Oct 24 2016

On the Front Lines

Police Arrest 120+ Water Protectors as Dakota Access Speeds Up Pipeline Construction
October 24, 2016

Water Protectors Erect New Frontline Camp Directly in Path of Dakota Access Pipeline
October 24, 2016

Actor Shailene Woodley on Her Arrest, Strip Search and Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance
October 24, 2016

Meet the Journalist Facing 45 Years in Jail for Filming Tar Sands Pipeline Protest in North Dakota
October 24, 2016

Arrest of Journalists and Filmmakers Covering the Dakota Pipeline is a Threat to Democracy
October 24, 2016

Oct 24 2016

Waffle House

In the interests of full disclosure I feel I need to point out I love Waffle House, so much so that when I travel with friends who know me and I am staying South of Delaware they will add points to Hotel choices based on proximity to a Waffle House (points are not deducted because, let’s face it, no place South of Delaware is more than 5 minutes from a Waffle House, it’s simply that walking distance means I don’t have to wake you up for the car keys).

And what’s not to like about a place that will sell you greasy, artery clogging hash browns covered and smothered 24 hours a day?

I’ve also had Oxycontin when I busted up my leg a few years back and it certainly did the trick though I didn’t like it as much as some others because I found it harsh and paranoia (yes, more than usual) inducing.

I know a few people in chronic pain and uniformly they are under-prescribed and suffer almost all the time. They also have to deal with feelings of guilt and unworthiness because our tough guy Calvinist culture equates agony with virtue.

Oct 24 2016

Pondering the Pundits

“Pondering the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Pondering the Pundits”.

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Paul Krugman: It’s Trump’s Party

The presidential campaign is entering its final weeks, and unless the polls are completely off, Donald Trump has very little chance of winning — only 7 percent, according to the Times’s Upshot model. Meanwhile, the candidate continues to say disgusting things, and analysts are asking whether down-ballot Republicans will finally repudiate their party’s nominee.

The answer should be, who cares? Everyone who endorsed Mr. Trump in the past owns him now; it’s far too late to get a refund. And voters should realize that voting for any Trump endorser is, in effect, a vote for Trumpism, whatever happens at the top of the ticket. [..]

So you can ignore all the efforts to portray Mr. Trump as a deviation from the G.O.P.’s true path: Trumpism is what the party is all about. Maybe they’ll find future standard-bearers with better impulse control and fewer personal skeletons in their closets, but the underlying nastiness is now part of Republican DNA.

And the immediate consequences will be very ugly. Assuming that Hillary Clinton wins, she will face an opposing party that demonizes her and denies her legitimacy no matter how large her margin of victory. It may be hard to think of any way Republicans could be even more obstructionist and destructive than they were during the Obama years, but they’ll find a way, believe me.

Charles M. Blow: Clinton’s Specter of Illegitimacy

President Obama is fond of saying that Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person to ever seek the presidency. And, if current polls are correct and prove resilient, she will be one of the most qualified people to be elected and ascend to that office.

But one of the great ironies of this election is that America’s first female president may be viewed by many as the country’s most invalid president, hanging under the specter of suspicion, mistrust and illegitimacy.

This is partly because her opponents all along the way have complained that the system — from the media to the electoral apparatus — was “rigged” and unfairly tilted in her favor, and it’s partly because of unflattering bits of information that have come to light from an illegal hack.

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Oct 24 2016

The Breakfast Club (Ah Bach)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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This Day in History

Dawn of the UN; Dwight Eisenhower vows to end the Korean War; Suspects caught in D.C.-area sniper shootings; Concorde makes last trans-Atlantic flight; ‘Star Trek’ creator Gene Roddenberry dies.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Weather forecast for tonight: dark.

George Carlin

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Oct 23 2016

Formula One 2016: Austin

I have mixed feelings about Formula One. First of all it’s horrible, fixed, rigged and boring to watch. Second of all it’s it’s the best game out there, at least compared to other motor sports which really aren’t sports at all relying as they do upon… motors. Where’s the sport in that?

I suppose I could change allegiance to Premier League Football except nothing ever happens (Ooh look at that! Manchester City just defeated Manchester United 1 – Nil on a Penalty Kick! And it happened only 5 minutes into overage time!). Where is my Curling and Badminton Channel?

Yeah, I need to get out more but the day star, it burns.

I suppose you’re looking for something insightful and deep which I frequently bury in my most frivolous pieces, but not this one as I’m sick, Sick, SICK! with this stupid chest cold that makes everyone I meet think I am either Darth Vader or an Arby’s commercial (you didn’t see that coming?).

For those thrown into a frenzy of concern about my health I assure you I’m way iller than this almost every day and I know plenty of people right now who have been hit much harder by this same bug. I should really get out less and become more isolated than I am (hah, that’s a joke. I couldn’t possibly be more insular).

So in Texas, a state I advocate is a mistake we should return to Mexico, we will watch cars being driven in a circle among a declining and bored US audience that are wondering why all the turns are not Left and what happened to the flaming chunks of twisted metal.

