First lady Jill Biden and Yuko Kishida, the Japanese prime minister's wife, planted a cherry tree on the White House grounds to honor decades of friendship between their countries. Kishida is on a rare solo visit to the United States. https://t.co/oStFRiIMU1 pic.twitter.com/NZGFufzxOC
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 18, 2023
Senator Fetterman is back and ready to do the people’s work
— Dr. Sara Chasm Pheline????pa??????roh??????dee (@Sarcasmcat24) April 17, 2023
.@Interior moved significant efforts forward this week — from working to protect precious water resources in the face of climate change to advancing the clean energy economy to working to provide wildland firefighters with the support they deserve. https://t.co/NhD7EJ255U
— Secretary Deb Haaland (@SecDebHaaland) April 15, 2023
According to Run For Something's @amandalitman: "It's been the biggest push for candidate sign ups and tells you what kind of response the GOP has woken up. People are not sitting back and waiting to be told what to do."
— Rachel Janfaza (@racheljanfaza) April 14, 2023
relatively chaste gender-bending will always offend these chucklefucks more than the most lurid old-fashioned patriarchal sexual depravity will https://t.co/WjMaA9ptIG
— Christopher Federico (@ChrisPolPsych) April 16, 2023
yeah I think they aren’t hypocrites per se , just liars. they have consistent principles, they just aren’t honest about what they are. https://t.co/HmRkMK0h5n
— William B. Fuckley (@opinonhaver) April 16, 2023
A bill that would ban Dolly Parton is the most anti-American bill of all. https://t.co/WTp4Wr553K
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) April 17, 2023
Police charge white man for shooting Black teen boy who had wrong address
It took long enough but they finally got there.
Woman shot dead in New York state after friend drove into wrong driveway
Kevin Monahan charged with second-degree murder of Kaylin Gillis after opening fire on car
Hmmmm…. They didn’t wait to talk to the victim before charging her assailant. Maybe they just do things differently in NY.
I suppose “whatever I want” is a consistent principle.
In unblech news, my seeds are sprouting 🎉🎉🎉
I just started them Friday.
@OzarkHillbilly: I’m so old I remember when knocking on doors or pulling into driveways wasn’t a death penalty offense.
@satby: I replanted all my seeds and they are struggling as well. I’ve had a few, a very few, sprout but something is just not right.
@Baud: Hey, perverted hetero sex is still hetero sex. Anyway, the most important thing is to espouse the right values, not actually live them out.
@OzarkHillbilly: some of the ones sprouting are from Bakers Creek, some from Park seeds, and a couple are from last year, so no pattern. Using a heat mat and grow lights over one of these, I swear by them.
@satby: Yep. It’s the NRA infecting the brains of conservatives with the Stand Your Ground virus. In the minds of all too many it’s OK to murder people now.
“Wah. He scared me.”
@satby: I always use a heat mat and grow lights. Not working so well this year.
Good Morning, Everyone😊😊😊
Happy to hear about the cherry tree. Haven’t forgotten what those orange assholes did to the Rose Garden. Will it ever be restored?
Say whatever bad shit you want to about Florida (and it will probably all be true!), but we’ve been enjoying cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, peppers and zucchini from our garden for a couple of weeks now. The big tomatoes aren’t ripe yet, but they’re large!
Speaking of squash, has anyone made the zucchini pasta dish that Stan Tucci goes on about in “Searching for Italy”? I haven’t yet but am attempting it this week. It’s a pain in the ass because you have to deep fry zucchini rounds the night before, but the results are allegedly “life changing.”
I think it has been for a long while, that’s what all those guns bought for “home defense” have always been for. But people used to get prosecuted for disproportionate force (i.e. blowing away an unarmed teen burglar) and that stopped. Now the shittiest TV has more rights than a human being
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@OzarkHillbilly: Victim in NY was white.
@rikyrah: 🙋hey lady!
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As Ambrose Bierce told us over a century ago.
