatever

        • Roni Resistance Raven

          Gretchen Carlson?

          • Maybe? Still looking for the article, bookish posted it on the derp for brains thread or the overnight, but dang mang, there are a lot of comments XD

            Edit: It was NYmag methinks, not times

      • boyblue123

        Wasnt it Roger Ailes trying to grab a bunch of women at Fox News or am I thinking of a different lawsuit

        • No that is it. The investigation though had to do with shady cover up style things and how they kept insisting on sweeping everything under the arbitration clause.

          • boyblue123

            ah ok..thanks

          • Reddishrabbit

            I believe the issue is that money was paid but not disclosed to shareholders, so may have lied in SEC filings.

          • I thought I read earlier how it was involved with the harassment thing though?
            Maybe the money was part of that. Now I have to find it and go reread it XD

          • Reddishrabbit

            Yes, it was money paid to settle all the many msn harassment cases

        • Scrofula

          That would be a civil thing. US Attorney means criminal investigation.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      Crony Kleptocracy.

  • Suttree

    https://youtu.be/Zpm6IKoj-rI Piles of kittens!!!!!!

    • Suse

      In my dream last night there were hundreds of kittens in my backyard. I was freaked out because I didn’t know what to do with them all.

      • IOnlyLikeCats

        Hug them. Every cat. Every single cat.

      • Suttree

        Sacrifice the neighbor to feed them? :)

      • Jonny On Maui

        Organize them into a flash mob…

      • Alan

        Invite them to bed. Cats like beds.

  • Bill D. Burger

    Steve King is tired of y’all not thinking he’s the most stupid fucking Republican in Congress and so offers this brainless fart: Immigration involving Muslim children was somehow stopping America’s from being “restored” to greatness.

    [Retweeting a message endorsing the anti-Islamic views of racist Geert Wilders, a candidate in the Dutch elections, Mr King Wrote: “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilisation with somebody else’s babies.”
    https://twitter.com/SteveKingIA/status/840980755236999169
    Mr King’s own tweet was itself retweeted by former Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard, David Duke.]

    • Why is it whenever one of these dorks says something about restoring our civilization and destiny and all, I hear banjos playing?

      • Shanzgood

        Banjo music makes my ovaries cower. Unless it’s Steve Martin playing.

        • I actually quite like the banjo but for whatever reason, my brain goes instantly:
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tqxzWdKKu8
          Whenever these fucks start talking about preserving their (white!) way of life

          • Ω cynmac will never surrender

            Master Race Libe… Nevermind.

          • Shanzgood

            Ha! I never knew that tune was from that movie!

          • Amazing scene in a very disturbing film

          • Shanzgood

            …I’ve never watched it.

          • It is very disturbing XD Not bad mind you! Just…disturbing.

          • Ω cynmac will never surrender

            Knew the song. Never have seen the movie. Nope.

          • I saw it in college, think it was psych? I took an elective after the 101 course, something something cultural this or that, figured it went with anthropology well enough.
            Boy, was I educated.

          • OrdinaryJoe

            After I saw this movie, I never went east of the Mississippi or south of the the Mason Dixon Line, except to go to Miami and New Orleans.

    • Also:
      FUCK YOU KING YOU ASSHOLE. First, Iowa was a Northern State in the civil war, get the fuck over it and second of all, they are not someone else’s babies, they are OUR BABIES

      • IOnlyLikeCats

        I don’t think he understands white people aren’t native to continent. Or that other races can be born here.

        • TJ Barke

          Or that race mixing is actually just fine.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          I don’t think he understands anything

          FIFY

          • TJ Barke

            He’s pro dog fighting also. Because he’s just human garbage.

          • Shanzgood

            People who do that should be beaten.

          • Jonny On Maui

            People who do that should be beaten. FIFY

            By the very same animals…

          • WomanInThePersistence

            Well. That just angers me. Bigly. For real?

          • OrG

            He does seem to understand how to get the rubes to vote for him.

          • We need to get him on tape talking about how he wants to kill farm subsidies.

          • TJ Barke

            That’ll go over well in Iowa…

          • perzactly. He’s aGOPer. You KNOW he hates those subsidies to not rich people so very much.
            Just gotta get him to say so on a live mic

        • Shanzgood

          Other races are “someone else’s babies” though. I can’t believe people actually say these things.

          • Tacoclamgenda

            I couldn’t believe that it happened as much as it did before whatshisname. What a silly goose I was.

          • Shanzgood

            Same here. I honestly thought it was dying out.

    • IOnlyLikeCats

      He has no knowledge of history whatsoever. Most of the greatest empires carted other people’s kids in (and not always as slaves, either).

