...but the best part is having meatloaf sandwiches. Two 1/2" slices of meatloaf, on bread, with ketchup. Marvelous. Doesn't even need to be hot.
Recipe for meatloaf: 1.5 lbs of ground beef, finely dice an onion and green pepper, add an egg and a cup of bread crumbs. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Put in pan, spread ketchup on top, bake for an hour at 350. Delicious.
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Yesterday was chores all the way down; today is chores all the way down. So goes tomorrow. I might not have chores on Sunday; we'll see about that--but Saturday, chores.
Among them: I need to rent a small trailer so I can bring home the implements we're keeping from Dad's house, including a fairly robust snowblower. It's big enough that it won't fit in the Jeep, and there's a smaller one-lung blower and a lawn mower besides. Also, a wheelbarrow, and some other things. We hired a cleanout crew to get the junk out of the house, but we want to get the useful stuff out before they come.
Yesterday we went up to the house so Mrs. Fungus could decide what to keep; at the same time I replaced the lockset in the front door so we can, y'know, actually get into the house. We never did find the key(s) that went to the front door, and it's inconvenient to have to carry keys and a garage door opener around.
I'll be going back tomorrow (probably) to pack up things and so forth; seems like a trailer for the big things, in the same trip, is a no-brainer.
Meanwhile, doing some de-cluttering here at the bunker, as well. Took a bag of trash out of the computer room, and took another bag of trash out of my old bedroom. Stuff I kept, couldn't remember why I kept it, got rid of it. Still a lot more to do, but it's a start.
Some stuff I thought I'd already gotten rid of: long ago, I'd bought a couple bottles of Orangina, drank them, cleaned out the bottles, and then filled them with colored water--one red, one blue--because the bottles made me think of potion bottles from D&D. The red and blue colors turned out to match exactly the red and blue used by Blizzard to represent health and mana (respectively) in both Diablo and WoW, which is (I think) why they were still on my bedroom shelves some thirty years after their creation. Well, they're in the trash now.
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"A day without immigrants"? Okay, so let all the illegals take the day off to protest Trump having ICE round up illegal aliens who've committed violent felonies since coming here. It's not going to bring anything to a standstill. Someone's grass doesn't get cut until tomorrow, or service at a restaurant is a little slow, or you can't get a chimichanga from the taqueria down the street--and? These aren't the people keeping the lights on and performing surgery and directing air traffic; they're largely unskilled labor. The ones with skills and training come here legally.
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America's stance towards Russia is all wrong, and has been the entire time Obama was in office. The Trump Administration seems to be different.
Francis Porretto gives a quote I agree with.
When the day comes that the Russians start sticking their nose in on the relationship between the US and Mexico, that will be the day I give two shits about what the Russians do with the Ukraine.De-bowdlerized for your protection!
But the United States is not responsible for all the misery in the world--it is not even responsible for most of it!--and it's not our job to spend all our money trying to fix everyone else's problems. It's not our job and, 99% of the time, it's none of our business either.
I don't have a problem with the US protecting its vital national interests, and I certainly don't have a problem wtih the US helping when there are disasters--but we should just keep our noses the hell out of everything that doesn't fall into one of those two categories.
"They'll say we're bad if we don't!" They'll still say we're bad even if we do, particularly if we don't do it to their specification. It's not worth it. If you're having problems, call the UN. That's what they're for. They won't do anything about your problems but you can rest assured that the Security Council and General Assembly will deplore the problems you're having and vote on a stiff resolution condemning the cause of your troubles, the United States, and Israel.
I have never thought the US should do anything for anyone but itself, anyway. Notice that even the godfather of American socialism, Woodrow Wilson, stayed the hell out of WWI until the Zimmerman Note forced his hand; and the father of US socialism, FDR, remained out of WW2 until Pearl Harbor happened. Since the end of WW2 it's been nothing but interventionism. Some of it was necessary to stop the spread of communism, but post 1991 even that was no longer necessary. Why was American intervention needed in Serbia? Other than to get Monica Lewinsky off the front pages?
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Democrats have gone once too often to the well, and Trump is the result. But it's not just that people have stopped listening to the Democrats shrieking; it's that Trump himself doesn't dignify their horseshit by responding to it as if he thinks it's valid.
That's why the media is losing its shit over the way he takes questions at press conferences: he's ignoring the outlets who demonize him, because he knows they're going to demonize him regardless of what he does. The equation is both simple and obvious: if you want him to take your question, report fairly; if you don't report fairly, if your outlet routinely compares him to Hitler, you don't get a question.
I like the strawman assertions and his responses:
"He's think-skinned and petty!" shrieks the left. "He takes everything personally!"This is the way a lot of people feel; but furthermore, it's what people like me have been urging the GOP to do for seeming centuries. Trump is doing that; and in the process, he is pounding the Democrats and their mouthpieces in the ass. Bypassing them and going straight to the American people.