@Ceci n est pas mon nym:
Gives new meaning to “Love thy neighbor.”
@Ceci n est pas mon nym: also blue state vs. red prosecutor. The NY shooter shot into the car, he had no idea who was in there or that it was a woman.
@MomSense: I’m still pissed about the Rose Garden, too.
@OzarkHillbilly: 😞 that sux
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Well, I was mauled by a dog last night.
And don’t believe that sweet innocent beagle face.
He’s always picking up and eating random garbage on walks, especially in the dark when I can’t see them in time. I couldn’t tell what he had at first, but it was more than he could fit in his mouth. Appeared to be an entire slice of pizza.
I tried to get my hand in my mouth as I often do but he’d clamp down every time I got close, and twice he managed to get my finger and draw actual blood. He knew I was pissed off but I’m not sure he even knew why. And this morning he’s all peaches and cream.
Now that the beagle has had the taste of human flesh, do I need to worry? There must have been at least one horror movie that started this way.
And that is the SYG change I am speaking of. Before SYG people knew that if they shot somebody it was going to cost them, money for a good lawyer if nothing else. Maybe 10 to life. Trayvon Martin proved to them you could hunt down and shoot an unarmed person and get away with it.
@Ceci n est pas mon nym: Yes, that is the obvious difference but I think it is deeper than that. This is Misery, we are profoundly fucked up people.
@Ceci n est pas mon nym: that doesn’t even count as an aggressive bite if you stick your hand into an eating dog’s mouth. Watch if little kids are around when he’s eating something, just in case they try to take food away from him, which they shouldn’t anyway.
That’s pretty much it. Like that guy that Abbott is planning to pardon (if he hasn’t already), they think it’s OK to murder someone as long as they’ve got a plausible excuse, and they go around looking for an excuse.
If it were up to me, I’d get rid of all the fucking guns in private hands. If you wanted to go deer hunting, you’d have to check a rifle out from the local Fish & Wildlife for the day, and return it when done.
But that line about how “an armed society is a polite society” is such bullshit: being armed has simply turned normal rudeness into periodic murders, and it’s one of the major factors that has turned us into a far less civilized society than we were even 20 years ago.
ETA: And yeah, SYG was a big part of that dynamic.
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Aargh! in HIS mouth!
@satby: I suppose. But we’re both used to me doing that move, trying to get street food away from him.
The thing is, there’s all kinds of random crap people throw on the ground here. Often it’s bones, chicken legs or rib bones. Those scare me, I’ve heard stories about how they can tear up a dog’s insides. What is wrong with people?
No. Now, if he was a Rottweiler…
Okay?! They want to kill people. They eagerly await it.
I know I told y’all about the event a year and a half ago in which a (former) neighbor, high as a goddamn kite, broke into our house. I want to note that Mr. Suzanne was able to get him out of the house and into police custody without shooting him, or causing him any injury further than what he inflicted on himself. I will note that both Mr. Suzanne and I grabbed our exercise weights and were ready to bash his head in if it came to that, but it did not, and for that we are incredibly grateful. When we told our friends about the incident, one friend of mine from a former job all but stated that we were dumb not to kill the guy. It was incredibly upsetting and it really changed my view of this person. I knew he was a gun owner, but I had never seen him be ruthless.
@Ceci n est pas mon nym:
Something similar happened to Peter Parker. If your sense of smell and hearing gets sharper and other people’s butts start to smell enticing, you need to start thinking about your superhero nym and costume.
@satby: Does it matter which heat mat or grow lights? I’ve never tried starting my plants from seed so thanks for the seed starter tip! (& we can wait to discuss on a garden thread but I need to make this Tuesday start better.)
@lowtechcyclist: I heard a story from a guy I know about an altercation in an apartment parking lot where a man, probably homeless, asked if a guy working on his vehicle could give him a ride somewhere.
He said , “No.”
Homeless guy started screaming at him.
