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Oops. There is a tape… (Kevin McCarthy is a POS)

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Heather Cox Richardson:

Today started with a New York Times story by journalists Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, based on their forthcoming book, detailing how the two top Republicans in Congress during the January 6 insurrection, then–Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), blamed Trump for the attack on the Capitol and wanted him removed from office.

On the night of January 6, McConnell told colleagues that the party would finally break with Trump and his followers, and days later, as Democrats contemplated impeachment, he said, “The Democrats are going to take care of the son of a bitch for us.” McConnell said he expected the Senate to convict Trump, and then Congress could bar him from ever again holding office. After what had happened, McConnell said: “If this isn’t impeachable, I don’t know what is.”

McCarthy’s reaction was similar. Burns and Martin wrote that in a phone call on January 10, McCarthy said he planned to call Trump and recommend that he resign. “What he did is unacceptable. Nobody can defend that and nobody should defend it,” he told a conference call of the Republican leadership. He also said he wished that social media companies would ban certain Republican lawmakers because they were stoking paranoia about the 2020 election. Other leaders, including Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN), talked of moving Trump out of the party.

Within weeks, though, faced with Trump’s continuing popularity with his base, McConnell and McCarthy had lost their courage. McConnell voted against Trump’s conviction for incitement of insurrection, and McCarthy was at Mar-a-Lago, posing for a photograph with Trump. Since then, McConnell has said he would “absolutely” vote for Trump in 2024 if he is the Republican Party’s nominee, and McCarthy has blamed the January 6 insurrection on Democratic leaders and security guards for doing a poor job of defending the Capitol.

Their tone has changed so significantly that the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol wanted to interview McCarthy to see if Trump had pressured him to change his story. McCarthy refused to cooperate, saying that “[t]he committee’s only objective is to attempt to damage its political opponents” and that he would not talk about “private conversations not remotely related to the violence that unfolded at the Capitol.”

Today, McCarthy responded to Burns and Martin’s story with a statement saying that the reporting was “totally false and wrong” before going on a partisan rant that the “corporate media is obsessed with doing everything it can to further a liberal agenda” and insisting that the country was better off with former president Trump in office. McCarthy’s spokesperson, Mark Bednar, denied the specifics of the story: “McCarthy never said he’d call Trump to say he should resign,” Bednar said.

Oops. There was a tape.

On January 10, 2021,  . . .

Continue reading. And see the footnotes with links to references.

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21 April 2022 at 9:02 pm

Radu Lupu – Schubert – Impromptu no.3 in G flat major D899

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And now, for something completely different:

See also “Happy Birthday, Radu Lupu!” — “Trying to understand his phrasing, timing, or the effect his bear-like posture at the keyboard has on the sound yields only partial results. The whole is greater than the sum of its ingredients.”

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21 April 2022 at 7:30 pm

Posted in Art, Music, Video

Shugo Tokumaru / Katachi

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21 April 2022 at 7:26 pm

Posted in Movies & TV, Music, Video

Black-eyed pea & peanut tempeh: 80 hours and done

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Click a photo for a slideshow; right-click photo in slide show to enlarge.

I went for 8 more hours after the photo of the tempeh when it was 72 hours old. I’ve cut it up to store it in the refrigerator. Tomorrow I’ll begin to use it in cooking. I began this tempeh with this post. The photo on the left clearly shows the perforation pattern of the large Ziplloc Fresh Produce bags I use for my tempeh-making.

This was a 3-cup batch (2 cups black-eyed peas, 1 cup redskin peanuts, measured before cooking — after I measured them, I then cooked them). I think the next batch I’ll make a 4-cup batch, and probably 2 cups chickpeas and 2 cups redskin peanuts (measured before cooking, and then after measuring them, I cook them).

Because this is a pure legume tempeh, I’ll cook some intact whole grain to have with it — I think hulled barley.

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21 April 2022 at 6:16 pm

The Republican way of politics is changing

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Kevin Drum has a good post of how drastically Republicans have changed their attitude toward politics. His post begins:

A few weeks ago (?) former Trump lapdog Jared Kushner parachuted into Saudi Arabia hoping to pick up an investment in his new private equity firm. Here’s a sample of his pitch deck, which was obtained by The Intercept: 

I had a hard time picking out the most embarrassing slide from the deck and eventually just said the hell with it and went with this one. Even an idiot can see that this diagram says nothing, and the rest of them are like a set of parodies from SNL.

Needless to say, the Saudi money men aren’t idiots and they had plenty of problems with Kushner’s pitch:

Those objections included: “the inexperience of the Affinity Fund management”; the possibility that the kingdom would be responsible for “the bulk of the investment and risk”; due diligence on the fledgling firm’s operations that found them “unsatisfactory in all aspects”; a proposed asset management fee that “seems excessive”; and “public relations risks” from Mr. Kushner’s prior role as a senior adviser to his father-in-law, former President Donald J. Trump, according to minutes of the panel’s meeting last June 30.

But days later the full board of the $620 billion Public Investment Fund — led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler and a beneficiary of Mr. Kushner’s support when he worked as a White House adviser — overruled the panel.

This obvious payoff for Kushner’s and Trump’s loyalty to Saudi interests got a few days notice and then faded out.

Now let’s switch to a couple of other warm weather environments: Southern California and Southern Florida.  . . .

Continue reading.

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21 April 2022 at 2:02 pm

A walk through Finnerty Gardens

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Yesterday was cold and it’s still early Spring up here, so not all blossoms were out. Still, as we walked through Finnerty Gardens at UVic (until the cold drove us away), we did see quite a few beautiful blossoms. Click any photo to make it a slideshow; right-click on any photo in slide show to enable enlargement.

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21 April 2022 at 1:29 pm

Posted in Daily life

Black-eyed pea & peanut tempeh after 72 hours

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The above photo shows the current state of the batch I started 72 hours ago. In the past 24 hours the mycelium has filled in noticeably and the slab is now denser and more of a solid block. I’m going to let it continue until evening. I will then butcher it to fit my storage containers and refrigerate it.

The grey areas (due to sporing) that were visible after 48 hours are completely gone, presumably overlaid with new mycelium growth.

Next batch is going to be a 4-cup batch, and I’m leaning toward chickpea-peanut tempeh, two cups of each.

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21 April 2022 at 11:28 am

Posted in Daily life, Food, Non-animal diet, Tempeh

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A woody shave, with the Gillette Heritage

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This morning I felt one of life’s little pleasures: being well-rested. I capped off a good night’s sleep with the pleasure a good shave. Meißner Tremonia’s Woody Almond shaving paste has a great fragrance — the cedar notes take it beyond the usual almond beloved of Italian shaving soaps — and my RazoRock Italian-flag synthetic shaving brush did a great job.

The Gillette Heritage wisely uses a clone of the Mühle/Edwin Jagger head, and the shave today was excellent, in part because the blade in it has seen few uses. Three passes to a smooth result, and then a good splash of Anthony Gold’s wonderful Red Cedar aftershave mixed with a little Grooming Dept Hydrating Gel — now that the bottle has too little left for the pump to work, so I have to pour it out. This morning I got enough so that my face is really hydrated.

The tea this morning is Murchie’s Keemun Extra Superior black tea: “Smooth, incredibly well-rounded flavour with fruity undertones, light briskness and a sweet finish. The Anhui province of China is home of the original tea gardens. The soil and climate conditions create teas that are naturally lower in caffeine than other fully fermented teas. Keemun teas are known for their complex characters and are often referred to as the “Burgundy of Teas”.”

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21 April 2022 at 11:14 am

Posted in Caffeine, Shaving

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