Thursday, February 27, 2020

Angry Wind Today

Yorkshire Tea + Vera

Perhaps because we've snuggled up to the library dvd collection of Vera with our pup and blankets each night but I'm crazy for tea.

Monty Python

Slumlords, housing profiteers

Slumlords, housing profiteers have nowhere to hide under Hartford’s new rental licensing program

James Baldwin

It was #books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.

Passport out of Hell

It might be time to shop for another place to land.

Wake up: This is Now the Authoritatian America

Portland Oregon Building with Trees Attached

New SE Portland building covered in living trees
The building is called “The Tree Farm” and will house office space and retail shops.
Author: KGW Staff
Published: 6:07 PM PST January 28, 2020
Updated: 8:50 AM PST January 29, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. — A new building visible from the Morrison Bridge is turning heads and raising questions.

“There are more than 50 trees in steel containers outside all six floors,” said architect Ben Carr.

The trees on the building, at Southeast 3rd Avenue and Morrison Street, are on a drip system and will be pruned once a year.

“The design puts the trees at the ledge of windows so when people look out of their offices, they’ll see green,” said Carr.

The weight of the containers presented some design challenges but with the project nearly complete, Carr is pleased with the results,

“It feels good to bring some color to a once gray spot in the neighborhood," he said.

The building is called “The Tree Farm” and will house office space and retail shops.

Authoritarian Government

Each of us is born into their own country. I see the nuclear family as our first government. A country with government leaders. What kind of parents did you have? What country in the world was like the parents who raised you?

truth or disclosure

Aletheia (Ancient Greek: ἀλήθεια) is truth or disclosure in philosophy. ... Aletheia is variously translated as "unclosedness", "unconcealedness", "disclosure" or "truth". The literal meaning of the word ἀ–λήθεια is "the state of not being hidden; the state of being evident." It also means factuality or reality.

Aletheia - Wikipedia

Lemon Arugula Pasta
Delicious! I was shocked how fantastic this recipe was. The lemon cuts the intensity of the cheese and it really is creamy and just delicious. We ate it as a main course. I have made it several times and with several kinds of cheeses. The first time I only had Parmesan and it was still spectacular. Hint: Make homemade pasta, it is worth the effort. Fresh pasta soaks up the sauces perfectly.

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt Quotes

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

“Believe you can and you're halfway there.”

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.”

“When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.”

“People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength.”

“I am a part of everything that I have read.”

“Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right.”

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”

“To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”

“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”

“A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”

“When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.”

“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.”

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

“Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.”

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

“With self-discipline, almost anything is possible.”

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

“The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.”

“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”

“Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.”

“Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.”

“Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.”

“I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!”

“No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.”

“This country has nothing to fear from the crooked man who fails. We put him in jail. It is the crooked man who succeeds who is a threat to this country.”

“A stream cannot rise larger than its source.”

"It is impossible to win the great prizes of life without running risks, and the greatest of all prizes are those connected with the home.”

"If I must choose between peace and righteousness, I choose righteousness.”

"Peace is normally a great good, and normally it coincides with righteousness, but it is righteousness and not peace which should bind the conscience of a nation as it should bind the conscience of an individual; and neither a nation nor an individual can surrender conscience to another's keeping.”

"All the resources we need are in the mind.”

"Our chief usefulness to humanity rests on our combining power with high purpose. Power undirected by high purpose spells calamity, and high purpose by itself is utterly useless if the power to put it into effect is lacking.”

"There is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.”

"In life, as in a football game, the principle to follow is: hit the line hard.”

"The men and women who have the right ideals... are those who have the courage to strive for the happiness which comes only with labor and effort and self-sacrifice, and those whose joy in life springs in part from power of work and sense of duty."

"We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood. We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, of power to do without shrinking the rough work that must always be done.”

"At sometime in our lives a devil dwells within us, causes heartbreaks, confusion and troubles, then dies.”