Vehicle guy went into his apartment and got a gun. Threatened homeless guy with gun. Homeless guy left.
All is well, right?
All I could think was Jeebus, back when I lived in the city I dealt with that kind of shit from time to time* and never had to threaten anybody’s life to settle it. Not once. And only once or twice was there anything one might call violence.
* it’s just the kind of inevitable crap that goes with living among a few hundred thousand people. a certain percentage are bound to be a little off.
Trust me, they always wanted to. Now they have permission.
Dominion v Fox:
Ok, I understand the need to report in simple terms, but come on.
@Kay: I’m disappointed that video won’t be streamed live but so glad Dominion nixed a settlement. Fox News needs to be exposed, and I look forward to its lying propagandists being forced to testify under oath.
I noticed that too :)
“Delaware, a state in the United States”
You *may* want to consider a soft muzzle, the kind that lets dogs pant & even drink but *not* chew. Most dogs accept them pretty easily, especially if putting the muzzle on becomes part of the walkies routine.
And keep an eye on those wounds… I had an (accidental!) bite from one of our dogs go from ‘darn, another puncture’ to ‘taken straight to hand surgery from the ER’ over the course of 48 hours. Dog bites aren’t as dangerous as cat bites, but they can absolutely be serious.
Right- agree- we still have Smartmatic too. The Smartmatic case is worse for Fox. The multi millionaire Fox news people lied more egregiously about that company and it will be easier to prove they knew they were lying when they made the untrue statements. The company says they can show 2.7 billion in damages.
I live in a rural area, on a blacktop road. It isn’t isolated here, have two houses about 100 yards away from my house (we own them, have renters).
Last week I get a call from my renter telling me there was a car in my driveway and a man walking from our back yard. He asked if I wanted him to call the cops. I said no, let me see what’s going on. I hobbled over to the window, saw a beat up car that had a flat tire. A woman was sitting in the car, looking at her phone, and a man was walking back to the car from the direction of our backyard. I opened the door and called out to him, asking if they were okay and did they need help. Not that I could help, I can’t do stairs safely yet, lol!
The man looked startled, said he didn’t think anyone was home, but they had someone coming to fix their tire. I said that’s fine, and closed the door and went on with my day.
A guy showed up, fixed the tire, the people left.
My renter and my niece (who lives in the other house next to ours) asked if they should bring a gun. I told them both that these folks weren’t hurting anything, they just needed a safe place to change a tire. Anyway, I have guns. The only gun I have any expertise in loading is a Civil War era long gun, and by the time I pour the powder, ram the bullet and put the firing cap on, I’d be better off smacking someone in the head with it. I’m not up on loading the modern firearms…
I have people ask if I’m afraid to be in my house alone during the week, and I’m really not. I refuse to live in fear 24-7. I don’t think I’ll have to deal with hordes of meth heads swarming my place (I have a family member who believes that is a real possibility, but she watches Fox News).
This is where we are at. People are so afraid someone is going to hurt them, they immediately go to the shoot and kill choice. Horrible.
Editorial cartoonist Brett Penrose’s – Penrose on Politics – commentary on right wingnut state senator Mike Moon’s (r) defense of an eleven-year-old child bride:
Missouri Republican Dystopia
Right wing culture makes people think that their suckers if they are victims of violence because they declined to be afraid of the unfamiliar. And no one wants to feel like a sucker.
Musk chasing more media away.
I have a friend (originally from Africa) who has a summer side hustle of doing yard work, garage cleanups … the last couple of years I’ve been fearful for his safety as he goes into neighborhoods talking to residents and rustling up business. He’s done this for 8-10 years and says he “knows” how to be safe but I worry.
@Baud: Especially not the suckers who spend their life savings on an AR-15, a Glock .45, 10,000 rounds of ammo for each, body armor, concrete bunker, 2 years worth of canned goods, a 15,000 gallon tank of water and no toilet.