    • Suse

      I saw that and was going to respond to King, but was so angry that I just couldn’t do it.

      • Do. Tweet this at him:

        “I guess you are not really pro-life after all, huh?”

        • Tacoclamgenda

          That’s good. I must remember this.

      • OrdinaryJoe

        When does the Pope start excomming these charlatans and anti-Christs.

    • boyblue123

      Do these folks realize that racial purity = inbreeding. Or have they been inbreed so much that they are too dumb to realize that

    • Anna Elizabeth

      Why do these Master Racers always look like something the cat puked up? What do these guys see when they look in their mirrors?

      • Shanzgood

        Cat puke. But it’s THEIR cat’s puke, not someone else’s.

        • Anna Elizabeth

          XD

        • Tacoclamgenda

          Will the snow screw with your interviews Tues?

          • Shanzgood

            We’re not expecting snow where I live!

          • Tacoclamgenda

            Phew!

          • Shanzgood

            Hey also baconzgood has an interview on Tuesday!

          • WOOT! All positive energey Baconzway

          • WomanInThePersistence

            That’s great!

      • IOnlyLikeCats

        I think the answer is “God”. Which is strange because God is not white, nor male.

        • data_ninja

          That’s why they love falling back on Santa Claus. He’s the ace in their sleeve.

      • Liberoid Ron
    • Serai 1

      Do they ever loosen their grip on their balls? Poor shriveled things must be gangrenous by now!

    • Anna Elizabeth

      They are such cowards. Contemptible, small, wretched cowards.

      We all have fear. I am afraid every day. But adults face their fears. These….things. These Racists, haters -they are cowards. Tiny, trembling, mewling shits, they can only feel strong when they hurt someone else.

      • That there is the difference between a coward and everyone else. Normal people deal with the fears. Cowards hide from them.

        Edit: Heroes of course not only deal but kick fear’s ass

    • Alan

      That’s really odd because all the children of immigrants that I know are, well, American.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      This man is an example of why democracy can’t be a nice thing. You can’t fix stupid and stupid gets to vote.

  • Liberoid Ron

    Night, everypony. Cortisone shot three towns over for my knee to wake me up in the morning, then five hours of rehearsals. While the snow gently falls. I hate Mondays.

    • BosGrl

      Good luck, Ron! Good night.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      Have a good night, and Good Luck! :)

    • Panika MCD

      just go to OKC to Dr. Mike. tell hime you know TX Ag Commissioner Sid Miller and you want “the Jesus shot special”.

      • Scrofula

        Try to use taxpayer funds when you go.

        • Panika MCD

          does Dr. Mike accept any other kind?

    • Tacoclamgenda

      Sleep well until it’s time to get up. Then take care.

  • ok so 2.3 earthquake in Goochland VA and a quick google search shows me…
    http://drillfrackingnews.com/GoochlandVirginiafracking

    OF course.

    • Scrofula

      You’d have to be lying on the floor to feel that, though.

      • naw, it is quite dead around here so they felt it into Hanover as a tremor.
        Thing is, we’re a dead coastal zone. There should be NADA here.
        Sigh.
        BUT….the VA Senate did recently smack down a bill that would exempt fracking fluid chemicals from freedom of information requests.

        • Scrofula

          That juice mix is PROPRIETARY dammit! What if their competitors found out they just pump whatever toxic shit they have lying around?

          • lol right? That was their argument. Trade secrets! Also, it would confuse the public!
            And the State dude was all…nope, no confusion, people ask for it and we tell em. Pretty simple.

          • HogeyeGrex

            How much you want to bet they’re burying toxic chemicals that they charge other companies up the waz to cart off and “dispose of?”

          • Fracking green is PEOPLE!!!!!!

          • Scrofula

            You’ve heard of that town in like Missouri or something a while back–they hired some dude to put tar and gravel down on their dirt roads. Well, he also sort of freelance dumped a nearby factory’s waste. Well, two jobs in one! Unfortunately for the town, the waste was from Agent Orange manufacture, which produces dioxins.

          • HogeyeGrex

            Yeah. I so don’t put that kind of shit past the frackers. What’s a little VX or dimethylcadmium in the water table between friends, right?

        • Panika MCD

          you still shouldn’t be able to feel it until it’s over 3.5. maybe you should check your homes for structural soundness? there’s also a map run by the USGS that shows all seismic activity. it’s possible that what you were feeling was a stronger one that was further away.

          • Oh no, I did not feel it at all, was on the news XD But there were no stronger ones further away. Like I said, dead zone. Our “earthquakes” are just fracking subsidence.