Viewership of the NFL is down also, do you think this has anything to do with our increasing dissatisfaction with the Neoliberal Status Quo?

Of course not.

Oct 23 2016

The Breakfast Club (Go Cubs!)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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AP’s Today in History for October 23rd

Suicide blast kills U.S. Marines and sailors in Lebanon; Students in Hungary spark Cold War revolt; President Richard Nixon agrees to turn over White House tapes; ‘Tonight Show’ host Johnny Carson born.


Breakfast Tune Take Me Out To The Ball Game – claw hammer style

A claw hammer version in open G tuning. Played first in 3/4 and then in 4/4 with drop thumb.

And yes, I know he’s wearing the wrong shirt.


Something to Think about, Breakfast News & Blogs Below

Cubs to meet Indians in World Series
Larry Fine, Reuters

The Chicago Cubs dispatched the Los Angeles Dodgers with power and pitching on Saturday to win the National League pennant and reach their first World Series in 71 years.

The Cubs, for more than half a century viewed as the lovable losers of old ivy-covered Wrigley Field, beat the best pitcher of the now generation in Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in a 5-0 victory that clinched the National League pennant, 4-2.

Next up, the Cleveland Indians and the Curse of the Billy Goat. …

Brexit: leading banks set to pull out of UK early next year
The Guardian

Britain’s biggest banks are preparing to relocate out of the UK in the first few months of 2017 amid growing fears over the impending Brexit negotiations, while smaller banks are making plans to get out before Christmas.

The dramatic claim is made in the Observer by the chief executive of the British Bankers’ Association, Anthony Browne, who warns “the public and political debate at the moment is taking us in the wrong direction”.

A source close to the Brexit secretary, David Davis, said he and the chancellor, Philip Hammond, had last week sought to offer reassurance that they were determined to secure the status of the City of London. …

Major New Court Ruling Says “Even The President” Can’t Declare Torture Lawful
Alex Emmons, The Intercept

IN A ROBUST RULING in favor of Abu Ghraib detainees, an appellate court ruled Friday that torture is such a clear violation of the law that it is “beyond the power of even the president to declare such conduct lawful.”

The ruling from a unanimous panel of judges on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstates a lawsuit against a military contractor for its role in the torture of four men at the notorious prison in Iraq.

Last June, a district court ruled that a “cloud of ambiguity” surrounds the definition of torture, and that despite anti-torture laws, the decision to torture was a “political question” that could not be judged by courts.

That ruling echoed the widely discredited legal theories of the Bush administration, which argued that the war on terror gave the president the inherent authority to indefinitely detain and torture terror suspects, and conduct mass surveillance on Americans’ international communications.

But the Fourth Circuit soundly rejected that theory, saying that the United States has clear laws against torturing detainees that apply to the executive branch. …

Dozens of demonstrators arrested at North Dakota pipeline
Timothy Mclaughlin, Reuters

More than 80 protesters were arrested on Saturday after clashing with police near a pipeline construction site in North Dakota, according to the local sheriff’s department, which said pepper spray was used on some demonstrators.

The 83 protesters were arrested near the site of the Dakota Access pipeline on numerous charges ranging from assault on a peace officer to rioting and criminal trespass, the Morton County Sheriff’s department said in a statement.

Law enforcement was alerted early Saturday morning to an SUV on private property near the pipeline construction site and found that four men had attached themselves to the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s department. Police removed the men from the SUV before arresting them. …







Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

The secret of power napping
Nick Littlehales, The Guardian

he power of the nap cannot be ignored. A study by the University of Düsseldorf has shown that even very short naps enhance memory processing, while a Nasa study, looking at their effects on pilots on long flights, reported: “Naps can maintain or improve subsequent performance, physiological and subjective alertness, and mood.” One of the authors of that report, Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US, has said that “a 26-minute nap improves performance in pilots by 34% and alertness by 54%”.

Naps are of critical importance to pilots flying long-haul – they fit one in while the co-pilot takes over, later reaping the benefits of improved alertness. They are a significant performance enhancer for athletes, too, and they can have the same benefits for anyone. A 30-minute nap is the most practical.

If you want to try it yourself, have a coffee beforehand – espresso is a good, quick fix – so that it takes effect towards the end of your nap, or controlled recovery period (CRP). Don’t sip your coffee too slowly, as you might find it’s already taking effect as you begin your CRP, and be aware of the amount of caffeine you have already consumed. If you are hovering around the 400mg daily maximum, go without. …

Oct 23 2016

Pondering the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition

Pondering the Punditsis an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

On Sunday mornings we present a preview of the guests on the morning talk shows so you can choose which ones to watch or some do something more worth your time on a Sunday morning.

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The Sunday Talking Heads:

This Week with George Stephanopolis: The guests on Sunday’s “This Week” are: Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump; Clinton campaign chief strategist Joel Benenson; and Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin.

The roundtable guests are: ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd; Republican strategist Sara Fagen; National Review senior editor Jonah Goldberg; Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons; and editor and publisher of The Nation Katrina vanden Heuvel.