@Quiltingfool: Thank you for handling the situation like a sane person! I’ve got no illusions about the good old days, but it does seem like people are generally more fearful and keen to escalate now. Maybe it’s because more people are walking around strapped? That sure puts cops on a hair trigger.
Yep. Fear is good business.
ETA: The children of bomb shelter sellers have to eat too.
Republican Senate report, based on their interpretation of “the science” and of circumstantial evidenced (because, of course), states that Covid resulted from a lab leak.
Yeah, ’cause when I think “serious interpretation of science and probabilities,” I think “Republican wheelhouse.”
Fucking idiots. And the press is lapping it up.
Here’s a brief video of the Limpkin family we’ve been watching. Such cute little fuzzballs!
Best evidence yet that COVID was naturally occurring.
Good morning, folks!
Btw I just caught up on that late night thread and in addition to the insights, thanks for the LOLZ
and so many others.
Good stuff and well worth the price of admission!
@Betty Cracker: I haven’t made that one, but I did make the Biden’s blessed double-ordered Red Hen rigatoni and it was AMAZING!
(I toasted fennel seeds and then ground them up instead of buying fennel pollen. It really took the dish to the next level!)
Do you use Merlin? My husband loves it. He uses it so often I’m starting to recognize some of the bird calls.
@Betty Cracker: Oh, so adorable!
@Kay: Yes — Merlin is fantastic! Their sound ID is incredibly accurate. I’d tried tons of apps before, and none were worth the screen real estate until Merlin.
@Betty Cracker: So cute!
This kid is a born caver:
At least they didn’t execute him.
@Kay: @Betty Cracker: A friend hunts wild turkeys, and occasionally practices calling them (you can get these little membranes to put in your mouth to help). He also had the calls on his iPod, and when we’d plug it into his old car, it would automatically start playing the first “song” on his whole device . . . which was a turkey call.
With the loosening of gun laws, knowing who is or is not armed becomes near impossible. Some people’s response is to become more fearful and get themselves a gun in response.
A profitable cycle for gun manufacturers.
I no longer have to commute to Chicago, but one thing I noted was that Bluetooth makes it very difficult to distinguish mentally ill people standing on the street ranting at the sky, from bosses standing on the street ranting at their employees.
@Ceci n est pas mon nym: Trying to take pizza from a beagle? Highly dangerous.
@OzarkHillbilly: No one who tried that lived to tell about it. At least not if they are like my guy.
They can shit in the woods, if they can bear it.
@Betty Cracker: thank you for the recommendation! I was going to ask on the next bird post what app people like best for identifying birds.
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@Baud: Your comment has had me chuckling for the last 1 hour+ trying to imagine what this superhero would do in, say a fight against Thanos.
@Quiltingfool: What’s extra infuriating is that the same people pushing the hordes of brown and black people coming to get you, so you need to be packing heat and ready to use it all the time were the same people bleating about how they weren’t going to follow any covid precautions because they refused to live in fear.
@Betty Cracker: If it was lazy me, I’d just sautee the zucchini, throw them into marinara sauce and be done with it lol
Glad Fetterman is back. I’m sure I saw in the weekend a tweet from Mitch McConnell in his own voice saying he’d be back to work on Monday. Anyone seen evidence of that? I also saw people claiming he was about to resign. Personally, I think he’s dead but they don’t realize.
Also surprisingly large number of people talking to themselves while grocery shopping =)
@Baud: As long as the unfamiliar isn’t an infectious disease, then they’re a sucker for taking basic precautions.
Yesterday at 3:05 pm my Mother In Law passed. Fortunately she was in hospice and had been given a nice morphine cocktail to ease her pain after a couple really brutal days of struggling with the bipap machine. My wife was with her, at her side, the whole time and did everything she could to make her comfortable. Now we have to do all the logistics of getting out to West Virginia to bury her in the next couple days. I’m sad because she was a really nice lady but mainly because I know how hard it will be for Kelly (I lost my own Mom in 2012, just a few days before our wedding). That said, it will be an adventure visiting Cole Country. I haven’t been to West Virginia in a long time.