Good, I say. I want him to take attacks personally and deal out payback. I know I won't be the target, you will be.
"He's unpresidential! He'll destroy the integrity of the office!"
No, that's already happened. Remember, you elected a shit-talking jackass who takes selfies at state funerals when he's not giving stealth middle fingers to his opponents during debates. There is no dignity of the office, not after Clinton and Obama.
"He's a narcissist! He's got totalitarian impulses!"
Yes, he's basically a mirror version of Obama. Except now, he'll be working for what I want. The end justifies the means. You taught me that.
"A sitting president going after the media. OMG!"
Oh, like Obama trashing Rush Limbaugh and Fox News? How about when he sent his lackeys to berate news reporters for failure to flatter him at all times. Oh, and NSA spying on the press. That was pretty great, too.
"He won't show his taxes!"
Don't care. Where are Obama's college transcripts, by the way?
"He's a bully! Is this what you want? Someone who uses his power to bully other people?!!!"
And this is where everything funnels down to the very nexus of my change in attitude from "Do unto others" to "I will do unto you what you do unto me."
Because even the New York Times is heavily invested in fake news.
Putting aside for a moment the irony of the Times citing a white nationalist while trying to demonize someone for citing a fascist philosopher. Let’s be honest about the Times' intentions here.So, that's the flipside to the left's one insult and joke. ("So-and-so is stupid!") When they are given an example of an opponent who is obviously well-read, suddenly it's "dangerous".
The Times staff are well aware that based on the title alone, most people will just share the article on social media without reading it, much less bother to click the hyperlink to examine the primary material. The article is not really designed be read, just to be shared--it's really is just a glorified Wikipedia entry on Evola. Like most of the clickbait responsible for the decline in the public's trust of journalism, its purpose is to confirm a worldview among those who would share it. It's merely another grasp at any straw in the hopes binding them together into a fascio of accusation thrown Bannon's way.
If, however, this article is not mere smarm and political calumny trying to create guilt by association, and instead it reflects an earnest concern by the Times that Bannon's mere knowledge of Evola is somehow dangerous, it’s revealing. What it reveals is a much more troubling worldview and culture among the Times staff and, by extension, those it considers to be its core readership than it reveals about Bannon. In this light, the article exposes a line of reasoning that can serve to explain so much of the recent anti-free speech hysteria and trigger warning phenomenon seen around the country.
Normally being well read and having knowledge of obscure yet influential philosophy and its impact on foreign policy would be seen as something to put in the plus side of the ledger in a determination of whether an advisor to the president is competent and worthy of his station. In this case, however, according to the Times, having knowledge is a negative. It's not that Bannon is being accused of following or even quoting Evola (although the headline implies it). He's being accused of knowing about Evola. Knowledge itself, in this case, is portrayed as a corrupting force.
Well, yeah, I suppose it is. The last thing you want is for your opponent to actually be smart and educated, particularly when that opponent has already demonstrated he's not going to play by your "heads I win, tails you lose" rules.
They do their best to dismiss Trump as a boor and an oaf, but the fact is that Trump is no dummy--idiots can not turn $40 million into $4 billion--and he is smart enough to surround himself with experts who are as smart as he is, or smarter. And to listen to them.
That scares the shit out of the left.
It scares them because they know that an opponent who doesn't give a rip about their pointing and shrieking--who can deflect it with ease--will be able to do things that will hurt their agenda. It scares them more than does the fact that Trump obviously expects his people to perform, and has no trouble about replacing them if they don't. The left has attempted to spin Michael Flynn's departure from the NSA as some kind of major, Watergate-level scandal, but it's not; it is, in fact, an example of Trump finding someone deficient (for wahtever reason) and removing him.
They desperately want it to be, but it isn't. FBI declined prosecution, because there's no criminal act here. And if the FBI is going to decline to prosecute someone for both willingly and negligently posting classified information on a private e-mail server *cough*HILLARY*cough* how can they prosecute someone who committed no crime?
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I, for one, would welcome the end of Palestine. It's a sham, something ginned up by international leftism to try to break down Israel.
The “Palestinian Authority”, a shell company of the PLO which is a shell company of the Fatah terrorists, has no economy worth speaking of. It has foreign aid. Its diplomatic achievements are achieved for it by the transnational network of foreign diplomats, the UN, the media and assorted international NGOs. During the last round of “negotiations”, Secretary of State John Kerry even attempted to do the negotiating on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in the talks with Israel.It has no economy because it is not, and never was, a nation.
Take away the transnational order and the Palestinian Authority will need a new sugar daddy. The Saudis are better at promising money than actually delivering it. Russia may decide to take on the job. But it isn’t about to put in the money and resources that the PA has grown used to receiving from us.
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Yep, this is exactly so.
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Man, I have so many chores to do. Better get going, I suppose.