Face the Nation: Host John Dickerson’s guests are: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus; Democratic strategist David Axelrod; and Republican strategist Frank Luntz.

His panel guests are: Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan; Slate Magazine’s Jamelle Bouie; new editor in chief of The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg; and Washington Post reporter Ed O’Keefe.

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd: The guests on this week’s “MTP” are: Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine (VA); and Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.

The panel guests are: New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman; Daily Beast columnist Stuart Stevens; New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor; and Washington Post editor Eliana Johnson.

State of the Union with Jake Tapper: Mr. Tapper’s guests are: Clinton campaign monitor Robby Mook; and Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.

His panel guests are: former SC House Rep. Bakari Sellers (D); former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-NE); former Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ); and conservative talk sow host Dana Loesch.

Oct 22 2016

2016 Senior League Championship Series: Game 6, Dodgers @ Cubs

Here we are back in the windy city at Wrigley Field for the 6th, and hopefully the final game, of the National League Championship with the Chicago Cubs leading the Los Angeles Dodgers 3 games to 2 in the series. Tonight it will Dodgers’ pitcher Clayton Kershaw, trying to save his team against Cubs’ pitcher Kyle Hendricks. The last these two faced each other was in game 2 of this series. The Cubs hope that Hendricks and their batters will do better than they did in that game which they lost 1 – 0.

If the Cubs win tonight it will be the first time they will advance to the World Series since since 1945, other wise, they will have one more try in game 7 tomorrow night. The first game of the World Series is on October 25 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The game starts at 8:08 PM ET on FS1. I’ll be sitting in tonight for ek hornbeck who is feeling a bit under the weather, nothing serious just the usual seasonal change cold.

Oct 22 2016

Health and Fitness News

Welcome to the Stars Hollow Gazette‘s Health and Fitness News weekly diary. It will publish on Saturday afternoon and be open for discussion about health related issues including diet, exercise, health and health care issues, as well as, tips on what you can do when there is a medical emergency. Also an opportunity to share and exchange your favorite healthy recipes.

Questions are encouraged and I will answer to the best of my ability. If I can’t, I will try to steer you in the right direction. Naturally, I cannot give individual medical advice for personal health issues. I can give you information about medical conditions and the current treatments available.

You can now find past Health and Fitness News diaries here.

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What to Cook This Weekend

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Credit Taylor Glascock for The New York Times

Good morning. You going leaf-peeping tomorrow? Picking some apples? Gathering pumpkins, gourds, a thatch of dried corn to tie to the porch or fire escape in celebration of the harvest and this nation’s agrarian past? I imagine the coming election has you rattled, and there’s bad news abroad as well. But this is high agritainment season, people. Get in the car!

I’ll take the apples, and any small cooking pumpkins you can find. I want to make Florence Fabricant’s recipe for pumpkin soup with ancho and apple this weekend. I want to dial in my pie crust technique and to bake one of our dozens of recipes for apple pie.

Or, check that, one of our dozens of recipes for pumpkin pie.

~ Sam Sifton ~

Pumpkin Soup With Ancho and Apple

Chances are the contents of that can of pumpkin purée you may be using for pie, soup, biscuits, custard, ice cream or bread came from Illinois. It’s the state that produces the most pumpkin for canning.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

You can use any melting cheese, such as American, Muenster or Swiss, but not too much: part of the perfection here is in the proportion of bread to cheese.

Torrisi Turkey

The roast turkey breast that Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone serve for lunch at their restaurant Parm in New York City is about the moistest, most luxuriously flavorful turkey available on the planet

Health and Fitness News

More than two sugary drinks a day greatly increases diabetes risk, study shows

Migraines could be caused by gut bacteria, study suggests

STD rates reach record high in United States

Anti-inflammatory drugs might someday treat depression

New screen time rules for kids, by doctors

Pre-Teens Need Just Two Doses of HPV Vaccine, Not Three: Feds

Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities and More Kids Need Them, CDC Says

Oct 22 2016

Alone In The Kitchen With An Old Frenchman

Recently French chef Jacques Pépin turned 80 and retired. Over the years, he educated viewers of Public Television on how to cook and, something that no other cooking show host has done, techniques in the kitchen with wisdom, humor and a smattering of French lessons. As Gilad Edelman wrote in a Slate article, this man will teach you how to cook

Perfect Presentations

Lobster Roll Medallions on Spinach Salad show off Jacques’ new presentation of a summer seafood favorite. He proves that a craving for hearty food can be satisfied in minutes with Quick Lamb Stew, where vegetables are cooked separately and the lamb is served rare. Finally, skip the time and effort it takes to make a tart crust and head straight for the filling in this shortcut that encases Small Berry Custards in pretty dishes.

Small Berry Custards (pdf)

Minute Recipe: Fried Capers (pdf)

For an unusual cocktail accompaniment, I like to deep-fry capers. Although small capers are preferred for most recipes, the largest capers available are the best for deep-frying. Crunchy and nutty, these will surprise and delight your guests.

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