"We must remember not to judge any public servant by any one act, and especially should we beware of attacking the men who are merely the occasions and not the cause of disaster.”

"Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.”

"Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.”

"Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe."

Winston Churchill Quotes

“The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.”
“It is no use saying ‘we are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”
“We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.”
“It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

“Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.” – Winston Churchill
“It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.”
“When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.”
“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
“Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.”
“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.”

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” – Winston Churchill
“I have never accepted what many people have kindly said, namely that I have inspired the nation. It was the nation and the race dwelling all around the globe that had the lion heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.”
“Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.”
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last.”
“Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.”

“I am easily satisfied with the very best.” – Winston Churchill
“Say what you have to say and the first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending – sit down.”
“Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say: “This was their finest hour.”
“Do not let us speak of darker days; let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days: these are great days – the greatest days our country has ever lived. ”
“The English know how to make the best of things. Their so-called muddling through is simply skill at dealing with the inevitable.”

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Winston Churchill
“War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.”
“In war, as in life, it is often necessary, when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.”
“No one can guarantee success in war, but only deserve it.”
“If one has to submit, it is wasteful not to do so with the best grace possible.”
“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.”
“Curse ruthless time! Curse our mortality. How cruelly short is the allotted span for all we must cram into it!”

“Without courage, all other virtues lose their meaning.” – Winston Churchill
“We must beware of needless innovations, especially when guided by logic.”
“One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!”
“Success is never found. Failure is never fatal. Courage is the only thing.”
“Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the hard may be; for without victory there is no survival. ”

“History is written by the victors.” – Winston Churchill
“We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.”
“The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.”
“My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.”
“I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”
“The English never draw a line without blurring it.”
“It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.”

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill
“There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.”
“To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.”
“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”
“You have enemies? Good. It means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
“In finance, everything that is agreeable is unsound and everything that is sound is disagreeable.”
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

“A state of society where men may not speak their minds cannot long endure.” – Winston Churchill
“This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
“There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right.”
“It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.”
“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”
“Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.”
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill
“We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
“Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.”
“What is adequacy? Adequacy is no standard at all.”
“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
“Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace, and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war.”
“It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.”
“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.”
“We shall not fail or falter. We shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.”
“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”

“I never worry about action, but only inaction.” – Winston Churchill
“It is wonderful what great strides can be made when there is a resolute purpose behind them.”
“We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.”
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”
“All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honour; duty; mercy; hope.”
“Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.

“Great and good are seldom the same man.” – Winston Churchill
“The first duty of the university is to teach wisdom, not a trade; character, not technicalities. We want a lot of engineers in the modern world, but we do not want a world of engineers.”
“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
“When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.”
“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.”

“Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.” – Winston Churchill
“Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.”
“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time-a tremendous whack.”
“Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.”
“All I can say is that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.”

“If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find we have lost the future.” -Winston Churchill
“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
“I may be drunk, miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”
“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.”
“Every man should ask himself each day whether he is not too readily accepting negative solutions.”
“The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.”

“Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge.” – Winston Churchill
“The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”
“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy then an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then it becomes a tyrant and, in the last stage, just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”
“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”
“Broadly speaking short words are best and the old words when short, are best of all.”

“To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill
“I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.”
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, it’s also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
“There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do and for making a certainty of what you try. But this principle, like others in life and war, has it exceptions.”
“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”
“If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.”
The English coastline near Cornwall at the start of a new day

“Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
“In the course of my life I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.”
“Everyone has his day, and some days last longer than others.”
“In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.”
“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”
“There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall which is leaning toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you.”

“I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.” – Winston Churchill
“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”
“I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.”
“There is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.”
“We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.”
“Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”
“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.”

