Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Things we don't eat

Partly for health, to avoid salt, fat, the high cholesterol of organ meats, and calories.

Partly because my wife is the Mrs. Uberbland of eating, for whom even tilapia has too much and too exotic a flavor.

My Franco-American parents regularly served together fried boudin noir, salt pork, and bacon with boiled potatoes and butter.

Sometimes fried liver and onions.

Sometimes Quebecois meat pie (my maternal grandmother's was the best) - the fat is not drained from the fried ground meats before the spiced filling is put into the pie.

Shepherd's pie.

You used to be able to find a lot of this stuff quite readily in supermarkets.

Today, not so much.

I asked the butchers at the Giant Eagle near the Village Square Mall about blood sausage and they don't carry it, or have any idea who does.

The younger ones didn't know there even was such a thing, and thought it sounded gross.

Will they do it after all?

Wreck Ocare?

The Duce at the UN had red meat for everybody on the right

Bozo at the UN made a frankly shocking display of, well, himself.

He denounced, to a completely stony-faced audience, the global phenomenon of uncontrolled mass migration as a terrible injustice by the feckless nations from which people flee against the nations to which they migrate.

The nations from which they flee get to escape the need for economic and political reforms at the cost of losing their own greatest resource, their people, while the poorest folks living in the nations to which they flee - where those same fleeing masses, evidently, are not a great resource - suffer, he says, economically and otherwise from the illegal and overwhelming tide.

He reprised the Buchananite, anti-multi-nationalist, anti-globalist themes of his campaign, castigating the UN for its unfair costs to the US and its overall failures, and calling for an emerging world of prosperous, sovereign, and independent nations, committed every one to justice, cooperation, and peace.

He sounded like a bellicose, churlish, and rather stupid man, a mini-Mussolini, embracing Wilson's ethno-nationalist vision without the League, apparently rendered miraculously unnecessary by the nations' spontaneous love of peace.

A vision immediately belied by his own allusions to the situations in Korea, Iran, and Venezuela.

As for Korea, he announced that "Rocket Man" is "on a suicide mission for himself and his regime", warning emphatically that if NK forces the US to defend itself or its allies NK will be "totally destroyed".

Channeling Zionist right wing globalists who oppose the Islamic Republic - which he characterized as a corrupt and murderous dictatorship whose principal exports are violence, blood, and chaos - with all their hearts, he deplored the Iran deal vigorously, strongly hinting but not actually announcing it would be repudiated.

And he castigated Maduro's "socialist dictatorship" that is wrecking that leader's country, stating firmly that "the problem is that socialism has been faithfully implemented in Venezuela" and announcing pretty clearly that the US will be doing something or other to end that regime.

That the incompetent and absurd regime of the Bolivarians has faithfully implemented socialism in Venezuela is an accusation it will be tough to deflect for a left wing noise machine that has been playing along with MSNBC, Bernie, and the right wing bumper-sticker industry in watering down the idea of socialism.

In truth, they have done this to so great an extent that it could with equal justice be said that socialism has been faithfully implemented in the United States because we have public schools and highways.

And almost that Ronald Reagan was right to claim the adoption of Medicare was the triumph of Communism in America.

Though socialism is not going quite so badly, here, of course, as it is in Venezuela - a fact which may to some minds suggest that perhaps the problem in Venezuela isn't socialism, at all.

On the whole, a disturbing and reckless performance.

Hurricane Maria another category 5/4 monster of the Caribbean

The Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and the Turks and Caicos Islands will all be slammed.

Then the storm will loop north into the Atlantic.

Jose off the US East Coast is running up far enough offshore to generate mostly just rain and high surt.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Ta-Nehisi Coates has nothing on her

Hillary Clinton: there's a 'game that keeps women in their place'

Just part of her ugly side.

She speaks more bitterly about this than I recall O speaking about racism in America.

But Clinton has also spoken candidly about how deep-rooted sexism played a hand in her defeat, and about the double standards she faced as the first woman nominated by a major party for president in America’s 240-year history.

In an interview with the New York Times published Saturday, Clinton spoke further about how misogyny is used as a tool to hold women back.

“This has to be called out for what it is: a cultural, political, economic game that’s being played to keep women in their place,” Clinton said.

“The idea that women have to fit certain stereotypes; that’s a weight around the ankle of every ambitious woman I’ve ever met,” she added. 

“We get constant messaging our whole lives: You’re not thin enough, talented enough, smart enough. Your voice isn’t what we want to hear.”

Gender is a dominant theme in Clinton’s book, What Happened, a 469-page autopsy of her campaign that takes readers behind-the-scenes through pivotal moments throughout the race.

. . . .

“It’s difficult for me to see my story as one of revolution,” Clinton told the Times. 

“But I was part of the women’s movement that led to a revolution not just in laws, but in attitudes and doors that had been closed to young women opening.”

“I’m also conscious of the continuing double standard,” she added. 

“I have to be better than everyone; I have to work harder.”

“There’s no margin for me when others have so much leeway. It’s a pressure cooker all the time.”

. . . .

Clinton said much of her motivation to write the book stemmed from wishing to spell out the consequences of failing to address the gender gap that is ingrained in every level of society.

“It will happen again if we don’t take action against it – shoehorning every woman into a little slot and saying: ‘This is where you belong,’” Clinton said.

“Girls as young as six say boys are smarter than they are. They haven’t even gotten to school yet, but their cultural antennas are already up.”

. . . .

She describes the experience as both “excruciating” and “humiliating”.