@Kayla Rudbek: I hope you enjoy it! Sometimes when lots of birds are singing and otherwise making a racket in the morning or evening, I’ll turn the Merlin sound ID on to let it identify all the different species. It routinely IDs half a dozen or more from the cacophony, including species I hadn’t yet spotted. The interface highlights different identified calls in real time so you can learn to ID them on your own. Very useful!
Reminds me of the old joke about murdering your parents and then asking for mercy because you’re an orphan.
@UncleEbeneezer: I am sorry for your loss.
IF you are white and the person being shot is black. Offer is void otherwise.
@UncleEbeneezer: Sorry for your loss. Your wife is fortunate to have a supportive partner at such a tough time.
@gene108: it’s also part of the GOP story of “the government isn’t going to proetect you. You have to protect yourself. From all the crazies the government allows to roam free and won’t get rid of. Like the gays trying to convert your young Johnny to Janie. Blah blah blah”
@satby: Yes. This pretty much ruins girl scout fundraising..
@Princess: there was photo of Mitch walking the senate hallways in jeans and some fleece vest a day or two ago. I was severely disappointed to see him looking pretty spry and not at all hobbled.
My condolences to you and your wife.
Got it in one.
@Kay: @Betty Cracker: Having recently gone down the slippery slope and over the cliff into becoming a birder, I swear by eBird and Merlin. The photo ID is so-so but the sound ID is dead-on balls accurate*. The eBird hotspots are a great way to figure out where to go, too.
* h/t Mona Lisa Vito
@Betty Cracker: Thanks. I do what I can. Keeping the house clean, providing emotional phone support whenever she needs it (her Dad is a handful, to say the least) and sending her lots of cat photos for now, at least until we can meet up in WV.
@UncleEbeneezer: Deepest condolences, my friend.
I don’t mind the talking to oneself. but become a little concerned when they answer in different voices.
It brings to mind that billion dollar “He Gets Us” Jesus campaign that somehow manages to avoid portraying Jesus as anything like a right wing American Christian.
You’d think after going to the trouble of finding someone to impersonate him, they’d get the clothing right.
(And don’t tell me he’s not a duplicate. I keep up with my Q-Anon mailing list. They’re all duplicates.)
@Baud: Thank you. I’m glad her Mom’s suffering is over. From what I heard the last few days (before beginning hospice) were really bad. And I’m glad that Kelly and her Dad both can finally have some closure and slowly begin to get back to living again. This whole thing really dominated all of their waking hours for the past 9 months.
My sympathies to you and your wife. I’m glad Kelly could be there with her.
@Suzanne: Thank you :)
@Quiltingfool: Good for you. My city is hunkered down expecting riots (thankfuly they have not happened) because the grand jury wouldn’t indict police for their murder of a sweet young man doing Door Dash at night. Jayland Walker.
Tamir Rice in Cleveland was twelve years old with a toy gun. A person called the police to report a kid with a gun who was probably not a problem but the police maybe should check on it. I cannot imagine how badly that person now must feel after the police then killed that child.
@UncleEbeneezer: I’m sure it means the world to her.
@UncleEbeneezer: So sorry to hear that.
@UncleEbeneezer: I am sorry for your loss. I know how horrible it feels to be grateful when a loved one dies , because you just want their pain to stop. My mom 11 years ago.
@sab: Unless I see someone snatched off the street, I will not call the police.
@catclub: I don’t get concerned until they start up with the , “Gollum gollum!“
“Former” neighbor? So the bad dude moved away? That’s good. But too bad he’s someone else’s problem now.
Eureka, my town, was gifted cherry trees from our sister city in Japan, Kamisu a few years ago. There was a lovely little ceremony for the planting.
Two days later, a transient wandered through and decided to thrash two or three of the trees that were later replaced by folks from Kamisu.