        • Tacoclamgenda

          There was a sizable one a few years ago that was centered around Louisa that we felt all the way into PA. Caused minor damage like cracks.

          • Caused damage to the national monument. THAT one I felt.
            Also likely fracking.

          • Tacoclamgenda

            I forget about the monument.

    • Panika MCD

      that’s just a shiver. also too: TX is putting seismographs all over the state to get to the bottom of this whole thing. $5 says they won’t release the results if they confirm our suspicions.

    • Tacoclamgenda

      Are near Goochland? My ex-fiance (medium story, also foolish) is in Mineral.

      • Further east, just saw it on the news as Richmond news loves them a story, any story, that is local

  • Suse
    • OrG

      It’s funny cause it’s true.

  • WomanInThePersistence

    It’s been a strange day, what with somebody telling my ex that the dog was killed, (Thor is fine), and me spilling my guts about my appalling father. But I had a great walk with my not-dead dog, and got to play with many lovely small children. Here’s a happy song. Because dammit, I need it.

    https://youtu.be/vhxttDEv_I8

    • It’s been a strange year. *checks calendar. Twitches a little* Only March, eh?

      • WomanInThePersistence

        Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      …what a looong, strange trip it’s been…

      • Liberoid Ron

        Can we pull over at the next rest stop? I’m feeling carsick.

    • Panika MCD

      Callie’s got a new BF named Thor. she thinks that the next time you visit, you should bring Thor I to play with her and Thor II!

  • Ω cynmac will never surrender

    Check this out! I sent a picture to mic.com of me and my dog hanging out on International Women’s Day. We are about ten down in this posting.
    https://mic.com/articles/170624/what-does-a-day-without-women-look-like-send-us-your-photos#.CIT5Vzbke

    • Jonny On Maui

      Cool pic and cute doggie!

    • FAMOUS! Also what Jonny said ^.^

    • WomanInThePersistence

      You and Bella are so Cute!

    • Panika MCD

      MAJOR ADORBS!

    • Both cute as can be. You keep on with your bad selves.

    • Jukesgrrl

      I like your dog’s expression. Does s/he always look skeptical?

      • Ω cynmac will never surrender

        She does not like getting her picture taken. I have to sneak up on her. That was a weird angle. It was like playing Twister.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    Sen. John McCain predicted Sunday that the public would learn more about the relationship between President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government.
    In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the Arizona Republican said there were “a lot of things about our relations with Russia that trouble me a lot.”

    He cited the removal of a provision in the 2016 Republican party platform that supported sending lethal weapons to Ukraine, a move that was “not the will of most Republicans.”

    “There’s a lot of aspects of this whole relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin that requires further scrutiny. And so far, I don’t think the American people have gotten all the answers,” McCain said. “I think there’s a lot more shoes to drop from this centipede.”

    .

    • Kinda sad that we have to rely on Panama John’s personal, though not entirely unwarranted, distrust of everything po-russkiaya in this.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Oh goodness, Walnuts is being all mavericky on the Sunday talk shows again.

      C’mon McCain, quit talking and DO SOMETHING

      • Naw, he is just trying to distance True Republicans from the Trump insanity and attempt to save the brand.

        • Ω cynmac will never surrender

          Nope. It is tainted. Even Trump isn’t calling the hotels “Trump” any more. The longer the GOP fights amongst themselves, the deeper the hole they dig.

      • OrG

        oops didn’t scroll down

        • Jonny On Maui

          Story of my life…

    • data_ninja

      I think he means this centipede http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/strider/strider-3.png

      ETA: That thing was the human centipede well before that movie came along. Full blown russian also!

    • Panika MCD

      nice metaphor from WALNUTS!

    • OrG

      STFU and DO some thing about it.Be mavericky.

    • boyblue123

      Is he talking about the human centipede between Puttie-Trump-Trump cohorts-and the rest of the repub party

    • WomanInThePersistence

      He bought it. He needs to fucking own it.

    • Meanie-meanie, tickle a person

      Heh. If we assume he chose his words carefully, well, a centipede has a lot of fucking shoes. Hope that was a hint, not just a random analogy…

    • TJ Barke

      Meh, he’s just speculating. Give us something real goddamnit!

      • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

        I suspect he does know. He’s been there too long and knows too many insiders and they trust him.

    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      Feeling regret for unleashing the Alaskan Icecunt upon the world, are we?

      • Truly. All this shit can be directly linked to that act. The emboldening of the idiots, the “plain talk” that is anything but, the will to believe what they tell you because it makes you feel better about yourself.
        All of it.

    • Duke

      Keep it up John!

      And look out for people with pointy umbrellas.