“The moment a woman steps forward and says, ‘I’m running for office’, it begins,” she writes. 

“The analysis of her face, her body, her voice, her demeanor; the diminishment of her stature, her ideas, her accomplishments, her integrity.

“It can be unbelievably cruel.”

About that election commision

NAACP Lawyer: Trump’s Presidency Was Driven by the ‘Browning of America’

Did she mean to refer to the motives of the voters who supported Trump, his campaign, or the actions and agenda of his presidency so far?

Any two?

All three?

Anyway, in part, surely, that claim is right, whichever it is, though regarding all three I do think she's wrongly ignoring many other factors.

Janai Nelson, the Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said Saturday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” that the “clear browning of America” led to President Trump’s election.

“[W]hat drove this entire presidency is the fact that there is a clear browning of America,” Nelson stated. 

“Black and Latino voters are going to dominate the electorate if they are able to vote — if they are included in our democracy in a way that is proper and fair.”

Nope. Not yet.

Whites will be a majority of voting Americans for a while, yet.

But even shutting the door to just nonwhite immigration would only slow that browning down, since it's largely due to differing fertility rates among the races and not so much to immigration.

Given abortion in America is significantly slowing that browning, by the way, unyielding Republican opposition to abortion undermines charges they or their agenda are driven by racism.

She went on to say that Trump’s election commission is “doing everything possible to erect barriers” to set people of color back.

There is no actual evidence they are doing anything for that purpose, and it is actually incredible on its face.

The GOP supports a variety of moves tending to disenfranchise a number of sliver demographics a majority of whose voting members are reasonably presumed to vote Democratic.

It is clear enough that excluding Democrats is the actual point, though in no case is the demographic targeted explicitly just Democrats per se.

And though in each case more Democrats than others are excluded, some others are also excluded.

New Hampshire, for example, allows students from out of state to vote only if they get a New Hampshire driver's license, a move disenfranchising a population including Republicans as well as Democrats, but more Democrats than Republicans.

And, as it happens, a move that disenfranchises significantly more whites than nonwhites, though no one supposes that is the point merely because that is the effect.

But with no actual evidence at all it is the entrenched claim, entirely uncontested on the left and not much contested anywhere but on the right, and not at all credible on its face, that voter ID laws not only disenfranchise more blacks than whites but also that that is the point.

And yet it is surely true that many whites would regard that, though not as the point, as at any rate a welcome side effect.

Well, maybe just as an amusing side effect.

"North Korea will be destroyed"

A clip of Nikki Haley on TV saying that if the US is forced to use a military option to defend itself "North Korea will be destroyed".

Lindsey Graham reportedly commented better millions of dead on the peninsula than here.

Playing to the crowd on the racial left

Susie Madrak reports - gleefully? - a strange white fellow who tells us what - well, no.

It's probably not what he really thinks.

And there is something odd about his claims regarding racism and white supremacy, here.

To begin with, all white supremacists are racists.

Go check out internet dictionaries on "racism".

But most racists - I mean white racists, here, of course - are not white supremacists, white nationalists, exterminationists, and a whole lot of other awful things.

Though, yes, it has become common for people to refer to whites whose racism goes no further than wanting to maintain a white majority in the US and who are willing to go no further than fiddling with immigration rules to accomplish that as "white nationalists".

Trump seems to fall somewhere in that group, as do many of his supporters.

David Cay Johnston: Trump Is A 'Flat Out Full Racist'

"Listen, I think the record here is very clear," Johnston said.

"And maybe Miss Huckabee Sanders will think that the government should call for no one to hire me, and by the way, I don't get paid for these appearances -- Donald Trump is a racist. 

"He isn't just a white supremacist, he's a flat out, full racist. 

"Unless your definition of a racist is someone who hung somebody from a tree, he is a racist. 

"He's made awful comments over the years. 

"He is the embodiment of being a racist, just as Miss Huckabee Sanders' comments the other day, are the absolute embodiment of censorship, and should have upset every single person in america who has even a modest level of respect for our Constitution."

Phooey. Oh, pshaw.

"Wow," Reed responded. 

"I then have to ask you because the rebuttal from Trump's people will say, 'why is Darryl Strawberry praising him' or 'why is he friends with Don King?'

"But that is one of the great things not understood largely by people who haven't thought about these issues," Johnston said.

"That we had a black president didn't mean we're not a racist country anymore. 

"If we'd had Hillary Clinton, that didn't mean that feminism is no longer an issue or that we have equality by gender. 

"That's nonsense. 

"And let's remember that Strom Thurmond had a child with a black woman."

BooMan on The Duce's bipartisanship and those who find it shocking

It's Not a Decision if You Have No Choice

Why do we need to continue to make excuses for people who know absolutely nothing about politics even though it is their profession? 

What kind of dunce did you need to be not to know that the Republicans would need Democratic votes to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government operating? 

How stupid do you have to be to think that the House Republicans would vote to extend the debt ceiling without needing any Democratic help? 

I began writing about this September deadline in October of last year, when it still looked like Clinton would be president. 

Every single thing I’ve written since the election has been colored and informed by the fact that the Republicans would need Democratic help in September. 

So, it’s “disorienting”? 

It’s “unconventional”? 

It’s “shaking things up”?

. . . .

Anyone who is dazed because the president can’t get the votes he needs from the Democrats for the DREAM Act or to keep the government operating and to avoid a catastrophic credit default unless he caves on the stupid fucking wall is a very stupid fucking person.