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
“No crime is so great as daring to excel.”
“I always seem to get inspiration and renewed vitality by contact with this great novel land of yours which sticks up out of the Atlantic.”
“We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.”
“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

“Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”


You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.
Winston Churchill

Tactical Manuevers

After 4 years of dog poop 10,000 piles of shit, fostering, kenneling dogs and no dog ever having a leash or receiving a walk, my neighbors were read the riot act about the feces farm. Now of course they are mad at me. I am using the front door to avoid them. It's wonderful to have options. I may even move my trash bins to the front. I could avoid them for years like I did with Kevin and Big Guy.

Absentee landlords DESTROY a CITY. Luckily our city takes this seriously and can and has, cracked down. They have pushed out bad landlords in the past and will do it again because that's the origin of the problem. Bad landlords just care about money and do not want any laws bothering them. They attract bad tenants who want the freedom to hide from any and all responsibility. A match made in HELL.

Quarantine Pasta

A friend gave me an electric pasta machine with various dyes for shapes. The machine is so darn noisy....I take it out every few years and end up remembering why I never use it. but my freezer full of semolina and spinach is begging me to try again. If we get quarantined we can make a years supply of pasta.

Happy Birthday John Steinbeck

“I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.”
― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”
― John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

“All great and precious things are lonely.”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do.”
― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

“I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”
― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

“I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's
― John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

“But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal.”
― John Steinbeck

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”
― John Steinbeck

“And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.”
― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

“I was born lost and take no pleasure in being found.”
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

“Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.”
― John Steinbeck

“I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one. . . . Humans are caught—in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too—in a net of good and evil. . . . There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well—or ill?”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“When a child first catches adults out -- when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not always have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just -- his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink deeply into green muck. It is a tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine. And the child's world is never quite whole again. It is an aching kind of growing.”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“There's more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”
― John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

“I guess there are never enough books.”
― John Steinbeck, A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia

“I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I've lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment.”
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

“To be alive at all is to have scars.”
― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

“Do you take pride in your hurt? Does it make you seem large and tragic? ...Well, think about it. Maybe you're playing a part on a great stage with only yourself as audience.”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you've got two new people.”
― John Steinbeck

“My imagination will get me a passport to hell one day.”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“Anything that just costs money is cheap.”
― John Steinbeck

“It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.”
― John Steinbeck, شرق بهشت

“As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.”
― John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

“No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.”
― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

When the Devil's in Charge (2)

Syrian Children Freeze to Death. Bombs Rain Down. And ‘Nobody Cares.’

When the Devil's in Charge (1)

Justice Dept. Establishes Office to Denaturalize Immigrants

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Cavatappi + Kale Supper

Tonight I made cavatappi pasta and kale at the same time (3 minutes) in my instant pot. Then I added Adobo and cheese and olive oil, red pepper black pepper and salt. So good.

Update: Today, I added juice and zest of a lemon too!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Waffles
Using just 2 bowls, make these homemade Pumpkin Waffles a part of your Fall breakfast tradition. With warm spices and yummy pumpkin they're a must make!

Author: Kylee Cooks


1 1/2 cups flour
1 Tbs baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbs pumpkin pie spice or 1 tsp each of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger
½ tsp salt
1 cup canned pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
2 eggs
3 Tbs butter melted
1⁄4 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup milk plus extra if needed


Heat your waffle iron.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
In a medium bowl whisk together the pumpkin, eggs, butter, brown sugar and milk until well combined.
Make a well in the dry ingredients, and pour in the wet mixture. Mix together until JUST combine, being careful not to over mix.
Your mixture will be thick but pourable. If too thick add 1/3 cup extra milk.
Pour batter into waffle iron, and cook according to waffle iron directions (my Belgian waffle maker will take longer than a regular iron).
Remove from waffle iron, serve with butter and maple syrup.