  • Jonny On Maui

    Po’olenalena Beach today. Spent most of the day in the water.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1f723aa875dffb91e164fa30bb4327811f0a2c34a30620c21bd00024f6609c29.jpg

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5814e04cf04d5afa1d6b9ee80db3fa55418fc045498c5b52118d63c8d48c0866.jpg

    If you follow the lava spur into the water it turns into reef pretty quick. It’s a large reef too.

    Now it’s time to pour me into a bucket and see if I set up solid ever again…

    • I am not jealous. YOU are jealous.
      Of our sudden snap back to winter and impending snow storm that will kill all my plants that were budding and even flowering because it was 75 in February

    • Shanzgood

      Sweet day! I miss beaches!

    • TJ Barke

      Sometimes you make it hard to like you, Jonny. Lucky bastard.

    • Anna Rompage

      That looks amazing!

    • Juan de Fuca

      Any day spent in the water is a good day but that place looks especially nice.

    • Jukesgrrl

      If you were in the water all day, you are very wrinkled. Not as pretty as those pictures. Aloha.

      • Jonny On Maui

        I was quite pruny…

        • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

          A friendly massage can do wonders.

    • Duke

      It snowed here and I shoveled.

      And I don’t feel one bit of envy.

      • Tacoclamgenda

        We expect snow tomorrow night, lots of it, and I somewhat bummed I can’t shovel for some older neighbors. I love snow and generally like shoveling well enough but I broke my foot 3 wks ago. On the other hand they are calling for up to 18″ so maybe not quite that bummed. (I’ve made sure they’re covered but I do miss out on breakfast and good company)

    • WomanInThePersistence

      I walked my wee dog today in the sun. And met with neighborhood children whose parents come from all around the world. I heard Hindi, Spanish, English, Urdu, and a few languages I can’t identify. And everybody was getting along and just enjoying the day. I envy nobody right now.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      Lovely! :)

      And of course, since Miz Anna bought Sunblock, it got cloudy and started to rain. XD

      No big, I watched a movie instead. Still walked 5 miles +/- today.

    • Liberoid Ron

      If Hawai’i ever decides to leave the US you should become the 11th province. You’d make BC so jealous.
      Hint, hint.

  • Anna Rompage

    Speaking of tuna and mecury…. there’s 100s of time more mercury in one tuna sandwich than in all the vaccines a person will have thoughout their lifetime…

    Maybe it’s the Tuna sandwiches that are causing autism…

    • Shanzgood

      So THAT’S what’s wrong with my cat!

      • Does kitty refuse to look you in the eye, randomly wham into walls, not play well with others and obsess over repetitive actions to the point of stressing, not to mention flip out over loud noises and mushy soft things?
        Holy carp. My nephew is a cat.

        • oh great FSM, so am i!

        • WomanInThePersistence

          No shame in that.

          • My sister gets VERY MAD at the antivaxxers. Not because science bitches, but because to her, they are saying they would rather risk their kids getting horrific and life threatening diseases that are entirely preventable than have to deal with a special needs child.
            My sister and I have our differences but for that alone she is a saint to me.

          • Shanzgood

            Not just risking THEIR kids. They’re compromising the entire community.

          • The selfishness is implied methinks but to her it is even worse when it is their own kids. I can see her point in that. It is like oh that is too hard for ME to deal with so I hope they get a disease and die instead.
            Never mind that the kids themselves are fine with being themselves. Even if that means the occasional strip tease through the neighborhood or random bite of a visitor’s shoulder.

          • Ω cynmac will never surrender

            Noah from upstairs like to sit on my porch watching TV. He plays with my hair and drinks juice. Non-verbal and smiles so sweetly.

          • Ω cynmac will never surrender

            A great video that explains herd immunity. Features Penn and Teller.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfdZTZQvuCo&t=6s

          • Shanzgood

            Oh, I’ve seen that! Brilliant!

          • WomanInThePersistence

            Understandably. And it really pisses me off when the anti-vaxxers wish for death rather than autism. Or anyone on the spectrum.

        • Duke

          Don’t worry. There’s always a career in software.

          • I do not think Ian has much a future in anything except being Ian XD He is happy with that though, we think.
            High functioning non-verbal. IS potty trained, mostly, at age 12.

          • Duke

            Sorry if that was wrongly flippant.

    • Moebym the Persistent Returner

      Oh, shit. I used to eat tuna sandwiches several times a week.

    • Scrofula

      I’d guess it’s all that mayonaise.

    • shivaskeeper

      It’s even a different kind of mercury in the tuna than in the vaccines.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    Now that you are getting ready to try to go to sleep, just think … this guy is a source of “news” for our President.

    https://twitter.com/sadladbukharin/status/840591916773363713