@eclare: Currently in Akron police do not have visible name tags or badge numbers because they don’t want to be identifiable.
“I regret nothing.”
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@Ken: The Former Guy might be who that joke is based on. He’s also trying to defuse Michael Cohen, as a witness to financial shenanigans by saying “You can’t trust that guy (who went to jail because of lying under oath on his behalf and under his orders). He’s a known liar!”
I haven’t but I really want to. Let me know how it goes. I did try the supposedly original bolognese from the show. No tomatoes! But absolutely delicious. Highly recommend it.
@sab: MY go to is generally to not call the police. My only personal experience as a victim (perpetrator was a stranger and gone before they got there) calling the (military) police did not end well(for me) and taught me they were much more interested in closing the case/keeping their numbers down than catching the actual person…lesson learned.
Speaking of our gun culture, I did a spit-take when I saw this:
I don’t want to believe that it’s accurate, but it probably is.
@Steeplejack: The bad dude got evicted while he was in jail (unable to make his bail) and part of his plea agreement is a restraining order and an order not to come back into our neighborhood.
The time he broke into our house (while high and naked) was not the first nor the last time he behaved inappropriately while high and naked. He needs to go away.
Condolences to you and your family. 🙏
I wonder if there is a similar favorite app for identifying plants and trees.
I know that I’ve been told that Fox has insurance. But, nobody is gonna be mad to pay out over 4 billion in damages?
Now mentally ticking off what may constitute appropriate behavior while high and naked.
Very short list.
J R in WV
@Betty Cracker: when we do eggplant parm, I slice the eggplant and salt it. Then I dredge it with shredded parm and just a bit of corn meal and brown it in evo. It keeps the eggplant from becoming soggy underneath the cheeses and marinara!
I haven’t seen the same thing yet elsewhere so thought I’d put it out where people would see it…
@Steeplejack: My landlord has an app that identifies trees and smaller plants by their leaves. I don’t know it’s name though.
Mai Naem mobile
Our last house was the first street from the freeway and, also, real close to the neighborhood park so it wasn’t unusual to occasionally get somebody in front of the house with a broken down car or a homeless person walking by going to the park. Anyhow, twice we had drunk guys banging on our door at 1-2AM, yelling to let them in, insisting that they lived there. We just called 911. Cops came out and took care of the problem. Nobody had to be killed. >
J R in WV
@Ceci n est pas mon nym:
When when you walk your dog, make him wear a muzzle. It won’t take long for him to get used to it, and he won’t be able to scarf bad stuff from his rounds.
There are different styles , some soft ones use a neoprene to hold the mouth closed, others have a rigid cage over the mouth so they can breathe but can’t get anything to bite.
The only thing I don’t use found in that recipe in my recipe is fennel seeds and whatever the fuck fennel dust is (this was the subject of the commentariat at the time the scandal of the two ordering the same dish was brought to light by the diligent national media, thereby exposing yet again the perfidy and of the Biden admin.)
@Betty Cracker: it’s nice, though not life changing, and deep frying anything terrifies me. hmm. i do have an air fryer since the last time i did it- i think this might be a good opportunity to try it again.
@UncleEbeneezer: My condolences. (For your MIL’s passing, mind, not the prospect of visiting Cole Country.)
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I have something called PictureIt for plants which works incredibly well. But at some point I had to sign up for the subscription service ($30/yr) to have the functionality I wanted.
Sorry for your family’s loss :(
@HumboldtBlue: Fennel dust!?! Eek, a foodstuff I am unaware of!! Where’s my howitzer to blow it off my plate plus the scary person who assaulted me with it!! /s
Oddly, I’ve actually had that stuff — I know where but not exactly what on . . . Clearly a searing experience.