Biscotti di Vino

Author Notes

This traditional family-style recipe is common in many regions of Italy with variations per area. This simple, almost biscuit-like biscotti is perfect to serve with fruits and cheeses while enjoying wine or after dinner with espresso and cordials —cucina di mammina

Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Makes approx. 24 biscotti


1 cup red wine (full-bodied) Chianti
1 cup vegetable or olive oil
4 1/2 cups flour (unbleached)
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons baking powder


Place all the dry ingredients in a large bowl; blend together. Create a center well in the flour mixture and pour in the red wine and oil. Using a fork or mixing spoon, slowly start to blend the dry and wet ingredients until all are combined and the mixture begins to come together as a dough.
The dough will be a bit sticky and oily; but easily able to roll and form. Roll small amounts of dough into a rope and form into a circle; pinch the ends together to complete the shape.
Set oven to 350° F. Once all the biscotti are formed and ready; place them evenly spaced (about three rows) on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes at this temperature and then reduce the oven to 300° F and bake for about 15 to 20 more minutes until they are light golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool. Store the wine biscotti in a sealed container; they keep very well in a cool, dry place or you can freeze them and thaw for later use.

The Interview

I walked over to my meeting. It wasn't raining and I enjoyed the 2 mile walk as a chance to look around and think. When I arrived I was surprised at how ugly the area was. I passed a few drug dealers and overgrown and battered yards. The only signs on the premises were about picking up dog poop. They were homemade signs poking up from the dirt and scattered leaves. There was no indication which way was the main entrance. I tried the left door and it was locked So I rounded the building and found a door propped open. I entered. It was dark and cold and nobody was around. I found a man seated at a computer. He didn't turn until I walked over and addressed him. We chatted a bit. The woman who made the appointment with me was away but might return. I received a tour of the dingy unlit, unheated building. When the woman arrived she seemed alarmed. We sat in an even colder room. I put my purple fleece hat back on. "It's glorified summer camp, are you still interested?" I was shocked by her statement. She was inviting me to bail before I said a word. Not a good sign I thought.

How to Prepare

How to Prepare for the Coronavirus

Wash your hands. Keep a good supply of essential medicines. Get a flu shot. Experts offer practical tips on how to get ready for a possible outbreak.
Experts advise people to use their common sense, including frequently washing hands and getting the flu vaccine.

Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job

the president is not interested in the science, in the details of addressing the epidemic, in hiring the right people or anything else with which normal presidents would concern themselves. He is interested that the markets are spooked, which could hurt his reelection chances.

Democracy Dies in Darkness
Trump has no clue what to do in a disaster
A municipal worker in Tehran cleans a commuter train on Wednesday in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Atta Kenare/Afp Via Getty Images)
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Jennifer Rubin
Opinion writer
February 26, 2020 at 7:45 AM EST

The Post reports: “Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told The Washington Post late Monday that investors should consider ‘buying these dips’ in the stock market amid the coronavirus panic.” Trying to hype the market did not work. “Less than 24 hours later, the Dow Jones industrial average would fall another 879 points, bringing [President] Trump and Kudlow’s economic advice — at least in the short term — under greater scrutiny.” The report continued:

The rosy sheen that Trump, Kudlow, and other White House officials have tried to express about the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak has now collided with reality: The coronavirus is spreading, quickly, to more countries. It is killing more people than expected and wreaking havoc on global supply chains. Efforts to detect and contain it have failed. . . .
Trump is highly concerned about the market and has encouraged aides not to give predictions that might cause further tremors. He is expected to talk to officials on Wednesday, said aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Mind you, the president is not interested in the science, in the details of addressing the epidemic, in hiring the right people or anything else with which normal presidents would concern themselves. He is interested that the markets are spooked, which could hurt his reelection chances. It never seems to occur to this crowd that if you hire the best people, stick to the facts and punish corruption and incompetence, the results will speak for themselves. But wasn’t this always Trump’s business style? Hype the steaks, sell chewy meat. Hype the airline, go bust. Hype the university, don’t deliver.

Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump, promulgates a ludicrous conspiracy theory that the virus is a “weaponized” cold meant to bring down Trump. It is all about covering for Trump and blame-casting, the public good be damned.

