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Reactions to NRA press conference

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The NRA revealed itself as totally bonkers, incapable of meaningful dialogue. Best Twitter responses here. Among them.

Sam Stein
if only we had armed guards at Fort Hood

Derek Thompson
As far as kickers go, “This is the beginning of a serious conversation, we won’t be taking any questions” is an instant classic

George Zornick
Numerous tweeps pointing out that Virginia Tech, too, had an entire armed police force on campus.

And note: during the NRA press conference 4 were killed in a Pennsylvania shooting. Story here.

Written by Leisureguy

21 December 2012 at 2:11 pm

Posted in Daily life

Busy morning

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A long phone call, cleaning kitchen, making a new grub (very intriguing one, described below), discussing the appropriate response to the apparent racism at the Maker’s Mark restaurant in Kentucky (in comments), and so on: no time to blog. But let me repeat the link to this tasty bourbon-using sweet-potato recipe. It’s quite wonderful.

My grub benefitted from my stop yesterday at the Asian and produce markets. In the 6-qt pot:

3 Tbsp olive oil
the two super-scallions chopped, including the green
1/2 medium Spanish onion, chopped
two good pinches of salt
good grinding of black pepper

Sauté while chopping—and I chopped as I went, trying to keep ahead.

2 large jalapeños (very fresh and nice)
2 habaneros (ditto)

Chopped and added those as the onions got limp. Then after that sautéed a while:

1/4 c garlic cloves, minced
1 of those fat stubby carrots, diced
1 large zucchini, diced
1 medium jewel yam, diced
two handful chopped celery
that Chinese eggplant, diced
1 small jar organic tomato paste
1 c red wine
1 c water
1 Meyer lemon diced (including the skin)
about 1 cup fresh okra, sliced (no time to cut off caps: just chopped them some)
that bitter melon, diced. Interior was hollow, very tender
1 small package dried black-cloud ear mushrooms
good handful dried sliced shiitakes
package of fresh enoki mushrooms, chopped
1/4 c ponzu sauce
2 Tbsp shoyu sauce
2 Tbsp sherry vinegar

I stirred and cooked that. I added some more water and wine as needed as the dried mushroom absorbed water. Then the greens:

1 bunch red dandelion greens, chopped
1 smallish bunch red bor kale, chopped (stems minced)
1 package salted (but wet) seaweed, rinsed, soaked, and chopped—it expanded greatly (good source of iodine)

I let that simmer for 30 minutes, then added

1/2 c fregola sarda pasta
probably about 1 c frozen corn kernels

Simmer 17 minutes, then add:

2 10-oz jars of small oysters (fresh, already shucked—small is the best size for stews, stuffings, etc.)
12 oz frozen sockeye salmon fillets, thawed and cut into chunks, skin on
2 mackerel fillets, boned (have to remove ribs, fins, and cut away central line of small bones), cut into chunks, skin on

Let simmer for 12 minutes, and the grub melange is done. And the pot is very full indeed.

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21 December 2012 at 1:49 pm

Miss Molly checks computer, Megs’s fish in background

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Mac, Molly, & Fish

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21 December 2012 at 9:52 am

Posted in Cats, Molly

La Toja and the Wee Scot

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SOTD 21 Dec 2012

La Toja all the way today. The Wee Scot apparently dried while bristles were pushed aside by the adjacent brush on the shelf, but that’s totally temporary and as soon as the brush was wet, it was good again.

La Toja shave stick is profoundly white, and a firm stick, but the lather was generous and the shave was fine, the Tradere Solid Bar holding a Gillette Rubie blade. I do admire this razor. I wonder how many guys get shaving gear—e.g., handsome new razors—as a holiday gift, presuming some judicious hinting here and there. Or shaving soaps/creams. I’ll be interested to hear in comments of your shaving-related presents.

La Toja aftershave is very pleasant—so nice that I want to use it again, so tomorrow’s shave will be La Toja again,but this time the shaving soap in the section of tree with a lid cut from a section of bark from a cork tree.

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21 December 2012 at 9:48 am

Posted in Shaving

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