@Betty Cracker: @J R in WV: Thanks to a recipe in a low-fat Moosewood cookbook, If I do eggplant parm, I bread the eggplant and then BAKE it. (I don’t remember if the recipe calls for salting and draining first.) That process dehydrates it enough so it doesn’t become a sponge for fat. You can then just layer everything and bake it–or, my preference, do a deconstructed version so you keep the crust on the eggplant.
@OzarkHillbilly: In all fairness it’s hard to talk to a dead woman. But yeah, hard to believe they didn’t think the shooting of the black teenager was a crime as soon as it happened.
I heard that the 84-year-old man admitted that when he saw a black teenager on his porch he was scared out of his mind. I think that’s probably a result of listening to and watching media content where they tell you over and over again that young black men are thugs and rampaging criminals who will shoot you on sight. I live in the “bad” part of town here (it’s not that bad, but lots of people think it’s a killing field where crimes happen constantly), and neither of us would EVER come to the door with a firearm! Whatever happened to looking through the peephole first, and then asking someone what they want? I bet you anything that guy has Fox News brain. You cannot tell me that when you have two roads with the same name except one is “street” and one is “terrace” that people mistaking one address another hasn’t happened before.
In Ohio you cannot e-file your taxes to get a timely refund without a current state i.d. Maybe that will phuck up Republican voter suppression.
@Miss Bianca: Cole Counrty is quite beautiful.
We Ohioans always laugh at West Virginians. A guilty pleasure, because they are just like us and we are just like them.
@HumboldtBlue: Fennel dust/pollen is literally just that – the pollen of the fennel plant. Totally unnecessary, though.
This whole “add toasted nuts and/or seeds” thing has worked well twice just this past week. First with the toasted/ground fennel seeds for the rigatoni, and then I also made cashew chicken (toasting the cashews first) on another night last week. Wow was that good.
Will be making significant edits to the Fro home cookbook going forward!
@Princess: He’s back, and back to his Grim Reaper antics.
I have lived in an Urban area my entire life, when not in school.
If I’m not expecting you, I don’t open my door.
I yell through the door, and tell folks to get along with it and away from my door.
@J R in WV: We used to live in a county that put poison out for rat control. We had the cage muzzles, and the dogs used to leap for joy when we brought the muzzles out. Walkies!!
@Steeplejack: I have an iPhone app called PlantNet
@Ceci n est pas mon nym, @twbrandt:
Thanks for the tips.
@evodevo: I do that in summer —maybe a zucc, a summer squash, and a small eggplant. Add some tomatoes, call it garden pasta, and eat with sausage or sardines on the side. Lasts me two days and is good cold.
@catclub: Just wait.
@Another Scott: Pressure on Feinstein to resign is going to intensify if she can’t come back soon
I can’t see this working out in McConnell’s favor for very long.
@UncleEbeneezer: Condolences to you all in this difficult time.
@UncleEbeneezer: My condolences to you and your wife.
@Miss Bianca: I’m a little leery of visiting Cole Country. I’m sure it will be pretty but I don’t relish being in deep-MAGA territory (and the service will be very much in the boonies). That said, looks like I will fly into Pittsburgh, which I haven’t visited since ’98 and is where my Dad grew up.
Just thought, when I lived in a city, really the only unexpected people showing up at the door were the Evangelical Spammers for Christ. (Girl Scouts usually co-opted their parents and made their pitch at work.). There may indeed be a teeny teeny upside in the no people should walk unmolested on sidewalks and driveways America Made Great Again Repukelatopia.
@sab: I’m kind of glad that I will not have to step foot in Ohio (no offense, Kay!) even though flying into Columbus would actually be closer than Pittsburgh to where we are going (Union City, WV). Now I’m just debating whether to wear my “Biden won, get over it!” tee shirt for the trip, lol!
@rikyrah: You don’t just whip out a gun and start shooting?! /sarcasm
Seriously, these tragedies are completely predictable based on 1.) proliferation of guns in America and 2.) homeowner, castle paranoia/mentality that views everyone outside as a deadly threat. Like, five minutes on NextDoor and it becomes pretty obvious how many Americans are just pants-shitting/fantasizing about home invasions and any excuse to use their guns. #ThisIsAmerica, sadly
@UncleEbeneezer: I’m very sorry.