Trump’s penchant for lying and self-promotion gives rise to the understandable concern that he is not telling us the truth about the virus, allowing scientists to speak openly or taking sufficiently bold action to stop what is becoming a fast-moving disaster. (“White House officials’ efforts to contain the economic fallout from the coronavirus have created new political hazards, as they publicly downplay the threat while other federal officials with a background in health and diseases are warning of more severe consequences for inaction.”) At times like this, you do wish loyalty were not the sole qualification for a job in the administration and that Trump’s reelection (which he pegs to the stock market) did not swamp basic issues of national security and public safety.

This is what authoritarian states do in a disaster (see: Chernobyl). The priority is on maintaining the facade of infallibility; the result is a worse disaster that would have been preventable had leaders understood the most valuable tool in disasters is often transparency and the free flow of quality information.

Trump has always treated natural disasters as platforms for photo-ops and self-congratulation (as in Alabama, where he is popular), or for carrying out vendettas (as when a mainly Democratic locale such as California or Puerto Rico is involved). We have learned that the disasters Trump touts (A caravan invasion!) can be less than what they appear. The pretexts for action (Imminent threat of attack by Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani!) do not always check out. The president’s priorities are often skewed so that legitimate needs (e.g., military housing) take a back seat to his political stunts (the border wall). His budget cuts (e.g., foreign aid to countries from which refugees are fleeing) are often not aligned with our budget needs.

On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in a written statement, blasted Trump. “The President’s request for coronavirus response funding is long overdue and completely inadequate to the scale of this emergency,” she said. “For almost two years, the Trump Administration has left critical positions in charge of managing pandemics at the National Security Council and the Department of Homeland Security vacant. His most recent budget called for slashing funding for the Centers for Disease Control, which is on the frontlines of this emergency. And now, the President is compounding our vulnerabilities by seeking to ransack funds still needed to keep Ebola in check.” In other words, Trump has neglected the details of governance, put people in charge who are not held accountable for their results and tried to make up with it by spewing gibberish.

Voters expect the government to get fundamental concerns about public health and safety right. President George W. Bush never recovered from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 because Americans saw the results of incompetent, out-of-touch leaders who tried to put a happy face on a disaster. (“Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job.”) Trump should be worried by a lot more than the stock market. The public is seeing the price they pay for a narcissistic and utterly incompetent president. In cases like this, it is the president who takes the blame.

Madness of King George

King George’s Blue Urine Gives the Color Royal Blue New Meaning
King George III had a killer combo of crazy and blue urine!
— February 16, 2018
King George III’s Royal Blue Urine

In 1810, King George III slipped into pure madness and was soon forced to retire from public life completely. He may be best known in the history books for being the king who lost America, but did you know he had blue urine?

Could his mental illness and pools of blue be related?
It could all come down to a genetic blood disorder called porphyria.
Driven to Madness

Many historians attribute George’s madness to a genetic blood disorder called porphyria.

The state King George III was in during the last decade of his life forced his son to take the throne. The former king had lost a majority of his sight and was in constant pain. His once worldly and rich vocabulary quickly diminished, as he began constantly repeating himself and writing long, confusing letters.

It is also rumored he would walk around completely nude.

On top of it all, the blue urine…
For Porphyria’s Sake!

In 1969, a study published in Scientific American suggested King George III suffered from porphyria, a disorder caused by an over-accumulation of porphyrin which helps hemoglobin, the protein that moves oxygen throughout the body.

In some cases, porphyrin is excreted in the urine, giving it a purple hue. In rare cases, like George’s, urine is blue.

Acute porphyria can seriously affect the nervous system. Symptoms include hallucinations, delirium, insomnia, anxiety and even paranoia. To top it all off, the king’s doctors might have worsened this condition and its symptoms by treating George with doses of arsenic, basically poisoning him.

With a reputation for being a little off the rails and the flow of a Smurf, the theory of King George III having porphyria leaves you asking if you believe it…or not!