Friday, April 20, 2018

I really love your peaches

Want to shake your tree.

Lovey dovey lovey dovey lovey dovey all the time.

Because you can never have too many dog videos

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Because you can never have too many dog videos.

Fresno State professor, Randa Jarrar

“Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal.  F*** outta hear with your nice words.”
She experienced Twitter pushback.

And she responded to it.
“I work as a tenured professor. I make 100K a year doing that. I will never be fired. I will always have people wanting to hear what I have to say.”
Then her tweets disappeared and her account locked.

And then.
“Currently on leave from Fresno State. this is my private account and represents my opinions.” 

Perhaps not fired exactly, but hoisted by my own petards.

7 magical ingredients

I wish my dad was alive so I could spring this on him. I'd buy the things separately and present them together as a kit. An infallible flavor kit.

It's actually a bit of a pain in the butt.

Because you're forced to ask, what is the best mirin to use, what is the best sake to use, what is the best fish sauce?

I've bought sweet mirin and I've bought dreadful mirin, both from the same Asian market. I've bought delightful sake and dreadful sake, both from Argonaut Liquors. I've bought fish sauce that's just crap and I've bought fish sauce that has aged depth. I've read countless contradictory reviews. Amazon reviews are nearly hopeless this way. Some people despise what other reviewers love. It took a LOT of research to find the right things.

So then, for ease of purchasing and for your convenience, here is what I've found.

1) Fish sauce. Red Boat. Amazon $14.90 17oz. 

2) Toasted sesame seed oil. Anywhere

3) Takara Mirin

4) Sho Chiku Bai sake

These two items, mirin and sake are perfect and inexpensive, $18.00 for three bottles (2 mirin and 1 sake) but shipping over doubles the cost. If you live in Berkley then you've got it made. Here in Denver, the three bottles plus shipping cost $40.00. They shipped in a very attractive and careful package, like a gift box, and protected from damage. Takara Sake, USA took impressive care shipping three bottles at once. When I run out, I'll buy it again. For me, it's worth it. And I don't intend on living without it.

5) white sugar, anywhere.

6) soy sauce, anywhere.

I've been trying different soy sauces. Presently I'm hooked on one that is aged and fermented beyond the usual time. And time and care is expensive. Another thing wrapped as a gift. It's 3x more expensive than Kikkoman that is top rated otherwise. Our taste is accustomed to the harsher more aggressive type, and that's fine.

7) rice vinegar, anywhere.

That's it. The amazing flavor septad. Basically 1 teaspoon each, except triple soy sauce. Possibly less toasted sesame seed oil. I've used this combination with all types of vegetables, chiefly with fried Napa cabbage, and that combines with the liquid that comes from the vegetables or is added such as chicken stock, bonito and kombu dashi, beef stock, or plain water, they form a sauce that is irresistible and deeply satisfying. I've used it with soba and miso and seafood, dipping for fried things especially tempura, It's very good with mushrooms, zucchini and yellow squash and shrimp.

Yesterday I mixed it with cheap hamburger meat that left grease all over the pan and produced the best tasting hamburgers that I've ever eaten and that's why I'm writing this post. So far everything that I've put it in, including pot roast and green chile was improved by it. The flavor ingredients changed what I consider panty essentials. And I see now why Japanese cooks always have these elements right there at hand cluttering their workspace.

I wish I had discovered them sooner.

Air National Guard careers ruined over Dinosaur hand puppet.

This is unbelievably stupid.

A female master sergeant reenlisting wore a hand puppet during her swearing in ceremony to amuse her children. A video was made of the ceremony and posted to Facebook.

Not all vieweres were amused.

The sergeant lost her position, the colonel was demoted then retired, and the person who took video was also repositioned.

Story at Daily Caller.

Original reporting at Air Force Times. with this photo.

YouTube videos are not good. 

Commenters universally blame Obama's distain for military and concomitant degradation. Do you think that's a fair assessment?

By way of contrast, Daily Caller published another post I Spent Four Days In The Field With The National Guard -- Here's What I Learned by Joseph Lafave that describes the present day National Guard as remarkably professional and exceedingly demanding with certain advantages over regular forces while maintaining hilarious sense of humor throughout. Suggesting it's laughter and humor that make the hardships imposed bearable. 

I suppose there is a time and place for that, but not while swearing in. 

I found this post particularly interesting. 

It matches every other work environment that I see, except a bit more extreme. 