@zhena gogolia: Thanks (to everyone else too). Much harder on my wife than on me, obviously, but still a drag.
@Another Scott: Dems really fucked up when they put Feinstein on that committee, didn’t they?
@rikyrah: It sounds like this was a more suburban area, but honestly I’m not sure. At least you didn’t just start shooting through your door! That’s just crazypants, someone who has “Nextdoor brain” thinking every stranger in their neighborhood is a threat.
@rikyrah: And that’s before punitive damages. And the lawsuit from the former producer saying they forced her to lie. And then there are the shareholder lawsuits spinning up.
And aren’t some of the on-air “talent” getting sued by name too?
@OzarkHillbilly: Stupid article days nothing about how the kid got inside of the claw machine game.
@Soprano2: Didn’t she use to be/wasn’t she scheduled to be chair?
I’m not going to blame Schumer and Senate Democrats for this. The problem is the Senate and the way it is designed to give land power over people. Until we have a large enough majority to change the rules, the monsters are going to put up roadblocks to progress.
Blame the GQP. Use the anger to elect more Democrats.
@Soprano2: I read an article about that young man who was shot by a homeowner. He attends Staley HS. My father lives in that part of KC, and Staley is the crown jewel of the North Kansas City School District.
I’m not surprised that old man shot that kid. Most of the old white people (and probably middle age ones, too) are racist AF. No black folks lived in NKC when I was in high school there – redlining was in full force and effect. I am glad to see that more black folks are moving there, but, sadly, they have to deal with the racists who don’t think anyone but whites get to live in “their” neighborhoods. Gladstone cops will cheerfully ignore white folks who don’t follow traffic laws, but they make sure to follow any car that is driven by a black person.
@UncleEbeneezer: So sorry for your loss. I sounds like hospice and your wife made her mother’s passing merciful and loving.
@Edmund dantes: The only good thing about Mitch being back is I’ve read that he is adamantly against a government default, so perhaps he can do his voodoo and get Kevin in line.
@Jeffro: Does fennel seed become easier to grind once you toast it? I have to do it in a mortar and pestle, and I’ve pretty much given up because on harder seeds it is so ineffective.
@Argiope: sorry for the late reply, just got back from the market. I don’t think the brands of grow lights or heat may matter. I bought cheap versions of both off Amazon years ago, still going strong.
@J R in WV:
Thanks for the tips.
@Soprano2: OK but why did 2 of the 3 houses the had-been-shot- in- the-head kid went to for help, refuse to help. The third apparently insisted he put his hands up and lay on the ground…which he did, then promptly passed out/became unconscious due to blood loss and shock. At least the people at the third house called 911…
@OzarkHillbilly: large govt organizations and companies have done thousands of sim scenarios on post apocalyptic survival; and it’s not the bunker hunker dudes that make it. They usually get offed pretty quickly from a rival or from injuries that turn septic. The communities that band together and share knowledge and resources are the ones that make it. FYI.
Follow up. Don’t ask me how I learned about this…
I live in the suburbs, WFH, and leave my front door unlocked when alone (my wife is too spooked to do that when we’re both home, or she’s alone). My concern is more that I want free access for an EMT than that I would be targeted. Maybe if I mowed my lawn more frequently to look prosperous.
I did own a gun; a Colt .45 semi-auto, just like I used in the Navy. I bought it when stationed in FL and had fun shooting it at the range. Once I moved to CT, it was never worth the effort to get a permit, and I finally sold it a few years ago: frankly, forget self-defense, I was worried about what I might do with it.
@UncleEbeneezer: so sorry for your loss. Sending love.
@Betty Cracker: I love zucchini, so good ore bad, I would love to hear the results.