The guys at Denver Pizza Co. today show the same seriousness / humor. 

The guys at Golden Triangle Auto today show the same seriousness / humor.

Doing an important ceremony with at touch of whimsy is one thing. Video taping the solemn ceremony is another. Posting it to Facebook yet another. I think that was her mistake.The humor they share with each other is kept to themselves while the image they project is pure seriousness.

Ingraham Angle Ratings up 20% Thanks to Teenage Tyrant David Hogg

This is everywhere all at once, I'm reading it on Moonbattery.

Moonbattery's take:
Ace Hardware is already back on board. MyPillow had the guts to stand up to Hogg and stick by Ingraham all the way through. 
Having jacked up Ingraham’s ratings, Hogg now sets out to shame companies that invest in the firearms industry:
They show a Tweet from Hogg about his next provocation.

I don't have cable. Don't watch Fox. Couldn't possibly care less about Laura Ingraham's ratings.

But I love watching these things backfire. I love watching people bang their heads bloody. And I love seeing people lose money and waste time, and forfeit days and weeks of their lives, age prematurely, through anxiety and loss of sleep, by giving energy to the aggression of their political conceits. Break a leg, Sport, and I mean that literally.

James Comey says he wishes he'd never mentioned Trump's hand size and orange skin.

Oh? Why?

Because he feels that it undermines his credibility.

Hold my beer, please, while I fall about the place laughing.

Seen on Lucianne, original reporting at Daily Mail with a lot more words, photos, and review about hand size discussion all the way back to Republican primary.

No mention of Trump's hair or clown shoes.

Isn't it nice all these people have a way of talking about someone's color without thinking themselves racist? You cannot mention color, Racist. You cannot mention color, Racist. You cannot mention color, Racist. You cannot mention color, Racist. Orange. Orange. Orange. Orange. Orange. Orange. Orange. Orange.


Have you noticed that men have dysmorphia about their own height? A few days ago I met a young man no taller than myself who insists he's 6'4". Just days before that I met a man who said, "You're almost tall as I am." I'm actually taller. Then just today an older man stopped me in the hallway to ask where I bought my canes. He decided mine are too short for him. (They're the same length as his) Then he said, "I'm a bit taller than you." My eyeballs could see that his eyeballs are lower and I'm looking at the top of his head. Is it me with dysmorphia? I've been weighed and measured repeatedly.

"They're made for right and left hand. Here try."

"Oh, I can tell they wont' work. Not enough room for my hand."

"What? Your big ol' gorilla hands won't fit?"

Side sidebar.

Speaking of stature.

Coming in from the garage I encountered a petite woman going into the garage with a tiny dog. I greeted them both. The dog had no interest in me. Its mind was on getting out.

An hour and a half later I encountered her again right after the tall older man going up in the elevator. But now she has her dog and a small boy. We exchanged greetings again.

I looked back to the boy way down there near the floor and spoke to him as an adult, "Oh! I'm sorry. I forgot to ask you if you'd like to push the button."  An important matter to children that age. It means they know their numbers.

The woman said, "That's okay. He pushes the button all the time."

Looking back at the boy, "I promise, I'll remember to ask you next time."

Standing there like a little man, looking me right in the eyes, the boy calmly replied as an adult, "Okay."

Little kids and little animals, you can always tell when they're talked to.

Joint press conference with President Trump and Prime Minister Abe

I didn't realize until now that Shinzō Abe sounds like a woman. (joke)

In this video with no sound of the two heads of state and their wives walking around Mar-a-lago I could not take my eyes off Melania. She is stunning. Visually, the group goes Humpty Dumpty Dumpty BAM! The whole place is beautiful. You can see why people prefer going there.

A southern black racer snakes slithers across a sniper's rifle.

Reported on Fox News, seen all over the place.
While conducting a 1-173 Infantry training exercise, a southern black racer snake slid across the barrel of junior U.S. Army National Guard sniper Pfc. William Snyder's rifle. The exercise was performed at Eglin Air Force Base on April 7, according to the Alabama National Guard. 
Apparently, the sniper’s camouflaged ghillie suit even hid him from the unexpecting snake.


Apparently, we were born yesterday. 

How many snipers you heard of have a cameraman conveniently positioned looking down the barrel and at just the precise moment? 

They found a snake and put it over the barrel. 

And as far as we know, there is nobody in a ghillie suit. 

This is a p.r. photo if ever there was one. 

They seem nice

All the "open wine bottle with a flame" videos are best muted.